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For essential workers, a flu shot is essential protection
(BPT) - COVID-19 has helped remind all of us just how essential our essential workers are. Whether you're a health care worker, child care provider, grocery store worker, farmer, teacher or delivery person - you have been on the front lines to keep our society functioning.We are grateful for you - ... Read More

Find your power with an e-bike [Infographic]
(BPT) - Ever dreamed of buzzing around town on your bicycle, taking seamless detours through the park, ditching your car or public transportation as a way to get to work, or running errands while getting a little exercise? What about that huge hill that seems to go on forever? What if you don't hav... Read More

For People Living with Follicular Lymphoma, Routine Medical Check-ins are a Must—Here’s Why
(BPT) - The global COVID-19 pandemic is affecting nearly every part of daily life, and many people are choosing to skip or forgo their medical visits, screenings and tests. For people living with follicular lymphoma (FL), a typically incurable blood cancer that has to be closely managed, the import... Read More

5 ways to keep healthy habits on track around the holidays
(BPT) - You've probably gone through this before - in the midst of holiday festivities, you abandon the healthy habits you've been working on all year long. You tell yourself, 'I'll start eating healthy again on Jan. 1.' Meanwhile, you give in to temptation, shifting the burden to your next New Yea... Read More

Undaunted in the face of a challenging diagnosis
(BPT) - Todd and Iwona were experienced parents when their son Alek was born - they already had two children and felt as prepared as possible for their new addition. However, Alek's diagnosis with a rare, genetic disease called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) changed everything. The family's days wer... Read More

Pain doesn’t discriminate: Study finds young people experience pain as frequently as older people
(BPT) - A sore back. That stiff joint. Another headache. With so much time being spent at home, you're probably noticing more of your daily aches and pains. Many people tend to envision pain only impacting older people, and while everyone's pain is unique, you might be surprised to learn that pain ... Read More

5 tips on dating successfully during a pandemic
(BPT) - Whatever your dating life was like before the pandemic, it's most likely changed due to the circumstances at hand. Thankfully, many online dating platforms are rising to the occasion, providing secure and safe ways for people to connect. In turn, singles everywhere are getting creative, fig... Read More

How to choose a safe, healthy senior living community
(BPT) - It's understandable for anyone seeking a retirement community to have concerns about health and safety right now. Today's unprecedented situation leaves many wondering - is it safe to live in a retirement community during a pandemic?The good news is, many Continuing Care Retirement Communit... Read More

A Closer Look at the Impact of COVID-19 on Hispanic and Latino Communities
(BPT) - Sponsored by Pfizer.Developing a vaccine that could decrease rates of infection, disease and death worldwide is a critical part of addressing the COVID-19 global health crisis. Equally important is helping ensure vaccines reach the people and communities that are disproportionately impacted... Read More

Important home health tips for people with high blood pressure
(BPT) - Do you or a loved one have high blood pressure? When you have hypertension it's important to be proactive about your health. However, many people with high blood pressure don't have easy access to health care. This situation is made even more complex with the growing challenges of the COVID... Read More

3 truths about the glycemic index from a registered dietitian
(BPT) - It is recommended by nutrition experts that fruits and vegetables should be part of everyone's daily eating pattern. However, only one in 10 Americans meets the recommendations for fruit and vegetable intake according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Confusion around the Glycemic I... Read More

Survey: Americans don’t follow through on crucial annual eye exams
(BPT) - If you've fallen behind in scheduling and keeping your regular eye exams, you're not alone. In fact, eye health is not an important enough priority for most people, according to a recent study by Johnson & Johnson Vision.That's a problem, since annual eye exams are the single most cruci... Read More

Oral steroids for asthma: An unequal risk
(BPT) - More than 25 million Americans live with asthma, but people across the country are affected differently. For example, people from Black and Hispanic communities are more likely to visit the hospital due to asthma symptoms and less likely to discuss an asthma action plan with their doctor. T... Read More

5 easy tips for healthy eating
(BPT) - It's natural to want to eat healthy and fuel your body with the nutrients it needs to feel good. Figuring out how to actually eat healthy and make smart choices can be difficult if you don't know where to begin! Start the new year off strong with these five simple tips to introduce better h... Read More

Winter wellness: 3 expert tips to boost overall health
(BPT) - As we head into the chillier months, the winter season brings simple pleasures such as hot cocoa, holiday music and cozy nights by the fireplace. However, the hustle and bustle of the season can also take a toll on your well-being. Stress and unhealthy eating associated with seasonal celebr... Read More

Screening for spinal muscular atrophy, the leading genetic cause of infant death, can save lives
(BPT) - Regina Philipps' son, Shane, was born a happy, healthy and strong baby - holding his head up on his own, rolling, and pushing himself up on his arms. But at six months old, Regina noticed something might be wrong.'He started moving less, and some of the strength he had seemed to be disappea... Read More

Safety first: Tips for pet-proofing your home
(BPT) - Welcoming a four-legged friend into your family is an exciting time for everyone, but puppies, kittens, dogs and cats can easily find themselves in serious trouble while exploring their new surroundings. It is important to remember that pets are naturally curious and explore their worlds wi... Read More

Achieving sense of stability following diagnosis – one woman’s journey with a rare neurological disease
(BPT) - Sally is a second grade teacher who loves spending time with her family and being outdoors - she has always been healthy and active, enjoying hikes and practicing yoga. Four years ago, she started experiencing a strange pain in her right arm and hand.'It felt like a combination of numbness ... Read More

Cancer Doesn’t Stop: Cycle for Survival Advances Rare Cancer Research With Over $40 Million Raised This Year
(BPT) - It was in the fall of 2007 when Nicole, 26, felt a large mass in her abdomen. At first she ignored it, hoping it was nothing; she was a healthy, active woman in her 20s. However, when the mass didn't go away, she realized she needed to see a doctor. In January 2008, after many tests and sca... Read More

COVID-19 vaccine development: Key facts you want to know, from Pfizer’s Chief Patient Officer
(BPT) - The COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted many people around the globe in some way, and as a result, all eyes are on the biopharmaceutical companies that are working to develop safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. As the Chief Patient Officer at Pfizer, Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron describes ... Read More

How to combat isolation and loneliness among older adults
(BPT) - Feeling a sense of connection and belonging with others is a basic human need. But unfortunately for many older adults, social isolation and loneliness are on the rise, especially because of the necessary social distancing since the COVID-19 pandemic began.The good news is, there are concre... Read More

5 expert tips to save money at the grocery store
(BPT) - Parents are struggling to provide for their families during these uncertain and challenging times. A recent survey conducted by the Brookings Institution finds 1 in 5 young children in the U.S. are not getting enough food during this pandemic, and food insecurity is rising at an unprecedent... Read More

3 eco-friendly projects to boost home health during pandemic
(BPT) - How healthy is your house? After spending more time at home due to quarantine and social distancing, many homeowners are asking themselves this question.This has inspired an increase in home improvements that go beyond aesthetic enhancements. Homeowners want eco-friendly upgrades that impro... Read More

3 tips to boost eye health during virtual learning
(BPT) - Whether students are attending class in person, virtually or a hybrid version of both, there's one thing everyone has in common: A lot more education is happening digitally. Screens are a valuable tool in education, but they also can have health implications, including stress on the eyes.St... Read More

Families face holiday humbug due to high medical costs
(BPT) - Many Americans look to the holiday season as a time of carefree family fun and rest - especially in a year as tumultuous as 2020. But recent studies suggest some families' budgets may be facing lumps of coal in their stockings this holiday season.The National Retail Federation recently repo... Read More

Prioritize Your Health and Wellness in 2021: A Checklist to Assess Your Healthcare Needs
(BPT) - As 2020 draws to a close, you are likely reflecting on the events of the past year and looking ahead to 2021. As we approach the end of the year and you are setting goals for yourself for 2021, now is a great time to do a thorough review of your overall health and well-being and consider an... Read More

Holiday hosting: Putting new twists on mealtime traditions
(BPT) - Fewer people around the table, virtual meal sharing and car trips that take you no farther than the local grocery store are making holiday gatherings look a bit different this year. As a holiday host and master chef in your home kitchen there are still plenty of ways to usher in new traditi... Read More

The Importance of Targeted Treatments for Rare Forms of Lung Cancer [Infographic]
(BPT) - November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month - a critical moment to reflect on the progress made for patients living with this disease. Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers, impacting hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. every year and appearing in many different forms. Check out... Read More

