Review Category : Health

Dental health and whole health

By Dr. Stephen W. Durham The mouth is where your body meets the outside world up close. It’s where we eat, speak and at least partly, where we breathe. So nature gives us elaborate defenses there. Some of those defenses are tough, like the enamel on the surface of the teeth. And some are delicate, like the margins between the teeth and gums. None of those defenses do well without some care and maintenance. When your dental defenses are down, an unhealthy mouth can set off immune reactions that are associated with big problems like heart and coronary artery disease, even cancer. So when we visit the dentist only for the toothache we shortchange our whole health. Prevention and Early Detection  By “having a look around” with any dental treatment, and especially by getting regular checkups, people save time and money in the long run. The best time to solve a problem is before it comes up, and it’s as true in dental health as in anything else. Maybe more... ...

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Nurse Amy Hane wins prestigious Daisy Award

Beaufort Memorial Hospital breast nurse navigator Amy Hane knew she was walking a fine line when she stepped up to help the children of a 43-year-old single mother who died of breast cancer last November. “In nursing school, they teach you about professional boundaries,” said Hane, a registered nurse with more than 11 years experience. “But I had spoken with the mother and I knew they were destitute. I would want people to help my children if I had been in her shoes.” In her off hours and with her own money, Hane quietly began offering the children assistance. She filled up their refrigerator with food, bought them clothing for school and found them community resources to help with a wide range of needs from grief counseling to legal representation. “Their mother passed away right before the holidays,” said Jackie Brown, managing clinical director of Beaufort Memorial’s Women’s Imaging Center. “It was a very difficult time and Amy wanted to make sure they had a Christmas.” Realizing they would need... ...

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Walking and winning

Several members of the Beaufort Memorial staff and their families took part in the annual American Heart Association’s Palmetto Heart Walk recently on Hilton Head Island. Congratulations to the BMH team for winning the T-shirt design award at the event! ...

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New oncology practice opens

Beaufort Memorial Hospital opened its new oncology practice headed by longtime Beaufort oncologist Marcus Newberry III, MD, along with its new Chemotherapy & Infusion Services facility. Both are located in the Beaufort Medical Plaza on the main hospital campus at 989 Ribaut Road. President & CEO Rick Toomey (left) drops in to visit with Dr. Newberry and staff members Kendall Cook and Lexie Paulk. ...

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Beaufort Memorial Hospital expands oncology services

Beaufort Memorial Hospital has opened a new oncology practice headed by longtime Lowcountry Medical Group oncologist Marcus Newberry III, MD, along with a new chemotherapy and infusion center. Located on the main hospital campus, Beaufort Memorial Oncology Specialists offers treatment for a wide array of cancers, as well as benign hematological conditions. The practice moved to the newly renovated Suite 310 on the third floor of Beaufort Medical Plaza, 989 Ribaut Rd. earlier this week. As a board-certified internist, Newberry helped found Lowcountry Medical Group in 1997. After practicing internal medicine for six years, he returned to school and completed a fellowship in medical oncology at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has been practicing medical oncology at the recently renamed Beaufort Memorial Lowcountry Medical Group since 2004. In addition to treating cancer patients, Newberry will provide medical supervision of a new chemotherapy and outpatient infusion center BMH opened in conjunction with the oncology practice. Beaufort Memorial Chemotherapy & Infusion Services is located on the ground floor of the... ...

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Turn it down: the effects of loud noise on hearing

By Monica Wiser I’ve had a hearing loss since childhood, so I don’t really know what it’s like to have normal hearing. While hearing aids have greatly improved my hearing, they still won’t give me perfectly normal hearing. By the same token, people with normal hearing don’t really know what it’s like to have a hearing loss. If you’re curious to know what it’s like, try using hearing protection all day. That will give you a sense of what it’s like to experience a mild hearing loss. Just don’t do it if you have children in your care, because you might miss their cries for help. And don’t do it if you are driving, because you might not hear emergency vehicles coming up from behind. And don’t do it if your job depends on good communication skills, because you just might get fired. Sounds pretty limiting, doesn’t it? Still, it’s a good exercise to try it in a controlled environment while watching your favorite program at the level where you... ...

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‘Bionic eye’ is an incredible breakthrough…but not right for everyone

By Dr. Mark S. Siegel News stories about a ‘bionic eye transplant’ have gotten a lot of attention, but what is the reality of new technology for restoring sight to some blind patients? The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System has sometimes been called a ‘bionic eye transplant.’ Right now it is not possible to transplant an entire human eye – only corneas and some other specific eye tissues can be transplanted. And there is no electronic replacement for the whole eye. The Argus II is a three-part device that allows some perception of light and motion in patients who have lost their vision due to retinitis pigmentosa. Surgery is done to place a small electronic device on the patient’s retina. Later, the patient wears a camera mounted on a pair of glasses, and a portable video-processing unit. Images are taken in through the camera, processed, and then sent wirelessly to the implant in the patient’s retina. The implant stimulates the living cells in the retina, and the brain interprets these... ...

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Or just wake me when it’s over

By Dr. Stephen W. Durham It is so important to be comfortable and confident about getting the care you need that sedation dentistry is getting more and more attention today. Sedation is a reasonable way to relieve anxiety and make it easier to get the dental health care you need.  There are different kinds and levels of sedation to match each patient’s needs.  So our first step is an attentive conversation, where we learn what our patient wants, needs and expects for comfort during treatment.  We also identify health factors that affect what kinds of sedation the patient can have safely. Different Degrees of Sedation  Techniques for providing a calm, relaxed experience to the patient can work on different levels, so there is no need to overdo sedation.  Minimal, moderate or deep sedation can ensure that each patient gets what he or she needs. With minimal techniques, the patient stays aware of what’s going on, and responsive to instructions from the dentist.  Moderate or “twilight” sedation relieves anxiety while still... ...

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Do you have shoulder pain?

Is shoulder pain keeping you “off the green”? Whether your preferred green is the golf course, tennis court or garden, shoulder pain can keep you from the activities you enjoy. If you’re suffering from the effects of an injury — or just general shoulder discomfort — you’ll want to join Beaufort Memorial board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Leland Stoddard, MD, and physical therapists Steve Steve Giammona and Andrea Sadler for a free seminar on Wednesday, April 29, at 5 p.m. at the Lakehouse in Sun City, where they will discuss the best ways to alleviate shoulder pain. The seminar will also address: common causes of shoulder pain; types of shoulder injuries; surgical and nonsurgical treatment options, from basic exercises and stretching to joint replacement; adapting your activities for better results. There will be a reception prior to the seminar at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, both Sun City residents and non-residents, but reservations are required as space is limited. Visit www.BeaufortMemorial.org for information or call 843-522-5585... ...

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Local physicians receive state awards

Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. (BJHCHS) has two physicians that were recently recognized by the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association (SCPHCA) for their statewide achievements. The SCPHCA is the trade association, established in 1979, that represents the majority of the Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in South Carolina, of which BJHCHS is a member.  The FQHCs in South Carolina currently employs more than 275 Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Midwives and serves over 335,000 patients. M. LaFrance Ferguson, MD, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), BJHCHS, was named “Health Care Provider of the Year” (2014), for exemplary performance by a physician in the community based health care setting.  Dr. Ferguson, a native of Beaufort County, who specializes in Family Medicine, has been the CMO at BJHCHS for over twenty (25) years. Faith Lawrence Polkey, MD, Chief of Pediatrics, BJHCHS, Regional Director of Medical Education and Assistant Professor, A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine for the South Carolina Campus, was recognized by the SCPHCA for her outstanding leadership... ...

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