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  • Tips for Making Kissing a Year-Round Occasion
  • Interactive Wedding Planning
  • How to Come Out of  Your Shy Shell
  • Risk Factors, Signs, and Symptoms of Kidney-Related Diseases
  • Stress and Cancer Survival
  • New Mobile App Gives Peace of Mind to Heart Patients
  • CDC Heart Attack Study Concludes Too Much Sugar Increases Risk of Death
  • Concussion Prevention, Testing, and Signs and Symptoms
  • Concussions, Physical Therapy, and Vestibular Therapy
  • Concussions, Patient Care, and Rehabilitation
  • Poison Control and Toxicology
  • Poison Control
  • Scorpion Stings and Poison Control
  • Energy Drinks and Poison Control
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Cardiovascular Research and Heart Disease
  • Clinical Research and Clinical Trials
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Healthy Aging
  • Alzheimer's Disease, Brain Imaging, and Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Alzheimer's Disease Research
  • Brain Imaging, Alzheimer's Disease, and Dementia


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Tips for Making Kissing a Year-Round Occasion
Tara and Mike Myers
"I did all the man things. I was fire chief, a search and rescue volunteer, an ice climber, ski patrol. The simple fact is, men are in love and it's time we start expressing it openly."
It's Valentine's weekend and the month of love, which means people have a higher interest in and tolerance for public smooching. Once the cupids and heart decor disappear, so will the kissing. This most basic expression of romantic love has become taboo in the United States. We have tips for reversing the trend, so kissing can become a year-round occasion. We've been journaling our life -- one kiss at a time -- for the past 19 months. We exited our six-figure careers in 2013 and now live with just 100 items each so we can spread love around the world. We are located in Chicago, but are willing to travel anywhere. |
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Interactive Wedding Planning
Nancy Lee
"I feel so old fashioned when I remember, not too long ago, planning my own wedding. Trudging from reception hall to hotel to look at facilities, sitting down in photographers' studios to review their portfolios and running around to see different wedding bands in hopes of finding that perfect fit. It was so time consuming, tiring and embarrassing -- yes, embarrassing, because once you make the personal connection with a vendor, it is so difficult to go back and say no thank you, I am hiring someone else. For today's digital brides, everything is pre-screened online and most of those important but awkward questions such as: 'How much are you going to charge me?' and 'What am I going to get for it?' can be answered online before a phone number is ever dialed."
Lee is available to discuss interactive wedding planning. You will see from her ProfNet profile that she is extremely media savvy and has been published many times on topics such as gift registries, weddings, baby showers, women in business and overall lifestyle topics.
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Media Contact: Allen Cohen,

How to Come Out of  Your Shy Shell
Carol Weston
Author/Advice Columnist
Dear Carol
"Almost everyone feels shy at some point, but young girls sometimes clam up to the point of feeling invisible. How can parents and educators help girls come out of their shy shells? Rather than scolding, 'Don't be shy!' it's more effective to say that you sometimes used to feel shy too but with practice, speaking up becomes easier and easier. Other tips to try every day: Pay compliments. Saying, 'I like your earrings,' or 'That's a good point,' can jumpstart a conversation. It also helps to smile, ask friendly questions, join extracurricular activities, and remind yourself that what matters is connecting with one or two kind kids, not trying to gain the acceptance of a popular clique."
Weston has been the "Dear Carol" advice columnist at Girls' Life since 1994 and is the author of "Ava and Pip" (Mar 2014), "Girltalk" and twelve other books. She was also featured in Publishers Weekly for a February 2014 Q&A.
YouTube Video: Come Out of Your Shy Shell!
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Risk Factors, Signs, and Symptoms of Kidney-Related Diseases
Beth Piraino, M.D.
National Kidney Foundation
Kidney disease kills more people each year than breast and prostate cancer combined. But while the majority of Americans can recite the common tests for breast and prostate cancer, not many know the risk factors and tests that could keep them off of dialysis and the transplant list. Says Dr. Piraino: "In the United States, 73 million adults are at risk for chronic kidney disease due to having high blood pressure or diabetes. We need to shift the focus from managing chronic kidney disease to preventing it in the first place. Changes in individual lifestyle choices and behaviors, and ultimately prevent people from developing kidney disease."
Dr. Piraino is available to work with you on stories regarding risk factors, signs and symptoms, health tips, transplantation and anything kidney-related for National Kidney Month. March is National Kidney Month, March 13 is World Kidney Day and the National Kidney Foundation is urging Americans to learn the key risk factors for kidney disease
Media Contact: Sean Roach,

