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Four reasons to pursue careers in nursing
(BPT) - As time and technology reshape the workforce, most professionals are not in the position to choose one career or one track and stick with it until retirement. Nursing offers relevant, future-focused opportunities for people of all ages and levels of experience, from those re-entering the wo... Read More

Practice makes perfect: Easy steps to plan 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

4 festive tricks to make a holiday meal work for everyone
(BPT) - The holidays are full of family, friends - and lots and lots of food. And while we love getting together with all our loved ones, the thought of coming up with a meal that pleases everyone can be a bit frightful. But with a little prep work, planning, and new healthy takes on cooking and ba... Read More

Caring for the family caregiver: Ways to manage your health and wellbeing while supporting others
(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

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

6 ways to turn your home into a natural oasis
(BPT) - As the year comes to an end, many people make resolutions to start the New Year strong. This might mean 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... 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 parenting hacks 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 a few challenges you'll likely face along the way, too.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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Survey: More Americans considering marijuana and cannabinoids for pain
(BPT) - Millennials lead the escalating interest in marijuana and cannabinoid compounds for managing pain - with older generations not far behind - yet most are unaware of potential risks. Three-quarters (75%) of Americans who expressed interest in using marijuana or cannabinoids to address pain th... Read More

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 choose tires that are better for the environment
(BPT) - Did you know tires could be green?Tires can help keep the planet a bit greener, when they're built and used with sustainability in mind.Here's how.1) Low rolling resistance saves energy and lowers emissionsAccording to the U.S. Department of Energy, between 4 and 11% of a car's fuel is used... Read More

5 ways you can be ready when disaster strikes
(BPT) - When North Carolina native and licensed practical nurse Shannon Lanier found herself caught in Hurricane Florence, more than two feet of rain arrived in her hometown of Wilmington.Lanier had listened to all the warnings and knew this had the potential to be a big one. But she'd never evacua... 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

Age alone shouldn’t determine breast cancer treatment options
(BPT) - One in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Many will be surprised to learn that age is a major barrier when it comes to patients accessing the information they need to make a better-informed treatment decision.Age shouldn't affect your chances of getting the ... Read More

Five ways to support shelter animals if you’re not ready to adopt
(BPT) - The winter months, which are often considered some of the busiest for animal shelters, are approaching. According to the ASPCA, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters every year. Adding a shelter pet to your family can be fulfilling, but what if you're not ready or able ... 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

5 ways to keep your fitness routine on track
(BPT) - Whether you're hitting the gym to get healthy, tone up or improve your overall well-being, seeing results can be one of the most satisfying feelings. Noticing even the smallest change in the way you feel or look is reason enough to lace up your sneakers for another sweat session.When result... 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

Psoriasis: The importance of connection
(BPT) - At first glance, psoriasis may appear to be only a surface-level condition that affects one's skin and outward appearance. What many people do not realize is this common, chronic inflammatory disease may lead to the development of psoriatic arthritis in a third of patients. Psoriasis suffer... Read More

Diabetes health: Top tips to find affordable medication
(BPT) - In the United States, approximately 30 million people 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... 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 Holiday Travel Guide to Vitamin Supplements
(BPT) - Whether you're traveling for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's, gummy vitamins can provide surprising and unexpected health benefits for beauty, digestion, and sleep. Many people don't realize they're not alone when they can't sleep in a strange bed or eat properly because they are bloa... 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

Survey: Common infection leads to emotional trauma
(BPT) - A new national survey reveals that women are desperate for solutions to their frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs), and they're equally tired of the stigma that comes with them.Key findings of 'UTIs: The Burning Truth' by ellura, the urinary tract supplement, found that 76% of women fee... 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

5 tips for keeping your dog more active
(BPT) - Face it, getting enough exercise is tough for everyone, and it's certainly true when it comes to our pets. The amount of exercise your dog may need varies, depending on the age, size and breed, but most dogs need more exercise than they're getting, especially during the colder months when w... 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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Four ways to boost your vitamin D intake
(BPT) - As the days shorten and the weather turns chillier, absorbing vitamin D from the sun becomes more challenging. Why does that matter? Less vitamin D can lead to a weakened immune system, fatigue, joint pain and even impaired wound healing. Essentially, vitamin D helps your whole system run b... Read More

