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Measles Outbreak a Real Possibility in South Carolina

    After the development of the measles vaccine (the most recommended prevention for the measles) in the 1960’s, the number of confirmed cases of the disease sharply declined. However, in the last decade, doctors have seen an increase in confirmed cases, due to children not being vaccinated. “Measles is a highly contagious disease that Read More

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Heart Attacks Rising Among Young Women

44-year-old Shawn Sherlock was a generally healthy person, with no critical health issues. Mother of two young boys, she stayed active. She was a healthy eater, and even ran frequently to keep in shape. When she started having jaw pain, then shooting pains down her left arm one morning in 2017, she knew something wasn’t Read More

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The Cost of Insulin is Skyrocketing

The cost of insulin is becoming alarmingly difficult to manage, even for patients with insurance. Many of the 7 million Americans who need insulin have no choice but to ration their insulin at times, because they can’t afford it. Some patients are using expired insulin, or even buying it on the black market, both of Read More

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Safer, Less-Invasive Method to Repair Carotid Artery Blockage

Ann Keetch became one of the first patients to undergo a new procedure, transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) at Roper St. Francis in Charleston, South Carolina. When Ann Keetch was at the dentist last year, her dentist spotted something severely wrong on an x-ray. After a trip to the emergency room, it was discovered that Keetch Read More

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How to Check Your Medical Records for Dangerous Errors

Why is it so important to have access to your medical records, and to pay close attention to what is contained in them? Following are several examples of what can potentially happen if you don’t: Liz Tidyman’s elderly parents moved across the country to be closer to family. They took their medical records with them. Read More

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Immunization Error Means More Shots for Nearly 2,000 South Carolina Children

We depend on health professionals to give us correct information, and give us the proper care. After all, they are the ones with the education and training. We have no choice but to blindly trust them. But what happens when health care professionals don’t pay close attention, and/or don’t give us the proper care? We Read More

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Pain-Treating Device Shocks and Burns Patients

For years, doctors and medical companies have aggressively pushed spinal stimulators “as a safe antidote to the deadly opioid crisis in the U.S. and as a treatment for an aging population in need of chronic pain relief.” (The Washington Post) “Spinal stimulators are complex devices that send electrical currents through wires placed along the spine, Read More

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Doctors and Health Care Professionals Addicted

The most common cause of impairment in physicians is addiction. Doctors are more likely to misuse prescription drugs than their patients, studies suggest. “An estimated 10 percent of health care professionals abuse drugs — about the same rate as the general public.” (, ) Doctors abuse drugs for various reasons: Increased drug availability, making Read More

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Less Invasive Surgery for Cervical Cancer is Causing More Deaths

Minimally invasive surgery for early stage cervical cancer has grown in popularity since 2006. Unlike traditional surgery, which involves a cut in the lower abdomen, the minimally invasive surgery only requires a small incision for a camera and instruments. Because patients recover faster, “laparoscopic surgery has gained popularity despite a lack of rigorous long-term studies.” Read More

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Common Sign of Ovarian Cancer is Often Overlooked

Ovarian cancer affects over 20,000 US women each year, and about 40 women die every day from it. “Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.” Thankfully, “the rate at which women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer has been slowly falling Read More

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