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2009 Archive

Lymphedema: New and Emerging Treatments

Presented by Stanford Health Library

Lymphedema is the swelling that occurs when a blockage in the lymphatic system prevents the lymph fluid in the arm or leg from draining adequately. As the fluid accumulates, the swelling continues. It frequently follows surgery for cancer and is an ongoing challenge for the patient. This talk, by the Director of the Lymphedema Clinic will focus on the new and emerging treatments for this condition.

Speaker: Stanley Rockson, MD
Professor of Medicine, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
Stanford University Medical Center

Thursday, January 22, 2009
Cypress Room
Tresidder Memorial Student Union
459 Lagunita Drive
Stanford University


Coming to Terms with Medical Terminology

Presented by Stanford Health Library

Understanding medical terms is as simple as looking at the ending to see what the story is about and using the beginning and middle to complete the story. This presentation will cover the meaning of the different parts of the term, use of the parts to construct words, and abbreviations derived from the terms.

Speakers: Patricia Muller, PhD
Vice President/Editor-in-Chief of First DataBank, Emeritus

Charolette Ybarra, CBCS, CHI
and Library Reference Associate, Stanford Health Library

Saturday, January 24, 2009
Stanford Health Library
G2-B Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto


Hand Arthritis - When Do I Need Surgery?

Presented by Stanford Health Library

Arthritis of the fingers and thumb afflicts most adults. Beyond its painful and disfiguring aspects, arthritis can affect use of the fingers and hand. This talk will discuss tips for living with arthritis, and explain when it's time to visit a hand surgeon.

Speaker: Amy Ladd, MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery (Hand Surgery)
and, by courtesy, of Medicine (Immunology & Rheumatology) and Surgery
Stanford University Medical Center

Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Redwood City Public Library
1044 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063


Cancer Stem Cells: the Origin of Cancer

Presented by Stanford Cancer Center and Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program

Cancer stem cells are the key to how cancer originates and the key to successful therapy. This lecture will address what cancer stem cells are, how they maintain themselves, and why they may be resistant to some current treatments. Dr. Weissman will also talk about the "don't eat me" signal and how it relates to the growth of certain types of cancer cells. Stanford scientists and clinicians have played a key role in identifying cancer stem cells in many types of tumors and using them to develop new therapeutic strategies.

Speaker: Irving Weissman, MD
Virginia & D.K. Ludwig Professor for Clinical Investigation in Cancer Research
Professor of Developmental Biology and, by courtesy, of Biology
Stanford University Medical Center

Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Oak Room West
Tresidder Memorial Student Union
459 Lagunita Drive
Stanford University


Watching the Clock: Insomnia and Its Treatment

Presented by Stanford Health Library

Most of us have experienced insomnia or sleeplessness at least once in our lives, since it affects between 30-50% of the general population. Insomnia is a symptom, however, not a disease itself and this talk will address the various components of insomnia and ways of addressing this difficult malady.

Speaker: Sarah Richey, MD
Fellow, Stanford Sleep Center
Stanford University Medical Center

Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Redwood City Public Library
1044 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063


New and Emerging Cancer Treatments with CyberKnife

Presented by Stanford Health Library

Iris Gibbs, MD, will provide an overview of Stanford's world-leading CyberKnife program. Hear about this innovative, minimally invasive technology, invented and pioneered at Stanford. CyberKnife may provide an additional option for patients diagnosed with previously inoperable or surgically complex tumors, or patients looking for an alternative to surgery. CyberKnife has been used to treat tumors in the head and neck, spine, lung, prostate, liver, and pancreas without surgery, and in as little as one week of 1-5 pain-free sessions.

Speaker: Iris Gibbs, MD
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology
Stanford School of Medicine
and Co-Director of the Stanford CyberKnife Program

Thursday, February 19, 2009
Cypress Room
Tresidder Memorial Student Union
459 Lagunita Drive
Stanford University


Contemporary Surgical Treatment of Facial Nerve Paralysis

Presented by Stanford Health Library

The facial nerve controls the muscles on the side of the face. Since the facial nerve allows us to show expression, injury to it can cause socially and psychologically devastating physical defects. This lecture will review the causes of facial nerve injuries, with specific emphasis on permanent paralysis and surgical methods for treatment.

