Paisley Prescriptions - October 2021

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Urinary Tract Health: From UTIs to Kidney Stones

Paisley Prescriptions - October 2021

When is the last time you thanked your kidneys? Those two, small bean-shaped organs in your lower back are incessant workhorses for your health. Here’s what these superstars are doing while you go about your day: They are regulating your body’s fluid levels, filtering waste and toxins from your blood, releasing hormones that regulate your blood pressure and direct production of red blood cells. If that is not enough, they also activate vitamin D to maintain healthy bones and keep blood minerals, such as sodium, phosphorus, and potassium, in balance. We all experience malfunctions occasionally, and unfortunately, one in three Americans is at risk for developing kidney disease.

Read on to get more in touch with your kidneys and urinary tract. Here’s what we asked our local health experts:

Paisley Prescriptions - August 2021

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Vascular Health: It's In Your Blood

Paisley Prescriptions - August 2021

If anything should go with the flow, it’s your blood. You might not think about it very often, but the blood flowing through your veins plays a vital role in your overall health. From minor cosmetic issues to life-threatening conditions, vascular health should not be neglected. We asked local medical specialists how to identify and treat issues affecting the vascular system.

Paisley Prescriptions - July 2021

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Health Care is Self Care: Local wellness experts answer your questions about Women’s Health.

Paisley Prescriptions - July 2021

We all have questions about our feminine health that sometimes just feels a little awkward—or maybe a lot—to talk about, even with your doctor. For some women, it’s just difficult to casually hold a conversation when words such as vagina, sex, labia and the like have to freely flow.

Read on to see what our local medical experts had to say on subjects important to women’s health. Be sure to tell your doctor everything with no fear or hesitation.

Your health is what’s most important, and besides, they tell us they have heard it all! 

Paisley Prescriptions - June 2021

Kim T. Baird, FNP-BC

Weight Loss to Prevent Disease

Paisley Prescriptions - June 2021

We’ve all heard that being overweight is unhealthy, and weight loss can help prevent illness and disease, but how? We asked local medical experts to weigh in on the advantages of losing weight. Looking good on the beach is just a fringe benefit!



by Diane G. Bowen, MD


How does being overweight increase risk for Cancer?

According to research from the American Cancer Society, excess body weight is thought to be responsible for about 11% of cancers in women and about 5% of cancers in men in the United States.

Being overweight or obese increases the risk of cancer because:
• There is inflammation in the body.
• Cell and blood vessel growth is impacted.
• The cells’ life span is stunted.
• Increased levels of certain hormones, such as insulin and estrogen, fuels cell growth.
• Because of all listed above, cancer cells can spread or metastasize.

Paisley Prescriptions - May 2021

Kim T. Baird, FNP-BC

Turn Your Frown Upside Down: Beautiful Smiles Have Never Been Easier With Cosmetic Dentistry

Paisley Prescriptions - May 2021

Ahh-choo! It’s  a common sound during this time of year when the flora and fauna are in full swing spreading their yellow pixie dust across the world. Allergies—seasonal or not—are a big buzzword these days, with more people than ever showing signs and symptoms. Obviously we all know the sneezing, itchy throat, watery eyes and runny nose symptoms of allergies, but read on to learn more about allergies, intolerances and what is behind the rise.

Paisley Prescriptions - April 2021

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Turn Your Frown Upside Down: Beautiful Smiles Have Never Been Easier With Cosmetic Dentistry

Paisley Prescriptions - April 2021

Living with pain is no fun. In fact, pain can take all the fun away, especially if you enjoy being active. It’s somewhat of a Catch-22, though. It seems the more active set are the ones who get sports injuries. Makes sense, afterall, doesn’t it take sports to get a sports injury? Not necessarily. Sometimes, just a simple walk to the mailbox, moving a planter in the garden, or a quick clean up of the garage can end in injury. The good news is pain does not have to be forever with many injuries, over use, or degeneration. There are new, modern and effective ways to stop the snap, crackle, pop in the knees, reduce the burn of bursitis and rejuvenate the rip of the rotator cuff. We asked our local orthopeadic experts to tell us all about sports injuries, joint replacements and knee problems. Here is what they had to say:

