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3 Things Heart Attack Survivors Need to Know About Their Hidden Risk
(BPT) - Every 40 seconds one American has a heart attack and nearly 1 in 4 people who have had a heart attack will have another one, so it's important to understand your hidden risk factors.1If you are recovering from a heart attack, making lifestyle changes, following a cardiac rehab program and t... Read More

Siblings: Helping them cope with childhood cancer
(BPT) - When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the entire family is affected by the experience, especially the child's siblings. Young children experience their brother or sister's cancer while they are still learning to make sense of the world. Often this leaves them feeling scared, angry, anxious... Read More

Survey: Many homeowners are not prepared for an emergency
(BPT) - If emergency officials in your community issued a mandatory evacuation order to get out of the path of a wildfire, hurricane or other natural disaster, would you know what to take with you, the evacuation route you would take and where you would go until it was safe to return home?Do you ha... Read More

A Young Professional’s Journey with Depression (MDD)
(BPT) - When you're in your 20s, you feel the best is yet to come. I was focused on graduating from college and landing my first full-time job, and I didn't think I'd be sidelined with an injury and a diagnosis of depression.It all began when I was 18 and entered one of the most difficult relations... Read More

Spice up your bean routine with globally inspired recipes
(BPT) - Whether you're focused on fitness goals, a plant-based diet or simply cooking more, you can lean on beans to help achieve your goals and provide the foundation for a flavorful meal.The U.S. is the global leader in quality, dry bean production thanks to state-of-the-art harvesting equipment,... Read More

Put Health at the Top of your To-Do List
(BPT) - The last few months of the year are known for filling up with tasks and, as a result, it is not uncommon for self-care to fall to the bottom of the list.But with the start of the new year, for those living with lung conditions such as bronchiectasis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (C... Read More

3 expert tips to succeed with any diet routine
(BPT) - Are you following a gluten-free, keto, paleo, vegetarian, Whole 30 or other special diet? The problem with sticking to a diet is that it can feel restricting, because you're only allowed to eat certain foods, and that can get boring fast.Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Bl... Read More

National Hot Breakfast Month: Benefits of breakfast for K-12 students
(BPT) - As the saying goes, 'breakfast is the most important meal of the day,' and the month of February is National Hot Breakfast Month, a month-long celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of a hot breakfast. Breakfast is especially important for our K-12 students, and has key benefits ... Read More

Groundbreaking Data in Patients with Stage 4 Lung Cancer
(BPT) - Sponsored by AstraZeneca In recent years, remarkable progress has been made for people with lung cancer. Precision, targeted and more personalized therapies are changing what it means to be diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer for some patients, giving rise to new hope for people living with ... Read More

How to treat yourself for Valentine’s Day
(BPT) - Whether you're planning on going solo, hanging out with your girlfriends for Galentine's Day or have a date planned with your sweetheart, Valentine's Day is a great opportunity for some extra-special self-care.Plan ahead to be sure you have all the essentials you need to boost your self-car... Read More

A smart and simple way to get out of an uncomfortable situation
(BPT) - It can be an all-too-familiar scenario: A situation turns uncomfortable whether it's a social engagement, a business encounter or a routine interaction and the options for an exit seem awkward or intimidating. In fact, a new survey conducted by Flare finds that 58% of women regularly feel p... Read More

Five Things to Know About Heavy Menstrual Bleeding and Uterine Fibroids
(BPT) - Sponsored by AbbVieIn general, a woman's menstrual cycle is 28 days long, and the average woman loses about 2-3 tablespoons of blood during her period, but each woman is different and your period may be lighter or heavier than the average amount.1-3 However, did you know that what's conside... Read More

4 easy tips to boost your energy
(BPT) - Even if you try to keep to a healthy diet and work out regularly, chances are there are times of day when your energy fades, or entire days when you just don't feel like you're on the right track. Between the constant demands on your time from work and family, it can be tough to stay energi... Read More

Stopping Your Statin: Do You Really Know What’s Happening Inside Your Body?
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5 simple steps to feeling good
(BPT) - Prioritizing your health and wellness all year long is important and easier than you'd think. Adopting a few simple habits can have a big impact. These five easy lifestyle changes will help you to look and feel your best no matter the season.Step 1: Start with sound sleepA good night's slee... Read More

Top 5 nutrition trends for 2020
(BPT) - With a new year comes a new wave of health and wellness trends, and 2020 kicks off the decade with a plethora of possibilities. Most notably, the trend toward mindful eating has many people asking meaningful questions about the origins of their food. From veggie-packed products, to healthy ... Read More

Blood Donors from Across the Country Inducted into Hall of Fame
(BPT) - Dawn Marisch will never forget June 11, 2011. That's the day the elementary school principal from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, nearly lost her life.Marisch suffered an aneurysm and collapsed while rehearsing with her students for an upcoming Concert Day. First responders rushed her to the local ho... Read More

Personalized employment support for veterans with disabilities
(BPT) - Many veterans seeking to transition from military service to civilian life face barriers to employment, often because their military experience doesn't translate well to a traditional resume. It is difficult for employers to draw parallels between roles and responsibilities in the military ... Read More

The benefits of sleepaway camps for children and teens
(BPT) - As a parent, you worry about your child's future. Will they be confident enough to weather life's ups and downs? Will they find happiness and success? How will they navigate their future challenges?According to research by the American Camp Association (ACA), a traditional sleepaway camp - ... Read More

How to choose the most beneficial protein [Infographic]
(BPT) - We all love protein, but research shows that many of us don't understand protein sources and which foods contain it.... Read More

