Saturday, November 13, 2021
An Extraordinary Journey for Extraordinary Times
...for women, by women
Learn about the latest advances in women’s health from renowned Johns Hopkins faculty physicians.
Schedule of Events
Finding Resilience Amid a Crisis
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to exacerbate stress and anxiety that often accompany our lives. Few have escaped unscathed. For many, it has created post-traumatic stress disorder and concerns about our health, renewed socialization and isolation. Mental health professionals have anticipated another crisis—this one focused on our psychological health. Psychiatrist Karen Swartz talks about resilience and how to better cope with anxiety and worry while emerging from the wrath of a pandemic.
10:30 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. Session I
Can Food Really Reduce Inflammation and Fight Disease?
Reap the benefits of current research, as dietician and nutritionist Ashli Greenwald details super foods and supplements that can help decrease inflammation thereby improving overall health and diminish your risk of developing certain diseases.
Colon Cancer Among African American Women
Gastroenterologist Kathy Bull-Henry confronts colon cancer among Black women who are about 20 percent more likely to get colorectal cancer and 40 percent more likely to die from the disease than Caucasians. The reasons for the differences are complex. Gain an understanding of the systemic, socio-economic, genetic and medical causes of this disparity and learn the risk factors, symptoms, available screening and treatment.
Unlocking Early Signs of Memory Loss
Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, may begin 10, 20 or 30 years before symptoms emerge. Neurologist Anja Soldan reveals early characteristics of cognitive decline that can help predict the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and lead to an early diagnosis as well as protective factors that may suppress the emergence of the disease.
Young at Heart: Increasing Stroke Among Younger Women and Its Connection with the Heart
Neurologist Michelle Johansen considers the causes of increasing cardiovascular disease in women from age 40 and 60 as she explores the importance of the relationship between the heart and the brain, and how an underdiagnosed disease can contribute to both stroke and compromised cognition.
11:10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
11:15 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. Session II
Fertility Preservation: Embryo, Egg and Ovarian Tissue Cryptopreservation
Preliminary data suggests that many women are delaying having a baby. Whether this trend is related to the pandemic, other illness, later marriage, pursuit of careers or indecision, there is good news for those who want a family. Science is facilitating delayed pregnancy through embryo, egg and ovarian tissue cryopreservation. Learn about this option and its growing popularity from obstetrician Mindy Christianson.
About Face: Minimally Invasive Procedures to Improve Your Image Care
The long quarantine has led to a burgeoning interest in minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures to renew skin and conceal lines, wrinkles, droopy necks and other unwanted signs of aging. Dermatologist Noori Kim discusses the breadth of minimally-invasive procedures to improve your image procedures now available and current research on their safety and effectiveness.
Decades following the pivotal National Institutes of Health Women’s Health Initiative, the hormone estrogen seems to be making a comeback. Gynecologist Wen Shen shares what medicine has learned about estrogen’s benefits, including its appropriate uses for diminishing menopause symptoms and for addressing vulvar disorders, bone health, depression and cardiovascular health.
Warning Signs You Shouldn't Ignore
Some cancers elude easy diagnosis. However, early warning signs can lead to early detection and improve the likelihood of a good outcome. Join oncologist Neeha Zaidi as she highlights potential indications of disease and reveals new diagnostic tests, including CancerSEEK, which can identify multiple cancers with a simple blood test.
Renewing Your Journey
11:55 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Improve your physical and mental health with psychologist Neda Gould, as you experience the evidence-based benefits of mindfulness and meditation.