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Newswise: Employees’ Holiday Giving Campaign raises $2.7 million for nonprofits, students and people in need
Released: 23-Dec-2021 10:50 AM EST
Employees’ Holiday Giving Campaign raises $2.7 million for nonprofits, students and people in need
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Laboratory employees gave generously during their 2021 Holiday Giving Campaign, donating more than $2.7 million to make things a little brighter for communities in Northern New Mexico and beyond this holiday season.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Health tips for a jolly old elf (a holiday survival guide for the rest of us)
Released: 22-Dec-2021 9:55 AM EST
The Medical Minute: Health tips for a jolly old elf (a holiday survival guide for the rest of us)
Penn State Health

It’s his biggest night of the year. But for all the gift giving and fun, stress comes with the package for Santa Claus. Penn State Health experts offer tips to keep Santa healthy this year (and you as well).

Newswise: How Patients with Cancer Can Navigate COVID-19 for the Holidays
Released: 20-Dec-2021 8:00 AM EST
How Patients with Cancer Can Navigate COVID-19 for the Holidays
Yale Cancer Center

Smilow Cancer Hospital expert has the latest recommendations for patients and families.

Newswise: 1 in 5 parents say their holiday stress level negatively affects their child’s enjoyment of the season
14-Dec-2021 8:30 AM EST
1 in 5 parents say their holiday stress level negatively affects their child’s enjoyment of the season
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

1 in 6 parents rate their stress level as high during the holiday season – with nearly twice as many mothers experiencing high stress than fathers.

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Released: 17-Dec-2021 2:05 PM EST
Holiday Gatherings During COVID-19: A Q&A with Dr. Anne Rimoin
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

For those gathering with colleagues, friends, and family this holiday season, Dr. Anne Rimoin — UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and the Gordon-Levin Endowed Chair in Infectious Diseases and Public Health — shares tips about how to minimize risk.

Newswise: December holidays span cultures around the world
Released: 15-Dec-2021 2:45 PM EST
December holidays span cultures around the world
West Virginia University

Aaron Gale, an expert in world religions working at West Virginia University, is available to talk about the many holidays celebrated around the world during December.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: A healthy holiday includes giving gifts – and a good attitude
Released: 15-Dec-2021 8:05 AM EST
The Medical Minute: A healthy holiday includes giving gifts – and a good attitude
Penn State Health

Giving and receiving aren’t just holiday traditions. They’re good for your brain, too. A Penn State Health counselor shares his perspective.

Newswise: As a season of joy arrives, pandemic stress weighs heaviest on least-healthy older adults
10-Dec-2021 12:55 PM EST
As a season of joy arrives, pandemic stress weighs heaviest on least-healthy older adults
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

As major holidays and the promise of a new year approach, a new poll of people over 50 shows that most of them are finding joy and staying resilient amid the pandemic. But a sizable minority are feeling a lot of stress, especially among those who said their overall physical or mental health is fair or poor and those with the lowest incomes.

Released: 13-Dec-2021 5:30 PM EST
Will you check your emails over Christmas?
University of South Australia

When the holiday season rolls around, will you get to relax, or do you let work creep into your down time? If you fit in the latter category and can’t seem to keep work at bay, you may be putting your health at risk, according to research from the University of South Australia.

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Released: 7-Dec-2021 2:55 PM EST
The Spirit of Giving
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

During this festive time of year, the CSU is taking the opportunity to give back to its community.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: Take along a ‘doctor in your pocket’ with OnDemand app
Released: 7-Dec-2021 7:05 AM EST
The Medical Minute: Take along a ‘doctor in your pocket’ with OnDemand app
Penn State Health

If you’re traveling for the holidays and an emergency happens, virtual health services offer the opportunity to see a doctor from Grandma’s living room – no matter what state you’re in.

Released: 1-Dec-2021 10:15 AM EST
Expert pitch: Death of the office holiday party? FSU management professor says not so fast
Florida State University

By: Kathleen Haughney | Published: December 1, 2021 | 9:03 am | SHARE: With the glow of the holiday season upon us, bosses across the country are grappling with a big question — is it time to bring back the holiday office party?With COVID-19 still keeping some employees remote or on a hybrid schedule, the answer is not so clear cut for many businesses and their employees.

Released: 29-Nov-2021 1:55 PM EST
Tips for safely enjoying a fresh-cut tree this holiday season
West Virginia University

‘Tis the season for many families across West Virginia to begin decking their halls for the holidays with garland, lights and most commonly, the Christmas tree. While the ease and convenience of a pre-lit, artificial tree appeals to some, others prefer the authentic look and smell of a fresh-cut Christmas tree.

