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Taking charge of your AFib: Getting the facts and knowing your options
(BPT) - Being diagnosed with a chronic medical condition can be overwhelming. Patients and their doctors face a delicate balancing act to weigh the risks of a disease against the potential side effects and inconveniences of treatment. This is certainly true for patients with atrial fibrillation, be... More >>

5 easy tips to prepare your family for the daylight saving time change
(BPT) - Daylight saving time brings brighter evenings and a reminder that spring and warmer weather are within reach. However, it comes with the potential to wreak havoc on a family's sleep routine. Time changes can make morning schedules just a little bit harder for parents everywhere."A time chan... More >>

4 reasons to make today the first day of your smoke-free life
(BPT) - In 1964, when the Surgeon General first warned the public about the dangers of smoking cigarettes, 42 percent of adults in the United States smoked, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today, about 15 percent of adults smoke cigarettes. The progress made in the last... More >>

Trying to quit? Tips from former smokers can help you succeed
(BPT) - Since the Surgeon General released the first report on smoking in 1964, the smoking rate among adults has decreased from 42 percent to 15 percent. Though great strides have been made, more than 36 million adults in the United States continue to smoke cigarettes, claiming nearly half a milli... More >>

8 simple steps to help seniors, caregivers better manage medications
(BPT) - Modern medicine can work wonders. However, in order to be effective, medicine needs to be taken safely, according to prescribing guidelines, and patients and health care providers need to be vigilant about the dangers of drug interactions. When it comes to medication use, seniors take more ... More >>

Put an egg on it for Heart Health Month [Infographic]
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Protect your heart with these easy meal add-ins
(BPT) - What's the biggest threat to our health? It isn't cancer or even accidents, but heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, one in four deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart disease, which includes heart attack and stroke. This statistic is scary, but the good news is, there... More >>

Know the risks: Poison exposure and where it strikes [Infographic]
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Keep your teen athlete fueled with these 4 vital tips
(BPT) - High school can be intense, but being a student athlete can intensify expectations.As the start of spring sports approaches, the stakes are even higher for your student to maintain the success they had first semester. There are practices, matches and conference finals that have to fit in wi... More >>

The smart advice that makes clean eating an attainable lifestyle choice
(BPT) - Healthy eating trends come and go. Sometimes the fads are extreme, over-the-top and hard to maintain, but others offer simple, attainable changes that make them well worth incorporating into your lifestyle. Clean eating, actively seeking out foods that are minimally processed with simple, n... More >>

Tackling Heart Health Head On: One Woman's Journey to Coronary Artery Disease Diagnosis and Treatment
(BPT) - In 90-degree heat and with her heart pounding, Shawna Dukes was in her happy place as she sprinted up and down stadium stairs during the annual University of Texas women’s football training clinic. With determination in her stride, the physically fit, 58-year-old Texas native looked l... More >>

Reducing risks while taking care of business: Tips to avoid distracted driving
(BPT) - The pace of business never seems to stop, and thanks to the convenience of cell phones, many people work on the go, even while they're driving. Yet cell phone use is one of the most common type of distracted driving, and it claims thousands of lives and causes thousands more injuries every ... More >>

5 healthier lifestyle changes that are simple, sensible and easy
(BPT) - Often people set off on their weight loss journey but then get derailed because they think it is difficult to maintain. However, when this happens to you, it's important to not get frustrated. Keep in mind people who succeed in weight loss and healthy eating goals are the ones who recognize... More >>

5 things you need to know about vaccines
(BPT) - No one wakes up in the morning hoping to be sick. Yet despite the angst people have about becoming ill, many forgo one of the easiest, most effective ways to protect themselves and their loved ones from common and even severe illnesses - they choose not to get vaccinated.There are many reas... More >>

5 things you must know about this groundbreaking treatment for servicemen and women
(BPT) - When the nation's servicemen and women serve a tour of duty overseas, many don't return home the same.Nearly 60 percent of servicemen and 50 percent of servicewomen experience at least one traumatic event during their service, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. These events ha... More >>

4 things you can do today to support your heart health
(BPT) - On the path to good health, it pays to follow your heart — literally. A healthy heart is essential to supporting good overall health, yet many people ignore the warning signs that their heart is not as healthy as it could be.A 2016 survey from the American Academy of Family Physicians... More >>

Volunteers bring healthier smiles to kids in need
(BPT) - Did you know half of all children in this country enter kindergarten with tooth decay? Tooth decay is the number one chronic infectious disease among children in the U.S., affecting 42 percent of children aged 2 to 11 years old, according to the National Institutes of Health. In addition, n... More >>

15 years of healthy smiles for every child [Infographic]
(BPT) - Tooth decay is a silent epidemic in this country, and many children in need don't have access to preventative care. See what one organization is doing to help bring dental services to underserved kids. For advice on how to keep your child's smile healthy, visit www.MouthHealthy.org.SaveSave... More >>

5 simple steps to boost your immune system now
(BPT) - Whether it's battling the rampant germs of cold and flu season or maintaining wellness throughout the year, the immune system is your main line of defense. In order to feel good as often as possible - and recover quickly when you don't - it's important to keep your immune system strong."The... More >>

