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Despite Effectiveness of Immunizations, More than One-Third of Kids Now ‘Under-Vaccinated’ – Scripps Expert Can Separate Myth from Reality
The prevalence of diseases that are preventable by vaccines has dropped since the widespread introduction of immunizations. But a recent study shows that more than one in three children today may be “under-vaccinated” during the first two years of their lives, putting them at increased risk for contagious diseases like measles and whooping cough. Some parents are concerned about the safety of vaccines, especially combination vaccines that protect children against several diseases with one shot. However, the American Association of Pediatrics and others agree that vaccines are not the cause of autism or ADHD. Dr. Sivathilaka Ganesh is available to help distinguish myth from reality when it comes to childhood immunizations. To arrange an interview, please contact Steve Carpowich at firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-678-7183.
Grocery Shopping Made Easier for People with Diabetes
Following a diabetes meal plan can seem challenging when you’re at the grocery store faced with hundreds of shelves full of choices, each carrying its own confusing food label. A registered dietician and diabetes peer educator from the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute is available to provide tips and guidelines about nutrition, serving sizes and healthy meals so people with diabetes can make the best food selections. To arrange an interview, please contact Rachel Lichterman at 858-678-7348 or email@example.com.
Prediabetes affects an estimated 57 million people in the United States. Most people with prediabetes experience no symptoms, but there are a few signs that could indicate you’re at risk. Prediabetes is a condition that can morph into Type 2 diabetes. It is defined as a sustained elevation in blood sugar, which deprives the body’s other cells of fuel and is harmful to the circulatory system. Health experts at the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute in La Jolla are able to discuss these key signs, talk more about the disease and offer prevention tips. To arrange an interview, please contact Rachel Lichterman at 858-678-7348, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Perimenopause and hormones can affect mood, energy, sleep, sex drive, bone health and hair loss, with many women experiencing symptoms in their 40s or even late 30s. Sudabeh Moein, MD, is available to discuss safe and effective hormone therapy options for managing these changes, as well as a host of alternative therapies. Please contact Kristin Reinhardt at 619-686-3787 or email@example.com for more information or to set up an interview on this topic.
Learn to Manage Symptoms of Menopause with Integrative Medicine;
Free Seminar Set for May 19
Women understand that changing hormone levels can create havoc in life, causing hot flashes, moodiness, headaches, insomnia and weight gain. All could be symptoms of early menopause (perimenopause) or menopause, which can begin as early as a woman’s late 30s. During the seminar, Dr. Raneth Heng of Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine will reveal how factors like genetics, stress, surgery and medications can influence a woman’s transition into perimenopause and menopause. She also will provide tips about optimizing health during the stages of menopause by using an integrative medicine approach such as acupuncture, herbs, bio-identical hormones and other pharmacological remedies. To arrange an interview with Dr. Heng, please contact Rachel Lichterman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-678-7348.