Mickey, a 3 year-old who had case of Bobble-Head Doll Syndrome, a rare condition that resulted in him bobbing his head constantly in a “yes-yes” motion was treated at MUSC this summer. WCBD Channel 2 joined Mickey, his Mom and Dr. Sunil Patel for this follow-up visit in the news story below.
MUSC Health has launched a brand new Facebook page and we hope you will “Like” it. Our Facebook page will give you another outlet to engage with us at MUSC Health.
You can share your thoughts about us and your care, learn what’s new at MUSC, find out what community events we’re involved with and get a peek at some of our videos – sharing stories and new doctor profiles.
Take a minute to visit our new page, www.facebook.com/MUSChealth, and then like us. Go a step further and tell us what you’d like to see on our Facebook page. Want more feel-good stories? More ways to encourage wellness? Recipes for a healthy diet? Want to hear from doctors and their views on health news?
Let us know how we can make this page more meaningful to you and your family so that we can both share in better healthcare for the future
We all know that smoking is bad for us. The research is there, the message has been communicated, and the facts surrounding the detrimental health risks and costs are clear. But making the decision to quit – and sticking with a plan – is a very personal journey and one that often comes with pitfalls and setbacks. The good news is that there are more resources available than ever before – support groups, chat lines, and social media outlets are great ways to start the process. Why not make this year the one to make a change and get healthy?
Here are some resources you may not be aware of:
The American Cancer Society – Quit for Life
This Facebook page acts as on online support group for those on the road to being smoke-free.
Helping a Smoker Quit: Do’s and Don’ts
If you have a friend or family member who’s trying to quit smoking, try and understand how hard it is. These tips can help you draw the line between being helpful and being pushy.
South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative (TFC)
Formed in 2001, the TFC is a group of leading health organizations, community coalitions, and businesses in South Carolina who are committed to reducing the toll of tobacco use in our state. Their goal is to reduce that toll.
Sign up to receive encouraging text message reminders and tips.
Quit Smoking Apps
There’s an app for that! There are several apps to choose from, many offering daily reminders and motivators, cost savings calculators and a running count of your smoke-free days.
Exactly how you start your journey to being smoke-free isn’t as important as making the decision to start the process. Talk to your doctor, make a plan and reach out to others for support.
Each year, the American Diabetes Association declares November as their national Diabetes Awareness Month. During this month, their programs are designed to focus the nation’s attention on the issues surrounding diabetes and the many people who are impacted by the disease. Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, and another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, your body does not produce insulin.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. The problem is with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. This is also called hyperglycemia.
How do you lower your risk for developing Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes? There are many risk factors that affect your chance for type 2 diabetes. Some of these you can change, like whether or not you smoke, and some you can’t, like your age or family history. These risks include:
• High blood glucose (sugar)
• History of diabetes during pregnancy, called gestational diabetes
• High blood pressure
• Unhealthy Cholesterol
• Physical inactivity
• Unhealthy eating
• Age, race, gender and family history
One you know your risks you can take steps to lower your risk, so you can lead a longer, healthier life. Take a Diabetes Risk test here, or visit your healthcare provider at MUSC and ask about your risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Learn how to make few small changes to your lifestyle here.
At risk for diabetes or want to see a physician to discuss making lifestyle changes? Call and schedule an appointment with one of our doctors today. 843-792-1414.