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Are Youth Sports Becoming Detrimental to Health?
This spring, more than 40 million children in the U.S. will participate in organized sports, and about 3 million injuries will occur. As the pressure grows to succeed at a younger age, today’s kids play harder and tougher, often to the detriment of their health. This trend stems from growing pressure to excel with an eye toward college scholarships and even professional gigs. Scripps Clinic pediatric sports medicine expert and Olympic physician Dr. Paul Stricker says the pressure to succeed could have physical and mental repercussions—including physical overuse injuries, emotional stress and burnout. But these pitfalls can often be averted if parents and coaches understand how kids develop their athletic abilities. To schedule an interview with Dr. Stricker, please contact Regan Olsson at 858-652-5519 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scripps Leads Effort to Create ‘Genomic Medicine University’
A new educational program led by Scripps Health aims to bridge the gap between genetic discoveries and their practical application in patient care. Funded by a grant from the Life Technologies Foundation, the program aims to credential a broad range of physicians in the evolving field of genomic medicine. An accreditation board is in place for the program – called the Association for Genomic Medicine – and curriculum is now being developed. A recent American Medical Association study reveals the need for greater education – 98 percent of physicians realize patient genetic profiles may influence therapy, yet only 10 percent feel adequately informed to use genetic information in practice. To arrange an interview on this topic, please contact Steve Carpowich at 858-678-7183 or email@example.com.
New Procedure Improves Outlook for Bladder Cancer Patients
Scripps recently began a new procedure for treating patients with bladder cancer that can often spare them undesirable side effects associated with traditional open surgeries, including impotence and urine bags. The highly accurate, robot-assisted surgery represents a major step forward for treatment of this prevalent form of cancer, which ranks fourth in cancer diagnoses for men and eighth for women in the United States. This minimally invasive technique helps preserve the surrounding tissue and spare the nerves to promote a return to normal bodily function. To arrange an interview on this new approach to treating patients with bladder cancer, please contact Kristin Reinhardt at 619-686-3787 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A New Approach to Migraine Treatment
According to an old saying, you are what you eat. Now, according to new research, your migraine headaches might be a result of what you eat, too. A recent study in the medical journal Headache suggests that there is an even greater relationship between digestion and migraine than previously thought. In her free public seminar, neurologist Kulreet Chaudhary, M.D., will provide a whole new approach to treating migraines, advise patients on what they should be eating and drinking instead of just what they shouldn’t. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 21 at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Dr. Chaudhary is available for interviews or as an in-studio guest. For more information, contact Lisa Ohmstede at 858-626-7142 or email@example.com.
Unique Laser Treatment Diminishes Sun and Age Spots
Dr. Edward Ross, dermatologist and nationally recognized laser specialist at Scripps Clinic, says although sunscreen is your best weapon against aging, he and researchers have developed unique, minimally invasive laser treatments to help San Diego residents who may have already succumbed to sun damage. The minimally invasive treatments have little-to-no patient down time, and Dr. Ross is one of a handful of specialists in the country who is offering these affordable FDA-approved laser procedures. He will demonstrate in-studio or in-office these powerful new techniques that diminish sun and age spots and treat surgical scars and certain diseases such as rosacea. To schedule an interview with Dr. Ross and patients, please contact Regan Olsson at 858-652-5519 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More than 900 Men, Women and Dogs Honored for Volunteerism
Volunteers at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla provide services to patients, families, hospital staff and the community. Whether they are guiding new patients to their rooms, helping families cope with illness, or preparing for a baby’s first ride home, Scripps volunteers touch people in many ways. To honor these seemingly tireless men, women, teens and therapy dogs, Scripps La Jolla will be hosting a “Volunteer Week Celebration” from April 17 to 23. Events include an open house (April 19), the annual rose show (April 20), an appreciation luncheon (April 22), and a “puppy party” to honor our pet therapy dogs and their owners (April 23). For more information or a complete schedule, contact Lisa Ohmstede at 858-626-7142 or email@example.com.
Put Your Best Foot Forward This Spring
You started your New Year’s resolution to get outside more, lose weight and get healthy, but your feet and back have left you on the sidelines. Dr. Gregory Clark, head of podiatry at Scripps Clinic, says your shoes may be causing your heel, ankle and lower back pain. Dr. Clark can provide insight on how you can put your best foot forward this spring, plus tips on inspecting your shoes for wear patterns, proper shoe fit, and the latest in orthotics and more.
Foot problems commonly develop in people with diabetes and can quickly become serious. Dr. Dean Vayser, a diabetic wound expert, will explain why foot care should be important to the more than 23 million Americans who suffer from diabetes. In three steps, he’ll explain how people can prevent foot problems before they occur; recognize problems early; and seek the right treatment when problems do occur. To schedule an interview with Drs. Gregory Clark and/or Dean Vayser, please contact Regan Olsson at 858-652-5519 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do Calories Really Count?
A new federal law requires restaurant chains with 20 or more outlets to disclose the calorie content of food items and supply information on how many calories a person should consume per day. The objective is to help consumers make healthy food choices while dining out. Registered dietician Danielle Lipparelli has the scoop on how calories factor in when making healthy food choices and other components that need to be taken into consideration, including an item’s fat, sugar and sodium content. To set up an interview or for more information, contact Kristin Reinhardt at 619-686-3787 or email@example.com.
April is Sexually Transmitted Infections Awareness Month
According to the CDC, half of all new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) occur in 15- to 24-year-olds—many of whom have no symptoms and are at risk for long-term problems including infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease and cervical cancer. While this statistic is alarming, the good news is that common STIs like chlamydia and human papillomavirus (HPV) are easily treatable—provided they are detected in time. Dr. Bruce Kahn, Scripps Clinic gynecologist, can offer advice on what gender and age groups are most at risk for STIs; prevention techniques ranging from condom use to HPV vaccinations; and the importance of annual screenings through routine visits with a gynecologist. To coordinate an interview with Dr. Kahn, contact Tania Masherah at 858-652-5521 or firstname.lastname@example.org.