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The Importance of Speaking Up: One Woman’s Journey to Chronic Heart Failure Diagnosis
(BPT) - Despite having asthma, Nichole Steward (pictured, right) considered herself a typical 39-­year-­old living an active life, frequently visiting the beach and participating in roller derby. Though she was surprised when she began experiencing heart palpitations, shortness of b... Read More

Don't get burned by your summer fun with these grill and fire safety tips
(BPT) - From grilling at the park to having a bonfire in the backyard, outdoor cooking is a quintessential summer activity. While these different cooking methods produce tasty foods - from burgers to s'mores and beyond - they also can cause burns if you're not cautious. To avoid summer food-making ... Read More

Day-Time and Night-Time Tips to Being Your BestSlept Self
(BPT) - Summer is an active time when schools let out for vacation, travel and social plans heat up, and daily routines can be quick to change - all of which can disrupt consistent sleep practices and start patterns, challenging healthy sleep. How do you enjoy the long days of summer while still pr... Read More

As children catch up on summer fun, catch them up on their routine vaccines
(BPT) - For kids, summertime comes with a lot of pent-up excitement. It's that time of year when kids can get out, take a break, try something new and make lifelong memories. It's the return of favorite summer activities, like riding bikes through the neighborhood, swinging at the playground for ho... Read More

Living with vitiligo: An autoimmune condition
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Proper tire maintenance can help you stay safe, manage inflation and care for Mother Earth
(BPT) - When you think about the safety features on your car, seatbelts and airbags likely come to mind. While most people understand the lifesaving value of these devices, many are unaware of another important component of your car essential to safety: your tires.Modern tires are carefully designe... Read More

Help for older adults on a budget may be a few clicks away
(BPT) - Food and gas prices continue to rise, on top of record-high housing costs in many cities across the U.S. If you're an older adult who is already living on a tight budget, today's inflation can be particularly difficult. Fortunately, there are programs available that can help you save money ... Read More

Revolutionary laser treatment for acne makes clear skin a reality for all skin types
(BPT) - National Acne Awareness Month comes around every June, but this year promises to offer acne sufferers an exciting new option to get clear skin.According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S., affecting 40-50 million people.[1] 85% o... Read More

Looking for healthy summer activities? We have some ideas — including how to help protect yourself against pneumococcal pneumonia
(BPT) - With the arrival of summer, we can start to think about what makes the season special: time at the beach or by the water, enjoying the warmth with friends and family and - above all - being able to spend a lot of time outside.And, as we all have our own health priorities, we also need to th... Read More

Genetic testing can help find the optimal medication for each individual [Infographic]
(BPT) - Sometimes medications that work for some have adverse effects for others, and finding the right treatment can become a diagnostic odyssey, wasting both time and money. Pharmacogenomics (PGx) is the understanding of how genes impact response to medications. PGx helps to take the guesswork ou... Read More

How to host a healthful summertime gathering
(BPT) - As the sun starts to shine brighter and the warmer weather invites us to gather with friends and family, it's important to continue prioritizing our health and wellness throughout the season. One way to do so? Serving good-for-you foods when spending time with loved ones. Registered dietiti... Read More

Benefits of taking aspirin and the main reasons people take it
(BPT) - There is no more familiar item in your medicine cabinet than a bottle of aspirin. Aspirin has been sold for over a century as an over-the-counter medication and millions of people take it. Aspirin is used to help treat pain associated with headaches and arthritis, and for fever reduction.Pe... Read More

Living with narcolepsy: How Kristen found a name for her condition — and her path forward
(BPT) - Kristen had experienced extreme daytime sleepiness for as long as she could remember. She noticed it the most in the afternoons, especially when sitting in long meetings at work. Her extreme sleepiness made many aspects of her life more challenging.Kristen had unknowingly been living with n... Read More

5 allergy and asthma myths debunked and how to have a healthier home
(BPT) - Allergies and asthma are serious public health concerns. In the U.S., approximately 25 million people live with asthma, and more than 50 million people experience various types of allergies each year, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). While many people have a... Read More

Being your own best advocate while living with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis
(BPT) - Sponsored by PfizerLiving with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis (AD) - also known as eczema - can be challenging.[1] In addition to having the physical burden that includes flare-ups of red, itchy, painful skin, there is also the emotional and social impact.[2],[3],[4],[5] Those living ... Read More

Aspirin Still Recommended to Help Prevent Another Heart Attack or Ischemic Stroke
(BPT) - Aspirin is one of the most common, useful, and effective over-the-counter medicines in the world and has been trusted by physicians for more than 120 years but more and more people are confused when it comes to appropriate usage. This confusion is a result of recent media coverage around th... Read More

Men under the influence of women are more likely to take better care of their health
(BPT) - Men are notorious for avoiding the doctor and ignoring warning signs when it comes to their health. New research confirms this isn't just a myth with 2 in 5 men saying they've put off seeing a doctor until their symptoms were urgent and 1 in 3 men avoiding the doctor altogether out of fear ... Read More

Why wellness travel is the year's top vacation trend
(BPT) - You're dreaming of a vacation where you can have fun while being healthy. You want to travel somewhere equal parts exciting and relaxing. You want meaningful experiences that inspire you to live your best life. And you are not alone, which is why wellness travel is experiencing huge interes... Read More

5 ways to turn your home into your personal oasis this summer
(BPT) - Summer is here, and people are getting out of the house - hanging by the pool, at the beach or in parks - to enjoy the warm weather. All that time outside is fun, but you don't want to go back to a hot, stuffy home when you're ready to cool off.Your home should be your retreat from the summ... Read More

Did you know there are 3 types of sweat, and 1 smells the worst?
(BPT) - Whether it's a hot day, you're hitting the gym or you're preparing for an upcoming presentation, many different things can cause you to sweat. Did you know there are different kinds of sweat and one type smells worse than the others?"There are millions of sweat glands all over your body. Al... Read More

3 ways to keep your bones healthy and strong
(BPT) - It's never too early (or too late) to take care of your bones. After all, your bones are the supporting structure that allow you to move every day and they protect your vital organs. According to the National Institutes of Health, bones store minerals, namely calcium and phosphorous, for la... Read More

Style tips and secret tricks for staying fresh this summer
(BPT) - From beach days to girls getaways, the warm weather of summer provides opportunities to spend more time outdoors doing the activities you love. However, as you're making the most of the sunshine and warm breezes, you may notice you're not feeling as fresh as you normally do. The heat of the... Read More

What men really need for Father’s Day is a reminder to take better care of their health
(BPT) - By Jeramy Tipton, senior vice president, Aflac Distribution Expansion and Consumer MarketsGrills, gadgets and corny T-shirts line the shelves in anticipation of Father's Day, but a recent study found there's one gift men of all ages need more than a tie or spatula. According to the Aflac Me... Read More

Entered a coverage gap? Don’t compromise your health by skipping blood thinners
(BPT) - Navigating insurance coverage, especially with recent changes to prescription drug plans, can be confusing and stressful. This may be true because of increasing out-of-pocket medical costs.A 2017 Agency for Health Care Quality (AHCQ) study found that 11.5% of low-income adults with 2 or mor... Read More

