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home : news : health and wellness July 21, 2018

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

A different approach to preventing child abuse
(BPT) - Research shows that child abuse and neglect affects households across the country, and a majority of Americans view it as a public health problem and acknowledge that it is an issue in their community. In fact, a recent national survey by Research!America shows that 44 percent of non-Hispan... Read More

5 fantastic energy-boosting snacks for fitness success
(BPT) - As marathon season approaches, many people are focused on training. Building up endurance is key, but you can't do that without the fuel your body needs. Wholesome energy-boosting snacks are essential for keeping up the pace, whether you're focused on a 5K or full marathon.There are a varie... Read More

Watch what you heat: 5 kitchen safety tips
(BPT) - Cooking equipment is the top cause of home fires, and the second leading cause of home fire deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).'Considered to be one of the more preventable types of fires, kitchen fires can be avoided by following a few common-sense guideli... Read More

Seniors' Health Rankings: Where does your state rank?
(BPT) - It's well known that where you live can influence your health. The recently released United Health Foundation's 2018 America's Health Rankings Senior Report dives into this issue. The sixth annual report finds that older adults who live in rural areas often experience poorer health outcomes... Read More

Don't fear anesthesia when your child needs surgery
(BPT) - When surgery is necessary, anesthesia ensures your child can safely receive life-saving or corrective treatment while managing the pain and discomfort of the procedure. Anesthesia's effect on the developing brain is being researched continually, and you'll be comforted to know that anesthes... Read More

Brendan Looney: A life of service before self
(BPT) - The Fourth of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the founding of our nation. It's an opportunity to celebrate patriotism with fireworks and parades.But it can also be an opportunity to show your appreciation for the brave servicemen and -women who protect ... Read More

Got company? 5 quick and easy refreshments for summer guests
(BPT) - Summer is a great time to create memories with friends and family, and some of the best times happen when you gather your favorite people together on your deck, balcony, poolside or screen porch. As singer John Mayer puts it, 'A little bit of summer's what the whole year's all about."As you... Read More

Remodeling to age in place? Make changes where it matters most
(BPT) - American household demographics constantly change. With kids grown and moved out, many adults are considering remodeling to meet their future needs. This has inspired the idea of aging in place, meaning the desire to have a high quality of life in your home as you get older. In the United S... Read More

Fight pregnancy symptoms with these feel-good pregnancy nutrients
(BPT) - If you're like most expecting moms, you've already heard that a healthy, whole foods diet is best for you and baby, one that features plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and lean proteins.However, many expecting moms are also battling nausea and indigestion, especially during t... Read More

5 tips for busy women to take charge of their health
(BPT) - If you're an American woman today, chances are your busy lifestyle is preventing you from seeking out the regular check-ups and screenings so important to maintaining your health. And that's true regardless of your economic status or whether you live in a rural, urban or suburban area.So re... Read More

Got stress? Bringing your pet to work can help
(BPT) - If you've ever felt tense, anxious or simply unable to relax while performing your job, you're far from alone.A recent survey by the American Institute of Stress found 80 percent of U.S. workers across industries have felt stress in the workplace; nearly half say they could use help dealing... Read More

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

Revealed: The secret to losing weight and keeping it off
(BPT) - Losing weight - and keeping it off - isn't easy, and one of the main reasons is that there's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all, guaranteed-to-produce-dramatic-results diet.Just because your BFF lost her baby weight by cutting out carbs doesn't mean you will. Your genes, blood markers and... Read More

Savvy summer fitness and nutrition tips
(BPT) - The warmer-weather months are the ideal time to get outdoors, stay active and focus on your health goals. Staying fit and eating healthy can come easy when you keep a few simple tips in mind.Explore Mother NatureIf the gym is getting boring or just isn't your style, it's time to find inspir... Read More

Everyday habits to help America's infrastructure
(BPT) - Crumbling bridges, failing subway lines, gridlocked roads, water and sewage systems that haven't been updated for over 100 years and a vulnerable electric grid. This might sound like the scene of a futuristic world in ruins, but in fact, these images describe the state of America's deterior... Read More

