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Keep Healthy and Stress Less Through the Holidays and Beyond [Video]
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Celebrating the Past, Looking Toward the Future This Diabetes Awareness Month
(BPT) - November is Diabetes Awareness Month - a time for us to reflect not only on how far diagnosis and treatment have advanced since the discovery of insulin just 100 years ago, but also on where opportunities still lie to expand access to advanced technology.As the leading global healthcare tec... Read More

6 simple secrets to healthier, fuller hair
(BPT) - Self-care is an important topic these days, especially when it comes to prioritizing your mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Not only can practicing self-care help reduce anxiety, depression, and stress, but it can also lead to healthier hair and skin when you focus on re-fueling y... Read More

How Schools Can Keep Students Safe by Enhancing Indoor Air Quality
(BPT) - For the first time in decades, the need to protect people against airborne illnesses has become an urgent topic of conversation across the globe. This is particularly true for young students who are only recently eligible for the vaccine and are often gathered in small classrooms, exercisin... Read More

7 indoor air quality myths debunked
(BPT) - Air quality has become a hot topic. COVID-19 heightened our awareness of all of our surroundings - especially the air we breathe. Because people spend 90% of their time indoors, especially during colder winter months, sorting fact from fiction about indoor air quality is crucial.Trane Techn... Read More

10 Simple Ways to Prevent Cooking Fires this Thanksgiving
(BPT) - Traditional gatherings have returned as friends and family across the country are planning to celebrate in person together. As holiday hosts begin to prepare for festivities, it's important to create a safe, healthy environment for family and guests.An estimated 79% of those who plan to hav... Read More

5 critical questions to answer during Medicare annual enrollment
(BPT) - Millions of people across the country rely on the federal health insurance program Medicare. If you're one of them, it's important to know about the annual open enrollment period where you can make changes to your plan so you're set for the year ahead. To get the best Medicare coverage for ... Read More

If you have Graves' disease, here's what you need to know about Thyroid Eye Disease
(BPT) - If you are experiencing symptoms like eye bulging, double vision, dry or watery eyes, severe pain or pressure behind your eyes, these could be signs of Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) - a serious, progressive and potentially vision-threatening rare autoimmune disease.TED mostly affects people who... Read More

Pause, breathe, learn: The importance of exploring breast cancer treatment options
(BPT) - A breast cancer diagnosis is scary, and women facing this situation are often laser-focused on eliminating the cancer as quickly as possible. However, if detected at an early stage, most women have the option of briefly pausing to research their treatment options, learn about new technologi... Read More

Retinal disease can steal your vision, but it doesn’t have to
(BPT) - For decades, Glenroy Washington happily worked as a professional musician, a passion that led him around the world. Then while on tour in Europe, he noticed something was wrong with his eyesight, and that's when his life began to change.Washington has diabetes and tried to keep his A1C, or ... Read More

How to enjoy the holidays without overloading your New Year’s resolutions
(BPT) - Face it, everyone's done it - abandoned wellness goals over the holidays, hoping to make up for it with New Year's resolutions. According to a recent study, half of Americans have broken a diet due to the holidays. In the fifth annual 'Writing Off the End of the Year' survey, commissioned b... Read More

The silent health risk of COVID-19: Five facts to know about blood clots
(BPT) - COVID-19 is associated with many complications, but one that many people are not as aware of are blood clots. According to a recent study, between 25% to 49% of patients with severe COVID-19 also experience blood clots with blood clots in the lungs being the most common condition. These blo... Read More

New breast care program helps decrease wait times, delivers faster test results, improves patient experience
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How to enjoy favorite holiday foods - even with C. diff
(BPT) - With the holidays approaching, many people look forward to cooking favorite meals with loved ones. Unfortunately, gathering around the holiday table may be filled with more anxiety than joy for those who are suffering from C. difficile infection, or C. diff.Caused by bacteria with the same ... Read More

4 reasons why millennials need life insurance
(BPT) - If you're a millennial, the chances you've already invested in a private life insurance policy are probably pretty low. The share of Americans covered by life insurance slid from 63% in 2011 to 52% in 2021 - and the most pronounced decrease has come from younger generations.It makes sense -... Read More

A Caregiver’s Perspective – Managing A Loved One’s Mental Health and Tardive Dyskinesia
(BPT) - ADVERTISEMENTThis article was sponsored and developed by Neurocrine Biosciences Inc. Forrest and Moira were compensated by Neurocrine Biosciences Inc. to share their story.Whether you're caring for a loved one's physical or mental state, this November, we commemorate caregivers across the c... Read More

Living with malignant pleural mesothelioma: How one man found a different treatment option
(BPT) - Harold L. was raised in a Kansas farming family as one of fourteen siblings. Unfortunately, throughout his active life and unbeknownst to him, he had been exposed to asbestos; first, as a young man growing up on the family farm and then while on active duty in the military. But his greatest... Read More

How One Woman Turned Type 2 Diabetes Into a Wake-up Call
(BPT) - Sponsored by Novo Nordisk. Meet Nikki M., registered nurse, mom, military wife, and avid tennis player. She is also one of about 32 million people in the United States living with type 2 diabetes.[a] To see Nikki today, you wouldn't expect her to be someone who once struggled to maintain a ... Read More

Why accountability and regulation are needed to curb social media youth crisis
(BPT) - The statistics are in - and it's quite clear that America's teens are in crisis. The cause? A freewheeling social media environment where cyberbullying and exploitation are rampant and where the companies that do nothing to stop it are not held accountable, according to the Social Media Vic... Read More

Is It time for a change? Evaluating health insurance plans during Open Enrollment
(BPT) - A lot can happen in a year, especially if it includes major life changes such as retirement or a new career. In particular, your health status and finances can shift a lot over the course of 12 months. Fortunately, the Open Enrollment period is a good time to review your healthcare coverage... Read More

These healthy food swaps are astonishingly delicious
(BPT) - Many people associate healthy eating with bland, flavorless, unexciting foods. This mindset limits exploring new dishes and desserts that offer ample taste as well as nutrition. Even classic cravings - like salty, savory or sweet - can be satisfied with a few simple food swaps and a mindful... Read More

4 ways to achieve small wins toward your nutrition goals
(BPT) - Face it, the past year has been tough. It's been all too easy to lose track of your wellness goals, especially around nutrition. The good news is, you can get back on track by working toward 'small wins' - simple steps that improve your nutrition - and celebrate each one to inspire further ... Read More

Understanding Ovarian Cancer [Infographic]
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A checklist for good senior health and wellness
(BPT) - As you age, your health needs change. Staying on top of senior wellness activities is important, but it can sometimes feel overwhelming. Creating a list of health and wellness to-do's can help you stay organized, so you look and feel your best."Aging well is living well and it all starts wi... Read More

An oral health holiday carol
(BPT) - Adulting is hard - and keeping track of everything that needs to happen and paying for it in the middle of a pandemic is especially challenging. If you've been a Scrooge about taking care of your teeth, the ghosts of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) - the 7,334-member-strong o... Read More

Meditate, rinse, repeat: How to be more mindful just in time for dinner with the in-laws
(BPT) - Face it, there hasn't been a lot to be thankful for the last year and a half. If gratitude is a muscle, many of us are finding ours a little atrophied. But you know what's great about weak muscles? With a little work, you can not only get them back in shape, you can make them stronger than ... Read More

Protect yourself against Medicare fraud [Video]
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Embrace Your Inner Goddess: How Moms Can Stay Centered, Healthy and Stress-free Through the Holiday Season with Kundalini Yoga
(BPT) - Preparing for the holidays is a breeze. Especially if you have kids. There's nothing more relaxing than managing menus, cleaning up after guests, decorating the house, buying gifts, making travel arrangements, navigating family drama, and hosting social gatherings, especially during a globa... Read More

