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New campaign offers resources for thyroid cancer patients
(BPT) - Every year in the United States, more than half a million people with a thyroid nodule undergo testing to determine whether they have thyroid cancer. Recent research has shown that many of these patients aren't fully informed about the possible outcomes of this testing and don't know what q... Read More

It's time to get more kids biking
(BPT) - For kids, biking is one of the gateways to growing up. Popular films and TV hits such as 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' and 'Stranger Things' highlight the joy a bike can bring as a fun way to explore or spend time kicking around the neighborhood. Yet, according to a study from the Outdoor In... Read More

Financial anxiety weighing on your mental health? Try these tips
(BPT) - The global coronavirus pandemic has caused emotional distress and financial upheaval for people around the world. Many Americans are dealing with daunting issues that could jeopardize their financial future, whether it's unexpected health care costs, unemployment and loss of income, the mar... Read More

Three Things to Know About Gout Today
(BPT) - 3-D imaging shows uric acid build up in a person with gout. Used with permission.1Sponsored by Horizon TherapeuticsAn estimated 9 million Americans are living with gout,2 but despite its prevalence, many misconceptions keep people from prioritizing getting the help they need to address this... Read More

5 simple ways to protect the ocean
(BPT) - It's sometimes easy to get caught up in how vast the ocean is, but we need to be reminded of its importance and vulnerability. The ocean contains up to 80% of life on Earth, and provides an important source of fish protein to more than 3 billion people on our planet. To celebrate National O... Read More

Help is out there for struggling pet owners
(BPT) - In uncertain times, there is one source of comfort we can all agree upon, and it is the unconditional love provided by our beloved four-legged friends. Pets are family and are there for us when we need it most. And when tragedy strikes a family member, whether through a natural disaster, do... Read More

Living with Huntington’s Disease: One woman’s journey
(BPT) - When Ashley Fajardo tested positive for the Huntington's disease gene at 18 years old, she was devastated but not surprised. Having lost her mother to the rare genetic disorder five years earlier, she knew her odds for having the gene were high.'It's a terminal illness so of course I was sa... Read More

A dermatologist debunks top sunscreen excuses
(BPT) - As routines shift, people often have to make behavioral changes to adapt to their new daily schedules, which can come with excuses. Whether it's learning to cook healthy meals more frequently, adapting to outdoor exercise or adjusting a skincare regimen, people tend to make excuses as they ... Read More

In the fight against COVID-19, we all have a part to play
(BPT) - You've probably heard the term 'essential worker.' You might even know a few. Among them are those in the medical profession, education and food production. And they're working hard to keep our nation going during the COVID-19 crisis.That's why workplaces are putting extra measures in place... Read More

What we’ve learned from working at home
(BPT) - The recent transition to widespread working from home has shown that the experience has been both educational and eye-opening for many. Working at home means learning to cope with distractions, space constraints, managing time with family and learning new skills. And, according to new consu... Read More

Partnerships are helping communities fight COVID-19 [Video]
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4 easy steps to a chemical-free backyard
(BPT) - Because everyone is spending more time in their own backyards now, parents are wondering how to create healthier lawns for their families.You might be surprised to learn that exposure to pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers can be harmful, particularly for growing children. This ... Read More

New analysis shows pistachios are a complete protein
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What's behind your walls? 3 household dangers you can’t always see
(BPT) - When it comes to keeping your family and home safe, you're probably familiar with the most common household hazards that can occur. And chances are you have taken precautions to prevent most hazards by installing devices like smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers.Bu... Read More

Navigating Cancer During Tough Times: Finding Support in Different Ways
(BPT) - For Dorothy, being diagnosed with bladder cancer almost four years ago reinforced the importance of living in the present and appreciating every moment. This holds true even in some of the most unique circumstances, Dorothy explains. 'I had my 76th birthday party with my grandchildren and d... Read More

Cancer caregivers: As the patient’s advocate, you can never give up
(BPT) - An unexpected diagnosisWhen Donya Quinlan found out her 17-year-old daughter Sawyer had melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer, she was devastated. There was no history of melanoma in the family, and while sun protection is important, this wasn't a case of Sawyer not protecting her skin pr... Read More