Living with recurrent C. diff? 5 tips to enjoying the holidays
(BPT) - Just when we all thought it was still March, the holidays have crept up on us. Let's face it, we could all use a little joy right now to brighten up our holidays. Although the holidays may look different this year, many of us are hoping to keep a few normal traditions. Whether it's gatherin... Read More

Quarantine confidential: The unexpected ways social distancing impacted life for women with overactive bladder
(BPT) - In 2020, the phrase 'social distancing' became mainstream, as many people around the world had to experience extended periods of quarantining. The mandate to keep distance, limit travel and stay home has left many people to feel anxious, isolated and lonely. Unfortunately, for the 30 millio... Read More

Simple ways to safely bring joy to seniors during the holidays
(BPT) - Many seniors and their loved ones are taking special precautions to stay healthy, including limiting or eliminating visits and other activities that can cause COVID-19 to spread. That's because the older you are, the higher your risk of severe illness from the coronavirus, according to the ... Read More

Redefining Life to Tackle Heart Failure
(BPT) - Tammy, a mother and grandmother, who always led an active lifestyle - going to the gym several times a week - never thought she would be at risk for heart failure.Tammy began experiencing what she thought were common cold symptoms, including a persistent cough, shortness of breath and fatig... Read More

Keep Calm and Clean On: Why You Shouldn’t Ease Up on Cleaning Practices this Winter
(BPT) - When the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic first hit the United States, Americans showed up by not showing up.Since March 2020, residents of more than 40 states have experienced some type of a stay-at-home order (CDC). Major life events like graduations, weddings, birthday parties and funeral... Read More

Doctor's insight: Debunking toddler nutrition myths
(BPT) - The transition from breast milk or formula to food can be a stressful one for parents of toddlers. Keeping track of the newest information about adequate nutrition is difficult enough, not to mention you're now dealing with toddler food preferences that can seemingly alter overnight."Guidel... Read More

Tips to help manage holiday stress during COVID-19
(BPT) - Feeling stressed? You're not alone. Stress levels are rising due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the numerous disruptions in our daily lives.The American Psychological Association recently reported that 'we are facing a national mental health crisis that could yield serious health and social c... Read More

3 ways COVID-19 has changed pain management
(BPT) - When COVID-19 halted all non-essential health services, it begged the question - what types of care can't be delayed? Treatment for chronic pain, for one. Not only is pain management essential care, it's even more critical during stressful times.The good news is the pandemic has inspired in... Read More

'Tis the Season to Be Safe: Top Tips to Celebrate Safely During the Holidays in 2020
(BPT) - The holidays are usually a time to gather in person to share the joys and traditions of the season with friends and family. However, not unlike many occasions in 2020, the ongoing restrictions to help curb the spread of COVID-19 may make holiday festivities look different this year. This co... Read More

Milestone moments: Celebrating 25 years of Christopher Reeve’s legacy [infographic]
(BPT) - On May 17, 1995, an equestrian accident left actor Christopher Reeve paralyzed from the neck down. Along with his wife, he created the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to help all individuals living with paralysis reach their potential. As their legacy continues 25 years later, we ce... Read More

Wellness Lifestyle Expert Shares Products to Help Us Prepare, Plan and Soothe As The Winter Woes Approach Us [Video]
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Clinical trials advance science for patients with melanoma
(BPT) - Your skin is the largest organ of your body. And, like other parts of the body, it can get cancer. Melanoma is a rare form of skin cancer, and if caught early is often treatable. When it spreads to other parts of the body, the cancer is advanced - stage III or IV. Advanced stages of melanom... Read More

The caregiver difference: One man’s journey caring for his father’s COPD
(BPT) - When Justin found out his dad had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), he wasn't sure what to expect. Without knowing anything about the condition, he didn't realize that becoming a primary caregiver at age 30 would mean uprooting his lifestyle to support caring... Read More

The Most Common Symptom of Uterine Fibroids? Heavy Menstrual Bleeding. Learn More About An Oral Treatment Option.
(BPT) - Most women learn how to manage their periods beginning in their teenage years, often juggling work and school with an extra tampon or two on hand. However, for many women, managing a period often becomes a major burden due to symptoms stemming from uterine fibroids as they get into their 20... Read More

How to get the most out of open enrollment
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic means as a parent, you may be juggling your new roles of part-time remote teacher, IT technician and cafeteria chef along with your normal work responsibilities. The physical, mental, and for some, financial toll of this arrangement has left many feeling exhausted and ... Read More

How Rosacea Patients Can Take Action Against the Threat of Antibiotic Resistance
(BPT) - With the COVID-19 pandemic on the minds of people worldwide, the spotlight on public health is more present than ever before. But before COVID-19 became a top public health concern, we were already in the throes of one of the biggest public health challenges of our time: antibiotic resistan... Read More

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Know the Signs in Your Family Tree
(BPT) - Imagine your family members were at risk for a life-threatening heart disease but had absolutely no idea.At age 12, Carmen's doctor noticed a heart murmur, but could not find an explanation. Little did they realize, but this symptom would turn out to be one piece in his family's larger hear... Read More

Feel-good food: 5 facts you may not know about watercress
(BPT) - As we move into the winter season, it's important to strengthen our immune systems by making fresh fruits and vegetables a key part of our diets.After all, eating a diet rich in fresh produce is one of eight important steps we can take to ward off potential illness, according to Harvard Med... Read More

7 great reasons to eat more grapes
(BPT) - It's possible that grapes are already high on your list of snackable foods, but there are so many reasons to eat grapes beyond just their irresistible juicy-sweet taste. You may not know that grapes also have many properties that can help you maintain a fresher, healthier diet. With the rec... Read More

The Symptoms of UC May Impact People Both Physically and Emotionally: Here’s How to Begin Taking Back Some Control
(BPT) - Imagine having the worst anxiety whenever you leave the house because you never know when you're going to be driving or walking and the urge to go to the bathroom is going to hit you. That is what it can be like for some people living with ulcerative colitis (UC), a disease that can cause a... Read More

Get a clue about the flu: What you need to know
(BPT) - As flu season collides with the COVID-19 pandemic this year, it's critical to think about how to best protect yourself, your loved ones and the members of your community from getting sick and overburdening an increasingly strained healthcare system. Getting a flu shot each season is an easy... Read More

Looking for support during this pandemic? A new mental health community supports, inspires and connects people during these challenging times
(BPT) - This article was sponsored and developed by Neurocrine Biosciences. We are living in an unprecedented time, where everyone's mental health is being put to the test. Recent research has shown that stress and worry related to the pandemic have had a negative impact on mental health, taking an... Read More

5 noteworthy travel trends in the age of a pandemic
(BPT) - COVID-19 has changed the way we travel. When the pandemic began, many people put vacations on hold, shelving their wanderlust. As the pandemic continues, people are starting to travel again, but in different ways that prioritize health and wellness. This has led to some interesting travel t... Read More

How Do Our Genes Affect Pancreatic Cancer? Five Things to Know
(BPT) - The statistics around pancreatic cancer are grim. In the US this year, more than 57,000 people will be diagnosed and approximately 47,000 will die from the disease. Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death, with a five-year survival rate of 10% across all stages.However,... Read More

Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) Awareness Week: How one woman took control with treatment
(BPT) - When Patti, a busy 64-year-old mother and grandmother, was diagnosed with thyroid disease in the late 1990s, she figured treating it would be the end of her issues. It took about a year, but Patti's weakness, fatigue and high heartrate finally subsided and her thyroid levels normalized - sh... Read More

Whole Home Air Purifier Helps Eliminate Coronavirus in Filtered Air [Infographic]
(BPT) - Testing by the University of Colorado Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering found that the Carrier® Infinity® air purifier with Captures & Kills® technology inactivates 99% of coronavirus trapped on the filter. Other third-party testing... Read More

Green and clean: Eco-friendly tips for a healthier home
(BPT) - With social distancing, remote work and digital learning the new reality, there's no question that time spent at home has significantly increased. Keeping spaces clean and healthy is a top priority particularly as we head into winter months. Creating a healthy home is easier than you think ... Read More

5 tips to support an addicted friend or loved one amidst pandemic-induced stress
(BPT) - When struggling with addiction, whether it's alcohol, opioids or prescription drugs, stress is a powerful trigger to start using again.Naturally, the onset and spread of COVID-19 has a ripple effect on just about every area of daily lives, and as a result, it's hard to find someone who's no... Read More

