PROFNET EXPERT ALERTS: Beef Recalls / Multiple Sclerosis / Workplace Romance

Saturday, October 10, 2009 General News
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SWINE FLU (continued)

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1. DIANE POSTLER-SLATTERY, Ph.D., FACHE, is a veteran nurse who has risenthrough the ranks to become president and COO of Wisconsin's ASPIRUS WAUSAUHOSPITAL, the flagship hospital of a major Midwest health care system. She isavailable to speak to media about her role in overseeing operations at thehospital, including managing the potential impact of H1N1 on the region's mixof rural and urban communities: "As a hospital COO and former nurse, I amclosely attuned to the operational and clinical challenges involved inprotecting the most vulnerable individuals from both seasonal flu and the H1N1pandemic. These challenges include meeting the distinct needs of the rural andurban populations we serve." Postler-Slattery can address how hospitals andhealth care providers are working with health departments and communityleaders to help ensure an effective response that includes sufficient vaccine,managing patient flow and tracking outcomes. News Contact: David Buckalew, Phone: +1-616-233-0500 (10/9/09)


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1. DUANE ERWIN, J.D., FACHE, president and CEO of ASPIRUS, INC., a leadingMidwest hospital system, can provide a unique perspective on the implicationsof U.S. health care reform on a half-rural, half-urban region that alreadymeets several key criteria contained in national reform proposals, includingnear-universal coverage and low-cost, high-quality care: "Despite the factthat 94 percent of residents in our service area have health insurance andaccess to quality care, I can say with confidence that we could benefit fromaspects of proposed reform legislation. Higher levels of insurance coverageare just the start -- we're already there in Wisconsin." Erwin can provide abalanced perspective on reform, what is still needed in an environment ofnear-universal coverage, and what his team of health care professionals seesas the frontline challenges of implementing reform. News Contact: DavidBuckalew, Phone: +1-616-233-0500 (10/9/09)



1. HEALTH: HAVE A HAMBURGER; HOLD THE E. COLI. ALLEN WILLIAMS, Ph.D., chiefoperating officer of TALLGRASS BEEF COMPANY, LLC, is the nation's foremostauthority on the production of grass-fed beef. Williams provided the followingresponse to a major investigative report published in the Sunday, Oct. 4,editions of the New York Times, which detailed the industrial ground beefproduction practices that lead to E. coli-caused sickness in tens of thousandsof people each year: "The majority of E. coli comes into processing plants onthe hides of grain-fed feedlot cattle and in their guts. Most beef in theUnited States comes from cattle that are fattened on grain in feedlots. Graindiets alter the rumen pH in the gut to allow the acid-resistant bacteria, suchas pathogenic E. coli bacteria, to grow and thrive. Grass-fed cattle are muchless prone to the pathogenic forms of E. coli that usually lead to sicknessand recalls. Since 100 percent of grass-fed cattle are fed only forage dietsand raised in the pasture, they are clean inside and out." Williams is basedin Starkville, Miss. News Contact: Martha Murphy, martha@thebloomagency.comPhone: +1-336-397-5407 (10/5/09)

2. HEALTH: BLADDER CANCER URINE TEST. DR. SHASHI PAWAR, director of geneticsfor ACUPATH LABORATORIES, a New York specialty medical laboratory thatconducts cutting-edge molecular and cytogenetic analyses: "More than 70,000people in the United States will be diagnosed with new cases of bladder cancerin 2009, according to the National Cancer Institute. It's the fourth mostcommon type of cancer in men and the eighth most common in women, leading toroughly 14,000 deaths a year. But today, researchers are fine-tuning a simpleurine test that can detect bladder cancer up to six months before othermethods, with up to 95 percent accuracy. It may replace invasive proceduressuch as a cystoscopy, in which a tube is snaked into the bladder, or a biopsy.The test, called UroVysion, requires only a urine sample to detect geneticchanges in cells from the bladder isolated from the urine, a key indicator ofbladder cancer." News Contact: Melissa Chefec, Phone: +1-203-968-6625 (10/9/09)

3. HEALTH: VISION PROBLEMS MAY AFFECT A CHILD'S ABILITY TO SUCCEED IN SCHOOL.DR. JOEL ZABA, spokesperson for THE VISION COUNCIL, and national lecturer onchildren's vision and learning problems: "Studies show that 80 percent oflearning comes through the visual processing of information, and one in fourchildren has vision problems. If a child has an undiagnosed vision issue, itwill impact his or her ability to succeed in school. Regular eye exams by alicensed eye care professional can help address vision conditions early andimprove a child's ability to succeed in school." Studies show that around 60percent of children who have been identified as problem learners actuallysuffer from undetected vision problems and may mistakenly be diagnosed withattention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder(ADHD). Zaba is available by phone to discuss the connection between visionand learning, and provide tips on how parents can make sure their children arereceiving the proper vision care to achieve their best. Zaba has practices inVirginia Beach and Norfolk, Va. News Contact: Lauren Sloan, Phone: +1-312-729-4226 (10/9/09)

