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UI Women's Health offers preeclampsia programs June 3-4

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UI Women's Health offers preeclampsia programs June 3-4

Mark Santillan, M.D., a maternal fetal medicine specialist with University of Iowa Women's Health at UI Hospitals and Clinics, and Lauren Larsen, a preeclampsia survivor, will discuss preeclampsia at two events. Preeclampsia is a blood pressure disorder that can occur during pregnancy and have immediate and lifelong effects on mother and baby.

A free, public presentation, "Understanding Preeclampsia: During Pregnancy and Beyond," will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 3, in room 2117 of the UI's Medical Education and Research Facility. Registration is encouraged but not required. For details, call 319-335-8886 or 877-MED-IOWA, or visit http://www.uihealthcare.com/register.

A daylong Continuing Medical Education (CME) course, "Preeclampsia: From Bench to Bedside," takes place Friday, June 4, at hotelVetro Conference Center in Iowa City. To register, visit http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/cme/webTracker/webtracker.html.

Ms. Lauren Larsen is president and chief ambassador of the Foundation for America's Blood Centers, which supports the independent blood centers that collect half the blood supply in the United Sates. She also is the author of Zuzu's Petals: My Decision to Live (due out in fall 2010), which chronicles her experience with near-fatal preeclampsia and the unexpected life that unfolded as a result.

Larsen spent 18 years in the corporate world, focused largely on youth and young-adult marketing.

Larsen's life made a dramatic shift in spring 2000 when pregnancy complications caused by preeclampsia triggered the need for more than 200 pints of blood, and put her on her current path as a crusader for volunteer blood donation.

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