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University of Iowa News Release

April 12, 2005

Diabetes Topic Of April 20 Program In West Burlington

Thirteen million Americans now have diabetes, and that figure is rapidly rising. In Iowa, between 1994 and 2003, the occurrence of diabetes has risen 33 percent. In light of this alarming data, the University of Iowa College of Public Health, UI Alumni Association, Southeastern Community College and Great River Medical Center are co-sponsoring an educational program for the general public titled, "Diabetes: Current Developments and Treatment."

The free program will be held Wednesday, April 20, in Room 121 of Callison Hall at Southeastern Community College, located at 1500 West Agency Road in West Burlington. A reception and registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 6 to 8:30 p.m. program and discussion.

In this presentation, Jennifer Robinson, M.D., UI associate professor of epidemiology and program director of the Lipid Research Clinic, will provide an overview of diabetes, describe its risk factors, and discuss how diabetes is diagnosed and who gets the disease. Robinson will explain why diabetes is an important health concern; describe its complications and current treatment options; and discuss lifestyle changes and drug treatments that may prevent the disease.

Individuals interested in attending the program are asked to register in advance by calling Carolyn Barko at 319-384-5485. Walk-ins are welcome. Continuing education credit for attending the program is available for selected health professions.

The statewide College of Public Health Educational Outreach Series is funded, in part, by a grant from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa. More information about the educational outreach programs and continuing education credit can be found at

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa College of Public Health, Office of Communications, 4261 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kate Gleeson, 319-384-4277,