4. HEALTH: THE ROLE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PLAYS IN THE LIVES OF INDIVIDUALSWITH AUTISM. SANDRA SCHEFKIND, MS, OTR/L, pediatric coordinator for theAMERICAN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION (AOTA): "In light of the statisticsreported in the Oct. 5 issue of Pediatrics, indicating there may be anincreased incidence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), knowing andunderstanding the role occupational therapy plays in autism intervention isextremely important. Occupational therapy practitioners recognize theimportance of serving both the child and the family when providing earlyintervention. They build the family's capacity to care for their child withautism; help address daily family concerns such as play skills, feedingskills, nap schedules and positioning in car seats, high chairs and grocerystore carts; and help plan and prepare for future transitions and needs."Schefkind is located in the Washington, D.C., area. News Contact: Heather R.Huhman, Phone: +1-301-652-6611, ext. 2963 Web site: (10/9/09)

5. HEALTH: MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: IMPROVEMENTS IN BODY'S ABILITY TO REPAIRITSELF. CHRIS TATEVOSIAN, author of "Life Interrupted, It's Not All About Me,"a self-help memoir about living and coping with multiple sclerosis, candiscuss his personal story about being an MS survivor: "As soon as I read theopening statement to a recent Mayo Clinic study, 'Two genes in mice have beenlinked to improvements in the body's ability to repair itself when afflictedwith multiple sclerosis,' my mind began replaying that which I have heardhundreds of times from a multitude of neurologists over the years since mydiagnosis in 1980. Mice are not afflicted with MS, but they can have EAS,which is an animal model of a neurological disorder resembling multiplesclerosis. The first thing a credible neurologist will say to you is, 'Diseasein animals and its response to treatment is one thing, and disease in humansand its response to treatment is another,' and efficacious and safe studyresults are decades away. Further, there is medical proof, which is now commonknowledge, which demonstrates that worry, stress and anxiety are damaging tothe human body at the cellular level. What I've learned from my experienceswith chronic illness and the roles played by worry, stress and anxiety, asI've stated in my book, is this: Worrying and stressing about the future onlyensures that the future, at least the future for which you had hoped, nevercomes." Tatevosian is located in Holliston, Mass. News Contact: Jackie O'Neal, Phone: +1-609-334-8621 Web site: (10/9/09)

6. HEALTH: FIVE STEPS EMPLOYERS SHOULD TAKE TO PREPARE FOR FLU SEASON. BOYDD. LYLES, JR., M.D., is chief medical officer of U.S. PREVENTIVE MEDICINE, aglobal provider of clinical prevention services: "By making simple changes tothe office environment, attendance policy and employee communication, managerscan help employees stay healthy and productive during flu season." Lyles canprovide insight for maintaining a healthier, more productive workforce. He islocated in Jacksonville, Fla. News Contact: Denise Bauwens, Phone: +1-610-891-7560 (10/9/09)

7. HOME: GUILT-FREE HEALTHY LIVING AND GREEN INTERIOR DESIGN. SARAH BARNARD,celebrity interior designer, LEED-accredited professional and building biologypractitioner: "The positive reality of living green is often overshadowed withlayers of green guilt. Many people think they 'can't' make green lifestylechanges because the changes are too restrictive or difficult to implement.Others who should be proud of the positive changes they have made are burdenedwith feelings of inadequacy because the media and their peers have told themthey aren't green enough. Integrating green design into our lives does nothave to be about all or nothing." Barnard undertakes a broad range ofprojects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthyliving. She can discuss green and healthy living for everyone (families,singles, pets, etc.), as well as provide easy-to-implement green living tips.She is located in Los Angeles. Web site: (10/9/09)

8. RELATIONSHIPS: WORKPLACE ROMANCE AND HOW TO HAVE A HEALTHY MARRIAGE.JONATHAN ALPERT, a New York City-based psychotherapist and advice columnistfor Metro newspaper: "In the wake of David Letterman's admission to having asexual relationship with a staffer and the recent admission by Gov. MarkSanford, one might wonder what's happening to the institution of marriage andwhether a healthy marriage is even possible these days. Nowadays, people havethe attitude that marriage is disposable and enter with the option ofdivorce." Alpert is available to address the issue of workplace romance andhow to have a healthy marriage, as well as these high-profile cases. He hasbeen consulted by major media outlets to discuss the indiscretions ofpolitical figures, i.e., Spitzer, Edwards. He's also consulted by Life & StyleMagazine to weigh in on Hollywood relationships. Web site: (10/9/09)

PROFNET is an exclusive service of PR Newswire.To submit an Opportunity by e-mail: profnet@profnet.comTo consult the ProfNet Experts Database: contact ProfNet by phone: +1-800-PROFNET, ext. 1To share a thought on ProfNet Expert Alerts: profnetalerts@prnewswire.com____________ TOPIC ALERTS Swine Flu (continued, 1 response) Health Care Reform (continued, 1 response) _____________ EXPERT ALERTS 1. Health: Have a Hamburger; Hold the E. Coli 2. Health: Bladder Cancer Urine Test 3. Health: Vision Problems May Affect a Child's Success in School 4. Health: The Role Occupational Therapy Plays in Individuals with Autism 5. Health: Multiple Sclerosis: Improvements in Body's Ability to Repair 6. Health: Five Steps Employers Should Take to Prepare for Flu Season 7. Home: Guilt-Free Healthy Living and Green Interior Design 8. Relationships: Workplace Romance and How to Have a Healthy Marriage


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