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July 23, 2010

1. Health: Can One Alcoholic Drink a Week Prevent You from Losing Weight?

2. Health: Children with Auditory Processing Disorder Are Often Misdiagnosed

3. Health: Hypnosis and Acupuncture Help People Quit Smoking Without Adverse Effects

4. Health: Twenty Years Later, ADA Must Challenge Negative Perceptions, Focus on Compliance

5. Home: Does My Home Need a New Roof?

6. Home: How Can Young Homebuyers Prepare for a Home?

**1. HEALTH: CAN ONE ALCOHOLIC DRINK A WEEK PREVENT YOU FROM LOSING WEIGHT? Kevin Richardson is recognized as one of the world's authorities on high-intensity training: "After decades of focusing on my own health and helping hundreds get fit and lose weight, I have observed that having as little as one drink of alcohol a week is more than enough to reduce weight loss by over 60-70 percent, compared to those who follow the same dietary plan and exercise regimen." Richardson's observations are backed up by medical studies that identify why alcohol will derail most weight-loss efforts. He is available to discuss this topic, as well as diet and exercise tips for more effective, shorter workouts and eating to increase metabolism. News Contact: Risa B. Hoag, Phone: +1-845-627-3000

**2. HEALTH: CHILDREN WITH AUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDER ARE OFTEN MISDIAGNOSED. Lois Kam Heymann, MA, CCC-SLP, is a recognized leader in the treatment of children with listening, learning and auditory challenges, and has more than 30 years of experience. She is also the author of the new book, "The Sound of Hope," with a foreword by Rosie O'Donnell: "Auditory processing disorder, or APD, afflicts 3-5 children out of every 100 in the United States. It is a problem often misdiagnosed as a myriad of other ailments, including pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). APD symptoms and treatments cover several different specific listening difficulties and have a number of different possible causes. While difficulties with any of the standard developmental markers can mean a child has APD, too often children with a bona fide auditory processing disorder are misdiagnosed with another condition that has another three-letter acronym." Heymann is available to discuss the diagnosis and treatment of children with APD. News Contact: Risa B. Hoag, Phone: +1-845-627-3000

**3. HEALTH: HYPNOSIS AND ACUPUNCTURE HELP PEOPLE QUIT SMOKING WITHOUT ADVERSE EFFECTS. Michael Ellner, an internationally renowned educator of complementary and alternative medicine located in New York City, can discuss research linking adverse effects, like thoughts and acts of aggression and violence, with a popular prescription smoking-cessation aid, and how hypnosis and acupuncture can help people stop smoking: "The just-published research shows increasing scientific evidence linking Varenicline with thoughts and acts of aggression and violence. Since hypnosis and acupuncture are evidence-based ways to help people quit, the public should be aware of effective alternatives. There is rationale for combining hypnosis and acupuncture to increase their effectiveness." In addition to his private practice, Ellner teaches hypnotic pain-relief techniques, effective communication and creative stress management to doctors, dentists, nurses and frontline practitioners for PAINWeek, a major annual medical conference. Ellner: Websites: and

**4. HEALTH: TWENTY YEARS LATER, ADA MUST CHALLENGE NEGATIVE PERCEPTIONS, FOCUS ON COMPLIANCE. James Weisman, senior vice president and general counsel for the United Spinal Association, advocated for and drafted significant provisions for both the original and updated Americans with Disabilities Act, which celebrates its 20th anniversary on July 26. He can discuss the challenges and goals ahead for the ADA: "Twenty years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we can see tangible results. The ADA mandates have broken down architectural, transportation and communication barriers. The opportunity, which has afforded those with physical, sensory and cognitive impairments the enjoyment of all America has to offer, has changed us all. The accommodation of people with disabilities has made us a world model. The challenges ahead are to achieve compliance with the ADA laws and to challenge the public's negative perceptions of people with disabilities. Our goal is to safeguard human rights, enhance self-determination and make technology work for everyone." The landmark ADA is a wide-ranging civil rights act that prohibits the discrimination against persons with any type of disability, including visual and hearing impairments, and developmental or physical disabilities. News Contact: Ahvi Spindell, Phone: +1-212-580-4567

**5. HOME: DOES MY HOME NEED A NEW ROOF? Brian Kearney is owner of Neponset Valley Construction, located in Norwood, Mass.: "The three most common factors for replacing a roof is age, appearance and leaks. The average lifespan of a roof is 20 years. Sun exposure, shingle color and ventilation under the roof will also play a role in your roof's longevity. If you are unsure of your roof's age, your next evaluation factor is appearance. If you have shingles that are broken or look buckled or warped, it may be time to consider replacement. The last factor is a leak. Unfortunately, this is not the best way to find out that you may need a new roof. By the time you find water leaking inside your house, it most likely started a while ago, and leaks will lead to ceiling and wall damage and can cause structural damage. If you think your roof falls into any of these categories, you may want to consult a certified roofing company for a consult." News Contact: Stacey Rudy,

**6. HOME: HOW CAN YOUNG HOMEBUYERS PREPARE FOR A HOME? Lisa Sevajian, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker in Andover, Mass.: "Many young buyers prefer buying homes in our current economy because there tend to be more opportunities in the marketplace. The buyers are looking at the low interest rates and housing prices and comparing these reasonable monthly totals to higher-than-expected monthly rent. Buying a home has always been considered a better investment, and there are tax deductions buyers can take advantage of; however, first-time homebuyers need to be prepared financially. Not only do buyers have to budget for their monthly mortgage, taxes and insurance, they should also be prepared for monthly utilities, home repairs and maintenance. Certain home repairs, such as a new roof, windows, kitchen and any structural damage, can increase your home repair costs, so be sure to ask the sellers about these features when looking at a home." Sevajian:

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