Be the change: Registered nurse rejoins frontline caregivers in the fight against COVID-19
(BPT) - It's early afternoon on a Thursday when Donna Portscher walks through the doors at a DaVita dialysis center in north Georgia. It is a familiar setting - the faces, the clean smell of a medical center and the sound of dialysis machines in the background. She pays visits to dialysis centers l... Read More

Managing Dry Eye Disease in Challenging Times
(BPT) - With the COVID-19 pandemic altering our daily lives, it's especially important to take care of yourself - and not to overlook other health conditions you may be living with. That's particularly true of dry eye disease, an inflammatory condition that affects more than 16 million people in th... Read More

Stressed as a parent? No- and low-cost ways to educate and entertain kids
Having children is a great joy, but it also can be stressful. Pressures are plentiful, from making sure your child has the right gear to needing to help manage their school and social schedules. To intensify matters, COVID-19 has brought quarantines and social distancing around the world, and paren... Read More

How millennial lifestyles are redefining security in multifamily living [Infographic]
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What to do if you’re losing insurance through job loss
(BPT) - During these difficult times, millions of Americans have been furloughed, laid off, or may yet lose employment due to the pandemic. And because insurance is tied to employment for a vast majority of workers, this can mean facing the loss of insurance coverage as well as your income.What can... Read More

How to take charge of your mental health
(BPT) - Our nation is sharing in an experience with the COVID-19 crisis that will serve to reshape the future of our communities, our work, our families, and each and every individual. With so much attention focused on the diagnosis and treatment related to the virus, we recognize that those feelin... Read More

Updates in Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
(BPT) - Estimates over 17 years suggest that the prevalence of MS in the U.S. ranges from 851,749 to 913,925 people, based on health claims data. Please keep in mind these are estimates and not exact.i While researchers have yet to produce a cure, there are various treatment options available to pa... Read More

Don’t ignore heart attack symptoms, even during COVID-19
(BPT) - It's your heart. Don't hesitate.If you're experiencing symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, doctors urge you to not delay seeking treatment because of COVID-19 concerns.During the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors across the nation are reporting a sharp decline in patients coming to the hospital ... Read More

5 Ways to Support Your Fertility This Women’s Health Week
(BPT) - A woman's body is beautiful, unique and nothing short of complex, so taking great care of it is key to optimal health and happiness. Whether a fan of daily fitness, believer that food can heal or the queen of self-care, now more than ever, women are perfecting their wellness routines to set... Read More

7 steps to manage stress and build resilience
(BPT) - As recent months have demonstrated, stress is unavoidable. Now more than ever, it's important to understand stress and how we can manage it. While stress can be beneficial, too much of it can be harmful. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women's Health explains a... Read More

Be Prepared for Natural Disasters
(BPT) - Natural disasters, such as hurricanes or tornadoes, can strike at any time. If you or a loved one has a medical condition, it is vital to be prepared. Make sure you have a plan in place in the event of a natural disaster.When creating a disaster preparedness plan, consider these tips:1. Ide... Read More

Tips and resources to avoid caregiver burnout
(BPT) - Since the COVID-19 outbreak, restrictions in daily activities and social interactions have caused a major shift in caregiving roles and responsibilities. Many people have found themselves acting as a full-time caregiver for the first time. Parents and guardians are teaching lessons at home ... Read More

Help children living in poverty without leaving home
(BPT) - While much of daily life is paused right now, kindness and giving are not. In fact, they're needed now more than ever.Red Nose Day - the annual fundraising campaign to end child poverty - is back at Walgreens, but this year it looks a bit different. Due to the need for social distancing and... Read More

Life with a rare, chronic and 'invisible' illness
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Anticipating canine separation anxiety post COVID-19
(BPT) - For almost all of us, we have been on "sit and stay" for over two months. The only person happy about this is the dog.The question is, when we return to some normalcy, and head back to work, or to re-start life, what will be the effect on our canines? Some dogs are at higher risk for anxiet... Read More

What to Do If You’ve Lost Health Insurance Due to COVID-19 [Video]
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Telemedicine Gives Essential Tremor Patients Freedom to Be
(BPT) - In these unprecedented times, prioritizing our health and safety has become more essential than ever. Staying independent in the security and comfort of our own homes while still being able to receive vital care is of the utmost importance, especially for older Americans who are more at ris... Read More

