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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

How one idea - big or small - can help change cancer care
(BPT) - Anyone who has confronted cancer or helped a friend or family member battle the disease knows that the challenges go far beyond diagnosis and treatment. Managing the cancer journey and life after treatment calls on support from family and the surrounding community. It is this community that... Read More

Time-saving tips for creating simple morning routines
(BPT) - Mornings can be a bit chaotic as you fight the clock to get out the door on time. This is especially true if you have a big family. Wouldn't it be nice if rather than feeling like a stressful race, your morning routine was something you actually looked forward to?Starting your day on a high... Read More

A Quick Guide to a Happy Heart: 10 Fun, Doctor-Approved Happy Heart Activities [Infographic]
(BPT) - Honey Nut Cheerios is on a mission to inspire happy hearts! The beloved cereal brand is encouraging people to adopt simple, enjoyable behaviors that can help make their heart happy with this doctor-approved activity list. Plus, from now through August, consumers can participate in the Hone... Read More

Breast cancer survivor puts chemo to the test
(BPT) - As a commercial airline pilot with nearly 30 years of experience, Diane Sandoval, age 50, is no stranger to making difficult decisions. However, she faced one of her toughest challenges not in the skies, but when she discovered a small lump in her left breast during a self-examination. Her ... Read More

Heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest are different, but often related
(BPT) - Within just eight days, Michael Adams, a 59-year-old husband and father of two from Moore, OK, suffered a heart attack and a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) - he survived them both. Many think a heart attack and SCA are the same, but they are very different. Recent heart attack victims have a h... Read More

Get ripped without breaking a sweat
(BPT) - No matter how many sit-ups you do, you can't seem to get those six-pack abs, and all of those squats and lunges don't add up to buns of steel either.It's certainly not from lack of trying. You're on a first-name basis with the entire staff at your gym and you spend more time with your train... Read More

How to protect yourself from 4 health concerns during travel
(BPT) - It's the night before that long-awaited vacation you've been planning. You've tripled-checked your suitcase, checked into your flight and have notified the bank of your travel plans. Everything is ready to go, but even the most experienced travelers can't predict the unexpected health hiccu... Read More

4 steps to keep your home safe from fires
(BPT) - According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms - often due to missing alarm batteries or expired alarms.Fortunately, a new generation of home safety technology - combined with trie... Read More

How detailed planning can help you make every minute count
(BPT) - To say ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia keeps busy is an understatement. The fitness platform she founded operates at 15,000 partner sites across 80 cities worldwide and is continuing to expand. Kadakia also founded Sa Dance Company, a bicoastal Indian dance troupe that performs at major ven... Read More

Say goodbye to dull, tired skin with powerhouse ingredients
(BPT) - The end of your 20s is an interesting time. Gone are the days of chugging caffeine for lunch and the nights that turned into mornings, running from afterparty to afterparty. You're becoming more confident and advancing professionally, but you may also be noticing a few things changing about... Read More

6 questions to ask your healthcare provider about out-of-pocket medication costs
(BPT) - Even in the privacy of a doctor's office, many patients hesitate to discuss one subject - money.While nearly one in four Americans over the age of 50 feels stressed about their medical bills, only half of those have spoken to their healthcare provider about it, according to a University of ... Read More

Get the facts about radiation therapy and cancer
(BPT) - If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, you probably have a lot of questions.As your doctor assesses the best treatment for your cancer, radiation therapy might be suggested. It's important to get the facts about radiation therapy so you can feel comfortable with each step of ... Read More

Buying for a better world: Purchasing decisions that help the planet
(BPT) - While research from The Shelton Group shows 90% of millennials choose to purchase from brands they trust for their social and environmental practices, carefully crafted marketing lingo and even bigger advertising budgets can make it difficult to know if their dollars are truly making a diff... Read More

Inclusive playgrounds: How play helps all children learn
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How immunotherapy is changing lives for people with allergies
(BPT) - Every year, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, and as pollen production grows in intensity and duration due to longer freeze-free periods, that number is only expected to rise. For chronic allergy sufferers, this can mean battling symptoms around the calendar, year after ... Read More

Public Service Announcement: Think Twice Before Stopping Your Statin
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Answers for women with endometriosis – what is it and what can you do about it?
(BPT) - Studies show that one in 10 women suffer from endometriosis. To bring attention to this common but not commonly discussed condition, one doctor and patient from El Camino Health in California are sharing their story.What is endometriosis?Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue very simi... Read More

Exercise is important for everyone, especially people with disabilities
(BPT) - No matter how old or out of shape you think you are, it is never too late to add more physical activity to your life. Regular and consistent exercise can:Help you control your weight. Along with healthy diet, exercise plays an important role in preventing obesity.Reduce your risk of heart d... Read More

Don’t let summer pests bug you
(BPT) - Summer activities like hiking, camping, picnics and barbecues are all fun ways to enjoy the great outdoors. But spending more time outside can lead to mosquito and tick bites, and the potential for bringing these pests inside the home and putting families at risk for insect-borne diseases.A... Read More

Feeling overwhelmed? 5 tips to make time for self-care
(BPT) - Ever feel like the days just get away from you, and you don't have time to do the things you need to do, much less want to do? Often wish you could just spend your evenings or weekends on your personal goals, practicing self-care or just relaxing? There are many ways you can take control of... Read More