Stay hydrated this summer and year-round
(BPT) - Staying hydrated is a necessity, but sometimes it's difficult to tell when your body needs water, especially during warmer months. Experts say on average men need 15 cups (3.6 liters) and women need 11 cups (2.6 liters) of water per day. Our bodies are about 60 percent water, and just losin... Read More

Families find hope for rare genetic brain disorder
(BPT) - For most parents, their child's first steps or first words are incredible moments in their lives and a reason to celebrate. Well before their child is born they look forward to these milestones.Parents Mike and Lori Cecere looked forward to watching their son Weston crawl. Most babies learn... Read More

The surprising health benefits of decluttering
(BPT) - Getting your house in order can be a struggle, especially as we age. Sorting through decades of belongings is often emotional and stressful, as questions and decisions pile up: Is this jewelry valuable? What should I do with all these tools I no longer use? Will this china set have sentimen... Read More

Boomer bonanza: 5 ways to stay in style on a fixed income
(BPT) - As American baby boomers begin to exit their careers and opt for more leisurely lifestyles, some 10,000 are expected to retire every day through 2029.While many are scaling back their incomes in retirement, however, most have no intention of becoming out-of-touch with modern trends and inno... Read More

Los CDC urgen a las familias a que inicien la conversación sobre la septicemia
(BPT) - Cada año, al menos 1.7 millones de personas en los Estados Unidos presentan septicemia, y casi 270 000 mueren por su causa. Aunque cualquier persona puede contraer una infección, y casi cualquier infección puede ocasionar septicemia, solo el 55% de las personas en los EE. UU. han escuchado ... Read More

Fortified salt improves lives
(BPT) - Haiti has among the highest rates of elephantiasis (lymphatic filariasis), which attacks the lymphatic system, leading to abnormal enlargement of body parts, disfigurement, pain, disability and social ostracism. The World Health Organization estimates that 856.4 million people in 53 countri... Read More

Don't let the summer sun blind you to this lesser-known skin cancer
(BPT) - Most of us look forward to the balmy breezes and cheerful sunshine brought about by spring and summer, especially those of us living in climates where winter is long, gloomy and bitterly cold. Yet as we get our shorts, polo shirts and swimsuits out of storage, it's important to remind ourse... Read More

5 things you probably didn't know about women's baseball and the 2018 Women's Baseball World Cup
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Understanding ovulation and the best days to conceive
(BPT) - Many women trying to conceive are confused about their period, the 28-day cycle and when they're most likely to get pregnant.When a couple is planning to have a baby, understanding the 28-day cycle can mean the difference between success and disappointment, says Gloria Richard-Davis, MD, Ob... Read More

Are you doing enough to stay protected against germs?
(BPT) - When it comes to avoiding germs, some people take it to an extreme. They are fastidious about using a paper towel to avoid touching the door in a public bathroom, wipe down every square inch of an airplane seat and can hardly go 15 minutes without re-sanitizing their hands. Some habits, lik... Read More

Los antibióticos no son siempre la solución
(BPT) - Los CDC instan a las familias a tomar conciencia sobre los antibióticosLos Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) animan a los padres, los abuelos y a las otras personas que cuiden de un familiar a que Tomen Conciencia sobre los Antibióticos al hablar con sus profesio... Read More

Maintaining a healthy pH balance 'down there': 3 common triggers for elevated vaginal pH and why it matters
(BPT) - Many women do not realize the vagina is an ecosystem that requires a balanced environment to remain healthy; and events like menstruation, sex, and hormonal changes can throw off that balance. The result can be odor and discomfort, according to Lauren Streicher, M.D., Medical Director of th... Read More

Simple, local nutrition: 5 reasons to feel good about the dairy in your diet
(BPT) - When you sip a wholesome smoothie or savor a slice of cheesy pizza, do you ever wonder who's behind your favorite dairy foods?More than 97 percent of dairy farms in the United States are family-owned and operated - and these families are as passionate about crafting simple, nutritious dairy... Read More