How vitamin C can help boost your skin's health and appearance
(BPT) - Are you always on the lookout for better, more effective - and affordable - ways to help boost your skin's health and appearance? If so, you've probably noticed that vitamin C has become a staple when it comes to ingredients in the best skincare products. You've also probably heard dermatol... Read More

5 things you need to know about healthcare coverage during open enrollment
(BPT) - It's that time of year again - open enrollment for healthcare coverage. While finding the right plan may seem confusing, there are more resources and ways to find reduced-cost coverage than ever before. If you're currently uninsured or your coverage doesn't meet your needs, now is a good ti... Read More

Rethink drinking patterns before consequences stack up
(BPT) - Sponsored by Alkermes, Inc.By CC Sabathia, former professional baseball playerWhen I decided suddenly, during the professional baseball playoffs in 2015, to go to rehab - right in the moment - to get treatment for my alcohol dependence, many people were surprised. For years, I worked to hid... Read More

5 ways to manage painful diabetes complications
(BPT) - Technology has come a long way in reducing the impact of diabetes on people's lives. Long gone are the days of daily urine testing and sharpening needles. Newer technologies like smart blood glucose meters, insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors have given people better tools to self... Read More

Expert tips for managing asthma and allergies during the holidays
(BPT) - What's in those delicious holiday cookies? How come it's hard to breathe while decking the halls? Is that adorable puppy in the big red bow causing you to have a big red nose?"The holiday season is full of fun festivities and beloved traditions, many of which present unique challenges to pe... Read More

Enjoy baking better-for-you treats this holiday season
(BPT) - Outdoor temps are cooling down, leaves are falling and the holiday season is fast approaching - inspiring baking with festive, craveable flavors like pumpkin, cinnamon, chocolate and peppermint. The good news is, you can indulge those cravings by using healthier alternatives to create bette... Read More

Childhood Vaccination: Why It’s Important for Your Children and Community
(BPT) - The drop in pediatric vaccination rates in the first six months of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic placed certain populations at a greater risk for vaccine-preventable infectious diseases and potential outbreaks.'Vaccines are a great public health success story,' shared pediatric vaccine ... Read More

How nurse anesthetists can help provide more timely care for veterans
(BPT) - Most people would agree veterans have earned the best possible healthcare for their service and sacrifice. Unfortunately, veterans can endure dangerously long wait times for medical services, including those that require anesthesia care. One reason for these delays is that Certified Registe... Read More

National Family Caregivers Month Savings Tips and Resources for AARP Members
(BPT) - Wanting to care for someone is a natural impulse, especially if they need a little more help than others, perhaps due to a medical condition. Fortunately, many resources are now available that help caregivers find the support they need for both themselves and those for whom they care. These... Read More

1-pound baby inspires mom to become NICU nurse
(BPT) - As a micropreemie born at just 25 weeks, baby Willow faced many complications of prematurity.To help her survive, Willow received countless treatments in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). One of the most beneficial, according to Willow's mom, Perry, was her nutrition.For premature an... Read More

Answering a patient’s first questions: two organizations who accepted the call to make a difference
(BPT) - 'Where do I go for help?'-a simple, perhaps broad, but challenging question. This is the first question many people living with graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) ask following their diagnosis. GVHD can occur after an allogeneic stem cell transplant when the transplanted, or donor, cells init... Read More

Understanding the Key Differences Between COVID-19 PCR and Antigen Tests [Infographic]
(BPT) - With the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting every aspect of life, continued testing is crucial to reopening our businesses, schools, travel and entertainment facilities. Having accurate and reliable tests has remained critical to understanding infection rates and spread, and understanding th... Read More

Improving your rheumatoid arthritis care: five tips you need to know
(BPT) - Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, systemic and potentially debilitating autoimmune disease that is estimated to affect over 1.3 million people in the U.S. alone1. Hallmark signs and symptoms include joint pain, fatigue and morning stiffness, though early RA tends to affect smaller joi... Read More

Give the gift of clean: Your guide to luxury bidets
(BPT) - Looking for the perfect gift for that special someone? After a tough year with many unexpected turns and disappointments, a gift that delights and takes self-care to a new level is needed more than ever. For something truly thoughtful and unforgettable, consider a bidet.But how do you find ... Read More

Sweet and savory ways to indulge during the holidays without sabotaging your wellness goals
(BPT) - One of the greatest pleasures of the holidays is enjoying traditional flavors of the season. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to indulge without discarding all your wellness goals. You can enjoy festive foods if you plan ahead for holiday events, and make dishes that aren't loaded with... Read More

Radiant heat a top home-improvement trend in new and existing homes
(BPT) - As people look to make their homes healthier and more comfortable, interest in radiant heating systems has soared. Predicted to be a top home-improvement trend for 2022, these highly comfortable, energy-efficient heating systems aren't just for new-home construction. A variety of installati... Read More

Living with narcolepsy: One woman’s journey with this rare disorder
(BPT) - Imagine feeling so tired during the day that you struggle to stay awake and alert, constantly feeling the need for sleep - often to the point that it interrupts your day-to-day life physically, emotionally and socially. This persistent feeling of tiredness during the day is excessive daytim... Read More

Cold weather eczema flareups? These top pediatrician tips provide relief for kids
(BPT) - With cooler weather here for many, it's important to keep in mind that dropping temperatures and drier air can have an impact on your health, especially the health of your skin. People with eczema may experience additional irritation and flareups during the colder seasons. This can be parti... Read More

6 simple tips to protect yourself from online crime
(BPT) - Strange texts and curious emails requesting personal information. Unauthorized purchases on your credit card. New online accounts being opened in your name. Digital crime can vary greatly and is increasingly concerning as criminals get more sophisticated every day.The Federal Trade Commissi... Read More

How to make the most of your Medicare open enrollment options
(BPT) - Each year when the Medicare open enrollment period comes around, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the many choices you have. You're not alone - most people have questions this time of year. What's the best way to get the most from your benefits? What if Medicare doesn't cover everything you... Read More

How to take action when you see hypoglycemia symptoms
(BPT) - Everyone needs blood sugar (glucose) because it provides essential fuel for the body and mind. However, for people with diabetes, getting the right amount of glucose is critical because low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia, can lead to stupor, confusion, loss of consciousness, seizur... Read More

Simple steps for eco-friendly eating
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5 Things to Know About HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer
(BPT) - The breast cancer treatment journey - something nearly one in eight women will experience sometime in their lifetime[1] - can be overwhelming and filled with uncertainty. To hear 'you have breast cancer,' or 'your breast cancer is progressing' can be incredibly jarring. Often, one of the fi... Read More

Living with Huntington’s Disease Chorea
(BPT) - Before experiencing any symptoms, James McGann decided to get tested for Huntington's Disease (HD) in his mid-50s. Since his mother had HD, he knew that he had a 50% chance of developing the disorder, and he wanted to tell his children if they too were at risk.[1] In 2008, McGann tested pos... Read More

How to Protect Your Family from This Explosive Household Hazard
(BPT) - Over 62 million homes in the United States use natural gas for space heating, water heating, cooking, drying clothes, and more. Although natural gas usage is common across the country, many aren't aware of the deadly explosions caused by natural gas leaks. The aging gas line infrastructure ... Read More

You are not alone: Now is the time to talk about Alzheimer’s together
(BPT) - Throughout his career, Rod Stephenson, 73, of Savannah, Georgia, wore many hats. He worked in television broadcasting, the retail pizza industry, in manufacturing and quality assurance - and most recently, he was ordained as a pastor. But after Stephenson decided to retire from his eventful... Read More

