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What You Should Know About Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Health
(BPT) - When you’re living with type 2 diabetes, there is a lot to think about when it comes to your health. Most people know that eating healthy, staying physically active, and following a prescribed treatment plan are important to successfully manage the disease. What many people may not know is ... Read More

Taking Control of Osteoarthritis Knee Pain
(BPT) - For years, Susan struggled to use the stairs in her home, due to her osteoarthritis (OA) knee pain. The discomfort she felt when trying to walk up or down them was so unbearable that Susan and her husband were forced to sell their beloved home in order to find a ranch-style residence that w... Read More

Patient thanks her caregiver after successful transplant
(BPT) - The holiday season presents the opportunity to pause and express gratitude to those that have touched our lives. For former dialysis patient and recent kidney transplant recipient Ingrid Codrington, her biggest “thank you” is to a woman who changed her life when she needed it the most.The b... Read More

5 health evaluations you shouldn't put off
(BPT) - In the new year, lots of people will make resolutions to get healthier. When it comes down to it, no one is in charge of your health but you. Sure, you can use technology to track some health issues, but that will only get you so far. At the end of the day, it’s up to you to ensure you get ... Read More

Protein-Packed Breakfast Foods to Energize Your Busy Family During the Holiday Season
(BPT) - Families trying to navigate through a busy holiday season — whether it’s running to planned activities or hosting out-of-town guests — often engage in unhealthy breakfast habits or skip breakfast altogether. Studies show on-the-go families that eat a healthy, protein-packed breakfast can en... Read More

Living with Knee Pain - Regaining a Positive Outlook
(BPT) - Living with knee pain can become part of a daily routine for many, and some resign themselves to thinking it’s just part of the aging process. Often, people live with the pain for years and delay having important conversations with their doctors.According to a recent survey of more than 500... Read More

Go from red to red carpet ready in 30 minutes
(BPT) - Ruddy, red complexions or blotchy skin can mar your red carpet look, and there was little that could diminish this redness and erase broken blood vessels in time for your big event — until now. Beauty A-listers know that the secret to a flawless complexion is not just about camouflage makeu... Read More

Understanding the Risks and Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer
(BPT) - In 2018, an estimated 55,440 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Diagnoses during early stages of the disease have been shown to improve survival. Take a minute to learn about the risk factors and symptoms that may help lead to an earlier diagnosis. ... Read More

Celebrating Survivorship: Heart Attack Survivors are Not Alone
(BPT) - You’ll never forget that moment. Whether it impacted you or a loved one. It stopped you in your tracks and changed everything.Life after a heart attack can feel overwhelming. Survivors can feel vulnerable, afraid, or sometimes weak. And while every survivor’s journey is unique, the initial ... Read More

Revealed: The secret to ageless skin
(BPT) - Psst: Want in on a secret that can put the brakes on wrinkles and other signs of aging skin? Who doesn’t? More than 70 percent of us are bothered by fine lines and wrinkles, not to mention the skin texture and discoloration that come with advancing age, according to data from the American S... Read More

ASMR: The Incredible Impact of Sound and How It Affects Human Emotion
(BPT) - Maybe it is the rustle of canvas unfurling, or the sharp snipping of the stylist’s shears as they tidy up your bangs. Whatever it is, it resonates down your scalp and spine like a tuning fork. Certain noises can trigger the senses and make us feel a variety of ways. In fact, researchers are... Read More

Treatment with Novel Stroke Device Has 39-Year-Old Stroke Survivor Returning to Marathon Form
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What to Know When You Can't Go, So You Can Get Moving Again
(BPT) - No one likes to feel held back, and in today’s busy world, it’s hard to miss a beat. So imagine if you had a chronic condition that made you feel like you had to put your life on pause – yet, nobody understood the negative impact it had on your daily life. That’s what it can be like to live... Read More

Act now and learn about recommended cancer screenings
(BPT) - Cancer Screen Week is a public health initiative launched in 2017 by Genentech, the American Cancer Society, Stand Up To Cancer and Rally Health to elevate public awareness and foster understanding of the potentially lifesaving benefits of cancer screening. This year’s nationwide initiative... Read More

Look better in the buff: Get your sexy back without giving up everything you love
(BPT) - Looking sexy, svelte or built in your clothing is one thing. Looking better in the buff is a whole other ballgame. Clothing — even low-cut necklines, short-shorts or tight-fitting tees — can hide your flaws and accentuate your assets, but when you are nude, there’s nowhere — or way — to hid... Read More

Putting your best face forward: 5 holiday beauty tips
(BPT) - Now that the holiday season is here, you’ll likely be attending more parties, gatherings and social events than normal. After all, this is the season for celebrating with friends and family, while also meeting fun new people.As you relax and socialize, you’ll also want the confidence that c... Read More

