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A Woman's Journey Conference - November 20, 2010

Baltimore 2010 - Seminar Descriptions

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:

Fit at 50 and Beyond
You are not alone. As we age, staying in shape and managing our weight become more challenging. Join gerontologist, Dr. F. Michael Gloth III as he outlines a balanced nutrition and exercise program that offers smarter and more effective strategies to get and stay in shape leading to a healthier life.  AS1

Pressure Cooker
Blood pressure increases as we age, placing us at greater risk for heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. Listen as internist Dr. Lawrence Appel delineates the role of salt, diet, drugs and devices in managing blood pressure. VS1

Use and Abuse of Supplements
Should American women take supplements to achieve good health?  Human nutritionist Dr. Benjamin Caballero presents a critical review of existing evidence showing the benefits and pitfalls of dietary supplement use. He also answers questions about the regulation of their quality and national guidelines. FFT 1

 A Menu for Skeletal Health 
New evidence reveals the importance of nutrition to prevent bone loss and promote healthy bone. Bone mineral specialist Dr. Deborah Sellmeyer focuses on the effects of many vitamins and minerals that can impact your skeletal health and help prevent fractures, osteoporosis and related diseases.  AH1

A Trip Down Memory Lane
Alzheimer's disease will reach epic proportions as nearly 12-15 million U.S. baby boomers are expected to develop the disease in the next 40 years.  Psychiatrist Dr. Peter Rabins distinguishes between natural memory loss associated with aging and dementia and provides tips to preserve your memory. BT1

Cultivating Creativity
Creativity is not just the province of a unique few; it is something all of us have, and all of us can enhance.  Neuro-scientist Dr. Barry Gordon reviews the nature of creativity and its bases in the mind and brain; offers tips about fostering your own creativity; and suggests some possibly surprising ways to further extend creative thinking. MBS1

A Wake Up Call: The Facts About Caffeine
Depending on the article you read, caffeine is characterized as either a dangerous or a benign stimulant.  Get the real lowdown as researcher Dr. Eric Strain unravels the benefits and risks of caffeine in women and provides guidelines for safe caffeine consumption. LW1

Nanotechnology: The Small Science with Big Expectations for Medicine
Biomolecular engineer Dr. Justin Hanes describes the wonders of nanotechnology and how it is being used to create breakthroughs in medicine today as he portrays the use of objects 1000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. PM1

Session II:

Blueprint for Aging
Despite the inevitability of aging, women want to maintain an active and fulfilling life. Join gerontologist Dr. Colleen Christmas as she details physiological changes we can expect as we grow older and key steps that can help us age successfully.  AS2

Broken Heart Syndrome
Cardiologist Dr. Ilan Wittstein examines how suffering from broken heart syndrome differs from a heart attack and describes the potential "risk factors" for developing this recently acknowledged diagnosis. VS2

Food As Medicine
Gastroenterologist and nutritionist Dr. Gerard Mullin reveals many natural foods, from tomatoes and onions to peppermint and ginger that can be used to help treat what ails you and when common foods and vitamins also pose risks of disease.  FFT2

A Pain in the Neck
Neurosurgeon Dr. Daniel Sciubba explores potential causes of neck and back pain and addresses the question of when a surgery consult is recommended and what can be done to relieve these disabling problems with and without surgery.  AH2

To Thyself Be True
Self esteem conveys a lot about a person.  Listen as psychiatrist Dr. Karen Swartz reflects upon the way in which we view ourselves and how stress, anxiety or subtle criticism can sometimes erode our sense of self worth. Learn strategies to reclaim yourself and boost your self esteem. BT2

Color Me Beautiful: Principles of Beautiful Brown Skin
Dermatologist Dr. Ginette Hinds illustrates the unique features of African-American skin and hair, offers tips on general skin care and skin cancer prevention, and depicts specific skin diseases that disproportionately affect African-American women.  MBS2

10 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer 
Oncologist and epidemiologist Dr. Kala Visvanathan emphasizes strategies to reduce one's risk of developing cancers, particularly breast and ovarian cancers, during your lifetime. LW2

Vein of My Existence
Vascular surgeon Dr. Jennifer Heller identifies the causes of varicose veins and recent advances including the discovery of nitric oxide, therapeutic angiogenesis and a variety of new drugs that have changed the course of treatment of varicose veins and other vascular disorders. PM2

