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Baltimore 2018 - Session 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 Presentations

Body Sculpting - CLOSED
Like an artist shaping a sculpture, plastic surgeon Kristen Broderick can help women redefine their bodies following surgery or a significant weight loss—or just out of a desire to enhance one’s image. She reviews new tools and techniques available to reshape a person’s physical appearance.

Skin As a Diagnostic Tool
The skin, our body's largest organ, is not as superficial as it may seem. Skin diseases can be associated with underlying conditions that can affect the health of the entire body, such as the cardiovascular system.  Dermatologist Meg Gerstenblith will discuss the connection between skin health and health of the entire body.

Rhythm of the Heart
Most common after age 50, atrial fibrillation (A-fib) can be a dangerous condition that dramatically increases the risk of stroke, causing 15 to 20 percent of all strokes. Join cardiologist Hugh Calkins to understand the symptoms of A-fib and options to monitor and treat this condition.

Mighty Bites
Ticks and other insect bites can lead to insidious diseases, such as Lyme disease, that sometimes go undiagnosed, despite persistent symptoms such as fatigue and joint pain. Infectious disease specialist Paul Auwaerter explains how these diseases should be detected, confirmed and treated.

Brain Wise: New Things You Should Know About Your Brain
Neurologist Justin McArthur presents advances in the first use of gene-based treatments for neurodegenerative disorders, new migraine treatments, risk factors of dementia that may influence who develops Alzheimer’s disease and the newest interventions to remove clots in the brain’s blood vessels.

In the Blink of an Eye: The Aging Eye
Dry eye is one of the changes we see in our vision as we age. Ophthalmologist Esen Akpek clarifies the causes and treatments for this common and annoying ailment, along with glaucoma and cataracts, which can threaten our vision.

How Safe Is Our Food Supply?
Food has come along way from “eat what you sow.” Learn how pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, GMOs, chemicals, environmental factors and mass production threaten our food supply and efforts to return to farm-to-table and organic foods from public health specialist Bruce Y. Lee.

Don’t Take Fatigue Lying Down
Sleep is essential to health, and lack of it has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, cancer, memory problems and high blood pressure. Neurologist Aruna Rao uncovers the issues that can impair your sleep and offers recommendations to get a good night’s rest.

Session Two Presentations

Less Tressed: Hair Loss in Women
Otolaryngologist and facial plastic surgeon Lisa Ishii outlines the causes of hair loss in women, medical evaluation and treatment options from prescription medications, including recently approved platelet-rich plasma, to surgical interventions.

Hot Off the Press - CLOSED
Internist Heather Sateia investigates new and revised recommendations for monitoring our health and tools for early detection of disease including DNA testing and colonoscopy; cholesterol monitoring; new guidelines for hypertension; and plans for hepatitis B, shingles and other immunizations.

10 Surprising Things Your Genes Say About You
Our genes can reveal significant information—from family ancestry to genetic disorders and our risk of developing a disease. Geneticist David Valle provides a basic understanding of the human genome and peers into available commercial testing, its validity and accuracy.

Rise of Lung Cancer in Nonsmoking Women
Alarming data reveal the incidence rate of lung cancer is between 14.4 and 20.8 percent among women aged 40–79 years who never smoked. Oncologist Julie Brahmer shares what is known about the greater prevalence of this disease among women, warning signs and encouraging news.

Back to the Future: Women's Spine Health in the 21st Century
There are many causes of back pain and residual pain emanating from the back or neck, and equally as many options for treatment. Neurosurgeon Nicholas Theodore traces the symptoms, degenerative and congenital causes, diagnostic tools and alternative treatments.

A Female's Guide to a Healthy Bladder
Nearly half of all women experience the potentially embarrassing symptoms of urinary incontinence. Urogynecologist Danielle Patterson examines the function of a 'normal' bladder verses the overactive bladder, urinary incontinence from coughing or urgency, and voiding dysfunction. She also explores the non-surgical and surgical treatment options.

Foods to Enhance Your Immune System
Nutritionist Lynda McIntyre describes foods and combinations of ingredients that enhance our immune system, as well as those that may compromise our defenses as she addresses immune-building vitamins and minerals and the role of antioxidants and power foods to maximize the health benefits.

Thrive to Survive  
New evidence documents the effectiveness of exercise in improving blood sugar, cholesterol, cardiovascular risks, memory and even glaucoma. Discover exercises women need to incorporate into our lives to remain healthy and live well with physiatrist Marlís González-Fernández.


