SC 202 Hip and Knee Problems and Solutions

Dr. Robert Murphy and Linda Murphy shared with us their orthopedic experience on how to diagnose, treat and aid recovery of hip and knee problems. Dr. Murphy has performed more than 10,000 joint replacements. He will discuss indications, risks, benefits, treatments, rehab, and what to expect for a final outcome. He will also explain the science behind why cartilage degenerates, and what is on the horizon for treating this problem in the future. These new approaches include growing cartilage, genetically growing your own new joint, and stopping or reversing progression so that no surgery need be done. Dr. Murphy was joined in this discussion by his wife Linda Murphy, an orthopedic nurse and educator.

Presenters: Dr. Robert Murphy, MD, MPH, is an orthopedic surgeon who recently retired and moved to our community after 38 years of practice in spine and total joint replacement surgery at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. He completed his orthopedic training at UCSD and a Master’s degree in Public Health from UCLA. He has a-career long interest in US healthcare policy. Dr. Murphy was the founding member and Chairman of the Board of Desert Orthopedic Center at Eisenhower for 30 years and served on the Eisenhower Hospital Board of Directors for 14 years. He and his wife Linda (a nurse educator) remain active in orthopedics through their consulting firm, the Murphy Consulting Group.

Linda Murphy, MSN, RNC, ONC, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Concordia University. She has a Master of Science in Nursing degree and national certification in Geriatrics and Orthopedics. She has been a nurse for more than 30 years and has served as Coordinator for Joint Replacement Surgery at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage.

Class Presentation:  SC 202 Hip and Knee Problems

Developer:   Gary Oberts

Date/Time:

Friday, February 20

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Location:

Woodbridge Onken Classroom

 

SC 201 – GEOLOGY OF JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK. Class presentation available.

SC 201           Geology of joshua tree national park

An overview of the geology and physiographic setting of Joshua Tree National Park will be presented in this lecture.  We will discuss geologic and tectonic development of the park that led to the formation of spectacular granitic rock formations that are more than 100 million years old.  We will also discuss the surficial processes that created the prominent outcrops.  Time permitting, historical mining and other land uses will be covered.

Presenter:    Mark Bordelon is an adjunct geology professor at Irvine Valley College.  He has taught at IVC for 13 years, including field study courses in California and western states.  He was previously a consulting geologist for more than 20 years. He has presented very popular OLLI classes on The Geology of Orange County, Geologic Faults, and Geology, Tectonics and Geoengineering of the Panama Canal.

Developer:   Gary Oberts

Class Presentation:

Joshua Tree National Park Geology February 2015

Date/Time:   

Tuesday, February 17

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Location:     

Woodbridge Onken Classroom

SS 309: The American Healthcare System Update. Class presentation available.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 (Obamacare) is the largest piece of health care legislation ever enacted in the United States. The bill, ten titles or parts, covers eight general themes with only one that accesses care for the uninsured. Today there is general confusion and very little factual understanding in the general population regarding what the ACA is intended to accomplish. This two-session course will cover:

  • Past attempts at health care reform and why they failed.
  • How “Obamacare” was able to get passed this time around.
  • The theories that the law is based on.
  • What is in the law.
  • How the law will likely be changed and improved in the future.
  • How the law will affect the way healthcare is delivered in the future.
  • How the changes will be paid for.

This course is an in-depth overview of healthcare in the United States that will help people better understand the rapidly changing U.S. healthcare system that will impact all of our lives for many years to come. It will update the very popular Fall 2013 class by Dr. Murphy. Presenter: Dr. Robert Murphy, M.D., M.P.H., is an orthopedic surgeon recently retired after 38 years of practice at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage.  Dr. Murphy completed his orthopedic training  at UCSD and has a Master’s degree in Public Health from UCLA.  He has a career-long interest in U.S. healthcare policy. He and his wife Linda (a nurse           educator) remain active in orthopedics through their consulting firm, Murphy     Consulting Group. Class Presentation: American Healthcare System Update (olli-talk-2015)

Developers: Gary Oberts, Al Fuller Dates/Time: Tuesday, January 27 and Thursday, January 29 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon Location:

SC 214: Am I Still Sick? Class presentation available.

What Do Those Medical Lab Test Results Mean?

Have you ever wondered about those numbers on the laboratory sheets that report your blood and urine test results?  Why does the phlebotomist fill so many vials?  What measurements assess kidney and liver function?  Why is my doctor concerned about one outlying value and not another?  A one-session lecture will update a similar class given five years ago and will describe the concepts behind these tests, the current analytical instrumentation, and what to expect from medical labs five years in the future.  Ample time will be allotted for questions, examples, and discussion.

Presenter/Developer: Vern Roohk, Ph.D., Physiology and Biochemistry, University of California, Davis, specializing in blood  chemistry and endocrinology.  Vern is an OLLI Science Committee member who is still working as an independent biomedical consultant specializing in medical  device evaluation.

Class Presentation: Am I Still Sick?

Date/Time:

Tuesday, January 27

1:00 – 3:00 PM

Location:

Woodbridge Onken Classroom

 

SC 210: Topics In Science. Class presentation available.

This class is a collection of short presentations on science topics that are of interest to the general public.  It is intended to be in plain English and easily understood, although some scientific principles will be presented.

Thursday, January 8: The Nature of Genius. What is it that makes us apply the moniker of genius to a person?  Some extremely creative or talented individuals will be discussed and we will decide if they are or not truly geniuses.

Class Presentation:

Presenter:  Jerry Florman, retired pharmacist and OLLI Science Committee member.

Spray-On Skin. Spray-on skin is an exciting new medical technology with the capability of repairing first and second degree burns in patients.  Our presenter, in consultation with local plastic surgeons, will present an updated 30-minute summary of this product.

Presenter:  Vern Roohk, Ph.D., Physiology and Biochemistry, and OLLI Science Committee member.

Thursday, January 22: Research and Innovation for the Age of Natural Gas

This talk surveys research and technology development intended to enhance and make more effective use of the projected abundance of natural gas.  Topics will include advances in technology, resource knowledge and impact, and use of natural gas.

Presenter:  John Bush, Ph.D., Chemistry, and OLLI Science Committee member

Amazing Communication Language Conventions in Human Cells. Human cells are able to communicate internally and with each other through an amazing set of codes and processes that scientists have recently revealed.   A synopsis of these language conventions will be presented.

Presenter:  Steve Wunderly, Ph.D., Chemistry, and OLLI Science Committee member.

Dates/Time:

Thursdays, January 8 and 22

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Location:

Woodbridge Onken Classroom

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