Community Living Benefits Everyone [Infographic]
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Under Pressure: Facing Serious Challenges, America’s Nurses Continue to Make a Difference
(BPT) - Numbering at over 4 million, nurses are the largest group of health care professionals in the United States. It's estimated that one in every 100 people is a registered nurse. And for 19 years straight, Americans have ranked nursing the most honest and ethical professional in an annual Gall... Read More

Connection, Community, Communication: One Person’s Journey to Build a Network to Support Herself and Other Atopic Dermatitis Patients
(BPT) - Sponsored by Incyte CorporationLiving with eczema can be frustrating, painful, and, at times, a source of some tough days. Just ask Linette Roungchun, who has been living with atopic dermatitis (AD), the most common form of eczema, since she was three years old.'When you have eczema, your c... Read More

Go Cordless This National Window Covering Safety Month
(BPT) - Every parent with young children likes to make sure their home is as safe as it possibly can be. Even though you have taken the time to childproof your home, no parent can think of everything. Hidden hazards that pose a potential safety risk to your child may still be in your home without y... Read More

How to choose better-for-you, ethically sourced chocolate
(BPT) - Savvy consumers today are demanding more from products they love to eat - including ever-craveable chocolate - beyond delicious taste. They want to be excited by new flavors and trends, easily see every ingredient and get great-tasting products that fit within their health and nutrition goa... Read More

You’re not alone in this fight: 5 tips for Black women facing triple-negative breast cancer
(BPT) - Advocating for yourself is one of the most important things you can do when facing a breast cancer diagnosis - but you don't have to do it alone. You might not be aware that Black women (non-Hispanic) are about twice as likely as white women (non-Hispanic) to have triple-negative breast can... Read More

How one hospital is overcoming disparities in pancreatic cancer care
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4 Questions About the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period You Need Answered Right Now
(BPT) - One of the most important times for healthcare coverage - and most dreaded - is upon us: the Medicare Annual Enrollment period. It started Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. A recent poll conducted for ClearMatch™ Medicare, a brand dedicated to helping 'de-complexify' Medicare, foun... Read More

National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month: Educating the Public on Treatment Options for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
(BPT) - This article is sponsored by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. and Lundbeck, for which Dr. Maguire is a paid consultant.October is National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month, a time to reflect on the importance of recognizing the signs of depression and understanding when and h... Read More

Beyond calcium: Tips for building strong and healthy bones
(BPT) - Experts have found better alternatives to increasing bone density than calcium alone.Approximately half of all adults aged 50 and older are at risk of breaking a bone, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation.Even seemingly safe activities like exercising and driving can become tro... Read More

Flu season is here: What you need to know
(BPT) - After more than 18 months of taking precautions to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the world is slowly reopening - families and friends are reuniting, workers are heading back into the office and children are going back into school. But as the world continues to gradually make progress in... Read More

Flu shot recommended for people 65 and older
(BPT) - As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people 65 years and older get their flu shot this year, in addition to their currently recommended COVID-19 vaccines. Health experts across the country urge everyone 6 months and older to get... Read More

The Importance of Simultaneous Testing of COVID-19 and Flu [Infographic]
(BPT) - Flu season is fast approaching even as COVID-19 continues to spread, potentially leading to confusion surrounding symptoms and testing protocols, and mass disruptions in schools, businesses, and transportation. In the northern hemisphere, influenza and respiratory syncytial viruses are comm... Read More

What can you do to protect your vision?
(BPT) - You could probably predict the outcome of a study about whether people who don't have vision insurance get adequate - or any - vision care. Unsurprisingly, less than half of Americans who lack health insurance get eye care services, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventio... Read More

Ask a dietitian: Should I use sugar substitutes?
(BPT) - Americans are eating and drinking too much added sugar, which can contribute to a variety of chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. According to the 2020-2025 dietary guidelines for Americans, people 2 years and over should have no more than 10% of total daily cal... Read More

The most influential projects of 2021 couldn't happen without project managers
(BPT) - Despite numerous challenges, 2021 has emerged as a time of hope and advancement, proven by the many successful projects that will impact humanity for decades to come. These results are thanks to a team effort, including dedicated project managers that tackle complex steps and organizational... Read More

Restoring normalcy after breast cancer
(BPT) - During the initial shock of a cancer diagnosis, patients are quickly overwhelmed by all the decisions that need to be made. Staying alive and getting the cancer out are top of mind with little time to think about life after cancer. But what happens after the treatments, after mastectomy and... Read More

Flu shots for two: Protect yourself during pregnancy and your baby after birth
(BPT) - The phrase 'two for one' suggests a great deal: getting twice the benefit. That's precisely what a flu shot can do for someone who is pregnant. One shot protects you from flu during and after your pregnancy; it also protects your baby during the first few months of their life, when they are... Read More

Did you know probiotic products can help clean your home?
(BPT) - When you think of probiotics, gut health likely first comes to mind. Whether it's fermented foods like yogurt, kombucha and sauerkraut, or vitamin supplements and skin care, probiotics are widely accepted as microscopic powerhouses. What may surprise you is that the benefits of probiotics g... Read More

Filberts for the family: 5 reasons hazelnuts make a great snack
(BPT) - Need a new snack? Hungry families are turning to a trendy and tasty new choice - the homegrown hazelnut. Perhaps parents outside the Pacific Northwest might not recognize the state nut of Oregon, but rest assured, there's more to crack here than mere coffee flavoring.You might not know that... Read More

Why sleep experts recommend eliminating daylight saving time
(BPT) - Nov. 7 is approaching, and with it the end of daylight saving time, when those in most of the U.S. will 'fall back' to standard time by setting clocks back one hour. If the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) had its way, this would be the last time change in the U.S., and the switch ... Read More

6 tricks and treats for kids to enjoy a healthier Halloween
(BPT) - Kids love Halloween, and it's no wonder - on what other occasion are they allowed to have so many treats at one time? While you love letting them enjoy the holiday, here's a few tricks to treat kids - from healthy snacks to easy ways to keep them active. Check out these fun and festive cand... Read More

The new normal prioritizes routine breast screening
(BPT) - In the early days of COVID-19 when recommendations to remain at home were rampant, routine health screenings were relegated to the long list of "non-essential" activities. In retrospect, delaying screenings may have been counter-productive. As of March 2021, the diagnosis rate for breast an... Read More

Supercharge your diet with foods rich in vitamin D
(BPT) - When you think of healthy bones, calcium likely comes to mind. However, without another powerhouse nutrient, your body can't absorb calcium. You need adequate amounts of vitamin D to keep your bones strong, which many people get from sunlight. The problem is, when shorter days arrive in the... Read More

School-year wellness: 5 ways to support children’s immune health
(BPT) - While staying healthy is a priority, your children's health always rises to the top, particularly during the school season. However, it can be challenging to not only come up with nutritious and delicious meals for your children each day, but also to encourage them to incorporate healthy ha... Read More

3 simple, dermatologist-approved steps for treating acne
(BPT) - New research shows that adults with acne report feelings of acne-related depression, social isolation and anxiety that span both their personal and professional lives. The study, published in the medical journal JAMA Dermatology, highlights the difficulties adult acne poses and also sheds l... Read More

The small thyroid gland in your neck has huge impact on wellness
(BPT) - When discussing health and wellness, the thyroid gland isn't likely a hot topic between friends and family. This tiny gland is frequently overlooked, yet deserves attention because it plays such a large role in the health of the body, impacting how you look and feel every day.Small yet migh... Read More

Ground Zero first responder raises awareness for lung disease
(BPT) - Twenty years after 9/11, some World Trade Center first responders still struggle with long-term health complications brought on by the catastrophic event. For Tom Frey, a former New York City detective, the consequences started with Hodgkin's Lymphoma - a blood cancer that can be linked bac... Read More

