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home : news : health and wellness September 21, 2017

You need more fruits and veggies: 5 easy ways to get there
(BPT) - Most Americans understand the importance of including a variety of fruits and vegetables into their diets, but finding inspiration and fresh ideas for incorporating them into everyday meals can be challenging.Research shows that only 10 percent of Americans are meeting the MyPlate recommend... Read More


Clinical trials and the vital role they play in furthering cancer research
(BPT) - The world of health care is one of constant innovation and discovery. New drugs, treatments and ideas are needed to combat the various health problems Americans face every single day. It is an ever-evolving challenge, and as health concerns are conquered, one constant threat remains: Cancer... Read More


Winning routines for warding off winter weight gain
(BPT) - With cold weather and short days, it's easy to fall off healthy eating and exercise routines. Here are tips on how to eat right and stay motivated to exercise during the winter months from a leading nutritionist and a top celebrity trainer.EAT RIGHTDr. Michael Roussell holds a degree in bio... Read More


Is BPA a thing of Halloween nightmares?
(BPT) - Now that fall is underway and you're already growing tired of all the pumpkin-flavored treats, Halloween must not be too far away. That means it's time to head to the store to pick up the trendiest Halloween decor to guarantee a shocked response from trick-or-treaters. But before you do, ha... Read More


The key ingredient to a successful school year
(BPT) - Now that school is in session, you've likely returned to the routine of nightly homework and packing lunches in the morning. One thing that helps ensure a safe and successful school year is polycarbonate plastic made from bisphenol A (BPA).BPA is a building-block chemical used to make a pla... Read More


5 tips to keep ticks away
(BPT) - Researchers are predicting 2017 will be one of the worst years for ticks that we have seen in quite some time - and by all indications, those researchers are correct. People who have found themselves pulling ticks off their pets, children and their own bodies can readily attest to this. The... Read More


Metastatic breast cancer patients tell their stories through art and photography
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Emergency preparedness 101: Know how to protect your family against carbon monoxide poisoning
(BPT) - Few areas of the country are immune to natural disasters or severe weather. Whether you live in a hurricane zone or face icy winters, it is important to prepare your home and family to weather the storm and know the potential health and safety risks that may arise in emergency situations.Be... Read More


Good health at any age: What women should watch out for
(BPT) - Being healthy is a common goal for many people, but good health does not have a finite endpoint; it's an ongoing process that unfolds over a lifetime. For women, aging can bring on surprising health changes as they move through the decades of their life. From good nutrition and proper exerc... Read More


Prevent falls this fall with a home safety checklist
(BPT) - After months of sticky heat and humidity, it's time to put away the shorts and pull out the sweaters because the autumn season is finally here. But, late September brings us more than just cooler temperatures and a wardrobe change. If you or a loved one are over the age of 65, the change in... Read More


The top 5 things to know about opioids
(BPT) - While a decade ago you may not have heard much about opioids, today they make headlines daily. The nationwide epidemic crosses generations and socioeconomic lines, and it's affecting your family, friends and neighbors."Opioids have long been used clinically to treat pain, but prior to the 1... Read More


Top 4 tips to help you get the sleep you need
(BPT) - If you're reading this, there's a good chance you're not getting enough sleep. You could probably use a nap, and you're not alone.Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that about 70 million U.S. adults report sleeping six hours or less on average. This is well... Read More


5 tips to keep sniffles and sneezes out of your holiday plans
(BPT) - With the holidays upon us, there's a lot to look forward to: seeing old friends, eating too much, wearing ugly sweaters; the list goes on. Likewise, there are a lot of things that might make you sigh: awkward questions from your aunts, arguing about politics and of course, how you're going ... Read More


Try this science-backed way to learn in your sleep
(BPT) - The brain never rests. If you've shared a room with a sleep-talker or woken from an intense dream, it's pretty clear the brain is always active, even during sleep.If we better understand what is happening up there while we rest, perhaps we can direct that activity into something meaningful ... Read More


Tips for choosing the Medicare plan that's right for you
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Four times you should choose organic when it comes to your child
(BPT) - If you're a parent, you've probably come across ongoing debates regarding the term 'organic' and what should go into your child's body. But, what about organic versus non-GMO? A recent study from Perrigo Nutritionals revealed that more than half of moms didn't know that organic is inherentl... Read More


Making sense of nutrition labels
(BPT) - You can find them on the side of most every product at your local grocery store. They are plain and kind of boring but nutrition labels were designed to contain vitally important information for good health and wise food choices. These labels tell you the number of servings in a container, ... Read More


