News Release

February 21, 2008

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Celebrate Women Programs: March 2008

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 programs are being offered in March.

Hope for the Overactive Bladder: Normal life events like childbearing or aging can be stressful on the bladder control systems. The end result is the inability to normally store and eliminate urine. Dr. Phillip P. Smith, urologist, will discuss overactive bladder syndrome, its causes and evaluation, and old and new treatments on Monday, March 10, noon to 1 p.m. in the Henry Low Learning Center, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington. The lecture can be viewed live at, where you can also access archived webcasts.

Preparing for Menopause: Most women will experience menopausal symptoms but the level of severity varies. Dr. Ursula Steadman, obstetrician/gynecologist, will discuss what to expect once menopause begins, the effects on emotional and physical health, common symptoms such as hot flashes and mood changes, and ways to cope with these symptoms. The talk will take place on Thursday, March 13, 6 to 7 p.m. in the Onyiuke Dining Room at the UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington.

Way Past Counting Sheep: Did you ever wake up from a sound sleep and lie in bed thinking about work, family, or something you need to do the next day? Do you find it hard to fall back asleep? Dr. Daniel McNally, pulmonologist and director of the Sleep Disorders Center, will discuss what to do when you can’t fall asleep, why people wake from a sound sleep, and which sleep remedies may be right for you. The talk will be held Wednesday, March 19, 6 to 7 p.m. in the Henry Low Learning Center, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington.

Women and Colon Cancer: Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States in both men and women. In honor of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Joseph Anderson, gastroenterologist, will discuss the unique challenges regarding women and colorectal cancer screening. He will also present his research findings, which include the prototype scope that he helped develop, and examination of risk factors in women. In addition, Dr. Bruce Brenner, surgical oncologist, will discuss the surgical treatment of colon cancer. The talk will be held Tuesday, March 25, 6 to 7 p.m. in the Henry Low Learning Center, 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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