Sharp News Updates — October 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.
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.
- Heart Transplant Program — On Oct. 11, Sharp Memorial Hospital will celebrate 30 years since becoming the first hospital in San Diego to perform a heart transplant. Since that day — Oct. 11, 1985 — nearly 400 lives have been saved through heart transplantation at the hospital. The program has one of the country's highest one-year survival rates and consistently exceeds national averages. Today, Sharp Memorial is recognized as a global leader in heart transplantation — and all cardiac care — for its innovation and success. Medical directors of the transplant program, who have remained at Sharp since the program began, can discuss the legacy of heart transplantation at the hospital, as well as the full spectrum of cardiac care provided to patients with failing hearts.
- Sharp Rees-Stealy SensorySuite — Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers is the first health care provider and only in California to provide SensorySuite, a new mammography technology that can ease anxiety and provide a relaxing environment, at its Downtown and Mira Mesa locations. In the exam suite, the air is infused with a light, calming fragrance, while flat-screen wall monitors display relaxing videos and photos and project soothing sounds of the selected ambiance. Tours are available to visit the SensorySuite and show it's benefits to patients.
- Sharp HealthCare Launches New Site With Original Content — Sharp HealthCare announced the launch of Sharp Health News, an online news site featuring engaging and original stories about medical breakthroughs, new technology and health and wellness. Sharp is the first health system in San Diego to create a fully developed interactive news site designed for consumers. Sharp Health News works closely with Sharp-affiliated physicians to provide the most reliable news and information for your health.
National trends localized.
- Over-the-Counter Contraceptives — Beginning Oct. 1, California will allow women to get birth control over the counter. Under a new state law, women will be able to go to a pharmacy and get a prescription for contraceptive pills, the ring or the patch. A Sharp pharmacist is available to discuss what this new bill means and what women should be aware of when being prescribed birth control over the counter.
- Breast Cancer Is Not Just for Women, Men Get It, Too — When father and husband David Smyle felt a lump on his left breast, he had it checked out by his doctor. He was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer and is among just 1 percent of men who get the disease. David is now receiving chemotherapy and remains positive and strong during his battle with cancer. Because many think breast cancer is a woman's disease, he's sharing his journey to raise awareness among men not to ignore symptoms. David and Sharp Grossmont-affiliated physician, Dr. David Bodkin, an oncologist/hematologist, are both available to discuss the risk factors, symptoms and treatment options.
Important health dates.
- "Saving" Yourself From Impact of Daylight Saving Time on Sleep — Daylight saving time ends on Nov. 1, the time we set our clocks to "fall back." In the fall, we gain an hour of sleep, which sounds like a pretty good deal. But can a one-hour time change impact our overall health? Changing the clock in either direction can influence one of our primary sleep cues — light — that may affect our mood, our bodies' natural clock and result in other issues. Dr. Victoria Sharma, a Sharp Grossmont-affiliated neurologist and sleep medicine physician at the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Sleep Disorders Center, is available to discuss tips on how to adjust, as well as provide general ideas on how to get a restful sleep.
- October Is National Bullying Prevention Month — Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital expert Mariel Diaz is available to discuss tips on bullying prevention, coping skills and the effort schools can take to effectively address bullying on campus.
- Mental Health Awareness Week — Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is Oct. 5 to 11. One in four adults experiences a mental health problem in any given year. One in five young people aged 13 to 18 also experience mental illness. In fact, one-half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14; three-quarters by age 24. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss mental illness symptoms and treatment.
From Sharp Health News.
- Four Flu Myths Busted — Dr. Howard Wynne counters common misconceptions about flu and flu shots.
- Traveling Abroad? Read This First — Director of Sharp's Global Patient Services offers 10 tips for international travel.
- Sharp Home to New Research Into Alzheimer's — Two new Alzheimer's clinical trials at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital focus on early stages of disease.