6 ways genetic testing could make a difference for people with kidney disease
(BPT) - Did you know chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects an estimated 37 million adults in the United States? Even more surprising, 90% of people in early stage CKD are unaware that they have the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Between 10-30% of CKD case... Read More

3 healthy recipes featuring summer citrus fruit
(BPT) - Refreshing, delicious and versatile, citrus is a quintessential flavor of summertime. If you're looking to enhance and add new depth to your meals and snacks, there's no shortage of options with these three varieties: lemons, grapefruits and Valencia oranges.Lemons truly are a year-round cl... Read More

How universal design principles are improving safety and increasing property value
(BPT) - Do you want a bathroom update that will be stylish and functional for many years to come? More homeowners than ever are renovating using universal design principles that allow these spaces to serve people of varying ages and abilities. This provides numerous important benefits, including hi... Read More

USDA detector dog program seeks donations of a few good sniffers
(BPT) - Every year, nearly 400,000 shelter dogs are euthanized because of overcrowding and the inability to find them a fur-ever home. Now, thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal Plant Health Inspection Services' (APHIS) Detector Dog program, many of these pound puppies can have a ne... Read More

5 expert tips to help you grill outside the lines this summer
(BPT) - The arrival of summer brings so much to look forward to: warmer weather, longer days - and the great taste of food right off your grill. And you don't need a special occasion to fire it up. In recently conducted Honeysuckle White research, 85% of respondents decide to grill or smoke because... Read More

Want a versatile protein for the grill? Turkey is the answer
(BPT) - Summer gatherings are in full swing, and there are 99 days starting with Memorial Day through Labor Day, where sunshine and pleasant breezes draw people together to celebrate outdoors for many different reasons. It's time to fire up the grill and enjoy the beautiful weather.When surveyed ab... Read More

Smart homes make life easier, but are they keeping you safe?
(BPT) - Homes in the United States continue to get smarter as many people frequently use voice assistants, smart doorbells, smart appliances and more to make life easier. Now, as the smart home evolution continues, homeowners want more than just convenience - they want smart devices that help keep ... Read More

Go Natural: 6 Must-Have Essentials for the Summer Season
(BPT) - With summer upon us, it's time to stock up on essentials like deodorant, sun protection and toothpaste for that bright smile. And if you want truly natural personal care products with ingredients that are safe and effective, then it is important to do some research before you buy. Look for ... Read More

4 must-haves for your campus living checklist
(BPT) - If you're headed to campus in the fall, summertime means planning, packing and collaborating on your living space for the school year ahead. Whether you're moving into a first-year dorm on campus or sharing an apartment or house with your closest friends, making sure you have what you need ... Read More

How much do you know about pneumococcal pneumonia - and when you can catch it?
(BPT) - Pneumococcal pneumonia is a potentially serious bacterial lung disease that can disrupt your life for weeks.... Read More

Feel a sharp pain in your side? It could be a kidney stone
(BPT) - As the weather starts to warm up, it's good to stay hydrated to keep your kidneys healthy and reduce your risk of developing stones. According to the Mayo Clinic, heat, humidity and dehydration can lead to increased incidences of kidney stones during summer. These stones can cause sharp pai... Read More

School’s Out: 5 Ways You Can Help Your Children Have An “Ecz-ellent” Summer
(BPT) - Pencils are down, and summer is here! Many children look forward to attending summer camp, but for children with eczema, camp activities can be overshadowed by the stress of managing symptoms in the summer heat, when sweat and sun can trigger symptoms. Children's e-book My ECZ-ellent Day at... Read More

An eco-friendly personal care routine is easier than you think
(BPT) - You want the best for yourself and the world around you. That's why you're starting to consider simple steps you can take in your personal care routine for a better you and a better Earth. Fortunately, small changes that are easy to make can have a big impact, for your health and well-being... Read More

Study Available For Adults Living With Someone Recently Diagnosed With COVID-19
(BPT) - In the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, there continue to be surges in cases in parts of the United States.Many of these cases may occur when people catch the virus in their communities, and bring it home, where it can spread to other members of their household. Some doctors are current... Read More

Newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis? Talk to your doctor about your whole health
(BPT) - If you've been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), it's common to feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next.1 With an ever-changing disease like MS, everyone's personal experience is different, so it's important to be open and honest with your doctor about your MS symptoms and how ... Read More

Get a head start on a healthy future for your puppy or kitten with these expert tips
(BPT) - Getting a new pet is like bringing home a new member of the family. Anticipation, excitement and joy are just a few of the many emotions you may feel when you bring home a new puppy or kitten. The first year of a puppy and kitten's life is a busy developmental period, both physically and me... Read More

Follow these steps to protect your family from threats that can occur after a storm
(BPT) - Hurricane season begins in June, but millions across the country have already experienced severe weather this year, including thunderstorms and tornadoes. These storms will continue in various areas of the U.S. throughout the summer and into the fall. Safeguarding your family from an approa... Read More

Former news anchor shares epilepsy journey [Video]
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Make your travels CO-safe
(BPT) - Safety while traveling is just as important as it is at home. Whether heading to the beach or a cool mountain retreat, travelers far and wide are seeking relaxation and a chance to make memories and enjoy new experiences. Some simple precautions can help ensure your destination is as safe a... Read More

5 Reasons Diets Fail and How to Finally Win Your Weight-Loss Battle
(BPT) - How many times in your life have you started a diet? If you're one of the 45 million Americans who try to diet each year, you will not be surprised to learn that most people only stick with a diet for 6 months or less, and then the weight returns. In fact, two out of five people on a diet q... Read More

Boost baby's brain development with 3 key prenatal nutrients
(BPT) - As exciting as a new pregnancy can be, it can also be equally as overwhelming. There is a lot to be done in only nine months' time. To set your baby up for success, doctors recommend taking a prenatal vitamin supplement daily to help with the development of your baby's body and brain. While... Read More

Investigational vaccine targeting CMV, the #1 infectious cause of birth defects in the U.S.
(BPT) - Whether you're planning to become a first-time mom, or you've been around the baby block before and are ready to expand your family again, everyone has the same priority: to have a healthy child. That's why it's important to learn that one of the most common causes of birth defects in the U... Read More

Why the Key to Stopping Your Migraine Attack May Be Right Under Your Nose
(BPT) - When a migraine hits, your life screeches to a halt. You want relief fast and consider taking your prescription pills, but you don't think you can keep them down. Your nausea is overwhelming, and your stomach is too sensitive right now. What other options are there? Fortunately, the answer ... Read More

World Hypoparathyroidism Awareness Day: What One Organization is Doing to Improve the Lives of Patients and Caregivers
(BPT) - Each year, June 1 marks World Hypoparathyroidism Awareness Day, a global event celebrated every year to bring awareness to this rare disease that affects more than 100,000 people (according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders) in the United States.Hypoparathyroidism may occur af... Read More

Looking to tighten your belt? 3 ways to save on food, gas and vision
(BPT) - If you've found that your expenses are going up each month, you're not alone. Inflation in the U.S. has hit an all-time high in 40 years to 8.5% over the last 12 months. That means that the average American household is spending an extra $296.45 per month because of inflation, according to ... Read More

