1. Family Issues: Coleman Case Shows No Estate Too Small for a Will
2. Health: Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Deaths of Student-Athletes Must Be Promoted
3. Home: Ways toExpand Your Living Space
4. Parenting: Creating Productive Summer Experiences for an ADHD Child
5. Pets: Move Over Kids, It's Fido's Turn to Go to Work
6. Photography: Tips for Protecting Your Camera at the Beach
8. Safety: Summertime Brings Tire Failures
**1. FAMILY ISSUES: COLEMAN CASE SHOWS NO ESTATE TOO SMALL FOR A WILL. Steve Spitzer, head of the Probate Litigation Section at Cowles & Thompson: "Despite reports of meager assets, actor Gary Coleman's survivors are lining up for a fight over his estate. It's a phenomenon that happens with disheartening frequency. Too often, people die without a will or, in the case of Coleman, one that is outdated, simply because they don't think their estate is large enough to warrant one. Everyone should have a will. It is your final opportunity to give voice to your affairs. Either you write one or the government writes one for you, and that can give rise to a multitude of problems, from the wrong people receiving your possessions to higher administration costs, which especially for small estates can become burdensome." News Contact: Rhonda Reddick, [email protected] Phone: +1-800-559-4534
**2. HEALTH: PREVENTION OF SUDDEN CARDIAC DEATHS OF STUDENT-ATHLETES MUST BE PROMOTED. Dr. David Price is associate director of the Department of Family Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., which is part of the nation's third largest nonprofit healthcare system. He is available to discuss new programs that target sudden cardiac trauma in student-athletes: "Prevention programs for sudden cardiac death -- the leading cause of death in young athletes -- should be promoted as an essential for sports programs in high schools and colleges. It is estimated that 20 to 25 high-school and college athletes in the U.S. die each year from sudden cardiac death, with half of them experiencing symptoms beforehand. Screenings allow us to detect a silent heart problem and alert athletes and parents to schedule appointments for follow-up evaluation and care. My team is leading a program called 'Heart of a Champion' to identify at-risk students and hopefully prevent tragic results." News Contact: Mark Brock, [email protected] Phone: +1-704-926-1305
**3. HOME: WAYS TO EXPAND YOUR LIVING SPACE. Lisa Sevajian of Coldwell Banker in Andover, Mass.: "Looking for ways to expand your living space? How about utilizing that great porch or back patio you have? Outdoor living space is very popular right now. Families are looking for ways to expand their living space, especially when it's warm and they want to spend more time outside. Your outdoor space should have enough room for four comfortable chairs and enough floor space for the kids to sprawl out and play. Good lighting (ceiling fans, lampposts or decorative lanterns) is also important. I also see porches being remodeled with built-in storage areas that are accessorized with colorful pillows, and these areas double as sitting space. Outdoor space is being utilized more and more for family dining and social gatherings. Homeowners who have made these improvements are seeing a better return on their investment when it's time to sell." Sevajian: [email protected]
**4. PARENTING: CREATING PRODUCTIVE SUMMER EXPERIENCES FOR AN ADHD CHILD. Karen K. Lowry, RN and author of "The Seventh Inning Sit: A Journey of ADHD," is based in Medford, N.J., and can discuss ways parents can ensure a productive summer for children with ADHD, in light of the end of the academic year: "First, it's important to incorporate consistent bedtimes into the structure of the days. Some children have coexisting disorders of anxiety, which does impact going to sleep and staying asleep. The cycle of not enough sleep and oppositional behavior appear to correlate. The academic component must be reinforced for every child in the summer, due to the potential for regression. Only 30 percent of children with ADHD have no coexisting disorders. So in order to encourage the reading and math that are assigned by many schools to do over the summer, again, structure comes into play. Choices are important for children when you are reinforcing academic activities that they would rather ignore." News Contact: Jackie O'Neal, [email protected] Phone: +1-609-334-8621 Website: http://tinyurl.com/2dc8uyz
**5. PETS: MOVE OVER KIDS, IT'S FIDO'S TURN TO GO TO WORK. Audrey Mross, labor and employment attorney at Dallas' Munck Carter: "First it was daughters, and then sons. And now, come June 25, it's time for Take Your Dog to Work Day. Bringing Fido along can make the workplace more fun, but there are a number of things to consider, including building management, which by law is required to allow service animals but may prohibit others. Then there are the logistics, including sanitation, noise and feeding. On top of that, you need to be prepared for people to go beyond just dogs. If one person brings in a basset hound, someone else might want to match that with his pet boa. Add to that issues of allergies and breeds that scare some people, and things could get interesting." News Contact: Mark Annick, [email protected] Phone: +1-800-559-4534
**6. PHOTOGRAPHY: TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR CAMERA AT THE BEACH. David M. Stone, CEO of Photographic Solutions, Inc., in Buzzards Bay, Mass.: "Summer means fun trips to the beach. As much as I encourage everyone to take photos, you need to make sure you protect your camera at the beach. The heat, moisture and sand can create havoc on your digital camera. Here are three quick tips for keeping your camera safe and clean: 1) Keep your camera out of direct sunlight for long periods of time. When not in use, keep in a shaded area. 2) The best place to store your camera is in your camera bag. A watertight bag is an even better solution, but if you don't have that type of bag, you can also use a Ziploc bag to protect your camera from getting wet. 3) Finally, if you get sand on your camera, it's always best to immediately blow the sand off. If it still remains, use a blower or compressed air to remove the remaining sand particles." News Contact: Stacey Rudy, [email protected]
**7. RELATIONSHIPS: HORMONAL BALANCE: THE KEY TO LIFE, LOVE AND ENERGY. John Gray, Ph.D., No. 1 best-selling relationship author of all time, Certified Family Therapist and author of the new book, "Venus On Fire, Mars On Ice" (Mind Publishing, May 2010): "Women are on fire today because they're overwhelmed. The 'love hormone' oxytocin calms a woman, while testosterone provides stress relief and vitality for men. The key is balancing the planets. When his testosterone is in balance, a man feels like Brad Pitt and Will Smith, climbs mountains and cleans the garage. He needs sufficient rest and validation from his partner to keep producing testosterone. A woman needs continual messages that assure her of his love, understanding and respect." Gray offers simple steps that can quickly turn your love life from bitter to sweet, boring to passionate, sick to healthy -- including "100 Oxytocin-Producing Activities a Woman Can Engage in." Topics include families, marriage, parenting, sexual passion, weight management, dating, gender differences, aging, and the effect diet, hormones, stress, lifestyle, sleep, exercise, sex, and communication have on health and happiness at every age. News Contact: Carole Myers, [email protected] Phone: +1-310-890-3030 Website: http://www.MarsVenus.com
**8. SAFETY: SUMMERTIME BRINGS TIRE FAILURES. Wesley Todd Ball, Houston attorney at Farrar & Ball LLP, who recently won a $32.8 million verdict in a tire-failure lawsuit: "With the summer comes additional travel and stifling road heat, both archenemies of tire safety. Before any long trip, perform a detailed inspection of each of your tires, including the spare. Look the tire over and run your hands along the tread, checking for foreign objects, separations or bulges, which are evidence of a failure sure to come. And use the top of a penny to inspect for proper tread depth. If part of Lincoln's head is covered, your tread depth is good. Any questionable issues are an immediate cause for concern, and warrant a trip to the local tire shop." News Contact: Alan Bentrup, [email protected] Phone: +1-800-559-4534
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