Choose physical therapy for safe pain management
(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 (PT) can help people move better and safely and manage their pain.Who are physic... Read More

Living life to the fullest – without knee pain
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How to be ready for a home fire: Plan and practice
(BPT) - Did you know that today's homes burn faster than ever? Newer homes tend to be built with unprotected, lightweight wood construction and are frequently designed with lots of open spaces and high ceilings - ideal conditions for fire to grow and spread quickly. Also, modern home furnishings ar... Read More

A New Way to Achieve Defined Arms and Contoured Thighs
(BPT) - Picture this: You're sporting a sleek, black sleeveless tank or maybe a pair of denim short shorts. Your arms are defined and trim, and your legs could stop traffic.This may seem like a vision board exercise, but thanks to advances in noninvasive body contouring technology, such transformat... Read More

Simple ways to support causes in your daily life
(BPT) - We are all busy and distracted these days, and it can often be difficult to find ways to make a difference to those less fortunate in our communities. However, today it is simpler than ever to give back, and you do not have to alter your hectic routine to make an impact.Give back while you ... Read More

UL Presents:cFriendship Stories [Video]
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Take it from the pros and close before you doze [Video]
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3 ways supplemental insurance helps those facing breast cancer
(BPT) - As we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women should take some time to make sure they are taking the proper precautions to help protect themselves physically and financially against the disease. According to the American Cancer Society, women still have a 1 in 8 chance of developing br... Read More

How this metastatic breast cancer patient became her own best advocate for personalized treatment
(BPT) - There are few things more frightening than an advanced cancer diagnosis. Karen Peterson knows this better than most. A 54-year-old single mother from Harlem, she is a cancer survivor three times over. But she almost wasn't.A childhood cancer survivor, in 2015 Peterson was diagnosed with tri... Read More

Disaster relief improves with collaboration among communities, charities and companies
(BPT) - When disasters strike - whether hurricanes and tornadoes or floods and earthquakes - communities and organizations rally to help, using their unique strengths to boost support. While every attempt to support affected families and neighborhoods is appreciated, aid is most effective when it's... Read More

Fuel up for fall: 5 ways to take on the day
(BPT) - Back to school and back to the grind! Fall is here and with that comes maxed out schedules and new routines - school, sports practices, work travel, getting ready for the holidays and more. It can be hard to keep up, especially when you sometimes want to just lay down and recharge, but ther... Read More

Frequently asked questions about metastatic breast cancer
(BPT) - Imagine sitting in a stadium cheering on your favorite team with over 42,000 other fans - then, in the blink of an eye, the entire stadium is empty.Now imagine this happening again, year after year.Each year, over 42,000 people are lost to metastatic breast cancer (MBC), also known as stage... Read More

Want a showstopper master bathroom? 5 criteria to achieve exceptional design
(BPT) - When it's time to renovate your master bathroom, why not set your sights on something bigger and better? Rather than letting the latest fads drive your choices, create a room that holds its breathtaking beauty for years, and never fails to transform your mood each time you cross the thresho... Read More

Why you should shop for health insurance
(BPT) - When it comes to health care and dental plans, your options can feel overwhelming. There can be dozens of plans and many variables that go into your decision, which is why it's worth your time to find the option that best fits your individual or family needs. 'We will devote hours of painst... Read More

The surprising evolution of plant-based margarine
(BPT) - What does Napoleon III have to do with the development of margarine? Quite a lot, as it turns out. The origins and evolution of plant-based margarines involve a lot more history - and dramatic changes in how people eat - than you might expect.The forces that have driven human food options a... Read More

Coping with the Uncertainty of Blood Cancer Recurrence
(BPT) - For the growing number of cancer survivors in the United States, many face the shared question: will my cancer come back? In fact, fear of cancer recurrence is one of the top concerns among people with cancer and their loved ones.1Cancer can impact people in many ways and every person diagn... Read More

7 tips for enjoying autumn with your furry best friend
(BPT) - Autumn is a great time to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors in the company of your favorite four-legged friend. The temperatures have cooled down and the fall colors are starting to appear, yet it's not too cold to enjoy a brisk walk or even a leisurely stroll together. It's also ... Read More

