Give Online: Help shape patient care for generations to come.
Cleveland Clinic Logo

October 2012

Below, find some possible story ideas for media.

For more information about these items, or for other media requests, contact Cleveland Clinic's Corporate Communications at 216.444.0141.

October 2012

Osteoporosis and Men

It is common knowledge that osteoporosis, or the loss of bone density, affects women more than men. However, Dr. Abby Abelson, Chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Disease, says that men get osteoporosis as well and when they sustain the fractures from this disease, they may suffer more from the devastating consequences. It’s important for both men and women to be aware of bone health and to take preventive steps.

Osteoporosis in men is often associated with prolonged exposure to medications that impact bone density (such as steroids), chronic illnesses that can decrease bone density (such as kidney or lung conditions) and vitamin D deficiency.

To interview Dr. Abelson about osteoporosis in men, please contact Elizabeth Dunlop at or 216-445-1991.

Keeping Asthma Symptoms at Bay

The autumn season tends to bring additional triggers for asthmatics. Dry leaves on the ground welcome the growth of mold from rain while cold air inflames the airways, spurring asthma symptoms during fun fall activities like hay rides and campfires.

To help prevent asthma attacks during the autumn weather change, Dr. Sumita Khatri, a respiratory specialist at Cleveland Clinic, offers these suggestions when spending time outdoors:

  • During cold weather, wear a scarf to cover your mouth and nose to warm the air you breathe.
  • When playing with, or cleaning up leaves, wear a surgical mask and gloves to prevent mold spores from aggravating your lungs.
  • Keep an inhaler with you during fall-time festivities like going on a hay ride, visiting haunted houses or pumpkin patches.

To arrange an interview with Dr. Khatri and learn more about autumn asthma triggers and preventing sudden attacks, please contact Bridget Peterlin at or 216-444-5703.

How to Control Sugar and Fat Intake this Halloween

Kids everywhere are getting ready to consume a lot of candy and sweets this Halloween. Some of the most popular candies like peanut butter cups and chocolate bars can contain over 20 grams of sugar per serving size adding excessive amounts of calories and grams of fat.

There are several tips that Kristin Kirkpatrick, registered dietician and wellness manager at Cleveland Clinic, suggests in order to control candy intake while still having a fun Halloween. For instance, if you plan on passing out candy to your neighbors, keep it out of the house for as long as possible. This way you won’t be tempted to snack beforehand. Also, on Halloween night, collect the candy from your child and help them portion their consumption to small amounts per week.

To interview Kristin Kirkpatrick about tips on staying healthy around Halloween, please contact Stephanie Jansky at or 216-636-5869.

Use Yoga To Wake Up

Here's a wake-up call for you. Try a little yoga to get going each morning. Judi Bar, a certified yoga therapist at Cleveland Clinic, suggests doing a little breathing along with a series of poses to help get your body ready for the day ahead.


“Take some deep breaths with a little longer inhale," says Bar. "Also do some back-bending poses that will open the chest and heart while stimulating the sympathetic nervous system. The goal is to get your heart rate up and get moving and energized after sleeping.”

To learn more about suggested poses and breathing methods, or to arrange an interview with Bar, please contact Stephanie Jansky at 216-636-5869 or

Breast Cancer: A Serious Risk For Men Too

Although men have only a small amount of breast tissue, they can develop breast cancer. Breast cancer in men accounts for about 1 percent of all breast cancers

It’s important for men to do a regular breast exam and stay aware of any abnormalities. The clearest risks for developing breast cancer in men are:

  • Men who have had an abnormal enlargement of their breasts
  • Drug or hormone treatments that cause the breasts to enlarge
  • Infections or contact with certain poisons
  • Obesity
  • Individuals with Klinefelter’s syndrome, a rare genetic disease

For an interview on this topic, please contact Stephanie Jansky at 216-636-5869 or

Fall Season Brings Fall Prevention

With winter quickly approaching, it’s a good time to think about steps that can be taken to help decrease the number of falls among the elderly.

To help prevent falls, Anne Vanderbilt, a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Practitioner specializing in long-term and acute care in the geriatric outpatient clinic setting, co-chairs a committee that promotes the Geriatric Falls Clinic, a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to the prevention and treatment of falls in the elderly. The clinic provides evaluation and follow-up for the treatment and prevention of falls and is recommended for any elderly patient who has had a fall or fracture, has balance problems or is at risk for falls.

To interview with Anne Vanderbilt and learn more about how to prevent and treat falls among the elderly, please contact Tanika Hawley at 216-636-5879 or

Foods That Help You Sleep

Sleep has a huge effect on how you feel throughout the day and nutrition plays a key role in how well you sleep. Amy Jamieson-Petonic, a registered dietician at Cleveland Clinic, says that food relates directly to the hormone serotonin, along with Vitamin B6, B12, and folic acid, to help promote healthy sleep.

There are certain foods that calm the body and increase serotonin levels that can get you ready for restful sleep. These include complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, heart-healthy fats, certain beverages, fresh herbs and light snacks like a banana with low-fat yogurt.

To interview Amy Jamieson-Petonic and learn more about foods that help you sleep, please contact Stephanie Jansky at 216-636-5869 or

Preventative Care: A Checklist for Women

Women tend to lead hectic lives, often putting their health on the back burner. However, it’s important for women to take preventative measures and see their doctor regularly. There are a few screenings that should be performed regularly that can assist with disease detection and treatment.

  • Breast cancer screening: Get a yearly mammogram starting at age 40. If breast cancer runs in the family, you may want to start sooner.
  • Cervical cancer screening: Get a Pap test at age 21 and every two to five years depending on your situation.
  • Colorectal cancer screening: Get a colonoscopy every 10 years starting at age 50. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps, you may want to start sooner.
  • Cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels screenings: These routine screenings help detect early signs of cardiovascular disease, hypertension or diabetes.

To learn more about women’s preventative care or to interview a Cleveland Clinic Women’s Health Specialist, please contact Halle Bishop at 216-445-8592 or

Colonoscopy: Addressing Common Concerns About This Life-Saving Test

There are several common excuses that people give for not getting a colonoscopy to preventively screen for colon cancer. Dr. Carol A. Burke of Cleveland Clinic’s Digestive Disease Institute hears excuses on a regular basis from patients who will not get a colonoscopy because they think they are not at risk; they don’t have symptoms; it will be too painful; the test is too risky; and that colon cancer is not preventable.

Dr. Burke says that everyone is at risk for colon cancer, yet it is one of the most preventable cancers. Individuals should begin screening for colon cancer (colonoscopy is the preferred screening strategy) at age 50, or earlier if you have risk factors.

For an interview with Dr. Burke, please contact Caroline Auger at 216-636-5874 or