4 things a healthy breakfast should include
(BPT) - Everyone has heard, 'Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,' but why?According to Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner, there are extensive benefits to starting the day with a nutritious meal."The name breakfast means to 'break the fast' that happens when you... Read More

Cleaning tricks: 5 overlooked items in your kitchen that deserve a refresh
(BPT) - You wipe down the counters, clean the floor and run the dishwasher regularly. Your kitchen appears clean on the surface, but there's probably a lot that could use a refresh. It's time to pay attention to frequently used but often forgotten items in your kitchen.Make sure to include these fi... Read More

6 ways to get "s'more" outdoor fun during the short summer season
(BPT) - Now that summer is here, for many, it seems opportunities to savor those sun-drenched days and starry nights are all too limited. Events and activities are already stacking up on the calendar, and it's almost as if the season is over before it begins.It's not just you who's feeling the summ... Read More

Home safe home: Protect your children with these 5 easy tips
(BPT) - We all like to think of our homes as secure havens where our families can retreat from the world in peace and comfort.While most of us do everything we can to protect our children from harm, records show that in the U.S. some 2,000 children 14 and younger succumb to preventable injuries in ... Read More

Refresh your summer with delicious, healthy mocktails
(BPT) - There's nothing better on a hot summer day than kicking back and relaxing with a cold, tasty and refreshing beverage - and there are so many great options to choose from. But why not add a little excitement to your summer by choosing something to drink that's fun and colorful, super healthy... Read More

Mindfulness and its proven impact on loneliness: What you should know
(BPT) - Maybe you know someone who stands by taking five minutes each morning to meditate or finds time after lunch to quiet his or her mind and focus on breathing. Whatever the method may be, incorporating 'mindfulness' practices into your life can have a wide range of positive health benefits lik... Read More

Looking for ways to reduce health care costs? Try these 5 tips
(BPT) - Do you know how your health plan benefits work? If not, it's a great time to learn how to make them work for you.Rebecca Madsen, chief consumer officer of UnitedHealthcare, offers the following five tips that may lead you to better health and even help save you money.1. Understand your plan... Read More

A Lingering Cough That Wouldn’t Go Away: A Patient’s Road to NTM Lung Disease Diagnosis
(BPT) - Having a persistent cough wasn't something new to Debbie. As early as high school, she found herself coughing excessively on the school bus due to the cigarette smoke from her fellow classmates. Over the years, she was prescribed an antibiotic and antihistamine for each new cough, and event... Read More

Living With Diabetes and Can’t Afford Your Insulin? Here Are Some Tips that Can Help
(BPT) - If you are one of the 7 million Americans living with diabetes that relies on insulin every day to help manage your condition, you understand the complexities of the U.S. healthcare system. It's a confusing system for many. Even more importantly, high out-of-pocket costs for patients have m... Read More

Ask the expert: Vision health as you age
(BPT) - Many people expect their eyesight to decline with age - perhaps requiring a stronger eyeglass prescription or 'readers.' Some vision changes are linked to age, but there are steps to consider to help our eyes stay as healthy as possible.Dr. Linda Chous, OD, chief eye care officer, UnitedHea... Read More

How to avoid hidden dangers in home and office furniture
(BPT) - Awareness of health risks from potentially harmful chemicals has grown exponentially in recent years. Consumers are demanding transparency regarding what's in the food, personal care products and household items we use every day.But did you know that many home and office furnishings contain... Read More

Now Available - JORNAY PM™ (Methylphenidate HCl) CII, the First and Only ADHD Stimulant Dosed in the Evening [Video]
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5 signs you should seek medical treatment for your headache
(BPT) - You've been there before - you wake up and immediately feel the pulsing in your head, you get to work and can feel the pounding pressure mounting as you move between looking at your computer screen and meetings, you're gearing up for a fun day out with your kids but you cringe as the pain i... Read More

Good health for men often depends on wellness awareness and early screenings
(BPT) - The statistics for men's health are alarming. For men, life expectancy is 76.3 years; for women, it's 81.2 years. The Kaiser Family Foundation points out that nearly 71 percent of men are at risk of being overweight or obese, compared to 59 percent for women. Far more women than men are lik... Read More

How to refresh your home and your attitude with a deep clean
(BPT) - The latest trend in home cleaning popularized by Marie Kondo reveals what many of us yearn for - not just decluttering, but a fresh start, a clean slate. We dream of an open, airy, bright home where everyone can thrive and be their best selves. But how do we get there, when our houses are f... Read More

Paying for college: 4 ways to help lower your education costs
(BPT) - Total student loan debt has surpassed $1.5 trillion, with 4 in 10 students carrying over $30K in outstanding student loans. Getting accepted into college or graduate school is an exciting time for students and parents. As college continues to get more expensive, determining how you'll fund ... Read More

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Having Fun in the Sun
(BPT) - Spending time outside is what makes summer so enjoyable. Whether you plan to spend a day at the pool, mill about a music festival or relax at a family barbecue, everyone looks forward to a beautiful, sunny day.Before you head out, don't forget to pack your sunscreen! Leading dermatologists ... Read More

