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Dec 04, 2015, 08:16 ET from ProfNet

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  • Concussion Recovery for Children and Young Adults
  • Fear Will Cause More Health Damage Than Will Ebola
  • The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health
  • Cutting-Edge Technologies in Brain Surgery
  • Mark Zuckerberg's Paternity Leave Sets a Good Example
  • Teaching Children Gratitude
  • Keeping New Year's Resolutions
  • Four Tips to Successfully Survive Annoying Relatives During the Holidays
  • 'Nannygate': Don't Hire a Hot Nanny
  • Six Tips for Successful Dating During the Holiday Season After Meeting Online


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Concussion Recovery for Children and Young Adults
Joel P. Bish
Neuroscientist and Professor of Psychology
Ursinus College
"A concussion can change your life. Each time a person experiences a concussion, there is a buildup of proteins in the central nervous system that can prohibit the brain from functioning properly, interfering with learning, planning and organization. Concussion recovery for children and young adults is often slower than for fully developed adults. Education is not on the radar for enough people. A minor injury can snowball into detrimental effects. From what we know now, there has to be a cultural change in how we think about and treat concussions."
For the last six years, Bish has been studying the long-term effects of concussions, learning the effects linger long after the injury. Now he is tackling something that may be more difficult than scientific research: changing the culture of concussion among sport-playing youth, and their coaches and parents. Based in Pennsylvania, he has multiple degrees: B.S., York College of Pennsylvania; M.A., Towson University; Ph.D., University of New Mexico.
Contact: Esme Artz,

Fear Will Cause More Health Damage Than Will Ebola
David Ropeik
Risk Psychology Expert
"Our gut reaction to fear makes us respond more emotionally than rationally -- when we're most prone to making knee-jerk reactions and assessments. Stress and fear dumb down our ability to reason, and worry short-circuits our brains. Worry is clinically equivalent to stress, and turns down the reasoning parts of cognition. In short, fear makes us stupid. The issues coming up in the aftermath of the Paris attacks -- terrorism, tribalism, civil liberties, air strikes, land wars -- are a direct result of our risk perception. Science explains why we tend to be most fearful and irrational after a frightening event, rather than measured, which explains much of the rhetoric we are hearing from politicians and pundits."
Ropeik is an author, consultant and speaker on risk communication and risk perception to government, business, trade associations, health care organizations, consumer groups, and educational institutions worldwide. He is an instructor in the Harvard University School of Continuing Education and a Psychology Today contributor. In his book, "How Risky Is It, Really?" he examines the elements of risk perception psychology and why our fears don't always match the facts.
Ropeik was an award-winning television reporter in Boston for 22 years, specializing in reporting on environment and science issues. He was a contributing expert to the Department of Homeland Security Task Force considering changes to the color-coded alert Homeland Security Advisory system, and served as the risk communication member of the congressionally mandated Veterans Affairs Board on Dose Reconstruction, which oversees the joint Department of Defense and Veteran's Administration program to compensate veterans exposed to nuclear radiation.
Contact: Ann Pryor,

The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health
Darlene Curley, MS, RN
Executive Director
Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare
"In 2010, The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, a critically important 'snapshot' report of healthcare through the lens of the nursing profession. Much progress is being made against the recommendations spurred by the report, but more can and must be done to achieve the goals set forth five years ago. The Future of Nursing report has made an indelible impact -- it is a roadmap toward a better system; a unifying work for a large but fragmented profession with multiple entries to practice levels, myriad practice settings and numerous state licensing bodies; a common language for inter-professional discussion; and a catalyst for communication and collaboration. At this pivotal point in American healthcare, it is crucial that we work together to fully achieve the recommendations."
In 2014, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation asked the IOM to convene a committee to assess progress made on implementing The Future of Nursing report recommendations and identify areas that should be emphasized over the next five years. The committee's findings will be released on Friday, Dec. 4. Curley provided expert testimony to the committee and is available to comment on recommendations and areas that the Jonas Center believes should be emphasized over the next five years.
Contact: Lauren Browdy,

