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  • Spring Cleaning Tips and Advice
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  • Proton Therapy in Head and Neck Cancer Treatment
  • Tips for Heart Health


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Spring Cleaning Tips and Advice
Donna David
Professional Home Organizing Consultant
Donna David and Company
"You'd never know it from the horrible winter we've all experienced, but spring is almost here. Time to spring clean and finally organize your home and life. Here are her simple spring cleaning ideas: First decide what your goal or goals are and be specific on what you want to accomplish. Do you want organized closets? An efficient filing system for your documents? A clutter-free home? Provide clarity for yourself by putting these goals in writing. Remember your goals should be realistic, achievable and measurable. Choose one goal at a time otherwise it can become too overwhelming. Next develop a plan. Create a checklist of all the to-do's in order to achieve the ultimate goal. Create a timeline for each task on your checklist. It is important to set deadlines for each task to achieve desired result. Schedule appointments in your calendar to declutter. Start slowly in small portions. It is important to measure and track your progress -- you will feel so invigorated and motivated when completing each task. And of course, if you are not motivated enough, and you need help, hire a professional home organizer. That person will not only declutter your home, but bring some sanity to your life."
David is a professional home organizing consultant in New York. She is available to discuss how to simplify the process of decluttering your home, allowing the freedom, time and space to pursue those things that matter most. She has been featured in Business Insider, The Huffington Post and Examiner.com, as well as many other media outlets
Website: http://www.donnadavidco.com
Media Contact: John Goodman, [email protected]

Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 24 - March 2
Jenni Schaefer
Chair, Ambassadors Council
National Eating Disorders Association
"Ed is the one who stares back at you in the mirror and says that you should be dissatisfied with your appearance."
Schaefer is an internationally known writer and speaker whose work has helped change the face of recovery from eating disorders. When her book, "Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder," originally published in 2004, the concept of "Ed" -- the externalization of "eating disorder" -- was not a familiar one. A decade later, and with more than 77,000 copies sold, legions of women and men who suffer from eating disorders, as well physicians and psychologists, have used the term "Ed" to help them better understand, change, and at last separate and recover from their eating disorder. Schaefer appears regularly on national radio and television. She is the bestselling author of "Goodbye Ed, Hello Me," and recently collaborated with Harvard Medical School to co-author "Almost Anorexic." She is also the chair of the Ambassadors Council of The National Eating Disorders Association.
Website: http://www.JenniSchaefer.com
Media Contact: Ann Pryor, [email protected]

Home-Based Care
Penny Hollander Feldman Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Research and Evaluation & Director of Center for Home Care Policy and Research
Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY)
"I think of the home as the new 21st-century health care research lab. It contains all the necessary microsystems for research, in this case, systems of a life -- the challenges of aging, vulnerability, limitations; the challenges of caregiving, maintaining independence, connecting with the world, building bridges between illness and wellness. This lab generates an endless font of questions that point to a new frontier in evidence-based research that can improve quality of life for individuals and their families and inform a national health care system seeking to contain the staggering cost of caring for those with chronic conditions."
Dr. Feldman, Ph.D., the senior vice president for research and evaluation at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, has been director of the Center for Home Care Policy and Research since 1993. At the Center, she oversees a research portfolio focused on improving the quality, outcomes and cost-effectiveness of home-based care, helping older people better manage chronic conditions and problems at home, developing age-friendly communities for a growing older population, and supporting informed policy-making. The translation and implementation of research in both service and policy settings has been an issue of special interest to her.
Media Contact: Ju Young Lee [email protected] 

Proton Therapy in Head and Neck Cancer Treatment
Steven J. Frank, M.D.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
"Proton therapy and its most advanced form, intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT), is especially well-suited for patients with the most complicated tumors of the head and neck, precisely painting the protons onto the tumor layer by layer. IMPT may reduce treatment side effects as it destroys cancer cells while sparing surrounding healthy tissue from damage. There is a major increase in HPV-associated head and neck cancer among young U.S. adults. These patients will hopefully live 40-50 years after treatment and it's crucial that long term side effects are minimized for better quality of life."
Dr. Frank, M.D., is an associate professor of radiology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and newly appointed medical director of MD Anderson's Proton Therapy Center.
Website: http://bit.ly/1c7MYnW
Media Contact: Agata Porter, [email protected]

Tips for Heart Health
Dr. John Kennedy
Hollywood Cardiologist/Heart Health Expert
"Our supercharged modern lifestyles are damaging our hearts and putting us in danger of cardiovascular events, but optimal heart health can be achieved without a prescription. Ultimately, Americans must understand how they can avoid ending up in invasive cardiac surgery – or worse, contributing to heart attack death statistics."
Dr. Kennedy, critically-acclaimed author of "The 15 Minute Heart Cure" and the brand new "The Heart Health Bible" is available to talk about some key lifestyle changes that every American can make to reduce and manage their risk of a heart attack – including some actions that could be the difference between life and death during one.
Media Contact: Bree Sutton, [email protected] 


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