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September 8, 2003

Lecture Series To Explore
Health And Wellness Issues

Cholesterol, aging and intimacy, breast cancer, and diabetes are the topics to be discussed in this fall's Discovery Series, the Health Center's public lecture series on the latest in clinical research, disease, wellness, and prevention.

The popular series begins its eighth year and planned talks this fall are:

  • Sept. 18 "Connecticut's Cholesterol Countdown"
  • Sept. 30 "Intimacy and Aging"
  • Oct. 23 "Controversies in Breast Cancer"
  • Nov. 13 "Diabetes."

The speakers are School of Medicine faculty, and include clinicians, researchers, and educators. The programs, which are free and open to the public, take place in the Keller Auditorium, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

"Our goal is to create a casual learning atmosphere where our experts can provide practical health and wellness information to the public," says Teresa Rose Cavo, program coordinator. "Those who attend can then incorporate what they've learned into daily decisions regarding their overall health."

The Sept 18 program features Dr. Bruce Liang, chief of cardiology, Dr. David Silverman, assistant professor of medicine and director of non-invasive cardiology, and Linda York, a registered dietician, who will give presentations on "Cholesterol: A Silent Killer," "Know Your Numbers," and "Nutrition News." Joe Piscatella, author of five books, including the million-copy national bestseller, Don't Eat Your Heart Out Cookbook, will discuss lifestyle management skills.

The lecture is preceded by free cholesterol screenings from 4 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. in the Keller Lobby. Pre-registration is required for both the screenings and the program, and can be made by calling 860.679.7692.

The Sept. 30 lecture on "Aging and Intimacy" will be presented by Dr. Gerard Kerins, a geriatrician and associate professor of medicine, who will talk about "Emotional Intimacy" and "What's Age Got To Do With It?"

On Oct. 23, Dr. Scott Kurtzman, associate professor of surgery, Dr. Kristen Zarfos, assistant professor of surgery, and Dr. Carolyn Runowicz, director of the UConn Cancer Center, will provide expert advice and answers to the controversies associated with the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer. The lecture is sponsored by the Charlotte Johnson Hollfelder Foundation.

The Nov. 13 program will feature experts from the UConn Diabetes Self-Management Education Program discussing the latest in foot care, eye care, and gadgets for patients with diabetes. CarolŽ Mensing, the newly appointed president for health care and education of the American Diabetes Association, will join specialist faculty in presenting up-to-date information in diabetes education.

"We look forward to the Discovery Series," says Pat Sinatro Jr., who attends regularly with his wife Josephine . "It's a nice series to attend because it deals with problems most people experience, like bad knees, heart trouble, or cancer," he says. "These things apply to everybody.

"Some of the information they give you can help you decide what to do and where to go if you have a problem," he adds.

Pre-registration is required for Discovery Series lectures. To register, call: 800.535.6232 or 860.679.7692, or send e-mail to The TTY number is 860.679.2242. Please state your name, address, phone number, and the title of the program you wish to attend.

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