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Use of Botanicals for Menopausal Symptoms to be Discussed at 12th Annual Congress on Women's Health in Hilton Head, South Carolina, June 5-8, 2004

LARCHMONT, N.Y., May 11, 2004 -- With the safety of hormone replacement therapy to treat menopausal symptoms now in question, women may turn instead to botanical and dietary supplements for the relief of hot flashes and other vasomotor symptoms. Reviewing the available data on efficacy and safety of these "natural" products commonly used in menopause, Stacie E. Geller, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the National Center of Excellence in Women's Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will assess their clinical use during the 12th Annual Congress on Women's Health at the Hilton Head Marriott Beach and Golf Resort in Hilton Head, SC, June 5-8, 2004.

The Congress will also include a session on "Menopause and HRT: New Research, New Doubts, New Options," a discussion of "Osteoporosis: Early Screening and Intervention," and a Plenary Session focusing on "Evidence-Based Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Staying Ahead of Your Patients," which includes a second presentation devoted to "Evaluating the Quality and Efficacy of Herbal Preparations."

This year's Congress has a special focus on chronic pain and challenges in pain management, including state-of-the-art prevention, differential diagnosis, effective therapeutic protocols for pain relief, lifestyle changes, and alternative approaches such as acupuncture. Other in-depth presentations will include the therapeutic value of statins, advances in breast imaging, and stress and sleep.

The Congress is sponsored by Journal of Women's Health and held in collaboration with the American Academy of Pain Management, American Chronic Pain Association, American Menopause Foundation, Inc., The Arthritis Foundation, Cardiovascular Research Foundation, The Lupus Foundation of America, National Eating Disorders Association, National Osteoporosis Foundation, National Stroke Association, National Women's Health Resource Center, North American Association for the Study of Obesity, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association, and WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.

Corporate sponsors for 2004 are The Alliance for Better Bone Health (Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals and Aventis Pharmaceutical), Daiichi Fine Chemicals, Inc., Pfizer Women's Health, Procter & Gamble, and Purdue Pharma.

The Congress offers 15 category 1 hours of Continuing Medical Education and 18 hours of Continuing Nursing Education credits sponsored by the University of South Florida.

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