**1. BEVERAGE: MERLOT OR CHARDONNAY? LOSE THE CONFUSION ABOUT WINE. JOHNBANDMAN, certified sommelier and restaurant management instructor at THE ARTINSTITUTE OF NEW YORK CITY, knows how to impart knowledge in an unthreatening,entertaining way and will demystify the subject of wine: "Many diners wouldlove the restaurant staff to recommend a wine since they get overwhelmed byall the available choices. A good sommelier will discuss the food ordered andsubtly point to a couple of bottles on the wine list so the diner can make aselection that fits his/her budget. Diners should jot down the name of a winethey have particularly enjoyed, so they can build a repertoire of theirfavorites." Bandman is certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers and holdsan advanced certificate from Wine & Spirit Education Trust of London. He'salso an expert in menu planning, catering and corporate dining, so he has anoverview of how wines and foods complement each other. News Contact: MidgeElias, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-212-625-6027 (8/30/07)
**2. DERMATOLOGY: ARE YOUR SUNSCREENS SAFE? FDA MANDATES SUNSCREEN LABELING.DR. JOEL SCHLESSINGER, M.D., board-certified dermatologist, president of theAMERICAN SOCIETY OF COSMETIC DERMATOLOGY and AESTHETIC SURGERY and founder ofLOVELYSKIN.COM, a skincare and products Web site, can discuss the importanceof the FDA decision to improve sunscreen labeling: "This is long overdue, inmy opinion. We have known for years that the system is 'broken,' but nowconsumers finally know that what they get over the counter may not beprotecting them fully. With this system, consumers will see which sunscreensactually work for both UVA and UVB rays. These sunscreens that contain bothforms of protection in an adequate amount are fairly pricey to produce atpresent, so most manufacturers don't go to the trouble of putting the 'good'ingredients in for 'off-the-shelf' products." News Contact: Tricia Kent,email@example.com Phone: +1-772-633-8337 (8/30/07)
**3. HEALTH: HEEL PAIN AND PLANTAR FASCIITIS. DR. JOSEPH FOX, podiatricsurgeon with GRAMERCY SURGERY CENTER, has 20+ years of experience in treatmentof musculoskeletal conditions of the foot: "If you experience nagging heelpain when you wake up in the morning or after spending a significant time onyour feet, you're not alone. Heel pain is the most common complaint amongpodiatric patients, affecting more than one million Americans each year. Thecause of the pain, most often, is plantar fasciitis -- an inflammation of thetendon that runs along the arch of the foot from the heel to the toes.Fortunately, about 90 percent of all plantar fasciitis cases resolve withconservative treatment. However, up to 10 percent of cases, or 100,000annually, may become chronic, excruciating and debilitating. While invasivesurgery has been the primary option to treat chronic plantar fasciitis, a new,minimally invasive technique called Coblation therapy promises pain relief andresumption of normal activities with fewer side effects." News Contact:Melissa Chefec, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1-203-968-6625 (8/30/07)
**4. HEALTH: UNDERSTANDING SAFE EARWAX REMOVAL. MICHAEL ELLIS, M.D., apracticing, board-certified otolaryngologist and a clinical professor ofotolaryngology and head and neck surgery at the LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY(L.S.U.) MEDICAL SCHOOL: "Millions of U.S. adults report problematic earwaxbuildup and impaction requiring a doctor visit to remove their blockage. Whenit comes to cleaning their ears of excess wax, people plagued with chronic waxissues have had very few options, resulting in the use of mechanisms that canactually harm the eardrum or push wax further into the ear. While it isimportant for those with chronic earwax to have a blockage removed by aphysician, there is a new, safe, preventative product available in the U.S.that provides a safe method to keep earwax buildup at bay.