BEAUFORT MEMORIAL’S CEO HAS A PLAN TO INCREASE HEALTH CARE OPTIONS

Russell BaxleyWhen Russell Baxley stepped into the role of president and CEO of Beaufort Memorial Hospital (BMH) three years ago, he quickly recognized his greatest challenge would be meeting the health care demands of a fast-growing community already short on providers. 

Having served in a variety of executive positions at small- and medium-sized hospitals in South Carolina, Texas and Pennsylvania, the young hospital administrator knew all too well the problems posed by a nationwide shortage of physicians, particularly primary care doctors.

ADVANCES IN DENTISTRY MEAN BETTER RESULTS

New advances in technology, materials and techniques over the past 10 years have led to much better outcomes — and experiences in the dental chair — for patients. And for dentists and oral surgeons, there has never been a more exciting time to be in practice. Some of these dental advances include:

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR PLEDGE THE PINK

This year, Pledge the Pink is renting out almost every accommodation on Fripp Island from Oct. 24-27 for the 1,500 participants and others affiliated with the event. The annual Beaufort County breast cancer research fundraiser — previously known as LoCo Motion — will include three 10-mile walks on successive mornings on Fripp, Hunting and Dataw islands followed by games, parties, giveaways and other events. Pledge the Pink is sold out, but volunteers are still needed. For more information, go to www.pledgethepink.com.

REDUCE YOUR RISK FOR BREAST CANCER WITH THESE STRATEGIES

Breast cancer: Just reading those words can make many women worry. And that’s natural. Nearly everyone knows someone touched by the disease.

But there is a lot of good news about breast cancer these days. Treatments keep getting better, and more is known about how to prevent the disease. Try these simple steps to lower your risk:

Lois RichardsonHILTON HEAD ICON TURNS 100

Lois Richardson, a pillar of the Hilton Head Island community, hit an incredible milestone this summer. Richardson, wife of the late Norris Richardson, celebrated her centennial birthday, marking a century of giving her all to her community and her family. 

Richardson was one of the early residents of Hilton Head, arriving before the first bridge to the mainland was built. She and others like her were known as “island pioneers.”

WAYS TO STAY FIT IN THE LOWCOUNTRY FOR FREE

NO EXCUSES: HERE IS A LIST OF 8 FREE PLACES IN THE LOWCOUNTRY TO GET YOUR WORKOUT ON.

Pharmacy

Local businesses provide jobs and are important drivers for healthy economic, social and business communities. Shopping and filling prescriptions with local pharmacies — some of which are composting pharmacies — have certain advantages over frequenting big chains and ordering prescriptions via mail order.

SURGICAL AND MINIMALLY-INVASIVE PROCEDURES

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Minimally invasive cosmetic procedures grew at a slightly higher rate than surgical procedures in 2018. While three of the topfive surgical procedures focused on the body, the top minimally invasive procedures focused on the face. Of the nearly 1.8 million cosmetic surgical procedures performed the most popular were:

SUMMER TRENDS HIGHLIGHT YOUR NATURAL BEAUTY

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It’s finally time for full-coverage looks to take a hike.

My favorite beauty trend for summer makeup is minimal coverage, accented by sheer washes of color on the cheeks, lips and eyes and radiant, highlighted skin. Even those who prefer full coverage can modify their techniques to help their skin appear more natural and glowing.

Start by applying moisturizer. Immediately follow with concealer on the dark areas in the inner corners of the eyes and the eyelids to add brightness and camouflage uneven skin tone; apply underneath the eyes to hide puffiness and dark circles. My favorite concealers have vitamins and hyaluronic acid to brighten the skin and fill in fine lines.

MEDICAL CONDITIONS DRIVE LOCAL SUPPORT FOR CANNABIS BILL

Margaret RichardsonMargaret Richardson doesn’t match the stereotypical image of a marijuana user, which made her recent testimony about medical cannabis to a panel of state senators all the more riveting.

The 62-year-old mother and grandmother is the wife of Scott Richardson — the former Republican state senator and director of the South Carolina Department of Insurance.

But the week of Thanksgiving 2018, agonized by the searing pain of trigeminal neuralgia — “like having a Bunsen burner turned on inside your head,” she says — Richardson took a friend’s whispered advice to try cannabis.

The opiates prescribed by her physician in 2015 had knocked down the pain, but at the unacceptable cost of destroying her stomach. Three years after a complicated surgery to implant wires controlled by a transmitter, the treatment became less effective in stopping the severe pain.