Reducing Veteran Suicides Through Support and Education [Video]
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Taking your medications can protect your health [Infographic]
(BPT) - Fifty percent of prescriptions that are filled are never used. For those with chronic conditions, the side effects of not taking medications can range from higher health care costs to premature death. Read on for more information on the risks of not taking medications as prescribed - and fo... Read More

Don't let hidden holiday allergies ruin your good cheer
(BPT) - The holidays are a time to gather for food, friends and festivities. While everything may seem merry and bright, if you have asthma or allergies, this is when you need to be cautious. A season full of tradition and good cheer can often come with hidden allergy triggers if you're not aware a... Read More

7 tips to help choose your health plan during open enrollment
(BPT) - Open enrollment season is here, a time when millions of Americans across the country have the opportunity to select or switch their health insurance plan for 2020.To help guide you during this important time, Elena McFann, regional CEO with UnitedHealthcare, shares the following tips that m... Read More

Active aging: 5 important questions to ask to help prevent falls
(BPT) - Despite the common belief, falls are not a normal part of aging, and they are largely preventable. In fact, the best way to prevent falls is with a proactive, team approach.Be empowered and engage your health care professionals, community providers and family by asking these five important ... Read More

Are you living with frequent, severe headaches? You may have Chronic Migraine
(BPT) - There's an invisible disease that affects 31 million Americans. Its symptoms are often debilitating and impact people in various aspects of their lives. The name? It's called migraine disease.People living with migraine disease experience a wide spectrum of the disease, ranging from Episodi... Read More

3 things that may go wrong if you don’t winterize your house
(BPT) - Fall is here, which means, like it or not, cold weather is just around the corner. While most of us would prefer not to think about turning on our heat just yet, this is actually the best time to check your heating to ensure everything is operating as it should.Neglecting to winterize your ... Read More

Maximize your employee benefits in 3 simple steps
(BPT) - With the autumn season near, thoughts naturally turn to cooler temperatures, football games and holiday preparations. Another annual ritual synonymous with the season - but not one that many spend enough time on or particularly enjoy - is open enrollment.Open enrollment is the period of tim... Read More

Boomer Health Starts With Prevention
(BPT) - Baby Boomers may be aging, but that doesn't mean they're slowing down anytime soon. As a group, these adults continue to lead active lifestyles, pursuing their goals and relishing new experiences. A key to maintaining an active way of life is staying healthy - particularly when it comes to ... Read More

3 ways to improve your self-care routine
(BPT) - Self-care - the practice of taking care of oneself - has become a hot topic across generational groups, with sleep, stress management and fitness as key areas to build better habits. But where to start? Here are three tips for practicing better self-care.1) Get a sleep routine - Only 11 per... Read More

U.S. Experts Concerned About Complacency with Heart Disease
(BPT) - Success breeds complacency and in healthcare this is particularly problematic with heart disease. Over the past 50 years, deaths from heart disease have been cut by more than 50% - a public health success story driven largely by medical innovation such as procedures and drugs, according to ... Read More

Give breakfast a boost before school: Fuel your kids’ day with wholesome on-the-go options
(BPT) - School is back in session, which means hectic mornings spent searching for missing shoes and backpacks, and jam-packed schedules with homework sessions and extracurricular activities. Morning meals at home or at school are imperative, and for busy parents, breakfast snacks on the go can be ... Read More

Ask the expert: Important questions about Alzheimer’s
(BPT) - Alzheimer's is a progressive medical condition, and one of the deadliest diseases in the United States. That's why it is important to learn about the disease along with some simple steps that can help delay the potential onset, or help facilitate an early diagnosis.Dr. Rhonda Randall, a boa... Read More

Pains in the butt: 4 common side effects of sitting too long
(BPT) - Sitting is a part of daily routines and nearly impossible to avoid. Whether during your daily commute, working hard at your desk or watching your favorite TV show on the couch, sitting can provide relief and give you the opportunity to relax. However, sitting for a long period of time can a... Read More

The State of Sitting [Infographic]
Sitting down is a universal practice; it's second nature for most throughout many aspects in everyday life. However, with Americans spending, on average, seven hours of their day sitting, many don't realize the impact it can have on their health, namely leading to painful medical issues like consti... Read More

Ask these 5 questions before choosing a savings account
(BPT) - Breaking up is hard to do, but there's one relationship you may want to reconsider - the one with your savings account. According to an August 2019 survey from Marcus by Goldman Sachs, which polled 1,053 Americans who have savings accounts with both traditional and online banks, nearly half... Read More

