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Education, screening critical to early detection – and possible prevention – of kidney disease
(BPT) - How much thought have you given your kidneys lately? Actually, have you ever thought about your kidneys?Your kidneys clean your blood by removing waste and excess fluid, maintain the balance of salt and minerals in your blood, and help regulate blood pressure. When the kidneys become damage... More >>


Ask the Pharmacist: Managing the aches and pains of arthritis
(BPT) - Arthritis can strike at any age. In fact, of the 50 million Americans suffering from arthritis, two-thirds are under the age of 65. Each year, arthritis accounts for 44 million outpatient visits, over 900,000 hospitalizations and has quickly become the leading cause of disability in the Uni... More >>


Taking control for healthier aging
(BPT) - As adults age, they often face different health challenges than those experienced during their youth; however, there are several key steps that can be taken to improve their chances of maintaining good health.A key part of healthier aging is preventing serious illnesses. Regular medical che... More >>


Health care teams demand nurses with doctorate degrees
(BPT) - When open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplaces closed earlier this year, more than 7.1 million Americans had signed up for health insurance coverage. As millions of new patients continue to gain access to insurance under the Affordable Care Act, industry leaders are facing the c... More >>


The 5 nutritional supplements that should be on everyone's shopping list
(BPT) - Most American’s aren’t consuming enough nutrients from their daily diet. Only 1 percent of the population meets minimum standards of a balanced diet, according to a paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. A well-chosen supplement can benefit many people, e... More >>


Prostate cancer and bladder leakage: Tips to live a fulfilling lifestyle
(BPT) - If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This philosophy is fine when applied to home improvement, but it isn’t a good approach for men’s health and wellness. Fortunately, in recent years, male health issues like prostate cancer have received greater attention thanks to more... More >>


Centenarians reveal their secrets to a long, happy life
(BPT) - One hundred years ago, the average American’s life expectancy was between 50 and 60 years, and so the estimated 53,000 centenarians in the United States today have lived much longer than most of their contemporaries. Perhaps that is why a new survey shows that these 100-year-olds feel... More >>


Osteoarthritis knee pain? 4 pain-busting tips as the weather warms up
(BPT) - If you’re one of the millions of people who’s been diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis, pain can put a damper on your enjoyment of warm weather activities.“I was always an active person, going to the gym several times a week and working in my garden,” says Mary Ann J.... More >>


Enjoying retirement in a home suited for an active life
(BPT) - When it’s time to retire, do baby boomers just sit back and watch life pass them by? Not anymore. Boomers are known for getting involved in their communities, enjoying the outdoors and starting new - or restarting older - hobbies. They also love spending time with family.This active l... More >>


Healthy tips and advice for lowering your risk of heart disease
(BPT) - Every year in the United States, about 600,000 people die of heart disease – that’s one in every four deaths. Coronary heart disease (CHD), which can lead to heart attack, remains the most common type of heart disease amongst Americans – killing nearly 380,000 annually. Wh... More >>


How to recognize the signs of elder financial abuse
(BPT) - Financial abuse of the elderly is on the rise and not only is it getting worse, but for every reported case of elder financial exploitation, 43 others go unrecognized.The annual financial loss for victims of elder abuse was estimated at $2.9 billion in 2010, up 12 percent over 2008, accordi... More >>


Planning to ‘have the talk’ with senior parents this holiday season? How to begin
(BPT) - As your family gathers this holiday season to enjoy each other’s company, share a traditional meal and take in your favorite sports event or parade, will you also have more serious discussions about the safety and well-being of aging parents? If so, you’re not alone; more t... More >>


Taking responsibility for your health: Ask for yourself. Do it for your family
(BPT) - Every day you sit around the dinner table with your loved ones and ask about their lives−“How was your day? What’s new at work? Do you have any plans for this weekend?” But how often do you ask the truly important questions, like−“Are you taking care of y... More >>


Keep the holidays joyful by addressing hearing loss before the big celebration
(BPT) - The holiday season is meant to be celebrated with joy. It’s when families and friends gather together to reunite and celebrate the end of the year. You might have people cheering on the college football team in a bowl game, children running around and playing games, and conversations ... More >>


Wrinkle-busting skin care tips for boomer women
(BPT) - Time brings plenty of changes, yet the desire to have healthy, good-looking skin transcends age. While some skin-care tactics – sunscreen and moisturizing – apply to skin of any age, baby boomers need to update their skin care and makeup strategies to ensure their skin stays hea... More >>


Hospice teams make more moments of life possible
(BPT) - Many people agree that it’s the people they encounter throughout their lives that really make it worth living. But can the people you meet in your final months truly have that much of an impact?For many hospice patients, including Houston Hospice El Campo patient Bryan Caldwell, the a... More >>


