Wake Forest Physicians to Answer Women's Health Questions During On-Line Chats

May 26, 2000

Two physicians from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center will answer questions about women''s health issues during live, on-line chats on drkoop.com (www.drkoop.com).

On May 29 from 8-9 p.m., David Herrington, M.D., M.H.S., associate professor of cardiology, will answer questions about estrogen and heart disease. Herrington will discuss the latest research findings about whether hormone replacement can delay or prevent heart disease in older women.

On May 30 from 9-10 p.m., Leon Lenchik, M.D., assistant professor of radiology, will answer questions about osteoporosis. Though it''s easily detectable, osteoporosis is highly underdiagnosed and undertreated. Forty percent of all women and 12 percent of men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their remaining lifetimes.

drkoop.com is a consumer-focused interactive Web site founded by C. Everett Koop, M.D., a former U.S. Surgeon General. The site''s goal is to empower individuals with the information, resources and tools they need to become active participants in the management of their health and the health of their families.

To participate in the chat, site visitors must first register with drkoop.com by clicking on "Join Free" on the left side of the screen. After becoming a member, visitors use their passwords to access chats and other free services. Chats can be entered by clicking on the "Community" at the top of the drkoop.com home page.


Media Contacts: Karen Richardson, 336-716-4453, or Mark Wright, 336-716-3382.

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