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  • E-Cigarette Regulation Necessary to Protect Consumers
  • More Research and Regulation Needed for E-Cigarettes
  • Helping Brain Injury Victims After Auto Accidents
  • Benefits of Nutritional Supplements
  • Low Rate of Breastfeeding Among Asian Mothers
  • Top Tips for Healthy Aging


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E-Cigarette Regulation Necessary to Protect Consumers
Maher Karam-Hage, M.D.
Addiction Specialist
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
"There's no question that regulation of e-cigarettes would help protect consumers. In light of the current evidence and reports from the AHA, CDC and WHO showing that e-cigarette products have varying nicotine levels and contain traces of known carcinogens, it's imperative to know what's really in them to ensure consumer safety. Regulation would help standardize the industry and provide much needed quality control oversight."
Karam-Hage, M.D., associate professor of behavioral science and addiction specialist at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, is available to discuss the known and unknown health effects of e-cigarettes and the potential implications of the AHA, CDC, and WHO recommendations on clinical practice. A clinical psychiatrist, his research at MD Anderson examines psychopharmacology and addictive disorders, specifically in regard to nicotine, tobacco and alcohol dependence.
Media Contacts: Matt Rindone, [email protected]; Olivia Goodman, [email protected]

More Research and Regulation Needed for E-Cigarettes
Alexander Prokhorov, M.D., Ph.D.
Youth Smoking Cessation Expert
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
"While the reports and recommendations published by the AHA, CDC and WHO steps in the right direction, more research and regulation is needed for e-cigarettes and other emerging tobacco products, especially with regard to young people. E-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is addictive, and can be a gateway for users to switch to other nicotine products. Kids are lured into believing that e-cigarettes are safer when disguised by creative packaging and popular flavorings, but the reality is that they haven't been tested. What looks cool and attractive can be an illusion, especially to children and teens who are easily impressed. We must be proactive in educating our communities, schools and government about dangers associated with these products."
Prokhorov, M.D., Ph.D., behavioral scientist and youth smoking cessation expert at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, is available to discuss the known and unknown health effects of e-cigarettes and the potential implications of the AHA, CDC, and WHO recommendations on clinical practice. His work focuses on creating and testing innovative tobacco prevention and cessation programs for high-risk teens and young adults. He is the director of MD Anderson's Tobacco Outreach Education Program, and recently led the development of the Tobacco-Free Teens app and spearheaded MD Anderson's ASPIRE (A Smoking Prevention Interactive Experience) program – both are new approaches to keeping young people free from the grips of nicotine addiction.
Media Contacts: Matt Rindone, [email protected]; Olivia Goodman, [email protected]

Helping Brain Injury Victims After Auto Accidents
David Christensen
Attorney & Counselor
Christensen Law
A concussion or a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause permanent brain damage, so it should be taken seriously, according to a recent study by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). The negative effects on the lives of traumatic brain injury victims can increase the longer it is untreated, so an auto accident victim should see a doctor as soon as possible. Says Christensen: "Victims of severe TBI are going through a life-changing event. They need to safeguard their future."
Christensen is passionate about helping brain injury victims. He is considered an authority in the field of representing traumatic brain injury victims. He is fluent in the language of neuroimaging, micro-damage and neuropsychology. He was one of the earliest trial attorneys to aggressively advocate for TBI victims when he tried his first TBI case over 22 years ago.
Media Contact: Sue Voyles, [email protected]

Benefits of Nutritional Supplements
Michael A. Smith, M.D.
Senior Health Scientist
Life Extension Foundation
"Nutritional supplements are still highly controversial, with many members of the medical community claiming that they are useless, and people who maintain healthy diets don't need them. But supplements can dramatically increase your life, and vastly improve your quality of life, if you know which ones to take, and exactly how to take them."
Dr. Smith can address virtually all health and wellness issues, as well as those involving scientific literature. He is author of The Supplement Pyramid - How to Build Your Own Nutritional Regimen Dr. Smith is host of Healthy Talk on
Media Contact: Sheldon Baker, [email protected]

Low Rate of Breastfeeding Among Asian Mothers
David Chiang, M.D.
Attending Physician, Obstetrics & Gynecology
New York Hospital Queens
"The reasons for the low rate of breastfeeding among Asian mothers vary. The availability of formula, the lack of places for breastfeeding at work, cultural traditions and ignorance about its benefits are some of the explanations. Additionally, some women have problems breastfeeding -- but lactation consultants can help mothers overcome with this difficulty."
Dr. Chiang is available to discuss breastfeeding in general; the findings in CDC's Breastfeeding Report Card 2014; New York State Department of Health statistics about breastfeeding rates in Queens; common reasons mothers don't initiate breastfeeding or continue with it for at least 12 months, as the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends; best strategies for new moms to initiate breastfeeding;, The New York Hospital Queens Breastfeeding Initiative.
Media Contact: Elizabeth Streich, [email protected]

Top Tips for Healthy Aging
Peggy Buchanan
Coordinator of Vitality/Wellness Programming
Front Porch
"Today's adults are living longer, healthier lives due in part to better fitness and nutrition programs. With the number of Americans 65+ expected to reach 20 percent of the U.S. population by 2050, exercise and diet is more important than ever. These tips can help older adults enhance overall wellness into their later years."
Buchanan is the coordinator of vitality/wellness programming for Front Porch and serves as the director of fitness, aquatics and physical therapy at Front Porch's Vista del Monte retirement community in Santa Barbara, Calif. She has more than 30 years of experience in the health and fitness industry as an author, instructor/trainer and program developer. Her book "Movin 'n Groovin'" was awarded's "Best Children's Fitness Book" in 1998. She earned her master's degree from California State University, Northridge in exercise physiology and has received numerous industry certifications and awards, including two honors from the world's largest association for health and fitness professionals (IDEA).
Media Contact: Chris Navalta, [email protected]


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