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University Hospital's HealthLink offers free seminars in October

Family violence, coronary artery disease in women and advance directives are among topics to be addressed at University Hospital HealthLink seminars this month. All seminars are free, open to the public and held in the Oasis complex on the lower level of Shoppingtown Mall. To register for any seminar, call 464-8668.

Upcoming seminar schedule is as follows:

? Oct. 9 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. "Assuring Patient Safety in the Health Care System." Lisa Kaufmann, M.D., will discuss how to avoid becoming a victim of bad judgement, bad medicine or bad care.

? Oct. 10 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. "Advance Directives: Who Speaks for Me." Maxine Thompson will discuss your right to make informed decisions about your health care and how a Health Care Proxy can help protect your wishes.

? Oct. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. "Helping the Pump: Management of Chronic Heart Failure" Drs. Robert Carhart and Gregory Fink will discuss the latest advances in medical and surgical approaches to managing chronic heart failure.

? Oct. 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. "Asthma: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment" University Hospital's director of respiratory care George Gaebler, will discuss the latest information on asthma for those newly diagnosed and those who are living with the disease long-term.

? Oct. 16 from 5 to 6 p.m. "Breast Cancer: Understanding Your Risks." Sheila Lemke, M.D., will explain the role hormones, genetics, again and other factors play in determining your risk for breast cancer.

? Oct. 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Signs, Symptoms and Treatment." George Gaebler, University Hospital's director of respiratory care, will provide the latest information on COPD's identification, management and treatment.

? Oct. 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. "Women and Coronary Artery Disease." Lisa Kozlowski, M.D., will explain the differences in the way women and men suffer coronary artery disease (CAD). Hormone Replacement Therapy and its role in CAD will be discussed.

? Oct. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. "Understand Your Medicines by Getting to Know Your Pharmacist." Pharmacists will explain how they can help protect you and your family from contradictory medicines and assist in your safe recovery in the hospital. Bring your medicines in a paper bag and review them for effectiveness and compatibility.

? Oct. 30 from 3 to 4 p.m. "Family Violence: Awareness and Action." Social workers Elizabeth Kinsey and Chevelle Jones-Moore will discuss the prevalence and impact that family violence has on those who suffer from it and inflict it.