Health

Tele-Stroke and Teamwork Go Hand-in-Hand

October 3, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
Dr. Metha providing telehealth.

A stroke is a "brain attack." It occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. It can happen to anyone at any time. In South Carolina, thousands of people die from stroke every year. The problem is aggravated by the fact that many hospitals, especially in rural...

International Group Focuses on Brain Health

September 19, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
Brain health

Our conversation about what you can do to keep your brain healthy continues. In this next segment, we introduce you to The Global Council on Brain Health. And Dr. Barbara Bendlin, Associate Professor-University of Wisconsin, talks with us about why dancing may be the...

Home Telehealth Empowers Patients to Take Care of Their Own Health

September 12, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
Caroline Wallinger discusses patients' readings and strategies during a weekly phone call.

“Diabetes is not a disease that you manage in the clinic alone. You see a doctor maybe every 3 months, and you see them for about 10-20 minutes. That’s not going to take care of your diabetes. You need to take care of it at your own home,” says Dr. Leonard Egede with the...

[PODCAST] Conversations About Brain Health

September 7, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
Brain Scans

This is the first in a series of conversations with researchers and scientists discussing best practices for staving off dementia and Alzheimer’s. My goal is to leave you with practical, everyday things you can do to help keep your brain healthier longer. In the coming...

Exciting Discoveries for Brain Health

August 24, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by P.A. Bennett
Brain Scans

Over the next several weeks, I’ll be focusing on what scientific research is telling us about preventing or staving off the onset of Alzheimer’s . This is an important topic, because while we may think of Alzheimer’s as an old person’s disease, Alzheimer’s may actually...

Tele-psychiatry Helps Provide Emergency Mental Health Consultation

August 17, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
Dr. Ratliff interacts with patient during a tele-psych consultation (simulation)

“Hello, I’m Dr. Ratliff, can you tell me your name please?” The psychiatrist Brenda Ratliff asks on a computer screen. Sitting in her office, in Aiken, S.C., Dr. Ratliff asks questions and listens carefully to the patient's feelings and needs via a video link. At the other...

High Levels of Mercury Found in Several Fish

August 17, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
bass fish

South Carolina has many bodies of water used for recreation activities and one of the most popular is fishing. But, for those who like to eat what they catch, be warned, a large quantity of some fish aren’t good for you. S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control...

Telehealth Increases Access to Care in South Carolina

August 16, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by M. Ziehe and T. Crouch
Doctor working with patient

Due to combined efforts, South Carolina is now on the edge of a new frontier in health care. Telehealth offers new ways of delivering care through the use of video and audio technologies. The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance, a collaboration of academic medical centers,...

Medical Trainees Use Telehealth in Psychiatry Residency

August 5, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Taylor Crouch
Residents demonstrate how they use telehealth in their medical training.

“In psychiatry, there’s that big part, what we call the therapeutic alliance, being able to interact with the patient, being able to make the patient feel comfortable, make that eye contact,” says Isabella Adjinah, a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at the University...

South Carolina's Guide to Eating Seasonally

July 27, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Sarah Stone
Fruit at the market

One of the most recent trends in nutrition is eating seasonal foods. Eating seasonally, and therefore locally, yields several benefits . First of all, this produce tends to possess more nutrients. This is because fruits and vegetables tend to lose their nutrients over time...

Understanding the Difference: Telemedicine and Telehealth

July 11, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
Rural area of South Carolina with text on top

Telemedicine and telehealth are terms that have been used interchangeably over the years. However, sources indicate that telemedicine can also be identified as a category within telehealth, which, in turn, is much broader. According to the World Health Organization ,...

SC Farmers and Roadside Markets App Makes Healthy Eating Easier

June 23, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kristina Rackley
farm

For many families, finding healthy food easily can be a struggle, especially when there are fast food restaurants located conveniently on almost every corner. Today, DHEC made finding some of those healthy alternatives easier when it launched the new S.C. Farmers and...

Collaboration Drives South Carolina Health Providers

June 20, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Taylor Crouch
Ed Spencer demonstrates the Telepsychiatry program's high definition technology for video conferencing.

“I get lots of calls from other states.” Ed Spencer at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health says it is not uncommon for programs across the nation to seek advice on expanding their access to care, specifically in regards to telepsychiatry in rural areas. “They...

Telehealth Involves Much More Than Technology

June 14, 2016 - Posted in Telehealth by Marina Ziehe
Dr. McElligott speaking doing a video conference consultation

While some may be discussing virtual worlds and avatars, or envisioning a stethoscope coming out of the screen of a cellphone, the answer of the pediatrician and medical director of the MUSC’s Center for Telehealth, James McElligott, M.D., regarding the future of telehealth...

Summer Heat Safety

June 13, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Sydney Hankinson
Temperature

That hot summer weather is coming a bit early this year! Starting in June, temperatures in South Carolina will hit nearly 100 degrees. It’s a perfect opportunity to go swimming, eat popsicles or hang out somewhere with air conditioning. However, there are also a number of...

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