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2014 Seminars

Session I (10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.)
Session II (11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Session III (2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Session IV (3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.)


Session I (10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.):

Strategies to Prevent Bone Loss and Osteoporosis    
Women begin to lose bone strength as young as 30. Endocrinologist Dr. Kendall Moseley identifies risk factors that make women susceptible to bone loss, strategies for optimizing bone density, including common drugs—some now considered controversial—and emerging therapies to treat osteoporosis and prevent fracture.  LW1

STAT: New Recommendations About Multivitamins and Medications
Internist Dr. April Fitzgerald addresses significant changes in the management of elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure that were announced this year. She also talks about new results of research that impact the use of multivitamins and other supplements, as well as annual mammograms.  HT1

Bullseye: The Facts About Lyme Disease
Lyme disease affects over 20,000 people each year, particularly in the Northeast. Internist Dr. John Aucott defines Lyme disease and discusses prevention strategies. He also and elaborates on the diagnosis, treatment and potential long-term consequences of Lyme disease, from persistent joint pain to fatigue.  E1

Go with Your Gut
Sensible approaches to dealing with common digestive issues, including bloating, abdominal gas and constipation, are among the most common and recurring complaints. Gastroenterologist Dr. Linda Lee reveals the facts about these common and uncomfortable symptoms, treatment options, and signs that these may be symptoms of serious underlying problems.  MR1

A Trip Down Memory Lane
As baby boomers age, it is estimated that the number of people in the U.S. with Alzheimer's disease will almost triple by 2050. Psychiatrist Dr. Constantine Lyketsos outlines the differences between normal changes in memory and those that are signs of dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease, new research and medically-based strategies to help preserve good memory.  HC1

Breaking News                     
We think of vaccines as medications to prevent childhood illnesses, but vaccines are tools used to recruit our body's own immune system to fight a disease at any age. Gynecologist and pathologist Dr. Cornelia Liu Trimble describes how vaccines are used to combat cancers, including cervical cancer, pancreas cancer and melanoma, and hepatitis, which can lead to liver cancer.   C1

Baby on Board                       
Gynecologist and obstetrician Dr. Ahmet Beschat talks about advanced treatment and intervention of well-known diseases. Learn how diseases can be treated in utero to preserve life and prevent childhood and adult diseases.  AS1

In Pursuit of Perfect Skin              
Join dermatologist Dr. Mary Sheu as she elaborates upon advances in minimally invasive skin and facial rejuvenation procedures, including Botox and Dysport, fillers, peels and lasers. She provides insights into specific treatments that may be most appropriate to address signs of aging and sun damage.  I1


Session II (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.):

Flashpoint: Regulating Your Body's Temperature
Do you dress in layers to accommodate changes in your body temperature? Listen as gynecologist Dr. Shari Lawson explains how our hypothalamus, hormonal changes, Raynaud's syndrome and other physiologic changes can cause our body temperature to fluctuate and what we can do to remain calm, cool and collected.  LW2    

To the Point
Nurse and acupuncturist Dr. Ta-Ya Lee presents an in-depth look into the history of acupuncture, from the Eastern concepts of energy and meridians to Western clinical trials documenting acupuncture's effectiveness.  She also explores circumstances where acupuncture may be particularly effective when integrated with medicine.  HT2

To Market: How Safe Is Our Food Supply?
Environmental scientist Dr. Keeve Nachman serves up an eye-opening examination of the use of antibiotics and arsenic-based drugs in animal production. He elaborates on the relationship between these and the rising resistance to antibiotics, as well as the development of cancer.  E2

The Difference a 'Y' Makes
Women differ fundamentally from men, but never more so than in medicine. Join cardiologist Dr. Pamela Ouyang as she moderates a panel with epidemiologist Dr. Dhananjay Vaidya , sleep specialist Dr. Grace Pien and immunologist Dr. Sabra Klein as they discuss how gender impacts the treatments of diabetes, sleep disorders and the dosage of vaccines.  MR2

Heads Up       
There are many causes of headaches and migraines, from sinuses and allergies, tension and smell to neurologic changes. Neurologist Dr. Jason Rosenberg exposes these and other causes of recurrent headaches and migraines, distinguishes between these chronic diagnoses, and shares treatment options and promising research.   HC2

The Future of Survivorship
By 2020, there will be nearly 18 million cancer survivors living in the United States.  The effects of cancer persist long after treatment and change the lives of these cancer survivors.  Proactively take responsibility to stay healthy and live well with nurse, cancer survivor, director of the Johns Hopkins Survivorship Program and nationally recognized humorist Lillie Shockney.   C2

Sage Advice for Aging Gracefully
Geriatrician Dr. Ariel Green discloses what successful aging really means and explores the importance of social and cognitive engagement and physical activity.  She also discusses the importance of primary care, medication management and screening tests to live the healthiest and most productive life as we age.   AS2

A New Vision for Women                                    
Ophthalmologist Dr. Esen Akpek details eye issues confronted by women as we begin to age, including dry eyes that often accompany perimenopause, the use of reading glasses necessitated by presbyopia and early development of cataracts.   I2


