Beaufort Memorial’s Living Well Blog brings health and wellness to Lowcountry living.

Freak Out or Chill Out: Everyday Scrapes and Bruises

Posted by Living Well Team on Feb 19, 2018 4:06:28 PM

Bumps, burns, sprains and strains don’t scare you. With your first-aid kit of ice packs, bandages and aspirin, you’re prepared for life’s injuries and ailments. But some symptoms should send you straight to the nearest emergency department, says Jay Kaplan, MD, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

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Topics: Wellness

Key Health Screenings for Women

Posted by Women's Health Team on Feb 14, 2018 2:00:00 PM

In recent years, screenings have detected women’s cancers earlier than ever. The five-year survival rate for breast cancer has steadily risen to an all-time high of nearly 90 percent. Cervical cancer survival rates have also seen improvements, although more modest. Death rates fell an average of 1.3 percent per year between 2002 and 2011.

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Topics: Women’s Health

Knees and Osteoarthritis

Posted by Bone & Joint Team on Feb 12, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Osteoarthritis of the knee is a common and painful condition that affects many Americans over the age of 45. Essentially, the articular cartilage — cushion — in the knee joint wears down and erodes to the point that the knee’s mobility is compromised.

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Topics: Orthopaedics

Behind the White Coat: Alejandro Garcia Salas, MD

Posted by Living Well Team on Feb 7, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Most evenings, Alejandro Garcia Salas, M.D., is happy to have his wife, Claudia, make dinner for the family. “She’s a better cook than I am,” the Beaufort Memorial Primary Care board-certified internist concedes.

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Topics: Perspectives

Flu Season, You and Others

Posted by Living Well Team on Feb 5, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Flu season can be a worrisome time. Those long months often feel twice as scary when the vaccine effectiveness is helpful but low or a new virus strain emerges. That’s why during flu season it’s critical that you do all you can to prevent the spread of flu and other illnesses.

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Topics: Wellness