How a child's wish brings hope while fighting cancer during COVID-19
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People living with diabetes may feel more in control of their condition with the help of technology
(BPT) - In the United States today, more than 30 million people live with diabetes - a challenging condition that requires individuals to constantly, and diligently, manage their body's needs. Those who use insulin know that carefully logging glucose (blood sugar) readings is necessary for addressi... Read More

Making Music, Finding a Voice: New Technology Bridges the Gap Between Art and Music for Those with Epilepsy Who Struggle to Express Themselves Verbally
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How probiotics can support your pet’s health
(BPT) - You've probably heard the buzz about probiotics helping to support gut health for humans - but did you know that probiotics can also help support the health of your pet? It turns out that both dogs and cats can benefit from probiotics as a regular part of their overall healthy, nutrient-ric... Read More

Are you susceptible to pandemic-related anxiety?
(BPT) - Since the pandemic began, many have felt the effects on their mental health. The CDC reported in June that over 40% of Americans suffered an adverse mental or behavioral health condition, with anxiety and depressive disorders topping the list. By mid-July, 53% of U.S. adults said their ment... Read More

5 ways to salute moms and moms-to-be this National Diabetes Awareness Month
(BPT) - Moms are often the driving force behind their children's health, helping them make good choices and practice self-care so they grow into healthy adults. Diabetes can add a unique and full-time challenge to what is already a 24/7 job.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventio... Read More

Seasonal allergies? 6 steps to help you sleep well
(BPT) - Having seasonal allergies is a struggle all day, both in the spring and fall, but for many it's evening when problems intensify. Runny nose, sneezing, itching, tossing and turning disrupt your ability to rest. Fortunately, with a few simple lifestyle changes to help keep fall allergies at b... Read More

A family approach to navigating biomarker-driven lung cancer
(BPT) - For the last few years, Jeff and his wife, Rhonda, have gone to their favorite vacation spot in Destin, Florida. This has become a valued tradition and something they look forward to each year. When they first started this tradition however, they weren't sure if they'd be able to continue f... Read More

Find Your Power and Buzz Through Life [Video]
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Quarantine fatigue? Use the power of play to engage kids and encourage learning
(BPT) - You love spending time at home with your kids, but you might not have anticipated just how much time this would be at the start of the pandemic. Now that cold weather is sweeping the nation, families will be at home and indoors even more. Fortunately, the magic of imaginative play not only ... Read More

65 or older? Learn how you can help protect your health this season
(BPT) - If you're a baby boomer, you've heard about the importance of getting your flu vaccine every year. However, you may be less familiar with how you can help protect yourself against other vaccine-preventable respiratory diseases like pneumococcal pneumonia.'Pneumococcal pneumonia is the most ... Read More

Why eggs are a great first baby food
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You may not know it, but your teen may be at risk for Meningitis B (MenB) [Infographic]
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Five Ways to Prioritize Vision This Diabetes Awareness Month
(BPT) - Fall marks a change of seasons and time for new and exciting activities with the ones you love. But what if you weren't able to experience the things you know and love about autumn, like the leaves changing color, due to vision loss?Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in... Read More

Recognizing how a change in schizophrenia treatment can help
(BPT) - Tim is like any other 26-year-old - he lives on his own and has a job. He is also one of the 2.8 million adults living with schizophrenia in the United States.For those in his small community, Tim may be the first person living with schizophrenia that they have ever met. According to Tim, i... Read More

Beyond beautiful: How plants improve mental and physical wellness
(BPT) - Flowers and plants are staples in many American homes, adding to the style and aesthetic of virtually any space. While the visual benefits of plants are widely embraced, many people are unaware of the ways plants can support mental and physical well-being, too."Plants offer countless benefi... Read More

Veterans Day 2020: A different time, and a time to make a difference
(BPT) - We hear a lot today about recognizing those people who have made a difference for our country and for our citizens. On Veterans Day, we recognize the many Americans who have made a profound impact on our nation and our future through their service in the U.S. military.In 1918, at the 11th h... Read More

Tips to help navigate health benefits open enrollment amid COVID-19
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted people nationwide to live differently, including new challenges when it comes to navigating the health system and accessing care.Whether people are enrolling in a health plan offered through an employer, state-based exchange or government-sponsored program... Read More

New technology bridges art & music for those struggling to express themselves verbally [Infographic]
(BPT) - Inspired by a 15-year-old girl named Riley, who is living with LGS and TSC, unspoken symphony is a web-based, image-recognition technology created for those who struggle to express themselves verbally, providing a new way for the epilepsy community to communicate and connect. After uploadin... Read More

HIV in the Latinx Community: Fueling Community-Driven Solutions to a Growing Health Crisis of Inequity
(BPT) - For more than four decades, the fight to end the HIV epidemic has raged on, ushering significant developments and innovations in treatment and care. However, progress has been uneven and fragile, illuminating major disparities in care and access to care that leave certain demographics dispr... Read More

Unmasking the protein gap. Coming face-to-face with food insecurity in America [Infographic]
(BPT) - Hunger has reached new heights. During this critical time, 1 in 6 people could face hunger in 2020, according to Feeding America estimates. And protein is in short supply: With food banks seeking 140+ million pounds of protein this summer, the need is at an all-time high. To help address th... Read More

5 safety tips for medications in your home
(BPT) - Did you know that 70,980 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2019? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that figure, citing over 194 drug-related deaths in the U.S. every day last year. And unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has only increased the dangers posed by mis... Read More

3 ways being a label reader helps protect people and the planet
(BPT) - We've all seen people reading the labels of food, beverage and supplement packaging to look at the ingredients and nutrition facts - chances are you have, too. More than ever, shoppers are looking at labels to make sure products match up with their values, whether it's protecting people or ... Read More

Expert tips to save money during Medicare open enrollment
(BPT) - For most people enrolled in Medicare, the annual open enrollment period from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 is the only time you can make changes to your existing Medicare coverage. Whether you're satisfied or dissatisfied with your coverage, this is the time to explore your options as there may be... Read More

Headlight savings time: Switch today, see better tonight.
(BPT) - Daylight saving time is coming to an end, but Headlight Savings Time is just starting.Headlight Savings Time is an annual campaign sponsored by Sylvania, a leading aftermarket automotive brand with more than 100 years of industry experience, to remind drivers that headlights, just like brak... Read More

What you need to know about the cancer-diabetes connection
(BPT) - There are more connections between diabetes and cancer than you'd expect. Research suggests the two can be intimately related - with some cancer treatments putting patients at risk for insulin dependence, and type 2 diabetes greatly increasing a person's susceptibility to cancer.Because can... Read More

What to know about advanced lung cancer: testing, diagnosis, treatment and next steps [Infographic]
(BPT) - If you have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer or are at increased risk, having accurate information about early detection, treatment options and next steps is critical in the fight against the disease.... Read More

4 tips for restoring sensitive, irritated, dry skin
(BPT) - Beautiful, healthy-looking skin is a reflection of overall good health. But it's not just a question of how your skin looks - how it feels is just as important. If your skin is sensitive, you may experience symptoms that make you feel uncomfortable.How do you know if you have sensitive skin... Read More

3 fire safety tips that could save your life
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Understanding Metastatic RET Fusion-Positive Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer [Infographic]
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Understanding EGFR Mutations in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) [Infographic]
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Driving Program for Teens and Parents Created to Save Lives [Video]
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Making music, finding a voice: New technology bridges the gap between art and music for those with epilepsy who struggle to express themselves verbally [Video]
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5 at-home habits that can cause new discomforts
(BPT) - Now more than ever, Americans are spending extended periods of time at home. From sitting for long hours working and logging more time in front of the TV, to uncontrollable snacking and changing bathroom habits, the behavioral changes resulting from more time at home are impacting overall h... Read More

5 ways to reinvent your scrambled eggs
(BPT) - Easy to make, packed with nutrients and great for the entire family, scrambled eggs are a breakfast staple in households across the country. While the classic scramble is a great go-to, these days you might be looking to jazz things up a bit. You can excite taste buds with interesting addit... Read More

4 Things to Know When Shopping for a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
(BPT) - About 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day and by 2050, seniors will represent more than 20% of the population.[i] If you are 65 or older, staying healthy is more important than ever. One step includes picking a Medicare prescription drug plan during Open Enrollment, which began Oct. 15.If yo... Read More

5 car seat tips to keep your kids safe
(BPT) - From the moment your child is born, you do everything in your power to keep them safe. Most parents and caregivers know the importance of car seats for protecting children, but it's also important to make sure you are choosing and using them correctly. Free online resources can help.Now is ... Read More

