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July 2012

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Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare Vismodegib, a new skin cancer drug used for the first time in the world at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, was recently hailed in the New England Journal of Medicine as the “greatest advance in therapy yet seen”. Also at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, studies are underway regarding a drug that delivers cancer-killing agents for pancreatic cancer. Preclinical results showing that INNO-206 induced complete tumor remissions in the laboratory were presented at a recent meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials at Scottsdale Healthcare is a partnership with the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). Info: 480-323-1339; 877-273-3713; clinicaltrials@shc.org

Maricopa Integrated Health System Betsey Bayless, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS), has been named to the Executive Committee of the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems. MIHS includes Maricopa Medical Center, the Arizona Burn Center, the Arizona Children’s Center, two psychiatric hospitals, 11 community-oriented family health centers and an attendant care program. Info: mihs.org; naph.org

Here’s to a sun-sational summer! How to stay healthy and safe during our hottest months

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hink of an Arizona summer as a kind of boot camp. It’s not regimented or structured, but it can be exhausting and intimidating and there are plenty of obstacles to navigate and conquer. Outdoor activities can be more challenging than we imagined because we may misjudge how well we’re able to manage summer’s obvious dangers as well as more hidden threats. The risks we face during the summer are real and should be regarded as formidable foes. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, nearly 1,400 Arizonans are stricken every year with a heat-related illness so serious they end up in an emergency department,

and hundreds of them become so ill that they must be admitted to the hospital. But the heat and sun aren’t all we have to worry about. On these pages, we’ve assembled plenty of advice from professionals about how to stay healthy and safe during the hottest months of the year. Armed with tips on protecting your skin, recognizing signs of heat illness, making sure kids are ‘water-worthy’, preventing dehydration and avoiding carbon monoxide poisoning connected to boating, you’ll be able to happily survive the ‘boot camp’ (or is that ‘cowboy-boot camp’?) that is summer in the Valley of the Sun.

Carbon monoxide poisoning and boating What you need to know before heading to the lake

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COVER/06: CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING 02: SAFE POOL WATER 03: DEHYDRATION 04: SUPPORT GROUPS, EVENTS 05: SUPPORT GROUPS, EXPERTS 06: HEAT EMERGENCIES 07: WATER SAFETY 08: HEAT IN CARS

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arbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is the most common cause of death due to poisoning in the world, according to Bob Baron, M.D., emergency medicine physician at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. He adds that CO poisoning is often dubbed the ‘silent killer’ since you can’t smell, taste or sense the poison. CO is found in combustion fumes, such as those produced by boat engines, on-board stoves and more. The poison builds up, and because the CO can block oxygen from getting into the body, victims quickly become ill, cites the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Tim Eiden, community education specialist for the Peoria Fire Department, cautions boaters and swimmers to be very aware of the sources of carbon monoxide because it can quickly overwhelm anyone in its vicinity, causing loss of consciousness and death.

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Keeping your pool water safe for swimming Yes, it can be a chore, but it’s better than shoveling snow, right? BY ALISON STANTON

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here is nothing quite as inviting as a sparkling pool on a hot day...which in the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas, is pretty much every summertime day. But keeping the water clean and safe for swimmers doesn’t just happen by itself; it requires a combination of chemicals and cleaning.

Sanitizers and acids

“Sanitizer is the most important chemical for a pool since it kills bacteria, viruses and algae,” said Michael J. Dennis, chief executive officer of X-Pools, LLC in Scottsdale and a Certified Service Professional, a professional designation granted by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals. The most common sanitizers are halogens, chlorine and bromine, he said.

Pool chemicals • Ideal ranges for pH are 7.2 to 7.8 • Ideal ranges for total alkalinity are between 80 and 120 ppm Source: Michael J. Dennis, chief executive officer, X-Pools, LLC, Scottsdale

“With our water in the Valley, acid is usually required to keep a balanced pH which helps the sanitizers work effectively and creates bather comfort.” The pH level is an indication of how acidic or basic the water is. The second family of necessary chemicals is balancers, said Mike Long, a manufacturer’s representative with Thornburg Enterprises in Chandler. “These help to keep pH, total alkalinity and hardness levels in their proper range,” he said. “Chlorine and most other things introduced into water — including swimmers — alter the balance of the water. Unbalanced water is irritating to swimmers and inhibits the efficiency of chlorine. In addition, many times eye irritation is blamed on chlorine, when in fact it is a consequence of water imbalance.”

Testing the waters

Testing and balancing water chemistry follows the old adage that you can never do it enough, Dennis said. “Pools, spas and water features are dynamic devices, constantly changing with wind, sun, rain, temperature and usage,”

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“Develop a good relationship with a swimming pool supply store or pool service company that you can trust and let them guide you through the maze of chemicals.” — Mike Long, manufacturer’s representative, Thornburg Enterprises, Chandler he said, adding that chemical demand changes rapidly after a storm of any kind, meaning that the water should be tested and balanced as soon as possible after such an event. Long noted that chlorine and pH levels should be tested weekly when water temperatures are below 70 degrees and twice weekly when the weather warms up. “Many systems, like salt water pools, can get out of range in two to three days once the pool water gets above 80 degrees,” he said.