IBD Unmasked - Revelations [Infographic]
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It's closed-window season: 6 steps to improve indoor air quality
(BPT) - Spring and summer have a reputation for being allergy seasons, but actually two-thirds of allergy sufferers experience symptoms year-round, according to a study conducted by Isobar. Airborne allergens don't disappear when the weather cools, windows close and everyone heads indoors.Actually,... More >>

What Parents of Adolescents and Young Adults Need to Know About Meningococcal Disease [Infographic]
(BPT) - When high school and college students are home for spring break, there's more to remember than just vacation plans - including scheduling appointments to speak with their healthcare provider and ensuring they are caught up on all vaccinations, including the recommended vaccine series to hel... More >>

What happens while you're waiting to address your hearing? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Most people wait too long to address their hearing loss, 6.7 years according to industry research. That's a long time, and a lot can happen during those years. SaveSave... More >>

Win with water [Video]
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Walking the hill: Advocating for veterans' rights and services
(BPT) - Eva Wallace never enlisted in the U.S. military, has never been on active duty and never endured life-altering injuries protecting American freedoms. However, as a military spouse she has found another important way to serve our country - advocating for veterans' rights.Each February, Walla... More >>

Knowing your options if you are denied the cardiovascular medicine you need
(BPT) - As we approach American Heart Month, one important topic must be addressed: improving access to innovative therapies for patients suffering from cardiovascular disease (CVD).When prescribed a medication by a physician, most individuals expect to receive the medication without jumping throug... More >>

5 things you need to know about magnesium
(BPT) - Magnesium is an essential mineral of a healthy diet that may help to maintain the function of the heart, muscles and nervous system, but as many as seven out of 10 Americans don't get enough magnesium from their diets. Busy schedules often lead to on-the-go meals that can cause diets to fal... More >>

3 myths and misconeptions about chronic constipation and irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) [Infographic]
(BPT) - Stress, travel, and changes in diet and routine can all contribute to occasional constipation. But constipation that keeps coming back, without a known cause, is one symptom of Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation and Chronic Idiopathic Constipation. These conditions affect about 40 m... More >>

Enjoy your life again: Fix your hearing
(BPT) - Think what it would be like, if after a lifetime of enjoying the taste of your favorite meal, seeing your children smile, smelling blooming flowers, or feeling the comfort of fresh, soft sheets on your bed, you lost one of your senses. You'd probably be devastated, and want to pursue every ... More >>

Over 50? You're at Increased Risk for Shingles
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The best ways to support veterans in 2017
(BPT) - As the new administration and Congress settle into office, many organizations are working hard to put America’s 21 million veterans at the top of the nation’s “to-do” list.“Veterans share a common thread — regardless of where they served or for how long &... More >>

Bariatric surgery proven to treat severe obesity [Infographic]
(BPT) - Health and weight loss goals are among the most popular New Year’s resolutions, but for some people, diet and exercise alone aren’t enough to achieve those goals.Obesity is a complex metabolic disease affecting 38 percent of U.S. adults and is the second leading cause of prevent... More >>

Understanding Pneumococcal Pneumonia: Facts vs. Misperceptions [Infographic]
(BPT) - Every day 10,000 Americans turn 65 years old.1 At 65, your risk of being hospitalized after getting pneumococcal pneumonia is 13X greater than adults younger than 50.2The CDC recommends pneumococcal vaccination for all adults 65 years and older3 and states that "vaccination is the safest, m... More >>

Longer battery life gives patient with heart condition a new outlook on life
(BPT) - By the time Emily H. turned 27, she had received her third life-saving heart device. While she was happy to be alive, she couldn’t help but question why the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) surgically inserted in her chest needed to be replaced with such frequency. At this... More >>

Heart Racing? How Being Informed and Taking Action Can Stop a Common Heart Condition
(BPT) - For some, simple activities that others often take for granted - like walking around the neighborhood or doing chores around the house - can make them feel tired or dizzy. They may feel their heart racing or like a hummingbird is flapping its wings in their chest.These symptoms may point to... More >>

Top college football coach's journey to #TackleEpilepsy
(BPT) - The year 2000 brought a new millennium, and for college football coach Jerry Kill, it was a year that would change his life forever. One of the most respected names in college football, Kill has coached at the collegiate level for more than 20 years, rising allthe way to the Big 10 where he... More >>

Are tattoos really permanent? [Infographic]
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Why eating breakfast boosts your health
(BPT) - Want to make 2017 the year you focus on your health? Wellness goals are admirable throughout the year, but too often well-meaning people make a common mistake that sabotages their efforts: they skip breakfast.It's a daily choice that millions of people shrug off as no big deal, but research... More >>

How fake news might affect your favorite foods
(BPT) - The "certified organic" seal is synonymous with healthy living and clean eating. But what exactly does it mean? And who decides what is or is not certified organic?In the United States, food is certified organic by the United States Department of Agriculture. The seal verifies that a produc... More >>

3 things you should know about 'surprise medical bills'
(BPT) - Patients receiving medical care increasingly also receive something unexpected and troubling - a bill they thought would be paid by their health insurance plan.Without knowing, patients may be treated by physicians or providers outside their health insurance network who are paid at a lower ... More >>

Sneeze the day: Avoid time wasted when sick [Infographic]
(BPT) - Being sick can have a big effect on our time and productivity. Time spent with bothersome symptoms - even complaining to loved ones - adds up to some major time wasted. The makers of Advil Cold & Sinus commissioned a survey conducted by Kelton of 1,000 Americans to uncover exactly how much ... More >>

