News Release

January 23, 2007

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Celebrate Women Programs: February 2007

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Celebrate Women, the free women’s health membership program of the University of Connecticut Health Center, provides valuable health and wellness information to the community. A variety of educational programs are being offered in February.

Tai Chi for Health and Healing: Discover the many health benefits and how relaxed you will feel with the deep breathing and slow movements of Tai Chi. Risa Brophy has training in medical Qigong, movements used to balance energy in the body for disease prevention and healing. The four week class will be held on Mondays, beginning February 5, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. in Keller Auditorium at the UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington. The fee is $39 for the four-week series, $12 per class. Those new to the class can try the first session for free without obligation. Registration is required for the series or single class.

Wrist Disorders: Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the shoulder into the hand, becomes compressed at the level of the wrist. Dr. Craig Rodner, an orthopaedic surgeon at the UConn Health Center, will speak about how carpal tunnel syndrome develops, as well as its prevention, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. He will also discuss other common hand and wrist disorders such as tendonitis and arthritis, and pain relief and treatment options. The talk will be held on Wednesday, February 7, from 6 to 7 p.m., in the Onyiuke Dining Room, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington.

Spirituality Study Group: Tap into your inner self, the source of guidance and advice on the things that matter most to us. Group sessions will be led by the Kathleen Kiley, an expert in spiritual healing and dream analysis, on the second Thursday of each month and will include discussion, reflection, dream interpretation, and guided meditations to unite your inner and outer self. The talk will be held on Thursday, February 8, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Medical Arts and Research Building, Conference Room A, at the UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington. The fee for the class is $10.

Ethical Issues and Oversight Challenges with Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Stem cell research holds enormous potential toward understanding human developmental biology and developing treatments for serious diseases where adequate therapies may not exist. Research funding is limited, and there are no federal guidelines that oversee the research. Dr. Audrey Chapman, professor of community medicine and health care at the UConn Health Center, will provide an overview of the significance of human embryonic stem cell research, ethical issues, problems resulting from lack of federal funding and regulatory control, and Connecticut’s stem cell initiative. Dr. Ann Hiskes, associate professor of philosophy at UConn, Storrs, will discuss ethical principles, policies, and challenges of the Connecticut Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee, which was mandated to provide ethical oversight of research in the UConn system. The talk will be held Monday, February 12, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Henry Low Learning Center at the UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington. The lecture can also be viewed live via webcast at

Devices of the Heart: Dr. Bruce Liang, director of the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at the UConn Health Center, and Dr. Matthew Stoenescu, director of the Heart Rhythm Program at the Calhoun Cardiology Center, will discuss the latest in cardiac devices to protect you and your loved ones from sudden cardiac events. You will also hear from a patient with heart disease and learn what the Calhoun Cardiology Center has to offer. The talk will be held on Tuesday, February 13 (snow date February 15), from 7 to 9 p.m. in Keller Auditorium at the UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington. Co-sponsored with the Discovery Series.

Treating Chronic Neck and Back Pain: Dr. Syed Hasan, physiatrist at the UConn Health Center, will discuss non-surgical and interventional approaches for chronic neck and back pain. As acupuncture has become more common in this country, Dr. Adam Simmons, neurologist at the Health Center, will speak about its benefits as a treatment option for neck and back pain. The talk will be held Tuesday, February 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Henry Low Learning Center at the UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington.

Registration for these programs is required. The programs are free unless otherwise noted. Call 866-433-6253 or 860-679-8899. For more information, visit the Celebrate Health web site:

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