What you may not know about generic prescription drugs
(BPT) - Many prescription medications on the market today are expensive, and may not be fully covered by health insurance plans. Because of the costs involved, people who take prescription medications often ask their doctor or pharmacist about less expensive options that might be available to them.... Read More

Fostering independent play is more important than ever for parents continuing to work from home
(BPT) - Across the country, temporary school closures are forcing kids into instant distance learning environments for the remainder of the school year. Parents are trying to work their day job while simultaneously educating kids. For most, there isn't ever enough time in a day to handle both. They... Read More

How to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in the Home [Infographic]
(BPT) - The surfaces in rooms throughout the home can be susceptible to the spread of COVID-19. You can help prevent the spread in your home by following CDC guidelines for infection prevention protocol and disinfecting hard, nonporous surfaces using an EPA-registered disinfectant.... Read More

How to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 For Those Working Outside the Home [Infographic]
(BPT) - Those braving the frontlines of COVID-19, including healthcare professionals, first responders and essential workers, are at the greatest risk of exposure. These individuals can follow a few simple measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they return home from work.... Read More

Melanoma Can’t Wait – What Everyone Should Understand About This Deadly Cancer
(BPT) - While the summer months often serve as an important reminder on the dangers of sun exposure, many people may not realize that skin cancer can happen to anyone at any time of the year. With more than five million new cases diagnosed each year, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S... Read More

5 at-home wellness tips for families with ADHD
(BPT) - Families are spending more time together than ever before, making it challenging for parents and caregivers to balance their personal needs with that of a child's. For those families that include a child with ADHD, maintaining mental, physical and emotional wellness is particularly crucial ... Read More

Polycystic Kidney Disease: Is it hiding in your genes?
(BPT) - Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), causes numerous cysts to grow in the kidneys and for those affected by this condition, nearly 50% will experience End State Renal Disease (ESRD) by age 60. According to the National Kidney Foundation, autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) acco... Read More

5 essential steps for managing blood sugar
(BPT) - In the U.S. alone, 28.1 million people are living with diabetes, and an added 7.2 million are living with undiagnosed diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, the American Diabetes Association reports that 84 million American adults have pre... Read More

Coping with a Serious Complication of Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation – Acute Graft-Versus-Host Disease
(BPT) - Sponsored by Incyte CorporationAllogeneic transplantation, a type of stem cell transplant that uses stem cells from a donor, is an important part of treatment for certain cancers, most commonly those that affect the blood or immune system. While the procedure has the potential to cure disea... Read More

Tips for childproofing an older home
(BPT) - While many homeowners love the unique charm and beauty that can only be found in an older home, the truth is that older houses present challenges to keeping everyone safe, especially little ones. For any house where children are being raised, or where they may spend a lot of time, it's a go... Read More

When is it safe to take my child to the dentist again?
(BPT) - Like many of us, parents across the U.S. are wondering when they can resume the new normal. When will schools and daycares reopen? When will parks, pools and activities resume? And when is it safe to take my child to the dentist again?During these difficult and challenging times, and as the... Read More

How you can help children in poverty during the pandemic without leaving home
(BPT) - While most of the world has hit pause on daily life, kindness and giving can be considered essential services. Socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 health pandemic are challenging families across the globe, as schools have closed, after-school meal programs have paused, businesses ha... Read More

25 years of migraine: How one sufferer won the battle
(BPT) - Migraine has been an unwelcome part of Jennifer (Jennie) Latson's life for more than 25 years. On average, she has 10-12 migraine attacks per month. They can cause her horrible pain, severe nausea and vomiting, and often keep her bedridden for several days at a time. Her attacks started whe... Read More

How communities are connecting during the COVID-19 crisis
(BPT) - During the uncertainty of the COVID-19 crisis, people are searching for ways to connect with experts, co-workers, friends, neighbors and their community. They are accomplishing this by using technology including virtual meetings, webinars and conference call services.Everyone is making sacr... Read More

How one woman’s surprise heart failure diagnosis changed her life
(BPT) - 'I was scared. As a single mom with a 13-year-old son, I had no idea what was in store or how it would change my life,' said Kim Lewis, now 53.To Lewis, working hard and taking care of her family was second nature. Yet nothing could prepare her for the challenges she began facing in her ear... Read More

