General Health Topics

WestEdge: A Vibrant Urban Environment

WestEdge: A Vibrant Urban Environment

Will WestEdge be a magnet for innovative companies that find it convenient to be within shouting distance of downtown Charleston’s Medical District? Is it destined to create...

Solving Mysteries With Stem Cells

Solving Mysteries With Stem Cells

Stem cells. Just about everyone has heard of them, and many are aware of the great promise they hold for better health and the elimination or cure of everything from damaged tissue...

The Heart of the Matter: Caring for your Heart

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It was the running joke on the old sitcom “Sanford and Son.” Redd Foxx would clutch his chest as though he was having a heart attack. In the show, it was comic relief. In real life...

Beating Seasonal Affective Disorder Depression

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“SAD is defined as depression with seasonal components,” explained Maggie Poandl, a therapist who specializes in anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. “It involves the...”

A Spreading Menace: The Zika Virus

A Spreading Menace: The Zika Virus

Once no more than a distraction during activities such as hiking, kayaking and bonfire-filled nights, mosquitoes are now taking a big bite out of summertime fun. In fact, they have become...

Compounding Pharmacies: A Dose of Your Own Medicine

Compounding Pharmacies: A Dose of Your Own Medicine

In this modern medical world of miracles, where robotic surgery has become common, the latest way to have your medicine dispensed is by a compounding pharmacy. Once a relic from the past, compounding pharmacies have become increasingly...

Fading Away: The Long Goodbye of Alzheimer's

Fading Away: The Long Goodbye of Alzheimer's

Doris and I were chatting amiably. She was laughing at a story I was telling when I saw the light leave her eyes. In an instant, she had lost track of our conversation. That was just one...

Active Lifestyles

Varicose Veins "Pressure" the Active Lifestyle

Varicose Veins "Pressure" the Active Lifestyle

Venous reflux disease, otherwise known as varicose veins, affects up to 35 percent of people in the United States, according to the Society of Vascular Surgery. Many women and men...

Lowcountry Experts Weigh in on Consussions

Lowcountry Experts Weigh in on Consussions

Concussions could be spelling the end for popular sports as parents and players become more aware of their dangers. In the realm of sports lore, there are many signs of a true competitor...

Finding Ways to Ease the Pain

Finding Ways to Ease the Pain

One in every three Americans is plagued by chronic pain, which is commonly defined as a pain that has persisted for six months or more. It can come in the form of back aches, headaches...

Bracing for Success

Bracing for Success

When it comes to walking and running better, just about everyone has heard of or tried orthotics. But orthotics are much more than those custom-fit shoe inserts that support the...

Kid's Health Topics

Teething Pains: What Parents Should Know

Teething Pains: What Parents Should Know

Every new parent is excited to see the first tooth erupt. There is nothing cuter than a baby’s toothy grin revealing those two bottom teeth. Teething can be accompanied by fussiness and...

A Closer Look at ADHD

A Closer Look at ADHD

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have greater than usual difficulty with attention, hyperactivity, impulsivity and behavioral problems. According to the National Center...

Understanding Picky Eaters

Understanding Picky Eaters

Many parents are all too aware of the following nightmare: you prepare a delicious, well-balanced meal, only to have your child refuse to eat any of it. While having a picky eater is sometimes deemed...

Keep Kids from Spreading Common Conditions

Preventing kids' common illnesses and other health conditions

Welcome to sickness season. The early months of the year seem to be a time when children get sick the most, spreading their illness to classmates, siblings and even parents. The best defense against flu, strep...

Keeping Our Kids Healthy: It Takes a Village

Keeping kids healthy takes effort

Congratulations! You’re having baby. Creating a new life is one of the most amazing things a woman can do, but, like most things, preparation is key and it starts even before you buy your first early pregnancy...

Ten Tips for Your Kids' Dental Health

Ten Tips for Your Kids' Dental Health

Ten tips for your kids' dental health to get new parents started as well as some tips that you seasoned veteran parents can use, courtesy of Summerville Pediatric Dentistry. Brush up with these dentals tips...

Treating Autism Right from the Start

Early treatment of autism

Today, many of these children would be considered to be on the autism spectrum, a complex and vexing disorder that did not begin to be understood until the 1960s, when it was recognized as a lifelong syndrome...

Senior Health

Live Longer, Stay Active

Live Longer, Stay Active

An active lifestyle is one of the pillars of good health, so it should come as no surprise that as we age, exercise remains one of the most important aspects of our life. But staying active....

Women's Health Topics

The Many Forms of Breast Cancer

The Many Forms of Breast Cancer

I knew my friend Sybil had breast cancer, but it was still stunning to see her arrive at lunch wearing a cap covering her bald head. She had been diagnosed many months earlier, and, although she had already gone...

Knock Out Breast Cancer: Uplifting Options

Knock out Breast Cancer

She had noticed swelling, then lesions on her breast and thought she was suffering from an infection such as MRSA. As a medical professional at Roper Berkeley, she helped cancer patients. She never expected she would be...

Local Women Share Their Masectomy Stories

Local Women Share Their Masectomy Stories

Having both breasts removed can leave physical and emotional scars, but, for some women a mastectomy is the only option that makes sense. We spoke to four women who have had the procedure or were planning...

Arbonne Skin Care Products

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Arbonne's skin care products, based on botanical principles, became a reality in the United States in 1980 and are now shared throughout the world through Arbonne's network of Independent Consultants...

Why The HPV Vaccine is Important for Charleston Women

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His patients may think it is pure magic, but Dr. Kerry Solomon is renowned here in Mount Pleasant and around the world for his groundbreaking techniques in the fields of cataract and refractive surgery. He began performing cataract procedures in 1990 and quickly became a leader, learning...

Stop Cellulite With Smooth Shapes

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Smooth Shapes system uses proprietary technology called Photomology to combat the problem of cellulite. This pain free treatment uses dynamic laser and light energy to liquefy fat in the enlarged cells and repair brittle collagen...

Charleston Women and Mirena IUD

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Imagine having hassle-free birth control for up to 5 years (or less, if you choose). Birth control that, once removed, allows you to try to become pregnant right away and adapts to your contraceptive needs throughout the different stages of your life...

Implanon Contraceptive Implant

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Implanon (nearly identical to Nexplanon or Implanon NXT) is more than 99% effective: the chance of getting pregnant is less than 1 pregnancy per 100 women who use Implanon for 1 year when Implanon is inserted correctly. Implanon prevents pregnancy...

Implant Essure Coils in Charleston, SC

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Essure is a permanent birth control procedure that works with your body to create a natural barrier against pregnancy. This gentle procedure can be performed in a doctor's office in less than an hour...

NovaSure Procedure in Charleston, SC

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The NovaSure procedure is a quick, safe, simple, one-time endometrial ablation treatment. This minimally invasive procedure controls heavy bleeding by using energy to remove the lining of the uterus...

Men's Health Topics

Facts About Prostate Cancer: Knowledge is Power

Facts About Prostate Cancer

You don’t hear about prostate cancer much. It isn’t like breast cancer, which seems to turn the entire month of October pink. No one seems to be racing for a cure. Did you know September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month? It is....