Mitos y realidades sobre la disfunción eréctil
(BPT) - Aunque la disfunción eréctil, o DE, puede ser un tema difícil de tratar, más del 50 por ciento de los hombres mayores de 40 años padecen algún grado de DE.[1] Si bien el hecho de no poder lograr o mantener una erección puede ser frustrante, embarazoso y confuso, existen numerosos mitos sobr... Read More

Heartburn help: Try these 6 tips
(BPT) - From the food or beverages consumed to the way we eat and when, there are many factors that play a role in the onset of heartburn. To help keep it at bay, internal medicine physician at Lenox Hill Hospital and Mount Sinai Medical Center Dr. Keri Peterson recommends the following tips:1) Be ... Read More

5 home-buying tips for first-timers and old-timers
(BPT) - Whether you are buying a home for the first time or you are just looking for an upgrade, it is never a bad idea to arm yourself with tips that can make your search go from overwhelming to enjoyable. Rather than learning the hard way about hidden expenses and difficult neighbors, there are t... Read More

Tips for talking about Alzheimer's with a family member
(BPT) - It's a conversation no family wants to have, but one that can be vitally important - talking to a loved one about memory loss or cognitive decline.Mary Foss of Eagan, Minnesota, said she knew it was time to broach this sensitive topic with her husband Darrell when she noticed he was having ... Read More

Are you a caregiver? Try these 7 resources
(BPT) - When David Bowen's father fell taking out the trash in 2016, it set in motion a series of health challenges the family is still battling together. Bowen, 62, hired a part-time professional caregiver to assist his father and his mother, who was battling Alzheimer's, but he found himself serv... Read More

A healthier, happier summer starts with these tips
(BPT) - In the cold of winter, at the start of the year, people all across the country resolve to live a healthier lifestyle - yet summer is actually the perfect time to start your resolution. Think about it: the weather is beautiful, the kids are out of school and fresh produce is abundant.Instead... Read More

5 ways to help Dad out
(BPT) - Being a dad today brings with it many joys and challenges. From the kids' soccer games to tidying up the house to cooking healthy foods everyone actually wants to eat, it can be exhausting. Supporting Dad can make a big difference all year long, helping to reduce stress and save time. What ... Read More

Menopause and painful sex: What you need to know
(BPT) - This year, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Senior Health & Fitness Day. The common goal for this observance is simple: to help keep Americans healthy and fit at any age. This national awareness day is the perfect opportunity for individuals to make or renew resolutions aro... Read More

4 Traits to Look for When Choosing Your Wedding Photographer
(BPT) - Planning a wedding is no small task. In order to enjoy the process (and stay sane), it's important to recognize early on which details can be decided quickly, and which ones deserve more time and care.When it comes to wedding photos, you can't go wrong with a little extra time and thought, ... Read More

Think you're too old to quit smoking? Think again
(BPT) - It's no secret that tobacco smoke can be deadly. It is strongly linked to everything from cancer and stroke to pulmonary issues and heart disease.Although the prevalence of smoking in the U.S. decreased from 21 percent to 17 percent of adults over the past five years, according to America's... Read More

5 ways for families to tackle summer on-the-go
(BPT) - Summer is just around the corner, which means it's time to get ready for the fun-filled months ahead. From barbecues to sporting events and family vacations, summer can be the busiest time of year for families - but, there are some easy tips and tricks you can use to stay on top of a busy r... Read More

Eating right and staying healthy in retirement
(BPT) - Americans are now living longer than ever before. In fact, one of the fastest growing segments is people over the age of 85 who will represent 20 percent of the population by the year 2040. Because we are living longer, certain conditions specific to seniors are also on a steady rise. Dehyd... Read More

5 tips for women to conquer summer discomforts
(BPT) - The summer season means balmy weather, fun outdoor activities, frequent travel and the opportunity to take a dip in your newest swimsuit. However, whether hiking or soaking up the sun, sweat and moisture can quickly become an enemy of summer activities, ruining fun and relaxation time. With... Read More