How to Properly Alarm Your Home [Infographic]
(BPT) - Ensuring properly functioning alarms are placed throughout the home is the first line of defense for fire prevention. But even if you have smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home, you and your family may not be sufficiently protected if you don't have enough devices to properly o... Read More

New Treatment Is Welcomed Innovation for People Living with Migraine
(BPT) - Sarah Sitarski has endured life with migraine for about 27 years. During these years, she was misdiagnosed and prescribed different medications that didn't work. As a mother of an active 10-year-old daughter and a manager in a busy work environment, Sarah needed a treatment option that allo... Read More

Understanding When a Headache Isn’t Just a Headache
(BPT) - It can be easy to dismiss head pain as a regular headache, but in fact there is no such thing. More than 300 types of headache exist and the likelihood you'll experience one in your lifetime is high. Worldwide nearly 40 million people have some form of headache disease.'Each headache comes ... Read More

The Risk of Outdated Treatments: Knowing the Latest Cardiovascular Treatment Options and Guidelines Could Help You or Someone You Love
(BPT) - Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and affects nearly half of all adult Americans.[i] Misinterpretation in the cardiovascular field acts as a barrier for determining the best therapies to manage overall risk. For the 48% of adults in the U.S. with hear... Read More

Everything you need to boost your self-care routine
(BPT) - When was the last time you treated yourself so that you could feel good inside and out? Now is the perfect time to show some serious TLC to your skin, nails and hair to give yourself the ultimate full-body pampering session.Try these ideas for enhancing your self-care routine:Get that glowW... Read More

4 Ways Mushrooms Make Home Cooking Better
(BPT) - While everyone is discovering their inner chef by cooking at home, it's a good time to explore ingredients that boost flavor and nutrition and add value to all your kitchen creations. One ingredient is fast becoming the hero of many home-cooked meals: fresh mushrooms.Grocery stores today fe... Read More

ADHD is not a kid thing: 11 million adults have it, too
(BPT) - If you are among the millions of adults in the U.S. who do not know they have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the past few months of social distancing have been a particularly steep battle. Our country was instructed to 'sit still,' a command children with ADHD hear every d... Read More

Stuck inside? 6 fun enrichment activities for you and your pet
(BPT) - It's no secret that pets provide love, loyalty and affection. This is even more apparent now that you're spending more time at home with them. In fact, according to the 2020 Purina Pet Ownership Survey, 94% of pet owners rely on their pet for emotional support, which is particularly importa... Read More

Clever hacks give spring-cleaning a whole new meaning
(BPT) - With more time spent in the comfort of our home, spring-cleaning can take on an entirely new meaning this year. Consider the following hacks to make your household clean-up routine as efficient and thorough as possible.Conquer kitchen crevices with lemon and baking soda Crumbs, food residue... Read More

Recent Research Leads to Additional Treatment Options for People Living with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
(BPT) - Sponsored by AbbVieFor many people, the word 'leukemia' sounds scary. They may envision a very sick patient in the hospital who has limited options. They might think this patient has a cancer that is extremely difficult to treat and that their life may be cut short. This can indeed be the c... Read More

7 surprising ways to use beans for every meal
(BPT) - Did you know you can use canned beans for every meal of the day, plus tasty snacks?Chances are you currently have cans of beans in your pantry, and you may be wondering what to do with them. Perhaps someone in your household hasn't tried beans, or you need a new recipe to entice your family... Read More

How to create a bedroom oasis that’s optimal for excellent sleep
(BPT) - Can't sleep? You're not alone. Only 11% of Americans say they get excellent sleep on a regular basis, while 18% report poor or not good sleep quality, and the rest are somewhere in between.*With all of the stress today, your bedroom should be a sanctuary you can retreat to - a place where y... Read More

3 telehealth tips connected to COVID-19
(BPT) - As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to mount, many Americans may be considering where to go for care if they develop potential symptoms. One important - yet potentially overlooked - resource is telehealth, which may enable people to connect 24/7 with a health care provider via a digit... Read More