Sports nutritionals 101: What you should know about supplementing your workout
(BPT) - Whether you're an athlete looking for an extra competitive edge or would just like to increase the effectiveness of your daily workout, you have most likely considered adding nutritional supplements to your fitness routine. Diet, exercise and everyday lifestyle are all factors that can help... Read More


Medicare Advantage: 20 years, 20 million people and 4 factors
(BPT) - In 1997, the federal government created the Medicare + Choice program - later renamed Medicare Advantage - to enhance consumer choice and more efficiently deliver Medicare benefits to older Americans.You may have heard of Medicare Advantage, but maybe you don't know exactly what it is, what... Read More


4 steps to safely recycle your household batteries
(BPT) - Do you have a pile of used household batteries hidden in your junk drawer or in a coffee can in the garage? You know you should be environmentally responsible and recycle them, but you aren't sure where to start. So the pile grows larger.But did you also know that extra precautions are requ... Read More


Baseball legend steps up to the plate to raise awareness of fatal lung disease
(BPT) - All-Star centerfielder Bernie Williams is taking on a new role as an advocate for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) awareness in honor of his dad Bernabé who lost his life to this rare and fatal lung disease. In this new role, he's teamed up with Boehringer Ingelheim on Breathless(TM) (ww... Read More


Covering your bases when facing a rare lung disease: 5 tips from a baseball legend
(BPT) - Yankees All-Star Bernie Williams is stepping up to the plate to raise awareness of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or IPF, a rare lung disease that took his dad's life in 2001. In an effort to turn his family's devastating experience with IPF into an opportunity to help others, Bernie has te... Read More


Back to school: College students need to study up on emergency contraception [Infographic]
(BPT) - A survey sponsored by Teva Women's Health, Inc. has revealed 62% of sexually active U.S. college students surveyed are using contraception inconsistently, yet don't know some of the most basic facts about over-the-counter (OTC) emergency contraception (EC). OTC EC helps prevent unintended p... Read More


Millennials prefer healthy habits, less likely to choose opioids to manage pain
(BPT) - Often spending their days hunched over phones, tablets or computers and their free time at spin class or playing sports, millennials are the next generation poised to experience chronic pain. Even at their young age, millennials say acute and chronic pain are already interfering with their ... Read More


6 simple steps to avoid distracted driving
(BPT) - Mobile phones have become an essential part of life for most people, helping them stay connected and increase productivity. However, this technology can also be a distraction when driving, which puts everyone on the road at risk.More than one-quarter of all car crashes involve phone use, bo... Read More


Is your hearing loss a barrier to a happy life?
(BPT) - Sheliadawn Fitch would wonder if it really was possible for her to hear again. But she would shove aside those thoughts, overcome by fear and uncertainty, telling herself she was doing okay.Not that you could blame her. The vivacious Texan had been through a lot, having lost much of her abi... Read More


Busted: 5 common myths about emergency contraception
(BPT) - There are a lot of myths associated with emergency contraception. Whether you experience birth control failure or have unprotected sex, it's important to be informed on your options, like Plan B One-Step. Plan B One-Step helps prevent pregnancy when used as directed within 72 hours (3 days)... Read More


5 things you should know about over-the-counter emergency contraception
(BPT) - From forgetting your pill to a broken condom, when it comes to your birth control plan, sometimes things just don't go as expected. For life's 'oops' moments, it's important to be informed on your backup options, including Plan B One-Step emergency contraception.Plan B One-Step should be us... Read More


The key to personalized vitamins: Understanding medication and nutrient interactions
(BPT) - Technology, science and research are turning our world into a personalized powerhouse at our fingertips, including products made specifically for us delivered to our doorsteps. We wear personal fitness trackers to track our steps, sleep and heart rates. Personal trainers are commonplace to ... Read More


The connection between health and hearing loss [Infographic]
(BPT) - A recent national survey found that nearly half of Americans know someone with hearing loss or difficulty hearing. The majority of respondents said that they would feel comfortable talking with someone they knew if they thought they may be experiencing hearing loss or difficulty hearing, si... Read More


5 signs it's time to talk about hearing loss
(BPT) - Family and friends might be softly hinting that you need your hearing checked. But can you hear them? See if you're experiencing one of the following 5 signs that it may be time to talk about hearing loss with a hearing health professional.1.) You've been approached by a family member about... Read More


5 tips to make family mealtimes more mindful
(BPT) - The hectic workday is over. As you pull into your driveway, you feel relief because you've finally escaped the cranky co-workers, the deadlines and traffic jams. Now you can spend the next few hours relaxing at home with your family. What better way to enjoy this time than with a delicious ... Read More


