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Release: Oct. 11, 2002

UI Health Care physicians to give free public forum on women's health decisions Oct. 23

To address recent research on women's health issues, two University of Iowa Health Care physicians will present a free public forum Oct. 23 in Cedar Rapids.

Bill Davis, M.D., University of Iowa assistant professor (clinical) of obstetrics and gynecology, and Susan Johnson, M.D., UI professor of obstetrics and gynecology, will present "Bones, Heart, Hormones and the Latest Research: Where Do I Go From Here?" The forum will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Crowne Plaza Five Seasons Hotel Ballroom, 350 First Ave. NE, in Cedar Rapids. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Topics for the presentation and discussion will include osteoporosis and its newest treatments, hormone replacement therapy and the Women's Health Initiative.

The Women's Health Initiative, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is a research study on cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Researchers recently halted a study on hormone replacement therapy (estrogen and progestin) due to an increased breast cancer risk and lack of overall benefit from the hormones. The NIH estimates that about 6 million U.S. women are taking estrogen plus progestin to prevent menopause symptoms.

Women will also have an opportunity to see if they qualify for an osteoporosis treatment study at the forum.

Health care providers and the public are welcome to the forum. For more information, contact the UI Preventive Intervention Center toll free at (800) 348-4692.

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