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Expert: Nine Tips To Help You Break Away From Your Smartphone

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You’ve tried to escape it. You really have. But, the constant stream of dings and buzzes from incoming texts and emails are just too much to take. And, before you know it, you’re scanning your smartphone. Again. Can the cycle be broken? Can people really put down their smartphones?

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The Role of Fresh Water Lakes and Reservoirs in the Global Carbon Cycle

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Understanding the role of freshwater lakes and reservoirs in the global carbon cycle is central to the work of Kevin Rose, who recently joined the faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

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Mapping Alaska and the Arctic: Researcher Available to Discuss Project Announced Today by White House

Michael Willis is an earth and atmospheric sciences research associate at Cornell University and a member of the research team for ArcticDEM – a project announced today by the White House that will develop a high-resolution topographic map of the Arctic that, for the first time, will provide consistent coverage of the entire region to better monitor the effects of climate change. He is available to answer questions about the project, his work and the Arctic region in general.

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Expert Available: Cutting-Edge Molecular Diagnostic Tests Provide Benefit for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are not completely understood neurodevelopmental disorders diagnosed solely on the basis of behavioral assessments of social, communicative and repetitive symptoms. Though behaviorally distinctive and reliably identified by experienced clinicians, ASD is clinically and genetically extremely diverse, affecting each patient differently. Efforts to identify subsets of patients with similar outcomes and chances of recurrence has been difficult, said Judith Miles, M.D., P.h.D., a University of Missouri child health physician and researcher specializing in medical genetics, in an invited editorial published Sept.1 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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Politics Will Prevent Real Economic Reform in China, Says Iowa State University Professor

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Recovering from the economic crisis that rippled through the global markets will be long and difficult for China, said Jonathan Hassid, an assistant professor of political science at Iowa State University who studies Chinese news media and symbolic political messaging.

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September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

According to the American Cancer Society, 62,000 Americans will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2015, most of them before reaching age 55. Experts at the Head and Neck Institute at Mount Sinai Health System encourage the public to perform regular thyroid neck self-exams and be aware of the symptoms of thyroid cancer.

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September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

September is National Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Awareness Month, and Mount Sinai Health System is reminding the community of the importance of newborn screening performed soon after birth with a blood test, education for families with this inherited condition and comprehensive care for children and adults including regular visits with a specialist can reduce complications of this illness.

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men. One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 233,000 new cases are diagnosed annually. That said, not every diagnosis warrants intervention. Mount experts are using a powerful new technique, MRI Fusion Biopsy, to more accurately diagnose both small and large cancer lesions, treating only the affected areas and monitoring areas that don’t require immediate intervention. Experts are available to comment on this important discussion in the field, and to share tips on prevention.

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Expert: ‘Blue Alert’ Law Highlights Importance of Technology for Officer Safety

Expert can speak about the need for better technological solutions to keep law enforcement officers safe to help them interdict criminals traveling throughout the U.S., as well as systems such as the COPsync Network that are already in use in various states.

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Prostate Health: What You Need to Know

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September is National Prostate Health Month and expert pathologist Dr. Michael Misialek can fill you in on what you should know about prostate screening and how to talk to your doctor about next steps and treatment.

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The Art of Letting Go

Ready or not, throngs of parents will say goodbye to their teenagers this month as their children transition to freshmen in college. Expert E. Christine Moll, PhD, offers advice for parents.

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Broward College Expert Offers Tips for ADHD Month

During the month of September and as the school year begins, many healthcare, family and children’s organizations focus on the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As part of this, Alexis Resnick, Ph.D., a professor of psychology in the behavioral science department at Broward College, as well as a licensed psychologist who provides assessment, therapy and consultation services to children, adolescents and young adults with behavioral, academic, developmental, emotional, and social concerns, is providing several behavioral treatment tips for ADHD.

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Mount Sinai Experts Will Be Available for Interviews During the 2015 US Open

The Mount Sinai Health System is serving as the Official Medical Services Provider for the US Open.

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Expert: In Wake of Obama’s Heroin Initiative, New Treatment Options Are Needed

Expert can discuss the need to address the issue of heroin and prescription opioid abuse by developing innovative medical treatments. Specifically, he can describe the features and benefits of an inside-the-cheek format of buprenorphine for the maintenance treatment of opioid addiction.

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Saving Lives Using New Stent Graft Design

Patients suffering from aneurysms that extend from their chest into their groin may be helped by a new stent graft, thanks to collaboration between Sanford Health and South Dakota State University. Mechanical engineering associate professor Stephen Gent’s fluid flow modeling “helped validate that the configuration is delivering more well developed blood flow with the design,” according to Sanford Health vascular surgeon Pat Kelly.

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Broward College Expert Offers Hurricane Safety Tips

It only takes one major hurricane to bring devastation to a particular region, which is why time and preparation are key factors to protecting personal property and lives. Marcus Robinson, director of safety and chief fire official at Broward College, is offering several helpful tips the community can put into practice before, during and after a storm.

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Broward College Offers Tips for Updating Resumes

When it comes to first impressions in a job search, there is nothing as important as a well-organized and visually appealing resume, especially since job recruiters quickly skim over the document before making a decision to toss it into the possible contender or rejection pile. With such a short time to get important information across, it is crucial that job seekers make their resumes as polished and professional as possible. To commemorate Update Your Resume Month, which is recognized in September, Broward College’s Career Center is offering tips to produce a resume that will impress potential employers and get results.

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Researcher Commercializing Shield Material with Applications to Reduce Concussion Risk, Save Lives

Roy L. Xu, New Mexico State University associate professor of mechanical engineering, discovered a very thin interface bonding material with applications for football helmets to reduce concussions. The material is light and cost-effective to make bulletproof backpacks at a much lower cost than the $300 to $400 range of those currently available.

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Environmental Health Expert, Innovator Stuart Shalat Joins Georgia State Public Health Faculty

Dr. Stuart Shalat, an expert on pollution and its effect on children’s health, has joined the School of Public Health at Georgia State University as a professor and director of the Division of Environmental Health.

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MSU Faculty Research Shows California Levees’ Vulnerability

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With the ongoing extreme drought in California posing a threat to the state’s levee systems, there is an urgent need to invest in research regarding the vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure under extreme climatic events. Mississippi State University Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Farshid Vahedifard and his coauthors warn that current drought conditions pose “a great risk to an already endangered levee system” in a letter published Aug. 21 in Science magazine.