Category Archives: Family Health

The Lowcountry Blood Supply is LOW and you can make a difference!

The Blood Alliance, your only provider of blood to all Beaufort and Jasper County hospitals, is experiencing a very low blood supply across ALL blood types, especially O-Negative, O-Positive, A-Negative and B-Positive. All donors are needed to help us help our community today. Make an appointment ASAP!!

  • To give blood, you need to be at least 17 years of age and in generally good health. Be sure to have a good meal and to hydrate before coming in to donate.
  • If you personally cannot give blood because you are deferred or you are in between donations, tell a friend to donate on your behalf. Be an ambassador for saving lives!
  • Giving a pint of blood only takes one hour out of your day and your one pint can save up to three lives right here in our community.
  • You can choose to become a HERO today! Visit: www.igiveblood.com/pint or call: 843-522-0409 to schedule your appointment. 

Technology, Tools and Rehabilitation Can Help Seniors with Low Vision Maintain Their Independence 


Each day, approximately 10,000 Americans turn 65, and one in six adults this age and older has a vision impairment that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses.1 As part of its support for Low Vision Awareness Month this February,
the American Academy of Ophthalmology and SOUTHERN EYE ASSOCIATES are providing older adults with low vision guidance on how to make the most of their remaining sight and keep their independence.

An estimated 2.9 million Americans have low vision, which makes it difficult or impossible for them to accomplish activities such as reading, writing, shopping, watching television, driving a car or recognizing faces. Low vision can be caused by eye diseases that are more common in older people, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

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National Action Plan Outlined to Prevent Skin Cancer

Following is a statement from John R. Seffrin, PhD, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), on the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer, which was announced today:

“For the first time, the Surgeon General office has outlined a national action plan for fighting the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. Despite widespread education efforts about sun safety and increased awareness about the importance of using sunscreen, skin cancer diagnoses and deaths continue to increase. By bringing national attention to this growing public health crisis, the Surgeon General is calling on all of us to reinvigorate the fight against skin cancer.

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Routine Dental Hygiene Visits Are More Important Than Many Think

By James G. Jenkins

Maintaining your teeth and gums is a lot like maintaining a car. With a car, you can clean it every day, always park it in two spaces, and even with this meticulous care, the car requires periodic maintenance of oil changes and tune-ups to keep it operating in optimum condition.

Now even with this maintenance schedule, eventually things like brakes and tires wear out and require replacement. Can you still drive a car with bad brakes and tires? Yes, but would you put someone you love in the car and let them drive it?

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