Stress and Cancer Survival
Eileen Shinn, Ph.D.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
"There's a growing body of evidence that we can impact cancer survival by paying attention to other aspects of our patients' health beyond the tumor, from depression to comorbidities. Treating the whole patient is essential to understanding what makes one patient less likely to survive than another, and that can change the way doctors provide care and even how patients themselves approach cancer treatment."
Shinn, Ph.D., assistant professor of behavioral science, is available to discuss how seemingly unrelated health issues can have an impact on cancer. She is an expert in psychosocial oncology, a field that intersects the study and practice of lifestyle, psychology and cancer treatment. Her research at MD Anderson focuses on health behaviors and outcomes; adherence and coping with cancer treatment; prevention of late-term effects; stress-mediated cancer outcomes; and dissemination of screening and diagnostic technologies in cancer.
Media Contacts: Bridget Gabbe,; Olivia Goodman,

New Mobile App Gives Peace of Mind to Heart Patients
Dr. Jack Stroh
Interventional Cardiologist
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and St. Peter's University Hospital
"Each year approximately 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 190,000 happen to people who have already suffered a previous heart attack. With levels of heart disease on the rise in the U.S., the medical community must remain vigilant in our efforts to provide patients with tools and information that can help improve their quality of life."
Dr. Stroh, M.D., FACC, FACP, FSCAI, is an interventional cardiologist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and St. Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and interventional cardiology. He is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ. As a practicing cardiologist, Stroh works with patients every day to help them overcome the effects of heart attack and live healthy and full lives. Because of his clinical work, he has contributed his expertise to the development of CathMaps+, a new mobile app that allows patients to locate and receive directions to the nearest catheterization labs in many countries around the world, as well as securely access and share their medical records with emergency health professionals, cath lab staff and with loved ones and caregivers.
Contact: Brianne O'Donnell,

CDC Heart Attack Study Concludes Too Much Sugar Increases Risk of Death
Dr. James Surrell
Colon/Rectal Surgeon
American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons/American College of Surgeons
"There is way too much sugar added to our food and drinks available today, including non-diet soft drinks, candy, cookies, cakes, fruit drinks, and many other items as well.  Read all labels and avoid high sugar. As scientifically noted by the CDC and AMA, these added sugars are very, very unhealthy."
Dr. Surrell, M.D., is the leading proponent of reducing all that added sugar in our diet to lose weight and improve our health. Now the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention (CDC) conclude that lowering the intake of added sugars will also save your life! Dr. Surrell is a board certified colon and rectal surgeon who has performed more than 1,000 major abdominal surgeries and 20,000 colonoscopies. He also holds fellowship status in the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. He focuses his practice on nutrition and weight loss. Each year he gives more than 50 talks to thousands of professionals and people of all walks of life on nutrition, weight loss, and healthy lifestyles. He is the author of "SOS (Stop Only Sugar) Diet" -- a bestseller with over 20,000 in print.
Media Contact: Scott Lorenz,

Concussion Prevention, Testing, and Signs and Symptoms
Steven M. Erickson, M.D., FACP
Sports and Internal Medicine Physician/Medical Director
Banner Concussion Center
"In 2011, over 173,000 people were treated for injuries related to sports and recreation according the CDC. Protecting ourselves during our favorite recreational activities allows us to continue them long into the future."
Dr. Erickson is the medical director of the Banner Concussion Center. He has served as the head team physician at Arizona State University and the program director of the Arizona State University Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship for more than 10 years. A native of Tucson, he completed his undergraduate and medical school education at the University of Arizona. He completed his internal medicine residency here in Phoenix at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. He is a member of the Major League Baseball Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee.
Media Contact: Hailey Paquette, 

Concussions, Physical Therapy, and Vestibular Therapy
Shelly Massingale, PT, MPT
Senior Clinical Manager/Therapy Director
Banner Concussion Center
"Vestibular disorders are associated with parts of the inner ear and brain that process balance and eye movements. When damaged, dizziness, loss of balance and vertigo can occur and significantly impact daily life."
Massingale is the senior clinical manager of the Banner Concussion Center. She graduated from Pepperdine University in 1992 and from University of Southern California in 1996 with a master's degree in physical therapy. She has been treating clients with vestibular and balance disorders for the past 16 years and is a certified and advanced certified vestibular therapist through Emory University. She has been working with clients and athletes with concussions her entire career.
Media Contact: Hailey Paquette, 