Want to lose weight? Research proves a big breakfast is the first step
(BPT) - If you want to lose weight, you're not alone. More than half of Americans desire to shed pounds, according to Gallup. This goal inspires people to take action in many ways, from increasing exercise to modifying meals.One thing many people do is skip breakfast in order to lower calorie intak... Read More


It takes a village: Integrated care team gives hope back to dialysis patient
(BPT) - Six years ago Francis Hogan was doing what he loved most: playing golf. After his usual game, his ankle was swollen and painful. When he visited the doctor, he discovered the swelling wasn't because of an injury. Something was seriously wrong.Hogan's kidneys were failing. He was diagnosed w... Read More


Fire away: Enhancing your home's safety with fire extinguishers
(BPT) - You check your alarms regularly and practice your family escape plan - but are you overlooking an essential component of home safety? Having fire extinguishers - and knowing how to use them - is an important part of maintaining a safe home for you and your family.'In America, a fire starts ... Read More


Turning 65? Choosing the right Medicare Part D plan starts with 4 simple rules
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Advocate for your care: Recognizing and tracking symptoms of a rare blood cancer
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Organic produce becomes mainstream
(BPT) - The organics category is becoming mainstream, as it is purchased by shoppers across all demographics. Recently, the category grew in just about every measurable way: in volume, dollars spent, and even in conversations in the media.When consumers dabble in organic produce, they are more like... Read More


3 activities to help you move safely after knee surgery
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How to build healthy habits for the school year and beyond
(BPT) - Bells are ringing across the country as kids settle into classrooms for a year full of fun, friendship and plenty of learning.While exciting, adjusting to new school schedules is a hectic time. Healthy habits are often forgotten as the focus shifts to studies, assignments and extracurricula... Read More


My Experience with Dog Flu: A Dog's Point of View
(BPT) - Recently, I got really sick. I had just spent a fun-filled week with all my friends at doggie daycare while my family was on vacation. Shortly after they brought me home, I started coughing a lot. It was really hard to breathe and I started vomiting. I didn't feel like eating anything and I... Read More


A mother's loss sheds light on need for better asthma control
(BPT) - For people living with asthma, managing the condition becomes part of their daily life. But some may not know that, in spite of their best efforts, their asthma may still be uncontrolled.Benjamin Buckley was one of those people. Ben, as he was known, was just 7 years old when he died from a... Read More


Back to school basics with BPA [Infographic]
(BPT) - Whether back-to-school season means returning to the routine of nightly homework or packing lunches in the morning, one thing that helps ensure the school year starts off safely and successfully is polycarbonate plastic made from bisphenol A (BPA).BPA is one of the most widely studied chemi... Read More


Are you safe from BPA? The answer may surprise you
(BPT) - Based on how much you've heard about bisphenol A (BPA) in recent news articles, it would be perfectly understandable if you concluded that BPA is public enemy No. 1. It's apparently everywhere at unsafe levels, and there is no way to escape. Or is there? There must be somewhere we can go t... Read More


Age ferociously with this eating game plan
(BPT) - A healthy diet and lifestyle are our best weapons against age-related diseases, and for staying healthy and active throughout life.Becci Twombley is sports dietitian for USC Athletics and Angels Baseball, overseeing the nutrition of 650 collegiate athletes and the 200 MLB and minor league b... Read More


How to Tackle a Dust-Free Renovation
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5 tips to solve separation anxiety in your pet
(BPT) - With good weather and flexible work schedules, summer time is the best season for spending some extra time with your pet. However, once fall comes, the kids aren't the only ones in the family that experience the back-to-school blues. Separation anxiety can happen for many reasons among pets... Read More


Is your family expanding? Protect what matters most with these nursery safety checks
(BPT) - You may have chosen the perfect color palette and all of your nursery furniture, but have you thought about some key safety checks?'The arrival of a baby means you have to take a look at your home in a whole new light,' said Tarsila Wey, marketing director for First Alert, the most trusted ... Read More


Pets help seniors stay healthier and happier, wherever they live, studies show
(BPT) - French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Collette once said, 'Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.' Pets provide meaningful social support for owners, and they can be especially beneficial for seniors. Ample research shows pet ownership delivers physical and mental health benefi... Read More


Enjoy the latest trend in swimming pools
(BPT) - It was supposed to be a community swimming pool, but many people stayed away because they couldn't tolerate the biting, nose-curdling odor of chlorine. Others experienced breathing and skin problems.So the Evergreen Commons senior center in Holland, Michigan, converted its 65,000-gallon chl... Read More


5 baby formula myths debunked
(BPT) - Baby feeding has many pervasive myths, especially about infant formula. Here are five of those myths debunked by Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH, family physician and co-author of The Mommy MD Guide to Your Baby's First Year:Myth 1: Breast is best.Fact: It depends on the mother and her baby. Bab... Read More