How to find proven solutions for weight loss [Video]
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Tips to stay warm and safe from carbon monoxide
(BPT) - As temperatures drop and we crank up the heat or turn to alternative power sources, the risk for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning significantly increases. Often dubbed 'the silent killer,' CO is an invisible and odorless gas that is impossible to detect without a CO alarm.Recent surveys revea... Read More

Stand with Nurses to #EndNurseAbuse
(BPT) - Nurses routinely face harassment while on the job, and are working together with policy leaders to end workplace violence. To show your support, visit endnurseabuse.org.... Read More

A challenge to older Americans: Take the flu seriously
(BPT) - Alice Vaught skipped her flu shot one season. That was the year she got the flu.'I felt like I was dying. Within a couple hours I was unable to move. It came on so quickly, and I wasn't aware of how severe it was.'Unfortunately, the flu often strikes quickly and without warning, potentially... Read More

What you need to know about Age-related Macular Degeneration
(BPT) - The ability to see the people, places and things in front of you is one of life's most precious gifts. Imagine a life without the ability to see these things clearly - what steps would you then take to protect your vision? Life with Age-related Macular Degeneration, or AMD, can potentially ... Read More

Influencer mom Katie Stauffer's tips on getting kids through a cold
(BPT) - In the winter, there's no avoiding it - no matter how much hand-washing you and your kids do, or other healthy habits you follow - someone's going to get sick.Katie Stauffer, viral Instagram mom of adorable twins Emma and Mila, says, "As a parent, you never want to see your child sick. You ... Read More

How family game night can boost skills for kids
(BPT) - Feeling disconnected from members of your own family lately? You're not alone - a 2018 study by 72 Point for Visit Anaheim found that 60% of parents with kids between 4 and 18 described their daily lives as 'hectic.' The survey also found that today's families only spend about 37 minutes of... Read More

Simple ways to help caregivers focus on their own wellbeing
(BPT) - Caring for a loved one with a chronic illness is something millions of Americans do every day. Whether it is a parent, spouse, extended family member or friend, the stress of caring for another adult can take a toll."I have to do absolutely everything for her," explains Anthony Cowels, whos... Read More

Bringing the indoors out: 2020 outdoor living trends
(BPT) - 2020 outdoor living trends are all about enjoying your backyard alfresco - but with the comfort and ease you expect from your indoor spaces. Today's outdoor spaces are transforming into an extension of the home. The current outdoor design also takes into account the look and feel of your en... Read More

Consumer Safety Alert: Anchor It! Ahead of the Big Game
(BPT) - Ahead of the big game, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issues a safety warning to families nationwide.An estimated 100 million Americans will watch the upcoming football game, and wildly cheer on their team or watch for the commercials and half-time show. However, the big game a... Read More

Bladder health 411: The truth about overactive bladder
(BPT) - You get that urge to pee and you know it's time to go. You find the nearest restroom and then continue on your day. Not much later though, you feel that same urge. Once again, you go to the restroom. This happens again and again and you're starting to feel like your bladder is trying to tel... Read More

Recognize an overdose, know how to respond and carry naloxone — you could save a life
(BPT) - Every day nearly 200 people die from an overdose of drugs or from alcohol poisoning, with opioids responsible for the majority. Recognizing the signs and knowing how to respond to medical emergencies, including carrying and administering naloxone in cases of opioid overdose, can save lives,... Read More

Top indoor fitness trends to stay in shape this winter
(BPT) - Avoiding weather woes this winter? It doesn't mean you need to give up on your fitness goals. Being indoors provides ample opportunity to stay fit, whether you're doing so due to the weather or simply by choice. Check out some of the top trends for indoor fitness in 2020 and challenge yours... Read More

Annual Grassroots Campaign Raises $1 Million in One Month for Cancer-Fighting Technology
(BPT) - Cycle for Survival's indoor cycling fundraisers are known for their party-like atmosphere with dancing, music, colorful team signs, and a sea of orange pom poms. Behind the event-day excitement is a serious mission: to beat rare cancers.Since 2007, more than $230 million has been raised to ... Read More

Top 2020 food trends
(BPT) - A new year always brings predictions about what trends will rise to popularity, and when it comes to food, there are plenty of trends already underway that will no doubt continue to surge over the next several months. The good news is both your taste buds and your health will likely benefit... Read More

Trust your gut: Get the story on probiotics
(BPT) - We're often told when we can't make a decision, we should trust our gut. And there's a healthy reason to do so. Gut health is about more than just healthy digestion. It's linked to your immunity and overall well-being. That's because below your belt lies a sophisticated system of organs pow... Read More

3 things a dermatologist wishes you knew about breakouts
(BPT) - If you suffer from frequent acne breakouts, you've likely been through several skincare products and have considered talking to a dermatologist to help you find the right solutions to improve your skin's condition.But if you haven't seen a dermatologist, or if you haven't yet found an acne ... Read More

The secret to healthy weight loss [Video]
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Three ways to give youth hockey a boost in your hometown
(BPT) - Enrollment in youth hockey is at an all-time high in communities across the country. According to USA Hockey, a record 567,908 players registered to play in the 2018-2019 season, with 356,760 of those players ages 16 and younger.Based on the recent surge in youth hockey enrollment, it's mor... Read More

Get your glow on: 6 tips to make your skin and hair shine
(BPT) - Face it, winter is brutal for your skin and hair. Between the harsh, cold wind outside and the dry, overheated air inside, it's hard to look your best all winter long. On top of that, everyone tends to overindulge in unhealthy food and drinks during the winter months. Fortunately, there are... Read More

Distracted driving: It's not what you think [Infographic]
(BPT) - Think cell phones are the only distraction on the road? Think again. Eighty-seven percent of fatal distraction-affected crashes did not involve cell phones. MetLife Auto & Home's recent survey reveals the most common misperceptions of distracted driving and provides an inside look into ... Read More