Session Three Presentations

Finding Your Voice
Sometimes without warning, the quality of our voice can be damaged through paralysis, nodules, polyps, age or disease. Otolaryngologist Lee Akst reveals how we can attempt to maintain a strong voice and shares medical, surgical and behavioral interventions that can help to restore voice quality.

Kidney Disease in Women of Color
Minority populations are disproportionately affected by kidney disease, leading many to develop a need for kidney transplantation or dialysis. Nephrologist Deidra Crews reveals how women from racial and ethnic minority groups can attempt to avoid developing kidney disease.

Strategies to Treat Pain Without Addiction
As physicians curb the use and dependency upon opioids to treat pain, pain medicine specialist Mark Bicket delineates alternative strategies to control pain from surgery and chronic conditions using non-opioid pain medications, spinal injections and physical therapy.

Strategies for Healthy Aging
Gerontologist Stephanie Nothelle offers sage advice about aging well as she talks about the link between specific foods and frailty, exercising to prevent and manage chronic disease, socialization to strengthen cognition, and the importance of minimizing unnecessary medications and care in older age.  

Gut Feeling
Our gastrointestinal tract is governed by its own brain, known as the enteric nervous system, and contains more neurons than our spinal cord. Psychiatrist Glenn Treisman navigates how the gut has a mind of its own that can interfere with your happiness, as well as gastrointestinal disorders.

All About Arthritis                     
There are different types of arthritis, and each can cause inflammation and damage in the joints that can result in debilitating pain. Rheumatologist Uzma Haque describes the common types of arthritis and details available treatment options and research that offer the potential of relieving joint pain.    

Having Your Chocolate and Eating It, Too
Dark chocolate contains powerful antioxidants that can enhance your health. Nutritionist Diane Vizthum shares how this favorite treat can lead to better health of your heart, brain and metabolism; improve athletic performance; and reduce stress and how to fit chocolate into a healthy lifestyle. 

The Impact of Stress in Women
We all confront stress that promotes the hormone cortisol, which can lead to disease. Endocrinologist Sherita Golden focuses on the connections between stress and cortisol that can affect your metabolism and risks for diabetes and heart disease.

Session Four Presentations

Hand-y Advice
Numbness and stiffness in our hands can be painful and debilitating. Orthopaedic surgeon Dawn LaPorte discusses how carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, ganglion cysts, tendinitis and tennis elbow manifest themselves, and potential solutions to restore full utility of our hands.

The Implications of Inflammation
As rheumatologist Lisa Christopher-Stine explains, inflammation is a significant reaction of the body’s immune system. Often, however, these white blood cells persist longer than necessary and promote disease, including arthritis, cancer and heart disease. 

Brittle Facts - CLOSED
Endocrinologist Suzanne Jan de Beur talks about mineral loss that begins as early as our teens and, for many, leads to osteoporosis and eventual bone fractures. Walk away armed with preventive strategies and knowledge of alternative pharmaceutical, dietary and lifestyle treatments.

Weeding Through the Medical Benefits of Marijuana
With the burgeoning legalization of cannabis, aka marijuana, behavioral pharmacologist Ryan Vandrey discusses the promise and pitfalls of using cannabis as a therapeutic drug. Learn about new data, the pharmacology of cannabis, its safety, product types and dosing of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

The Skin-ny on Regenerative Medicine
Regenerative medicine is transforming our ability to treat patients. Marvel as facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Patrick Byrne and plastic and reconstructive surgeon Justin Sacks reveal groundbreaking efforts to stimulate the growth of skin and soft-tissue in the setting of cancer, trauma and aesthetic surgery.

What We Have Learned About Memory  
Psychiatrist Constantine Lyketsos discloses the findings of recent research to uncover the causes and treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia. Hear about progress in the pursuit to intervene in the progression of changes in the brain and in diagnosing Alzheimer’s earlier in life.   

The Microbiome: How Bugs Define Us
Trillions of bacteria live in our gut. Learn about the unique environment known as the microbiome, its benefits, why changing its natural composition can promote infectious disease and its influence in the battle of the bulge from internist and specialist Cynthia Sears.

Coping with the News Cycle
Whether it is political news, natural disasters, violence in our schools or just the lack of civility, the unrelenting news of the day promotes stress and anxiety. Psychiatrist Karen Swartz talks about the role of resilience and other strategies to help us cope with the current events affecting our lives.

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