Top tips for making back to school a success
(BPT) - Summer days are getting shorter. Summer fun is winding down for the season. Bedtimes are starting earlier. And parents seem to be oddly excited.Back to school is right around the corner.For most kids, the thought of going back to school can be a drag. But it doesn't have to be.Marley Dias, ... Read More


Diabetes impacts younger people more often: Are you at risk?
(BPT) - Every 17 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. What's even more surprising is diabetes is growing fastest among younger people, outpacing the rate of heart disease, substance abuse and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.A new study by the Blue Cross Blue Shield... Read More


10 questions to ask your doctor about hearing loss
(BPT) - As we age, we know to ask our doctors certain questions about our health, such as, 'What should I know about preventing heart disease?' or 'Are my cholesterol levels too high?' But another common condition that we need to start asking about is hearing loss. Here are some questions you shoul... Read More


5 things parents need to know about HPV
(BPT) - Being a parent means looking out for your kids. When they were small it meant making sure they wore a helmet, crossed the street carefully and wore sunscreen. As they get older, the health challenges they face change. As they become adolescents, you can't always be with them, so you warn ag... Read More


Shop for health care with these websites and apps
(BPT) - As our nation seeks solutions to help improve the health care system, there is at least one goal we can all agree on: the importance of making health care quality and cost information more accessible.This is an important effort that has the potential to help improve health outcomes and make... Read More


Fighting head lice can start with a conversation with your doctor
(BPT) - "Your child has head lice" is news no mother wants to receive. Not only can this common condition affect the child at home and at school, but it can also throw a family's life off balance for days or even weeks.Results of the new 'Facts of Lice' online survey of 1,000 millennial moms (ages ... Read More


Travel tips to keep bed bugs at bay
(BPT) - Planning an upcoming trip - maybe a long weekend getaway, or a family vacation before the kids head back to school, or perhaps you're a road warrior who travels frequently for work? No matter what type of trip you have planned, you've probably already put together a packing list of what to ... Read More


Planning her life, pursuing her adventures [Infographic]
(BPT) - Merck launches Her Life. Her Adventures. to encourage women to plan ahead and get educated about family planning, including birth control options, so they can prepare for life's adventures.This campaign encourages women to talk to their doctor and learn about family planning and birth contr... Read More


More than fun: 5 tips for planning a healthy vacation
(BPT) - Taking a vacation is more than a fun getaway from the daily drudges of life. Turns out, travel has a multitude of benefits that can impact your health and wellness, too.Beyond stress reduction, vacations can improve heart health, mental health and personal relationships. In fact, men who ta... Read More


A snapshot of the global smoking epidemic and why it cannot be ignored [Infographic]
Tobacco use places a significant health and economic burden on individuals and societies around the world. Smoking is linked to serious illnesses including heart disease, stroke, lung disease and some cancers, and kills nearly six million people each year, making tobacco use the leading preventable... Read More


Looking for balance? Fighting fatigue? Your diet might be a place to start
(BPT) - Adults today are constantly searching for balance in life. While balance can be broadly defined, in simple terms it is rooted in equal proportions. The human body demands an equilibrium in order to sustain proper mental, physical and spiritual health. But, achieving balance can be difficult... Read More


Is your child protected from preventable illnesses at school?
(BPT) - Fall is an exciting time for kids - seeing old friends, getting to know new classmates, learning new skills and exploring classrooms. But with all this fun and interaction, it's important to remember one of the best ways to keep your child safe and healthy is to make sure he or she is up to... Read More


One man's struggle with PTSD, 40 years later
(BPT) - Bobby Barrera's career as a Marine ended abruptly at age 21. While in Vietnam, on his first mission, a land mine explosion took his right hand at the wrist and left arm at the shoulder, and left him with severe burns over 40 percent of his body and face.Coping with the physical challenges o... Read More


Mandy Moore's Advice to Pursuing Life Goals
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Why aren't people talking about I-O? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Awareness of cancer research lags behind progress.... Read More


Fighting the morning clock? 9 no-fail ways to get out the door on time
(BPT) - As the sun shines through the curtains, you hit the snooze button again. Suddenly you bolt up, realizing you're running late. You skip breakfast, grab your bag and rush out the door. Stress levels skyrocket and your day has barely begun.The race against the clock at the start of the day is ... Read More


Focusing on Family Health: August is National Immunization Awareness Month
(BPT) - National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), held each year in August, is a great time to review your family's vaccination records. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them and their family members.Vaccinatio... Read More


