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Released: 12-Feb-2024 11:05 AM EST
Economist shares advice for managing your budget for Valentine’s Day
Virginia Tech

On Valentine’s Day, people celebrate their relationships with friends, family, or a significant other. Often, the expression of affection involves monetary expenditures. Jadrian Wooten, a Virginia Tech professor in the Department of Economics, provides valuable insight on effectively managing a budget around the holiday. “People should start by determining a realistic amount they can afford to spend on gifts, activities, or experiences for their loved ones,” said Wooten.

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Released: 12-Feb-2024 11:05 AM EST
Chocolate and candy: The hidden Valentine's Day dangers to your pet's health
Virginia Tech

As Valentine's Day approaches, you may be planning to enjoy some chocolates and candies. While these sweet treats delight us, they can pose significant risks to our pets. Understanding what's enjoyable for us but might be harmful for our furry friends is important during this sweet holiday.   “As pet owners, we understand how tempting it can be to share treats with your pets.

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Released: 12-Feb-2024 11:05 AM EST
Love is more complex than ‘5 love languages,’ says expert
Virginia Tech

The ‘5 Love Languages’ popularized by Gary Chapman often get brought up when discussing relationships, but this Valentine’s Day one Virginia Tech psychologist suggests taking a different approach to fostering and nurturing high-quality, loving relationships. To understand Louis Hickman’s perspective, it’s important to also understand the love languages.

Released: 2-Jan-2024 5:05 PM EST
Resolving To Exercise More In The New Year? Experts Say Ease Into It To Make It A Habit And Avoid Injury
Hackensack Meridian Health

Experts on potential for injury when starting new exercise routine surrounding the new year and resolutions.

Released: 27-Dec-2023 8:05 AM EST
Doctor's Tips To Make New Year Resolutions Stick
Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH

As we anticipate the ringing in of 2024, many of us will commit to healthy resolutions but will end up changing our tune before January is even over. In fact, some have dubbed the second Friday in January as ‘Quitters’ Day.’ Studies show that of the 41% of Americans who make a resolution, only about 9% keep them through the end of the year.

Newswise: Finding Hope, Meaning This Holiday Season
Released: 26-Dec-2023 11:05 AM EST
Finding Hope, Meaning This Holiday Season
Cedars-Sinai

Wars abroad. Struggles at home, including record-setting inflation and political polarization. Although the holiday season can trigger a range of emotions, this year may feel especially challenging.

Newswise: Cancer changed Jack Cawthon’s tune, so he found new ways to voice his gratitude
Released: 21-Dec-2023 1:05 PM EST
Cancer changed Jack Cawthon’s tune, so he found new ways to voice his gratitude
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Every December for 15 years, Jack Cawthon picked up his guitar and sang “Holly Jolly Christmas” while he handed out bonus checks and gifts to his employees at Jack’s Bar-B-Que.

Newswise: Best of Proviso Township to Host its “Holiday Lights and Love Caravan” in Front of Loyola University Medical Center
Released: 21-Dec-2023 10:05 AM EST
Best of Proviso Township to Host its “Holiday Lights and Love Caravan” in Front of Loyola University Medical Center
Loyola Medicine

A “Holiday Lights and Love Caravan” vehicle parade to provide holiday cheer for patients and staff.

   
Released: 20-Dec-2023 12:05 PM EST
Keep the Holidays Merry and Bright: Beware of Hidden Holiday Hazards
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

NJ Poison Control experts alert families about safety during the holidays

Newswise: Drinking in moderation can help avoid ‘holiday heart syndrome’
Released: 20-Dec-2023 10:05 AM EST
Drinking in moderation can help avoid ‘holiday heart syndrome’
UT Southwestern Medical Center

The holiday season is a time for celebration, but too much celebrating can be bad for your health.

Newswise: Caring for loved ones with dementia, Alzheimer's disease during the holidays
Released: 19-Dec-2023 7:05 PM EST
Caring for loved ones with dementia, Alzheimer's disease during the holidays
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

UCLA Health dementia care specialists say caregiving and holiday festivities do not have to be mutually exclusive, but do require some adaptations to make the season enjoyable for all.

