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A Woman's Journey conference - November 17, 2012

Baltimore 2012 - 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 1:       

Spice Up Your Health
Widely used in Indian cooking, the spice turmeric contains powerful properties that heal wounds, prevent disease, enhance the medicinal benefits and reduce the side effects of chemotherapy. Explore this natural herb and learn how to incorporate it into our daily lives with medical oncologist Dr. Saraswati Sukumar. FFT1

The Joint Chief
Swollen joints and their surrounding tissues are the hallmarks of 100 types of arthritis that may afflict adults, particularly women.  Meet the new dean/CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, rheumatologist Dr. Paul Rothman, as he describes the causes of arthritis and innovative therapies that may reduce pain and prevent further disease. BW1

Learn how plastic surgery can improve our image, as facial plastic surgeon Dr. Chad Gordon profiles the right candidate for aesthetic surgery and describes new advances in facial plastic surgery from cosmetic enhancements to face transplantation. P1

Status of Statins 
The role statins play in decreasing our risk of heart attack and stroke has been the subject of recent research and media attention. Join cardiologist Dr. Roger Blumenthal, as he examines the safety and benefits of statin therapy as well as new guidelines for the prevention of heart disease.  AH1

Medical Myths
We all have received a lot of advice: drink eight glasses of water per day; avoid cracking your knuckles; feed a fever and starve a cold. But is there evidence to support this advice? Join internist Dr. Maura McGuire for an interactive discussion about the veracity of 10 medical myths. LW1

Caution: Multiple Medications May Be Harmful 
Learn how and when to take prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, supplements and herbal remedies to maximize their effectiveness and avoid serious side effects, as internist Dr. Kimberly Peairs clarifies potential interactions with common medications and how to time our medications appropriately. C1

10 Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer
Soon cancer will become the leading cause of death in the U.S. Understand potential causes of breast, ovarian and other cancers and why some women may be at greater risk for these diseases than others, as oncologist Dr. Deborah Armstrong considers how to reduce our risk of cancer. N1

Brain Trust
How often do we ask ourselves why we walked into a room or why we had difficulty recalling the name of a neighbor?  Geriatric psychiatrist Dr. Christopher Marano distinguishes between these characteristics of age-related memory loss and dementias, such as Alzheimer's disease, and provides tips to preserve our memory. GR1

Session 2:

Boosting Our Immune System
Antioxidants are powerful substances that can decrease the risk of disease, promote healing, protect the body and strengthen the immune system. Nutritionist Lynda McIntyre serves up a list of antioxidant-rich foods along with advice to add more antioxidants to our diet and how to maximize their absorption. FFT2

Queen of Hearts 
The facts can be alarming: Heart disease is the No.1 cause of death for women in whom heart disease often is ignored and misdiagnosed. Cardiologist Dr. Pamela Ouyang discerns how women and men experience symptoms differently, the impact of risk factors in women and how to protect ourselves and maintain a healthy heart. BW2

A Boom to Aging
As baby boomers begin to enroll in Medicare, geriatrician Dr. Michele Bellantoni reflects on growing older and the difference between normal aging and aging caused by chronic diseases.  Current research and the importance of lifestyle and strong, preventive screening to preserve your health will be reviewed.  P2

Toxins on the Vanity 
Take a revealing look behind our quest for beauty, as dermatologist Dr. Rebecca Kazin addresses the variety as well as the safety and efficacy of products marketed to improve our physical appearance—from formaldehyde in hair straighteners to chemicals in our beauty products—and anticipated substances awaiting FDA approval.

Vaccines Vital To Women
There are approximately 760 adult vaccines that focus on preventing diseases from shingles to pneumonia. Delve into the history of vaccines, the role they play on our immune system and how they preserve our health, as internist Dr. Dwight Wooster shares a schedule of recommended vaccines for women. LW2

Contraceptives Beyond the Pill
Gynecologist Dr. Shari Lawson reviews hormonal and nonhormonal contraceptive options. She also elaborates on three methods of long-acting reversible contraception and describes how emergency contraception works and how it can be obtained. C2

One of Life’s Most Important Conversations
Palliative care can (and should) accompany other types of medical care including curative as well as end-of-life care. Never an easy or comfortable conversation, oncologist Dr. Thomas Smith discusses medically appropriate goal-setting and how hospice and palliative care can improve symptoms and survival. N2

Sickle Cell Anemia
Pediatric and adult hematologist Dr. John J. Strouse discusses screening and genetic counseling for sickle cell anemia, preventive strategies, complications of the disease and novel treatments including bone marrow transplantation, new drugs under development, clinical trials and gene therapy. He also outlines issues specific to women with the disease or trait. GR2

Session 3:

