For Kids 2 to 8, Nasal Spray Vaccine Brings New Meaning to Flu Shot

fluMistYHP_302x238The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends annual seasonal influenza immunization for anyone 6 months and older.

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

GERD: It Isn’t Just a Little Heartburn

gerd-1028-flyer (3)Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common problem that affects almost 44 percent of U.S. adults each month.
GERD is a chronic digestive disease that occurs when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus, causing serious irritation and heartburn. Left untreated, it can lead to a pre-cancerous condition called Barrett’s esophagus. That’s why it’s important to understand the signs and
symptoms of GERD, what causes it, when to see the doctor and the new minimally-invasive treatments available.

Presented by Wilson Tsai, M.D., a board-certified thoracic surgeon and medical director of Esophageal and Thoracic Surgery at Eden Medical Center.

Tuesday, Oct. 28
6:30–8:00 P.M.
Location:
San Leandro Library
Estudillo Room
300 Estudillo
San Leandro, CA 94577
Register:
1-888-445-8433
edenmedcenter.org

6th Annual Ethnic Health Institute Family Caregivers Town Hall

6th Annual EHI Caregiver Town Hall If you are caring for a loved one, please join us for a day of information,
support and resources. You will learn specific techniques for self-care
and discover creative and practical outlets to express your feelings and
manage your stress.

When:
Saturday, Oct. 18
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where:
Samuel Merritt University
Bechtel Room
400 Hawthorne Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609

To reserve your space for this free community event, please
RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 15 to 877-390-9000 or email
to GonzalC92@sutterhealth.org

Sutter Delta Oncology Symposium & Resource Fair

3647_SDMC_CANC_Event_Flyer_20140725Saturday, Oct. 11, Sutter Delta will be hosting our first community Oncology Symposium & Resource Fair.

There are 15 physicians planning to provide presentations during the event. They will be divided into three separate panels and will be available for a question and answer session as well.

When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it is downright frightening, and it impacts whole household. This event will help provide answers.

Here are some common questions we hope to help answer:

  • “Will a mastectomy completely reduce my chance of getting breast cancer?”
  • “How can I have prostate cancer and have no symptoms?”
  • “Why do I need colonoscopy, I am fifty and healthy ”
  • “Why did my chest X-ray miss my lung cancer?”
  • “Doesn’t all chemotherapy cause people to become really sick? Do I have to quit my job? ”
  • “Why did my mammogram miss my breast cancer?”
  • “My mother does not want to talk about my breast cancer?”
  • “Aren’t I too young to develop lung cancer?”
  • “Isn’t breast cancer inherited on the mother’s side only?  Should I get genetic testing? ”
  • “Will a biopsy of my cancer spread the cancer through my body?  That is what happened to my friend! ”
  • “Should I get screened for prostate cancer?”

Here is the panel of physician experts expected to present:

  • Nicola Ally, M.D.
  • Jonathan Chin, M.D.
  • Saurin Shah, M.D.
  • Margaret Seaver, M.D.
  • Kenneth Chao, M.D.
  • Kasara Karamlou, M.D.
  • Jewel Johl, M.D.
  • Bimal Patel, M.D.
  • Hsien-Wen Hsu, M.D.
  • Bobby Glickman, M.D.
  • Wilson Tong, M.D.
  • Guatam Prasad, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Mary Cardoza, M.D.
  • Phillip Polido, M.D.
  • Om Rawal, M.D.

We will also have more information about:

  • Advance Directive
  • Health Insurance
  • Breast Cancer Screening Program
  • Mammogram Myth Buster

If you would like to learn more, you can email Kitt Kelly, oncology resource nurse, at KellyKi@sutterhealth.org

Get the 4-1-1 on Early Cancer Detection

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Eden Medical Center’s Cancer Committee will present the annual cancer symposium focused on early cancer detection and the breast cancer patient navigator program. This free presentation also includes an open house at the Imaging Center and free bone density screening (first come, first served). Light refreshments will be served.

 

Thursday, Oct. 9
6:00 p.m. Imaging Center Open House (hospital building, first floor)
7:00 p.m. Presentations (MOB Conference Center)

To register for this event, call 1-888-445-8433

TOPICS:

The Relationship between GERD, Heartburn and Esophageal Cancer
Presented by Wilson Tsai, M.D., thoracic surgery

According to the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, cancer of the esophagus is on the rise. This particular type of cancer occurs most commonly in Caucasians, as well as people who suffer from GERD and heartburn. Learn about the relationship between GERD, heartburn and cancer and how you can lower your risk.

The Latest Advancements in Breast Cancer Diagnostics
Presented by Keyvan Nouri, M.D., radiology

Learn how 3-D tomosynthesis and breast MRI are used to improve breast cancer diagnosis and management and reduce unnecessary breast biopsies.

Your Breast Cancer Journey—You’re Not Alone
Presented by Joyce McCullen, breast cancer navigator and Joanne Sexton, tumor registry

The words, “You have breast cancer,” can strike fear and uncertainty. Fortunately, a new program at Eden is designed to support people who are recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  Learn how Eden’s physicians and certified breast cancer patient navigator can provide guidance, resources, and emotional support to those who are preparing for their journey and beyond.

New Day, New Way to Create Healthful and Delicious School Lunches

school lunch 1It’s time for a fresh start to packing school lunches – and even to your own brown bag. These three simple steps from Corilee Watters, clinical nutrition manager at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, will have you and your family out the door every morning already looking forward to lunchtime. Read More

Take Heart: See Your Doctor Before Beginning an Exercise Program

heart health 1There’s more to fall than back to school. For many it means beginning or resuming a regular exercise routine or even training for a competitive event.

We asked Vipul Gupta, M.D., a cardiologist with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation how athletes of all ages can safeguard their heart health before hitting the gym, pool, open road or wherever your energy takes you. Read More