Healthy & Happy
August, 2018 - Issue #167
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Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Receives"Get With
The Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus" Quality Achievement Award

For the sixth consecutive year, Henry Mayo has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital's commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally-recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Henry Mayo earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

Henry Mayo additionally received the association's Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient's arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

"We are pleased to recognize Henry Mayo for its commitment to stroke care," said Eric E. Smith, MD, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. "Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates."

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number-five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Meet Pelvic Floor Issues Specialist Seth Cohen, MD
"I'm probably one of the relatively few people at City of Hope who doesn't focus on cancer," said Seth Cohen, MD. Cohen, a surgeon specializing in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, practices medicine at City of Hope's Santa Clarita location, where the latest advances in cancer therapies - as well as general surgery and urology procedures - are available to local residents.

He says he gravitated toward urology because, "it is such a wonderful mix of medicine and surgery," he said. "You're engaged in the management of patient care, not just the surgery. With urology, you're involved in a long-term relationship with patients even after the surgical intervention." Cohen became more acutely aware of the significant impact of pelvic floor issues when he was doing a residency rotation in a spinal cord injury unit. It was his connections with these patient populations that fostered his interest in his specialty.

Cohen joined City of Hope because, he says, "they live what they preach. They understand the importance of nourishing the spirit, in addition to treating the disease. I saw myself as of the same ilk. There is a lot of emotionality in pelvic floor disorders. My specialty certainly incorporates the treatment of both body and soul. There's no reason to have these disorders in the shadows. We want to give everybody the opportunity to have the quality of life they deserve."
City Of Hope 799-1999
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Masters of Mobility
When your heath, mobility and quality of life are on the line, you want a surgeon who's not only practiced at the most state-of-the-art, minimally-invasive methods of treatment, you want an expert who's successfully performed the procedure time and time again.

Dr. Alon Antebi, DO fellowship-trained orthopedic trauma surgeon and joint reconstruction surgeon and Dr. Justin Sherfey, DO, fellowship-trained orthopedic joint reconstruction surgeon of AVORS Medical Group have more than 5,000 total successful orthopedic joint replacements between the two. The pair specializes in anterior hip replacements; total knee replacements, partial knee replacements, joint reconstruction, minimally-invasive joint replacements and outpatient total joint replacements using the most advanced technology.
Dr. Alon Antebi, DO & Dr. Justin Sherfey, DO of AVORS 705-5100

Consider Orthotics for Lower-back, Hip, Knee & Foot Pain
Outside of trauma, research suggests that more than half of those suffering from common body pain of the back, hip, knee or foot are struggling because of improper biomechanics of the feet. Poor alignment between the feet and legs can effect the kinetic chain all the way up the spine. This, in turn, causes an increase of stress on the joints and surrounding structures, which can lead to tendonitis, muscle pain, cramping, meniscus damage and even arthritis. Studies have shown that over 90 percent of those surveyed found improvement or total relief from their pain by correcting the abnormality in their feet. Custom orthotics, also called insoles, prevent injury, correct biomedical deformity by properly supporting the feet into a neutral position, create better posture, improve your gait and, best yet, are usually covered by insurance plans. Make an appointment for a consultation today.
Valencia Foot & Ankle Center 288-2321

Cryotherapy Stops Autoimmune Issues Cold
If you're one of the estimated 50 million Americans who struggle with one or more autoimmune diseases, you know how severely your symptoms can affect your life. If you're looking for a way to address the pain, poor sleep, inflammation and more - without a pill - it may be time to consider cryotherapy. Whole-body cryotherapy has been clinically shown to reduce the symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis, MS, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, lupus, psoriasis, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel diseases and more. Because autoimmune issues are often caused by disruptions in the immune system, creating an environment where the body attacks healthy cells, cryotherapy can help in two distinct ways. First, cryotherapy "reboots" the immune system by prompting your body's nervous system to send signals to the body to identify the areas that are struggling; the body then directs newly-oxygenated blood to carry building blocks to the affected areas. Second, cryotherapy has been shown to dramatically reduce pain, improve flexibility and cut down on the use of medication that, with long-term use, can negatively affect your organ function.
Mend Cryotherapy 294-7898

NOTE TO SENIORS: Trust Your Pharmacist
The sad fact is, 55 percent of all seniors are "non-compliant" in regard to their prescription drugs, meaning they don't take their meds according to doctors' orders. But med mistakes are dangerous, even fatal. So, some advice - let your pharmacist be your guide.
First, get a current list of medications from your doctor or doctors. Know what you're taking and why. Go over the paperwork that comes with your medications and ask your pharmacist any questions.
If you have vision problems, ask your pharmacist for prescription labels in a larger size print so you can read the name and the dosage easily. And ask about the best time to take each med, then get a pill box to accommodate the days and times your pharmacist recommends. If you take more than two medications, a pill box is essential - it's way too easy to forget a pill.
Have trouble swallowing? Ask for liquid meds instead. And don't crush or split your pills unless you ask first. Finally, if you have more than one doctor prescribing more than one pill, ask about any possible drug interactions; your pharmacist will be happy to check.
Need help putting your med plan together? Call a trusted senior-care provider. Home Instead Senior Care 254-8701

"I appreciated the extensive hands-on experience. My instructors truly cared for me and helped me to succeed! As soon as I graduated, I was able to transition right into the dental profession. I love my new career!"
Bailey Moore, SCSDA graduate
Start a New Career in Just 10 Weeks
Are you thinking of changing careers? Do you want a roadmap that puts you on the fast-track to a rewarding job - in an industry that's always in high demand? Dental assisting could be your ticket! The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the job outlook for Dental Assisting from 2012 to 2022 is 25 percent. That's significantly faster than the 11-percent average growth rate for all occupations! What's more, most dentists, dental hygienists, treatment coordinators and office managers begin their careers as dental assistants.

If you're looking for a school that provides hands-on training in a real state-of-the-art dental office, look no further than the Santa Clarita School of Dental Assisting (SCSDA). The school offers a 10-week intensive course that won't interfere with your current job. As a SCSDA graduate, you will receive your Dental Assisting Certification and California State Dental Radiology Certification. The next Open House and School Tour is on Thursday, July 26, from 6pm to 8pm. 799-9JOB

There's Nothing "Old" about Today's Hearing Technology
When you think of wi-fi, BlueTooth, iPods, smart phones and other high-tech developments, do they feel "old" to you? Of course not! Yet you probably don't associate these recent digital developments with hearing aids, because there's a stigma that the hearing impaired are old and out of date. Nothing could be further from the truth. Today's hearing aids capture all the advantages of state-of-the-art, on-trend technology. You can stream music, sync them with your smart phone or television, even control your home's thermostat with them! The only thing "old" about hearing aids is the attitude that wearing them means you've got one foot in the grave. People of all ages suffer from hearing loss, but they don't have to lose out on enjoying life.
Nola Aronson's Advanced Audiology 425-9330

The Best Ways to Manage Meds
Keeping track of your medicines can be stressful, but not doing it? That can be deadly. Here are a few ways to help you or a loved one stay on top of much-needed medication. Pill reminder boxes help keep track of meds. Some include alarms that remind the user to take a dose; if they don't, the system alerts a family member that a dose has been missed. Machines can prove to be an especially-helpful tech hand; there are versions that dispense the right pills at the right time... and all you have to do is swallow. Perhaps the most personal, guaranteed way to achieve the goal of taking the right meds at the right time, though, is with the help of an in-home care provider. They can remind them to take their medication, can call for refills, are able to pick up the prescriptions, keep their eyes out for side affects and make sure family is alerted to the progress.
Visiting Angels 263-2273
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