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UCSF Experts Speak at Free Wellness Lectures

August 16, 2011
Contact: News Office (415) 502-6397

The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF) is hosting a free UCSF Wellness Series, featuring health care experts from UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. The series will run from September to December.

Six lectures will cover back pain, heart attack, epileptic seizures in children, stroke, obesity and heart health for women. Sessions will be held at JCCSF, 3200 California St., in San Francisco from 7 to 9 p.m. Registration is available online.

Lecture topics and speakers are:

Understanding and Treating Sciatic Pain

Dr. Sibel Demir-Deviren, physiatrist
7 – 9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13

Sciatica is caused by injury or compression of the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in your body that runs from the lower spinal cord down the back of each leg. Symptoms include lower back or hip pain that radiates down the back of your legs as well as numbness or tingling in the legs. Dr. Sibel Demir-Deviren, a physiatrist or physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist in the UCSF Spine Center, will discuss the causes, latest treatments and what you can do to prevent sciatica.

Preventing Heart Attacks

Dr. William Grossman, cardiologist
7 – 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10

About one in three adults in the U.S. has cardiovascular disease, making it the nation's leading killer. Dr. William Grossman, a cardiologist and director of the UCSF Center for Prevention of Heart and Vascular Disease at Mission Bay, will explain how to identify your risk factors for heart attack and the steps you can take now to prevent heart disease. Learn the warning signs of heart disease and when you should see a cardiologist.

Understanding Seizures in Children

Dr. Joseph Sullivan, pediatric neurologist
7 – 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17

Epilepsy, which causes seizures or convulsions due to abnormal brain cell activity, affects as many as one in 100 children. It can be caused by head injury, brain tumor, infections, birth defects and genetics. But in many cases, the cause is unknown. Dr. Joseph Sullivan, a pediatric neurologist and director of the UCSF Pediatric Epilepsy Center, will describe the different forms of epilepsy, types of seizures and latest treatments for children, ranging from medication to diet to surgery.

Strokes and How to Prevent Them

Dr. Wade Smith, neurologist
7 – 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17

Strokes, the third leading cause of death in the U.S., disable more adults than any other condition. Dr. Wade Smith, a neurologist and director of the UCSF Neurovascular Service will describe the different types of strokes and what happens when they occur. He'll also discuss common risk factors and behavioral and lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your chance of a stroke.

Obesity — Diets, Medication or Surgery

Dr. Jonathan Carter, bariatric surgeon
7 – 9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29

Obesity is an epidemic in the U.S., with more than a third of adults qualifying as obese. Being overweight can increase your risk of life-threatening conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer. Dr. Jonathan Carter, who specializes in bariatric surgery, will explain how diet, exercise, medications and surgery can help you manage your weight.

Women's Heart Health

Dr. Ann Thorson, cardiologist
7 – 9 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12

Heart disease has long been considered a man's disease, but it's also the No. 1 killer of women. Although women tend to develop heart disease later in life than men, the outcome for women is often worse. Dr. Ann Thorson, a cardiologist at the UCSF Cardiovascular Care and Prevention Center who specializes in treating heart disease in women, will address the symptoms women often develop that are different than in men and the prevention strategies you can take to beat this deadly disease.

More Information

For more information about this free lecture series, contact the JCCSF at (415) 292-1200, email info@jccsf.org or visit www.jccsf.org.

About UCSF Medical Center

UCSF Medical Center is one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation, recognized for innovative treatments and technology, pioneering research and compassionate care. The center, which is part of the University of California, San Francisco, is a self-supporting enterprise within UCSF, generating revenue to cover the operating costs of providing patient care.