Scripps Tips - June 2011

A monthly list of story ideas for journalists

San Diegan to Celebrate 20 Years of Survival from Terminal Cancer at 20th Annual Cancer Survivor’s Day June 12

Just more than 20 years ago, San Diegan Lawrence Bartlett was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma – and doctors expected him to survive only a matter of weeks. On June 12, he’ll share his amazing story of 20 years of survival as part of the 20th annual Cancer Survivor’s Day event at Scripps Green Hospital. Bartlett took part in an innovative clinical trial at Scripps that saved his life and allowed him to marry and have the child he thought he’d never see – his 11-year-old daughter will sing a song titled “Hope” to open the June 12 celebration at Scripps. Hundreds of other survivors, family members and physicians will be on hand for the free public event. Nationwide, there are approximately 11 million people living with a history of cancer. The overall cancer survivor rate has increased from about 50 percent 20 years ago to about 75 percent today. To arrange an interview with Lawrence, contact Steve Carpowich at 858-678-7183, or attend the event June 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Scripps Green.

Healthy Eating: Pyramid vs. Plate

The federal government recently unveiled a new icon to encourage healthy eating habits, replacing the often-referenced food pyramid. Get the scoop on the new guidelines, how they have changed and what the serving sizes really look like from Danielle Lipparelli, RD, a registered dietician at Scripps Health. For more information or to arrange an interview please contact Kristin Reinhardt at 619-686-3787 or

Study Shows Kids Who Focus on Single Sport at Higher Injury Risk; Scripps Expert Offers Tips to Avoid Pitfalls

Many kids dream of becoming pro athletes – and some parents will do all they can to help them reach their goals. But how soon is too soon when it comes to having kids specialize in a single sport year-round? A recent study by Loyola University links youth sports specialization with a higher likelihood of injury. Scripps Clinic sports pediatrician Dr. Paul Stricker says having kids focus their energies on one sport can do more harm than good. He notes that children develop their skills in a sequential process, which can’t be sped up. Instead, Dr. Stricker recommends building a broad foundation of multiple sports skills, and then using those skills to gravitate to the activities kids enjoy most. For an interview with Dr. Stricker on the “dos and don’ts” of youth sports, contact Steve Carpowich at 858-678-7183, or

Minimally Invasive Hysterectomies Performed at More than Twice the National Average Rate at Scripps

Women who have their hysterectomy performed at a Scripps hospital in San Diego County are more than twice as likely to receive revolutionary care compared with national averages. In 2010, 68 percent of women having a hysterectomy at Scripps had the procedure using minimally invasive technology, which is more than double the national average of 33 percent for this type of surgery. Bruce Kahn, MD, obstetric and gynecologic surgeon, is available to discuss this emerging trend. For more information or to arrange an interview please contact Kristin Reinhardt at 619-686-3787 or

Scripps ‘Electronic Knee’ Research Earns National Honors; Device has Led to Better Implants and Patient Rehab Approaches

Research using an electronic device that monitors forces inside the human knee is receiving one of America’s top orthopedic research honors in June. The electronic knee, or “e-knee,” was developed by a team at Scripps Health in San Diego to replace mathematical guesswork about how forces affect the knee with actual data derived from humans. Data gleaned from patients implanted with e-knees has given Scripps researchers knowledge that has led to better knee implants and improved rehabilitation protocols following surgery. Scripps researcher Dr. Darryl D’Lima will receive the prestigious Nicolas Andry Award from the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, based on his e-knee research during the past 15 years. Knee replacements are a growing public health issue, as the number of knee implants in the United States is expected to grow by 673 percent by 2030. For an interview with Dr. D’Lima about the latest advances in knee replacements, contact Steve Carpowich at 858-678-7183, or

SAVE THE DATE: Scripps Cardiovascular Institute Groundbreaking Celebration – June 21

Scripps Health will hold a groundbreaking celebration Tuesday, June 21 at 10:30 a.m. for the long-awaited Scripps Cardiovascular Institute. The $456 million project is the cornerstone of a comprehensive master plan that will transform the Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla campus. This seven-story, 383,000-square-foot tower is scheduled to open for patient care in 2015 and will feature 108 in-patient beds in private rooms, 60 intensive care beds, six state-of-art operating rooms, and four cardiac catheterization labs. Tours of mock rooms and broadcast-quality DVDs of architectural renderings and flybys will be available. The groundbreaking celebration will take place at the construction site of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla (9888 Genesee Ave., La Jolla, CA). For more information, contact Lisa Ohmstede at 858-626-7142 or