Embrace the Summer Weather with Delicious, Kidney-Friendly Recipes
(BPT) - Start the Day with: Avocado Toast with EggStart off your day by fixing a slice of Avocado Toast with Egg. This light, but filling breakfast is perfect for the busy mornings of summer.To Drink: Strawberry-Lemonade SlushWelcome the warm weather by making this ice-cold, kidney-friendly Strawbe... Read More

International Medical Graduates Improve Healthcare in Rural America Amid Growing Doctor Shortage
(BPT) - When it comes to accessing healthcare, patients living in rural communities across America face a unique and complex set of challenges. While remote areas often have harsh weather conditions and limited transportation to medical centers, another problem poses a constant threat to patients i... Read More

3 easy changes that could transform your health
(BPT) - Making changes to improve your health can feel overwhelming. But just a few simple modifications can impact your health dramatically. Here are three easy changes you can make now to transform your health:Eat your waterAre you thirsty? Up to 75 percent of Americans may be functioning in a ch... Read More

It’s time to talk about Alzheimer’s [Infographic]
(BPT) - Having a conversation about Alzheimer's can be difficult - but it is so important. Early detection can offer significant benefits for the person diagnosed and their loved ones, including more informed decision-making and planning, better medical care, greater respect for patient's wishes, a... Read More

Don't delay the talk: An early Alzheimer's diagnosis can make a big difference
(BPT) - After 30 years of painting commercial buildings, Mario Martinez of San Jose, California, had experienced days like this before - grueling hours under a sun-soaked sky, doing back-breaking work. He loved his job, but after spending hours outside he was ready to go home.Mario bent down to pic... Read More

7 ideas to give your barbecue the ultimate flavor boost
(BPT) - When the temps heat up, home cooks look for lighter, more refreshing food and drinks that still pack a nutritional punch. The cranberry is just the thing - a tangy fruit that adds flavorful zing to sweet and savory recipes. Available dried, frozen, as juice or sauce, cranberries are a good ... Read More

Prevent your student’s 'summer slide' with … video games?
(BPT) - School is out for the summer, and parents everywhere are worried about their kids spending too much time staring at their screens. If you are one of those worried parents, take a moment and determine what your child is actually doing with their screens. It's one thing if they're just consum... Read More

Incontinence is nothing to sneeze at
(BPT) - Today, we're inundated with TV ads promoting the use of pads and adult diapers. We hear about mesh surgery going awry and about meds being prescribed. Urinary tract, bladder control and bowel problems are a major issue for men and women alike and it's one of the most embarrassing aspects of... Read More

The American ingredient inspiring top French chefs
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Hidden epidemic: The disease that will be the #1 reason for liver transplants in 2020
(BPT) - Every day your liver works tirelessly to support over 500 essential bodily functions, including storing energy, neutralizing harmful toxins, converting nutrients for absorption and acting as a filtration system. If your liver isn't healthy, it's unable to do these important tasks. The probl... Read More

How you can help bring nutritious foods to kids in need this summer
(BPT) - For many American children, summer is the ultimate season. Whether it's the warm weather, the break from school or the opportunity to enjoy activities like camp, swimming and bike rides, kids count down the days to fun.However, one in six children in the U.S. faces hunger, according to a 20... Read More

6 must-dos for marathon training
(BPT) - Whether it's your first marathon or you're an experienced runner, you probably know there's much more to it than just the cardio. Your entire lifestyle must adjust to support your training. How you train, and what you eat and drink, all counts when you're preparing for such a challenge.Here... Read More

What It Means to Feel 'OFF' with Parkinson’s
(BPT) - Parkinson's affects about one million people in the U.S. and millions more globally. Medicines have existed to help with Parkinson's symptoms for many years, but many people with Parkinson's, about 40 percent in the U.S., still face a problem related to their symptoms: OFF periods. One of t... Read More

Can you take on the challenge of a day full of onions?
(BPT) - The onion now has its very own day. It's a day to cheer one of the nation's most popular and versatile vegetables. June 27 is National Onion Day.This is the perfect time to get adventurous and put onions in every meal.The onion is the third-most consumed fresh vegetable in the United States... Read More

Moms, make time for yourself this summer
(BPT) - With summertime upon us and kids out of school, moms are heading into one of the busiest times of year. When summer schedules get hectic, it's more important than ever for moms to take time for themselves and keep up their energy.One easy way for moms to stay on top of their game while on t... Read More

Summer Fitness On The Fly
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Should you use a daily aspirin regimen? Learn more about updated guidelines
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Five colorful facts about cataracts
(BPT) - Sponsored by AlconA glistening sapphire ocean, sparkling in the sunlight and dotted with a rainbow of billowing spinnaker sails. A fiery sunset ablaze in the sky. Lush, leafy trees swaying in the breeze. A bowl full of jewel-toned fresh berries. An artist's deft brushstrokes bringing a mast... Read More

Tips for sanitizing 5 hard-to-clean items in your children’s rooms
(BPT) - Every parent knows that keeping kids' rooms - and their stuff - sanitary can seem like a losing battle. Between the playdates, trips to the park and going back-and-forth from school to home, parents also worry about the amount of not just dirt, but also potentially harmful bacteria, living ... Read More

