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Articles by Sharp Grossmont Hospital Health News Team

Whether recent or one that happened years ago, the experience of losing a loved one may be difficult to bear, particularly during the holidays when moments with family and friends are often the focal point.

You’ve probably seen pharmaceutical ads touting aspirin as a “wonder drug” when it comes to preventing heart attacks and stroke. But should you be taking it daily to fend off cardiovascular disease? Here are answers to some common questions about aspirin and your heart. 

How does aspirin prevent heart attacks? 

On November 12, two chaplains will hit the Las Vegas Strip for a good cause. Sharp HospiceCare chaplains Solomon Hailu and John Tastad will run the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in Las Vegas to raise money to support Sharp HospiceCare patients.

San Diego County is in the midst of a public health emergency due to the ongoing hepatitis A outbreak, with more than 480 cases and 330 hospitalizations (as of October 3, 2017).

While hepatitis A is not a chronic condition like hepatitis C, the liver infection can cause loss of liver function and require hospitalization. In those with compromised health, it can even lead to death.

Whether it’s your first time or you’ve been through it before, getting surgery can be nerve-wracking. Knowing what to expect and how to prepare can help reduce stress and set you up for a better outcome.

While providing care for the members of the Navajo Nation in the remote, high desert of New Mexico, Dr. James Ochi treated many children who had severe, chronic ear infections. His experience is backed by research showing that Native American children suffer from ear infections—that may result in hearing loss—at a rate of three times higher than average. Research also shows that middle ear infections may have a genetic link and may be passed down from parent to child. 

In our younger years, we may feel invincible—eating what we want, staying out all-night and enjoying every moment life has to offer. As we age, we start noticing the side effects of a once-carefree lifestyle—an ache here, a few pounds there. But what about the toll on our bodies that we can’t always see or feel? 

Neuropathy is one of the most common medical problems you may not know about. Affecting close to 20 million Americans, peripheral neuropathy — nerve disease or damage — causes pain and suffering in the form of burning, tingling, numbness and pain.

When noninvasive treatments no longer relieve chronic hip or knee pain, patients are referred by their doctor for total joint replacement. While the results can be life-changing for people living with daily pain, it is a serious procedure that carries risks.

It has been said that in war, there are no unwounded soldiers. Sometimes, the deepest wounds are the ones we can’t see. 

Many veterans who return from combat face a new internal battle that continues long after their war has ended. And while they may look fine on the outside, something inside of them has changed forever. We now have a name for what they experience: post-traumatic stress disorder, often referred to as PTSD.