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Media Tip Sheet January 2016


For individuals seeking ways to improve their health this year, practicing meditation can play a positive role in improving overall health.

New Year’s Resolutions: Meditation Can Improve Physical Health

Meditation has been proven to ease stress, and in turn, improve health conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia and migraines. Medical studies have found that practicing mindfulness techniques can actually change the way the human body behaves and create a positive impact on the brain, stress response system and pain management. Dr. Priya Radhakrishnan, medical director of Internal Medicine for Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, is available for interviews to discuss this topic and provide meditation tips. Please call 602.406.3319 to schedule interviews.

St. Joseph’s Completes 400th Lung Transplant

The Norton Thoracic Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center recently performed its 400th lung transplantation since opening in 2007. Home to the busiest lung transplant program in the Western United States and fifth busiest in the nation, the Norton Institute is not only proud of the remarkable rate at which its program has grown but also of its outcomes and the high quality of care given to each patient. The 400th lung transplant patient and his physician will be available for interviews. Further details will be released soon.

Holocaust Survivor and Grandmother to Retire from Chandler Regional’s Volunteer Team

Ella Lerner, a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor, and Mary Lou Golembiewski, an 80-year-old grandmother to 33 and great grandmother to 10, will retire from Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center’s volunteer team this month. The two Chandler residents became fast friends while volunteering in the hospital’s gift shop together and have volunteered at Chandler Regional for a combined 34 years. Both women are available for interviews. Be on the lookout for more details.

Barrow, TGen Scientists Identify Rare Genetic Changes that Show Who May be at Risk for ‘Broken Heart Syndrome’

Researchers at Barrow Neurological Institute and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) have for the first time identified genetic risk factors that are linked to a stress-induced type of heart disease often referred to as ‘broken heart syndrome. The hidden heart disease often shows no symptoms until a patient suffers from some form of intense emotional or physiological distress. The discovery will help guide doctors to better recognize and treat patients with the gene before and after suffering a life-threatening stressor that will induce the disease. Call 602.406.3319 to schedule interviews. 

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approximately 12,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. It is the easiest gynecologic cancer to prevent with regular screening tests and follow-up. It also is highly curable when found and treated early. To discuss cervical cancer with an expert from The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, please call 602.406.3312.

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