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Historic Civil Rights moment. In augmented reality. On a smartphone. [Video]
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5 tips to help you take control of your finances
(BPT) - Many people are reassessing goals in light of the turmoil of the last year. There is a renewed focus on gaining control of finances, especially through increased saving and getting professional advice. Even Americans who did not lose work lost a sense of confidence in the economy.A new surv... Read More

The 4 best ways to protect your eyes this summer
(BPT) - A lot of people take their eyesight for granted, but eyesight allows you to connect to your surroundings, keeps you safe and helps you maintain mental clarity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 12 million Americans have vision problems. If you ... Read More

Going remote permanently? 5 essentials for a successful work-from-home environment
(BPT) - As the pandemic began, many professionals quickly switched from working in the office to working from home. What started as a tentative few weeks turned into a few months and now over a year later, many people are still working remotely. Furthermore, at increasing rates companies are transi... Read More

The Mommy Shower trend is the perfect way to shower moms-to-be with love
(BPT) - Whether it's a first child or she's been pregnant before, expecting a baby is an exciting journey. As the due date nears, that anticipation grows and friends and family enjoy sharing in the anticipation. Baby showers are the most common tradition for celebrating motherhood, but unfortunatel... Read More

Are Lifestyle Changes Enough to Lower Your Cholesterol?
(BPT) - Pam and her husband always lived a very busy lifestyle, even in retirement. They spent their time boating, fishing and enjoying the company of their children and grandchildren. Pam couldn't wait to watch her grandchildren grow up, go to college and become successful in life. She assumed tha... Read More

Connection and social support are crucial for those suffering from long COVID
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives in more ways than we could have imagined, but one unexpected impact is the long-term symptoms some people are experiencing for weeks or months after recovering from the disease, a syndrome called long COVID. Researchers estimate 10% to 30%[1] of ... Read More

4 Tips to Give Your Immune System a Boost
(BPT) - A strong immune system is essential to help the body fight disease. Some aspects of immunity are beyond our control, such as age. However, it turns out that some common habits that contribute to overall health and wellness may also help give your immune system a boost. Read on to find out f... Read More

How a surprising discovery led to a new cancer screening test
(BPT) - You may have heard the story about how penicillin was discovered by accident: A Scottish researcher studying the influenza virus came back from vacation to find mold on a culture plate that actually prevented the growth of staphylococci bacteria. And this is not the only case in history of ... Read More

Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 Vaccines
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic represents an enormous threat to public health and an extreme challenge to physicians. The American Medical Association (AMA) has closely monitored the global outbreak of COVID-19 and compiled the most frequently asked questions from patients about the COVID-19 vaccine... Read More

3 exercise tips to better your mental and physical well-being
(BPT) - Physical and mental wellness are equally important and often intertwined, given many people take part in activities that simultaneously enhance both categories of health. However, the everyday demands of life paired with challenges during the pandemic have caused people to de-prioritize the... Read More

Creative ways apples can elevate your next brunch
(BPT) - Brunch is the perfect pairing of morning delights and mid-day favorites. Whether celebrating holidays, anniversaries, friendships or simply a sunny Sunday, brunch is guaranteed to satisfy and bring smiles.'From making pancakes with the kids on Saturday mornings to frittatas and mimosas with... Read More

Healthy Body, Happy Mind. [Infographic]
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DXA scans: The important bone density screening you shouldn’t delay
(BPT) - Most people have heard of osteoporosis, but many people don't put much thought into their own bone health. However, in the United States, 54 million people age 50 and over either have or are at risk of developing osteoporosis, a silent systemic disease characterized by low bone mass, accord... Read More

The lowdown on gynecological health [Infographic]
(BPT) - More than ever, there is a wealth of information available on gynecological health right at a woman's fingertips - specifically on social media feeds. From questionable at-home remedies to conflicting information on feminine hygiene and care - sometimes it's hard to know what the right self... Read More

6 facts women need to know about giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic
(BPT) - Giving birth is stressful enough. Adding a pandemic to the mix has only increased anxiety among today's moms-to-be. While it's true that aspects of labor and delivery may look different than they did prior to COVID-19, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) says the goal remains th... Read More

Over 40? Three things to know about your vision
(BPT) - Dinner menus, smartphones and computer screens are all things you encounter daily. But have you noticed that since turning 40, you're having issues seeing them clearly? If you've found yourself holding the menu at arm's distance, increasing your phone's font size to read text messages, or t... Read More

Be a stroke hero – how to identify the signs of stroke and why you should act fast
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Living with Rosacea? What you need to know about new advanced laser treatments
(BPT) - The red facial flushing and blushing of rosacea are the hallmarks of this chronic skin condition that can cause much distress and self-consciousness if not treated. Over 16 million Americans suffer from the signs and symptoms of rosacea, according to the National Rosacea Society (NRS), and ... Read More

Pet food from source to bowl: Sustainably-minded, traceable and fully pet-approved
(BPT) - Sustainable ingredient sourcing and traceability are driving factors for many of our buying decisions, whether it's what we eat, how we furnish our homes, what we wear, and now even what we feed our pets.According to a new survey from Purina, 92 percent of pet owners are interested in learn... Read More

The real deal from a top NYC dermatologist on spring and summer skincare
(BPT) - As days are getting longer and temperatures are heating up, people are enjoying more time outdoors and this requires updating skincare routines for the months ahead. During the spring and summer, people are exposed to stronger UV rays from the sun and for longer periods of time, which makes... Read More

Upgrade Your Wellness Routine with Massy Arias
(BPT) - With 2020 being a wild year to say the least, many of us found ourselves falling into unhealthy habits. While we understand that transitioning into a new normal and shaking off those familiar practices may be tough, know that the first step to a happier, healthier you can start with smart s... Read More

Going green: 5 tips to create an eco-friendly home
(BPT) - With sustainable practices top of mind and a revived shift toward conscious consumption, Americans everywhere are seeking ways to lead a more sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle. From saving water to reducing energy usage, these are the top five ways to go green for the environment and your... Read More

