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News Article | May 5, 2017
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Overcoming the Stigma Related to Substance Use Disorders Dr. Elizabeth Harwood Assistant Professor of Psychology and Department Coordinator Rivier University "Overcoming the stigma related to substance use disorders is one of the key ways to help fight this epidemic. Stigma is not only devastating to the individual suffering from addiction, but also has far-reaching scientific, medical and social consequences, such as a reduction in funding for research, a lack of access to healthcare, and a reluctance on the part of the individual to ask for help for fear of others' reactions. We need to take drastic steps to fight the opioid crisis in this country, and that starts with educating the community on substance use disorder. The opioid epidemic has hit New Hampshire extremely hard. We need to look at this problem from an educational standpoint. All drugs of addiction are rewarding, activating the pleasure centers of the brain, which encourage repeated use. With the development of tolerance, this reward pathway becomes impaired and negatively affects several areas of the brain leading to the compulsive behaviors characteristic of substance use disorders. Unpacking these complex concepts helps communities understand how substance abuse can occur as well as the necessity of involving all areas of the community to combat it." Dr. Harwood is an accomplished educator with a passion for teaching. She has spoken extensively about the opioid epidemic and the science behind substance use disorders. A key to overcoming the opioid epidemic in states such as New Hampshire is to understand the science behind addiction. Overcoming the stigma related to substance use disorders is also necessary to fight this epidemic. Due to the stigma related to these issues, researchers may not receive the necessary funding, treatment is difficult to access, and communities may be reluctant to talk openly about this crisis. In addition, Dr. Harwood can comment on a variety of topics including substance use issues, health and wellbeing in college students, and excellence in teaching. Website: https://www.rivier.edu Contact: Maggie Fiertz, maggie.fiertz@finnpartners.com New Restaurant Calorie Labeling Laws Sara Burnett Director of Wellness and Food Policy Panera Bread Soon, new restaurant calorie labeling laws will go into effect, requiring all restaurants with 20+ locations to add calorie labeling to their menu boards. Says Burnett: "There's no debate about the importance of food transparency. The FDA menu calorie labeling may be delayed, but the industry must continue to give information that helps people make informed decisions. Because people want to know what is in the food they eat, leading companies like Panera will continue to comply with the federal law as it was written." Panera, which has been displaying calorie information on menu boards since 2010, recently announced that they will be displaying added sugar information on the menu and at point of pour -- the only national restaurant chain to do so. All beverages, including soda, tea and juice, are now labeled with added sugar and calorie information. The chain also launched a new line of clean drinks with no artificial sweeteners or preservatives. Burnett is available to discuss: Panera's commitment to menu transparency and leadership in the category; health and wellness and shifting consumer tastes in the fast casual space; and food and beverage trends, including using in-season ingredients. Website: www.panerabread.com Contact: Lauren Myefski, lmyefski@webershandwick.com Ethical and Legal Implications of Artificial Wombs Dena S. Davis Presidential Endowed Chair in Health - Humanities/Social Sciences; Professor of Religion Studies; Associate Director of Personnel for Health, Medicine and Society Lehigh University Four scientists have just announced, in Nature Communications, that they have successfully created an artificial womb in which "extremely premature" lambs were nurtured for four weeks, enough to make them ready to meet the world. The goal is to advance this technology until it is available for very premature (23-26 week) human infants. At present, very premature infants have extremely poor prognoses: likely death, or severe disabilities. Four to five weeks would be enough to allow a "very premature infant" to become merely a "premature infant," with a good prognosis. Says Davis: "If successful, this could be a terrific technology. At present, we put preemies into Neonatal Intensive Care Units, which are super stressful for the babies and their families, and the things we do to try to support them very often cause serious damage if the baby does survive. Fetuses, for example, are meant to breathe liquid while in the womb, but if they are born prematurely, all we can do is to force air into their little lungs, often causing permanent lung damage. A calm, soothing environment that mimicked the human uterus would be a wonderful thing. But it does make me wonder: Would this make humans somewhat like marsupials? At present, one is either born or not. A fetus just a day away from delivery is still just a very late-term fetus. And a very premature infant, once it is born and draws breath, is now an infant, legally and ethically a human person. Would this technology create a new, intermediate stage? What are the ethical and legal implications?" Website: http://www.lehigh.edu Contact: Lauren Stralo, lkw214@lehigh.edu Solutions for Handling Mother's Day as a Divorced Father Michael A. Klein Psychologist, Consultant MK Insights LLC Mother's Day is complicated for divorced fathers. While anger, resentment, and jealousy can quickly rise to the surface, divorced dads can and must manage these feelings in order to support the emotional health of their children. There are, however, easy solutions to address this often-hidden problem. Says Dr. Klein: "It is critical for divorced fathers to be aware of any negative feelings surrounding Mother's Day. If they fail to recognize them, it is inevitable that kids will suffer the consequences, including guilt for celebrating their mother, confusion about how to react to dad's emotions, and even their own misplaced anger." Dr. Klein has almost 20 years of experience as a psychologist and consultant to business. He has worked as a human resources professional, and is the author of "Trapped in the Family Business: A practical guide to understanding and managing this hidden dilemma." Expert Contact: mklein@mkinsights.com Prom Season Makeup: The Glitter Eye Shadow Trend Kerry Spindler Beauty Expert "The glitter eyeshadow trend has taken social media by storm, and although it is made to look easy to apply, there are some tricks to applying a flawless glitter application that won't shed or crust." Based in New York, Spindler is available to discuss the glitter eye shadow trend, as well as age-appropriate makeup application so tweens and teens do not look too mature for their age. She has been quoted in numerous media outlets, including InStyle Magazine, Lifetime for Women and Arise 360. Website: www.kerryspindler.com Contact: Kerry Spindler, kerry@kerryspindler.com Mother's Day: Ways to Appreciate and Bond With Your Mom Dr. Frieda Birnbaum Research Psychologist, Psychoanalyst Birnbaum, who had twins at age 60, is available to discuss how to appreciate and bond with your mother: "1) Respect: Mothers love to know that their children love and respect them. Offering a thank you, remembering to call -- little gestures like these may seem small to you but, they bring an abundance of joy to moms. 2) Inquire: Ask your mother what is going in her life. Keep aware of all major things. Moms love it when you remember something important to them that they weren't expecting you to remember, because it shows you attentively listen to them. 3) Peaceful: Chances are you and your mother may not see eye to eye on everything -- or anything, for that matter. It's OK. If you can accept your mom for who she is and accept that you both are different, you'll have many days of peace between you. 4) Surprise: It doesn't have to just be on Mother's Day. Any day is a good day to surprise your mom by taking her out to dinner or shopping. If you regularly take your mom off guard with something positive, it'll make her very happy." Based in the New York metro area, Dr. Birnbaum is an expert on depression, women's issues and attaining happiness. She is the author of "Life Begins at 60: A New View on Motherhood, Marriage, and Reinventing Ourselves" and "What Price Power: An In-Depth Study of the Professional Woman in a Relationship." Contact: Ryan McCormick, ryan@goldmanmccormick.com Following are links to job listings for staff and freelance writers, editors and producers. You can view these and more job listings on our Job Board: https://prnmedia.prnewswire.com/community/jobs/ Following are links to other news and resources we think you might find useful. 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Khoshnood B.,University of Paris Descartes | Khoshnood B.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Khoshnood B.,Paris Center et Cochin Necker Mere Enfant | Lelong N.,University of Paris Descartes | And 30 more authors.
BMJ Open | Year: 2016

