You can create a potluck dish or a whole meal that’s delicious for those with a food intolerance or particular diet plan.Read More about Welcome at the Table: Festive Meals for All Diets
Living Well With Osteoarthritis: Thanks to the variety of treatment options, osteoarthritis patients can stay active and maintain a high quality of life.Read More about Explore the Options: Living Well With Osteoarthritis
A diagnosis of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), raises many questions. Is it cancer? Is it life threatening? What is the treatment? Learn more from one of our experts.Read More about DCIS: What is “Stage Zero” Breast Cancer?
This year nearly 227,000 women in the United States will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer, according to estimates by the National Cancer Institute. But thanks to breast cancer awareness campaigns and early detection, more women than ever are getting mammograms and more cancers are being spotted early.
Many women are told they have something called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), or “Stage Zero” cancer, in which abnormal cells are found in the center of the milk-producing ducts. Before universal screening, DCIS was rare. Now DCIS and the less common lobular carcinoma in situ account for almost a quarter of new breast cancer cases — some 60,000 a year.
A diagnosis of DCIS raises all sorts of questions. Is it cancer? Is it life threatening? What is the treatment?
“DCIS is non-invasive, and is technically a pre-cancer and is not life threatening,” says Lisa Bailey, M.D., breast surgeon and co-director of the breast cancer program at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. “If you have DCIS, it means that you have abnormal cells in the milk duct. While most invasive cancer begins as DCIS, not all DCIS will go on to become an invasive cancer.” Read More about DCIS: What is “Stage Zero” Breast Cancer?
Depression can be silent and secret.
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is feeling “the blues” or suffering
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Light hors d’oeuvres will be
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A partnership between Operation Access and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center provides vital health care services and surgeries to our community’s most vulnerable members.
In the first six months of 2014, 12 physicians donated care to a total of 51 Operation Access patients.
“By providing specialty care for low-income, uninsured patients, Alta Bates Summit and these physicians help improve the lives of our patients and the health of our community,” says Steve O’Brien, M.D., Alta Bates Summit chief medical executive. Read More about Caring for Our Community: Partnership Reaches The Most Vulnerable
Knowing what to do when you or someone close to you needs immediate medical attention can be a tricky decision. Most people have heard of the emergency room (ER) but there is another option to consider if the condition isn’t life threatening. Urgent care centers offer some of the same services as emergency rooms, though they differ in several important ways.
In this short video below, Jeffrey Leinen, M.D., FACEP, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation Urgent Care Medical Director, discusses the common conditions that can be treated at urgent care centers and life-threatening conditions that require emergency room care. Click here to learn more about Sutter Urgent Care locations in the East Bay including Antioch and Castro Valley.
Starting with the 2014-2015 flu season, the Centers for Disease Control recommends use of the nasal spray vaccine (over the flu shot) for children 2 through 8 years of age when it is available and if the child has had no negative reactions to the vaccine.
“The nasal spray vaccine should be given soon after is it available, usually in October,” says Lisa Swearingen, M.D., a pediatrician with the Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation. “However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, it’s not too late to get vaccinated.” Read More about For Kids 2 to 8, Nasal Spray Vaccine Brings New Meaning to Flu Shot
The infusion center at Alta Bates Summit’s Comprehensive Cancer Center has new patient areas and expanded hours thanks to Better Health East Bay (BHEB), a philanthropic foundation.
BHEB donated $2.4 million to the project, which redesigned the natural-light-filled facility at the Comprehensive Cancer Center in Berkeley. Infusions are available 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 8 a.m.-noon on holidays. Read More about From Antioch to Castro Valley, Sutter Health Brings Cancer Care to the Community
Sutter Health’s East Bay AIDS Center (EBAC) at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is the only Northern California team of investigators to receive a $6 million state-sponsored grant to explore how best to implement an HIV prevention pill among high-risk HIV-uninfected young people.
HIV infection rates are rising, especially among young African-American men who have sex with men, and among other young gay men of color in Oakland, Richmond, Berkeley and other East Bay communities.
“We want to break down barriers preventing young people from seeking help and reduce the impact of HIV on our community,” says Jeffrey Burack, M.D., M.P.P., principal investigator and co-medical director of EBAC. “Through our outreach and education program we want to identify individuals who should be tested and who may not have access to compassionate, non-judgmental sexual health care. If you are HIV negative, we want to help you develop a personalized plan to stay negative. If you are positive, we want to help get you into successful treatment.”