“Don’t Give Up”: One Man’s Journey with Metastatic Castration-Sensitive Prostate Cancer
(BPT) - Dave, age 74, a retired furniture designer who spent winters on the Utah ski slopes, had always been active and never felt the need to see a doctor. Several years ago, after noticing irregular patterns in his health, such as frequent urination, he assumed these changes were a normal part of... Read More

Move Forward: A Young Woman's Journey with a Rare Disease and Moving Forward in the Name of Her Sister
(BPT) - Perseverance holds a special significance to 28-year-old Kailey McCallister. When she was nearly three years old, she was diagnosed with Type 3 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a rare genetic disease that causes progressive muscle weakness and a loss of strength.There are different types of S... Read More

How to put your eye health into 2020 focus this year
(BPT) - Improving one's health is a hot topic for the New Year. New diets, the latest fitness trackers and health-centric apps are popping up everywhere. As people show an increased focus on their weight, their cholesterol level or their muscle tone, they often forget that two of their most importa... Read More

2 simple questions may lower your pet's medication costs considerably
(BPT) - If you own a pet, you're in good company. In fact, 67% of U.S. households own a pet, according to the 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey by the American Pet Products Association. Pets provide unconditional love and countless memories, and in return they look to their humans to care for th... Read More

Smart tips to manage high-deductible health plan costs
(BPT) - It's the same issue every year: Jan. 1 arrives and you need to meet an annual deductible again before your health care coverage takes full effect. For people with high-deductible plans, this can be a big expense at the start of the year.High-deductible plans are increasing in popularity as ... Read More

5 dermatologist-approved tips for combating winter skin flareups
(BPT) - The wrath of winter can take on many forms, like below-freezing temperatures, icy roads and travel delays, but it doesn't end there. In case you haven't already noticed, winter takes a toll on your skin, too. From dry, red, itchy patches and flaky, tight skin flare-ups of bothersome conditi... Read More

Lean and Mean: Turkey Helps Build a Balanced Lifestyle
(BPT) - As the calendar flips to a new year, many Americans try to tackle a tough task: building a healthier lifestyle. According to Statista, the sense of being unhealthy is especially strong among Millennials, with nearly 80% of adults under the age of 36 reporting that they 'could be healthier.'... Read More

Jigsaw puzzles – perfect for 'me' and 'we' time this winter
(BPT) - During the blustery cold days and cozy nights at home this winter, there's no better time to rediscover the simple pleasures and quiet joys of indoor activities that help you relax and reconnect with family. Over the holidays, through winter break and beyond, families everywhere are eager t... Read More

Help make a child’s wish come true
(BPT) - It's hard to imagine what life has been like for a child who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at just 2 years old, followed by years of surgeries, doctor visits, medications and treatments. Eleven-year-old, four-time cancer survivor Alika has endured all of that - but maintains a positive a... Read More

7 ways to get creative with your FSA money
(BPT) - An employer-sponsored Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is a convenient option for saving on health care. You put pre-tax dollars into the account to spend throughout the year on health care related expenses. The downside? Most of your FSA funds expire at the end of the year.If you have an FS... Read More

4 common fitness myths debunked
(BPT) - Weight-loss tips, fad diets and more - these days, they're everywhere you look. And most of it is false information. In fact, the average American wrongly assumes a daily workout must be 95 minutes or more to be impactful, according to a new study conducted by Planet Fitness.Americans expre... Read More

Coping with the Challenges of Mental Illness During the Holidays
(BPT) - During the holiday season, many look forward to festivities and spending time with family, but for some, this time of year can be overwhelming and stressful. People living with mental health challenges may have an especially difficult time during this season as it can cause feelings of isol... Read More

6 ways to focus on yourself in the new year
(BPT) - When setting New Year's intentions, it's easy to get caught up in career or physical health achievements. You strategize to work extra hours or get to the gym a certain number of days per week, but that's not always the right mindset for success.The key to external success starts within. Le... Read More

Resolving for a healthy 2020? Talking to your family is a great way to start
(BPT) - An estimated 130 million Americans make resolutions for 2020 - with more than half of them focused on health. However, most resolutions are broken by February.Marjan Champine, a board-certified and licensed genetic counselor at Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer geno... Read More

8 gift ideas for energetic entrepreneurs
(BPT) - Entrepreneurship is becoming an increasingly common career as passionate and creative people start successful businesses on their own. But entrepreneurial endeavors aren't easy. The lifestyle requires long hours, hard work and dedication.The best gift you can get for the entrepreneur in you... Read More

5 ways to be more productive in the new year
(BPT) - When the calendar flips to a new year, many people are inspired to make resolutions, promising productivity, healthy lifestyles, self-care and more. But all New Year's goals require making time for what you set out to do - and a little planning goes a long way.No matter your resolutions, he... Read More

5 tips for winterizing your health routine
(BPT) - The arrival of the winter months brings an abundance of food, festive drinks and busy days celebrating with loved ones. While indulging in winter festivities, it's important to stay on top of your healthy habits.'The foods and beverages we put into our bodies has a big impact on our health.... Read More

Stop the Bullfit. Let's Get Real About Fitness. [Infographic]
(BPT) - A new, national study finds a growing frustration with fad fitness, social media "fitspiration" and the many myths Americans believe to be true about health and wellness, uncovering just how much of a toll it may be taking on getting America moving.... Read More

Easy Plant-based Swaps for the New Year
(BPT) - As we say goodbye to 2019, many of us will find ourselves making health-focused resolutions or looking to 2020 food trends for inspiration in the new year. One trend that has remained consistent year after year is the desire for plant-based foods, as more consumers continue to seek meat and... Read More

