Sharp News, February 2016
Sharp HealthCare values its relationship with local media and we look forward to working with you to educate our community about important health issues. Following is a compilation of current health care topics.
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Inside Sharp HealthCare.
- New Study: Women Far More Likely to Have Sleep Problems Than Men — Not getting enough sleep at night can take a toll on your health, but if you're a woman, you're at even greater risk. A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates women have more trouble falling asleep, staying asleep and waking up not feeling rested than men. Sleep deprivation poses a range of serious health threats for women — obesity, cardiovascular disease, stroke, depression and decreased cognitive functioning. Dr. Victoria Sharma, a Sharp Grossmont-affiliated physician board-certified in sleep medicine and neurology, is available to talk about the study, health risks and tips for getting a restful night's sleep. Watch Dr. Sharma now.
- Winter Skin Care — Are you suffering from dry, itchy skin? Winter weather can be brutal on your skin, from cracked hands and feet to chapped lips. As temperatures drop, so does your skin's moisture. A Sharp Rees-Stealy dermatologist is available to discuss the importance of skin care during the winter and give tips on keeping your skin healthy.
- High-Fiber Diets Lower Teen Breast Cancer Risk — According to a new study, teenage girls who get plenty of fiber in their diets may have a lower risk of breast cancer later in life. Women with the highest fiber intake as teenagers also showed a reduced risk — 16 percent lower than women who'd eaten the least fiber as teens. Ursula Ridens, a registered dietitian at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, is available to discuss the importance of fiber and how to increase fiber in your meals.
National trends localized.
- Zika Virus and Microcephaly — Pregnant women are being urged to think twice before traveling to Latin American and Caribbean countries battling a rise in cases of microcephaly — a rare condition that shrinks the brains of unborn babies. An estimated 25,000 babies receive a microcephaly diagnosis each year in the United States. Dr. Ahmad Bailony, a Sharp Chula Vista-affiliated pediatrician, is available to discuss the symptoms and causes of microcephaly and the highly probable link to the Zika virus.
- New Guidelines: Pregnancy and Depression — Anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of women experience depression while pregnant or as new mothers. Recently, a panel of government-backed experts released a new set of recommendations that says all U.S. adults, including pregnant and postpartum women, should be screened for depression. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss what these guidelines mean, as well as discuss pregnancy- and depression-related symptoms.
- Childbearing Women and Alcohol — According to the CDC, young women should avoid alcohol unless using birth control. The CDC estimates 3.3 million women between 15 and 44 are at risk of exposing a developing fetus to alcohol because they drink, are sexually active and are not using birth control. A Sharp-affiliated OBGYN is available to discuss pregnancy and the recommendation to avoid alcohol.
Important health dates.
- Happy Birthday to You! Birthday Party for Sharp Chula Vista's Leap Year Babies, Feb. 29 — You're invited to a special birthday party that only happens once every four years. On Feb. 29, Sharp Chula Vista physicians and nurses will throw a birthday party for the babies who will be born on Leap Day. As these babies won't get a "true" birthday until the next Leap Year in 2020, this is truly cause for celebration. A special birthday cake will provided by Chula Vista baker and Food Network star Jose Barajas from Mmm Cakes! Interviews will be available with physicians, nurses and new moms and dads with their babies.
- February Fallout — Every New Year, it never fails: People get a spark of enthusiasm for embarking on a healthy course for the year. But by mid-January, the spark starts to fade and resolution makers fail at keeping their goals for a healthier year. Just because four out of five New Year's resolution makers give up by the time February rolls around doesn't mean you have to, too. A Sharp Weight Management registered dietitian is available to discuss the importance of maintaining an exercise and nutrition plan throughout the year.
- February Is American Heart Month — Sharp-affiliated cardiologists are available for in-studio or office interviews to discuss heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women, throughout February, which is designated as American Heart Month.
From Sharp Health News.
- Preventing AFib-related stroke — The Sharp Chula Vista ER is one of the first to monitor patients with pacemakers and defibrillators to detect undiagnosed atrial fibrillation (AFib), which can lead to catastrophic stroke.
- Found in translation — Video remote interpreting removes communication barriers between patients and caregivers.
- Read this: 4 health benefits of reading — Opening a book will do more than entertain you.