Sharp News, November 2015
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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- Allergic Reactions at Schools — 1 in 10 schools dealt with an anaphylaxis case in 2013 according to a recent study. And 22 percent of those students had no previously known allergies, the researchers added. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss and demonstrate the use of epinephrine auto-injectors.
- Overdose Antidote-Drug Available Without a Prescription — More than 44,000 people die from accidental drug overdoses every year in the United States. The drug naloxone reverses opioid overdoses and is already available without a prescription in California and in other states. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss what the potential risks are for people who overdose who do not go to the emergency room.
- Boys and HPV Vaccine — According to a recent study, too few boys are getting the HPV vaccine. Only 21.6 percent of boys 13 to 17 years old had received the full three-dose HPV vaccine series in 2014. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss the recommendation that adolescent boys and girls follow the CDC recommended immunization schedule.
National trends localized.
- Growing Evidence That Antibiotics Linked With Weight Gain in Children — A study, which monitored nearly 164,000 children in Pennsylvania, concluded that healthy children at age 15 who had been prescribed antibiotics seven or more times in their childhood weighed about 3 pounds more than those who didn't take these medicines. With constant reminders of diet and exercise against childhood obesity, many parents will be wondering if they should also consider not using antibiotics for their children. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to speak about if this is a real precaution parents should take and what alternatives there are to antibiotics.
- Hold the Cheese: Scientists Discover Cheese Is as Addictive as Drugs — Ever wonder why you always reach for that third slice of pizza? Wonder no more. Scientists have found that cheese contains a chemical called casein, which during digestion breaks apart and releases a whole host of opiates. These options create feelings of reward and addiction. A Sharp nutritionist is available to speak about how digestion triggers these opiates, what other foods have similar reactions and what substitutes you can have instead of cheese.
Important health dates.
- American Diabetes Month — November is National American Diabetes Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, someone is diagnosed with diabetes every 17 seconds, and by 2050 one in three Americans will be affected by the disease. A Sharp-affiliated physician or dietitian is available to discuss the risk factors, symptoms, treatment options and importance of preventive measures.
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Month — November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Sharp HospiceCare has been caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their loved ones since 1991. A Sharp HospiceCare representative is available to share the program's approach to pain relief, daily comfort and closure.
- Lung Cancer Awareness Month — November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death. A Sharp-affiliated oncologist is available to discuss both the physical and emotional challenges associated with this type of cancer and also risk factors, symptoms and treatment options.