8 women’s health issues and how to deal with them at home
(BPT) - Many doctors' offices are limiting their office hours for anything other than emergency care or diagnosing and treating people for COVID-19. This may leave women with lack of access to their doctors when experiencing non-urgent, but highly uncomfortable issues.Lauren Streicher, MD, OB/GYN a... Read More

Spring Clean Your Diet With 5 Fridge Essentials
(BPT) - Spring cleaning is a tradition that often includes dusting, mopping, decluttering and organizing homes for a fresh start. Many families may be cooking more while home right now, so this is a great opportunity to refresh your kitchen staples by filling the fridge with foods that support a he... Read More

4 ways to support your community that take less than 10 minutes
(BPT) - Whether it's reprieve for families in self-isolation, support for those on the frontlines of healthcare and essential businesses, or keeping at-risk populations safe, now is the time to come together - while staying apart - to support one another.Here are four simple ways that communities c... Read More

Federal Program Offers Loan Repayment for Primary Care Providers
(BPT) - The health care system faces many challenges, including the availability of quality care for millions of Americans. While clinicians are struggling to pay off student loan debt, patients in geographically isolated areas, such as rural and underserved communities, have limited access to care... Read More

What the 50th anniversary of Earth Day means today
(BPT) - To say these are challenging times is a vast understatement. In the course of just weeks, everyone's lives have been completely disrupted, routines have been upended and the world is still reeling as everybody struggles to figure out what it all means - both in terms of their daily life, an... Read More

4 safe ways to connect with family and friends while practicing social distancing
(BPT) - Bob Dylan once sang, 'For the times they are a-changin',' and that has perhaps never been more true than it is today. The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new phrases like social distancing to the general population, and has also redefined both work and family life, creating a new normal.Th... Read More

Combating financial anxiety during a pandemic
(BPT) - In the face of a global pandemic, financial anxiety is an everyday reality. Concerns surrounding personal finances, businesses shutting down and market volatility have us navigating new waters, experiencing more acutely than ever before how our financial lives are intertwined with our menta... Read More

5 tips to relieve your eye dryness this season
(BPT) - Between wind and airborne debris outside and dry, dusty air inside, any time of the year can be rough on the eyes. Fortunately, there are steps you can take both at home and on the go to find relief for your dry, irritated eyes.What causes you to have eye dryness?If you're experiencing cons... Read More

5 smart tips for cooking with beef at home
(BPT) - Families across the country are spending more time at home, which means home cooking has taken on new meaning. Using foods in your pantry and freezer to create meals everyone will love might seem challenging, but with a few tips and tricks, you'll be cooking wholesome dishes to please all p... Read More

Doctors Warn Second Health Crisis Brewing Under COVID-19 Pandemic
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has rightfully garnered the attention of doctors and patients alike across the globe. The term "social distancing" has entered the vernacular overnight as Americans follow medical leaders' recommendations to stay home. However, a secondary health concern is looming und... Read More

Top tips for sanitizing your home
(BPT) - As you're spending more time at home, you're probably looking for the best ways to keep your living environment clean, safe and healthy. Where do you start? What kinds of tools or products work best for sanitizing? Fortunately, achieving and maintaining a cleaner, more germ-free home is wit... Read More

Top spring cleaning tips from the pros
(BPT) - With extra time at home right now, millions of Americans are taking the opportunity to address housekeeping tasks they haven't gotten around to - from cleaning the mattress to scrubbing the washer and dryer. This is the year to do your best spring cleaning yet.You likely know the basics of ... Read More

Seniors with diabetes: Important questions to ask your doctor now
(BPT) - If you're a senior with diabetes, you're not alone. The statistics are eye opening - more than 25% of Americans age 65 and older have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. What's more, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports diabetes as the seventh leading... Read More

Connecting in kindness during troubling times
(BPT) - The theory that the world is interconnected to such a degree that the fluttering of a butterfly's wing in Africa could cause a tornado in Arizona has been debated for over a century. One man wanted to try a similar experiment, but in kindness. Could one random act of kindness have the neces... Read More

Protecting Your Financial Health During the COVID-19 Outbreak [Video]
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Top Gardening Trends for 2020
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Fact vs. fiction: Drugs and alcohol in TV, movies and social media
(BPT) - When it comes to drugs and alcohol, do the teens in your life know how to separate fact from fiction? As with many of the myths portrayed in pop culture - including on TV, in movies and on social media - what you see doesn't always reflect reality.With more time being spent gathered at home... Read More