Support research to save lives from breast cancer
(BPT) - Breast cancer's impact is far reaching. Whether affected directly or indirectly by the disease, everyone can agree that finding effective treatments is a must. This is especially important for people with metastatic breast cancer (MBC), also known as stage 4.MBC is breast cancer that has sp... Read More

One man's search for relief from painful diabetic neuropathy
(BPT) - The pain was so bad, James Smith couldn't sleep. With what felt like a thousand bees stinging his legs, he spent hours at the computer searching for: 'Treatment options for painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN).''When I couldn't sleep, I'd find myself searching online,' said Smith. 'I wanted to... Read More

Eye exams are critical to protecting vision
(BPT) - Watching a sunset in all its glory. Looking over at your children around the dinner table. Staring into a loved one's eyes. The sense of sight plays such an important role throughout your life. Making eye health a priority helps ensure your sight enhances your unique experiences for many ye... Read More

5 tips for staying healthy when you return to a ‘new normal’ routine
(BPT) - As work and school routines begin to shift again, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. After a long time avoiding social activity, everyone's lives are being upended once more. Without knowing what the 'new normal' really means, it's harder than ever to keep your family's wellness on the front bu... Read More

Looking for a Medicare plan? Try these 3 things to make the most of the process
(BPT) - People who qualify for Medicare often juggle a lot. From navigating retirement or complex health conditions to managing expenses, the last thing they need is additional stress, especially when it comes to picking a Medicare plan.With new tools and support, enrolling in a Medicare Advantage ... Read More

3 critical questions to ask a cremation provider
(BPT) - As consumer preferences in the United States begin to change, funeral professionals are seeing an increase in families considering cremation for their loved ones' final disposition as well as people choosing to prearrange their own final dispositions. While many consider cremation a less tr... Read More

7 Tips For Savvy Health Insurance Shopping This Fall
(BPT) - Our health needs can change each year, and so can health plan coverage choices. So it's important to understand your health care options to find coverage that fits your needs and budget.Annual or open enrollment season is here, a time when millions of Americans across the country will have ... Read More

Local help navigating Medicare [Video]
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What nicotine is doing to the youth mental health crisis
(BPT) - While it is well known that nicotine harms developing brains, including by making young people more susceptible to addiction, lesser known are the worrying connections between youth nicotine use and mental health.Numerous peer-reviewed studies point to troubling links between smoking and va... Read More

5 expert tips to help your toddler get recommended nutrients
(BPT) - As your baby becomes a toddler, it can be challenging to make sure they're getting the recommended amounts of nutrients for healthy growth and development - like vitamin D, DHA and iron. Toddlers are notoriously picky, and some use mealtime as an opportunity to assert their independence, wh... Read More

Flu Can Still Make Children Sick
(BPT) - While the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, fall typically marks the beginning of flu season in the United States. What do parents of young children need to know about the upcoming flu season?CDC is preparing for a flu epidemic this fall and winterWhile it is not possible to predict what will h... Read More

6 ways to keep your pets safer this fall
(BPT) - Americans are passionate about many things - but would it surprise you to learn that pets rank at the top of the list? A whopping 90.5 million households, or approximately 70% of all American households, own at least one pet, and they play a significant role in our lives. So it's no surpris... Read More

4 things to consider before buying an indoor air purifier
(BPT) - The average person takes between 17,280 and 23,040 breaths a day, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. With colder months ahead driving people back indoors - where concentrations of allergens like dust, pollen, pet dander and smoke can be up to five times higher -... Read More

Simplify mornings with easy, nutrient-packed foods and beverages
(BPT) - It's a classic dilemma: Kids want breakfast foods that taste good to them, but their choices are often low in nutritional value. Parents want to give kids breakfast options that offer the nutrients they need to take on the day and that their kids will actually enjoy. According to registered... Read More

What to expect after an abnormal mammogram
(BPT) - After delaying due to the pandemic, you finally schedule your mammogram. Once the images are taken and analyzed, you're told there is something abnormal and your doctor wants to take next steps. What can you expect next?Hearing you have an abnormal mammogram can be scary, but remember, gett... Read More

Revitalizing Broadway to support New York City’s cultural and economic rebound
(BPT) - When Broadway theaters lowered their curtains due to COVID-19 in March 2020, it was not immediately apparent how long the stages would be empty. As a cultural and economic engine for New York, Broadway's 18-month closure not only impacted the more than 293,000 workers it employs, but also t... Read More

Tips For Wellness, Fitness and a Healthier Routine [Video]
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CDC’s new education campaigns address increasing drug overdose deaths
(BPT) - Drug overdoses have claimed nearly 900,000 lives over the past 20 years in the United States. Recent studies show that drug overdose deaths accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, outpacing overdose death rates from any previous year. Illegal drugs are more potent than ever before as many... Read More

Pet owner? How to be prepared for fire or carbon monoxide danger
(BPT) - Pets nationwide are considered beloved members of the family. Pet ownership throughout the U.S. has skyrocketed, with approximately 12.6 million Americans opening their home to a new pet since March 2020, according to a study by the American Pet Products Association.Whether you're a first-t... Read More

How to get to the bottom of your backside discomfort
(BPT) - From exercise and travel to self-care and beyond, there are many activities that will help better your health and wellness physically and mentally. However, sometimes the most well-meaning activities can have unintentional effects on your body, including causing pain, discomfort and even un... Read More

Know the signs of respiratory illness RSV
(BPT) - Washing your hands. Covering your cough and sneeze. Staying home when sick. These actions help limit the spread of common respiratory illness like colds, influenza, and coronavirus. To help keep yourself and your communities well, there is another potentially life-threatening virus that sho... Read More

Allergy-friendly options to replace classic sandwiches
(BPT) - Did you know 85 million Americans avoid buying foods with the top nine allergens because of allergies of someone in their household? According to Food Allergy Research and Education, $19 billion is spent annually to avoid specific proteins or allergens in their food. For parents especially,... Read More

3 big-impact home improvements for a safe, healthy home
(BPT) - The pandemic has brought new focus to home enhancements that not only add value, but also support wellness. Today's homeowners are investing in thoughtful improvements that prioritize safety and well-being, helping to substantially increase the home's health quotient.Here are three, big-imp... Read More

5 truths about flu vaccines
(BPT) - Did you know if you or a loved one are living with certain chronic health conditions like heart disease, asthma, diabetes or kidney disease, you are at higher risk of developing serious complications from flu, which can lead to hospitalization or even death? Many people are unaware that the... Read More

Consumers, media and farmers discuss sustainability, transparency and giving farmers a voice
(BPT) - On a hot and humid evening in July, two farmers finished up their long day in the field, five national media journalists took a break from impending deadlines and two dietitians wrapped up their daily meetings with clients and logged into a video conference to participate in the third Dinne... Read More

World Mental Health Day: Understanding Bipolar-I Disorder (BP-I) and Information That May Help Those Living With BP-I
(BPT) - This article is sponsored by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. and Lundbeck.On October 10, World Mental Health Day will be observed to raise awareness for the variety of mental health illnesses that people across the globe are faced with daily. This day also provides an opportunity to edu... Read More

What you should know about breast cancer treatment [Infographic]
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4 Ways to Prioritize Your Well-being on World Mental Health Day
(BPT) - A healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body when it comes to achieving and maintaining wellness. Yet in the midst of navigating a global pandemic, while still having to juggle work deadlines and family obligations, it can be all too easy to neglect our mental health.October 10, as... Read More

3 tips for vacationing safely with your family
(BPT) - While the pandemic caused many people to have to cancel or postpone their vacation plans over the past eighteen months, travel has resumed again across the country. If you're considering taking a trip sometime soon, it's a good idea to make sure everyone in your group knows the best ways to... Read More

