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Stress and Endometriosis: What's the Connection?

The uterine lining, or lining of the womb, is known as the endometrium. The endometrium is shed during a woman’s normal monthly cycle. In women with endometriosis, there is endometrial tissue located outside the uterus, which also responds to the monthly cycle by swelling, breaking down, and bleeding. However, there is no exit path for this displaced tissue and as a result, women with endometriosis may experience considerable pain, especially during menstruation. This condition also affects maternity health, as it may contribute to infertility. Las Vegas residents can hear more about endometriosis by watching this featured video or consulting an Ob/Gyn at Southern Hills Hospital.

Clinical Study

The Ob/Gyn in this video explains that the cause of endometriosis is not yet known, although there are several theories. Chronic or severe mental stress is not considered to be a cause of endometriosis. However, recent research has explored whether stress may exacerbate the symptoms of endometriosis in women who have already been diagnosed with the condition. A study presented to the American Physiological Society involved inducing female rats with endometriosis. One group of rats had endometriosis and underwent stressful swim tests, another group had endometriosis and did not swim, and the control group did not have endometriosis and did not swim. After two months, the researchers determined that the stressed rats with endometriosis displayed the greatest increase in inflammatory mechanisms. Of course, this is preliminary research, not definitive evidence of a possible link between stress and endometriosis.

Risk Factors

It never hurts to practice good stress management, whether or not a woman has endometriosis. Women might also consider speaking with their doctors about their risk of endometriosis, which includes having a family history of the condition and having children at an older age.

Women throughout Las Vegas can count on Southern Hills Hospital for exceptional women’s health services, including compassionate maternity care. Our community hospital also serves residents of Las Vegas with unrivaled stroke care, geriatric psychiatry services, and orthopedic surgery. If you would like to request a referral to an Ob/Gyn at our hospital, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 880-2700.


Looking for Early Signs of Autism

You might notice some unusual color coordination on April 2 nd. Specifically, you may see much more people wearing blue than you might expect and if you’re in the vicinity of various national landmarks or monuments around Las Vegas, you might notice that they have an unusual blue hue. In fact, the entire month of April is National Autism Awareness Month. This designation encourages families to become better informed about the challenges associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and how parents might identify possible signs of autism in their children. Every child develops differently; a doctor at a community hospital such as Southern Hills Hospital will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have.

How does your child communicate?

Autism affects a child’s development, which may include his or her ability to communicate nonverbally and verbally. Some signs of autism can include the impairment of:

  • Understanding body language
  • Understanding tone of voice
  • Understanding nonliteral language (i.e. sarcasm)
  • Understanding facial expressions

Similarly, children with autism may have trouble using those methods of communication. Young children may have delays in babbling and speaking. Older children may acquire impressive vocabularies, but express themselves in an atypical tone of voice or have trouble with the “give and take” of conversations.

How does your child play?

Parents of children with autism often notice that their youngsters interact differently with others. Young children may refuse to make eye contact, prefer to play alone instead of in groups, and drift toward specific types of play. For instance, kids with autism may be more likely to prefer activities that involve movement—either watching it or participating in it. They often avoid pretending play activities.

Does your child have behavioral issues?

Most kids enjoy routines, but children with autism are often known for having significant difficulties with deviations from routines. These deviations may result in meltdowns. Children may also display repetitive motor characteristics like arm flapping and distractions with specific interests like trains or vacuum cleaners.

Southern Hills Hospital is a full-service medical center in Las Vegas that provides family-centered primary care and specialty medical services. Here, you’ll find healthcare for every stage of life—from our maternity healthcare and our orthopedic care to our geriatric psychology services and much more. Families throughout the greater Las Vegas area can reach our community hospital at (702) 880-2700.


Taking a Look at Common Medication Mistakes

Whether you are taking over-the-counter or prescription medication, it is essential to understand the proper use of the medicine and the appropriate dosage to give to yourself or your child. Medication is a key component of healthcare, and its effectiveness is largely determined by the patient, because you will ultimately be responsible for following instructions for using the medication and remembering to take the right dosage each day for a given period. This article will provide an overview of some of the most common medication mistakes that you will want to avoid when your doctor has prescribed you a new medication.