Registered dietitian shares 4 foods to fuel any fitness routine
(BPT) - As the country is opening back up and the summer months approach, maintaining health and wellness is top of mind for many. Getting up and moving your body regularly is an important aspect of healthy living, but it can be challenging to muster up the energy to kick off a new exercise plan. F... Read More

Need a financial checkup? Try these 4 tips
(BPT) - Springtime has finally arrived and for many that means engaging in a little spring cleaning. Traditionally, this entails a deep home cleaning - scrubbing the windows, dusting the furniture, steam-cleaning the carpets, storing winter boots and outerwear, sorting and donating unused or old cl... Read More

Family ‘Keeps Love Alive’ by raising awareness about pediatric organ donation
(BPT) - For many people, raising a child is one of life's greatest adventures. If your child is healthy and happy, you're a lucky parent. Not all families are so fortunate. Of more than 100,000 people currently on the national organ transplant waiting list, more than 1,900 are children, over one-th... Read More

Running a mile a day doesn’t keep shingles away: Why healthy adults are at risk for shingles
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5 Facts You Should Know About Leukemia
(BPT) - Heather, of Yorba Linda, California, was diagnosed with a form of leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia (AML), in late 2017. One morning, when she woke up extremely pale and covered with bruises, she sought medical help to see what was wrong. After contacting her doctor, who ran her bloodwork an... Read More

Fraud Watch: Avoiding COVID-19 Related Medicare Scams
(BPT) - Medicare fraud is not a new issue and long predates the pandemic, but during times of crisis, scammers often get more aggressive and creative with targeting seniors. Scammers have taken ample advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic by offering Medicare beneficiaries fraudulent services, resource... Read More

Myth busters: Common pediatric dentist misconceptions
(BPT) - As with everything, there is myth and truth. Pediatric dentistry is certainly no exception and when it comes to navigating oral health care for your child's teeth and gums, there are many misconceptions and myths.Even during the pandemic, many families have questions when it comes to the ca... Read More

3 Reasons to Embrace, Love and Enjoy All Grain Foods
(BPT) - As most Americans have heard by now, whole grains are good for us - dietary guidance tells us to 'make half our grains whole,' cereal boxes and bread bags tout their whole grain goodness, and news headlines repeat the message.Whole grains do provide a host of health benefits - for example, ... Read More

Why Can’t I Get Pregnant? 5 Possible Reasons, According to a Fertility Expert
(BPT) - If you're having trouble getting or staying pregnant, know that you're not alone. In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, CCRM Fertility - a global pioneer in fertility treatment, science, and research - is empowering prospective parents with information to help positively impact t... Read More

7 tips to avoid distracted driving
(BPT) - It is estimated that 81% of drivers read and type text messages while driving, 70% use social media while driving and 50% say their smartphone is essential for getting around, according to AT&T It Can Wait.What can you do to keep the roads safe by limiting distractions?1) Use your phone... Read More

Senior safety campaign in response to rising senior fire deaths
(BPT) - U.S. Fire Administration data shows since January, more than 285 older adults (age 55 and older) have died in house fires, accounting for more than 53% of known fire deaths in the U.S. By age 65, people are 2.5 times more likely (or 4 times more likely for those age 85 and older) to be kill... Read More

Getting Kids Started with Yoga: A Guide for Parents and Teachers
(BPT) - The stresses of the past year have many adults turning to yoga. Many first step on the mat with a desire for stress relief, flexibility and physical activity, but soon discover that the benefits of yoga go beyond what drew them to the practice in the first place. Two-thirds of yoga students... Read More

Your first line of defense in home safety
(BPT) - You check your alarms regularly and practice your emergency 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 to help ensure your home and family are prepared for the unexpected.'A fire... Read More

How to support your well-being during challenging times
(BPT) - During difficult times like this past year, it's more important than ever to safeguard your health and invest in your self-care. With the physical, mental, and emotional challenges everyone has been facing, it's no surprise many people are rethinking their wellness routines. Implementing ev... Read More

What if you could dramatically improve your sleep? Here are 8 tips you can’t afford to miss
(BPT) - Do you have trouble falling asleep? Do you wake up with a stiff neck, back pain, sore shoulders and more? Your mattress may be the cause. Is it older than 6-8 years, is it sagging (taco bed affect), or is it full of bed bugs (especially if you haven't been using a good mattress protector)? ... Read More

6 tips for hitting the road again
(BPT) - Not surprisingly, Americans sharply reduced the overall number of trips they took in 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. While a certain level of travel has been necessary throughout the pandemic, many travel vendors are seeing increased reservations going into ... Read More

Gut instincts: 5 tips for optimal gut health
(BPT) - You've probably heard a lot about gut health lately, and how it can affect your overall well-being. You may have questions about how to improve your own gut health, and what it means for your digestive wellness goals. Improving your gut health can make a difference in how you feel from day ... Read More

Treating This Common Condition Can Boost Your Fertility—and Your Baby’s Health
(BPT) - You probably know that tracking your cycle can boost your odds of conceiving. Or that taking a prenatal vitamin can improve your baby’s health.But did you know obesity can make it harder to get pregnant and have a healthy baby?Women with obesity may have preeclampsia, hypertension, gestatio... Read More

How to combat allergy season before it sneaks up on you
(BPT) - From the longer daylight hours to the start of the growing season, spring is undoubtedly on the way. Anyone suffering from cabin fever will appreciate the chance to get outdoors, although spring also brings along allergies as trees, grasses and other plants are also coming out of their wint... Read More

The Costs to Americans of Delaying Care During COVID [Video]
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Inspiring ways people are making a difference in cancer care
(BPT) - The cancer journey involves challenges well beyond the medical issues. These emotional, social and logistical difficulties - from transportation struggles to coping with the diagnosis to childcare support - can often make patients and caregivers feel isolated and helpless, searching for way... Read More

6 tips for controlling your high blood pressure
(BPT) - Did you know high blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and "The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Control Hypertension," nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, yet... Read More

Flex your plate: 7 plant-powered recipes using beans to support gut health
(BPT) - If you're leaning towards a more plant-based diet, chances are you're focusing on the health benefits. Many health-conscious people today follow a 'flexitarian diet,' a balanced approach that aims to increase plant-based food intake without completely excluding foods like meat and poultry.P... Read More