Beat the Bah Humbug: 6 Tips to Relieving Holiday Season Stress
(BPT) - 'Tis the season! While the holidays are synonymous with peace, love and joy for many who celebrate, the holiday season can be filled with discomfort. According to the national “Beating the Holiday Burn” survey of 2,000 Americans 18 and older, from long to-do lists to disagreements with love... Read More

How You Can Take Control This Flu Season
(BPT) - The 2017-2018 flu season will unfortunately be remembered for years to come. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)[i], the 2017-2018 flu season was the only season to be classified as “high severity” across all age groups. In addition, there were an estimated nea... Read More

Empowerment through Positivity: The Journey of Two People with Brain Cancer
(BPT) - Pat Ponticelli is a 61-year-old retired registered dietitian living in Massachusetts and George “GJ” Gerner is a 30-year-old man living in New York and working in accounting. While their circumstances are very different, they both are facing glioblastoma (GBM), a rare and aggressive type of... Read More

Prep your kitchen against holiday pests with these 5 tricks
(BPT) - The holidays are a busy time, filled with joyful gatherings, plenty of good meals and houseguests galore. But the jam-packed celebrations can also provide an opportunity for uninvited pests to find their way indoors. The experts at Terminix have a few tips for protecting your kitchen from i... Read More

Tips for Those Caring for a Loved One with Cancer
(BPT) - We are now well into November and entering the holiday season. The holidays are a time of year to cherish time with family and friends. It’s also a great time to recognize and give thanks to those who tirelessly provide care for those living with an illness, such as stomach cancer — the fif... Read More

Persistent respiratory symptoms could mean more than COPD
(BPT) - Patients experiencing the symptoms of a chronic condition often feel a sense of relief when their doctor provides a diagnosis. They are no longer left to wonder what’s wrong — there’s a name for what they’re feeling and a path forward to address it.But not everyone gets this lucky. For pati... Read More

Bullying prevention: 5 tips to encourage parent-child conversation
(BPT) - If you're a parent, you bring your kids to their annual checkups, get their teeth cleaned twice a year and help them eat well and get enough sleep. You do this to keep them physically healthy, but what about their mental health?  For parents, it can sometimes seem difficult to monitor and g... Read More

4 easy health hacks to stay tough this winter season
(BPT) - With never-ending holiday gatherings, travel, Sunday football tailgates and early morning snow-shoveling, everyone’s looking to stay strong and healthy this winter season. Along with colder temperatures, winter also brings a host of preventable sicknesses. In fact, the CDC estimates that th... Read More

Eating healthy, eating safe
(BPT) - You try to eat healthy, but the one thing you can’t control is who has been handling your food and whether they are practicing adequate food safety. Each year, foodborne illnesses sicken close to 50 million Americans and lead to more than 130,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. A lot of ... Read More

Laughing or crying uncontrollably? 6 signs you or your loved one may need to see a doctor
(BPT) - Laughing and crying are normal human responses to emotion, but when it becomes sudden, frequent, uncontrollable and doesn’t match how you feel, it might be a sign of a medical condition called PseudoBulbar Affect (PBA).1What is PBA?PBA causes uncontrollable laughing and/or crying that occur... Read More

Is Everything You Know About Lung Cancer Wrong?
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Woman with Life-Threatening Condition Thankful for New Treatment
(BPT) - Before her diagnosis with hereditary ATTR (hATTR) amyloidosis, Gail had a healthy, active social life. She was a professional concert pianist and university professor of piano. She founded an international piano festival in Paris, France to promote the authentic interpretation of French pia... Read More

Woman with Life-Threatening Condition is Thankful for New Treatment
(BPT) - Before her diagnosis with hereditary ATTR (hATTR) amyloidosis, Gail had a healthy, active social life. She was a professional concert pianist and university professor of piano. She founded an international piano festival in Paris, France to promote the authentic interpretation of French pia... Read More

Holiday shopping tips to save money and reduce stress
(BPT) - Lines, crowds and stress — if that describes your holiday shopping experience, you’re doing it all wrong. The cost of gifts and decorations can add up quickly, but there are plenty of ways to reduce the dent in your wallet.Here are six money- and time-saving tips from The Home Depot to mini... Read More

Winter allergies: The allergies you didn't know you could have
(BPT) - When temperatures get below freezing, people with seasonal allergies to grass, tree and weed pollens get well-deserved relief from their symptoms. But if you're still sneezing and blowing your nose when winter descends, you might have indoor allergies.The problem for many allergy sufferers ... 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

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

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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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

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

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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The truth about life insurance
(BPT) - If you haven't made solid financial plans, now would be a good time to consider a life insurance policy to 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 surprising that 37.5 million American househo... 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

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

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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