Posts made in September, 2013

Is She Dying to Be Thin? Could Be an Eating Disorder

Posted on Sep 25, 2013

Young girl sitting at a table with a very small piece of toast and glass of waterEating disorders are dangerous health conditions that occur in people who will do anything to stay slim.

Around 10 million people in the U.S. have an eating disorder—and many are children.

Two of the most common conditions are anorexia and bulimia.

Anorexia nervosa: An intense fear of gaining weight and excessive exercise—longer than one hour—while restricting food intake

Bulimia nervosa: Scratches on the knuckles and damage to teeth and gums from vomiting; visiting the bathroom during or after meals to purge; laxative use

Is your teen at risk for anorexia? Find out common risk factors by taking our eating disorders quiz:

Help for eating disorders in Berkeley

Our Adolescent Eating Disorder Program offers a safe and supportive environment for individuals aged 12-17, recovering from an eating disorder.

Located at the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Herrick Campus (Berkeley), our program is part of the Center for Anorexia and Bulimia, the Bay Area’s only full-spectrum, psychiatric eating disorder program.

If you are concerned about a loved one, talk with a doctor about what you can do. Use our “Find a Doctor” search tool.

What Puts You at Risk for Thyroid Cancer?”

Posted on Sep 23, 2013

drawing of throat and head showing parathyroid gland anatomyThyroid cancer seems to be on the rise, and women are three times more likely than men to develop thyroid cancer.

What’s your risk?

A history of thyroid cancer in your family or radiation exposure increases your risk. Find out your risk for thyroid cancer.

People with thyroid cancer often have no symptoms and don’t know they have thyroid cancer until they or their doctors find a lump in their neck.

Get screened for thyroid cancer in Oakland

To diagnose the lump or nodule, your doctor will perform an ultrasound of your neck and may a take a small sample to test for cancer. Although thyroid nodules are common, only 5 to 15 percent of nodules are cancerous.

Because we are able to detect and treat thyroid cancer in its earliest stages, it has one of the highest survival and cure rates of all types of cancer.

Find the doctor for you by using our “Find a Doctor” search tool.


Act FAST for Better Stroke Care

Posted on Sep 23, 2013

image of a heart-shaped brain, illustrating a strokeSometimes called a brain “heart attack,” strokes are the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

In Oakland and Berkeley, the stroke death rate is higher than the national average.

What’s a stroke?

One common type of stroke is an ischemic stroke, which occurs when a blood clot causes a blockage in an artery that supplies blood to the brain.

Without oxygen-rich blood, brain cells die within minutes.

That’s why every second counts when a patient has a stroke because the longer the brain is left without oxygen, the greater the chance of brain damage and permanent disability.

Call 911 immediately if you or a loved one suddenly experiences any of the following “FAST” ischemic stroke symptoms:

• F: FACE–Uneven smile, facial droop/numbness, vision disturbance and/or headaches

• A: ARM & LEG–Weakness, numbness, difficulty walking, dizziness

• S: SPEECH–Slurred, inappropriate words, mute

• T: TIME–Time is critical; CALL 911

East Bay Stroke Center at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

Our Regional Stroke Center is dedicated to quick response, advanced treatment and comprehensive rehabilitation services that span all three medical center campuses.

Find out more by visiting our Regional Stroke Center Website.

Alta Bates Summit Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Certified

Posted on Sep 23, 2013

cartoon heart lifting dumbbellsThe Cardiac Rehabilitation Department at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center proudly announces the three-year recertification of its cardiovascular rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Department was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care. Read More

Mommy and Me: Breastfeeding Support Group

Posted on Sep 18, 2013

Get help with breastfeeding from an Alta Bates Summit board-certified lactation consultant at our drop-in group.Mother holding newborn baby

We’ll focus on breastfeeding techniques, benefits and emotional support.

Learn more about the Berkeley breastfeeding classes

This support group is a drop-in event, so registration is not required. The fee for this group is $10.00 per drop-in session or $45 for a 5 session package (dee is non-refundable, and first session is free).

Time: Tuesdays and Fridays 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Location: 2450 Ashby Ave Berkeley, CA 94705 in the Parent Education Class Room.

Please call the Parent Education Department at 510-204-4461 for more details or visit us online: Breastfeeding Support Group.