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NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Below are experts from the ProfNet network who are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area.

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  • Election Stress 2016: The Vicious Cycle of Election Stress and How to Manage It
  • Can't Hit Those High Notes? Voice Disorders Can Plague Singers, Actors and Other Performers
  • Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Holiday Retail Trends and Issues
  • Holiday Spending: How to Better Budget and Plan to Avoid Debt


  • Journalists – Compliance Reporter (NY)
  • Head of Content, Private Equity – Pageant Media (NY)
  • Commodities Editor – (NY)


  • Speaking on a Panel: Best Practices From the Pros
  • 4 Ways to Avoid Miscommunications With the Media
  • 10 Top News Sites That Rock Their Music and Entertainment Coverage


Election Stress 2016: The Vicious Cycle of Election Stress and How to Manage It
Dr. Esther Sternberg
Professor of Medicine, Founding Research Director, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Founding Director, UA Institute on Place and Wellbeing
Professor of Medicine and Psychology, University of Arizona at Tucson
"The storm and fury of this election didn't just cause stress -- the brain's stress response caused the election rhetoric and its outcome. The science of stress tells us that change triggers the stress response, and its flipside, familiarity, calms it. People said they wanted change, but they really sought familiarity. How stressed you feel depends on the balance between demands placed on you and the amount of control you have over them. Do what you can in your own life to take control – whatever it is that you do best to make a difference. By having compassion for people on both sides – all struggling with their own stresses: job loss, new culture, loss of home or homeland, fear, discrimination, violence, poverty ­– we will hopefully find a way to work together with respect for the fears and stresses that motivate us all; to find solutions on common ground; to build instead of tear down."
Dr. Sternberg is a world-renowned stress expert and medical researcher whose science of the mind-body discoveries proved the connection between stress and arthritis. She can provide advice and insights on how stress contributed to the election outcome, how the election caused stress, and what people can do about it. She is the author of two best-selling books, "The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions" and "Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Wellbeing."
Contact: Edward Segal,

Can't Hit Those High Notes? Voice Disorders Can Plague Singers, Actors and Other Performers
Michael Johns III, MD
Director, USC Voice Center
Keck Medicine of USC
The stakes are high for vocal athletes -- singers, performers, actors or anyone relying on a strong voice for their profession -- and even more so if they're in the limelight or on center stage. What happens when a performer gets sidelined? What voice issues are most prevalent and how is modern medicine addressing them? Says Johns: "Singers and musicians face serious threats to their career if anything damages their voice. Today, clinicians are expert at treating the issues experienced by professional and occupational voice users, understanding the importance of maintaining entertainment commitments, while ensuring health and longevity of voice use."
As award season approaches, voice experts are addressing: voice and swallowing issues that affect numerous performers; treatment techniques, such as vocal cord injections and thyroplasty (implant placed in the larynx); and the latest therapies, including awake laser therapy (using a flexible camera and laser fiber placed through the nose). Johns leads an interdisciplinary team of voice and swallowing experts, providing patients with comprehensive treatment to optimize vocal performance and health. The team also works closely with voice trainers and singing teachers to ensure patient continuity of care and optimal outcomes.  Johns can provide expertise on: voice disorders -- laryngitis, hoarseness, chronic cough, vocal cord cysts, nodules, polyps or paralysis, hemorrhage; swallowing disorders -- laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) or gastroesophageal disease (GERD); and otolaryngology -- head and neck surgery. Johns also has specific interest in laryngeal dystonia (neurological voice disorder caused by involuntary muscle contractions in the vocal cords), geriatric laryngology and the aging voice. The USC Voice Center, Keck Medicine of USC, is one of a small number of centers in the U.S., and the only center in Southern California that provides true clinical and scholarly collaboration between the physician and speech-language pathologist.
Contact: Cynthia Smith,

Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Holiday Retail Trends and Issues
Noelle Nelson
Assistant Professor of Marketing and Consumer Behavior
University of Kansas School of Business
Nelson can discuss trends and issues surrounding Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the holiday retail period: "This year, we're seeing not just that some stores are choosing to close on Thanksgiving but also a continued 'Black Friday Creep.' While it might have seemed -- based on 2015 -- that the pendulum was swinging back toward more limited shopping hours in general, now it seems that some stores are clearly still competing heavily on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. If anything, the new 'trend' is that certain categories of stores are continuing the intense Black Friday marketing, while other categories are moving away from that."
Nelson is the co-author of several articles and working papers on consumer behavior and marketing issues.
Contact: George Diepenbrock,

Holiday Spending: How to Better Budget and Plan to Avoid Debt
Rod Griffin
Director of Public Education
Experian recently released its holiday spending survey results for 2016, and Griffin can discuss these results, as well as what is putting consumers into debt this holiday season -- and how to better budget and plan for next year: "What consumers don't realize is that after the merriment of the holidays, they won't be having such a happy new year, because they will be saddled with debt. With a little bit of planning, consumers can save themselves a lot of stress and put themselves in a better financial position in 2017."
Griffin is director of public education for Experian. He is responsible for Experian's national consumer education programs and supports the company's community involvement and corporate responsibility efforts. He speaks regularly at regional and national financial literacy events and supports various national consumer education initiatives, including the LifeSmarts Consumer Knowledge Competition, for which he serves on the Corporate Advisory Board, and the Jumpstart Coalition for Financial Literacy. For more than 15 years he has written Ask Experian, an online consumer credit advice column. He holds a B.S. in journalism from the University of Kansas, has a Fair Credit Reporting Act certification from the Consumer Data Industry Association and is a Center for Financial Certifications Certified Financial Counselor.
Contact: Corynne Randel,


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