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1. BEHAVIOR: COMBAT ANXIETY/DEPRESSION THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. JONATHAN ALPERT,a Manhattan-based psychotherapist and advice columnist: "I see a lot ofclients this time of the year who are dealing with the holiday blues andissues related to their 'crazy' relatives. The holiday season is a time whendeep-rooted family issues and dramas are stirred up, leading to all sorts ofanxieties and depression. Societal and cultural expectations often conflictwith what's truly important to us; making it even more difficult. There arepractical tips on how to combat this anxiety/depression. For example,anticipate difficult conversations with family members and know how torespond, plan activities that are stress-reducing rather than stressful, andhave speaking points available for difficult questions that family memberslike to ask." Alpert can offer more practical advice and insight as to whythis phenomenon occurs around the holiday season. Web site: (11/20/08)

2. HEALTH: ALLERGIC REACTIONS TO LIVE AND ARTIFICIAL HOLIDAY DECORATIONS.CHERI WRIGHT, marketing director for KAZ, INC., in Massachusetts, a globalmanufacturer and marketer of air treatment products under the Honeywell brandname: "Is your Christmas tree making you sneeze? You should know that bothlive and artificial holiday decorations can trigger allergic reactions.Allergies and asthma can be aggravated by mold and tree pollen on liveevergreen trees and branches that are brought indoors. Additionally, dust thathas accumulated on artificial trees and ornaments can also cause respiratoryissues. I can share a few simple tips to help keep everyone in good holidayspirits, not reaching for the tissue box." News Contact: Kathy Wilson, Phone: +1-781-652-0499 (11/20/08)

3. HEALTH: BREAST CANCER SCREENING. DR. OLGA FALKOWSKI, unit chief of breastpathology and the associate medical director of ACUPATH LABORATORIES inPlainview, N.Y.: "Breast cancer remains the most common type of non-skincancer in American women and accounts for 26 percent of new cancers in women.By various estimates, between 200,000 and 240,000 new cases of breast cancerare diagnosed each year, with over 40,000 deaths resulting from the disease.And, even more worrisome, as many as 1 million people may go undiagnosedaltogether, despite following some or all of the preventative recommendations.Clearly, better detection methods are needed to reduce the high mortalityassociated with advanced breast cancer." News Contact: Melissa Chefec, Phone: +1-203-968-6625 (11/20/08)

4. HEALTH: IT'S TIME TO 'WINTERIZE' YOUR SKINCARE REGIMEN. ERIN WELCH, M.D.,dermatologist at DENVER DERMATOLOGY CONSULTANTS in Denver: "As winter arrives,the temperatures drop and the indoor heat goes on -- both of which areconsidered 'environmental stressors' to the skin. A skincare routine shouldchange with the seasons. For the optimum long-term health and beauty of theskin, an effective daily routine should include products that can cleanse andprotect the skin without disrupting its natural pH balance." Welch can discusshow the change in season can bring about changes in the skin's delicate pHbalance, as well as effective cold-weather skincare routines. News Contact:Laura Giardina, Phone: +1-914-241-0086,ext. 20 (11/20/08)

5. HEALTH: MANY WOMEN SMOKE TO AVOID EMOTION. KAREN ERICKSON, BS,CHICAGOHEALERS.COM practitioner, can discuss Lung Cancer Awareness Month(November): "Many women smoke to avoid emotion. It is a way to distractthemselves from feelings such as boredom, loneliness, sadness or stress. Manywomen call their cigarettes their friends, their 'little buddies.' They havecreated an emotional illusion about smoking because of some void in theirlife, which they are trying to fill with smoking. Smoking increases a woman'srisk of stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, blood clots, coronary andperipheral artery diseases and many other life-threatening diseases." Ericksoncan discuss ways to quit smoking holistically. News Contact: Erica Morisco, Phone: +1-312-643-2462 (11/20/08)

6. NUTRITION: THE BENEFITS OF CRANBERRIES. KRISTINA SARGENT, D.C.,CHICAGOHEALERS.COM practitioner, suggests that cranberries may be one of thehealthiest dishes that we indulge in all season: "The holidays are coming upand cranberries, in all its forms, will be a staple at most holiday dinnersand parties. Cranberries cannot only improve the body's circulatory system,but eating or drinking them can also provide relief for those with asthma aswell. Other contributions include maintaining a healthy heart and avoidingkidney-stone formation." Sargent can discuss the benefits of cranberries. NewsContact: Erica Morisco, Phone: +1-312-643-2462(11/20/08)

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: Combat Anxiety/Depression This Holiday Season 2. Health: Allergic Reactions to Live and Artificial Holiday Decorations 3. Health: Breast Cancer Screening 4. Health: It's Time to 'Winterize' Your Skincare Regimen 5. Health: Many Women Smoke to Avoid Emotion 6. Nutrition: The Benefits of Cranberries


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