Bidets: The must-have luxury in your bath remodel
(BPT) - The arrival of warmer weather gets many homeowners in the mood to change things up. The bathroom is a perfect place to direct that energy because that's where renewal takes place each day. From your morning routine to your evening wind-down, turning the bath into a luxurious spa-like space ... Read More

10 tips for getting outside to ease your mind
(BPT) - Physical activity and time outside are two wonderful gifts for your body and mind; they're proven to reduce stress and anxiety, and offer a greater sense of well-being. L.L.Bean recently partnered with Mental Health America to share 10 ways getting outside can boost your energy, mood and st... Read More

The Hidden Cost of Debt on Your Mental Health and Tips to Overcome
(BPT) - One of the biggest factors impacting mental health is the burden of debt. The Hidden Cost of Debt survey by National Debt Relief revealed that 70% of people believe that debt makes them feel like a black cloud hangs over them, in addition to one-in-three people reporting debt has led to an ... Read More

LGBTQIA+ Community Celebrates PRIDE Month, and Still in Need of Health Care Allies
(BPT) - June is PRIDE Month. It's a time to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community, reflect on how far society has come and look to the future on work to be done. PRIDE, which stands for "Personal Rights in Defense and Education," is celebrated with parades, special events and commemorations of the 1969 ... Read More

Staying socially active may enrich mental fitness
(BPT) - When you think about exercise, you likely think about the physical health benefits of working out. Many people exercise regularly to lose or maintain weight, improve muscle tone and strength or increase flexibility.For seniors, physical activity can help them stay mobile and, as a result, s... Read More

5 Ways to Boost Your Brain Health
(BPT) - As the control center for the body, keeping our brains healthy is important. While intellectual exercises, games, and brain teasers can provide a mental 'workout,' taking care of other systems within the body is critical to keeping our brains in shape. Best of all, you're probably doing man... Read More

DIY Ideas, Products and Inspiration to Upgrade Your Home [Video]
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Discoveries in Immunology Today Will Soon Lead to Advanced Treatments for COVID, Cancer [Video]
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Protect your vision with 7 habits for healthy retinas
(BPT) - Habits that support a healthy lifestyle come in many forms, like eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and keeping an eye on blood pressure and cholesterol levels. But did you know these and other healthy habits can also protect you from vision loss?Some of the leading causes of blin... Read More

Next Time You Travel, Leave Migraine at Home
(BPT) - Migraine attacks get in the way of what's important. They can disrupt everyday life and pop up during vacation, a time that should be enjoyable. Tomeka Cherry, a social media influencer and travel enthusiast, is always on the go. But over the years travel and the associated planning has bec... Read More

Tips for managing and minimizing stress
(BPT) - Americans experience varying levels of stress for a wide variety of reasons and many struggle to find healthy ways to manage. Minimizing occasional stress is important as it can affect overall health and well-being. Stress can feel overwhelming at times but setting aside time to unwind each... Read More

988 is a great start, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg
(BPT) - By Colin LeClairYou're walking to your neighborhood corner store when you see it: a man across the street is grabbing his left arm and keeled over on the sidewalk. You immediately call 911, speak to someone on the line and within minutes the paramedics are on the scene performing emergency ... Read More

Worried about power outages? These 5 tips can help you feel prepared
(BPT) - While you may enjoy warmer temperatures, summer weather also brings dangerous storms. Scientists at Colorado State University predict at least 19 named tropical storms and nine hurricanes this year, while AccuWeather is forecasting an above-average tornado season. These unpredictable events... Read More

5 tips to maintain healthy feet for better mobility
(BPT) - Did you know that there are 28 bones in the foot? These bones, along with more than 30 joints, allow for a wide range of movements, including standing, walking, stretching, jogging and more. It's easy to take foot health for granted when everything feels great, but the moment something is w... Read More

Investigational Treatment May Help Adult Cigarette Smokers Who Want to Quit
(BPT) - Have you, or someone you know, tried to quit smoking cigarettes unsuccessfully? If so, you're not alone. Research from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that 70% of adult cigarette smokers in the United States wanted to quit, yet only 7% are successful in doing so.[1] While there'... Read More

5 positive ways older adults can enjoy a balanced lifestyle
(BPT) - As you age, it may be challenging to keep your life feeling both balanced and positive. For example, keeping up with your own health and nutrition, changes to your professional career, and spending time with friends and family can all lead to stress, which may have a negative impact on your... Read More

How to safely dispose of old medications and other household drugs
(BPT) - Did you know that in 2019 up to 200 pharmaceuticals were detected in the surface water, ground water and drinking water in the U.S., according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development? Conventional wastewater treatment plants are neither designed nor equipped to fully r... Read More

The rewards of family caregiving and how to make the most of it
(BPT) - If you're one of the 53 million Americans who are caregivers for a relative or friend, you already know it's a challenging job that often goes unrecognized. But you also know something others may not: Caring for a friend or family member can be one of the most rewarding things you've ever d... Read More

CRNAs provide patients with continuous, compassionate care
(BPT) - When patients hear that they'll need anesthesia to undergo surgery or a procedure, they'll likely start to worry. According to a study by the National Institutes of Health, 88% percent of patients experience preanesthetic fear and in some cases that fear even causes anxious patients to canc... Read More

The truth about retinol confirmed by a dermatologist
(BPT) - Retinol is often praised as a holy grail of a skincare ingredient, but there's a lot of confusion about the best ways to use retinol for maximum effectiveness without irritation. Understanding retinol better and having common questions answered can help you use this ingredient so your skin ... Read More

Ready to walk down the aisle? Beauty tips for everyone in the wedding party
(BPT) - There are many moving pieces and details involved with planning a wedding, and while the happy couple runs the show, the wedding party also has responsibilities and is in the spotlight.That's why it's so important to start planning beauty routines and treatments ahead of time to ensure that... Read More

Feeling stressed? 3 ways to support mental health at home
(BPT) - It's easy to get overwhelmed as you go about your day. Between work, school, errands and extracurricular activities, there are plenty of things that can cause physical and mental stress. That's why it's so important that your home is a haven for your family.One strategy you can use to start... Read More

Help your pup live their healthiest life by learning how to prevent Lyme disease
(BPT) - Your dog is a part of your family and that means their health and wellbeing, including preventing parasitic diseases like Lyme and heartworm, is a priority. Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-borne illnesses transmitted to dogs, and data shows that it is a growing threat to dogs in... Read More

The National Paralysis Resource Center celebrates 20 years of providing life-changing resources
(BPT) - Dealing with a spinal cord injury is devastating. Facing isolation and lack of information makes an already difficult situation even more challenging. Fortunately, one organization is striving to make a difference by providing free resources to help individuals and their families navigate l... Read More

Reaching New Heights in Relief from Painful Diabetic Neuropathy with High-Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation
(BPT) - By David Caraway, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer of Nevro Corp.A diabetes diagnosis can feel like taking on a round-the-clock job - from which you receive no benefits, vacations, or breaks. Managing diabetes can take an enormous physical, mental, social, and financial toll. For people w... Read More

Psoriasis Patient’s Story Offers Hope for Those Struggling with Symptoms
(BPT) - Six years ago, 65-year-old grandmother and storyteller Nancy reached her breaking point. A full-time caregiver to her mother who was in hospice care, she began noticing an uncomfortable rash on her chest. After her mother passed away, her symptoms became severe and painful. Rashes and flake... Read More