Seeing ‘green’

Occasionally, algae can take over and once-clean pool water can turn green, seemingly overnight. “A green pool is a sign that there is either not enough sanitizer in the water or that the water balance is such that the chlorine cannot do its job,” Long explained. “It can also be an indication that the pump or filter is not working properly.” In the event of algae, Dennis advises pool owners to empty all traps and baskets, backwash if required, run the filter constantly until the algae is gone, balance the pH and alkalinity, brush the walls, then shock with chlorine.

Pool resources American Red Cross and National Swimming Pool Foundation (online training course for home pool and hot tub owners): homepoolessentials.org Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/ resources/posters.html

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f you’re ‘dying of thirst,’ you’re definitely more than just thirsty – you’re probably dehydrated. In fact, most of us are mildly dehydrated, but we don’t realize it and simply go about our day, according to Karla Birkholz, M.D., medical director of Wellness Elements, a wellness center for John C. Lincoln Physician Network. The National Weather Service reports an average of 110 days per year with temperatures in the Valley above 100 degrees. With an estimated 30 to 50 Arizonans dying annually due to the scorching summer heat (Arizona Department of Health Services, azdhs. gov/phs/oeh/pdf/heat_brochure.pdf), recognizing the symptoms of heatrelated dehydration and taking action can be the difference between life and death.

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Allow time for acclimatization; it takes approximately four to 14 days for adults and 10 to 14 days for children to adjust to the heat

“Thirst is generally the first symptom of dehydration, but it also is a key indicator that you have passed the point at which you should have started drinking water,” Birkholz said. Other signs that the body may not be properly hydrated include darkcolored urine, less frequent urination and symptoms of heat exhaustion such as nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weakness, headache, dizziness, excessive sweating and muscle cramps with activity.

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Key factor in heat illness

Michael Kaplan, M.D., regional medical director of NextCare Urgent Care, said that dehydration is a key factor in a broad spectrum of heat-related illnesses that range from heat exhaustion to the more severe and potentially deadly heat stroke. Kaplan added that mild to moderate dehydration in the context of a heat illness can usually be treated at home by finding shelter from the sun, removing appropriate clothing, getting near a fan and/or in air conditioning, drinking water and consuming sports beverages to replenish depleted electrolytes. Symptoms will generally improve within about 15 to 30 minutes.

Safeguarding kids

Infants and young children are particularly susceptible to dehydration and heat illness because they lose fluids quickly, fail to recognize their symptoms and are often unable to explain how they feel. Kaplan noted that stimulant medications like Adderall and Ritalin, which are commonly used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), can increase the likelihood of heat illness.

When to visit the ER

“If, after attempting to manage dehydration, a person is still excessively thirsty or weak, treatment in an urgent

care or emergency room setting may be beneficial,” Kaplan stated. Prolonged shortness of breath, rapid pulse, confusion or agitation, a temperature at or above 104 degrees Fahrenheit, passing out, or no longer sweating despite being very hot are dangerous signs of heat stroke. Medical care typically entails oral and intravenous (IV) hydration, cold baths and blood testing to evaluate electrolyte levels and check for signs of muscle breakdown. Birkholz emphasized that prevention is the most important step when it comes to dehydration and heat illness. “Drink plenty of fluids regardless of whether you’re thirsty, particularly during the summer months,” she said.

Dehydration and heat illness resources American Academy of Family Physicians: aafp.org; familydoctor.org American Academy of Pediatrics: aap.org; healthychildren.org Arizona Department of Health Services: azdhs.gov Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics: cdc.gov/nchs National Institutes of Health: nih.gov

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Take advantage of over 100 opportunities for you to meet others with similar issues and learn more about various aspects of your health – from A to Z. All groups and events are believed, but not guaranteed, to be free unless otherwise stated. Every effort has been made to verify accuracy, but please call before attending to confirm details.

BARIATRIC INFO SESSIONS Various dates & times Banner Gateway 1900 N. Higley Rd., Gilbert 480-543-2606

CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME July 30, 6–7 p.m. Mountain Vista Medical Center 1301 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa Register: 877-924-WELL (9355)

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY SEMINAR Various dates, times & locations St. Luke’s, Phoenix Tempe St. Luke’s, Tempe 800-248-5553

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FALL PREVENTION July 11, 1–2 p.m. By Scottsdale Healthcare at Appaloosa Library 7377 E. Silverstone Dr., ScottsdaleRegister: shc.org/events; 480-882-4636

STEPS TO A HEALTHIER YOU July 12, 1–2 p.m. By Scottsdale Healthcare at Civic Center Library 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale Register: shc.org/events; 480-882-4636 BETTER PELVIC HEALTH July 12, 6–8 p.m. Banner Desert 1400 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa 602-230-CARE (2273) MEDICAL QI GONG July 13, 11 a.m.–noon By Scottsdale Healthcare at Desert Foothills Library 38442 N. Schoolhouse Rd., Cave Creek Register: shc.org/events; 480-882-4636 TREATING COMMON FOOT PAIN July 17, 6:30–7:30 p.m. By Midwestern University at Glendale Foothills Library 19055 N. 57 Ave., Glendale 623-930-3868 BETTER BREATHERS July 18, 2–3 p.m. Chandler Regional 1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler 480-728-5414 CHANGE: IT’S IN THE BAG July 18, 7–8 p.m. By Scottsdale Healthcare at Barnes & Noble 10500 N. 90 St., Scottsdale Register: shc.org/events; 480-882-4636 MEN’S DISABILITY ISSUES GROUP July 19, 5:30–7 p.m. Disability Empowerment Center 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix 602-980-3232 LASER SPINE INSTITUTE MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SURGERY July 19, 6 p.m. & July 21, 10 a.m. Laser Spine Institute 8888 E. Raintree Dr., Scottsdale Register: SpineSeminar.com; 866-811-3275 LASER SPINE INSTITUTE MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SURGERY July 20, noon Hilton Phoenix Chandler 2929 W. Frye Rd., Chandler Register: SpineSeminar.com; 866-811-3275