How to avoid crowds in Rome
(BPT) - Rome has been a starring city on the world stage throughout history. Art is all around you in this cultural center where pieces by Bernini, Raphael, Caravaggio and Michelangelo are daily decor. The city surrounds you with masterpieces from throughout the ages, making it a highly coveted des... More >>


3 serious medical conditions associated with hearing loss
(BPT) - Think you might have hearing loss? It turns out procrastinating about that hearing test appointment may put more than just your hearing at risk. Primary care doctors now know hearing loss may be a symptom of another, more serious medical condition.Over the past decade, studies have linked h... More >>


Stay on top of your rheumatoid arthritis with these helpful tips
(BPT) - Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an incurable, progressive disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks a person’s joints, causing inflammation and damage. Approximately 1.3 million people have RA. This condition strikes about three times as many women as men and mos... More >>


Forever young: 5 ways treating hearing loss can revitalize your life
(BPT) - Listen up, boomers: Do you want to stay active? Vibrant? Socially engaged? Professionally successful? Most of us do.So maybe it's time to do something about your hearing.Chances are, if you're like many baby boomers, you've rocked your way through your fair share of concerts, night clubs, a... More >>


You don't always get what you pay for when buying eyeglasses online
(BPT) - With busy lives and tight budgets, Americans continuously try to find ways to save time and money, which is why online shopping has become so common. However, some purchases are better taken offline to help ensure a person’s health and safety, especially when it comes to your vision.P... More >>


Is vision loss inevitable with age? The answer may surprise you
(BPT) - Eighty-three percent of U.S. adults believe their eyesight will worsen as they age, no matter what preventive steps they take, according to a recent DSM Nutritional Products survey. While genetics and lifestyle factors do play a role for some serious eye conditions that cause vision loss su... More >>


Clearing up the facts about cataracts
(BPT) - Cataract is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. Approximately 24.5 million Americans have the lens-clouding eye condition, and the incidence is set to grow by 50 percent by 2050, according to the National Eye Institute. If not treated through a change in e... More >>


Which life insurance do you need at each stage of your life?
(BPT) - Many of life’s different stages offer challenges and rewards – whether you’re starting out on your own, raising a family, focusing on your career or preparing for a rewarding retirement. However, while each life stage is unique, making sure your loved ones are cared for fi... More >>


Therapy ‘test drive’ could lead to relief from common bladder and bowel control problems
(BPT) - More than 37 million adults in the United States suffer from overactive bladder, and nearly 18 million have bowel incontinence. Many of these people face a common dilemma: after months and sometimes years of disappointment with conservative treatments like oral medications, should they comm... More >>


Tame that ringing in your ears and rock on, boomers
(BPT) - Bob Dylan. The Rolling Stones. Led Zeppelin. Music helped define an entire generation of baby boomers. It expressed their fresh world view and energized them as they set the world in a new direction.But if you’re like many from this music-filled, life-embracing generation, then some o... More >>


Beyond sound: The link between hearing loss and cognitive health
(BPT) - Difficulty hearing may be more than just a quality-of-life issue. Growing evidence indicates that untreated hearing loss in older adults can lead to other health conditions, and one of the most concerning is cognitive decline.In fact, a Johns Hopkins Study found that cognitive diminishment ... More >>


Seniors willing to discuss driving abilities, yet conversations rarely happen
(BPT) - There are currently more than 23 million licensed drivers aged 70 and older, and with baby boomers beginning to reach 70 years of age, the number of seniors on the road will rise steadily over the next two decades.A new survey released by Liberty Mutual Insurance finds that the majority of ... More >>


How to build your nest egg and ensure it lasts throughout retirement
(BPT) - As you approach retirement, are you feeling good about your finances? Kudos to you if you feel comfortable with the amount you’ve saved. Now it’s time to start thinking about how you will manage your savings so it provides you with income throughout your retirement years.“... More >>


True beauty radiates from within: bone up on bone health
(BPT) - Reducing wrinkles, moisturizing, dyeing, plumping, nipping and tucking. When it comes to combating the outer signs of aging, women have been searching for the fountain of youth since the beginning of time. But with all the time spent focusing on aging on the outside, many women are overlook... More >>


Not your mother's menopause: new ways to manage symptoms
(BPT) - With an estimated 50+ million women projected to experience menopause this year, the health care topics of perimenopause and menopause are highly relevant - to the women experiencing symptoms, as well as their loved ones. Due to the record number of baby boomers hitting this mid-life m... More >>


The future of cancer treatment may lie in an experimental 'immunotherapy' vaccine
(BPT) - Diane Altenburg doesn’t mind a good challenge. An army wife for 28 years and mother to five children, she and her family moved 17 times, across states and continents as military roles changed. But even with all the travel, Altenburg never felt put out. She regarded it all as part of h... More >>


Summer do's and don'ts for hearing aid wearers
(BPT) - Summer is (finally) almost here. Many people look forward to this season because it gives them the opportunity to indulge in activities requiring warm, sunny days, like boating, swimming, hiking, and traveling.Wearing hearing aids shouldn’t keep you from enjoying yourself, but it is i... More >>


Most people underestimate their family's need for life insurance
(BPT) - If you have children and grandchildren, you have no doubt made it your goal to provide guidance, pass on your personal knowledge and build a foundation that ensures their comfort and security. You probably started by teaching your children early on how they could save money, shop wisely and... More >>


5 health tips to empower men to man up and take charge of their health
(BPT) - Men across the United States are afflicted with a variety of health issues that are often preventable. There are a few simple steps you can take to improve your well-being in the short-term and help you stay healthy in the long-term.First, remember Your Numbers Matter. Check in with your ur... More >>


Life on the cutting edge: Groundbreaking stem cell research into Lou Gehrig's disease
(BPT) - On July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig said goodbye to the crowd at Yankee Stadium: "Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth." The bad break he referred to was his career-ending diagnosis of amy... More >>


Choosing a Medicare plan? Ask yourself these questions
(BPT) - Each year during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period (Oct. 15-Dec. 7), Medicare beneficiaries have a chance to make changes to their health and prescription drug coverage. Yet according to a 2013 survey by UnitedHealthcare, more than 60 percent say they have never shopped around to find cov... More >>


6 tips for finding more affordable, better coverage during Medicare Annual Enrollment
(BPT) - Are you among the 54 million Americans currently receiving health insurance through Medicare? The Medicare annual enrollment period (AEP), running from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, means you have the opportunity to change plans, and possibly find cost savings or better coverage.Seniors and people wit... More >>


Hospice care: separating fact from fiction
(BPT) - In the living room, a grandfather laughs and plays video games with his granddaughters. Later, he joins the rest of his family to say grace before enjoying a meal together. Moments of life like these may seem ordinary to most; so you may be surprised to learn this grandfather, Robert Mihelb... More >>


Living each moment of life with hospice
(BPT) - Life is about living each moment to the fullest. A father’s wedding dance with his daughter, a veteran’s visit to the World War II Memorial and the opportunity to bring a newborn grandchild home ... these are only some of the moments made possible thanks to hospice care.Many peo... More >>


Does your bladder control your life? What you should know about your options
(BPT) - Do you feel like you spend your life in the bathroom?  Do your night-time potty runs keep you from getting a good night’s sleep? Nearly one in five adults struggles with an overactive bladder (OAB), according to the National Association for Continence (NAFC). The condition result... More >>


Four simple home remedies for joint pain
(BPT) - Soreness, stiffness, tenderness – joint pain can have a direct impact on quality of life. Fortunately, there are a number of proactive steps that incorporate all-natural solutions to help improve joint health and overall wellness.Joint pain is one of the most common health concerns. I... More >>


Don't make these common mistakes when something hurts
(BPT) - Managing pain can be tough, whether you’re one of the 100 million Americans with chronic pain, or only suffer from the occasional backache or headache. No matter what kind of pain you have, you want to make sure you’re managing it the best way possible.While many people can mana... More >>


Brown bagging potentially leads to $1 million retirement nest egg
(BPT) - Here’s a $1 million idea: making breakfast and lunch at home every day instead of dining out can potentially yield seven figures in retirement savings.A 25-year-old who eats breakfast at home and bags her lunch can save an extra $10 a day. Invested in a retirement account earning an 8... More >>


Award winning actress, S. Epatha Merkerson, urges people with type 2 diabetes to accept America's Diabetes Challenge
(BPT) - S. Epatha Merkerson is well-known for her award-winning roles on the stage and screen. But what you may not know is that she is one of the 29 million Americans living with diabetes.In 2003, after having her blood sugar tested at a health fair event and being advised to see her doctor, Merke... More >>


Easy ways to make senior living affordable
(BPT) - Kathy Hesselgrave’s 90-year-old mother’s health declined to the point where she was no longer able to live in her home by herself. Because her mother needed help cooking and taking her medication, Hesselgrave found herself taking care of her mom, splitting the days and nights wi... More >>


7 sight-saving habits for older adults to help maintain independence
  (BPT) - One in six Americans over age 65 has a visual impairment that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. This is often caused by common eye conditions and diseases. Among older Americans, visual impairment is one of the most significant contributors to loss of independe... More >>


Combat signs of aging with simple beauty-routine updates
(BPT) - You’re probably aware that consuming too much sugar can lead to weight gain, and that sugar is linked to a range of health problems, including diabetes. But did you know that sugar also can make you look old? Or that dehydration can damage your skin? Some surprising factors affect you... More >>


Planning for your 20-year vacation
(BPT) - Are you ready to be on vacation for 20 or 30 years?That’s what planning for retirement compares to for many people as life spans have increased dramatically over the past few decades. A male who celebrates his 65th birthday today can expect to live until age 84 on average, according t... More >>



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