Concussions, Patient Care, and Rehabilitation
Elizabeth Shipp, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist/Patient Care Navigator
Banner Concussion Center
"Being an avid sports fan has driven my passion for improving the quality of life for those living with brain injury."
Shipp is an occupational therapist and patient care coordinator at the Banner Concussion Center. She is a graduate of Ohio State University where she received her bachelor's degree in psychology in 2006 followed by her master's degree in 2008. She began her occupational therapy career in 2009 at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. She has more than four years of experience working in varied areas of therapy delivery settings including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient neurological rehabilitation.
Media Contact: Hailey Paquette, 

Poison Control and Toxicology
Steve Curry, M.D., FACMT, FAACT
Director, Department of Medical Toxicology
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
"About 7,000-8,000 people per year receive venomous snake bites in the United States. Thankfully, only about five of those people die. If bitten, medical attention should be sought immediately."
Dr. Curry is the director of medical toxicology at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. He earned his undergraduate degree at Bradley University and went to medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.
Media Contact: Hailey Paquette, 

Poison Control
Daniel Brooks, M.D.
Co-Medical Director
Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center
"We receive an average of 20 scorpion-related calls each day. While many of these injuries can be cared for at home, more serious side effects that require an emergency room visit include muscle pain, vomiting and difficulty to breathe. These effects can be life threatening, and should not be ignored."
Dr. Brooks is the co-medical director at Banner Good Samaritan Poison Drug Information Center. He studied at State University of New York and Stony Brook School of Medicine.
Media Contact: Hailey Paquette, 

Scorpion Stings and Poison Control
Anne-Michelle Ruha, M.D.
Director, Medical Toxicology Fellowship
Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Referral Center
"Scorpions are abundant in Arizona, but only one of the dozens of species living here has the ability to produce serious illness in those unlucky enough to receive a sting. This is the Arizona Bark Scorpion. While most people who are stung by this creature will experience only mild pain, others may have tingling and numbness lasting days after the sting. Infants and young children are at the greatest risk for life-threatening effects from the scorpion's neurotoxin. Scorpions can crawl on most all surfaces aside from glass, so placing crib legs inside of glass a jar is a good way to keep scorpions from climbing into a crib."
Dr. Ruha is the director of the Medical Toxicology Fellowship at Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Referral Center. She earned her undergraduate degree at Lafayette College and went to medical school at New Jersey Medical School.
Media Contact: Hailey Paquette, 

Energy Drinks and Poison Control
Frank LoVecchio, DO, MPH, FACEP
Co-Medical Director
Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center
"Publicity surrounding energy drinks and a possible connection to several deaths has made people question the safety of these drinks. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating the situation, but evidence does not suggest that moderate consumption of these drinks is dangerous to healthy people. Most energy drinks claim that their high levels of sugar and caffeine boost energy. Though sugar will spike blood glucose levels, it won't necessarily provide a person with more energy. Caffeine, however, is a stimulant proven to make a person feel more awake and alert. Understanding what else is hiding in your drink is important: many energy drinks contain ephedra, taurine, ginseng and green tea, which mimic the effects of caffeine. It's possible to have an allergic reaction to the significant levels of B vitamins found in some energy drinks. To protect your health, read the ingredients on the drink container and know their effects. Also, talk with your doctor before introducing an energy drink or caffeine or herbal supplements into your diet."
LoVecchio is the co-medical director at Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center. He earned his undergraduate degree at State University of New York and New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. His graduate training was at Harvard Medical School of Public Health.
Media Contact: Hailey Paquette, 

Alzheimer's Disease
Paul Coleman, Ph.D.
Director & Senior Scientist
L.J. Roberts Center for Alzheimer's Research at Banner Sun Health Research Institute
"Alzheimer's disease is a major health problem that will only increase as baby boomers age. We know now that the disease begins decades before clinical diagnosis is made. This long period before diagnosis is a window of opportunity for early detection and treatment so that those with Alzheimer's may live the rest of their lives free from the terrible effects that occur during later stages of the disease."
Dr. Coleman is an expert on Alzheimer's disease. His research focuses on early detection and effective treatment of Alzheimer's.
Media Contact: Hailey Paquette,

Cardiovascular Research and Heart Disease
Mohammed Gaballa, Ph.D.
Director & Senior Scientist
Center for Cardiovascular Research at Banner Sun Health Research Institute
"In 2009, one in nine deaths in the United States was attributed to heart failure. Despite recent advances in managing heart failure, there is no treatment to halt this devastating disease. Finding a cure for heart disease is my mission and the focus of many years of research."
For more than 13 years, Dr. Gaballa, Ph.D, has lead the Center for Cardiovascular Research at Banner Sun Health Research Institute. He research is focused on finding a cure for heart failure and discovering new methods of cardiac repair.
Media Contact: Hailey Paquette, 

Clinical Research and Clinical Trials
Marwan Sabbagh, M.D.
Research Medical Director & Senior Scientist
Cleo Roberts Center for Clinical Research at Banner Sun Health Research Institute
"Understanding the nature of a disease or the effectiveness of a drug or medical device is a vital part of modern medicine."
Dr. Sabbagh, M.D. is the director of the Cleo Roberts Center for Clinical Research, the national leader in bench-to-bedside research, clinical research, and converting lab discoveries into clinical treatments.
Media Contact: Hailey Paquette, 

Parkinson's Disease
Holly Shill, M.D.
Director, Thomas H. Christopher Center for Parkinson's Research
Banner Sun Health Research Institute
"Parkinson's disease affects as many as one million Americans. Discovering better ways to treat symptoms of Parkinson's and slow its progression would enhance the lives of the hundreds of thousands who suffer from this debilitating disease."
Dr. Shill, M.D., is an expert on Parkinson's disease. She is available to discuss innovative treatments for Parkinson's, research into the how the disease begins, and developing biomarkers to better diagnose and track the progress of Parkinson's.
Media Contact: Hailey Paquette, 

Healthy Aging
Walter Nieri, M.D.
Director, Center for Healthy Aging
Banner Sun Health Research Institute
"Discovering the factors that contribute to healthy aging can lead to a much greater quality of life for older adults. There are many surprising factors that contribute to health aging: for example, positive self-perception can lead to longevity."
Dr. Nieri, M.D. is an expert on healthy aging, diseases that affect seniors and modern research on longevity.
Media Contact: Hailey Paquette, 

Alzheimer's Disease, Brain Imaging, and Behavioral Neuroscience
Eric Reiman, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer, Banner Research
Executive Director, Banner Alzheimer's Institute
"The future of Alzheimer's is treating the disease before it begins ravaging the brain.  This way, we can prevent the disease from robbing victims of their speaking skills, motor functions and memories."
Dr. Reiman, M.D., is chief executive officer of Banner Research and Executive Director of Banner Alzheimer's Institute. He is also Clinical Director of the Neurogenomics Division at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). His research interests include brain imaging, behavioral neuroscience and early detection and study of Alzheimer's. With his colleagues, he has worked to establish the international Alzheimer's Prevention Initiative.
Media Contact: Hailey Paquette, 

Alzheimer's Disease Research
Pierre N. Tariot, M.D.
Banner Alzheimer's Institute
"Someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease every 69 seconds in the U.S., making research into finding treatments for the disease urgent."
Dr. Tariot, M.D. is director of Banner Alzheimer's Institute. He received training in developing new treatments for Alzheimer's at the National Institutes of Health. He went on to spend 20 years as a professor at University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, where he directed a program dedicated to the care and study of those with Alzheimer's. He has also served as a research professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
Media Contact: Hailey Paquette, 

Brain Imaging, Alzheimer's Disease, and Dementia
Adam S. Fleischer, M.D., MAS
Director, Brain Imaging
Banner Alzheimer's Institute
"Brain imaging is leading the way to discovering and detecting the earliest evidence of Alzheimer's symptoms in the brain."
Dr. Fleischer is the director of brain imaging at Banner Alzheimer's Institute, a geriatric neurologist and an expert in the field of brain imaging. He received his general neurology training at Johns Hopkins Hospital before completing a clinical and research dementia fellowship and master's degree in clinical research at the University of California, San Diego. He is well published in the fields of dementia clinical trials and imaging.
Media Contact: Hailey Paquette,  


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