5 things to know about having joint replacement surgery during COVID-19
(BPT) - If you're suffering from joint pain and considering a joint replacement, you're not alone. Chronic, debilitating pain that requires joint replacement affects nearly one in four adults in the United States, according to the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative.[1] But unfortunately, many people wa... Read More

Toothbrush tips: How to get a professional clean feeling at home [Video]
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5 Affordable Anti-Aging Tips from a Celebrity Dermatologist
(BPT) - With all the changes that have occurred this year, it's not surprising that women everywhere have been reassessing their skincare routines. Spending more time at home has spurred a focus on overall skin health and rituals to smooth out lines and wrinkles - and they want convenient solutions... Read More

How Technology Is Helping People Better Manage Diabetes During COVID-19
(BPT) - The impact of COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our everyday lives, particularly for those living with a chronic condition like diabetes. Even under normal circumstances, managing diabetes can be difficult, but with the added challenges of the pandemic, access to medical care, medication... Read More

New normal, same cancer [Infographic]
(BPT) - COVID-19 has disrupted cancer care, including an alarming decline in preventive screens. Learn more.... Read More

Healthy Habits That Will Stick: How One Comedian is Making (Positive) Changes During an Unprecedented Time
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From Bedridden to Ironman: My Journey with Crohn’s Disease
(BPT) - He was nearing the end of the race, but Brian Greenberg thought he couldn't possibly finish. He had a stomach cramp and his lungs were begging him to stop. At that point, he had done a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride, and was in the last leg of his 26.2-mile run. It had been over 15 ... Read More

Generic and Biosimilar Prescriptions Mean Smooth Sailing and Big Savings for Americans of All Ages
(BPT) - Now that Rich Lichty is semi-retired, he loves to go boating on the Chesapeake Bay. His 15-year-old boat is equipped with a diving board to entice the grandchildren.Watch Rich's VideoRich Lichty, 72, from Laurel, MD, takes a generic medicine for his blood pressure.Rich takes a generic drug ... Read More

Grieving mom urges parents to promise to get flu vaccinations
(BPT) - Two-year-old Reese Pena was an energetic, healthy toddler loved dearly by her entire family when her life was tragically cut short by the flu. Now, her mom is urging other parents to make a promise to vaccinate their families this year and every year.Reese became ill with what her family as... Read More

What to know about higher-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (HR-MDS) [Infographic]
(BPT) - Sponsored by Takeda OncologyMDS is a rare cancer that is not commonly discussed, and is often referred to as a disorder or condition.In recognition of MDS World Awareness Day, here are three key things to know about MDS:What is MDS?MDS is a rare form of bone marrow cancer.1 There are 14,000... Read More

Navigating a new normal: Health and safety tips for kids in sports
(BPT) - This year when it comes to youth sports, seasons have shifted, practices may look different and competitions may be postponed, all of which have been difficult for kids who simply want to enjoy their time on and off the field, court, rink, mat or pool deck. As parents navigate this new norm... Read More

4 helpful ways to start social justice conversations
(BPT) - As several recent events have amplified issues of social injustice, more and more people are starting and participating in conversations on how to make the world a better place. While these conversations may be difficult at times, it's critically important to have them.'Together we must cre... Read More

Tips for surviving the Medicare annual enrollment period
(BPT) - Annual enrollment for Medicare ends Dec. 7, so now is the time to check your plan and update coverage for the coming year. While many people stick to the same plan they have used in the past, subtle changes can leave you second guessing what is best for your personal situation.Some of the m... Read More

For women with ovarian cancer, early communication is key
(BPT) - At first thought, it would appear that Cherie, age 50 from Chicago, Illinois, and Leanne, age 62 from White Plains, New York, don't have much in common. Cherie enjoys exploring the outdoors and traveling with her husband, while Leanne, a financial advisor, enjoys making jewelry, cooking and... Read More

Glaucoma: What you need to know about 'the sneak thief of sight'
(BPT) - 'Will I go blind?' It's a frightening thought that most people have when they are first told they have glaucoma.'Patients are almost always concerned that they are going to lose their vision,' said Dr. Andrew Iwach, executive director of the Glaucoma Center of San Francisco. 'The good news ... Read More

Food prices: Why they’re rising and how to save
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has affected food prices more than nearly any other part of the household budget. In April, the Food-at-Home Consumer Price Index increased 2.7%, which was the largest monthly jump since 1974. From June 2019 to June 2020, food prices are up 5.6%. Why is this happening,... Read More

Stress making you queasy? 5 tips that can help
(BPT) - Face it, this is a stressful time. Everyone is coping with a lot - from anxiety about the pandemic and financial worries to stress around work and family schedules, and so much more. According to a CDC survey this June, over 30% of the respondents reported symptoms of an anxiety or depressi... Read More

Ed’s story: Everyone with ALS counts
(BPT) - Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells. It first gained national attention as Lou Gehrig's disease, named after the famous baseball player who was diagnosed with ALS in 1939. To date, the cause of ALS is unknown, and there is still n... Read More

Recovered COVID-19 patient urges others to participate in clinical trials
(BPT) - Earlier this year, 55-year-old Marc Baranski, his wife, Lynn, and their two kids traveled from their home in Princeton, New Jersey, to visit family in Florida. Unfortunately, upon returning, the entire family developed symptoms of COVID-19.While his wife and kids recovered relatively quickl... Read More

Getting Candid About Lung Cancer Diagnosis in the Age of COVID-19
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a significant disruption in cancer care and treatment.1 As the leading cause of cancer death in the US, the potential impact on lung cancer is especially alarming.2,3 Recent studies predict a significant increase in the number of cancer deaths over the next ... Read More

62% of teens experiencing COVID-19 related disruption in driver education/licensing [Infographic]
(BPT) - Michelin North America, Inc. partnered with Governors Highway Safety Association to provide resources to parents during National Teen Driver Safety Week.A newly released survey of parents reveals that many teens are experiencing a COVID-19 related disruption in driver education/licensing, b... Read More

New program through the pharmacy helps people with diabetes save on blood sugar testing supplies
(BPT) - When it comes to managing diabetes, people living with this chronic condition know it is all about blood sugar. If blood sugar levels get too high or too low, it can drastically alter mood, well-being, and even long-term health.Checking blood sugar levels is an everyday fact of life for peo... Read More

5 ways a weighted blanket can improve your life
(BPT) - Quality sleep is essential to good health, but daily life - the stresses of work and family, too much screen time, caffeine or alcohol - disrupts our body's natural sleep cycle. One tool to promote better sleep is a weighted blanket, but the benefits go beyond sleep. Here are five benefits ... Read More

Just the facts: Dispelling common myths about glaucoma
(BPT) - Glaucoma. It's a sneaky disease that usually strikes without warning. More than three million people in the United States have it - but only half know they do. Left untreated, glaucoma can lead to progressive vision loss and irreversible blindness. While a diagnosis of glaucoma can be scary... Read More

Take Back Your Bones: Simple Steps and Recipes to Strengthen Your Bones
(BPT) - Did you know that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men globally will suffer from an osteoporotic fracture? In fact, an osteoporotic fracture is estimated to occur every 3 seconds. That's nearly 8.9 million fractures annually, but the good news is there are many ways to help prevent osteoporosis befo... Read More

5 Things to Know About Severe Eosinophilic Asthma – Why All Asthma Is Not the Same
(BPT) - This content was sponsored by GSK. If you have asthma, even if you are taking your medications, you still may be worried about your next attack.It's important to know that not all asthma is the same - elevated eosinophil levels may be a key differentiating factor. Eosinophils are white bloo... Read More

A College Student’s Crash Course in Managing Plaque Psoriasis
(BPT) - In the spring of 2016, Kate was excitedly preparing for the rites of passage most high school seniors look forward to - prom, graduation, turning 18 and getting ready for college. What she wasn't preparing for was a chronic illness diagnosis.It started out as a small patch of dry skin on Ka... Read More

What you need to know to prepare for a low blood sugar emergency
(BPT) - When Alejandra Marquez was 12 years old, she suddenly started to scream during an otherwise typical Sunday church service. There was a loud buzzing that only she could hear, and she soon began to have trouble standing.'It sounded like a mosquito loudly humming in my ear,' Marquez said. 'It ... Read More

