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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

5 tips for successful dating this year
(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 add high-quality protein to your diet
(BPT) - Recent diet trends encourage balancing food sources for optimal health. If you're following the Mediterranean, keto or paleo diets, you're probably aware that lean meats like beef play a vital role as part of an overall healthy eating plan, balanced with plant-based foods like vegetables an... Read More

A New Breakthrough in Underarm Skin Health A Decade In the Making [Video]
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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

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

What if one blood test could detect more than 50 types of cancers?
(BPT) - Everyone has been touched by cancer in some way, whether it's a friend or family member facing a diagnosis, or their own worry about susceptibility to the disease. This year alone, roughly 1.8 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States, according to the National Cance... 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

Easy changes to your routine for a healthier lifestyle
(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 eat healthy and make smart choices can be difficult if you don't know where to begin. Try these five simple tips to introduce better habits into your diet.1. Plan aheadPlanni... 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

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

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

Finding community-driven solutions for a growing health crisis in the Latinx community
(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

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

Stroke awareness: It’s always an emergency
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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

Why eggs are an important first food for children
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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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How to winter-proof your shower routine
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Top dermatologist shares fives steps to taking back control of your skin this winter
(BPT) - Our skin, like most of us, has been through a lot this past year and unfortunately the frenzy of skin concerns is not over yet. During the winter months, cold temperatures, dropping moisture levels and other harsh elements can strip skin of its natural moisture, leaving it feeling dry, itch... Read More

New Option for Certain Patients with Resectable Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
(BPT) - In 2018, Jenn Carroll, a human resources director from Connecticut, visited her doctor for what she thought was a routine exam. Although Jenn, a former smoker, was asymptomatic at the time of her allergist appointment, her doctor ordered a chest X-ray after Jenn asked about her allergy test... Read More

Review Your Insurance Options at AARP Converge powered by Softheon
(BPT) - It is important to assess your current health insurance coverage and review new insurance options to ensure that you have the coverage that fits your individual needs. However, there are myriad options and fragmented information in many places, not to mention that plan offerings can change ... Read More

Easy tips for cooking your favorite fish and shellfish at home every time
(BPT) - Crab legs for a birthday. Scallops for an anniversary. Salmon for when family are in town. Many people enjoy eating seafood at restaurants as it is a favorite choice for celebratory meals. However, when it comes to cooking seafood at home, it can be intimidating. Seafood - fish and shellfis... Read More

5 quick tips for prioritizing health and wellness
(BPT) - Making it through a day, month and especially the busiest time of year, deserves a pat on the back these days. The new year brings a time to reset and look at new ways to put your wellness - and your family's - front and center. Now, when focusing on your health and wellness is more importa... Read More

Tips to bring joy to seniors all year long
(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

Cozy calorie-conscious dishes and cooking tips for celebrations
(BPT) - Many celebrations are now held virtually, but sharing your favorite recipes and making them together can be a great way to feel close together while miles apart. With a few simple steps and recipe updates, you'll be able to share new delicious and low-cal dishes with loved ones without havi... Read More

Start the New Year with a new food-itude
(BPT) - 2021 will be a fresh start for us all. And to kick the year off right, many families will be committing themselves to eating better. So why not set yourself up for success by making a few small changes that will help make your big resolution more attainable?Here are a few simple ideas and e... Read More

Feeling a cold coming on? Do these 3 things right now
(BPT) - Colds can make you feel run down and miserable. The last thing you want is the coughs, the sneezes and a run-down, foggy head feeling to hang on for weeks on end.So, that begs the question: What can you do to get through this bug as quickly as possible?'Unfortunately, there is currently no ... Read More

Medical innovations poised to transform healthcare in 2021
(BPT) - Experts in healthcare are continuously striving to develop new innovations that can improve and save lives. Even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists, physicians, and researchers continued to advance medical knowledge, enhance screening and diagnostic tools, and improve disease manageme... Read More