3 ways to toss and turn your night’s rest into quality sleep
(BPT) - Decades of research verify what anyone who has enjoyed a truly excellent night's rest already knows: Sleep is an essential function that allows our body and mind to recharge. The CDC verifies that scrimping on sleep leaves people vulnerable to attention lapses, reduced cognition, delayed re... Read More

Spring cleaning? Don’t forget your medicine cabinet
(BPT) - With your mind on the changing season, you may be purging closets, vacuuming floors and washing windows - but there's one crucial area of the house to keep in mind: your medicine cabinet. Every year, unused prescriptions and expired over-the-counter medicines clutter bathrooms, kitchen cupb... Read More

Deliciously easy sustainable eating
(BPT) - Today, consumers are beginning to use one more guideline to determine how to spend their food dollars: sustainability. The public is increasingly curious about where and how their food is produced and what impact it has on the environment - and for good reason. The world's population is rap... Read More

Don’t sleep on insomnia: tips to help you get more sleep
(BPT) - Have you ever struggled with sleep? Many people know what it feels like to have jet lag when traveling, or to toss and turn at night when they're anxious and overwhelmed by life. But how do you know if your sleep problems have turned into insomnia? Read on to find out.What is insomnia?Insom... Read More

How to vacation responsibly this year? Try these 7 tips
(BPT) - After months of cautionary travel and shelving vacation plans, people, especially those with families at home, are researching how they can indulge their wanderlust safely again. The goal is to enjoy a vacation in a responsible manner, creating memories while keeping yourself and others saf... Read More

Choosing the right genomic test for you [Infographic]
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5 ways to travel more sustainably
(BPT) - The pent-up global demand for travel is undeniable. Travelers around the world are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to pack a suitcase, visit new places, reconnect with the people they love and create new memories. In fact, two out of three Americans plan on traveling following the pandem... Read More

3 easy steps to create cleaner spaces
(BPT) - Face it - spending more time at home means spending more time cleaning our homes. And at a time when everyone is more focused on hygiene and sanitation, keeping everything and everyone clean enough seems like a lot of work.But there are steps you can take to clean smarter, not harder. With ... Read More

Reasons to stop delaying a colonoscopy
(BPT) - Thinking about a colonoscopy may make you uncomfortable, and maybe even a little worried - especially if you have never had one before. But a colonoscopy is a relatively simple procedure that may help save your life by identifying the early signs of colorectal cancer.While you may have dela... Read More

Easy ways to stay vigilant and help prevent the spread of illness
(BPT) - It has been a challenging year, full of anxiety about health and safety. While there are signs of improvement, the pandemic is still ongoing, which means that it's important to continue to take proactive steps to help protect you and your family from COVID-19 - as well as from the flu and o... Read More

Generic and Biosimilar Drugs Have Been Unsung Lifesavers of the Pandemic
(BPT) - You might not know that generic and biosimilar medicines save Medicare, Medicaid and privately insured patients billions of dollars every year. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these safe, effective FDA-approved drugs are also saving lives.In the early days of the pandemic, personal protective... Read More

Clinical trials lead to better treatments for rare diseases
(BPT) - People living with rare diseases often find themselves with more questions than answers when it comes to diagnosis and treatment. Symptoms can be unclear, making misdiagnoses common. This is often the case for people living with WHIM syndrome-a rare and difficult-to-diagnose disorder in whi... Read More

5 smart steps to keep medications safe from kids of all ages
(BPT) - Prescription medications have many benefits, including managing pain, regulating chronic conditions, preventing disease and more. Despite numerous positives, medications can be dangerous to others in your household, especially kids.As routines have changed and people are spending more time ... Read More

A special seat at the table: Honoring and supporting military children
(BPT) - Bravery in the face of adversity. Resiliency during unforeseen challenges. Growing wherever you are planted. These are traits of the servicemembers who protect our country every day, but the same patience and optimism take root in the children of our military members. Through every hasty re... Read More

Navigating Challenges of Parkinson’s Disease: Understanding OFF Episodes
(BPT) - Living with Parkinson's disease (PD) can be hard for the nearly 1 million Americans with the disease[i] and may present unexpected daily challenges. As the disease progresses, a person's response to medications to treat their PD symptoms can change, leading to the re-emergence or worsening ... Read More

The right diagnosis for a rare disease
(BPT) - Aldelly always liked to wear heels - 'even to the supermarket,' she says. But in 2013, when she was 25, she began to have difficulty walking in her favorite shoes. 'My foot just started not working well.'She began to experience other strange symptoms, including weird pains in her body, fati... Read More

New survey reveals Americans feel unsafe during everyday activities
(BPT) - According to a new survey, routine activities are making people feel unsafe, including walking through a parking lot or garage or even taking a run. Conducted by SABRE, the #1 personal safety brand worldwide, via Ipsos.Digital, this new survey revealed that over the past three years more th... Read More

Good gaming? Yes, video games can have positive effects for kids and adults
(BPT) - Remote work, virtual education, quarantine, social distancing - COVID-19 is causing people to spend more time at home. If you're like many people you've been spending some of the extra time indulging in favorite hobbies such as gaming. Should you feel guilty? Probably not.Studies show that ... Read More

Spring into wellness with simple, dietitian-approved steps fueled by potatoes
(BPT) - The change of seasons is a cue for more than just cleaning your home. Spring - nature's time of renewal - is also a great time to refocus on self-care.With the additional stresses of the ongoing pandemic, self-care has never been more important. However, life can be busy and too often one o... Read More

Food insecurity on the rise in the United States since start of pandemic
(BPT) - Food insecurity, a serious global public health issue, has risen significantly in the United States since the start of the pandemic. Entire families, especially children, are currently experiencing the detrimental effects of this crisis which the United States Department of Agriculture (USD... Read More

Don’t let COVID-19 stop you from seeking critical healthcare
(BPT) - Despite falling rates of COVID-19 cases, seeking in-person healthcare is still a concern for many people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 41% of U.S. adults had delayed or avoided medical care because of concerns about COVID-19. Nationally, emergency department visits... Read More