7 ways to snack like a pro this football season
(BPT) - Football season is quickly approaching, which means it will soon be time for tailgating or watching the big game on TV. For many of us, this time of year is tough on our diet and exercise plans, but it doesn't have to be, according to Bryan Snyder, registered dietitian and director of team ... Read More


Mangos bring families together around the world
(BPT) - Ayesha Curry was raised by great women who instilled in her a passion for cooking. This passion has helped Ayesha both launch her career and prioritize spending time with her family in the kitchen. But even as a celebrity chef, author and foodie, Ayesha sometimes struggles to think of new, ... Read More


New FDA-approved method of lung cancer detection gives many hope
(BPT) - Each year, more people die of lung cancer than any other form of cancer - more than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. The American Cancer Society estimates of the 224,000 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed each year, 155,000 will succumb to the disease.Many have heard the statist... Read More


Take precautions in the heat - lifesaving tips
(BPT) - From tornadoes and floods to hail and lightning storms, the United States experiences a broad array of extreme weather. Fatalities do occur, but many people are surprised to learn that the weather event that causes the greatest number of deaths is heat.According to the National Weather Serv... Read More


Ask your doctor about these important topics on life-threatening allergies
(BPT) - The start of a new school year can be fraught with anxiety for children and parents alike. New school, new friends, new dynamics. And for children living with life-threatening allergies, that anxiety can be even more pointed as they - and their parents - consider and prepare for how to deal... Read More


4 surprising health benefits of cherries - this summer's superfruit
(BPT) - Have you ever said no to a cherry? Probably not. This summertime treat is simply delicious. And if you're looking for another reason to indulge, you'll be pleased to know that cherries are surprisingly good for you. Recent research indicates that this summer's superfruit offers a variety of... Read More


Looking for a new doctor? Start with a D.O.
(BPT) - Your yearly physical, a nagging injury that won't go away, a sick child: There are plenty of reasons to go to the doctor, but when you do, do you know what type of doctor you're seeing?The common answer most people offer is that they are going to see a medical doctor, an M.D., and in many c... Read More


Managing MS in the warmer weather
(BPT) - Heat and humidity can make anyone feel uncomfortable, but for the 400,000 people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the United States, warmer weather can make life particularly difficult to manage.'When it's warm and sunny, that's when I want to spend the most time outdoors,' said Wendy... Read More


Easy ways to lighten up your cookout
(BPT) - The mouthwatering taste of grilled foods, the indulgence of rich desserts and the joy of entertaining with family and friends - a cookout is always a crowd-pleaser, no matter the time of year.The food and fun make for a memorable time, but sometimes all those savory sauces, scrumptious sala... Read More


How not to look your age
(BPT) - Want to look a little younger but not quite ready for cosmetic surgery? Who doesn't.There are more facial rejuvenation treatments to choose from today than ever before. Injectable fillers and neuromodulators like BOTOX can help soften wrinkles, peels can improve skin tone and reduce pigment... Read More


Your summer and BPA [Infographic]
(BPT) - Whether summer means days spent at the beach or pool, overnight camping trips, back-to-back sporting events or afternoons biking around the neighborhood, one thing that helps to make our summers both fun and safe is bisphenol-A (BPA).BPA is one of the most widely studied chemicals in use to... Read More


Breathe easier this summer: An expert shares advice on how to manage asthma during the hotter months
(BPT) - Summer is here, and while many spend their summer vacation outdoors swimming, playing sports and enjoying the sunshine, for those who have asthma, it can be a worrisome season.While springtime is often the time people think about asthma triggers, summer weather can also cause issues for peo... Read More


This simple test can set you on the road to a lifetime of better health
(BPT) - Here's a sobering statistic for you: 20 percent of all deaths in the United States can be attributed to poor lifestyle factors and behavioral choices. It's difficult to swallow, but fortunately new research also finds that those who take the time to establish a simple screening routine impr... Read More


Beat the heat: Tips to stay healthy and hydrated
(BPT) - Americans love summertime and with good reason. It is the best time for outdoor fun and travel with family. Many people enjoy outdoor activities such as bicycling, kayaking and hiking, and kids are more active with sports.One thing to keep in mind when out and about in the summer heat is to... Read More


A happy pet is a hydrated pet
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Allergens and indoor air quality: 4 steps to a healthier home
(BPT) - When at home, you're probably relaxing, playing with the kids or tackling chores. What you aren't likely doing is thinking about the air you're breathing. Unfortunately, the reality is poor indoor air quality in residential spaces is a major problem.The United States Consumer Product Safety... Read More