3 ways to focus on fitness, no matter the season
(BPT) - Many Americans may be rededicating themselves to getting outside and focusing on their fitness. This may be especially important after so much time spent inside due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which contributed to unwanted weight gain for 61% of Americans.'Whether you are ready to return to p... Read More

How one patient’s unwavering determination led to heart disease diagnosis and treatment
(BPT) - Imagine living with excruciating chest pain that is a consistent part of your life. Imagine being so fatigued and short of breath that you can't even do the dishes or walk up the stairs. Imagine seeing multiple different doctors over an 11-year period, and being subjected to test after test... Read More

COVID-19’s Dramatic Impact on Substance Abuse
(BPT) - It may come as very little surprise, but the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a dramatic increase in demand for substance abuse and mental health care. The pandemic has generated a significant impact to the collective mental health of the U.S.:The pandemic sparked an increase in substance use ... Read More

How to Support Your Lifelong Wellness with 3 Key Foundational Health Supplements
(BPT) - The onset of autumn doesn't just signal gorgeous fall foliage and sweater weather - unfortunately it's also the onset of cold and flu season. That means this is an ideal time to refocus on the key foundational elements of your health journey. This includes adequate sleep, routine exercise a... Read More

Dermatologist recommends effective way to fight fine lines, wrinkles
(BPT) - Daily life takes a toll on your skin. Ordinary stressors, toxins and pollutants - plus sunlight and light emitting from devices you use - these things can all show on your face in the form of fine lines and wrinkles. But what can you do about it? Dermatologists today agree on one solution: ... Read More

Food is like a house: Breaking down exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) and the importance of nutrition
(BPT) - Digestive diseases affect between 60 and 70 million Americans each year. Good nutrition becomes critical for people living with gastrointestinal (GI) conditions, like exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). EPI is a condition in which your body doesn't provide enough pancreatic enzymes to ... Read More

The power of your plasma: 5 reasons to consider donating today
(BPT) - Throughout the past year, you may have heard about plasma in terms of its potential use in treating COVID-19. However, for more than 80 years, plasma has been a lifeline for thousands of people who live with rare and chronic complex conditions. Plasma donations are critical in helping save ... Read More

Are your contact lenses causing dryness? Here is how you can help address it
(BPT) - With so many people working from home or attending school virtually this past year, many of us have been spending a lot more time looking at screens. Although Zoom meetings and streaming our favorite shows may continue to be the daily norm, all this time on digital devices may be straining ... Read More

Americans get cash to help pay down medical debt
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5 ways to celebrate and support honey bees
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How to protect the simple joys in life – like coffee time
(BPT) - Americans might not agree on whether hot coffee or iced coffee is better (although a new study1 suggests that hot coffee remains superior), but they can agree on what makes them happy. Happiness can often be found in the small, simple moments that fill our everyday lives. Moments like enjoy... Read More

Upgrade your morning routine to ease arthritis joint pain
(BPT) - The sun rises, you flutter your eyes open and take a deep breath. It's time to start the day, but before you even get out of bed, you know it's going to be a tough one. For the more than 30 million Americans with osteoarthritis, waking up with soreness or stiffness in the joints can make mo... Read More

Flu Season 101: Six Tips for a Healthy, Balanced Immune System
(BPT) - Flu season is here, and this year, there are continued concerns and uncertainties and even more reason to be prepared. In the United States, flu season lasts from October to May, and there's no better time to focus on strengthening your immune system to help mitigate against flu and other v... Read More

What to Know: Resuming Your Pre-Pandemic Routine With Overactive Bladder Symptoms
(BPT) - As vaccinations have become more widely available,[1] many people are starting to resume pre-pandemic activities.[2] For the 30 million Americans ages 40 and older impacted by overactive bladder or "OAB", [3] returning to pre-pandemic activities can be stressful, as well as embarrassing, if... Read More

Your Rights: Nursing Homes & Assisted Living [Infographic]
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Six Tips to Get Heart-Healthy Sleep
(BPT) - Sponsored by Jazz PharmaceuticalsGetting a good night's rest can be challenging, as many people juggle their careers or academics, social relationships and family responsibilities. This is particularly true for people living with the lifelong sleep disorder narcolepsy, which is characterize... Read More

Annual preventative furnace maintenance tips
(BPT) - Thermostats nationwide are flipping from cool to heat mode. In fact, most Americans begin turning on their heat in September, and they are in full heat mode by the end of October, according to data from Resideo's Honeywell Home smart thermostats. That shifts a month or two if you're in the ... Read More

Changing up your body care routine for the season
(BPT) - When it comes to the changing seasons and onset of fall, we often think of breaking out our boots and sweaters rather than changing up our lotions and potions and prioritizing our overall wellness. There are facets of our overall well-being that can be quick to take care of and, with a litt... Read More

2 women share their ovarian cancer stories and the importance of being proactive
(BPT) - Sponsored by GSKAt first thought, it would appear that Cherie, 50, from Chicago, Illinois, and Leanne, 62, from White Plains, New York, don't have much in common. Cherie enjoys exploring the outdoors and traveling with her husband, while Leanne, a financial advisor, enjoys making jewelry, c... Read More

Treating kidney failure at home: Common myths busted
(BPT) - Kidney failure, also known as end stage kidney disease (ESKD), affects approximately 750,000 Americans each year. Kidneys are vital organs that contribute to the body's overall well-being, helping to remove waste and excess fluid from the bloodstream. When kidneys function at or below 10 to... Read More

Poltergeist or unsafe product? Four reasons to report it
(BPT) - Have you ever bought something for yourself or your family only to have it explode without warning? Have you ever owned an appliance that suddenly turned into a bonfire? How about a chair that unexpectedly turned into a floor mat? Have you or someone in your family been hurt when these thin... Read More

New study: 2 out of 3 prioritize eating quality breakfast
(BPT) - For the past 18 months, Americans have been spending more time at home, a trend that has impacted breakfast attitudes and behaviors. A recent study evaluated how 1000 employed Americans feel about cooking and eating breakfast, specifically during the workweek, and how the COVID-19 pandemic ... Read More

5 dermatologist-approved ways to change up your body care routine for fall
(BPT) - When life has you constantly on the run or buried under your to-do list, it's easy to overlook self-care. Body care can be even more challenging when the seasons transition. A rushed shower or morning routine, coupled with colder temperatures and dry indoor heating, can leave your skin look... Read More

Lessons from COVID-19 may benefit those with chronic lung diseases
(BPT) - A greater focus on respiratory conditions and new research could help us better manage diseases like pulmonary fibrosis.September is Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month, a time to drive awareness of pulmonary fibrosis (PF) and its most lethal form called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). ... Read More

Living with Heart Failure? 5 Tips to Take the Lead on Your Care
(BPT) - Heart failure impacts more than 6 million people in the United States. In fact, it's a leading cause of hospitalization with more than 1 million people admitted each year. In 2018, heart failure accounted for nearly 10% of cardiovascular-related deaths. Given its impact, it's important for ... Read More

5 Fire Safety Tips to Know Before You Light Up Your Fire Pit or Use Gas Cans or Other Liquid Fuel Containers
(BPT) - It's a cool, crisp evening as you gather around a fire pit enjoying time with family and friends. However, a wonderful evening can quickly turn into a disaster if fire and its source aren't taken seriously. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges people to remember five saf... Read More

Murals with a message: Getting the word out about COVID-19 vaccines
(BPT) - During a time of national crisis, it can be harder than ever for vital messages to cut through the noise of constant news alerts and social media clutter. But powerful images have a way of communicating emotions and ideas in a way that words cannot, helping to break through the noise and de... Read More

