Sharp News, May 2017
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Inside Sharp HealthCare
- Mother’s Day photo op: Sharp Grossmont landscapers deliver fresh-cut campus blooms to new moms — Landscapers at Sharp Grossmont delivered freshly cut flowers to new moms, which the landscapers grow and maintain themselves year round, from the hospital’s abundant gardens. The program, called “This Bud’s for You,” raises the spirits of patients and lets landscapers step inside to become part of the patient experience.
- May 6 is World Labyrinth Day — At times of stress — like when you or a loved one are in the hospital — we need a little space, a little release and a little inner peace. Like a walk on a labyrinth. Sharp Coronado Hospital has a labyrinth path on its property, where patients, family, staff and the public can walk and cleanse their minds.
National Trends Localized
- Treatment for postmenopausal women with osteoporosis — Recently, the FDA approved an injection to treat postmenopausal women with osteoporosis at high risk for fracture. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss treatment options for women with osteoporosis.
- PrEP is changing how we treat HIV and AIDS — According to the County of San Diego, more than 18,700 people in the region are living with HIV, but 1 in 10 are unaware that they carry the transmittable disease. This puts their partners at high risk of infection. A daily medication available to those at high risk is quietly changing the way doctors treat HIV and AIDS, as well as how patients live with and society thinks about HIV and AIDS. Dr. Aimee Lopes, an HIV specialist with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, is available to discuss this treatment.
- Skin cancer on the rise among Hispanics — Hispanics are the fastest growing population in the U.S., and as the population has grown, so have instances of skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma incidence — the deadliest form of skin cancer — has risen nearly 20 percent in the last two decades among Hispanics. A Sharp-affiliated dermatologist is available to discuss skin cancer risks.
Important Health Dates
- Who’s got your back on Memorial Day? — Can a bad sunburn increase your risk for cancer? Risk of melanoma — the most serious form of skin cancer — doubles if someone has had five or more sunburns in their lifetime. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day as “Don’t Fry Day” to raise awareness of skin cancer prevention and to encourage everyone to protect their skin as they head outdoors to kick off the summer season. A Sharp-affiliated dermatologist is available to talk about risks associated with tanning, appropriate SPF and sun safety tips to get you through the summer, including new types of skin protection for adults and kids.
- Mental Health Awareness Month — During the month of May, experts from Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, San Diego’s largest privately operated mental health facility, are available to discuss a variety of topics including eating disorders, child and adolescent mental health, suicide prevention, anxiety and depression.
- Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month — May is peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers. There is no cure for asthma and allergies, but many deaths are preventable with proper treatment and care. Ten people a day die from asthma. Asthma affects 24 million Americans, and 6.3 million children under the age of 18 suffer from asthma.
From Sharp Health News
- Treating tendinitis with acupuncture — Many people find relief with an integrative approach to acute and chronic tendon pain.
- What is a febrile seizure? — Febrile seizures are the most common type of childhood seizures.
- Turning challenge into passion — Fabienne Hanks’ experience as a brain tumor survivor led her to help improve care for others.