PROFNET EXPERT ALERTS: Health & Medicine

1. HEALTH: ADULT ACNE. VALERIE GOLDBURT, M.D., Ph.D. and medical expert in the field of dermatology with ADVANCED DERMATOLOGY AND THE CENTER FOR LASER AND COSMETIC SURGERY in New York: "Think you are too old for acne? Apparently not. A woman could have escaped acne as a teenager but still develop it as an adult. There are a few reasons for this, mostly related to hormonal changes caused by menstrual cycles, pregnancy and menopause. Adult acne is often deeper and more serious, making it difficult to cope with. It can cause depression and social anxiety in an adult the same way it can in a teen. The same myths about teenage acne hold true for the adult version -- it is not caused by poor hygiene or diet or stress. And, no matter how mild or severe, it can be treated. Early intervention means the most effective results and helps prevent permanent scarring." News Contact: Melissa Chefec, [email protected] Phone: +1-203-968-6625 (5/1/08)

2. HEALTH: NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS PLAY ROLE IN FERTILITY. LYNN WESTPHAL, M.D., acting division chief, Stanford Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center; director, Women's Health; director, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship; and associate professor, STANFORD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE: "Many women are interested in avenues aside from aggressive infertility treatment, and if we can find an effective way to treat patients less invasively, it would be a great benefit. Nutritional supplementation may play an important role in optimizing fertility health, leading to improved conception rates, and could provide an effective alternative or adjunct to conventional fertility therapies, particularly in cases of menstrual irregularity or unexplained infertility." Westphal holds a medical degree from Stanford University and did her residency at UCLA and Stanford University. Her clinical and research interests include IVF techniques, fertility preservation and third-party reproduction. Her interest in fertility preservation for cancer survivors led her to set up one of the first oocyte cryopreservation programs in the country, in 1999. She was a recipient of a grant from the Breast Cancer Research Program to study chemotherapy-induced ovarian damage -- prevention and impact. News Contact: Paula Page, [email protected] Phone: +1-650-279-3881 (5/1/08)

3. HEALTH: SWIMSUIT SEASON IS FAST APPROACHING. DR. MONICA TALEBNIA, CHICAGOHEALERS.COM practitioner in Washington, D.C., explains how acupuncture may be the most effective way to get rid of unwanted cellulite: "Cellulite is a condition caused by an excess accumulation of dampness and mucous within the body. Deficient 'Qi,' known as vital energy, tends to cause poor digestive function, which is believed to be the main cause of cellulite and obesity. The only way to get rid of a problem is to work from the inside out. Other cellulite treatments, such as creams and surgery, only work the superficial side of cellulite without addressing the root causes. Most of the time, results are not received, and when they are, they're short-lived. By inserting sterile, hair-like needles in the skin, one cannot only see the diminished appearance of the cellulite but also an increased function of the spleen, which helps remove the dampness and mucous in the body." Talebnia is well- versed in cosmetic and medical acupuncture and is available to provide information and demonstrate acupuncture. News Contact: Erica Morisco, [email protected] Phone: +1-312-643-2461 (5/1/08)

4. NUTRITION: COMBATING VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY. CARROLL REIDER, M.S., R.D. and director of scientific affairs and education at NATURE MADE: "Approximately 40 percent of the U.S. population is vitamin D deficient, but that number increases dramatically with high-risk groups: 85 percent of African-Americans, 81 percent of those who live in a nursing home, 60 percent of patients in hospitals and 76 percent of pregnant women. Without adequate vitamin D supplementation, these populations are opening up the door to the dangers of vitamin D deficiency." Reider is available to discuss the recommended levels of vitamin D for every life stage, how to obtain adequate amounts of vitamin D safely and efficiently, studies and research findings surrounding vitamin D and how to gauge whether you're getting enough of this essential nutrient. News contact: Alma Park, [email protected] Phone: +1-323-988-4674 (5/1/08)

5. NUTRITION: GLOBAL VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTATION. JOHN JACOB CANNELL, M.D., executive director of the VITAMIN D COUNCIL: "The active vitamin D steroid is involved in everything from normal brain development to diabetes to cancer and influenza. Remember, we are talking about a steroid hormone system with as many mechanisms of action as genes it regulates. According to a Scientific American article several months ago, more than 1,000 human genes are direct targets of vitamin D." Cannell is available to discuss recent research and study findings published on vitamin D. The Vitamin D Council is a non-profit organization that strives to gain awareness on the issue of vitamin D deficiency in the U.S. and around the globe and the simple steps that can be taken to avoid it. News Contact: Alma Park, [email protected] Phone: +1-323- 988-4674 (5/1/08)

6. NUTRITION: NEED A NAP? EAT A BETTER LUNCH. DEBORAH ENOS, author and nutritionist: "A majority of people in the world experience an afternoon energy slump (can you say 'siesta'?). This slump will kick in about seven to eight hours after you wake up. For most of us getting up at 7 a.m., we will begin to feel tired around 3 p.m. Lifestyle choices can make it worse. If you eat too many carbohydrates at lunch (too much bread on your sandwich or too much pasta), the carbohydrates act as a relaxant, making these feelings of fatigue very hard to fight. The answer to your energy problems is to eat more high-fiber foods and more protein at lunch. These types of high-energy foods will help to increase your energy and keep those feelings of fatigue at bay." News Contact: Patricia Vaccarino, [email protected] Phone: +1-206-979- 3380 (5/1/08)

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