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Aug 16, 2013, 13:28 ET from ProfNet

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  • How Parents and Educators Can Support Students
  • Smoking Cessation and Switching to E-Cigarettes
  • The Emerging E-Cigarette Trend
  • Perfecting the Bagged Lunch for Your Children
  • Placing Mom or Dad on Medicaid
  • Selecting the Best Lighting for Your Home


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How Parents and Educators Can Support Students
Joshua Smith, Ph.D.
Loyola University Maryland School of Education
"The school year is fast approaching, and for many students who are transitioning to a new school this fall the next few weeks will be filled with anticipation and anxiety. Gone unaddressed, these feelings of uncertainty could adversely affect a student's performance in the classroom. Transition is receiving increased attention because ninth grade course failures and high school dropout rates exceed all other grade levels; but transition issues are prevalent at all grade levels and into college. To stem this trend, it's critical for schools to ramp up transition programming and for parents to recognize they, too, must play a central support role."
Dr. Smith, an expert in educational transition and program evaluation, is available to discuss innovative ways parents and schools can support students during a transition to a new school. He is located in Baltimore, MD.
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Media Contact: Nick Alexopulos,

Smoking Cessation and Switching to E-Cigarettes
Paul Cinciripini, Ph.D.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
"Switching from tobacco to e-cigarettes could help smokers avoid approximately 6,000 chemicals, some of which are human carcinogens. Reduced exposure to harmful chemicals warrants research of these products as a vehicle for smoking cessation. However, unbiased studies, free from the ethical and legal challenges of 'Big Tobacco'-sponsored trials, are needed."
Cinciripini, Ph.D., a behavioral scientists and smoking cessation expert at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, is available to discuss the emerging e-cigarette trend. He is the director of the Tobacco Treatment Program, and has over 30 years of experience conducting basic and clinical research in the area of smoking cessation and nicotine psychopharmacology. His work has focused on psychological (negative affect, coping self-efficacy), psychophysiological (emotional reactivity), neural (EEG/fMRI) and genetic predictors of treatment outcome (pharmacogenetics). In addition to community based samples his work has also involved populations with psychiatric and medical co-morbidities including depression, pregnancy and cancer.
Media Contact: Lindsay Kurs,

The Emerging E-Cigarette Trend
Alexander Prokhorov, M.D., Ph.D.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
"E-cigarettes are a promising growth area for the tobacco companies, allowing them to diversify their addictive and lethal products with a so-called 'safe cigarette,' but may also serve as a potential gateway to young and never smokers. These products are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration and this is concerning because it's impossible to know what you're really getting or if it's safe. In one analysis nicotine levels have been shown to vary widely among e-cigarette products. For now, I recommend that those looking to quit stick with approved devices, such as nicotine inhalers."
Prokhorov is a behavioral scientist and smoking cessation expert at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, whose work focuses on creating and testing innovative tobacco prevention and cessation programs for high-risk teens and young adults. He is the director of MD Anderson's Tobacco Outreach Education Program. He recently led the development of the Tobacco-Free Teens app and spearheaded MD Anderson's ASPIRE (A Smoking Prevention Interactive Experience) program – both are new approaches to keeping young people free from the grips of nicotine addiction.
Media Contact: Lindsay Kurs,

Perfecting the Bagged Lunch for Your Children
Michelle Dudash, RD
Registered Dietician and Chef
Chef Dudash Nutrition
"Understanding school lunch policies regarding allergens, sourcing the best user-friendly lunchbox gear and stocking up on the healthiest lunch ingredients that kids will actually eat help streamline the lunch packing process. A 2012 survey by Harris Interactive revealed that 55 percent of moms with school age children claim to be stressed out just at the idea of shopping for and packing a school lunch."
Dudash, nutritionist and Cordon Bleu-certified chef, has the bagged lunch rush down to a science. She has first-hand experience packing her four-year-old child's lunch five days a week, so her solutions are child-tested and parent-approved. She has prepped the perfect packed lunch timeline for any busy parent ramping up for back to school. She is the author of "Clean Eating for Busy Families."
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Placing Mom or Dad on Medicaid
Ronald Fatoullah, Esq.
New York Elder Law, Trusts & Estates Attorney
Ronald Fatoullah & Associates
"Mom has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and will need long-term care. She may eventually need nursing home care. Costs for home care, nursing home and assisted living care are skyrocketing. Panic sets in. How will mom and dad afford to pay for mom's care without depleting all their hard earned assets? You can apply to have mom placed on Medicaid. Not to be confused with Medicare (which will not pay for extended long-term care), Medicaid, (if mom is eligible), can pay for homecare, nursing home care and even assisted living care."
Fatoullah, founder of Ronald Fatoullah & Associates, has been advising New Yorkers for more than 30 years about the legal and financial challenges of aging. He has been selected as one of New York's "Best Lawyers" in the fields of elder law, trusts and estates for seven consecutive years. He also serves on the executive committee of the Elder Law Section of the NYS Bar Association.
Media Contact: Carol Schell,

Selecting the Best Lighting for Your Home
Jayson Serrault
Lighting Expert
Batteries Plus Bulbs
"When it comes to creating focus on an object, whether it's the bed, a piece of artwork or backyard plants, lighting determines how highlighted the object is and is key to creating a focal point,"
If working on any stories that relate to home decorating and selecting the best lighting options for your home, lighting expert Serrault can provide in-depth tips about which lighting is best for particular rooms in the house as well as the kind of light bulbs that are ideal for highlighting particular focal points.
Media Contact: Chelsey Korman,



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