10 cancer facts that may surprise you
(BPT) - There are more than 100 types of cancer that impact people of all backgrounds. It's likely that cancer has touched you or someone close to you. There is a lot to know about cancer and its effects on people in the United States and around the world. How many of these 10 cancer facts do you k... Read More

The symptoms that led one woman to a heart failure diagnosis
(BPT) - Chris, a wife, mother, grandmother and medical researcher, believes she first experienced symptoms of heart failure (HF) more than six months before her diagnosis. 'I couldn't breathe,' Chris recalls. 'That was the only symptom I noticed.' The difficulty breathing continued to worsen over m... Read More

Meal solutions for a flavorful fall
(BPT) - Fall marks the beginning of back to busy - back to school and the office, back to sports and other activities, and back to a season of social occasions with family and friends. Healthy, portable snacks such as fresh California grapes play a key role in providing energy and hydration to help... Read More

Severe emphysema relief: From difficulty rolling over in bed to swimming with dolphins
(BPT) - A year ago, Cheri's chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was classified as stage IV, requiring constant support from an oxygen tank. Even rolling over in bed at night exhausted her.Cheri was on a waiting list for a lung transplant when her pulmonologist in Eugene, Oregon, asked her ... Read More

Firefighters share home fire safety tips [Video]
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Keeping AFib in Mind: Many Americans May Be Unfamiliar with a Leading Risk Factor for Stroke [Infographic]
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Top tips to make a plant-based diet more flavorful
(BPT) - If you're trying to eat more veggies and you're encouraging your kids to do the same, you may struggle with making meals tasty enough to tempt even the pickiest eaters in your family. The struggle is real! But don't worry, there are plenty of options that are plant-based, healthy and delici... Read More

Making Breast Surgery Easier for Women [Infographic]
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A guide to nutritional needs at every age
(BPT) - According to data from the 2018 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, 75 percent of U.S. adults take dietary supplements, but many people don't realize supplement needs can change with age. While food is always the first place to obtain the nutrients we need from early childhood throu... Read More

Watch Ovarian Cancer Survivors Share Their Experiences, Advice and Support in Their Own Words in New BE LOUD Video Series
(BPT) - Two-thirds of women across the world know nothing about ovarian cancer, yet over 22,000 women in the US alone are expected to be diagnosed in 2019, according to the American Cancer Society. For the newly diagnosed, whose cancer is often identified at an advanced stage, the news can come as ... Read More

To address social determinants of health, make it personal
(BPT) - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social determinants of health (SDoH) - the conditions in which people live, learn, work and play - can affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes.Factors like socioeconomic status, education, physical environment, empl... Read More

Riding toward a cure for multiple myeloma
(BPT) - This content is provided by Janssen Biotech, Inc.For the past three years, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Road to Victories bike ride - sponsored by Janssen Oncology - has been an important event in the race to find a cure. The MMRF is a nonprofit organization that funds re... Read More

Fire safety tips that could help save your life
(BPT) - Having working smoke alarms in your home is as important as wearing a seatbelt in your car. It's a necessity that protects you and your loved ones. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately three out of five home fire deaths occur in residences with no work... Read More

Know the Facts about Spinocerebellar Ataxia and a New Clinical Study [Infographic]
(BPT) - Ataxia, a rare and progressive neurological disease, affects nearly 150,000 people in the U.S. A new clinical study will measure if troriluzole, an investigational drug, will improve ataxia symptoms in people with spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA). Learn more at www.scatrial.org.... Read More

Tips for keeping kids safe on the road
(BPT) - With all the distractions on today's roads, parents are feeling increasingly anxious about keeping their children safe while driving. According to a new study by Volvo Car USA and The Harris Poll, more than six in ten American parents believe roads today are more dangerous than ever, and ar... Read More

Protecting Yourself from Medicare Fraud
(BPT) - Every year, many seniors are targeted by scammers who want to steal their Medicare numbers to do things like rack up fake health care charges and commit identity theft. These scams hurt seniors and other people eligible for Medicare, cost taxpayers money, and result in higher health care co... Read More

