Sharp News, January 2017
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- Flu cases up in San Diego — Flu activity is picking up throughout San Diego County. So far this season, at least 881 San Diegans have come down with the flu. That's more than double the number of cases reported at the same time last year. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss flu symptoms and the flu vaccine.
- Crystal Beanies: crocheting for a cause — When Gloria Repik's vibrant 34-year-old daughter-in-law, Crystal, was diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer, she inevitably lost her hair due to treatment. That inspired Gloria to help other women in the same situation. She began crocheting sparkly, colorful beanies and now gives them to cancer patients at Sharp Grossmont Hospital to cheer them up and to keep their heads warm. Decorated with glitter, ribbons, buttons, small jewels and lots of love, she calls them "Crystal Beanies" in honor of Crystal, her daughter's wife. A nonsmoker, Crystal recently lost her battle with lung cancer. Gloria is available to talk about how Crystal's journey inspired her and the positive impact the beanies have on patients.
- Public unclear on what makes cigarettes dangerous — The New Year is always a time when people vow to make healthier choices. For smokers, that may mean choosing cigarettes labeled "natural" or "additive-free," which are widely perceived to be safer. Three new studies have found that most adults don't know what makes cigarettes so dangerous. They incorrectly thought harmful chemicals in cigarettes come from the additives rather than from the burning cigarettes. A Sharp Memorial oncologist can discuss the studies and what the findings could mean for public health smoking cessation efforts. He can also talk about why smoking is so dangerous for the body.
- Small resolutions, big changes — Many Americans make New Year's resolutions to lose weight or improve health, but only a few keep them. In fact, only 8 percent of us are actually successful in achieving our resolutions, according to the results of a University of Scranton study. A health coach says setting small goals may be the answer to increased success.
National Trends Localized
- Feed your kids peanuts, new guidelines — Peanuts are back on the menu. New national health guidelines call for parents to give their children foods containing peanuts early and often, starting when they're infants, as a way to help avoid life-threatening peanut allergies. A Sharp-affiliated pediatrician is available to discuss the new peanut guidelines.
- Janet Jackson has first child at age 50 — Janet Jackson recently gave birth to a baby boy at the age of 50. With her pregnancy, Jackson joined the growing number of women who are giving birth for the first time after the age of 30. Dr. Perri Lynne Wittgrove, an OBGYN affiliated with Sharp Grossmont Hospital, is available to discuss what women should know when they are pregnant at a later age.
- Death rates from cancer drop — According to a recent report, death rates from cancer are now 25 percent lower than 25 years ago. Better treatment protocols and more targeted therapies have driven the most dramatic improvements in the survival of patients with malignancies of the blood and lymph system, says the American Cancer Society's annual report card on cancer. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss the importance of early detection in a cancer diagnosis.
Important Health Dates
- Women's Healthy Weight Day (Jan. 19) — Strict diets and workout plans can cloud the truth that a "healthy" weight is different for every person. A Sharp expert is available to go over how to calculate your BMI, how to choose the right meal plan for safe weight loss and how to safely get in shape without injury.
From Sharp Health News
- Keeping your reusable bags clean — Reusable grocery bags can carry more than just food. Here are five tips to help avoid getting sick.
- Beat the blues this winter — Four ways to keep the colder weather and shorter days from getting you down.
- Top 10 health stories of 2016 — You have health questions and we have answers. Here are the most popular stories of this year.