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Science-based suggestions for self-confidence
(BPT) - A recent study shows your perception of your own image has a profound effect on how you present yourself to the rest of the world.Those findings could be empowering since even small changes to your self-care routine can significantly boost your self-confidence.The study by researchers at th... More >>


The hidden benefits of winter road maintenance
(BPT) - More than 70 percent of the U.S. population lives in areas affected by snow and ice. Each winter the average driver in these areas will see more than 5 inches of snow on the roads. And when the snow is falling, there are few things more comforting than the sight of snowplows and salt trucks... More >>


Drivers' re-education on flat-tire fixing
(BPT) - The hardships of navigating winter roads aren't made any easier when facing a flat tire. In fact, for many Americans, fixing a flat remains a mystery. According to a survey from AAA, nearly 20 percent of U.S. drivers don't know how to change a flat tire. This is compounded by research sayin... More >>


Houston-area resident reestablishes running career after total knee replacement surgery
(BPT) - In 2009 Tomball resident Carrie Rand started running and hiking to stay active, and it wasn't long before she found herself competing in 5Ks, 10Ks and half-marathons around Houston. Unfortunately, the wear-and-tear on her right knee eventually led to a meniscus tear, subsequent surgical rep... More >>


8 things everyone should know about their hearing [Infographic]
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Winter storm power outages on the rise - 3 ways to prepare
(BPT) - Winter storms can wreak havoc on roads, homes and personal lives. However, facing hours of cleaning up fallen tree limbs, shoveling snow or being cooped up inside with antsy kids might be the least of your worries. Experts predict more frequent and severe storms could lead to lengthy power ... More >>


Tobacco Nation: The Deadly State of Smoking Disparity in the United States [Infographic]
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Being a Woman Newly Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis: Better Communication is Needed with Healthcare Team to Address Concerns [Infographic]
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The most wonderful (and stressful) time of year. Could you be suffering from seasonal anxiety? Find out how to cope.
(BPT) - Hot cocoa by a crackling fire. The sounds of family and friends' laughter heard throughout the house. Your favorite holiday movies on the television. This is the idyllic holiday scene. But what's the reality? Statistics show us that the holiday season, portrayed as the most wonderful time o... More >>


Say goodbye to winter blues with vitamin D-rich foods
(BPT) - Winter got you down? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is estimated to affect 10 million Americans, according to Psychology Today. Another 10 percent to 20 percent may have mild SAD.Even if you don't have diagnosed SAD, it's not uncommon to have bouts of the winter blues. There are many rea... More >>


How does Prostate Cancer Affect Your Bones?
(BPT) - This article is sponsored advertising content from Amgen, Inc.Throughout November men everywhere were challenged to grow a moustache to raise awareness of men's health issues in an annual campaign known as 'Movember.' One of the health issues spotlighted during Movember was prostate cancer,... More >>


The 6 carry-on items you never knew you needed
(BPT) - While there's no place like home for the holidays, a long, crowded flight is one of those unpleasant things many of us need to endure to get there. With long lines at security, bustling terminals and stressed passengers, it's no wonder that 92 percent of survey respondents agreed the experi... More >>


Living with osteoarthritis of the knee: Tips for managing function and leading an active life
(BPT) - Ken Meritt, 71, knew he had a serious problem with his right knee when the pain made it difficult for him to engage in even moderate activity. There was a constant, nagging ache when he walked, climbed stairs, got up from a sitting position or even rose from bed at night. A jogger, Meritt w... More >>


3 simple tips to get delicious, balanced weeknight meals on the table
(BPT) - Weekday schedules get crazy, which is why the first casualty of all that chaos is the family dinner.While most families say eating together is a high priority, day-to-day reality is different. According to a 2013 poll by NPR and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, only half of children in t... More >>


Senior guest? How to prepare your home for older visitors
(BPT) - Whether it's for a special occasion or just because, hosting an older adult in your home can be a wonderful experience with lots of memory-making potential. However, for a safe and successful visit, you may want to make a few adjustments to your home before they arrive to make it more senio... More >>


Weed 101: How and why patients use medical marijuana [Infographic]
(BPT) - Medical marijuana has numerous mental and physical effects, but what are they, and what types of patients choose weed as a medicinal therapy? Read on to learn more.... More >>


5 Must-know Investing and Retirement Tips
(BPT) - Parents and grandparents typically pass down many things to the next generation - jewelry, furniture and other family heirlooms. But what if the best thing that the preceding generation passed along was their financial wisdom? Through years of investing and saving for retirement, Baby Boome... More >>


If I could create my own cough medicine today... [Infographic]
(BPT) - As a mom's first line of defense for a cough due to cold, Vicks(R) VapoRub(TM) provides cough relief for children, ages two years and up, so they can get the sleep they need to feel better again.... More >>


Overcoming Self-doubt while Living with a Chronic Illness
(BPT) - Many people impacted by rheumatoid arthritis experience feelings of self-doubt - but a head-on approach can lead to self-love.The mind is directly interconnected with your physical body, and while this stands true for everybody, it is something people living with a chronic illness are remin... More >>


Boomers: 10 reasons to go nuts
(BPT) - For the roughly 75 million Americans who make up the baby boom generation, a healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons against age-related diseases.'It's vital at any age to adopt good habits to live a strong, fit and healthy life,' says Dr. Mike Roussell, a nationally recognized nutr... More >>


Do you have the power to help save a life? [Video]
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The Organic Label is the Gold Standard [Infographic]
(BPT) - A new USDA study affirms that the organic label is the most comprehensive, most transparent and most tightly regulated food certification in the world, and points to the flaws in single label claims causing consumer confusion. With the proliferation of label claims over the past three decad... More >>


Black hole, begone: 5 tips for curating your treasured photos
(BPT) - Are you one of those dedicated people who snap great photos at every meaningful moment of your life? And do most of those shots end up in virtual memory, filed away in a sea of unsorted images?If so, you're far from alone. Analysts say a whopping 1.2 trillion photos will be taken across the... More >>


4 things no one tells you about preparing for baby
(BPT) - It's only a matter of time now. Your little bundle of joy is on its way, and for the first time you are about to be a parent. Think you're ready? Many people do and then the reality of parenthood strikes them. Remember your friends who said being a parent is nothing like they expected? They... More >>


5 strategies for protecting your valuables
(BPT) - Home is your sanctuary, your castle, the place where you feel the most secure and protected. It is natural to feel this way. So, it is not surprising that you store your prized possessions and valuables at home as well. But is that the best choice for all your valuables?The recent wildfires... More >>