4 ways you can help support veterans
(BPT) - According to the National Institutes of Health, up to 30% of American military veterans experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after returning home from combat. Yet only about 40% of those individuals ever seek help.Service dogs are proving to help military veterans suffering from... Read More

Wellness lifestyle expert shares tips for fitness and self-care during this fall season [Video]
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Is your ‘peehavior’ ramping up? You may have an overactive bladder
(BPT) - If you're over the age of 40 and heading to the bathroom with increasing urgency and frequency or trying to avoid leakage, you could be experiencing symptoms of overactive bladder or 'OAB'.[1],2 Urgency (feeling like you can't make it to the toilet in time), frequency (having to pee more th... Read More

Overcoming the stigma of addiction is key to treatment
(BPT) - Addiction is a chronic but treatable medical condition. Often unintentionally, many people still talk about addiction in ways that are stigmatizing-meaning they use words that can portray someone with a substance use disorder in a shameful way, which may discourage them from seeking treatme... Read More

3 surprising foods that fuel your immune system
(BPT) - Cold and flu season, combined with an ongoing pandemic, is motivating many Americans to do everything possible to support immune health. Fortunately, simple lifestyle habits, like a healthy diet, can make a big difference in strengthening the body's defense system. But what foods are best -... Read More

Expert advice for healthy cooking inspiration
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5 reasons doctors urge everyone to get a flu shot now
(BPT) - As our country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, a potentially dangerous season is beginning: flu season. The threat of the pandemic will become more complicated by increasing cases of the flu, making more people ill and putting further strain on the U.S. health care system.Pediatric epi... Read More

4 ideas for a Celebration of Remembrance after COVID
(BPT) - If you lost a loved one during the pandemic, you were likely unable to hold the kind of memorial service you would have wanted to honor that special person. Funeral services are an essential part of the grieving process and help bring closure during some of life's darkest moments. Thousands... Read More

Worried about the COVID learning slide? 4 steps parents can take
(BPT) - School is so unpredictable this year, it's hard not to worry about the what ifs. What if my child falls behind due to distance learning? What if my kids have trouble getting back to in-person learning? It's an anxious time for many parents.In fact, a recent Understood/YouGov survey of 2,000... Read More

3 things you need to know about biomarker testing and genetic mutations in breast cancer
(BPT) - This year alone an estimated 276,000 women and 2,620 men in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer. While breast cancer continues to impact a significant number of people each year, scientific advancements have led to more personalized treatment options. Researchers have dev... Read More

Take on your acne
(BPT) - If you're one of the 85% of teens or young adults suffering from acne, you know how tough it can be. Having acne can sometimes make you self-conscious, affecting your social life and self-esteem.It can be especially difficult if you have 'severe recalcitrant nodular acne' - often referred t... Read More

How Understanding a Common Virus May Help Treat Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
(BPT) - Sponsored by Atara BiotherapeuticsMultiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic unpredictable neurological autoimmune disease that affects an estimated 1 million adults in the U.S.1 In MS, the immune system mistakenly attacks the central nervous system (CNS) which can affect a person's muscle contro... Read More

‘I never got to say goodbye’: The heartbreak of losing a child to a vaccine-preventable disease
(BPT) - 'I received a phone call one day that devastated my life forever. My son, Nico, had been diagnosed with meningococcal disease, and was at the hospital for only eight minutes before losing consciousness. He never woke up - and as a father, I never got to say goodbye.'GSK spokesperson and men... Read More

‘Meningococcal disease almost killed my healthy daughter’: One mother’s story
(BPT) - 'I got the call every parent fears. My daughter, Jamie, was in the hospital and I needed to get there immediately. When I got to the hospital, Jamie was already in an induced coma - fighting to survive,' said GSK spokesperson and meningitis advocate Patsy Schanbaum.Jamie had been diagnosed ... Read More

Americans share hopeful stories of recovery from opioid use disorder
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Simple Ways to Keep Indoor Air Fresh [Infographic]
(BPT) - With people continuing to spend more time at home right now, being proactive about indoor air quality is more essential than ever. Consider these steps to help maintain fresher air and a cleaner environment.... Read More

Dentist offers tips for a less spooky Halloween
(BPT) - While Halloween will be different this year, you'll still likely be enjoying all your favorite Halloween candies - at least from the comfort of your own home. And face it, it's not just kids who like to indulge in sweet treats.While enjoying your favorite sticky candy and sugary chocolate b... Read More

America’s egg farmers donate record-breaking 46 million eggs to food banks
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Suicide Prevention: Asking a Few Simple Questions Can Save a Life [Video]
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5 do's and don’ts of fire safety
(BPT) - A fire department responds to a fire every 24 seconds, and a small flame can turn into a major fire rapidly. With Americans spending more time at home than ever before, it is important to be ready before disaster strikes. To ensure your family is prepared for the unexpected, make sure you k... Read More

Have High Blood Pressure? Know This About Your OTC Medications [Infographic]
(BPT) - According to the American Heart Association, nasal decongestants in common cold medicines may raise blood pressure. If you or a loved one has high blood pressure, choosing a cold remedy should not be automatic. Talk to your doctor about what the best product may be for you. For more informa... Read More

5 tips that help simplify health insurance open enrollment
(BPT) - As many people head to the polls to cast their vote in the 2020 presidential election, there is another important decision millions of Americans will make: choosing their health care coverage for 2021.Open enrollment season is here, a time when millions of Americans across the country will ... Read More

To Avert “Twindemic” Doctors Urge Public to Get Flu Shot Early [Video]
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How to take your muscle strength further
(BPT) - Even if you work out regularly, chances are you'd like to see more results in terms of muscle strength and tone. It's easy to get stuck in an exercise rut, where you keep doing the same thing and don't see much improvement. Feel like you're hitting a plateau?If you want real results and jus... Read More

How to do laundry during COVID-19: Do's and dont's
(BPT) - Good laundry practices in the home are more important than ever. Recommendations from the North American Cleaning and Sanitization Expert Panel, which recently convened in a workshop hosted by the University of Arizona, offer guidelines to help reduce the spread of infections and illness wh... Read More

Know the facts about pulmonary fibrosis
(BPT) - Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is a progressive and debilitating disease that leads to scarring of the lungs, with no known cure. Yet, while more than 200,000 Americans are living with the disease, there are still many myths and misconceptions surrounding causes, treatments, diagnosis and more. Th... Read More

Joint pain? What are you waiting for?
(BPT) - With one in four adults in the U.S. suffering from chronic joint pain, the recent restrictions on elective surgeries due to COVID-19 have been particularly difficult.[1]This is especially true for those in need of joint replacement procedures, who are often suffering greatly as they await s... Read More

Secure Your Life: Solutions that Help You Feel Safe and Secure
(BPT) - Now more than ever, Americans are searching for ways to protect themselves and their family members and provide some peace of mind. Whether you are looking to update your computer's anti-virus software, purchase a home security system, or schedule your annual medical appointments, if you're... Read More

New ways to save more with your FSA or HSA
(BPT) - If you currently have a flexible spending arrangement (FSA) or a health savings account (HSA) through your employer, you probably appreciate knowing that you have some pre-tax savings stashed away in case you need them for a healthcare expense. FSAs and HSAs aim to provide convenient, affor... Read More

4 things you need to know about Hepatitis C
(BPT) - Here's something to be aware of, especially during October, which is Liver Awareness Month: your Hepatitis C (hep C) status. In the United States, there are many people who have hep C and don't know it. In an update to their guidelines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) n... Read More

Digital clinical trials could lead to new, more effective therapies
(BPT) - As the world waits for the approval and release of a COVID-19 vaccine, many are learning about the historically lengthy and arduous procedures required to conduct clinical trials.For decades, the clinical trial process has remained largely untouched by new digital technologies, limiting the... Read More

Multigenerational households provide outstanding benefits during COVID-19 & beyond
(BPT) - Eighty-two percent of multigenerational families say that living together has increased their bonds among family members, according to a study published by Generations United. As COVID-19 has led to increased hardships throughout the United States, many families have taken the opportunity t... Read More

Taking NSAIDs for arthritis pain relief? Make sure you know the risks
(BPT) - You or someone you know well likely suffers from arthritis, joint inflammation that, per the CDC, affects an estimated 54 million people in the United States, or 23% of all adults.1 Two common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).Many physicians suggest O... Read More

Everyone Can Take Action on Metastatic Breast Cancer Today
(BPT) - October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The month is not just about making people aware of metastatic breast cancer and celebrating survivors, it is also about taking action so we can improve the lives of people living with breast cancer.Despite all our advances, about 42,000 peo... Read More

