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Medicine safety as important for teens as toddlers
(BPT) - Protecting children from harm is a priority for every parent. They are encouraged to child-proof the entire house to keep curious toddlers safe. Eventually, as kids mature, parents tend to give them new freedoms and responsibilities. New data shows that parents need to be particularly watchf ...
B12 deficiency: who's at risk and why you need to understand it
(BPT) - Vitamin B12 is an important part of a healthy nervous system, yet many people aren’t aware of the impact a deficiency in B12 can have on their overall well-being. If left untreated, B12 deficiency can lead to permanent, irreversible nerve damage, serious neurological problems and even ...
The cost of catching a cold or the flu [Infographic]
(BPT) - While we’re all dreaming ahead to springtime, many of us are still dealing with a cold or the flu. Puffs and Vicks are the essentials you need to help take care of yourself so you can get back to the things you love. Learn more about dealing with a cold and the flu in this infographic ...
The breathtaking burden of COPD [Infographic]
(BPT) - What do you know about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and the burden it can cause? COPD can include chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema, and is a common, preventable and treatable lung disease. Common symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue and coughing with or without mu ...
Being able to continue work creates better lives for dialysis patients
(BPT) - Facing kidney failure and the need for dialysis can be overwhelming for patients. Yet those who can continue working generally do better at coping with their illness, multiple studies show. And advances in dialysis care mean patients have treatment choices that can allow them to stay on the ...
7 inspiring people who owe their lives to the generosity of others
(BPT) - Organ and tissue donations saved the lives of nearly 30,000 American adults and children in 2014. Behind that amazing number are inspiring personal stories – a man whose liver was toxic to himself but usable by someone else, a heart recipient who survived the rare genetic condition tha ...
Understanding how your laundry products can impact your sensitive skin [Infographic]
(BPT) - If you or someone in your family has sensitive skin, are you aware that your laundry products can affect the health of your skin? Learn more by checking out these facts:
Living with MS, finding inner strength
(BPT) - When Chrystal Graham of Alpharetta, Georgia was diagnosed with relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2009, she was 27-years-old and no stranger to coping with life’s challenges. Having dealt with the loss of her mother to illness, Graham knew she could manage her way through almost any ...
Discover unexpected ways to drink more water
(BPT) - A whopping 96 percent of Americans believe that they should be drinking more water, according to a International Bottled Water Association survey. Celebrity health and wellness coach Kathy Kaehler agrees, because she encounters hydration issues all the time with her clients.“I’ve ...
Blood clot and cancer connection [Infographic]
(BPT) - As blood clots are the second leading cause of death in patients with cancer, a better understanding of how we can treat and prevent them is needed, particularly for a large number of the one million patients who are treating their cancer outside the hospital. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., ...
Easy tips to drink more water throughout the day
(BPT) - You know drinking plenty of water every day is good for your health. The Institute of Medicine recommends men consume about 13 cups of fluid a day and women take in about 9 cups. Yet remembering to drink water may not always make the top of your daily to-do list. Here are some tips to natura ...
New treatments offer hope to elders with macular degeneration
(BPT) - When Joan Nick, an 87-year-old retiree, was diagnosed with the dry form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in her left eye, she was worried about going blind.Joan had already lost sight in her right eye in her 60s due to glaucoma, so the vision in her left eye was all she had – ...
Speaking up is more vital than ever for women with advanced breast cancer, survey shows
(BPT) - Women with advanced breast cancer have different physical and emotional needs from those with early stage breast cancer, differences that are critical in the management of their disease. Advanced breast cancer, which includes Stage IV metastatic disease, occurs when the cancer has either spr ...
Could immunotherapy be a cure for cancer?
(BPT) - In May 2004, 22-year-old Sharon Belvin was two weeks away from her wedding. She went to the doctor thinking she had a particularly bad case of bronchitis and soon learned that she had stage IV melanoma – a diagnosis that typically comes with a two-year survival rate of only 15 percent ...
5 easy ways to sleep cool in the summertime
(BPT) - Summer has officially arrived! While escaping daytime summer temperatures with swimming, ice cream and running through the sprinkler can be fun, the heat can be unbearable when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep.There is a link between high temperatures and poor sleep, according ...
6 strategies to boost your weight loss momentum
(BPT) - The rules of weight loss are constantly changing—eat this, don’t eat that, take this supplement and do this exercise routine. While eating less and exercising more sounds like a simple formula, finding the right weight loss strategy isn’t always as easy as it seems.Paul Kri ...
Don't let long-term care needs spring up on you - plan ahead
(BPT) - Most of us have spent the better part of the last seven months bundled up or buried in snow, but the time has come to shed the layers and ditch the itchy, bulky sweaters and start anew.For so many of us, this means spring cleaning. The washing of, or planting of or for some, the planning of ...
Putting the brakes on advanced breast cancer [infographic]
(BPT) - Developing treatments designed to inhibit specific pathways, and sometimes more than one pathway, may be more effective in treating advanced breast cancer. Pathways and pathway inhibition in the disease can be thought of like a city grid. For example, if you have a car trying to get from poi ...