Session III:

Eyes Wide Open
Ophthalmologist Dr. Sharon Solomon discusses the causes of declining vision, including cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy and addresses medical treatment options --including new discoveries--that may prevent further loss of vision and lead to renewed sight.  AS3

Predictors of Heart Disease in Women
Heart disease remains the # 1 killer of women. Cardiologist Dr. Wendy Post addresses the key predictors of heart disease in women, including waist size, family history and inflammation, and new strategies to combat and treat the disease in women. VS3

Shedding Light on Vitamin D
Evidence abounds about the increasing benefits of Vitamin D.  Endocrinologist Dr. Suzanne Jan de Beur pursues the importance of having an adequate level of Vitamin D in your system, its role in maintaining good health and preventing disease, and the best sources of this essential vitamin. FFT3

Beating the Pain of Arthritis
There are more than 100 types of arthritis and rheumatic diseases, which affect more women than men. Join rheumatologist Dr. Ira Fine as he clarifies the different forms of arthritis and rheumatic diseases, their causes, symptoms and available treatment options. AH3

Lessons from the Maestro: Beethoven and Hearing Loss

Listen as otolaryngologist Dr. Charles Limb considers Beethoven's musical legacy and understand how the composer’s profound hearing loss may have impacted the music we hear today.  BT3

Love the Skin You're In
Dermatologist Dr. Rebecca Kazin navigates the skin care counter and talks about new strategies to combat skin cancer and aging with creams as well as new philosophies about injectables and laser treatment options to achieve a natural and enhanced image. MBS3

Thyroid Problems: Myth and Reality
One in every eight women, many of whom remain undiagnosed, will develop a thyroid disorder in their lifetime. Join endocrinologist Dr. Paul Ladenson as he discusses hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, new treatment options for thyroid cancer, and potential problems caused by thyroid nodules.  LW3

A Dose of Caution
Patents for many frequently prescribed medications are expiring, markedly increasing the use of generic drugs. Neurologist Dr. Gregory Krauss highlights controversies surrounding the regulation and use of generic products and reviews treatment areas where generic products should be used cautiously. PM3

Session IV:

Perimenopause: What's A Girl To Do?
Night sweats and other symptoms associated with perimenopause can last for years. Listen as gynecologist Dr. Lisa Kolp weighs hormonal and natural treatment options for perimenopause symptoms and covers potential risks and benefits of each option. AS4

Night Noise
Some studies report that women who snore regularly have a 33 percent increased chance of cardiovascular disorders. You will stay awake as otolaryngologist Dr. Stacey Ishman uncovers the causes and treatment alternatives for the oft-time annoying and sometimes alarming snoring.   VS4

Five Tips to Boost Your Immune System and Combat Disease
Research continues to harvest new information about  the foods we eat.  Join nutritionist Lynda McIntyre as she identifies foods that contain disease-fighting antioxidants, highlights good carbohydrates, dishes out new research about pairing select foods to reap greater benefits, and serves up other surprising tips.  FFT4   

The Agony of DE-Feet
Podiatrist Dr. Zachary Chattler walks you through the anatomy of your foot, common causes of foot pain and treatments for plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes and other ailments as well as proper care for your feet. AH4

Taking Charge
Everyone knows someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Listen as survivor Lillie Shockney explains the disease process and reassures women they have time to make informed decisions about treatment. Learn the sequence of treatments and how to navigate the healthcare system as an empowered patient. BT4

Integrative Medicine: Modern Implications for Ancient Healing
Gastroenterologist Dr. Linda Lee probes traditional treatments available to heal and manage chronic GI and other symptoms that may benefit from an integrative medical approach in an engaging review of acupuncture, massage therapy and other healing modalities. MBS 4

Saving Your Voice
We all depend on our voice to communicate. Otolaryngologist Dr. Lee Akst articulates strategies to protect your voice and avoid disorders from laryngitis to throat cancer.  Discover how decongestants, antihistamines and other medications can harm your voice; garner tips to protect your voice and discern when to see a doctor. LW4

Glowing in the Dark: Facts and Fiction
What are the effects of radiation exposure from CT scans and other imaging procedures and treatments to airport security screening? Radiologist Dr. Elliott Fishman defines safe levels of radiation, highlights potential cumulative and long-term effects of radiation exposure, and explores non-radioactive diagnostic imaging and treatment alternatives. PM4