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One surprising way to prevent fractures for those over age 65
(BPT) - Loss of balance, dehydration, attention deficits and loss of cognition are symptoms of hyponatremia, a condition characterized by low salt levels in the blood. The symptoms can occur with just slight hyponatremia and can have particularly harmful effects for the elderly as the condition is ... Read More

What New Parents Should Know About Infant's Developing Microbiome
(BPT) - In infant health, moms act early to ensure healthy microbiomeThe results of a new survey commissioned by Culturelle® show that 70 percent of moms view proactive health measures as more important than reactive health measures. Moms who responded to the survey had wide-ranging ideas of what c... Read More

Understanding the connection between frequent heartburn and cancer
(BPT) - If you are one of the millions of Americans with chronic heartburn, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) wants you to think differently about your condition. It may indicate something far more serious — changes in the cells lining your esophagus that could lead to a co... Read More

For a no-worries Noel, follow these 12 holiday safety tips
(BPT) - The fun, festive activities during the holiday season make it a favorite time of year for many people. At the risk of sounding like a Grinch, though, all that festivity can lead to unintentional safety hazards. For example, some 30 percent of all home fires and 38 percent of home fire death... Read More

6 simple tips for thriving with diabetes
(BPT) - Randy Jackson is best known as an award-winning producer, music industry expert and beloved television personality. But what many people don’t know is that Jackson has also been managing the everyday reality of living with diabetes for 18 years.More than 30 million Americans live with diabe... Read More

Knock knock: Health care at your door
(BPT) - Paul Engwall has always been good about going to the doctor for his regular checkups.“I thought I was healthy,” he said. But he received some concerning news during a visit from a HouseCalls nurse practitioner.HouseCalls, a program available through Engwall’s Medicare Advantage plan, provid... Read More

4 unexpected bed bug hotspots
(BPT) - The term “bed bugs” might make you shudder and picture a mattress teeming with the bloodsucking insects, but don’t be fooled; the name is a bit of a misnomer. While almost 70 percent of bed bug infestations are associated with beds or items found near beds, the insects don’t limit themselve... Read More

How women with early-stage breast cancer can find out whether they really need chemotherapy
(BPT) - New results from the largest ever clinical study of early-stage breast cancer patients are changing the game when it comes to who should receive chemotherapy treatment. The study, called TAILORx (Trial Assigning Individualized Options for Treatment (Rx)), used the Oncotype DX Breast Recurre... Read More

At-home hacks: When cough or cold strikes, strike back
(BPT) - If you’re hearing the people around you start to sniffle and hack, you may feel a sense of impending doom about your chances of avoiding a cough or cold.Unfortunately, since the average American contracts two to three colds every year, according to the CDC, you may be right. But if you do c... Read More

Flu season is coming. Are you prepared to stop its spread?
(BPT) - Every year, fall heralds the arrival of the dreaded flu season: a long, six-month stretch of coughs, aches, fevers and stuffy noses. But make no mistake — it is far more than a case of the sniffles. It can be very serious business. The flu can be deadly for even healthy individuals, and the... Read More

Play Through the Pain: 5 Tips to Minimize Sports-Related Pain
(BPT) - Pain is a part of everyday life for active Americans — whether as a result of their athletic pursuits or due to silly mishaps. Though pain can occur in the blink of an eye, it can linger for years and prevent sufferers from fully enjoying the sports and exercises they so love.When participa... Read More

Slippery season: Mayo Clinic offers 10 tips for avoiding falls
(BPT) - With the winter season approaching, you may need to pay closer attention to watching your step. Even if you’re active, healthy and full of life, statistics show that you have a greater chance of taking a debilitating fall as you age. Mayo Clinic notes that some 400,000 “fragility fractures”... Read More

The dangers of ticks and how to remove one from your body safely
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4 tips to keep pantry pests off your holiday invite list this year
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6 things you should know about your health savings account (HSA)
(BPT) - For many families, health care is a major expense, even with health insurance coverage. There’s a great solution that can help financially prepare you for out-of-pocket costs, and it may be right there in your wallet: A health savings account.“A health savings account is a valuable tool tha... Read More

Deck the halls with cherry preserves! Give your holidays a healthy twist
(BPT) - Bring the gift of nutrition to holiday gatherings by incorporating sweet cherries into your favorite menu. It may not seem the season for cherries, but this is the time to raid the summer stash that has been frozen, dried or canned. Adding a bright, festive touch, sweet cherries will provid... Read More

RB and Walmart Collaborate with Doctor On Demand, Provide No Cost Consultations To Shoppers
(BPT) - This fall, a first-of-its kind partnership aims to put the power of healthcare back into people’s hands by providing an alternative to long wait times and high costs associated with seeing a doctor. RB (the makers of Mucinex™, Delsym™, Airborne™, among other health and wellness brands), Wal... Read More

Tips to protect your 'tail'gate
(BPT) - Ready … set … hike! Football season is one of the most exciting times of the year — from tailgates in the parking lot to cheering on your team in the stands to watching at home with friends and family, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the game.However, a great game day experience can easil... Read More

Volunteer Firefighter Returns to Duty with New Knee
(BPT) - Eric Jones, of southern New Jersey, is not your typical volunteer firefighter. Jones, who works as a communications technician by day and a firefighter by night, has worked and fought fires with a prosthetic leg since the mid-1990s. Eric was diagnosed with cancer when he was 11 years old an... Read More

Family farmers from across the country talk turkeys
(BPT) - It’s 6 a.m. in Bell County, Texas. The sun is yet to peek over the horizon on what will become a steamy summer day, but Darrell Glaser is already strolling through his turkey houses to ensure the birds on his family farm are comfortable. The farm has been in Glaser’s family for nearly 100 y... Read More

Where does your turkey come from? It does matter
(BPT) - It’s 6 a.m. in Bell County, Texas. The sun is yet to peek over the horizon on what will become a steamy summer day, but Darrell Glaser is already strolling through his turkey houses to ensure the birds on his family farm are comfortable. The farm has been in Glaser’s family for nearly 100 y... Read More

Back to School With a Bleeding Disorder
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Time-saving tips and healthy tricks for holiday baking
(BPT) - 'Tis the season for cookies, cakes, candies and more! Those delectable treats are an iconic part of celebrations big and small. Whether you want to cozy up by the fire with your favorite confection or bring a few batches to the school bake sale, you're bound to be baking like crazy this tim... Read More

Can too much potassium be harmful? What you need to know if you have a chronic condition
(BPT) - For people with chronic illnesses, nutrition is important — but some nutrients present risks for certain patients. Potassium, for example, has many benefits, but can be fatal for people with kidney disease if the level of potassium in their blood spikes. In the United States, there are more... Read More

I care for my 100-year-old mom, and here's how I've learned to take care of myself too
(BPT) - According to AARP, more than 40 million people in the United States are providing care for an older or aging loved one — and 7 million of us are Latinos. That doesn't come as any surprise to members of our community. It's simply what we do for family. For many, caregiving starts with simple... Read More

How parents can encourage and support imaginative play
(BPT) - Play is a child’s work, and it comes naturally to kids. While we often focus on how a child’s intellectual abilities are coming along, the role of imaginative play in childhood development is often overlooked.Imaginative play comes in many forms, whether playing house during a play date or ... Read More

Rushing to the restroom or taking frequent bathroom breaks? A common bladder health issue explained
(BPT) - If you’ve ever found yourself mapping out the nearest restrooms, going out of your way for a “pee detour,” or even packing a “just in case” set of clothes for a long road trip, you understand that the call of nature can impact your daily routine and cause you to worry when you may be far fr... Read More

5 tips for navigating Medicare Open Enrollment
(BPT) - Medicare Open Enrollment is in full swing. For most people enrolled in Medicare, the annual Open Enrollment period (Oct. 15 through Dec. 7) is the only opportunity to make changes to your existing Medicare coverage.Even if you are happy with your Medicare coverage, you should take the time ... Read More

5 Medicare mistakes that could cost you
(BPT) - You have a lot of choices when it comes to Medicare. And the most important might be choosing to take charge of your Medicare decisions in the first place. Medicare Annual Enrollment, which runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, is your chance to take charge. Here are five common mistakes that you do... Read More

Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers: What you need to know
(BPT) - Peggy Lavender, 63, of Brookhaven, Georgia, knew her life would change when her husband, Jim, 66, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago, but she never expected it to be this challenging.Following Jim’s diagnosis in 2014, Lavender managed to balance her career as a fifth-grade teache... Read More

How to save on your healthcare costs in 2019
(BPT) - Your cable bill, entertainment expenses and travel extras — these often top the list when families sit down to discuss where they can save money.One expense you should add to your list this year is healthcare costs. Because autumn marks the beginning of the annual open enrollment period for... Read More

Observing World Stroke Day: Understanding and Preventing Stroke
(BPT) - The experiences of stroke survivors are threaded with distressing themes, such as slurred speech, sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body, and fear at the rapid onset of symptoms. For many, the journey toward recovery involves overcoming daunting physical and emotional challenge... Read More

Hepatitis C testing important for veterans
(BPT) - When you go to the doctor for a physical, you'll probably have a variety of tests done to check for health concerns like blood pressure and cholesterol. One important test you should consider requesting is for hepatitis C. Why? A simple blood test now could save your life and potentially th... Read More

Easy ways to spark your infant's curiosity
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10 simple fridge food swaps that promote healthier eating
(BPT) - As the holidays approach, you probably want to clean out your fridge to make room for all the goodies you'll be cooking for family and friends. While you're digging through the expired and forgotten, it's also a smart time to look at what's in your fridge and think about how that's impactin... Read More

Long-term HIV survivors reassure others: 'You are never alone'
(BPT) - In 1990, after Michelle Lopez left a domestic violence situation, she and her infant daughter were homeless and were both diagnosed with HIV. “If I had not found community, I truly believe I would have been dead,” remarks Michelle. Today, Michelle, a 51-year-old mother and grandmother, remi... Read More

Access to Safe and Affordable Drugs is a Right, Not a Privilege
(BPT) - The exorbitantly high cost of prescription medications is an ongoing, serious health crisis for millions of Americans who are desperate for relief and desperately need the government to act.These high prices often force people to choose between buying their medications and paying for gas, f... Read More

Treating Mental Illness in the United States: Go Beyond Healthcare
(BPT) - According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), nearly one in five adults in the United States lives with mental illness. That’s over 43 million Americans — more than the populations of New York and Florida combined.While the larger U.S. population is at risk for developing a m... Read More

Metastatic Breast Cancer - Diagnosis and Beyond: Eileen's Journey [Video]
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Know your enemy: Bed bugs
(BPT) - Does the thought of a bed bug infestation send a shiver down your spine? Do you immediately think of insects hiding in beds? Did you know that bed bugs aren’t just found in those places? The experts at Terminix are here to clear up some common misconceptions and provide information so that ... Read More

How home dialysis impacted one woman's quality of life
(BPT) - A skeptic at first, 71-year-old Clara Tanner began her journey on dialysis treating in a center even though her son, who is her care partner and an experienced dialysis technician, continually tried to convince her to make the switch to home dialysis. After a year of going into a center for... Read More

Taking World Psoriasis Day Personally
(BPT) - An estimated 125 million people across the world live with psoriasis, a disease that affects not only the skin, but can also shape daily life.1,2 For Evelyn Weisz, plaque psoriasis impacted both the health of her skin as well as her law career and social life.Psoriasis is a chronic skin con... Read More

Couple Faces Unpredictability of MS Together
(BPT) - Author and cook Ronda Giangreco woke up one morning with numbness on the left side of her body. When the sensation didn’t go away, she and her husband, Michael, went to the emergency room. A few weeks and multiple doctor visits later, Ronda learned she had multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is a c... Read More

Understanding Eczema in Skin of Color
(BPT) - Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a skin condition that may affect people of all races and ethnicities, but may occur more frequently in African-American children.[1] According to US research, 19.3 percent of African-American children have eczema compared to 16.1 percent of Europe... Read More

About 27 Million People in the US Have Difficulty Breathing: But Many Don't Breathe A Word To Their Doctors
(BPT) - Candyce Norris clearly remembers her wakeup call. In 1996 she was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, a common respiratory disease that makes breathing difficult.Yet despite her diagnosis, she downplayed her symptoms and how COPD was affecting her everyday life to... Read More

The power of play
(BPT) - Play is fun for children, but it's serious business when it comes to their health and development. From peek-a-boo as a toddler to jigsaw puzzles, dolls and toy trains as an older child, play enriches not only their lives at the moment, but their brain development and a whole host of other ... Read More

Wheelchair damage is a frequent risk for disabled travelers
(BPT) - Does the idea of holiday travel make you feel like a Scrooge? Booking a flight, traversing through a packed airport and getting to the gate on time are just a few things that can cause stress. Then there's using those tiny on-board bathrooms, and hoping you get your luggage back in one piec... Read More

Bullying prevention: Let's get real about lice
(BPT) - When your kids contract head lice, the issue can extend beyond just the time and patience you need to get rid of them.Though head lice have nothing to do with lack of cleanliness, kids can be subject to misconceptions from their peers about the pesky but otherwise harmless condition — and c... Read More

Three workouts everyone over 60 needs
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Putting Health First: Amanda's Allergic Asthma Story
(BPT) - Amanda, a fourth-grade literacy teacher, wife and stepmom from Glenwood, Arkansas is among the 26.5 million people in the U.S. affected by asthma. Approximately 60 percent of adults with asthma have allergic asthma, which is caused by allergens in the air, such as dust mites, pet dander or ... Read More

Road salt supplies crucial to winter safety
(BPT) - Each winter, drivers from Maine to Texas are reminded just how dependent we are on our cars, and what happens when snow and ice get in the way. More than 116,000 Americans are injured and over 1,300 are killed on snowy, slushy or icy pavement every winter. Snowfighters tasked with the job o... Read More

5 tips to keep your tires ready for holiday driving
(BPT) - Holiday season is upon us again, meaning an extra-large helping of food, family, friends and fun are in store. Unfortunately, so is the seasonal nasty weather. Be prepared for chilling temps, rain and snow that could easily put a damper on driving to holiday celebrations and shopping sprees... Read More

Navigate4Me: Offering a Trusted Guide Along Your Health Journey
(BPT) - How would your life be different if you had one person to guide and support you when you're at your most vulnerable?That kind of help made a life-changing difference for 72-year-old Melinda Lacy.Three weeks after a total knee replacement surgery, and facing a second, Lacy felt overwhelmed a... Read More

New Study Uses Smartphone Technology to Connect the Dots for People with MS, Doctors and Researchers
(BPT) - Can you remember the last time you had a headache? How about the last time you ate something that bothered your stomach? Chances are these events are hard to recall, because our brains aren't wired to retain small, subtle details over time.But what if remembering these changes could make a ... Read More

Spinal Muscular Atrophy is the Number One Genetic Cause of Infant Mortality - Have You Heard of It?
(BPT) - 1 in 10,000 babies worldwide are affected by spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a devastating disease that can cause extreme muscle weakness and paralysis1,2,3When Layla was born, her mom Desiree started to notice that something was not right - Layla's legs were floppy and would turn outward li... Read More

Supporting Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
(BPT) - Within the sea of pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there is a wealth of information about early diagnosis, the newest treatments, and how to find support for a loved one who might be affected by the disease. While this information is critical, it is equally important that we... Read More

4 things you should do to boost your fat IQ
(BPT) - If you've struggled with your weight, you know that fat can be a bad three-letter word. You've warded against it, tried to reduce it and agonized over what fat can do to your self-esteem and your waist line. But how much do you really know about fat? And how much could you improve your life... Read More

Generic Prescriptions Save Lives ... and Money, Too [Video]
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Finding a Zebra in a Crowd of Horses
(BPT) - In medical training, doctors often hear the old adage, 'When you hear hoof beats, think horses not zebras!' This concept applies when evaluating and diagnosing patients with what are considered common conditions.However, sometimes the rare diagnosis is the right one. Dr. Shannon Kasperbauer... Read More

Respite care: What it is and how it can change your life
(BPT) - Caring for an aging loved one, especially a parent, can take more commitment than any full-time job. Being on call 24 hours a day is physically and emotionally draining. In many cases, caregivers soldier on without complaint while their stress grows, their relationships weaken and their own... Read More

5 tips for staying calm, cool and collected when you're always on the go
(BPT) - No matter what you’re chasing or up against — goals, bargains, chores, deadlines, your kids, etc. — life can be crazy. There never seems to be enough time to check everything off your to-do list, especially if you’re always on the go. Here are some tips and tricks for keeping your sanity wh... Read More

Forget 'wine rules': 4 unconventional wine pairings for guys
(BPT) - Have you ever looked at a wine list and wished it actually told you what the wine tastes like? Have you ever wanted wine connoisseurs to stop swirling and sniffing, and just take a big sip? Well, you're not alone. And American craft wine, The Federalist, and Dan Dunn want to do something ab... Read More

LASIK: Why it's important to talk with your eye doctor
(BPT) - If you're thinking about LASIK, or any other vision correction procedure, you've probably come across this advice: 'Talk to your doctor.'In fact, that advice comes up with just about any medical or surgical procedure.Why? Because medical treatment is serious business, even when it's somethi... Read More

Medicare Part D: 3 factors that could save you money
(BPT) - Many people are surprised to find out that Original Medicare doesn't generally cover prescription drugs. For help with the cost of your medications, you can choose a stand-alone Part D plan or a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription coverage.With Medicare Annual Enrollment running from ... Read More

3 Steps to Help Manage Depression
(BPT) - Sadness and grief are normal human emotions. These feelings can often last for a short period of time. However, when these emotions last for many days or weeks, depression becomes a concern.According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression is a common and serious medical illness... Read More

Don't Let Hodgkin Lymphoma Hold You Back: Jennifer's Story of Perseverance May Help Newly Diagnosed Patients
(BPT) - Jennifer Hoodless was in the prime of her life (37) when she was diagnosed with Stage 3 classical Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer that can affect younger people. A schoolteacher, wife, and mother of five young children who prided herself on living a healthy life, Jennifer was shocked when she le... Read More

3 alarming places where germs are hiding in your kitchen
(BPT) - Your kitchen may look clean, but here's the dirt on what's really happening. Although a quick daily clean might keep some of the bacteria at bay, it's important to remember that germs are lurking in the dark corners often overlooked! Since the kitchen tends to be where family and friends co... Read More

The best way to buy beauty products without stepping in a store
(BPT) - Mobile, social and e-commerce platforms as well as augmented reality have infinitely changed the way consumers research and shop for the things they need. Even with all of that information, buying beauty products online can be tricky.Whether you are shopping for something you haven't tried ... Read More

5 things to know to help your pet live a healthier life
(BPT) - Pets are part of the family, so it’s important to practice preventative care to support their well-being and help them live long, healthy lives. Just like people, pets can be affected by chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and allergies. That's why it’s always good to stay in... Read More

Simple health tips for busy moms
(BPT) - Mothers are the CEO of the home. Organizing schedules, paying the bills, doing food shopping, managing pick-ups and drop-offs, and making sure everyone is healthy is just part of the job. Unfortunately, because they are so busy taking care of others, many moms often put off taking care of t... Read More

Chew on this: New eye vitamin tablets may help those with difficulty swallowing pills
(BPT) - If you're like most Americans, there are probably a few things you find difficult to swallow. Like the fact that it's been more than 30 years since they stopped making cassette tapes or that smartphones are basically entire computers that fit in the palm of your hand.You know what else Amer... Read More

Tips to give your pet a happy, healthy fall
(BPT) - The dog days of summer are over and your furry family member is up and ready to play! It's the time of year when even pets can get excited about the season and all the autumn outdoor activities families may enjoy. It's also a time of year that can come with some hazards and vulnerabilities ... Read More

5 Real-life Examples of Ordinary People Who Made an Extraordinary Difference
(BPT) - The idea of making a difference in our communities may sound impossible to many of us. With busy schedules, family demands and homes to care for, it can be hard to find the time and energy.To motivate you to challenge yourself and give back, here are five everyday people who will inspire yo... Read More

Highly Anticipated New Medicine for Hemophilia A
(BPT) - Growing up, Roberto Novelli wore a helmet every day until he was 4 years old. His parents were very protective after he was diagnosed with a bleeding disorder called hemophilia A at just 2 months old. To manage his disorder, he received three infusions of treatment into his veins each week ... Read More

Fall-ify your routine: Transitional skincare tips and tricks
(BPT) - With fall in full swing, it's time to reconsider your skincare regimen. Autumn's cooler temperatures and lower level of humidity can lead to an uptick in dry skin and overall skin health changes. Researchers found that climate factors have the potential to influence skin health, especially ... Read More

Generic prescriptions save lives ... and money, too
(BPT) - In 2014, Ariel Leaty received a frightening diagnosis - acute lymphocytic leukemia. 'I went through three years of chemotherapy,' Leaty, 29, of Bloomfield New Jersey, recalls, 'followed by outpatient maintenance.'The ordeal was grueling, but it would have been far worse, if not deadly, with... Read More

Opioids: How physician anesthesiologists are treating pain responsibly
(BPT) - The opioid crisis has made physicians increasingly wary about prescribing the potentially addictive drugs to their patients in pain. Experts in pain medicine, such as physician anesthesiologists, are creating individualized pain management plans that include alternatives to opioids that are... Read More

Make a fashion statement ... with hearing aids?
(BPT) - When thinking about fashionable accessories, images of jewelry, scarves, ties or glasses may come to mind. You might even think of the growing number of wearable technology options like earbuds or smartwatches, offering useful and sleek accessories. In any case, hearing aids are often the l... Read More

Financial Planning Month: 5 things you can do to take the fear out of your finances
(BPT) - October is Financial Planning Month, so there is no better time to face your financial fears and make actionable changes to get yourself on track when it comes to managing your money. While nearly half of Americans (47 percent) find the prospect of financial planning scary, it doesn't have ... Read More

Know Thrombosis: Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Dangerous Blood Clots
(BPT) - You might be shocked to learn that one of the leading causes of preventable death is something many people have never heard of - and often don't know they have. One in four people worldwide are dying from conditions caused by thrombosis, making it a leading global cause of death and disabil... Read More

Dual Special Needs Plans help people enrolled in Medicare get additional benefits
(BPT) - The fall season brings cooler temperatures, colorful foliage and Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period. Held each year from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, this is the ideal time to explore health care plans so you can choose the right one to help you maintain your benefits for better health all year... Read More

Talking Toenail Fungus: What You Need to Know
(BPT) - This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is shining the spotlight on a topic we usually shy away from: fungus. October 1st through 5th is the CDC's Fungal Disease Awareness Week, bringing attention to fungal diseases and the importance of their early recognition, diag... Read More

Simple steps to stay healthy during cold and flu season
(BPT) - With cold and flu season just around the corner you might think there isn't much you can do to prepare for the inevitable aches and achoos. A few small changes in your routine and at home can go a long way toward keeping you and your family healthy all season long.Tidy toilet bowlsThe toile... Read More

What parents need to know about bullying
(BPT) - Unfortunately, bullying in schools is all too common. According to StopBullying.gov, between 1 in 4 and 1 in 3 U.S. students say they have been bullied at school. While the term “bullying” has certainly become a buzz word, it’s also important to understand what it means. The Centers for Dis... Read More

Leave it to the machines: How to avoid injury during snow season
(BPT) - Back and shoulder pain, pulled muscles, slips and falls — these are just a few of the injuries commonly reported during the winter season due to snow removal. When the snow begins to fall, it’s important to make sure you have the proper snow-removal equipment. If you don’t, you’re increasin... Read More

5 reasons a legal plan is a voluntary benefit you need
(BPT) - We all know about health and dental insurance, but did you know there is a workplace benefit for everyday legal matters that occur throughout life? Choosing to see an attorney when you buy a home and need someone to represent you at the closing or when you need to handle an issue with a lan... Read More

Safe and effective: Choose physical therapy for your back pain
(BPT) - If you’re living with low back pain (LBP), you’re not alone. The condition is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Studies show 80 percent of American adults will experience LBP at some point in their lives. If LBP turns from short-­term to chronic (lasting three months or longer), i... Read More

5 Tips to Savvy Shopping for Next Year's Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
(BPT) - It probably feels like it wasn’t long ago that you enrolled in your current Medicare prescription drug plan, also known as a Part D plan. But time flies, and Medicare Open Enrollment is here again (starting on October 15th). Consider these five tips that will help you find the coverage you ... Read More

Beyond Calcium: 5 Proven Supplements for Women over 40
(BPT) - Aging is one of life's inevitabilities. We don't have a choice in the matter; it happens to everyone. But how we age is a choice people make every day. While it's true that there is no fountain of youth, the choices we make in diet, exercise, and lifestyle can and do affect the quality of o... Read More

Balancing 2 (or more) generations under one roof
(BPT) - If one family trend is an indicator, aging in America is in for a transformation. As people plan their retirement years, more and more are preferring to make the right adjustments at home to age in place, rather than exploring alternatives such as assisted living facilities and nursing home... Read More

Me, myself and eye: 5 common behaviors that could be hurting your eyes
(BPT) - If you're like many Americans, you're diligent about maintaining your health by eating right, exercising and regularly seeing your doctor. But even the most health-conscious people are often unaware of daily behaviors in their lives that could be straining or even damaging their eyes. That'... Read More

Hurricane Florence: What to watch out for during recovery
(BPT) - Hurricanes threaten lives and cause widespread property loss, flooding and damage to infrastructure. While there's little we can control about the actual storm, we can be prepared and vigilant during the recovery phase to ensure greater stability in the rebuilding process.Hurricane Florence... Read More

Helpful advice for couples in search of intimacy after prostate cancer
(BPT) - A prostate cancer diagnosis can lead to profound changes in a man's relationship with his partner. As the most common non-skin, male-specific cancer in the U.S., prostate cancer affects one in nine men. Approximately 165,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year and 29,000 me... Read More

Debunking myths about grocery store staples
(BPT) - When you enter a grocery store, you're suddenly faced with thousands of options. You want to get the staples you need and you want the best nutrition for your family, but it's easy to get overwhelmed. How do you know what's your best choice?"Options like brown versus vitamin-enriched white ... Read More

Rats! How these rodents can ruin your day
(BPT) - Say you've just gotten home after a long day. All you want to do is put your feet up, but you notice what looks like rodent droppings on the floor, find evidence of something having nibbled at the food in your kitchen and … what is that scrabbling sound coming from inside your wa... Read More

National Seafood Month: 5 reasons to choose sustainable seafood
(BPT) - October is National Seafood Month, and one of the best ways to keep the world's waters full of life is to choose certified wild, sustainable seafood. Not only is it better for the environment, but it helps ensure a steady supply of an important natural resource that people around the globe ... Read More

Protect yourself: Learn the truth behind 4 common myths about life insurance
(BPT) - If you haven't made solid financial plans for the future, now would be a good time to consider a life insurance policy that could protect you and your family in your time of need — or protect your loved ones in your absence.Given the importance of life insurance, it’s astounding that 37.5 m... Read More

One woman's struggle with sickle cell disease and 3 things she wishes you knew
(BPT) - When Tosin Ola was a baby, she cried a lot. It wasn’t because she was hungry or cold. Tosin cried a lot because of something much worse, and her parents had no idea what it was. They thought she was simply a cranky toddler.But Tosin was not a cranky toddler. Instead she was a child with sic... Read More

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

Best friends walk across America to raise money and awareness for veterans
(BPT) - Snow, Nor'easter storms and too many blisters to count - no challenge was too big for Matt and Trevor to overcome as they journeyed across the country this year. The determined duo began their excursion on March 1 in Delaware and recently celebrated their final steps in San Francisco on Sep... Read More

Newborn to 13+: Car safety tips for kids of all ages
(BPT) - For many parents, you buckle up your kids and off you go to day care, school or the park. You trust their car seat or booster seat will keep your child safe should something happen, but are you sure the seat you installed months or years ago is truly secure?"I am deeply concerned that nearl... Read More

This Season the Hygge Design Trend is Back and Bold
(BPT) - Last year, the Scandinavian concept of Hygge took the interior design stage by storm with people around the world flocking to buy cozy blankets and sheepskin throws. This year, Noa Santos, interior co-founder of interior design company Homepolish says that hygge has experienced a rebirth an... Read More

Chemical conundrum: 5 ways to keep pesticides away from your kids
(BPT) - As pesticides continue to be used on crops, in landscaping and in consumer products, many Americans are becoming more concerned about the effect of such chemicals on our children.Because children’s brains and nervous systems are at early and critical stages of development, they are more sus... Read More

8 home security hacks recommended by police
(BPT) - Did you know that many police departments have a community affairs officer whose primary goal is to build a strong working relationship with the community? That means you have access to a trained safety expert who wants to give you ideas to keep your home and neighborhood safe.Read on for e... Read More

Making it count: 5 tips for choosing a health plan
(BPT) - This fall millions will head to the polls to cast their vote in the mid-term elections, but they have another important choice to make as well: their health care coverage for 2019.People will have the opportunity to select or switch their health insurance plans for 2019 during open or annua... Read More

How one state is fighting food waste
(BPT) - Up to 40 percent of food grown, processed and transported in the United States is never eaten, yet one in eight Americans suffers food insecurity. The average four-person family wastes $1,500 a year on food.Food waste in manufacturing and packaging costs corporations $2 billion each year - ... Read More

Things to know if you have COPD
(BPT) - COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a serious lung disease that affects more than 15 million Americans and is the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.COPD usually causes long-term damage to the airways in... Read More

What does the shortfall of truck drivers mean for the economy?
(BPT) - To truly understand the impact the trucking industry has on our economy, walk into any business, retail shop or grocery store and take a look around. Nearly everything you see was delivered there by a truck. In fact, according to the American Trucking Associations' (ATA) Freight Transportat... Read More

30-minute Mediterranean meals with grapes
(BPT) - With the onset of fall, new schedules and an invigorating pace, eating nourishing meals is an important way to keep up energy levels. With few having the time to devote to cooking an elaborate meal, a collection of delicious and dependable 30-minute recipes for a quick but satisfying meal c... Read More

The truth behind food labels
(BPT) - When we visit the grocery store, we've become accustomed to a dizzying array of options. There are labels touting everything from food safety to environmental and ethical standards. Making the best decision for your family, your health and the good of the planet is important, but how can yo... Read More

How to spot and treat 4 common children's health Issues
(BPT) - From a cough that won't go away to a sore throat they caught from the classroom, children and their vulnerable immune systems can fall victim to common illnesses quicker and more often than adults. However, while these health issues are typical, it is not always easy to identify what they a... Read More

Choose wisely: Complete vs. incomplete proteins
(BPT) - Now that more people are aware of the health benefits of eating protein — and the effectiveness of low-carb diets — they’re increasingly seeking ways to enjoy that nutritional powerhouse in their daily diets.Many, however, may be unclear about the important nutritional differences between c... Read More

Regular eye checkups key to cognitive health
(BPT) - Regular eye exams have always been an important part of maintaining healthy vision, but it turns out they can help keep your brain healthy, too. New research is revealing just how connected eye health and brain health are, and how receiving regular eye treatment might mean the difference be... Read More

Want better workplace results? Research says take it outside
(BPT) - From standing desks and team-building events to onsite services and remote work opportunities, companies have adapted over the years to adopt new solutions that will grow their company, improve employee retention and increase productivity.However, while all of these initiatives have their b... Read More

Uncommon - but important - baby safety steps
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Your eyes as you age: Tips to help reduce the risk of Age-related Macular Degeneration
(BPT) - Aging is a fact of life, so it's important to understand how our health may be impacted as we get older - and our eyes are no exception. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in people age 50 and older and affects 1 in 5 people over the age of 65. The co... Read More

How a healthy gut can be good for your well-being
(BPT) - Whether it's eating too many slices of pizza or constantly getting takeout, most of us have slipped on our good eating habits at one time or another. But is avoiding unhealthy foods enough to keep our bodies in top shape? While gut health is not something many people consider, Mayo Clinic e... Read More

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

How telemedicine improves outcomes for stroke patients
(BPT) - Being rushed to the hospital with a stroke is terrifying for patients and their loved ones.They want and expect the very best care and attention from the hospital staff, so they can be on their way to recovery and head home.When a family hears a neurologist is available for an immediate eva... Read More

Do you really need less salt?
(BPT) - More research seems to contradict the oft-stated notion that we eat too much salt. The latest such study appeared in The Lancet medical journal. The study found that for the majority of people there is no health benefit from a low-salt diet and no harm from the average salt consumption of m... Read More

Life-saving dialysis at 19 leads to career in nursing
(BPT) - When Fallon Bell was 19, she was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, the same disease that her mother and aunt lived with. Chronic kidney disease, or CKD, is when a person’s kidneys no longer provide the function of filtering toxins from the blood. Shortly after her diagnosis, Bell began... Read More

New home? 6 steps for preventing pests from moving in
(BPT) - Moving into a new home is chaotic. You've got decorating to do, a neighborhood to explore, and a house to keep in tiptop shape. The last thing you need in the midst of all that commotion is the added headache of household pests like ants, cockroaches or rodents. With a few tips from Termini... Read More

7 healthy, kid-approved lunchbox ideas
(BPT) - Kids' school days are packed with learning, laughing and lots of fun. To get the most out their time in class, it's important their bodies and minds are properly fueled. Packing a healthy lunch is on of the easiest ways parents can support their child's education during the day while they c... Read More

Don't have time to walk and meditate? Try them together
(BPT) - The mental and physical merits of walking are well established, from helping ward off depression to preventing heart disease. Meditation, likewise, can help reduce anxiety symptoms and improve sleep quality. Have you considered combining these seemingly very different activities?Walking med... Read More

A vacation deprivation crisis: Americans are not using their PTO
(BPT) - Americans need a vacation. More than half of working Americans, 52 percent, didn't use all of their PTO last year, collectively leaving 705 million vacation days on the table. That means employers got 705 million of your hard-earned workdays for free. For the love of Jimmy Buffett, people, ... Read More

Why kids have a shortage of free time and what parents can do about it
(BPT) - A typical school night can get pretty hectic. Once the kids get home, there's a scramble to get to after-school activities, then dinner and finally, homework.For families that are feeling the schedule squeeze this school year, here's some news that might make you feel good about cutting an ... Read More

3 tips to make meal prep into an enjoyable family activity
(BPT) - We all love sitting down together for a hot meal. Unfortunately, preparing the meal itself turns into a chore that usually falls to one family member (Mom).Switch up your dinner prep routine and turn it into a fun family activity that involves the kids. Yes, it may take extra time and effor... Read More

7 surprising benefits of doing jigsaw puzzles
(BPT) - There's a quiet movement going on in this country, and it doesn't involve apps, data or the latest fad. Following the lead of vinyl record albums, coloring books and traditional board games, jigsaw puzzles are seeing a resurgence in popularity. Perhaps, because it's an opportunity to unplug... Read More

Home sweet home? 6 safety tips when moving with kids
(BPT) - Moving to a new home can be an exciting undertaking, a fresh start that brings with it the potential for new friends, opportunities and experiences.For parents of young children, though, the process of adapting to a new home can be stressful. While you may have been proactive about averting... Read More

Hearing better on and off the stage
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5 back-to-school tips for parents with young athletes
(BPT) - The transition between summer and going back to school can be tough, especially for families with student athletes who are participating in fall sports. Whether your athletes are in high school or grade school, it's difficult to balance schoolwork, practice, games, proper nutrition and rest... Read More

Four simple ways to tune up your nutrition and live healthier longer
(BPT) - Just about everyone feels like they could use a little extra pep in their day, that surge of energy to get things done and enjoy their favorite activities. This is especially true as we age.However, very few people actually feel as if they have the energy they need. The stress of modern lif... Read More

Good gut gone bad: The C. diff Invasion
(BPT) - Trillions of bacteria, viruses and other tiny organisms - called "microbes" - live inside our bodies and make up a community known as the microbiome. The diversity of microbes is like a rainforest in our gut, helping us digest food and keep diseases at bay. Like bulldozing a rainforest, tak... Read More

A child's wish to help save lives
(BPT) - This past July marks one year for Jack. Just one year ago, the 15-year-old was unable to go outside - he was bound to his home because of his blood disorder. He missed time with friends, school and sports. A bone marrow donation was his only hope, but matches sometimes aren't easy to find, ... Read More

6 simple tips to prevent a fall
(BPT) - Overwhelmingly, people say that they want to stay independent and in their own home as they age. One way to ensure they can is to learn about fall risks and make changes to reduce their chances of falling. Because, while one in four older adults falls each year, there are ways to be prepare... Read More

New technology promotes healthy aging in place
(BPT) - As millions of baby boomers reach their golden years, they're changing the world yet again, this time by driving a booming market in senior-friendly aging-in-place technologies. From simple wearable devices to high-tech monitoring systems, the list of gadgets designed to help aging boomers ... Read More

Historic Women's Baseball World Cup unfolds Aug. 22-31 on Florida's Space Coast
(BPT) - For the first time in the history of either the men's or the women's competition, a Baseball World Cup is coming to America. Later this month, the Women's Baseball World Cup will be drawing attention from far and wide to the baseball diamonds at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Flori... Read More

Cancer care costs on the rise: How to get help
(BPT) - Cancer patients face skyrocketing costs for their treatment, which adds to the stress of a cancer diagnosis and living with a disease. As an unapologetically patients-first organization, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is finding ways to lessen the burden. 'When cancer patients ar... Read More

4 natural ways to support your child this school year
(BPT) - Busy school nights can make your house feel like a zoo. Between commutes, sports practices and dinner plans, it feels like everyone is always either on the go or hustling to get there.Your child may not be aware of it, but you can see it: They're feeling the pressures of school. Whatever th... Read More

5 reasons to snack on strawberries
(BPT) - The perfect snack needs to check off three boxes: It should be filling enough to get you to your next meal, provide nutrition that fits into your balanced diet, and satisfy cravings, whether sweet or savory. Not an easy task, but juicy California strawberries are up for the challenge.'Straw... Read More

Easy entertaining and recipe tips from celebrity chef Katie Lee
(BPT) - Whether it's an end-of-summer bash or a back-to-school barbecue, entertaining is all about family, friends and of course, food. But hosting the perfect soiree doesn't have to mean you're stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is enjoying the party. TV chef and cookbook author Katie Lee of... Read More

Do you know how that new supplement will affect your existing medication regimen?
(BPT) - Mahatma Gandhi once famously said, 'It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.' If you count yourself as a believer in this statement, your health is more important to you than any material possession and you do your best to protect it every single day. That's why y... Read More

CDC: How to navigate vaccinations for your family
(BPT) - Today's technology provides so much information that learning the essentials about an important topic like vaccination can be overwhelming.Vaccines play an important role in keeping you and your family members healthy, and when you make sure everyone receives the recommended vaccines at the... Read More

Safe ingredients for menopause symptom relief [Video]
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Why leftover opioids are dangerous and what you can do
(BPT) - Want to help protect your family and community from the opioid crisis? Get rid of any unused prescription opioids that may be in cabinets, drawers or anywhere else you store medicine.What are opioids?Prescription opioids are powerful, pain-reducing medicines found in pill forms, syrups or e... Read More

Tips for managing occasional sleep trouble [Video]
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5 hazards on the road to the Medicare Part D plan that's best for you
(BPT) - Some experts estimate that as many as 80 percent of Medicare beneficiaries choose to stay in a Medicare prescription drug plan ('Part D plan') that doesn't match their needs. Studies show that these individuals could benefit from cost savings and better coverage by taking the time to select... Read More

5 ways to beat the heat this summer
(BPT) - Everyone has had that moment when fun in the sun turns into a struggle to stay cool. And when that happens, all you want to do is get out of the heat as fast as possible.Sometimes, however, that is easier said than done, and if you've ever found yourself in extreme heat for a prolonged peri... Read More

Age-related macular degeneration: What you should know
(BPT) - Ask most people what eye disease is responsible for the greatest incidence of vision loss in the over-65 population and they would probably say glaucoma.They'd be wrong.Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in people over age 65, according to the Centers... Read More

Beginning a workout at any age or skill level
(BPT) - Our bodies crave exercise at all ages, whether that means daily walks, fitness classes or a night of dancing. Although physical fitness may look different at age 65 than it did at 20, being active on a regular basis is still important to maintaining health and well-being.Exercise helps esta... Read More

Antibiotics are Powerful Tools for Fighting Infections and Sepsis, but Must be Used Appropriately
(BPT) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wants patients and families to know that antibiotics are the most powerful tools we have to fight life-threatening infections, like those that can lead to sepsis.Sepsis is the body's extreme response to an infection. It happens when an in... Read More

Pollution protection: 5 easy tips for combating the environment's effects on skin
(BPT) - Properly taking care of your skin each day - and countering the possible effects of pollution - is quick, affordable and easy to do. So why do so many Americans forgo that step in their daily routines?A recent survey by CeraVe found 48 percent of American adults often worry about their skin... Read More

The proactive parent's checklist for back-to-school success
(BPT) - A new school year is quickly approaching, and while you probably have supply lists and bus schedules in hand, there are a few other things parents should tackle to get a head start on the back-to-school season. Prepare kids for the best school year yet by handling these important tasks that... Read More

Menopause: You're not alone [Video]
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Tips for managing menopausal moodiness [Video]
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Tips for relieving hot flashes and night sweats [Video]
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Start managing your menopause symptoms today [Video]
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Tips for managing menopausal weight change [Video]
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The 4 greatest salt myths
(BPT) - Salt is everywhere, it seems. It is on our tables, in many of our favorite foods and even in life-saving hospital infusions.After more than a century of debate over the role of salt in human health, the overwhelming medical evidence makes it clear that reducing salt in the U.S. diet may pos... Read More

5 tips to amp up the natural benefits of your yard
(BPT) - It's easy to appreciate the sights and smells afforded by lawns and landscapes, but when it comes to your yard there is much more to consider besides pleasing aesthetics and aromas. Many would even be surprised to learn that the benefits of a lush lawn and stunning landscape design extend w... Read More

Wisconsin landmark celebrates 100th birthday
(BPT) - Many travelers seek out cultural enclaves to explore the fascinating stories of how Americans lived, thought and dreamed in the past. That helps explain the $762 million in revenues logged by U.S. historic sites in 2013, according to Statista. Other research predicts the revenues realized b... Read More

Your summertime prescription: Sweet cherries
(BPT) - This summer, don’t be surprised if dietitians point you to one of Mother Nature’s sweetest treats to remedy a variety of ailments: sweet cherries. These bright, glossy orbs are in season for only a short time, so don’t pass them up while they’re at their freshest and, arguably, most flavorf... Read More

4 ways gardening is good for you
(BPT) - In this increasingly digital world, there's an app for just about everything. People are glued to their smartphones, texting instead of talking, and, in general, interacting with technology more than they do with the living, breathing world around them. But there's a cure for tech overload:... Read More

Kids and screens: Not all screen time is created equal
(BPT) - Screen time. You've heard the phrase before, and if you're a parent, you've probably agonized over creating a screen time policy for your family. You understandably want a policy that reflects your family values, and you also want to consider your child's wants, needs and expectations.The A... Read More

Regenerative medicine in action: Age-Repair Defensins turn the table on facial aging
(BPT) - While injectables like fillers and botulinum toxins, energy-based devices and cosmetic surgery can soften wrinkles, improve skin tone and increase your supply of collagen, the right skincare can do all of that plus more, but without any downtime.The principles of regenerative medicine are n... Read More

Plan, be positive, unplug: 5 ways to make family meals more enjoyable
(BPT) - With our busy lifestyles today, finding time to shop for groceries, cook, then meet as a family to enjoy a meal together can be a major challenge.A Harris poll shows only 30 percent of American families share dinner each night. Yet the benefits of maintaining that family time are so substan... Read More

Back-to-school readiness contributes to your child's academic success
(BPT) - Approximately 55 million students in the U.S. will head back to class soon. From dealing with first-day jitters to shopping for school supplies, it's an exciting and chaotic time.Reports show a correlation, however, between the start of school and student performance - early positive school... Read More

Before you stop taking cholesterol medication, consider this
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Your health care options explained with this handy guide
(BPT) - When you're shopping for something, it's good to have options to help you decide on the best choice for you.This remains true when shopping for health care providers. However, determining which of the numerous health care options is right for you can be difficult. Like what's the difference... Read More

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

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


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