Humans' intimacy with technology: Are we all becoming cyborgs?
(BPT) - Do you think you could live without your mobile phone? What about the navigation and backup camera in your car? Could you drive as well without them? Could you get by without your smartwatch reminding you how often to get up from your desk to keep healthy or weather conditions for the day s... More >>


8 tips to prep your home for extreme winter weather
(BPT) - As winter approaches, many cities in the U.S. have already started to experience the winter chill with temperatures below freezing and snow fall. But cold weather isn't exclusively a northern phenomenon as the majority of the country experiences extreme temperatures at some point during the... More >>


Brain drained? These habits can help maintain a healthy brain
(BPT) - Everyone has those days. You're operating in a fog, or perhaps you spaced out on a family member's name in the middle of dinner, or maybe you just find it hard to concentrate on work or hobbies. When these unwanted situations begin to come up more often, you may start to worry. Aging has lo... More >>


7 ways to tackle brain fog [Infographic]
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Need a vacation where it's warm? How about a quick weekend escape to this sunny coastal getaway?
(BPT) - Step outside. Is it cold, windy and gray? Snowy even? Yep, those are sure signs winter is upon us. The bright leaves of autumn have faded, the pumpkin-flavored beverages are starting to wane, and the kids already are developing a serious case of cabin fever. But there's a remedy for all thi... More >>


5 ways to jump-start your heart health
(BPT) - If you're looking to improve your heart health, each day is all about making a choice that moves you in the right direction. You'd rather stay in with a big bowl of ice cream. But maybe today, you could click off the TV set and take a walk with a friend.It's easy to see why heart health is ... More >>


You're Not Alone if You Experience Bladder Leakage [Infographic]
(BPT) - This time of year represents the start of the holiday season, and it's also a time to reflect on all the work and attention that goes into providing care for yourself and others. The busyness of the holiday season can have a physical impact on your health. Many Americans don't realize bladd... More >>


5 tips to get in front of the pet hair in your home
(BPT) - From their loyal ways to their silly antics, pets bring so much joy to homes. While you wouldn't trade any of the cuddles and welcome-home slobbers, one thing most pet owners don't find quite as lovable is all the pet hair!When you live with a furry friend, it's inevitable that there will b... More >>


A culture of care helps health care professionals thrive
Is your workplace a nurturing professional environment, or does competition and rank often override camaraderie and support?(BPT) - In order for nurses and other health care staff to do their jobs as best as possible, a culture of care can make a big difference. This means creating a workplace that... More >>


Dodging your annual eye exam? These 5 facts could ease your mind
(BPT) - If you've been procrastinating in setting up an eye exam, you're far from alone.Even though good eyesight is essential to our health and well-being, some 87 percent of Americans dealing with vision issues still put off such appointments, says a 2016 study. And that's true even if their symp... More >>


Top 4 nutrition predictions in the New Year
(BPT) - Several food and nutrition trends were in the spotlight this year, including the continued rise of plant-based diets, non-dairy ice creams and superfoods that are blasts from the past - legumes, apples and cabbage. It can be easy to experience nutrition whiplash in the New Year, but don't b... More >>


Advanced hearing technology stands up to wintry conditions
(BPT) - Who wants to change a dead battery in the middle of winter? The idea leaves most people with the chills. Now imagine that battery the size of one that fits into a hearing aid.Winter is the season of cold weather, the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and other conditions that pose a threat... More >>


Infuse life into the bath for a spa-like oasis
(BPT) - Today, more than ever, homeowners gravitate toward design elements that transform the bath into a spa-like oasis. Designers look to incorporate pieces inspired by the natural world to bring renewed energy into the room and create a soothing environment. From fixtures inspired by booming wat... More >>


From cancer nurse to cancer patient: One woman's story
(BPT) - Throughout her career, Lindsay Norris had a close connection with cancer, helping others battle the disease. Then one day, it became even more personal.The 33­-year-­old oncology nurse still remembers the moment she heard the news of her own diagnosis - Stage 3 colorectal ca... More >>


Chronic Migraine: More than just a headache [Video]
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Understanding Spasticity After Stroke
(BPT) - In the United States, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds.[i] Though stroke death rates have declined in recent decades, it is a leading cause of serious long-term disability,[ii] taking a toll on both survivors and their caregivers. It's important to understand the many ways strokes can ... More >>


Navigating incurable breast cancer at 28 years old
(BPT) - A few weeks after graduating with her master's degree, Kaye felt a lump near her armpit. When it didn't go away after a few weeks, she went to her doctor. A biopsy confirmed it was cancer.Kaye, a 31-year-old woman living in Orange County, California, was 28 years old when she was diagnosed ... More >>


5 simple ways to survive the holiday season
(BPT) - For most of us, the holidays are the busiest time of year. From finding the best deals to stuffing stockings, it's easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle and forget the spirit of the season. Instead of enjoying valuable time with family and friends, the holidays are often defined by a ne... More >>


Busting Acid Reflux Myths
(BPT) - Gastroesophageal reflux is a condition that can cause heartburn symptoms. Heartburn is described as a burning sensation felt in the center of the chest, and occurs when acid from the stomach is forced back up into the esophagus. Symptoms of heartburn can last for several hours and often bec... More >>


5 tips for staying healthy this holiday season
(BPT) - As the holiday season approaches, it is as important as ever to stay healthy.With holiday parties and family gatherings, illnesses like the flu can spread easily - and you don't want to miss out on the festivities.As the largest provider of influenza vaccine to the U.S., Sanofi Pasteur enco... More >>


New Brilliant Distinctions Program is more rewarding than ever! [Infographic]
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6 fast fixes for a fresh, cozy home
(BPT) - As temperatures drop, you and your family will be spending more time living indoors - working, playing, relaxing and staying warm. More time indoors means it's more important to keep your home fresh by staying ahead of the continual buildup of dirt, dust and allergens. Plus, taking a few si... More >>


You should be tested for HIV at least once in your lifetime
(BPT) - World AIDS Day, observed annually on Dec. 1, is a day for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. AIDS, or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, can occur in the later st... More >>


Entertaining tips: Worry-free ways to clean before your guests arrive
(BPT) - For many of us, this is the best time of the year to spend with friends, family and lots of food. The weather has turned colder, the clocks have shifted back and we're ready to invite guests over to eat, laugh and make new memories for the new year.Let's face it, because you spend more time... More >>


The Birth Control Pill [Infographic]
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4 great gifts for your green-living friend
(BPT) - Here's a stat for you: More than 145 million Americans report being alarmed or concerned about climate change, according to the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.Yes, over 145 million. That's more than a third of the nation's total population. Are you one of them? Whether yo... More >>


