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Release: May 15, 2000
UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on osteoporosis prevention
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Susan R. Johnson, M.D., University of Iowa professor
of obstetrics and gynecology and a specialist with UI Health Care, will lead
an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on osteoporosis prevention
with a nationwide audience from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 16.
The online chat will be hosted by AmericasDoctor.com and can be accessed
by entering through the www.AmericasDoctor.com home page under "Upcoming
Osteoporosis is the most common type of metabolic bone disease in the U.S.
It occurs when the body fails to form enough new bone, when too much old bone
is reabsorbed by the body, or both. Researchers estimate that about 23 percent
of American women age 50 and older have osteoporosis. Preventative measures
can include dietary intake of calcium, which is essential for bone formation
and maintenance, and vitamin D, which aids in the absorption of calcium. Regular
exercise, which can reduce the likelihood of bone fractures, also is important.
Johnson is also associate dean for faculty affairs in the UI College of
Medicine. After receiving her medical degree from the UI College of Medicine,
she completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the UI Hospitals
and Clinics. She joined the UI faculty 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 the major journal in her field, Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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 in postmenopausal 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.
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.