The 50th birthday gift I never wished for – shingles: What you need to know
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Need surgery during the pandemic? Ask these 6 questions
(BPT) - If you need surgery during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, you may wonder what the procedure and recovery will be like. You may even be tempted to put it on hold. Prioritizing your health is important, and the good news is experts agree surgical procedures in the United States are safe.'It i... Read More

How to support your friends and family living with HIV
(BPT) - Starting conversations about health and wellness with loved ones is not easy. These discussions are often harder when someone is living with a condition or disease that is highly stigmatized, such as HIV.­Thankfully, living with HIV has drastically changed for the better during the ... Read More

Healthy home: The correct way to clean your light switches and wallplates
(BPT) - In an effort to stay healthy and keep your home tidy, you've probably increased your cleaning frequency since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. To help limit the spread of germs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces. Table... Read More

Sleeping beauty: 5 dermatologist recommendations for nighttime body care
(BPT) - Did you know your body repairs itself while you sleep? This is just as true for your body's skin as it is for your brain and your muscles. How much quality sleep you get each night, and how you prepare yourself for sleep, can make a difference in the look and feel of your body's skin.'While... Read More

As healthcare evolves, is your doctor ready?
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic changed how people think about healthcare. Interacting with your doctor has never been more critical, but now some or all those interactions might occur online. The ability to make appointments online and see your physician without leaving home has benefits. In fact, C... Read More

3 Surprising Reasons Gum Belongs in Your Wellness Routine, According to Mars Wrigley
(BPT) - Face it, the pandemic has taken its toll on everyone over the past year. Due to the challenges of working (and everything else) at home to limiting activities that previously helped you relieve tension, people everywhere are seeking new ways to enhance their daily wellness. But there's one ... Read More

New study finds yoga key to promoting emotional health in children
(BPT) - Adolescence isn't easy on anyone. The physical, psychological, social and emotional changes are difficult for young people since many do not have the tools to deal with the whirlwind of feelings that come with growing up. That's why parents and educators are increasingly focused on teaching... Read More

Pneumococcal Pneumonia: What to Know [Infographic]
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Here’s why you should consider seeing a geriatrician
(BPT) - It comes as second nature for most parents to take their children to a pediatrician at least once a year. The differences between children and adults are so stark that it makes sense to choose a doctor specially trained to treat younger patients.Yet as we age, far too few of us apply this s... Read More

Signs that poor sleep may be a more significant health issue
(BPT) - Sleep is essential to overall immunity and well-being, so disruptive sleep can affect personal health, family life and work. When you don't get optimal sleep, it can hold you back from feeling energized, productive and healthy, not to mention lead to more significant health issues.Everyone ... Read More

Alleviating the mental burden of type 1 diabetes through medical technology
(BPT) - When Natasha McLean's son, Mason, was just over a year old, she noticed some of his behaviors began to change drastically. He started excessively urinating, significantly more than he ever had before, accompanied by extreme mood swings and a tangible increase in appetite. Thinking it was a ... Read More

How to take care of your family's vision
(BPT) - When was the last time everyone in your family had a comprehensive eye exam or picked out a new pair of eyeglasses? Whether they already wear corrective lenses or not, an eye exam is an important part of one's overall well-being. To make sure that your children are seeing as well as they sh... Read More

Top tips for optimal eye care
(BPT) - If you spend any extended length of time working on a screen, it's possible that your eyes could be suffering from neglect and overwork. Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do to help safeguard your optical health."Even if you don't currently experience vision problems or hav... Read More

Routine Checkups, Vaccines are Essential During COVID-19 – and for In-Person School and Play
(BPT) - COVID-19 has caused many disruptions in families' lives - and in some cases, it has meant that children have missed or delayed their wellness checkups and vaccinations. These routine checkups, however, are a critical part of ensuring children stay healthy. The Centers for Disease Control an... Read More

Essential Tremor Awareness Month: Tips to Finding the Best Treatment Option for Your Essential Hand Tremor
(BPT) - Every March we celebrate Essential Tremor Awareness Month to bring awareness to the most common movement disorder among adults, typically impacting the hand. This condition causes involuntary shaking, which occurs during intentional movement of the affected body part, also known as an actio... Read More

4 tips to make your next colonoscopy more comfortable
(BPT) - Are you due for a colonoscopy? The American Cancer Society recommends that anyone 45 and older, who is of average risk for colorectal cancer, should begin getting this essential screening. Your healthcare provider will recommend regular screenings every 10 years - or more frequently, depend... Read More

5 simple habits to support your well-being this year
(BPT) - SPONSORED ADVERTISING CONTENTWhile everyone wants to improve their daily habits, starting new routines can be challenging. Often when you consider revamping your lifestyle, you come up with ambitious goals that are hard to keep up over time. Instead, why not make smaller lifestyle changes, ... Read More

Don’t put off dental care!
(BPT) - Many Americans may be risking their health by neglecting regular health appointments, including dental care. In a normal year, an estimated 100 million Americans fail to see a dental professional, according to the American Dental Association.1 Unfortunately, COVID-19 intensified this, as mo... Read More

New survey: Americans cut prescription costs by ordering from Canada
(BPT) - Prescription drug prices are skyrocketing. For anyone who needs regular prescriptions to manage serious chronic health conditions, the soaring cost of their medications creates a real burden. Studies show that one in four adults skip medications primarily due to cost, which leads to bigger ... Read More

U.K.’s pioneering medical technology is transforming U.S. healthcare
(BPT) - From staying safe at home to staying alive at the hospital, throughout the pandemic, health technologies have come to the fore and shown their value for saving lives and improving care.The U.K. runs a national value-based care system where innovations must rigorously demonstrate impact to p... Read More

3 major benefits of the Extra Help program
(BPT) - Maintaining your quality of life can become more challenging as you age. In addition to routine living expenses, your medical bills may begin to pile up, consuming more and more of your limited income.This can be worrisome for Medicare beneficiaries, who remain the only insured population w... Read More

Beat the winter woes with 5 expert body care tips
(BPT) - The winter months can be especially tough on your skin - from your head down to your toes. Between the brutal frigid temps outside to the heated indoor air, there's no escaping the conditions that can dry out your skin."Taking care of your skin is so important, especially in the winter mont... Read More

