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September 2013

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September 2013

Take a Step Toward Preventive Care with a Well-Check Visit

More and more physicians are encouraging their patients to schedule an annual well-check visit where a patient meets with their physician to focus on preventive care rather than just seeing them when a health problem arises. Kathryn Teng, MD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Personalized Healthcare says that a well-check visit helps patients take more control of their own health and addresses any behavioral changes that should be considered to prevent certain health conditions.

Dr. Teng says that patients should expect the following to take place during a well-check visit:

  1. Measure height and weight
  2. Check vital signs
  3. Review personal health concerns
  4. Discuss medical care preferences
  5. Assess your social environment and how it affects your health
  6. Review your medication list including supplements and over-the-counter drugs
  7. Review family health history
  8. Have a physical exam
  9. Get necessary tests and screenings

To learn more about this topic or to coordinate an interview, please contact Jenny Popis at popisj@ccf.org or 216.444.8853.

Gluten-free School Lunch Ideas

Packing a healthy school lunch for a child can be a challenge in itself but even more so if your child has celiac disease. Children that have intolerance for gluten, which is a component of wheat, should follow a special diet to avoid any medical reactions.

Laurie Tsilianidis, MD, pediatric endocrinologist at Cleveland Clinic says that there are several healthy, gluten-free lunch choices parents can prepare for their children. All fruits and vegetables are gluten-free and should be incorporated into their meal. There are also many gluten-free types of bread and granola bars on the market. High protein sandwiches, pizza, veggie-rich soups and salads are also easy to make and fun options.

Dr. Tsilianidis also suggests parents remind their children not to trade any food with friends and not to try food from someone else. Keeping food in separate plastic containers can also be helpful.

To learn more about this topic or to coordinate an interview, please contact Caroline Auger at augerc@ccf.org or 216.636.5874.

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with nearly 240,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month - and renowned prostate cancer expert Eric Klein, MD from Cleveland Clinic's Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute can discuss the newest, most innovative treatments and discoveries in prostate cancer this year.

Genetic tests - A variety of tests are now available to help physicians and patients make the most educated treatment decision based on the aggressiveness of the cancer. Some slow-growing cancers can be watched without active treatment, while the more aggressive cancers can be identified and treated appropriately - improving outcomes and quality of life for that patient.

New gene discovery - Cleveland Clinic researcher Nima Sharifi, MD discovered a genetic mutation in castration-resistant prostate cancer, the deadliest form of prostate cancer that is resistant to many treatments. This discovery may lead to new drug therapies to block the growth of the cancer.


New treatments - Radium-223 was approved by the FDA in May for treatment of castration-resistant prostate cancer that has spread to the bones. This drug uses alpha radiation from radium-223 to decay and kill cancer cells.

To learn more about this topic or to coordinate an interview, please contact Stephanie Jansky at janskys@ccf.org or 216.636.5869.
Tips to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults

One out of three adults age 65 and older falls each year, but less than half talk to their healthcare provider about it. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries including hip fractures, head injuries, memory problems and can even risk early death. However, there are tips and proven interventions that can reduce the risk of falling and help older adults live a quality life and maintain their independence longer.

Anne Vanderbilt, RN, Cleveland Clinic Geriatrics Medicine Clinical Nurse Specialist, encourages seniors and their families to take proactive steps to prevent falls. She recommends the following tips to help reduce falls among the elderly:

  • Consult with a healthcare professional about getting a fall risk assessment.
  • Maintain a physical activity regimen with balance, strength training and flexibility components. Examples include senior yoga and walking.
  • Review and manage medications with your healthcare provider at every visit.
  • Have vision checked regularly.
  • Evaluate your home and make the environment safer. Look for things like clutter, slippery throw rugs and poor lighting.
  • Wear shoes with proper treading and grip and use a walking aid if necessary.

To learn more about this topic or to coordinate an interview, please contact Jenny Popis at popisj@ccf.org or 216.444.8853.

Knowing What Puts Someone at Risk for Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men and the second leading cause of cancer death for men in the United States. This slow-developing cancer causes the death of 30,000 men each year. Ryan Berglund, MD, a Cleveland Clinic Urologist, explains what puts men at risk:

  • Age: This is the greatest risk for prostate cancer. More than 75 percent of men diagnosed are older than age 65.
  • Family History: Men whose relatives have prostate cancer have a considerably higher risk. Having a father or brother with the disease doubles the risk of developing the disease. Screenings should begin at age 40 for men with a family history.
  • Race: African-Americans are 30 to 50 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer than any other race. Rates increase significantly for Japanese and African men when immigrating to the United States. Screenings should begin at age 40 for men who fit this criterion.
  • Diet: The disease is much more prevalent in countries in which meat and dairy products are dietary staples.
  • Male Hormones: High levels of male hormones called androgens may increase the risk of prostate cancer for some men.
  • Sedentary Lifestyle: The risk can be reduced simply with regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight.

To learn more about this topic or to coordinate an interview, please contact Tora Vinci at vinciv@ccf.org or 216.444.2412.

How to Prevent Weight-related Problems among Children

Nearly 20% of all children in the United States ages 2-19 years of age, are obese and at risk for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and other serious conditions.

Cleveland Clinic Children’s health team says if you are worried that your child may be getting too heavy, there are warning signs to watch out for. It is suggested to talk to your pediatrician if your son or daughter can’t keep up with other kids when playing, has aches and pains when moving, snores at night, acts nervous, sad or moody, or has darkening of skin around the neck.

Kids who are obese after the age of six are 50 percent more likely to be obese in adulthood. Parents or guardians should encourage the following healthy habits early on:

  • Eat at least five fruits and vegetables servings per day
  • Limit television, computer, video games or phone use to two hours or less a day
  • Include one hour of physical activity every day
  • Zero sodas and sugary drinks

To learn more about this topic or to coordinate an interview, please contact Liz Dunlop at dunlope@ccf.org or 216.445.1991.