Summer nausea is a thing: 4 tips to prevent nausea from ruining fun in the sun
(BPT) - Summer is the long-awaited season for fun and relaxation, warm weather and quintessential outdoor activities. However, the season's most anticipated and exciting events can also lead to a not-so-fun problem: nausea. Whether it's chasing kids through the park, dreaded long commutes in the he... Read More

An easy start to better eating: Healthy surfaces and simple ingredients
(BPT) - When you become a parent, your child's health and well-being takes top priority. This is why when it comes to getting dinner on the table, parents these days are less likely to reach for that box of mac and cheese and other heavily processed foods. Instead, parents tend to gravitate to dish... Read More

5 tips to prepare for college when you have allergies
(BPT) - Going to college is the first time many young adults will be away from their parents and their home. With this newfound freedom comes new responsibilities, especially for those with allergies and asthma.'For most teens, going away to college marks their first time living on their own,' says... Read More

Stay agile: 5 tips for easier aging in place
(BPT) - While many of us may dream of retiring and moving away to a beach-side resort or cabin by the lake, the reality is that most Americans look forward to remaining in their own homes so they can continue to enjoy familiar comforts, activities and loved ones. In fact, an AARP survey recently fo... Read More

For People with Diabetes: Get Active this Spring, but Check Your Feet First
(BPT) - Spring is finally here, and it's an ideal time to get outside and be more physically active. For those with diabetes, regular exercise helps increase circulation and is a critical part of staying healthy. But, before lacing up your sneakers, here are some important steps to ensure your feet... Read More

Don't Be Sidelined by an Injury - New Treatment Could Help You Get Back to Go
(BPT) - Weekend warriors are enjoying golf, tennis and jogging in record numbers. While many will continue to enjoy these leisure activities pain-free well into their senior years, increasing numbers face the prospect of surgery for bone, joint and muscle injuries. In fact, more than 50 million adu... Read More

How an Innovative Treatment Got One Couple Back to Go [Video]
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Finding Aid in America: African Refugee Shares Personal Story of His Road to Healing [Video]
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5 ways to win the fight against hunger cravings
(BPT) - It's a sadly familiar situation: You ate a nutritious breakfast, packed a salad and ate a healthy lunch. You're eating better, cutting out the junk and everything is going well ... until late in the afternoon.Around 3 p.m. is when the cravings always hit. When your stomach tells you it want... Read More

Osteoporosis is responsible for millions of broken bones a year. Do you have it?
(BPT) - As people age, they become more likely to develop osteoporosis, a disease that occurs when bones lose density and mass, which can cause them to be brittle, weak and easily broken.Dr. Rhonda Randall, chief medical officer for UnitedHealthcare Retiree Solutions, answers questions about osteop... Read More

Family doctors remind people that #MentalHealthMatters
(BPT) - Mental health and emotional wellness affect every aspect of a person's life, from work to family to leisure. One in five adults lives with mental illness, which can range from mild to severe. Many times, before mental illness is diagnosed, it can trigger physical symptoms.Take, for example,... Read More

Get stroke smart: You could save a life - and it could be your own
(BPT) - Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has some type of stroke. Even though stroke is a leading cause of disability in America, it is largely preventable and treatable. As May is American Stroke Month, it's the perfect time to brush up on the facts to stay as healthy as possible.Bayer Aspiri... Read More

Choline is vital during pregnancy: Here's were to get it
Nutrition is critical to consider when you are pregnant. You want to support your changing body and satisfy your cravings, but you also want to help your growing baby thrive.(BPT) - "Nutrients serve double duty during pregnancy because they support both mom and baby," said Dawn Jackson Blatner, reg... Read More

5 ways shilajit helps you power through your workout
(BPT) - If you're looking to increase your energy, stamina and endurance to kick your workouts up to the next level, bypass the energy drinks and caffeine and turn to ancient Ayurvedic tradition instead. You read that right. The secret to boosting your performance isn't well known in the Western Wo... Read More