4 foods that can boost your immune system
(BPT) - Your family's health is of the utmost importance. And while you can't always control what germs you come in contact with, you can control the steps you take to fight them off.Part of that process is ensuring you and your family eat foods that promote a strong immune system.With the right im... Read More

For Rare Cancer Patients, More Treatment Options Are Needed
(BPT) - For someone with cancer, the right treatment option can mean the difference between life and death. While cancer research has made immense strides in the past decade and even the past few years, there is still much work to be done, especially for patients with rare cancers like Waldenstrom ... Read More

Aging in the Research Triangle: Keeping your brain healthy
(BPT) - With people being more active and healthier than ever at any age, today's retirement isn't about slowing down. It's about having the time for growth, discovery and expanding horizons. For retirees, or those looking ahead to retirement, one place to find all of the above is in North Carolina... Read More

Understanding Key Differences Between COVID-19 PCR and Antigen Tests [Infographic]
(BPT) - With the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting every aspect of life, continued testing is crucial to reopening our businesses and entertainment facilities. Having accurate and reliable tests has remained critical to understanding infection rates and spread, and understanding the differences bet... Read More

How One Woman Fought Treatment-Resistant Depression
(BPT) - For years before her diagnosis, Nicole thought her daily routine was normal. Habits like sleeping for 18 hours a day, missing school and struggling to maintain friendships just seemed like hallmarks of an 'angsty' personality, as many in her life had labeled her. 'It wasn't until my mom bec... Read More

More than 9 in 10 infants have Newborn Gut Deficiency
(BPT) - Nothing is more important than the health and happiness of your baby, and when something is wrong, it's natural to be concerned. From short-term conditions like diaper rash, colic, eczema, and sleep issues, to more long-term conditions such as allergies and Type 1 diabetes, you may be surpr... Read More

Top 3 Easy Weight Loss Tips to Keep Your Resolutions on Track
(BPT) - Roughly 48 percent of people made a New Year's resolution to lose weight. However, the high hopes of weight loss tend to dwindle after January. How to keep high hopes going? Simplicity - the key for those looking to stick to their healthy habits all year long. Dr. Mike Roussell, PhD, nutrit... Read More

3 ways to help your loved one age in place
(BPT) - In what seemed like an instant, the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down. In addition to completely changing the way we work, shop and interact with others - just to name a few - it's also forcing seniors to rethink their living arrangements and plans for the future, and changing ... Read More

Exploring the patient-caregiver relationship: The story of a family's journey navigating a cancer diagnosis
(BPT) - When faced with a cancer diagnosis, life often changes drastically, with each person experiencing the impact differently. One change that can cause great uncertainty is an unexpected shift in relationships, especially with family or those closest to the patient. For some, the established fa... Read More

5 steps to help stop the rise in deaths from heart attack and stroke
(BPT) - Permission granted by ShantaQuilette Carter-Williams.At 42, ShantaQuilette Carter-Williams never saw herself as someone who had a heart problem. She was active, paid attention to what she ate and felt healthy.But one day, while on her usual run, she felt her heart flutter and went to the do... Read More

4 tips for helping kids get more healthy sleep
(BPT) - Ever wonder if your kids get enough sleep? According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), around 25% of kids 5 and younger suffer from sleep problems. And it's even worse for older kids: The CDC reports that over half (57%) of middle schoolers and nearly 3 out of 4 (72%) high schoole... Read More

Shingles kept me in the dark, literally: What everyone 50-plus needs to know about shingles
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Coping with health challenges: Three unique journeys with a rare disease
(BPT) - Anyone who suffers from health challenges knows how difficult it can be - not only physically, but also emotionally. For those coping with rare disorders, navigating life can be even more challenging.Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) is a rare, often life-altering disease cause... Read More

GameStop levels up to help kids with critical illnesses
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Easy Fish Friday options for kids and adults
(BPT) - Fish Friday is an important part of Lent, and if you honor this tradition, you're probably looking to add something different to the menu. At the same time, you're probably not looking forward to the extra effort of making something new.Fortunately, there are simple ways to create wholesome... Read More

New blood test poised to change how cancer is found
(BPT) - Rare is the person who hasn't been impacted by cancer in some way. Maybe it's your parent fighting for their life. Perhaps it's a friend going through a difficult treatment. It could be a neighbor or colleague who was recently diagnosed and who now faces complex decisions.It also might be y... Read More

What Would You Do If Your Child Had a 1 in a Million Rare Disease? [Video]
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A free way to save money on prescriptions and help kids with critical illnesses
(BPT) - Audrey is a 12-year-old girl from Arizona with a passion for fashion. She spends her free time flipping through style magazines and listening to her favorite songs. She dreams of having her photo professionally taken in a long, whimsical dress that covers the leg braces that help her stay s... Read More

An open call to innovators: How can your ingenuity support the GVHD community?
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Addressing the ongoing U.S. maternal and infant health crisis accelerated by COVID-19
(BPT) - For any new mother, one of the most important steps she can take is finding a prenatal care provider who can help ensure a healthy pregnancy for herself and her baby. Unfortunately, far too many women in the United States have limited or no access to prenatal care providers - a dangerous re... Read More

National Rare Disease Day: Recognizing Neurogenic Orthostatic Hypotension
(BPT) - In the United States, a rare disease is defined as a condition that affects fewer than 200,000 people. Each year on February 28, the rare disease community joins together on Rare Disease Day to raise awareness of as many as 7,000 rare diseases affecting an estimated 25-30 million Americans.... Read More

5 fun ways to keep your cat entertained at home
(BPT) - Thanks to the pandemic, many people have gone from working in an office to working from home, giving cat owners a chance to spend more time with their furry friends. With all this extra time, you have the opportunity to strengthen the bond you share with your cat while helping them get acti... Read More

Pet parents are looking for more than just a reward for their furry friends
(BPT) - As many pet owners have spent more time at home during the pandemic, there has been an opportunity for dog lovers to enhance their relationship with their pet, like they never have had before. Thanks to newfound work-life balance and more quality time together, the bond between dog owners a... Read More

