Sharp News Updates — August 2014

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
  • Sharp Rehabilitation Services Opens Doors to Public Doors will open this month on the enhanced inpatient unit at the Sharp Allison deRose Rehabilitation Center, located on the Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus. The $7.7 million renovation provides San Diego with a state-of-the art rehabilitation facility that includes more private patient rooms, a healing environment with garden views outside each patient window and high-performance wall and window systems that reduce noise and increase energy efficiency. A public open house will be held on Thursday, Aug. 21, from 6 to 8 pm. For more than 50 years, Sharp Rehabilitation Services has offered hope to people who have suffered a spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, trauma or debilitating disease.
  • What to Do After a Bad Encounter With Snakes, Jellyfish or Stingrays Summertime is the perfect season to revel in San Diego's great outdoors, but exploring Nature isn't without its risks including snakebites or injuries from jellyfish or stingrays. If you have a serious critter encounter on land or sea, it's important to get the proper medical treatment before permanent or life-threatening injuries occur. A Sharp Grossmont Hospital emergency medicine physician is available to talk about what you should and shouldn't do.
  • Are You Ready for Some Football? Football season is right around the corner. Planning on playing your own game with friends and family? A Sharp Grossmont Hospital physical therapist is available to demonstrate stretches and exercises that will help avoid injury when playing football.
 National Trends Localized
  • Local Cardiologist Raises Concerns About Latest Blood Pressure Guidelines Dr. Robert Gillespie, a cardiologist with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, recently co-authored an article in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology on behalf of the Association of Black Cardiologists, raising concerns about the latest blood pressure guidelines and their potential significant negative impact on women and African Americans who are 60 years of age or older. Dr. Gillespie is available to discuss the recent changes to blood pressure guidelines and offer tips on maintaining a healthy heart.
  • How Much Sleep Do You Really Need? Sleep experts generally recommend seven to nine hours a night for healthy adults. Sleep scientists say new guidelines are needed to take into account an abundance of recent research in the field and to reflect that Americans are on average sleeping less than they did in the past. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss optimal sleep and insomnia.
 Important Health Dates
  • World Breastfeeding Month What reduces the risk of allergies, flu and childhood obesity in babies? What also reduces the threat of breast cancer in mothers? The answer to both is breastfeeding. In honor of National Breastfeeding Month this August, a Sharp-affiliated physician is able to discuss these important breastfeeding facts and more.
  • Get ImmunizedAugust is National Immunization Awareness Month. California public health officials have recently declared a whooping cough epidemic in the state and are urging all to get vaccinated against this preventable disease. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss the importance of immunizing everyone, from infants to adults.
  • August Is Psoriasis Awareness Month According the National Psoriasis Foundation, psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the United States, and affects up to 7.5 million Americans. A Sharp-affiliated dermatologist is available to discuss symptoms and treatment options for those suffering from psoriasis.