Sharp News, September 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.
Please contact Erica Carlson at Erica.Carlson@sharp.com if you are interested in speaking with one of our affiliated physicians or clinicians.
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Inside Sharp HealthCare
- San Diegans with spinal cord injuries to surf — On Sept. 17, current and former patients of Sharp Rehabilitation Services will join dozens of other San Diegans with spinal cord injuries for the annual They Will Surf Again event, sponsored by Sharp. This powerful program, a signature event of the Life Rolls On Foundation, allows participants to experience the thrill of surfing with the help of adaptive equipment and dedicated volunteers. Rehabilitation experts are available to discuss how this event and similar programs improve quality of life for people affected by catastrophic injuries or illnesses. The event will take place at La Jolla Shores.
- Meet Xenex, the germ-killing robot — Germs don't stand a chance against this agent in the war on infectious disease. The Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot™ is the latest tool in Sharp Coronado Hospital's arsenal to reduce hospital-acquired infections. The portable machine blasts a pulsed beam of broad-spectrum UV light that destroys the cellular walls and genetic material of 99.9 percent of all microorganisms — including germs that can be missed or escape the effects of traditional cleaning methods. An infection-control specialist at Sharp Coronado is available to discuss and demonstrate the robot.
- National Disaster Preparedness Month — September is National Disaster Preparedness Month and Sharp HealthCare is providing San Diegans an easy way to learn how to prepare their households for an emergency such as an earthquake, fire or power outage, at Sharp HealthCare's 54th Annual Disaster Preparedness Expo on Sept. 10 from 10am-2pm at Balboa Park,1900 Park Blvd. at Presidents Way. This free, interactive community event will feature exhibitors, demonstrations, displays, giveaways and more.
National Trends Localized
- Boys HPV vaccination hits almost 50 percent — According to the latest statistics, the rate of HPV vaccination among teen boys in the United States surged in 2015, suggesting that more parents and physicians are embracing the message that it's as important for boys to be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus as it is for girls. Sharp Rees-Stealy pediatrician Dr. Eric Reed is available to discuss the importance of the HPV vaccine.
- Zika can cause hearing loss — A new report suggests that Zika infection is now linked to hearing loss in babies. In a study of 69 Zika-infected babies with severe microcephaly, about 6 percent showed hearing loss, according to a study from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to talk about what you need to know about Zika.
Important Health Dates
- National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month — September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss how to help those at risk for suicide.
- National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month — One in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to speak about ways of preventing childhood obesity through diet and exercise.
- Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month — Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a common heart condition, affecting more than 2 million Americans. People with AFib are five times more likely to have a stroke and the condition can lead to other heart issues, so treatment is critical. A cardiothoracic surgeon is available to discuss new minimally invasive procedures that provide hope for a cure to people who don't qualify for an open-chest procedure.
From Sharp Health News
- Sharp dedicated to hiring veterans — Sharp’s recruiting team supports “hiring heroes” by reaching out to members of the military, veterans and their family members.
- Help for kids with frequent tummy aches — The most common cause for children’s stomachaches has nothing to do with food.
- Hidden sugar: what’s the impact on your health? — Dietitian Ursula Ridens explains the differences between sugar found in whole and processed foods.
- How to help those at risk for suicide — Sharp Memorial nurse navigator Terri Wyatt lost her son to suicide. Now, she and her daughter teach others how to recognize the warning signs.