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Release: Sept. 29, 2000
UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on narcolepsy
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mark Eric Dyken, M.D., director of the Sleep Disorders
Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, a neurologist and
an associate professor of neurology with University of Iowa Health Care, will
lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on narcolepsy with
a nationwide audience from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2.
The online chat will be hosted by AmericasDoctor.com and can be accessed
by entering through the www.AmericasDoctor.com homepage under "Upcoming
Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder associated with uncontrollable sleepiness
and frequent daytime sleeping. It affects both men and women and is usually
diagnosed in people between ages 15 and 25. Narcolepsy is characterized by
episodes of frequent, uncontrollable daytime sleeping, usually preceded by
drowsiness. The episodes usually occur after meals. There is a brief period
of sleep and the person awakens feeling refreshed. Dyken will discuss symptoms,
diagnosis and treatment, and will answer questions from the audience.
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. He completed his residency in neurology and a fellowship
in electrophysiology and sleep disorders at the UI. His specialty is neurology
and sleep disorders. His clinical interests are sleep disorders medicine,
obstructive sleep apnea, cerebrovascular disease, narcolepsy, parasomnias
A calendar of other upcoming chats by University of Iowa 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.
University of Iowa 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
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.