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  • General Health

    Diverticulitis, a Long Word for Small Troublesome Pouches in Your Colon

    Terri L. Jaggers, MD
    McLeod Digestive Health Center
    29 JANUARY 2019

    As they age, most people develop small pouches in their colon wall, called diverticuli. Many people spend their lives without ever noticing a problem, but when the diverticuli become infected problems result.

  • Cancer

    Easing the Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Radiation Treatment

    MRMC Radiation Oncology
    25 JANUARY 2019

    Advances in highly targeted radiation treatment give men greater hope for survival from prostate cancer than ever before. Yet, because the prostate is right next to the rectum radiation can affect the bowel, urinary and sexual function. But, a new development is changing all that.

  • Orthopedics

    The Promise of Knee Joint Replacement

    Thomas DiStefano, MD
    McLeod Orthopaedics Cheraw
    24 JANUARY 2019

    When faced with pain from a knee joint that now has bone rubbing on bone, you may need a knee joint replacement. McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Thomas DiStefano, MD, outlines the process and promise of treating a knee gone bad.

  • Heart Health

    Why Are Heart Problems Hitting Young Men?

    McLeod Cardiology Associates – Florence
    23 JANUARY 2019

    The average age for a man having a heart attack in the United States is 65 so there is no need to worry about heart problems until you reach age 65.

  • Womens Health

    Robotic-Assisted Endometriosis Surgery – Another Option for Women

    McLeod Women’s Care
    22 JANUARY 2019

    Endometriosis – when the lining of the uterus grows elsewhere in the pelvis – can be painful, even dangerous, if left untreated. McLeod Gynecologist J. Michael Davidson, MD, describes a robot-assisted surgical approach to treating endometriosis.

  • General Health

    GERD, That Awful Feeling From Esophageal Reflux

    Terri L. Jaggers, MD
    McLeod Digestive Health Center
    21 JANUARY 2019

    Everyone has an episode of acid reflux now and then after overeating or eating too many spicy foods. McLeod Gastroenterologist Terri Jaggers, MD, describes when you need to see a doctor about GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and what you can do.

  • Orthopedics

    Lumbar (Lower) Spine Disc Herniation Symptoms and Treatment

    W.S. (Bill) Edwards, Jr., MD
    McLeod Spine Center
    19 JANUARY 2019

    Lifting the wrong way, repetitive motions, or whiplash can trigger problems in your lower back and spine. A lot of times, general “wear and tear” or aging can also cause these problems. McLeod Spine Surgeon W.S. (Bill) Edwards, MD, explains treatment options for lumbar spine disc herniations:

  • Cancer

    Pancreatic Cancer and You

    McLeod Digestive Health Center
    18 JANUARY 2019

    In South Carolina, statistics point to 1,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer each year. Yet, many people have no idea where their pancreas is located or what it does.

  • Womens Health

    What Can I Do About My PMS?

    McLeod OB/GYN Associates
    17 JANUARY 2019

    Oh, those headaches, back pain, fatigue, mood swings and sleep problems announcing the imminent arrival of a woman’s menstrual period. The average woman suffers the monthly ravage of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) for about 40 years.