Trading skepticism for support: How parents can support kids with thinking and learning differences
(BPT) - One in five kids - nearly 70 million Americans - have learning or thinking differences (LTDs), like ADHD or dyslexia. While LTDs are common among families, friends, neighbors and peers, new research from, a guide and resource for people with LTDs, finds that there are still h... Read More

Older Americans Month: Am I too old to be an organ, eye and tissue donor?
(BPT) - May is Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate older Americans and their contributions while also raising awareness about aging and age-related issues. Beyond the time, experience and talents older Americans give to enrich their communities, many have also saved lives through organ, eye ... Read More

A New In Silico Study Finds Nitric Oxide Supplement May Increase Vitamin D Production and Bioavailability
(BPT) - A recent in silico analysis has found that supplement-induced bioproduction of endothelial nitric oxide may also increase the endogenous production, bioavailability, and efficacy of vitamin D3. These findings are the work product of a Connecticut-based biotechnology company, Emergent System... Read More

The unexpected emotional burden of vision loss from geographic atrophy
(BPT) - Liz Tully loved to read. In addition to reading for her own pleasure, she enjoyed helping others and would regularly meet up with a friend to read the newspaper out loud because he could no longer read it himself. Then, in her early 60s, something changed.As she read the newspaper to her fr... Read More

Reach your body goals with the fastest non-invasive body sculpting treatment
(BPT) - Squats, planks, crunches, and cardio, leg days, keto, and fad diets, who has time to keep up? It's no question that achieving your body goals can be overwhelming and time-consuming. It can be a challenge for most to find the right fitness and health habits that work with your schedule as yo... Read More

5 ways families can make the most of their outdoor space this summer
(BPT) - Are your kids getting enough time outside? A survey commissioned by the makers of Claritin® of 5,000 American parents of children aged 5-13 found that 81% agreed their children are excited to be outside - yet 55% are worried their kids aren't spending enough time outside.Getting out... Read More

How movement can spark connections and help manage osteoarthritis pain
(BPT) - If you're coping with pain, such as joint pain caused by osteoarthritis (OA), you may feel like you've been sitting out on life. Pain can make you reluctant to participate in activities that you enjoy and miss out on connecting with those you love. But experts will tell you that if you can ... Read More

Pure Foundation Fund Opens Nominations to Honor Heroes in Maternal and Infant Care
(BPT) - Moms and their babies need support throughout their health journey. Access to quality maternal and infant care is crucial to helping ensure positive health outcomes for both mom and baby.According to the WHO, 'Skilled care before, during and after childbirth can save the lives of women and ... Read More

Do you know what’s in your water? 10 reasons why water quality matters
(BPT) - Water is one of the most essential resources on the planet. Whether you know it or not, almost everything you do, use or consume relies on water. Simply having access to water isn't enough. The quality of your water matters - it impacts the quality of everything it goes into.Take a minute t... Read More

Mind and body self-care: How to heal mentally and physically
(BPT) - Everyone has physical scars. Maybe it's a scrape from a childhood stumble or a burn from cooking a special meal. Some scars come from body changes or physical conditions, such as acne scars, while others might be from serious events, like a surgery or an accident.It's not uncommon for peopl... Read More

Staying Focused On Your Adolescent’s Health
(BPT) - Sponsored by Merck & Co., Inc.Stay-at-home guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic has kept many people behind doors for more than a year, but it is important that parents continue to focus on ways they can help protect their adolescent's physical and emotional well-being.Pediatrician Dr.... Read More

3 key ways to prepare your home for an extra-long pollen season
(BPT) - Warm weather brings people outdoors where they are greeted with sunshine and breezes, as well as allergens like tree, grass and weed pollen. This is a big problem if you have allergies or asthma, and to make matters worse, research shows allergy season is starting earlier and lasting longer... Read More

Four Truths that Will Change the Way You Think about Teens Experiencing Foster Care
(BPT) - There are more than 150,000 teenagers experiencing foster care today in the United States. These teens are like any teenager - each with their own unique dreams, passions, personality and potential for the future.Being a teenager can be a bumpy road for everyone. But the difference for teen... Read More

Taking back control from disease
(BPT) - Breaking up is never easy, but often it's necessary. For some, it might be ending a romantic relationship that's not working or a friendship that no longer serves you. For others, it could be regaining power from a debilitating health condition that takes a major physical and emotional toll... Read More

5 tips for creating a sparkling living space this summer
(BPT) - The warmer months offer a great opportunity to refresh your living space and create a sparkling clean home for months to come.Because of their eco-friendly nature and versatility, steam cleaners have grown in popularity in recent years, and for good reason. Superheated steam can clean, sani... Read More

It's time to focus on whole person health
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has shined much needed light on 'whole person health' by highlighting the correlation between behavioral health and overall wellness. Many people with behavioral health challenges experienced worsening symptoms throughout the pandemic, while others struggled with condi... Read More

5 expert tips to help family caregivers living with osteoarthritis
(BPT) - Did you know that one in five American adults are unpaid caregivers? That means approximately 53 million people actively care for family members or friends, most often because that loved one simply needs daily care. If you're one of them, you know that taking care of someone else can be phy... Read More

How to keep 1.4 billion bottles out of landfills every year
(BPT) - No one enjoys seeing plastic floating in lakes and streams. No one likes seeing it crushed and filthy on the roadside. Almost everywhere it ends up, plastic waste is unwelcome. Even at the recycling plant.The EPA reports less than 10% of plastics in the United States get recycled. Some plas... Read More

How a new technology is bringing dialysis to the home
(BPT) - Despite being a kidney disease patient for over 30 years, Dick Henry and his wife and care partner Liz still try to participate in their favorite pastimes like travel and golf. However, over the last five years, Dick struggled to enjoy his life to the fullest because of his seven-day-a-week... Read More

Potential new options for those living with primary biliary cholangitis (PBC)
(BPT) - Do you have primary biliary cholangitis or know somebody who does? If so, you know that people living with PBC, a chronic, serious and potentially life-threatening liver disease, are frequently challenged by symptoms of their disease, including pruritus (itching) and fatigue,1 which may be ... Read More

Don’t let spring and summer heat affect vaginal health
(BPT) - 4 tips from Yale OB/GYN Mary Jane Minkin, M.D.With spring upon us and summer on the horizon, increasing temperatures, and time spent outside swimming, cycling, walking and running can all affect vaginal health. Sweat and moisture around the vulva, the outside skin surrounding the vagina, ca... Read More

5 ultra-easy self-care tips for busy women
(BPT) - The start of warmer months means everyone is ramping up their schedules. Between work, kids, social lives, family and more, prioritizing your own mental, emotional and physical health can easily fall down the daily to-do list. It's not always easy to put yourself first, but addressing aspec... Read More

Your weekend, your time: 5 great tips for shaking the Sunday blues
(BPT) - Do you sometimes find yourself feeling less than optimistic as your weekend draws to a close each Sunday? If so, you're far from alone. Stats recently published on indicate 81% of workers have experienced the "Sunday scaries" in anticipation of the work week ahead. Still, it's impor... Read More

