Sharp News, August 2017
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Inside Sharp HealthCare
- Put your hands up for health — This year, Sharp Rees-Stealy is the presenting sponsor for the Summer Movies in the Park program, a County of San Diego effort that will show 140 free outdoor movies at different venues throughout the county, with an anticipated audience of more than 40,000. As part of the sponsorship, an energetic team from Sharp Rees-Stealy — called the Health Squad — introduces the medical group’s new “Hands up for Health” wellness initiative and leads the audience through a brief, fun and safe exercise routine before they settle down to enjoy the evening’s featured movie.
- Study shows historical evidence of ear infections in ancient Native Americans — While providing care for the Navajo in the remote, high desert of New Mexico, Dr. James Ochi treated many children with severe, chronic ear infections. Native American children suffer from ear infections at a rate of three times higher than the rest of society, which may result in hearing loss and learning and job performance issues. Dr. Ochi, a Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat physician) then embarked on a study of Native American skulls 700 to 1,000 years old in a private collection near the reservation where he was working. His study found that 6 of the 21 skulls (29 percent) showed clear evidence of longstanding ear infections when examined with CT technology. Dr. Ochi is available to discuss the study and these findings.
- New South Bay hospital reaches milestone — Construction on Sharp HealthCare’s newest hospital reached the almost halfway point with an exciting milestone on July 29. Time-lapse video captured nearly 500 cement trucks as they filed onto the Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center campus overnight to pour the base of the new South Bay hospital, set to open in fall 2019. By the end of the 12-hour project, 4,700 yards of concrete covering 25,000 square feet had been poured.
National Trends Localized
- Knowing when it’s a heart attack — What former patient Pat Dolan thought was indigestion quickly turned into something much worse when she suffered from acute coronary syndrome, the most severe kind of heart attack. Pat and Dr. Steven Rough, an interventional cardiologist with Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, are available to discuss the signs and symptoms of a heart attack along with prevention tips for viewers.
- The ABCs of hepatitis — San Diego has recently seen an outbreak of hepatitis A. Public health officials have responded by offering free vaccination clinics, installing countywide hand-washing stations and distributing hygiene kits via local homeless outreach organizations. Dr. Fadi Haddad, an infectious disease specialist with Sharp Grossmont Hospital is available for an interview to talk about hepatitis.
- Eat your water — When you think of hydration, you probably think of drinking water. But did you know that around 20 percent of our water comes from the food we eat? Caitlin Jackson, a registered dietitian with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers, is available to talk about foods such as fruits and veggies that provide the water your body needs, plus vitamins and minerals.
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 immunized — August is National Immunization Awareness Month. This month is meant to raise awareness on the need for immunization throughout one’s lifespan; 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 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
- How to know when a child needs speech therapy — Every child learns and develops at their own pace. Find out 5 ways you can help encourage language growth with your child.
- Breaking a family addition cycle — Anyone can become addicted, but a family history of addiction increases your risk.
- 5 ways to relieve sunburn pain — When your sunscreen application doesn’t hold up, here’s how to cool the burn.