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1. BEHAVIOR: QUICK TIPS FOR MANAGING STRESS AND ANGER. DR. ROBERT PUFF,internationally renowned clinical psychologist and author of the book "AngerWork: How to Express Your Anger and Still Be Kind" and of the Dr. Puffpodcasts: "The three easiest tools you can use to manage stress and anger asthey arise are to use your workout time to process your accumulated stress andanger, use on-the-spot tension tamers, and have an emergency exit strategy foroverwhelming situations. While you exercise, become aware of what is botheringyou. As you focus on your stressors, let the physiological energy generated byyour anger or angst be burned off by your body. Let the exertion cleanse you -- body, mind and soul." Puff can explain how to use your mind and bodytogether to bring about greater health. Web site:

2. HEALTH: RUNNING AND HEALTHY KNEES. KEVIN PLANCHER, M.D., a leading sportsorthopaedist in the New York metropolitan area: "Running can be great for yourheart -- but hard on your knees. The most common running-related knee injuriesare patellofemoral pain, also known as chondromalacia of the patella (orrunner's knee), and iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome. Both runner's knee and ITBsyndrome can be painful and can leave a runner sidelined for weeks or longer.But, just because you're a runner doesn't mean you'll have runner's knee -- orany other knee injury. These problems are typically caused by overuse, or by amisalignment of the joint that's exacerbated by improper running habits -- allthings that can be avoided." News Contact: Melissa Chefec, Phone: +1-203-968-6625 (1/23/09)

3. HEALTH: UNIVERSAL FLU VACCINE IN CLINICAL TRIALS. CHRISTINE TURLEY, M.D.,director of clinical trials and clinical research at the Sealy Center forVaccine Development at the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH at Galveston, isleading the testing of a universal influenza A vaccine candidate: "A universalflu vaccine needs to generate an immune response to the M2e protein, a surfaceprotein of the influenza A virus that has remained relatively unchanged sincethe 1918 flu pandemic. Seasonal flu vaccines are generated each year based onthe strains experts predict will be circulating. A universal flu vaccine wouldtake this guesswork out of vaccine development." News Contact: Caitlin Hool, Phone: +1-212-220-4444 (1/23/09)

4. HEALTH: WHAT DO YOU REALLY KNOW ABOUT SCHIZOPHRENIA? ROBERT CONLEY, M.D.,adjunct professor of psychiatry and pharmacy science, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND:"Schizophrenia is characterized by delusions and hallucinations and dysphoria.It can make even the most routine daily activities challenging. It is verydifficult for the public to understand this complicated disorder, especiallybecause it is rarely portrayed appropriately." Conley is available to discussthe realities faced by those living with the disease and their loved ones, aswell as clarify the signs and symptoms of the disorder. He is a distinguishedEli Lilly and Company scholar. News Contact: Sasha Gruber, Phone: +1-212-537-8242 (1/23/09)

5. HEALTH: WHY SPEEDY RECOVERY FOR WINTER ILLNESS/FLU IS IMPORTANT. CLAIREWHEELER, M.D., integrative medicine expert, book author and instructor atPORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY's School of Community Health in Portland, Ore.:"When you get illnesses, such as the flu, a speedy recovery is imperative inorder to avoid dangerous secondary complications. This is particularlyimportant with young children and those with compromised immune systems. Thefifth day of the flu is when you start to enter the danger zone for developingpneumonia, since the flu destroys the cells in your airways that fight off thebacteria that causes pneumonia. And, the more your body is exposed to thisprocess, the more likely you will be to develop pneumonia." Wheeler canexplain the important steps that should be taken to get over a winterillness/flu as fast as possible. As an integrative physician, she can alsodiscuss the various natural (drug-free) remedies available, from foods tosupplements, and why some of these have been clinically shown to work. NewsContact: Rachahd Tosado, Phone: +1-914-241-0086, ext. 15 (1/23/09)

6. NUTRITION: CELEBRATE VALENTINE'S DAY WITH A HEALTHY HEART. DR. LUKE BUCCI,certified nutritionist and book author in Salt Lake City, specializes inresearching common-sense approaches to heart health: "February marks thecalendar page for Valentine's Day and Heart Health Month, so there's neverbeen a better reason for people to be good to their hearts. The FDA notes thatconsumption of omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heartdisease; however, it isn't always easy to get enough omega-3s through dietalone. Recent research has found the oil supplied from krill (tiny, shrimp-like crustaceans) to be a potent and powerful supplemental source of heart-healthy omega-3s. By boosting omega-3 intake, making smarter food choices andincreasing activity levels, people can keep their hearts beating strong allyear long." Editor's Note: Bucci has a profile listed in the ProfNet ExpertsDatabase. To view the profile, go to and, after loggingin, click on "Search Expert." News Contact: Amanda Holty, Phone: +1-801-538-0777, ext. 107 (1/23/09)

7. SPORTS: AVOIDING FOOTBALL INJURIES. KEVIN PLANCHER, M.D., a leading sportsorthopaedist in the New York metropolitan area: "Up to 81 percent of players, both professionals and weekend warriors, will get hurt atsome time while playing the sport, according to the American Journal ofOrthopedics. Many of those injuries (about one third) affect the knee, whilethe ankle and shoulder are also common sites of musculoskeletal footballinjuries. While not all football injuries can be prevented, taking certainsteps before and during practice and games can help reduce the number ofserious problems." News Contact: Melissa Chefec, Phone:+1-203-968-6625 (1/23/09)

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.com1. Behavior: Quick Tips for Managing Stress and Anger 2. Health: Running and Healthy Knees 3. Health: Universal Flu Vaccine in Clinical Trials 4. Health: What Do You Really Know About Schizophrenia? 5. Health: Why Speedy Recovery for Winter Illness/Flu is Important 6. Nutrition: Celebrate Valentine's Day with a Healthy Heart 7. Sports: Avoiding Football Injuries


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