How to make financial wellness your New Year’s resolution
(BPT) - While the holiday season is a wonderful time of year, it can also put great financial strain on individuals going into the new year. The demand of holiday spending can lead to worry of unpaid credit card bills, which can lead many to put themselves on a strict "money diet." As you reflect o... Read More

Self-care re-imagined: Achieve higher quality 'me time' in the bathroom
(BPT) - The long-overdue self-care movement acknowledges what you've known for years: Taking time for yourself gets you in a better state of mind to handle your crazy life and tackle your long to-do list.A day off and a massage appointment are both acts of self-care that can work wonders on your st... Read More

Making a Difference: Why Finding the Right Schizophrenia Treatment Plan Matters
(BPT) - Schizophrenia is a complex and chronic brain disorder that can interrupt every aspect of an adult's life. For adults living with serious mental illness, like Jason, the journey to finding the right treatment plan, including medication and supportive therapies, can take years. During that ti... Read More

Global Survey Highlighted Profound and Often Under-Reported Effects of Sickle Cell Disease on Patients [Infographic]
(BPT) - The Sickle Cell World Assessment Survey (SWAY) included findings from more than 2,000 respondents in 16 countries underscoring the debilitating and under-reported effects of sickle cell disease and a pattern of not seeking care despite potentially life-threatening symptoms.For more informat... Read More

Prioritize your health in the New Year
(BPT) - Now is the time of year when people typically take inventory of their lives and set new goals. Relationships, finances, careers and health are all important aspects that impact overall well-being. For this New Year, consider making your health a top priority.According to the recent America'... Read More

Haylie Duff’s 4 tips to make brunch even better
(BPT) - "One of my favorite things to do is get together with friends for a cozy Sunday brunch," says mother, actress and chef Haylie Duff. "It's the best way to spend some quality time together before jumping into the busy week ahead. Plus, kicking off the morning with a nutritious meal is an adde... Read More

5 tips to boost your workout - and your results
(BPT) - No matter how much you work out, chances are you want more - either in terms of your experience or results. It's not just the time you put in, however. A great workout is all about targeting the right muscle groups, and finding the most efficient exercises to optimize your time and energy.H... Read More

5 Tips to Support Immune Health
(BPT) - Being proactive in supporting your immune health gives you a much better chance of staying healthy this winter season and beyond. Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., Chief Medical Advisor at MegaFood, a leading maker of premium supplements made with real food and added nutrients, identifies several tip... Read More

Preventative Measures And OTC Remedies for a Healthier, Happier You This Cold & Flu Season
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Don't let winter sports injuries freeze your fun
(BPT) - For many people, dropping temperatures mean it's time to bundle up and head outdoors for their favorite winter activities. Whether you're a sports enthusiast hitting the ski slope, a casual skater heading to the local rink or a parent ready to tackle the nearby sledding hill with your child... Read More

Supporting a Loved One with a Chronic and Progressive Lung Condition
(BPT) - Having a friend or loved one with a chronic and progressive condition teaches you many things: patience, understanding and adapting to lifestyle changes after diagnosis. But for Mary, supporting her friend, Barbara, living with a serious lung condition called nontuberculous mycobacterial (N... Read More

5 types of pain and how you can get relief with over-the-counter medications
(BPT) - While pain is an everyday part of life for many, we often don't realize that we don't have to compromise when it comes to our pain management and relief. Here are 5 types of pain you can get relief from with simple home remedies and over-the-counter medications, like Aleve®, so you ... Read More

Life insurance: Who should get it? [Infographic]
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Restore and look good: What to pack for your winter getaway
(BPT) - It's officially that time of year when everyone is stressed out, exhausted and overall in desperate need of some R&R. Whether your idea of restoration involves tearing up the ski slopes or drinking wine by a roaring fireplace, now is the time to prep and plan your exciting winter getawa... Read More

Holiday Wellness Tips [Infographic]
(BPT) - For most, the joy of holiday festivities is intertwined with the stress of packed schedules, flight delays, last-minute gift shopping, or the daunting task of hosting friends and family for a holiday meal. Stress and anxiety can turn what should be an opportunity to spend quality time in th... Read More

Caution is king when it comes to winter driving
(BPT) - With the winter in full swing, ensuring your tires - the last line of defense between your vehicle and harsh conditions - are in working order may be the difference between an enjoyable or stressful travel season. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 17% of all v... Read More

3 ways to add wellness to your vacation
(BPT) - Why not focus on your health this year by planning a trip that will help you relax, recharge and refocus on your top wellness goals?The following are a few ways to focus on your health while on vacation.Here are just a few ways you can make the most of your vacation while getting your healt... Read More

Superfood Scramble Bowls 6 Ways [Infographic]
(BPT) - Boost any egg scramble bowl with one superfood ingredient.... Read More

5 winter tips for healthy teeth and gums
(BPT) - Winter is here - it's time to layer on the warm clothes and stock up on the cold and flu essentials that keep you healthy during the colder months. But as you focus on winter wellness, it's important to remember how oral care affects your overall health.'Your mouth is the gateway to your di... Read More

Keep mom, dad and the grands home safe with the latest technology
(BPT) - Technological advancements are helping aging adults stay safe, comfortable and connected as they age in place. And, families can feel more confident about mom, dad and the grands living independently, especially around the holidays.'The year 2020 brings new innovative technologies to enable... Read More

Pre-Party Rituals to Look & Feel Your Best This Holiday Season
(BPT) - With the drastic drop in temperatures also comes the most festive time of the year. The holiday season isn't just the cheeriest time, but also the busiest. With so many upcoming holiday celebrations to look forward to, you'll want to make sure you not only look your best, but also feel your... Read More

