Sharp News, January 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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- Cold Weather Sports — Winter storms brought lots of snow and ice to Southern California mountains. Nearly half a million people in the United States are treated for winter sports-related injuries each year, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. A Sharp-affiliated orthopedic surgeon can share helpful tips about avoiding these sprains, strains, tears, dislocations and fractures when out on the slopes.
- Tips to Keep Your New Year's Resolution to Eat Healthier — Did you make a New Year's resolution to eat healthier and slim down in 2016? After all the eggnog, fudge, pumpkin pie, cheese logs and other goodies consumed during the holidays, you may have packed on a few pounds and are ready to turn over a new, healthier leaf. While experts say most people give up on their resolutions within a few weeks, Kendra Busalacchi, a Sharp Grossmont Hospital-affiliated registered dietitian, is available to talk about tips, goal setting and small dietary changes that add up to big results on the scale and to keep you on track.
- New You, New Running Shoe — The start of the New Year is a time that many of us set goals to be healthier and fitter by starting a running routine. Nearly 70 percent of runners will injure themselves. One preventive measure is to use an appropriate shoe, but if you've ever looked at a wall of shoes in a running store, you know that deciding on a pair isn't easy. A Sharp-affiliated podiatrist is available to give tips on choosing the right running shoe and avoiding injury.
National trends localized.
- Antidepressants for Your 2-Year-Old — In 2014, the CDC found doctors provided more than 10,000 off-label prescriptions for children diagnosed with ADHD at ages 2 and 3. That number has continued to increase with no guidelines or position statements on the use of antidepressants and antipsychotics in children that young from either the American Academy of Pediatrics or the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology. A Sharp-affiliated adolescent psychiatrist is available to speak about how these medications are not meant for the young population and what direction a parent should take when seeing these symptoms in their children.
- Breast Cancer Risk Tied to Sugar — Do you need a reason to cut back on sugar? Sugar consumption in the United States is on the rise. Americans on average individually consume about 100 to 150 pounds of sugar per year. A new study reveals diets that are high in sugar are a major risk factor for certain types of cancers, especially breast cancer. Dr. Rodolfo Arcovedo, Sharp Chula Vista Medica Center, is available to talk about how sugar and a poor diet could increase the risk of breast cancer.
- New Dietary Guidelines — A Sharp HealthCare expert is available to discuss the new U.S. dietary guidelines, including what the changes mean on what to eat and what not to eat. For the first time, the government put limits on sugar and has removed the limits on cholesterol, including eggs in the diet. The guidelines, which are revised every five years, are based on evolving nutrition science and serve as the government's official advice on what to eat. Sharp Rees-Stealy dietitian Stephanie Metzner, from Center for Health Management, is available to discuss these dietary guidelines.
Important health dates.
- Women's Healthy Weight Day (Jan. 21) — Strict diets and workout plans can cloud the truth that a "healthy" weight is different for every person. A Sharp expert is available to go over how to calculate your BMI, how to choose the right meal plan for safe weight loss, and how to safely get in shape without injury.
From Sharp Health News.
- When you 'have to go,' you ought to go — The health dangers of holding your pee.
- 5 things you need to know about pneumonia — Getting vaccinated could help save your life.
- Do babies lose heat from their heads? — These hats, though cute, serve a mighty role. Newborns are even more susceptible to losing heat through their heads than adults.