5 step fire safety checklist
(BPT) - When flames engulfed his 1940s beach bungalow without warning, actor Taylor Kinney was thankful to make it out alive. That experience, paired with his role as one of America's favorite TV firefighters, inspired him to advocate for fire safety and is why he's partnering with First Alert this... Read More

CDC Foundation program makes a difference for people with cancer
(BPT) - Imagine being diagnosed with cancer, going through chemotherapy, and then getting sidelined by an infection.Unfortunately for people with cancer, this is a serious potential side effect of chemotherapy. Each year, more than half a million people with cancer are treated with chemotherapy, wh... Read More

Haylie Duff shares best tips for quick and healthy family meals
(BPT) - Every parent knows it can be a struggle to prepare a nutritious meal that the whole family will enjoy. Finding time to spend around the table during back-to-school season can be particularly challenging, but not impossible.Actress, chef and mother of two Haylie Duff has a few expert tips an... Read More

4 steps to help you plan for wildfires
(BPT) - Wildfires and other disasters can be challenging because you rarely get enough warning to develop a plan to protect your family and minimize property damage, much less execute that plan. Thinking ahead can make all the difference - increasing your family's personal protection and minimizing... Read More

My 5 Secrets to a Better Start to the Day
(BPT) - With a new season, comes a new wellness routine. As vacations end and we go back to our daily lives with work and school, Karla Martinez offers a few 'must-do' tips to ensure you're ready for whatever the day brings.1. Wake Up EarlyIt takes a lot to train the body to wake up early on its ow... Read More

Aging with HIV: Evolving Challenges Impacting the Community
(BPT) - When Jeff Taylor was diagnosed with HIV in 1988, he was told he had two years to live.'The doctors suggested I start making arrangements because there were limited treatment options available then,' said Taylor, who is now the co-chair of the community advisory board of the amfAR Institute ... Read More

How healthy is your home? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Home wellness is the active pursuit of creating and maintaining a healthy, balanced home.According to a new survey, virtually all Americans desire to achieve a healthy home. However, when asked about their current level of home wellness, most people admitted they could do a better job.... Read More

3 things you didn’t learn in driving school
(BPT) - If you had to go back to driving school today, would you pass the parallel parking portion? What if the instructor tested your knowledge of car maintenance?Learning how to drive and taking care of your vehicle are integral parts of growing up. In a recent Gauge Index survey, Hankook Tire fo... Read More

Survey: Glaucoma affects patients and caregivers daily
(BPT) - Glaucoma is a serious eye disease that affects more than 3 million Americans. While many new glaucoma treatments have become available over the past several years, there is currently no cure for the disease, which can cause permanent vision loss and blindness if not properly controlled.Glau... Read More

Medicare Open Enrollment: How to save money next year
(BPT) - Medicare Open Enrollment is about to kick off. For most people already enrolled in Medicare, the annual Open Enrollment period (Oct. 15 through Dec. 7) is the only opportunity to make changes to your existing Medicare coverage.Even if you are happy with your Medicare coverage, you should ta... Read More

Deaths from heart disease are rising dramatically – are you at risk?
(BPT) - Following years of decline, deaths from cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack and stroke, have been rising dramatically since 2012.[i] Deaths from cardiovascular disease increased 4% between 2011 and 2017, according to researchers from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics... Read More

Life insurance protects your family when you’re not there to do it
(BPT) - When a loved one dies unexpectedly, the last thing families should have to think about is how they're going to pay the bills or whether they can stay in the house. But the reality is that, according to research from LIMRA1, 35% of households would feel the financial impact of losing a prima... Read More

The rise of crowdfunding to pay for funerals
(BPT) - You've seen them on your Facebook and Twitter feeds shared by friends and family members, the tragic stories of a loved one's passing and a plea for help in covering the expense of a memorial or funeral. As crowdfunding has grown, it's become a go-to resource for many families struggling to... Read More

5 age-specific ways to keep children safe during back-to-school
(BPT) - The back-to-school season comes with its share of excitement - including new classrooms, friends and routines - but it's also a time to be thoughtful about safety. As schedules change and daily life takes on an added layer of complexity with trips to and from school, after-school activities... Read More

Planning to retire on your 65th birthday? We didn't think so
(BPT) - The traditional notion of retirement - a switch from full-time work to full-time leisure - is becoming a thing of the past for millions of Americans. In fact, according to a recent UnitedHealthcare survey (conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of UnitedHealthcare) of 1,000 nationally re... Read More