Caregiving and COVID-19: Tips for people with vulnerable family members
(BPT) - COVID-19 has dramatically shifted daily life for many people around the world. Nobody is immune, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and older adults and individuals with chronic health conditions are at higher risk of getting very sick from the Coronavirus.To prote... Read More

How one woman took action after her cancer diagnosis
(BPT) - As a busy working mom of four, Chaya did not expect her tiredness, persistent cough and fevers to be cancer.At first, it felt like a cold that just wouldn't go away. When she visited her primary care doctor, her initial bloodwork showed she might have mononucleosis, but after more testing a... Read More

Top Tips to Deep Clean this Spring
(BPT) - This year spring cleaning is more than ever about the deep clean. Spring typically inspires a little more time dedicated to cleaning, in fact, a recent survey commissioned by Bona and conducted by Harris Poll found that more than half of U.S. adults say that the start of spring triggers ext... Read More

The personal and economic burden of traumatic brain injury
(BPT) - It could be due to a car accident. It might be attributed to an injury at work. It might be the result of a simple fall. Traumatic brain injury can happen to anyone of any age, and it's probably more common than you think.What is traumatic brain injury (TBI)?A TBI is often caused by a bump,... Read More

Tips for living your best life with hand tremor
(BPT) - Imagine how your life would change if you were unable to bring a cup to your mouth without spilling, if you couldn't do the buttons on your clothes or even brush your teeth without difficulty. If you are one of the 7 million Americans living with essential tremor (ET), you already know what... Read More

Eggs Beyond Breakfast? Yup. Here’s How!
(BPT) - Eggs are a classic breakfast food - and for good reason! They are loaded with high-quality vitamins and good fats, making them one of the most nutritious foods in the world. But eggs aren't just for breakfast. You can add their superfood nutrition to just about any recipe, any time of day.R... Read More

Coughing Shouldn’t Be Routine: Knowing When to Talk to Your Doctor
(BPT) - While personal health and wellness are important, it's not always easy to find time to make it a priority. Even during busy days, pausing for just a moment to reflect on how you are feeling can be helpful, especially for those living with a chronic lung condition.If you have previously been... Read More

Want Relief from Eye Allergies? Here’s What You Need to Know
(BPT) - Spring is finally here, and while we say hello to lush green grass, flowers in bloom and leaves on trees, for many it means the start of seasonal allergies. With nearly 66 million (1 in 5) Americans suffering from eye allergies and struggling with how to get the right relief they need, it's... Read More

Five Tips to Help You Get Better Sleep Now
(BPT) - The fact is, most people don't get enough sleep. Getting the optimal amount of sleep each night not only leaves you feeling rested but has a profound impact on your overall health - affecting immunity, mental sharpness, weight management and much more†.If you find you're struggli... Read More

Tips to protect from the unexpected: Necessary home essentials
(BPT) - While spending more time at home, it's important that you take the necessary steps to make sure your family is ready for the unexpected in the event a home fire or carbon monoxide (CO) leak occurs. You might be surprised to learn that CO poisoning is the number one cause of accidental poiso... Read More

Are You Up to Date on the Latest Treatments For Your Heart? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Knowing the latest science and treatment options to reduce your risk for heart disease can save your life. Twelve million people are at risk due to elevated triglyceride levels, which may increase their risk for cardiovascular events. Many people continue to unknowingly take outdated therap... Read More

Expressing sympathy during this new normal
(BPT) - Experiencing the loss of a loved one is always difficult. In today's environment of 'social distancing', we are even more challenged in finding ways to reach out and connect to those who need comfort at a time of loss.While many of us may be adapting to new everyday routines, the etiquette ... Read More

Triglycerides as a Marker of CV Risk: Too Few Americans Are Aware of Triglycerides’ Important Role in Identifying Cardiovascular Risk
(BPT) - The number of cardiovascular deaths is still on the rise-in fact, cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States.[i],[ii] Heart attack and stroke each occur on average every 40 seconds, and one cardiovascular death occurs on average every... Read More