What's more realistic, Bigfoot or a secure retirement?
(BPT) - Did you know nearly 1 in 3 people think they're more likely to learn Bigfoot is real than to save enough to retire comfortably, according to a recent survey from AARP and the Ad Council?But successfully saving for retirement doesn't have to be a fantasy - or scary. Chances are you're better... Read More

Let’s Talk About Bladder Cancer: Tips for Getting the Support You Need [Video]
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5 ways to make your morning routine eco-friendly
(BPT) - In a sea of plastic bags and exhaust-filled commutes, it can be overwhelming to remind yourself to be environmentally responsible and reduce your carbon footprint, especially during busy times like the morning. You slept through your alarm, the kids wouldn't get dressed for school, your tra... Read More

New Technology Strives to Ensure a Properly Fit Football Helmet For Every Player
(BPT) - The NFL receives the highest television ratings of all pro sports, and football continues to have the highest rates of participation for high school boys in the country (compared to other sports), yet the dangers of playing the game have never been more visible. As a result, parents are hes... Read More

Three Easy Ways to Brighten a Cancer Patient’s Day
(BPT) - Despite the many advances in treatments and more promising survival rates for some cancers, many patients living with cancer often experience the darkness that can come with the disease.'Cancer treatments can be physically and emotionally challenging to manage, so support from friends and f... Read More

Staying on track: 3 ways to spring into a healthy summer
(BPT) - Lacking culinary inspiration? 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 is a gentle nudge from a fr... Read More

4 home upgrades, suitable for the whole family
(BPT) - With a bustling household and busy family schedules, updates to the home are often a low priority compared to time spent with loved ones. Consider four home improvement ideas fit for the entire family, which require little time commitment and deliver long-lasting benefits.1. Pick paint colo... Read More

3 ways to shape up for summer
(BPT) - Summer is coming - and swimsuit season will be here before you know it. Now's the time to do a quick assessment and create a routine to get your body ready for sun and fun.By following three easy steps - reset, realign and repeat - you can commit to making changes to create a healthier you ... Read More

Woman Learns To Embrace Life With Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
(BPT) - As a grandmother of two young boys, Pam Hill values the time she spends with her family more than anything. She helps care for her one-year-old grandson almost every day, and while she cherishes their time together, she also was nervous about how her relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) may pr... Read More

Summer must-haves to brighten your beauty routine
(BPT) - With summer around the corner, everyone is seeking the best beauty inspiration to prepare for the warmer weather styles and sun-kissed looks. Whether you are planning for a staycation or jet-setting around the country, these easy and effective steps can make your face glow and look vibrant ... Read More

Caring for customers’ needs through evolving supplemental group insurance benefits
(BPT) - These days, businesses of all sizes are searching for the latest technological advancements to help transform the working world, whether it be cloud computing or the 'internet of things.' In a similar manner, some insurers are evolving their products and services to better care for the need... Read More

Man's quest for answers about rare disease uses genealogy to unlock secrets from the past
(BPT) - When Greg first learned about a rare disease affecting his brother, he had no idea that the illness would shortly come to define his own life, or that his search for answers would take him on a journey going back generations to his Irish ancestors.Greg grew up in an active family, and his l... Read More

10 movies that connect generations
(BPT) - Movies both bring us together and bridge generational divides. They help us relate to each other and understand past eras. Great movies also shape a generation, creating a common experience. They reflect the hopes and dreams of their audiences.Here are 10 movies to help forge connections be... Read More

Menstrual Hygiene Day: Women and their periods [Infographic]
(BPT) - Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28th focuses on the importance of menstrual hygiene education and awareness. In honor of the day, Summers Eve, the #1 Feminine Freshness brand*, conducted a survey to reveal how modern women feel about their periods in 2019. The brand covered everything from per... Read More

Expert tips for a better night’s sleep
(BPT) - When was the last time you had a good night's sleep?For many, sleep doesn't come easy. Up to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy and restless legs syndrome. Nights are spent staring at the walls as insomnia takes control, o... Read More

3 reasons to go fishing on your next day trip
(BPT) - When the weather warms up, it's the perfect time to spend a day casting on the water. Whether you're an experienced fisherman, a novice or a family looking for a fun, all-ages activity, fishing is an easy and enjoyable choice.Here are three reasons for you and your family to go fishing for ... Read More

The tell-tale signs of allergies and what you can do to face the season head on [Infographic]
(BPT) - Allergy sufferers know when allergy season has arrived, thanks to common symptoms that include sneezing and runny noses. Luckily Puffs offers easy solutions to help you beat allergies any time of year.... Read More

4 habits to create lasting energy
(BPT) - When it comes to feeling your best, many people agree that energy plays a major role not only in our productivity but also our overall happiness. While we all wish there was a quick fix, sustained energy is not easily attained by just another cup of coffee. Energy needs to be generated from... Read More

How companies are creating healthier worksites
(BPT) - Worksite hurdles are the issues or hassles that prevent employees from being engaged, successful and happy at their jobs. To help overcome these hurdles, and for more satisfied, productive employees, an increasing number of employers are looking to their employee well-being programs for ans... Read More