Domestic Violence Shelters Helping Survivors Heal With Their Pets [Infographic]
(BPT) - Pets are family. They provide unconditional love and support. Unfortunately, many crucial resources for victims of domestic abuse don't factor in their pets, creating a heartbreaking dilemma. Stay in an abusive situation, or leave a pet behind. That's why Purina partnered with RedRover to c... Read More

Heart Attacks and Cholesterol: What You Need to Know [Infographic]
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Is it safe to travel during a pandemic?
(BPT) - According to the CDC, traveling safely during a global pandemic comes down to two basic things: avoiding close contact with strangers and following a few common-sense precautions.With much of the United States slowly easing travel restrictions, research from the U.S. Travel Association reve... Read More

Knowledge is power: Why genetic testing is essential for patients with acute myeloid leukemia
(BPT) - Roughly 1.8 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States in 2020, according to the National Cancer Institute.[1] Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)-the most common type of acute leukemia-is an aggressive blood cancer characterized by the rapid growth of cells that accumulate ... Read More

Shedding light on a rare bile duct cancer for the second annual Rare Cancer Day
(BPT) - While there is growing public awareness about cancer in general, there are many types of cancer that are not well known or are misunderstood.On September 30, the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) and its Rare Cancer Coalition are spearheading the second annual Rare Cancer Day.... Read More

The top 5 trends driving Gen Z and millennial culture right now
(BPT) - Memes, stans and DMs, oh my.If your knowledge of the digital generation ends there - or if none of those words meant anything to you - this article is for you.Advertisers are trying to understand them, thought leaders are desperate to reach them, and brands are bending over backward to appe... Read More

Healthy sleep is vital for school success
(BPT) - Healthy sleep is vital for student success. Yet, a new survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) shows that many students are not getting enough sleep, according to more than half of American parents surveyed. No matter where classes are held - in-person, online or in a hybr... Read More

Life insurance 101: Your guide to getting the right coverage
(BPT) - Life constantly changes and no one can predict the future, which is why life insurance offers peace of mind that your loved ones are protected financially should anything happen to you. There are many life insurance options available, which is beneficial because that means you can find the ... Read More

Health coverage can set up young students for success
(BPT) - As a new school year kicks into gear, many students - and their families - are adjusting to a different learning environment. While back-to-school preparations this year may include setting up space for virtual learning at home, going back to the classroom, or a combination model, they shou... Read More

Medicare insight: Three ways to advocate for lower out-of-pocket costs
(BPT) - Medicare Part D provides coverage for prescription drugs that save and extend lives for millions of older adults and people with disabilities, many of whom would otherwise struggle to afford their treatments. However, despite the important purpose it serves, some people on Medicare, especia... Read More

5 surprising facts about beef and sustainability
(BPT) - Beef is a staple in cuisines worldwide, valued for its flavor and nutrition. However, recent conversations about sustainability and the beef industry's commitment to continued improvement have led to research on the issue - which has only served to demonstrate that the beef industry does in... Read More

How to prioritize breast health in the era of COVID-19
(BPT) - With Breast Cancer Awareness Month approaching in October, breast health may be top of mind among many women this time of year. But as COVID-19 continues to spread in some areas of the country, some women may feel hesitant to get a mammogram or cancer treatment this fall. With one in eight ... Read More

5 Things Women Should Know About PCOS
(BPT) - Do you struggle with irregular periods? If so, you might be one of the 5 to 10% of women impacted by polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a hormonal disorder caused by elevated levels of male hormones, which can lead to irregular periods and a lack of ovulation. If ignored, PCOS can ... Read More

Your Future Protected: Considerations for Long-Term and Short-Term Care for Americans 50 and Older
(BPT) - When planning for the future, security and peace of mind are likely top of mind, particularly for Americans age 50 and older. There are many considerations - from income planning for retirement, to considering potential healthcare needs, to getting one's personal affairs in place. As you an... Read More

Tips for tackling dry eye symptoms
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Survey Finds Breaks Help Prevent Work-From-Home Burnout [Infographic]
(BPT) - Today, EPIC Provisions unveiled the results of a national survey it conducted to understand how Americans are faring in the new work-from-home environment that is dominating 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While it's no surprise that two-thirds (66%) of work from homers (WFHers) are feel... Read More

New study on heart health: Get more omega-3s
(BPT) - If you're trying to improve your heart health, chances are you're doing things like moving more and eating better. Making sure your diet delivers heart-healthy nutrients, including healthy fats, is a smart strategy. A new study from Mayo Clinic Proceedings provides more evidence on why cert... Read More

What to expect at your next dental visit
(BPT) - Going to the dentist has always been an important part of the overall health care routine. Even now, regular dental appointments are critical to good overall health and it is safe to see your dentist.You have questions. Will I be safe? Is my dental office following precautions? What should ... Read More

Why it's now, more than ever, important to get a flu vaccine
(BPT) - Flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and tens of thousands of deaths in the United States yearly. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself, your family and your community from... Read More

After Her Unexpected Diagnosis, Danita Knew Her Sister’s Symptoms Required a Conversation With a Doctor
(BPT) - Shortness of breath. Heart palpitations. When Danita first noticed these occasional abnormalities, she didn't give them much thought. After all, she figured, aging and menopause can bring their fair share of physical changes, and the feelings would always go away.'I'd be walking around the ... Read More

Once a crisis moment, now a manageable situation: First autoinjector to treat severe hypoglycemia
(BPT) - As the country continues to navigate uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, it seems like there are new questions and decisions that pop up each day. What does heading back to school or work look like? How should my family commute in the safest way? How can I continue to minimize the risk of e... Read More

5 fall tips for protecting your pet’s health
(BPT) - Whether fall is when you switch out your exercise regimen or schedule your annual flu shot, staying healthy is at the top of most 'to do' lists right now. Just remember your four-legged family members when considering seasonal changes to your wellness program. Fall is the perfect time to ta... Read More

Bridging the Gap: Tips for Young Adults with SCD Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Care [Infographic]
(BPT) - In recognition of Sickle Cell Awareness Month, we take the opportunity to highlight the challenges young adults with sickle cell disease (SCD) face when transitioning from pediatric to adult medical care. SCD is a lifelong inherited blood disorder that mainly affects people of African ances... Read More

How to boost mood and memory at home
(BPT) - Society has become much better at recognizing the importance of mental wellness practices. It's now common knowledge that exercise, a healthy diet and quality sleep are essential to both physical and mental health. This is great progress, but many people overlook other ways to take care of ... Read More

Go with the flow: Why good circulation is important, especially now
(BPT) - When you think about circulation issues, cold hands and feet probably pop to mind. It's true that cold extremities are frequently the result of poor blood circulation, especially if you have anemia, arterial disease, diabetes or hypothyroidism. But as your blood travels all over your body, ... Read More

Premixed chemotherapy mitigates risks of drug exposure for healthcare workers
(BPT) - Medication is essential for cancer patients in treating their disease. However, there are inherent risks associated with compounding and administering chemotherapies for intravenous infusion. Risk mitigation is important for the well-being of healthcare workers who may be exposed to hazardo... Read More

Treat Your Allergy Symptoms from Home and Avoid COVID-19 Fears
(BPT) - If you're a seasonal allergy sufferer, there's never been a better time to get your symptoms correctly diagnosed, treated and under control.Why? Thanks to greater accessibility, it's easier than ever to take care of your symptoms from home, observing safe social distancing without having to... Read More

3 essential tips to keep families healthy this fall
(BPT) - For many families across America, fall is viewed as a time to reset and create new rituals, especially with key moments like back-to-school. We all know common routines have been disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes parenting more challenging than ever. This year, preventing ... Read More

Tips for the best back-to-school skin-care routine
(BPT) - It's that time of year again - the new school year is starting, and this year is like no other. Whether you've headed back into the classroom or you're continuing to learn remotely, this year presents new challenges for everyone. Amid all these changes, it's easy to get so busy that you don... Read More

Engage virtually for good health [Infographic]
(BPT) - Staying connected is essential to good physical and mental health. From letter writing to attending online performances, these ideas can help you to learn, relax and socialize virtually.... Read More

Now is a good time to head back to your allergist
(BPT) - Since the coronavirus pandemic began, many Americans have canceled or postponed non-emergency doctor visits. At first, practices were temporarily closed, but later patients avoided visits out of fear of exposure to COVID-19.In a Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll from May of this year, ... Read More

