Sharp News, June 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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- What's Hiding in Your Tattoo? — Tattooing is a custom dating back thousands of years, and today is a booming $3 billion industry. But as more people are getting inked, there's a growing concern among health professionals that tattoos are covering up early indicators of skin cancer, or worse melanoma. According to Dr. Mona Mofid, board-certified dermatologist and Sharp Grossmont-affiliated physician, patients with tattoos, particularly on their back and sleeves, tend to show them off in the sun and can't see changes in the skin or moles that may indicate skin cancer. In the case of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, this can be deadly. Dr. Mofid is available to talk about this topic, which is a growing trend in her practice.
- Caring for Patients Without Family Support — A hospital stay can be difficult, especially for patients without family and friends nearby. Sharp Memorial Hospital offers a special program that provides bedside compassion and support to patients whose loved ones aren't available. Volunteers serve as companions and provide personalized attention to help patients toward recovery — including accompanying them to the preoperative surgical area, reading or having conversations, assisting with meal selection, obtaining amenities from concierge services and more. Gil Harrison, president of the Sharp Memorial Auxiliary, is available for interviews about this unique Community Care Partner Program.
- 3rd Annual Living Donor Celebration — In 2015, 39 individuals became living kidney donors at Sharp Memorial Hospital —saving the life of a family member, a friend, even a stranger. Sharp Memorial will celebrate their incredible gift of life at the third-annual Living Donor Celebration on Wednesday, June 15, at 6:30 pm. Without these donors, people with kidney failure often wait 5 to 10 years for an organ from a deceased donor — suffering through grueling kidney dialysis in the meantime, or dying themselves during the wait. Nationwide, more than 125,000 people are waiting for a new kidney. Donors and recipients are also available to share their stories in advance of the event.
National Trends Localized
- FDA Issues Guidelines to Reduce Sodium in Foods — The U.S. Drug and Administration issued guidelines to cut the amount of salt added to foods by about a third. The average sodium intake in the United States is about 3,400 milligrams per day. The guidelines set targets for the food industry to help reduce sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams per day. A Sharp dietitian is available to discuss ways to reduce your sodium intake on foods.
- Sunscreen: What's Really Working and What's Not — According to a new consumer report on sunscreen protection, 43 percent failed to meet the SPF claim on the label. A Sharp-affiliated dermatologist is available to discuss this new report and talk about the importance of sun protection.
- Are Flip-Flops Bad for Your Feet? — As summer arrives, we turn to flip-flops as everyday wear, without thinking about possible long-term effects of wearing shoes with so little support. There are many hidden dangers of flip-flops to the ankle, toes, heels and arch. A Sharp Rees-Stealy podiatrist is available to discuss the dangers of flip-flops to your feet.
Important Health Dates
- National Cancer Survivor Day — Celebrating its 28 th year, National Cancer Survivor Day (June 5) honors cancer survivors, brings attention to the ongoing challenges they face and shows that life after cancer can still be fulfilling, rewarding and inspiring to those around them. There are nearly 14.5 million people living with and beyond cancer in the U.S. today, and more than 32 million cancer survivors worldwide. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss the latest in cancer treatment.
- Water Safety: Reduce the Risk of Accidental Drownings — Drowning is leading cause of injury deaths in children ages 1 to 4, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers involved in the study also found that for each year between 2005 and 2009, an average of 3,880 Americans lost their lives to drowning and nearly 5,800 people a year were estimated to have sought treatment in the emergency room because of a near-drowning episode. A Sharp-affiliated emergency physician is available to discuss the study and provide water safety tips as summer approaches.
- National Hernia Awareness Month — According to the National Center for Health Statistics, around 5 million Americans have a hernia, yet only 750,000 seek treatment. In light of National Hernia Awareness Month in June, a Sharp representative is available to talk about hernias and the associated myths, including the common misconception that the surgery to have them removed is invasive and painful.
From Sharp Health News
- Is barefoot running a trend worth trying? — Many runners tout the benefits of running barefoot, but is it right for you? You might not want to ditch the running shoes just yet.
- What pregnant women need to know about preeclampsia — A Sharp-affiliated OBGYN talks about symptoms of and treatment for this rapidly progressive condition that affects both mom and baby.
- The truth about detox diets and cleanses — Do these popular trends truly have health benefits, or is it all just hype?
- Cancer treatment can affect your heart — It's important to understand the potential effects of cancer-fighting therapies on the heart.