Cutting-Edge Technologies in Brain Surgery
Dr. James Robinson, M.D.
Piedmont Hospital
"There are new, cutting-edge technologies that are allowing brain surgery to be safer than ever in the hands of a highly skilled surgeon."
Dr. Robinson is available to discuss various neurosurgery topics, including brain skull base tumors, pituitary tumors, trigeminal neuralgia, vascular malformations, Chiari malformations, spinal tumors, cranial microsurgery, endoscopic cranial surgery, and gamma knife radio-surgery. He has published several book/journal chapters and has been the principal investigator on a number of clinical trials. He is based in Atlanta and is fluent in Spanish.
Contact: Hillary Zody,

Mark Zuckerberg's Paternity Leave Sets a Good Example
Dr. MaryAnne Hyland
Professor of Human Resource Management, Robert B. Willumstad School of Business
Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y.
"We have heard a lot lately about paternity leave. What is exciting about Mark Zuckerberg taking paternity leave is the example it sets. Oftentimes, paternity leave, paid or unpaid, is not utilized by men because of concerns about being stigmatized. Hopefully, Zuckerberg's example will demonstrate that men can be committed to their career and their family."
Dr. Hyland's expertise is in human resource management, benefits, and women in the workforce. A former benefits analyst for Fortune 500 companies, she studies current trends in benefits and HR management, including flexible work arrangements, telecommuting, and diversity recruitment and retention.
Contact: Kali Chan,

Teaching Children Gratitude
Dr. Raja David
Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychological Services
Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University
"Gratitude is a complex idea, and younger children will need guidance about how to cultivate the feeling. During the holidays, identify ways to give back to others who wouldn't typically by receiving gifts from the family. Volunteer at a homeless shelter or to other such organizations that serve those dealing with challenges. Discuss the experience with your child before and after. People naturally develop gratitude as they age, so have some compassion for children and perhaps specifically teens. Not all ungrateful teens turn into ungrateful adults."
The holidays provide the perfect opportunity to teach children about gratitude. Dr. David can speak to ways parents can help develop feelings of gratitude in their children. He can also speak to the importance of communication with children, especially when they are exposed to new things such as volunteering. Much of Dr. David's clinical work has focused on assessment and treatment of children and families, and he was a lead supervisor for an Adolescent Dialectical Behavioral Therapy program. Dr. David is a member of the Minnesota Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association.
Contact: Mandy Wilson,

Keeping New Year's Resolutions
Dr. Mark Carlson-Ghost
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology
Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University
"Ask yourself: Is it a wish or resolution? In other words, at what stage of change are you? It sounds obvious, but how often do we forget our resolutions after a week. Part of that is misjudging what stage of change we're at. We're also often overly ambitious. It helps to break down your goal into steps. State your goal *and* what you are committing to do."
For many people, their leftover Christmas cookies last longer than their New Year's resolutions, but there are some easy tips that can help increase the chances for success. Dr. Carlson-Ghost can provide tips on identifying goals and the necessary commitments, breaking goals down into manageable steps, the importance of choosing an accountability partner, and finally, following through. Dr. Carlson-Ghost has worked in community mental health for more than 30 years as a psychotherapist and consultant and has a special interest in couples issues and co-occurring mental health and chemical health problems. He is a licensed psychologist in the state of Minnesota.
Contact: Mandy Wilson,

