Sharp News, April 2017
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Inside Sharp HealthCare
- The new oral cancer threat — Experts have long been aware of risk factors like smoking and alcohol when it comes to oral cancer, but now there's a new threat on the rise: HPV. Ear, nose and throat expert Dr. Paul Schalch Lepe of Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center is available to explain what people need to know to reduce their risk for this deadly disease.
- Scanxiety: Waiting is the hardest part — Scanxiety is a real thing that doesn't go away, at least not for cancer patients. It's the overwhelming feeling of anxiety triggered by a follow-up scan and the unpredictability of its outcome; in extreme instances, it could present PTSD-like symptoms. Linda Hutkin-Slade, a Sharp Grossmont clinical oncology social worker, says it's about the unknown or news patients would rather not hear, like that cancer has spread, returned or treatment isn't working as hoped. Sunny Golden, a stage-3 nonsmoking lung cancer patient, is available to discuss her struggle with scanxiety, along with Hutkin-Slade, to provide helpful tips to alleviate the feelings of dread.
- Delayed cord clamping and cord blood milking — Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns was awarded a $2.9 million research project grant from the National Institutes of Health to study two different methods of giving infants additional cord blood at birth. It is believed the techniques — known as delayed cord clamping and cord blood milking — can improve brain, heart and lung function, particularly for premature newborns. The hospital will lead eight other sites in the international study, which will follow 1,500 children up to two years of age in order analyze the long-term outcomes resulting from the techniques.
National Trends Localized
- Obesity and death risk — According to a recent study, adults who become overweight or obese have a higher risk of dying from heart disease, cancer or other illnesses. Also, the risk of dying increases in proportion to the amount of excess weight you gain. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss how overweight and obese people could reduce their risk by losing weight.
- Carbon monoxide poisoning — Recently, a teenage boy died and 14 other people were hospitalized after guests at a southern Michigan hotel were found unconscious around an indoor pool. Fire officials believe the cause was carbon monoxide poisoning. Sarah Saunders-Harbaugh, lead RN at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, is available to discuss the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, what people should do if they suspect that they've been exposed to carbon monoxide and things you should do immediately.
Important Health Dates
- April is National Donate Life Month — National Donate Life Month in April honors the hundreds of thousands of donors and recipients whose lives have been touched by organ donation. In California alone, there are nearly 22,000 people on the organ waiting list and more than 2,000 of them live in San Diego. Last year, 77 San Diegans died waiting for an organ. Sharp Memorial transplant physicians, transplant recipients, living kidney donors and loved ones of deceased donors can express how organ transplantation has affected their lives. Sharp Memorial has facilitated more than 2,300 transplants since 1985. Last year alone, this totaled 62 kidneys, 13 hearts and 3 kidney-pancreas transplants.
- National Healthcare Decisions Day — National Healthcare Decisions Day, which is being celebrated for a full week from April 16 to 22, highlights the importance of advance care planning — that is, documenting your health wishes that family and doctors can refer to in case you have a serious illness or accident where you cannot speak yourself. Last year, recognizing the importance of advance care planning, Medicare began paying health care providers for advance care planning discussions that they have with their patients. John Tastad, coordinator for advance care planning at Sharp HealthCare, is available to speak on the topic.
- 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.
From Sharp Health News
- Managing your menstrual cycle — New arrivals to the feminine hygiene product market could change how it's done.
- 25 years of supporting the community — Sharp Grossmont's Thrift Korral resale store celebrates a quarter century.
- Colorectal cancer screening rates low for Filipino-Americans — Americans of Filipino descent are the least likely among Asian-Americans to be screened.