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May 27, 2011

1. Health: All Head Injuries Must Be Taken Seriously

2. Health: Obesity: The Role of Social Support

3. Health: The Importance

of Vaccination

4. Health: The Medical Device Industry and the FDA's 510(k) Process

5. Nutrition: Nutrition for Kids and Babies Must Start Early

6. Parenting: Summer Camps Are Beneficial to Both Parents and Children


HEALTH: ALL HEAD INJURIES MUST BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. Dr. David Stephens, dean of the School of Professional Psychology at the University of the Rockies in Colorado Springs, Colo.: "Serious injury can occur without loss of consciousness, and all head injuries should be treated seriously. Full recovery may take weeks, not minutes or hours, and signs include: headaches, mental 'fogginess,' confusion or difficulty concentrating, inability to remember 'plays' or position responsibilities, dizziness, nausea/vomiting, slurred or incoherent speech, ringing in the ears, sleep disturbance, and sensitivity to light or loud noises." Stephens can offer parents and coaches tips for recovery, speak on the recent legislation in Colorado regarding concussions in youth sports, and discuss the long-term effects of untreated/multiple concussions on brain development. News Contact: Amy Ogden, Phone: +1-619-284-1714

**2. HEALTH: OBESITY: THE ROLE OF SOCIAL SUPPORT. Sherry Rieder, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist, and current faculty member in the counseling psychology program at Argosy University Online: "Obesity is one of the most prevalent health concerns of our time, and it carries both physical and psychological consequences. Even though most people in the United States would like to lose weight, most people also have trouble achieving this goal. Although the problem of American obesity most likely has multiple causes, I have focused on the role that social support plays in helping a person to adopt and maintain healthy weight habits." Rieder is available to speak about the complex effects social support can have on weight loss, and other psychological factors associated with obesity and weight loss. Rieder:

**3. HEALTH: THE IMPORTANCE OF VACCINATION. Patsy Stinchfield, RN, MS, CPNP, pediatric nurse practitioner and the director of pediatric infectious-disease services at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota: "I have seen firsthand the devastation that vaccine-preventable diseases cause in children who are not immunized. We all share the responsibility to ensure every child is safe from these potentially life-threatening diseases." Stinchfield is the first nurse ever appointed to the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices, a key CDC advisory committee on developing vaccine policy for the United States, and remains an active liaison member today. She's available to talk about the importance of vaccinating, as well as the current measles outbreak in Minnesota. News Contact: Judy Welage, Phone: +1-212-445-8303

**4. HEALTH: THE MEDICAL DEVICE INDUSTRY AND THE FDA'S 510(K) PROCESS. John Linehan, Ph.D., professor of biomedical engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., can discuss industry's practices within the FDA's 510(k) regulatory pathway: "Increasing uncertainty about the implementation of the 510(k) process -- partly attributable to increases in device complexity -- is posing challenges for the FDA and the industry that may lead the United States to experience a 'brain drain' in the medtech sector. As the FDA considers regulatory revisions, what's at stake is the ability of companies to attract investors in order to continue developing innovative, lifesaving products, and sustaining American competitiveness in the global marketplace." Linehan can discuss his industry-wide survey, which found that two-thirds of small medical device and diagnostic companies are obtaining clearance for new products in Europe first, suggesting delayed market entry in the U.S. News Contact: Caitlin Hool,, Phone: +1-212-220-4444

**5. NUTRITION: NUTRITION FOR KIDS AND BABIES MUST START EARLY. Amy Marlow, registered dietician, certified nutritionist and advisory board member for HAPPYFAMILY, is an expert on pediatrics. She can discuss all aspects of nutrition for kids and babies, including portion sizes, superfoods, how to handle picky eaters and making your own baby food: "It's crucial to start feeding children the right foods from a young age. Make every meal count with superfoods that are packed with nutrients, like kale, yogurt, blueberries and Salba. Introducing flavors like onions and garlic into homemade baby or toddler food will help shape their tastes, plus you'll be serving up quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent upper-respiratory infections. Encouraging palate development and healthy eating from an early age will make for a happy baby." Marlow is located in New York City. Bio:  News Contact: Aimee Nicholls, Phone: +1-212-219-0321

**6. PARENTING: SUMMER CAMPS ARE BENEFICIAL TO BOTH PARENTS AND CHILDREN. Dr. Dallas Stout, psychology professor at California State University, Fullerton; and the University of the Rockies in Colorado Springs, Colo., specializes in troubled youth and their families: "Camp provides a good opportunity for emotional growth that may not occur at home. Camp is good for all kids; even troubled kids or those who struggle with school can do very well in outdoor situations. I think adults need to stop thinking in terms of who can't or shouldn't go to camp and instead look for ways they can." Stout is available to speak about how camp can benefit troubled children and how parents can encourage a positive experience while their children are away. News Contact: Amy Ogden, Phone: +1-619-284-1714

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