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Release: May 9, 2000

UI to host symposium on complementary, alternative medicine May 18-20

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will host a symposium on complementary and alternative medicine May 18-20 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Iowa City.

The symposium, "Complementary and Alternative Therapies: An Evidence-Based Approach," is designed for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, allied health care and professionals of the healing arts. The symposium will review the history, principles and current scientific evidence of the effectiveness and safety of today's leading complementary and alternative medicine therapies.

Presentations at the meeting will include the role of vitamins, herbs and supplements in cardiology, counseling patients about complementary and alternative therapies, and holistic approaches to chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. Other topics to be discussed include herbal therapy, acupuncture, healing touch, ayurvedic medicine, chiropractic, massage therapy and hypnosis.

James Duke, Ph.D., an internationally recognized ethnobotanist and author of several books on herbs, will deliver the keynote address at noon Friday, May 19. His talk is titled, "Botanical Medicine: The Green Pharmacy."

The symposium will also include an "herb walk," led by Duke, in the afternoon on May 19. The walk is limited to pre-registered symposium participants only.

Although designed primarily for health care professionals, the symposium is open to the interested general public. Registration fees are $300 for physicians, $200 for nurses, pharmacists, chiropractors and other allied health care professionals, $65 for UI faculty, staff and medical residents in training, and $150 for professionals of the healing arts and the public. All fees include registration, instruction, educational materials, continental breakfasts, refreshments, lunch on Friday, May 19, and educational credit processing.

The symposium is sponsored by UI Health Care and the UI department of internal medicine, in cooperation with the UI Colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy, the UI department of family medicine, the UI Counseling and Health Promotion Service, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Continuing education credits are available. To register or for more information, contact the UI Office of Continuing Medical Education at (319) 335-8599. To register online, visit the Web site and click on "continuing education."

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