Objectives: Our main objective was to assess sociodemographic differences in the probability of prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart defects (CHD); we also looked at differences in termination of pregnancy for fetal anomaly (TOPFA). Design: Prospective cohort observational study. Setting: Population-based cohort of CHD (live births, TOPFA, fetal deaths) born to women residing in the Greater Paris area (Paris and its surrounding suburbs, N=317 538 total births). Participants: 2867 cases of CHD, including 2348 (82%) live births, 466 (16%) TOPFA and 53 (2%) fetal deaths. Primary and secondary outcome measures: Differences in the probability of prenatal diagnosis by maternal occupation, geographic origin and place of residence; differences in the probability of TOPFA. Results: 29.1% (95% CI 27.5% to 30.8%) of all CHD were prenatally diagnosed. Probability of prenatal diagnosis was similar by maternal occupation, geographic origin and place of residence. In contrast, there were substantial differences in the probability of TOPFA by maternal geographic origin; differences by maternal occupation and place of residence were generally smaller and not statistically significant. Conclusions: Our findings suggest that an appropriate health system organisation aimed at providing universal, reimbursed specialised services to all women can provide comparable access to prenatal diagnosis for all sociodemographic groups. In contrast, we found substantial differences in TOPFA for women of different geographic origins, which may reflect women's preferences that should be respected, but that can nonetheless lead to the situation where families with fewer resources will be disproportionately responsible for care of newborns with more severe forms of CHD.


News Article | March 1, 2017
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“Cleansing Thoughts; Glimpses from My Personal Journal”: an affirmation of God’s healing grace in the lives of those who hear His voice. “Cleansing Thoughts; Glimpses from My Personal Journal” is the creation of published author Beverly Jeffers, a retired Christian bookstore proprietor who enjoys boating, gardening and crocheting baby items to donate to the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at local hospitals as well as blankets and prayer shawls for patients battling cancer. Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Beverly Jeffers‘s new book follows the author through a journey of healing and personal growth as she learns to listen and truly hear the voice of God in her life. “As a child, I was a victim; as an adult, I was a survivor; but as a child of God, I am an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony.” --Beverly Jeffers View a synopsis of “Cleansing Thoughts; Glimpses from My Personal Journal” on YouTube. Readers can purchase “Cleansing Thoughts; Glimpses from My Personal Journal” at traditional brick and mortar bookstores, or online at Amazon.com, Apple iTunes store, Kobo or Barnes and Noble. For additional information or inquiries about “Cleansing Thoughts; Glimpses from My Personal Journal”, contact the Christian Faith Publishing media department at 866-554-0919.


News Article | October 31, 2016
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BUFFALO GROVE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ameda Inc., (Buffalo Grove, IL) today announced the acquisition of the line of Penguin® Nutritional Warming products from Creche Innovations (Stillwell, KS). With its established position in hospitals, Ameda is able to expand its line of products to this much needed unique milk warming technology for babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU’s). “Acquiring the Penguin line of Nutritional Warming products provides a unique opportunity for Ameda to expand

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