7 tips for long road trips with kids
(BPT) - Whether the length of your drive is three hours or 30 minutes, it can seem an eternity with a bored child in the car. A little planning will ensure your next road trip with one or more children will be happy and safe, no matter where you're going.Here's how you and your kids can stay safe a... Read More

From Seed to Supplement: Behind the Label
(BPT) - More than ever before, consumers today are demanding transparency on product labels. As news about food adulteration and contamination continues to appear in the headlines, the concern for food and product safety is rising.If nutritional supplements have ever been an important part of your ... Read More

Top Five Collision Types in Military States [Infographic]
(BPT) - Read on for the top five collision types in 10 states with high military presence, and five safe driving tips to help you avoid these costly accidents.... Read More

Where is Your Acne? The Importance of Speaking to a Dermatologist About the Acne on Your Face … and Beyond
(BPT) - Did you know that acne affects more than 50 million Americans?1 Even though the condition is astoundingly widespread, not everyone experiences acne the same way. While facial acne is the most visible presentation, 52% of people with facial acne are also affected by acne on their back, shoul... Read More

How to find the right balance with pain management
(BPT) - If you're facing surgery soon, you may have concerns about pain management. In a 2018 Mayo Clinic survey, 94% of the adults surveyed said that they would choose an alternative to opioids for treatment after surgery, but only 1 in 4 actually talked to their healthcare professional about thos... Read More

Better by design: Senior tech benefits from user input
(BPT) - The technology market for older users is booming. With the world's 65-plus population poised to hit one billion by 2030, manufacturers are scrambling to find new ways to put digital products into the hands of this lucrative market.But while they may be purchasing laptops, smartphones and ta... Read More

The critical differences you need to know: Prescription medicine, over-the-counter medicine and dietary supplements
(BPT) - Seventy-five percent of Americans take dietary supplements, according to a 2018 study by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).i Furthermore, '87 percent [of adults in the United States] have overall confidence in the safety, quality and effectiveness of dietary supplements.'i While t... Read More

Spencer’s Story: What to Know About Seizure Clusters
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Tips for surviving the Medicare annual enrollment period
(BPT) - Annual enrollment for Medicare ends Dec. 7, so now is the time to check your plan and update coverage for the coming year. While many people stick to the same plan they have used in the past, subtle changes can leave you second guessing what is best for your personal situation.Some of the m... Read More

Young mom doesn’t let MS get in the way of living her life
(BPT) - At the young age of 24, Savana Sadler received both the most exciting and terrifying news of her life. Within just weeks of each other, she learned she was about to become a mother for the first time, but she was also going to be embarking on this exciting journey while living with multiple... Read More

9 party survival tips – when you (or guests) are in recovery
(BPT) - The compassionate party host recognizes that some family members and friends may be in recovery. With an estimated 22 million Americans in recovery from addiction, chances are one or more of your guests may be in recovery from behavioral health issues.Jaime Vinck, Group CEO of the Sierra Tu... Read More

4 easy ways to teach kids about animal care and pet adoption this holiday season
(BPT) - Approximately 6.5 million animals enter shelters each year looking for their forever home. It's a wonderful feeling to change a life by bringing home a new furry family member, and it helps teach children valuable lessons of responsibility and basic pet care.Whether it's the adoption of a p... Read More

Smart homes aren't smart without fire sprinklers
(BPT) - Today there are many automated options that make homes more comfortable, energy efficient, cost-effective and safe. Typically referred to as smart home technology, these features may include automating control of items such as lighting, temperature, window shades, surveillance cameras, lock... Read More

Kick off 2020 by getting outdoors and enjoying state parks
(BPT) - For many people, modern life means spending more time indoors. In fact, Americans spend roughly 90% of their time indoors, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This has had numerous direct and indirect health impacts, from respiratory issues due to poor indoor air... Read More

‘Tis the Season to #FightFlu
(BPT) - While the holidays are typically a time for travel, great meals and spending quality time with loved ones, the season can also include an unwelcome guest: influenza (flu). Flu is a contagious viral infection that can affect anyone. In the US, the 2018-2019 flu season was the longest in 10 y... Read More

Are medical costs impacting holiday plans? [Infographic]
(BPT) - The holiday season is supposed to be the most wonderful time of year, but 71% of American families with children are having to make a sacrifice or hard decision due to high medical costs within the past two years, according to the 2019 Aflac Health Care Issues Survey. Sacrifices include spe... Read More

5 Tips for Prioritizing Self-Care During the Holidays
(BPT) - During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it's all too easy to let self-care slip off your radar. However, it's important for your health that you prioritize your well-being, so you can enjoy the season with family and friends. If you burn yourself out with all the cooking, shoppi... Read More

5 fire safety tips to follow this winter season
(BPT) - Heating, cooking, decorations and candles all contribute to an increased risk of fire during the winter months. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires occur more in the winter than in any other season. As the snowflakes start to fall and the temperatures dr... Read More

The Road to Managing Your Prostate Cancer Diagnosis [Infographic]
(BPT) - Receiving a prostate cancer diagnosis is scary, and so are some of the side effects that may come along with treating it. While there are several options available, there's no one-size-fits-all approach to prostate cancer treatment, and men should consult a medical professional to assess wh... Read More

Five things you may not know about prostate cancer
(BPT) - Receiving a cancer diagnosis is one of the most terrifying experiences someone can have and unfortunately, roughly one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime.1 The good news is prostate cancer is highly treatable and there are several treatment options avai... Read More

8 tips to allergy-proof your home this holiday
(BPT) - Before you know it, you're knee-deep in preparing for holiday celebrations and family visits. If you're hosting guests with allergies - and you have pets - you have a few more things to consider when getting your home guest-ready. No problem! Here are eight cleaning tips to help allergy-pro... Read More