Four Tips to Successfully Manage and Survive Your Annoying Relatives During the Holidays
Dr. Frieda Birnbaum
Research Psychologist, Psychoanalyst
"The holidays are hat wonderful time of year where many extended families come together to reunite and celebrate good times. However, not all the pieces fit into the puzzle, and there's bound to be friction between some family members. Here's what you can do to keep the peace and keep your sanity: 1) Don't take political bait: Some relatives may seek to instigate a confrontation with you by firing off their political perspectives that they know you disagree with. Don't argue with them, as you will only embolden them and will work yourself into an emotional tizzy. Nodding your head or refusing to react will likely diffuse the situation and they may move onto someone else to annoy. 2) Pawn them off: Getting asked a million questions that you don't want to answer? Find the nearest human being and pawn them off to your annoying relative using a line like, 'Well, Cousin Louie, you have to discuss your theory with Mike right here; his intellectual background would likely be riveted by what you have to say.' 3) Don't sit next to them: The farther away you are from them, the less chance they'll be able to directly communicate with you. 4) Keep busy: Help in the kitchen with food preparations. Volunteer to go to the store. Do anything you can to keep yourself occupied and away from those who would annoy you. The last thing you want to do during the holidays is lash out in anger at a relative with your entire family present, because it will impact everyone and it will never be forgotten. To keep the peace, sometimes we have to be the bigger and better person. If you can avoid engagements and confrontations at all costs, your holidays with them might actually turn out be great."
Based in the New York metro area, Dr. Birnbaum is author of "What Price Power: An In-Depth Study of the Professional Woman in a Relationship." She's an expert on depression, women's issues, and attaining happiness, and has been featured on "Oprah" and "20/20."
Contact: Ryan McCormick,

'Nannygate': Don't Hire a Hot Nanny
Florence Ann Romano
The Windy City Nanny
"Nearly 60% of American households now retain a nanny of some sort for their children. With the recent prevalence of nanny shenanigans in the news (Gwen Stefani, Ben Affleck), parents are beginning to wonder if they should be concerned about who they have brought into their homes."
Romano is a dedicated philanthropist and former nanny who has always had a special place in her heart for children. Born and raised just outside Chicago, Romano earned a degree in performance theater at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. Romano started caring for kids before she was a teenager and worked for more than 15 years as a nanny. She shares her experiences in "Nanny and Me," her first book for children and their parents (Mascot Books, May 2015). She also serves as president and founder of a junior board for young professionals that supports autism awareness for children and adults. Among the questions she can answer: Is the trend of families breaking up because the husband was caught cheating with the nanny is happening mainly to celebrity families, or is it happening equally often to families that are not in the limelight? Is there a way to screen for "naughty nannies" in the interview process? Should employers (parents) require a dress code for their nannies to avoid immodest, provocative attire? What should a nanny do if the father makes advances on her?
Contact: Mark Goldman,

Six Tips for Successful Dating During the Holiday Season After Meeting Online
Anita Covic
Communications Specialist and
Covic offers these six tips for successful dating during the holiday season after meeting online: "1) Location-based dates: If you feel a magic connection to the person you are with and are ready to move in for that first kiss, choose a beautiful location to make it memorable. Good holiday locations may include: in front of your towns Christmas tree, during a holiday parade, and when you are both sitting in front of a fire and listening to holiday music. 2) Talk about religion and spirituality: A person who shares similar religious/spiritual beliefs can be a powerful means to forge a romantic connection. Some people are not thrilled that the holiday season has become inundated with consumerism and wish to see a return to the traditional ways. 3) Build a gingerbread house together: It makes for a fun date and you can discuss how you'd both decorate and lay out your edible home. It puts you both in a mentality of thinking about how life with each other in a real home could be like. 4) See the lights together: Go sightseeing through neighborhoods and storefront and experience beautiful displays. Christmas lights tend to make people more joyful and happy. 5) Visit Santa: Make one of your dates memorable by getting a picture of you both sitting on Santa's lap. It will make for an excellent memory, especially if you both decide to get married down the road. 6) Volunteer: Spend some time working together at a soup kitchen, animal rescue or food bank. It'll make you both feel good to help others and it could help spark holiday fires between you both." and are the leading international dating services facilitating exciting and romantic companionship between men and women all over the world, with more than 20 million international users while attracting more than 80 million visitors annually, translating into over 1.5 million conversations exchanged onsite daily.
Contact: Mark Goldman,



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