Without hesitation: Joel navigates the long road of aTTP
(BPT) - Joel made his living driving a semi-truck cross country. He loved the scenic beauty and the feel of 18 wheels of rubber as he traveled across the United States. Unfortunately, after four life-threatening medical emergencies while he was on the road, Joel knew his career as a truck driver ha... Read More

A registered dietitian’s 5 steps for better health in 2021
(BPT) - The New Year always spurs a renewal of personal goals, whether you make resolutions or not. The blank slate of a new calendar year offers a sense of possibilities for making the next year great - and health goals usually top the list.If you're looking to put health first, who better to turn... Read More

Study: Social isolation among seniors is widespread, but these resources can help
(BPT) - Because of the pandemic, we've all experienced social isolation - the loss of close contact with family and friends. We're feeling that isolation even more acutely during the winter season, when we typically get together with those we love.For older adults who have had to take extra isolati... Read More

How to change the way you approach health and wellness in 2021
(BPT) - It's been a challenging year for many in the U.S. and around the world. But despite the uncertainty and unpredictability it brought, many have already adjusted their wellness regimen this year and are planning to prioritize this as a continued focus in 2021.A recent survey sponsored by OPTA... Read More

Need Insurance After Job Loss?
(BPT) - Uncertainty is a fact of life and for millions of Americans that includes losing their job at one point or another. It's a particularly stressful time because many find themselves without their primary source of health insurance when they lose their job. But job loss doesn't mean you can't ... Read More

Movie villain to real-life hero: AI poised to become humankind’s most powerful tool
(BPT) - The race for a COVID-19 vaccine may have a surprising beneficiary.Artificial intelligence, the sometimes maligned and misunderstood villainous technology behind Hollywood blockbusters from '2001: A Space Odyssey' to 'The Terminator' could emerge as a hero of epic proportions. Successfully t... Read More

"Queer Eye" star Karamo's Five Tips in Spreading Joy and Cheer
(BPT) - This year's holidays have already been and continue to be dramatically different, and no one is expecting anything to change come the start of 2021.But that doesn't mean we can't carve out ways to care for our loved ones, spread cheer and support other people in our communities now and in t... Read More

The perfect shot: The story of a boy and his photography
(BPT) - In a year like 2020, dreams can still come true, even for those with a critical illness. Just ask Colton, a young boy from South Carolina. After he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, Colton found he loved taking pictures with his smartphone. He's been at the beach every day, taking photos of... Read More

How to gift happiness in 2021
(BPT) - There are no two ways about it: 2020 was a lot to take in. We forged ahead and made amazing things happen in the face of enormous uncertainty, but it wasn't an easy task. In 2021, everyone's looking to grow their happiness and share it with others. It's only natural, and fortunately researc... Read More

The pet effect: Facts about the incredible human-animal bond
(BPT) - Do you ever notice how fulfilled you feel when you spend time with your pet? How your pet can inspire joy while also somehow helping you feel less stressed? Or maybe you are thinking of getting a pet hoping for companionship, affection and love? These and many more positives are the result ... Read More

5 tips to stress less during the holidays
(BPT) - It's the most wonderful time of the year - but for many, the holidays bring stress over never-ending to-do lists. This year is bound to bring even more anxiety about how to get all of your holiday shopping done; not to mention the other obligations you have, from work to family, and beyond.... Read More

5 tips to handle hangover nausea
(BPT) - Party a little too hearty last night? Chances are, you may have woken up with some of the classic symptoms of a hangover: headache, sensitivity to light and noise, fatigue, thirst, irritability and worst of all - nausea.Hangovers can make it pretty difficult to function the next day. Accord... Read More

How pharmacogenetic (PGx) testing is revolutionizing mental health treatment
(BPT) - If you or a family member have sought care from a mental health professional, or are considering seeking help for depression, anxiety, ADHD or other conditions, you want the best treatment available. Multiple treatment options now exist for many of these conditions, ranging from medications... Read More

