R U Medically Curious?

R U Medically Curious?
Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, April 5 – June 7 (Pick One Topic or All of Them!)
Location: C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick, MD
Registration: Please Contact David Payne at the library for more information. (301) 600-3773

Are you the kind of person who is skeptical of television medical advice and drug company ads? Do you appreciate evidence-based information on health? Well, you have come to the right place. In this course, Dr. Larry Romane tackles some of the most important topics in health, with interactive sessions. Discover the workings of your amazing body as you thread through the hype and bypass the medical jargon in this fun and fascinating course.

Instructor: Dr. Larry Romane is board certified in Emergency Medicine and spent 35 years as an ER doctor. After retiring, he served as a physician volunteer at a free clinic for the uninsured. He’s the author of two medical books and loves teaching. His courses give current medical information at a high school reading level. Look for Dr. Romane’s book, R U Medically Curious? Common Topics – Simply explained, online and on Kindle.

“Type 2 Diabetes – Sugar, Sugar, Everywhere!” 
Wednesday, April 5, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
DESCRIPTION: What is Type 2 diabetes? Why’s everybody getting it? What’s the treatment? Is there a cure? How can I tell if I have it? Pills, shots, lab tests – huh? Can’t I just cut back on sugar?

“Vitamins & Minerals for Everyone!”
Wednesday, April 12, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
DESCRIPTION: Dietary supplements are a multi-billion dollar industry. The real question is who needs what and why? Won’t Vitamin C stop my colds? How about Zinc?  Well, at least Vitamin D prevents cancer, doesn’t it?

“Home Health – Q-tips, Weight Tips, & More Tips!”     
Wednesday, April 19, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
DESCRIPTION: Did Harvard’s Dr. Frank Sacks “solve” weight loss dieting back in 2009? Are TV Drug Ads really our newest “Sit-Coms”? Is “Climate Change” from burning fossil fuels or from 7 billion breathing people? What does Alcohol do for your heart/for your cut finger/for your driving? What’s the worst Bite Wound: your cat, your dog, or your grandkid?

“Senior Eyes and All Those Lab Tests”
Wednesday, April 26, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
DESCRIPTION: Glaucoma? Cataracts? Macular Degeneration? Simple – once you understand the eye’s anatomy. “Your blood count’s a little low.”, “Your urine dip’s OK.”, “Diabetics need to watch their A1-C”. “Overweight? Let’s check your TSH.” Learn simple explanations for complex lab tests.

“Orthopedics – the Carpentry that Holds You Up”
Wednesday, May 3, 1:00 – 3:00 pm   
DESCRIPTION: Does the Carpal Tunnel charge a toll? That whole “itis” family is really mean: Arthritis/ Tendonitis/ Bursitis. Sprains, Strains, Fractures & Breaks – can anybody remember which is what? Finally, should “Rotator Cuffs” have cuff links?

“Translating Common Medical Diagnoses”
Wednesday, May 10, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
DESCRIPTION: Your doctor tells you the diagnosis. Why do you nod your head thoughtfully when you have no idea what he just said? You think she said “Melanoma” – that’s bad…isn’t it? He said “MI” or “CVA” like it was important. Did you know they mean a heart attack or a stroke? “Medicalese” is a language you’ll learn to translate.

“For Medical Things, the Media Keeps Me Informed. Don’t They?”
 Wednesday, May 17, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
DESCRIPTION: Learn the 3 or 4 letters that guarantee your Google medical searches are both safe and reliable. Those “Evening News” medical reports – figures don’t lie, but liars sure can figure! What’s a “Double-Blind RCT”, and why should I care?

“Medications – All Those Pretty Little Pills & Capsules”
 Wednesday, May 24, 1:00 – 3:00 pm   
DESCRIPTION: True or False: Generics are cheaper but brand names are safer and more effective. Your grandkid’s got a fever – Tylenol, Motrin, or Aspirin? You’ve heard of “MRSA”, but what is it and why is “VRSA” even worse? Think heroin is America’s #1 drug addiction? Wrong!

“Your Lungs – Just Take Some Nice, Deep Breaths!”
Wednesday, May 30, 1:00 – 3:00 pm 
DESCRIPTION: You’ve been breathing your whole life-bet you don’t know how or why? TV advertises Pneumonia Vaccines every night. But, what is “Pneumonia”? What’s a “URI” and who cares? Lots of different cancers – is lung cancer better or worse than the others?

“Trauma – Crashes, Falls, and Bullets!”
Wednesday, June 7, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
DESCRIPTION: The high school “Physics” of car crashes. Why safer cars still aren’t keeping us alive. The reality of Gun Shot Wounds (GSW’s) – it’s not like TV! Aren’t all those GSW’s our #1 Trauma death? Remember, there’s no such thing as “a little fall”. And finally, the assault rifle vs. the 2nd amendment, hmmm…

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