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Media Story Tips from Creighton University

Media Story Tips from Creighton University

Fighting the Holiday Blues
While the holiday season is generally considered to be a time of joy and celebration, for some it becomes a period filled with sadness, anxiety and loneliness. Daniel R. Wilson, M.D., chair of Creighton University’s Department of Psychiatry, can explain what causes the holiday blues and what people can do to fight them. Media contact: Kathryn Clark, 280-2864, or Daniel R. Wilson, 345-8447

The True Meaning of Christmas
Online merchants are not the only ones seeing an increase in business this holiday season. The website for Creighton University’s Online Ministries, which offers a calendar of spiritual reflections for busy people, is particularly popular during the Advent and Christmas seasons (Dec. 3 - Jan. 9), says Maureen McCann Waldron, associate director of the Collaborative Ministry Office. This year, the eight-year-old website has received more 20 million “hits” from Internet users around the world. Media contact: Kathryn Clark, 280-2864, or Maureen McCann Waldron, 280-2880

If You’re Dreaming of a White Christmas…
You may be dreaming of a white Christmas, but snow can be hazardous to your health. Snow shoveling – particularly after heavy and wet snowfalls – can raise a person’s heart rate and blood pressure to unsafe levels and even cause fatal heart attacks. Cold air also makes it harder to work and breathe. Syed Mohiuddin, M.D., chief of the Creighton Division of Cardiology, can give tips on how to shovel safely as well as avoid hypothermia, a decrease in body temperature, when temperatures plummet. Media contact: Ginny Hermann, 280-5920

The “Skinny” on Winter Skin Care
Cold temperatures and low humidity can wreak havoc on your skin. And don’t let the winter weather fool you; you still need to apply sunscreen to exposed areas when outdoors. Creighton dermatologist James Shehan, M.D., can provide simple tips for protecting your skin from the season’s harsh elements. Media contact: Kathryn Clark, 280-2864; or James Shehan, 280-5600

Posted: 12/12/06