Clinical Trial Results Promising for People with Lupus
(BPT) - Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a mysterious chronic autoimmune disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue.iii,iv SLE can affect tissues like the skin, joints, kidneys, brain and other organs, resulting in a wide variety of signs and symptoms that impact the ... Read More

How a Change in Schizophrenia Treatment Could Make the Difference
(BPT) - Elizabeth was in her late-twenties when she was diagnosed with schizophrenia. She worked to manage her symptoms, while also employed as a full-time nurse case manager and raising her two sons. It was a struggle to manage it all, and Elizabeth often wasn't fully compliant with her treatments... Read More

Air travel can be dangerous for passengers with disabilities
(BPT) - During the busy holiday travel season, everyone suffers from the stress and strain that accompanies flying today. Unfortunately, travelers with disabilities face even more barriers to air travel such as damaged wheelchairs, delayed assistance and untrained airline staff. These obstacles are... Read More

One 20-Year-Old’s Determination to Change His Journey with a Rare, Debilitating Disease
(BPT) - Imagine your body wasn't able to control your muscles, and over time you experienced more weakness and a loss of strength. That's what was happening to William Johnson, now a college sophomore living with a rare disease - called spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA. Three years ago, advances in ... Read More

The Impact of Lung Cancer [Infographic]
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Veterans Bond Through Challenging Diagnosis of Kidney Failure
(BPT) - The fall of 2018 was life-changing for U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Phillip Hayes. Not only did the season mark his retirement from a 33-year-long service in the Air Force, it marked the beginning of the fight for his life. Phillip's health had been declining for some time, but he did not ant... Read More

Stomach Cancer – Learn the Facts [Infographic]
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Recognizing heart disease symptoms could help save your life
(BPT) - Recognizing the symptoms of heart disease - and taking time from your busy life to see a doctor - could help to save your life, just as it did for Zbigniew 'Ziggy' Banach.Banach is a 46-year-old husband and father of two teenage boys, living in Woodstock, Illinois.Banach began feeling chest... Read More

pHreshen the pHunk Up! Here are a few things that will keep you in control of your feminine health
(BPT) - The vagina is a delicate ecosystem that must be maintained at a normal pH of 3.8-4.5, the same pH as beer, if you can believe it! Everyday events like blood with your period, sex, soaps, certain medications and the water in a douche can all elevate the natural vaginal balance, because those... Read More

Prepare for the unexpected: Travel tips for peace of mind
(BPT) - Do you have a case of wanderlust? Traveling is a great way to explore new places and try new activities, going beyond the ordinary to create lifelong memories with family and friends.But travel does come with risks. This is particularly important with the rise in adventure travel, where Ame... Read More

Tips to prepare you and your loved ones for an emergency
(BPT) - Fires can occur when you least expect it, leaving little time to plan your escape, so the time to prepare for an emergency isn't when your alarm sounds. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), only 32% of American households have actually developed and practiced an eme... Read More

Gut Check: Why Women with Chronic Constipation Feel Stuck [Infographic]
(BPT) - We all have to go when nature calls, but for approximately 35 million American adults living with a condition called chronic idiopathic constipation, or CIC, that isn't always easy. Idiopathic means the cause of the constipation is unknown. People with CIC experience symptoms like abdominal... Read More

Open enrollment: 4 steps to getting the right life insurance benefits at work
(BPT) - Is it open enrollment time for your employee benefits? Most companies begin offering the opportunity to update or add new benefits for the next year in the last quarter of the year. Take advantage of this time to align your life with your benefits because when life changes, insurance needs ... Read More

Actress shares tips to shine bright this holiday season
(BPT) - The holidays can challenge just about anyone to stick to healthy habits and keep up with the busy season. Despite her hectic schedule, actress, producer, entrepreneur and mother Sarah Michelle Gellar has learned how to juggle family and career all while maintaining her daily routine.Gellar ... Read More

Antibiotic Resistance: What it Really Means for Rosacea Sufferers
(BPT) - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), five out of every six people in the United States received one antibiotic prescription in 2016.1,2 While antibiotics are commonly used for their bacteria-killing capabilities, dermatologists, the top antibiotic prescribers i... Read More

Inspiration and tips from the 2019 'Whole Home Concept House'
(BPT) - Today's home builders, designers and innovators are working to create interiors and living experiences that take into account consumer trends toward seeking a more healthful environment, inside and out. This year's 'Whole Home Concept House,' by leading design magazine House Beautiful, plac... Read More

8 simple ideas to prevent home break-ins
(BPT) - Did you know most burglaries are home break-ins? Keeping your home secure is vital to the safety of yourself, your family and your belongings. Here are several simple ideas to increase your personal safety.1. Install a home security system.Security systems offer perhaps the most powerful pr... Read More

Dairy-free? Plant-based? Tips to keep everyone happy at dinner
(BPT) - While we love getting together with our loved ones, the thought of coming up with a meal that pleases everyone can be a bit intimidating. But with a little prep work, planning and new healthy takes on cooking and baking staples, making meals that satisfy everyone is now a lot easier.Make ev... Read More

4 Tips to Help Women with Chronic Idiopathic Constipation Get Moving Again
(BPT) - We've all suffered with constipation from time to time. Imagine if you had a chronic condition that made it an ongoing reality. That's the case for approximately 35 million Americans who have chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC),[1],[2]* a condition that's estimated to affect nearly twice ... Read More

Tackle Two at a Time: Treat Your Diabetes and Protect Your Heart
(BPT) - People living with diabetes are two times more likely to die from cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease, heart failure, heart attack and stroke.i And, nearly 70 percent of people aged 65 or older with diabetes die from some form of heart disease.iDiabetes can lead to many complicat... Read More

