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Release: Aug. 15, 2000

UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on osteoporosis in women

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Susan R. Johnson, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology and professor of epidemiology with University of Iowa Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on osteoporosis in post-menopausal women with a nationwide audience from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 17.

The online chat will be hosted by and can be accessed by entering through the home page under "Upcoming Events."

Osteoporosis, the most common type of metabolic bone disease in the United States, occurs when the body fails to form enough new bone or when the body reabsorbs too much of the old bone. It is characterized by the progressive loss of bone density and thinning of bone tissue. Since bone metabolism is an estrogen-regulated process, osteoporosis is a major problem in post-menopausal women. Johnson will discuss current trends in prevention of osteoporosis and will answer questions from the audience.

After receiving her medical degree from the UI College of Medicine and a master’s degree in preventive medicine and environmental health from the UI, Johnson completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at UI Hospitals and Clinics. She joined UI Health Care in 1980.

Johnson is an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners, and has served on the editorial board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the major journal in her field. Her clinical and research interests are in the areas of premenstrual syndrome and menopausal health issues, particularly the use of hormones and other drugs for prevention of post-menopausal health problems in women.

A calendar of other upcoming chats by UI Health Care professionals and dialogue from past chats can be accessed by logging on to and clicking on the logo at the bottom of the page.

University of Iowa Health Care’s partnership with is part of an increasing trend in health care toward enhancing consumer services through the Internet. According to recent statistics compiled by Cyber Dialogue, a New York firm that tracks Internet commerce, there are approximately 22 million World Wide Web users seeking health information over the Internet. Cyber Dialogue projects that number to increase to 33 million over the next year.


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