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Mini-medical school explores research in treating head, nose, throat diseases

UNMC and eight sites across Nebraska invite the public to attend UNMC Mini-Medical School, a free health educational series on four consecutive Thursdays beginning Oct. 3. The four-part series is titled, "What's a-head: Exploring research advances of the head, neck, ear, nose and throat." picture disc.

UNMC Mini-Medical School topics include information about new developments in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies, snoring and sleep apnea, acid reflux, hearing reconstruction, voice problems, as well as combating depression in patients with head and neck cancer. The free series, which will be held Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. C.D.T., will be broadcast live from Omaha via satellite to: Columbus, Grand Island, Kearney, Lincoln, Norfolk, O'Neill, Red Cloud and Scottsbluff. Anyone with NebSat2 can downlink the series.

Audio clips
Listen to W. Alan Ingram, M.D., discuss allergies in the following audio clips.





Participants who attend the series will learn from, as well as be able to ask questions of, physicians and a dentist who specialize in otolaryngology - the study of diseases and trauma of the head and neck. UNMC researchers are exploring diagnosis and treatment of a variety of head and neck problems, which ultimately will mean improved clinical care for patients, as well as contributions to the science.

The goal of Mini-Medical School is to educate Nebraskans on health issues that affect them, as well as highlight the strides being made in research and treatment at UNMC. The series is geared for the public. Seating is limited. Registration is required. To learn more about the series, go to: www.unmc.edu/headneck.

While the program is free to the public, Nebraska and Iowa nurses who wish to receive eight contact hours of continuing nursing education credits can do so at a cost of $40 through the UNMC College of Nursing.

UNMC Mini-Medical School dates, topics and presenters:

Oct. 3 -- 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (CDT)picture disc. The Nose Knows -- Learn about your nasal membranes and airflow, and how they impact smell, safety and quality of life, presented by Donald Leopold, M.D., professor and chairman, UNMC Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
picture disc. The Agony of Allergies -- New developments in diagnosis and treatment of allergies are on the horizon, presented by W. Alan Ingram, M.D., UNMC assistant professor, UNMC Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

Oct. 10 -- 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (CDT)
picture disc. The Sound of Silence: Surgical Restoration of Lost Hearing -- Discover how clinical research at UNMC has become standard practice for hearing reconstruction, presented by Gary Moore, M.D., associate professor, UNMC Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.
picture disc. ABZzzz's of Snoring and Sleep Apnea -- Find out what studies are revealing about whether loud snoring is an indicator of sleep apnea, presented by Anthony Yonkers, M.D., professor, UNMC Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

Oct. 17 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (CDT)
picture disc. It's More Than the Blues -- Find out how UNMC researchers are combating depression in patients who have head and neck cancer, presented by William Lydiatt, M.D., associate professor, UNMC Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.
picture disc. Sink Your Teeth Into It -- UNMC dental specialists are working with industry leaders to significantly reduce the treatment time for dental implants of lost teeth, presented by Thomas Salinas, D.D.S., assistant professor, UNMC Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

Oct. 24 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (CDT)
picture disc. Who Says Talk's Cheap? -- Excessive use of one's voice on the phone can cause significant problems. Understand voice fatigue syndrome and the current research to establish guidelines for its prevention, presented by H. Steven Sims, M.D., assistant professor, UNMC Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.
picture disc. Ups and Downs of Swallowing -- Hoarseness and frequent throat cleaning can be symptoms of acid reflux. Discover how UNMC researchers are learning to recognize and treat throat symptoms, presented by Barbara Heywood, M.D., assistant professor, UNMC Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.


Locations of free UNMC Mini-Medical School series

Columbus
Central Community College Columbus Campus, North Education Building, Room 904, 4500 63rd St., to register, call (402) 562-1276 or dhann@cccneb.edu
Sponsored by the Central Community College Columbus Campus and Columbus Otolaryngology Clinic, Nila M Novotony, M.D.

Grand Island
College Park
3180 W. Highway 34, call (308) 385-5014 or collegepark@unl.edu
Sponsored by College Park

Kearney
University of Nebraska at Kearney, Distance Learning Center, Communications Center Building, Room 101, 1918 University Drive, call (308) 865-8503 or holoubeckja@unk.edu
Sponsored by the University of Nebraska at Kearney

Lincoln
UNMC College of Dentistry, Dixon Lecture Hall, 40th and Holdrege Streets, call (402) 472-9993, or gtmason@unmc.edu
Sponsored by the UNMC College of Nursing and UNMC College of Dentistry in Lincoln

Norfolk
Northeast Community College, Lifelong Learning Center, ESU room, 601 E. Benjamin Ave., call (402) 844-7000 no e-mail registration available
Sponsored by Northeast Community College

Omaha
University of Nebraska Medical Center (inquire about location), 42nd & Dewey Ave., call (402) 559-4315 or jemeier@unmc.edu
Sponsored by UNMC

O'Neill
University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension, Courthouse Annex 128 N. 6th St., call (402) 336-2760 or rkulm1@unl.edu
Sponsored by University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension Office

Red Cloud
Webster County Historical Museum, 721 W. 4th (West Highway 136), Call (402) 746-3417 or dlienemann2@unl.edu Sponsored by Webster County Cooperative Extension Office

Scottsbluff
UNMC College of Nursing, University Complex Panhandle Station, Room 201, 4502 Ave. I, (308) 632-0410 or bhartsho@unmc.edu
Sponsored by UNMC College of Nursing West Nebraska Division