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP July 11, 2:30–4 p.m. Chandler Regional 1955 W. Frye Rd., Chandler 480-728-3828

CREATING MEANING & HAVING FUN July 13, 10:30 a.m.–noon By Banner Alzheimer’s at Musical Instrument Museum 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix Register: 602-230-CARE

CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE July 11, 18 & 25, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Chandler Regional 1955 W. Frye Rd., Chandler 480-728-5414

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP (lunch provided) July 15, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. St. Joseph’s Huger Mercy Living Center 2345 W. Orangewood Ave., Phoenix 602-406-5600

HEART-HEALTHY EATING July 17, 11 a.m.–noon Banner Heart Hospital 6750 E. Baywood Ave., Mesa 480-854-5401

COMPASS FOR CAREGIVERS July 19, 10-11:30 a.m. Banner Alzheimer’s 901 E. Willetta St., Phoenix Register:Deidra.Colvin@bannerhealth.com; 602-839-6850

HEART FAILURE, IRREGULAR HEARTBEATS & TREATMENTS July 18, 5:30–7 p.m. Banner Thunderbird 5555 W. Thunderbird Rd., Glendale Register: 602-230-2273 MENDED HEARTS SUPPORT GROUP July 18, 6:30 p.m. Banner Heart Hospital 6750 E. Baywood Ave., Mesa 480-854-5070 STROKE SUPPORT GROUP July 24, 3–4 p.m. Mountain Vista Medical Center 1301 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa Register: 877-924-WELL (9355) ABC’S OF CARDIOLOGY Aug. 2, noon–1 p.m. Mountain Vista Medical Center 1301 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa Register: 877-924-WELL (9355)

DIABETES TAKING CONTROL OF DIABETES WORKSHOP Various dates, 10 a.m.–noon Phoenix Baptist Hospital 2040 W. Bethany Home Rd., Phoenix Register: azhealthyhours.com; 855-292-WELL DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP July 9, 3–4 p.m. Mountain Vista Medical Center 1301 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa 877-924-WELL (9355) DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP July 12, 1–2 p.m. St. Luke’s 1800 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix 877-351-WELL (9355)

July 7 Children’s Immunization Clinic (Free)

SUN LAKES EARLY STAGE SUPPORT GROUP July 12 & 26, 9–10 a.m. By The Alzheimer’s Association at Sun Lakes United Methodist Church 2958 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes Register: 602-528-0545

COMPRESSION-ONLY CPR July 7, 9–10:30 a.m. Banner Desert 1400 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa 602-230-CARE (2273)

HEALTHY MEALS IN 30 MINUTES OR LESS July 11, 6–7:30 p.m. Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare 10460 N. 92 St., Scottsdale Register: shc.org/events; 480-882-4636

MAKING MUSIC, MAKING MEMORIES July 6, 10–11:30 a.m. By Banner Alzheimer’s at Pyle Adult Recreation Center 655 E. Southern Ave., Tempe Register:Deidra.Colvin@bannerhealth.com; 602-839-6850 PHOENIX EARLY STAGE SUPPORT GROUP July 12 & 26, 9–10 a.m. By The Alzheimer’s Association at Parkway Community Church 1752 E. Maryland Ave., Phoenix Register: 602-528-0545

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS July 19, 1:30–3 p.m. Tempe St. Luke’s 1500 S. Mill Ave., Tempe 877-351-WELL (9355)

July 21 Heart Risk Assessment

July 14 CPR Certification

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HEALTHY SUMMER EATING July 26, noon–1:30 p.m. Mountain Vista Medical Center 1301 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa Register: 877-924-WELL (9355) SLEEP WELL July 26, 1–2 p.m. By Scottsdale Healthcare at Civic Center Library 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale Register: shc.org/events; 480-882-4636

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WHAT: Free immunizations. Parent or guardian must accompany each child and bring immunization records. No appointment necessary. WHERE: Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, Community Health Office, 3634 N. Drinkwater Blvd, Ste. 100, Scottsdale TIME: 8 a.m.–noon INFO: 480-882-4317

July 14 Safe Babysitting Class WHAT: Taught by an RN, this course provides information about CPR and first-aid, infant and child care, what to do in an emergency, activity planning and more. For ages 11 and older. WHERE: Banner Desert, 1400 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa TIME: 12:30–4:30 p.m. COST: $35 REGISTRATION REQUIRED: 602-230-CARE (2273)

WHAT: The American Heart Association (AHA) Community Heart-Saver CPR course prepares attendees for providing CPR, AED (automated external defibrillator) and choking relief for infants, children and adults. A first-aid course is taught immediately after the CPR class. WHERE: Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, 14502 W. Meeker Blvd, Sun City West TIME: 1–5 p.m. COST: $45 for both classes; $35 for CPR alone (must take CPR in order to take first-aid) REGISTRATION REQUIRED: 800-230-CARE (2273)