Medicare Enrollment Basics [Infographic]
(BPT) - Timing matters when you are considering your Medicare options. When you turn 65 or otherwise become eligible for Medicare, enrollment windows open. Some close quickly and you could face penalties if you wait too long to make a decision. After you've registered for the first time, there are ... Read More

The State of Depression in the US [Infographic]
(BPT) - The mental health crisis is a public health emergency that cannot be ignored. After COVID-19, Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) - a mood disorder where depressive symptoms can last consistently for at least a two-week period and affect all aspects of someone's life - may be one of the most pr... Read More

Are your IBS symptoms more challenging to manage than they were a year ago? You're not alone
(BPT) - If you live with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), does it seem like your symptoms have not improved in the last 12 months? According to recent survey results, this has been the experience for many adults living with IBS. This data comes from a recent Salix-sponsored survey of more than 700 I... Read More

How you can support your body before, during and after exercise
(BPT) - Any form of exercise benefits your body, and you don't have to be an elite athlete to experience those benefits. Just moving your body impacts your muscles, lungs, heart and brain - in other words, your entire body."The moment you decide to get up and move, your body is working. Any movemen... Read More

5 easy tips for giving Mom the gift of self-care for Mother’s Day
(BPT) - Your mother has done so much for you and your family, often putting everyone else's needs before her own. This Mother's Day, help remind your mom that self-care isn't selfish - by finding her gifts that encourage her to put her own health and wellness first. And if you're a mom, take time o... Read More

4 simple tips to ensure cleaner, safer drinking water at home
(BPT) - Clean drinking water is easy to take for granted - especially at home, where many assume it can be obtained with the simple turn of the faucet. But as you enjoy that cold glass of water, you may be missing subtle signals that it's time to get your home's water supply tested.Over the last de... Read More

Technology inspires radical change thanks to visionary social entrepreneurs
(BPT) - Wireless is at the heart of modern life, and 5G - the fifth generation of wireless - has the potential to transform how people connect and inspire change in their communities. Social entrepreneurs are recognizing the opportunity to influence the greater good through these new 5G networks, t... Read More

Discover the remarkable healing power of therapy cats
(BPT) - You're probably familiar with therapy dogs visiting hospitals, schools, senior centers and nursing homes to help alleviate stress and provide comfort in times of need. But did you know that time spent with therapy cats provides scientifically proven emotional benefits as well? A white paper... Read More

5 health benefits of eating the whole egg
(BPT) - Many of us enjoy adding eggs to our daily diets, appreciating the fact that they're nutritious, satisfying and delicious in a wide variety of sweet and savory dishes.Still, some people may be missing out on the full nutritional value from their eggs by leaving the yolks out of their recipes... Read More

Ready to jumpstart your STEM career? A biological sciences or biochemistry degree can help
(BPT) - If you haven't considered a STEM career, now may be the time to explore your options. Advancements in recent years have highlighted the need for positions in science and medicine, resulting in an industry boom and a growing job market for potential STEM program graduates.Two burgeoning care... Read More

2022 State of Science Index
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The value of culturally competent care: How centering health equity can improve quality and lower costs
(BPT) - By Daniel Sanchez, Director Diversity, Inclusion & Health Equity, UpHealthAs our healthcare system emerges from the COVID pandemic, the price of medical care is continuing to skyrocket. Care remains the number one driver of overall healthcare costs.Efforts to maintain quality while redu... Read More

Let’s play catch-up on routine childhood vaccinations
(BPT) - For many of us, life over the past two years has been anything but routine. We missed out on playdates, reunions with loved ones, in-person school activities, sports - in some cases, even our children's regular doctor visits, putting them at risk of not being up to date on their routine vac... Read More

New tools to detect cancer recurrence: What cancer patients need to know
(BPT) - Without a doubt, cancer is one of the scariest diagnoses anyone may face, typically triggering a roller coaster of emotions - from fear and anxiety to anger and sadness - and sending families into turmoil. But thanks to major advances in cancer treatment, survival rates are increasing, and ... Read More

Smile! How to invest in your confidence by elevating your oral health
(BPT) - When you get dressed in the morning, do you smile in the mirror and like what you see? Your teeth are part of your overall well-being and have the power to change how you look and feel. Having a solid oral health routine enables you to look and feel your best with a brighter, whiter smile. ... Read More

Ongoing research study could help children with rare form of epilepsy
(BPT) - Did you know that over 65 million people worldwide have some form of epilepsy?What is epilepsy?Epilepsy is defined as having unprovoked seizures, which are sudden surges of uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain. These seizures can be brief lapses of attention, episodes of involuntar... Read More

What is it like to grow up with a rare endocrine disorder?
(BPT) - Being diagnosed with a rare disease presents unique challenges for patients and caregivers alike. From symptom management to feelings of isolation, growing up and living with a rare disease can be difficult. In some cases, it can even be difficult to find doctors who specialize in treating ... Read More

Employer health care costs are lowered by increased transparency and employee engagement
(BPT) - In an extensive analysis of patient claims data, health plan member engagement has emerged as employers' single best-practice solution for controlling costs and improving outcomes for their employees.In the fifth joint white paper by the Health Action Council and UnitedHealthcare, a compreh... Read More

How a new innovation can help improve diabetes care
(BPT) - Denver native Matt Callis has a busy, active lifestyle to balance, and he doesn't want his diabetes to interfere with either enjoying time playing with his young kids or riding his motorcycle. Like the 37.3 million other people in the U.S. who have diabetes[i], Matt relies on available ther... Read More

Acute myeloid leukemia in first remission? Learn about an important treatment option today
(BPT) - For the more than 20,000 patients diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in the U.S. each year, managing and coping with disease symptoms can be incredibly difficult.AML, a rare blood cancer, causes the buildup of abnormal white blood cells in the bone marrow, which can interfere with ... Read More

3 ways to make your oral care routine more sustainable
(BPT) - More people are looking for ways to reduce the environmental impact of everyday habits and actions, and some companies are helping them do just that. Did you know sustainability actions can include your oral care habits and the oral care products you use daily, like your toothbrush and toot... Read More

Healthcare’s obligation to fight climate change
(BPT) - By Kees Wesdorp, Chief Business Leader, Precision Diagnosis at PhilipsAs we contemplate our planet's health on Earth Day, we are mindful of the unique set of challenges the healthcare industry faces in expanding access to care while developing more sustainable technology and systems. With m... Read More

Maintaining Conversations with Your Care Team About Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
(BPT) - Sponsored and Developed by Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc.Receiving a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD) can be a life-changing event, and navigating care options throughout the course of this neurodegenerative disorder can be overwhelming for people with PD and their loved ones. A PD diagn... Read More

Technology Paving the Way to a Better Life for All
(BPT) - Today, technology plays a pivotal role in the way people work, play, learn and live. To ensure that everyone, regardless of age, disability or lifestyle, can reap the benefits of the latest advancements, leading tech companies are developing new solutions to make their sophisticated product... Read More

Are you at risk for colorectal cancer?
(BPT) - Five years ago, LuAnn Valentino was given just an 11% chance of survival.At just 53 years of age, she had been diagnosed with colon cancer during her first colonoscopy. With colorectal cancer being the third leading cause of cancer and one of the most common causes of cancer death, the diag... Read More

