Sharp News, June 2017
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
- Sharp Chula Vista honors patients for National Cancer Survivors Day — Each June, National Cancer Survivors Day is observed to honor individuals whose lives have been touched by the disease, and also to demonstrate that life after a cancer diagnosis can be a reality. In observance of this, Sharp Chula Vista is reconnecting with former patient Celina Lopez to share her life after breast cancer and how her experience has shaped her outlook on life moving forward. Media are invited to visit with Celina as she starts her new job as a preschool teacher in Chula Vista.
- Celebrating living kidney donors — On June 14, Sharp Memorial Hospital will host its fourth annual Living Kidney Donor Celebration to honor the 31 individuals who donated a kidney at Sharp Memorial in 2016 — saving the life of a family member, a friend, even a stranger. 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, nearly 100,000 people are waiting for a new kidney. The celebration will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego in Hazard Center from 6 to 8:30 pm. Donors and recipients are also available to share their stories prior to the event.
- We Honor Veterans Recognition, Education and Resource Expo — On Monday, June 12 Sharp HospiceCare will be hosting the We Honor Veterans Recognition, Education and Resource Expo at Balboa Park. There will be presentations on issues related to caring for our military veterans, such as PTSD and caregiver support, as well as a special veteran recognition ceremony. The event will feature guest speakers from Sharp HealthCare and the VA San Diego Healthcare System, as well as music from the San Diego City Guard Band.
National Trends Localized
- New technique for brain radiation — A new technique for brain tumors protects short-term memory and other cognitive functions. With hippocampal sparing, doctors can design a radiation plan that protects the part of the brain responsible for short-term memory and other important cognitive functions, while treating the rest of the brain for cancer. Dr. Siavash Jabbari is available for an interview to discuss the hippocampal sparing technique.
- Doctor takes holistic medicine to heart — After seeing how integrative holistic medicine practices helped heal her son, Dr. Kathlyn Ignacio uses what she’s learned in her internal medicine practice. Dr. Ignacio is available to discuss the benefits of holistic medicine.
Important Health Dates
- How to have a healthy county fair day — Headed to the San Diego County Fair this summer? A Sharp-Rees Stealy physician is available to discuss which food options are better than others (i.e., the giant turkey leg versus the deep-fried goods), sun protection and how much water to drink of you're spending the day outdoors.
- Water safety: reduce the risk of accidental drownings — Drowning is the leading cause of injury deaths in children ages 1 through 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 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
- 9 truths about eating disorders — Increasing awareness, removing stigma and challenging the mistruths surrounding eating disorders can help those who experience disordered eating, as well as their families.
- 10 camping safety tips — Planning a camping trip? Follow these tips to stay healthy and safe in the great outdoors.
- Sneaky names for sugar — Did you know that sugar goes by 60 different names? Here’s what to look for on food labels.