• Ways You Can Make a Difference for Breast Cancer Patients

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    Every year, more than 200,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer. You may know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but what you may not realize is that you can join the fight against breast cancer. Southern Hills Hospital is accepting volunteers ages 18 and up to work with patients and greet guests. A four-hour orientation is required, and volunteers will be asked to commit to at least 10 hours of volunteering a month. Whether you have a close friend or family member with breast cancer, you are a breast cancer survivor, or you simply want to make a difference in the community, October is the perfect time to show your support for breast cancer research.

    If you are looking for ways to show your support for breast cancer patients this October, call Southern Hills Hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 880-2100. We will be doing our part by offering $75 mammograms available through most health insurance plans until November 30th.

  • What Still Needs to Be Done to Combat the Tobacco Epidemic in the United States?

    The first ever report on cigarette smoking and its impact on health was released 50 years ago, but today there are still many people who are allowing cigarettes to harm their health and raise the risk for conditions such as heart disease, lung cancer, and chronic respiratory diseases. This video shows that there has been significant progress in reducing the number of smokers in the U.S. and limiting the ways that cigarette manufacturers may advertise and market their products. However, there is still work to be done to solve the tobacco problem and eliminate the health concerns related to tobacco use.

    If you are ready to kick the habit and get your health on track, explore the resources available to you at Southern Hills Hospital. We provide more than just clinical care to Las Vegas residents; we reach out to the community with classes, events, and healthy living programs that make lasting differences. Learn more about what we can offer you by visiting our website or calling us at (702) 880-2100 to speak with one of our registered nurses. 

  • Emerging Research on Breast Cancer Cells

    Knowing how a healthy, normal cell transforms into a cancerous cell is integral to the understanding of the disease and how to treat it. This video discusses research that’s been conducted on how breast cancer cells work, which will offer insight on new treatments. Technology has become incredibly sophisticated and facilitated a much clearer understanding of all types of cancer, offering new hope to patients. The HOPE foundation has provided a large portion of the funding that has allowed Dr. Zhang to perform his groundbreaking studies in breast cancer that are discussed in this short clip.

    To learn about the clinical trials and new treatments in breast cancer that are transforming prognoses for this disease, connect with Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas. You can reach us online or by calling (702) 880-2100. 

  • Liver Health and Diabetes: What You Need to Know

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    When you have diabetes, there are a number of health concerns that you will need to be more aware of so that you don’t fall victim to common diabetes complications that may be life-threatening. Your liver health may be a primary concern, because diabetics are at a higher risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Those with type 2 diabetes are the most likely to experience this condition, but it is still very common in type 1 patients as well.

    Because there are no symptoms of fatty liver disease on its own, your best defensive strategy is managing your diabetes with the right diet and exercise methods. Regular blood sugar monitoring and maintenance is key, so you will want to work with your physician to identify a system of monitoring that fits into your lifestyle. If your blood sugar is not where it should be, you may need to change your medications, alter your diet further, boost your physical activity, or avoid alcohol consumption completely.

    Southern Hills Hospital can help you keep your liver health in check and bring your life into balance with diabetes classes offered for free to the greater Las Vegas community. Get a schedule of upcoming classes today by visiting our website or calling our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 880-2100. 

  • Taking a Closer Look at Lung Health and Enterovirus D68

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    Enterovirus D68 is an illness that has been recognized since 1962, but it is making headlines this year because of a widespread outbreak that is unlike the spread of this virus seen in previous years. Naturally, parents around the country are concerned about EV-D68, but it is important to get the facts straight before panicking about your child’s health. Below you can get a look at the symptoms of enterovirus as well as the complicating factors that may put some kids at a higher risk for hospitalization from this illness.

    Enterovirus characteristics

    EV-D68 is most common in infants, children, and teens, because they do not have the long-term exposure to this disease that many adults do. The virus causes symptoms similar to flu in most patients, but there may be wheezing or difficulty breathing in more severe cases. It is these cases that have led to widespread hospitalization resulting from the illness. EV-D68 is most active in the summer, and cases tend to peak during back-to-school season. When the weather cools off, cases of the virus tend to decline.

    Current outbreak

    There have been recorded cases of EV-D68 every year since 1987, but the number of infected individuals has spiked significantly this year. Since mid-August, a confirmed 514 cases have occurred in 43 states. Children remain the most at-risk population for the virus.

    Respiratory complications

    One reason that EV-D68 has seen so many severe cases is due to existing respiratory conditions like asthma. Many of those patients who have had symptoms like wheezing and shortness of breath already suffer from asthma, making them more susceptible to complications.

    It is still important to manage your kids’ health by encouraging smarter habits like frequent hand washing. To get more tips on helping your kids stay healthy this fall, call Southern Hills Hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line 24/7 at (702) 880-2100 to speak with one of our highly trained registered nurses. 

