Health

A Prescription for Exercise

By Bobbi Conner

An exercise class

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Christopher Bunt about the health benefits of regular exercise and a Prescription for Exercise for patients from their primary care provider.  Dr. Bunt is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Medicine at MUSC.

Plant-Based Powered Mac and Cheese

By Sean Flynn

Plant-Based Mac and Cheese

Nutritionist Trisha Mandes, MPHN joins us on "Making It Grow" and shares tips on healthy weight loss. One example is incorporating healthy plant-based meals like Plant-Based Powered Mac and Cheese into your diet. Plant-Based Powered Mac and Cheese Sauce by Miyoko Schinner of The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples and pasta dish recreated by Nutritionist, Trisha Mandes, MPHN of www.TrishaMandes.com

Powdered Cheese Sauce Ingredients:

3/4 C nutritional yeast

3/4 C oat flour 1/4 C tapioca flour

Technology Is Providing New Skills to South Carolina Medical Residents

By John Lewis

Resident Dr. Sara Khalil uses telehealth to reach patients in their home environment.

The next generation of doctors are studying at the Medical University of South Carolina and many even stay in the area for residency and beyond.

Dr. Sara Khalil is one such student. She is months away from graduating the residency program at MUSC/Trident Health in Charleston. She’s learning how to care for patients of all ages, and the MUSC/Trident residency program is also teaching her to care for a patient who never has to leave their house to see her.

Telehealth: Providing Access Across South Carolina

By John Lewis

Telehealth in SC

South Carolina is a state facing many difficulties in the area of health. Poverty, poor access to care, costs, long distances, a shortage of providers, and a history of chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure and high levels of stroke and diabetes, permeate the state with uncertainties. 

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. 

Telehealth Expands to Increase Access to Care in South Carolina

By John Lewis

Telehealth patient having a live consult

The Brant family was searching for answers.

Baby Kynzie had wide-set eyes, and a small bridge to her nose. Her mother Lindsey recalled, “she was having pretty much all the same problems I was having.”

Lindsey Brant saw doctors for the same issues when she was a child, but she said she never got a proper diagnosis. Twenty-four years later, she learned her daughter’s diagnosis from more than 100 miles away.

Life Without Health Insurance: Restaurant Owner, Cancer Survivor Finds Alternatives

By Taylor Crouch

Nunez with co-workers

“It was a no brainer,” says Marcos Nunez.

As a restaurant owner and two-time cancer survivor, Nunez took a tip from one of his regular customers: telehealth.

“I do it on my computer at home. For the simple fact that it's a lot nicer to relax and see him on the big screen. I could do it here at the restaurant if I needed to. It is very, very convenient.”

Between the pace of the restaurant industry and the current healthcare market, he says prioritizing health is challenging.

Nunez does not have health insurance.

Critical Access Hospital Serves Crisis Patients Faster with Technology

By Taylor Crouch

Abbeville Area Medical Center uses telehealth to improve access to care for behavioral health patients.

Abbeville Area Medical Center is remotely located, over an hour from two larger South Carolina hubs, Greenville and Columbia.  Inside the hospital, there are less than 25 beds. Remote access and quantity of beds quailify Abbeville Area Medical Center as a Critical Access Hospital (CAH), making it one of five in South Carolina.

Even though this hospital provides emergent care 24/7, it is unfeasible to staff certain specialists full-time for services that are seldom needed, like a psychiatrist. 

Keeping Safe in the Summer Sun

By Kaitlyn Park

girl receiving sunscreen from mother

It is hardly breaking news to anyone that it is hot in South Carolina this summer. So hot, in fact, that the famous carriage horses were being pulled off of Charleston streets earlier this week.

As many head to the lake, beach and park, it is important to know how to keep you and your family safe and protected in the sun.

The Columbia Floods and the Problem with Impervious Surfaces

By Imani King

The Columbia floods and the Impervious Problem

The word catastrophic was coined to describe the 2015 floods in Columbia, South Carolina. The severe flooding trapped residents in their homes, standing by for rescue teams' assistance. Photos from the Weather Channel compare normal conditions to flood conditions and the difference is alarming. The flood that reaped havoc two years ago has left a stain of concern among the students of the University of South Carolina and of the capital city.

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