Top 5 items for new parents to have on hand
(BPT) - If you're expecting a new family member, you probably have lots of things on your to-do list, including that all-important list of baby supplies and equipment. But you're probably wondering: Do we really need all this stuff? While everyone's parenting journey is unique, there are some items... Read More

5 ways science and nature can benefit wellness
(BPT) - Authored and Sponsored by NateanIn recent years, wellness has become more top of mind for many of us. Our wellbeing is directly affected by the choices we make such as how we work, travel, decompress and care for our bodies. Because of this it is important to ensure our daily routines prior... Read More

How to spring clean your wellness
(BPT) - With the sun emerging from the clouds and the weather warming up, it's time to take stock of your wellness. Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dalina Soto says that springtime calls for a review and refresh of your mind and body.By looking at your holistic wellness and tweaking your habi... Read More

Common misconceptions about U.S. water infrastructure
(BPT) - Most Americans don't often think about where their water comes from and how it gets to their taps. When you turn on a faucet, wash clothes or start the shower, you expect water to be there when you need it. However, this is only possible thanks to water utility workers maintaining an aging ... Read More

Straining to read the fine print? Here are 3 things you can do
(BPT) - It starts in your 40s: Suddenly you're having trouble reading smaller print on the computer, electronic devices and books. You feel frustrated holding a menu farther from your face to make out blurry letters. You may even get headaches as you strain to read print that just seems smaller tha... Read More

Managing Thyroid Eye Disease (TED): One woman's journey to regain her sight
(BPT) - Meet Franka - a 74-year-old retired high school teacher who enjoys volunteering, teaching in her retirement community, and exploring Arizona's local art scene. But a few years ago, Franka struggled to see the art she loved, as her vision was affected by Thyroid Eye Disease (TED), a rare aut... Read More

Are you prepared for spring allergens? 6 tips for managing allergy triggers
(BPT) - Many people are looking forward to the warmer months ahead, but spring means allergies for many Americans. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 50 million Americans experience various types of allergy symptoms every year including:SneezingItchy eyesA runny no... Read More

It’s time to take control of your liver health
(BPT) - World Liver Day on April 19 serves two purposes. For patients and health care professionals that have been touched by liver diseases like hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), it's a moment in time to reflect on the severity of these diseases and highlight the importance of self-awareness on a he... Read More

Smart travel snack ideas for the whole family
(BPT) - After limiting travel for the past two years, people are now ready to satisfy their wanderlust. Whether it's travel by air, sea or land, the journey to the destination can be part of the adventure, and it's important to pack delicious foods to fuel you during your travels."Part of successfu... Read More

Make moon milks a part of your self-care rituals
(BPT) - Your well-being is a priority no matter your age, but the busier life gets, the more self-care is often overlooked for other to-do's. In 2022, there's a growing movement to refocus on the importance of self-care and incorporate things that bring comfort into your daily routine.Start shiftin... Read More

Celebrity makeup artist shares 5 secrets to feeling fresh this spring
(BPT) - With springtime comes a sense of renewal. Each new season creates an opportunity to check in on your beauty routine and make updates that help you put your best self forward.'Getting into a spring state of mind isn't just about good glam,' said celebrity makeup artist Priscilla Ono. 'Spring... Read More

Nonprofit Funds Research to Fight Against Childhood Cancer [Video]
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Calling all bearded men who are making the world a better place
(BPT) - Do you take as much pride in bettering your community as you do in bettering your beard? If so, now's your chance to put that good grooming toward goodwill.Men's grooming leader Wahl is looking to reward guys who are doing good, while looking good. The Wahl 'Benevolent Beards' Contest will ... Read More

Put a spring in your step with these energy-boosting tips
(BPT) - Days are getting longer, temps are warming up, and you have lots of plans - but do you lack the energy to make them happen? After spending winter mostly indoors, it can be tough to transition to the change in seasons. Fortunately, simple meal and snack swaps, plus new approaches to your exe... Read More

After two years, it’s time to resume health screenings and procedures, anesthesiologists advise
(BPT) - The pandemic caused massive disruptions in health care, from cancellation of elective surgeries to patients putting off critical screenings and procedures, including colonoscopies, mammograms, knee or hip replacement surgeries, and even in some cases more urgent heart procedures. As a conse... Read More

Pandemic leaves chronic pain patients waiting for relief, survey finds
(BPT) - Severe back pain dominated Letha Baines' life for seven years, making everyday tasks like standing, climbing stairs and gardening difficult. Despite medications and even surgery, the pain persisted. And Letha is not alone. A new survey commissioned by Medtronic, a global leader in healthcar... Read More

Are your kids safe online? How you can protect your kids on the internet
(BPT) - It's never been more important for parents to ensure their children are safe and staying productive online. With so many popular apps, websites and streaming services, keeping track of what your children are exposed to can be difficult. Even the most cautious kids can become victims of cybe... Read More

Protect yourself from Medicare scams: Learn how to spot and report Medicare fraud
(BPT) - Since 1965, Medicare has provided health care coverage to millions of Americans. Almost 64 million people in the United States were enrolled in Medicare as of October 2021, with more people becoming eligible and enrolling each year. Anyone on Medicare is at risk of Medicare-related fraud, a... Read More

Expert Series: A Vision of Health Equity and Inclusion for All
(BPT) - By Robert Tompkins, Group VP and General Merchandise Manager for Health & Wellness, WalgreensCall me an optimist, but I'd like to believe - even in the midst of the division and tension in this country - that there are more of us committed to empathy, compassion and care than you think.... Read More

Tap Into Technology for Better Health
(BPT) - Technology can do so much, but perhaps one of its most exciting qualities for everyday living is its capacity for convenience - especially when it comes to healthcare. Patients can see a specialist who lives hundreds of miles away or attend an appointment without leaving home, and providers... Read More

Summer countdown: Top 7 ways to support your weight management goals
(BPT) - Looking forward to summer? You're probably also looking for ways to support your wellness goals as you start shedding your winter clothes. Fortunately, warmer months bring many opportunities to stay motivated, boost your well-being and achieve your personal best weight.Here are seven ways t... Read More

Extinguish home fire fears
(BPT) - Did you know there is one tool that you can keep on hand to make sure your home is ready for a fire emergency? Having fire extinguishers - and knowing how to use them - will allow you to act quickly should a fire start.'Many people may not know just how quickly a fire can start and spread i... Read More

Rally behind the GVHD community during Donate Life Month
(BPT) - Allogeneic stem cell transplantation, a type of stem cell transplant that uses stem cells from a donor and is used to treat certain types of cancers, can come with a lot of anticipation, questions, and concerns. While many will be cured of their cancer, some are faced with a new, incredibly... Read More

This spring: Spring clean your diet in 4 easy ways
(BPT) - In addition to decluttering your home this spring, why not declutter your diet? We've all heard the phrase 'clean eating' or eating minimally processed foods and getting rid of the excess 'clutter' in the form of added fats, sugars, salt and unnecessary additives. But for some, creating a d... Read More

