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    Ways You Can Make a Difference for Breast Cancer Patients

    Last updated 1 day 7 hours ago

    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) 880-2700. 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?

    Last updated 3 days ago

    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) 880-2700 to speak with one of our registered nurses. 

    Emerging Research on Breast Cancer Cells

    Last updated 5 days ago

    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) 880-2700. 

    Liver Health and Diabetes: What You Need to Know

    Last updated 7 days ago

    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) 880-2700. 

    Taking a Closer Look at Lung Health and Enterovirus D68

    Last updated 9 days ago

    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) 880-2700 to speak with one of our highly trained registered nurses. 

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