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Baltimore 2017 - Seminar Descriptions

Session One: (10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.)
Session Two: (11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Session Three: (2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.)
Session Four: (3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)


Session One: (10:15 a.m. - 11: 15 a.m.)


Back to Basics    
Probe the various causes of lower back pain in women as physiatrist Marlís González-Fernández focuses on treatment strategies that can present an alternative to surgical intervention. A1

The Opioid Epidemic
Opioid misuse has been on the rise among a wide range of demographics. Opioid dependency and increasing availability of opioid analgesics have fueled this epidemic. Explore the symptoms, associated problems and natural course of this treatable illness, with psychiatrist Kenneth StollerVS1

Gaining Control
Incontinence --which occurs more frequently in women than in men -- is a burden that can be lifted according to urologist Jaime Wright. Distinguish the differences between an overactive bladder and stress incontinence and hear about new treatments to regain control.   P1   

The Cosmetic Counter                    
Enhance your knowledge of the ingredients found in cosmetic products. Learn which components have proven effective in reducing crows’ feet, boosting collagen, eliminating dark circles, among other issues, with otolaryngologist and facial plastic surgeon Lisa IshiiSW1

Brain Power
Neurologist Justin McArthur reveals five little-known facts about the brain and advances in neurology, such as stroke recovery, computer assistance for paralyzed patients, brain stimulation, improved post injury brain function, and advances in cognitive disorders. I1

Behind Closed Doors
Psychologist Chris Kraft uncovers the complexity of sexual satisfaction. Peer into the factors that contribute to the ebbing of sexual desire over a woman’s lifespan and how you can spice up and enhance sexual pleasure as you and your partner age. S1

Facts from the Faucet
Public health scientist Kellogg Schwab studies microbial and chemical compounds that threaten the safety of our drinking water, how water is regulated and treated in the United States, and future challenges to our drinking water. CG1

Body Clock ~ Chronobiology
Our internal clock is governed by circadian rhythms that affect physical, mental and behavioral health. Pulmonologist and sleep specialist Nisha Aurora describes how our chronobiology system (circadian rhythm) works, how it changes over time, and disorders associated with circadian rhythm. HL1


Session Two: (11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)


Now Hear This
Otolaryngologist Wade Chien details the causes of hearing loss in adults and potential solutions, including the promise of gene and stem cell therapies to overcome the isolating deficit and let you enjoy music and conversation again.    A2

The Brittle Facts
Bone fractures in women result in more deaths than cancer and heart disease combined.  Endocrinologist Suzanne Jan de Beur details strategies—from nutrition and physical activity—to stem the loss of bone mineral that begins in your 20s, improve your bone health and prevent falls. P2

Cutting Edge
Minimally invasive techniques, including robotics, are increasingly used in the operating room and in some cases, are replacing "open" surgical procedures. Surgeons Gina Adrales and Alisa Coker probe innovative uses of these tools and weigh their controversial advantages and disadvantages. SW2

Sleep Wear
As women, we are sometimes consumed about what to wear. Hear about new accessories, including fitness monitors, wearables and home-monitors, that can reveal the quality and quantity of your sleep from neurologist Charlene Gamaldo and pulmonologist Alan Schwartz. I2

The Silver Tsunami             
Gerontologist Colleen Christmas infuses humor in her review of the year's top research about strategies to age well, improve the quality of your life and longevity as she considers the potential harm of medications as we age, insomnia, and dementia as well as the best medicine of all—exercise. S2

Foods to Reduce Inflammation
Understand why what we eat impacts inflammation, increasingly implicated in many diseases. Nutritionist Lynda McIntyre provides a shopping list of foods that can reduce inflammation and guidelines for a healthier diet to help decrease the risk of disease and improve our bodies' natural defense system. CG2

A User's Guide to the Common Cold  
The common cold is the most frequent illness afflicting humans—as many as 200 different viruses, including new pathogens, can disrupt our lives. Learn about the typical duration of illness, period of infectivity and which therapies may or may not be helpful from internist Paul Auwaerter.  HL2


Session Three: (2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.)