Are you getting enough protein? The answer may surprise you [Infographic]
(BPT) - Are you getting enough protein? Most Americans are not and many do not even know how much protein is recommended for a healthy daily diet. Explore the following infographic to learn more about the nutritional values of protein and how much is right for you. You can also find more information ...
Simple expert tips for a stunning summer glow
(BPT) - Didn’t have a chance to get a sun-kissed look while on vacation this spring? No problem. It doesn’t take hours at the salon or lying in the sun to add radiance to your look. With a few expert hair and makeup tips, you’ll be summer-ready in a few simple steps.EcoTools Beauty ...
Spring and flu are here: 5 tips to keep you healthy
(BPT) - Spring is almost here but people are still talking about flu. Like the persistent winter storms that have blanketed much of the country week after week, this year’s flu cases started early and they’re still widespread in many parts of the country. There were several different str ...
Spring clean your health
(BPT) - Spring is a time to reevaluate your daily routine and reduce any unnecessary clutter from your life. It is also a time to make positive changes for a happy and healthier lifestyle.Simple changes, such as resetting your sleep pattern, updating your oral care routine and refreshing your diet c ...
Get safer drinking water the natural way
(BPT) - Household bacteria can be a serious issue affecting your health. In fact, the very steps we take to eliminate harmful bacteria may be spreading it. Everyone washes their fresh fruits and vegetables, but the water in your pipes may contain even more bacteria, especially if you have hard water ...
Taking aim at the leading health risk for American Indians
(BPT) - While heart disease among most Americans has decreased over the past 50 years, American Indians are almost twice as likely to develop the condition as other Americans, a study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has found. Heart disease is now the leading cause ...
You'll see the benefits of protecting your eyes with these tips
(BPT) - Everywhere you look, you’re reading, shopping, banking, or being entertained online with digital devices small and large.In fact 62 percent of adults use computers, smartphones, tablets or other hand-held devices for five or more hours a day, according to the American Optometric Associ ...
5 home-renovation tips that will reduce asthma and allergy triggers in your home
(BPT) - This is the peak season for do-it-yourself projects, and maybe you already have your tape measure in hand, ready to tackle a bathroom remodel, open up the floor plan or finally reimagine that unfinished basement. There are plenty of considerations to take into account with any project, inclu ...
Considering an Alzheimer's clinical research study?
(BPT) - More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is the most common form of dementia, affecting one out of every nine older Americans, and it is the sixth-leading cause of death, the CDC reports.With so m ...
What you need to know about multiple myeloma
(BPT) - Multiple myeloma is the third most common type of blood cancer affecting more than 83,000 Americans. Since the disease affects each person differently, people with multiple myeloma can better understand their treatment journey by building strong relationships and learning how to effectively ...
Do your homework before selecting a weight loss program
(BPT) - Consumers are flooded with weight loss options that promise to help them lose weight and keep it off. But which programs actually work? Do any weight loss programs have scientific evidence to back up their claims? And most importantly, are there programs that offer tools to help people with ...
The important role vaccines may play in helping to keep children and adults healthy
(BPT) - Every one of the nearly 12,000 babies born in the United States each day are vulnerable to infectious diseases. The good news is that vaccines can help protect children from certain diseases.As National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) approaches, it is timely to remember the role that vaccin ...
5 symptoms of menopause: What you can do to help relieve them
(BPT) - Menopause. The change. You know the terms and you’ve overheard women talking about it and sharing their experiences for years. If you’re in your mid-40s, you may have already started to feel the symptoms. Menopause isn’t the same for any two women, everyone expe ...
5 things you should know about macular degeneration [Infographic]
(BPT) - Can you imagine not being able to see your friends' faces or read your favorite books? People with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are at risk for losing their central vision, blocking their ability to see details and recognize faces. But a medical eye exam can lead to early detection ...
Make sure you're fresh in an instant for unexpected encounters
(BPT) - With the snow finally melting and the promise of warm weather in the air, it’s time to break that winter hibernation and get back out there. Whether you’re hoping to secure a new job or meet the love of your life, don’t let bad breath hold you back from nailing ...
Renew your look for spring with simple expert style tricks
(BPT) - Spring is the perfect time to renew your look and embrace the easy-breezy feeling of the season. Fortunately, you don’t need to spend hours at the salon or break the bank updating your look. A few expert tips will have you looking as radiant as the spring sunshine so you can turn heads ...
Living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA): Taking action to define your RA NarRAtive [Infographic]
(BPT) - The RA NarRAtive global survey, fielded among more than 3,600 people living with RA, including 526 adults in the US, reveals the need for patients to feel comfortable in talking with their healthcare professional and speaking up about RA treatment goals and preferences in order to help impro ...
3 ways to make your backyard irresistible to kids this summer
(BPT) - When summer arrives do you see even less of your kids than you did during the school year? Too many American children, tweens and teens spend those extra hours of free time indoors playing with technology, rather than engaging in healthful activity outside. Even when you know where your kids ...
5 tips for service members to stay mission ready [Infographic]
(BPT) - In the military, the mission depends on the people who serve and sacrifice for our country. To stay on target and maintain your psychological and physical resiliency, follow these five tips to stay mission ready. Don’t just do it for yourself, but also for your family, peers and commun ...