Paisley Prescriptions - March 2021

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Turn Your Frown Upside Down: Beautiful Smiles Have Never Been Easier With Cosmetic Dentistry

Paisley Prescriptions - March 2021

If you feel the urge to hide your smile, now is your time to say cheese! Cosmetic dentistry has never been so accessible, or advanced. Whether a little whitening will brighten your world, or you need to wear braces as an adult, a beautiful, brilliant smile, worthy of that big screen money shot, it easy to attain. And  no longer do you have to have a mouth full of metal—or head gear, for Heaven’s sake! Want whiter teeth? You can check it off your to do list in about 90 minutes. There are many new and advanced procedures your cosmetic dentist offers that can help you look younger, healthier, and happier! Find your options and watch that frown turn upside down. Now that’s something to smile about.

Paisley Prescriptions - February 2021

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Be in the Know About Winter Illnesses

Paisley Prescriptions - February 2021

Everyone wants life to be fun, full and heart-y, which is easy when you’re healthy. But it’s hard to follow your heart when it’s sick. Heart disease is still the No.1 killer for both men and women in the US. However, with a little TLC, many risks associated with heart disease, heart attacks and strokes can be drastically reduced. The heart is our lifeline, without it we cease to be. It’s not difficult to take care of, so why not begin marching to your heart’s beat, and take the easy steps to be heart healthy? A healthy heart gives a heart-y life! 

Paisley Prescriptions - January 2021

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Be in the Know About Winter Illnesses

Paisley Prescriptions - January 2021

January can get you down with more than the blues. It’s the month down South when the cold really kicks in, and brings with it common winter illnesses such as cold, flu and respiratory infections. Ugh! These winter woes can make you feel terrible. That’s why it’s important to know as much as you can about how to avoid and rapidly cure these sneezing, coughing, stuffy, achy, miserable ailments.

Paisley Prescriptions - December 2020

Diane G. Bowen, MD

We asked the Surgeon: What is the Latest and Greatest in Plastic Surgery Procedures?

Paisley Prescriptions - December 2020

Non-invasive is all the buzz in the world of cosmetic procedures that can help restore a more youthful appearance almost anywhere on your body. However, in talking with a surgeon who is board certified in plastic surgery, we found out that some elective surgeries are still the only way to achieve certain results. The great news is when you combine surgery with some of today’s non-invasive, state-of-the-art technology, which is a true art in plastic surgery, your results can be exactly what you wanted. We asked about some of the most popular plastic surgery procedures, and here’s what we learned.

Paisley Prescriptions - November 2020

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Anxiety & Depression

Paisley Prescriptions - November 2020

If something is named heartburn, reflux or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), it can’t be good. While usually not life-threatening, acid reflux, and all it’s monikers, definitely can threaten your quality of life. GERD has no respect for decadence on the dinner table, and no one wants to enjoy a delicious filet minion paired with a big,
full-bodied glass of cabernet only to have to follow it up with plop, plop fizz, fizz as dessert. So what is GERD and how can you manage it? Read on to comfortably digest what our local medical experts have to say about this
uncomfortable condition.

Paisley Prescriptions - October 2020

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Anxiety & Depression

Paisley Prescriptions - October 2020

There is no doubt almost everyone in the world has had a brush with stress this year. For many, daily living routines have become overwhelming, sparking a growing trend of sadness, anxiety and depression. In our modern-day world, where we flit here and there, overload our to-do lists, argue over every little thing and rarely relax without some type of electronic device, the rat-race now sets the pace many follow. That combined with Covid-19, elections, violence and social distancing—it’s no wonder feelings of panic and hopelessness are at an all-time high. However, there is help. We asked our local health professionals to weigh-in on anxiety and depression to help us understand what it is, how it affects us and what we can do about it.

Paisley Prescriptions - September 2020

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Your Best Sexual Health at Every Age

Paisley Prescriptions - September 2020

Really? Do I still need the sex talk?

