Posts made in June, 2013

Raising Awareness About Hepatitis A in the East Bay

Posted on Jun 27, 2013

Dictionary turned to hepatitis definitionRecently, a Hepatitis A outbreak in California and several other states was traced to tainted berries.

With National Hepatitis Month in July, it seems like a good time to ask yourself: “How much do you know about this disease?”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, hepatitis A is caused by a virus that infects the liver. It’s transmitted by the fecal-oral route.

So, you can get the disease from contact with an infected person or by eating contaminated food–such as tainted berries–or by drinking contaminated water.

Symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Jaundice (yellowing of skin)
  • Fever

Fortunately, the disease usually goes away on its own without causing chronic liver disease.

Preventing Hepatitis A in the East Bay

The hepatitis A vaccination is the most effective measure for preventing infection. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the vaccine for all children at age 1.

Talk to your doctor about ways to keep you and your family healthy. Visit our “Find a Doctor” search tool to find a doctor near you.

Brought to you by Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.


Spend the Fourth of July With Friends and Family—Not in the Emergency Room

Posted on Jun 24, 2013

Colorful fireworks exploding in the East Bay sky over the bay
With the Fourth of July in just a few days, do you know how to keep out of the emergency room?

Injuries from fireworks cause cuts, bruising, burns and foreign bodies in the eye. Some injuries can even be severe enough to cause vision loss.

Fireworks safety in the East Bay

Protect your family by following a few guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Watch fireworks displays from a safe distance
  • Make sure an adult supervises fireworks activities.
  • Don’t buy fireworks packaged in brown paper (this means they were made for professional displays and could be dangerous for consumers).
  • Don’t allow young children to play with or light fireworks.
  • Call 911 immediately if someone is injured from fireworks.

Brought to you by Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

Men’s Health Month: East Bay Prostate Cancer Screenings and More …

Posted on Jun 20, 2013

East Bay grandpa with grandson sitting in chair

Your health is important, so take a few minutes during Men’s Health Month this June to take care of it.

Detect disease early through screenings

Be sure to schedule regular checkups with your doctor and age-appropriate screenings to stay healthy. Regular screening tests are a good way to detect disease early, when it’s most treatable.


Free prostate cancer screenings in East Bay

Prostate cancer screening exams can help detect cancers early. Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland offers free prostate cancer screenings through its Markstein Cancer Services. For more information, please call 510-869-8833.

Colorectal cancer screenings are also important for staying healthy. Read more about the importance of regular screenings in our article, “Colonoscopy Screening Saves Lives.” Please call  Markstein Cancer Services at 510-869-8833 for more information about free colorectal screenings in the East Bay.

Learn more from Sutter Health Guidelines

There are many other screening tests and ways to stay healthy, including maintaining a healthy weight, diet, exercise, etc.

Find out which health screenings you need and when. Access Sutter Health’s Disease Prevention and Health Guidelines from Sutter Health’s physician-led Health Maintenance Committee.

Use these guidelines to talk with a doctor about what care is best for you. Visit our “Find a Doctor” search tool to find a doctor near you.


Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group

Posted on Jun 18, 2013

Grandfather using the laptop with granddaughterIf you are experiencing numbness, tingling and/or pain in your hands or feet, you may have peripheral neuropathy.

Because this condition is a relatively common side effect of chemotherapy, the Alta Bates Summit group focuses on chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, but others are welcome.

Contact Kathy at 510-204-4330 to register or for more information.

Stress in the East Bay: Can Yoga Help?

Posted on Jun 17, 2013

Young woman leading a yoga class on reducing stress in the East BayAre you looking for a healthy way to cope with stress?

Yoga is one of many great ways to reduce stress because it keeps you focused on the present and helps you calm your breathing along with your body and mind.

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center offers “Yoga for Wellness,” a class that teaches healthy ways to cope with stress.

Call 510-204-1756 for more information.

10 more tips for stress reduction

1. Re-balance work and home life
2. Build regular exercise into your routine
3. Reach out to supportive friends and family
4. Take time for a hobby—gardening, reading, listening to music
5. Enroll in a class
6. Practice meditation
7. Get to bed earlier
8. Spend time with a loving pet
9. Take a vacation
10. See a counselor, coach or advisor

Talking with your doctor can also help. He or she can evaluate your situation and suggest ways to manage your stress. Visit the