Session III (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.):

Heart to Heart                                
The symptoms of heart disease in women may differ from those in men, but are the risk factors the same? Cardiologist Dr. Pamela Ouyang touches upon many factors—from waist size to high-tech evaluations, such as coronary calcium—that may increase the likelihood of women developing heart and vascular disease. She also discusses symptoms unique to women.  LW3

Restless Nights
Learn the causes of sleepless nights and when a little tossing and turning is symbolic of more serious underlying causes, such as sleep apnea and other disorders.  Neurologist Dr. Rachel Salas clarifies the causes of nocturnal disturbances, methods of diagnosis, and available treatments and tips for a good night's sleep.  HT3

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day
Vitamin D has a significant role in maintaining bone health and preventing cancer, but dermatologists warn that while sun exposure may provide this important vitamin, it also can promote skin cancer. Dermatologist Dr. Manisha Patel uncovers alternative methods to get vitamin D and offers tips to protect your skin.  E3

Autoimmune Alert
Autoimmune disorders now encompass more than 100 disorders, from thyroid diseases to arthritis to myositis. Rheumatologist Dr. Lisa Christopher-Stine shares information on many of these disorders and explains how and why our body attacks itself. She reveals research that may reveal new pathways of diagnosis and treatments for millions of women.   MR3

Can Elements of OCD Help Women Be More Effective?
Many women struggle to achieve a balance between family and professional lives, which may be referred to as "a little obsessive or compulsive." Understand the distinction between obsessive-compulsive personality disorder and the more troubling obsessive-compulsive disorder from psychiatrist Dr. Gerald NestadtHC3

10 Cancer Symptoms We Can't Ignore
With cancer, early recognition of these symptoms is vital to early diagnosis and treatment. There are many symptoms we can experience that warn us of a serious health condition. Oncologic surgeon Dr. Nita Ahuja examines symptoms, such as bleeding, GI problems and unexplained changes in weight, among others, that are vital to early detection.  C3

Top 15 Power Foods
Enhance your shopping list with foods that can help you age well by decreasing your risks of cardiovascular, bone mineral and circulatory diseases; macular degeneration; and even wrinkles.  Dietician Lynda McIntyre offers a menu that includes nutrients from lutein to omega-3 fatty acids that combat these diseases and improve your health.  AS3

You're So Vein
Varicose and spider veins can be painful and disfiguring. Vascular surgeon Dr. Jennifer Heller characterizes the physical symptoms indicative of vein disease and the physiologic changes that lead to weakened veins, causing clogging or congestion. The presentation highlights current remedies and treatments that are in development.   I3


Session IV (3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.):

Four Steps to Transform Your Life                                
Preventive cardiologist Dr. Roger Blumenthal unveils four simple steps, from eating a Mediterranean-style diet and integrating exercise in your daily life to maintaining a normal weight and not smoking. New research reveals that these strategies offer protection against coronary heart disease and the calcium deposits in coronary arteries, reducing the chance of death from all causes by 80 percent.  LW4

Antioxidants: Their Role in Preventing Disease
Antioxidants play a critical role in preventing cellular changes that can promote cancer, age-related eye disease and heart disease.  Gain a basic knowledge of antioxidants and their natural or chemical properties, their potential role in fostering good health and how to integrate them into your diet with internist Dr. Edgar Miller.   HT4

Weeding Through the Science of Cannabis
Medical research has provided insights into the physical, mental, emotional and behavioral impact of cannabis (marijuana). Psychologist Dr. Ryan Vandrey presents scientific evidence detailing the characteristics of marijuana and its potential ill effects, as well as its usefulness as a medicine.   E4

Neurologic Diseases
Increasingly, we learn of friends and family suffering from devastating neurologic conditions, including multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).  Learn why these diseases seem so prevalent, and find out about efforts to stunt their progression and develop cures from neurologist Dr. Justin McArthur.   MR4

A Balancing Act
Balance changes as we age. Otolaryngologist Dr. Yuri Agrawal discusses how changes in our vision, proprioception and vestibular function in our inner ears impacts our mobility and risk of falls.  Dr. Agrawal also elaborates on potential treatments to help prevent age-related balance loss.   HC4

Personalized Medicine in Cancer
Each cancer is different.  Explore how heredity, gene defects and our lifestyle place a unique imprint on cancer and the evolution of personalized cancer treatments with oncologist Dr. William Nelson. He reveals new strategies to diagnose and target unique characteristics of cancers, with the hope of improving the effectiveness of customized treatments.  C4

Change Management                                   
Change is inevitable and recurrent throughout our lives. Psychiatrist Dr. Karen Swartz delves into the potential impact and consequences of new relationships, professional changes, loss, moving and the importance of recognizing when our reaction to change may be extreme and requires treatment.   AS4

Hair Loss
Hair loss may be attributed to medication, medical diseases, heredity or other causes.  Listen as facial plastic surgeon Dr. Lisa Ishii details these and other causes of hair loss in women. She shares the medical and surgical therapies that can be used to combat the problem of hair loss.   I4


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