Speaker: Sam Most, MD
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Stanford University Medical Center

Thursday, February 26, 2009
Cypress Room
Tresidder Memorial Student Union
459 Lagunita Drive
Stanford University


Neck Pain: Current Concepts in Diagnosis and Treatment

Presented by Stanford Health Library

Greater than 50% of people over the age of 40 experience significant neck pain, which affects their work. This talk will focus on the diagnosis of various neck problems and the latest techniques and technologies available to aid in this widespread problem.

Speaker: Ivan Cheng, MD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Stanford University Medical Center

Thursday, March 5, 2009
Cypress Room
Tresidder Memorial Student Union
459 Lagunita Drive
Stanford University


Medicare, Medigaps, HMOs and the new Prescription Benefits for Seniors: How They Work, the Choices and the Penalties

Presented by Stanford Health Library

Just when you think you know where you stand with Medicare and your HMO, they throw a new prescription benefit into the mix and everything is confusing again! This talk will provide answers to your questions.

Speaker: Don Rush, HICAP Counselor

Thursday, March 12, 2009
Stanford Health Library
G2-B Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto


Shoulder and Elbow Trauma and Current Trends for Treatment

Presented by Stanford Health Library

Trauma to the shoulder is a common injury whether from a fall, sports injury, or car accident – many of us have injured our shoulder. The elbow is another joint that can present complex problems when damaged, and which sometimes requires surgical repair. This talk will focus on reconstructive procedures of the shoulder and elbow, including fractures, joint replacements, rotator cuff repair, cartilage and soft tissue injuries and arthroscopic procedures.

Speaker: Emilie Cheung, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Stanford University Medical Center

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Redwood City Public Library
1044 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063


Long-Term Care for You or Your Loved One

Presented by Stanford Health Library

What are the options?
What do they cost?
What role can insurance play?

Speaker: Don Rush, HICAP Counselor

Thursday, March 26
Stanford Health Library
G2-B Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto


Time Marches On, But Your Skin Can Stay Young: Prevention, Clinical Trials and Techniques for Aging Skin

Presented by Stanford Health Library

Our skin takes the brunt of exposure to the sun and elements over time, sometimes aging us beyond our years, as well as developing different kinds of skin cancers. This talk will cover the common skin cancers that occur over a lifetime as well as focus on current research regarding aging skin.

Speakers:
Anne Chang, MD

Director of Adult Dermatological Clinical Trials
Stanford University Medical Center

Hayes Gladstone, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Dermatology
Stanford University Medical Center

Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Redwood City Public Library
1044 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063


Managing Low Back Pain

Presented by Stanford Health Library

Low back pain is one of the most common complaints that bring people into their doctor's office. This talk will focus on techniques and treatment options available for this common malady.

Speaker: Michael Leong, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesia
Stanford University Medical Center

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Redwood City Public Library
1044 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063


Medicare, Medigaps, HMOs, and the New Prescription Benefits for Seniors: How They Work, the Choices and the Penalties

Presented by Stanford Health Library

Just when you think you know where you stand with Medicare and your HMO, they throw a new prescription benefit into the mix and everything is confusing again! This talk will provide answers to your questions.

Speaker: Don Rush, HICAP Counselor

Thursday, April 30, 2009
Stanford Health Library
G2-B Stanford Shopping Center


Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Risks, Benefits, Options and Economics

Presented by Stanford Health Library

Colon cancer is one of the most common cancers in men and women, and when detected early has a very good prognosis. This talk will focus on the various screening methods for colorectal cancer, prevention strategies and lifestyle changes.

Speaker: Brian Passo, MD
Gastroenterologist, Clinical Faculty
Stanford University Medical Center

Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Arrillaga Alumni Center
326 Galvez Street (corner of Campus Drive)
Stanford University


Pelvic Floor Disorders

Presented by Stanford Health Library

Pelvic floor disorders result when the muscles and connective tissue within the pelvic cavity weaken or are injured. The function of these muscles and ligaments is to support the abdominal contents, including the bladder, the bowel, the rectum, and in women, the uterus, in place. The three main pelvic floor disorders are urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse. Many people suffer in silence with these conditions and are many times misdiagnosed when they do seek care. This talk will feature three Stanford physicians who will approach this complex of problems from their particular specialties.

