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Screens and Your Sleep

We use electronic devices in every room – should we keep our electronics out of the bedroom? Sleep specialist Joanna Cooper, M.D., will discuss the most current findings regarding the effect of electronic devices on our sleep.

According to Dr. Cooper, a neurologist with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, the timing of sleep and wakefulness is controlled by two areas in the brain. One is highly sensitive to light and drives wakefulness, while the other (the pineal gland) secretes melatonin when the light dims in the evening. Thus we humans are programmed to fall asleep after dark.

Joanna Cooper

Dr. Joanna Cooper, will discuss the effects of electronic devices on sleep at a free presentation on Tuesday, August 26.

When: Tuesday, August 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
To reserve a seat, call (510) 869-6737.
Where: Claremont Hotel, Monterey Room, located at 41 Tunnel Road in Berkeley.

Free Radicals and Antioxidants

????????????????????Free radicals? Antioxidants? Have you heard these terms but still have questions? Registered dietitian Stacy Abbatiello will talk about what these terms mean and why there is so much talk about them, give an overview of the latest research, and tell you which of these you want in your food.

When: Thursday, August 7, 2 to 3 p.m.
Where: Fir Rooms, Merritt Pavilion, Summit Campus
350 Hawthorne Avenue, Oakland
Call (510) 869-6737 to save your seat at this free presentation.

That burning sensation: What you need to know about heartburn

????????????If you’ve ever experienced heartburn – also known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD – you know how uncomfortable it can be. Approximately seven million people in the U.S. experience some symptoms of GERD. Besides heartburn, GERD symptoms can fall into two categories. Typical symptoms include regurgitation, bloating, or an acidic taste in the back of the mouth. Less common symptoms include asthma, persistent coughing, shortness of breath and even recurrent pneumonia. These less frequent symptoms are often misdiagnosed and the root cause never recognized. Read More

Bariatric Surgery: It’s your turn to take control

scaleIf you’ve ever wondered whether bariatric surgery is right for you, it’s time to stop wondering and get the facts. Come join us as the Alta Bates Summit bariatric team explains the latest procedures that could help you break free of the past and take control of your future.

When: Tuesday, August 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Sutter Delta Medical Center, Education Room
3901 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, CA 94509

Space is limited at this FREE event, and registration is required. Please call (510) 869-8972 or send an email to absmcweight@sutterhealth.org

Click here to learn more about the Bariatric Surgery Program at Alta Bates Medical Center.

Screens and Your Sleep: The Impact of Nighttime Use

Woman on her phone in bedThere’s a lot of talk about our “addiction” to technology. Aside from the impact of technology on our social lives, what if our cherished devices are bad for our health? When it comes to getting enough restful sleep, it turns out they may be.

According to Joanna Cooper, M.D., a neurologist with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, the timing of sleep and wakefulness is controlled by two areas in the brain. One is highly sensitive to light and drives wakefulness, while the other (the pineal gland) secretes melatonin when the light dims in the evening. Thus we humans are programmed to fall asleep after dark. Read More

U.S. News & World Report recognizes Sutter Health’s East Bay Medical Centers as high performers

????????????????????????????????????????????????????All three Sutter Health hospitals in the East Bay rank in the top 12 among the San Francisco Bay Area’s 46 hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Hospitals” guide.

The report ranked Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Eden Medical Center and Sutter Delta Medical Center among California’s 440 hospitals as follows:

• Alta Bates Summit (Alta Bates Campus) – ranked #7 in the Bay Area and rated it “high performing” in Cancer, Gastroenterology & GI surgery, Gynecology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, and Orthopedics.
• Eden Medical Center – ranked #8 in the Bay Area and rated it “high performing” in Gastroenterology & GI surgery, Nephrology, Orthopedics and Urology.
• Alta Bates Summit (Summit Campus) – ranked #10 in the Bay Area and rated it “high performing” in Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Neurology & Neurosurgery, and Orthopedics
• Sutter Delta Medical Center – ranked #12 in the Bay Area and rated it “high performing” in Nephrology and Urology.

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