Destress by bringing the outdoors in
(BPT) - This year you might have goals like ramping up your workout routine, increasing your self-care regimen or finding time to de-stress.The EPA reports we spend 90 percent of our time indoors, but most people feel that spending time in nature has a positive effect on their mental well-being and... Read More

Interested in a new career? 4 reasons to consider nursing
(BPT) - As time and technology reshape the workforce, most professionals are not in the position to stick with one career until retirement. Nursing offers relevant, future-focused opportunities for people of all ages and experience levels, from those re-entering the workforce or making a career cha... Read More

Natural holiday baking tips
(BPT) - What are the benefits of baking from scratch? Mostly, it's fun, and your whole family can join in. On top of that, nothing tastes as good as fresh baked treats right out of the oven. For another bonus, it makes the whole house smell great. But perhaps the most important reason to bake from ... Read More

Fighting through the pain of a misunderstood skin condition - Hidradenitis Suppurativa
(BPT) - Imagine experiencing symptoms like pain so severe you may not want to do tasks like showering, going to work or even getting out of bed. For people living with hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), a chronic, debilitating, inflammatory skin disease, this can be their reality.Often beginning in ado... Read More

6 hacks for savvy parents to save time and money
(BPT) - Whether it's your first child or you've been around the baby block a few times before, having an infant in your life is an unforgettable experience. While there are countless joys you'll cherish forever, there are also a few challenges you'll likely face along the way.Savvy parents are alwa... Read More

Type 2 diabetes and your kidneys: Are you doing enough?
(BPT) - For decades, physicians have been working to help patients with type 2 diabetes manage their A1C, or blood sugar, levels. But for some patients, lowering A1C alone may not be enough.Approximately 30 million people in the United States have type 2 diabetes,1[*] but did you know that many of ... Read More

Vast majority of Americans lose sleep to binge-watch TV
(BPT) - A new survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) found that 88% of U.S. adults admitted to losing sleep due to staying up late to watch multiple episodes of a TV show or streaming series - and this number jumps to 95% when looking at 18- to 44-year-olds.The same survey shows ... Read More

Help prepare for the unexpected with cancer insurance [Infographic]
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5 carbon monoxide safety tips
(BPT) - Along with the cold temperatures, snow and ice, winter also brings unpredictable dangers, including the threat of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, CO poisoning is the number one cause of accidental poisonings in the U.S. Referred ... Read More

Dietary Supplement Label Changes Mandated by the FDA [Video]
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One Woman’s Inspiring Comeback After COPD Almost Took Her Breath Away
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How Invasive Pneumococcal Disease May Impact Your Baby [Infographic]
(BPT) - Invasive Pneumococcal Disease is an uncommon but serious infectious disease that may impact your baby. For more resources and to see patient stories, visit www.babypneumococcalfacts.com/.... Read More

Stay Healthy During the Holidays
(BPT) - Holiday travel, endless parties and hours waiting in long shopping lines can take a toll on your health. As the season ramps up, it's a great time to take some steps to support your immune system for extra protection. These common-sense health tips can go a long way toward keeping yourself ... Read More

3 Important Benefits to Look For When Buying Life Insurance
(BPT) - While death is a difficult subject to discuss, it is something for which we all must prepare. If something happens to you, are your loved ones able to carry on financially without your income? Could they afford to continue making payments on the family home? Would your children's dreams of ... Read More

5 tips to help keep kids healthy during cold and flu season
(BPT) - It's here again - that time of year when everyone seems to unwittingly pass colds and other illnesses around. As every parent knows, kids can bring germs home from school and share them with the entire family, spreading illness at warp speed. In fact, 60 million school days are missed every... Read More

How Americans deal with the stress of sick
(BPT) - Cough and cold season is bad enough on its own, with the constant sneezing, nagging cough and fatigue. The aches and pains from the season of sickness don't stop there, though, as mental and emotional stressors can also take a toll on the body. From the anxiety of missing work to the guilt ... Read More

How to spot hearing loss and improve quality of life
(BPT) - In today's hectic healthcare environment, new diagnoses, wellness trends and studies on conditions like cancer and heart attacks are popping up every day. This can be overwhelming and cause many to push standard health care, like hearing health, to the bottom of their to-do lists.As you gat... Read More

Navigating Cancer Costs? Consider These 3 Steps
(BPT) - The rising cost of cancer care affects virtually every patient undergoing treatment for cancer, including patients who have health insurance. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), a global leader in the fight against cancer, has found that patients experience the financial burden of ca... Read More

This New Tool May Help Parkinson’s Caregivers Identify and Describe Loved Ones’ Symptoms
(BPT) - November is National Family Caregivers Month, which recognizes and honors the important role caregivers play in their loved ones' well-being. Caregivers of people with Parkinson's have an especially critical role. Parkinson's is often described as a 'team sport,' impacting not only the pers... Read More

How to Ski & Ride Safely While Protecting Your Noggin
(BPT) - A chill is in the air and fall is here, which means winter is right around the corner. Millions of Americans will soon take to the slopes on skis, snowboards and more to participate in these popular winter sports. As with any active sport, there is some risk of injury, from minor to severe.... Read More

Genetics and Breast Cancer: Key Facts Every Woman Should Know
(BPT) - At first, the statistics can sound scary. This year, an estimated 268,600 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, making it the second most common cancer diagnosis for women. It is also the second most common cause of cancer death among U.S. women.However, this Brea... Read More

Common causes and treatments for sensitive teeth
(BPT) - Sponsored by CrestIf you've ever noticed sharp pain in your teeth when enjoying ice cream or a cold or hot beverage, you probably experience some degree of tooth sensitivity. When the temperature gets colder outside, even just breathing in frosty air can trigger that pain. According to rese... Read More

