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August Events - Healthcare II on Sunday
Roundtable - "Managing the Cost of our Health," Aug. 5, 2007 4:00 p.m. -----

Skeptic Book Club - "The Omnivore's Dilemma," Aug. 12, 2007 4:00 p.m. -----

Philosophy Sunday - "The Beginning and End of It All: The Acute Inflammatory Response, or, Why Jane Lived, But Dick Didn't," Aug. 19, 2007 4:00

Managing the Cost of our Health Aug. 5, 2007, 4:00 p.m.
Patty McCaffrey will continue the discussion started earlier this year.

This presentation will include discussions on managed care, provider
networks, the new trend toward consumer driven healthcare and universal
coverage. We will also look at strategies presented by the AMA and in NIH
reports, as well as demographic data on health and healthcare.

The Omnivore's Dilemma Aug. 12, 2007, 4:00 p.m.

The RET Skeptic Book Club meets at Barnes and Noble Bookseller, on Kingston Pike just west of the West Town shopping mall.

Our book for the month of August is, "The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals," by Michael Pollan. Discussion to be led by Beth Cooper

From Publishers Weekly:
Reviewed by Pamela Kaufman)
Pollan examines what he calls "our national eating disorder" (the Atkins craze, the precipitous rise in obesity) in this remarkably clearheaded book. It's a fascinating journey up and down the food chain, one that might change the way you read the label on a frozen dinner, dig into a steak or decide whether to buy organic eggs. You'll certainly never look at a Chicken McNugget the same way again. Pollan approaches his mission not as an activist but as a naturalist: "The way we eat represents our most profound engagement with the natural world." ...

The Beginning and End of It All: The Acute Inflammatory Response, or, Why Jane Lived, But Dick Didn Aug. 19, 2007, 4:00

Acute Inflammatory Response is the least known of the major pathological processes – cancer, heart disease, genetic disease, etc – and yet the most important process in all of pathophysiology [medical students spend the better part of a semester in the second year looking at it…]; few of us would live out the month if we were not able to mount such a response; many of the complications of modern therapy result from the inadvertent diminution of the response; the path to all healing – whatever the initiation – must go through the acute inflammatory process. And…, many of the drugs coming on the market modify the response in one way of another.

Dr. Neff is Dean of Pathology at UT medical and will lead our discussion of this most important biological phenomenon.

Dr. Neff asks those attending to read some background material prior to his talk.

Posted by pking
July 30, 2007