Being human takes guts: Make sure yours are up for it at every stage of life [Infographic]
(BPT) - Being human means juggling a hectic life at every age - and that takes guts. Beyond digestive support, research shows a healthy gut can positively impact one's overall health and well-being. Here are ways a daily probiotic like Renew Life can support a healthy gut and help power the potenti... More >>


Life After Lung Cancer: How One Survivor is Fighting for Others
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The first rule of the road: Focus on driving
(BPT) - Have you noticed that traffic seems to be worse lately? There's a good reason for that - there are more vehicles on the road than at any time in recent history. Unemployment is low and gas is affordable, which means more people are driving more miles. And more drivers means an increased ris... More >>


Championing Prostate Cancer Awareness for Our Country's Bravest
(BPT) - The men and women of our armed forces are some of the world's greatest warriors. They are the best equipped to overcome any obstacle. Yet one disease continues to strike American male veterans at an alarming rate, many of whom are in their later years and risk facing a new enemy. That enemy... More >>


This Holiday Season Talk to Your Doctor about Meningitis Vaccination
(BPT) - Jamie Schanbaum was in her first semester at the University of Texas when one night in early November 2008, she started not feeling well. She was cold, vomiting and tired.She thought she had the flu. She didn't.'I was in a lot of pain, shivering down to my bones, and my hands and feet hurt ... More >>


Squash the pests, not your holiday spirit, with these pest-prevention tips
(BPT) - The holiday season and guests go together like twinkling lights and fir trees, or peppermint and chocolate. However, while you might be eager to welcome family and friends to your home, you'll probably be less excited to receive a visit from another all-too-common type of holiday 'guest' - ... More >>


6 hot spots in your house where critters and creepy-crawlies would love to spend the winter
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Go from vacation deprivation to vacation inspiration
(BPT) - Pop quiz: When was the last time you took a vacation? A real vacation, not one of those staycations where you stuck around town to finish a project at your home? Do you even remember your last vacation? If you don't, then you are officially vacation deprived.And you're not alone.Research fr... More >>


Is It a cold or the flu? When to seek care
(BPT) - Your nose is running. You are coughing and tired. Are you sure it's just a cold? You could have influenza, commonly referred to as 'the flu.' Although common, the flu can be serious and even lead to hospitalization or death. Knowing the difference between a cold and the flu is very importan... More >>


America's stocking stuffer traditions: Revealed [Infographic]
(BPT) - Even when it comes down to last-minute shopping, the yearly trip to purchase stocking stuffers is not achieved without strategy. A recent survey by Arm & Hammer Spinbrush uncovers Americans' habits when it comes to this holiday tradition.... More >>


Buying life insurance can be complicated. But it doesn't need to be
(BPT) - Getting insurance can be famously complex and time-consuming. Whether it's life, health, automobile or home, it takes time to understand what coverage you need and how to get it. As a result, it's easy to put off items that don't feel truly urgent until it's too late.Buying life insurance a... More >>


Medicare open enrollment - get free help [Infographic]
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A cup of tea can be the best solution for everyday wellness
(BPT) - Before medicine and pharmaceuticals filled our remedy box, food and food ingredients were considered healing agents. Hippocrates was wise in his understanding of the special powers of food, beyond satisfying our appetites: 'Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.'There are many c... More >>


Congress may improve access to integrated care for dialysis patients
(BPT) - More than 700,000 people in the U.S. suffer from end-stage renal disease (ESRD), also known as kidney failure. These patients often cope with multiple chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and depression. They may also have financial difficulties, which limit their ability to ac... More >>


Navy Veteran Thankful To Be Charting a Course to Asthma Relief
(BPT) - Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for friends, family and good health in your life. If you are one of 25 million Americans affected by asthma1, you might not be feeling so grateful if you're unable to find relief from your symptoms. However, for some, knowing they aren't suffering alone... More >>


A Rare and Life-Threatening Disease with Common Symptoms: Highlighting Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (CTEPH)
(BPT) - Determination. Strength. Resilience. These are just a few qualities that may characterize people around the world living with pulmonary hypertension (PH), a sometimes debilitating disease of the lungs.[1] But a particularly rare form of the disease, called chronic thromboembolic pulmonary h... More >>


Is healthy-ish good enough for your eyesight? [Infographic]
(BPT) - New study reveals a need for greater awareness about eye care and light done right as part of an overall personal wellness plan. ... More >>


Eating Well During the Holiday Season
(BPT) - Everyone has their holiday favorites. From turkey and stuffing to eggnog and apple pie, these comfort foods signal time with family and friends as another busy year comes to a close. But for people living with type 2 diabetes, celebrating holiday traditions while trying to eat healthy can b... More >>


Think you're not at risk for heart disease? Think again. [Infographic]
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7 smart ways to keep health goals progressing all winter long
(BPT) - Summer seems to inspire people to work on their health and fitness goals, yet progress toward wellness objectives doesn't have to pause when the weather turns cooler. Registered dietitian Amy Gorin and lifestyle expert Chassie Post offer some tips for staying on track with health goals thro... More >>


6 ways #adulting during the holidays takes guts
(BPT) - The holiday season is full of wonder and merriment, but in between the hustle and bustle, there are challenging moments that hit at the essence of what it means 'to adult.' You can either say bah-humbug or build up the guts to conquer these holiday responsibilities … literally an... More >>


Caring for a Loved One with Liver Cancer [Infographic]
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Actress Bellamy Young shares her Chronic Dry Eye story and tips for starting the conversation with your eye doctor
(BPT) - Between the bright lights and dusty film sets, actress Bellamy Young found herself switching contact brands and going through a bottle of artificial tears a month to try to help her dry eyes. After years of dealing with symptoms and assuming it wasn't a serious issue, she was recently diagn... More >>


Planning A Total Knee Replacement? Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Pain Management
(BPT) - A Total Knee Replacement (TKR) is one of the most commonly performed orthopedic procedures. In fact, the number of TKRs performed annually in the United States is expected to grow exponentially to 1.5 million additional procedures by 2030.1If you are currently talking to your doctor about a... More >>


Homeowners liable for snow and ice control
(BPT) - Whenever it snows, it is common to see shopping center employees and business owners out and about clearing pathways, parking spaces and entrances of snow and ice. But this isn't just good business to help customers get in the door, it is also a liability issue should someone slip, fall and... More >>


Liver cancer is on the rise: Get the facts [Infographic]
(BPT) - Liver cancer may be talked about less than other cancer types, but it claims the lives of nearly 29,000 Americans per year. In 2017, it is estimated that the number of diagnosed cases of liver cancer in the U.S. will rise to nearly 40,000. That is why monitoring everyday lifestyle choices s... More >>


