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How to Help Your Teenager Cope with Stress in School

Stress is a natural part of life, but it can become overwhelming and lead to serious health problems if it is not kept in check. For teens, stress might be a big challenge during the school year, so it is important for parents to offer support and strategies to help manage stress day to day.

Balance your child’s schedule

You will want to allow your teen more independence in high school, but you might still monitor his or her schedule to be sure that it is manageable. You might set limits on extracurricular activities or have a quiet hour at home to give your teen enough time to complete homework and study.

Provide healthy meals and snacks

When stress is high, there may be temptation with an unhealthy diet, which may cause even more problems with your teen’s health. To promote healthier eating in times of stress, keep junk food out of the house and offer plenty of healthy snacks like fruits, nuts, whole grain crackers, cheese, and yogurt. Preparing healthy, balanced meals and eating dinner as a family may also promote stress relief for your whole family.

Encourage physical activity

Exercise is a great stress reliever with many added benefits, so you should encourage your teen to get plenty of physical activity. You might have dedicated workout days for the family, or you could encourage your child to participate in school sports to stay active.

Watch for behavioral red flags

Your teen may not always be open about stress, which means that you should look for common signs of stress and anxiety. Withdrawal from social activities, mood swings, and negative habits like drug or alcohol use can all indicate that your child is suffering from mental stress that might necessitate family therapy.

If you are seeking resources to help your family stay healthy, call Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center at (702) 233-5300 to speak with one of our registered nurses. Sunrise Hospital is a full service acute care hospital in Las Vegas, providing care ranging from family medicine to emergency care and specialized services, including cardiology, oncology, and neurology.


A look at Colonoscopy and Other Screenings for Colon Cancer

When it comes to colon cancer, colonoscopy is generally regarded as the gold standard of screening, because it has a low rate of false positives and offers the potential for early treatment before abnormal growths called polyps become cancerous. Still, there are a few other screenings that might be recommended in different cases, depending on the age and health history of the patient. This article will take a look at several screening techniques used to prevent or diagnose colon cancer and facilitate early treatment. When colon cancer is diagnosed in its earliest stages through these methods, it has a survival rate of about 90%.

Colonoscopy

During a colonoscopy, patients are sedated while a special instrument called a colonoscope is guided through the anus and rectum to get a view inside the colon. This instrument has a camera at the end to reveal any polyps that may grow along the lining of the colon. Usually colonoscopy screening is recommended at age 50 with repeat screenings every 10 years. Some physicians—including Dr. Joseph Thornton featured in this video—may recommend screenings more frequently every 6-7 years.

Fecal Occult Blood Tests

Because both cancerous and pre-cancerous polyps can bleed, a High-Sensitivity Fecal Occult Blood Test may be recommended if you have symptoms of polyps such as ongoing constipation or diarrhea, narrow stools, or blood in the stool. The FOBT can detect blood in the stool even when it is not visible

Virtual Colonoscopy

With virtual colonoscopy, a doctor will examine images of the colon taken from outside of the body using CT scans, or computed topography. There is not research to show the effectiveness of virtual colonoscopy for preventing colon cancer deaths, but virtual colonoscopy does provide accurate images of the colon that are on par with those produced in conventional colonoscopy. Unlike conventional colonoscopy, however, the virtual exam cannot be combined with treatment during the exam.

At Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, you can find comprehensive care for colorectal cancer with screening, treatment, and patient support. To explore our services in greater detail, visit our website or call (702) 233-5300 and speak with one of our registered nurses.


Essential Safety Tips for the Coming School Year

When you send your children back to school this year, you will want to stay aware of the top safety hazards that your kids may face each day. By recognizing these dangers and utilizing a few preventive measures, you can greatly improve your child’s safety during the school day. Here’s a closer look at the steps you’ll want to take to ensure a safe school year.

Walk young kids to school or the bus stop

Walking to school is a great habit to help children stay active, but young children in grade school should have supervision from parents or older siblings. If your child takes the bus, you might walk him to the bus stop for the first few days of school to teach the best habits for safe bus riding. Children who bike to school should have well-fitted helmets that should be worn at all times while riding a bike, even if the ride is just down the street.

Make sure your child’s backpack is not too heavy

A backpack full of books and supplies can weigh almost 30 pounds, which is too much weight for a child to carry safely. Before your child heads off to school, you should make sure that his backpack is not too heavy and adjust straps so that the pack does not hang low on your child’s back. Keeping the weight of the bag close to the body will reduce stress on the back and shoulders, reducing the likelihood of conditions like scoliosis and joint injuries.

