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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - VCU Medical Center announces April and May seminars at Lewis Ginter
VCU Medical Center will continue its series of free educational seminars on current health care topics in April and May. The following seminars will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Education and Library Complex, 1800 Lakeside Ave. All of the seminars are free and open to the public, but registration is recommended. For more information or to register, call (804) 828-0123 or email

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Our Aging Brains: Staying Sharp
As we get older, we’re less likely to think as quickly as we used to, but the knowledge gained from life experience can sometimes compensate for other changes in our brains. Join Dr. James Bennett Jr., from VCU Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center and Department of Neurology, who will discuss what current research reveals about the changes in our aging brains and what we can do today to combat the aging process. 

Thursday April 18, 2013
Female Sexual Disorders
Many women experience problems with sexual function at some point in their lives. Understanding these problems and exploring solutions are an important part of a woman's sexual well-being. Join Dr. Christine Isaacs, from VCU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as she speaks about the most common disorders related to women and their sexual health. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Uterine Fibroid Embolization
Uterine fibroids are common. As many as 1 in 5 women may have fibroids during their childbearing years and half of all women have fibroids by age 50. Join Dr. Uma Prasad, from VCU Department of Radiology, as she explains how uterine fibroid embolization may offer a minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment option that can benefit you. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Anxiety Attacks
Anxiety attacks, also known as panic attacks, are terrifying experiences that can interfere with a person's day-to-day functioning. Join Dr. John “Jack” Hettema, from VCU Department of Psychiatry, as he explains what causes them and how to treat them.. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Obesity Surgery for Adolescents
Morbid obesity in adolescents is a major regional and national health problem. There is mounting evidence in favor of considering morbidly overweight adolescents for obesity surgery when changes in diet, exercise and behavior have been unsuccessful. Join Drs. David Lanning and Claudio Oiticica as they discuss a newly developed surgical weight loss program for adolescents at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU's Healthy Lifestyles Center. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Recognizing and Understanding Depression
Depression is a medical illness, not a sign of weakness. And it’s treatable. Join Dr. Catherine Bledowski, from VCU Department of Psychiatry, as she discusses the facts about depression and the latest treatment options. 

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