10 ways a weighted blanket can help you find calm
(BPT) - According to an American Psychological Association survey, nearly eight in 10 adults say the pandemic has caused them stress and anxiety. In 2020, Tranquility weighted blankets became a go-to, natural solution for millions of Americans seeking to unwind and achieve better sleep.Here are 10 ... Read More

How Music Therapy May Benefit Those With Multiple Sclerosis [Infographic]
(BPT) - Ever wonder why some songs can literally send shivers down your spine or give you goosebumps? It's clear music can trigger physical reactions,[i],[ii],[iii] but what may not be as well known is that it might also be good for your health - especially for people living with central nervous sy... Read More

Is it allergies or COVID-19? 7 symptoms to watch
(BPT) - COVID-19 is complicating the 2021 spring allergy season. From watery eyes to dry coughs, people are left wondering exactly what their symptoms mean.'Many people are asking about the differences between COVID-19 and seasonal allergies,' says Dr. Luz Fonacier, president of the American Colleg... Read More

For Many Young People, 2021 is the Year to Cancel Vaping
(BPT) - TikTok influencers Victoria Annunziato (aka King Victober), Tosha and Jerry Purpdrank have a lot in common. They have millions of subscribers. They vape. And they want to quit using e-cigarettes and encourage others to do the same, by sharing their personal experiences in real time with the... Read More

Prostate Cancer Screenings on the Decline with Concerns Surrounding COVID-19: What Men Should Know
(BPT) - In the early part of the COVID-19 pandemic, many areas of the country banned nonessential medical procedures in an effort to slow the spread of the disease. As a result, many physicians saw fewer patients for routine medical care, such as physical exams and screenings. A recent survey by Th... Read More

New survey: 45% of women unfamiliar with condition affecting 5 million adults
(BPT) - A new national survey reveals concerning gaps in women's knowledge of Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA), the most common type of anemia. The Get Iron Informed initiative helps to shed light on IDA, which impacts about one in five women of childbearing age.1'The results of the survey show that fa... Read More

KBIS 2021: Top kitchen and bath design trends to watch
(BPT) - Do you want to know what's popular for kitchen and bath spaces for 2021? There's no better barometer for the biggest trends than the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, where top designers and brands gather to hobnob about the year's leading innovations and trends.Although KBIS was virtu... Read More

Workplace reopening? 5 ways to put employee safety first
(BPT) - Of all the milestones in our nation's COVID-19 recovery, workplaces reopening is one of the biggest. As millions of people start returning to offices, classrooms and more, the hope of progress is tempered by concerns for safety. Everyone deserves to feel safe at work. How can employers help... Read More

5 tips to get you back on your feet after a cough or cold this season
(BPT) - While there may be no 'cure' for the common cold, there are certainly a number of ways you can help you or your family feel more comfortable while battling a cold. There are a plethora of tips and advice for coping with cold symptoms, but following a few tried-and-true methods to overcome t... Read More

At-home self-care practices to elevate your day
(BPT) - Daily life has been pretty busy - especially in 2021. Between working from home, remote learning with kids, virtual friend meetups or just trying to stick to a daily routine, there has been little time and space for self-care to revitalize our mood and help us feel our best emotionally, phy... Read More

New Year, New Policy: Insurance Considerations for the Road Ahead
(BPT) - As we move away from a year unlike any other, Americans have developed a newfound tolerance for uncertainty-and the need to prepare for it. The start of a new year is a time for resolutions, especially financial ones. As part of this process, it is essential to review your insurance coverag... Read More

How to choose the best face mask
(BPT) - Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, you have probably wondered what kind of face mask provides the most effective protection but is also easy and comfortable. You have probably also heard that double masking provides better protection against the more easily transmissible variants... Read More

Simple Ways to Support Immunity and Overall Health
(BPT) - "You are what you eat" is a phrase you probably heard growing up, and while it's a broad statement, the overall sentiment holds true: The foods you ingest have the ability to support or detract from your overall health. This doesn't necessarily mean you need to completely overhaul your nutr... Read More

4 pro tips to help your child defeat gamer's thumb
(BPT) - As social distance practicing extends through the winter, children are spending more time indoors, where they could be spending extra time locked in on their gaming systems and personal devices.According to market research by NPD, video game sales approached $1.6 billion in March 2020, the ... Read More

What You Need to Know about AMD to Save Your Sight
(BPT) - Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Month serves as an important reminder for people to stay on top of their eye health. AMD is one of the most common causes of vision loss later in life, affecting millions of Americans.We talked to Dr. David Eichenbaum, an ophthalmologist at Retina Vitr... Read More

Driven to Distraction: The Impact of Acne in a Digital Era
(BPT) - With millions of people living, working, attending school and socializing through the lens of a computer camera, self-image and confidence are quite literally on display, especially for the 85% of teens and young adults with acne.1 New routines, habits and mindsets have been established in ... Read More

5 ways America’s most loved vegetable loves you back
(BPT) - You don't have to choose between foods that taste good and foods that are good for you. In fact, America's most loved vegetable - the potato - loves you right back. Whether you're fixing a romantic dinner for two, a family meal or a tasty snack, this versatile nutrient-dense vegetable bring... Read More

A New Breakthrough in Underarm Skin Health A Decade In the Making [Video]
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Yogurt Makes It Easy to Get the Power of Dairy [Infographic]
(BPT) - Dairy foods provide essential nutrients to help keep our bodies healthy, yet 90% of Americans fall into 'The Dairy Gap,' failing to meet the recommended 3 cups per day for most people. Coincidentally, Americans also fall short on nutrients found in dairy: calcium, vitamin D and potassium. O... Read More

Creating a naturally healthy home
(BPT) - The pandemic has changed the way many of us think and feel about home. More than ever, it has become a place of refuge, safety and comfort in an uncertain world. The need for our dwellings to be sources of both physical and emotional well-being has never been stronger. Architects and design... Read More

3 fresh trends to inspire your 2021 garden
(BPT) - Home gardening offers plentiful benefits that support mental and physical health, and many people have decided to begin or expand their gardens during the pandemic. Whether you're a new gardener looking to learn or a seasoned green thumb who has been growing plants for years, you want inspi... Read More