Breathe easy: What you need to know before buying an air purifier
(BPT) - More people than ever before are considering room air filters and purifiers to protect themselves against COVID-19 indoors. But do these devices really make a difference?Air purifiers and filters can help reduce airborne contaminants, including viruses, in a home, office or other confined s... Read More

How You Can Help To Give Happiness This Year [Video]
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Burglars don’t take off for the holidays: 5 tips to prevent home break-ins
(BPT) - While consumers have been in their homes more in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, USAA wants consumers to be aware of the potential increase in thefts during the holiday season.Top 10 states for USAA personal property theft claims in 20201. California2. Texas3. Washington4. Colora... Read More

When Recurring Respiratory Symptoms Could be the Sign of a Chronic Lung Condition
(BPT) - Living with a chronic lung condition can be challenging. The first step toward improving your lung health is understanding what kind of lung condition you have and what you can do to manage your condition in close partnership with your doctor.One such condition, Mycobacterium avium complex ... Read More

Living with diabetes: tips to prepare for low blood sugar this winter
(BPT) - The winter season brings a change in routines for everyone - more time indoors, shifts in temperature, the temptation of hearty comfort foods and sweet treats, and more than ever, staying healthy amidst a challenging cold and flu season. For people living with diabetes, changes and unpredic... Read More

Resolve to achieve healthy sleep in 2021
(BPT) - According to a recent survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), 85% of U.S. adults do not get the recommended seven hours or more of sleep every night. After a challenging and stressful year, the New Year provides Americans with the opportunity to refocus on the importance ... Read More

Having trouble hearing? 5 tips to still stay connected during the holidays
(BPT) - This holiday season may look very different from years past - more family get-togethers on video rather than in-person - but one thing remains true: these times can be stressful and difficult for those managing hearing loss, which impacts 48 million Americans, according to the U.S. Centers ... Read More

The Evolution of Precision Oncology [Infographic]
(BPT) - The role of scientific innovation and genomic cancer testing in guiding the treatment journey: Over the last sixty years, advancements in scientific research have driven an evolution in our perception of cancer and how it is treated. There has been a shift from a 'one-size-fits-all' approac... Read More

How one patient found help after life-changing brain cancer diagnosis
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Generic Medicine Savings: How Does Your State Stack Up?
(BPT) - It's a fact: If you take safe, effective, FDA-approved generic prescription medicines, you are saving money. The average copay for a generic medicine is nearly $50 lower than the copay for a brand-name drug. More than 9 out of 10 generic prescriptions are filled for $20 or less.The Associat... Read More

Multiple Myeloma: Maintaining Hope While Navigating a Chronic Blood Cancer
(BPT) - Tiffany Williams went to the doctor to see if something could be done about her severe back pain, but the root cause was something she wasn't planning on. She learned she had multiple myeloma. As the doctor explained this rare form of blood cancer and how it would impact her life, her brain... Read More

5 Smart Solutions to Simplify Your Last-Minute Holiday Shopping
(BPT) - The holiday season is in full-swing, and while it may look different this year, that doesn't necessarily mean less stress. Maybe you shopped early and still have a few things to check off your list, or maybe you haven't even started tackling your to-dos. If you're rushing to decorate, shop ... Read More

Making the most of your 2020 holiday season
(BPT) - It's the most wonderful time of the year, and while your holiday celebrations may look a little bit different this year, we all deserve to tune out from a world that doesn't seem to stop spinning.People find different things that spark joy for them. For some, it means buying a luxury presen... Read More

Is your pandemic pet giving your eye allergies the blues?
(BPT) - The pandemic has caused pet adoptions and sales to soar because who doesn't want a cute, furry friend for extra snuggles during this time? What some might be noticing is that those snuggles from a cute pup or kitty come at a cost - itchy allergy eyes. If you are experiencing irritated, itch... Read More