Why women should start talking about their periods. Period. [Infographic]
(BPT) - From headaches and backaches to cramps and cravings, women experience a variety of inconveniences during their period. A recent survey shows many women shy away from discussing their period and the pain that may come with it. However, openly discussing the topic may help not only you, but o... More >>

5 ways telehealth can simplify your life
(BPT) - In recent years, we have seen tremendous advances in the areas of technology and medicine, along with more overlap between the two fields. Every year, new technology assists in the diagnosis, treatment and care of different medical conditions. As the new year begins, one new technology tren... More >>

Transform your home into a retreat with these 5 tips from a luxury resort
(BPT) - There’s a reason why they say your home is your castle. This is a place of rest and refuge so you can be returned to your best state.The next time you find yourself with a quiet evening or weekend in your abode, make self-care and pampering a priority. In fact, you can borrow a few pa... More >>

Latino commentators redefine sports talk
(BPT) - Sports mean many things to many people, and for the three hosts of the new program NaciĆ³n ESPN, sports also create some of their most profound life-defining moments. For Marly Rivera, it's a sense of identity and community. For Bernardo Osuna, it's a passion that spans three generations. An... More >>

Greater professionalism could be the key to better hospital care
(BPT) - Healthcare reform has been in the headlines for years, and it seems like the only point everyone agrees on is that something needs to be done to improve the system. While politicians debate who should pay for healthcare and how, a group of healthcare professionals, patients and community ad... More >>

Cover your employees with a plan that fits your business
(BPT) - There has never been a better time to explore health insurance options for your employees through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace at HealthCare.gov.As a small business employer (generally with one to 50 employees), you want to do right by your employees, and tha... More >>

5 surprising benefits of U.S. farm-raised seafood
(BPT) - You're shopping for tonight's dinner and decide fish sounds delicious. You visit the seafood section of your local market and are suddenly overwhelmed with choices. Salmon, tilapia, clams or shrimp? Imported or U.S. farm raised?It can feel like there are endless options when shopping at the... More >>

Tips to make goodbyes better for both parent and child
(BPT) - As a parent, you've probably experienced the clinging, clutching and crying that often accompany a goodbye when your child returns to day care or preschool after a long holiday break. Separation can be difficult for both children and their parents. Remember, separation anxiety is perfectly ... More >>

4 mindful strategies for a healthy 2017
(BPT) - Losing weight and increasing exercise commonly make the top of New Year's resolution lists. Yet many people fall short of their wellness goals each year. What can you do differently in 2017 to ensure you're among those who succeed?"Mental health and taking time for yourself can greatly impr... More >>

Pushed to the brink: How suicide is taking our heroes
(BPT) - The Purple Heart Foundation recognizes that suicide among U.S. veterans is taking place at an alarming rate. Twenty-two veterans commit suicide every single day, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. These twenty-two heroes fought to protect the American homeland. These twenty-tw... More >>

Top 5 Ways to Build Confidence and Let Your Personality Shine
(BPT) - Being confident has countless benefits, from helping you stand out at work and making new friends, to feeling happier and more satisfied. However, confidence doesn't always come naturally to everyone. What actionable steps can you take to amp up your confidence on a daily basis? These fiv... More >>

Stay healthy this winter by protecting against uninvited germ guests [Infographic]
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New relief for knee pain may be on the horizon
(BPT) - Innovations in modern medicine have brought many artificial joints and bionic body parts to patients. However, a prosthetic replacement for the meniscus — the tissue pad located between the thigh and shin bones — has not been available. Now two clinical trials underway across th... More >>

5 facts about radiation you never knew
(BPT) - Radiation - it's not something most people think about very often, and when they do, their thoughts usually turn to radiation's effects as they are portrayed in the movies. These being namely that exposure to radiation will either turn them into a hideous monster or a superhero.The truth is... More >>

Expert tips to help spark a conversation about women's health issues
(BPT) - Exercise, eating well and getting more sleep are all leading health goals for women. However, there are many health concerns that women overlook for numerous reasons. Some they feel aren't a priority and others are simply too difficult to talk about.One commonly overlooked example is women'... More >>

Caring for those who care for others
(BPT) - Caregivers come in many forms — full-time, part-time, family, friends and professionals. Many people will be a caregiver at some point in their lives, and a recent report by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP showed that more than 43.5 million adults, or about 18 percen... More >>

5 ways to put your best foot forward and prevent damaging ulcers
(BPT) - Thirty million Americans have diabetes, and nearly 15 percent of these patients will develop a diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) in their lifetime, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. Sometimes, it's difficult for patients to realize they have a foot ulcer because it often app... More >>

3 sneaky tricks of heart disease
(BPT) - As Americans, our health is far from perfect, but over the decades, we've seen great improvements to medical care and lived longer lives. But new health data in a recent report might shake up our complacency: The federal government finds that life expectancy for Americans has dropped for th... More >>

Want Healthier Skin This Year? Learn the Top 5 Reasons to Invest in Facial Serum
(BPT) - When it comes to your face, you know its important to be proactive about skin care. You likely wash, moisturize and apply SPF. But there's one critical step that could take your skin from average to amazing: applying facial serum.A serum is a lightweight moisturizer that delivers a high co... More >>