When antidepressants aren’t enough, add-on therapies may make a difference for those with depression
(BPT) - This article is sponsored by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. and Lundbeck.In the United States, an estimated 17.3 million American adults suffer from major depressive disorder (MDD), or depression. Depression is a serious mental illness characterized by symptoms that last at least two w... Read More

5 simple tips to keep heartburn at bay
(BPT) - Heartburn can come on unexpectedly. That uncomfortable burning sensation in the center of your chest can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.Fortunately, there are a few easy things you can do to keep heartburn at bay. Try these simple steps to help reduce heartburn occurrence a... Read More

Nutrition key to dog’s success breaking competitive world records
(BPT) - In 2017, a two-year old whippet named Sounders was introduced to the world of competitive canine diving. Just two years later, he was breaking world records and even captured the Guinness World Record for farthest jump by a dog (dock jumping).In 2019, Sounders broke two records in Diving Do... Read More

In the grip of a toothache? Seek out this pro to save your smile
(BPT) - A stabbing toothache is a special kind of pain. It keeps you awake, inspires dread for your next meal and makes it darn near impossible to think about anything else. The mouth is a sensitive area, and those pain receptors are on high alert when it comes to infection and other maladies.If yo... Read More

Lessons in Love from Military Couples: Tips to Strengthen Any Relationship
(BPT) - From the stress of deployments to frequent moves, military couples face a number of unique challenges. But in working through those distinctive experiences come universal lessons in love. Cohen Veterans Network, a national not-for-profit network of mental health clinics for post-9/11 vetera... Read More

Your COVID-19 Vaccination Questions, Answered
(BPT) - With COVID-19 vaccination underway in the United States, many Americans are preparing to get the vaccine to protect themselves and help slow the spread of COVID-19. If you're able to get the vaccine, you probably have a lot of questions. Knowing what to expect and how to properly prepare fo... Read More

Genetic testing advances give hope to people with rare diseases
(BPT) - Rare diseases have long been difficult for doctors to diagnose and treat. Symptoms can be vague or confusing and the diseases are often not widely known. People living with rare diseases called primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs), including neutropenia, face challenges with diagnosis and trea... Read More

7 Tips for Making 2021 Your Best Year from Alani Nu and The Vitamin Shoppe
(BPT) - It's a new year and many of us are working to keep up our 2021 resolutions around better personal health and wellness. Throughout the past year, people have learned that making health a priority is more important than ever. In 2021, it's the perfect time to set attainable health goals and m... Read More

Making strides in GVHD patient care: The power behind a winning idea
(BPT) - For individuals living with blood cancer, stem cell transplantation can offer a potential cure. Over the last decade, survival rates for patients who receive such transplants have been improving. However, for a small group of these patients, an allogenic stem cell transplantation may result... Read More

How Personal Determinants of Health can help improve your well-being
(BPT) - Everyone faces adversity at one point or another that may affect happiness and overall well-being. And adversity has not been in short supply during the COVID-19 pandemic. In many cases, you are given opportunities to adapt or grow from these experiences, in order to come out stronger on th... Read More

Four tips on how to manage psoriasis during uncertain times
(BPT) - Sponsored by Eli Lilly and CompanyThe past year has been challenging for nearly everyone. Many are suffering from stressors related to health care, the economy and the political climate. Not to mention, a global health crisis is changing the way most of us live, work and interact with other... Read More

Heart to Heart: How Staying Connected Helps Your Cardiac Health
(BPT) - This February, heart health and cardiac care will receive special attention during American Heart Month, but it will look different than in years past. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, technology like apps and remote monitoring helped patients stay connected to their physicians no matt... Read More

3 top strategies to keep bones strong
(BPT) - Healthy bodies need healthy bones. Bones support our weight, protect our internal organs and provide a platform for our muscles to work. Unfortunately, we don't always treat our bones right. There are many common behaviors or attributes that weaken the skeletal structure, including:SmokingD... Read More

Protein is essential to your well-being
(BPT) - Protein is essential to well-being. The very origin of the word protein first appeared in scientific literature in 1838, derived from the Greek word 'protos' - meaning 'first rank or position,' in recognition of how important protein is to life. Every cell in the human body contains protein... Read More

3 Things to Know About Coronary Microvascular Dysfunction (CMD): A Heart Condition You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
(BPT) - In a time when health concerns are top of mind, it's critical to be aware of underlying issues that may be impacting your overall health and quality of life. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the ... Read More

Advocating at the doctor’s office – how to find treatment for psoriatic arthritis
(BPT) - Sponsored by Eli Lilly and CompanyManaging symptoms from an autoimmune disease is difficult. One condition in particular, psoriatic arthritis, is especially challenging. A progressive form of inflammatory arthritis, it can cause swelling, stiffness and pain in and around the joints and can ... Read More

At the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, physician anesthesiologists are saving lives
(BPT) - When COVID-19 reached the U.S. a year ago, physician anesthesiologists rose to the challenge, providing critical frontline care to seriously ill patients, while at the same time developing guidelines for safe care based on ever-evolving knowledge about the deadly virus. Now, as vaccine dist... Read More

Prunes and Prune Juice: Learn more about this superfood [Infographic]
(BPT) - Discover how prunes and prune juice can help regulate digestion, improve bone health and add fiber to the diet. Check out the benefits of this superfood for bone health, heart health, digestive health and weight control.... Read More

4 simple tips to feel your best in the new year
(BPT) - As we kick off the new year, many people are experiencing high levels of stress due to ongoing uncertainty and countless new demands. While you may think you don't have time for wellness and self-care, experts say it only takes a few minutes a day and the benefits are plentiful.Check out th... Read More

Piecing together your emotional wellness routine in 2021
(BPT) - 2020 was a tough year for everyone, so it's more important than ever to develop positive physical, mental and emotional wellness routines as you tackle a new year and new challenges. As Americans continue to spend an increased amount of time in front of screens, these new routines can help ... Read More

Caring for a Loved One During the Covid-19 Pandemic
(BPT) - Sponsored by AlkermesIn the midst of a global pandemic, Ashley and Kim, a Texas-based mother-daughter duo working together to treat Kim's schizophrenia, have seen one surprising emotion rise to the surface: pride.'She's had some down days, but honestly I'm really proud of her. She's handlin... Read More