  • What to Expect in Depression Screening

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    Did you know that depression affects more than 16 million adults in the United States? It can affect people of all ages, races, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds, with many of its patients suffering in silence. Many patients with clinical depression are not getting the care they need, but this may change as depression becomes more widely recognized as a valid medical concern rather than a matter of will. In the near future, there may even be a standard blood test to screen for molecules distinctive to those with clinical depression, allowing patients to get help before they ever suffer through a major depressive episode. Currently, however, depression screening is limited to an assessment of symptoms and habits that characterize this common mental illness.

    Symptom evaluation

    The symptoms of depression don’t look the same on everyone, so you may need to spend significant time discussing your sleep patterns, eating habits, physical activity, and energy levels with your doctor. Depression can cause a person to slow down and feel very lethargic, or it can lead to a state of agitation and anxiety.

    Behavioral questionnaire

    In addition to symptoms, your doctor will want to know about feelings of hopelessness, guilt, low self-esteem, or self-deprecation. Typically, physicians will use a questionnaire asking about these feelings along with thoughts of self-harm or suicide, as it may be easier to put these thoughts on paper than discuss them out loud.

    Discussion of health history

    Finally, your doctor will look at any family history of mental illness along with your own health history. Certain conditions or past behaviors might trigger depression later in life, so it’s important to remain open and honest as you explore your medical history with your physician.

    RISE Behavioral Health at Southern Hills Hospital is geared toward providing intensive outpatient care for patients 55 and older struggling with conditions like depression or anxiety disorders. If you or a loved one has been struggling with late-in-life depression, connect with us on our website or call (702) 880-2100. Not only do we provide care for local residents of Las Vegas, but we can serve as a resource for communities in Arizona, Southern California, and Utah.

  • A Look at Some of the Top Health Concerns Affecting Children

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    As children grow, their immune systems become stronger and more capable of fighting off common illnesses. But when kids are still kids, they may have a number of health problems that can be a big source of stress for parents. While the most common illnesses among children don’t tend to be emergency situations, they can still lead to many sleepless nights and cranky kids. Here is a closer look at the leading adolescent health concerns that every parent should prepare for.

    Asthma and allergies

    With a decrease in the amount of physical activity children participate in and an increase in airborne pollutants, asthma is increasingly common in kids. This condition, which causes inflammation of the airways, is the leading reason children chronically miss school in the United States. Allergies are another growing problem, with more children suffering from severe food allergies with triggers like peanuts or shellfish.

    Respiratory infections

    The most common acute illnesses in children tend to affect the respiratory system with conditions like strep throat, bronchitis, influenza, and the common cold. Many of these are easily treated with the right medication, but it is important to see a physician to determine if the cause is viral or bacterial.

    Ear infections

    Children get ear infections much more often than adults—especially as toddlers. Some ear infections will clear up on their own, but they remain a leading cause of visits to the pediatrician.

    Skin rashes

    Skin rashes are another common concern that tends to be worse in young patients. Eczema, psoriasis, and scabies all seem to appear more often in children, most likely due to their more sensitive skin and weaker immune systems.

    When you are facing a pediatric emergency, you can rely on Southern Hills Hospital for quick, kid-friendly care through Pediatrics Express. We provide dedicated pediatric emergency services with access to Sunrise Children’s Hospital when specialized care is needed. You can reach us on our website or at (702) 880-2100. 

  • Knowing the Myths and Facts of Breast Cancer

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    In the digital age of instant information and unverified news stories appearing everywhere, it can be difficult to distinguish myth from reality when it comes to important subjects like breast cancer. To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October and learn what really matters in terms of screening and breast cancer prevention, read through these popular breast cancer myths and schedule your annual mammogram with Southern Hills Hospital.

    Myth: Women cannot control their breast cancer risk

    There are hereditary cases of breast cancer in which the cancer is the direct result of inherited gene mutations, but these cases only account for about 5-10% of breast cancer diagnoses. This means that factors such as weight control, alcohol consumption, and physical activity are much more important when gauging a person’s risk for breast cancer. Even if an individual has a family history of breast cancer, steps can be taken to minimize her risk with early screening and positive lifestyle changes.

    Myth: Deodorant and antiperspirants cause breast cancer

    While some people believe that breast cancer risk is purely based on heredity, others have a much broader, but equally inaccurate perspective. There are many rumors about cancer being caused by antiperspirants and deodorant applied to the underarms, but medical research has shown no connection. Keeping your cell phone in your bra is another habit that has not had any proven association with breast cancer.

    Myth: Only older women get breast cancer

    It is true that the majority of breast cancer diagnoses occur in women over 40, which is why mammogram screenings are generally limited to this age group. However, it is possible for women to develop breast cancer at earlier ages, making self-breast exams an integral part of breast cancer risk management. Men can also get breast cancer, though it is much less likely.

    Throughout the month of October, Southern Hills Hospital will be providing $75 mammograms with no physician referral to make this screening easier and more convenient for patients in the greater Las Vegas area. You can learn if it is time for your first mammogram screening by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line 24/7 at (702) 880-2100 or visiting our website.