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Release: Feb. 14, 2000

UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on urinary incontinence

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ingrid Nygaard, M.D., University of Iowa associate professor obstetrics and gynecology and a urinary incontinence specialist with UI Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on urinary incontinence with a nationwide audience on AmericasDoctor.com from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15.

Urinary incontinence affects approximately 20 million Americans, many of whom are too embarrassed to discuss their condition or are not aware of their treatment options. Urinary incontinence is often treatable and researchers currently are developing innovative ways to treat this condition.

To join Nygaard's chat, Internet browsers should enter through the www.AmericasDoctor.com homepage under "Upcoming Events." 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.

Nygaard received her medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia before she completed her residency at the University of Michigan, and a fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. She joined the UI in 1991.

Nygaard is a member of the American Urogynecologic Society, the Urodynamics Society, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Her clinical interests are urinary incontinence as well as other aspects of urogynecology and pelvic floor dysfunction.

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.