The Tipping Point: A Journey With a Rare Disease
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5 ways to create a healthy indoor environment this season
(BPT) - Americans spend roughly 90% of their time indoors where the air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Homes contain a number of unwanted particles such as dust, dander and mold. While invisible to the naked eye, indoor air can also contain viruses and bacteria, which can l... Read More

Girls in Sports: Laurie Hernandez’s Tips on Why It’s Important to Keep Her Playing
(BPT) - Did you know millions of girls are stepping off the field and leaving sports during puberty? Participating in sports helps girls develop the confidence and skills they need to do whatever they are passionate about.Supporting female athletes at the age of puberty is essential because this is... Read More

Filled, sealed, delivered: The future of beverage safety
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Expert tips for maintaining your pet's healthy weight
(BPT) - While many loving pet owners are unaware their pet may not be at their healthiest weight, the fact is that more than half of cats and dogs in the U.S. are indeed overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Overweight pets tend to be less active, experience ... Read More

Easy ways to improve your home environment
(BPT) - While spending more time working, studying and playing at home, you may be more conscious than ever of your living environment. You're probably more aware than ever of the importance of cleanliness in your home, to keep your family healthy and comfortable.So to make sure your home provides ... Read More

4 ways to support your immune health, according to an MD
(BPT) - Amid the new normal where health and the health of loved ones is top of mind for many Americans, prioritizing wellness activities on a daily basis can be key to feeling in control and maintaining immune health. Our immune system is a critical part of our overall health and well-being - it's... Read More

10 tips for choosing a primary care doctor
(BPT) - A primary care physician is more than just a doctor. Over time, he or she learns the nuances of your medical history, your reaction to medications, your health goals, your lifestyle, your treatment preferences and whether a caregiver is supporting you in managing your health.That intimate k... Read More

Navigating your health from home is just a call, click or doorbell away
(BPT) - You feel it again - that nagging back pain. Or maybe it's an earache that won't go away. With COVID-19 restrictions making many of us reluctant to leave the comforts of home, it's good to know there are other ways to see your health care provider and get your medical questions answered.Maki... Read More

When You Can’t Stomach Your Migraine Medication, Make Sure Your Migraine Toolkit Has You Covered
(BPT) - How do you prepare for a migraine that threatens to derail your day? Many health care professionals recommend assembling a migraine toolkit, one stocked with essentials for easing migraine symptoms on the go, such as bottled water, instant hot and cold packs, ear plugs and sunglasses. Most ... Read More

Experiencing Sleep Challenges? It Could Be Insomnia Disorder.
(BPT) - Many people have experienced the negative impact of a poor night's sleep, often referred to as 'waking up on the wrong side of the bed.' In fact, studies show that as many as 30% of adults worldwide have experienced insomnia symptoms and 10% of patients have insomnia disorder.[1] Insomnia i... Read More

Finding a solution to out-of-control chronic gout: Khash’s story
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I didn’t know I was at risk: What everyone 50-plus needs to know about shingles
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5 reasons ADHD goes unrecognized in girls
(BPT) - Difficulties with sitting still, paying attention or controlling impulsive behavior are some of the initial signs or symptoms of ADHD in children. These signs are often stereotyped as typical of behavior of young boys. It's reported that boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed than... Read More

Breathe easier by understanding these 5 common myths about sleep apnea
(BPT) - If you're not coping with the symptoms of sleep apnea yourself, you likely know someone who is.The condition caused by interrupted breathing during sleep has become rampant in the past couple of decades. In fact, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine estimates that 26% of adults between th... Read More

4 ways to refresh and reset this New Year's
(BPT) - Face it, the past year has been a tough one. Chances are, you're looking for ways to push a reset button as you usher in the New Year. Wouldn't it be great if you could completely refresh and recharge in 2021? Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can follow to give yourself the TLC ... Read More

Bend, don’t break: A guide to resiliency from military spouses
(BPT) - What do you do with uncertainty? Much less a year of it or more? The COVID-19 pandemic has presented us with challenges, hardships and instability of every kind - important events canceled, travel put on hold, businesses striving to stay open, kids and parents adjusting to virtual learning ... Read More

5 delicious things you didn’t know about ghee
(BPT) - If you've heard of ghee, you might know of its recent, growing popularity as part of many wellness habits this time of year. Or, perhaps from its roots in the Ayurvedic health approach, which originated over 3,000 years ago and is still in use today. But what is ghee? How do you use it, and... Read More

5 ways to focus on wellness – and enjoy your life
(BPT) - The beginning of a new year always inspires and encourages new attitudes and ideas for taking care of yourself. But too often, strategies recommended for being healthier are centered around sacrifice and not letting yourself enjoy what you normally love.Why not look for new ways to stay wel... Read More

Tips to help make the most of your health plan in 2021
(BPT) - Last year was a difficult year as the COVID-19 pandemic swept through our country, impacting families and communities nationwide. The health challenges of the pandemic also provided a crucial reminder about the importance of health care.For many Americans, new health plan benefits began in ... Read More

Youth vaping education course focuses on prevention and e-cigarette addiction with resources to quit
(BPT) - Amid the nation's ongoing youth vaping epidemic, health organizations are stepping in to help teens kick nicotine out of their lives. According to the latest CDC data, one in five high school students use e-cigarettes with nearly 40% of users doing so on a regular basis.Youth vaping prevent... Read More

Why adults should prioritize vaccines this winter
(BPT) - With COVID-19 cases on the rise and flu season underway, it is more important than ever to prioritize your health.Social distancing will become more difficult in the winter months. With everyone spending more time indoors, it's essential to take every precaution to help keep yourself and yo... Read More

6 top medicine safety reminders for your home
(BPT) - With families spending more time than ever working, playing and studying at home, it's a good time to review best safety practices when it comes to using and storing medicines. This is especially true during the cold and flu season - while the nation is also in the midst of the COVID-19 pan... Read More

Free inTransition program reduces barriers to psychological care for service members and veterans [Video]
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