Managing life with MS during the pandemic
(BPT) - Crystal is a wife, mother of four and a frontline healthcare worker who also happens to have multiple sclerosis (MS). Though she had experienced numbness, tingling and pain since she was a child, doctors initially downplayed her symptoms. It was not until 2003, while Crystal was in nursing ... Read More

Heart-related deaths increase at the holidays – what you need to know
(BPT) - Heart-related deaths peak in December and January, including spikes on Christmas and New Year's Day. Some people ignore the signs and symptoms of a cardiac event, such as a heart attack, or they dismiss their chest pain or other symptoms as stress-related, heartburn or a result of having to... Read More

Dialysis Nurse Travels to New York to Care for Patients in Fight Against COVID-19
(BPT) - The COVID-19 crisis has brought a lot of change to the world, including how people get groceries, interact with others, and for many, their typical daily routines. This is especially true for frontline health care workers like Luke Mayes. Mayes, a registered nurse, typically spends his days... Read More

Choose and use your OTC medicines safely [Infographic]
(BPT) - Staying healthy is important for everyone during the pandemic, which has put a strain on our healthcare system, especially emergency rooms and doctor's offices. Health often starts with the tools we have in our medicine cabinet to treat pain and other ailments. While Americans do their best... Read More

4 easy steps to launch your immunity routine
(BPT) - Life gets crazy busy. The key to powering through your to-do list is not only doing your best, but also being your best - physically and mentally. This season try taking a proactive approach to supporting a healthy immune system. With the help of this four-step routine, you'll feel great kn... Read More

Top ways to vacation responsibly in 2021
(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 in 2021. The goal is to enjoy a vacation in a responsible manner, creating memories while keeping yourself and ot... Read More

How to stay active and connected while remaining safe during the pandemic
(BPT) - As 2021 approaches, the importance and urgency of physical and mental health are at an all-time-high due to COVID-19.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 'Regular physical activity helps you feel better, sleep better and reduces anxiety. It can also help with p... Read More

Do you have a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan?
(BPT) - If you're concerned about getting COVID-19, you have good cause.According to the latest COVID-19 Data Tracker from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. alone has already logged over 16.3 million cases and the overall weekly hospitalization rate is at its highest si... Read More

How a young woman became empowered to improve her rheumatoid arthritis care
(BPT) - At a young age, Randi learned the importance of self­-advocacy and honest conversations in the face of health struggles. Like most kids, she enjoyed sports and being active. When she was 10 years old, she started having pain in the joints of her knees, shoulders, and ankles. Doctors... Read More

3 steps to better eye health in 2021
(BPT) - January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, a great opportunity to spread the word about a disease that affects more than 3 million people in the United States. Since glaucoma often strikes without symptoms and can cause significant vision loss before a person notices changes in their eyesight, it... Read More

This new Alexa feature allows families to safely care for loved ones at a distance
(BPT) - This year, more Americans are providing ongoing caregiving, with many having started their role as caregiver since the COVID-19 outbreak or providing care specifically because of the pandemic. Caregivers are looking to strike that balance between ensuring their elderly friends and family ar... Read More

3 easy ways to spread (last-minute) Christmas cheer
(BPT) - The holidays have a habit of creeping up on us. For a while you're on top of the gift buying, decorating, baking, mailing things out … then suddenly you're not. It becomes a scramble to cross those last few items off the to-do list, and the stress can easily dampen a formerly fes... Read More

From Cancer to COVID-19, How One Company is Transforming Vaccine Technology
(BPT) - The race to create and distribute effective COVID-19 vaccines continues. Big pharmaceutical companies are producing promising vaccines and initial distribution is underway, however, this is not without numerous concerns or logistical hurdles. What you don't hear much about is the smaller bi... Read More

Navy Vet is Armed with a Wearable Device during Battle against Cancer
(BPT) - When Navy vet Terry O'Keefe first started to get sick, he was enjoying his retirement, touring the U.S. in an R.V. with his wife, Diane.At first, the couple thought that Terry just had allergies, but as Terry's condition became steadily worse as they drove from state to state, Diane became ... Read More