Of course you do! Sex isn’t a one-and-done when it comes to talking and learning about your sexual needs, desires and health. Our bodies change as the decades go by, which impacts your sexual health with new issues always arising. To achieve your best sexual health—and keep your intimacy in shape—be sure to talk to your doctor regularly about any concerns, strange sensations, or noticeable changes you may be experiencing. Don’t be afraid to ask any question, even if you find it embarrassing. Remember, sex is a science that your doctor has studied for years. One last thing: Tell all! You have to be 100 percent honest and detailed with your physician if you want the best solution. Rest assured, doctors really have heard it all!

Paisley Prescriptions - August 2020

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Addiction

Paisley Prescriptions - August 2020


Is the constant desire to eat and a love of food considered addictive? How do people get relief from their obsessive food thoughts, which can lead to dangerous weight gain? What types of treatment are available?   

Although unlisted in the manual of psychiatric diagnoses, the concept of food addiction has gained a toehold in medical literature according to WebMD.

Paisley Prescriptions - July 2020

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Non-Surgical Rejuvenation

Paisley Prescriptions - July 2020

We asked two of our wellness panel experts to share their Top 2 most popular non-surgical rejuvenation treatments for their patients—ones considered most popular for many reasons, including producing fantastic results. Here’s what Dr. Diane Bowen and Dr. Harold Kent had to share:

Paisley Prescriptions - June 2020

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Brain Booster

Paisley Prescriptions - June 2020

Maintaining optimal brain health gives us lifelong cognitive power.
Not only does the human brain control bodily functions, it is the most powerful “computer” on earth,
which helps us to understand and grasp the world around us with a full range of thoughts,
feelings and emotions. Keeping your brain in tip top condition is imperative for quality of life.

Think about it! Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to the brain.
Meet our panel of local brain health and wellness experts, as they give us the facts on protecting
our beautiful bustling brains and discuss needed tools for maintaining optimal
levels of brain clarity and function.

Paisley Prescriptions - May 2020

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Give It A Boost: Your Immune System Will Thank You!

Paisley Prescriptions - May 2020

Your health is your greatest wealth. No doubt, no one wants to be sick, and people with great
wealth have never been able to pay their way out of death. Great health is the foundation of our quality of life; a strong immune system is the foundation of great health. It is the your frontline defense against illness, so the stronger it is, the stronger you are. Let’s find out more on how to boost your immune system to Herculean strength.

Paisley Prescriptions - April 2020

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Feeling Out of Joint? What You Should Know About Knee & Hip Replacements

Paisley Prescriptions - April 2020

Sure, most of us look for that parking space closest to the entry of our favorite store or restaurant, even though we can walk perfectly fine and without pain. It’s an interesting behavior, which seems to point to a conclusion that walking is something people want to minimize, that is until their ability to walk is threatened by pain, injury or degeneration. Then we wish we would have walked more when we could and valued our independent, pain-free mobility. The good news is total joint replacement of the hips or knees can give people a second chance for leading an active and possibly pain-free life. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, total joint replacement is one of the most commonly performed, elective surgical procedures in the United States. This procedure traditionally has been performed on older people, requiring long recovery times, often accompanied by a lot of pain. Now, there are almost 7-million Americans with either knee or hip replacements, and the majority of them now live their lives free again doing things they love to do. Some of them even park far away on purpose so they can walk…just because they can!