Pregnant? Health care tips for new parents during COVID-19
(BPT) - Finding out you are pregnant is life-changing and you may experience a range of emotions. New parents have lots on their plate, especially with concerns around COVID-19. This can leave many feeling overwhelmed from information and advice, which can lead to skipping the important step of mak... Read More

A dermatologist shares how to take control of your breakouts
(BPT) - The return of fall often means busier schedules with school, extracurriculars, work and family gatherings filling the calendar and as a result, can often mean more stress. For many, as stress levels rise, so do acne flareups. Fortunately, some expert dermatologist advice can help you cross ... Read More

New Technologies are Transforming Joint Replacement Surgeries
(BPT) - If you are one of the million Americans who will have a joint replacement this year, your doctor may have some impressive new technologies to share with you. These new technologies are designed to make your surgical experience and recovery that much easier. For many, digital connectivity ha... Read More

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month [Video]
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Taking the mystery out of cholesterol
(BPT) - Research indicates that nearly 38% of US adults aged 20 years or older have high cholesterol, which puts them at a higher risk for heart attack and stroke. But high cholesterol can be 'silent.' 'If you have high cholesterol, you'd never know it, because it causes no symptoms,' Janet S. Wrig... Read More

Be prepared for back to school – catch up on routine checkups and vaccinations
(BPT) - With many children returning to in-person learning this fall, families are going through their back-to-school checklists. This is the perfect moment to check off one thing that is essential for a healthy start to school: making sure children are caught up on well-child visits and routine va... Read More

How rheumatoid arthritis patients can find the best treatment sooner
(BPT) - If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you probably know how debilitating it can be. What most people don't know, is how hard it can be to find the right treatment.That's because RA is a complex disease that affects every person differently. RA affects... Read More

PTSD service dogs can change veterans' lives
(BPT) - Imagine nightmares limiting you to a few hours of sleep a night, feeling too scared to drive or take a walk, and staying inside your home week after week due to anxiety. This was the reality for Tishawna of St. Louis, Missouri, a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly referre... Read More

New option offers improved postoperative pain management while reducing the need for opioids
(BPT) - Ahead of surgery, it is normal to have a running list of questions. Those questions likely include learning more about the surgical procedure, the possible complications, and the pain following surgery. When you begin this conversation with your surgical team, it is important to learn more ... Read More

5 Steps Caregivers Need to Take Today to Keep Baby Safe
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How to support the caregivers in your life
(BPT) - November is National Family Caregivers month. For millions of Americans, it is more than a page on the calendar. Caregiving is a daily part of their lives. It is important to recognize the sacrifices caregivers make for loved ones. If you don't have personal experience with caregiving, it i... Read More

Recognizing signs of learning and thinking differences in your child
(BPT) - After a year of interrupted learning, this school year, parents everywhere are reflecting on how their children are doing, academically and emotionally. And it's not surprising - a recent study found that 61% of parents believe there will be increased challenges as children head back to sch... Read More

Healthy eating: How to get kids on board
(BPT) - At some point during parenthood, everyone struggles with feeding their children the right foods. Is it green enough? Does it have the right vitamins? Will it help support their immune system?Picking the right foods alone is a hard job, but what do you do when your kids won't even touch the ... Read More

Ready-to-Use Glucagon Provides Reassurance in Managing Diabetes
(BPT) - Jolting awake in the middle of the night to the screeching sound of your child's low blood sugar alert alarm. Feeling the onset of blurry vision during a road trip with the closest exit miles away. That stubborn low blood sugar that won't raise no matter how many gummy bears are eaten.These... Read More

Understanding TK2d – A rare genetic mitochondrial disorder [Infographic]
(BPT) - The third week of September is Mito Awareness Week, a time to recognize mitochondrial diseases. Mitochondrial diseases affect the mitochondria, the structures of the cells that are responsible for making energy. When the mitochondria are not working properly, the body does not have enough e... Read More

What Worked for Me: Musician Amber Woodhouse’s Journey with Crohn’s Disease
(BPT) - When Amber Woodhouse was first diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's disease - an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) - her whole life came into perspective. 'As a child, I would have days where I would wake up before school and could not stop vomiting,' Amber says. 'But back then, I thoug... Read More

New survey: How companies are responding to the Delta variant
(BPT) - In 2020, the sudden shift companies made to remote work was seen as temporary. Unfortunately, due to the Delta variant and increasing COVID-19 infection rates, many companies that planned on employees returning to the office are adjusting their plans. A recent study assessed how small to me... Read More

Preparing for Emergencies [Infographic]
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Getting Back on Course: What One Survivor Wants You to Know About Sudden Cardiac Arrest
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Go-to meals for the busy season ahead
(BPT) - Fall is a busy time of year. Families are embracing new back-to-school and work routines whether in person or online, and events and activities are popping up on the calendar. Having go-to meal and snack solutions that don't require a lot of prep time is a smart strategy to navigate new sch... Read More

5 healthy brushing habits to kick-start a new school year
(BPT) - Student wellness is a key part of success in school, especially this year. While proactive measures like increased hand washing are widely implemented, it's important not to overlook oral health like a sensitive tooth, throbbing mouth pain or even a cavity. These are signs of tooth decay th... Read More

Top 5 things to look for when buying dog food
(BPT) - Dogs are the most common pet in America because of the love, comfort and companionship they provide to their families. According to the American Pet Products Association, 70% of U.S. households have one or more dogs, which equates to 90.5 million households. Pet adoptions specifically have ... Read More

Can you help? Blood and plasma supplies low nationwide
(BPT) - From surgeries to emergencies, life-saving therapeutics, and beyond, blood and plasma are essential for hospitals and health care centers to help patients. Unfortunately, experts report facilities throughout the country are facing critical shortages and are calling on more people - especial... Read More

5 tips for caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s
(BPT) - Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's can be rewarding, but has its challenges. Early diagnosis, having open communication and doing some simple activities can significantly help in caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's. Fortunately, there are also resources and assistance to help careg... Read More

Free services help military members who experience sexual trauma
(BPT) - Military sexual trauma (MST) refers to a service member's experience with sexual assault or sexual harassment at any point during military service. This could be anything from inappropriate jokes or lewd comments to unwanted advances or forced sexual encounters. In the past, veterans may ha... Read More

Time to Get Back on the Books [Infographic]
(BPT) - September, 2021 - A new survey from Prevent Cancer Foundation® reveals that ninety percent (90%) of women engaged in normal activities, such as visiting friends, dining out and shopping, when local pandemic restrictions were lifted, but only forty-eight (48%) visited their doctors' ... Read More

Making more than 12,000 wishes come true during a pandemic
(BPT) - Fourteen-year-old Kael, who lives with a severe blood disorder, is 'obsessed with flying.' That love of aviation makes sense considering his great-grandfather, grandfather and father are all pilots, making Kael a fourth-generation aviation geek. Despite the ongoing pandemic, Kael got to ful... Read More

5 tips to revamp your immune health routine
(BPT) - Did you know that your immune system works around the clock to defend your body against invaders? It never stops doing its part in protecting you. So one of the best things you can do to keep yourself healthy is to make your immune health a top priority in your wellness routine.Here are som... Read More

5 simple ways to improve your health habits
(BPT) - The last year and a half has been a strong reminder of the importance of good health. Statistics show that 73% of Americans consider their health and wellness a priority and are reevaluating their own lifestyle habits. In a recent survey of 13,000 people, (including 2,000 Americans), commis... Read More