7 ways to get healthier this summer
(BPT) - Who came up with the idea of setting lofty health goals after the holidays? Try summer instead. With the season's fresh veggies and fabulous weather that inspires you to actually get out and get moving, there's no better time to build new habits toward a healthier you. Try these research-ba... Read More


Research shows California Raisins positively impact diabetic nutrition
(BPT) - Research highlighted at the American Diabetes Association's 77th Scientific Sessions suggests California Raisins - an all-natural, dried-by-the-sun, no-sugar-added fruit - can positively affect glucose levels and systolic blood pressure among people with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).'Rai... Read More


Shining a light on sarcoma
(BPT) - After a summer of healthy eating and exercise, Janice Nicewanner was on the road to better health when she noticed a small lump in her lower left abdomen. She assumed it was scar tissue from a past surgery, but decided to see her doctor six months later after it had grown to the size of a b... Read More


Shining a light on sarcoma [Infographic]
(BPT) - Sarcoma is among the most rare and complex types of cancer, comprising approximately 1 percent of adult cancers diagnosed. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of this rare cancer and when to see your doctor.... Read More


Five Reasons to Sleep More [Video]
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Pancreatic cancer: Know your family, know your risk
(BPT) - Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly cancers, with a mere 29 percent one-year survival rate. In 2016, pancreatic cancer became the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States, surpassing breast cancer.The time frame between diagnosis and death is often short. Only 7 perc... Read More


Real sleep: Uncovering the truth behind sleeplessness in America [Infographic]
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5 eye health tips that are easy to visualize
(BPT) - Writer Leigh Hunt once said, 'The groundwork of all happiness is good health.' It's a mantra you heed because nothing is more important than your health. That's why you watch what you eat, you exercise at least three times a week and you avoid tobacco or excessive alcohol use. You're workin... Read More


Traveling with confidence while on dialysis
(BPT) - If you'd like to join your grandkids as they experience a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, hope to make this year's family reunion or need to travel for work, there's no reason you can't - even if you're on dialysis, a life-sustaining treatment that cleans the blood of toxins in those people wh... Read More


Harnessing nitric oxide in a new way to combat superbugs
(BPT) - They are called superbugs. As their name implies, they are difficult to treat - and deadly. Earlier this year, in fact, a Nevada woman was hospitalized following a trip to India and later died from a rare bacterial infection that didn't respond to the 26 antibiotics approved for infectious ... Read More


8 fast tips to fight fall allergies before they begin
(BPT) - You made it through a tough spring allergy season and are enjoying every moment of the summer. But just when you think your allergies are under control, a new problem is brewing. In the blink of an (itchy) eye, fall allergy season will be here.You may be thinking, "It's still summer. Why wo... Read More


5 things keeping you awake (and what you can do about it)
(BPT) - Having trouble falling asleep is the worst, right? You toss and turn, you glance at the clock - again - calculating how much sleep you could get if only you would drift off this very moment. And of course, you don't, which only makes you feel more anxious, which just makes you feel more awa... Read More


Advanced hearing technology offers ideal features for the summer season
(BPT) - Summer is the season of hot weather, outdoor activities, vacations and other conditions that in the past posed a threat to people who wear hearing aids. Extreme humidity, sweat, rain and the occasional splash were threatening to the devices' tiny electronic components. Carrying extra batter... Read More


How much juice should kids drink? What you need to know about juice and serving size
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3 pressing reasons to talk hearing health at your next physical exam
(BPT) - When was the last time you and your doctor talked about your hearing?The fact is, only about 3 in 10 adults who had a physical exam in the last year say it included a hearing screening, according to research conducted by the Better Hearing Institute (BHI). That's a shame, because research s... Read More


Understanding the link between salt and health
(BPT) - The news lately is full of articles about salt and health. Everyone seems to be getting either too much salt or not enough. So which is it? Part of the problem is with how we study the connection. Fortunately, researchers on both sides of the issue are starting to agree on how best to proce... Read More


Understanding Scoliosis [Infographic]
(BPT) - Whether you or someone you know has scoliosis, or you're just starting to learn more about the condition, you'll find helpful information and resources in this infographic.Save... Read More


Elevate your sleep [Infographic]
(BPT) - New survey reveals Americans do much more in bed than just sleep.... Read More


Health and Wellness Benefits of Volunteering
(BPT) - In the business world, we hear a lot about the bottom line and quarterly reports. For those in the nonprofit sector, it's often a matter of reaching fundraising goals and achieving their mission statement. No matter what kind of organization you work for, there are big-picture goals, but of... Read More


Top 5 ways to battle belly bloat
(BPT) - Warmer weather brings sunny days, fresh breezes and plenty of flora and fauna to explore. But there's another aspect to warm weather that some people dread: swimsuit season.Three out of four women (77 percent) have felt self-conscious while wearing a swimsuit due to body issues, according t... Read More