Speakers:
Craig Comiter, MD

Associate Professor of Urology

Kim Rhoads, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery

Eric Sokol, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

All of Stanford University Medical Center

Thursday, May 14, 2009
7:00 pm
Cypress Room
Tresidder Student Union
459 Lagunita Drive
Stanford University


Free Skin Cancer Screening Day

Presented by Stanford Hospital Department of Dermatology

The Department of Dermatology at Stanford Hospital is offering a free skin cancer screening on Saturday, May 16 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am at the new Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center in Redwood City. The screening is open to everyone on a first-come, first-served basis. Dermatologists will be on hand to check for unusual moles or irregular blemishes that could signify the onset of melanoma or the more common types of skin cancer; including basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. High risk individuals or those without regular dermatologic care are encouraged to attend. Individuals at a higher risk of developing melanoma are those who have fair skin and a history of excessive exposure to the sun, have many moles, and/or have a first-degree relative who has been diagnosed with melanoma.

What
Melanoma Screening Day presented by the Stanford Hospital Department of Dermatology

Who
For all members of the community

When
Saturday, May 16, 2009
9:00 am - 11:30 am

Where
Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center
450 Broadway Street, Pavilion B, 4th Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063


Your Doctor and Your Brain

Presented by Palo Alto Library

Dr. Yusra Hussain, specialist in geriatric and internal medicine at Stanford University Medical Center, will speak about the importance of knowing the right questions to ask when consulting your doctor. Part three in the five part series "Feed Your Head: Nourish Your Boomer Brain @ the Library".

This series of programs, funded by a grant from the State Library, is designed with the Boomer generation in mind. These lunchtime programs are fun, fast and educational. We all want to keep our brains sharp as we age and this series of programs will show you how. Join the Palo Alto Library for any or all of these programs. Healthy refreshments will be provided.

Partners in this series include the Stanford Health Library and local restaurants.

For more information, visit the Boomer blog at http://paclboomers.blogspot.com or the Library web site at http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/library.

Speaker: Yusra Hussain, MD
Stanford University Medical Center

Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Noon to 1:00 pm
Palo Alto Downtown Library Patio
270 Forest Avenue


Surgical Treatment of Emphysema

Presented by Stanford Health Library

Medical treatments of emphysema provide a modest degree of palliation, but there is no medical therapy that dramatically improves emphysema patients' shortness of breath or improves their survival. Dr. Shrager will talk about newer surgical treatments for emphysema such as lung volume reduction surgery that dramatically improve symptoms and in many cases increase longevity as well.

Speaker: Joseph B. Shrager, MD
Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery,
Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery
Stanford University Medical Center

Thursday, May 21, 2009
Cypress Room
Tresidder Student Union
459 Lagunita Drive
Stanford University


Long-Term Care for You or Your Loved One

Presented by Stanford Health Library

What are the options?
What do they cost?
What role can insurance play?

Speaker: Don Rush, HICAP Counselor

Thursday, May 28, 2009
7:00 pm
Stanford Health Library
G2-B Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto


Sleep Apnea - Surgical Treatment Options

Presented by Stanford Health Library

Sleep apnea is very common, and affects more than twelve million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes during sleep. Untreated, sleep apnea can cause serious health problems, among them high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease and may be responsible for job impairment and motor vehicle crashes.

Fortunately, sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated. Several treatment options exist, including surgical options. The benefits and risks of sleep apnea surgery will be addressed in this talk.

Speaker: Sabine C. Girod, MD, DDS, PhD
Associate Professor of Surgery (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery/ENT by courtesy)
Director, Stanford Plastic Surgery Adult Clinic
Stanford University Medical Center & Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Cypress Room
Tresidder Student Union
459 Lagunita Drive
Stanford University


Who Needs a Coronary Artery Stent? How to Find Out and the Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Presented by Stanford Health Library

New research indicates that not all coronary arteries that appear to be narrowed need to be stented. Dr. Fearon, co-principal investigator in the multi-center international FAME study, will discuss the findings of the study and address how evaluating patients with coronary artery disease with new techniques may determine which patients will benefit from coronary artery stenting.

