Scripps Tips - June 2007

A monthly list of story ideas for journalists

Summer Brings Greater Risk of Injury: Learn Tips for Avoiding Trip to ER
According to an article in Newsweek, U.S. hospital admissions and ED visits both leapt by more than 10 percent in the past 12 years. Summer is just around the corner and the warmer weather brings a heightened risk of injury and even illness. It is important to be prepared and understand that there are certain risks associated with the activities that take place this time of year. Don’t let sunburns, bee stings, sports related accidents or injuries spoil your fun.Speak with Roneet Lev, M.D., emergency medicine physician at Scripps Mercy Hospital, regarding the most common summertime injuries and what you can do to prevent them. To arrange and interview with Dr. Lev, please contact Ty Kennon at

Expert Dads Help Dads-To-Be
Father’s Day is June 17
Expert dads from the Parent Connection, a non-profit parenting support organization sponsored by Scripps Health, hosts a popular basic training class for dads-to-be. The class allows expectant dads the opportunity to hear firsthand accounts from dads who have been through it all. Accompanied by their infants, experienced dads will discuss what to expect in the last trimester of pregnancy, at the birth and during the first few weeks at home. They will also provide practical tips on diapering, feeding and soothing a newborn. The next class will take place Saturday, June 16 from 9:30 a.m. – noonin the Scripps Mende Well Being Center at UTC. For more information about this unique parenting class that’s developed for and by dads or to cover this event, please contact Jaime Szefc at

“Old Docs” Share Secrets of Longevity & Good Health
With more than 150 years of combined medical experience, three veteran physicians from Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla will share their tips and tricks on how to stay healthy longer at a FREE seminar at Scripps La Jolla on Thursday, June 14 from 6-7 p.m. To schedule an interview or an in-studio guest appearance, please contact Lisa Ohmstede at

Lycopene is Not a Preventive Measure Against Prostate Cancer, Study Finds
June 12-18 is National Men’s Health Week
While some studies have suggested Lycopene protects against prostate cancer, but a new study finds that the chemical in tomatoes and other red fruits, it has no effect. These conflicting studies underscore the need for greater understanding about simple, inexpensive approaches to prostate cancer prevention. Prostate cancer is the second-most common type of cancer found in American men, after skin cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be about 218,890 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States in 2007. Dr. Peter Reissmann, oncologist at Scripps Mercy Hospital, is available to talk about prostate cancer detection and prevention. To arrange an interview with Dr. Reissman, please contact Ty Kennon at

Surgery is a Better Treatment for a Common Back Problem, Study Shows
According to a New England Journal of Medicine study, patients who undergo surgery to relieve a common lower back problem (lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis with spinal stenosis), experience greater improvement in pain relief and functional mobility than those who are treated non-surgically.The condition affects approximately 600,000 Americans and is caused by one lumbar vertebra in the back slipping forward and pinching the spinal cord, causing pain or numbness in the legs (known as scatia). After a three-month follow up, patients who underwent the surgery showed “significant advantage” over the non-surgical patients who received conventional treatments.To arrange an interview with a Scripps orthopaedic surgeon, please contact Jaime Szefc at

Snap Out of It Now! Learn Practical Steps to Achieving Peak Performance
Noted psychologist and performance coach Adrianne Ahern, Ph.D., will discuss practical steps to achieving peak performance in every aspect of your life during a FREE seminar on Wednesday, June 27 from 6-8 p.m. at Scripps La Jolla. Dr. Ahern, author of Snap Out of It Now!, will offer a unique blend of performance advising, self-mastery training and other practical tools to help achieve one’s maximum performance. To schedule an interview or an in-studio guest appearance, please contact Lisa Ohmstede at