WHAT: Assessment includes test of cholesterol levels, blood sugar and blood pressure. In addition, a 10-year coronary risk assessment (the likelihood of having a heart attack in the next 10 years) is provided that takes into account health and lifestyle information including age, gender, cholesterol, blood pressure and more. WHERE: Arizona Heart Hospital, 1930 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix TIME: 7–9 a.m. COST: $10 REGISTRATION REQUIRED: 855-292-9355; azhealthyhours.com

July 21 Women’s Clinic (Free)

WHAT: Accompanied by a paid adult, junior golfers (ages 17 and younger), can enjoy free golf at any of the three City of Phoenix nine-hole courses. Program runs through August 31. WHERE: Aguila Par 3, 8440 S. 35th Ave.; Encanto Short 9, 2300 N. 17th Ave.; Palo Verde 9, 6215 N. 15th Ave. COST: Free for one youth-golfer per paid adult; if only one adult is present, additional kids’ rounds are $5. INFO: 602-262-5088; 866-865GOLF (4653); phoenix.gov/golf

WHAT: This clinic will include well-womanexams,familyplanning services, STD information and more. Health Choice Arizona will also be available for assistance and possible eligibility. WHERE: Arizona Associates for Women’s Health, 4135 S. Power Rd., Suite 113, Mesa TIME: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. REGISTRATION REQUIRED: 480-257-2700

July 1–August 31 Free Junior Golf

PLANNING AHEAD CLASS FOR CAREGIVERS July 30, 10 a.m.–noon Banner Gateway 1900 N. Higley Road, Gilbert Register:Deidra.Colvin@bannerhealth.com; 602-839-6850

PARKINSON’S EXERCISE CLASSES; TAI CHI; QIGONG & MEDITATION Various dates, times and locations By the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at St. Joseph’s 602-406-6903 PARKINSON’S DANCE—ARCADIA July 5, 12, 19 & 26, 1:30–3 p.m. By the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at St. Joseph’s Brick’s Studio 4550 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix Register: 602-406-6903 EASTSIDE TREMBLE CLEFS (singing program) July 5, 12, 19 & 26, 4–6 p.m. By the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at St. Joseph’s Granite Reef Senior Center 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale Register: 602-406-3840 PARKINSON’S DANCE— PARADISE VALLEY July 6, 13, 20 & 27, 1:30–3 p.m. By the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at St. Joseph’s Elizabeth Keith Movement Education 16620 N. 40 St., Phoenix Register: 602-406-6903

WESTSIDE TREMBLE CLEFS (singing program) July 11, 18 & 25, 10 a.m.–noon By the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at St. Joseph’s Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church 11025 N. 111 Ave., Sun City Register: 602-406-3840

SENIORS HEALTHY COOKING July 5, 10–11 a.m. Humana Guidance Center 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa 480-325-4707 TAI CHI July 6 & 20, 9–10 a.m. Humana Guidance Center 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa 480-325-4707 ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM July 10, 24 & 31, 9–10 a.m. Tempe St. Luke’s 1500 S. Mill Ave., Tempe 877-351-WELL (9355) HEALTH LITERACY July 10, 10–11:30 a.m. Humana Guidance Center 5943 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa 480-325-4707

MEDICATION CHECKS July 11, 10–11 a.m. St. Luke’s 1800 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix Register: 877-351-WELL (9355) SUMMER COOKING DEMO & TASTING July 11, noon–1 p.m. St. Luke’s 1800 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix Register: 877-351-WELL (9355) MEDICATION CHECKS July 20, noon–1 p.m. Tempe St. Luke’s 1500 S. Mill Ave., Tempe Register: 877-351-WELL (9355) SUMMER COOKING DEMO & TASTING July 20, noon–1 p.m. Tempe St. Luke’s 1500 S. Mill Ave., Tempe Register: 877-351-WELL (9355) HEAT STROKE 101 July 23, noon–1 p.m. Mountain Vista Medical Center 1301 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa Register: 877-924-WELL (9355) MEDICATION CHECKS July 24, 10–11 a.m. Mountain Vista Medical Center 1301 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa Register: 877-351-WELL (9355)

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BOSOM BUDDIES/ AHWATUKEE CHANDLER July 14, 10 a.m.–noon Morrison Building (next to Chandler Regional Medical Center) 1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler 480-893-8900 SUPPORT GROUP July 14, 10 a.m.–noon Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare 10460 N. 92 St., Scottsdale Register: tinastreasures@shc.org; 480-323-1990 BLACKS AGAINST BREAST CANCER July 15, 3–5 p.m. The Wellness Community 360 E. Palm Lane, Phoenix 602-320-0502 BOSOM BUDDIES/SCOTTSDALE July 21, 10 a.m.–noon Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak 7400 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale 623-236-6616 EAST VALLEY YOUNG SURVIVORS (age 40 and under) July 21, 10 a.m.–noon Dynamic Life Coaching Center 1701 S. Mill Ave., Tempe 480-326-7023 SUPPORT GROUP July 24, 5–6:15 p.m. Banner Desert 1400 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa 480-412-HOPE (4673) CIRCLE OF HELP/ ADVANCED BREAST CANCER July 26, 6–8 p.m. By Bosom Buddies at John C. Lincoln Breast Center 19646 N. 27 Ave., Phoenix advancedbreastcancer@gmail.com; 623-236-6616