Separating the Wheat from the Chaff 
Gluten sensitivity and gluten allergy—known as celiac disease—have emerged as significant health issues for millions of American women. Gastroenterologist Dr. Linda Lee differentiates between the two diagnoses and describes the symptoms caused by food processed from wheat and other related grains, diagnosis and treatment. FFT3

Bone Up 
Today's headlines offer contradictory advice about strategies to protect our bones. Endocrinologist Dr. Suzanne Jan de Beur details the benefits and risks of recommendations, including calcium supplements and bisphosphonates to treat osteoporosis, reduce a natural loss of bone mineral and prevent the risk of fractures. BW3

Between the Sheets
Uncover some of the broad issues of sexual intimacy with psychologist Dr. Chris Kraft, as he discloses why sexual desire may fade with time. The presentation includes common problems affecting women as well as men and provides some advice on how to rekindle sexual intimacy. P3

Stroke Essentials
While there are many things in life we cannot change, we can reduce our risk for stroke. Neurologist Dr. Victor Urrutia outlines symptoms indicative of a stroke, lifestyle changes to reduce our risk of suffering a stroke or transient ischemic attack (mini-stroke), and medical care following a stroke. AH3

The Shape of Health
Exercise is valued as the single most important strategy to maintain health and prevent disease. Obstetrician/gynecologist and exercise physiologist Dr. Linda Szymanski highlights the critical role of exercise throughout a woman’s life and the amount of exercise needed to gain health benefits. LW3

Keeping Patients Safe 
Nurse Lori Paine offers guidance on being an effective medical advocate for one's self or another patient.  She focuses on important communication skills and strategies for keeping ourself and others safe during a hospitalization, and emphasizes one's role in transitions of care. C3

The Back Story: Straight from the Expert 
The back is complex with 33 vertebrae and dozens of muscles and tendons.  Neurosurgeon Dr. Timothy Witham dissects many causes of back and neck pain in women, including herniated discs, spasms, lower back pain and spinal stenosis. Gain recent insights into proper evaluation and surgical and nonsurgical treatment options.  N3

Moody Blues  
How we feel about ourselves can compromise our well-being and impact our ability to thrive in a world fraught with anxiety and challenges. Psychiatrist Dr. Karen Swartz talks about strategies to minimize anxiety and stress and identify when mood changes in ourselves and our families may signal a serious underlying issue. GR3

Session 4: 

Top Shelf: Vitamins and Supplements
Although there is little evidence supporting their use, dietary supplements are widely used by consumers. Listen as internist Dr. Bimal Ashar provides insight into the value of popular vitamins—including D and E—and supplements, their regulation and the results of dietary studies. FFT4

New Horizons
Ophthalmologist Dr. Sharon Solomon identifies frequent causes of declining vision, including cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy and looks at medical treatment options—including new discoveries—that may prevent further loss of vision and lead to renewed sight.  BW4

Lighten Up: Diets That Work
Since popular diets often promote conflicting weight-loss strategies, internist Dr. Kimberly Gudzune weighs in about macronutrients that make up the human diet and their health effects, and dishes out the facts about nutrition and how each individual can achieve a healthy diet that can lead to weight loss. P4

On Your Toes: The Female Foot
Podiatrist Dr. Alex Kor walks you through the etiology of foot problems in women—from the structure of our feet to the shoes and activities we choose—and offers overarching solutions to prevent and manage ailments of the foot and ankle including stress fractures, bunions and hammertoes. AH4

Immunity from Prosecution
Our immune system and inflammation are partners in fending off illness and promoting healing.  Rheumatologist Dr. Antony Rosen explains the essential basics of the immune system, how it can promote inflammation and how too much or too little immunity contributes to common human conditions. LW4

Vice, Virtue and the Brain's Pleasure Circuits
Take a revealing look at how the human brain processes pleasure. Neuroscientist Dr. David Linden probes how the brain's pleasure circuits make eating fatty foods, having sex, exercising, smoking marijuana, drinking vodka, learning and gambling feel so good. C4

Advances in Cancer
New discoveries will alter cancer diagnosis and treatment dramatically. Radiation oncologist Dr. Theodore DeWeese moderates a panel featuring medical oncologist Dr. Rick Jones and surgical oncologists Dr. Malcolm Brock and Dr. Michael Choti, who present innovations that are improving the outcomes of blood, lung and gastrointestinal cancers.  N4

The Adverse Effects of Stress
Endocrinologist Dr. Sherita Golden exposes how stress can elevate our level of cortisol and impact our health. Learn how this little-known hormone increases our risk of chronic disease, suppresses our immune system and decreases bone formation as well as tips to lower our cortisol levels and keep diseases at bay.  GR4