New survey shows lack of understanding of Immuno-Oncology and underscores need for greater education on cancer research [Infographic]
(BPT) - A new survey shows that the overwhelming majority of Americans (85 percent) report cancer research is important to them; however, only 15 percent are knowledgeable about Immuno-Oncology – a rapidly evolving area of research that seeks to harness the body’s own immune system to he ...
Get moving: 5 healthy summer family activities
(BPT) - Summer has arrived and for many kids, sports and activity practices are on hiatus leaving them with plenty of time to lounge on the couch. But summer isn’t the time to get lazy.Warmer weather provides the perfect opportunity to get more involved in your kids’ lives and spend time ...
New Online Toolkit Now Available to Help People Living with Lung Cancer
(BPT) - A lung cancer diagnosis may bring up a variety of difficult emotions, and navigating the next steps involved in daily life can be especially overwhelming for patients and their loved ones. Emotions may range from anger at the loss of control and uncertainty about medical decisions to fear ab ...
5 cooking tricks that add bold flavor to healthy foods
(BPT) - Warm weather and fresh fare go hand in hand. While healthy foods dominate the summer months, too often people fall into meal ruts where all they eat are simple salads and grilled chicken. Nutritious foods don’t have to be boring foods, though, because it’s easy to add pizzazz wit ...
8 simple tips to designing safe living spaces for seniors
(BPT) - The saying goes, “With age comes wisdom,” but oftentimes, it also comes with a new set of physical challenges, such as limited mobility and difficulties with hearing and seeing. That’s why when designing living spaces for seniors, whether in an assisted living community or ...
5 simple time-tested tips for aging well
(BPT) - A health renaissance is taking place in America as more people are embracing aging well and being proactive rather than reactive about their well-being. Prevention has become the focus, and many aging Americans are turning to time-tested methods for keeping their bodies and minds healthy so ...
A small change can make a big nutrition difference [Infographic]
(BPT) - The choices you make every day can have a dramatic impact on your overall health. Informed choices can lead to a healthier lifestyle. Look for graphics and information to help you make better snack and beverage choices and check out this infographic for easy-to-implement tips.
Americans finding creative and inspiring ways to raise funds for Alzheimer's cause
(BPT) - If you hear engines roaring, get a whiff of burnt rubber and see an endless line of motorcycles, don’t be alarmed. And if you’re hearing reports of bridge games going on for 12 hours or more, you’re not imagining things. Those are just two of the many creative ways American ...
Gut check: Simple ways to beat the bloat
(BPT) - Bloated stomachs, indigestion and occasional gassiness grab the most attention during the holidays, when over-eating seems to be the norm. But periodic bloating and discomfort can occur throughout the year. In fact, one out of 10 people may experience gut problems on a regular basis, accordi ...
Enjoy summer fun in the pool - without the harsh effects of chlorine
(BPT) - This summer your kids will be spending every day in the backyard, having a grand old time splashing around in the pool. You'll probably spend some quality hours in your pool as well, cooling off when the weather gets hot and enjoying the beautiful summer days.The only concern you have is abo ...
Nothing to sneeze at: 5 tips for seasonal allergy relief
(BPT) - Spring is upon us, and if you have seasonal allergies, you may be less excited about that than most. After all, what fun is finally freeing your face from that scarf if you’re just going to bury it in a tissue? It’s no fun at all, but allergies don’t have to make you misera ...
10 Ways to Love Your Brain
(BPT) - The evidence is mounting: You can make key lifestyle changes to help keep your brain healthy and reduce your risk of cognitive decline. Your brain is your body’s command center and deserves as much attention as the rest of your body.The Alzheimer’s Association offers 10 ways to s ...
Feeling short of breath? It could be something serious
(BPT) - Unlike many Americans, Pete Mulliner knew of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) long before he was actually diagnosed with it. His grandfather died from pulmonary fibrosis the year Mulliner was married. “Granddad was the go-to guy in my world,” Mulliner says. “He taught me ...
Breeze through summer with this quick and easy snack idea
(BPT) - The sun is out and kids are enjoying a much-deserved breather from their daily grind. Parents, on the other hand, must balance children’s summer activities, sports leagues, family summer trips and household errands. As mom faces her busiest time of year head-on, quick meal and sn ...
How much salt do you need for a healthy diet?
(BPT) - Mothers everywhere understand that the food kids eat is more than just a collection of nutrients arranged on a plate. “Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables and in moderation” has been sage motherly advice for a long time.Unfortunately, conflicting information ...
Embracing life while living with advanced medullary thyroid cancer
(BPT) - The American Cancer Society estimates that about 62,450 new thyroid cancer cases will be diagnosed in the US in 2015. Medullary thyroid cancer represents only about 3 to 4 percent of these cases, and just one-third of those will be locally advanced or metastatic disease.Lucy Faith belon ...
From CreakyJoints to diagnostic Power: Woman excited about new patient-led arthritis database
(BPT) - Rachelle Crow, of Chesterfield, Michigan, is living proof that autoimmune and rheumatic diseases can affect people of any age. She was, surprisingly, first diagnosed with osteoarthritis when she was a 19-year-old college student and in the years since, her symptoms were more accurately diagn ...