Invisible hearing aids make myths of wearing one disappear
(BPT) - While 48 million Americans have significant hearing loss, many of them do not wear a hearing aid. In fact, according to the Hearing Loss Association of America, 80 percent of people who would benefit from wearing a hearing aid do not wear one.Looking older, doesn't fit lifestyle and too muc... More >>


Behind the Fuss for Real Grass Playing Fields
(BPT) - Whether attending a child's scrimmage, the hottest college bowl game of the week or a professional playoff, the vibrant expanse of a football field offers more than a colorful canvas for the action. Often an afterthought for spectators, the choice of playing surface - natural vs. artificial... More >>


5 questions about applying for disability benefits
(BPT) - Age and chronic illness can take a toll. A June 2017 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that the most costly health conditions in the U.S. include: heart disease, cancer, arthritis, stroke and type 2 diabetes. An estimated 117 million people have one or more chron... More >>


Where in the world are you safe from BPA? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Are alarming media reports about bisphenol A (BPA) true, or are we safe from BPA exposure? A recent peer-reviewed study in the scientific journal Environmental Pollution gathered data from prior research on human exposure to BPA and answers this question.... More >>


Control your diabetes while controlling costs
(BPT) - Controlling the 'ABCs of diabetes,' namely A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, is difficult enough, but when you add that second C - costly medications - it's easy to see how one's levels can spiral out of control very quickly.According to the American Diabetes Association, for the ... More >>


A World without Elevators and Escalators [Infographic]
(BPT) - In today's increasingly populated cities, space is at a premium. City dimensions define the areas we live, work and play, but what if a building's height was confined by how many stairs its occupants could walk? If cities had to grow out, rather than up, how would that affect the landscapes... More >>


Personalized treatment approaches can help patients with lung cancer breathe easier
(BPT) - Seventy-four year old Sandy Sargent of Seattle was an avid hiker who had always found it hard to sit still, so she never expected her nagging cough would turn out to be anything beyond a seasonal cold. When an X-ray confirmed a stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis and her doctor estimated she had ... More >>


Hispanic health: Addressing 4 myths about Type 2 diabetes
(BPT) - Chances are you know someone with type 2 diabetes (T2D) - whether it be a parent, cousin, neighbor or a co-worker. Yet, did you know that diabetes disproportionately affects the Hispanic community in the United States? In fact, nearly 16.9 percent of Hispanic-American adults in the U.S. are... More >>


Cyclists complete 3,400-mile cross-country ride to raise awareness of multiple myeloma and accelerate cancer research
(BPT) - A team of cyclists personally impacted by multiple myeloma has crossed the finish line of a 3,400-mile cross-country journey to raise awareness and critical funds for cancer research. The Road to Victories cycling event from the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is sponsored by Ja... More >>


Don't let asthma ruin the holidays
(BPT) - With colder months arriving, there are a few things on everybody's minds: festive treats, gift shopping and of course, time spent with family and friends. As many people look forward to the holiday season, asthma sufferers need to be aware and prepared for all the triggers this time of the ... More >>


Moms-to-be: Forget pickles and reach for pistachios
(BPT) - Results of a new study among pregnant women with impaired glucose intolerance during gestation (GIGT) or gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) - commonly known as gestational diabetes - show that eating pistachios may help manage blood sugar levels. The study is the first to evaluate the gluc... More >>


It takes two: Battling a devastating lung disease
(BPT) - (BPT) - Theta Rone and her husband James have been together, side-by-side, through it all - from the grade school classroom to the birth of their two children. They're the perfect example of 'it takes two' even when the going gets tough.In 2014, the couple was just settling down to enjoy th... More >>


Veterans fought for freedom; struggle with lung health
(BPT) - After serving their country, many veterans face long-term health challenges but sometimes symptoms may not appear for decades and aren't quickly recognized, aggravating their condition. The lung disease chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an example that's disproportionately aff... More >>


4 tips for keeping the "happy" in your holidays
(BPT) - The holidays are upon us, and this time of year can feel like a whirlwind. While the extra time with friends and family and the seemingly endless festivities are often fun and exciting, they also come with their fair share of stress. Taking a few simple steps to manage your stress will help... More >>


Brain cancer patient leans on circle of friends for support
(BPT) - Laura Rowley has always been a social person.'Part of it is that I like people so much and I like having good relationships,' said the 53-year-old Seattle resident.Her affinity for building relationships became apparent when she was diagnosed with glioblastoma (GBM), the most common and agg... More >>


Home cleaning routines for allergy relief
(BPT) - Many people turn to nasal sprays and antihistamines to combat seasonal nasal allergies or hay fever, but keeping the home clean to combat allergens, pollen and dust mite debris is just as important in the fight against allergies.Vacuum often, and with the right filters and bagsOne key to mi... More >>


Try this protein-packed substitute to make lunchtime more nutritious
(BPT) - Cottage cheese is having a moment.Nutritionists and health-minded individuals have discovered that the dairy case staple can actually unlock a lot of mealtime solutions, especially when it comes to remaking recipes with a creamy base, such as tuna salad and veggie dip.Simply swap the mayonn... More >>


5 tips for sharing your personal multiple sclerosis story
(BPT) - The tradition of storytelling - the social and cultural activity of sharing stories - extends as far back into human history as the ancient Greeks, and is valued across all cultures and communities. While the ancient Greeks wrote to express and alleviate the concerns of wars, plagues and fa... More >>


Simple ways to follow a low-glycemic eating plan for better health
(BPT) - Adopting a diet that mainly consists of foods ranking low on the Glycemic Index (GI) can help you have a consistent energy level, feel calmer, improve cholesterol levels and lose weight. So, why aren't more people following a low-glycemic diet and reaping these health advantages?Some say a ... More >>


Bacterial Vaginosis: One in Three U.S. Women Have Been Affected by This Vaginal Infection That Can Have Serious Health Risks If Left Untreated
(BPT) - Over the course of their lives, many women experience symptoms of a vaginal infection, which can often be uncomfortable and confusing. What they may not know is that what they're experiencing could be symptoms of bacterial vaginosis (BV) - one of the most prevalent gynecologic infections in... More >>


The opioid overdose epidemic: The time to act is now
(BPT) - The opioid epidemic is on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose -- that includes prescription drugs and heroin --and more than 6,000 children (0-5 years of age) experience unintentional opioid exposure each ... More >>


Depressed? Drug-free treatments can make life enjoyable again
(BPT) - The cloud of depression darkens many lives, affecting 300 million people around the world, according to the World Health Organization.While antidepressant medication works for some depression sufferers, research is increasingly revealing what those suffering from depression have said for ye... More >>


6 healthy reasons to enjoy a slice of sweet cherry pie this holiday season
(BPT) - The holidays are just around the corner, and for most of us that means time to indulge in some favorite treats. Fortunately, healthy doesn't have to mean less delicious! If you're looking for a good-for-you holiday dessert that can please even the most critical sweet tooth, a naturally swee... More >>


How Bluetooth hearing aids are transforming the way we live
(BPT) - Bluetooth technology is steadily expanding the role of modern hearing aids from tiny marvels that make use of artificial intelligence to process sound into true, state-of-the-art multimedia hubs now capable of two-way communication.The primary goal of hearing aids has always been to improve... More >>


Tips for helping reduce the burden of Alzheimer's caregiving
(BPT) - Caring for someone with Alzheimer's or other dementias is exceptionally demanding, and especially challenging. The caregiving needs of people living with Alzheimer's are not only often more extensive, but are often needed over many years - even decades.A recent survey by the Alzheimer's Ass... More >>


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(BPT) - 'Tis the season for sweet and savory treats. The holidays bring loads of goodies, but the problem is these temptations can put a big strain on your nutrition goals.If you're whipping up some tasty holiday dishes this season, you don't have to choose between your health and favorite indulgen... More >>


America's Diabetes Challenge applauds type 2 diabetes community for tackling top challenges
(BPT) - More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, and most (90-95 percent) have type 2 diabetes. Whether you live with type 2 diabetes or know someone who does, it can bring many challenges along the way. Last year, America's Diabetes Challenge, a program from Merck and the American Diabetes As... More >>


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What's the deal with teen driving crashes?
(BPT) - It's no surprise that teen drivers get into more traffic collisions than their older counterparts, but why? Some reasons include less driving experience, a higher willingness to take risks and passenger distraction. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that mor... More >>


3 steps to a healthier, happier home
(BPT) - Today, people are more focused on health and wellness than ever before. You know this because you are constantly flooded with advice on what to eat, how (and how much) to exercise, and what to ask your doctors.All of these things are important but what about the vital role the home plays in... More >>


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(BPT) - Breathing isn't something Orlando, FL, resident John Coffey takes for granted. Five years ago, the software company owner could barely make it through a conference call without a coughing episode or feeling winded. Days he used to spend with his daughter at the local theme parks became few ... More >>


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(BPT) - You hear about it on the news. You see the signs in the pharmacy windows. Even your friends and co-workers are talking about it. The flu shot is a highly discussed topic, and for good reason!According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average, 5 to 20 percent of th... More >>


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(BPT) - The date is circled in red: the day of the big feast. This year, everyone's coming over to your house for the big event. But just the thought of getting ready raises your pulse and sends a surge of stress through your system.This time, bring a new mindset to your holiday gathering. You're p... More >>


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Embrace life's simple pleasures - like home-cooked meals
(BPT) - As temperatures continue to drop, it's time to embrace all the simple and cozy pleasures the season offers: gatherings with friends, fuzzy socks, hanging strings of lights to bring ambiance to those early evenings.Of course, the season can also bring on some serious cravings for warm and co... More >>


A New Kind of Life Insurance for Those Living with Diabetes
(BPT) - For people living with diabetes, the condition is a part of their everyday life and one that impacts many of their decisions, from balancing what they eat to taking care of their health. One area that might not be top of mind for people living with diabetes is life insurance. That's because... More >>


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Survey Findings Highlight That Most Survivors Don't Realize Another Stroke Can be Prevented
(BPT) - Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and also a leading cause of disability in the United States. Approximately 800,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke every year[i] with nearly 1 in 4 being recurrent strokes.[ii] World Stroke Day is observed on October 29th to raise awareness of str... More >>


A message for parents: School eye screenings don't replace a comprehensive eye exam
(BPT) - With the academic year in full swing, many schools across the country are administering vision screenings to students. Parents mistakenly breathe a sigh of relief upon hearing that their children 'passed' the screening. What parents don't know are the significant limitations of school-based... More >>


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(BPT) - Think of the holiday season and answer this question: The holidays are the only time of year I do … what?Maybe it's the only time of year you set up a Christmas tree, hang mistletoe or travel to a certain destination. For many, the holidays are also the only time of year that you... More >>


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(BPT) - As the summer sun begins to set and the air becomes cooler, many find themselves beginning to fall in love with the green leaves transitioning to warm reds, yellows and oranges. However, if you are one of the 25 million people in the United States affected by asthma1, harvest time usually c... More >>


Holiday havoc? Consider it handled
(BPT) - The holiday season is full of magic and wonder — until your flight gets cancelled, your budget is blown and you fall ill at the worst possible time. Fortunately, staying merry despite common holiday conundrums is easier than you think with the right attitude and a few simple steps.Here are ... More >>


The annual ritual of open enrollment [Infographic]
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One Breath at a Time: The Burden of Living with a Rare Respiratory Disease
(BPT) - People suffering from rare diseases can often have challenges coping with their illnesses. For those affected by a chronic respiratory disease known as Non-Cystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis (NCFB), repeated infections and flare ups can make disease management a challenge. NCFB is characterized... More >>


The Reality of Bone Health and Why You Should Take Steps Now [Infographic]
(BPT) - A recent national survey revealed Americans' perception of bone health and what they know about taking preventative measures against osteoporosis. In recognition of World Osteoporosis Day on October 20, Sunsweet Growers wants to share the importance of bone health and what steps you should ... More >>


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(BPT) - Many people are surprised to find out that Original Medicare doesn’t cover prescription drugs. For help with the cost of your medications, you can choose a standalone Part D plan or a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription coverage, but navigating your options can be complicated.With Med... More >>


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(BPT) - It is important to remember the health of our most complex organ: our brain. While the brain constantly changes throughout our lives, it's critical that we take steps to help us stay on top of our game as we age.Help give your brain a boost in the right direction by implementing these 10 br... More >>


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(BPT) - Seasonal allergens are a popular scapegoat for a multitude of reactions: sniffling, sneezing and itchy eyes. During the summer months, pollen - one of the most common allergens - is floating around, even visibly so in some places. Researchers approximate that some 50 million in the U.S. alo... More >>


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(BPT) - If you're a woman who feels like you're constantly fighting fatigue, there could be a physical reason for that sluggishness.In the US, 1 in 10 women, between 12 and 49 years old, are dealing with the results of low iron, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and that can easily lead... More >>


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(BPT) - As many Americans know, fall is the season when we must select our health benefits for the upcoming year. Choosing a health plan can be a daunting task, but selecting the right coverage protects you and your family’s general health needs and can prepare you for an unexpected medical crisis.... More >>


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(BPT) - We’ve all heard the saying “knowledge is power.” When it comes to good health, most people recognize the important role nutrition plays in a healthy lifestyle. However, according to a recent study by the Global Nutrition and Health Alliance (GNHA), despite efforts to eat a balanced diet, 98... More >>


Healthy eating at holiday parties? It's possible
(BPT) - The holidays bring a lot of temptations from every direction if dieting or watching your weight. Holiday parties and get-togethers can be a healthful-eating challenge. Caught up in conversation among friends and family, surrounded by tasty food and drinks, it's easy to lose track of what an... More >>


Running with Purpose: Athlete Hits Her Stride, Despite a Surprising Asthma Diagnosis
(BPT) - With temperatures becoming more comfortable, there's a good chance Brooke Curran is logging miles on a run through her hometown of Alexandria, Virginia. Though her training often requires her to run dozens of miles each time she laces up, Curran wasn't always a serious runner. In her mid-tw... More >>


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(BPT) - Ever since her 20s, Kittie Weston-Knauer had experienced osteoarthritis (OA) pain in her hips and knees, but it never stopped her from staying active. In her 40s, she even picked up a new, exciting hobby: BMX, or bicycle motocross racing. Gradually though, despite her active lifestyle, the ... More >>


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(BPT) - The alarm beeps as you gaze out the window at the soft sunlight welcoming the day. You roll out of bed and your stomach grumbles. You stumble to the kitchen to see how you can tame the hunger pangs, ultimately reaching for a doughnut or prepackaged breakfast bar.While this may satisfy momen... More >>


Find Medicare Confusing? Start Here
(BPT) - Navigating Medicare can be challenging. In fact, according to a 2017 UnitedHealthcare survey, nearly 40 percent of Medicare beneficiaries find the program confusing. Learning the basics can help you cut through the confusion and make an informed decision about which coverage option may be t... More >>


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(BPT) - There are some myths about major depressive disorder (MDD, depression) that may make it difficult for people experiencing symptoms to reach out for help. It's time to learn the facts.MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT DEPRESSION:MYTH: Depression only affects mood.FACT: Many people think of depression as... More >>


Hair-raising facts about BPA [Infographic]
(BPT) - Now that fall is underway and you’re already growing tired of all the pumpkin-flavored treats, Halloween must not be too far away. That means it’s time to head to the store to pick up the trendiest Halloween decor to guarantee a shocked response from trick-or-treaters. But before you do, ha... More >>


Don't let the flu bug you this year
(BPT) - Flu season is upon us, and many healthcare facilities are urging you to start preparing now with vaccines. Ironically, one of the places where you need to be careful is at the doctor’s office or healthcare clinic.The number of people in and out of clinics this time of year increases the cha... More >>


Are You One of the 4 Million People at Risk for Leaky Heart Valves?
(BPT) - Did you know nearly one in 10 people aged 75 or older[i] suffers from a leaky mitral valve, or mitral regurgitation? And most don't know it, attributing symptoms of fatigue or shortness of breath to just old age.In 2009, Kato Pomer was an active 92-year-old woman, still practicing child psy... More >>


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(BPT) - For legendary TV personality and Emmy-award winner Regis Philbin, everything changed on a seemingly ordinary day back in 1992. While in Miami shooting a television commercial, the popular host - who usually plowed forward with his various commitments as though nothing could stop him - exper... More >>


Sharing the road: Safety gear makes cycling safer, but can promote a false sense of security
(BPT) - As more people are taking to two wheels for commuting and overall fitness, cycling accidents and injuries are on the rise. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2015, 818 cyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the U.S., an increase fro... More >>


Charitable help provides access to life-saving care
(BPT) - Elaine could be described as a woman with great determination and patience. She experienced kidney failure seven years ago and faced the reality of life with a chronic illness. She began receiving dialysis, a four-hour treatment three times a week, and anxiously awaited news of a kidney mat... More >>


Open talk about open enrollment
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Get salty to fight stress
(BPT) - Stress. No one wants it, but we all experience it from time to time. Higher levels of stress can cause problems at work and home. But stress is not just hard on your mental well-being; it is also hard on your body and can lead to many negative health outcomes.Stress levels can increase sign... More >>


Road salt means safe roads
(BPT) - State and municipal departments of transportation are gearing up their winter maintenance plans to prepare for snow and ice. In addition to plows, road salt is an important tool to keep roads clear. Every year these agencies stockpile sufficient salt to last the winter season and store it i... More >>


6 tips to improve indoor air quality
(BPT) - Stuffy and runny nose, sneezing, itchy nose and eyes - having allergies can be miserable. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), more than 60 million Americans suffer from asthma and allergies, and nearly 70 percent of U.S. households are affected by indoor allerg... More >>


Busting myths and misconceptions about osteoporosis
(BPT) - One in two women over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture caused by osteoporosis in her remaining lifetime. Despite its prevalence, there are many myths and misconceptions about this "silent" disease. These myths may be a reason why osteoporosis is underdiagnosed and undertreated.A fragili... More >>


Know thrombosis: Tips to prevent deadly blood clots
(BPT) - When you think of potentially deadly health issues, do you think of a blood clot? According to a recent U.S. survey, only 7 percent of people say they are concerned about blood clots, known by the medical term thrombosis. However, what they might not know is one in four people worldwide die... More >>


5 steps to prepare for open enrollment
(BPT) - Millions of Americans will select or switch their health benefits plan during open enrollment, so now is the time to prepare for that decision that usually happens once a year.More than 70 percent of Americans say they are prepared for open enrollment, yet most people struggle to understand... More >>


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(BPT) - Running consistently ranks in the top 10 most popular American sport and fitness activities, but despite its many benefits, the repetitive stress of running can often shorten a runner’s longevity due to injuries. In fact, 74 percent of runners suffer a moderate or severe injury each year.Fo... More >>


Survey Results Show Fewer Than Half of U.S. Women Taking Recommended Vitamins Prior to Pregnancy
(BPT) - Prenatal vitamins are an important part of pregnancy, supporting the health of both moms and babies. While the 'dos' and 'don'ts' of health and nutrition during pregnancy are familiar, it is also important to focus on these before becoming pregnant. For example, taking the recommended multi... More >>


Making a cavity-free future a reality for children around the world [Infographic]
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People with reduced kidney function miss this important warning sign
(BPT) - Anyone with a chronic disease knows the importance of monitoring personal health data to keep on top of one's disease. If you suffer from heart disease, for example, you watch your cholesterol and blood pressure closely, and if you are diabetic, you monitor your blood sugar.People suffering... More >>


4 ways to take back control from breast cancer
(BPT) - It is no secret that dealing with breast cancer is hard. It can turn lives upside down, inspiring concerns on topics as wide-ranging as maintaining daily routines, paying for treatment and life expectancy. Underlying it all is its emotional toll. According to a survey by Ford Warriors in Pi... More >>


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(BPT) - Most Americans understand the importance of including a variety of fruits and vegetables into their diets, but finding inspiration and fresh ideas for incorporating them into everyday meals can be challenging.Research shows that only 10 percent of Americans are meeting the MyPlate recommend... More >>


Why more Americans need to prioritize sleep
(BPT) - As you head to bed, you may be thinking, 'Tomorrow's going to be great.'It's a new day and you probably have too much to do on your list, but that's a good thing. Whether you plan to catch up with a friend over coffee, take another look at that long-standing project at work or head to the g... More >>


Creating a Game Plan to Help Manage Your Type 2 Diabetes
(BPT) - As a former professional football player and host of a national sports talk show, Mike Golic knows a few things about having a game plan both on and off the field. So when he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Mike decided to take control of his condition in the best way he knew how-by dev... More >>


Clinical trials and the vital role they play in furthering cancer research
(BPT) - The world of health care is one of constant innovation and discovery. New drugs, treatments and ideas are needed to combat the various health problems Americans face every single day. It is an ever-evolving challenge, and as health concerns are conquered, one constant threat remains: Cancer... More >>


Winning routines for warding off winter weight gain
(BPT) - With cold weather and short days, it's easy to fall off healthy eating and exercise routines. Here are tips on how to eat right and stay motivated to exercise during the winter months from a leading nutritionist and a top celebrity trainer.EAT RIGHTDr. Michael Roussell holds a degree in bio... More >>


Is BPA a thing of Halloween nightmares?
(BPT) - Now that fall is underway and you're already growing tired of all the pumpkin-flavored treats, Halloween must not be too far away. That means it's time to head to the store to pick up the trendiest Halloween decor to guarantee a shocked response from trick-or-treaters. But before you do, ha... More >>


Metastatic breast cancer patients tell their stories through art and photography
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5 tips to keep ticks away
(BPT) - Researchers are predicting 2017 will be one of the worst years for ticks that we have seen in quite some time - and by all indications, those researchers are correct. People who have found themselves pulling ticks off their pets, children and their own bodies can readily attest to this. The... More >>


Emergency preparedness 101: Know how to protect your family against carbon monoxide poisoning
(BPT) - Few areas of the country are immune to natural disasters or severe weather. Whether you live in a hurricane zone or face icy winters, it is important to prepare your home and family to weather the storm and know the potential health and safety risks that may arise in emergency situations.Be... More >>


Good health at any age: What women should watch out for
(BPT) - Being healthy is a common goal for many people, but good health does not have a finite endpoint; it's an ongoing process that unfolds over a lifetime. For women, aging can bring on surprising health changes as they move through the decades of their life. From good nutrition and proper exerc... More >>


Prevent falls this fall with a home safety checklist
(BPT) - After months of sticky heat and humidity, it's time to put away the shorts and pull out the sweaters because the autumn season is finally here. But, late September brings us more than just cooler temperatures and a wardrobe change. If you or a loved one are over the age of 65, the change in... More >>


The top 5 things to know about opioids
(BPT) - While a decade ago you may not have heard much about opioids, today they make headlines daily. The nationwide epidemic crosses generations and socioeconomic lines, and it's affecting your family, friends and neighbors."Opioids have long been used clinically to treat pain, but prior to the 1... More >>


Top 4 tips to help you get the sleep you need
(BPT) - If you're reading this, there's a good chance you're not getting enough sleep. You could probably use a nap, and you're not alone.Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that about 70 million U.S. adults report sleeping six hours or less on average. This is well... More >>


5 tips to keep sniffles and sneezes out of your holiday plans
(BPT) - With the holidays upon us, there's a lot to look forward to: seeing old friends, eating too much, wearing ugly sweaters; the list goes on. Likewise, there are a lot of things that might make you sigh: awkward questions from your aunts, arguing about politics and of course, how you're going ... More >>


Try this science-backed way to learn in your sleep
(BPT) - The brain never rests. If you've shared a room with a sleep-talker or woken from an intense dream, it's pretty clear the brain is always active, even during sleep.If we better understand what is happening up there while we rest, perhaps we can direct that activity into something meaningful ... More >>


Organic is always non-GMO, but is non-GMO organic?
(BPT) - If you're a parent, you've probably come across ongoing debates regarding the term 'organic' and what should go into your child's body. But, what about organic versus non-GMO? A recent study from Perrigo Nutritionals revealed that more than half of moms didn't know that organic is inherentl... More >>


Should you be eating more salt?
(BPT) - You can find them on the side of most every product at your local grocery store. They are plain and kind of boring but nutrition labels were designed to contain vital information for good health and wise food choices. These labels tell you the number of servings in a container, how many cal... More >>


Tips for choosing the Medicare plan that's right for you
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Test your cholesterol knowledge: Help protect your heart health
(BPT) - More than 100 million U.S. adults have high cholesterol, a major risk factor for developing heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Two out of three don't have the condition under control and more tha... More >>


4 tips when considering supplements
(BPT) - Whether you're looking for an extra competitive edge or trying to increase the effectiveness of your daily workout, you have most likely considered adding nutritional supplements to your fitness routine. Diet, exercise and everyday lifestyle are all factors that can help determine the right... More >>


Intimacy after prostate cancer diagnosis
(BPT) - Sexual activity is a key component of healthy adult relationships, but for many men with prostate cancer, expressing this in the traditional sense is not always possible. Despite improved therapies, many men diagnosed with prostate cancer face erectile dysfunction as a side effect of some o... More >>


Medicare Advantage: 20 years, 20 million people and 4 factors
(BPT) - In 1997, the federal government created the Medicare + Choice program - later renamed Medicare Advantage - to enhance consumer choice and more efficiently deliver Medicare benefits to older Americans.You may have heard of Medicare Advantage, but maybe you don't know exactly what it is, what... More >>


3 Tips for Planning Your Next Doctor's Visit
(BPT) - It was nearly ten years ago that Sherry recalls she just didn't feel like herself. 'I loved travelling, swimming, and snorkeling,' she says. 'But I was so tired, I would come home and drop. I felt like a wet mop.' So, when Sherry went to her doctor and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, sh... More >>


Baseball legend steps up to the plate to raise awareness of fatal lung disease
(BPT) - All-Star centerfielder Bernie Williams is taking on a new role as an advocate for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) awareness in honor of his dad Bernabé who lost his life to this rare and fatal lung disease. In this new role, he's teamed up with Boehringer Ingelheim on Breathless(TM) (ww... More >>


Covering your bases when facing a rare lung disease: 5 tips from a baseball legend
(BPT) - Yankees All-Star Bernie Williams is stepping up to the plate to raise awareness of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or IPF, a rare lung disease that took his dad's life in 2001. In an effort to turn his family's devastating experience with IPF into an opportunity to help others, Bernie has te... More >>


Back to school: College students need to study up on emergency contraception [Infographic]
(BPT) - A survey sponsored by Teva Women's Health, Inc. has revealed 62% of sexually active U.S. college students surveyed are using contraception inconsistently, yet don't know some of the most basic facts about over-the-counter (OTC) emergency contraception (EC). OTC EC helps prevent unintended p... More >>


Tips for safely recycling household batteries
(BPT) - Do you have a pile of used household batteries hidden in your junk drawer or a coffee can in the garage? You know you should be environmentally responsible and recycle them, but you aren't sure where to start, so the pile grows larger.But did you also know that extra precautions are require... More >>


6 simple steps to avoid distracted driving
(BPT) - Mobile phones have become an essential part of life for most people, helping them stay connected and increase productivity. However, this technology can also be a distraction when driving, which puts everyone on the road at risk.More than one-quarter of all car crashes involve phone use, bo... More >>


Is your hearing loss a barrier to a happy life?
(BPT) - Sheliadawn Fitch would wonder if it really was possible for her to hear again. But she would shove aside those thoughts, overcome by fear and uncertainty, telling herself she was doing okay.Not that you could blame her. The vivacious Texan had been through a lot, having lost much of her abi... More >>


Busted: 5 common myths about emergency contraception
(BPT) - There are a lot of myths associated with emergency contraception. Whether you experience birth control failure or have unprotected sex, it's important to be informed on your options, like Plan B One-Step. Plan B One-Step helps prevent pregnancy when used as directed within 72 hours (3 days)... More >>


Survey: Millennials manage pain with healthy lifestyle choices
(BPT) - Spending their days hunched over phones, tablets or computers and their free time at spin class or playing sports, millennials are the next generation poised to experience chronic pain. Millennials say acute and chronic pain are already interfering with their quality of life.But while older... More >>


5 tips to make sure your teenager with diabetes is ready for college
(BPT) - Parents across the country are preparing their teens for their first year of college. It's an exciting time, but a stressful one as well. If you're a parent with a child with diabetes, it may also be terrifying as this may be the first time your teen will be completely responsible for their... More >>


Understanding how medications interact with vitamins
(BPT) - Technology, science and research are offering a personalization powerhouse at our fingertips, including products made specifically for us delivered to our doorsteps. We wear personal fitness trackers to track our steps, sleep and heart rates. Personal trainers design fitness routines made j... More >>


5 things you should know about over-the-counter emergency contraception
(BPT) - From forgetting your pill to a broken condom, when it comes to your birth control plan, sometimes things just don't go as expected. For life's 'oops' moments, it's important to be informed on your backup options, including Plan B One-Step emergency contraception.Plan B One-Step should be us... More >>


The connection between health and hearing loss [Infographic]
(BPT) - A recent national survey found that nearly half of Americans know someone with hearing loss or difficulty hearing. The majority of respondents said that they would feel comfortable talking with someone they knew if they thought they may be experiencing hearing loss or difficulty hearing, si... More >>


Advocate for your care: Recognizing and tracking symptoms of a rare blood cancer
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5 signs it's time to talk about hearing loss
(BPT) - Family and friends might be softly hinting that you need your hearing checked. But can you hear them? See if you're experiencing one of the following 5 signs that it may be time to talk about hearing loss with a hearing health professional.1.) You've been approached by a family member about... More >>


5 tips to make family mealtimes more mindful
(BPT) - The hectic workday is over. As you pull into your driveway, you feel relief because you've finally escaped the cranky co-workers, the deadlines and traffic jams. Now you can spend the next few hours relaxing at home with your family. What better way to enjoy this time than with a delicious ... More >>


Want to lose weight? Research proves a big breakfast is the first step
(BPT) - If you want to lose weight, you're not alone. More than half of Americans desire to shed pounds, according to Gallup. This goal inspires people to take action in many ways, from increasing exercise to modifying meals.One thing many people do is skip breakfast in order to lower calorie intak... More >>


It takes a village: Integrated care team gives hope back to dialysis patient
(BPT) - Six years ago Francis Hogan was doing what he loved most: playing golf. After his usual game, his ankle was swollen and painful. When he visited the doctor, he discovered the swelling wasn't because of an injury. Something was seriously wrong.Hogan's kidneys were failing. He was diagnosed w... More >>


Tips to make sure your fire extinguisher is at the ready
(BPT) - You check your alarms regularly and practice your family escape plan - but are you overlooking an essential component of home safety? Having fire extinguishers and knowing how to use them is an important part of maintaining a safe home for you and your family.'In America, a fire starts in a... More >>


Turning 65? Choosing the right Medicare Part D plan starts with 4 simple rules
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Meet today's organic shopper
The organics category is growing in just about every measurable way: in volume, dollars spent and even in conversations in the media.When consumers dabble in organic produce, they are more likely to purchase organic goods like organic snacks or organic cotton sheets. This means it is important for ... More >>


How to build healthy habits for the school year and beyond
(BPT) - Bells are ringing across the country as kids settle into classrooms for a year full of fun, friendship and plenty of learning.While exciting, adjusting to new school schedules is a hectic time. Healthy habits are often forgotten as the focus shifts to studies, assignments and extracurricula... More >>


My Experience with Dog Flu: A Dog's Point of View
(BPT) - Recently, I got really sick. I had just spent a fun-filled week with all my friends at doggie daycare while my family was on vacation. Shortly after they brought me home, I started coughing a lot. It was really hard to breathe and I started vomiting. I didn't feel like eating anything and I... More >>


A mother's loss sheds light on need for better asthma control
(BPT) - For people living with asthma, managing the condition becomes part of their daily life. But some may not know that, in spite of their best efforts, their asthma may still be uncontrolled.Benjamin Buckley was one of those people. Ben, as he was known, was just 7 years old when he died from a... More >>


Shop for health care with these websites and apps
(BPT) - As our nation seeks solutions to help improve the health care system, there is at least one goal we can all agree on: the importance of making health care quality and cost information more accessible.This is an important effort that has the potential to help improve health outcomes and make... 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 are loca... More >>






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