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Release: Nov. 3, 2000
UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on sleep walking
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mark Eric Dyken, M.D., director of the Sleep Disorders
Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, a neurologist and an associate
professor of neurology with UI Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online
question-and-answer discussion on sleep walking with a nationwide audience
on Monday, Nov. 6 from 9 to 10 am.
The online chat will be hosted by AmericasDoctor.com and can be accessed
by entering through the www.AmericasDoctor.com home page under "Upcoming
Sleep walking, or somnambulism, is a sleep disorder characterized by walking
or other activity while seemingly still asleep. It occurs at any age but most
often in children aged six to 12 years old. It may also occur in younger children,
in adults, and the elderly. In children, the cause is usually unknown but
may be related to fatigue, prior sleep loss, or anxiety. In adults, sleep
walking is usually associated with a disorder of the mind but may also be
seen with reactions to drugs and/or medications and alcohol, or epilepsy.
After receiving his medical degree from the Indiana University School of
Medicine in Indianapolis, Dyken completed an internship in Internal Medicine
at Ball Memorial Hospital. Dyken completed his residency in Neurology and
a fellowship in electrophysiology and sleep disorders at UI College of Medicine.
His specialty is neurology and sleep disorders. His clinical interests are
sleep disorders medicine, obstructive sleep apnea, cerebrovascular disease,
narcolepsy, parasomnias, and epilepsy.
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 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 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.