The Unseen Risks of High Cholesterol: One Patient’s Heart Health Journey
(BPT) - Nineteen-year-old Debbie lived a healthy life - she was active, ate well, refrained from smoking, she felt great - which is why it was shocking to learn from her doctor that she had high cholesterol.With typically no physical signs or symptoms, high cholesterol can be dangerous if left unma... Read More

5 things you don’t know about dairy milk
(BPT) - Milk is good for you, but did you know it's becoming better for the planet, too? Delicious and nutritious, milk benefits people and the environment in many exciting ways. Catch up on the latest milk trivia with this at-a-glance primer.Milk is even more nutritious than you think.Milk has lon... Read More

Navigating Medicare Open Enrollment [Infographic]
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What may be behind achy, tired, or burning eyes? Dry eye disease may be the culprit.
(BPT) - Sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.Have you noticed that your eyes have started to feel dry or itchy? Are your eyes affected after endless video conferences and binge watching your favorite shows? You may not be alone.A Novartis-sponsored survey of 1,003 US residents aged 35 ... Read More

Give the gift of connection [Infographic]
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Diabetes Technology Aims to Simplify Life
(BPT) - Hiking, swimming, traveling - the summer and fall seasons are all about adventure. But for the 7.4 million Americans who require insulin due to diabetes1, being on-the-go can be complicated. There's so much to think about when it comes to managing diabetes, from checking blood glucose, to t... Read More

7 tips for staying healthy this back-to-school season
(BPT) - Here we are, a full school year later, and again moving into it with some uncertainty. Whether in-person or remote, masked or mask-less, there are a lot of new experiences ahead for students (and their parents). And, whether your child is entering kindergarten or high school, there is an in... Read More

Pain medicine specialists innovate to tackle America’s ongoing opioid epidemic by reducing misuse after surgery
(BPT) - Drug overdose deaths broke records during 2020, and while the pandemic no doubt contributed, surgery plays an often-overlooked role in America's ongoing opioid epidemic because many patients continue to use their prescribed opioids months after their procedures.Pain medicine specialists are... Read More

Best sleeping tips for heading back to work this fall
(BPT) - After summer breaks and trips are over, it's time for everyone to head back to their regular routines of work and school. While getting back on schedule can be a hard adjustment, re-establishing a good sleep routine can also be challenging. According to a recent study conducted by SleepScor... Read More

Get the Facts About Coronavirus Testing on University Campuses [Infographic]
(BPT) - Universities and colleges are trying to pick up where they left off before the pandemic lockdown, but getting students and faculty back to in-person learning requires continuous testing throughout the academic year. As new mutations of SARS-CoV-2 emerge, such as the Delta variant, and break... Read More

3 ways to empower your kids in the kitchen
(BPT) - Kids love to eat, but many don't know how their favorite meals are made. If your child expresses interest in cooking or making food for themselves, the best time to get them in the kitchen is now. No matter their age, fostering your kids' interest in foods and cooking can boost their confid... Read More

Dark chocolate is a top 2021 food trend
(BPT) - Throughout the pandemic people have turned to their favorite foods to bring them joy. However, with a new focus on wellness, people are taking a fresh approach to classic comfort foods. Chocolate is the perfect example - as sales soar globally, dark chocolate is emerging as a top food trend... Read More

Prioritizing Vision Even in a Pandemic: One Woman’s Story of Persistence
(BPT) - Did you know that the leading cause of blindness and low vision in the United States is age-related eye diseases?[1] Approximately 2 million people are living with Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration (Wet AMD), a retinal disease that affects a person's central vision, and this number is ex... Read More

5 Ways to Focus on Your Wellness During Healthy Aging Month
(BPT) - As summer draws to a close, September's Healthy Aging Month is a great time for individuals 50 and over to assess their physical, mental and social health, and general well-being. It's never too late to make your health a top priority. Whether you are starting a workout or vitamin regimen, ... Read More

Important fire safety tips for the back-to-school transition
(BPT) - After months of working remotely, some parents are preparing to return to the workplace. This transition occurs as students head back to school, so some children may find themselves home unsupervised for the first time before or after school, or for longer times. According to a new survey, ... Read More

Inaugural ILD Day Brings Awareness for Interstitial Lung Disease
(BPT) - Nine patient advocacy groups partner to educate about ILD on September 15, 2021It's very possible you've never heard of interstitial lung disease (ILD), despite the more than 200 types of ILD that affect over 250,000 Americans. That's why nine patient advocacy organizations have partnered t... Read More

Parents are Preparing for Back-to-School with Smart Bedtime Routines [Video]
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It was AFib, not just aging: What you need to know about atrial fibrillation
(BPT) - For 66-year-old Michael Stellar, it was easy to blame his lack of energy and fatigue on getting older and long hours at his job selling heavy-duty truck and trailer parts. But when Stellar went in for his annual primary care visit, his doctor quickly noticed something was off. As she checke... Read More

Registered dietitian offers tips for ‘better for you’ treats
(BPT) - When you're looking for sweet snacks on-the-go or indulgent treats to enjoy, there's nothing better than finding foods that satisfy those cravings without sacrificing your nutritional goals. Fortunately, there are plenty of options to choose from, if you know where to look.Registered dietit... Read More

5 ways to support brain health this back-to-school season
(BPT) - With back-to-school season in full swing, parents are doing everything they can to help their children prepare. While having the right books and supplies is at the top of everyone's lists, it's also important to think about your child's nutrition and overall brain health.To support brain he... Read More

3 lesser-known signs you are at risk for falling
(BPT) - Falling doesn't have to be a normal part of aging. This is good news, given the consequences of a fall. Just ask Mike Berning, an older adult who suffered a severe fall after trying to change a lightbulb in his home. His injury resulted in extended, expensive and difficult physical therapy,... Read More

Could you have Dry Eye Syndrome? Here’s what you need to know
(BPT) - Do you suffer from dry, itchy eyes? According to the American Journal of Ophthalmology, nearly half of all adults experience dry eye symptoms. While Dry Eye affects people more as they age, this chronic condition is now also a rapidly growing problem for younger people due to increased use ... Read More

4 things to know about sunscreen this fall, according to a dermatologist
(BPT) - While it may be easier to remember to protect skin from potentially harmful UVA and UVB rays by regularly applying sunscreen during the hot, sun-drenched days of summer, a recent poll conducted by CeraVe and OnePoll reveals that 96% of U.S. adults still fail to apply their SPF every day. As... Read More

Living with Chronic Hives: One Woman’s Story
(BPT) - Ilana, a board-certified emergency medicine physician, lived with chronic hives for almost as long as she can remember. 'I've had them since I was at least 8 years old,' she says. 'It's something that was a regular part of my high school and college life. I was just always a person who was ... Read More

Don’t let flushability fears throw a wrench in your bathroom routine
(BPT) - Although your toilet requires regular maintenance to keep things flowing the right way, many of us don't know the basics of taking care of the porcelain throne. Luckily, learning how to take care of your toilet is as easy as following a few simple tips, stocking up on the right products and... Read More

5 Things to Know About Living With an Organ Transplant
(BPT) - Receiving an organ transplant can be a life-changing event for both recipients and donors. While a new organ can provide hope for the future for recipients, there are still many challenges they face living with a transplant beyond just medical care.1) Living with a transplant can take an im... Read More

Older Adults Have Gone Digital: Four Trends That Are Here to Stay
(BPT) - During the pandemic, many older adults went digital, adopting technology to manage daily tasks and stay connected to family and friends. As we emerge from COVID-19, here's what we see ahead for older adults with respect to their use of technology.Post-pandemic, older adults will continue to... Read More

