The Johns Hopkins Gazette: November 17, 1997
Nov. 17, 1997
VOL. 27, NO. 12


Women's Health Symposium Set

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Johns Hopkins Medicine is hosting an all-day symposium on women's health issues and current medical controversies on Saturday, Nov. 22. The third annual forum, called A Women's Journey, will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Baltimore Sheraton Inner Harbor. Forty-four seminars will be presented by faculty of The Johns Hopkins University schools of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing. An estimated 850 women are registered to attend.

Martha Hill, associate professor and director of the Center for Nursing Research in the School of Nursing, and the first non-physician president of the American Heart Association, will speak on empowering women to assume responsibilities for their health.

Highlights from the program include the following:

Estrogen: impacting mind, body and soul. Endocrinologist Howard Zacur will discuss the use of estrogen as research finds new benefits of this hormone, including protection against Alzheimer's disease.

Strategies to prevent heart attacks in women. Cardiologist Roger Blumenthal will explore ways to decrease cardiovascular disease and describe the latest therapies that can benefit women.

The career woman: her triumphs, her tragedies. Phase-of-life and career issues, along with coping mechanisms, will be discussed by psychiatrist Geetha Jayaram.

Pregnancy for women over 30. Obstetrician and gynecologist Harold Fox discusses factors that may influence the likelihood of pregnancy after 30, pre-pregnancy counseling and recommended prenatal care.

Spirituality: the power of faith in healing. Professor Thomas Adams Corson presents scientific literature on the emerging role of faith in mental and physical well-being.

The registration fee for the day is $40 (including continental breakfast and lunch) and $25 for students. For registration and information, call 410-955-8660.