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10 Tips on Handling Fall Recreation Injuries

Posted on in Orthopedics

Medically reviewed by Adam Ploeg, MS, ATC McLeod Sports Medicine 

The most dangerous student sport in the autumn is…(would you believe) cheerleading, according to the National Center for Catastrophic Injury Research. While that may surprise you, the fact that football and soccer are also near the top of the list is not surprising.

From an interview with Marla Hardenbergh, MD McLeod OB/GYN Dillon 

Stress incontinence ranks as the most common form of urinary leakage among women — about one in four women experience the problem in their lifetime. McLeod OB/GYN Marla Hardenbergh, MD, describes the cause and some treatments for this common problem.

Medically reviewed by Timothy Hagen, DO McLeod Hospital Neurologist

Most people know about a “classic stroke,” one that causes paralysis or speech difficulties. Then, there are the so-called “mini-strokes,” or Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), which may also be warning of a classic stroke.

Medically reviewed by Joseph Pearson, MD Pee Dee Surgical Group


From an interview with Rajesh Bajaj, MD McLeod Oncology & Hematology Associates

It’s a case of good news, bad news, good news. We are all living longer. That’s good. But because we get to grow older, more of us are experiencing cancer. That’s bad. However, the latest good news is improvements in cancer treatment are continually being unveiled.

The Orthopedic Problems of a Standing Desk

Posted on in Orthopedics


Medically reviewed by David Woodbury, MD McLeod Orthopaedics


From an interview with Rajesh Malik, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates

Cool News on Menopause-Related Hot Flashes

Posted on in Women's Health

Medically reviewed by Gary Emerson, MD McLeod OB/GYN Associates

Women of menopausal age often view hot flashes (also known as night sweats) as one of the most troublesome symptoms they gain as their menstrual periods stop. Many supposed treatments for hot flashes range from the scientific to old wives’ tales. Research has finally confirmed what experts say works (or doesn’t work) to control these menopause symptoms.

Medically reviewed by Rodney Alan, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

“Fashion knows no pain,” a line probably coined by a fashion designer.

Medically reviewed by Noel Phipps, MD Florence Radiological Associates

Dense breasts were once thought to raise the risk of breast cancer so dramatically that nearly half the states have laws (NC has a law; SC is considering one) requiring a woman’s doctor to talk to her about screening in addition to mammograms.

Medically reviewed by Joycelyn Schindler, MD McLeod OB/GYN Seacoast

 “The hidden medical epidemic that few women have been willing to talk about,” said an article in The Washington Post about Pelvic Organ Prolapse in older women. Yet, the article noted that – some unknown reason – there was a shift around 2015, according to the Women’s Health Foundation.

Unique Heart Risks for Women

Posted on in Heart Health

Medically Reviewed by Alan Blaker, MD McLeod Cardiology Associates

Not only do heart attacks in women exhibit with symptoms different from men, but women are different from men in the way some risk factors affect them.

Endometriosis and Its Treatments

Posted on in Women's Health

From a presentation by Charles Tatum, M.D. McLeod OB/GYN Associates

Discomfort. Bleeding. Pain. 

Treating Potentially Deadly Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Posted on in Heart Health

From an interview with Christopher Cunningham, M.D. McLeod Vascular Associates

Aneurysm is a medical term for a bulge in a blood vessel.

From an interview with Virginia Clyburn-Ipock, MD McLeod Radiation Therapy

Today’s radiation technology can improve cancer treatments and limit side effects.  Radiation Therapist Dr. Virginia Clyburn-Ipock discusses:

Medically Reviewed by Rodney Alan, M.D. McLeod Orthopaedics

Millions of people are enjoying the quality of life and end of pain that a total knee or hip joint replacement delivers. Many of those people will also experience the need for a second replacement – also called a “revision” – of their artificial joint.

Medically reviewed by Joycelyn Schindler, MD McLeod OB/GYN Seacoast

Pregnancy brings the promise of a bouncing new baby.

From an interview with David Bjerken, MD McLeod Vascular Associates Seacoast

When a person has kidney problems, they turn to a nephrologist, a specialist in treating diseases of the kidney. Yet, patients with kidney problems often require dialysis and for that the Vascular Specialist plays a key role, as McLeod Vascular Surgeon David Bjerken, MD explains:

Breast Cancer Surgery: What a Woman Needs to Know

Posted on in Cancer

From an interview with Amana Turbeville, MD McLeod Loris Seacoast Surgery

Where can you find information? Who should be on your “team?” A mastectomy vs. the less invasive lumpectomy? What are lymph nodes and why are they important? 

Medically reviewed by Al Gilpin, MD McLeod Orthopaedics

First, the clothes for Physical Education. Add a pencil case, calculator, water bottle and MP3 player. Stuff in a couple textbooks. Don’t forget one or two 5-subject notebooks. Top it off with some keys or hand sanitize. And voila’! You have a student’s school backpack.

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