Gerber to Discuss Fatigue at Next Vision Series Lecture

Posted: January 25, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Lynn Gerber, director of Mason’s Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability, will present “Foiling Fatigue: Can We Do It?” at the next Vision Series lecture on Monday, Jan. 28, at 8 p.m. in the Center for the Arts.

Lynn Gerber
Lynn Gerber
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Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms people report when visiting health care providers, says Gerber. The causes include contributions from most organs and systems such as the endocrine, musculoskeletal and nervous systems.

In addition, the newer concept of central fatigue identifies significant contributions from substances produced by the central nervous system. The cross-talk between the body and brain is crucial to balance potential abnormalities, Gerber explains. One of the antidotes to fatigue is exercise and its effects on the biochemical milieu; a better understanding of this process will help prevent and reduce fatigue.

Gerber, a physician board-certified in internal medicine, rheumatology and physical medicine and rehabilitation, served as chief of the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health. Her clinical expertise includes rehabilitation of patients with rheumatic diseases and cancer, management of children with musculoskeletal syndromes, as well as foot and ankle management.

A reception will follow the lecture; both are free and open to the public. Tickets are available online or at the Center for the Arts Box Office. They can also be purchased the evening of the presentation. For more information or to reserve tickets, see the web site.

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