How to Design a Successful Home Office
(BPT) - Sponsored by Office DepotWith the increasing number of organizations allowing employees teleworking options and today's growing gig economy, proper home office setup ideas are becoming more relevant. People love the flexibility that working from home provides, saving time spent commuting, a... Read More

COVID-19: What is an Emergency Use Authorization?
(BPT) - Sponsored by Pfizer.According to the FDA, an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is a mechanism to facilitate the availability and use of medical countermeasures, including vaccines, during public health emergencies, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.1 An EUA allows the use of medical pro... Read More

Hope Springs Eternal: An Indiana Mother’s Journey to a Kidney Transplant.
(BPT) - Kindness spreads kindness. Unexpected kindness, while often surprising, has the potential to heal and change a life.The trajectory of 38-year-old Rebecca Barcenas' life has been forever changed by unexpected kindness. A mother of two girls, she was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease duri... Read More

Budgeting for pets: How to prepare for ongoing and unexpected expenses
(BPT) - Sixty-seven percent of U.S. households own a pet, or about 85 million families, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA). This number is poised to increase because many households have added pets during the pandemic, helping aid in the physical and emotional well-being of f... Read More

6 tips to lower your out-of-pocket medication costs in January
(BPT) - January is right around the corner. Whether or not you stay up to mark the new year, an expensive reality hits many Americans on Jan. 1: medical insurance deductibles reset to zero and out-of-pocket costs go up.Along with co-pays and coinsurance, those out-of-pocket costs can put essential ... Read More

How one company helps kids’ wishes come true
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Luxury for less: 5 tips for glowing skin this winter
(BPT) - Plummeting temperatures and whipping winds are here for much of the country, and no matter where you live, cooler and drier winter air can really wreak havoc on your skin. When humidity is lower and indoor heat is on full blast, your skin gets stripped of the moisture it needs, causing dryn... Read More

4 Reasons Why Adults Should Consider Incorporating Breast Milk into Their Diet
(BPT) - Colostrum is the first food breastfeeding mothers produce after giving birth. It serves as a comprehensive source of protective proteins, immune factors, prebiotics, growth factors and other essential nutrients, designed by nature to contain everything newborns need to thrive.Research indic... Read More

Give the gift of plasma this holiday season
(BPT) - It's no secret that the holidays look much different this year, but those changes may be even more noticeable for individuals who are at high-risk for COVID-19. No one knows this better than Dayna, a mother and caregiver to four children with a rare disease which has caused them to be immun... Read More

There is No Time to Wait When Experiencing Symptoms of a Potentially Serious Condition
(BPT) - Many people may think that swelling, pain, tenderness or redness in the leg, thigh or pelvis are seemingly minor symptoms, but they could point to a potentially serious condition such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).1 It's critical to not brush off these symptoms.More About DVTDVT is a blood ... Read More

Top chefs find inspiration close to home
(BPT) - Celebrated chefs Wolfgang Puck, Nancy Silverton, Gerald Hirigoyen and Martin Yan are known and active the world over, but they all call California home. For their award-winning restaurants, product lines, cookbooks and TV shows, they draw inspiration from the bountiful fresh ingredients the... Read More

Top cities for servicemembers transitioning to civilian life
(BPT) - Are you a servicemember preparing to transition to civilian life? If so, you probably have a lot of questions, including where you should live after transitioning from service. If you are like other surveyed servicemembers this year, you are prioritizing low cost of living, low crime rates,... Read More

Sculpt Your Best Body Now: Get Trim and Toned with This Advanced Duo Treatment
(BPT) - This has been a hard year for everyone, and many of us found it difficult to stay in shape and keep up with our fitness goals. The good news is that there is finally something you can do about it that doesn't involve having invasive cosmetic surgery.If you diet and exercise but still have a... Read More