Paisley Prescriptions - March 2020

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Serious as a Heart Attack: Minimize Your Rish for Stroke & High Blood Pressure

Paisley Prescriptions - March 2020

If you’re overweight, you’re not alone. More than one-third of Americans are obese, and two-thirds are either obese or overweight. All 50 states in the US now have at least a 20 percent obesity rate, with five states at more than 35 percent of their population being obese (South Carolina is not one of them). Just two decades ago, not one state in our nation had over a 15 percents obesity rate. Being overweight and obese is an epidemic, one far more scary and imminent than headline viruses. Obesity is linked to 60 chronic illnesses, and has now surpassed smoking as the No. 1 preventable cause of death. The reason: We are eating more. Way more! We are consuming 23 percent more calories on a daily basis than we did in the 1970s. What that looks like in numbers is a standard 2,000 calorie per day consumption has increased to an average of almost 2,500 calories per day, all while physical activity has decreased. The result: We have become an unhealthy, sick country. Everyone knows losing weight is one of the hardest tasks to conquer. Sometimes we feel defeated before we even start. The good news is, if you are overweight or obese, losing even five percent of your current weight helps reduce your risks for disease. Many wonder where to start. It’s OK to ask for help, and that’s why we went to the experts to really talk about the ins and outs of weight loss and fat reduction, and what the difference is.

Paisley Prescriptions - February 2020

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Serious as a Heart Attack: Minimize Your Rish for Stroke & High Blood Pressure

Paisley Prescriptions - February 2020

Many people think a stroke happens in the heart, but it happens in the brain, and it can be devastating. Stroke is a disease you must be educated about. When it happens, it is always sudden and never expected. Knowing the signs and symptoms, and acting FAST, can mean the difference between a stroke victim being permanently disabled, or being able to resume a normal, healthy life. It can also be the difference between life and death. Read on to educate yourself on the risk factors, signs and symptoms of stroke.

Minimizing Your Risk for Stroke: Why You Must Act FAST

By Phillip P. Amodeo, M.D., Board-Certified Neurologist

Q. What are ways to prevent stroke?
About 90 percent of stroke risk may be explained by nine major risk factors:  Hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), cardiac causes, current smoking, diet, obesity, physical inactivity and alcohol consumption.

Paisley Prescriptions - January 2020

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Diabetes

Paisley Prescriptions - January 2020

There is a surefire formula for Americans that is resulting in the rise of the dangerous disease of diabetes: Decreased exercise plus increased weight equals more and more diabetes diagnoses. There is good news and bad news when it comes to diabetes. Let’s talk bad new first: Diabetes is one of the most destructive diseases one can face. It breaks the body down, affecting vision, kidneys, nerves, gastric function, and blood circulation. It also severely increases the risks for heart disease and stroke. In other words, it negatively affects almost every body function. So whats the good news? Diabetes is controllable, and there is a lot of help out there to get you going on the right track. Speaking of tracks, one of the best ways to combat diabetes is by taking a daily brisk walk. In other words, by changing your lifestyle, you can change your trajectory of illness due to diabetes. Read on to learn more about this disease from our leading experts. 

Paisley Prescriptions - November 2019

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Inconvenient Incontinence: Getting Control of the Leak

Paisley Prescriptions - November 2019

Americans are known for their pearlie white, straight smiles. Rarely does one escape childhood without orthodontia and head gear! However, as we age, our smile and bite can be altered for various reasons, such as missing teeth, extractions and old dental work. Factors such as these can make us look tired, older and sadder than we really are, especially if our smile reveals dental problems. Some people begin placing their hands over their mouth when they smile or laugh, or quit smiling all together. Life is too short and too special to go through each day without a big, hearty, joyful smile. Good news! With all the advancements of today’s dentistry, read on to see how you’ll be smiling bigger than ever.

Paisley Prescriptions - October 2019

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Inconvenient Incontinence: Getting Control of the Leak

Paisley Prescriptions - October 2019

One of the most dreaded conditions for women (and men) is urinary incontinence. Unwanted and untimely urine leakage is a problem that ranges from being inconvenient to completely embarrassing. Though it’s usually a topic discussed jokingly in women’s circles, urinary incontinence is truly no laughing matter. It can change a person’s lifestyle, making them not want to go out or socialize as much because of the chance of unwanted tinkling. The good news is urinary incontinence is not inevitable with age. In addition, there are many effective new treatments to consider. Read on to learn the various conditions of urine leakage—as they are not the same—and what you can do about it!

Paisley Prescriptions - September 2019

John E. Shaner, M.D.

