Sharp News, April 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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- Healing Touch in Hospice — Alongside traditional approaches to healing, Sharp HospiceCare offers patients and caregivers Reiki and Healing Touch therapies to ease pain and anxieties, and to assist with symptoms related to the dying process. The Sharp HospiceCare integrative therapies coordinator and practitioners can speak about the various integrated therapies — including Healing Touch, Reiki, comfort massage, guided imagery and aromatherapy — provided by hospice aides and volunteers as part of the caregiving process.
- Donate Life Month — April is Donate Life Month, an annual recognition of the hundreds of thousands of people in the United States whose lives have been touched by organ and tissue donation. The observance also aims to inspire people to register as organ donors. To mark the occasion, Sharp Memorial has gone "blue and green" by lighting the hospital at night in the colors that represent Donate Life America. Organ recipients, families of loved ones who've donated and living kidney donors from Sharp Memorial Hospital can describe how their lives have been affected by organ donation. In California alone, there are more than 23,000 people on the organ waiting list. More than 500 of those are Sharp Memorial Hospital patients. Last year, 81 San Diegans died waiting for an organ.
- Diabetic Foot Care — The importance of proper foot care for people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes is paramount, but many don't know what steps are needed for prevention. A typical foot issue resulting from diabetes is peripheral vascular disease, which can result in gangrene and even amputation. Diabetes educator and case manager Angela Norton, RN, CDE, can offer a list of necessary prevention tips that can be done at home.
National Trends Localized
- Diabetes Rates Skyrocketing Worldwide — Diabetes rates nearly doubled in the past three decades, largely due to increases in obesity and sugary diets, according to a report just released by the World Health Organization. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss symptoms of diabetes and managing the disease.
- Caffeine and Miscarriages — A new study led by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has shown a connection between caffeine and miscarriages. This is one of the first studies to show that high caffeine intake can affect both men and women involved in trying to get pregnant, and make it more likely that the pregnancy will be lost early on. A Sharp-affiliated doctor specializing in maternal fetal medicine is available to discuss the issue and give helpful information on how to minimize the risk for early pregnancy loss.
- Cinnamon Reduces Blood Sugar in People With Type 2 Diabetes — A common item in your spice rack, cinnamon contains powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that help reduce heart disease and risk of cancer, and lowers blood sugar, which is especially important for those living with Type 2 diabetes. Registered dietitian Lynné Schatzlein, is available to speak about new research that explains the many benefits of ingesting cinnamon, plus she can prepare a fun diabetes-friendly meal that incorporates the spice.
Important Health Dates
- It's Time to Speak Up: National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16 — Who will speak for you when you cannot speak for yourself? You wouldn't think of going on vacation, taking a new job or even retiring without some advance planning. But most people don't plan ahead for what could be life's most important decisions. What if you had a serious illness or accident? It's important to record your wishes and decide who will speak for you if you can't speak for yourself. John CDE with Sharp Tastad Advance Care Planning Program can talk with you about the importance of adults — at any age or health status — to begin an advance health care plan. He can also discuss how to start this important conversation with your loved ones.
- Alcohol Awareness Month — According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, nearly 17.6 million adults in the U.S. are alcoholics. In light of National Alcohol Awareness Month in April, a representative from the Sharp McDonald Center is available to discuss alcoholism and the programs they have available for treatment, both for adults and teens.
- April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month — Sharp Chula Vista has teamed up with San Diego and Chula Vista police departments to raise awareness on the dangers of distracted driving. Did you know there are 1.6 million car accidents each year caused by distracted driving? Dr. Lynn Welling, an emergency medicine physician affiliated with Sharp, is available to speak about how often we see emergency room admissions caused by car accidents. Officer Brian Carter from the Chula Vista Police Department is also available to explain how often we see these preventable car accidents in Chula Vista and San Diego.