5 ways to get your kids involved at mealtime
(BPT) - When kids are exposed to delicious meals prepared with fresh ingredients, they are more likely to make healthier choices away from home.Registered Dietitian Emily Burson and Executive Chef Brandon Neumen, founders of School Nutrition Plus (SNP), are inspiring families to cook together. The ... Read More

4 common mistakes keeping you from a good night's sleep
(BPT) - Do you wake up in the morning feeling tired, even if you went to bed early? Do you struggle to feel well rested? Is it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep all night? You're not alone.Healthy adults generally need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night, although sleep quality is just as import... Read More

Unlocking amino acid potential and building lean muscle
(BPT) - While the global protein category is nearing $6 billion annually, there are many conflicting theories and reports about the best combination of ingredients for success as it relates to building muscle. In addition, many consumers are easily confused by the wide variety of products available... Read More

The importance of NTM lung disease education: A teacher's journey to diagnosis
(BPT) - Donna was an active school teacher who loved tennis and bike riding, until one day, she coughed up a small amount of blood. Her coughing, coupled with constantly feeling out of breath, put Donna on a journey of misdiagnosis, hospitalizations and fear.Donna saw multiple doctors and underwent... Read More

Probiotics for a healthy life
(BPT) - According to super bug warrior and probiotic guru Heather Holmes, the human body naturally contains trillions of both good and bad bacteria that must stay in balance for optimal health; but this balance is fragile and often disrupted by changes in environment and/or routine, diet, oral anti... Read More

Women fight rare blood disease
(BPT) - National Women's Health Week is a time to empower women to make their health a priority as well as encourage them to take steps to improve their overall health. It's also an opportunity to raise awareness of rare diseases that disproportionately affect women.One rare blood disease called im... Read More

5 reasons to celebrate shrimp
(BPT) - Want a reason to celebrate? Look no further than America's favorite seafood! Shrimp knows how to get a party started. Beloved for its great taste, this bite-sized protein is a mouthwatering, flavor-packed option that deserves its moment in the spotlight. Don't believe us? Here are five simp... Read More

Easy ways to create your personalized garden
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5 steps to the perfect fishing trip with dad
(BPT) - When you were a kid and needed to learn something new, you went to Dad, right? He's the one who taught you how to ride a bike and drive a car. He's also the one who taught you how to bait your hook for the first time.You've never forgotten these skills and now is a great time to say thank y... Read More

6 summer essentials to stay healthy and maximize the season
(BPT) - The long summer months are full of potential. From hitting the beach to hitting the open road, there are plenty of activities for you to get outdoors and explore the warm weather. To make the most of the sunny days and star-studded nights, you need to be prepared so you have fun, stay safe ... Read More

5 ways gardening and plants can reduce stress
(BPT) - In today's busy world, we're continually searching for new ways to slow down and unwind. This has led more people to discover the calming benefits of gardening and how incorporating plants into decor provides a way to reduce everyday stress.Studies have shown that indoor plants clean the ai... Read More

3 warm-weather home cleaning tips
(BPT) - Warmer weather and more daylight hours bring renewed energy to truly enjoy your home with family and friends. Spring is a great time to get rid of the lingering grime and grit of winter to keep your clean home happening all season long. With a thorough home clean, you can create a vibrant l... Read More

Why quitting your high cholesterol medication without talking to your doctor is a big mistake
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Myths and facts about pain management in childbirth
(BPT) - Nearly half of first-time moms (46 percent) said the labor and delivery pain they experienced with their first child was better than they expected, according to a nationwide survey commissioned by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).The survey findings suggest that being proacti... Read More

Tips to keep your pet healthy in the heat
(BPT) - Spring is here, summer is approaching fast and it's time to get outside and start taking advantage of the warmer weather. Dr. Jeff Werber, Emmy award-winning celebrity veterinarian, has a few tips and tricks on how to keep your pet happy and healthy in the heat.Before you start your jogging... Read More

If an injury or illness kept you out of work, could you pay your bills?
(BPT) - You helped friends move their furniture; now your back is so sore you can't move. You could be out of work and unable to collect at least three paychecks.Your doctor says you've eaten your last bacon-wrapped hot dog, or your health could keep you out of work for four paychecks.You made a di... Read More

