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New coaching program helps people living with multiple sclerosis improve financial wellness
(BPT) - Suzanne is a Las Vegas resident who spent nearly three decades fundraising for museums and universities until a multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis in July of 2012 changed her life. Now MS keeps her from working full-time."Following my diagnosis my self-esteem took a hit and fear came into pl... Click for the rest of the article

Beach potty problems - the salty truth [Infographic]
(BPT) - Salt isn’t the only substance beachgoers may have to wash off this summer. Charmin reveals the bathroom behaviors of beach goers nationwide in this witty and shocking representation of their Don’t Pee in the Sea Survey. Watch out for the warm spots! ... Click for the rest of the article

Savvy parents share back-to-school lunchbox and snack tricks
(BPT) - With school bells ringing across the country, parents are adjusting to new schedules and planning lunches and snacks accordingly. Fortunately, providing kids with nutritious foods doesn’t have to be a time-consuming task – and your kids will be thrilled with your new mealtime cr... Click for the rest of the article

5 foods for better moods, and 5 more that only bring you down
(BPT) - Did you know the food you eat can literally make you feel happy or sad? Nutrition is one of the main components of mental health, so it’s important to stock your plate with good food while cutting some of those less beneficial alternatives.“Food can definitely alter your mood,&r... Click for the rest of the article

Do you have your shift together? [Infographic]
(BPT) - About 15 million Americans work outside a traditional 9-to-5 schedule, putting them at risk for several health issues, including shift work disorder (SWD). This group includes more occupations than you might think. SWD is a medical condition where your work schedule is out of sync with your... Click for the rest of the article

Food safety tips for the summer cookout
(BPT) - Summer’s here - it’s time to slip on a pair of flip-flops and don your favorite grilling apron with that one-of-a-kind catchy slogan. You know the one. Maybe it’s “King of the Grill,” “Come and Get It” or “Grill Sergeant.” It’... Click for the rest of the article

Loud cheers lead to victory in Brazil [Infographic]
(BPT) - Hear the World Foundation, a global initiative to raise awareness about hearing loss by leading hearing system manufacturer Sonova, is raising awareness about the importance of hearing health and simultaneously forecasting the result of the global football competition in Brazil. During the ... Click for the rest of the article

Over-the-counter medicines help Americans to get well, stay well, and feel well [Infographic]
(BPT) - Over-the-counter (OTC), or nonprescription, medicines are products that consumers can purchase in pharmacies, supermarkets and other retail stores as well as online without a prescription. Millions of American families reach for OTC medicines to relieve symptoms associated with common, ever... Click for the rest of the article

Immunize your children to protect them from serious diseases [Infographic]
Many vaccine-preventable childhood diseases are still active in the U.S. That’s why it’s important that children, especially infants and young children, receive recommended immunizations on time. Children younger than 2 years of age are among those at risk for vaccine-preventable d... Click for the rest of the article

Reignite those romantic urges
(BPT) - With the hectic schedules that many women adhere to, it’s not surprising that many feel stressed out or overwhelmed. The responsibilities of juggling a career, a family and obligations as a wife and mother can be nerve-wracking, and for many women sex is not on their mind. While this ... Click for the rest of the article

US Government Closes Investigation Into Landmark PLATO Study
(BPT) - Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca announced that the United States Department of Justice is closing its investigation into PLATO, a clinical trial with BRILINTA® (ticagrelor) tablets and is not planning any further action.Last October, the company received a civil investigative demand ... Click for the rest of the article

Health coverage is available that fits the family budget: Enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP is year-round
(BPT) - Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide free or low-cost health coverage for children and teens in families with low and moderate incomes. Parents and other adults may qualify for Medicaid as well. In many states, more adults are eligible now than ever befo... Click for the rest of the article

Kid-friendly foods that are also healthy appearing in restaurants across the country
(BPT) - With summer finally here, many will take the opportunity to spend more quality time with family, and dining out in restaurants is a perfect way to spend that time together.In an effort to meet the growing demand among consumers for more healthful menu options, a number of restaurants - in h... Click for the rest of the article

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 ... Click for the rest of the article

Gasp-worthy perils of bad indoor air - and what you can do about them
(BPT) - Cooler weather is on the way. You might think the seasonal demise of pollen-spewing flora, coupled with more time spent indoors, means allergy and asthma sufferers – not to mention the rest of us – can expect to breathe easier. Not so – if the air inside your home or offic... Click for the rest of the article

Have a 'PEP Talk' to help prevent life-threatening pregnancy complications
(BPT) - Pregnancy and childbirth should be an exciting time for women and their loved ones. For nine months, families are busy preparing and looking forward to meeting their healthy, happy baby. But pregnancy complications – or the thought that something could happen to the pregnant mother &n... Click for the rest of the article

Redefining what it means to do things 'like a girl' [Infographic]
(BPT) - “You run like a girl” or “you throw like a girl” are common insults we’ve all heard or said at one point. Always, the leader in global feminine care, is empowering women to change the negative perception of the phrase and make “like a girl” a declar... Click for the rest of the article

The impact that sensitive bladders are taking on women's quality of life [Infographic]
(BPT) - It’s a common experience, yet many women avoid talking about it: bladder leaks. Having a sensitive bladder is a fact of life for more than 40 million American women of all ages who experience bladder leaks when they’re dancing, laughing, exercising or just going about their dail... Click for the rest of the article

Fight childhood hunger to keep kids healthy this summer
(BPT) - Children everywhere look forward to the long sunny days of summer vacation, but not everything about being away from school is fun and games. Many children who rely on free or reduced cost meals during the school year are at risk of going hungry during the summer months.“Millions of c... Click for the rest of the article

Wholesome snacks for back to school
(BPT) - The school year is here and with it, all of those hectic schedules. You may think the chaos of another school year means you’re too busy to provide your children with nourishing after-school snacks, but that doesn’t have to happen. There are many easy recipes available that will... Click for the rest of the article

Not your mother's menopause: new ways to manage symptoms
(BPT) - Although menopause is a milestone event for an estimated 50 million-plus women each year, there is an increased focus on the topic during September, which is National Menopause Awareness Month. And while this topic previously was a taboo subject for many years - something women have been sh... Click for the rest of the article

What's the right family size for you? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Bayer HealthCare and HealthyWomen launch the Family Size Matters initiative to help educate women who are done, or think they may be done, having children about their contraceptive options, including permanent birth control. As part of the program, Bayer HealthCare surveyed 1,000 women in t... Click for the rest of the article

Natural stress relievers for families busy with school
(BPT) - Many moms say back-to-school season rivals the holidays as the most stressful time of the year. The whirlwind spans from shopping for supplies to scheduling new fall activities. Whether you’re a single mom, a Mr. Mom or a traditional parent, nearly everyone can benefit from reducing s... Click for the rest of the article

The top 5 health tips for men
(BPT) -  Women are 100 percent more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventative services than men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The month of June is dedicated to raising awareness for men’s health, and a key component is focusing on... Click for the rest of the article

Did you know salt reduces stress?
(BPT) - Stress can kill you and the longer you experience stress the worse your health can become. In fact, exposure to long term stress causes the body to produce several hormones that can lead to anxiety, depression, digestive problems, heart disease, trouble sleeping, obesity, and memory loss, a... Click for the rest of the article

Try tasty simple swaps to lighten up your menu
(BPT) - When it comes to diet and health, small changes can lead to big rewards. Replacing less healthy ingredients in your favorite recipes with ingredients that are lower in calories and packed with nutrients (and flavor) make it easy for you to stay on track. The trick is to identify ingredients... Click for the rest of the article

Celebrate the power of hearing during Better Hearing and Speech Month [Infographic]
(BPT) - May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, a time to reflect on the benefits and experiences we gain because of healthy hearing. The ability to hear is a powerful thing – hearing makes memories of special times shared with loved-ones, provides understanding in work and social settings, a... Click for the rest of the article

Youth sports: the entire family is on the team [Infographic]
(BPT) - Youth sports help bring the entire family together. The Active Family Project, a health and wellness initiative designed to empower moms to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle with their families, surveyed 1,000 moms with children 2-11 on youth sports and more, and uncovered some unique re... Click for the rest of the article

Blood sugar basics for type 2 diabetes patients [Infographic]
(BPT) - Blood Sugar Basics: Get to Your Goals is an educational program developed by the American College of Endocrinology, with support from Merck, aimed at helping people living with type 2 diabetes work with their doctor to know their A1C number (average blood sugar level over the past 2-3 month... Click for the rest of the article

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. September is National Pain Awareness Month, the perfect time to make sure you’re managing your pain the best way possible.While... Click for the rest of the article

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... Click for the rest of the article

Children's health concern: Every minute poison control answers a call about young kids getting into medicine
(BPT) - Most parents and grandparents know that keeping medicine out of children’s hands is important. But every minute a poison control center answers a call about a young child getting into medicine, and every 8 minutes a child goes to the emergency room for medicine poisoning. What’s... Click for the rest of the article

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.... Click for the rest of the article

Simple steps people with diabetes can take to improve their quality of life
(BPT) - One of the ways people with diabetes can help manage their disease is balancing food with physical activity, according to the American Diabetes Association (Association). By maintaining a balanced diet with regular exercise, you have the ingredients needed to help live a quality life.There ... Click for the rest of the article

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... Click for the rest of the article

The ABCs of a good balanced diet
(BPT) - Good, nutritious meals are essential for children to grow healthy and strong, but you may be surprised to learn that millions of children suffer from “hidden hunger,” because they lack the essential vitamins and minerals needed for development. This can lead to permanent physica... Click for the rest of the article

7 things you should know about vaccinating your child
  (BPT) - Did you know that immunizations can help protect your child against 14 serious diseases by the age of two? Whether it’s your first child or your fourth, paving the way for your little one’s lifelong health is very important, and begins in the first few years of life.... Click for the rest of the article

More support for managing COPD
(BPT) - Chances are you know someone affected by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. In the U.S., nearly 15 million people are diagnosed with the condition, which can often make going about life very difficult.Many... Click for the rest of the article

Do-it-this-weekend ways to improve your home's indoor air quality and energy efficiency
(BPT) - Most of us spend the majority of our time indoors. Ironically, that's where allergens, mold and other irritants are most at home. In fact, the EPA finds that pollutant levels can be two to five times higher inside our homes than outside.In addition to making it easier to breathe, research s... Click for the rest of the article

The big cover-up: sun-smart tips for skin
(BPT) - Summer is a time for playing and relaxing in the great outdoors, but activities like volleyball, enjoying a picnic lunch in the park or even driving to work with the sunroof open can lead to unexpected sun exposure.Nearly 50 percent of men and women would use more sunscreen if they could tr... Click for the rest of the article

How chiropractic care can help runners
(BPT) - For those who are regular runners and in overall good shape, it may seem odd to consider chiropractic care, but taking care of yourself when you’re healthy can be the best way to avoid future injuries. Gone are the days when chiropractic care was needed just for aches, injuries or pai... Click for the rest of the article

Not getting through? How to talk to your guy about your health concerns
(BPT) - When you mention PMS, heavy periods or yeast infections and your guy cringes, changes the subject or flees the room, it’s not that he doesn’t care. He probably just has no clue how to talk about your health problems. One survey found that 63 percent of men say it would take prol... Click for the rest of the article

How to be a sun-savvy super hero for your family
(BPT) - Summer days lead to cherished family memories – whether they're spent splashing in surf and sand or picnicking in the park. Parents have a knack for creating magical summer moments for their kids. During these times they can also set an example for sun-protection smarts, and in doing ... Click for the rest of the article

Self-esteem: A top tool for empowering kids to stay smoke-free
(BPT) - Each day, 4,000 American children take up smoking, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Most are probably aware of the health risks, but the internal pressure they place on themselves to fit in with peers can drive their decision to try that first cigarette. Self-esteem – an... Click for the rest of the article

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... Click for the rest of the article

Concerned about stroke? A two-year study finds that vitamin E from Malaysian palm oil helps to protect brain's white matter
(BPT) - While you may know about your brain’s gray matter, did you also know that about 50 percent of your brain is made of white matter? The health of your brain’s white matter affects how well it learns and functions. This is also the area of the brain most often affected by stroke. N... Click for the rest of the article

Travel tips for your eyes only
  Eye emergencies can be frightening and even more so when you’re far from home and not sure where to seek help. Vision loss and eye pain can make navigating a new city difficult and, worse yet, if not treated appropriately, can lead to permanent visual impairment. Here are the seve... Click for the rest of the article

Sometimes, red is just wrong [Infographic]
(BPT) - Red lipstick may be a beauty trend, but red skin certainly isn’t. A new survey finds that facial redness influences what others think about you.... Click for the rest of the article

Survey shows that most affected by obesity are not taking steps to lose weight [Infographic]
(BPT) - A 2012 National Health and Wellness Survey of 23,000 people with obesity shows most of those affected by obesity are not taking steps to lose weight. Among those who did take measures, prescription weight loss medications and surgical procedures yielded greater satisfaction versus self-modi... Click for the rest of the article

Making health a family affair
(BPT) - Life is busy. And sometimes - in all of its craziness - it’s easy to lose track of what’s really important: health and family.“Our children have always been the center of our world, and when they recently started eating healthy, my husband Rev Run and I were inspired to be... Click for the rest of the article

Putting herself first: Easy tips to help women to focus on their own health
(BPT) - As the caretaker of the family, sometimes Mom is so busy watching over her spouse and children, she forgets to take care of herself. This is the perfect time of year for women to focus on their own health, especially as schedules slow down for the summer months.Taking a moment to pause and ... Click for the rest of the article

How to make the start of the school year healthy and happy
(BPT) - The lazy days of summer are nearly over. Back-to-school season means back to a busy life with a seemingly never-ending schedule of classes, sporting events and extracurricular activities. Making healthy choices can take a back seat to convenience when on the run. While pre-packaged foods ar... Click for the rest of the article

15 common food allergy myths, debunked
  Did you know that people perceive peanut allergies to be 40 times more prevalent than research says they are? This is just one example of the misinformation lurking in popular culture about food allergies. Below are some of the most common food allergy myths debunked by the National Pea... Click for the rest of the article

Keeping your teens healthy this back to school
(BPT) - Tommy Kent was an average 19-year-old who loved life and surfing. When he developed flu-like symptoms, no one could have guessed that this otherwise healthy teen would enter the hospital at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and lose his young life by 12:50 a.m. on Christmas to a disease called mening... Click for the rest of the article

Cardiologists outline their primary treatment goals [Infographic]
(BPT) - Cardiologist Survey: Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation Treatment Priorities... Click for the rest of the article

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... Click for the rest of the article

Five steps to a safer pool and spa this summer [Infographic]
(BPT) - Kids love the water and while pools and spas can be a source of endless fun, they can also be dangerous if safety measures aren’t followed. Keep these safety tips in mind before your kids hit the water to make sure everyone has a safe and fun time. ... Click for the rest of the article

Why it's critical to make eye exams part of your back-to-school routine
(BPT) - Reading the computer, chalkboard and books are critical elements of getting an education that can lead students to reaching their full potential and making their goals and dreams come true.Surprisingly, vision disability is the single most prevalent disabling condition among children.In fac... Click for the rest of the article

The silent threat to productivity: untreated hearing loss impacts more than 1 in 4 [Infographic]
(BPT) - Thirty percent of U.S. employees suspect they have hearing loss, but have not sought treatment, according to new research from EPIC Hearing Healthcare. Of those, almost all (95 percent) say it impacts them on the job.Through the Listen Hear! public education initiative, EPIC Hearing Healthc... Click for the rest of the article

What to look for when buying this year's sunglasses [Infographic]
(BPT) - With summer here, consumers will stock up on sunscreen to help protect against skin cancer. However, what people don’t know is that prolonged sun exposure without proper UV protection for their eyes may also lead to a variety of vision disorders. ... Click for the rest of the article

Home safety tips that put families at ease
(BPT) - While summer is most looked forward to for warmer weather, more time spent outdoors and family vacations, when the weather heats up, burglaries and home invasions increase as well. It is essential that families and individuals learn to protect themselves and their homes from unwanted intrud... Click for the rest of the article

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... Click for the rest of the article

Woman with hearing loss says hybrid hearing device is 'miraculous' and 'life changing'
(BPT) - If you’ve been living with hearing loss for a long time, it can be hard to believe there is anything new out there that can help - even if you’ve tried the most advanced hearing aids. You may have found that hearing aids can only help make some sounds louder but you can’t ... Click for the rest of the article

3 reasons now is the time to get vaccinated
(BPT) - Vaccines protect you from serious and sometimes deadly diseases. Yet most adults in the United States are not fully vaccinated. Like many, you may not even realize that there are vaccines recommended for adults based on age, health conditions, job and other factors.Here are three reasons no... Click for the rest of the article

Why salt is essential to human life
(BPT) - Did you know salt is an important ingredient for your good health? No electrolyte is more essential to human survival than salt because the sodium you get from salt is what allows nerves to send and receive electrical impulses, helping your muscles stay strong, your brain functioning and yo... Click for the rest of the article

7 health myths that might surprise you
(BPT) - Living a healthy life takes some resolve, but success often comes down to knowing what pays the biggest dividends for a given effort. Health coaches are great sources for this insight. They’ve seen it all on the job and learned a lot in their training.To honor Employee Health and Fitn... Click for the rest of the article

Natural, non-hormonal therapy provides big relief for menopause-related hot flashes
(BPT) - Today in the United States, an estimated 50 million women have reached menopause, and most will spend at least one-third of their lives beyond their final period, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Nearly 80 percent of women in industrialized countries experience hot fl... Click for the rest of the article

5 tips for relieving dry skin
(BPT) - Are you one of the many people who suffer from excessively dry skin? For many, dry skin is worse than just a tight, itchy feeling. Often it can result in flakiness, inflammation and redness. Just when you think you have it under control, another dry patch appears on your body and has you se... Click for the rest of the article

First Prescription Medicine Certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union Available for Treatment of Rare Disease
(BPT) - The word “kosher” is typically associated with food products. However, Pfizer Inc. has taken the next step to include prescription medicine by certifying their product, ELELYSO™ (taliglucerase alfa) for injection, an enzyme replacement therapy for adults with Type 1 Gauche... Click for the rest of the article

Back-to-school nutrition primer: Give kids a healthy head start on academic success
(BPT) - Parents arm their kids with a plethora of school supplies, new attire and the latest technology to prepare them for a successful school year. But one of the most important components of academic success is often overlooked: nutrition.“Having adequate nutrition provides children with t... Click for the rest of the article

The tween years: How to survive as a parent
(BPT) - There’s the summer vacation you dream of: happy children playing games, parents relaxing, cheerful grandparents, smooth roads, short lines and easy-to-schedule outdoor sports and activities for the kids. And then there’s the reality, which more closely resembles “National ... Click for the rest of the article

5 things parents should be aware of when it comes to kids and digital devices
  (BPT) - From the moment your kids get up in the morning and turn on cartoons, to the second they finish playing on their iPad before bed, their eyes are looking at digital devices almost nonstop. The blue-light high-energy wavelength emitted from these devices’ screens can damage ... Click for the rest of the article

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... Click for the rest of the article

The growing burden of diabetes
(BPT) - Next time you're looking around in a crowd, there is something you won't see that will be there - Type 2 diabetes. Most Americans have heard of the condition, but very few understand just how prevalent it has become across the nation. In fact, Type 2 diabetes affects at least one in every 1... Click for the rest of the article

Grown up snack substitutions to satisfy your inner child's taste buds
(BPT) - When you were a child you could eat anything you wanted without worrying about the result. The calories never stuck around.Now, not so much.And so you’re following the steps. You’re eating right, you’re exercising and you’ve given up the snacks. But wait a minute, wh... Click for the rest of the article

Why employers and payers should care about the rising cost of obesity [Infographic]
(BPT) - Obesity costs are predicted to jump from $147 billion to $697 billion by 2030 if current trends continue. However, employers and payers can play an important role in reversing this trend by educating employees and members and providing tools to improve conversations in the exam room. Better... Click for the rest of the article

Keeping pre-teens safe as they grow older
(BPT) - Life changes a bit when school resumes in the fall. Traffic patterns become more regular, family schedules adjust and kids fill their hours with classes, homework and after-school activities. As children grow up, it can be difficult for parents to know how to stay connected and keep them sa... Click for the rest of the article

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... Click for the rest of the article

Thyroid disease a mystery to many [Infographic]
(BPT) - Each year, millions of people in the U.S. are diagnosed with a thyroid condition, which can occur at any stage in life and often wreak havoc with one’s health. Despite the importance of the thyroid to the proper functioning of so many body processes, the signs and symptoms of thyroid ... Click for the rest of the article

How one woman's cancer journey was transformed into art
(BPT) - A cancer diagnosis can be one of the scariest moments in a person’s life, but now, more than ever, that diagnosis doesn’t have to be a death sentence. Today, it is estimated that two in three people diagnosed with cancer survive at least five years, according to the American Can... Click for the rest of the article

New national health initiative focuses on Parkinson's patient engagement
(BPT) - Each year, 60,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD), a chronic, degenerative neurologic disorder that each person experiences differently.For patients and families today and in the future, living well with disease requires recognizing that we play an impor... Click for the rest of the article

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... Click for the rest of the article

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... Click for the rest of the article

National survey calls for putting 'personal' back into personalized cancer care [Infographic]
(BPT) - New data from The Cancer Experience: A National Study of Patients and Caregivers finds that nearly one in four cancer patients and caregivers remain dissatisfied with their care experience (independent of treatment outcome). The results of this 2014 study echo the findings from the inaugura... Click for the rest of the article

Good habits to keep teens safe on the road
(BPT) - No one starts their day anticipating getting into a car crash. But it only takes one time to be riding in a vehicle without buckling up for a life to be changed forever. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens in the U.S.  Fatalities are split almost equally between te... Click for the rest of the article

Seniors: healthy eyes equal happy lives [Infographic]
(BPT) - One in six Americans age 65 and older has a vision impairment that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. Also, the risk of eye diseases and conditions increase with age, yet many older adults neglect to see an ophthalmologist for care. Here are some facts and tips about keepin... Click for the rest of the article

Update your workout gear to whip your fitness routine into shape
(BPT) - Summer is a great time to ramp up your physical fitness routine and get in shape for beach season. You’re probably looking for ways to improve not only your workout, but achieve your fitness goals as well. To maximize the effectiveness of your fitness routine, you’ll need some s... Click for the rest of the article

Plateau-busting tips for avoiding common workout pitfalls
(BPT) - That stubborn muffin top that does not want to budge, the extra 20 minutes you can’t manage to add to your workout – when plateaus occur they can leave you feeling frustrated and discouraged, and make it even harder to stick to your get-in-shape goals. What’s the secret to... Click for the rest of the article

Breakup with breakouts [Infographic]
(BPT) - Get the inside scoop on what causes acne and how you can help your skin see clearer skies no matter your age. This infographic will provide you with some quick tips and busted myths that can make a big difference on your quest for blemish-free skin.  ... Click for the rest of the article

This Independence Day, help start a national conversation about an often-neglected issue in women's health: sex after menopause
(BPT) - Some women say sex after menopause is fabulous. For millions of others, it’s the opposite. Something to avoid. Yet many suffer in silence finding it too awkward and uncomfortable to bring up with their health care providers, significant others or even their closest girlfriends. Studie... Click for the rest of the article

How to get to your blood sugar goals [Infographic]
(BPT) - America’s Diabetes Challenge: Get to Your Goals is an educational program, from Merck, urging people with type 2 diabetes to pledge to know their A1C and to talk to their doctor about setting and attaining a personal A1C goal. By working with your doctor to develop an individualized m... Click for the rest of the article

What are you doing to help improve your indoor air quality? [Infographic]
(BPT) - The home is often thought of as a haven where parents feel confident about the environment they've created for family members. However, while people may be conscious of outdoor air pollution and health hazards, many don't realize that there may also be pollutants inside the home. ... Click for the rest of the article

Lighten up summer with delicious salads and fun activities
(BPT) - The arrival of summer means families are looking for ways to lighten up when it comes to the clothes they’re wearing and the foods they’re eating. They’re starting to incorporate fresh, light flavors into their meals, especially as local fruits and vegetables become availa... Click for the rest of the article

How pistachios fit into today's popular diets [Infographic]
(BPT) - From Mediterranean and paleo to vegetarian and flexitarian, it might seem difficult to fit our favorite snack foods into today’s most popular diets. Luckily, nutritious and delicious pistachios can easily be a part of many diet plans. Here’s how. ... Click for the rest of the article

Encouraging millennial women to develop life goals [Infographic]
(BPT) - Bayer Healthcare, a leader in women’s health for over five decades, developed The Timeline Project - an engaging online community and tool intended to ignite a conversation among Millennial Women, defined as women between the ages of 18 and 29, to think about their life goals. Many of... Click for the rest of the article

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... Click for the rest of the article

What you need to know about hepatitis C testing [Infographic]
(BPT) - About 3.2 million in the U.S. have chronic hepatitis C (HCV) infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And approximately 80 percent of people infected don’t exhibit any symptoms, according to the World Health Organization. If you test positive for HCV, as... Click for the rest of the article

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... Click for the rest of the article

Sports concussions generate attention with start of school year
(BPT) - You’re spending your nights standing on the sidelines, cheering your daughter as she dribbles a soccer ball across the field. Or maybe you’re cheering on your quarterback son as he yells “hut” at a football scrimmage. The school year - and its associated sports - is ... Click for the rest of the article

Eating clean: Today's top food trend takes a simpler approach to nutrition
(BPT) - Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate? Azodicarbonamide? Sodium Benzoate? Most people will agree that you shouldn’t need a chemistry degree to read and understand what goes into your favorite foods. A simple glance at the average ingredient label, however, can be a confusing sight. This begs the ... Click for the rest of the article

Sometimes red is wrong - especially when it's on your face
(BPT) - For many women over the age of 30, fine lines and wrinkles are the top beauty concern, as they use creams and other cosmetics to counter aging, sun exposure and previous excesses. However, many women over 30 don’t know they are also the prime candidates to be affected by the common, y... Click for the rest of the article

Make this football season a smarter one
(BPT) - As the less structured and sun-filled summer days come to an end, many households across the country are preparing for football camps, practices and the start of the season. Coaches are dusting off their playbooks, schools and leagues are prepping the fields, and parents are adjusting their... Click for the rest of the article

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... Click for the rest of the article

10 incredibly simple ways to ease back-to-school stress
(BPT) - Helping your child ease into the school year sets them up to succeed both academically and socially. But making the transition from the lazy days of summer to the hectic pace of back to school can be overwhelming, for you and your kids. Between school supply shopping, extracurricular activi... Click for the rest of the article

Understanding the Treatment Options for Thyroid Cancer
(BPT) - The good news is that with treatment, survival rates range from 71-93%, even for patients with the more severe forms of thyroid cancer. [i] The bad news is that treatment can be challenging for many patients, especially when they are unaware of their treatment options.Thyroid cancer is comm... Click for the rest of the article

Try these ideas for light and simple cookout fare
(BPT) - Whether enjoying a summer holiday, celebrating a recent graduation or simply relaxing with friends and family on a lazy Saturday afternoon, this is the perfect time of year to enjoy nutritious eating wherever you are. If you’re planning a backyard barbecue, fresh produce makes delicio... Click for the rest of the article

4 reasons to make the move to a medical home
(BPT) - The American health care environment is rapidly changing. One model of health care that’s expanding across the country is the patient-centered medical home. A medical home is not a physical location, as the name implies, but a team-based model of health care delivery led by a physicia... Click for the rest of the article

3 myths about microwave foods
(BPT) - Everyone has their favorite foods they save for a special treat, or to make an already enjoyable occasion even better. But with a constant flow of information about food and health trends, it’s often difficult to know which are the best choice for you and your family. Is what you&rsqu... Click for the rest of the article

Planning, communication and cooperation help reduce back-to-school worry for parents of students with diabetes
(BPT) - Children begin each school year excited about making new friends, and learning new things. But children living with diabetes and their families may also feel uncertain or uneasy about how their diabetes will be managed throughout the school day.For parents of the more than 200,000 children ... Click for the rest of the article

Hey mom! What's your head lice experience? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Although head lice are a common problem in families with school-aged children, a new national survey reveals that despite 60% of moms – including 85% of those who have experienced head lice in their household as an adult – saying they know the facts about head lice, many still a... Click for the rest of the article

Can your home weather the swarm?
(BPT) - People are welcoming spring with open arms after the mountains of snow and freezing temperatures experienced across much of the country this past winter, but along with the sunshine comes the other less desirable signs of the season. Mosquito eggs start to hatch, termite swarms look for new... Click for the rest of the article

Spit up: Parents often confused about an occurrence considered normal in most babies
(BPT) - It is an all too familiar scene for many parents: They are enjoying a relaxing moment watching their baby contently nursing or bottle-feeding and then, inexplicably, the infant spits up. And then it happens again, and again.Parents often worry: Is spitting up like that normal?Chances are, i... Click for the rest of the article

Novo Nordisk DAWN2(tm) Study Sheds Light on Emotional and Social Effects of Diabetes
(BPT) - More than 382 million people around the world suffer from diabetes—a staggering number that continues to climb. The impact of the disease, however, can’t be fully realized without considering the psychosocial effects on those living with diabetes and the family members, caregive... Click for the rest of the article

Gluten-free recipes guaranteed to please a crowd
(BPT) - Sandwiches, pizza and fresh crusty bread ... what do they have in common? Besides being among our favorite foods, they are often made with wheat and contain gluten. However, with a scan of American grocery store shelves or restaurant menus, it’s easy to see that “gluten-free&rdq... Click for the rest of the article

Healthy lunch and snack ideas for back to school
(BPT) - If schools and parents received report cards on the lunches they’re serving kids, most wouldn’t receive a passing score. Many lunches, whether served at school or brought from home, are made with bleached flour, artificial sweeteners, food coloring, high-fructose corn syrup, art... Click for the rest of the article

Kids, digital devices and eye strain. They don't all have to go together. [Infographic]
(BPT) - Parents severely underestimate the time their children spend on digital devices, according to the American Optometric Association (AOA). Eighty-three percent of children, between the ages of 10 and 17, estimate they use an electronic device for three or more hours each day. However, a separ... Click for the rest of the article

Create a more natural summer with safe, effective household cleaning tips
(BPT) - Sunscreen, bug spray, pool chlorine – some chemicals seem unavoidable when summer arrives but the season should be a celebration of Mother Nature. You can give your family a healthier and fresher summer by switching to natural cleaning products in your home.“Misconceptions persi... Click for the rest of the article

The skinny on pistachios: [Infographic]
(BPT) - Those who fear the fat in nuts can rest assured that pistachios won’t wreak havoc on your healthy eating plan. Eating as much as 20 percent of calories as pistachios may not lead to weight gain, according to recent research presented at the 2014 Experimental Biology conference. Skinni... Click for the rest of the article

Keep your family safe from this silent killer [Infographic]
(BPT) - Think tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes are dangerous? More people die from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning each year than any of these disasters. Find out how to keep your family safe from CO poisoning. ... Click for the rest of the article

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... Click for the rest of the article

Kickoff summer on the right foot
(BPT) - With summer here, it’s time for boots and heavy shoes to go into the back of the closet as we make way for strappy sandals and flip-flops. From walking on the beach to patio parties to lounging by the pool and hiking on vacation, you want your feet to be comfortable and ready for ever... Click for the rest of the article

Do you feel tired all the time? [Infographic]
(BPT) - It's normal to feel tired sometimes, but people with narcolepsy struggle to stay awake and alert more often than not. Narcolepsy involves the brain’s inability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally. It affects an estimated one in 2,000 people in the U.S., but more than half of people... Click for the rest of the article

Browsing for eyeglasses online: think before you buy [Infographic]
(BPT) - Purchasing eyeglasses online may offer convenience to consumers but the American Optometric Association (AOA) warns that the consequences of making an incorrect or uninformed purchase could cost patients more time and money in the long run. The AOA stresses that eyeglasses are an inves... Click for the rest of the article

Be your own health advocate to live well and save money with Medicare
(BPT) - When you think about health care, doctors and hospitals often come to mind, but it’s important to remember that the person staring back at you in the mirror may be your greatest health advocate. After all, no one knows your body or mind like you do. This is particularly important for ... Click for the rest of the article

Why nutrition is just as important for mom as it is for baby after birth
(BPT) - After baby arrives, all of the attention goes to him, especially when it comes to eating, but many moms may not realize how important it is for them to eat well during this critical time – especially if they are breastfeeding. Nutrition needs are greater during breastfeeding than... Click for the rest of the article

Preparing for back-to-school: backpacks, new jeans and vaccines
(BPT) - Summer is a time when kids and parents get to take a break from the school year routine and have a moment to enjoy some ice cream, the outdoors and family time. But parents know that just as everyone begins focusing on fun, it’s already time to begin planning back-to-school to-do list... Click for the rest of the article

A world of whoops: The nation's most accident-prone cities [Infographic]
(BPT) - June is National Safety Awareness Month and with the start of summer, many people will tackle the difficult – yet rewarding – task of home improvement projects. Of course sometimes those projects don’t go as planned. With do-it-yourself and summertime safety in m... Click for the rest of the article

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... Click for the rest of the article

Boost your pet's health with these preventive measures
(BPT) - Taking active, preventive measures to support your health is one of the most important things you can do to ward off serious illness. You eat right, exercise, brush your teeth and make sure to get plenty of sleep, all to keep your body running at its very best.But did you know that preventi... Click for the rest of the article

Parents, prevent heatstroke by never leaving a child alone in a car
(BPT) - Warm weather is great for trips to the pool or beach, but not so good for the inside of cars, which can rise to deadly temperatures in a very short period of time.Many people are shocked to learn how hot the inside of a car can actually get. Even on a mild 70 degree day, the temperature ins... Click for the rest of the article

When disaster strikes, will your pets be safe? Preparedness tips for pet parents
(BPT) - Americans living in areas prone to severe storms, floods, earthquakes or other natural disasters may be well aware of the philosophy, “Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.” Families with a disaster plan in place will be better equipped to stay safe and recover from an emer... Click for the rest of the article

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... Click for the rest of the article

Learn how to exercise smarter, not harder
(BPT) - Contrary to what most people believe about being active, it’s not only about how many times you visit your health club each week or even what you do when you’re there. Instead, you must understand how your body responds to a variety of workout intensities and train your body to ... Click for the rest of the article

Getting to the truth behind common diet myths
(BPT) - Dieting trends are all the rage these days, but the truth is, they’re nothing new. One of the earliest dieting fads on record goes back nearly 200 years. In 1820, Lord Byron gave birth to the celebrity diet icon with his Vinegar and Water Diet. Despite its ill effects, his popularity ... Click for the rest of the article

Hospice reminds grieving children they are not alone
(BPT) - Imagine feeling suddenly sad, angry, alone, confused and worried, without really understanding why. This is how 75 percent of grieving children claim they feel after losing a loved one, according to the National Alliance for Grieving Children. While the journey to acceptance of a loss is di... Click for the rest of the article

Refreshing salads for warm days
(BPT) - Nothing says “summer is here” like a fresh salad bursting with garden-fresh vegetables, herbs and flavors. So how do you toss some zing into your salad to get your family and friends craving more? Follow these five simple steps to create eye-popping, mouth-watering and crowd-ple... Click for the rest of the article

Follow these expert rules for gorgeous, resilient hair
(BPT) - Having hair that is resilient means it can bounce back from the constant challenges it undergoes on a daily basis. From morning workouts through evening soirees, the key to stepping out with your best hair is establishing a strong, healthy foundation, starting from the scalp.To help women a... Click for the rest of the article

Facing brain surgery? Know all your options
(BPT) - Fear is a normal reaction when you’ve just been told your headaches and blurry vision are symptoms of a brain tumor which is serious enough that you will need treatment. Whether you’re facing the prospect of brain cancer or another neurological problem, it’s important to f... Click for the rest of the article

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... Click for the rest of the article

5 ways hospice can help you or your loved ones
  (BPT) - The vast majority of Americans say what they want at the end of life is to die in their own homes, as comfortable and pain-free as possible. The hospice philosophy is about making sure that a patient’s death experience reflects their wishes. Here are five ways that hospice... Click for the rest of the article

Teenagers believe legalization of marijuana encourages experimentation and may lead to further drug use
(BPT) - The legalization of marijuana for both medical and recreational use is happening in states across the nation. These changes may be affecting the way teenagers think about marijuana and other harmful substances.A new study commissioned by Rosecrance shows that the legalization of marijuana m... Click for the rest of the article

10 tips to help your kid speed to good dental health with NASCAR's Greg Biffle
(BPT) - Getting children to brush their teeth can be challenging. No parent wants to struggle with their child every morning and night to ensure they develop good dental habits and a healthy smile.That’s why NASCAR star Greg Biffle and his wife Nicole, parents of a two-year old daughter, have... Click for the rest of the article

Personalize your health and wellness to help meet your goals
(BPT) - When it comes to heath and wellness, nearly 73 percent of Americans are trying to take better care of their health today than just a few years ago, yet 49 percent find that other things take priority, according to The Futures Company. However, experts say the more you customize your wellnes... Click for the rest of the article

Help your kids make the grade with healthy back-to-school snacks
(BPT) - School means big adjustments and big demands for everyone involved: shopping for supplies, shuttling here and there, studying – or overseeing the studying – special projects, and more. It’s easy to forget nutrition in all the hustle and bustle.Make a pact to embrace health... Click for the rest of the article

Why the FDA wants pregnant women to eat more fish [Infographic]
(BPT) - The evidence is in, and for the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is encouraging pregnant and breastfeeding women to eat no less than two servings of seafood per week. Science shows eating seafood promotes babies’ brain development and can help ensure that they get cri... Click for the rest of the article

Multiple myeloma by the numbers [Infographic]
(BPT) - Multiple myeloma is an incurable and rare cancer that starts in plasma cells in the bone marrow. Check out the Multiple Myeloma by the Numbers infographic to learn more. ... Click for the rest of the article

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 ... Click for the rest of the article

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... Click for the rest of the article

What You Need to Know About Weight-loss Surgery and Which Procedure May Be Best for Someone Like You
(BPT) - According to the American Medical Association, approximately one in three Americans are obese, leaving at least one third of the country at risk for many health problems including type 2 diabetes, high-blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea.1A growing body of medical evidence show... Click for the rest of the article

Easy methods to give your home a summer spruce up
(BPT) - Home truly is where the heart is. After all, it’s where you raise the children, entertain friends and family, and relax after many a hard day. Chances are it’s also seen its share of wear and tear over the years.While springtime is traditionally the season for cleaning and clear... Click for the rest of the article

5 tips to keep your family healthy and your house clean this school year
(BPT) - While you and your family have enjoyed relaxing vacations and amazing weather these last few months, it’s time to prepare for the hustle and bustle of another school year.A new school year also means your family’s mornings will return to that more familiar, hectic pace. Keeping ... Click for the rest of the article

The state of osteoarthritis [Infographic]
(BPT) - Osteoarthritis – the most common type of arthritis – affects approximately 27 million adults in the U.S. Check out the infographic to learn more.  ... Click for the rest of the article

Getting Effective Delivery from Your Asthma Inhaler: What Parents of Asthmatics Should Know
(BPT) - Did you know that Asthma affects approximately 26 million Americans, including 7.1 million children? May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness month and the perfect time to remind parents of asthmatics about the importance of making sure their child is getting the correct delivery of their asthma... Click for the rest of the article

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... Click for the rest of the article

Find the right tools to invest in a healthy smile
(BPT) - If you’re concerned about your oral health and looking to protect your physical and financial well-being, one of the easiest ways to do so is to practice preventive care. Attending bi-annual dental checkups and making smart oral health decisions can help you spot a concern well before... Click for the rest of the article

Worse than itching: Bug bites, stings can cause disease and allergies
(BPT) - Nearly everyone has had experience with insect bites or stings. Whether it was a mosquito bite while on a camping trip or a wasp sting while gardening, these bites can be painful, and itch for days.A normal bite or sting will usually heal in a few days with proper care but some pests are kn... Click for the rest of the article

Are you getting the most from your protein? [Infographic]
(BPT) - We’d all like to have a toned physique, but sometimes putting the effort in the gym just isn’t enough. Scientific support for the role of protein in building and maintaining lean muscle continues to grow, and it has also become more apparent that not all proteins are created equ... Click for the rest of the article

Tips for making real, pure ingredients a part of everyday life
(BPT) - Trends and fad diets come and go. But a progressive approach to nutrition – one grounded in positive eating – remains constant. It’s the desire to get more out of food with real, pure ingredients. Most people find the commitment to natural, healthy living isn’t as ch... Click for the rest of the article

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... Click for the rest of the article

Heads up, sunshine. Those rays are aging you, fast [Infographic]
(BPT) - Before soaking up the rays this summer, check the facts on sun damage. For instance, more than 90 percent of the visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging are caused by the sun. And 85 percent of the population still doesn’t know that sun exposure is the No. 1 cause of signs o... Click for the rest of the article

Tips to get the recommended amount of fruit in your daily diet
(BPT) - No one questions that fruit is an essential part of the diet. But did you know that more than 70 percent of Americans do not eat the recommended amount of fruit? One hundred percent juice is a convenient way to help you get the important fruit nutrients you need.Juice doesn’t just tas... Click for the rest of the article

Finding expert guidance through grief [Infographic]
(BPT) - At least 25 million people in the U.S. are grieving the loss of a loved one right now. Hospice provides grief and bereavement counseling that addresses the individual ways in which people grieve and reminds everyone that they are not alone. Regardless of whether or not a lost loved one was ... Click for the rest of the article

Tips and tricks to help make living gluten-free easier [Infographic]
(BPT) - Once considered rare, now one in every 100 people has been diagnosed with celiac disease and an estimated 2.5 million Americans are undiagnosed. With this increased prevalence, awareness about the effects of celiac disease and gluten intolerance has grown tremendously, and the gluten-free d... Click for the rest of the article

What caregivers of people with AMD need to know [Infographic]
(BPT) - Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the number one cause of severe vision loss and legal blindness in adults over 60 in the U.S. 15 million Americans live with some form of AMD and as vision diminishes the need for caregiving increases. Studies show that 72 percent of caregiving is pr... Click for the rest of the article

Ick factor - Why you may be struggling to get rid of those pesky head lice
(BPT) - Whether your kids are off to summer camp, you’re gearing up for back-to-school, there is snow on the ground or flowers are blooming, you may find yourself dealing with a case of head lice. An estimated 6 million to 12 million head lice infestations occur each year in the United States... Click for the rest of the article

Budget-friendly tricks for serving meals your family will love
(BPT) - Mealtimes – they can be both the blessing and curse of family life. At their best, meals bring families together to share time with loved ones. But, in today’s recovering economy, the pressures of putting food on the table, without busting budgets can make mealtime a source of s... Click for the rest of the article

Get smart about asthma before getting back to school
  Before returning to the classroom, it’s important that children with asthma are prepared for the school year ahead. As a caregiver, when equipped with the right information, you can feel comfortable knowing that your child’s asthma is well-managed during the school day. You ... Click for the rest of the article

Continuing to Create Change for Hemophilia
(BPT) - When parents first learn of a child’s hemophilia diagnosis, they often feel scared and frustrated. However, by becoming more educated on the rare bleeding disorder, they often realize how fortunate they are to have access to therapy, a great team of healthcare professionals at their s... Click for the rest of the article

Look what the cat dragged in: Pests your pets bring home
(BPT) - Keeping pests out of your home is important, but it can be an uphill battle if you aren’t intercepting them at the source, and in some cases, the source may be your pets.Pet pests pose unique threats to both people and animals and can be brought inside on fur, skin and clothing. They ... Click for the rest of the article

Can't sleep? Your personality may be the problem [Infographic]
(BPT) - Your bedtime behavior could be wreaking havoc on your sleep. Are you a Workaholic? A Sleeping Beauty? Control Freak or a Plugged-Insomniac? Follow this fun chart below to diagnose your personality and uncover how your quirky routines might be creeping in on valuable sleep time. ... Click for the rest of the article

Breathe easy with healthy tips for Asthma Awareness Month [Infographic]
(BPT) - Across the country, millions of adults and children are living with asthma. With the right knowledge, asthma patients can proactively prepare for and manage their asthma symptoms. For more information about asthma management and helpful tools and resources visit www.GetSmartAboutAsthma.com.... Click for the rest of the article

Tips for daily sun safety this summer [Infographic]
(BPT) - You may remember to apply sunscreen at the beach, but do you remember to apply every day? Incidental sun exposure may seem harmless, but the rays you catch during your morning commute or walk around the block accumulate and put you at an increased risk for skin cancer. That’s why it&r... Click for the rest of the article

Struggling for breath: Why people with COPD may be putting themselves at unnecessary risk
(BPT) - Imagine experiencing shortness of breath, wheezing, and a cough so severe it requires you to visit the emergency room. This is a frightening potential reality for an estimated 24 million Americans with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive and debilitating lung disease... Click for the rest of the article

Critical program helps veterans find health care and other benefits
(BPT) - It could be a parent, a son or daughter, a co-worker, or a best friend. With more than 21 million American men and women over the age of 18 having served in the U.S. Armed Forces, most people know at least one person who is a veteran. But unless they are veterans themselves, most don’... Click for the rest of the article

Family turns grief into action; offers advice for raising awareness for a cause
(BPT) - Mother and rare disease advocate Lora Moore knows all too well the value of good health and how quickly it can slip away. In 2004, she tragically lost her 12 year-old daughter Lyndon to Hereditary Angioedema (HAE), a rare genetic disease characterized by repeated swelling attacks that can o... Click for the rest of the article

Make peace with fall: Get over your love-hate relationship with autumn allergies
(BPT) - Fall: love it or hate it? People who suffer from fall allergies no doubt love the fall colors and the festive time of year, while hating the sneezing, sniffling, wheezing and itching. So what’s an autumn lover to do?Batten down the hatches and get ready for fall allergy season with th... Click for the rest of the article

Beyond the backpack: Back-to-school shoe-shopping tips to keep kids healthy and parents happy
(BPT) - For parents faced with kids’ changing tastes and opinions, navigating back-to-school shopping can be a harrowing process. Buy him the wrong backpack and he’ll be the uncool kid on the bus. Pick out the wrong jeans for her and she’ll be shamed by society. While neither scen... Click for the rest of the article

Why kids and nutritionists reject new school lunches
(BPT) - Good nutrition for school children is a priority that everyone can support but not everyone can agree on the best way to achieve it. Recent changes by the U.S. Department of Agriculture require schools drastically alter their programs in ways that are hard to meet. Children in particular ar... Click for the rest of the article

Bridging the disability insurance gap
(BPT) - For most people, the prospect of losing income due to injury or disability is a frightening one, but in reality, few believe it is a challenge they will ever personally face. Only 28 percent of employees feel confident in their ability to replace earnings in the event of a disability, accor... Click for the rest of the article

Vacation-ready: Feeling good about your gut
With summer drawing to a close, people across the country are looking ahead and planning their next vacation. However, for those who are living with gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, planning for a vacation may bring back some anxious memories from summer about feeling uncomfortable in a bathing suit... Click for the rest of the article

Learn what hospice care really means to patients and their families
(BPT) - What makes a good death? This is a question that many people prefer not to think about in their day-to-day lives. However, for patients facing an uncertain future, it is an extremely relevant reality. The answer can vary from person to person, depending on individual personalities, interest... Click for the rest of the article

Intersection of technology and health care improves patient care
(BPT) - The health care industry is shifting its focus from volume to value, rewarding health care providers who offer higher quality, more efficient care. The goal is a transition from an outdated model focused on symptoms to one focused on the patient, improving overall population health through ... Click for the rest of the article

See how a fitness expert stays fit and healthy with a daily dose of fun
(BPT) - Keoni Hudoba wasn’t always the renowned New York City fitness trainer he is today. A native of Hawaii, he came to New York as a performer, and developed a love for fitness through a series of healthy steps that led to a radical transformation.Keoni battled his weight throughout his co... Click for the rest of the article

Reproductive health is a life-long consideration [Infographic]
(BPT) - Women today have more equality in many aspects of their lives than ever before, but unfortunately, the 3.5 billion women on this earth are not equal when it comes to lifetime health. There are many diseases or conditions that affect women differently, or to a greater extent than men. One su... Click for the rest of the article

Allergy and asthma preparation: an important item on the back-to-school checklist
(BPT) - Sending children back to school comes with a long checklist of items to remember. For example, you need to know what school supplies to buy. You will want to visit the school to find the classroom and meet the teacher. You will also plan after-school activities full of fun enrichment opport... Click for the rest of the article

Simple tips for feeling and looking your best - inside and out
(BPT) - Feeling good about yourself goes beyond having a great hair day, the right outfit or the latest handbag - it's something that starts on the inside. When you learn to live a healthier lifestyle, you can begin to reap the benefits of more energy, improved vitality and elevated spirits. Follow... Click for the rest of the article

Learn how to help college students take control of their health
(BPT) - College may provide the first opportunity for many young adults to make important health decisions for themselves. In its Healthy Campus 2020 objectives, the American College Health Association’s Healthy Campus Coalition highlights a number of important topics for improving the health... Click for the rest of the article

Preparing to survive: considerations for life after cancer
(BPT) - Today in the U.S., there are nearly 14 million individuals who have overcome cancer. Although more than 70,000 young adult Americans ages 15-39 are diagnosed with cancer each year, the number of survivors is expected to increase by 30 percent in the next decade. This means there is a real n... Click for the rest of the article

Eyes get sunburned too: Doctor tips for being sun-wise with your eyes
(BPT) - The gentle breezes and bright sunshine of spring and summer entice people young and old to enjoy more time outdoors. Whether you’re spending the day at the beach or just relaxing on the patio with a good book, sunscreen is a necessity when you’re outside. While it’s always... Click for the rest of the article

'Tune-In' to Glioblastoma during Brain Cancer Awareness Month
(BPT) - Interested in using social media for a good cause? Look no further. In recognition of Brain Cancer Awareness Month this May, Twitter users everywhere can support glioblastoma (GBM) patients through the Tune-In to GBM campaign by tweeting the #TuneIn2GBM hashtag from May 1, 2014 through May ... Click for the rest of the article

Is macular degeneration limiting your ability to make new memories?
(BPT) - Have you noticed your loved one having trouble seeing what they’re doing at the stove? Are they having trouble recognizing which grandchild is asking for help tying his shoe?For people over the age of 60, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible visi... Click for the rest of the article

Acne 101 for moms: How to outsmart your teen's pimples for the first day of school
(BPT) - You’ve checked off every item on the school’s supplies list, you’ve deliberated over the first-day of school outfit your child chose and made sure the fridge is stocked with healthy after-school snacks. But despite all your preparations, your son or daughter is still havin... Click for the rest of the article

Well-heeled: Tips for picking high heels that are better for your feet
(BPT) - Few relationships in a woman’s life are as love-hate as the one she has with her high heels. We love them because they look great and make legs appear longer and leaner, helping petite women appear taller and tall women statuesque. The hate, however, comes when the pain begins.High he... Click for the rest of the article

Nomophobia: When a modern smartphone affliction leads to addiction
(BPT) - Everyday technology consumes everyone’s lives as the phone, computer, tablet and other high tech devices have become not just an object, but also a close companion. And for those who are extremely connected to their devices, going without them, even for only a few minutes, can be an a... Click for the rest of the article

Laboring under misconceptions: Epidural myths may keep women from reliable pain management
(BPT) - It’s one of the most effective, safest and widely used forms of pain management for women in labor, yet there are misconceptions about epidurals, a recent study shows. From fears of permanent back pain to allegations of potential harm to the baby, many women still harbor mistaken beli... Click for the rest of the article

The benefits of enjoying the healthy Mediterranean diet
(BPT) - With warmer weather, more people turn to fun outdoor activities, especially after a long cold winter. Diet and exercise are the key ingredients of a healthy lifestyle, and fresh salads and other summertime delicacies abound.One particularly healthful diet trend is the Mediterranean diet, so... Click for the rest of the article

What is one of the best foods to donate to food banks? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Did you know that one in six Americans struggle with hunger? Due to its protein content and long shelf life, peanut butter is an ideal food to help feed the hungry in communities across the U.S. With 7 grams per serving, peanuts have more energy boosting protein than any other nut.&nbs... Click for the rest of the article

Computer screens, smartphones and TVs - blue light from electronic devices raising concerns for eye health
(BPT) - Your morning probably starts off in a routine. You might watch the weather report on your flatscreen TV before jumping into the shower, answer an email on your tablet shortly after getting dressed, or text a friend while eating breakfast.We use our eyes much differently than any generation ... Click for the rest of the article

Is your handbag prepared to help save your life?
(BPT) - Did you know that nearly 300,000 women in the U.S. have heart attacks each year? Yet, most women’s handbags are better prepared to manage a broken nail (55 percent) or bad hair day (36 percent) than a heart attack (17 percent).Bayer HealthCare, the makers of Bayer(R) Aspirin, and Wome... Click for the rest of the article

Turn over a new leaf with your diet this fall to achieve healthy, glowing skin
(BPT) - As schedules pick up and temperatures drop, fall is a natural time for women to rethink their skincare routine. Yet the right products are just one piece of the puzzle in being kind to skin. A healthy diet, rich in leafy greens, and a holistic approach to skincare can also have complexion-b... Click for the rest of the article

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