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Media Tip Sheet May 2016


New Study Suggests All Women be Screened for Postpartum Depression after Birth. Mercy Gilbert Surgeon Cautions Very Young Baseball Pitchers on Tommy John Surgery. Barrow Gears Up to Ride the Waves at Day on the Lake. May is ALS Awareness Month: Barrow Expert Available for Interviews.

New Study Suggests All Women be Screened for Postpartum Depression after Birth

A Dignity Health expert is available for interviews to discuss a new study that suggests all women should be screened for postpartum depression for one year after giving birth. The study, performed by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, cites that women with postpartum depression are not getting the care they need, either because they have not been screened or are not screened often enough. In addition to the study, Missy Beauchamp, RN, and community education coordinator, for Dignity Health Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers, can speak about the signs, symptoms and treatment of postpartum depression. The condition affects approximately 3 million women each year. May is Mental Maternal Health Month. Beauchamp is available for interviews beginning Tuesday, May 17. Call 602.406.3319 to schedule.

Mercy Gilbert Surgeon Cautions Very Young Baseball Pitchers on Tommy John Surgery

This baseball season, a surgeon at Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert Medical Center is cautioning parents of amateur baseball pitchers about Tommy John surgery. The procedure is used to repair damage to the throwing elbow but more recently is being used to give amateur players a competitive edge. “There is a growing perception that Tommy John surgery will improve a pitcher’s performance, but unless the pitcher has an injured ligament, that perception just isn’t true,” says Dr. Matthew Hansen, medical director of Mercy Gilbert’s Sports Medicine Program. Dr. Hansen is available to discuss this growing trend as well as when a young athlete should have the surgery. Please call 602.406.3319 to schedule interviews.

Barrow Gears Up to Ride the Waves at Day on the Lake

Dignity Health Barrow Neurological Institute will host its 20th annual Day on the Lake event for individuals with brain and spinal cord injuries this month. In a wheelchair user, friendly environment, Barrow’s unique Day on the Lake event offers a safe environment for individuals to experience adapted water sports including waterskiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, boating, and fishing. Many past participants credit Barrow’s Day on the Lake as their gateway to living an active and productive lifestyle. The highly visual event, held at Bartlett Lake, will attract approximately 50 participants from Thursday, May 19 through Saturday, May 21. For more information, please call 602.406.3312.

May is ALS Awareness Month: Barrow Expert Available for Interviews

Editors and reporters: Barrow’s renowned ALS physicians and researchers are available to interview with members of the media this month to accompany any ALS stories underway for ALS Awareness Month. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurological condition that leads to paralysis and ultimately death. Although scientists don’t yet know what causes ALS, a recently released study suggests pesticide exposure may increase the risk of developing the debilitating and fatal disease. Call 602.406.3319 to schedule interviews.

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