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Release: May 4, 2000
UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on arthritis
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Robert F. Ashman, M.D., University of Iowa professor
of internal medicine and director of the department's rheumatology division,
will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on arthritis
with a nationwide audience from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, May 5.
The online chat will be hosted by AmericasDoctor.com and can be accessed
by entering through the www.AmericasDoctor.com home page under "Upcoming
Arthritis can occur in males and females of all ages. About 37 million,
or about one in seven, Americans have arthritis of some kind. Arthritis, or
joint inflammation, which causes redness, swelling, pain and sometimes loss
of motion, is a body's normal reaction to damage or the presence of a foreign
agent in that area. Altogether, there are more than 100 kinds of arthritis
and many different diseases that can cause it. Autoimmune disorders, such
as rheumatoid arthritis, are diseases in which something goes wrong with the
immune system and it attacks healthy parts of the body.
After receiving his medical degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons
at Columbia University in New York, Ashman completed a residency in internal
medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Ashman also completed
fellowships in rheumatology at UCLA, in arthritis at the National Institutes
of Health in Bethesda, Md., and in immunology at the National Institute for
Medical Research in London, England. He joined the UI faculty in 1980.
Ashman is board-certified in medicine and rheumatology. He has been elected
to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (a national research honorary
society) and the Association of American Physicians (an honorary society for
medical school faculty). He chairs the Immunology Medical Research Advisory
Group for the Veterans Administration. His clinical expertise is in arthritis
and autoimmune disease.
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.