Sharp News, September 2017
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- San Diegans with spinal cord injuries to surf — On Sept. 10, current and former patients of Sharp Rehabilitation Services joined 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.
- 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.
National Trends Localized
- The dark side of tanning — Dermatologists are reporting an explosion of skin cancer in young women and warning that tanning beds are to blame. Tanning bed use increases the risk of skin cancer by 70 percent and women ages 20 to 29 are now the No. 1 group who fall victim to deadly melanoma. While looking for a healthy glow, most don't know that there's more skin cancer due to indoor tanning than lung cancer due to smoking. The World Health Organization recently issued a document to encourage policies to limit their use and to raise awareness. Dr. Mona Mofid, a board-certified dermatologist, is available to talk about the guidelines and why increased restrictions for tanning beds are necessary for public health.
- Danger of thirdhand smoke exposure — Thirdhand smoke sticks around, leading to health problems for your family. What many smokers don't consider is that the dangerous chemicals that are exhaled when they smoke settle into their skin, hair, clothing, bedding, carpeting, upholstery, cars and even the walls of their homes. This is how their loved ones — especially infants and small children who often play on the floor, put their hands in their mouths and are held closely — are then exposed to toxic thirdhand smoke. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to give tips to protect yourself and your family from secondhand and thirdhand smoke.
Important Health Dates
- World Suicide Prevention Day — Every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt. In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10, a Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital expert is available to discuss the warning signs of suicide and offer guidance if you or a loved one are struggling with suicidal thoughts.
- 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
- Don't skip these 6 places when applying sunscreen — Learn what areas we tend to miss when applying sunscreen.
- 5 ways you're expecting too much from your child — Every parent has expectations for their kids, but how do you know when you've set the bar too high?
- Is hitting 'snooze' bad for your health? — The extra sleep may seem appealing, but you're doing more harm than good. Here's why.