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Seminar Descriptions 2019

Session One: (10:15–11:00 a.m.)
Session Two: (11:15 a.m.–noon)
Session Three: (12:15–1:00 p.m.)

 

Session One: (10:15–11:00 a.m.)

 

Clearing the Fog: Truths Behind Anesthesia
Many of us complain about being in a “fog” following surgery. Research documenting the loss of cognitive function following anesthesia and new strategies to mitigate the effects of anesthesia postoperatively will be revealed during a panel discussion with anesthesiologists Mary Beth BradyMichael Grant and Frederick Sieber.

Mindfulness
The practice of staying present in the moment benefits individuals by lowering chronic stress, anxiety, blood pressure and pain intensity while also improving focus, memory and even immune function. This practice brings individuals closer to self-compassion and self-awareness. Learn how to tap into the power of mindfulness with clinical psychologist Neda Gould.

Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore
Geneticist Kala Visvanathan delves into symptoms including unexplained weight loss, extreme fatigue, bowel changes and lumps that women sometimes dismiss, but may indicate a potentially serious underlying condition. A promising new blood test that can diagnose eight different cancers also will be discussed.

“Y” the X Chromosome Matters in Disease
Researchers are increasingly discovering differences in the ways diseases present themselves and the effectiveness of treatments between men and women. Virologist Sabra Klein explores the impact of the X chromosome and how it affects our health and well-being as women.

Gut Feeling
Infectious disease specialist Cynthia Sears explores our human microbiome — home to trillions of unique bacteria — and its relationships with our gut and colon, neurological diseases and our general health. How probiotics interface with the microbiome and when a probiotic should be taken also will be addressed. 

Guidelines to Prevent Cardiac Disease
New guidelines have emerged to help consumers and their physicians reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Learn about prevention of cardiovascular disease from cardiologist Roger Blumenthal as he shares current guidelines for aspirin, cholesterol and blood pressure management.

Reducing Your Risk of Alzheimer’s          
One of every three cases of Alzheimer’s disease may be preventable. Neurologist Rebecca Gottesman reveals recent research revealing the importance of factors we can control to reduce our risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.,

Breathe Easy. The Impact of the Environment on Our Health                
There is new evidence that exposure to certain indoor air conditions affects lung health and can lead to allergies, asthma and COPD. Pulmonologist Nadia Hansel reveals how behaviors, including cooking, can impact your risk and why women may be of particular risk.

 

Session Two: (11:15 a.m.–noon)
 

Inflammation
Unlike acute inflammation that is part of the body’s defense system, chronic inflammation can lead to a plethora of diseases including joint pain, depression, cancer, autoimmune disorders and other illnesses. Psychiatrist Jennifer Coughlin explains the process of inflammation, its causes and symptoms, and efforts to reduce inflammation.

Diagnosing and Treating Cancer in Women of Color                 
Oncologist Otis Brawley addresses the sociological and molecular reasons behind often poorer medical outcomes among women of color and, as an example, cites survival differences in women with virulent triple negative breast cancer, which is more common among black women than among women of other ethnicities.

Raging Hormones             
Menopause is a watershed moment in the lives of women. The sudden change in hormones may foreshadow medical challenges and complications. Learn about the lifelong effect of hormones on medical issues from perimenopause to healthy aging with gynecologist Wen Shen.

Irritable Bowel                
Gastroenterologist Frances Meyer talks about new approaches to IBS — the most common functional GI disorder — including treatment of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and the use of neuromodulator drugs and mind-body therapies to alleviate symptoms of GI issues and IBS.

Epigenetics of Aging        
Researchers continue to hunt for genetic mutations that contribute to or cause diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disorders and psychiatric problems. Biologist Stephen Baylin decodes what epigenetics — the result of external factors that can modify your DNA — can reveal about associated diseases often encountered in aging.

Women’s Responses to Common Sports Injuries        
Sports enthusiasts know that men and women bring different attributes to the game. Turns out, this is true off the court as well. Orthopaedic surgeon Andrew Cosgarea probes the gender-specific diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries that are more prevalent in women.

The Brain           
Discover the vast numbers of cells in the brain, synapses, the blood-brain barrier and groundbreaking research for new treatments for neurodegenerative disorders and migraines as well as  interventions to remove clots in the brain's blood vessels and other marvels of the brain from neurologist-in-chief Justin McArthur.

Relationships Matter            
Relationships can be complicated. They can be incredibly enriching and supportive or distressing and stressful. Psychiatrist Karen Swartz articulates the pillars of relationships with friends, siblings, parents, spouses and children and the impact they can have on your health. 

 

Session Three: (12:15–1:00 p.m.)

 

Don’t Laugh Too Hard                             
A small laugh, cough or physical activity can result in stress urinary incontinence (SUI), which is the most common type of urinary incontinence among women. Urologist Marisa Clifton clarifies why this occurs, how it is diagnosed and treated using conservative methods, and when surgical treatment of female SUI is warranted.

The Great Debate            
Calcium and vitamin D have been essential for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. However, this prescription also is associated with risks. Endocrinologist Kendall Moseley and cardiologist Pamela Ouyang review evidence about potential benefits of calcium and vitamin D, and possible adverse cardiovascular effects.  

Our Skin Microbiome
Dermatologist Meg Gerstenblith exposes millions of microorganisms that reside on our skin, the body’s largest organ. In addition to protecting the skin, these microbial communities convey immunity and help prevent against acne and other skin disorders.

Aging Wisely
With time, certain medications become dangerous. Gerontologist Colleen Christmas alerts us to which medications we should avoid and why, as well as shares how normal sleep changes with age, things to avoid to keep our brains healthy and prevention strategies that are the key to healthy aging.

Promise and Progress in Cancer
One out of every three women are expected to develop cancer. The good news is that cancer survival is improving. Oncologist William Nelson discerns paradigms for treatments, including liquid biopsies, bone marrow transplants, precision medicine, DNA testing and immunotherapy, that are poised to have a significant impact on cancer survival.

The Joint Session
Osteoarthritis or degenerative arthritis may be the most common type of joint inflammation and pain, but there are more than 100 types of this prolific disease. Rheumatologist Ira Fine identifies the causes and distinctions between types of arthritis and promising new strategies to relieve pain and restore function.

What We Have Learned About Memory            
Changes in memory are normal as people age; sometimes it takes older people to learn something new. But sometimes, these changes are the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease,  Neurologist Marilyn Albert talks about strategies to reduce your risk of this devastating disease as well as efforts to find improved treatment options.

Headlines in Healthy Living              
Internist Kimberly Gudzune outlines the impact of nutrition [including the keto and paleo diets and intermittent fasting], fitness and sleep on healthy living, and discusses reducing stress, sleep hygiene and other strategies to preserve our health and reduce diseases.

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