What's your nutrition game plan? [video]
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BPA free does not mean safe
(BPT) - Thanks to years of attention to bisphenol A (BPA), used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, there is now quite a bit of attention to various alternatives described generically as 'BPA-Free." Many manufacturers proudly apply a BPA-Free label to their products, even to p... Read More


Solving the nation's water problems before the tap runs dry
(BPT) - Cooking dinner, washing dishes, showering and flushing toilets - these are daily activities for most Americans. If you did any of these in the last 24 hours, you've contributed to the roughly 355 billion gallons of water that are used each day in this country.Water is our most basic, physic... Read More


Taking Opioids for Pain? Speak up. Ask the Hard Questions.
(BPT) - Opioids often are the go-to pain killer for everything from back aches and injuries to post-surgical pain, as evidenced by the more than 300 million prescriptions written each year. While they can help with moderate to severe short-term pain, opioids are not without risk. Because they have ... Read More


5 healthier, dad-friendly snack ideas
(BPT) - He may always ensure his kids have access to fresh fruits, lean protein and plenty of water, but Dad's personal snacking habits might not be so healthy. If so, he's not alone; chips are the snack food of choice for 63 percent of Americans, and 91 percent of us snack daily, according to a Ni... Read More


How Much Do Parents Really Know about Their Baby's Risk for Invasive Pneumococcal Disease? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Pfizer Inc. and Parents magazine partnered to conduct a national survey of more than 2,000 new and expectant parents assessing their knowledge of childhood infectious diseases, such as measles, whooping cough and invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD), and the measures parents can take to help... Read More


Survey: Cataracts impact lifestyle; surgery brings emotional benefits
(BPT) - You may know that cataracts can interfere with your ability to see clearly, but might be unaware of their impact on your emotions. Alcon, the global leader in eye care, conducted a survey of about 1,300 people age 60 and older who have undergone cataract surgery and found that almost 60 per... Read More


Calling all blood donors: Roll up a sleeve and give where you live
(BPT) - Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. In fact, approximately 36,000 blood donations are needed each day nationwide. However, during the summer months, it is typically more difficult for blood donations to keep pace with demand, and this can result in summer shortages. To help ... Read More


Dad bod: The new shape of sexy
(BPT) - According to a recent Planet Fitness survey, women overwhelmingly prefer a man with a dad bod.... Read More


5 reasons summer is salad season
(BPT) - Summer is the perfect time to turn over a new you. With the arrival of warm weather, a relaxed schedule and summer vacations, this is the moment to invest in a new wardrobe and, of course, a new, healthier menu. When you think of summer cuisine, light and flavorful is the order of the day, ... Read More


5 surprising facts about dairy you should know
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Tips for managing prostate cancer
(BPT) - Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men other than skin cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates 1 in 7 men will have prostate cancer detected during their lifetime. The disease can strike any man at any time; men who are over the age of 60, have a family history of p... Read More


Taking the Mystery Out of Cancer Clinical Trials
(BPT) - In 2012, Donna Fernandez was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer-a disease that claims the lives of more than 150,000 men and women in the United States each year. She went through multiple rounds of various medicines, but her disease progressed. Her doctor offered her a choice: start a new ... Read More


Tips to help families cope with Alzheimer's, mitigate tensions and relieve stress
(BPT) - Receiving an Alzheimer's diagnosis is never easy - it's life changing, not only for the person receiving the diagnosis but for their family members as well. The disease can exact a devastating toll on family relationships unless everyone pitches in to support caregivers and take steps to se... Read More


What is low VOC and why does it matter? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Volatile organic compounds are gases emitted from certain solid or liquid materials. High VOC emissions from consumer and commercial products are significant contributing factors in the creation of air pollution in urban areas and can be harmful to health in large quantities. Discover more ... Read More


Hey guys. Is your good health a perception or reality?
(BPT) - When it comes to health, perception is not always reality. This is especially true when considering how men care for themselves when faced with a health condition. In fact, while most men would say they are more focused on their health than they have been in the past, physicians report a di... Read More


Tips for managing summer stress
(BPT) - Each summer we look forward to the sunny weather, schools closing and the vacations. However, managing your or your family's play, travel and work schedules can be stressful.According to United Health Foundation's 2016 America's Health Rankings, the average number of days per month adults u... Read More


Tips to help save money on prescription drug costs
(BPT) - Modern medications can work wonders, improving quality of life, curing illness and even saving lives. However, those miracles can come at a high cost, as anyone who's had to pay for branded prescription medication knows. In fact, spending on prescription drugs has increased 73 percent in th... Read More


