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Release: March 22, 2000
UI Health Care specialist to observe National Kidney Month with online
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Lawrence G. Hunsicker, M.D., University of Iowa professor
of internal medicine, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion
on kidney disease and transplants with a nationwide audience from 8:30 to
9:30 a.m. (CST) Thursday, March 23.
The online chat will be hosted by AmericasDoctor.com and can be accessed
by entering through the www.AmericasDoctor.com home page under "Upcoming
March is National Kidney Month. The body depends on the kidneys to excrete
many waste products and maintain the correct balance of water and salts. A
kidney disorder interferes with these important functions. The symptoms of
kidney disease depend on the underlying cause. They are often mild and vague
until a late stage in the disease. Kidney disease may be caused by many factors,
such as injury, infection, cancer or disorders in other parts of the body.
In some cases, kidney disease may occur without apparent cause.
After receiving his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians
and Surgeons, Hunsicker completed his residency in internal medicine at the
Naval Hospital in Stalbans, N.Y. He completed fellowships in nephrology at
Cornell Cooperating Hospitals in New York City, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital
in Boston, and Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Mass. Hunsicker joined
the UI faculty in 1976. His clinical expertise is in renal transplantation,
progressive renal disease and clinical nephrology.
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.
UI Health Care's 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 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.