The heart is too good to lose
(BPT) - This article is developed and sponsored by the Amarin Group of Companies.In popular culture, the heart is often seen as a symbol of love and passion. Unfortunately, we sometimes take our hearts for granted.The heart is the amazing centerpiece of the human cardiovascular system.i It's the fi... Read More

Spotlight on Liver Cancer [Infographic]
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Tip or Treat: Ways to keep teeth healthy through Halloween
(BPT) - There's nothing spooky about it - everyone loves Halloween treats. But did you know that you may have 'candy thieves' in your house? Parents of trick-or-treaters are the culprits as they are just as guilty when it comes to enjoying candy. According to a recent survey* from ARM & HAMMER(... Read More

5 Daily Hacks to Live More Sustainably
(BPT) - Climate change may be one of the most daunting issues of our time, but small actions do add up to a positive difference. While complex problems demand complex solutions, one thing is simple: every individual can reduce their own water and carbon footprint through small behavior changes. Her... Read More

'Is the mint in my toothpaste locally grown?' The secret source of everyday bathroom products
(BPT) - Farm-to-table is all the rage when it comes to dining. But did you know you can make the same kind of connection to the ingredients found in products along the drug store aisle?Minty-Fresh ToothpasteYou wake up in the morning, head to the bathroom and begin brushing your teeth. It's somethi... Read More

4 simple steps to reduce the cost of diabetes medications
(BPT) - Approximately 30 million people in the U.S. are living with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many require insulin to manage their condition, but due to rising costs, more and more people are struggling to get the medication they need.According to a rece... Read More

Travel tips: How vitamins can help you look and feel your best
(BPT) - When you're traveling, gummy vitamins can provide surprising and unexpected health benefits for beauty, digestion and sleep. You're not the only one who can't sleep in a strange bed or eat properly because you are bloated from not being on a 'regular' schedule. Traveling can throw your body... Read More

Active Prostate Cancer Patient Shares His Treatment Journey
(BPT) - Throughout his 71 years, Ray Park has lived a full and active life. He spent 34 years serving in the United States Air Force, and in his off-time, kept busy playing golf, going on vacations and spending time with his family, including his wife of 46 years, Nancy.On February 1, 2005, Ray ret... Read More

Advancing the fight against devastating neurological disease
(BPT) - For people with ataxia, a rare and progressive neurological disease, the most common aspects of everyday life are a significant struggle. It's an uphill battle that patients like John Mauro are confronted with every day.Ataxia is a condition that develops due to damage to the cerebellum, th... Read More

The power of positivity: Simple tips to change your life
(BPT) - Work demands paired with family demands make modern life extremely busy. Meetings, deadlines, housework, kids' homework, practice and much more all vie for your time. What's the secret to keeping on top of it all? Research shows the power of positivity can work wonders in managing stress, s... Read More

Be prepared: 3 tips to help you get the care you need
(BPT) - When a health issue comes up, it might be hard to know what to do, especially if you or someone you love isn't feeling well. Your first impulse might be to go straight to the emergency room. However, with the potential for longer wait times, at times unnecessary tests and treatments, plus t... Read More

Non-small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) Is Most Common Form [Infographic]
(BPT) - -INDICATIONOPDIVO® (nivolumab) is a prescription medicine used to treat people with a type of advanced stage lung cancer (called non-small cell lung cancer) that has spread or grown and you have tried chemotherapy that contains platinum, and it did not work or is no longer working. ... Read More

Lead by example for a healthier heart
(BPT) - Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women,i and the total numbers of deaths from heart disease are rising.ii Cardiovascular risk tends to accumulate over time - the roots of which can often be traced to lifestyle choices made in early adulthood.iii You can help chang... Read More

New to Medicare? 4 Plans You Need to Know
(BPT) - Is this the first year you are eligible for Medicare? If so, you have probably found yourself bombarded with mailers attempting to explain what health insurance, prescription plan and supplement plan you need. With all the parts and Medicare plans, sifting through the information can be com... Read More

Hispanic favorites that stain your teeth
(BPT) - Food is essential in Hispanic culture; however, some of the favorites are among the top teeth-staining foods when consumed on a regular basis. While it's hard to give up what stains our teeth, there is a tried-and-true routine for maintaining pearly white teeth that doesn't require giving u... Read More

4 tips for helping your teen manage their moderate-­to­-severe eczema
(BPT) - In many ways, Isaiah Dixon is your typical 17­-year-­old. He loves to play the drums, hang out with friends and is preparing for more independence as he looks forward to heading to college.But, living with severe atopic dermatitis (AD), a chronic form of eczema, makes this t... Read More

7 flu shot myths debunked
(BPT) - Flu season is here and experts agree that getting an annual vaccination is one of the most effective things you can do to prevent the flu. However, many myths exist about the flu shot that are broadly believed, causing people to skip this important immunization.It's important to get proper ... Read More

New Treatment for Painful Leg Veins Helps Patients Get Back on Their Feet
(BPT) - Bonnie Christensen loves horses.'They're everything to me,' she said.But there was a time when Bonnie feared she wouldn't be able to care for or ride the horses she tends to on her property near Salt Lake City, Utah.A leg bruise that wouldn't heal had turned into an open sore and left her i... Read More

A new clinical study for people with Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA) [Video]
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Protect Your Family from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning [Video]
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How physical therapy can help you manage pain
(BPT) - Movement is crucial to a person's health, quality of life and independence. For some people, pain makes movement a challenge. Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek health care. A physical therapist can help people move better and safely manage their pain.Who are physical therap... Read More









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