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ProfNet Experts Available on Pharmacists, Loneliness, Halloween and More

Posted on: 14 Oct 16

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NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2016

NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Below are experts from the ProfNet network who are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area.

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  • Important Role Pharmacists Play in Wellness
  • Important Role Pharmacists Play in Management of Medications
  • Chronic Loneliness a Public Health Crisis
  • Watters' World: Chinatown on 'O'Reilly Factor' Appalling and Irresponsible News Reporting
  • Five Halloween Tips for Parents
  • What Your Halloween Costume Reveals About You


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Important Role Pharmacists Play in Wellness
Dr. Murray Cohen
Board Chairman
Global NGO Frontline Healthcare Workers Safety Foundation, Ltd.
"Stopping disease spread in the U.S. government alone could have a great impact on this country and thereby the world. Pharmacists' work with laboratories, testing, medication research and disbursement is critical to the health care industry."
Dr. Cohen can speak on the Zika virus, our first line of defense in preventing the spread of infectious disease, what hospitals are doing to prevent infectious disease among staff and patients, as well as the importance of humidity in preventing infectious disease. He is an internationally recognized expert in bioterrorism, workplace safety, biosafety, industrial hygiene and infectious disease control. He is also the owner of a veteran-owned small business named Consultants in Disease and Injury Control (CDIC Inc.). He served for 21 years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a career public health service officer, specializing in the prevention of occupationally transmitted infections, including bacterial diseases (anthrax, tuberculosis) and blood-borne viruses (HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, Ebola).  He also serves as a consultant to Wello Inc.
ProfNet Profile:
Contact: Jeannie Lewis,

Important Role Pharmacists Play in Management of Medications
Alan C. "Rik" Heller
Chairman and CEO
FreshLoc Technologies, Inc.
"Pharmacists are spread thinly with all of their various duties in ensuring safety in both selecting and managing pharmaceuticals. Pharmacists rely on quality automated environmental systems when they can to improve patient safety and help them focus on their substantive work."
A leader in indoor sensory monitoring, Heller created Bill Gates' residence location monitoring system. His expertise includes: patient and employee care and safety, hospital acquired infection (HAI) technology, CDC guidelines, patents, temperature compliance, environmental monitoring compliance, particle sensors, humidity, disease spread, contagion, fever, patient care and more.
ProfNet Profile:
Contact: Jeannie Lewis,

Chronic Loneliness a Public Health Crisis
J. Walter Freiberg
Justice of the Peace
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
What happens when loneliness engulfs us? How do we manage life when the absence of adequate connections becomes an excruciating hunger? To Freiberg, loneliness is simply the perception of inadequate connections, in precisely the same way that hunger is the perception of inadequate food, and thirst is the perception of inadequate hydration. It is a sensation, not an emotion, and, it's not reserved for the rejected seniors who populate our nursing homes, sequestered from the younger generations of their families. Children, even babies, can feel terribly alone and disconnected: "In contrast to the loneliness we all experience when connections in our lives are severed is the chronic loneliness that plagues the lives of an ever increasing share of the American population. Current research indicates that something like a third of Americans lead truly isolated, lonely lives, with no one to go home to, no one to call or be called by, no one to care for, and no one who cares. One in four Americans report that they spoke with no one about something important to them in the past six months. Imagine that."
Freiberg, a social psychologist-turned-lawyer, recently published a book, "Four Seasons of Loneliness," that explores the consequences of lost connections through his unique lens. In the book, he explores the consequences of chronic loneliness through four case studies. Freiberg has had a long and storied career that included an assistant professorship at Boston University, a teaching position at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and positions at several of Boston's oldest and most prestigious law firms. He has written highly acclaimed books, "Critical Sociology: European Perspectives" and "The French Press: Class, State and Ideology," as well as more than 35 articles, book introductions, and other scholarly works on social psychological and legal issues. During his career, Freiberg has been awarded a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Research Fellowship, and a Centre National de al Recherche Scientifique Fellowship. He continues to practice law on a reduced basis, serves as a Justice of the Peace for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and lives in Boston with his wife, near their children.
Contact: Penny Sansevieri,