A Guide to Your Sole
Orthopaedic surgeon James Ficke walks us through the structure of the foot and ankle, how to prevent injury, treatments, and novel approaches to address arthritis, broken bones, tendonitis and other issues to keep you moving. A3

What Your Genes Say About You
It has been 15 years since NIH announced the completion of the Human Genome Project. Oncologist Josh Lauring provides a quick refresher discussion about genes, chromosomes and DNA; what genes can reveal about our risk of disease; and the future role of genetic sequencing in personalizing treatment. VS3

FLASH: Hormones Impact Chronic Diseases                  
The loss of estrogen can play a significant and enduring role in compromising your health. Gynecologist Wen Shen explains the impact on chronic diseases from thyroid disorders and memory loss to headaches, decreased skin elasticity, fatigue, urinary tract infections and bone loss. P3

The Science of Supplementation                       
Internist Bimal Ashar examines the efficacy and impetus behind the popularity of vitamins, minerals and supplements that play an important role in preventing disease and improving our health, and warns how to safely use vitamins and minerals while avoiding potentially dangerous side effects. SW3     

Liquid Biopsies
Neurosurgeon Chetan Bettegowda teaches us about a promising new technology that can detect the presence of breast, colon, ovarian, pancreas and other cancers in circulating tumor DNA and potentially monitor and inform the effectiveness of treatments using a new practice known as liquid biopsies. I3

The Facets of Memory Loss       
It is estimated that the number of people in the U.S. with Alzheimer's disease will almost triple by 2050. Neuroscientist Marilyn Albert examines new research findings advancing our understanding of Alzheimer's disease, its causes, the course of the disease and information about interventions that may delay the onset.  S3

Our gut is home to trillions of organisms and bacteria, collectively known as our microbiome.  Gastroenterologist Ellen Stein highlights the importance of biodiversity and when, often overused, probiotics are appropriate in aiding our digestive system and promoting health. CG3

Mind Over Matter           
Harness the power of mindfulness with clinical psychologist Neda Gould, as she reflects on the importance of this practice and its role in helping to mitigate acute and chronic stress, increase our ability to focus, and release unnecessary negativity—leading to enhanced well-being.  HL3


Session Four: (3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)


Suffering in Silence: Emotional Health Among Women of Color   
Psychiatrist Crystal Watkins talks about the elevated incidence of depression in women of color and specific challenges, as well as offering advice on overcoming the stigma of anxiety, stress and depression that historically have been taboo subjects in African-American and other minority communities. A4      

Enhancing Diagnostic Accuracy             
According to the Institute of Medicine, most Americans will be misdiagnosed at least once in their lifetimes. Neurologist David Edward Newman-Toker discusses strategies to counter this problem, from accelerating pathology results to empowering nurses to act on early signs of sepsis to avoid diagnostic errors that annually affect an estimated 12 million Americans. VS4

An Increasing Threat                
Mortality is rising among those infected with Hepatitis C virus infection (HCV), particularly Baby Boomers, for whom testing is now recommended. Infectious disease specialist Andrea Cox cautions about a lack of symptoms until the disease is advanced and explains the potential dangers of this underdiagnosed problem, effective treatments and promising vaccine research. P4

Body Revolt: Autoimmune Disorders                 
Physician scientists seek to better understand why our immune system can attack itself and lead to nearly 100 disorders from Hashimoto’s to myositis. Neurologist Andrew Mammen explores common characteristics of autoimmune disorders, challenges of diagnosis and treatments, and discovery of a new form of autoimmune muscle disease. SW4

Pursuing Precision
Our understanding of disease and how to effectively treat it is undergoing revolutionary change. Learn about leading discoveries to tailor a treatment to your personal disease from rheumatologist Antony Rosen, neurologist Peter Calabresi, biostatistician Scott Zeger and immunologist Elizabeth Jaffee. I4

A Joint Session
Arthritis includes more than 100 joint diseases but remains poorly understood. Rheumatologist Uzma Haque discriminates between the varieties of arthritis and treatments to ameliorate common swelling, pain and stiffness associated with these diseases to preserve mobility, function and quality of life.  S4

Food Allergies
Gain an understanding of why an increasing number of children and adults carry allergies to foods, from peanuts and eggs to shellfish and gluten. Pediatrician and allergy expert Corinne Keet discusses new theories about the development of food allergies and proposes alternatives to carrying an Epi Pen.  CG4

A Family Affair
Shifting relationships among parents and siblings can be challenging in the closest families. Psychiatrist Karen Swartz illuminates how families may embrace or resent new expectations as our roles and responsibilities change over time. HL4