5 things we wish we'd known: Advice from families who have lost a loved one to addiction
(BPT) - Every day in America 185 people die from drug overdose - that's like a plane crashing each day, day after day.Families who have lost their loved ones have united to help other families impacted by the disease of addiction and to protect others from this tragedy.If you love someone who is st... Read More

“You’re talking about me" – Giving a voice to people at higher risk for COVID-19 due to chronic illness: 84% feel vulnerable
(BPT) - -- Webcasts by disease are open to the public; Survey is tracking concerns --The COVID-19 global pandemic has disrupted daily life in the United States, leaving many people concerned. One of the key at-risk groups of COVID-19 includes people with serious chronic medical conditions.'If anyth... Read More

Confronting Stigma with Science: What Asian Americans Should Know about Lung Cancer and Tumor Mutations
(BPT) - Sponsored by AstraZenecaLung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US. Among Asian Americans, there is a higher risk of being diagnosed with a specific type of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) - one that tests positive for tumor mutations in the epidermal growth fact... Read More

2 plant-based, easy-to-prep recipes for National Nutrition Month
(BPT) - March is National Nutrition Month and perhaps one of the easiest ways to keep track of personal nutrition is by meal prepping. In fact, a study of 40,000 French adults found that people who meal prepped at least a few days were less likely to be overweight and more likely to stick to nutrit... Read More

5 Things You Should Know About Vaping
(BPT) - Although e-cigarettes, or vaping products, were introduced into the U.S. market as a healthier alternative to smoking for adults, they have become extremely popular among young people. Adolescent vaping has been declared an epidemic in our country: between 2017 and 2018, there was a 78% ris... Read More

Are myths keeping you from screening for a leading cause of cancer death?
(BPT) - If your goal is prioritizing your health, you may be focusing on your daily diet and exercise habits, but are you overlooking a crucial screening? Even if you think you're doing your best to improve your health, you may be avoiding an important health screening - perhaps because you'd rathe... Read More

185 people are lost to drug overdose every day
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4 Ways to Add Nutrition to a Plant-Based Diet
(BPT) - It's no secret that plant-based diets are all the rage, with more and more Americans opting for foods made from plants and reducing consumption of meat, dairy, eggs and seafood, particularly for their positive impact on the environment. In fact, according to a new survey by Yale and the non... Read More

Career progression and financial wellness still barriers for women
(BPT) - In the United States, women now earn more college degrees than men do. They make up half the workforce and, furthermore, are the primary breadwinner in more than half of households. Women have never been more well-positioned, but they continue to face numerous barriers that can make it diff... Read More

185 overdoses each day: The real stories and faces behind the crisis
(BPT) - What happens when a news story hits close to home? Angela, a news anchor from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, had been reporting on stories about the opioid epidemic when she found herself living every parent's worst nightmare: her 21-year-old daughter, Emily, died of a drug overdose caused by f... Read More

Life insurance isn’t just for older folks — here’s why
(BPT) - If you are a young professional, you are likely already making financial choices at work and home that critically affect your future. But are you taking advantage of every available opportunity to help protect your assets? Perhaps no aspect of financial planning gets overlooked more than li... Read More

Fact or fiction: Debunking sleep apnea myths
(BPT) - While many are familiar with the term, sleep apnea is commonly misunderstood - and largely undiagnosed. An estimated 54 million U.S. adults suffer from sleep apnea, although 80% may not know they have it and remain undiagnosed.In other words, millions of people have no idea that they're suf... Read More

Diabetes news: Updating your family’s low blood sugar rescue plan
(BPT) - Sponsored by Eli Lilly and CompanyAs a parent or loved one of a child with diabetes, you know that blood sugar lows can happen, even with the best blood sugar monitoring and management plans. While generally not common, low blood sugar emergencies (severe hypoglycemia) can happen unexpected... Read More

The Hijacker: Busting the Myths of Addiction [Video]
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5 tips for making the most of your Medicare plan this year
(BPT) - Do you spend your Sunday mornings scouring the newspaper inserts for coupons? Make it a point to confirm discounts when booking hotel reservations? Secretly (or not so secretly!) love the senior discount at the movie theater?If any of these sound familiar, you probably consider yourself a s... Read More