Be alert of allergy and asthma dangers

Food allergies and asthma have both become more common in children, so you will want to remain aware of possible triggers and ways to avoid them. If your child has a food allergy, you may need to pack lunches every day instead of purchasing school lunches. Children with asthma should keep emergency inhalers on hand to respond to asthma attacks that may take place at school.

For the preventive care and emergency services your child may need in the new school year, stay connected with Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas. You stay up to date with our ER wait times on our website or by texting ‘ER’ to 23000. You can also reach us through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300 anytime, 24/7.


What Are the Treatment Options for Colon Cancer?

When you follow a recommended schedule for colon cancer screening, you can expect an early diagnosis of the disease, which will make it highly treatable with a high rate of survival. Surgery and radiation therapy are the two primary treatment modalities for colon cancer, though chemotherapy may be necessary when the cancer is no longer localized in later stages. If you have been diagnosed with colon cancer, you might expect to discuss each of these treatment options in more detail with your oncologist. Below, you can get a general overview of each treatment to help you prepare for your cancer care.

Surgery

In the earliest stage of colon cancer, when tumors have not grown beyond the inner lining of the colon, the cancer may be removed during a colonoscopy using specialized tools attached to the colonoscope. More developed but still early stage cancers are also treatable through surgery alone, though the procedure will be more complex with partial removal and resection of the colon. With every surgical procedure for colon cancer, a minimally invasive laparoscopic or robotic approach will be considered, because these methods can reduce surgical risks and improve accuracy. In the video above, you can hear a Sunrise Hospital physician discuss the benefits of these procedures as well as the differences between them.

Radiation Therapy

Following surgical care for colon cancer, your doctor may recommend radiation therapy, which works by preventing the reproduction of cancer cells and killing cancer cells that may be left behind after surgery. Radiation therapy may also be considered as an alternative to surgery for patients who are not well enough to undergo surgical procedures.

Chemotherapy

When colon cancer has spread to the lymph system and other organs, chemotherapy is often the best line of treatment, because it will target cancer cells throughout the body. Surgery may be avoided at this stage, or it might be used exclusively to relieve symptoms of the disease.

A cancer diagnosis can be a scary event, but the physicians of Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center will work to provide you with the most complete care and support. To get a physician referral with us or explore our cancer care services in-depth, call (702) 233-5300 to speak with a registered nurse anytime, 24/7.


Which Illnesses Are Most Common in Summer?

While illnesses can strike at any time, soaring temperatures and high humidity increase the likelihood of developing certain medical problems, some of which may require emergency care at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center of Las Vegas. For example, emergency care physicians often see a rise in cases such as asthma attacks, food poisoning, and ear infections during the summer months.

Ear Infections

Swimming is a good way to stay active during the summer while cooling off. However, it may also lead to swimmer’s ear, which is an infection of the outer ear canal. While this condition usually isn’t serious, it may lead to complications if left untreated. Rarely, these complications may include chronic outer ear infections, deep tissue infections known as cellulitis, and damage to the cartilage and bone. Infections of the middle ear may also be more common during the summer because allergies to pollen may interfere with the proper drainage of fluid from the Eustachian tube. Ear infections, which frequently affect children and teenagers, often involve ear pain and increased pressure, which may sometimes rupture the eardrum.

Food Poisoning

The bacteria responsible for foodborne illnesses thrive in the summer months, thanks to the increased temperature and humidity. Food poisoning can cause mild or severe symptoms, which typically include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever. Foodborne illnesses often resolve themselves. However, in severe cases, emergency care is needed. Consider going to the ER if you are unable to keep liquids down, notice bloody vomit or stool, have extreme abdominal pain, or develop dehydration. You can reduce your risk of contracting foodborne illnesses by cooking foods to a safe temperature, placing perishable foods in the fridge right away, and avoiding cross contamination between raw and cooked foods.

Asthma Attacks

High pollen levels, mold growth, and air pollution can contribute to asthma attacks in the summer. If you suffer from difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, wheezing, or other signs of an asthma attack, it’s advisable to follow your doctor’s emergency asthma treatment plan and seek emergency care.

Partner with the healthcare providers of Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center to help keep your family healthy this summer. In addition to preventive healthcare services and patient education programs, our Las Vegas hospital provides emergency care for urgent medical situations such as asthma attacks. For a physician referral, contact the Consult-A-Nurse referral line for our community hospital at (702) 731-8000.


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