CANCER SUPPORT GROUPS GENTLE YOGA July 5, 12, 19 & 26, 4 p.m. Banner MD Anderson 2946 E. Banner Gateway Dr., Gilbert 480-256-4141 CAVE CREEK July 7, 10–noon By Scottsdale Healthcare at Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church 6502 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek 480-488-3283 MORNING MEDITATIONS July 9, 16, 23 & 30, 9:30 a.m. Banner MD Anderson 2946 E. Banner Gateway Dr., Gilbert 480-256-4141 CHAIR YOGA July 9, 16, 23 & 30, 10 a.m. Banner MD Anderson 2946 E. Banner Gateway Dr., Gilbert 480-256-4141 DRUMMING CIRCLE July 9, 6–7:30 p.m. Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare 10460 N. 92 St., Scottsdale Register: shc.org/events; 480-882-4636 US TOO: PROSTATE CANCER July 9, 7 p.m. St. Joseph’s 350 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix 602-242-3131 GYNECOLOGIC July 10, 5–6:15 p.m. Banner Desert 1400 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa 480-412-HOPE (4673) FACING FORWARD (WOMEN) July 11, 1–3 p.m. Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare 10460 N. 92 St., Scottsdale Register: shc.org/events; 480-882-4636

LUNG July 14, 1–3 p.m. By St. Joseph’s at The Wellness Community 360 E. Palm Ln., Phoenix 602-712-1006 CANCER July 17, 5–6:15 p.m. Banner Desert 1400 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa 480-412-HOPE (4673)

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GRIEF July 10 & 24, 4:30–6 p.m. By Hospice of the Valley Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare 10460 N. 92 St., Scottsdale 480-323-1321 HUNTINGTON’S July 16, 6–8 p.m. St. Joseph’s 350 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix 602-406-4931

JOURNEY TO WELLNESS (delicious vegetarian dishes) July 18, 4 p.m. Banner MD Anderson 2946 E. Banner Gateway Dr., Gilbert 480-256-4141

SYRINGO & CHIARI July 19, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. St. Joseph’s Outpatient Rehabilitation 114 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix 623-561-9606

ORAL, HEAD & NECK July 18, 4:30–6:30 p.m. Banner Desert 1400 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa 480-412-HOPE (4673)

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PARENTING/ KIDS OB ORIENTATION Various dates & times Banner Gateway 1900 N. Higley Rd., Gilbert 602-230-2273 WOMEN’S SERVICES UNIT TOURS July 5 & 19; Aug. 2, 7 p.m. Mountain Vista Medical Center 1301 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa Register: 877-924-WELL (9355) BREASTFEEDING July 6, 13, 20 & 27, 10 a.m. Mercy Gilbert 3555 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert 480-728-5414 BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP July 11 & 18, 10–11 a.m. Phoenix Baptist Hospital 2000 W. Bethany Home Rd., Phoenix Register: abrazohealth.com/newborn; 855-292-9355 MAKE YOUR OWN BABY FOOD July 11, 10:30–11:30 a.m. Maryvale Hospital 5102 W. Campbell Ave., Phoenix Register: 602-304-1166 NURSING MOMS SUPPORT GROUP July 11, 10:30 a.m.–noon Banner Del E. Webb 14502 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West 800-230-CARE (2273) BREASTFEEDING July 11, 18 & 25, 11 a.m. Chandler Regional 1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler 480-728-5414 POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION July 11, 18 & 25, 1–2:30 p.m. Chandler Regional 1875 W. Frye Rd., Chandler 480-728-5414 BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP July 12, 19 & 26, 1–2:30 p.m. Banner Desert 1400 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa 480-412-3035

SUPPORT GROUPS BRAIN INJURY SURVIVORS July 9, 7–8:15 p.m. St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute 350 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix 602-406-3333 LUNG TRANSPLANT July 10, 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m. St. Joseph’s 350 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix. 602-406-7009

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (WOMEN) July 28, 10 a.m. St. Joseph’s 350 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix 480-829-6563

CAREGIVERS CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP July 9 St. Joseph’s Outpatient Rehabilitation 114 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix Call for time: 602-406-6688 CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP July 11, 2:30–4 p.m. Mountain Vista Medical Center 1301 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa Register: 877-924-WELL (9355) CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP July 25, 2:30–3:30 p.m. St. Luke’s 1800 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix Register: 877-924-WELL (9355) LGBT CAREGIVER GROUP (DUET) Aug. 6, 9–10 a.m. One Voice Community Center 4442 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix 602-274-5022

Question: What is the prevalence of hearing loss?

Question: What is Valley Fever and how can it be treated?

Question: Is there a ‘safe’ tan in childhood?