Staying on track: 3 ways to kickstart a healthy fall
(BPT) - Lacking culinary inspiration as grilling season ends? Keep telling yourself that you will start going to the gym next week? Binge-watching TV rather than tackling a crossword puzzle?We can often be our own biggest hurdle when it comes to making healthy decisions. But sometimes all it takes ... Read More

3 Tips for how to change the way you see Polycythemia Vera (PV) - a rare blood cancer
(BPT) - When you're living with a rare, chronic blood cancer like polycythemia vera, or PV, you might look good on the outside even when you don't feel good on the inside. That's because for some people with PV, their symptoms may not be visible to others, despite having a serious impact on their l... Read More

Preparing for disaster: 9 things you can do now
(BPT) - Are you prepared if a disaster were to hit? If you aren't, making sure to prioritize this initiative for you and your family is smart. Disasters don't plan ahead, but you can.Here are nine things you can do now to ensure you are prepared:Sign up for alerts and warnings. Utilizing your mobil... Read More

5 easy ways to go green
(BPT) - 1. Go reusable.Did you know that the average plastic grocery bag has a lifespan of 12 minutes? Pick up a reusable grocery bag or bring a reusable water bottle with you to stay hydrated. Both can be used countless times and help reduce single-use plastic. By making small changes in your dail... Read More

After leukemia battle, teen wishes to visit historic WWII sites
(BPT) - Being 17 years old and battling leukemia was not easy for Johnny. He was forced to miss out on many opportunities with friends and family as his illness took a toll.During this lonely time in his life, Johnny, the son of a military veteran, kept busy by learning about World War II. He enjoy... Read More

7 things you may not know about your child's safety in cars
(BPT) - Parents and caregivers want to keep kids safe in the car, but keeping up with the latest recommendations can be tricky, especially as your child grows and their needs change. It's sometimes hard to know if you're doing everything you can to keep children as safe as possible.Regardless of yo... Read More

Significant student benefits of flexible classroom seating
(BPT) - Have you seen a modern classroom with a variety of seating options that allow kids to sit, stand, wiggle and wobble as they engage in learning throughout the day?If so, you are familiar with flexible seating, a leading educational trend in K-12 classrooms nationwide. Both teachers and stude... Read More

Pediatric doctor and mother of children with life-threatening allergies shares tips for the school year
(BPT) - For many parents or caregivers, gearing up for back to school means purchasing new supplies, packing lunches and refreshing wardrobes. However, for the families of the nearly six million children living with life-threatening food allergies,1,2 back-to-school readiness also includes somethin... Read More

Quick tips on adding easy, enjoyable and healthy elements to your family's meals
(BPT) - Feeding your family wholesome meals that everyone enjoys can feel like a challenge, especially on busy days. With different food preferences and limited time to cook, it's easy to fall into meal ruts where you eat the same thing over and over again.It's time to add a little color and creati... Read More

Surprising secrets and tips to reignite that relationship spark
(BPT) - With our busy schedules, it's easy to forget to make time for sex, which may help with mood and intimacy within a relationship. So, with all these positives, why should women want to give up one of life's most pleasurable pastimes? Because they're too tired, not in the mood or too dry to tr... Read More

How (and why) to pick a pet food that's backed by science
(BPT) - There's no doubt that pet owners want the best for their furry friends, including the best pet food to help them grow and fuel a long, healthy life together. But with increased confusion about what's good, bad and just a fad, it's no wonder many pet owners may not feel completely confident ... Read More

Should I pay for insurance on a rental car?
(BPT) - Maybe you're signing the paperwork for a rental car, ready to zip up the West Coast for your end-of-summer vacation, when the agent asks if you're also going to be adding rental insurance.You pause. The agent starts talking about liability, and you see dollar signs piling up. You ask yourse... Read More

Easy ways to add beef to your back-to-school menus
(BPT) - As the school year kicks off, parents are seeking meals that keep their children happy and healthy. On top of that, they need dinner options that are quick for their hectic schedules, fit into the budget and go beyond frozen pizza and entrees. Beef delivers on nutrition, simplicity and vers... Read More