Newswise: Treat yourself to healthy eating habits for the holidays
Released: 19-Dec-2023 10:05 AM EST
Treat yourself to healthy eating habits for the holidays
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Office parties and family dinners make eating healthy during the holiday season a challenge. But you can still enjoy your favorite treats while maintaining a balanced diet, according to nutrition experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Newswise: Loyola Medicine Experts Available to Discuss Managing Holiday Stress
Released: 18-Dec-2023 5:05 PM EST
Loyola Medicine Experts Available to Discuss Managing Holiday Stress
Loyola Medicine

Loyola Medicine experts are available this holiday season to discuss the best ways to manage stress. While the holidays can be a time of faith, family and fun, many people don't feel particularly cheery this time of year. The holidays can bring just as much stress as joy, but there are ways to manage that stress during this festive time.

Newswise: Tips to keep your Christmas tree – real or artificial – from catching fire this holiday
Released: 18-Dec-2023 12:05 PM EST
Tips to keep your Christmas tree – real or artificial – from catching fire this holiday
Loyola Medicine

Decorating for the holidays can be a joyous time, but it can also prove dangerous. Real trees — and even artificial ones — adorned with lights and ornaments can pose a serious fire risk.

Newswise: UTSW expert: Resilience strategies can help avert holiday blues
Released: 18-Dec-2023 10:05 AM EST
UTSW expert: Resilience strategies can help avert holiday blues
UT Southwestern Medical Center

While the holiday season can bring joy to people of all ages, it also leaves many feeling depressed and lonely.

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Released: 18-Dec-2023 9:30 AM EST
Holiday story ideas: Smart toy safety, managing holiday stress, economics of Christmas music, and more
Virginia Tech

The Virginia Tech media relations office has the following experts available for interviews on holiday related topics.

Newswise: The Most Popular Holiday Foods…That Your Pet Should Avoid!
Released: 15-Dec-2023 2:05 PM EST
The Most Popular Holiday Foods…That Your Pet Should Avoid!
Tufts University

Lisa Freeman, board-certified veterinary nutritionist, and professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, offers some guidelines on holiday foods and your pets.

Newswise: Trauma Doesn’t Take a Holiday
Released: 14-Dec-2023 10:05 AM EST
Trauma Doesn’t Take a Holiday
Cedars-Sinai

The winter holiday season is a time to slow down, relax, and enjoy time with family and friends. That is, unless you’re a trauma surgeon.

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Released: 13-Dec-2023 9:05 PM EST
The Medical Minute: Health care gifts for the holidays
Penn State Health

It might not be thrilling, but sometimes a gift that helps improve someone’s health can be the best one they get for the holidays. A Penn State Health expert offers pro tips.

Released: 13-Dec-2023 1:05 PM EST
‘Tis the season to get vaccinated: How to stay healthy through the holidays
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

With virus cases rising and the holidays nigh, three expert from University of Michigan Health give their top 12 tips for avoiding or reducing the impact of COVID-19, flu, RSV, pneumonia and whooping cough in adults and kids.

Released: 12-Dec-2023 3:05 PM EST
Feeling lonely? Chances are you lost both social support, personal control
University of Michigan

While the holiday season typically brings joy, cheer and celebration, a significant number of people feel lonely.

   
Released: 12-Dec-2023 11:05 AM EST
How Caregivers of People With Dementia Can Navigate Holidays
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

A Rutgers elder care expert discusses how families can make the most of the season when caring for someone experiencing memory loss

Released: 12-Dec-2023 6:05 AM EST
If a piece of Turkey gets stuck in your throat this Christmas, there is no point in trying to free it with Cola
Amsterdam UMC

Cola. A drink forever associated with the Christmas season. And also, for many, a liquid that can help clear a blocked oesophagus. Something that may be a bit more likely at this time of year.

Released: 11-Dec-2023 5:05 PM EST
Millions of birds lose precious energy due to fireworks on New Year’s Eve
Universiteit van Amsterdam

Birds are affected by the mass use of fireworks on New Year's Eve up to a distance of 10 km away. With data from weather radars and bird counts an international team of researchers revealed how many birds take off immediately after the start of the fireworks, at what distance from fireworks this occurs and which species groups mainly react.

