UCSF Experts to Speak at Free Wellness Lectures

January 11, 2013
Contact: Michael Hinds

The UCSF Wellness Series at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco provides free lectures on health and wellness. All lectures are open to the general public.

Lecture topics and speakers for the winter/spring 2013 series are:

UCSF Wellness Series Winter/Spring 2013

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94118

Pre-Registration and Directions:
(415) 292-1200

UCSF Speakers Program
(415) 353-3630 or email [email protected] ucsfmedctr.org

Free and open to the public

Do Probiotics Work for Kids? Colic, Allergies and Diarrhea

Michael D. Cabana, MD, Chief, UCSF General Pediatrics and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Newborn Nursery

Tuesday, February 12, 7 p.m.

Probiotics are becoming a common addition to infant formulas and foods for kids. Most parents have heard of probiotics and may wonder whether these supplements hold the key to optimum health for their children. In this talk, Dr. Cabana, who has conducted clinical trials on probiotic use in children, explains what probiotics are, offers tips on how to be a savvy consumer, and provides examples of where probiotics are and are not effective.

Diabetes Prevention and Management for Adults

Melinda M. Gu, MD, Internist, UCSF Primary Care at Laurel Village

Friday, March 15, 10 a.m.

If you have a family history or other risk factors for diabetes or if you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, there are a number of healthy living tips you can follow to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. If you have already been diagnosed with diabetes, these same tips can slow its progression. In this discussion, Dr. Gu explains what diabetes is, how it is diagnosed and treated and how it can be prevented.

Exercise and Orthopedic Health

Carlin Senter, MD, UCSF Primary Care Sports Medicine Specialist

Tuesday, April 9, 7 p.m.

Exercise can be invaluable in preventing bone and joint disease by slowing the loss of muscle mass, strengthening bones and reducing joint and muscle pain. Alternatively, exercise, particularly in high-contact sports such as football, can sometimes result in concussion, an injury of growing concern among young athletes. In this talk, Dr. Senter discusses the risks and rewards of exercise and offers tips on maintaining optimum orthopedic health at any age.

About UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital creates an environment where children and their families find compassionate care at the forefront of scientific discovery, with more than 150 experts in 50 medical specialties serving patients throughout Northern California and beyond. The hospital admits about 5,000 children each year, including 2,000 babies born in the hospital. For more information, visit www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org.

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