Press Release: UCSF Brings Women's Health Issues to UCTV (2/5/2004)

UCSF Brings Women's Health Issues to UCTV
February's Talk Centers on Sexuality, Hormones and Moods

LA JOLLA, CA, February 5, 2004 -- In response to the growing need for timely health-related information aimed specifically at women, UC San Francisco has launched "Women's Health at Twelve" (WHAT), a monthly, lunch-hour series of talks given by UCSF faculty on contemporary topics in women's health. To insure the wide availability of this valuable information, the WHAT talks will be broadcast live to over 13 million households on University of California Television (UCTV), as well as webcast live at All lectures will then be archived online for future "on-demand" viewing at UCTV's website.

Tune in on Wednesday, February 25 at 12:00PM for the next WHAT program covering the topic of "Sex, Hormones and Moods: Finding Pleasure at Any Age." During this talk, Dr. Louann Brizendine, Director of the Women's Mood and Hormone Clinic at UCSF, will discuss how each woman defines and experiences her sexuality differently at different stages of life, and she will evaluate new screening tests that can determine a woman's hormone levels and what appropriate individualized treatments can be prescribed. During this and all the WHAT lectures, audience members (both online and in person) are invited to submit questions to the speakers to be answered live on the air.

The first installment in the WHAT series, "Solution to Weight: Healthy Living and Self-Acceptance," took place in January with over 200 viewers logging on to watch the live webcast. The featured speaker, nurse and author Laurel Mellin MA, RD, provided a wealth of information and was able to interact with the in-studio and Internet audience by answering their submitted questions during the program. This program will soon be available "on-demand" at UCTV's website.

Future WHAT lectures are scheduled as follows:

March 24
"Herbal Medicines for Women: What Works, What's Safe"
Dr. Ellen Hughes, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

April 28
"Anxiety Disorders: More Than a Case of the Nerves"
Dr. Ellen Haller, director of the WomenCare Mental Health Clinic

May 26
"Mind Over Bladder: Managing Urinary Incontinence"
Nurse Practitioner Janice Luft of the Women's Continence Center

The WHAT series is presented by the UCSF Center for Gender Equity and the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health. "We're excited to offer women a convenient and interactive way to learn about their health from our own experts," said Amy Levine, EdD, director of the UCSF Center for Gender Equity. Each of the talks will be held at noon on the fourth Wednesday of each month, from January through May 2004. For detailed descriptions of the talks or for other information about the UCSF Center for Gender Equity, call (415) 476-5222, or visit

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