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By Dr. Thaddeus John Bell
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Survival in the Rural Community

  South Carolina is a rural state and many of the residents live in rural communities. It is well documented that they have health disparities that surpass those who live in the city. Lack of access to care and preventative health care services are also...

Feeling Bad May Deserve ER Attention

  It is no longer appropriate for patients to call the answering service to request the physician to call in a prescription without the physician having seen the patient. Patients will often do this and get upset if the physician does not comply with his or her...

Facing the End of Life

  A reality not discussed by physicians and pastors is how to help people facing and dealing with end of life issues. You may not be aware, but physicians and pastors are not trained to talk with patients as they face death. I gained some insight into this issue...

Come On Man, You Still Smoking

  Several days ago, I discovered one of my patients has continued to smoke in spite of information from me regarding the pitfalls. He came to the office after smoking several cigarettes which caused an elevated blood pressure and required a return visit the next...

Testicular Cancer

  Men do not often discuss this type of cancer which commonly occurs between the ages of 15 and 45.  It usually appears in the testicles as a painless lump or mass and requires immediate medical attention and evaluation.  Please do not wait until the mass becomes...

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Too Many Medications

The manner in which medicine is practiced today can result in a patient taking too many medications.  This problem is often seen in patients who are sixty years or older, have chronic medical conditions, and have been seen by multiple physicians in the past.  Patients...

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