How One Company Used Virtual Reality to Educate Doctors about Adults with ADHD
(BPT) - Have you ever struggled to explain what you were feeling to your doctor or healthcare professional? If so, you may have wondered if there was a way to help your doctor see the world through your eyes. Virtual reality technology is one way companies are working to help bridge the gap between... Read More


Gout: It takes 2 [Infographic]
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Young adults seek opioid alternatives for pain relief after wisdom teeth extraction
(BPT) - Summer vacation is the time of year students of every age look forward to. Warm weather, no school or homework, and summer travels - there are plenty of reasons to enjoy the break from the classroom. However, it's not all fun and games, especially for college students. Summer break is also ... Read More


The impact of cost on diabetes management [Infographic]
(BPT) - People with diabetes are instructed to regularly test their sugar levels each day; however, a new report conducted by Wakefield Research, polling 500 U.S. adults with diabetes, revealed that affordability of supplies can affect how well people manage the condition. Luckily, new programs are... Read More


Sore knees? 3 reasons to participate in a clinical trial
(BPT) - Designed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new treatments, clinical trials are the only way medical advances can move knowledge and science forward. In regard to knee pain, clinical trials offer the newest and latest ideas on finding better ways to treat pain.People participate in... Read More


5 simple ways parents can make the world gentle for baby
(BPT) - The big day has finally arrived and your newborn is here. Your baby is as perfect as you imagined and you're filled with a love you never knew existed. Even before she or he arrived, you started making more careful choices and looked for gentle alternatives with natural-based ingredients fo... Read More


When that nagging cough is actually something more
(BPT) - Working mom Betsy had a fulfilling career and a loving family. The only thing standing in the way of her ability to fully enjoy her life was a persistent cough that just wouldn't stop. Eventually, instead of doing the things she enjoyed, like spending time with her twin boys or going to din... Read More


Access to mental health care may be just a virtual visit away
(BPT) - Mental health disorders impact thousands of people every day, including many of our friends, neighbors and co-workers. Everyone reading this likely knows someone struggling with mental illness and is aware of the toll it can take on individuals, families and communities. Mental health chall... Read More


Staying Healthy While Traveling Overseas
(BPT) - Each year, travelers from the United States (U.S.) head to popular destinations. And while many have Zika on their mind while traveling, and are aware of the need to bring sunscreen, bug repellant and other travel necessities, many don't know that cholera may be a bigger threat than they th... Read More


The eyes have it: 4 things your eyes may communicate without you knowing it
(BPT) - Your eyes: you stare with them, wink with them and roll them. You use your eyes to communicate your thoughts and feelings every single day. Whether you're aware of it or not, your eyes can speak volumes about who you are and what you feel. But could your eyes be sending the wrong message?Ne... Read More


The eyes have it: 5 things you can do to reduce your child's exposure to harmful blue light
(BPT) - A generation ago, limiting a child's screen time meant putting restrictions on how much television they could watch in a single day. "No more than two hours a day and don't sit too close to the screen." Those were the rules, and while enforcing them was a challenge, it was easy to remember.... Read More


Simplifying baby nutrition: Expert advice for your infant's first foods
(BPT) - Your cooing, curious, incredibly cute baby is now 6 months old and you've got the go-ahead from your pediatrician to start solid foods. You both are excited to begin this new adventure, but when you head to the store you are suddenly confused by a sea of options.Which foods are safe for you... Read More


Unlock the secret to healthy aging by improving your health in three key areas
(BPT) - You're still just as active as you were in your thirties and forties, but as you continue to add those candles to your birthday cake each year, you can feel the effects of aging starting to take a toll on your body. As you age, your body needs a little extra care to maintain optimal health;... Read More


Wireless connectivity: What it is and why it matters
(BPT) - All electronics used to require wires to conduct sound until 1989, when Swedish conglomerate Ericsson Mobile created the short-link radio technology we now know as Bluetooth(R). Applications for this groundbreaking invention quickly expanded and Bluetooth became the standard wire replacemen... Read More


5 clever hacks to simplify any family's morning routine
(BPT) - Getting the family out the door on time every morning is no small feat. Seemingly simple tasks like getting dressed, packing backpacks and making breakfast can quickly turn into chaos. Before you know it, you're running late and the kids haven't even eaten as you dash to the car.Stop dreadi... Read More


Farming program helps neighbors in rural America fight hunger
(BPT) - Although the United States produces much of the world's food, 48 million people in the country are food insecure, lacking access to enough food to sustain a healthy, active lifestyle. What's even more surprising is that many of the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are loca... Read More



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