Speaker: William Fearon, MD
Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine
Stanford University Medical Center

Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Cypress Room
Tresidder Student Union
459 Lagunita Drive
Stanford University


Minimally Invasive Liver and Pancreas Surgery

Presented by Stanford Health Library

New technology and surgical techniques allow the application of laparoscopic (minimally invasive surgery) surgery for liver and pancreatic disease. Innovations will be illustrated with specific cases and operative video.

Speaker: Brendan Visser, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care Center and Stanford University Medical Center

Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Oak Room East
Tresidder Student Union
459 Lagunita Drive
Stanford University


Trends in Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery

Presented by Stanford Health Library

The number of hip and knee replacements required is increasing due to aging populations, so in the not so distant future, most of us will know someone who needs or has had a joint replaced. This talk will focus on who the candidates for these surgeries are and the outcomes.

Speaker: James I. Huddleston, MD
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Stanford University Medical Center

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Redwood City Public Library
1044 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063


Understanding Atrial Fibrillation

Presented by Stanford Hospital Health Library

Atrial Fibrillation or AF, is the most common cardiac arrhythmia which affects over two million Americans. An arrhythmia is a problem with the speed or rhythm of the heartbeat. This talk will focus on this condition and the risks that accompany it, as well as the importance of diagnosing and treating it.

Speaker: Paul Wang, MD
Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)
Stanford University Medical Center

Thursday, September 10, 2009
Oak Room East
Tresidder Memorial Student Union
459 Lagunita Drive
Stanford University


Cancer in the Family

Presented by Stanford Cancer Center

Many people have relatives with cancer but how much is too much? When should you be concerned about a genetic cancer risk? Who might benefit from genetic testing and how is this done?

This one hour lecture will cover the basics of inherited cancer risk and the most common cancer syndromes, presented by our Cancer Center Genetic Counseling staff. During the one hour lecture you will learn about the:

Speaker: Kerry Kingham, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Cancer Genetics Clinic

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
San Carlos Public Library
610 Elm Street
San Carlos


Medicare, Medigaps, HMOs, and the New Prescription Benefits for Seniors: How They Work, the Choices and the Penalties

Presented by Stanford Hospital Health Library

Just when you think you know where you stand with Medicare and your HMO, they throw a new prescription benefit into the mix and everything is confusing again! This talk will provide answers to your questions.

Speaker: Don Rush
HICAP Counselor

Thursday, October 1
7:00 pm
Stanford Health Library
G2-B Stanford Shopping Center


Percutaneous Aortic Valve Replacement

Presented by Stanford Hospital Health Library

Aortic valve stenosis (AS) is a heart disease caused by the incomplete opening of the aortic valve in the heart. Under some circumstances, the aortic valve becomes narrower than normal, impeding the flow of blood. This is known as aortic valve stenosis, or aortic stenosis. While discussing traditional therapies for this condition, this talk will focus on valve replacement through a new, less invasive method.

Speaker: William Fearon, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)
Stanford University Medical Center

Wednesday, October 7, 2009
San Carlos Public Library
610 Elm Street
San Carlos


The Impact of Cancer on the Mind

How Cancer and its Treatments Can Affect the Brain and Emotions in Women

Presented by Stanford Hospital Health Library

We will discuss how the impact of the diagnosis, disease and treatments for cancer can affect the development of depression, anxiety and cognitive problems. This discussion will focus particularly on issues related to women, and will include resources for recovery.

Speaker: Mytilee Vemuri, MD, MBA
Clinical Instructor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Science – Psychopharmacology
Stanford University Medical Center

Thursday, October 8, 2009
Cypress Room
Tresidder Memorial Student Union
459 Lagunita Drive
Stanford University


Deconstructing Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Presented by Stanford Hospital Health Library

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition that affects 10-20% of the population. Symptoms include abdominal discomfort or cramping, bloating and constipation or diarrhea. This is a frustrating but non-life threatening condition that can be managed with diet, life style changes, and medications. This talk will discuss the truths and myths regarding the diagnosis, causes and treatment of IBS.

