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Release: June 23, 2000

UI Health Care specialists to lead online chats on childhood and adolescent obesity management and gynecomastia

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ann Tabor, a nutritionist, and Albert E. Cram, M.D., a plastic surgeon, both with University of Iowa Health Care, will each lead separate hour-long, online question-and-answer discussions in the areas of their specialization with a nationwide audience on Tuesday, June 27.

Tabor, a nutrition supervisor at University Hospital School, will discuss childhood and adolescent obesity management from 1 to 2 p.m. Cram, UI professor of surgery, otolaryngology and orthopedics, will discuss gynecomastia from 7 to 8 p.m.

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

The number of overweight or obese children and teens in the United States is increasing dramatically. Overweight children also often have higher blood pressure and/or blood cholesterol levels and are likely to suffer social and psychological stresses. The greatest risk, however, comes if children remain overweight into adulthood. Tabor will discuss parents' role in preventing obesity in childhood and adolescence.

Tabor holds a bachelor's degree in dietetics and community nutrition from Iowa State University and a master's degree in public health nutrition from the University of Minnesota. She joined UI Health Care in 1992. Tabor is a member of the UI Child and Adolescent Obesity Task Force, the American Dietetics Association Commission on Dietetic Registration, the Association of State and Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors, and the Iowa Dietetic Association.

Gynecomastia, or large breasts in men, is common in young men around puberty or men over age 50. Regardless of the underlying cause, gynecomastia can be successfully treated with plastic surgery, and Cram will discuss all issues surrounding this treatment option.

Cram's medical degree is from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. He completed his residency in surgery at the UI Hospitals and Clinics and his fellowship in plastic surgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals. He joined UI Health Care in 1974 and is now chief of the Plastic Surgery section. Cram is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the Liposuction Society. Cram's clinical expertise is in plastic surgery, including both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.

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.

UI 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.

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.