Healthy lifestyle tips and wellness trends to restore your mind and body [Video]
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6 things you should know before your next outpatient procedure
(BPT) - With nearly 50 million outpatient surgeries performed in the U.S. each year and the increasingly complex nature of the procedures, patients need to know several important details when having surgery without an overnight stay in the hospital. Updated fasting restrictions, removing jewelry to... Read More

Decoding brain injury
(BPT) - Sadia Prema, a successful, determined, 37-year-old sales professional from Phoenix, was walking across the street to meet with a client when she was struck by a distracted driver and thrown nearly 40 feet. She sustained multiple injuries, including a traumatic brain injury (TBI).After being... Read More

Leslie Grace’s 4 Beauty Secrets to Be Camera Ready
(BPT) - With an active music career and a highly anticipated feature film premiering, Leslie Grace always looks camera ready. What are her secrets to looking and feeling her best? Her daily beauty routine! Here are four beauty secrets that Leslie swears by to get her through even the busiest of day... Read More

Teen with rare illness gets wish to create comic book
(BPT) - Teenagers love to read comic books, and many even have the desire to write stories, draw comics and create their own books someday. Nineteen-year-old Bo is one of those teens. He loves everything about comic books and drawing - but juvenile Huntington's disease (jHD) has made it increasingl... Read More

Declutter your finances this spring
(BPT) - The spring season brings warmer days and a fresh perspective, which is why it's the ideal time to declutter and get organized. This includes taking stock of what we have, clearing out the unnecessary items in our possession and cleansing our spaces. We feel refreshed and empowered after a g... Read More

1-2-3 simple plant-based food swaps to eat better
(BPT) - How hard can it be to eat better? Go vegetarian or vegan? Give up deliciousness? Eat more greens? Purge the pantry? Whether you're considering plant-based diet options for health reasons, or to have a lighter footprint on our environment or 'just because' you want to eat foods that don't co... Read More

5 Ways to Get Kids to Eat Healthier
(BPT) - Every parent knows the struggle of convincing their little ones to eat more nutritious foods. Luckily, by encouraging your kids to get involved in the kitchen, you're helping them build a solid foundation for healthier food choices. Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner... Read More

5 simple tips to help manage your diabetes at mealtime
(BPT) - SPONSORED BY NOVO NORDISK - From late nights at the office, to outings with family and friends, sticking to a diet and consistent mealtime can be challenging for many Americans. But if you're living with diabetes, how much, when and what you eat can have implications for your overall health... Read More

Illustrator reveals impact of a rare blood cancer through art
(BPT) - While some people read comic books to escape reality, illustrator J.G. Jones is using his artwork to illustrate his reality, and the reality of others like him who are living with a group of rare, chronic, progressive blood cancers known as myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs).Since Jones ma... Read More

How to find your inspiration
(BPT) - Inspiration is the stimulation to do something and can drive people to do incredible things. It doesn't matter who you are, what your job is or which hobbies you enjoy - inspiration is at the core of personal and professional growth.John Paxton, senior designer at Kia, finds his inspiration... Read More

Start meal planning with simple tips from the pros
(BPT) - Have you heard about meal planning and thought it sounded like a great idea, but think it's just too complicated for you to tackle? The truth is it's easier than you think if you know a few tips and tricks from the experts."Meal planning saves money, cuts stress, reduces food waste and enco... Read More

Spring cleaning for spring allergies: 6 steps from the experts
(BPT) - As days grow longer and new blooms appear, it can only mean one thing: Spring is here and with it comes the task of spring cleaning. For people with allergies, spring cleaning does more than spruce up a home. When done correctly, it removes dust, mold, dander and other allergy triggers so y... Read More

Health insights: What is GVHD and why is innovation so critical?
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So, what’s the deal with beef and heart health?
(BPT) - As Americans think about eating for a healthy heart, many feel they're forced to choose between a healthy diet and their love of beef. But, contrary to some misinformation on this topic, you can have both. The Mediterranean diet was just ranked the #1 Overall Diet in 2020 and the #2 Best Di... Read More

Are you in digestive distress? You’re not alone! [Infographic]
(BPT) - Diarrhea and its accompanying symptoms of gas, bloating and cramps can strike during inopportune times, like when you're heading out for a brunch with friends or about to catch a flight for a weekend trip. Even the best laid plans can go awry if you're not prepared.... Read More

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

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

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

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 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

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

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