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Released: 8-Dec-2023 3:05 PM EST
Holiday gift ideas for gardeners and cold-weather garden tips
Texas A&M AgriLife

Whether Santa needs some ideas for you or there’s a gardener you’re stumped shopping for, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert has some holiday gift ideas.

 
Released: 7-Dec-2023 1:05 PM EST
MSU experts: Why we’re drawn to holiday movies
Michigan State University

Michigan State University experts can explain the elements of a great holiday movie, how brands tap into the popularity and nostalgia of these films and why we keep watching them.

Released: 7-Dec-2023 8:00 AM EST
Take a stab at avoiding holiday kitchen accidents this year
Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH

It’s a fact that the kitchen is the most dangerous room in the house, especially during the holidays with its greater-than-normal use. In addition to burns, knife and broken glass accidents affecting the hand and fingers are among the most common kitchen injuries.

Newswise: Expert shares strategies for managing holiday stress and anxiety
Released: 6-Dec-2023 2:05 PM EST
Expert shares strategies for managing holiday stress and anxiety
Virginia Tech

The holiday season is often an overwhelming experience for many individuals. The combination of gift shopping, travel arrangements, and the expected anxiety of family and friends can create very stressful situations. Virginia Tech psychologist Rosanna Breaux shares her most effective tips for navigating seasonal stress.  “Planning and prioritizing what activities are the most important is a better strategy than exhaustingly trying to do everything and ending up not enjoying it,” says Breaux, a professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech.

Newswise: Healing Over the Holidays: A nurse’s guide to spending the holidays at the hospital
Released: 6-Dec-2023 10:05 AM EST
Healing Over the Holidays: A nurse’s guide to spending the holidays at the hospital
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The holiday season should be a time for families to come together, even when illness lands a loved one in the hospital.

Released: 5-Dec-2023 3:05 PM EST
Considere un menú saludable para esta temporada de fiestas: una experta ofrece consejos para una alimentación saludable
Mayo Clinic

Durante la celebración de las fiestas, la comida ocupa un lugar central en las reuniones con amigos y familias. Andrea Delgado, una dietista de Mayo Clinic de Rochester, Minnesota, afirma que si presta atención a la cantidad de comida que come y la frecuencia, puede tomar decisiones de alimentación saludable durante las fiestas.

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Released: 5-Dec-2023 11:05 AM EST
Virginia Tech expert shares ways to have a more sustainable and eco-friendly holiday season
Virginia Tech

From electricity usage to piles of presents and an overload of food, this time of year can take a toll on the environment. Virginia Tech sustainability expert  Jennifer Russell says even though it isn’t always what we want to hear during the holidays, it is really the “abundance” that is a challenge for sustainability. “Cutting back on the abundance is one of the most critical things we can do to make the holiday season more sustainable,” says Russell, who shared these five tips.

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Released: 5-Dec-2023 10:05 AM EST
Joy Takes the Holidays Off for Some Older People
Cedars-Sinai

The holidays can be the best of times or the worst of times. High-energy celebrations, the emphasis on good tidings of joy, and reunions with families and friends can bring happiness and comfort, but they can have the opposite effect on people feeling isolated and alone, especially older adults.

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Released: 4-Dec-2023 12:05 PM EST
Experts available: Smart toy safety, managing holiday stress, economics of Christmas music, and more
Virginia Tech

The Virginia Tech media relations office has the following experts available for interviews on holiday related topics. To schedule an interview, please contact [email protected]. Eco-friendly ways to celebrate the holiday From electricity usage to piles of presents, and an overload of food, this time of year can take a toll on the environment.

Released: 4-Dec-2023 10:05 AM EST
What's behind the holiday-suicide myth
Annenberg Public Policy Center

For more than two decades, the Annenberg Public Policy Center has tracked the ways in which news organizations erroneously link the year-end holiday season with suicide, perpetuating the false holiday-suicide myth.



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