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    Knowing the Steps of Proper Food Safety

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Each year, one in six Americans could be impacted by food poisoning, and about 100,000 of those people will end up in the emergency room. In addition to short-term health problems, food poisoning can have long-term effects, including kidney failure and brain damage. The good news is that there are many things you can do to protect yourself and your family from food poisoning dangers. Follow these steps to keep your food safe.

    Clean

    Keeping everything in your kitchen clean can help reduce the spread of bacteria. Before you handle food, wash your hands with soap under running water for 20 seconds. Wash all kitchen surfaces, dishes, and equipment after each use with a clean cloth or paper towel. Wash all fruits and veggies before consuming, but don’t wash meat, poultry, or eggs – by doing so, you could actually end up splashing bacteria around and contaminating the kitchen.

    Separate

    When you’re cooking, be sure to separate cutting boards and knives for produce and proteins, to avoid cross-contamination. Meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs should always be kept separate from other foods in your grocery cart and when you’re storing them at home.

    Cook

    Undercooked allows bacteria to breed. Use a food thermometer to ensure that your foods are cooked to the proper temperature. Keep hot food in a warming dish if you won’t be serving it right away as bacteria could grow as it cools. When you microwave food, always allow it to sit for a few minutes so that undercooked areas can continue to absorb heat.

    Chill

    Perishable foods should never be out of the refrigerator for longer than two hours. Avoid thawing meat on the counter and instead let it thaw in the fridge. Throw away foods if you’re unsure if they are still edible. Check the government’s food safety website for a guide to how long foods can be safely stored.

    If you’re experiencing the symptoms of food poisoning, visit the emergency room at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas. We provide emergency care for patients of all ages, including heart and stroke care. Learn more about our hospital services by calling (702) 731-8000. 

    Exploring Symptoms That Could Indicate Gynecological Cancer

    Last updated 5 days ago

    With all types of cancer, early diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. That’s why it’s so important to familiarize yourself with common cancer symptoms and to know your risk factors. Learn about the red flags of gynecological cancers in this video.

    Gynecological cancers include cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. Symptoms including spotting after menopause, heavier periods, and the sense that you become full from eating quicker than normal can all indicate gynecological cancers.

    If you’re concerned about symptoms you’re having, see your Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center Physician. Our Las Vegas hospital offers oncology services as well as a heart hospital, emergency care, and much more. For more information, please call (702) 731-8000

    What Is Sickle Cell Anemia?

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Normal red blood cells have a donut-like shape that allow them to flow easily through blood vessels. Sickle cells, on the other hand, are crescent-shaped and can block blood flow. In honor of Sickle Cell Awareness Month, here is what you need to know about this serious disease.

    Sickle cell anemia is one type of sickle cell disease. Normally, red blood cells carry oxygen-rich blood through the body for about 120 days before dying. With sickle cell anemia, the sickle cells die off in about 10 to 20 days. The body can’t replace them fast enough, which can lead to a long list of symptoms, including chronic pain and fatigue. Although some people have resolved their sickle cell anemia with blood and marrow stem cell transplants, there is no cure that works for everyone. However, there are treatments that can help control the symptoms.

    Sunrise Hospital & Medical Care in Las Vegas can provide physician referrals for doctors who can help manage sickle cell anemia and all of your other health concerns. Call us today at (702) 233-5454 to find out more about Heart Center, emergency care, and more.

    Problems Associated with Childhood Obesity

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Childhood obesity is a global epidemic, and the implications for young people are profound. Doctors are seeing obesity-related diseases, like type 2 diabetes and heart disease, in younger patients than ever before, setting children up for a lifetime of health complications. Another problem linked to childhood obesity that is having a dramatic effect on young girls in particular is the early onset of puberty.

    According to a study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, in 2010, girls were starting puberty at age 10.5, compared to age 14.6 in 1920. Doctors suspect that this jump is due to hormonal disturbances caused by obesity as well as inflammation.

    If your child is struggling with obesity, talk to his or her pediatrician. If you need a physician referral for your child, call Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas. We offer comprehensive pediatric care, including emergency care. Get more information about our hospital by calling (702) 727-1567.  

    Is Prostate Cancer Testing the Right Decision for Your Health?

    Last updated 17 days ago

    After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common kind of cancer in men in the US. Although it can strike any male at any age, it’s most likely to occur in men over 50, men of African-American descent, and those with a family history of the disease. Your Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center physician can help you weigh your risk factors and make decisions about prostate cancer testing. As you consider your options, these facts will also help.

    Digital Rectal Exam

    During a digital rectal exam, your doctor will check your lower rectum for any signs of enlargement or lumps in your prostate. During the exam, your doctor will first examine the outside of the anus and then insert a gloved finger into your rectum, using lubrication. He or she will gently examine the area to look for signs of prostate issues. The test may cause mild discomfort, but the exam is over quickly. Your doctor will use the results to determine if further testing is necessary.

    Prostate-Specific Antigen Test

    The prostate-specific antigen test, or PSA test, measures the level of PSA in the bloodstream. PSA is made by the prostate gland, and its levels get higher in men with prostate cancer. However, high PSA levels don’t always indicate prostate cancer. They can also be linked to prostate inflammation or infection or a condition called benign prostate hyperplasia. High levels of PSA in the blood usually mean that a prostate biopsy should be done. In many cases, doctors combine digital rectal exams and PSA tests for more effective screening.

    Should you be screened for prostate cancer? Talk to your Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center doctor to find out. In addition to our testing services, we also provide treatment for prostate cancer in our oncology department. From our stroke care to our heart hospital, you can trust our Las Vegas hospital for your family’s healthcare needs. Get more information by calling (702) 727-1567. 

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