News Release

September 24, 2008

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Celebrate Women Programs: October 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 October.

Understanding Epilepsy – Diagnosis and Treatment: Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder that is characterized by recurrent seizures due to abnormal activity in the brain. About 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy at any one time, and not all cases are life long. Dr. Lara Schrader, neurologist, will focus on seizure types, diagnosis, triggers, and treatments. The talk will be held on Monday, Oct. 6, noon to 1 p.m. in the Low Learning Center, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington. The lecture can be viewed live at

Stroke – The Role of Carotid Artery Disease: Carotid artery disease is a major risk factor for stroke. The carotid arteries are the main arteries in the neck that supply blood to the brain. A narrowing in the carotid artery occurs when cholesterol, fat, and other substances build up in the lining of the artery. As the artery becomes narrow, blood flow decreases, which may lead to a stroke. Patricia Bozeman, A.P.R.N., cardiac vascular nurse, will discuss risk factors, signs and symptoms, and interventions available to identify and treat carotid artery disease. The program will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 6 to 7 p.m. in the 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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