Sleep-trainer approved tips for new parents
(BPT) - Newborns need a lot of sleep, but rarely does it seem like they are ever actually sleeping. Ask any parent and they will tell you that they spend far more time trying to put baby down to rest than the amount of time baby remains asleep! It's a tale most parents are all too familiar with: th... Read More

Fall prevention: Tips to enjoy favorite winter activities safely
(BPT) - Staying active is important during the COVID-19 pandemic, and for many people, that means pursuing outdoor activities where fresh air is plentiful and social distancing is easier to achieve. During winter months, that includes popular seasonal activities such as sledding, ice skating, skiin... Read More

Create a plan: Working with a doctor to help manage a chronic inflammatory condition
(BPT) - Content sponsored and provided by Pfizer. Pfizer asked Stephanie to share her experience and compensated her for her time.Stephanie was excited about starting her first job as a dog groomer. However, her plans changed during a family vacation to Lake Tahoe, when she began experiencing more ... Read More

Bioelectric Medicine Helps to Treat Air Force Veteran’s Essential Tremor
(BPT) - Air Force veteran of 21 years, Ben Duncan of Buda, TX, found out that he had Essential Tremor (ET) after his hand tremors became progressively worse over the years, to the point where his wife needed to help spoon-feed him on bad tremor days. He did not know what each day would bring with t... Read More

How to help address chronic conditions amid COVID-19
(BPT) - While some people with a COVID-19 infection may experience relatively mild symptoms (or no symptoms at all), the disease is of greater concern for the 56% of Americans who may have at least one risk factor linked to an increased chance of complications.Two increasingly common risk factors f... Read More

5 Things To Know About Small Cell Lung Cancer, The Lesser Known Type Of The Disease
(BPT) - Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States.According to the American Cancer Society, more than 228,000 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed this year.1The majority of people diagnosed with lung cancer have a type called non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), which ... Read More

Beware of harsh chemicals: Everyday cleaning & health during the pandemic and beyond
(BPT) - The coronavirus pandemic has shed light on the dangers of rampant overuse of harsh chemicals in products we use every day to clean our skin, homes, offices and public spaces - making natural and skin-friendly cleaning solutions more important than ever. A recent CDC study, 'Cleaning and Dis... Read More

Cleaning vs. Disinfection During the COVID-19 Pandemic [Infographic]
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has made all of us more aware of the importance of routine cleaning and disinfection practices. Choosing the right products and knowing when and where to use them, however, can be confusing. Understanding the key differences between cleaning vs. sanitizing vs. disinfec... Read More

Winter is coming, but there’s still time to get vaccinated against flu!
(BPT) - If you are living with certain chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes or asthma, you are at higher risk of developing serious complications from flu, like pneumonia, bronchitis and other illnesses that can lead to hospitalization or even death. Even if your chronic cond... Read More

Finding confidence in quarantine: Survey shows how COVID-19 influences makeup usage
(BPT) - As being in quarantine and weathering the COVID-19 pandemic continues to put a damper on things, American women are turning to their makeup routines to feel a sense of control and comfort, according to new research.In September, marketing firm OnePoll asked 2,000 American women about how th... Read More

The single most important thing you can do to protect your vision
(BPT) - You could probably predict the outcome of a study about whether people who don't have vision insurance get adequate - or any - vision care. Unsurprisingly, less than half of Americans who lack health insurance get eye care services, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventio... Read More

4 signs that an aging loved one needs support
(BPT) - The holidays are a time of coming together. While it might look different in 2020, it is even more critical this year to check on aging loved ones who may have been negatively affected by the isolation and loneliness during the ongoing pandemic.But it can be difficult for us to recognize wh... Read More

Why Generic Savings Matter During the Holidays
(BPT) - Good health is the greatest gift of all, of course, but a little something extra under the tree is always nice, too.Savings made possible by generic drugs for conditions that affect you or a family member mean extra money for other necessities - or enjoyable activities like ordering a speci... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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 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

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

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

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

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

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