Health

Sleep and a Healthy Brain

By P.A. Bennett

Sleep brain connection

How often do you jump out of bed in the morning refreshed, wide awake, and ready to go? If you’re like most of us, it’s probably not often enough.  It happened to me this morning. I was shocked and amazed. Got me to wondering, what did I do right last night, so that I feel so good this morning? I obviously got a good night’s sleep, so how do I keep that up?

And if you’re concerned about your brain health, The Global Council on Brain Health says regular, quality sleep is of the utmost importance to a healthy brain as we age.  The council makes the following recommendations:

SC Resident Uses Virtual Sleep Clinic for Good Night's Sleep

By M. Ziehe

Sleep Study

Originally from Massachusetts, Catherine Locatis has been living in South Carolina for over 30 years. Due to poor sleep quality, Locatis decided to get tested to see what was causing the problem. Through telehealth, she connected to Singular Sleep, a health startup in Charleston, founded by Dr. Joseph Krainin.

The views expressed in this video do not necessarily reflect those of South Carolina ETV.

Frequent Patients See Doctor by Video for Rare Digestive Disorder

By T. Crouch

The Mannings make pizza.

Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EOE) is a life altering and rare digestive disorder.

Dr. Jonathan Markowitz, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Greenville Health System, describes the condition as an extensive food allergy. He says while the condition is rare, he sees hundreds of patients in the Southeast, some who seek him out because of his interest and research in the disorder. Additionally, the patients who see him make frequent visits, as the diagnosis can be tedious.

Sonographers Expand Training Using Telehealth

By M. Ziehe

Sonograher uses Echo to read heart

In the Pee Dee region of South Carolina, a group of heart sonographers meet once a quarter for continuing education classes. Originally provided in-house, the training later expanded to encompass videoconferencing technology. Through telehealth, area sonographers in remote locations can connect to the host site, McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, to gain valuable knowledge and experience.

South Carolina Uses Telehealth To Fill Healthcare Gaps

Provider demonstrates how she uses a telehealth cart.

In 2013, the South Carolina Legislature provided funds to expand healthcare services through Telehealth. The funding ultimately formed the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance. Several agencies form the Alliance, and among the agencies is the Department of Health and Human Services. They provide funds and oversight each year, in order to increase access to care for all residents.

Collaboration Drives Healthcare Innovation in South Carolina

By M. Ziehe

South Carolina Telehealth Alliance Advisory Council meeting in a conference room

As the healthcare system continues to evolve, collaboration becomes a significant aspect for efficient change. The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance was formed in 2014 to coordinate and facilitate Telehealth efforts across the state. Its mission is to “improve the health of South Carolina's citizens through telehealth.”

To learn about the Alliance visit www.sctelehealth.org

 

Student Athlete uses Telehealth to Meet Nutrition Goals

By T. Crouch

Micah, 11 years old, enjoys sharing his passion for football with his family.

At eleven years old, Micah has been interested in sports for most of his life.

"Ever since he was two years old, I would have to buy him his own helmet and he would walk around with it all the time," said Felicia Maine, Micah's mother.

With practice, games, and growth spurts, Felicia and Micah went to their long time pediatrician, Dr. James Simmons from All Children's Pediatrics, for advice. Maine says, it is not because they were unhealthy, but that they wanted to stay on track and develop good habits, considering Micah's rigorous practice schedule as he gets older.

Comforting Care: Family Uses Telehealth at Home for Baby in Hospice

By T. Crouch

Baby Jed with Dad

Abby and Richard Feistel describe their family through their Christian faith and roots in the south.

“Blessed for sure,” says Richard Feistel, describing his children.

They have three daughters and a son, filling their home with tiny voices, laughter, and sounds of lots of toys. Both youngest children have special needs. And the youngest, Jedidiah "Jed", was not expected to survive birth having a bladder obstruction, small lungs, and a high chance of failed kidneys.

Telepsychiatry Making a Difference in Patient's Life

By M. Ziehe

Brenda smiling and looking at the camera

"She keeps me young, she really does," says the 70-year-old Myrtle Beach resident Michael Purvis.

Purvis is the father of Brenda, a 27 year-old young lady who has Down Syndrome, a genetic condition in which the person is born with an extra chromossome.

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