5 easy ways to relax and recharge on a boat this summer
(BPT) - Looking to get away from the daily grind this summer? The answer may be to leave your stress on land and take those summer plans on the water. Four in five Americans say being around water relaxes them, and 72 percent feel healthier after spending time on the water, according to a Discover ... Read More

Are you 'in tune' with AFib-related stroke risk?
(BPT) - In 2017, nearly seven million Americans were estimated to have AFib, a type of irregular heartbeat, not caused by a heart valve problem. This condition increases the risk of having a stroke by five times. 'Tune in to AFib,' an educational campaign from the Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer Al... Read More

2018: The year of comfort culture
(BPT) - Are you in touch with your comfort culture? More than just a catchy buzzword, comfort culture is that sense of comfort and pride that comes from who you are, where you're from and how you do things. It's the space where you can relax and let the stresses of everyday life melt away, even for... Read More

Dogs can catch the flu? What dog parents need to know
(BPT) - Did you know that humans are not the only ones who can catch the flu? Unfortunately for man's best friend, dogs are also susceptible to their own version of it.Dog flu is a year-round illness that can easily spread from dog to dog, but isn't contagious to humans. Spring is a great time for ... Read More

Brilliant blooms: 5 smart consumer tips for sending flowers
(BPT) - For Americans, sending flowers to show love, caring and concern is a longstanding tradition appreciated by both givers and receivers. It's so popular, in fact, that last year we spent some $2.6 billion on flower gifts for the Mother's Day holiday alone - $26.6 billion on floral products thr... Read More

Young 4-H leader makes STEM fun and accessible
(BPT) - Cassandra Ivie is the founder and creator of the Incredible Machine, a curriculum and activities kit that teaches chemical, mechanical, software and electrical engineering to students in her community - and she is only 17 years old! Ivie is a 4-H leader from West Jordan, Utah, who brings ha... Read More

New guidelines may alter the way you see your MS treatment
(BPT) - For people with multiple sclerosis (MS), many of the treatment options surrounding their condition are well known. However, in the past, many people with MS decided to delay using MS drugs for as long as possible and allow the disease to run its course. New guidelines from the American Acad... Read More

Seniors are exploring smartphone settings to add ease, accessibility
(BPT) - The digital generation gap is slowly narrowing, with older users appreciating the many benefits of smartphone technology. Innovative technologies make it easier than ever to maintain social contacts, monitor health and preserve independence. According to Pew Research, 85 percent of adults o... Read More

6 ways to revive your home with essential oils
(BPT) - Essential oils, highly concentrated essences of plants, have the power to improve our lives, revive our spaces and boost our mood, whether it's through diffusing them to add a fresh scent to the kitchen, creating a spa-like oasis in your bathroom or whipping up DIY cleaning products to use ... Read More

Millions of smokers go online for help to quit each year
(BPT) - The internet is the first place many people go to get information on how to quit smoking. In fact, more than 12 million U.S. adults - a third of all smokers - turn to the internet for help quitting each year, according to a new Truth Initiative study.Published in Nicotine & Tobacco Rese... Read More

Taking control: The fight for my health
(BPT) - My path to diagnosis In my late twenties, I was leading a relatively 'normal' life. I had graduated from college, landed a full-time job and was living on my own. I had my own insurance, which was a huge thing to me, because behind the scenes, I was dealing with symptoms of a chronic illnes... Read More

Advice for adult children of aging parents who need help at home
(BPT) - Helping a parent stay active and healthy at home can be achieved with careful planning. The rewards of personally caring for, or managing the care of, a loved one who needs help are innumerable. It's an opportunity to give back and to offer a return on the loving investment they once made i... Read More

Easy tips to save money on health care
(BPT) - As Americans work hard to meet all the obligations that come with work, family and everyday life, many are challenged to find time to manage all the financial elements affecting their health care.The details associated with health care insurance can be confusing. At the same time, you want ... Read More