Watters' World: Chinatown on 'O'Reilly Factor' Appalling and Irresponsible News Reporting
Jean Lau Chin, EdD, ABPP
Professor of Psychology
Adelphi University
"Correspondent Jesse Watters was sent to NYC Chinatown on Oct. 3 to sample political opinion after China was repeatedly named in negative tones during the presidential election. Watters' video of these 'interviews' with Chinatown residents for Fox News' 'O'Reilly Factor' is racist and reprehensible from the start. It starts and ends with a flurry of anti-Asian stereotypes, mocking the Chinese as foreign, bizarre and dumb. He could have gone to many community sources if he truly wanted to find out what the Chinese community thought. Instead, he selectively chooses individuals and edits the interviews to portray them in a most unfavorable light. He accosts an elderly woman who apparently does not speak English, and mocks her smiling non-response as dumb and ignorant. He invokes stereotyped images of Chinese practicing exotic customs, and as dealers of the black market. He invites a kung-fu punch from one of his interviewees and then depicts it as a weak excuse for the real thing. The post analysis of the video by Watters and O'Reilly was depicted as 'showing what the community thinks' and as 'gentle fun.' I was appalled with this racist and derogatory portrayal, and poking fun on the backs of the Chinese community. The segment does nothing more than play up every offensive stereotype of Asian-Americans that we have fought against. I am dismayed that, in this day and age, with the many Chinese Americans who are English speaking American citizens and voters in the U.S. that Watters and O'Reilly would use such a ruse to continue to portray Asians in such a negative light. A number of Asian-American groups and leaders have called for Fox News to do more responsible broadcasting and to take corrective action against such portrayals. A petition is already out to have Fox News: 1) issue an immediate apology and retraction for the Watters' World: Chinatown segment; 2) cancel Watters' World segments and/or scheduled specials from future broadcast; 3) take some immediate corrective next steps at Fox News to sample and portray Asian-American opinion."
Chin is a distinguished educator, administrator, clinician and scholar. She was the first Asian-American psychologist to be licensed in Massachusetts and has held numerous leadership positions in the field. She also spearheads the NYC Chinatown Oral History Project and authored "Who are the Cantonese Chinese?: New York City Chinatown During the 1940s-1960s."
Media Contact: Kali Chan,

Five Halloween Tips for Parents
Florence Ann Romano
The Windy City Nanny
Halloween is a chance for kids to play dress-up, be out after dark and, of course, indulge in a plethora of candy. For parents, however, it might be a bit more hectic than exciting. To keep things as stress-free as possible, Romano shares some reminders for parents this Halloween: 1) Socializing: "Halloween is a chance for children and families to socialize. Get a group together from your kid's school to meet their friends and their parents!" 2) Allergies: "If your child has an allergy, it's imperative that they do not eat the candy without you. And make sure the group they're with knows what to do in an emergency." 3) Costumes: "Don't let your kids dress sexy if you can help it. Remind your girls that less isn't necessarily more." 4) Manners: "Please, thank you, kindness, etc. And remember, children with special needs participate in Halloween too, and need extra TLC." 5) Trick-or-Treating: "Young children should always have an adult present during trick-or-treating. If your older children will be going alone, ensure you know the route they will be taking and agree on a specific time to be home."
Romano is a dedicated philanthropist and former nanny who worked for more than 15 years as a nanny. She shares her experiences in "Nanny and Me" (Mascot Books, May 2015), her beautifully illustrated debut book for children making the transition from being cared for solely by their parents to having a nanny in their home. Born and raised just outside Chicago, Romano earned a degree in performance theatre at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. She is the owner of Trinity, LLC, a 100% woman-owned new family company that runs the Original Six Media production company. Romano also serves as president and founder of a junior board for young professionals that support autism awareness for children and adults.
Contact: Mark Goldman,

What Your Halloween Costume Reveals About You
Dr. Frieda Birnbaum
Research Psychologist, Psychoanalyst
Dr. Birnbaum can discuss what your Halloween costume reveals about you: 1) The Pimp: "Likely worn by an insecure man who's acting out his fantasy of dominating women. It's really not an original costume and is often a choice for the uncreative types." 2) Celebrity: "Outgoing individuals tend to dress up like celebrities because it almost guarantees they'll get lots of attention." 3) Gross/scary: "Horror is popular in pop culture, and if a person goes for the gross and scary costume, chances are they will be a low-key individual who doesn't seek the limelight. These are likely also boring people." 4) Disney/cartoon character: "This is a safe choice that is G-rated for all audiences. It's a people pleaser and often worn by someone who doesn't prefer to rock the boat." 5) Superhero: "Kind-hearted individuals tend to flock to these costumes, as they wish to help others and be seen as making a difference." 6) Funny/original: "When you see a costume that makes you look twice of three times, chances are the wearer of that costume is an A-type personality and highly creative individual who probably spent the past nine months creating their costume." 7) Congress costume: "Considering how unpopular Congress is today, anyone who would dress up like them probably enjoys being scorned and reviled. People who dress up like members of Congress this year should probably seek professional counseling." 8) No costume: "Likely a choice of people completely out of touch with their inner child or those who feel they are 'too mature' to be dress up in costumes. They have the potential to bore people physically to death."
Based in the New York metro area, Dr. Birnbaum is a research psychologist, psychoanalyst and author of "Life Begins at 60: A New View on Motherhood, Marriage, and Reinventing Ourselves." She's an expert on depression, women's issues, and attaining happiness.
Contact: Ryan McCormick,


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