How Air Aware Are You?
(BPT) - According to a recent survey by Filtrete Brand from 3M, 50 percent of Americans believe the air inside the home is less polluted than outdoor air. However, the reality is that indoor levels of pollutants may be two to five times higher than outdoor levels. Take the quiz below to find out you ...
Testing for infectious diseases early in pregnancy is key [Infographic]
(BPT) - Several infectious diseases can be passed on from a pregnant woman to her baby, increasing the risk of miscarriage, birth defects and developmental problems. These infections - collectively known as TORCH - include toxoplasmosis, other (e.g., syphilis, HIV), rubella (measles), cytomegaloviru ...
8 tips for spring cleaning your sleeping habits
(BPT) - Spring is a few days away and, for most of us, it couldn’t come soon enough. You’ve probably spent more hours in the house this winter than you care to admit and there might be a few more things lying around than you need. You might also have picked up habits that nee ...
Traveling Abroad? Get Vaccinated Against Hepatitis A
(BPT) - Hepatitis A cases are on the rise, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Hepatitis A is common in many parts of the world, even in popular tourist destinations such as Mexico, most other countries in Central and South America and some Caribbe ...
Summer sweat: 5 steps to an effective warm weather workout
(BPT) - The warm weather is finally here, and that means you can shed those layers and hit the beach! It also means that it’s a great time to ditch the gym and take your workouts outside to help you shape up for this summer. Celebrity and professional athlete trainer Gunnar Peterson offers the ...
5 ways to manage chronic pain
(BPT) - When struggling with chronic pain, many often feel their concerns fall on deaf ears. Without physical symptoms, friends, family and sometimes even physicians may fail to empathize with the debilitating effects of the condition. Just because chronic pain lacks physical manifestations, it does ...
Osteoporosis 101: What every woman should know [Infographic]
(BPT) - Osteoporosis is a chronic bone disease characterized by low bone mass and loss of bone tissue. It affects millions of people worldwide, especially women. It increases the risk of fractures and can impact quality of life. By understanding the facts and getting tested, women can find out their ...
5 surprising things treating hearing loss says about you
(BPT) - Are you brushing off a hearing problem because you’re afraid it might say the wrong thing about you? Well think again. Research shows that people with hearing loss who use hearing aids enjoy a better overall quality of life. In fact, you just may be surprised—and insp ...
3 ways to preserve indoor air quality during remodeling
(BPT) - Are you beginning a remodeling project? Well, take a deep breath because your air is about to be affected in a major way.Is this preventable? It can be, if you take action.The most important time to act is before you begin your remodeling project, especially if you are staying in your home d ...
From crop tops to bauble jewelry, tips for achieving summer's hottest looks
(BPT) - Shed the sweaters, toss your winter boots in the back of the closet and break out your brighter shades of clothing. Warm weather is here, and it’s time to give your look as much sizzle as the outdoor temperature, because looking good is always in style.Celebrity fashion stylist Natalie ...
6 sounds of summer that can cause hearing loss
(BPT) - Summer creates wonderful memories that last a lifetime. But summer can also leave people with something else that can last a lifetime — hearing loss.The loudness of sound is measured in decibels (dB). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 8 hours of exposur ...
3 reasons to pay attention to an irregular heartbeat
(BPT) - Approximately 14 million people in the U.S. have an irregular heartbeat, also known as an arrhythmia. Heart arrhythmias are very common and are usually harmless. However, certain arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation, may produce pooling and clotting of the blood which can damage the brai ...
Spring into action now to help prepare for fall allergies
(BPT) - To everything there is a season, and this season you just might be feeling lousy: sneezing, stuffy nose, and watery eyes. With spring allergies in full swing and summer right around the corner, it may be difficult to think about the upcoming fall allergy season now, but it’s not too ea ...
Mysterious, life-altering condition: What everyone should know about Myasthenia Gravis
(BPT) - A 73-year-old rocket scientist, a 16-year-old budding musician, a 26-year-old professional with a passion for dance—what could they all have in common? Each has been diagnosed with a disease whose symptoms are often mistaken for something else, which has no identifiable and controllabl ...
Under pressure: How to manage stress before it affects your health
(BPT) - Stress: it makes your heart race, your head pound and your stomach churn.While a little stress can be a good thing and help motivate us when needed, too much stress can lead to negative health effects including headaches, upset stomach, back pain, trouble sleeping and a weakened immune syste ...
Happy and healthy how-tos from 100-year-olds, 10-year-olds
(BPT) - Spinning and yoga classes are no longer reserved for only the young and restless. Take a closer look around, and you might just find that it’s great-grandparents who are out-pedaling you on the stationary bikes. In fact, according to UnitedHealthcare’s 100@100 survey, nearly a qu ...
Gout, just a pain in the big toe? Think again. Debunking 4 myths that overshadow the seriousness of gout
(BPT) - Gout – only rich, old men get it, right? Wrong! The truth is, gout can affect both men and women of all ages, economic standing and backgrounds. More than 8.3 million American adults have gout, and the incidence and prevalence of the disease are on the rise.Gout is the most common form ...
The connection between cocoa and health. Here are the real facts [Infographic]
(BPT) - For centuries cocoa has been celebrated as both a health food and a medicine. In some cultures, it was considered a gift from the gods and was believed to have magical qualities that could heal and nourish. Is any of this really true? Check out the real science behind healthy& ...
Understanding Multiple Myeloma
(BPT) - Being diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming. This may be true for people living with multiple myeloma, a rare and progressive blood cancer for which there is no cure. Learning more about multiple myeloma through research may help patients feel more empowered and informed.“When I wa ...
Landmark Study Shows: Screening with HPV alone misses more cervical cancers [infographic]
(BPT) - The indication for a standalone HPV test has lead to serious debate about how best to detect cervical cancer. Now, the largest real-world study of cervical cancer screening strategies adds new evidence showing that women’s lives are at risk if HPV alone screening is used.One in five wo ...
Uncork the secrets of grape juice [Infographic]
(BPT) - Red wine is often praised for its health benefits. But turns out, you don't necessarily have to drink alcohol to benefit from the heart-health properties of red wine. 100 percent grape juice made from the dark purple Concord grape, such as Welch’s 100 percent Grape Juice, delivers many ...
5 tips to help improve your digestive health
(BPT) - Many people don’t realize the importance of maintaining a healthy digestive system until they begin to experience unwanted symptoms. Over time, poor digestive health may lead to malnutrition and vitamin deficiency, as well as unpleasant GI symptoms like diarrhea, gas, bloat ...
Tips to freshen up your beauty routine for spring
(BPT) - Somewhere in her home, almost every woman has at least one drawer, cabinet or box overflowing with beauty products, and this can translate to a cluttered and outdated beauty routine. This spring, it is time to get organized and replace tired habits and products with something better.“S ...
An important lesson for your teen this summer
(BPT) - With summer underway, kids of all ages are enjoying a break from school by spending more free time with their friends. As kids enter their teenage years, summer camp and swim lessons are traded for hanging out with friends, often without adult supervision.While many parents want to foster in ...
5 lawn mowing safety tips so you can enjoy your free time
(BPT) - Enjoying those warm summer and fall afternoons is a luxury, and often the stresses of the office or the yard duties like mowing the lawn get in the way.With zero turn mowers making the time spent mowing the grass more efficient, more and more homeowners are getting to enjoy their afternoons ...
Summertime tips and tricks to breathe new life into your healthy habits
(BPT) - Summer’s the perfect time to re-energize the health and fitness goals you started at the beginning of this year. Nearly 70 percent of Americans set a goal to stay healthy this year and 43 percent had the desire to lose weight by making healthier food choices, according to Nielsen data. ...
Hack for a cause: hackathon develops stress management tools for multiple sclerosis [Infographic]
(BPT) - Living with multiple sclerosis (MS), an immune-mediated disease that affects the central nervous system, can be stressful at times. While there are several lifestyle modifications people with MS can make to potentially help reduce stress, there hasn’t been a concerted effort to merge t ...
Prostate cancer treatment options: when less is more
(BPT) - A prostate cancer diagnosis can be shocking and scary, but there are ways to help ease anxiety and uncertainty around treatment options. A patient and his wife, a doctor and a national patient advocacy leader share some of the facts and their stories.“When I heard I had prostate cancer ...
Don't be bugged by head lice this summer
(BPT) - With summer quickly approaching, you may be making plans for your child to attend camp. In addition to buying proper camp clothing, summer hats, bug sprays and swim suits, it’s also important to arm yourself with information about potential health matters commonly seen at camp – ...
Are you at risk for type 2 diabetes?
(BPT) - Are you or a loved one at risk for type 2 diabetes? It can be difficult to know, but considering an astounding one in eight Americans has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it’s worthwhile to understand the risk factors.Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include people who are overweig ...
5 health myths you shouldn't believe
(BPT) - Separating fact from fiction can be difficult, especially when it comes to information about your health. Cutting through the Internet clutter and opinions from friends to uncover the truth is key to keeping the mind and body well.Dr. Jennifer Johnson, naturopathic doctor at Bastyr Universit ...
Does your disability insurance really have you covered? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Ever thought about what would happen if an illness or injury made you unable to work? You might be thinking you’d rely on any disability insurance you have through your employer. But would that be enough? Find out with this "Two-Minute Checkup."
One health, One medicine: 5 ways people and their pets can stay healthy together
(BPT) - Your household is busy, but keeping yourself, your children and your pets healthy is a top priority. Fortunately, wellness for people and pets can go hand in hand, allowing your entire family to feel their best and live life to the fullest.“People who take a proactive approach to their ...
8 tips for a healthy pregnancy
(BPT) - Did you know that every single minute in the United States a baby is born too early? That’s approximately 450,000 born too early each year. A pregnant woman’s good health, both physical and emotional, is essential to the health of her baby. You can boost your own chances of havin ...
For the 40 million suffering from irritable bowel syndrome a better diagnosis awaits
(BPT) - Millions of people suffer from troubling and sometimes debilitating gastrointestinal symptoms like bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea and/or constipation. When they discuss these symptoms with their healthcare provider they often leave without a clear diagnosis. If you are one of these peopl ...
Working to improve the heart health of African American women
(BPT) - Every two minutes, a woman dies from heart disease. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. However, author Alice Walker once said “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” For combating heart disease, wome ...
Know a child with autism spectrum disorder? [Infographic]
Tackle high blood pressure to prevent and control this silent killer
(BPT) - There is some really good news about high blood pressure that you simply must hear.“This silent killer can be prevented, and in the majority of patients who already have high blood pressure, it can be controlled,” says Dr. George Mensah, director of the Center for Translation Res ...
What would Harvey Cushing do about the state of Cushing's disease management today?
(BPT) - The endocrine system is a collection of glands that secrete hormones to regulate key functions in the body, including mood, growth and development. When one of the glands in the endocrine system is not functioning properly and the body produces too much or too little of certain hormones, hea ...
8 things you need to know about bottled water in California
(BPT) - Thousands of consumer products use water, but few as efficiently as bottled water. After all, 100 percent of its contents are intended for consumption. It’s the nation’s healthiest packaged drink, and even more appealing because it has the lowest water and energy use of ...
When memories are fleeting: caregiver solutions
(BPT) - Think of your father. What is his favorite food? His favorite hobby? Where did he meet your mother? What is his proudest moment? Think of all these memorable moments in his life and ask another question: Does he have trouble remembering these moments?For the nearly 2 million men currently di ...
Expert tips for preventing and treating tick bites
(BPT) - If you think ticks are a concern only in the deep woods, it’s time to think again. Partially due to migrating deer populations, ticks are now abundant in suburban and city backyards – and they're spreading disease. In fact, an estimated 300,000 Americans are infected with Lyme di ...
Tips to prevent prescription drug abuse at home
(BPT) - More than 6 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, and much of the abuse begins at home. In fact, more than 70 percent of those who illegally use prescription pain relievers obtained them through friends or family, including raidi ...
Knowing the early signs of shingles may save you years of pain
(BPT) - Did you know almost one out of three people in America will develop shingles in their lifetime? A whopping 1 million Americans experience the condition each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Understanding the early signs and symptoms can help you protect your ...
Look good or feel good? 5 home improvements that let you do both
(BPT) - Who remembers that old Saturday Night Live bit in which Billy Crystal, posing as Lorenzo Lamas, quips that “It’s better to look good than to feel good”? Home improvement can sometimes shake out that way. Some upgrades that look great don’t do a lot for a homeowner&rsq ...
Immunize children to protect them from serious diseases [Infographic]
(BPT) - 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 ...
Dry eye affects most menopausal women; nutrition can help
(BPT) - When most women think of menopausal symptoms, they imagine hot flashes, moodiness and night sweats. But there’s one symptom that’s often forgotten when hormones begin to fluctuate – dry eye. In fact, dry eye affects 61 percent of menopausal women, according to The Huffingto ...
A closer look at multiple myeloma [Infographic]
(BPT) - March is Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month. Multiple myeloma is a progressive blood cancer that originates in the bone marrow and is the second-most common type of blood cancer with an estimated annual incidence of 114,250+ cases around the world. Despite recent advancements, it remains large ...
The workout that works for seniors of all ages and mobility levels: resistance training
(BPT) - Think you’re too old and frail to work out? Think again! The health benefits of daily exercise are widely known, but seniors facing health and mobility issues may feel working out is beyond their abilities. Sixty-three percent of people 60 and older don’t engage in daily exercise ...
Teamwork between patients and providers is key to proper use of inhalers
(BPT) - Fifteen million people in the United States have been told by a healthcare provider that they have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and more than 50 percent of these patients use at least one medication delivered by an inhaler every day.Research has shown that people who regul ...
Mobility in the hospital: faster recovery, lower costs [infographic]
(BPT) - Research shows that movement by patients in the hospital – in bed and progressively sitting, standing and walking – has a major impact on recovery. Early movement for critically ill patients means a shorter stay in the intensive care unit and in the hospital overall. Early mobili ...
Disability insurance: why what you don't know can hurt you
(BPT) - Few people expect to become disabled and unable to work, even though 2013 Social Security Administration statistics show a 20-year old worker has a 30 percent chance of becoming disabled at some point during his career. The truth is, life can throw unexpected curves your way, and expecting t ...
Top tips to overcome summer temptations and stay healthy
(BPT) - Barbeques, ice cream, baseball game hotdogs and indulging on vacation: All are major factors that make it difficult to maintain the healthy lifestyle you kick-started in the New Year. A recent survey from Prevention and Centrum reveals the majority of Americans say that it's easier to eat po ...
Add 1 often-overlooked task to your childproofing plan: Secure your TVs
(BPT) - Parents can do a lot to childproof their homes: Put medicine up and away. Place baby gates on the stairs. Put cabinet locks on cabinets. But what about checking their TVs?Injuries and deaths from TV tip-overs happen far too often. Every 45 minutes in the United States, a child is rushed to t ...
Tips for feeling fit at 30, 40, 50 and beyond
(BPT) - Do you ever wake up and think “Wow, I don’t feel as young as I used to?” It’s a sentiment shared by people of every age group. Fortunately, it doesn’t matter if you’re 20 or 60 – feeling fit and aging well can be a reality with the right mindset and ...
5 must-have accessories for looking and feeling great this summer
(BPT) - While you’re frolicking through summer fun, are you thinking about your health? Looking good is most satisfying when you’re also feeling your best. It’s easy to look great and protect your health. You just need to choose the right accessories. Here are five must-have access ...
Health trumps wealth in importance to retirees' well-being
(BPT) - Whoever said, “If you have your health, you have everything,” must have been retired.That's because retirees feel more financially secure when they're in good health according to new research. And when they feel financially secure, retirees also report they're enjoying retirement ...
Small-batch cooking trend moves from human tables to pets' plates
(BPT) - Food trends constantly evolve, reflecting society’s growing awareness of how what we eat affects our health and the environment. More Americans are choosing foods with an eye to nutrition, natural and locally sourced ingredients, and sustainable preparation processes. They’re not ...
4 simple ways to help your family eat well on a budget
(BPT) - How people approach a wholesome diet has changed dramatically over the decades. Today, many Americans see home cooking as an investment in health, but that leaves hurdles for many families who struggle with busy schedules and tight budgets. A few simple tips using frozen foods can help put a ...
9 questions every parent should ask their pediatrician about vaccination
(BPT) - Immunization is an important step that may help protect your child against serious infectious diseases. Whether this is your first child or your fourth, paving the way for your little one’s lifelong health is very important. It is important that you get your information from credible s ...
Improve your spring-cleaning routine and create a healthier home
(BPT) - Spring is cleaning season. You've opened the curtains to let in the sunshine, and every cleaning product you have in the house is primed and ready for action.The whole family has been enlisted to help. The youngest is in charge of wiping all the cobwebs off the floorboards. You have the olde ...
Two-year degree programs and one-year certificates can open doors to in-demand careers in health care technology
(BPT) - Tiffany Fair initially ruled out a career in health care. She assumed most available positions were for nurses, and she knew she could never get past her fear of seeing blood. Fair’s outlook on the industry changed quickly when she learned about the growing field of health information ...
6 tips for a safe outpatient surgery experience
(BPT) - Nearly two-thirds of surgeries today are performed at outpatient facilities, meaning you don’t need to pack an overnight bag. But just as if you were having the procedure in the hospital you will likely need anesthesia, and should plan ahead to have a safe and successful experience.Sev ...
Nurse-patient relationship is key to improved health outcomes
(BPT) - The Journal for Nurses in Professional Development defines the art of nursing, the human connection between nurse and patient, as a combination of compassionate concern, openness, physical availability and empathetic attention. Nurses from a related study who demonstrated this type of care f ...
Tips for creating a more joy-filled life while living with multiple sclerosis
(BPT) - Sustaining everyday happiness can be a challenge for anyone, and people with chronic conditions like multiple sclerosis (MS) may find it especially difficult to maintain a positive attitude. “I have heard from people living with chronic conditions such as MS that happiness can often fe ...
5 tips for stress-free traveling on a gluten-free diet
(BPT) - Gluten-free diets are on the rise, especially with an estimated one in 133 Americans affected by Celiac disease, according to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. When a member of the family has a restricted diet, travel can be challenging, but with advance preparation you can ...
Awareness of COPD growing but many remain undiagnosed
(BPT) - Americans are becoming more aware of the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to a survey released by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). About 70 percent of American adults say they are familiar with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), up ...
Do your supplements stack up? 4 tips to ensure they make the grade
(BPT) - Maintaining a healthy diet that includes all the recommended vitamins and nutrients can be a challenge, particularly when the current food landscape is full of overly processed foods that rarely contain essential nutrients. Supplements can provide a great way to enhance a healthy diet with t ...
5 things you need to know about sickle cell disease
(BPT) - World Sickle Cell Awareness Day is in June and that makes this season an important time to learn the facts about sickle cell disease.Sickle cell disease is a serious disorder that affects millions of people around the world, including both adults and children. In sickle cell disease, an abno ...
Multiple sclerosis (MS) in US minority populations [Infographic]
Quality dialysis care matters: It's the difference between life and death
(BPT) - Patty Gonzales’ kidneys stopped working when she was 62 years old. She works as a hospital billing claims supervisor and now undergoes dialysis three days a week for four hours a day. For Gonzales, dialysis is the difference between life and death, so the quality of the care she receiv ...
What parents and athletes need to know about carbohydrates in the form of sugar
(BPT) - An athlete’s overall nutrition needs vary depending on several factors, including the type of sport and duration of time in motion. Specifically during activity, an athlete needs fuel to perform, and carbohydrates, including sugars, have been found to be functional for athletes who are ...
Uncovering kidney cancer: An often silent disease
(BPT) - Imagine the devastation of learning you have cancer, and then imagine being told it has advanced and already spread to other areas of your body.This is a shocking reality for one-third of the 65,000 people diagnosed in the United States each year with renal cell carcinoma (RCC), the most com ...
The debate about cervical cancer testing continues
(BPT) - While research shows that women and healthcare providers agree that the Pap test should remain an element of frontline cervical cancer screening, debate continues within the healthcare community around the most effective way to screen for cervical cancer. In the meantime, the debate has led ...
The hottest 'new' health remedy that's been around forever: chili pepper
(BPT) - Do you love the snap that chili peppers give to your food? Are you a fan of the heat they impart to a variety of dishes? Even if you’re not, you may want to take another look at the humble chili pepper. From migraine relief to weight control, researchers are verifying what some culture ...
Foods to fire up your metabolism
(BPT) - When it comes to a fast metabolism, some people seem to have hit the genetic jackpot. Luckily, your metabolism doesn’t solely depend on factors out of your control such as genetics, age, or gender. Modifying your exercise habits and making wiser food choices are two ways anyone can ach ...
Travel light and don't let the bed bugs bite this season
(BPT) - Summer’s relaxed nature and the added free time enjoyed by parents and children alike make these warm-weather months perfect for travel. However, travelers who aren’t careful could find their trip leaves them with a few hundred extra - and unwanted - guests.New research from the ...
Hottest hair trend of 2015: Curls are in
(BPT) - Pack away that flat iron because curls are making a comeback. Trend watchers are praising curly hair as celebrities, politicians and even business leaders are starting to embrace their curly tresses. From runways and the big screen, to boardrooms and capitol buildings, curls are taking cente ...
3 costly mistakes baby boomers make with Medicare
(BPT) - Each day, thousands of people in the U.S. turn 65, and they’re faced with making choices about the Medicare program. Unfortunately, many people’s missteps mean they end up paying too much for healthcare coverage.“A study published by Health Affairs, a peer-reviewed healthca ...
10 tips to make your home safer for kids
(BPT) - Home is where the heart is, and for most people, it’s where they feel safest. Yet for children, the home isn’t as safe as you might assume. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that 3.5 million children go to the emergency room every year for injuries that happen in homes.Some ...
Protecting baby's skin: 3 steps parents should take this spring and summer
(BPT) - Soft, smooth, fresh and flawless – it’s how parents envision their baby’s skin. Your little one may be born with perfect skin, but protecting that perfection requires work. “The skin acts as a protective barrier, and many environmental factors can affect a baby’ ...
The key to a gluten-free breakfast sandwich: potatoes
(BPT) - The breakfast sandwich has become a staple of on-the-go mornings. In fact, convenient and high-protein breakfast dishes are rising in popularity, according to a new study from Nielsen Perishables Group. But if you’re following a gluten-free diet or low-fat diet, buns, biscuits, English ...
5 things to know for IBS Awareness Month
(BPT) - If you experience recurring constipation along with belly pain, it could be a medical condition called irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C). During IBS Awareness Month in April, take some time to evaluate your gastrointestinal (GI) health and keep these 5 things in mind:1. You ...
4 amazing ways wireless technology is transforming health care
(BPT) - You can video chat with family while riding the bus, order a whole new wardrobe while sitting in a coffee shop and file an important business report before getting on an airplane – how amazing is wireless technology? It has changed people's everyday lives in many ways, and it’s t ...
Tips to keep everyone safe from heat-related illness this summer
(BPT) - Enjoying fun in the sun is one of the great pastimes of summer. But heat-related illnesses can seriously cool off your summer fun, so it’s important to protect yourself from sun and hot weather while you’re outdoors this season. Normally, the body cools itself by sweating, but wh ...
Avoid an accident with poison prevention at home
(BPT) - Nearly 1 million children under the age of 5 are exposed to potentially poisonous medications and household chemicals every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And more than 60,000 young children end up in the emergency room each year from wrongly ingesting med ...
Clinicians and people affected by pain open up about Rx abuse [infographic]
(BPT) - New Survey Results: A new survey conducted on behalf of Teva Pharmaceuticals in collaboration with the U.S. Pain Foundation and the American Academy of Pain Management explores issues impacting the pain care landscape. Visit www.PainMatters.com for information and resources for healthcare pr ...
A nutritionist's sustainable healthy habits for the whole family
(BPT) - It’s important to establish healthy eating habits for your family, but it’s not always easy to know where to start. We spoke to Rebecca Scritchfield, a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), to find out what she recommends her clients do to form healthy routines that can be mai ...
Move to a world of color with these easy tips to find your color inspiration
(BPT) - Color can be transformative. It has the power to evoke emotion, alter your mood and stimulate one-of-a kind creativity. The shades and hues that capture a person’s imagination are as varied as people themselves. What colors capture you? Is it a color you see or wear every day, or is i ...
5 things everyone needs to know about vitamin B12 deficiency
(BPT) - It’s common knowledge that vitamins are important to a person’s overall health, but few realize that a deficiency in some vitamins can cause serious medical problems.For example, B12 deficiency is often overlooked or misunderstood because its symptoms – including fatigue, d ...
4 simple ways to protect yourself from cardiovascular disease
(BPT) - Cardiovascular disease – damage to the heart and blood vessels – claims more American lives each year than all forms of cancer combined, according to the American Heart Association. Yet simple preventive steps, such as getting a cardiovascular screening, can help you make strides ...
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