Health care costs in retirement: Can you separate fact from fiction?
(BPT) - As their 65th birthday looms, many people eagerly anticipate the affordable access to health care that Medicare will provide. After all, Medicare covers everything, right? Not exactly. Because of this common misconception, many people are caught off guard when they realize that each one of ... Read More

Maximize the value of your Medicare dollar
(BPT) - In a recent survey, 43 percent of newly retired people said they were spending more on health care than they planned. One of the primary reasons? An unintentionally misguided approach to choosing their Medicare coverage.To make the process of comparing their plan options easier, too often p... Read More

Insufficient salt consumption can be dangerous
(BPT) - New York City mandates it and now Philadelphia is considering it. 'It' is salt warnings on menu labels for any item considered too high in salt. The average American eats about 3,400 mg./day of sodium and recent studies indicate that's just about the right amount. Regardless, the federal go... Read More

90 percent of homes have hard water: What are the effects?
(BPT) - Hard water, which contains high levels of calcium and magnesium, can be found in nearly 90 percent of American homes. These minerals cause scaling, a buildup that clogs waterlines and plumbing forcing appliances to work harder and operate less efficiently. The scale may also harbor bacteria... Read More

Don't suffer in silence if you have these symptoms
(BPT) - "As a doctor, I want patients to have open conversations with me about any symptoms they may experience without feeling uncomfortable," said Dr. Howard Franklin, MBA, vice president of medical affairs and strategy at Salix Pharmaceuticals. "But, I understand that patients may sometimes choo... Read More

Are Your Symptoms Caused By Coronary Artery Disease?
(BPT) - A Simple Blood Test Can Help Doctors Determine Your Current Likelihood of Having a Blockage in Your Heart ArteriesObstructive coronary artery disease (CAD), also known as a blockage in the heart arteries, has many telltale signs. Chest discomfort. Heartburn. Tightness or pressure in the thr... Read More

5 deep-cleaning jobs that are oddly satisfying
(BPT) - Whether it's scrubbing through grime to reveal a sparkling surface, cleaning dust bunnies from under appliances or organizing your pantry, there's something oddly satisfying about a deep clean.According to a recent survey conducted on behalf of Clorox, lots of people get the good vibes flow... Read More

5 symptoms of menopause and how to control them
(BPT) - The use of hormone therapy (HT) can minimize risks and maximize menopausal relief for common symptoms like hot flashes, dryness, mood swings, fractured sleep, brain fog, irritability and weight gain, according to Dr. Mache Seibel, author of The Estrogen Fix. When taken at the right time, es... Read More

A new way to restore women's confidence and comfort in 15 minutes
(BPT) - Major life events like childbirth, aging and menopause can cause unwanted changes to a woman's body. These tend to include a woman's overall vaginal health that can impact her daily life in terms of work, travel, sports and also, her sex life.Fortunately, there is an innovative, non-surgica... Read More

Gut check: Eat the right kinds of whole grains with the right kinds of fiber to cut cancer risk
(BPT) - Can cutting back on whole grains be bad for your gut and deadly to your health? Though some popular diets promote the elimination of grains, a recent report from the American Institute for Cancer Research suggests this may be ill-advised.Researchers say 47 percent of colorectal cancers can ... Read More

Bioelectronic medicine now being used for cancer treatment
(BPT) - At its core, bioelectronic medicine is simply the use of technology to treat disease and injury. If it sounds futuristic, it's because many of its applications operate like something out of a science fiction movie.Some applications include tools that you're probably already familiar with, l... Read More

Use these sleep tips to stay safe and productive at work
(BPT) - It's time for America's workforce to wake up. If you are one of the tens of millions of adults sleeping fewer than seven hours each night - the amount recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) - you are likely jeopardizing performance, increasing accident risks and puttin... Read More

Confronting a Health Crisis: The Disease of Opioid Addiction
(BPT) - Approximately 2 million Americans are battling a disease that many people may not understand or feel ashamed to admit being impacted by: opioid addiction.[1] Like many other diseases, opioid addiction can be a continued struggle for afflicted individuals and for their families and caregiver... Read More