The benefits of probiotics for babies
(BPT) - With the increasing number of products in the marketplace containing probiotics, many new parents might be wondering if their babies could benefit from probiotics. To answer that question, it is important to understand the role of the body’s microbiota, the living organisms that inhab... More >>

5 new habits for New Year's resolution success
(BPT) - It's time again to make New Year's resolutions. Whether or not you kept last year's promise to exercise more, eat less, stop smoking or get your chronic disease under control, the new year is an opportunity to make new commitments that will stick. If you did not succeed at keeping last year... More >>

Mama's Mama knows best
(BPT) - The millennial mom-to-be uses an app to track her fertility and pregnancy progress, pins nursery ideas on Pinterest and researches baby gear on YouTube. She reads online advice on everything from what to eat (or not), to when to talk to a doctor about prescription prenatal vitamins and what... More >>

5 strategies to lose 48 pounds
(BPT) - You've probably seen all the articles about weight loss, including those that explain how to count calories or what foods you should and shouldn't eat. But if you're still having trouble losing weight, then maybe you just need a better "strategic plan," one you can put into action before yo... More >>

10-minute healthy habits for 2017
(BPT) - Healthy living is an admirable goal no matter what time of year. The problem is that many people shoot for the stars, resolving to lose a big amount of weight or completely give up foods they adore. A better approach is to make small changes that together can make a big impact. "People who ... More >>

5 tips for healthy eating
(BPT) - Many people make resolutions to get healthy in the new year. However, many of these resolutions fail due to lack of planning or not having realistic expectations. The wellness experts at Mayo Clinic offer five tips below to help you eat better and stay on top of your health goals for 2017 a... More >>

Take the express lane to better hearing and a better quality of life [Infographic]
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Breaking the cycle of reactive healthcare
(BPT) - Americans are living longer than ever, and while we should relish the achievement of extending the life span for residents of the United States, we now face a pressing challenge for the 21st century: How do we ensure we not only live longer but also live well?To better understand the extent... More >>

Kicking off the New Year with a heart healthy start
(BPT) - It is almost time to ring in the New Year, which means it is an opportune time to focus on your health and wellness. If you or a loved one is living with cardiovascular disease (CVD), you may be dealing with many burdens, including access to medications - an increasingly common problem.When... More >>

Lifestyle experts & real sinus sufferers share their tips to relieve sinus pressure and congestion
(BPT) - Sinus pressure and congestion can get in the way of your favorite activities and when they do, you want to find fast relief so you can get on with your day and get the rest you need at night.To provide you with real advice on how to relieve your symptoms, Sinex joined forces with a group of... More >>

5 ways to manage your diabetes and your mental health
(BPT) - Managing diabetes is as much a mental game as a physical one. People with diabetes live with the daily burden of taking medication or insulins, monitoring blood sugar, eating healthy, getting regular physical activity, and often experiencing physical symptoms of low and high blood glucose. ... More >>

Signs and symptoms of Type 1 diabetes [Infographic]
(BPT) - Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is one of the scariest complications of diabetes and, if left untreated, can lead to coma and death. This condition is still a deadly threat for children and adolescents with Type 1 diabetes, and nearly one in three young people diagnosed with diabetes have DKA u... More >>

How your DNA has the potential to help you avoid the wrong medications
(BPT) - Did you know more than half of the 4 billion prescriptions written in America this year will not work as intended (IMS, Trends Mol. Med. 2001)? It's true, and the answer to why that's the case lies in our DNA.Individuals respond to medication differently, in large part because everyone's DN... More >>

How big data will help save lives this year
(BPT) - Each day, 144 new names are added to the national organ transplant waiting list - that's about one person every 10 minutes. At any given moment, 120,000 people are waiting for a new organ. Tragically, due to a donor shortage, an average of 22 people die each day waiting for that organ to ar... More >>

Women: One type of cancer you have the power to prevent
(BPT) - The type of cancer that used to be the leading cause of cancer death among American women is now virtually 100 percent preventable, thanks to advances in screening techniques. Each year, nearly 12,000 women receive a cervical cancer diagnosis and more than 4,200 will die from cervical cance... More >>

The 7 most-often-overlooked germy spots in your home
(BPT) - Cold and flu season has arrived and you're on a mission to minimize your family's exposure to germs. Handwashing is still an important first line of defense against the spread of germs, but it's also important to identify and sanitize places that can harbor the viruses and bacteria that cau... More >>

The Top 5 Most Common Eye Health Risks
(BPT) - Why would anyone put the health of their eyes at risk?The answer is unclear, since blindness is among the most common human fears. But many people apparently don't prioritize eye care; in fact, of 61 million U.S. adults at risk of serious vision loss, only half see an eye doctor annually, s... More >>

5 smart steps to preserving brain health
(BPT) - Everyone knows aerobic exercise gets the heart pumping and lifting weights keeps muscles strong. But when it comes to keeping the brain healthy, most people are unsure what to do.As you age, brain health and maintaining memory functions becomes a top concern. Turns out, these issues may beg... More >>

5 tips to get fit and stay fit
(BPT) - To lose weight and/or get in better shape consistently ranks as one of the top New Year’s resolutions. However, many resolutions to reach this goal fall short or last less than a month because a great idea is seldom successful without a plan to make it happen.If you’ve tried and... More >>

Ever wonder who participates in medical studies? People like you
(BPT) - Giving blood and participating in fundraiser walks are popular ways to help those in need, but there's another way to directly support America's medical research communities and advance important knowledge that could someday improve or save lives: participate in a clinical trial.Research st... More >>

5 ways dry eye symptoms can impact patients and what you can do about it
(BPT) - There are an estimated 30 million U.S. adults who report symptoms consistent with dry eye disease. Approximately 16 million U.S. adults have been diagnosed with dry eye disease (DED) by a healthcare professional. This often chronic and sometimes progressive condition is commonly associated ... More >>

Have COPD? Are you at increased risk for respiratory compromise?
(BPT) - Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States. What many people don't know is that COPD is a risk factor for a potentially deadly condition called respiratory compromise which can occur during hospitalization.While relatively unknown, ... More >>

One thing can help children eat more vegetables at school
(BPT) - The U.S Department of Agriculture proposed a complete overhaul of school lunches subsidized by the federal government in 2012. These changes aimed to limit calories, reduce sodium and increase the consumption of vegetables and whole grains. Improved nutrition is a laudable goal, but the rea... More >>

You deserve a WOC nurse [Video]
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5 ways to avoid potential eye irritation this winter
(BPT) - The winter brings holidays and cold weather - and plenty of situations that could potentially irritate your eyes. Those who experience stinging, burning, and watering eyes might attribute these symptoms to the weather, allergies, contacts or even their eye makeup, when in fact they may be s... More >>

Get to know your gut [Infographic]
(BPT) - The gut is home to your body's digestive function and can affect your overall health, so it's important to understand your digestive health, how vital its ecosystem is to your body's overall health and well-being, and the benefits everyone can reap from a daily dose of probiotics.SaveSave... More >>

Is your liver health at risk? [Infographic]
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How to Breathe Easier with Asthma this Winter: Setting Asthma Goals Now Can Keep You Chilled Out for the Holidays and Beyond
(BPT) - For the 25 million Americans who have asthma, wintry weather can take a real bite out of holiday fun. Cold weather is a common asthma trigger, especially for severe symptoms, and for many people, asthma attacks happen more often in the winter. That's because winter means more time spent ind... More >>

Lawsuit ads want you to take health advice from lawyers, not doctors [Infographic]
(BPT) - Consumers are surrounded by aggressive lawyer advertising that uses sensationalist and misleading information to lure or scare people into joining lawsuits. It's more than annoying - it's dangerous when patients start making health decisions based on misleading information they see in these... More >>

A senior-friendly workout to improve movement and prevent injury
(BPT) - Exercise is good for everyone, but seniors with mobility or balance issues may wonder what kind of exercise they can do that will be safe, easy and effective. Jogging outdoors, running on a treadmill or lifting weights at the gym aren't always practical - or enjoyable - activities for every... More >>

10 signs you may have a bleeding disorder
(BPT) - Harley Noffsinger was a typical kid who liked to play outside and stay active. When she was 7, everything changed. She got a nose bleed, but unlike most people's experiences, her bleeding wouldn’t stop. It lasted 90 minutes.Noffsinger’s parents brought her to the emergency room ... More >>

10 smart swaps to make baking and cooking healthier
(BPT) - Creamy sauces, cookies, casseroles and cakes — as temperatures drop, it's natural to crave favorite comfort foods. However, it's easy to overindulge on rich dishes and decadent desserts, especially if you're hosting a gathering of friends and family. How can you enjoy amazing foods wh... More >>

Are you receiving the best care for your medical problem?
(BPT) - As we age, maintaining our health becomes increasingly important. For Baby Boomers and adults caring for older parents, better health depends on wellness initiatives and receiving care from the proper professionals.Yet for those suffering from wound, ostomy or continence issues, many don't ... More >>

Holiday survival guide [Infographic]
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Tips to make good nutrition a family affair in 2017
(BPT) - Nurturing and nourishing a family go hand-in-hand. If you're ready to rally your family around better nutrition, now's the time to get a healthy jump on the new year."Making consistently good food choices can set your family on the road to good health," says Marlene Schmidt, registered diet... More >>

Diabetes patients often skip eye exams: Survey
(BPT) - The leading cause of blindness, diabetes, is steadily growing and is expected to affect one in 10 people worldwide by 2040, the International Diabetes Federation predicts. As prevalent as the condition is, 79 percent of Americans don’t know diabetic eye diseases have no visible sympto... More >>

Sick of being sick? 5 tips to getting better and kicking that cold to the curb
(BPT) - From obligations at work to errands and chores and making time for family and friends - your plate is fuller than ever and, unfortunately, getting sick can throw a major wrench into your marathon of activities and greatly hamper your productivity.Despite how frustrating it can be, your busy... More >>

At-home first-aid tips to manage the stress of caregiving
(BPT) - Nearly 10 million adults over the age of 50 are caring for their aging parents - a number that has tripled over the past 15 years. With careers, children and grandchildren added to the mix, many baby boomers are feeling the mounting stress of caring for young, old and themselves! One way to... More >>

5 quick tips for everyday health
(BPT) - With the kids in school and the holidays upon us, now is a good time to remember these everyday tips for promoting good health. Take a moment today to show your body a little TLC in five simple ways!1. Take good care of your gut. Did you know up to 80 percent of your natural immune defenses... More >>

Caring for a loved one with cancer: Caregivers describe their experience [Infographic]
(BPT) - Caregiving can have many facets. This infographic shares some of the findings from a new survey exploring the experiences of caregivers of people living with lung cancer in the U.S. for both Lung Cancer Awareness Month and National Caregivers Awareness Month. Visit NavigateLungCancer.org fo... More >>

When it's not just the flu: Kids with Type 1 diabetes often misdiagnosed due to the rapid onset of common symptoms
(BPT) - It is a common scenario: your child is nauseous, vomiting and very tired. It could be the flu, and that's probably all it is. But it could also be Type 1 diabetes, a condition where the body does not produce a hormone, insulin, which it needs to get energy from food. Unfortunately, Type 1 d... More >>

Communication, not silence, is golden for men battling prostate cancer
(BPT) - For the nearly 3 million American men fighting prostate cancer, and the thousands more yet to be diagnosed, silence is not golden. Men who speak up about their disease — to their doctors, loved ones and community — can get the help they need, when they need it, and ensure their ... More >>

Your family's guide to cold and flu season
(BPT) - Every year in the U.S., there are more colds than people. Annually, nearly 320 million Americans catch 1 billion colds, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Seven in 10 people will turn to over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to help them feel better — and many of these med... More >>

Changing the end-of-life care conversation
(BPT) - Hospice and palliative care services help people with illnesses no longer responding to curative treatment face death on their own terms, most often at home or in a familiar setting. No matter where a person chooses to receive these services, hospice staff can guide them and their families ... More >>

Be ready: Simple preparations to ensure winter weather doesn't catch you by surprise
(BPT) - When severe weather hits this winter, the difference between being safe and stranded can often come down to how prepared you are. A recent survey by AccuWeather found that the number one weather-related concern Americans have this winter is being caught by surprise by inclement weather. Peo... More >>

5 things to know about biosimilars [Infographic]
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Osteoporosis 101: What every woman needs to know [Infographic]
(BPT) - Women make up more than 80 percent of the 200 million people who suffer from osteoporosis worldwide. This chronic bone disease, characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue, can lead to a heightened risk of fractures and can seriously impact quality of life. By understand... More >>

Has your tattoo expired?
(BPT) - According to a recent survey, nine out of 10 people with a tattoo have considered removing it at one time or another. While the reasons for removal vary, the increasing options available for tattoo removal are transforming the nature of tattoos from symbols of permanence to designs with a s... More >>

4 simple steps toward better heart health
(BPT) - A single choice doesn't matter most of the time. Having dessert one night, taking a walk on another night and deciding to skip an outing with friends aren't life changing choices. A daily choice is small, like a pebble. But like pebbles, when you keep reaching for the same choices, they can... More >>

Coughing? Bring a Healthy Dose of Sick-Etiquette to Work
(BPT) - Being considerate of others when you're sick is one of the first steps to good sick etiquette.For example, you may think you're going to score points for showing up at work despite feeling under the weather. However, if you were to run this by an etiquette expert like Diane Gottsman, she wo... More >>

The breast cancer no one talks about: One woman's journey with metastatic disease
(BPT) - Beth Fairchild considered herself fairly well-educated about breast cancer. Like most people, she had followed discussion in the media, the pink merchandise and the many events in support of breast cancer awareness, as well as the accompanying information about prevention and early detectio... More >>

8 tips for eating a healthy restaurant lunch [Infographic]
(BPT) - Business lunch? No problem - keep it healthy with these tips for lunching right at restaurants in honor of National Healthy Lunch Day.SaveSave... More >>

Feel-good lunches: How to bust the fast food blues
(BPT) - If you’re like many Americans, you’ve had days when stress and hunger make you opt for the closest fast food joint for lunch, seeking quick, filling fare you hope will take the edge off.Even though you’ll feel the error of your ways later via your stomach, wallet and energ... More >>

World Diabetes Day 2016: Eyes on Diabetes [Infographic]
(BPT) - World Diabetes Day 2016 takes place on Monday, November 14, and unites people around the world to show their support of individuals living with diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic and progressive disease that affects approximately 415 million adults worldwide and is considered one of the most c... More >>

American Diabetes Month: Why diabetics should get tested for kidney disease
(BPT) - Diabetes is the number one cause of kidney failure in the United States. However, if you are among the 50 percent of Americans who have diabetes or prediabetes, you are not destined for kidney failure. There are several things you can do to protect your kidneys and prevent serious and life-... More >>

5 ways guys can enhance their lives today
(BPT) - Guys, it’s nearly that time of year again! The holidays are quickly approaching, and while it’s a time to celebrate and get together with friends and family, the next few months can be hectic, too. Travel, job pressures, having everyone over, even cold weather can take their tol... More >>

Combatting sepsis to improve patient outcomes and reduce hospital costs [Infographic]
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The key to good caregiving: A healthy caregiver
(BPT) - It is estimated that more than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. For the vast majority, the deeply personal responsibility of caring for a loved one with a devastating disease constitutes a “labor of love,” but caregi... More >>

Whole-person approach to health care expanded by philanthropic group
(BPT) - In the late 1990s, Minneapolis resident Penny George was diagnosed with breast cancer. After undergoing a mastectomy followed by chemotherapy, she thought her physicians were focused solely on the disease and the interventions being used — not on her as the person who was experiencing... More >>

When bad health hits, look to this financial tool
(BPT) - Working hard may take a toll on your health. But what are your options when your work pays the price for your bad health?Chronic illness, an injury or a severe disability can create a financial crossroads for people. Often, people are torn between trying to keep working in ill health, losin... More >>

3 ways to revamp your winter skincare regimen
(BPT) - Smart skincare is essential year-round to maintain healthy, youthful looking skin. During the colder months, it becomes especially critical as temperatures, humidity and air quality are in flux — not to mention your calendar, which is sure to be packed with seasonal festivities.By upg... More >>

The best wearable tech devices to help you look and feel better
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Now hear this: 10 jobs that can damage your hearing
(BPT) - How likely are you to experience hearing loss because of your job? You may think you're safe if your job doesn't involve operating noisy machinery, but hearing loss can occur whenever you're regularly exposed to sounds of 85 decibels (dB) or louder. That means in addition to people in occup... More >>

Stay One Step Ahead of Diabetes and Help Protect Against Vision Loss
(BPT) - Managing diabetes can be overwhelming. Between remembering to take your medications every day and carefully watching your diet and blood sugar levels, it can be hard to feel like you're in control of your disease and not the other way around. And even when you think you're on top of it all,... More >>

Confidence-boosting tips for fitness class first-timers
(BPT) - You've joined a health club and now you're curious about fitness classes. You're almost ready to sign up for an indoor cycle, yoga or strength-training class, but something stops you. You feel nervous and uncomfortable and decide to wait.Group fitness classes are a fantastic way to exercise... More >>

Five simple steps to prevent the spread of cold and flu germs
(BPT) - A whopping 38 million school days are missed each year due to the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.To help keep children in the classroom and focused on learning, Ali Larter, mother of two and star of Fox’s new hit show "Pitch," is on a mission to teach... More >>

The price of your device: New survey suggests dry eye disease is on the rise in today's high-tech world [Infographic]
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The dry eye disease conversation gap: Reasons why discussing DED sooner matters [Infographic]
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Overdose deaths on the rise and where you can get help
(BPT) - Michigan recently passed the Good Samaritan Law, and while the law is designed to save lives, not everyone is a proponent. Under the law, charges cannot be filed against persons trying to find emergency help for themselves or a loved one after an overdose.While rehab professionals understan... More >>

November 12 is World Pneumonia Day [Infographic]
(BPT) - World Pneumonia Day — November 12 — is a yearly reminder that pneumonia, including pneumococcal pneumonia, can strike anywhere and anytime, and is a serious, potentially life-threatening lung infection. The most common type of bacterial pneumonia is pneumococcal pneumonia, which... More >>

New survey illuminates the vital role caregivers play in navigating a loved one's lung cancer
(BPT) - Nearly a quarter of a million Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society.1 The number of those impacted by lung cancer is greatly expanded, as prior research has shown that learning a loved one has cancer can have a significant impact on... More >>

Starting the conversation: Stomach cancer [Infographic]
(BPT) - Stomach cancer, also known as gastric cancer, is a devastating and difficult-to-treat disease that develops slowly and can go undetected. Symptoms often do not appear until the disease is advanced. In 2016, an estimated 26,370 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with stomach cancer. Global... More >>

Addicted to heroin or opioids? Help is available
(BPT) - How large is the opioid/heroin problem in the United States? It's bigger than you think. Research shows 1.9 million people age 12 and older have a disorder involving prescription pain relievers, and an additional 586,000 have a disorder involving heroin. These statistics, from the American ... More >>

6 people share their experience with insomnia and how they're managing the condition
(BPT) - It's easy to feel frustrated, and even isolated, when you're struggling with insomnia, but you’re not alone. In the U.S., approximately 23.5 million Americans — nearly 10 percent of the adult population — experience symptoms consistent with the condition.Beyond Tired&trade... More >>

Managing osteoarthritis: What you don't know is hurting you
(BPT) - Twenty-seven million Americans suffer every day from chronic discomfort and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There have been limited advancements in osteoarthritis therapies, leavin... More >>

Mom with diabetes shares the story of her miracle baby to spread awareness
(BPT) - How much do you know about diabetes? Would it surprise you to know that one in 11 Americans has the disease, or that diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, resulting in more fatalities than AIDS and breast cancer combined?Every 23 seconds someone new is diagnos... More >>

Making the gig economy work for you: Must-have information and resources for the self-employed [Infographic]
(BPT) - - Working for yourself doesn't mean going at it alone. From vision and health care, to shared workspaces and group buying power, the gig economy offers more benefits than you may think! Check this out to see what you might be missing out on.SaveSave... More >>

Tips to help millennials minimize digital eye strain symptoms
(BPT) - Most Americans probably assume aging and eye problems go hand in hand, but did you know one of the most common types of optical disorders actually affects a greater number of young people?Seventy-three percent of adults younger than 30 experience digital eye strain - physical discomfort and... More >>

90% child bone mass acquired by age 20 - nutrient packed foods can help
(BPT) - Most people associate bone density and skeletal concerns with advanced age. However, healthy bones form during childhood with the majority of bone density established before kids reach their 20s. Is it time to shift the focus to the early years rather than the later?Up to 90 percent of peak... More >>

Safe food techniques every home cook should know
(BPT) - Good hosts want positive experiences around the dishes they prepare for their friends and families — great conversation and good memories.What’s a sure way to mar the feast? Not being consistent in following safe food handling techniques that every home cook should know. Each ye... More >>

Don't let digestive discomfort become the 'new normal' [Infographic]
(BPT) - EPI Uncovered, a new survey conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of the American Gastroenterological Association and sponsored by AbbVie, is bringing to light how many people living with GI issues tend to ignore their stomach issues rather than speaking with their physician. The survey... More >>

Pregnant? What you should know about preterm birth
(BPT) - Not long after the joy of discovering you're pregnant, the worries set in. You may think you know all the threats - Zika virus, pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes - and take appropriate steps to minimize them. But what do you know about one of the most common pregnancy complications - pret... More >>

Lung cancer: Know the facts and take action [Infographic]
(BPT) - Nearly one of four cancer deaths in the United States is due to lung cancer, the second most common cancer among men and women, with nearly 225,000 new cases anticipated for 2016. Lung cancer is a complex disease requiring treatment options that address patients’ unique needs — ... More >>

Workplace Program Reduced Healthcare Claims of Hand Hygiene Preventable Illnesses by 24% [Infographic]
(BPT) - A recent 13-month study conducted by Medical Mutual of Ohio and GOJO researched a link between a comprehensive hand hygiene program in the workplace and a reduction of health insurance claims tied to hand hygiene preventable illnesses. While other studies have researched a link between hand... More >>

Awareness, knowledge and perceptions of biosimilars among specialty physicians [Infographic]
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Want a memory boost? Try a hearing test
(BPT) - Intrigued by all the brain-training products out there to keep your mind sharp and spirits young? You may want to consider something else: A hearing test.That's right. Mounting evidence links untreated hearing loss to impaired memory and diminished cognitive function. What that means is, if... More >>

The truth behind 2 popular 'health' foods
(BPT) - Did you dance in delight the first time you heard that dark chocolate is good for you? Did you think that your favorite indulgence just became an official "health food?" Popular culture often makes too much of health benefit claims, especially when it comes to food and drink that many peopl... More >>

Open Talk About Open Enrollment: 5 Surprising Ways Americans React to the Annual Process
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6 small steps to improve your health in a big way
(BPT) - You want to be healthier, right? But try as you might, it always seems like something's standing in your way. Time and money are two of the largest obstacles, and you may think it's impossible to improve your health without a significant time or financial investment.The good news is, howeve... More >>

Americans at risk for hunger: A look at the numbers [Infographic]
(BPT) - - BJ's Wholesale Club recently announced it has donated more than 50 million pounds of food through its BJ's Feeding Communities Program. BJ's has contributed items to 45 food banks, including fresh produce, frozen meats and fish, baked goods and dairy items. In partnership with Feeding Ame... More >>

5 clever hacks to simplify any family's morning routine
(BPT) - Getting the family out the door on time every morning is no small feat. Seemingly simple tasks like getting dressed, packing backpacks and making breakfast can quickly turn into chaos. Before you know it, you're running late and the kids haven't even eaten as you dash to the car.Stop dreadi... More >>

Farming program helps neighbors in rural America fight hunger
(BPT) - Although the United States produces much of the world’s food, 48 million people in the country are food insecure, lacking access to enough food to sustain a healthy, active lifestyle. What's even more surprising is that many of the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity ar... More >>

Confident beauty: A fearless look into skincare ingredients
(BPT) - Don't get left in the dark: Research proves these six hot-topic ingredients are highly beneficial and do wonders for skin, from boosting moisture to relieving sensitivity.SaveSave... More >>

Shared experiences and support can help people manage type 2 diabetes
(BPT) - Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes, and most (90-95 percent) have type 2 diabetes. Diabetes management isn’t always easy — some people may have difficulty visiting their doctor regularly, eating healthy foods and reaching their A1C goal. That’s why America’s D... More >>

3 important health steps women can take to make their 50s fit and fabulous
(BPT) - By now you've probably heard the saying "the 50s are the new 30s," and you may have even adopted that thinking for your own life. The motto doesn't just mean people are living longer, but that they're also maintaining a youthful perspective on life. While a positive attitude can be good for... More >>

Breast cancer: Early detection is key [infographic]
(BPT) - Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and the second-leading cause of cancer death among women. Despite the increased awareness of the disease and emphasis on early detection, breast cancer continues to be a major global health issue in need of improved forms of testi... More >>

Too much of a good thing? 4 ways you're doing cardio wrong
(BPT) - Does your exercise routine live and die by the treadmill? Does your workout consist of an hour on the elliptical? While you can't ignore the positive impact aerobic exercise has on your health, it may not be the dream weight-loss solution you hope for."It seems an awful lot of people walk, ... More >>

6 healthy tips for Latinas
(BPT) - It's something of a stereotype, but it's true. Latinas love their families more than anything and because of that, they're often more likely to take preventive actions for the health of their families while ignoring their own wellness needs in the process. If you are a Latina, it is time to... More >>

How the unpredictable behavior of the millennial patient is driving health care
(BPT) - Those in the millennial generation both confuse and fascinate many. We know how they feel about Snapchat and flexible work hours, but how do they feel about health care and, specifically, their own health? A recent study conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Novant Health among over ... More >>

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