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PROFNET EXPERT ALERTS: Health & Living

Saturday, August 9, 2008 General News J E 4
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BANNING FAST-FOOD RESTAURANTS

We've added the following to items posted previously athttp://tinyurl.com/5u5bpq

1. NUTRITION: IMPROVING, NOT ELIMINATING, FAST FOOD IS CRITICAL FOR HEALTH OFU.S. KIDS. STEPHEN KELLEHER, Ph.D., food technologist and industry expert whospecializes in reducing fat and calories in fried foods: "Kids aren't going tostop eating cheeseburgers and french fries all of a sudden. With the risinglevels of obesity and type 2 diabetes, it's simply not enough to encourage ourkids to exercise and eat fruits and vegetables. We need to be smarter. Thatadvice is important and accurate but just one step. We must also make thefoods that they actually like to eat healthier." News Contact: WhitneyPeabody, wpeabody@ctpboston.com Phone: +1-617-412-4000 (8/8/08)

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EXPERT ALERTS

1. BEHAVIOR: PEACE OF MIND DURING TROUBLED ECONOMIC TIMES. DR. ROBERT PUFF,internationally renowned clinical psychologist and author of "Anger Work: HowTo Express Your Anger and Still Be Kind" and the podcast "Living a PeacefulLife": "In today's troubled economy, with people losing their homes and jobs,it's more important than ever to see that the secret to living a peaceful lifeis not having bundles of money, hot cars, designer clothes and a fabuloushome. You already have everything you need to live a peaceful, joyful life, ifyou will only tap into that reality. The secret is to silence the mind'srunning commentary of assessment and judgment and tune into the beauty of thepresent moment instead." Web site: http://www.doctorpuff.com (8/8/08)

2. CHILD DEVELOPMENT: LACK OF TUMMY TIME SHOWN TO HINDER ACHIEVEMENT OFDEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES. JUDY TOWNE JENNINGS, PT, MA, researcher, andspokesperson for the AMERICAN PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION (APTA), can discussthe recent recommendations from the APTA urging parents to ensure that babiesget enough "tummy time": "We have seen first-hand what the lack of tummy timecan mean for a baby: developmental, cognitive and organizational skillsdelays; eye-tracking problems; and behavioral issues, to name just somecomplications. New parents are told of the importance of babies sleeping ontheir backs to avoid SIDS, but they are not always informed about theimportance of tummy time." News Contact: Jennifer Rondon,jenniferrondon@apta.org Phone: +1-703-706-3216 (8/8/08)

3. HEALTH: BEIJING AIR QUALITY MAY BE OLYMPIC-SIZE HURDLE. DR. EDWARD BROOKS,asthma specialist at the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH, can discuss howpollution and weather may affect Olympians: "Athletes -- particularly high-performance competitors -- have two to three times higher rates of asthma, andpollution is strongly correlated to the condition. Exposure to pollutantsthroughout the day significantly reduces lung function of even healthyathletes. For those already suffering from asthma or allergies, the problemscan certainly affect performance." Brooks has ongoing investigations in theinteraction of air pollutants and the effects on lung function in athletes.News Contact: Olivia H. Goodman, olivia.goodman@gabbe.com Phone: +1-212-220-4444 (8/8/08)

4. HEALTH: TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY HELPS, UNDERUSED BY OLDER ADULTSWITH OSTEOARTHRITIS. LINDA GEORGE, Ph.D., professor of sociology and ofpsychology, social and health sciences at DUKE UNIVERSITY: "Osteoarthritis ofthe hip, a progressive type of arthritis closely associated with aging andobesity that affects about 10 million Americans, has a devastating impact on apatient's quality and length of life. For older patients, total hipreplacement offers a better quality of life and increased ability to care foroneself and live independently, compared with those who do not undergo theprocedure. Further, there is no age limit on the benefits of the procedure forpatients. Despite these benefits, fewer than 25 percent of patients who couldbenefit from the procedure
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