A Lupus Patient’s Journey Living with the Disease
(BPT) - This content was sponsored by GSK. Nadine is a real patient who was on treatment at the time of these interviews. GSK paid for her time and expenses in sharing her unique experiences. Individual results may vary. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can cause inflammation and pain in ... Read More

Treatment Hope for People with Bipolar I Disorder Symptoms
(BPT) - Paid for by AbbVieMatt Poldrugach, 44, is the owner of a Texas-based electric company and has been living with his bipolar I disorder diagnosis for several years. Matt believes it is more important than ever to have an open dialogue with your healthcare providers and loved ones to help red... Read More

Thriving with Heart Failure: One Woman’s Advice
(BPT) - More than 6 million people in the U.S. are living with heart failure, including Angel, a 56-year-old mother of three from Charleston, SC. Symptoms are different for everyone, but before her diagnosis Angel was often short of breath. Something as simple as turning over in bed at night made h... Read More

What People with Bipolar I Disorder Want You to Know
(BPT) - Sponsored by Alkermes, Inc.If someone you know is living with Bipolar I Disorder (BD-I), you probably have a lot of questions about what they're experiencing and how you might be able to support them. A BD-I diagnosis can be overwhelming. Having information might be able to help you support... Read More

Curious about radical self-care? It's simpler than you think.
(BPT) - Self-care is a hot topic that often relates to activities like exploring a hobby or heading to the spa. But what happens when to-do's hijack your day and life is so busy that you can't even manage a basic self-care routine such as getting a full night's rest or pausing to sit down for a nut... Read More

New documentary sheds light on rare, genetic disease that can take up to 15 years to diagnose
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It’s not too late: Clinical trial seeking participants with chronic Thyroid Eye Disease (TED)
(BPT) - Imagine living for years, sometimes decades, with debilitating eye symptoms that not only affect your day-to-day activities, but often get written off or misdiagnosed by doctors. This is the unfortunate reality for many people living with a rare autoimmune condition called Thyroid Eye Disea... Read More

What can your breath reveal about your gut health?
(BPT) - Your body's alarm system triggers uncomfortable symptoms to alert you when something isn't right. When it comes to persistent bloating and other gastrointestinal symptoms, answers about the underlying cause may actually be found in your breath. Data from your breath can help your doctor dev... Read More

In critical illnesses, a spark of hope can change everything
(BPT) - A child's fight against a critical illness is not only physically exhausting - it is emotionally traumatic. A spark of hope can change everything. For wish kid Tyler, this hope was found through the life-changing power of a wish.Tyler was in and out of the hospital and emergency rooms throu... Read More

Chronic Heart Failure: The Fight This US Veteran Wasn’t Trained For
(BPT) - At the age of 40, Jon Rotenberry was working full-time as an air traffic controller, and as a proud U.S. Navy veteran, he considered himself young and healthy. His wife, Jennifer, was pregnant with their first child when a surprise changed everything: Jon was diagnosed with chronic heart fa... Read More

Top ways to get the most out of your food and exercise
(BPT) - Eating well and exercising regularly are key components of a healthy lifestyle. Rather than thinking of these two efforts independently, it's important to understand the connection between eating and exercise so you can maximize your workouts and feel your best.Registered Dietitian and Nutr... Read More

Do your community schools have a clean air action plan?
(BPT) - When you think about K-12 student success, positive teachers, quality curriculum and classroom size likely come to mind. However, for students to truly succeed they must be healthy and focused, and often that boils down to basics including the very air they breathe while at school.Air quali... Read More

5 ways to keep your home clean and healthy this spring
(BPT) - Temperatures are warming up and flowers are blooming, which means it's time to make a spring-cleaning plan. After a long winter, it can feel good to do a deep clean of your home, clear away the mustiness of the previous year and welcome the change of the season.With viruses like the flu and... Read More

MAC Lung Disease: Managing a chronic lung disease during the COVID-19 pandemic
(BPT) - The past few years have reinforced the importance of overall health, particularly respiratory health. For those living with a chronic lung illness, such as Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) lung disease, taking precautions against respiratory illnesses is nothing new. However, for those liv... Read More

How you can walk to make a difference for people with lupus
(BPT) - During a time when health and wellness are top of mind, many are looking for creative ways to boost their own well-being - and at the same time seeking opportunities to do something truly meaningful for others. Whether you or someone you care about is living with lupus or not, you can make ... Read More

Opening the Dialogue about Bipolar Depression
(BPT) - By Dr. Greg Mattingly, Physician and Principal Investigator in clinical trials for Midwest Research GroupThis article is sponsored by Intra-Cellular Therapies. Dr. Mattingly provides paid consulting services to Intra-Cellular Therapies.The Current State of Bipolar DepressionBipolar disorder... Read More

What Do Continuous SARS-CoV-2 Mutations Mean for the COVID-19 Pandemic? [Infographic]
(BPT) - All viruses mutate over time, and this is especially common in RNA viruses like influenza and SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. These changes help the virus to survive by exploiting mechanisms of genetic variation. Multiple variants of SARS-CoV-2, such as Alpha and Omicron, have e... Read More

For Individuals with Prostate Cancer, “Creating Space” During Radiation Treatment Could Make All the Difference
(BPT) - Three years ago, Alex Lamb, an active retiree just shy of 80 years old, was happily preparing for a big move to be closer to his son. Then he received a prostate cancer diagnosis.'It was a total shock to me. I found out by going in for a regular check-up,' said Alex, who didn't experience a... Read More

5 ways to make your home coffee experience even better
(BPT) - These days, everyone is seeking the best gadgets and products to help them savor their own home-brewed coffee, looking to enhance the flavor and even turn coffee making into a soothing daily ritual. Fortunately, there are many ways to enjoy your cup of joe that don't require more work - but... Read More

The Powerful Relationship Between Patient and Provider When Living with Multiple Sclerosis
(BPT) - Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic and unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (CNS) and is thought to be an immune-mediated disorder, in which the immune system attacks healthy tissue in the CNS.Erika, who works in Government and Public Affairs, was diagnosed with relapsing-r... Read More

Could importing medicine save you money? 5 facts about personal prescription importation
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of having access to safe, reliable and affordable medications. This is especially critical for Americans with underlying medical conditions who struggle to afford medications. To offset rising drug costs, many Americans import pharmaceuti... Read More

The insider's guide to surprise medical billing
(BPT) - Americans may be tired of hearing about COVID-19 but a slew of new healthcare regulations are significantly impacting how people are charged for healthcare services. On Jan. 1, 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) kicked off the New Year by celebrating the consumer p... Read More

4 myths about the rewarding profession of caregiving
(BPT) - The number of baby boomers, a demographic with 52 million people who are 65 and older, is projected to double by 2060. Many from this group will want to stay in their homes. In fact, a recent AARP study from November 2021 finds that 77% of older adults want to remain in their homes for the ... Read More

7 tips for choosing a primary care doctor
(BPT) - How well does your primary care provider know you? Do they see you at least once a year? Maybe during these last few years, when health has been at the forefront, you renewed your efforts to see this critical caretaker more regularly.A primary care provider is more than just a provider. Ove... Read More