Newswise: Frying Your Turkey This Thanksgiving? Loyola Medicine Tips to Prevent a Serious Burn Injury
Released: 23-Nov-2021 6:05 PM EST
Frying Your Turkey This Thanksgiving? Loyola Medicine Tips to Prevent a Serious Burn Injury
Loyola Medicine

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, Joshua Carson, MD, regional director of Loyola Medicine's Burn Center is reminding everyone to be vigilant to prevent burn injuries around the holidays. Loyola's Burn Center is the largest in Illinois and is a regional leader in treating adult and pediatric burns and trauma.

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Released: 23-Nov-2021 12:10 PM EST
Mental Health Tips for Fall and Winter
Northwestern Medicine

Fall and winter can be challenging for many from a mental health perspective, and for the second year in a row, the holiday season will be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Released: 23-Nov-2021 11:55 AM EST
Keys to Setting Up a Harmonious Thanksgiving
Northwestern Medicine

If you feel tensions begin to rise around the Thanksgiving holiday, turn up the speakers and enjoy some tunes.

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Released: 23-Nov-2021 9:45 AM EST
How to Plan a Holiday Season Free of COVID, Allergies and Asthma
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

With a bit of preparation ahead of your holiday events, you can make sure everyone is safe from allergy and asthma flares, in addition to possible COVID-19 exposure.

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Released: 22-Nov-2021 12:45 PM EST
Gift giving doesn’t have to be expensive: WVU experts say low-cost alternatives can be easy and fun
West Virginia University

Jennifer Friend, a West Virginia University Extension Service Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, is offering creative solutions to finding gifts on a budget.

Newswise: Managing Holiday Stress with Cancer: Top 10 Tips for Patients and Families
Released: 22-Nov-2021 10:35 AM EST
Managing Holiday Stress with Cancer: Top 10 Tips for Patients and Families
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

The hustle and bustle of the #holiday season often brings stress. Rutgers Cancer Institute social workers Gabrielle Alvarez and Samantha Campanella share some practical tips to minimize stress when coping with cancer during this holiday season.

Newswise:  Talkin’ turkey with a UB nutrition expert
Released: 22-Nov-2021 9:00 AM EST
Talkin’ turkey with a UB nutrition expert
University at Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Danielle Meyer is a nutrition expert who studies everything from fad diets to food science. Given this expertise, you might expect Meyer to cringe at the very thought of a holiday like Thanksgiving, known more for the gorging than the gourds.You’d be wrong.“It’s actually one of the holidays I look forward to most,” says Meyer.

Newswise: Thanksgiving feasts may feel more frightening, less festive for people with eating disorders, WVU expert says
Released: 18-Nov-2021 12:55 PM EST
Thanksgiving feasts may feel more frightening, less festive for people with eating disorders, WVU expert says
West Virginia University

Elizabeth Claydon, an assistant professor of social and behavioral sciences at West Virginia University, cautions the feasting associated with Thanksgiving can exacerbate the unhealthy thoughts, feelings and behaviors that characterize eating disorders.

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Released: 17-Nov-2021 8:05 AM EST
FSU experts available to comment for holiday shopping season
Florida State University

By: Bill Wellock | Published: November 15, 2021 | 4:44 pm | SHARE: Amid ongoing COVID-19 concerns and global supply chain issues, the holiday shopping season is approaching.Black Friday marks the traditional start of big holiday deals, but shoppers are already looking for bargains. Florida State University College of Business experts are available to comment on this year’s holiday shopping trends.

Released: 16-Nov-2021 2:40 PM EST
Economist anticipates early and in-store buying this holiday season
Creighton University

Consumers expected to spend during the holiday season though supply chain bottlenecks are making goods more expensive and not as readily available.

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Released: 19-Aug-2021 3:00 PM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Breakthrough Cases and COVID Boosters: Live Expert Panel for August 18, 2021
Newswise

Expert Q&A: Do breakthrough cases mean we will soon need COVID boosters? The extremely contagious Delta variant continues to spread, prompting mask mandates, proof of vaccination, and other measures. Media invited to ask the experts about these and related topics.

Newswise: What pandemic messaging around changing holiday rituals gets wrong
Released: 22-Dec-2020 2:35 PM EST
What pandemic messaging around changing holiday rituals gets wrong
University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business

In the midst of the raging coronavirus pandemic, we’re faced with agonizing decisions about whether to forgo treasured holiday rituals.