Tips to make the most of more time at home this fall
(BPT) - Between social distancing, quarantine, remote working and distance learning, it's likely you're at home more than you've ever been before. Add to this the change of seasons and dropping temperatures for the remainder of 2020 in most places across the country, and most families will be spend... Read More

How this KUWTK star is empowering people with migraine to Take Back their day
(BPT) - Khlo Kardashian has joined efforts with Biohaven Pharmaceuticals to launch the Take Back Today campaign to empower people with migraine to share their stories in a new online community.'Many people may not realize that I've been living with migraine since the sixth grade,' says Khlo Karda... Read More

Take Control of Your Health: 5 Steps You Can Take to Help Keep Your Family Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic
(BPT) - SPONSORED BY MERCK - As we all adjust to new routines during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be wondering how to help keep your family healthy. Here are five ways you can help protect your health, and the health of your family, during these uncertain times:1. Make (and keep) well-child appoi... Read More

Now more than ever, it is important to get a flu vaccine
(BPT) - Flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and tens of thousands of deaths in the United States yearly. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself, your family and your community from... Read More

How moms really feel about navigating the pandemic and discovering silver linings
(BPT) - They've become teachers overnight. They go beyond kissing the occasional bump to now being on-call nurses. They've learned new skills to serve as coaches and mentors. Moms' roles have evolved tremendously during the global pandemic as they're stepping up to meet new challenges and support t... Read More

Your optometrist has to do this, no matter what [Infographic]
(BPT) - Optometrists are required by federal law to give you a copy of your prescription - without you even having to ask for it. However, special interest groups and optometrists are trying to undo the Federal Trade Commission's unanimous ruling that ensures the protection of your vision care righ... Read More

Fighting Food Insecurity to Build a Brighter, Healthier Future
(BPT) - Access to nutritious foods is a key ingredient in overall health and well-being. Yet food security is the most commonly reported unmet social need in the United States.1 This need has grown into a crisis as the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates the struggle in communities everywhere, raising th... Read More

How to use yoga to engage kids during remote learning
(BPT) - Full-time, hybrid and supplemental distance learning have become a fundamental part of education. This isn't just a big adjustment for students; parents and teachers face new challenges as well. Whether you are trying to meaningfully connect with students over Zoom, or stay engaged at home,... Read More

From deductibles to donuts: Key terms to know about Medicare Part D
(BPT) - Navigating the ins and outs of Medicare can be an intimidating experience if you're not familiar with certain terms.Medicare Part D, which helps cover prescription drug costs, has its own terminology. Medicare Annual Enrollment runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, so now is a good time for a refres... Read More

Caregiver self-care: Tips to help address your emotional health
(BPT) - Caregiving for a loved one can put a strain on even the most resilient people. Add in the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic and it has the potential to feel challenging. This means that finding ways to thrive and continue to take care of your own well-being is more important than ever.... Read More

Get to know Medicare with these resources
(BPT) - Medicare's Annual Enrollment Period is almost here - the time (Oct. 15 to Dec. 7) when people can make changes to their Medicare coverage for the year ahead.Thankfully, there are tools and resources to help you navigate the process and select a plan to meet your needs. Here's a roundup of f... Read More

New to Medicare? Choosing coverage for next year? Know these key dates
(BPT) - When can you sign up for Medicare? When can you switch plans if your health needs have changed? Understanding Medicare's enrollment periods helps you get the coverage you need when you need it.If you're signing up for Medicare for the first time, your enrollment window is unique to you and ... Read More

Medicare Part D: Three factors that could save you money
(BPT) - Many people are surprised to find out that Original Medicare doesn't generally cover prescription drugs. For help with the cost of your medications, you can choose a stand-alone Part D plan or a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription drug coverage.With Medicare Annual Enrollment fast app... Read More

5 tips for remote caregiving during COVID-19
(BPT) - If you're one of the millions of caregivers in the United States, you know that COVID-19 - and the realities of social distancing and isolation - may complicate the day-to-day tasks of caregiving. But even now, it's important to remember that you can continue to make a positive impact on yo... Read More

Midday slump? How to stay alert during the day
(BPT) - You've probably felt it - that time of day when your brain gets foggy and you have trouble concentrating. All you can think of is taking a nap. For some, it happens right before or after lunch, for others in the late afternoon. You may reach for a caffeinated beverage or sugary snack to try... Read More

5 tips to help you thrive during stressful times
(BPT) - Life is unpredictable. Between these stressful times and your own personal challenges, you're probably dealing with more today than perhaps ever. Stress can throw your body, emotions and routine off course, but sometimes even the worst of situations can provide a silver lining. A recent sur... Read More

Medicare open enrollment help at no cost [Infographic]
(BPT) - Medicare open enrollment begins October 15. State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) provide free, in-depth, unbiased insurance counseling and assistance to Medicare-eligible individuals, their families and caregivers.... Read More

Tips for keeping your home pest-free this fall
(BPT) - Autumn is a wonderful time of year - leaves show brilliant colors, there's a refreshing crispness in the air - but, unfortunately, more bugs and rodents are finding their way into your home. As the season changes, insects and other critters are searching for places to hunker down for the co... Read More

Falling into home safety
(BPT) - While the crisp autumn air signals the change of seasons, it also brings fire safety risks associated with fall activities, such as getting cozy around a campfire and burning candles. While spending more time at home and cooking more indoors as cooler weather approaches, it is important to ... Read More

Use these 5 annual insurance benefits before the end of 2020
(BPT) - Are you one of the 48% of adults who says they or someone in their household has postponed or skipped medical care due to the COVID-19 pandemic?1 If so, you may not have yet taken full advantage of your insurance benefits this year.Taking care of yourself is a critical component of maintain... Read More

The story of a family impacted by blood cancer
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Maintaining Hope While Navigating a Rare and Complex Urinary Cancer
(BPT) - At age 76, Jim Mulligan considered himself lucky as he had been healthy for most of his life - he was active and enjoyed traveling. After returning from a trip to Ireland with his wife, he wasn't feeling well and went in for a simple checkup, including a scan. Jim didn't think much of it un... Read More

Need Medicare? Easy ways to get the benefits you – or your loved ones – deserve
(BPT) - Some 60 million Americans receive Medicare benefits each year to help pay for health care and prescription drugs, according to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that runs the program. Yet, many don't get the right benefits for their health need... Read More

A Devastating Rare Tumor Many People Have Never Heard Of: One Woman’s Journey
(BPT) - For many women, a cesarean section can present numerous physical challenges. So, when Kayla Riggs, a chiropractor from Kansas, felt pain in her pelvic area nine months post-partum, she assumed it was related to the recent birth of her child. When the pain didn't relent, she went to a series... Read More

How to find safer alternatives to trendy European baby formulas
(BPT) - It's no secret how much research parents put into raising a child, especially when it comes to nutrition for their baby.In recent years, American parents have taken interest in European baby formulas, believing them to be purer and more nutritious. As these formulas are not approved by the ... Read More

Parenting an online student? 5 reasons to include exercise
(BPT) - As the pandemic continues, health experts and physicians are concerned that with home and online schooling replacing in-person curricula - including PE classes - our children may not be getting the physical activity they need to promote their health. And that may be a bigger deal than paren... Read More

Free Robot Companion Comforts Kids with Cancer [Infographic]
(BPT) - In 2018, Aflac debuted an innovation that revolutionized its 25-year, $146M commitment to childhood cancer research and treatment: My Special Aflac Duck®. Engineered with purpose to help kids cope with cancer, the duck can be ordered online by health care professionals free of charg... Read More

Is the Heat Causing My Dizziness, or Something Else?
(BPT) - As the country begins to emerge from the stay-at-home restrictions resulting from COVID-19, people are anxious to get back to life before lockdown. Even with some restrictions still in place, it's important for physical and emotional health to get outside and take in the fresh air. Now, wit... Read More

How to use yoga to sleep better during the pandemic
(BPT) - Whether due to illness, altered work schedules, homeschooling or social distancing, COVID-19 has impacted us all personally. Stress levels are high, and the resulting anxiety makes it much harder to get a good night's rest. Despite the efforts of the $70 billion sleep-aid industry, many exh... Read More

Five warm weather tips for people living with Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease
(BPT) - In the United States, there are an estimated 140,000 adults living with Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease, or ADPKD.This is a rare, inherited, genetic disease that causes cysts to form in kidneys and progressively grow over time. As the cysts grow, a person's kidney function grad... Read More