ANSWER: Most people believe that hearing loss affects only ‘older people’, while actually 65 percent of people with hearing loss are younger than age 65. More than 6 million people in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 44 have hearing loss issues with nearly 1.5 million of them being school-age. An estimated 31.5 million people in the U.S. report hearing difficulty, or approximately 10 percent of the nation’s population. People with hearing loss are often embarrassed because they think they are different or that they have a rare condition, but if you suspect hearing loss, please understand that you are not alone. Here are some general guidelines regardingtheincidenceofhearingloss: • 3 in 10 people over the age of 60 have hearing loss • 1 in 6 baby-boomers have a hearing problem • 1 in 14 Gen-Xers already have hearing loss • at least 1.4 million children under the age of 18 have hearing problems If you suspect you may be having problems hearing or understanding what people are saying, get your hearing checked by a licensed hearing health-care professional. It could change your life! ROBERT BABER, BOARD-CERTIFIED HEARING INSTRUMENT SPECIALIST AND OWNER OF 21 MIRACLE-EAR CENTERS LOCATED THROUGHOUT ARIZONA

ANSWER: Valley Fever is the nickname for coccidioidomycosis, the infection caused by the fungus Coccidioides. This fungus lives in the desert soil in the southwestern United States and is also seen in northern Mexico and parts of Central and South America. People acquire Valley Fever by breathing the fungal spores from the air; there is no person-to-person spread. Over half of those infected with Valley Fever have no symptoms, while the majority of people with symptoms have one or more of the following: fever, night sweats, headache, muscle and joint aching, fatigue, rash, cough, shortness of breath, and/or chest pain. Valley Fever may be easy to identify in people who have all symptoms, but can be more difficult to recognize when someone only has one or two symptoms. Fluconazole or itraconazole are the most commonly prescribed medications, while Amphotericin B is an intravenous medication reserved for infections that are severe and rapidly progressing. Since the body can often conquer the infection without treatment, many people do not need to be treated, but for those who do require treatment, the treatment sometimes needs to continue for weeks, months or even longer. JANIS E. BLAIR, M.D., INFECTIOUS DISEASES SPECIALIST, MAYO CLINIC, ARIZONA

ANSWER: There is no ‘safe’ sunburn or tan in childhood. There is good evidence that sun exposure during childhood seems particularly damaging. In fact, individuals who have had five or more severe sunburns in childhood or adolescence have an estimated two-fold greater risk of developing melanoma (skin cancer). We know that melanomas tend to be associated with intense, intermittent sun exposure and sunburns, and they frequently occur in areas exposed to the sun only sporadically. There is a lot of discussion in medical circles about how much sun exposure is beneficial and when the risk for melanoma begins. The use of tanning beds should always be strongly discouraged. This does not mean, of course, that you have to keep your child inside all summer. Vitamin D production in our bodies is helped by sun exposure and is important to develop strong bones. Wearing protective clothing, wide-brimmed hats and using sunscreen are all advisable when outside on sunny or even cloudy days. Use a sunscreen with SPF 15 or greater as a minimal level of protection when exposed to sunlight. Remember to reapply sunscreen as directed. Enjoy the sun, but be sun smart! JOHN SEWARD, M.D., FAAP, PEDIATRICIAN, BANNER HEALTH CENTER, MARICOPA

Living Well a-z invites readers to submit questions to a panel of health-care experts. The short questions and answers will offer readers a little more information about hot topics in medicine so you know what to ask your own health-care providers. If you would like your question to be considered for the August 1, 2012 issue of Living Well a-z, please write to editor: Paula Hubbs Cohen,

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SUMMER PAINTING WORKSHOP FOR PARKINSON’S PATIENTS July 5, 19 & 26, 3–5 p.m. By the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at St. Joseph’s Desert Cross Lutheran Church 8600 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe Register: 602-406-6131 SUMMER PAINTING WORKSHOP FOR PARKINSON’S PATIENTS July 6, 20 & 27, 9:30–11:30 a.m. By the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at St. Joseph’s Church of the Beatitudes 555 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix Register: 602-406-6131 CANCER SUPPORT GROUP July 10, 6–7:30 p.m. Banner Desert 1400 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa 480-412-HOPE (4673)

INFO Online ABRAZO HEALTH CARE (Arizona Heart Hospital, Arizona Heart Institute, Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital, Phoenix Baptist Hospital, West Valley Hospital): abrazohealth.com BANNER HEALTH: bannerhealth.com CARDON CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER: bannerhealth.com

CHANDLER REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER: ChandlerRegional.org DUET, PARTNERS IN HEALTH & AGING: duetaz.org HEALTHSOUTH REHABILITATION: healthsouth.com JOHN C. LINCOLN HOSPITAL:JCL.com MERCYGILBERTMEDICALCENTER: MercyGilbert.org MOUNTAIN VISTA MEDICAL CENTER: mvmedicalcenter.com

UNA REUNION (Latino Cancer Outreach Task Force) July 17, 6–7:30 p.m. St. Joseph’s Cancer Center 500 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix 602-567-7640

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MAYO CLINIC HAS DEEP ROOTS IN ARIZONA Growing with the Valley for 25 years At Mayo Clinic the needs of our patients have always come first.This year, Mayo Clinic is proud to celebrate 25 years of providing care to patients in Arizona and is committed to serving our community in the years ahead. Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. Internationally renowned for patient care, research and medical education, we emphasize a team approach to health care. Mayo’s roots in Arizona run deep, beginning with the Mayo brothers traveling here in the winter months during the 1930s. Founders Drs.Will and Charlie Mayo fell in love with the desert and both bought property in Tucson. More than one million patients have received care at Mayo Clinic in Arizona since we opened our doors in Scottsdale in 1987.While many patients come from within our region, individuals from nearly every state visit Mayo Clinic in Arizona each year.Additionally, since our opening, patients have come from more than 150 countries, with the highest numbers from Canada and Mexico. As we mark this important milestone in our history, we want to thank our employees, our collaborative partners, our generous benefactors, our elected officials and all of our friends in this wonderful community for making Mayo Clinic in Arizona what it is today – an organization dedicated to helping people who need us most, our grateful patients.