Worried about your lung health? Take a deep breath, and give Kundalini Yoga a try
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has made us all reconsider things we used to take for granted - like in-school learning, eating out, blowing out birthday candles and ... less exciting ... lung health.The American Lung Association estimates that there may be as many as 24 million American adults livin... Read More

Breathe in a happy home: 4 benefits of good indoor air quality
(BPT) - Indoor air quality is an aspect of a healthy lifestyle that is often overlooked. Even if you lead an active lifestyle and spend a lot of time outdoors, you likely spend more time indoors than you think. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans spend about 90% o... Read More

Spring cleaning for your health: Are you at risk for pneumococcal pneumonia?
(BPT) - As the weather changes and seasons transition, you've probably already started spring cleaning or it's on your to-do list. But what are some of your health and wellness goals as you spring into 2022?For example, you could:Start or increase your exercise, such as yogaMake mindfulness a part ... Read More

How you can help find a cure for Parkinson’s
(BPT) - Did you know, whether you have Parkinson's or not, you can make a difference in the future of brain health? Michael J. Fox, award-winning actor, author and founder of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF), who himself has lived with the disease since 1991 at age 29, ... Read More

The CDC now recommends hepatitis B vaccination for adults. Are you protected?
(BPT) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that it recommends hepatitis B vaccination for all adults ages 19-59[i]*. While there is no cure for hepatitis B, vaccination can prevent the disease. Fortunately, with two trips to your local pharmacy, you can get prot... Read More

The intersection between loneliness and social isolation
(BPT) - These past couple of years have been challenging in lots of ways and many people, particularly older adults, have felt the weight and impact of loneliness and social isolation.This has been especially true when staying home and sheltering in place has been recommended to increase safety. Wi... Read More

Seeing clearly shouldn't be painful: The truth about contact lens intolerance
(BPT) - More than half the adults in the United States wear contact lenses or glasses to correct their vision. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a whopping 45 million people choose contacts. Contact lenses, which today include more comfortable materials and advanced techn... Read More

A winter lesson about respiratory health inspires year-round attention
(BPT) - Jill loves learning. She has a natural inclination to find and share information. Her career in early childhood education is one way that she has been able to pursue this interest in her life. Another is in her enthusiasm for passing on invaluable information that could help others. Like so... Read More

5 beauty and style tips for staying fresh this spring
(BPT) - The sunshine and gentle breezes of spring inspire people of all ages to update their style so they look and feel their best. While fragrant flowers are blooming all around, the warmer weather can leave you feeling less than fresh."Feeling fresh is a state of mind," said Dr. Maiysha Jones, S... Read More

Shaky hands or something more? 5 must-know facts about essential tremor
(BPT) - Everyone has had shaky hands at times. Maybe it was because you were nervous or cold. Now imagine if your hands and potentially other parts of your body were trembling whenever you ran errands, ate lunch, or attempted other typical daily tasks. Challenges like these represent the reality fo... Read More

Before COVID-19, There Was Tuberculosis
(BPT) - If you were to meet someone who works full-time as a dentist, spends the rest of her time with her husband and two young children and appears to be in good health, there would be no indication that just 10 years earlier she had been diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB). When a Baltimore ... Read More

Worried about your vision? Watch out for these 5 common eye problems
(BPT) - Our eyes are delicate. Even using precaution, you can end up with eye damage and loss of vision. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that in the U.S., 12 million people over the age of 40 have some form of vision impairment.Many vision problems are caused by disea... Read More

5 ways to make working from home more comfortable
(BPT) - As many Americans have traded their work commute for a home office, interest has focused on creating more comfortable remote workspaces. Ergonomic furniture, acoustic soundboards and high-speed broadband technology are a few investments designed to make working at home more comfortable. But... Read More

How to protect your hearing from 5 common hazards
(BPT) - Did you know hearing trouble is the third most common chronic health condition? According to the CDC, about 40 million Americans between 20 and 69 experience noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) in one or both ears. The CDC reports that noise above 70 decibels (dB) over a prolonged period may ... Read More

Advocating for Yourself: A Patient’s Experience with Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma (RRMM)
(BPT) - Kathy, a 59 year old woman with RRMM, shares her diagnosis and experiences. This is her personal story and others may be different.Kathy, a wife, mother and avid traveler, received the shock of her life when she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma at 39 years old. Her diagnosis was uncommon... Read More

What employers can learn from the Great Resignation
(BPT) - By Shareen Luze, head of culture and field experience, RBC Wealth Management-U.S.It's a startling fact - people are quitting their jobs at a higher rate than normal. According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report released in November of 2021, a record 4.5 million people resigned that mont... Read More

Why you need to know about postbiotics in 2022
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What You Need to Know About Prostate Cancer: Keys to Feeling Empowered
(BPT) - This content is sponsored and provided by Myovant Sciences and Pfizer Inc.For many, the beginning of the year signifies a fresh start, offering an opportunity to re-evaluate priorities and reflect on what is truly important in our lives, including our health. For example, annual check-ups a... Read More

With an ebbing pandemic, patients look to nurse anesthetists for their care
(BPT) - Throughout the nation, pandemic restrictions are easing as COVID-19 cases drop. By now, we are familiar with mask mandates and vaccine card requirements, but how has the pandemic impacted our healthcare delivery system?Recognizing the need for patients to receive the care they need, and hea... Read More

5 tips for supporting brain health
(BPT) - As you get older, you might take steps to develop healthy habits, whether exercising, eating healthier or limiting your consumption of alcohol. But did you know that there are steps you can take to help with your brain health? Such preventive measures might even reduce the risk of Alzheimer... Read More

Helping to support older adults with diabetes through coordinated care
(BPT) - Diabetes is one of the greatest health threats Americans face, especially as they grow older. It impacts an estimated 34 million adults in the U.S., and nearly 27% of those 65 and older are believed to have the disease. In addition, one-half of older adults have pre-diabetes.'Diabetes is a ... Read More

Frustrated with acne? A first-of-its-kind prescription cream recently became available
(BPT) - Did you know that acne is the most prevalent skin disease, affecting up to 50 million Americans?1 If you are one of the millions of people who have 'acne vulgaris,' a skin condition commonly known as "acne," you may have already tried a number of over-the-counter (OTC) products. While some ... Read More

Breathe easier and enjoy spring thanks to expert allergist tips
(BPT) - Spring is a stunning season full of life as plants grow, flowers bloom and the sun shines. The downside of this abundance of beauty is seasonal allergens. Pollen from all those growing and blooming plants spreads via warm breezes and can make you feel awful."Allergic rhinitis, commonly call... Read More

If You are 50 and Older, You May be At Risk for Shingles. But You Can Take Action.
(BPT) - If you are 50 years of age or older, the virus that causes shingles is likely already inside of you. In fact, nearly all - 99% - of adults carry the virus that causes shingles, yet research has showed that only 7% of adults over 50 believed they were at an increased risk of developing the d... Read More

Navigating a multiple myeloma diagnosis – what you need to know [Infographic]
(BPT) - Sponsored by Takeda OncologyIn 2021, approximately 35,000 people in the United States were estimated to be diagnosed with multiple myeloma (MM),1 a rare disease that represents about 1% of all diagnosed cancers worldwide.2 Despite therapeutic advances over the last few decades, MM remains a... Read More

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