Newswise: Fall prevention: Tips to enjoy favorite winter activities safely
Released: 18-Dec-2020 1:40 PM EST
Fall prevention: Tips to enjoy favorite winter activities safely
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

While doctors applaud people for staying active and keeping safety measures in mind, they also are preparing for an uptick in injuries associated with these types of activities. Many winter outdoor activities may appear safer when it comes to spreading viruses. However, they still carry the inherent risk of physical injury, and it's important to take special precautions to protect yourself and family.

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Released: 18-Dec-2020 12:50 PM EST
Social holidays improve overall well-being
University of Eastern Finland

Social holidays improve holiday makers' overall satisfaction with life, as well as satisfaction with the quantity and quality of their leisure time, and social life, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland.

Released: 17-Dec-2020 11:25 AM EST
Maximizing safety during the holidays if you can’t achieve the NBA-style social bubble
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Infectious diseases experts at UTHealth say the best way to guarantee safety is to celebrate the holidays virtually with anyone who lives outside of your home. However, if you do plan to gather, Michael Chang, MD, offers advice on how to maximize safety.

Released: 16-Dec-2020 3:30 PM EST
Expert: What is the Great Conjunction?
Michigan State University

Contact: Kim Ward, University Communications: (517) 432-0117, , Zach Richardson, University Communications: (517) 281-5786, Dec. 16, 2020 Ask the Expert: The Great Conjunction EAST LANSING, Mich. – As the world continues to turn during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are settling in for a holiday season unlike any other in recent memory. One that, on its face, seems to lack the usual magic of holidays in the past. That would be the case, if not for the once-in-a-lifetime Great Conjunction that will occur on Dec. 21. A Great Conjunction that many are calling the “Christmas Star.” Shannon Schmoll, director of the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University, offers her insight on the astronomical event that will be sure to brighten the holidays. What is a conjunction? Or what qualifies something as a conjunction? A conjunction at its most basic is when two objects, such as planets, pass each other in the sky. The more specific answer, h

Newswise: Don’t add a Champagne Cork Mishap to the 2020 Dumpster Fire
Released: 16-Dec-2020 12:00 PM EST
Don’t add a Champagne Cork Mishap to the 2020 Dumpster Fire
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Ophthalmologists, physicians specializing in medical and surgical eye care, say exploding corks can cause a wide range of eye injuries.

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Released: 1-Dec-2020 11:00 AM EST
COVID-19 Story Ideas From Johns Hopkins Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Johns Hopkins Medicine, together with 100 of the nation’s other top health care systems, representing thousands of hospitals in communities across the U.S., have come together with an urgent plea for all Americans: mask up, because wearing a face mask is one of the best ways to slow the surging COVID-19 pandemic.

Newswise: Holiday Gifts That Give Back to Birds and Nature
Released: 30-Nov-2020 2:50 PM EST
Holiday Gifts That Give Back to Birds and Nature
Cornell University

There's been a huge bump in the number of people connecting with birds and nature as people stuck close to home during this past year, and the trend is continuing. The perfect gift for new—and veteran—birdwatchers is the gift of knowledge. There's so much to learn about birds! Below are holiday gift ideas that are meaningful and environmentally friendly—and your purchase supports the nonprofit conservation work at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Newswise: Some Parents Prioritize Thanksgiving Traditions Over Reducing COVID-19 Risks
18-Nov-2020 9:45 AM EST
Some Parents Prioritize Thanksgiving Traditions Over Reducing COVID-19 Risks
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

One in three parents say the benefits of gathering with family for the holidays are worth the risk of spreading or getting the virus, according to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at Michigan Medicine.

Released: 16-Nov-2020 7:05 PM EST
How to Stay Safer as College Students Return Home for Thanksgiving
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

A Rutgers infectious disease expert discusses considerations for families welcoming home college students and how to celebrate Thanksgiving safely

Released: 16-Nov-2020 2:05 PM EST
Experts ready to offer insights on Black Friday during COVID-19
Florida State University

By: Mark Blackwell Thomas | Published: November 16, 2020 | 1:15 pm | SHARE: This year, Black Friday figures to be like none that have come before it. A national pandemic, widespread economic distress and a tumultuous election season have combined to leave American retailers and consumers facing a series of unknowns never encountered before.

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Released: 6-Jan-2020 10:10 AM EST
Time to Hibernate? 34% of U.S. Adults Say They Sleep More During Winter
American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)

New survey results from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) show that more than one-third of Americans sleep more during the winter. The AASM provides tips and insights for using the winter to improve sleep habits year-round.


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