When Music Says What Words Can’t—This Innovative Technology Helps Bring People with Severe Epilepsy Closer to the Ones They Love
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Impactful stories offer hope for recovery from prescription opioid addiction
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4 reasons vaccines keep people healthy
(BPT) - The theory behind vaccines - that limited exposure to a disease may help inoculate against more severe illness - has circulated for centuries. In 16th century China, smallpox scabs were ground up and blown into people's noses to shield them from the disease. While this strategy wasn't succe... Read More

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Is it More Than Parkinson’s Disease? Julie’s Journey to Diagnosis.
(BPT) - A fall, a broken wrist and a misdiagnosis. That's how Julie's story started.In 2010, Julie was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but wondered for years if there might be something else going on. Was her unsteadiness simply part of her Parkinson's or could there be another underlying condi... Read More

5 back-to-school tips to support children’s emotional well-being
(BPT) - Over a year and a half of coping with the pandemic is taking a toll on everyone's emotional and mental health - and may be affecting children and teens even more than adults. According to recent research from the Kaiser Family Foundation, over 25% of high school students have experienced a ... Read More

Back-to-school eats: 5 brain-boosting foods for kids
(BPT) - As summer draws to an end, many families are gearing up for an exciting new school year. And while picking out new pencils and notebooks is a fun way to prepare, it's even more important to make sure your child is mentally ready to return to the classroom - whether that be virtually or in p... Read More

Beyond varicose veins, 5 steps for good vascular health
(BPT) - Most people are familiar with heart disease and understand this serious condition can lead to a heart attack, chest pain or stroke. Unfortunately, few people know about vascular disease, which affects your circulatory system and can include diseases of your veins and arteries. Some vascular... Read More

Preparing the Classroom for Food Allergies
(BPT) - After a year of remote learning, students will hopefully be returning to in-person classes this fall. Of the estimated 56 million children who attend elementary, middle and high school each year in the US,1 approximately two students per classroom have food allergies2 - and up to one in fou... Read More

New clinical trial open for patients with a specific form of lung cancer
(BPT) - According to a study published by the National Institutes of Health, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), which makes up over 80% of lung cancers, is the single leading cause of cancer deaths in the world. NSCLC is typically diagnosed in patients over the age of 65. And according to the Nati... Read More

Living with paralysis? Free resources answer questions, provide support
(BPT) - Paralysis is life altering for the person impacted, their families or friends, and their caregivers. Whether you are newly paralyzed or have been living with paralysis for many years, it's normal to have questions. Fortunately, there are free, high-quality resources that provide answers and... Read More

5 simple and effective self-care tips
(BPT) - When we have a self-care routine that actually works, we feel better, and it shows. Longtime actress and model Brooke Shields reveals her simple yet effective tricks to effortless beauty and wellness that will have anyone feeling model ready. See below for Brooke's tips, from how she protec... Read More

Sibling perspectives: Learning from a brother or sister with a rare epilepsy
(BPT) - There are many different types of epilepsies (the fourth most common neurological disorder in the U.S.); but rare forms of the disease can be especially debilitating and disruptive.These include infant- and childhood-onset developmental epileptic encephalopathies (DEEs, more simply called '... Read More

Back-to-school meal prep: 7 kid-friendly favorites with a twist
(BPT) - With kids returning to classes this fall, staying on top of their schedules can be challenging. Whether their itinerary is packed with homework, music lessons or sporting events, kids are busier than ever, and finding time to eat as a family can be easier said than done.No matter what the n... Read More

4 expert tips for tackling dry eye symptoms
(BPT) - Do you sometimes experience gritty, scratchy, watery eyes, or even blurry vision? If so, you could be one of the 30 million Americans with dry eye disease. Unfortunately, spending more time on your phone, TV, computer or other electronic devices may increase those symptoms.Dry eye has a num... Read More

New Treatment Options Help Put the Brakes on Childhood Myopia [Video]
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Evaluating a gene therapy approach to treating PKU
(BPT) - By now, you have likely seen the term 'gene therapy' used somewhere. While it may seem like something out of a sci-fi movie, gene therapy approaches are already being used to treat people living with rare genetic diseases today. Still, you might be wondering, 'What is gene therapy?'Gene the... Read More

Overcoming learning loss begins at home
(BPT) - School closures. Widespread distant learning and hybrid classrooms. Two summer breaks. Since the pandemic started in March 2020, students in the United States have faced numerous challenges. While educators nationwide have done their best to shift learning to reach all students, studies sho... Read More

Make the sweets you love work for you, not against you
(BPT) - There's no shame in craving treats. In fact, it's completely normal. However, indulging in sweets can be troublesome as they are often high in sugar, calories and carbs and can compromise your healthy lifestyle.While finding a balance between control and indulgence can feel challenging, the... Read More

15 Minutes to a Better Body
(BPT) - Experts reveal how truSculpt iD® can reduce unwanted fat in one 15-minute treatmentThere are lots of cool, creative and healthy things you can do in as few as 15 minutes. For example, you can walk a mile or run two, take a power nap, practice meditation or better yet slim your waist... Read More

One Hollywood Stuntman Uses an Athlete’s Mindset to Overcome His Toughest Ride Yet
(BPT) - When Chris Arthur is asked to recall the highlight of his career as a Hollywood stuntman, his face lights up. He remembers how he once stepped foot on a helicopter to receive the memory of a lifetime in the air.'There I was hanging out the side of a helicopter filming a scene for the season... Read More

5 easy ways to stay refreshed
(BPT) - When you're busy with your daily routine of work, exercising and errands, it can be hard to feel refreshed and relaxed. If you find yourself looking for quick ways to recharge - and even to treat yourself - during your busy workdays or hectic weekends, here are some easy tips to help you ke... Read More

Hollywood Makeup Artist Shares Makeup and Skin Care Tips for People Living with Plaque Psoriasis through INSIDE LOOK Campaign
(BPT) - August is National Psoriasis Awareness Month, a time to educate others about plaque psoriasis, and to learn about how the chronic condition impacts the lives of those living with it. Plaque psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that appears on the surface of the skin as raised, red, itc... Read More

4 Steps You Can Take to Manage Heart Failure
(BPT) - Managing a chronic condition like heart failure (HF) can be challenging, especially as our society adapts to a new sense of normalcy. But with HF, management is crucial at all times. The good news is that people with HF can still participate in many of the activities they love and lead fulf... Read More

Build a stronger bond with your pet through love languages
(BPT) - A warm embrace, a thoughtful gift, a love letter - these are a few ways that people show and feel affection. Like us, pets crave affection too.Pets provide so much love and companionship to people, and they deserve to feel that love in return. Just as each pet has their own personality, the... Read More

Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) [Infographic]
(BPT) - This COVID-19 vaccination hotline for people with disabilities offers assistance with finding vaccine locations, making appointments, answering common questions, and more. Visit for more information.... Read More

What Americans need to know about traveling to Europe in 2021
(BPT) - By Maya Kachroo-Levine, ExpediaOn May 14, Greece became the first country in the European Union to open to vaccinated travelers. I showed up on May 16 to report on the reopening, and I've been here ever since, studying various entry guidelines around the region and keeping track of testing ... Read More

Doctor offers easy tips for coping with heartburn
(BPT) - If you've ever experienced heartburn, you know why it's called that - you feel a burning sensation in your throat and upper chest, and even a bad taste in your mouth. While heartburn can have many triggers and causes, it is essentially due to the backward flow of acid, called acid reflux, w... Read More

4 myths that cause weight gain and illness
(BPT) - We've all heard questionable information and advice about health and weight loss over the years. It could be from well-intentioned friends, a story on the internet, celebrity statements on social media, or the latest media story. But Dr. Benjamin Bikman, a leading metabolic scientist at Bri... Read More

Survey shows Americans want technology that improves home hygiene [Infographic]
(BPT) - New survey reveals attitudes about automated and touchless bathroom products given the current global health situation.... Read More

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