The travel warrior's nutrition guide: 5 easy steps to be healthy on the go
(BPT) - U.S. residents logged 1.7 billion trips for leisure purposes in 2016, according to the U.S. Travel Association, and this number will likely grow in 2018. Whether you're traveling for leisure or business, you shouldn't lose sight of nutrition. It's common to think, 'Hey, I'm on vacation, so ... Read More

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

Love dairy but it doesn't love you? Tips for going dairy-free
(BPT) - Do you love dairy, but usually regret eating it shortly after it's gone? That sour stomach after drinking milk, munching on cheese or eating ice cream is sometimes called a dairy hangover. The culprit: lactose.Lactose is a milk sugar. Infants have special enzymes that break down lactose. As... Read More

Farm-to-table: The hot food trend you can enjoy without leaving home
(BPT) - Farm-fresh eggs. Locally grown tomatoes. Herbs sourced onsite.If you've eaten out recently, you've probably noticed the menus feature locally sourced ingredients. The farm-to-table movement continues to flourish at restaurants throughout the country.In fact, rather than the exception, it's ... Read More

The busy parent's guide to weekday meals
(BPT) - It's amazing what parents do in a day. You help your kids with homework, drive them to and from practice, whip up a meal everyone will like, make sure they brush their teeth ... the list goes on. Not to mention you have a job to go to. It's a wonder parents can ever find a few minutes to re... Read More

Travel insurance tips for a worry-free vacation
(BPT) - Vacation may be a time to relax, but things can take a serious downturn if you lose your passport or if there is disastrous weather at your destination - or worse, you need an emergency medical evacuation. Though travel insurance can seem like just one more expense, without it, an emergency... Read More

9 tips to take the anxiety out of trying to conceive
(BPT) - "For many women, getting pregnant can be a frustrating and anxiety-filled experience. It certainly was for me, which is why I was inspired to write 'The Impatient Woman's Guide to Getting Pregnant,'" said Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D, whose book offers tips for women who are trying to conceive.Try ... 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

Mushrooms: Gentle on the Planet, Healthy on the Plate
(BPT) - Want to start making more earth-friendly food choices in the kitchen? Start with mushrooms, a healthy food that requires minimal natural resources to produce.According to a 2017 study titled "The Mushroom Sustainability Story," mushroom production requires relatively low water, energy and l... Read More

Nutrition takes center stage for people with chronic conditions
(BPT) - Nutrition is important for everyone. The proper vitamins and nutrients help the body stay healthy and function well. For people with chronic conditions, the right nutrition is essential in helping to ward off potential health hazards.Depending on your state of health, some nutrients may be ... Read More

How far would you walk for clean water?
(BPT) - You finish a workout and when you're done, you reach for a bottle of water. Afterward, you shower, the clean water hitting your skin and then, that evening, you use water to prepare dinner for your family. It's a standard day for you, but what if you were one of the millions of people aroun... Read More

7 plant-based tips for a healthy weight
(BPT) - Whether you're a vegan, vegetarian or omnivore, it's important to eat a diet that includes a symphony of minimally processed plant foods, according to Sharon Palmer, an award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist, plant-based food and nutrition expert, author and blogger. This includes ... Read More

8 simple things you can do at home to improve indoor air quality
(BPT) - A clean house always looks and feels good. But did you know a clean environment goes a long way toward keeping you and your family healthy?For starters, dust holds dander and pollen, which explains why dust so easily triggers an allergy attack. But common household dust contains other bad s... Read More

Problem Gambling: Know When to Stop Before You Start
(BPT) - The bright lights. The energy and laughter that fills the room. Casinos are fun and exciting to the vast majority of people but for some, they can be problematic.Casinos are a form of entertainment, so how do you ensure what's meant to be a fun and leisurely activity continues to be a posit... Read More

5 questions to ask before making a charitable contribution
(BPT) - Giving back by donating to a nonprofit can help you feel more connected to your community and have a lasting impact for someone else. In many cases, deciding where to donate your hard-earned funds can be overwhelming. After all, the array of groups requesting donations is substantial and in... 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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