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PROFNET EXPERT ALERTS: Summer Feet / Divorce Texts / Head Injuries

Saturday, July 3, 2010 General News J E 4
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July 2, 2010

1. Health: Enjoying the Summer Despite Corns and Calluses

2. Divorce: In Splitsville, Texting Has Become Weapon of Choice

3. Health: Growth Projected in Allied Health Careers

4. Health: Head Injuries Under Study in High-School Sports

5. Home & Garden: Are Backyard Decks Still Popular?

**1. HEALTH: ENJOYING THE SUMMER DESPITE CORNS AND CALLUSES. Dr. Joshua Fox, leading dermatologist in the New York area, and founder and president of New Age Research Foundation: "Nearly 10 percent of American women and 5 percent of the population as a whole suffer from unsightly, often painful corns and calluses that make their feet best suited for boots and other winter shoe styles. But by taking care of these problems now, women and men can enjoy the summer in sandals or their bare feet. Corns and calluses are caused by friction and pressure on the feet, either from wearing shoes that don't fit properly or from conditions such as arthritis, trauma, bunions or various deformities. While most corns and calluses are unsightly, only some cause pain. If you are in good health, you don't have to see a professional for corns and calluses unless they hurt or bother your walking. But if you don't like the way your feet look, are having pain or have certain medical conditions -- including diabetes, poor circulation or numbness in the feet -- it's important that you see a doctor or podiatrist who can evaluate the problem and help you remove the corns and calluses." News Contact: Melissa Chefec, mchefec@optonline.net Phone: +1-203-968-6625 Website: http://www.mcprpublicrelations.com

**2. DIVORCE: IN SPLITSVILLE, TEXTING HAS BECOME WEAPON OF CHOICE. Brad LaMorgese, attorney in the Dallas family law firm of McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing: "Rude, taunting and threatening text messages have become the weapon of choice among parties going through divorce. Estranged spouses are increasingly harassing each other with direct messages sent at all hours, and their current flames often jump in by sending salacious photos meant to enrage the ex. Needless to say, text messages provide useful evidence during a divorce. Such messages are on the rise and expected to become even more pervasive, simply because wireless technology makes this form of communication so easy. The contents of these messages can be pivotal in property division and child custody cases. Texting can show a track record of harassment, rude behavior or activities that are not reflective of good parenting." News Contact: Robert Tharp, robert@androvett.com Phone: +1-800-559-4534

**3. HEALTH: GROWTH PROJECTED IN ALLIED HEALTH CAREERS. Ronette Messer, allied health faculty member at Brown Mackie College - Merrillville, located in Merrillville, Ind.: "Many Americans are evaluating career directions and considering other options in today's competitive job market. One industry consistently reported as growing is health care. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's 2010-11 Edition of the Career Guide to Industries, 10 of the 20 fastest-growing occupations are health care-related. It further states that health care will generate 3.2 million new jobs between 2008 and 2016. Even if patient care does not appeal to you, you should not disregard looking into health care opportunities. Not all health care workers are directly involved in patient care. Many health care career options are available. 'Allied health care' is an umbrella term that covers more than 200 careers, employing people with skills in many different areas. Employment options in this growing industry range from doctors and nurses to office managers and insurance coders, phlebotomists and nutritionists. What's more, most health care employment opportunities require less than four years of college." News Contact: J. Stephen Dobbins, stdobbins@brownmackie.edu Phone: +1-513-830-2005

**4. HEALTH: HEAD INJURIES UNDER STUDY IN HIGH-SCHOOL SPORTS. Dr. David Price is associate director of the Department of Sports Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) in Charlotte, N.C., which is part of the nation's third largest nonprofit healthcare system. He is part of a research team at CMC that is investigating the prevalence and severity of head trauma among high-school athletes, and can discuss the prevalence of head injuries in high-school sports and what players, parents and coaches can do to prevent them: "More than 1 million high-school athletes play football in the U.S. each year, and it's estimated that each high-school football player will have at least two concussions per season. The goal is to better understand the problem and develop effective prevention techniques." With a grant from Kohl's department stores, the CMC Department of Sports Medicine is working with high-tech helmets to evaluate head injuries among high-school football players and help guide improved prevention approaches. News Contact: Mark Brock, mbrock@wrayward.com Phone: +1-704-926-1305

**5. HOME & GARDEN: ARE BACKYARD DECKS STILL POPULAR? Brian Kearney, CEO of Neponset Valley Construction: "Decks have experienced a tremendous popularity with homeowners. A carefully planned and well-built deck not only adds value to your home, it's also an extension of your living space and lifestyle. Decks are often the central point for family gatherings and outdoor entertainment. These extended areas also allow families to relax outdoors and enjoy the sun, moon and stars. The process of building a deck requires planning, the right materials and proper craftsmanship. Choosing the right materials is critical. Vinyl and other man-made materials have become much more popular than wood, and increase longevity. Sometimes homeowners decide to go with an enclosed and insulated deck, or sunroom, which have one of the highest returns on investment of all home improvements. Many homeowners recoup 75-99 percent of their investment when they decide to sell their home." News Contact: Stacey Rudy, Stacey@exposeyourselfpr.com

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