Speaker: Linda Nguyen, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Stanford University Medical Center

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
San Carlos Public Library
610 Elm Street
San Carlos


Aging: Don't Take it Sitting Down

Presented by Stanford Health Improvement Program

Get the tools to keep your mind, body, and spirit strong and agile as you get older. Based on the latest research in the field of aging, topics include: nutrition, weight management, physical fitness, the importance of rest, and keeping mentally alert. There is much you can personally do to experience health and vitality and enjoy the rewards of living well and living longer.

Speaker: Joyce Hanna, MA, MS
Associate Director HIP
Stanford Prevention Research Center

Thursday, October 15, 2009
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center
Room D129
3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto


Living Longer — Living Well, Adult Children and Their Parents Plan for the Future

Presented by Stanford Hospital Health Library

Discover some of the crucial aspects of maintaining health and wellness as we age. This presentation will cover proactive planning, medications, diagnostic tests and safety at home.

Speaker: Yusra Hussain, MD
Medical Director, Aging Adults Services
Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Thursday, October 15, 2009
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center
3921 Fabian Way
Room M117
Palo Alto


Strong for Life

A 16 week muscle strengthening exercise program for the older adult with or without physical limitations.

Monday Mornings,
October 19, 2009 through February 22, 2010

Oshman Family Jewish Community Center
Room D129  
3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto


Farewell to Falls

If you have fallen recently, or are concerned about falling, you will benefit from this class. This class will focus on medication review, home safety assessment and modification, strength and balance, exercise and other health factors.

Speaker: Ellen Corman, MRA
Injury Prevention Coordinator, Trauma Center
Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Thursday, October 22, 2009
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center
3921 Fabian Way
Room D129
Palo Alto


Lifestyle and Safety Management

Presented by by Aging Adults Services, Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Heart failure and falls are the leading cause for hospital admissions in people 65 and older. What can one do to stay out of the hospital? Are you safe? We will discuss mental fitness, financial issues, driving, home safety and adding support when needed.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center
Room D129
3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto


Navigating Adults through the Health Care System

Aging adults are faced with many obstacles during transitions. This class will present strategies to help you and your loved ones navigate these obstacles as well as the health care system.

Speaker: Rita Ghatak, PhD
Director, Aging Adults Services
Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Thursday, October 29, 2009
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center
Room D129
3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto


Rhinoplasty 2009 and Beyond
Aesthetic and Functional Surgery of the Nose

Presented by Stanford Hospital Health Library

Modern rhinoplasty surgery must include both functional and aesthetic considerations. Dr. Most will discuss advances in our understanding of improving nasal contour and aesthetics in a natural, long-lasting fashion. In addition, surgery of the nasal airway will be discussed.

Speaker: Sam Most, MD
Associate Professor Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Stanford University Medical Center

Thursday, November 5, 2009
Cypress Room
Tresidder Memorial Student Union
459 Lagunita Drive
Stanford University


Medicare, Medigaps, HMOs, and the New Prescription Benefits for Seniors: How They Work, the Choices and the Penalties

Presented by Stanford Hospital Health Library

Just when you think you know where you stand with Medicare and your HMO, they throw a new prescription benefit into the mix and everything is confusing again! This talk will provide answers to your questions.

Speaker: Don Rush
HICAP Counselor

Offered Twice
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Stanford Health Library
G2-B Stanford Shopping Center


Improve Your Cholesterol Profile Without Drugs

Explore the different ways and means of improving your cholesterol profile without using drugs. Namely:dieting, exercising, smoking cessation, stress reduction, and weight control. The session will be highly interactive.

Speaker: Yann Meunier, MD
Director, Stanford Health Promotion Network

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center
Room E104
3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto


Stress Fitness for Seniors

Presented by Stanford Hospital Health Library

Joan Vernikos, Ph.D., previous director of NASA’s Life Sciences, talks about managing stress, and discusses how you can reprogram your brain to turn your stress into a positive experience. This talk will present some tools and exercises for gaining control of your emotions, erasing anxieties and stopping stress in its tracks!

Speaker: Joan Vernikos, PhD
Emeritus Director of NASA's Life Sciences

Thursday, November 19, 2009
Stanford Health Library
G2-B Stanford Shopping Center


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