Make sure your dental implant surgery is a success [Infographic]
(BPT) - Established in 1951, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) is the first professional organization in the world dedicated to the advancement of implant dentistry. AAID credentialed dental implant experts are passionate about helping you live your life the way you want to. You can ... Read More

Appreciating Everyday Moments: Gerry’s Journey with Metastatic Breast Cancer [Video]
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Are you a mindless muncher? Follow these smart tips for healthier snacking
(BPT) - Eating small snacks throughout the day can be a great way to maintain energy and keep hunger pangs at bay between meals. The problem is, it's far too easy to reach for unhealthy foods that satisfy your sweet or salty cravings, but don't necessarily provide the essential nutrients your body ... Read More

Getting a grip on essential tremor for a new beginning
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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Is Taking On Children’s Cancer From Every Direction [Infographic]
(BPT) - Blood cancers account for more than 40 percent of all childhood cancers, and most children are treated with the same toxic combinations of chemotherapies developed decades ago. Though there has been significant progress in advancing new therapies for adults with cancer, only four oncology d... Read More

4 back-to-school essentials to help keep kids healthy
(BPT) - New backpack? Check. Cool new shoes? Check. The right 24-pack of crayons? Check.As a parent, you want to give your child everything needed for a successful new school year, and sometimes that means thinking outside the crayon box. Are you keeping these less obvious things front of mind?"Bei... Read More

How to prevent the most common summer accidents
(BPT) - The warm summer months typically mean more people are outdoors participating in their favorite activities. With more daylight hours and celebrations come more accidents and injuries.Craig Hospital in Denver specializes in the rehabilitation of people who have sustained a spinal cord and/or ... Read More

Paying for Senior Living [Infographic]
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An aging family member is struggling with their chronic condition - what can you do?
(BPT) - As we get older, the ones we love inevitably age too. For many, there comes a time where you are no longer just a son, daughter or family member - you're a caregiver. Ensuring your aging parent or loved one is able to manage and afford their medical treatments can have an enormous impact on... Read More

'Show up for yourself': WWE superstar shares top wellness tips
(BPT) - With more than eight million followers on Instagram, WWE superstar, television personality and entrepreneur Nikki Bella is influential on and off the mat. She serves up beauty and wellness tips, plenty of inspirational thoughts, advice on exercise, relationships and developing a positive at... Read More

A nationwide effort to help domestic violence shelters become pet-friendly
(BPT) - An estimated 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience some form of domestic abuse in their lifetime. Escaping abusive situations and starting over in a new and safe environment is an overwhelming experience for victims, especially when pets are involved. An added challenge is that few (a... Read More

Think outside: 5 ways to disconnect and enjoy the outdoors
(BPT) - Life is hectic, full of demands at work and home. Add digital distractions like computers, cell phones, tablets and more, and it's no wonder many people are experiencing record-high levels of stress.One simple solution is to shift your perspective by spending more time outdoors. When you do... Read More

A change of heart: Research indicates there are newer effective ways to prevent cardiovascular issues
(BPT) - Cardiovascular (CV) disease affects nearly half of all adult Americans[i] and is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Although it constitutes one of the most significant challenges facing the medical community, confusion remains around which therapies are best to manage the disease and pr... Read More

Which is more important to recognize, emojis or road signs?
(BPT) - If you were to take a quiz to test your ability to identify common emojis and road signs, how do you think you'd fare?According to the results from a recent survey by Mercury Insurance, 1,890 respondents did not do so well. The meaning of the 'yawning' emoji was correctly identified by 85% ... Read More

5 ways to fight IPF
(BPT) - It takes grit, dedication and commitment to go up against a serious and irreversible disease like idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). This lesser-known condition, which causes scarring of the lungs, is considered 'rare,' but still kills more than 40,000 people in the U.S. each year - just ... Read More

Are you getting enough protein in your diet?
(BPT) - You may have noticed protein bars and shakes popping up at grocery stores or gyms. Coverage of the benefits of protein is all the rage. So it might be surprising to learn that almost half of older adults are not consuming enough protein, thus negatively impacting their health, according to ... Read More

Record low unemployment creates opportunities for Americans with disabilities
(BPT) - With unemployment rates at a nearly 50-year low, many businesses are struggling to find workers. This tight job market is opening doors for people with disabilities, as many companies are turning their attention to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.Though more Americans with disabili... Read More