Wyatt Decker, Vice President and CEO, Mayo Clinic in Arizona Gregg Thomas, Chief Administrative Officer, Mayo Clinic in Arizona


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level,” he said. “While the boat is running, keep people away. It’s the responsibility of the boat operator to make sure the engine is off and that swimmers stay safe.” Swimmers and boaters should also be wary of spending time on platforms because they are often located at the back of the boat where exhaust fumes are prevalent, advised Tim Eiden, BAD IDEA! Experts, including Tim Eiden with the Peoria Fire community education Department, warn water aficionados to never swim, deck-surf specialist for the Peoria or horse around near a source of carbon monoxide. Fire Department, the governmental Install and maintain CO alarms inside organization that provides fire protection your boat, do not ignore any alarm and and emergency medical replace alarms as recommended by response for Lake Pleasant. the alarm manufacturer. Unfortunately, Eiden Source: U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Resource Center, said that many people uscgboating.org/safety/co_protect.aspx will become unconscious before they feel any of the less severe symptoms of CO poisoning, when someone feels the symptoms and waits too long.” which can lead to death from inhalation Eiden said some preventative steps or drowning. include: • Be aware of the sources of CO (such Treatment and prevention as boat engines) and avoid those areas For someone poisoned by carbon • Always wear a life jacket monoxide, the treatment is 100 percent • Have a designated person keep an eye oxygen, Baron said. on others If you’re out on the lake and start to • Watch for signs of CO poisoning feel symptoms of CO poisoning, Eiden in yourself and others suggested moving to fresh air and seeking • Avoid sitting at the back of the boat medical attention. “Carbon monoxide and be aware of where other boats poisoning is 100 percent curable and are located avoidable,” he said. “The damage happens

Stay healthy in the heat

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Wearing sun-protective clothing and/or sunscreen is one of the most important things you can do to protect your skin. If you’re going swimming, sunscreen applied on all exposed skin is imperative. A spray or cream formulation with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 will help you avoid sunburn, but be sure to reapply it at least every two hours. It’s also important to choose a product that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved new regulations regarding sunscreen labeling. Starting Dec. 17, 2012, sunscreen labels will be required to indicate whether the product protects against both A and B ultraviolet rays by using the term ‘broad-spectrum’. Only broad-spectrum sunscreens with an SPF of at least 15 can claim to reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. Otherwise, the label can only say the product ‘helps prevent sunburn’. Also under FDA rules, after Dec. 17, manufacturers cannot make claims that sunscreens are ‘waterproof’ or ‘sweatproof’ or identify their products as ‘sunblocks’. Instead, labels must indicate whether the product is ‘water-resistant’ for either 40 or 80 minutes after swimming or sweating.

Heat emergencies

Heat illness takes three forms: heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat cramps, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are muscle pains or spasms in the abdomen, arms or legs that may occur with strenuous activity and sweating, which can deplete the body’s salt and moisture. Heat exhaustion can develop after exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, paleness, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea and fainting. Get the person suffering these symptoms to an air-conditioned

Solumbra: sunprecautions.com SPF Store: spfstore.com environment then have them drink cool, non-alcoholic beverages and take a cool shower or bath. Heat stroke can be a true medical emergency. If you or someone else exhibits the following signs, medical attention should be sought promptly: • body temperature above 103°F • red, hot and dry skin (no sweating) • throbbing headache • dizziness • nausea • confusion • unconsciousness While waiting for medical help to arrive, the CDC says, cool the person rapidly. Immerse them in a tub of cool water and/or place them in a cool shower. If the humidity is low, wrap them in a cool, wet sheet and fan them vigorously. The Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS) has developed a statewide Heat Emergency Response Plan to address excessive heat watches and warnings. “In an extreme situation,” explained Diane Eckles, chief of DHS’s Office of Environmental Health, “such as several days in a row of excessive temperatures, we make sure that counties, cities and tribes have operational plans to provide shelters and water stations for those who don’t have access to air conditioning or adequate hydration.”

Sun and heat resources American Red Cross: redcross.org Arizona Department of Health Services: azdhs.gov Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov FDA: mfda.gov/forconsumers/ consumerupdates/ucm258416.htm

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Southwest Valley YMCA swimming instructor Cindy Mooney works with Paiwan Whitaker in an individualized swim lesson at the YMCA’s pool in Goodyear.

Water safety

Tips to keep you and your family safe this summer

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hen it’s so hot outside, most everyone enjoys a refreshing dip in the pool. However, as news reports show us far too often, a day of fun can quickly turn tragic if certain safety issues are not addressed. Fortunately, with a good old-fashioned combination of advance preparation, diligence and vigilance, swimming pools can be a place of delight and not disaster.

