Sharp News, August 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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Inside Sharp HealthCare
- Is it normal anxiety or signs of an impending heart attack? — Luz Lopez is a loving wife, mom, grandma and Chula Vista resident. She's also a survivor of heart disease thanks to her doctor, who recognized that her symptoms of stress and anxiety were more than normal worried feelings — they were signs of an impending heart attack. Luz was rushed to Sharp Chula Vista's cardiac cath lab the day after her doctor made the diagnosis, saving her life. Luz is speaking at Sharp Chula Vista's free Heart Health Expo on Saturday, Aug. 20, and is available to speak with media about her experience with heart disease.
- Breakthrough brain tumor technology helps 25-year-old patient — A brain tumor diagnosis is devastating at any age. But new technology using a high-powered surgical microscope can now pinpoint a cancerous tumor and differentiate it from healthy brain tissue, which is saving lives. Called Microscopic Fluorescence-Guided Tumor Resection, it allows a neurosurgeon to spare normal tissue, a critical component to success when operating on complexities of the brain. Chase Leoncini, age 25, was one of the first patients to benefit from the technology at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. The picture of health with no previous symptoms, Chase enjoyed working out, rock climbing and scuba diving when the brain tumor was discovered and he underwent emergency surgery. Vik Udani, M.D., a Sharp Grossmont neurosurgeon, and patient Chase Leoncini, are available to talk about the surgery and how the technology, only available at a few San Diego hospitals, is improving patient care.
- Finding the art in medicine — Sharp Rees-Stealy nurse Dee Ellsworth found a way to combine her passions: medicine and art. She creates custom jewelry and colorful artwork from medication vial lids that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Her colleagues at Sharp Rees-Stealy help her collect thousands of small plastic pieces in almost every color. Ellsworth's latest work of art was featured at the 2016 San Diego County Fair. Interviews are available with nurse Dee Ellsworth about her unique art hobby.
National Trends Localized
- New app reminds parents to check back seat — A recent AP story reported 23 kids have died so far this year by being left in a hot car, nearly matching the total for all of last year. Dr. Howard Smart, a pediatrician with Sharp Rees-Stealy, has developed a free app called ChildOnBoard, to remind parents about kids they may have in the back seat. Dr. Smart is available to discuss how this new app can assist parents.
- Concussion rates rise among youth — Concussion rates have risen sharply among U.S. kids and teens, according to recent studies. One study found that concussion diagnoses more than doubled between 2007 and 2014. Likely the main drivers are from head injuries from sports and other physical activities, such as bike riding and skateboarding. In addition, the CDC estimates every year around 30,000 kids get concussions while playing on the playground. In 2005 just 23 out of every 100,000 kids taken to the ER had a concussion from playing on a playground. Fast forward to 2013 and that rate more than doubled, with 48 of every 100,000 kids receiving a concussion while on the playground. Dr. Saben, a family medicine doctor who also specializes in sports medicine at Sharp Rees-Stealy, is available for an interview on the dangers of concussions and how to recognize the symptoms.
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 available to discuss these important breastfeeding facts and more.
- Get immunized — August is National Immunization Awareness Month. This month is meant to raise awareness about the need for immunization throughout one's life-span — from infants and children to teens, pregnant women to adults, immunizations are an important part of staying healthy. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss the most important vaccinations to get the new immunization rules for back to school and the importance of staying up to date on these vaccinations your entire life.
- August is Psoriasis Awareness Month — According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the United States, affecting up to 7.5 million Americans. A Sharp-affiliated dermatologist is available to discuss symptoms and treatment options for those suffering from psoriasis.
From Sharp Health News
- Doctor's office, urgent care or ER — Knowing where to turn can get you the most appropriate level of care in the shortest time.
- Know the dangers of heat stroke — How to recognize the signs and symptoms of this life-threatening medical condition.
- How much water do you need while exercising (infographic) — Learn how much water you should be drinking before, during and after exercise.