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Understanding Statins and Parkinson's Disease
James Beck, Ph.D.
Vice President, Scientific Affairs
Parkinson's Disease Foundation
"The research published on July 24 in Neurology is a prime example of how existing drugs on the market have the potential to positively impact Parkinson's disease. For the 1 million people with Parkinson's disease in the U.S. who need better treatments now, this is good news. However, we must remember that without a solid footing of how statins and similar drugs work, widespread testing or use of these drugs are like an expensive house built upon sand: it will be of little scientific benefit if it meets failure. We need scientists conducting the basic science to understand the drugs, if they are to be of benefit over the long term."
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Media Contact: Melissa Barry,

Tips for Summer Eating
Chef Jeffrey Floyd
Culinary Academic Director
The Art Institute of Virginia Beach
"Beat the heat with lighter, simpler meals this summer. Less time in the kitchen means more time to enjoy the bright delicious flavors of just-picked berries, peaches, greens and other vegetables. Allow the flavor of fresh summer produce to shine. Use the grill, and also know that cold soup is for summer, too."
Floyd is available to speak with the media and provide additional tips for summer eating, as well as healthy eating in general.
Media Contact: Marcia Gomez,

Tips for Parents With Newborns
Dr. Andrea McCrink
Assistant Professor
College of Nursing and Public Health at Adelphi University
"All babies cry, and you will not spoil them if you pick them up. In fact, soothing a newborn when they are crying is the best thing parents can do. Babies need to trust that their needs will be met. Listen to the advice of others but then decide what will work best for your family. The birth of a baby is a life altering event for everyone. Suddenly everyone, even the new royal parents, have new roles and responsibilities and need to get to know their baby."
Dr. McCrink's educational focus at Adelphi University is obstetric, maternal-newborn nursing, pediatric nursing, as well as ethical and professional nursing practice. As a women's health nurse practitioner, she focuses on providing gynecological care to woman of all ages. She has presented nationally on a variety of women's healthcare topics and has completed international medical missions to Guatemala and the Dominican Republic to provide care to indigent populations.
Media Contact: Kali Chan,

Caring for Your Newborn Baby
Dr. Margot De Sevo
Associate Professor
College of Nursing and Public Health at Adelphi University
"First and foremost, I believe that we must give parents positive reinforcement when they care for their babies. They must feel capable of their own abilities before we discharge them from the hospital to prevent them from panicking in the early newborn period. Limit the number of people who come in direct contact with the baby, especially with the recent prevalence of whooping cough. Those adults in direct contact with the baby should, therefore, have received the Tdap vaccine to acquire immunity."
Dr. De Sevo has worked as a staff nurse at NYU Medical Center and Phelps Memorial Hospital and as an infectious disease nurse at The New York Hospital. She holds certifications in inpatient obstetric nursing, Lamaze childbirth education and lactation consultation. She has taught maternity and pediatric nursing and has written a number of articles on maternity care and genetics issues for nurses. A second edition of her review text, entitled "Maternal and Newborn Success" was published by F.A. Davis in 2013.
Media Contact: Kali Chan,

Living Comfortably With IBS
Patsy Catsos
Registered Dietician
Robin Leedy & Associates
"While there is no known cause or cure for IBS, incorporating a high potency probiotic medical food like VSL#3 into your or your child's diet along with learning what foods trigger the uncomfortable symptoms, can prove very beneficial."
Catsos is a nationally recognized registered dietitian, member of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and professional member of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America and author. She specializes in medical nutrition therapy for gastrointestinal diseases and disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and ulcerative colitis (UC). She is available to discuss the diseases and disorders and can provide food choices for those who suffer from them. She can discuss ways for parents to outsmart IBS at meal time and offer a few of her favorite, healthy, easy-to-make, IBS-friendly recipes that are sure to please the pickiest of eaters. Catsos is the author of several books, including the recent "IBS-Free At Last!"
Media Contact: Nicole Egan,

Is Doctor Bashing Becoming a National Sport?
Carla Rotering M.D.
Vice President Physician Services
Leebov Golde Group
"The fact is the training, knowledge, skills and professionalism of physicians is just as high now, if not higher, than in the old days when everyone bragged about and loved their doctors. A major shift is that in this era of patient rights and empowerment, doctors are held much more accountable and often have not been proactive in responding to this higher standard. Patients far too often will pour out stories of traumatic healthcare experiences, insults suffered, acts of disrespect or poor bedside manners, and disappointments in a system and in doctors who let them down."  
Dr. Rotering believes doctor bashing has become a national sport. She implores doctors and other healthcare providers to defend the medical profession vigorously. She is co-author of "The Language of Caring Guide for Physicians: Communication Essentials for Patient-Centered Care" along with Wendy Leebov, EdD.
Media Contact: Scott Lorenz,



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