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Menstrual Hygiene Day: Women and their periods [Infographic]
(BPT) - Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28th focuses on the importance of menstrual hygiene education and awareness. In honor of the day, Summers Eve, the #1 Feminine Freshness brand*, conducted a survey to reveal how modern women feel about their periods in 2019. The brand covered everything from per... Read More

Expert tips for a better night’s sleep
(BPT) - When was the last time you had a good night's sleep?For many, sleep doesn't come easy. Up to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy and restless legs syndrome. Nights are spent staring at the walls as insomnia takes control, o... Read More

3 reasons to go fishing on your next day trip
(BPT) - When the weather warms up, it's the perfect time to spend a day casting on the water. Whether you're an experienced fisherman, a novice or a family looking for a fun, all-ages activity, fishing is an easy and enjoyable choice.Here are three reasons for you and your family to go fishing for ... Read More

The tell-tale signs of allergies and what you can do to face the season head on [Infographic]
(BPT) - Allergy sufferers know when allergy season has arrived, thanks to common symptoms that include sneezing and runny noses. Luckily Puffs offers easy solutions to help you beat allergies any time of year.... Read More

4 habits to create lasting energy
(BPT) - When it comes to feeling your best, many people agree that energy plays a major role not only in our productivity but also our overall happiness. While we all wish there was a quick fix, sustained energy is not easily attained by just another cup of coffee. Energy needs to be generated from... Read More

How companies are creating healthier worksites
(BPT) - Worksite hurdles are the issues or hassles that prevent employees from being engaged, successful and happy at their jobs. To help overcome these hurdles, and for more satisfied, productive employees, an increasing number of employers are looking to their employee well-being programs for ans... Read More

Fuel Your Next Outdoor Workout with This Performance-Packed Fuel
(BPT) - As the temperatures rise and colorful flowers make their debut, it's once again the time of year to get outside for some physical activity and sunshine. Ditch the gym and try a workout in the park, get on your bike and explore the city, or go grab some friends and head out on your favorite ... Read More

5 simple steps to sparkling hardwood floors
(BPT) - Getting your home ready for summer means putting away the warm clothing and winter gear, clearing out clutter and making room for lighter and brighter accessories. As you prepare to tidy and organize your home for a summer of get-togethers and cookouts, don't forget to show a little extra l... Read More

How one piece of safety equipment has been saving lives for 100 years
(BPT) - Gary Govanus didn't put much thought into what he was wearing 45 years ago while working in-flight services at night at Chicago O'Hare, but by the end of that day his life would be forever changed because he reached for a hard hat at the start of his shift.On the night of his accident, he a... Read More

Beach brain: How heading to the beach is beneficial to your health [Infographic]
(BPT) - Reef, the industry leader in beach footwear, knows 'life is better at the beach.' The brand encourages people to embrace the spirit of the beach through the mantra: Beach Freely. But it's more than just a summer destination, it's good for you too! Reef partnered with Dr. Heidi Hanna of the ... Read More

Struggling to focus on things up close? You might have presbyopia
(BPT) - Do you use the flashlight on your phone to read the menu at dinner? Are drugstore reading glasses scattered throughout the house? Or perhaps you do the 'so-common-it-should-be-patented' arm stretch to read text messages and emails on your phone? If any of these ring a bell, you may be among... Read More

Developing a plan to ensure the safest pregnancy, childbirth and recovery
(BPT) - Many people would be surprised to learn that among developed countries, the United States not only has the highest rate of maternal mortality (death during pregnancy or within one year of birth), but that it increased 56% between 1990 and 2015. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA... Read More

10 Fun Facts About Quinoa [Infographic]
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3 ideas to freshen up your favorite summer treats
(BPT) - Summertime brings lots of picnics, barbecues and pool parties, along with tasty treats everyone loves to share. Want to make yummy desserts your friends will rave about, but with your own unique twist?Add exotic new fruit.Whether you're making a fruit salad, a pie or another tasty fruit-for... Read More

6 Ways to Brighten Your Load
(BPT) - Whether you live to do laundry or it's your least favorite chore, we've all got to do it. These practical tips and decorating tricks will make the laundry one of the simplest chores on your checklist. Now laundry day doesn't look so bad after all.1. Take advantage of your alone timeWhether ... Read More

Video games that help young women solve problems and express themselves
(BPT) - Playing video games is not simply entertainment or an escape for middle school girls; it can be a confidence booster. The best games offer intellectual challenges, social interaction and a creative outlet. These games provide opportunities for young women to problem solve, be part of a grou... Read More

The home fire safety feature you probably haven't thought about
(BPT) - Home is supposed to be a safe space, so it can be scary to think about things like fires. Unfortunately, fires are a real threat. Seven people die each day due to home fires, so it's important to be ready.Every home needs working smoke alarms and an escape plan for exiting the house. These ... Read More

4 signs & symptoms which may mean your rheumatoid arthritis is uncontrolled
(BPT) - If you've been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you're far from alone.The inflammatory disease affects some 1.3 million adults in America, according to the National Institutes of Health.1,2What's more, despite recent advances in treatments for the disease, many patients still exper... Read More

Personalized cancer care offers new hope for patients
(BPT) - Elissa Reynolds was preparing to move to Indianapolis and begin an exciting new chapter in her life. Knowing her upcoming move meant she would be without health insurance for a time, the 36-year-old decided to get any potential health issues examined while she still had coverage.After exper... Read More

5 ideas to save money on health care
(BPT) - Rising premiums and different levels of coverage can make health care costs seem very confusing. Here are 5 simple ideas that could help you save on your health care costs.1. Plan for medical bills. Just as you would ask a mechanic to estimate the cost of service on your car ahead of time, ... Read More

Ask the expert: Oral health as you age
(BPT) - We all know brushing our teeth twice a day is crucial to keeping our smile bright, but most of us probably don't understand how dental hygiene can impact our overall health, especially as we age. Going to the dentist is one of the most important things we can do for our health.Each year mor... Read More

