What's In Your Medicine Cabinet? Topic of Public Lecture Series

The fourth annual series of educational programs designed for the public and sponsored by the Yale School of Medicine will focus on “What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet?” Offered on five consecutive Mondays beginning Nov. 2, the series will explain popular medications used to treat coronary artery disease, diabetes, hypertension and infectious diseases, as well as their origins and their appropriate uses.

“The past few decades have seen remarkable advances in pharmacology and the management of a large number of common diseases. The effectiveness of frequently prescribed drugs, as well as their costs and interactions, are understandably matters of public concern,” said James D. Kenney, M.D., associate dean for postgraduate and continuing medical education at Yale and series organizer. Cyrus Komer and John Koski, fourth-year Yale medical students, helped plan the program.

The “Medicine for the Public” lectures began in 1995 with a series titled “From the Laboratory to the Bedside,” exploring the linkages between basic scientific research and clinical treatment. In subsequent years, topics included diseases related to aging, and the rising tide of virulent infections around the world, including parasitic diseases, tick-borne illnesses and tuberculosis.

This year’s series is being taught by five Yale faculty members. All meetings will be in Room 110, Jane Ellen Hope Building, 315 Cedar St. Speakers and topics are:

Nov. 2: Silvio Inzucchi, M.D., assistant professor of medicine (endocrinology), “Diabetes Treatment in 1998: Something Old, Something New,” about new ways to manage a complex metabolic disorder.

Nov. 9: Frank J. Bia, M.D., professor of internal medicine, infectious diseases and laboratory medicine, “Antibiotics – Getting Them Right,” about how we pick and choose antibiotics.

Nov. 16: Karl Insogna, M.D., associate professor of medicine (endocrinology), “Osteoporosis and Paget’s Disease of Bone.”

Nov. 23: John Setaro, M.D., associate professor of medicine (cardiology), “The Management of Hypertension,” outlining multiple ways to manage a complex disease than can affect the entire body.

Dec. 7: Edward McNulty, M.D., instructor in medicine, chief resident in internal medicine (education), “Treatment of Cholesterol and Other Lipid Disorders,” about the management of complex factors that can lead to disease of blood vessels throughout the body.

Tuition for the non-credit series is $40 and includes refreshments. For registration information, contact the Office of Postgraduate and Continuing Medical Education, Yale University School of Medicine, 333 Cedar St., P.O. Box 7619, New Haven, CT 06519, or telephone (203) 785-4578; fax (203) 785-3083. Funding is from The Donaghue Foundation.

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