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To help promote public awareness around strokes in the United States and its prevention, the month of May is recognized as National Stroke Awareness Month. According to the American Stroke Association, each year, nearly 795,000 people in the U.S. suffer from a stroke. A stroke occurs in an i…

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“I’m just pouring from an empty cup.” This widespread feeling continues to be shared among adults as they reemerge from a year defined by loss, routine changes, stress and anxiety. The COVID-19 pandemic has left its mark on everyone, but adults connected to infants and young children have th…

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Early this spring, I was honored to be chosen as the next Chief Executive Officer for Harvest Hope. After previously serving on the Board since 2015, I know what big shoes I am stepping in to fill. Throughout my volunteer time with Harvest Hope, it was incredible to watch the team serve thei…

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Florence, S. C. – Sam White is the new Director of Operations for House of Hope.  Previously, White was Director of Men.  He has been employed by House of Hope for more than 6 years.  White is a native Texan, finished high school in North Carolina, and graduated from Richmond Community Colle…

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We have all experienced loss in some form or another because of COVID-19. Loss triggers the grief process, known as the five stages of grief. Understanding and recognizing this process is crucial in knowing what to do when experiencing paralyzing anxiety, irritability or depression. Accordin…

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Alison Askins, Children’s Trust event planner, explains how the organization had to adapt in staging the recently-completed Building Hope for Children Conference. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the biennial event became an object lesson in how to be flexible enough to adjust to changing circumsta…

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Following a thorough safety review, including two meetings of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that the recommended pause regarding the use of the Janssen (Joh…

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FLORENCE, S.C. – HopeHealth welcomes Cheryl Watson to HopeHealth in Timmonsville. Cheryl Watson is a behavioral health consultant with the HopeHealth beahvaioral health team.

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On April 13, 2021, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center opened their new Myrtle Beach VA Outpatient Clinic located at 1800 Airpark Drive. The new 84,000 square foot clinic boasts 200 clinical treatment rooms and is a much-needed increase in size to provide the primary care, mental health a…

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Florence, SC,  – Julian (Jay) Hinesley has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of MUSC Health’s Florence Division effective mid-May 2021. The Florence Division encompasses MUSC Health Florence Medical Center, MUSC Health Marion Medical Center and their medical practices and affiliates.

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A bad knee adds pain and takes the fun out of recreational activities, such as golf. A total knee joint replacement can remove the pain and return you to the golf course.  Even golfers, such as PGA professional Fred Funk and Nancy Lopez, a 48-time LPGA winning golfer, have undergone knee joi…

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Implanting a pacemaker to keep a heartbeat steady and regular is a common heart procedure. But how do you know if you need one? McLeod Electrophysiologist Dr. Prabal Guha explains how patients are evaluated for a pacemaker.

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As COVID-19 vaccination rolls out in parts of the world, many countries have started to implement or are considering the use of COVID-19 “vaccine passports” – paper or digital forms certifying that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19 – for purposes of international travel. In addit…

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Intuitive eating is an eating method that has been studied for quite some time now. Some people may not have realized that they have been practicing intuitive eating most of their lives until they come across this term. Intuitive eating is an evidenced-based, mind-body health approach that f…

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The abuse and neglect of our children is one of the most gut-wrenching topics that our society has to deal with. Children, our most precious resource for the future and our most vulnerable group of people, deserve our protection. Actually, they deserve our constant and absolute efforts. The …

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Troublesome symptoms of Pelvic Floor Disorders (also called Pelvic Floor Dysfunction), such as Incontinence and Pelvic Organ Prolapse prevent many women from enjoying life to the fullest. Painful or unexpected urination. Bowel problems. Lower back and pelvic pain. Discomfort during life’s mo…

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The following statement is attributed to Dr. Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director of the CDC and Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research:As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen ) vaccine have been admin…

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“We have all known the long loneliness, and we have found that answer is community”-Dorothy DayLiving through a pandemic has not been my idea of fun.In the early days of the virus, streets were empty, people were ordered to stay home, wear gloves or masks if they went out in public, and wash…

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Nearly a quarter into 2021, I feel it is important to take a step back, see where we have been, and re-address some things. Our journey began in January with my first exercise of the month article on walking. I want to revisit walking and the importance of this somewhat simple yet powerful a…

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Children’s Trust held its Building Hope for Children Conference on a virtual platform for the first time, and nearly 500 child-serving professionals, home visitors and prevention advocates participated in the biennial event March 23-25. And even though they couldn’t meet face-to-face this ti…

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Pregnant women face many questions. At an event for pregnant women, McLeod OB/GYN Dr. Candice Greenan helped answer a few questions related to concerns some women raised about certain foods – from sushi to ice.

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Florence, SC, - The COVID-19 Vaccine is one way we can build defenses against COVID-19 in our communities. McLeod Health is vaccinating based on national and state guidelines. This advisory is to remind the public of who is currently eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine in Phase 1B and what the…

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Abnormal vaginal bleeding can be worrisome, impact reproductive health or have other serious consequences. Treating the condition will help you maintain your quality of life.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Beginning today, all nursing homes and assisted living facilities in South Carolina are required to offer outdoor and/or indoor visitation, with few exceptions, based on new guidelines released by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). Thes…

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Until early in the 21st Century, one in three women were dying of heart disease. They went to the doctor later, were sicker and were more likely to die than men.

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Endometriosis – when the lining of the uterus grows elsewhere in the pelvis – can be painful, even dangerous, if left untreated. McLeod Gynecologist Dr. J. Michael Davidson describes a robot-assisted surgical approach to treating endometriosis. Click here to see the interview with Dr. J. Mic…

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Once a cesarean section, always a cesarean section. That was the standard thinking for pregnant women years ago, but that standard has changed.

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Although hip replacement surgery with the incision from the front has been around for a while, this so-called anterior approach has become increasingly popular. McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Christopher Walsh explains two basic approaches to hip joint replacement and a main advantage of the …

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is updating K–12 school guidance to reflect the latest science on physical distance between students in classrooms.  CDC now recommends that, with universal masking, students should maintain a distance of at least 3 feet in classroom setti…

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PLEASE help us spread the word! MUSC is happy to announce that we have vaccines available tomorrow at MUSC Health Florence Medical Center.  We  appreciate you sharing this announcement with your friends and families. Please see the ways you can contact us above for addditional details and to…

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Horry County, S.C. March 11, 2021 - American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers are assisting a family whose home, located on Acline Ave, Myrtle Beach, SC, was damaged by a fire this morning. The Red Cross is helping two peopleby providing financial assistance for immediate needs such as …