Keep all kids safer by following these water safety tips
(BPT) - It might be heading toward the end of summer, but the weather is still warm around the country, and swimming to enjoy continued fun in the sun remains a warm-weather ritual that families love. Whether you're at a lake, beach - or this season in particular, due to the COVID-19 restrictions -... Read More

Simple steps for healthier, more vibrant skin during menopause
(BPT) - Lower levels of estrogen and collagen during menopause can cause dehydration, which leads to thinning, sagging, fine wrinkling and dryness, accelerating changes to the skin from head to toe. Houston-based Dermatologist Elizabeth Mullans, M.D., and Yale OB/GYN Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., offer t... Read More

How desk booking software can help colleges go back to school and businesses return to work
(BPT) - Since the COVID-19 pandemic, university administrators and employers alike are searching for ways to welcome people back safely. Their needs are complex: Higher education institutions must schedule for multiple buildings and even multi-campus environments while trying to maintain social dis... Read More

Taking Control of AFib: What You Can Learn from One Patient’s Journey
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Maintaining oral health in the time of coronavirus
(BPT) - Since the beginning of the pandemic, many normal aspects of everyday life have been put on hold - including dental checkups. For months dental offices were closed, or available only for dental emergencies. Now dental offices are opening again, with new health and protocols to help protect p... Read More

Making Everyday Meals that Connect to Your Hispanic Heritage
(BPT) - Across the U.S., over half of consumers have reported cooking at home more often during the pandemic and 49% of consumers have reported eating together as a family more often due to COVID-19.1 In turn, Google searches for 'online cooking classes' have increased fivefold2 and 'cook with me' ... Read More

Don’t let COVID-19 Prevent Your Child’s Annual Doctor Visit
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the way of life in our state, in our country and across the world. In recent months, stay-at-home orders, mask wearing and social distancing measures have created a 'new normal,' and all of us have put activities on hold to reduce the spread of the virus.... Read More

The connection between protein and exercising
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5 common home pests and how to eliminate them
(BPT) - Who's enjoying your home the most, you or your household pests? Consider this: If you've seen just one pest, there could be hundreds that have been living in or around your home for at least a year.With more time spent at home and the summer heat often sending pests on a quest for cooler en... Read More

COVID-19 Impacts Treatment Access for Many with Serious Mental Illness — The Mental Health Ecosystem has Responded
(BPT) - Sponsored by Alkermes, Inc.COVID-19 presented new challenges that have taken a toll on our nation's collective mental health. In fact, nearly half of U.S. adults report that their mental health has been negatively impacted during the pandemic. As the pandemic wears on, the mental health bur... Read More

3 ways to bring compassion into your yoga practice
(BPT) - Yoga and service to others are two popular activities, but most people don't think about how much they have in common. Both activities enrich your life, connect you to the community, help you meet new people, and facilitate learning new ideas that can positively impact your world view. It's... Read More

Turning Skin Insecurity into Triumph: How to Face Up to Rosacea
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Tips to make hand washing fun and effective for the whole family
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How to care for your eyes while working from home
(BPT) - If you are one of the many people now working or attending school from home, you know that there are many challenges involved. One of the major changes to your life may be how much time you're now spending staring at a screen for hours at a time.If you're feeling the effects of increased ey... Read More

Detecting autism: What every parent should know about screening
(BPT) - For a child with autism, an early diagnosis is one of the most important steps to help them achieve their brightest possible future. That's why, even in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, it's vital for families to look out for the signs of autism in young children and seek diagnosis and... Read More

How to help your children cope with the pandemic
(BPT) - By Dr. Bela Sood, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist and senior mental health policy professor at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU.This pandemic is unlike anything we've ever experienced, so how can we help our children cope, especially when we're also feeling anxious? The key lies... Read More

Immunity Boost or Bust [Infographic]
(BPT) - Debunking the facts vs. fiction for optimal ways to boost immunity!... Read More

What you need to know before scheduling a well-child visit
(BPT) - Over the past several months, families have been helping stop the spread of COVID-19 and keeping their loved ones safe by staying home as much as possible. As communities across the country begin to reopen, you can help your child stay healthy by keeping any scheduled appointments for well-... Read More

4 ways the FTC’s new contact lens rule impacts you
(BPT) - Do you wear contact lenses? If so, then you should know about a new rule that would negatively impact you and the 45 million Americans who rely on contacts to see clearly.The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently finalized their Contact Lens Rule that creates new and unnecessary contact l... Read More

5 ways to protect your family – people and pets – from germs
(BPT) - -Chances are, you've developed all kinds of new routines to help keep your family safer and healthier due to the pandemic. However, many people have given less attention to the four-legged members of the family.While it appears that the likelihood of humans catching COVID-19 from animals is... Read More

How to start the best back-to-school routines
(BPT) - Back-to-school time can be exciting for kids, but it can also be a challenging transition for the whole family. This fall, whether your kids are back in the classroom or participating in remote e-learning, it helps to develop a routine that works - and then stick to it. In fact, trying out ... Read More

The latest in home fire safety
(BPT) - While the office, school and home now share one roof, keeping your house and family safe has never been more important. Thanks to enhanced safety technology, you can better protect against the threats of smoke, fire and carbon monoxide (CO), allowing you to go about your busy lifestyle with... Read More

A Psoriasis Journey: What Worked for Me
(BPT) - It all started during the lead-up to Allen's wedding, a less-than-ideal time to start experiencing red, flaky skin on his face. With plenty to focus on, he applied lotion and moved on. But the dry, itchy patches didn't go away. In fact, they started spreading to other visible areas of his b... Read More

Don’t wait until it’s too late to save your teeth! [Video]
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Top 5 ways to encourage your cat to drink more water
(BPT) - Water is an essential nutrient for humans - and it's the same for our pets as well. Cat owners might not know that felines are inefficient at drinking fluids compared to dogs or other pets, which can lead to dehydration or other issues."Although water is the most necessary nutrient for cats... Read More

Study finds 1 in 5 dogs has parasites: How to stop the spread of worms
(BPT) - If you're like 68% of dog owners, your pup has become even more of an emotional companion during the pandemic. You love your pup so you've stayed on top of tick and flea medication and are trying to remain diligent in scheduling annual exams with your veterinarian. But even great dog owners... Read More

The value of COVID-19 testing [Infographic]
(BPT) - Highly accurate COVID-19 testing is key to reopening communities, businesses and the economy. There are numerous tests to detect the virus or antibodies to the virus; however, only a few are highly accurate. With the right tests at the right time for the right person, we can make informed d... Read More

Yogic breathing techniques support respiratory health
(BPT) - Because it happens automatically, you probably don't put much thought into your breathing. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought focused attention to respiratory health. Conscious breathing - the yoga practice of pranayama - can help support respiratory health, mental wellness and the ... Read More

4 simple ways to keep indoor air fresh at all times
(BPT) - Americans today are more focused on cleaning and sanitization - not to mention the air they breathe - than ever. Indoor air quality has already been a growing concern in the United States for some time. According to a study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, indoor a... Read More

How A Very Low Blood Sugar Emergency Changed One College Student’s Mind About Being Rescue Ready
(BPT) - Sponsored by Eli Lilly and CompanyIt was Valentine's Day weekend when Emily Marcum's parents traveled from Nevada to New York City to visit their daughter. Emily had always dreamed of living in New York, and that dream came true when she was accepted to study elementary education at Queens ... Read More

Want to Impact Cancer Care Beyond Medicine? 5 Reasons to Apply for the Astellas Oncology C3 Prize
(BPT) - Sponsored by Astellas Oncology Anyone who has been impacted by cancer knows that cancer care is complex - in addition to medicine, we need to find solutions to the everyday challenges within the cancer care journey. That's why Astellas Oncology launched the C3 (Changing Cancer Care) Prize i... Read More

Heart Valve Disease: 5 Questions to Consider Before Treatment
(BPT) - More than five million Americans are impacted by heart valve disease each year. Of those, 1.5 million suffer from aortic stenosis, which occurs when the aortic valve does not open properly and affects how oxygen-rich blood leaves the heart with each beat. This increases pressure within the ... Read More

4 reasons why pre-planning your funeral Is the best gift you can give your kids
(BPT) - Death and dying can be a challenging subject to broach, even with loved ones. No one likes to consider the possibility of losing a mother or father, and parents don't want to leave their children in a predicament during incredibly challenging times. As parents, the best gift to give your ch... Read More

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