Scripps Health Watch

Encinitas Resident Testing New Stem-Cell Treatment

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 600,000 Americans die of heart disease every year. But if a promising new stem cell treatment proves successful for heart attack patients like Encinitas resident Mark Athens, that number may start to drop.

Keeping the blood flowing: Q&A with Sunil Rayan, M.D.

As a vascular surgeon at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Sunil Rayan, M.D., treats a wide range of conditions involving any blood vessel in the body that is not connected to the heart or brain. Dr. Rayan is also medical director of the operating room (OR).

Tips for a healthy new school year

Are your kids ready to go back to school? Get them off to a good start by helping them stay safe and healthy on campus and in the classroom with these tips.

Keys to coping with chemo side effects

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.6 million people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer in 2013. Depending on the type of cancer and stage, chemotherapy may be recommended, often in combination with other treatments such as surgery and radiation therapy.

Healthy tips for summer safety

Summer fun is in full swing. While you’re enjoying the sun and surf, it’s also important to take steps to protect yourself and your family from injuries and illnesses that tend to be more common in the summertime. Keep these tips in mind for a safer summer:

A view toward advances in cataracts surgery

There is an old expression that nothing is certain but death and taxes. If you live long enough, you can add cataracts to the list. Cataracts affect more than half of Americans by age 80, according to a report from the National Eye Institute and Prevent Blindness America.

Exercise tips for cancer patients

Recently, the American College of Sports Medicine convened a panel of 13 researchers with expertise in cancer, fitness, obesity and exercise training to study the effects of exercise and physical activity for cancer patients.

With heart attacks, minutes matter

When a heart attack strikes, what happens in the next few minutes can make a critical difference in both the immediate and long-term health consequences.

A Checklist for Kids’ Checkups

A recent report by federal health officials revealed that 84 percent of children in the United States are in excellent or very good health. And one of the staples of growing up — the regularly scheduled doctor’s exam – contributes strongly to kids’ health and well-being.

Keys to great patient-doctor communication

The patient-physician relationship should be based largely on trust and confidence in the doctor’s medical expertise. But clear communication between the two parties also plays a critically important role in making the delivery of health care as effective as possible.