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PROFNET EXPERT ALERTS: Health & Living

Saturday, May 24, 2008 General News J E 4
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1. BEHAVIOR: TACTICS TO PREVENT THE OCCURRENCE OF CYBER BULLYING. PATTIAGATSTON, co-author of "Cyber Bullying," is a cyber bullying preventionspecialist. Her role is to inform educators and parents on tactics to preventthe occurrence of cyber bullying, seen in the case of Megan Meier, a victim ofcyber bullying instigated by the actions of Lori Drew, who was just recentlyaccused of the charges against her in the case: "The death of Megan Meier wasa tragic example of the sinister powers of cyber bullying. The indictment ofLori Drew sends a message that where state or federal laws make it possible,the criminal justice system will attempt to stand for those who are thevictims of extreme cyber bullying." News Contact: Bethany H. Carland,bcarland@wiley.com Phone: +1-781-388-8509 (5/23/08)

2. BEHAVIOR: BULLYING: PRACTICAL TOOLS FOR VICTIMS AND BYSTANDERS. RONALDSLABY, developer of the national program Eyes on Bullying: "While parents andteachers have come to understand bullying more clearly in recent years, theystill lack practical tools to address it head on. We're not talking about'kids being mean'; bullying damages the physical, social and emotional well-being of its victims. More than 160,000 children stay home each day for fearof bullying. At its worst, bullying leads to suicide and school violence. Inalmost three-quarters of school shootings between 1974 and 2000, the shootershad histories of being bullied, attacked or injured." Slaby is available tospeak about the roles played by bullies, victims and bystanders and whatparents and teachers and other adults can -- and must -- do to stop it. NewsContact: Alison B. Cohen, acohen@edc.org Phone: +1-617-618-2109 (5/23/08)

3. BEHAVIOR: TREATMENTS AVAILABLE FOR OLDER ADULTS WITH DEPRESSION. FORRESTSCOGIN, Ph.D., past president of the SOCIETY OF CLINICAL GEROPSYCHOLOGY,AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: "Depression has been identified as a majorhealth problem affecting older adults. Several effective treatments areavailable for older adults experiencing depressive symptoms. Many older adultsexpress a preference for receiving psychological treatments for depression,and recent reviews suggest there are as many as six evidence-basedpsychotherapies for depressed older adults. These include cognitive-behavioraltherapy, problem-solving therapy and reminiscence therapy, and can be adaptedto meet the needs of older persons with various degrees of cognitive andphysical impairment." (5/23/08)

4. FILM: DECIPHERING THE FACT AND FICTION OF 'INDIANA JONES.' WILLIAM BEEMAN,a UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA professor of anthropology, can comment on the realand not-so-real aspects of Indy's adventures: "While booby traps and whipcracking are what make up the fictitious profession of archaeology in the'Indiana Jones' movie series, the subject of its latest installment -- crystalskulls -- are part of a very real cult activity. Many in the fact-findingprofession still enjoy the Indiana Jones adventures, even as we know how farit is from what we do." Beeman can discuss how crystal skulls, as portrayed inthe fourth film, do exist as cult relics but are more likely products of 19thcentury Europe and not ancient Mayan artifacts. News Contact: Patty Mattern,mattern@umn.edu Phone: +1-612-624-2801 (5/23/08)

5. HEALTH: FAA RULING ON SMOKING CESSATION PRODUCT. JACK HENNINGFIELD, Ph.D.,is a professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at theJOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, serves as vice president ofresearch and health policy at Pinney Associates and is a GlaxoSmithKlineconsumer healthcare consultant: "In light of the announcement by the FederalAviation Administration (FAA) that it has removed a prescription anti-smokingpill from their approved list of safe medications for pilots and air-trafficcontrollers, it's important to note this news does not include nicotinereplacement therapy (NRT), which
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