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University of Iowa News Release

April 22, 2004

UI Health Care To Present Free Educational Seminar On Osteoporosis

A University of Iowa Health Care expert will discuss osteoporosis, known as the brittle bone disease, during a free educational public seminar from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, 1220 First Avenue, Coralville, Iowa.

Osteoporosis is called the "silent disease" because bone loss occurs without symptoms. People may not know that their bones have become porous (not as dense) until a sudden strain, bump or fall causes a fracture. While more than 10 million Americans already have osteoporosis, another 34 million have low bone mass, the harbinger of osteoporosis. Of the 10 million who have osteoporosis, eight million are women.

Janet Schlechte, M.D, a professor in the UI Department of Internal Medicine and an osteoporosis specialist, will present the latest information on the disorder, including:

--Screening: Who needs a DEXA scan?
--Prevention.
--The role of calcium and exercise.
--Treatment options.
--Bone markers.
--New drugs.

Advance registration for this free community seminar is encouraged. For more information, or to register, call 319-384-8442 or 800-777-8442 or visit online at www.uihealthcare.com/classes.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please call Tom Walljasper, Community Relations, in advance at 319-384-7353.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.