Fuel Your Next Outdoor Workout with This Performance-Packed Fuel
(BPT) - As the temperatures rise and colorful flowers make their debut, it's once again the time of year to get outside for some physical activity and sunshine. Ditch the gym and try a workout in the park, get on your bike and explore the city, or go grab some friends and head out on your favorite ... Read More

Beach brain: How heading to the beach is beneficial to your health [Infographic]
(BPT) - Reef, the industry leader in beach footwear, knows 'life is better at the beach.' The brand encourages people to embrace the spirit of the beach through the mantra: Beach Freely. But it's more than just a summer destination, it's good for you too! Reef partnered with Dr. Heidi Hanna of the ... Read More

Struggling to focus on things up close? You might have presbyopia
(BPT) - Do you use the flashlight on your phone to read the menu at dinner? Are drugstore reading glasses scattered throughout the house? Or perhaps you do the 'so-common-it-should-be-patented' arm stretch to read text messages and emails on your phone? If any of these ring a bell, you may be among... Read More

Developing a plan to ensure the safest pregnancy, childbirth and recovery
(BPT) - Many people would be surprised to learn that among developed countries, the United States not only has the highest rate of maternal mortality (death during pregnancy or within one year of birth), but that it increased 56% between 1990 and 2015. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA... Read More

10 Fun Facts About Quinoa [Infographic]
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3 ideas to freshen up your favorite summer treats
(BPT) - Summertime brings lots of picnics, barbecues and pool parties, along with tasty treats everyone loves to share. Want to make yummy desserts your friends will rave about, but with your own unique twist?Add exotic new fruit.Whether you're making a fruit salad, a pie or another tasty fruit-for... Read More

6 Ways to Brighten Your Load
(BPT) - Whether you live to do laundry or it's your least favorite chore, we've all got to do it. These practical tips and decorating tricks will make the laundry one of the simplest chores on your checklist. Now laundry day doesn't look so bad after all.1. Take advantage of your alone timeWhether ... Read More

The home fire safety feature you probably haven't thought about
(BPT) - Home is supposed to be a safe space, so it can be scary to think about things like fires. Unfortunately, fires are a real threat. Seven people die each day due to home fires, so it's important to be ready.Every home needs working smoke alarms and an escape plan for exiting the house. These ... Read More

4 signs & symptoms which may mean your rheumatoid arthritis is uncontrolled
(BPT) - If you've been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you're far from alone.The inflammatory disease affects some 1.3 million adults in America, according to the National Institutes of Health.1,2What's more, despite recent advances in treatments for the disease, many patients still exper... Read More

Personalized cancer care offers new hope for patients
(BPT) - Elissa Reynolds was preparing to move to Indianapolis and begin an exciting new chapter in her life. Knowing her upcoming move meant she would be without health insurance for a time, the 36-year-old decided to get any potential health issues examined while she still had coverage.After exper... Read More

Ask the expert: Oral health as you age
(BPT) - We all know brushing our teeth twice a day is crucial to keeping our smile bright, but most of us probably don't understand how dental hygiene can impact our overall health, especially as we age. Going to the dentist is one of the most important things we can do for our health.Each year mor... Read More

Don't Wait for 'Rock Bottom' [Video]
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Five ways to take charge of your type 2 diabetes diagnosis
(BPT) - As the 30 million Americans with diabetes might confirm, type 2 diabetes can be a lot of work. Beyond monitoring blood sugar and implementing a variety of lifestyle changes, adults with type 2 diabetes have to worry about serious complications of the condition, such as an increased risk of ... Read More

Teen Fitness: Something Parents & Teens Can Agree On, For Once [Infographic]
(BPT) - Planet Fitness, Inc., home of the Judgement Free Zone®, commissioned a national study that sheds light on how teens and parents feel about health and wellness, and how best to motivate youth toward pursuing an active lifestyle and setting them up for success through adulthood.... Read More

Summertime cuts and scrapes: 3 simple steps to help prevent infection
(BPT) - Summer is a time to get the family back outside to play after a long winter of being stuck inside. Those outdoor adventures - for kids big and small - may also bring a few unexpected injuries. Parents never want to see their kids hurt, but when those minor cuts or scrapes do occur, it's imp... Read More

6 smart ways to digitally declutter
(BPT) - This time of year, as our focus turns to spring cleaning, there's an aspect of tidying up that most of us may be forgetting: our digital clutter. Women's lifestyle outlet How Does She partnered with Walmart Family Mobile to share some excellent technology tidying tips (say that five times f... Read More

Home flipping experts reveal the story of their first renovation
(BPT) - Like a first kiss, first car or first day of school, entrepreneurs and home renovation experts Ashley and Andy Williams will never forget completing their first home renovation project.'That day began as all our days do - with organized chaos,' Ashley said. 'We got our two kids ready for sc... Read More

7 easy travel snack ideas for diabetics
(BPT) - Do you have diabetes and stress about finding healthy and convenient snack options while you're traveling?See below for smart snacking tips and healthy recipes for diabetics.Choose healthy and satisfying snacks between meals. Snacking done right can keep your blood sugar levels as close to ... Read More

5 steps to prepare for natural disasters
(BPT) - Whether it's hurricanes, tornadoes or snowstorms, natural disasters can occur anywhere at any time. When they do, it's often sudden, so being prepared ahead of time is key. However, only 39% of Americans are prepared for an unexpected natural disaster, according to a study by the Federal Em... Read More

6 tips every parent should know about autism diagnosis and treatment
(BPT) - An estimated one in 59 children has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite this prevalence, if you think your child might have autism, it can feel very isolating. Venturing into the unknown is stressful, but there ... Read More

5 ways you can help fight child hunger
(BPT) - Did you know more than 13 million youth in the U.S. don't know where their next meal is coming from? This is especially true during the summer, when children and teens don't have access to free or reduced-cost lunches or breakfasts offered during the school year. In fact, over 22 million ki... Read More

Stop the food fights! Tips to find common ground with kids about healthy eating
(BPT) - When you hand your kids a healthy snack or have them sit down to a wholesome meal, do you cringe because you fear their little voices of retaliation? 'Ew,' 'yuck' and "I don't like that!" are some of the most notorious responses.While it may sometimes feel like kids only want unhealthy food... Read More

Putting an End to Parent Shaming [Infographic]
(BPT) - With the immense pressure society puts on parents to make the exact right decisions for their children, the need for a supportive parenting community is greater than ever.... Read More

10 Simple Ways to Support New Parents
(BPT) - The need for positive parenting communities seems to be greater than ever before. According to a recent survey commissioned by Similac, seven out of 10 parents report feeling judged by other parents, however 92 percent of parents say having a positive and supportive parent environment is he... Read More

Everything to know about sun protection, according to a dermatologist
(BPT) - Sunscreen is a year-round necessity, but with the longer days of sunlight and warmer weather ahead, people are spending more time exposed to the sun, making it an essential. Whether it's a walk in a park or playing games in the backyard with family, it's important to be prepared for any tim... Read More

Are you or a loved one struggling with addiction? You are not alone [Infographic]
(BPT) - Over 20 million Americans struggle with substance use. These are our children, parents, friends and neighbors. If you or someone you love needs help, don't wait to reach out. Call the Addiction Resource Center for free, confidential support: 1-833-301-HELP.... Read More

Tips for eating healthier this summer
(BPT) - Summer is possibly the easiest time to stick to a healthier lifestyle. It's warm outside so we're more likely to be active, plus there's plenty of good, fresh produce available. With the recent focus on organic ingredients and the farm-to-table approach, home cooks and anyone interested in ... Read More

5 surprising ways to use turmeric in your everyday cooking
(BPT) - If you're familiar with turmeric, you probably know it as a spice in Indian cuisine such as curry. Turmeric is mildly aromatic, with a distinct earthy, pungent flavor and deep yellow color. The warm, gingery taste of turmeric can be combined with other spices to create unique flavors that c... Read More

7 sunscreen myths a dermatologist wants you to stop believing
(BPT) - It's no secret that sunscreen is essential for protecting our skin from the sun's damaging rays. Even on a cloudy day, sunscreen is important for helping to reduce early signs of skin aging and skin cancer when used along with other sun protection measures. However, not everything you hear ... Read More

The 5 best ways to get your house ready to fight spring allergies
(BPT) - Spring is not only a time for renewal around the house, but also for battling pesky allergies. While you can't stop allergies from happening each spring, there are easy ways to reduce their effects in your home.Home space expert Egypt Sherrod shares her tips for refreshing your home décor, ... Read More

Know your risk: The connection between type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease
(BPT) - People living with diabetes are 2x more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular disease. Visit www.KnowDiabetesbyHeart.org for the top 3 questions to ask your doctor and reduce your risk.... Read More

Put Your Health First: Learning What Works for Your Chronic Inflammatory Illness
(BPT) - Content sponsored and provided by Pfizer.As an emergency management contractor and former paramedic, Jared H. has experience helping others navigate difficult health situations. But the tables turned in his 30s, when Jared began experiencing persistent joint pain and swelling in his knees a... Read More

Find your voice in treating COPD: learn what you need to ask your doctor
(BPT) - While many of us take for granted the ability to breathe easily, nearly 16 million Americans may be experiencing symptoms like coughing, wheezing or struggling to take in a breath - signs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.COPD is a serious, progressive lung disease, usually ... Read More

Unlock the secret to ageless skin
(BPT) - It's no secret that most of us can't stand the signs of aging on our skin and are looking for ways to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, tighten crepey loose skin, and fade scarring and other imperfections - without resorting to cosmetic surgery.The good news is that we no longer have to let o... Read More

7 things you should know about addiction
(BPT) - Did you know 192 people die in America every day from drug overdose? That means 192 families lose someone every day. Survivors of people lost to drug addiction share their stories on the Addiction Policy Forum website to increase awareness. What these families learned could help save the li... Read More

5 Reasons You Avoid Getting Screened for Colorectal Cancer but Shouldn’t
(BPT) - It is estimated that more than 51,000 people[1] will die of colorectal cancer[2] this year, but a startling number - 50 percent - could have been saved had they been screened.[3] Despite this, screening rates are still low.But why? Dr. Howard Wright, a family medicine physician in Michigan,... Read More

Create and connect: 5 unique ways to spark self-expression
(BPT) - Shared experiences are part of what makes us human. There's nothing better than getting together with friends, loved ones, neighbors, colleagues (really whoever wants to join!) to catch up and share a few laughs. Add to that an engaging, hands-on activity, and you've crafted the perfect gat... Read More

Beauty lessons mothers and daughters have taught each other
(BPT) - Moms teach their daughters so much as they grow, from how to apply makeup to how to care for their skin, and while there are many habits you form simply because you picked them up from your mother, there are plenty of tricks you've learned on your own. There are even some that your mother h... Read More

Bloom into spring skin: How to identify and treat the symptoms of rosacea
(BPT) - Polar vortexes are out of sight and, spring has officially sprung. Family weekend brunches and scenic bike rides are on the horizon with brighter days ahead, but the warmer weather may also bring troubling rosacea flare-ups, leading some to avoid these memorable moments.[1],[2]Rosacea affec... Read More

Grow your own food in small spaces
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Adulting 101: Cleaning tips and tricks to survive post-grad life
(BPT) - Let's face it - being an adult is hard. The overflowing laundry basket and tomato soup splattered microwave aren't going to magically disappear. Whether you are graduating from school or moving out of home for the first time, with the fun of living on your own also comes the responsibility ... Read More

Interested in taking a DNA test? Your questions answered
(BPT) - April marks an important anniversary for genome-related discoveries; in April 1953, DNA's double helix was discovered by Watson, Crick, Wilkins and Franklin and fifty years later in April 2003, the Human Genome Project - an international research project that determined the sequence of the ... Read More

5 simple breakfast hacks
(BPT) - Weekday mornings can be rough, trying to get yourself and your family up and dressed, fed, then out the door in time for school and work. It's tough to make sure everyone gets something healthy to eat before dashing out to start the day. What if there were a few simple things you could do t... Read More

6 reasons your bathroom needs a high-tech boost
(BPT) - From smart thermostats that help you save energy and keep your home comfortable, to high-fidelity speaker systems that allow you to enjoy your favorite music and movies, there's no shortage of electronics to upgrade your home. And as technology becomes more integrated into your everyday lif... Read More

Your natural teeth are worth saving
(BPT) - The human body is something to marvel at, but sometimes we take it for granted. Some things, like your natural teeth, are truly worth the effort to take care of and preserve. And most Americans agree.A recent survey conducted by the American Association of Endodontists revealed that over 95... Read More

Finding new ways to address hepatitis C
(BPT) - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, viral hepatitis is a silent epidemic that affects more than 5 million people in the United States. Additionally, more than half of those living with hepatitis do not know they have the virus, putting them at risk for life-threaten... Read More

5 reasons why egg freezing is right for you
(BPT) - Do you want to have kids? For many, this question isn't the easiest to answer. Whether you and your partner aren't ready, if you haven't found the 'one,' or you wish to focus on your career for a bit before calling the stork, the idea of having a baby isn't always black and white. No matter... Read More

6 reasons to add hydrotherapy to your self-care routine
(BPT) - Unwind, relax and rejuvenate - these are the words associated with enjoying a warm bath. Bathing is an indulgence that has remained popular for centuries and is especially important today as you work to find balance in a fast-paced lifestyle.Hydrotherapy provides the perfect solution with i... Read More

Clearing the air: 5 facts to know when choosing new roofing
(BPT) - When choosing products and materials for a new roof, many homeowners focus mainly on color and what their shingles will look like next to their existing siding or brick.Naturally, aesthetics and curb appeal are important. But an even more crucial element of your new roof is the attic ventil... Read More

How one piece of safety equipment has been saving lives for 100 years
(BPT) - Gary Govanus didn't put much thought into what he was wearing 45 years ago while working in-flight services at night at Chicago O'Hare, but by the end of that day his life would be forever changed because he reached for a hard hat at the start of his shift.On the night of his accident, he a... Read More

6 ways to stay safe around the water this summer
(BPT) - Summer is fast approaching, which means that more children will be in and around water areas such as pools, lakes and oceans. Like many parents, you worry about your children's safety around water, no matter how old they are.According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of injury deat... Read More

Managing post-surgical pain without opioids
(BPT) - As the opioid epidemic raged on in 2018, dialogues swirled around who to blame for the crisis and how to cut opioids from the treatment narrative. While opioids have long been considered a standard in preoperative and postoperative pain management, many patients are beginning to wonder how ... Read More

Immunotherapy helps man battle advanced skin cancer when surgery was no longer an option
(BPT) - Often it's impossible to know the cause of a cancer. That wasn't the case for Dale Biggs. When he thinks back to the origins of his cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (CSCC), Biggs knows his battle with one of the most common types of skin cancer was a direct product of the years he spent wo... Read More

Downsizing as you age: 8 smart organization tips and tricks
(BPT) - It's easy to accumulate a lot of things throughout your life. From clothes and household goods to antiques and treasured keepsakes, decades of living often means decades of stuff. When you get to a certain age, it can be smart to start downsizing your belongings.Sometimes downsizing is insp... Read More

7 steps to health care cost savings
(BPT) - Health care is more complicated than ever. With rising premiums and different levels of coverage, it can be confusing to know what you can afford when it comes to wellness visits, urgent care and prescriptions.Here are some simple ideas that could help you save on health care.1. Get informe... Read More

4 tips to help achieve a healthy pregnancy
(BPT) - Oftentimes the joy and excitement of pregnancy is matched with feelings of uncertainty and doubt, especially when it comes to managing health issues during pregnancy. Between their own mothers, their friends and, at times, obtrusive strangers, women are frequently bombarded with conflicting... Read More

How one mother took control of her asthma - recognize the signs
(BPT) - Donna Matlach struggled with asthma for years, but it wasn't until she noticed how much it was interfering with simple, everyday tasks that she realized she needed to do something about it. That's why the mother of four became a patient advocate for people with severe asthma. 'I noticed tha... Read More

Video games that help young women solve problems and express themselves
(BPT) - Playing video games is not simply entertainment or an escape for middle school girls; it can be a confidence booster. The best games offer intellectual challenges, social interaction and a creative outlet. These games provide opportunities for young women to problem solve, be part of a grou... Read More

How to Pinpoint a Rare Disease That Can Often be Misdiagnosed for up to 15 Years
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Test your knowledge about generic prescriptions
(BPT) - For the past quarter-century, Jonnie, 57, has kept a booth at the Antique Depot in Skiatook, Oklahoma. The job allows her a flexible enough schedule to take care of her elderly mother, who lives next door.Holding estate sales and dealing in used merchandise has also made her an expert on sp... Read More

Why sitting is not the new smoking
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Three Things to Know About Endometriosis: One of The Most Common Women’s Health Issues We Should Talk More About
(BPT) - Painful periods, pelvic pain in between periods and pain with sex - what has typically been dismissed as just part of being a woman could actually be caused by a chronic and painful disease called endometriosis. Endometriosis occurs when tissue that acts like the lining of your uterus start... Read More

Getting kids thinking about life after graduation
(BPT) - Experiences and learning outside of the classroom can really shape a child's perspective, particularly when it comes to making decisions about what sort of work they might want to pursue. As important as formal education is, kids also learn from the school of life.While it seems like kids n... Read More

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

Spring Has Arrived But Sub-Zero Temperature Is Here To Stay When It Comes To Treating Cancer
(BPT) - Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, observed in April, is a time to increase awareness of esophageal cancer (EC) and its risk factors, and encourage advocacy on behalf of those suffering from one of the deadliest, yet least discussed forms of cancer. In fact, 17,650 new cases of EC are estim... Read More

A doctor shares 5 things consumers must know about supplements
(BPT) - You can't deny it, supplements are everywhere. One trip down the vitamin aisle at your supermarket can leave even the biggest wellness junkie bewildered. There are so many products on the market - many offering contradicting information or claims - that it's easy to understand why consumers... Read More

Family safety: Public transportation is 10 times safer than traveling by car
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4 easy ways to go boating this summer
(BPT) - Starting to plan a summer getaway? Skip the plane ride or long road trip - go boating to enjoy the fun and relaxation of vacation at your convenience. Whether you prefer an action-packed weekend of watersports with the family, a relaxing after-work cruise with your friends or a serene morni... Read More

Scared of fasting but want the health benefits? Read these 5 tips to help!
(BPT) - What do you know about fasting? Does the thought of fasting frighten you? Too much of a sacrifice? Starvation? What if you learned it is actually a healthy lifestyle choice, one that supports weight management and improved health? What if you discovered it was possible to eat and get the be... Read More

Will your family have to guess your health care wishes?
(BPT) - Imagine you are in an accident or a sudden illness leaves you unable to speak for yourself. Your loved one or caregiver may be faced with a difficult decision about whether to continue life-saving measures. How does that person know what to do?Discuss, decide and document. These are three i... Read More

Mom survey shows taxes a source of anxiety
(BPT) - Considering all the tasks a mom does, it may not be surprising that more than 40 percent of mothers feel overwhelmed during tax season, according to a new survey of 1,000 moms commissioned by H&R Block. Their largest source of anxiety when it comes to the process of filing their taxes i... Read More

Simple ways to curb carbs when eating on the go
(BPT) - Whether you are trying to reduce carbs or eat more protein, eating well on the go can be a challenge.Quality carbohydrates like whole-grain breads, milk, yogurt, fruits and legumes are an important part of a balanced diet, especially for children and teens. For adults, reducing the amount o... Read More

5 simple steps to sparkling hardwood floors
(BPT) - Getting your home ready for summer means putting away the warm clothing and winter gear, clearing out clutter and making room for lighter and brighter accessories. As you prepare to tidy and organize your home for a summer of get-togethers and cookouts, don't forget to show a little extra l... Read More

How to Support Female Entrepreneurs this Women's History Month
(BPT) - To celebrate Women's History Month, Stacy's Pita Chips is releasing six limited-edition bags - all designed by female artists - with all proceeds going to United Way. The artwork depicts the six key stages of a female entrepreneur's journey to accomplishing their dreams: Inspiration, Courag... Read More

Tips that may help manage life with a chronic illness
(BPT) - Content sponsored and provided by Pfizer.Janet H., a wife and mother from Alabama, had many things to celebrate in her life - two beautiful children, a wonderful husband, her dog Falco, and a rewarding career. She was proud that even with all of this, she was able to achieve her personal go... Read More


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