Never too late to learn

The connection between swimming lessons and water safety has been strengthened in recent years, said Linda Kirby, injury prevention specialist for the Phoenix Fire Department. “Water safety professionals have always strongly encouraged parents to ensure their kids know how to swim,” she said. “But there is no magic age at which a child should learn to swim. That is decided by the parents and the pediatrician.” Adults who have never learned to swim should not feel they are too old to try, said Kristina Campbell, aquatics director for the Southwest Valley Family YMCA in Goodyear. “It is definitely possible and we have seen it done here repeatedly,” she said. “A lot of it has to do with how motivated and dedicated the participant is, the reason for them wanting to learn — for example,

“Installing barriers, securing doggie-doors and learning CPR are layers that help buy time, but if children are unsupervised, they will figure out a way to get into the pool. The most important thing is constant supervision.” — Linda Kirby, injury prevention specialist, Phoenix Fire Department fitness, health, wanting to swim with kids and/or grandkids — or it may even be a long-time personal goal of theirs.”

What about floaties?

Although many parents outfit their young children with colorful ‘floaties’, Kirby is adamantly opposed to their use. “Floaties give parents a false sense of security, but they don’t hold a small child’s head up above the water,” she said. “The heads of small children are disproportionately larger than their bodies. Kids have drowned wearing floaties.”

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The idea of using life jackets for young children is relatively new, Kirby said, but she believes it should be as routine as using a car seat or bike helmet for safety.

Required barriers

In Phoenix, three types of barriers are required by code, Kirby said. Other cities and towns have individual requirements; check your local city’s website for specific information. But barriers are only one layer of pool safety, Kirby stressed, adding that multiple layers of barriers and other actions, most importantly constant and thorough supervision, help complete the picture of a safe water environment.

Water safety resources American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter: arizonaredcross.org Arizona Department of Health Services: azdhs.gov Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona: preventdrownings.org National Institutes of Health Medline Plus: nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus

Ad Adult private lessons are offered at ma many places, including most of the Va Valley of the Sun’s YMCA locations. “Many adult students are true be beginners, while others are looking for he help with stroke technique or building up endurance,” said Kristina Campbell, aquatics director for the Southwest Valley Family YMCA in Goodyear. “Once they learn to swim and feel comfortable in the water, some move onto our adult masters swim team. It is such a reward to see the transition from being terrified in the water to swimming laps on an adult swim team.” More info: valleyymca.org; 602-404-9622

Free pool fences

The Fulton Homes Fence Patrol, a partnership between Fulton Homes, Ironman Pool Fence and radio station KMLE, has given away and installed eight pool fences so far this summer. For more information or to nominate someone for a free pool fence, visit kmle108.com, click on ‘contests’, then on the Fence Patrol icon, or go to fultonhomes.com and click on the Fulton Foundation link. Deadline for nominations is Aug. 7, 2012.

Sobering statistics Maricopa and Pinal counties, 1-1-12 through 6-25-12:

• 87 water-related incidents • resulting in 21 deaths

• 9 of them children

Source: ChildrenSafetyZone.com

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ast year, 33 children across the nation died after they were left in hot vehicles. Meanwhile, in 2010, 49 kids perished from what’s known as ‘vehicular heat stroke’, according to KidsAndCars.org. “These are all preventable deaths,” said Sue Taaffe, public information officer for the Tempe Transportation Division and Fire Department.

Scorching heat in minutes

Taaffe believes that many caregivers simply don’t realize how hot it can get inside of a car parked in the sun. To drive the point home, the Tempe fire and police departments recently conducted a demonstration to showcase exactly how hot it can get inside a vehicle. “What we found was that, on a day when it was about 102 degrees outside, the internal temperature of the car reached 135 degrees in about 10 minutes,” she said. “Just imagine how hot it would get now that it’s 110 degrees or more outside.”

Young children most at risk

While older children can be more vocal and noticeable, Taaffe explained that infants and toddlers are the most likely to accidently be left in a vehicle. “Seventy percent of these incidents happen to those 2-years-old or younger,” she said. “If you leave a child in a car when it’s 90 degrees outside,” said Phoenix Police Department public information officer James Holmes, “it will be 100 degrees in your car in two or three minutes, even with the windows partially opened. After just a few minutes in 100 degrees, a child can begin to exhibit the initial stages of heat exhaustion.” Children and pets are much more susceptible to heat injury than healthy adults, he said.

Community reminders This summer, when travelers stop at any Valley QuikTrip, they will see signs reminding them not to leave their kids or pets in the car. These reminders are thanks to a partnership between QuikTrip, the Phoenix Fire Department, Arizona Humane Society and SRP’s Safety Connection. “There has been an increase lately in people leaving their kids and pets in cars and we wanted to make people more aware,” said Dorian Jackson, a captain with the Phoenix Fire Department, adding that this is not only a dangerous practice, but that it is illegal to leave a child in the car unattended.

estimate that almost one-third of children who die from being overheated in cars let themselves into the vehicle. “When you are at home, always lock your car and always have your keys with you,” Taaffe emphasized. “Remind your kids that the car is not a toy for them to play with.” She also noted that this is a year-round problem, not something to only worry about during the summer.

Defenses against dangers

Taaffe said one of the best defenses to accidently leaving your child in the car is to be aware of your surroundings and post simple reminders in your car. An example of a reminder could be a note on the steering wheel or placing your purse, laptop, briefcase or wallet in the backseat. Another dangerous aspect of cars and/or heat in cars is children going out to play in the car and accidently locking themselves inside. Researchers at KidsAndCars.org

Car-related heat resources KidsAndCars.org: KidsAndCars.org/heatstroke.html Phoenix Fire Department: phoenix.gov/fire Tempe Fire Department: tempe.gov/fire

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