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Iowa City IA 52242
Release: March 13, 2002
Public invited to seminar on chronic fatigue syndrome April 1
Area residents are invited to hear a University of Iowa Health Care expert
discuss chronic fatigue syndrome at a free community seminar at 7 p.m. Monday,
April 1 at the Clarion Conference Center, 1220 First Ave., Coralville.
This program is part of the "Health For Your Lifetime" series
presented by UI Health Care. The evening's presenter is Arthur Hartz, M.D.,
Ph.D., professor of family medicine.
This program will present a comprehensive overview of chronic fatigue syndrome
and will include discussion of:
- What is chronic fatigue syndrome?
- Who gets it?
- What helps it?
The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a debilitating condition. In addition to profound
exhaustion for six months or longer, symptoms include problems with concentration
and short-term memory, pain in the joints and muscles, tender lymph nodes
in the armpit or neck, sore throat, unrefreshing sleep, and headaches. There
is no accurate laboratory test for chronic fatigue syndrome.
"There are many theories about the cause, but none have been proven,"
Hartz said. "Many friends and even some physicians believe the condition
is 'all in your head.' Because of lack of understanding of chronic fatigue
syndrome, it is sometimes difficult for patients to get help and support."
Pre-registration for this program is encouraged. For more information or
to register, call (319) 384-8442 or toll-free at (800) 777-8442.
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