Medication Overdose

Overdose is one of the most likely mishaps with both OTC and prescription medications, and it is more common than you might think. In many cases, overdose is not intentional, but it arises from a failure to read instructions for determining the correct dose or taking a second dose within a day before the appropriate timeframe. Older adults are also susceptible to drug overdose, because they may forget that they have taken their medication and compensate with another dose. Using a medication dispenser or having a caretaker administer medication can help to prevent this issue.

Improper Medication Storage

The medicine cabinet in the bathroom is actually one of the worst places to store medication, because it is hot and humid, so medication may actually lose potency in this environment. A cool, dark space will be best for storing medication. You should also be sure to use bottles with child-proof caps or keep any medication out of reach of children to steer clear of accidental ingestion.

For more helpful tips on proper medication use, call the Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas at (702) 880-2700. Our hospital provides a wide range of services, including emergency care, primary care, diagnostic imaging, women’s services, and da Vinci Robotic Surgery.


What Should You Do If You Are Bitten by a Dog?

Dog bites can be scary experiences, especially for small children, who are the most at-risk group for this type of injury. If you or your child is bitten by a dog, your first priority should be to seek medical care. Dog bites can lead to severe injuries, including damaged tendons and nerves, infections, and significantly sized wounds that may leave behind substantial scars. While prevention is the best way to manage dog bites, it is also important to know what to do if a dog does attack. Below, you will see the critical steps to take in dog bite first aid for yourself or your child.

Control Bleeding

When a dog bite punctures the skin, the most important thing is to gently clean the wound and use a clean towel or gauze to apply light pressure, which will help stop any bleeding. After tending to any wounds, you should also notify animal control of the incident.


Go to the ER

Some dog bites may be treatable exclusively with first aid, but you should always go to the ER for any bite that came from an animal with unknown vaccination status, bites that cause bleeding that doesn’t stop after 15 minutes, suspicion of injuries such as broken bones or nerve damage, and possible signs of infection. In the hospital, you may need a tetanus booster if you have not had a shot within the past five years.

Talk to the Dog’s Owner

Most often, dog bites occur with dogs that are known to the victim. Therefore, it is probably easy to acquire vaccination records to determine the need for a rabies shot. Rabies is very uncommon in domesticated dogs, but there is still a possibility of transmitting this disease through a bite without proper vaccination.

With Southern Hills Hospital, you will always have reliable emergency care available close to home to handle any unexpected injuries or illnesses. To learn more about our ER and other hospital services, connect to our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 880-2700.


When Is a Skin Rash a Medical Emergency?

Most often, a skin rash will be nothing more than a minor irritation that will clear up with the right first aid and soothing skincare products. There are, however, some types of rashes that are much more serious and should be treated in the hospital right away. Below, you will see some of the signs that might indicate that your rash could be much more serious than hives or contact dermatitis. If you notice any of these symptoms, head to the ER immediately to get the care you need for your skin.

The rash is a reaction to medication.

A rash that develops after taking a new medication can be a medical emergency, because adverse reactions to certain drugs may cause very serious complications without immediate medical intervention. Some of the medications most likely to trigger a rash and allergic reaction include penicillin, gout medications, NSAIDS, and anticonvulsants.

The rash is accompanied by other symptoms.

If you have an unexplained rash that is accompanied by swelling of the throat, bleeding or bruises beneath the rash, joint pain, headache, red streaks, or fever, you should not hesitate to go to the emergency room. In children under five, there is a risk for staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome, which will be characterized by widespread blistering that causes the skin to appear as if it has been scalded by hot water.

The rash has caused a secondary infection of the skin.

Any time a rash leads to blisters, pus, or open wounds, an infection that could cause much more extensive damage is likely. Visiting the ER will help to manage infections and reduce the threat of permanent damage to the skin and muscle tissue.

When you are in doubt of where you should turn for medical care, the nurses of Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center can provide help anytime. To speak with one of our Las Vegas nurses about your medical care, dial (702) 880-2700.


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