Published January 17, 2006

THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA'S mini-Med School takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center's Ferguson Hall, 1010 N MacInnes Place. The free two-night program focuses on healthly living and how to care for others. It features some of USF's finest teachers, researchers and clinicians from the colleges of medicine, nursing and public health. To enroll or for information, call USF Health Public Affairs at 813 974-3300, or visit www.health.usf.edu

Jan. 30:

- "Heart Rhythm Problems: What Happens When the Heart's Electrical System is Out of Sync?" Dr. Anne Curtis; chief, Division of Cardiology.

- "Approaches to Health Care Delivery - Meeting the Needs of Seniors." Janine Overcash, Ph.D., ARNP; professor, College of Nursing.

- "Knowing and Understanding the Preventive Health Guidelines for Heart, Stroke and Cancer." Dr. H. James Brownlee, Jr.; professor and chairman, Department of Family Medicine.

Feb. 6:

- "Responding to Disasters: Aftermath of Environmental/Infectious/Occupational Exposures." Dr. Steve Morris; professor and program director, Disaster and Bioterrorism Training, College of Nursing.

- "Relaxation and the Mind-Body Connection." Cynthia Myers, Ph.D. and licensed massage therapist; director, Integrative Medicine Program, Moffitt Cancer Center.

- "Affording Drugs Under the "New' Medicare D - Have You Figured it Out Yet?" Jay Wolfson, Ph.D. and J.D.; distinguished service professor, Medicine and Public Health, associate vice president, USF Health.

IF YOU NEED one more reason to quit smoking, consider this paragraph from a report in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery medical journal: "In the largest study of its kind, plastic surgeons found smoking during pregnancy significantly elevates the risk of having a child with excess, webbed or missing fingers and toes."

STRAIGHT FROM THE hit NBC show The Biggest Loser comes a DVD featuring six contestants from seasons one and two and celebrity trainer Bob Harper. The Biggest Loser - The Workout Vol. 1 features solutions on how to drop pounds from real people with real weight-loss issues. Viewers will have six exercise options, including a five-minute warm-up, 20 minutes of cardio and 20 minutes of "boot camp." The DVD also features inspirational stories from contestants and a music-only option. The suggested retail price for the DVD is $14.98.

BY THE NUMBERS: Sexually transmitted diseases:

- 29,745: The number of U.S. deaths related to sexually transmitted diseases in 1998.

- 62: The percentage of adverse health effects of those diseases that were experienced by women; most deaths among these women were attributable to cervical cancer and HIV.

- 3: The number of times Americans are more likely to suffer premature death or adverse health due to sexual activity than the populations of other developed nations.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention