Thursday, October 18, 2018
Doctor's Perspective
Inadequate sleep for youth a top concern
By Dr. Anthony Policastro One of the things we know about adolescents is that they do not get enough sleep. A recent study reported on surveys provided by almost 70,000 teenagers. The recommendation is for adolescents to get up to 10 hours of sleep at night, however, only 30% get as much as eight hours. The significant number appeared to be six hours of sleep. The group that averaged less than six hours per night showed a significant group of issues. What is not clear is whether the other issues caused the poor sleep or whether the poor sleep caused the other issues. It really does not matter. An adolescent getting less than six hours of sleep at night is clearly at risk for those issues. They are related in a chicken and egg type situation. Those who slept less than six hours were at double the risk for drinking alcohol, cigarette smoking and using other drugs. They were also at double the risk for engaging in risky sexual activity. For that reason there is an associated higher risk of pregnancy. There is also an associated higher risk of sexually transmitted diseases. The biggest effect was on their mood. They were more likely to be depressed, which as a result, led to a number of other risks. For example, they were three times more likely to consider suicide. They were three times as likely to plan and three times as likely to attempt suicide. They were four times as likely to wind up in the ER after a failed suicide attempt. We do not know if the underlying conditions cause the poor sleep or if the poor sleep causes the underlying conditions. However, the poor sleep patterns are clearly a marker. They suggest that there might be substance abuse, risky sexual activity and an underlying depression. The result is that parents with adolescents who get less than six hours of sleep at night need to be aware of certain things. First they need to notice that fact. They then need to pay attention to signs that there might be other issues. They should certainly discuss this at their child's annual physical exam which would allow the physician to inquire into the kinds of things that might be a problem. We already do routine depression screenings in adolescents at these visits. We need to be aware that poor sleep might mean more than just typical adolescent behavior.

Dr. Mazloum joins Nanticoke The Nanticoke Physician Network welcomes Eman Mazloum, MD, to its active medical staff. Dr. Mazloum specializes in family practice, which involves providing health care for people of all ages. She is accepting patients by appointment at Nanticoke Primary Care located at 100 Rawlins Drive in Seaford. Dr. Mazloum received her doctor of medicine from the Lebanese American University School of Medicine in Beirut, Lebanon. She completed her residency in family medicine at McLaren Regional Medical Center-Flint Hospital. She has most recently been practicing at Hospital Sisters Health System in Springfield, Illinois. She is board-certified in family medicine and is fluent in English and Arabic. Her professional affiliations include the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Believe to Achieve fun walk Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery will host their 3rd annual Believe to Achieve 5k fun run/walk on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m. at the Hooper's Landing Fitness Trail in Seaford.

This event supports community wellness, is open to the public, and is appropriate for all ages and fitness levels. We walk and run in support of weight loss patients and all those working toward a healthier lifestyle! The Hooper's Landing Fitness Trail is located around the perimeter of the Hooper's Landing Golf Course at 1019 Locust Street in Seaford. Online pre-registration is open through October 25 at The cost to participate is $15, which includes an event t-shirt. Day-of registration will also be $15, but t-shirts will be limited to sizes on hand. Registration and check-in begins at 9 a.m. and the 5k walk/run will begin at 10 a.m. Strollers are allowed, but will be asked to line up in the rear. We thank the City of Seaford, Hooper's Landing Golf Course, the Seaford Community Swim Center, the Seaford School District, and Top Hat Entertainment for their support. Special thanks to the Nanticoke volunteers and employees who help make this event a success. For more information about Weight Loss & General Surgery, visit or call 302-536-5395.

Weight Loss groups Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts free bariatric support groups three times a month at the Nanticoke Training Center located within the Miller Building at 121 S. Front Street in Seaford. These support groups provide education and support to patients before and after their bariatric weight loss surgery. Support group meetings consist of guest speakers and presentations to provide useful information about nutrition, supplements, exercise and behavior modifications. Patients and their spouses, family members or friends are welcome to attend. Registration is not required.
  • The general bariatric support group is open to all bariatric patients before and after their surgery and is held monthly the 1st Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the 4th Monday from 6 to 7 p.m.
  • The post-op bariatric support group is designed for post-op bariatric patients and is held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m.
For more information about these support groups or other services provided by Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery, visit or call 302-536-5395.

Nanticoke Tributes Nanticoke Health Services is hosting its 14th Annual Tributes for Healthcare Leadership Awards dinner. The Nanticoke Tribute Awards honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the provision and improvement of healthcare in the communities of Western Sussex County. The Nanticoke Founders Award will be presented to Janet K. Hubbard and Lynda A. Messick. The Charles C. Allen, Jr. Philanthropy Award will be presented to Karl and Nancy Brown. The Nanticoke Tributes will also recognize a new inductee into the Nanticoke Physicians Hall of Fame. This year's recipient is Dr. Jose L. Barriocanal. The Nanticoke Tribute Awards will be presented at a dinner on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Heritage Shores in Bridgeville. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and tickets are $125 per person. For details contact the Nanticoke Health Foundation at 302-536-5390.