Treating Endometriosis Pain: What Worked For Me
(BPT) - For years, Sarah J. assumed her period pain was normal. 'When I first started experiencing pain, I had no idea what endometriosis was and just assumed other women were experiencing the same symptoms, but weren't talking about them,' Sarah recalled.After seeing more than 10 doctors, she was ... Read More

Trips that transform: How airline miles can transform a child’s life
(BPT) - Maksim was just a few months shy of 2 years old when his parents rushed him to the emergency room for severe flu-like symptoms, only to find that their little boy was suffering from kidney failure. Since that day, Maksim has spent most of his six years in and out of hospitals, doctors' offi... Read More

What you need to do before traveling abroad
(BPT) - Planning a trip abroad? That's exciting! But you have lots to do and less time than you think to get it done. What do you need to accomplish before leaving?Here's a handy checklist to help you get your ducks in a row.PassportIf you have a current passport, check the expiration date. Many co... Read More

Embarrassing questions you’re too afraid to ask your gynecologist
(BPT) - It's that time again. The dreaded gynecologist appointment. There's nothing to be afraid of because nothing shocks the gyno. However, many women are reluctant to ask the questions they want - and need - answered.You know, like that unpleasant odor and itch after sex or your period? Believe ... Read More

How you sleep affects your health – and could give you wrinkles
(BPT) - As you drift off to sleep, how does your nightly position affect your health?Whether you prefer stomach, back, side or curled into a fetal position, the way you snuggle into the pillow may affect your breathing patterns, neck and back pain, and circulation. A less-serious effect, but one mo... Read More

From silence into sound, cochlear implants change one couple's world
(BPT) - Caroline and Andreas Schwabe are hearing impaired. Well, only Caroline has hearing loss. Andreas can hear just fine. But, as Andreas says, for a couple, hearing is a "we" thing.Caroline's mother suffered from hearing loss, like many of the women in her family, so, as a newlywed at age 21, i... Read More

The Cost Savings of Using Genomic Tests to Personalize Cancer Treatment
(BPT) - People diagnosed with cancer face many questions about the right treatment for their individual disease. Genomic Health has developed its Oncotype DX® genomic-based diagnostic tests to help guide treatment options for breast, colon and prostate cancers. These tests are transforming ... Read More

5 easy ways to be a more active dad
(BPT) - For children, having an engaged dad makes a huge difference - fathers play a critical role, and research tells us just how important that role is. In fact, studies show that children who feel close to their fathers are two times more likely to go to college or find a job after high school.D... Read More

True confessions: Which skin sins have you committed?
(BPT) - From catching your favorite team at a ballgame to swimming in a pool, summertime brings no shortage of outdoor activities. All this time outside, though, can wreak havoc on your skin if you don't follow a proper routine to rid your skin of the dirt, oil and residue it encounters throughout ... Read More

Meeting of the Minds: Bringing Together Community and Academic Experts to Advance Cancer Care
(BPT) - If you're diagnosed with cancer, chances are that you will turn to a community oncologist. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 1.7 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in 2019.1 For many of these Americans, seeing a community oncologist is often the first step ... Read More

6 back-to-school tips every parent of kids with allergies should know
(BPT) - For kids who live with allergies and asthma, back-to-school can spell trouble with symptoms.Late summer/early fall is the height of ragweed season. When you add in exposure to environmental factors found in school classrooms, playing fields and eating areas, you have the perfect recipe to j... Read More

Simple steps to keep your second home safe from costly repairs
(BPT) - Whether it's a cabin up north, a villa down south or a quaint cottage near family, many people in the United States own second homes. You spend time at these vacation properties during some seasons, but for much of the year they remain empty. That's why it's important to take precautions to... Read More

Patient registry breathes new life into pulmonary fibrosis research
(BPT) - Over 200,000 people in the United States are living with pulmonary fibrosis (PF), a progressive, debilitating lung disease. More than 50,000 new cases of PF are diagnosed each year - with many more that are likely misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. Most cases are idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IP... Read More

Maternal morbidity and mortality: Your guide to healthy pregnancy
(BPT) - Every year in the United States, approximately 700 women die as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications, and more than 50,000 experience unexpected health problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some pregnancy complications (for example, morning ... Read More


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