Quality of Life: Palliative Care

Paisley Prescriptions - September 2019

Definition of palliative care and its support: Who can benefit?
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness including, but not limited to, cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, lung disease, Alzheimer’s and more. This type of care focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both patients and their families. Palliative care may be provided by multiple professionals that include physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers and others who work together with the patient to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age, at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided along with curative treatment plans. Palliative care can help enhance daily life, improve ability to tolerate medical treatments, and help patients and their family understand medical conditions and the treatment options.

Paisley Prescriptions - August 2019

Harold Kent, MD

Vaccinations

Paisley Prescriptions - August 2019

I believe in vaccinations because they can prevent people from having serious illnesses or preventable death. When I was a child, vaccines didn’t exist for a number of illnesses, so I experienced measles, rubella, chicken pox and a couple of viral infections never diagnosed.

As more vaccines became available, I took advantage of all which were important to me. As a Naval Reservist, I got vaccines as an adult for smallpox, cholera, typhoid and bubonic plague. I retired from the Reserves before the now required anthrax vaccination.

Paisley Prescriptions - July 2019

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Well, Well, Well...Physical Exams for Every Age

Paisley Prescriptions - July 2019

Seeking a little of your doctor’s attention when you are well just may prevent having to seek a lot of his/her attention in the future. Most of us understand it’s the little things that eventually band together and gang up on our health. One thing you must know without doubt: A penny of prevention is worth a pound of cure! In other words, early detection is the first line of defense when it comes to staying healthy—at every age! Be wise. Early detection doesn’t just pertain to cancer. By getting your yearly physical exam, early detection can find the beginning of little things before they become big problems. Common conditions that can be stopped, managed, or even reversed include high cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugars and blood pressure. Other factors can memory blips or weight gain. It’s easy to not give these symptoms that may be lurking inside of you a fighting chance. The fact is: When you regularly stay in touch with your health through physical exams, you are the winner!

Paisley Prescriptions - June 2019

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Is it Skin Cancer?

Paisley Prescriptions - June 2019

You may worship the sun, but the relationship isn’t mutual. Living in the Deep South, especially on the coast, urges us to spend time on boats, courts, courses, sandbars and beaches—activities none of us are willing to forfeit. The good news is you don’t have to give up relishing your sunny days! Read on as our local skincare and medical experts shine the light on how to protect your skin from cancer.

Boni Ray Chaney, PMA - BellaMichelle Cosmeceuticals

What should I look for in a sunscreen?
Choosing a sunscreen isn’t as easy as it used to be. The next generation of sunscreens is just hitting the market. SPF 15 is usually fine, but for people with very fair skin, history of skin cancer, or conditions like Lupus, which increases sensitivity to sunlight, they should consider SPF 30 or higher. People who have very sensitive skin, or conditions like rosacea, can benefit from sunscreens designed  for children.

Paisley Prescriptions - April 2019

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Oh! My Aching Back

Paisley Prescriptions - April 2019

Bend and stretch … reach for the sky … Oops!
Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!
As most of us know, back pain can be a major pain whether it’s a chronic or temporary condition. This month, Paisley’s professional and medical experts tackle the subject
of back pain
and its myriad causes and treatments. 

Paisley Prescriptions - March 2019

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You Win When You Lose It! The Huge Healthy Effect of Weight Loss

Paisley Prescriptions - March 2019

Is there a perfectly good reason—other than how we look—for losing weight? Is there a perfect formula? A perfect size? A perfect diet? This month, our Paisley medical professionals weigh in with the good—and the not so good—news.

Paisley Prescriptions - February 2019

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Your Treasured Chest: Expert Knowledge About Breast Augmentation & reduction

Paisley Prescriptions - February 2019

Expert Knowledge About Breast Augmentation & reduction Bigger? Smaller? Implants? Uplift? Safe? Sorry? Scary? Sigh. Should we or shouldn’t we tamper with our ta-tas? These are the February Paisley Prescriptions questions all about breast augmentation and reduction, with our board certified plastic surgeon.

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