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The Truth About Mammograms

Posted by Women's Health Team on Aug 23, 2016 1:19:00 PM

No matter how many “40 is the new 20” articles you read, there’s one aspect of turning 40 you can’t ignore. And that’s your first mammogram.

Whether you’ve already started these lifesaving screenings or not, it’s likely that you’ve heard a lot about them­—and have picked up some misinformation along the way.

Read on to test your mammography smarts.

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Topics: Cancer Care, Women’s Health

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Posted by Women's Health Team on Aug 17, 2016 5:25:15 PM

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Millions of new mothers choose to breast-feed, and with good reason. Babies who are breastfed have a lower risk of developing asthma, allergies, ear infections, diarrhea and respiratory illnesses. Started by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this campaign aims to promote breast-feeding for the first six months of your newborn’s life.

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Topics: Pediatrics, Women’s Health

Carefree Cruisin'

Posted by Bone & Joint Team on Aug 15, 2016 3:08:38 PM

It was “a trip of a lifetime” more than five years in the making. In 2011, Kathy McMahon and her husband, Mike, set sail on a 7,000-mile journey that would take them on a circumnavigation of the eastern United States via the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the Great Lakes and inland rivers. 

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Topics: Orthopaedics

A Winning Formula for Losing Weight

Posted by Living Well Team on Aug 10, 2016 4:53:19 PM

Here’s a handy formula for losing weight: To lose one pound, cut 3,500 calories.

Play with the formula to find a balance that suits your lifestyle. For example, you can choose to eliminate 500 calories from your daily diet or burn an extra 500 calories through exercise.

“Crash diets never work,” says Erin Scott, a Certified Nurse Practitioner at Beaufort Memorial Lowcountry Medical Group. “So if you take 250 calories out of your diet every day and add 250 calories’ worth of exercise, you can still lose a pound a week.”

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Why Women Shouldn't Overlook Heart Disease

Posted by Cardiovascular Team on Aug 8, 2016 3:44:32 PM

More women than men have died from heart disease every year since 1984. Yet only one woman in five believes it to be her greatest health threat.

So why do women continue to overlook heart disease? “In the past, all the research was done on older men,” says BMH cardiologist Stuart Smalheiser, M.D. “But it’s not just a man’s disease; more women die of heart disease than anything else.”

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Topics: Heart & Vascular, Women’s Health