Don't Wait for 'Rock Bottom' [Video]
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Health tips: Treat your hair and scalp with care
(BPT) - The changing seasons, environmental factors, overuse of harmful products and ingrained grooming habits can damage your hair. Getting the strong, shiny hair you want can be as easy as following a few simple tips for hair and scalp health.1. Wash in lukewarm water. Washing your hair in overly... Read More

Five ways to take charge of your type 2 diabetes diagnosis
(BPT) - As the 30 million Americans with diabetes might confirm, type 2 diabetes can be a lot of work. Beyond monitoring blood sugar and implementing a variety of lifestyle changes, adults with type 2 diabetes have to worry about serious complications of the condition, such as an increased risk of ... Read More

Teen Fitness: Something Parents & Teens Can Agree On, For Once [Infographic]
(BPT) - Planet Fitness, Inc., home of the Judgement Free Zone®, commissioned a national study that sheds light on how teens and parents feel about health and wellness, and how best to motivate youth toward pursuing an active lifestyle and setting them up for success through adulthood.... Read More

Summertime cuts and scrapes: 3 simple steps to help prevent infection
(BPT) - Summer is a time to get the family back outside to play after a long winter of being stuck inside. Those outdoor adventures - for kids big and small - may also bring a few unexpected injuries. Parents never want to see their kids hurt, but when those minor cuts or scrapes do occur, it's imp... Read More

6 smart ways to digitally declutter
(BPT) - This time of year, as our focus turns to spring cleaning, there's an aspect of tidying up that most of us may be forgetting: our digital clutter. Women's lifestyle outlet How Does She partnered with Walmart Family Mobile to share some excellent technology tidying tips (say that five times f... Read More

Home flipping experts reveal the story of their first renovation
(BPT) - Like a first kiss, first car or first day of school, entrepreneurs and home renovation experts Ashley and Andy Williams will never forget completing their first home renovation project.'That day began as all our days do - with organized chaos,' Ashley said. 'We got our two kids ready for sc... Read More

7 easy travel snack ideas for diabetics
(BPT) - Do you have diabetes and stress about finding healthy and convenient snack options while you're traveling?See below for smart snacking tips and healthy recipes for diabetics.Choose healthy and satisfying snacks between meals. Snacking done right can keep your blood sugar levels as close to ... Read More

What you might not know about radiation therapy to treat cancer
(BPT) - If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, you probably have a lot of questions. It's normal to feel uneasy, but rest assured your health care team is there to take care of you and answer your questions.As your doctor assesses the best treatment for your cancer, radiation therapy... Read More

Bathroom upgrades: 3 tips to add technology, tailor-made features
(BPT) - We tend to think of the bathroom as a utilitarian space, and therefore not worthy of the same energy and expense put into designing spaces like the living room or kitchen. We spend a lot of time in the bathroom, however. It's the room where we start and set intentions for our day. In the ev... Read More

5 steps to prepare for natural disasters
(BPT) - Whether it's hurricanes, tornadoes or snowstorms, natural disasters can occur anywhere at any time. When they do, it's often sudden, so being prepared ahead of time is key. However, only 39% of Americans are prepared for an unexpected natural disaster, according to a study by the Federal Em... Read More

Headaches: A fleeting moment or persistent problem?
(BPT) - You've been there before - you wake up and immediately feel the pulsing in your head, you get to work and can feel the pounding pressure mounting as you move between looking at your computer screen and meetings, you're gearing up for a fun day out with your kids but you cringe as the pain i... Read More

6 tips every parent should know about autism diagnosis and treatment
(BPT) - An estimated one in 59 children has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite this prevalence, if you think your child might have autism, it can feel very isolating. Venturing into the unknown is stressful, but there ... Read More

5 ways you can help fight child hunger
(BPT) - Did you know more than 13 million youth in the U.S. don't know where their next meal is coming from? This is especially true during the summer, when children and teens don't have access to free or reduced-cost lunches or breakfasts offered during the school year. In fact, over 22 million ki... Read More

Stop the food fights! Tips to find common ground with kids about healthy eating
(BPT) - When you hand your kids a healthy snack or have them sit down to a wholesome meal, do you cringe because you fear their little voices of retaliation? 'Ew,' 'yuck' and "I don't like that!" are some of the most notorious responses.While it may sometimes feel like kids only want unhealthy food... Read More

Putting an End to Parent Shaming [Infographic]
(BPT) - With the immense pressure society puts on parents to make the exact right decisions for their children, the need for a supportive parenting community is greater than ever.... Read More

10 Simple Ways to Support New Parents
(BPT) - The need for positive parenting communities seems to be greater than ever before. According to a recent survey commissioned by Similac, seven out of 10 parents report feeling judged by other parents, however 92 percent of parents say having a positive and supportive parent environment is he... Read More

Everything to know about sun protection, according to a dermatologist
(BPT) - Sunscreen is a year-round necessity, but with the longer days of sunlight and warmer weather ahead, people are spending more time exposed to the sun, making it an essential. Whether it's a walk in a park or playing games in the backyard with family, it's important to be prepared for any tim... Read More

Are you or a loved one struggling with addiction? You are not alone [Infographic]
(BPT) - Over 20 million Americans struggle with substance use. These are our children, parents, friends and neighbors. If you or someone you love needs help, don't wait to reach out. Call the Addiction Resource Center for free, confidential support: 1-833-301-HELP.... Read More

How to Get the Most Out of Your Morning Meal
(BPT) - Everyone has heard the phrase, 'Breakfast is the most important meal of the day' at least once in their life, but many don't know the extensive benefits of starting the day with a nutritious meal. Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner shares her expertise and offers sim... Read More

Tips for eating healthier this summer
(BPT) - Summer is possibly the easiest time to stick to a healthier lifestyle. It's warm outside so we're more likely to be active, plus there's plenty of good, fresh produce available. With the recent focus on organic ingredients and the farm-to-table approach, home cooks and anyone interested in ... Read More

5 surprising ways to use turmeric in your everyday cooking
(BPT) - If you're familiar with turmeric, you probably know it as a spice in Indian cuisine such as curry. Turmeric is mildly aromatic, with a distinct earthy, pungent flavor and deep yellow color. The warm, gingery taste of turmeric can be combined with other spices to create unique flavors that c... Read More

5 steps to preparing for an obstacle course race
(BPT) - With popular obstacle- and ninja-style shows taking over TV, you might be curious what it takes to become a part of the competition. One expert ninja says this curiosity can springboard you quickly to the next level."'I want to try it.' This is the first thing I said before exploring traini... Read More

7 unexpected ways to use cranberries this summer
(BPT) - When the temps heat up, home cooks look for lighter, more refreshing food and drinks that still pack a nutritional punch. America's Original Superfruit(R), the cranberry, is just the thing - a tangy fruit that adds flavorful zing to sweet and savory recipes. Available dried, frozen, as juic... Read More

7 sunscreen myths a dermatologist wants you to stop believing
(BPT) - It's no secret that sunscreen is essential for protecting our skin from the sun's damaging rays. Even on a cloudy day, sunscreen is important for helping to reduce early signs of skin aging and skin cancer when used along with other sun protection measures. However, not everything you hear ... Read More

The 5 best ways to get your house ready to fight spring allergies
(BPT) - Spring is not only a time for renewal around the house, but also for battling pesky allergies. While you can't stop allergies from happening each spring, there are easy ways to reduce their effects in your home.Home space expert Egypt Sherrod shares her tips for refreshing your home décor, ... Read More

Know your risk: The connection between type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease
(BPT) - People living with diabetes are 2x more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular disease. Visit www.KnowDiabetesbyHeart.org for the top 3 questions to ask your doctor and reduce your risk.... Read More

5 tips for practicing self-care
(BPT) - Ever feel like the days just get away from you, and you don't have time to do all the things you need to do, much less want to do? Often wish you could just spend your evenings or weekends on your own personal goals, practicing some self-care or just relaxing? There are many ways you can ta... Read More

Put Your Health First: Learning What Works for Your Chronic Inflammatory Illness
(BPT) - Content sponsored and provided by Pfizer.As an emergency management contractor and former paramedic, Jared H. has experience helping others navigate difficult health situations. But the tables turned in his 30s, when Jared began experiencing persistent joint pain and swelling in his knees a... Read More

Find your voice in treating COPD: learn what you need to ask your doctor
(BPT) - While many of us take for granted the ability to breathe easily, nearly 16 million Americans may be experiencing symptoms like coughing, wheezing or struggling to take in a breath - signs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.COPD is a serious, progressive lung disease, usually ... Read More

Unlock the secret to ageless skin
(BPT) - It's no secret that most of us can't stand the signs of aging on our skin and are looking for ways to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, tighten crepey loose skin, and fade scarring and other imperfections - without resorting to cosmetic surgery.The good news is that we no longer have to let o... Read More

7 things you should know about addiction
(BPT) - Did you know 192 people die in America every day from drug overdose? That means 192 families lose someone every day. Survivors of people lost to drug addiction share their stories on the Addiction Policy Forum website to increase awareness. What these families learned could help save the li... Read More

5 Reasons You Avoid Getting Screened for Colorectal Cancer but Shouldn’t
(BPT) - It is estimated that more than 51,000 people[1] will die of colorectal cancer[2] this year, but a startling number - 50 percent - could have been saved had they been screened.[3] Despite this, screening rates are still low.But why? Dr. Howard Wright, a family medicine physician in Michigan,... Read More

Create and connect: 5 unique ways to spark self-expression
(BPT) - Shared experiences are part of what makes us human. There's nothing better than getting together with friends, loved ones, neighbors, colleagues (really whoever wants to join!) to catch up and share a few laughs. Add to that an engaging, hands-on activity, and you've crafted the perfect gat... Read More

Beauty lessons mothers and daughters have taught each other
(BPT) - Moms teach their daughters so much as they grow, from how to apply makeup to how to care for their skin, and while there are many habits you form simply because you picked them up from your mother, there are plenty of tricks you've learned on your own. There are even some that your mother h... Read More

Bloom into spring skin: How to identify and treat the symptoms of rosacea
(BPT) - Polar vortexes are out of sight and, spring has officially sprung. Family weekend brunches and scenic bike rides are on the horizon with brighter days ahead, but the warmer weather may also bring troubling rosacea flare-ups, leading some to avoid these memorable moments.[1],[2]Rosacea affec... Read More

Grow your own food in small spaces
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3 easy health changes with big benefits
(BPT) - Making changes to improve your health can feel overwhelming. But just a few simple modifications can impact your health dramatically. Here are three easy changes you can make now to transform your health:Eat your waterAre you thirsty? Up to 75 percent of Americans may be functioning in a ch... Read More

Adulting 101: Cleaning tips and tricks to survive post-grad life
(BPT) - Let's face it - being an adult is hard. The overflowing laundry basket and tomato soup splattered microwave aren't going to magically disappear. Whether you are graduating from school or moving out of home for the first time, with the fun of living on your own also comes the responsibility ... Read More

Interested in taking a DNA test? Your questions answered
(BPT) - April marks an important anniversary for genome-related discoveries; in April 1953, DNA's double helix was discovered by Watson, Crick, Wilkins and Franklin and fifty years later in April 2003, the Human Genome Project - an international research project that determined the sequence of the ... Read More

5 simple breakfast hacks
(BPT) - Weekday mornings can be rough, trying to get yourself and your family up and dressed, fed, then out the door in time for school and work. It's tough to make sure everyone gets something healthy to eat before dashing out to start the day. What if there were a few simple things you could do t... Read More

6 reasons your bathroom needs a high-tech boost
(BPT) - From smart thermostats that help you save energy and keep your home comfortable, to high-fidelity speaker systems that allow you to enjoy your favorite music and movies, there's no shortage of electronics to upgrade your home. And as technology becomes more integrated into your everyday lif... Read More

Your natural teeth are worth saving
(BPT) - The human body is something to marvel at, but sometimes we take it for granted. Some things, like your natural teeth, are truly worth the effort to take care of and preserve. And most Americans agree.A recent survey conducted by the American Association of Endodontists revealed that over 95... Read More

Home and office furniture: What you don't know could be toxic
(BPT) - Awareness of health risks from potentially harmful chemicals has grown exponentially in recent years, leading to a consumer demand for transparency regarding what's in the food, personal care products and household items we use every day.But did you know that many home and office furnishing... Read More

Finding new ways to address hepatitis C
(BPT) - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, viral hepatitis is a silent epidemic that affects more than 5 million people in the United States. Additionally, more than half of those living with hepatitis do not know they have the virus, putting them at risk for life-threaten... Read More

5 reasons why egg freezing is right for you
(BPT) - Do you want to have kids? For many, this question isn't the easiest to answer. Whether you and your partner aren't ready, if you haven't found the 'one,' or you wish to focus on your career for a bit before calling the stork, the idea of having a baby isn't always black and white. No matter... Read More

6 reasons to add hydrotherapy to your self-care routine
(BPT) - Unwind, relax and rejuvenate - these are the words associated with enjoying a warm bath. Bathing is an indulgence that has remained popular for centuries and is especially important today as you work to find balance in a fast-paced lifestyle.Hydrotherapy provides the perfect solution with i... Read More

Can you eat your way to thicker, fuller hair?
(BPT) - Did you know that what you eat affects your hair? That's news to most people, especially those who are dealing with hair loss. While there are many possible causes for hair loss - stress, the environment, health problems - achieving thick, full and healthy hair ultimately starts with your d... Read More

There’s no such thing as too much information before surgery
(BPT) - There is no such thing as TMI (too much information) when it comes to communicating facts about your health with your physician anesthesiologist before surgery or a medical procedure. You might not think taking ginkgo biloba for memory, using medical marijuana for pain, smoking or snoring a... Read More

Addressing the needs of caregivers helping our military, veteran heroes
(BPT) - 'You're sitting at home one night and get a phone call that your husband is being medevaced and he's coming home. They said it was for spinal injuries,' recalled Mandy Spooneybarger, 36, caregiver to her husband, Charles, an Army veteran. 'You have to live in your new normal. It's stressful... Read More

Will your family have to guess your health care wishes?
(BPT) - Imagine you are in an accident or a sudden illness leaves you unable to speak for yourself. Your loved one or caregiver may be faced with a difficult decision about whether to continue life-saving measures. How does that person know what to do?Discuss, decide and document. These are three i... Read More

Clearing the air: 5 facts to know when choosing new roofing
(BPT) - When choosing products and materials for a new roof, many homeowners focus mainly on color and what their shingles will look like next to their existing siding or brick.Naturally, aesthetics and curb appeal are important. But an even more crucial element of your new roof is the attic ventil... Read More

How to Pinpoint a Rare Disease That Can Often be Misdiagnosed for up to 15 Years
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6 ways to stay safe around the water this summer
(BPT) - Summer is fast approaching, which means that more children will be in and around water areas such as pools, lakes and oceans. Like many parents, you worry about your children's safety around water, no matter how old they are.According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of injury deat... Read More

Managing post-surgical pain without opioids
(BPT) - As the opioid epidemic raged on in 2018, dialogues swirled around who to blame for the crisis and how to cut opioids from the treatment narrative. While opioids have long been considered a standard in preoperative and postoperative pain management, many patients are beginning to wonder how ... Read More

Seasonal allergies: 8 tips that offer relief
(BPT) - Spring. The time of year when, as poet Alfred Lord Tennyson famously said, a young man's (and woman's) fancy "lightly turns to thoughts of love." That is, of course, if you're not sneezing, coughing or dealing with itchy eyes. Spring allergies seem to get worse every year. Is there anything... Read More

Immunotherapy helps man battle advanced skin cancer when surgery was no longer an option
(BPT) - Often it's impossible to know the cause of a cancer. That wasn't the case for Dale Biggs. When he thinks back to the origins of his cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (CSCC), Biggs knows his battle with one of the most common types of skin cancer was a direct product of the years he spent wo... Read More

Downsizing as you age: 8 smart organization tips and tricks
(BPT) - It's easy to accumulate a lot of things throughout your life. From clothes and household goods to antiques and treasured keepsakes, decades of living often means decades of stuff. When you get to a certain age, it can be smart to start downsizing your belongings.Sometimes downsizing is insp... Read More

4 tips to help achieve a healthy pregnancy
(BPT) - Oftentimes the joy and excitement of pregnancy is matched with feelings of uncertainty and doubt, especially when it comes to managing health issues during pregnancy. Between their own mothers, their friends and, at times, obtrusive strangers, women are frequently bombarded with conflicting... Read More

How one mother took control of her asthma - recognize the signs
(BPT) - Donna Matlach struggled with asthma for years, but it wasn't until she noticed how much it was interfering with simple, everyday tasks that she realized she needed to do something about it. That's why the mother of four became a patient advocate for people with severe asthma. 'I noticed tha... Read More

Test your knowledge about generic prescriptions
(BPT) - For the past quarter-century, Jonnie, 57, has kept a booth at the Antique Depot in Skiatook, Oklahoma. The job allows her a flexible enough schedule to take care of her elderly mother, who lives next door.Holding estate sales and dealing in used merchandise has also made her an expert on sp... Read More

3 tips to refresh your home and your spirit this spring
(BPT) - Every spring, the changing season brings a desire for renewal. It's a time of growth, transition and revitalization. The latest trend in home cleaning popularized by Marie Kondo reveals what many of us yearn for - not just decluttering, but a fresh start, a clean slate. We dream of an open,... Read More

Why sitting is not the new smoking
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Three Things to Know About Endometriosis: One of The Most Common Women’s Health Issues We Should Talk More About
(BPT) - Painful periods, pelvic pain in between periods and pain with sex - what has typically been dismissed as just part of being a woman could actually be caused by a chronic and painful disease called endometriosis. Endometriosis occurs when tissue that acts like the lining of your uterus start... Read More

Getting kids thinking about life after graduation
(BPT) - Experiences and learning outside of the classroom can really shape a child's perspective, particularly when it comes to making decisions about what sort of work they might want to pursue. As important as formal education is, kids also learn from the school of life.While it seems like kids n... Read More

Know what's below – Call 811 before digging for landscaping and home improvement projects this spring
(BPT) - With spring having officially begun, many eager homeowners and landscape professionals across the country will roll up their sleeves and reach for their shovels to start projects that require digging this season.During the transition into 'digging season,' Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the ... Read More

Spring Has Arrived But Sub-Zero Temperature Is Here To Stay When It Comes To Treating Cancer
(BPT) - Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, observed in April, is a time to increase awareness of esophageal cancer (EC) and its risk factors, and encourage advocacy on behalf of those suffering from one of the deadliest, yet least discussed forms of cancer. In fact, 17,650 new cases of EC are estim... Read More

A doctor shares 5 things consumers must know about supplements
(BPT) - You can't deny it, supplements are everywhere. One trip down the vitamin aisle at your supermarket can leave even the biggest wellness junkie bewildered. There are so many products on the market - many offering contradicting information or claims - that it's easy to understand why consumers... Read More

Family safety: Public transportation is 10 times safer than traveling by car
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4 easy ways to go boating this summer
(BPT) - Starting to plan a summer getaway? Skip the plane ride or long road trip - go boating to enjoy the fun and relaxation of vacation at your convenience. Whether you prefer an action-packed weekend of watersports with the family, a relaxing after-work cruise with your friends or a serene morni... Read More

Scared of fasting but want the health benefits? Read these 5 tips to help!
(BPT) - What do you know about fasting? Does the thought of fasting frighten you? Too much of a sacrifice? Starvation? What if you learned it is actually a healthy lifestyle choice, one that supports weight management and improved health? What if you discovered it was possible to eat and get the be... Read More

Mom survey shows taxes a source of anxiety
(BPT) - Considering all the tasks a mom does, it may not be surprising that more than 40 percent of mothers feel overwhelmed during tax season, according to a new survey of 1,000 moms commissioned by H&R Block. Their largest source of anxiety when it comes to the process of filing their taxes i... Read More

Simple ways to curb carbs when eating on the go
(BPT) - Whether you are trying to reduce carbs or eat more protein, eating well on the go can be a challenge.Quality carbohydrates like whole-grain breads, milk, yogurt, fruits and legumes are an important part of a balanced diet, especially for children and teens. For adults, reducing the amount o... Read More

How to Support Female Entrepreneurs this Women's History Month
(BPT) - To celebrate Women's History Month, Stacy's Pita Chips is releasing six limited-edition bags - all designed by female artists - with all proceeds going to United Way. The artwork depicts the six key stages of a female entrepreneur's journey to accomplishing their dreams: Inspiration, Courag... Read More

Tips that may help manage life with a chronic illness
(BPT) - Content sponsored and provided by Pfizer.Janet H., a wife and mother from Alabama, had many things to celebrate in her life - two beautiful children, a wonderful husband, her dog Falco, and a rewarding career. She was proud that even with all of this, she was able to achieve her personal go... Read More

How genetic testing may help to identify your risk for a rare disease, Hereditary ATTR Amyloidosis
(BPT) - There is no doubt that interest in genetics has exploded in recent years. In fact, genealogy has grown dramatically to become the second most popular hobby in the United States and the second-most popular internet surfing topic.At the same time, advances in our understanding of genetics are... Read More

You're not alone: How to recognize and support kids with anxiety and ADHD
(BPT) - Does your child seem anxious about school? Is it something beyond typical stress? A big challenge for parents is figuring out where to turn for support and information when their kids are struggling.Parents often wonder whether it's anxiety or some other issue making school difficult. For i... Read More

Get the Red Out for Good with Cutera’s excel V+ Laser
(BPT) - If you are one of the millions of people who live with flushing and the redness of rosacea on your cheeks or spider veins on your legs, you know these skin conditions can affect more than just your appearance.As many as 90 percent of people with rosacea report that this condition makes them... Read More

Patient finds treatment and hope after pulmonary fibrosis diagnosis
(BPT) - Most people have never heard of pulmonary fibrosis (PF), a progressive, debilitating lung disease affecting more than 200,000 people in the United States. Because it is relatively unknown, patients can go months or even years without the correct diagnosis. Gary Cunningham was diagnosed with... Read More

4 tips for a happier gut and a healthier you
(BPT) - Who could have guessed the popular term, 'trust your gut' would become one of the ultimate, trending wellness tips for 2019? With 80 percent of our immune system residing there, the state of our gut helps determine how we feel, physically and mentally, most days. In fact, the relationship b... Read More

Know the Facts About Kidney Disease [Infographic]
(BPT) - Our kidneys play many important roles including removing waste and balancing fluids, releasing hormones that regulate blood pressure and helping maintain the right levels of potassium in your body. When the kidneys are not functioning properly, they are unable to filter blood the way they s... Read More

This Brain Awareness Week – It’s time to 'brain better'!
(BPT) - From diet and exercise to making time for self-care and relaxation, you might be taking steps to make your health a priority. But when it comes to overall wellness, don't forget about your brain!Simple lifestyle choices can have a profound impact on brain health. This Brain Awareness Week c... Read More

Transform your bathroom into a wellness retreat for body and mind
(BPT) - When you think of your bathroom, what comes to mind? A place you're in and out of quickly while getting ready for the day or winding down for the night? Your bathroom can be more than just a utilitarian space.By adding certain bathroom amenities, you can transform your bathroom into a calmi... Read More

How being proactive helped one man keep his heart failure from stopping him
(BPT) - To Nathaniel, father of 10 and grandfather of 10, family is everything. He and his family have been through a lot over the years. Nathaniel lost his mother, grandmother, two brothers and a nephew to heart failure, a chronic, progressive condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood ... Read More

4 important self-care tips for cancer survivors that are often overlooked
(BPT) - Most of us have so many things on our to-do list that we often neglect our own personal needs. Self-care is necessary for everyone, but this is especially true for those affected by a life-altering disease like cancer. Whether you're a patient or caregiver, self-care is essential to find so... Read More

4 easy tips for winter nutrition
(BPT) - When the temperature is dropping outside, most people want to cozy up inside with their favorite winter comfort foods. Stopping by your favorite restaurant on your way home from work is all too easy, but months of eating heavy, satisfying dishes isn't good for your health.With bold flavors,... Read More

Falls and fractures: Facts and tips that may limit falls
(BPT) - As we age, we begin to learn - sometimes firsthand - how devastating a fall can be. It isn't quite as easy as it once was to hop back up and continue on our way.Each year, more than one in four Americans aged 65 and over experience a fall, which contributes to roughly 3 million emergency ro... Read More

4 tips to stay healthy and help prevent falls as you age
(BPT) - As you age, your risk of falling increases. According to the CDC, one out of four people over the age of 65 falls each year and falling once doubles your chances of falling again. While many conditions can put you at risk for a fall, there are simple steps you can take to boost your overall... Read More

A natural way to get a better night's sleep [Video]
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Fashionista Shares Her Inside Perspective on Plaque Psoriasis
(BPT) - Never judge a book by its cover: for TV host and fashion journalist Louise Roe and the millions of people living with psoriasis in the United States, it is more important than ever to understand this chronic condition.Roe has teamed up with Celgene for Inside Perspective, a campaign that ai... Read More

Sneaky ways to get your kids eating healthier
(BPT) - Every parent knows it can be a challenge to get kids to eat healthy foods. Serving piles of vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins might be our goal, but it might not guarantee that children will actually eat them.Registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner offers tips for upping the nutr... Read More

A surprising reason you or your kids may be tired all the time
(BPT) - Do you struggle to stay awake during the day? Is your child falling asleep in school? Does your teenager seem to be napping more than normal? If so, it may be due to excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS).EDS means that you get overcome by an irresistible need to sleep during the day, and you c... Read More

IBD and family planning: Answers to 6 common questions
(BPT) - Having a baby is a wonderful experience, but for many women, health issues can cause them to second-guess their ability to become a mom. Women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may feel as though pregnancy is out of the question. This isn't necessarily true.In the U.S., 1.6 million peop... Read More

Resolution Roadblocks: Finding Your Hassle-Free Solution [Infographic]
(BPT) - Setting New Year's resolutions is a great way to make positive changes in life, but sticking with them all year can be tough. In fact, more than half (54%) of people say they drop their New Year's resolutions after 3-4 months. And, often times people are left with expensive commitments - li... Read More

Get in touch with your senses for a better night’s sleep
(BPT) - In a world where everyone is constantly on-the-go, getting a good night's sleep can be a daunting challenge. If you're having trouble sleeping, remedy the situation by using your own senses right in your bedroom! Here are three easy and effective tips for using your senses to help contribut... Read More

Nationwide Community Meal Programs Serve Older Adults 60+ [Infographic]
(BPT) - Through programs funded by the Older Americans Act as well as other initiatives, older adults can connect to local resources that help them remain as healthy and independent as possible in their homes and communities. Included in these programs are group and home-delivered meals, which help... Read More

5 quick home fixes to rest easy
(BPT) - Ongoing, routine upkeep is important to ensure the house stays running. While it may seem easier to put off tasks for a later date, checking off some smaller chores now can help avoid incidents or costly repairs later.'Home maintenance can be easy to overlook when the day-to-day gets busy, ... Read More

Rural Population GI Health: The General Surgeon’s Role
(BPT) - Having access to adequate healthcare services is a critical factor in maintaining one's health, but for the more than 60 million Americans living in rural areas of the country, medical resources are often limited. This means that general doctors, most often surgeons, are required to wear ma... Read More

The challenge of change: A young man’s unexpected journey with kidney disease
(BPT) - At age 20, Tommy Shafer's kidneys failed, and he was diagnosed with end stage renal disease (ESRD). He needed dialysis immediately to sustain life. The news shook him to his core. His thoughts immediately traveled back in time to the moment when he first learned kidney disease might change ... Read More

6 tips for making the most of your Medicare plan
(BPT) - If you consider yourself a savvy consumer who likes to make sure you're getting the most value for your money, have you stopped to consider whether you're applying those same prudent practices to your Medicare benefits?Maximizing those benefits can help with more than just saving money. It ... Read More

Comedian and TV host shares 5 easy tips for a healthier lifestyle
(BPT) - Falling off the healthy lifestyle bandwagon can be tough to overcome, but taking a small step with one healthy habit can lead to long-term routines. Comedian and co-host of "The Talk" Sheryl Underwood doesn't have time to feel sluggish and weighed down, so she is sharing five easy ways to l... Read More

Facts about NTM lung disease [Infographic]
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What Is a Rare Disease? A Closer Look [Infographic]
(BPT) - In the United States, a rare disease is defined as a condition that affects fewer than 200,000 people. Whether the underlying condition has a name or is some as-yet-unnamed genetic syndrome resulting in a life-threatening condition, the disease is far from 'rare' for families who are affect... Read More

6 nutrition trends and fads explained
(BPT) - The expanded variety of health and wellness options available today can be confusing for consumers who are trying to learn all they can to make the most informed, healthy choices for themselves and their families.Below, Dr. Nicole Avena, assistant professor of neuroscience at Mount Sinai Sc... Read More

New blood test for heart attacks helps to shorten ER wait times
(BPT) - Waiting in an emergency room frustrates patients across the country. Billboards are even popping up on local highways advertising the wait time and a promise for faster care. Chest pain is estimated to cause more than eight million visits annually to overcrowded emergency departments, but a... Read More

5 steps to ensure your beard gets its due
(BPT) - Men with worship-worthy whiskers know the best beards aren't born - they're made. It takes patience and care to get that nod of respect as you pass other bearded brethren on the street. If this isn't happening, however, don't chalk it up to your genetics. With a little knowledge, the right ... Read More

The Future of HIV Treatment: Long-Awaited Innovation for Patients
(BPT) - In the late 1980s, Dr. Kimberly Smith was studying medicine at the University of Michigan. It was early in the AIDS epidemic but increasing numbers of cases were coming in. 'There was confusion, fear and chaos - we were just beginning to learn about the disease, we had no form of treatment,... Read More

Undergoing Surgery? What You Should Know About Tissue Sterilization
(BPT) - Having surgery can be overwhelming, and one of the most important things people can do to prepare is talk with their surgeon to learn more about available options. For instance, people undergoing certain types of procedures, including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, meniscu... Read More

Glow On: Banish Brown Spots and Achieve Complexion Perfection with This New Multi-Wavelength Laser Treatment
(BPT) - Sun spots, age spots, liver spots ... whatever it is you call them, these flat brown and black marks can mar an otherwise ageless complexion.Sun damage often leaves its mark in the form of these spots and unwanted freckles, which can result in lackluster, uneven skin tone. Also called lenti... Read More

Your Medicare Annual Wellness Visit: Preventive care, health planning at no extra cost
(BPT) - Once you become eligible for Medicare, you'll likely start hearing about something called an Annual Wellness Visit.Many people think an Annual Wellness Visit and a physical are one and the same. But they're not.Unlike a standard head-to-toe physical, an Annual Wellness Visit is primarily fo... Read More

The workplace is changing. Is your office keeping up with the newest trends?
(BPT) - A product or service can undoubtedly define a brand and drive its popularity with consumers. However, most successful employers would acknowledge that their employees are the most important asset and a critical element - the backbone - that shapes and gives a company purpose.Given the role ... Read More

5 Reasons to Keep the Brain Top of Mind in Multiple Sclerosis
(BPT) - More than half of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) will experience changes in cognition - basic brain functions like remembering, focusing and speaking - that can significantly impact their daily lives.[1] And while physical symptoms of MS such as vision loss or difficulty walking contin... Read More

High School Superintendent Fights Back Against Little Known But Common Skin Cancer
(BPT) - Montana native Bob Connors didn't think much of a dry patch of skin on his face at first. But when it wouldn't go away, it became the start of a decade-long battle with skin cancer. His journey, though arduous at times, is one of resilience, optimism and personal empowerment, and a reminder... Read More

Health Disparities in the U.S.: The State of Heart Failure Among African Americans [Infographic]
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CBD-related products are changing the beauty industry
(BPT) - Short for cannabidiol, CBD is grabbing headlines every day. Long known to be a beneficial ingredient for health and wellness, now it's coming to the beauty industry.Why is it grabbing headlines? Because of its anti-inflammatory, soothing and anti-aging properties, which make the oil an idea... Read More

5 tips for better health care – and lower costs
(BPT) - For many people, the beginning of the year is a customary time to assess their health and finances. And for most Americans, new health plan benefits have kicked in. Do you know how your health plan works? If not, now is an ideal time to learn how to make it work for you.Rebecca Madsen, chie... Read More

Parenting advice for strong relationships and a healthy house
(BPT) - Managing work-life balance as a parent comes with challenges, and with busy schedules for both parents and children, disruptions at the last minute can really take a toll on a family's everyday routine. This is especially true when a child has to take a sick day from school due to illness d... Read More

6 fun facts about bananas that will inspire you to eat more
(BPT) - Bananas are a tasty snack that many people eat regularly without much thought, but there's more to the iconic yellow fruit than just its convenience and color. Bananas are a superfood loaded with nutrients and have been enjoyed worldwide for hundreds of years. In fact, there are many reason... Read More

Fraudsters camouflage themselves as military members online: Be prepared to spot this romance scam
(BPT) - The online dating trend continues to heat up as research shows that almost 20 percent of brides say they met their spouse on the internet. Unfortunately, not everyone joining these online dating sites has the intention of finding true love. The increase in online romance - particularly arou... Read More

7 ways your community can help your heart health
(BPT) - February is Heart Month - and we don't mean the romantic kind that we celebrate on Valentine's Day! Heart Month is time to take stock of your cardiovascular health to combat chronic diseases, like heart disease, which is the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S. The good news ... Read More

There’s Only One: Accept No Substitutes [Infographic]
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What you need to know about Age-related Macular Degeneration.
(BPT) - The ability to see the people, places and things in front of you is one of life's most precious gifts. Imagine a life without the ability to see these things clearly - what steps would you then take to protect your vision? Life with Age-related Macular Degeneration, or AMD, can potentially ... Read More

Facts and tips about protein every expecting and nursing mom should know
(BPT) - Eating for two? One critical thing pregnant women and new moms alike need to focus on is maintaining an adequate level of dietary protein, says registered dietitian Melissa Rifkin.As a rule of thumb, pregnant women should aim for 70 to 100 grams of protein a day, which in many cases would a... Read More

For older adults, it’s not ‘just the flu’
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5 ways to stay healthy on the road
(BPT) - Whether you're traveling for business or for pleasure, if you spend your career on the road or even just take an occasional road trip, it may seem tough to maintain a healthy lifestyle while you're on the go. The sedentary hours spent behind the wheel, combined with the seemingly limited he... Read More

10 Years and Counting: An Innovative Medicine Helps Patients with a Rare Disease a Decade after its Approval
(BPT) - This article is sponsored advertising content from Amgen, Inc.Several years ago, Lib discovered a large bruise on her leg that seemingly appeared out of nowhere. Following a visit to her doctor, Lib learned the bruise was a sign of a rare disease called immune thrombocytopenia, or ITP.1 Peo... Read More

Home delivery of medications could save you money: What you should know
(BPT) - In recent years, technology has changed every aspect of our daily life. We interact with friends and family on social media, use the GPS to guide us to our desired destination, and products we buy online are delivered right to our home.One big change transforming how we receive health care ... Read More

4 simple tips to satisfy your comfort food cravings
(BPT) - After a long day, digging into a hearty pasta dish or a piping hot bowl of soup can fill you with warmth and coziness - especially on those chilly days.The good news is that comfort foods don't have to be unhealthy or take a lot of time to make. We can still enjoy the rich, flavorful option... Read More

American Heart Month: Do you know how cholesterol affects your heart?
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Getting to Know Aflac: 3 Reasons Aflac Isn’t What You Think It Is
(BPT) - The beginning of a new year can mark the start of resolutions and the setting of personal goals, from eating healthier to learning how to play a new musical instrument. It's also an ideal time to get in tune with your personal finances by making sure unexpected health costs can be paid on t... Read More

5 tips to make your healthy goals a reality
(BPT) - Making small, sustainable changes in your lifestyle can result in big health improvements.Here are five tips to kick-start your goals with small, healthful changes that can become part of your life - for good.1. Goal: Exercise one hour every dayKick-start: Add movement every day in 5- to 10... Read More

A Young Mother's Journey with Major Depressive Disorder
(BPT) - 'I didn't realize that depression was more than just sadness.'Like most people, Ali, a single mother of two children, had this common misperception about major depressive disorder (MDD), also known as depression. Depression is a complex mental health illness that affects approximately 16 mi... Read More

The Onion: Nature's Ninja [Infographic]
(BPT) - You know onions are tasty and healthy, but did you know they're also a major action hero? For a healthy heart, mind and gut, learn more about the onion, nature's ninja, and check out onions-usa.org for recipe ideas.... Read More

3 Facts About Heart Disease That Might Save Your Life
(BPT) - Heart disease is the leading killer of men and women in the U.S. And while we're frequently reminded about the importance of making healthy choices for prevention, there's much less attention given to the risk that exists after heart disease diagnosis, including the risk of sudden cardiac d... Read More

Acclaimed figure skater Adam Rippon's tips for beating a cold
(BPT) - Getting sick is not fun at any time of year, and feeling under the weather can definitely cramp your style. Acclaimed American figure skater Adam Rippon knows that when you're trying to win a skating or dance competition, for example, there's no time for being sick.Rippon shares five of his... Read More

Eating to age gracefully: Top tips from a registered dietitian
(BPT) - What if you were 60 but felt more like you were 30? Consider taking charge of your nutrition by adding in foods that help you feel decades younger."What you eat and drink can have a tremendous impact on how you look and feel," says Dawn Jackson Blatner, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist... Read More

Could you have a heart attack? Reduce your odds through these tips
(BPT) - Many Americans consider themselves well-informed and attentive when it comes to their health.That's why it's so puzzling that many remain unfazed by the threat of heart disease.That was among the findings of the MDVIP Heart Attack IQ Survey, a national study showing Americans are more conce... Read More

Cancer in the year ahead and beyond: CTCA oncology leaders offer predictions
(BPT) - While the American Cancer Society recently reported a 27 percent decline in the rate of cancer deaths between 1991 and 2016, over 1.7 million new cancer cases were diagnosed in the U.S. last year alone, according to the National Cancer Institute. Although cancer will not be eradicated any t... Read More

In 2019, make sure your child is in the right car seat or seat belt [Infographic]
(BPT) - Parents and caregivers want to keep their children safe in the car - but many move their child to the next restraint type too soon. This year, make sure your child always uses the car seat, booster seat or seat belt that is appropriate for their age, height and weight. And remember, childre... Read More

Dietary fiber for overall health [Infographic]
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4 myths about salt
(BPT) - After more than a century of debate over the role of salt in human health, new medical evidence suggests that reducing salt in the U.S. diet may pose a greater risk of harm to the average person. Consider these four common myths about salt:Myth 1: Salt consumption leads to hypertensionAccor... Read More

Building a new home? Protect yourself against today's faster, scarier fires
(BPT) - If your new home is among the one million or so being built in the U.S. this year, congratulations! You'll have the chance to customize it to your dream home preferences.One feature that should be at the top of your priority list is the best possible fire protection for yourself and your lo... Read More

A heartburn-friendly guide to big game eating [Infographic]
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Getting the care you need: Find your health care 'quarterback'
(BPT) - Are you 65 or older? While your primary care doctor may be an internist or general practitioner, have you thought about adding a geriatrician to your health care team?A geriatrician can act as your health care 'quarterback,' helping to ensure you get the specific care you need, as well as c... Read More

Popular diet now offers a keto-friendly program [Video]
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With critical illness insurance you can focus on what matters most if you get sick [Infographic]
(BPT) - Sadly, Americans experience a heart attack or stroke every 40 seconds, and even with health insurance, medical care is expensive, especially for critical illnesses. Many who experience a serious health condition may not have the funds available to keep up with regular bills and out-of-pocke... Read More

5 Ways to Choose More Pleasure in Your Life
(BPT) - Life is all about making the most of it, every single day. Taking chances, finding new opportunities to explore and pursuing your own unique vision are what make every day a worthwhile adventure. Dove(R) Chocolate is a brand that celebrates women who live boldly and inspire to choose pleasu... Read More

Survey: Parents have misconceptions about opioids and kids’ pain relief
(BPT) - News of opioid abuse, overdoses and reports that 90 percent of addictions start in the teen years could make any parent worry. Yet parents remain conflicted about opioids: While more than half express concern their child may be at risk for opioid addiction, nearly two-thirds believe opioids... Read More

6 tips for reducing your out-of-pocket medication costs
(BPT) - When you're sick, the last thing that you want to worry about is how you're going to pay for your critical medical treatment. Even if you have health insurance, you may find that the prescription drugs you need the most are out of reach due to high out-of-pocket costs - the deductibles, cop... Read More

4 Tips to Find Total Confidence through Music
(BPT) - The power of music extends beyond just a good beat to listen to. It can be a source of inspiration for new ideas or serve as an instant confidence booster at times when you need a little push. Whatever the reason may be for pressing play, music can inspire you to get out of your comfort zon... Read More


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