Sharp News, March 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.
Please contact Erica Carlson at Erica.Carlson@sharp.com if you are interested in speaking with one of our affiliated physicians or clinicians.
As a reminder, the after hours media number for Sharp HealthCare is 858-499-4301.
Inside Sharp HealthCare.
- Author Cheryl Strayed to Speak at Sharp's 25th Annual Women's Health Conference — Sharp HealthCare will host its 25th annual Women's Health Conference on Saturday, May 21, from 8:30 am to 5 pm at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Attendees of this inspiring daylong event will come away with the tools they need to take charge of their health and transform their lives. Featuring Cheryl Strayed, author of New York Times best-selling memoir Wild, the day includes exhibits, free health screenings and assessments and more than 40 informative breakout sessions on health, wellness and fitness.
- Lifetime Asthma Sufferer Benefits From Groundbreaking Procedure — Sharp Grossmont Hospital now offers bronchial thermoplasty, a minimally invasive procedure that can cause significant relief for patients suffering from severe asthma. Dr. Kaveh Bagheri, a Sharp-affiliated pulmonologist, performed the hospital's first bronchial thermoplasty procedure on a local respiratory therapist and mom who suffered from debilitating asthma since childhood. Dr. Bagheri and his first patient are available to discuss why the treatment was so effective and how it has improved her quality of life.
- Erectile Dysfunction: It Can Happen at Any Age and Signal Other Serious Health Risks — It's a topic most men don't want to talk about, but it's more common than you think — erectile dysfunction (ED). Contrary to popular belief, ED is not necessarily part of getting older and affects about one in five American men 20 years and older. High blood pressure, diabetes and certain medications can cause ED; and it's also linked to heart disease and can signal decreased blood flow to other organs including the heart. Dr. Jordan Siegel, a board-certified urologist at Sharp Grossmont specializing in men's sexual health conditions, is available to talk about why ED is often an early warning to other serious conditions and the latest treatments that can be life-changing for many men and their partners.
National trends localized.
- Daylight Saving and Increased Risk of Stroke (Sunday, March 13) — According to a new study, daylight saving time transitions may be tied to an increased risk of a common type of stroke. The results showed that the overall rate of ischemic stroke was 8 percent higher during the first two days after a daylight saving time transition. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to talk about how daylight saving time and can affect your health.
- Zika Virus and San Diego — What should you know about the Zika virus in San Diego? For the first time since it caused an international health emergency centered in Brazil, a Zika virus case has been confirmed in San Diego County. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to talk about Zika and what it means now that the virus is in San Diego.
- Melanoma Risk and Multiple Moles — Are people with many moles at heightened risk for skin cancer, including melanoma? A new study found that patients with melanoma skin cancer often had few moles, and no abnormal moles. A Sharp-affiliated dermatologist is available to talk about the importance of monitoring your health and your skin.
Important health dates.
- March Is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month; Screening Is the Key to Stamping Out No. 2 Cancer Killer in the U.S. — Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths for men and women combined. Last year, an estimated 136,000 people were predicted to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and an estimated 50,000 people were predicted to die of the disease. Despite being one of the top three cancer killers in the U.S., if colorectal cancer is detected early the survival rate is about 90 percent. That's why screening is so important. Dr. Ananthram Reddy, a board-certified gastroenterologist affiliated with Sharp Grossmont Hospital, is available to talk about the risk factors and screening methods, including a new, easy noninvasive DNA stool test.
- Have a Healthy St. Patrick's Day — Can cabbage reduce inflammation? Is Guinness any good for you? This St. Patrick's Day, find out from a Sharp dietitian what health benefits these Irish favorites and others offer.
- Spring Cleaning Your Medicine Cabinet — Don't forget your medicine cabinet while doing your spring cleaning. A Sharp-affiliated expert is available to discuss the importance of properly disposing of prescription drugs.
From Sharp Health News.
- From heart pump to transplant — Patient featured in "Stories of The Sharp Experience" documentary receives new heart.
- Miscarriage and heart health — Recent study adds to evidence linking pregnancy complications to cardiovascular disease. The conditions share physical characteristics and risk factors.
- Health hazards of high heels — They look great and make you feel tall, but those towering heels could be damaging your health.
- The robot will see you now (video) — Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Rapid diagnosis in the ER using video technology helps doctors preserve essential brain function in stroke patients.