A Greenville family physician specializing in geriatric medicine spoke about what the general population should know about Alzheimer’s Disease in light of new Centers for Disease Control projections for the disease. The CDC reported that the number of Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease will nearly triple over the next four decades.
Dr. Ahmad Boota, a physician with Bon Secours St. Francis Health who specializes in sleep medicine, said most people get two hours less than the recommended amount of sleep. “Most Americans don’t really [get] adequate sleep, honestly. Most people sleep an average of 5 or 6 hours when they’re supposed to be sleeping 7-8 hours,” he said.
A Bon Secours physician is speaking out about the importance of mammograms in order to detect breast cancer as early as possible. Dr. Matthew Chaney, the Medical Director of the Pearlie Harris Center for Breast Health, said, “Over a lifetime, about 1 in 8 women will end up with a diagnosis of breast cancer.”
Nationwide, this past flu season marked the deadliest in more than 40 years. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 80,000 people died because of the flu and its complications. Bon Secours physician Dr. Scott Weikle recommends everyone over six months of age get the flu shot.
While competitive sports are great for exercise and building kids’ confidence, there are also risks of serious injury. Dr. Kathleen Woschkolup, the Director of Neurology at Bon Secours St. Francis Health, spoke about head injuries in youth sports.