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Release: May 9, 2000
Two UI specialists to lead online chats May 10
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa faculty members Patricia Zebrowski,
Ph.D., and Jay Rubinstein, M.D., will each lead separate hour-long, online
question-and-answer discussions in their areas of specialization with a nationwide
audience Wednesday, May 10.
The online chats will be hosted by AmericasDoctor.com and can be accessed
by entering through the www.AmericasDoctor.com home page under "Upcoming
Zebrowski, UI associate professor of speech pathology and audiology and
a speechlanguage pathologist at the UI Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing
Center, will discuss stuttering therapy for children from 9 to 10 a.m. Rubinstein,
UI assistant professor of otolaryngology and a specialist with UI Health Care,
will discuss vertigo from 7 to 8 p.m.
Children who have difficulty speaking and tend to hesitate or repeat certain
syllables, words, or phrases may have a speech disfluency or stuttering problem.
They may also simply be going through periods of normal disfluency that most
children experience as they learn to speak.
Vertigo is a "spinning sensation" type of dizziness that can be
divided into two major types: central and peripheral. Central vertigo refers
to conditions in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) which
can cause vertigo. These include primarily strokes, tumors or trauma. Peripheral
vertigo arises mainly from the ear or, more specifically, from the balance
nerves and balance organs in the inner ear. Treatment is varied and often
includes combinations of lifestyle changes, medicines, surgery or rehabilitation.
After receiving her bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology from
State University of New York in Geneseo, Zebrowski completed her master's
and Ph.D. in communicative sciences and disorders at Syracuse University in
Syracuse, N.Y. She joined the staff at the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing
Center in 1989.
Zebrowski is a member of the American-Speech Language Hearing Association
and the International Fluency Association. She is the associate editor for
fluency for the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research and a consultant
for the Stuttering Foundation of America. Her clinical and research interests
center on stuttering.
After receiving his medical degree from the University of Washington School
of Medicine in Seattle, Rubinstein completed a Ph.D. in bioengineering at
the same institution. He also completed his surgical internship at Beth Israel
Hospital, Harvard Surgical Services in Boston, a residency in otolaryngology
at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, and a fellowship in otology/neurotology
at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. He joined the UI faculty in 1995.
Rubinstein is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head &
Neck Surgery, the American Neurotology Society, the Association for Research
in Otolaryngology, and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society.
His clinical expertise is in otology/neurotology, cochlear implants and neurotologic
skull base surgery.
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.
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.