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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 AmericasDoctor.com and can be accessed
by entering through the www.AmericasDoctor.com
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
masters 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 www.uihealthcare.com and
clicking on the AmericasDoctor.com logo at the bottom of the page.
University of Iowa Health Cares partnership with AmericasDoctor.com
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
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide.