Learn More About Managing Menopausal Symptoms

Posted on Jun 6, 2014

menopause womenIn 1991, the National Institutes of Health launched the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), a 15-year study of postmenopausal women that examined the correlation between hormone therapy and heart disease, bone fractures, and breast and colorectal cancers. While the WHI remains one of the largest preventive studies of its kind, it did not focus on hormone therapy for the relief of some of the most common menopausal symptoms: hot flashes and vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA). VVA is a condition in which the low estrogen levels associated with menopause cause thinning of the vaginal walls that can result in dry and inflamed tissue, painful urination, and pain with intercourse.

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Speak Up – I Can’t HEAR You!

Posted on May 19, 2014

hearing loss low resolutionCommunicating with someone who is suffering from a hearing loss is one of the most frustrating experiences – not only for the person trying to hear, but for the speaker as well. And the impact of hearing loss is much more than just frustration. Older adults with hearing loss experience higher rates of depression and anxiety, and are at risk for a more rapid decline in cognitive abilities.

Otolaryngologist Melissa Amorn, M.D., will lead this discussion about the importance of keeping your hearing as sharp as you can.

When: Wed., June 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Where: The Lake Merritt, 1800 Madison Street, Oakland

Call (510) 903-3600 to save your seat.

Don’t Let the Heat Get You Down!

Posted on May 12, 2014

heatwave drinking waterOur first round of heat is headed for the Bay Area. With the thermometer heading higher in some local areas this weekend, we are reminded of: spare the air, hum of air conditioners and fans and a few healthy tips.

While it doesn’t happen often, a heat wave in the Bay Area can have unwanted affects if we don’t take proper precautions. Alta Bates Summit Medical Center physicians have some hints that can help keep you and yours out of trouble and hopefully out of a local Emergency Department.

Listen to your local news. When the thermometer rises, there are precautions that can be taken that will keep you and yours safe. Read More

National Nurses Week–In Appreciation of Our Nurses

Posted on May 5, 2014

Nurses Week-LogoDuring National Nurses Week (May 6 – 12), we celebrate our outstanding nurses, who collaborate every day with patients, families and colleagues to deliver outstanding care. In honor of Nurses Week, we are happy to showcases some of our outstanding East Bay nurses speaking about their chosen profession. Their passion for what they do shines brightly like the stars they are.  You can watch them here.

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Demystifying DCIS: Overdiagnosis or Life Saver?

Posted on Apr 30, 2014

Butterfly on tip of fingerDuctal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) is a controversial diagnosis: Is it cancer or not? Should it be treated or not?

As mammography technology becomes increasingly more sensitive, the number of “abnormalities” detected in the breast also increases; however, not all breast abnormalities require treatment.

Come and hear a panel of experts, including surgical oncologist Lisa Bailey, M.D., from Alta Bates Medical Center, demystify this condition.

When: Wed., June 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Where: Lafayette library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette

Call 510-869-6737 to save your seat. Invite a friend.

Curing Patients From the Bottom Up

Posted on Apr 29, 2014

Senior couple on country bike rideHeart, liver, kidney transplants … are fecal transplants the new “gift of life”?

“For patients with life-threatening intestinal infections, fecal transplants can be life-changing,” explains Alta Bates Summit gastroenterologist Neil H. Stollman, M.D. “Basically, the transplant involves taking the bacteria in the stool from a healthy person and placing it in the intestines of a sick person to restore the good bacteria in their gut.”

While there is a “yuck” factor, most patients get over their queasiness very quickly when faced with living with Clostridium difficile, a bacterial infection that can kill the ‘good’ bacteria in your gut that is necessary to keep you healthy. Read More

Fall Screening and Prevention Class

Posted on Apr 27, 2014

Senior woman exercising in parkDo you have a history of falls? Have you fallen and were unable to get up? Do you limit your activity for fear of falling?

At this class, you will receive one-on-one screening to assess your risk of falling. In addition, you will learn exercises, receive recommendations for further actions to improve the quality of your life and find out about resources available to you.

Learn about Regional Rehabilitation Services at Alta Bates Summit.

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