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Articles by Sharp Grossmont Hospital Health News Team

If you suffer from migraine headaches, you are not alone. The painful, often debilitating neurological condition affects 12 percent of the U.S. population — or 39 million men, women and children. Migraines, considered one of the top 10 most disabling diseases on the planet by the World Health Organization, are the cause of 113 million lost workdays per year in the United States.

Humorist Josh Billings famously said, “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself,” and any dog owner would surely agree. 

While our canine cronies provide endless fun photo ops, the best news is that having a dog can substantially improve our mental and physical health.

If you suffer from shoulder pain associated with common shoulder ailments, you may have considered injections as part of your treatment plan.

Doctors usually advise conservative approaches such as physical therapy or injections before recommending surgery to their patients.

The most common type of shoulder injection therapy involves the use of corticosteroids, also known as steroids.

Steroids are synthetic drugs that closely resemble cortisol, a hormone that our adrenal glands produce naturally.

By Sharp Health News/Sharp HealthCare

Special to the East County Californian

As the only dedicated cardiovascular center in East County, Sharp Grossmont’s new state-of-the-art Heart & Vascular Center, set to open in the fall of 2018, is poised to be a true lifesaver for the communities and patients it will serve.

Hispanics are the fastest growing population in the U.S., and as the population has grown, so have instances of skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma incidence — the deadliest form of skin cancer — has risen nearly 20 percent in the last two decades among Hispanics.

Kids who regularly eat fish may enjoy better quality sleep and higher IQs, according to a recent study. Researchers in China followed 541 schoolchildren ages nine to 11, and noted their fish consumption and sleep quality. At age 12, they measured their IQ and found that those who ate fish at least once per week scored close to five points higher in IQ tests and reported fewer sleep problems than those who ate fish no more than twice a month.

“Revolutionary” is not a word that Dr. Charles Athill uses often. But the Sharp-affiliated cardiac electrophysiologist says it’s the best way to describe a new type of pacemaker now available for his patients at Sharp Memorial Hospital, as well as patients at Sharp Grossmont Hospital.

Having surgery can be stressful, even if you’ve prepared yourself. If you are getting ready to undergo your first surgery, it’s helpful to have an idea of what to expect and how to make the best of your hospital stay.  

Maybe you know someone who always seems to have a gloomy disposition, or perhaps you tend to lean more toward pessimism. For those who have difficulty adopting a rosy outlook on life, are there ways to train the brain to be more positive?

Dr. Brian Miller, a psychiatrist affiliated with Sharp Grossmont Hospital, and Dr. Suhair Erikat, a therapist with Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, share their thoughts.

What are traits of positive people vs. negative people?

Exercise boosts energy, improves mood and promotes better sleep. But did you know it also can help prevent colon cancer? Research shows that even minimal amounts of moderate exercise reduces risk and dramatically helps those already diagnosed with the disease.

“In general, studies have shown lower cancer rates in those who are more physically active and have an exercise routine,” says Dr. David Bodkin, a board-certified oncologist and hematologist affiliated with Sharp Grossmont Hospital.