Killer diseases -- strategies for prevention

By Michael Fortes

There is a wealth of information on methods for maintaining good health and avoiding disease.  But, what really works?

A new six-week community education course will focus on answering this question.  Open to the public, the course begins next Wednesday, October 27, as part of the UCSF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

Designed to stimulate and inform adult learners, the course will define modern medicine’s most successful strategies for prevention of chronic diseases. It will address the latest information about cancer, strokes, heart disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, and nutritional approaches.  Participants will have the opportunity to meet national experts on the latest science in preventive medicine.

Classes will meet from 7 to 8:45 pm on Wednesdays through December 8 at the UCSF Medical Sciences Building Lobby, 513 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco. Tuition for the full course is $85. For information or to register on-line visit, or call (415) 476-2557.

The course title is “The Truth About Preventive Medicine: What Really Works to Prevent Our Most Common Killer Diseases.”  Class topics and dates are:

* OCTOBER 27/ Current Controversies in Cancer Screening: Where Should the Priorities Be?—Judith M.E. Walsh, MD, MPH, assistant professor of clinical medicine, Women’s Health Clinical Research Center

* NOVEMBER 3/ Current Strategies for Prevention of Stroke— Jeffrey Kohlwes, MD, assistant clinical professor of medicine; director, Veterans Affairs Medical Center PRIME program

* NOVEMBER 10/ Prevention of Heart Disease: Balancing Risk Factors and New Technologies—Jonathan Zaroff, MD, assistant professor of medicine; director, Coronary Care Unit, UCSF Medical Center

* NOVEMBER 17/ Prevention of Osteoporosis—Douglas Bauer, MD, associate professor of medicine, and epidemiology and biostatistics

* DECEMBER 1/ New Developments in Prevention and Early Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease—Katherine Julian, MD, assistant clinical professor of medicine; associate director, Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program

* DECEMBER 8/ Nutritional Approaches to Disease Prevention—Robert B. Baron, MD, MS, professor of medicine; associate dean for Continuing Medical vice-chief, Division of General Internal Medicine

UCSF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is a community education program for adult learners sponsored by the UCSF schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy, the UCSF Medical Center, the UCSF Public Affairs department and the University of California Academic Geriatric Resource Program. The program is supported in part by a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation.