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Release: Oct. 29, 2002

(Photo: Spanheimer, left; Schlechte, right)

Public invited to Nov. 21 seminar on thyroid disorders

Area residents are invited to hear University of Iowa Health Care experts discuss thyroid disorders at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, 1220 First Ave. in Coralville.

Janet Schlechte, M.D., professor, and Robert Spanheimer, M.D., associate professor, both from the UI Department of Internal Medicine, will present, "Understanding Thyroid Disorders." This free community program is part of the "Health For Your Lifetime" series presented by UI Health Care.

Thyroid disorders affect more than 10 million Americans, while another 13 million are estimated to have undiagnosed thyroid problems. These disorders can range from a small, harmless goiter to life-threatening cancer. Symptoms of thyroid disorders can include fatigue, weight loss, heat or cold intolerance, and rapid pulse.

Most thyroid disorders can be managed well if properly diagnosed and treated. This program will include discussion of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, as well as some of the advances in both research and treatment of thyroid disorders. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Pre-registration for this program is encouraged. For more information or to register, call (319) 384-8442 or toll-free at (800) 777-8442.