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Customized knee implants offer advantages to patients
(BPT) - By 2030, the number of people turning to knee replacement surgery to end pain and regain mobility will likely increase to 3.5 million annually, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. For many patients, recovery from knee replacement surgery is painful and slow, and the re ...
5 tips to make Medicare Open Enrollment easier
(BPT) - Medicare Open Enrollment, which happens every year from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, marks an important time of year for people older than 65 to change their health plans and prescription drug coverage for the upcoming year. HealthCare Partners, the leading independent medical group in America wi ...
Redefining good days while living with breast cancer
(BPT) - When facing bad news — like something as serious as a cancer diagnosis — it can be difficult to imagine that any day of the coming journey would be “good.” But for many of the millions of men and women in the U.S. who have been affected by the disease, the experience ...
Waking up to hearing loss
(BPT) - Imagine waking up one morning only to find out you couldn’t hear out of one ear. Suddenly, you lose your ability to discern direction, which makes conversations in noisy environments difficult to follow and hearing your favorite sounds of nature a struggle. This is the devastation that ...
George Washington's bloody death
(BPT) - School children are taught that after a life of action and harrowing battles, George Washington died peacefully in his bed at Mount Vernon. In fact, the nation’s first president died a slow and bloody death. In his book “Becoming George Washington,” author Steve Yoch says t ...
Seniors: Safety tips to help you weather summer storms and heat
(BPT) - Flooding, extreme heat, drought, thunderstorms, lightning and hurricanes: For all its sun and fun, summer weather can be dangerous. This time last year, we saw record-breaking temperatures, rainfall and drought across the country. While everyone should be aware of summer weather dangers, the ...
Shooting blanks: George Washington fathered a country but not kids
(BPT) - George Washington is the “father of our country” yet, ironically, he didn’t leave any legitimate (or illegitimate) children in his wake.As author Steve Yoch describes in his recent book “Becoming George Washington,” at 19, Washington traveled to Barbados with hi ...
5 ways grandparents can stay in touch with friends and family anywhere
(BPT) - These days, it’s not uncommon for family members to live in different cities, states or even across the country. If your family lives far away, the distance can make it difficult to connect, especially with grandkids. While you may be spread far and wide, thankfully there are a number ...
Dermatologist Q&A: essential tips for naturally vibrant and moisturized skin
(BPT) - From creams and gels to serums and oils, moisturizers are often at the forefront of a woman’s beauty routine. However, moisture can also be regarded for the negative effects it can have on skin, as in the case of sweat and surface wetness that can lead to a range of various conditions. ...
Misconceptions about the #1 cancer killer
(BPT) - What is the deadliest type of cancer in America? If you answered colon, breast, pancreatic or prostate cancer, you are incorrect. In fact, the correct answer claims the lives of more than all four of these cancers combined: lung cancer.More than 220,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer ...
Smarter ways to manage menopause
(BPT) - Did you ever wonder whether cavewomen went through menopause? The answer is no. Why not? Because their life expectancies were too short. But for those of us who live long enough (typically beyond the age of 50), menopause is a fact of life.The good news is we know more about menopause and it ...
Matters of the heart: Understanding atrial fibrillation
(BPT) - An estimated 2.7 million Americans suffer from atrial fibrillation (AFib), an irregular heartbeat and the most common form of cardiac arrhythmia, according to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Surprisingly, many people do not feel any symptoms until they are suffering from c ...
Recognizing the first steps to ward off a second seizure
(BPT) - Seizure. You’ve heard the word before, but do you know what it means or why a seizure occurs? Seizures are caused when there is abnormal activity in the brain. Brain cells called neurons use electrical energy to convey messages to one another, and when this electricity goes awry, a sei ...
What you think you know about Social Security may be totally wrong
(BPT) - Americans may have faith in the Social Security system, but many still don’t really understand how it works. That’s a key take-away from a recent survey of Americans’ knowledge of Social Security retirement benefits. While 63 percent of respondents said they do believe Soci ...
New technologies can help short circuit your chronic pain
(BPT) - More than 100 million people in this country have pain that won’t go away. Many fail to get relief from pills, shots and surgery, while others trade the pain for side effects such as drowsiness or digestive problems. Unfortunately, too many become addicted to medications while trying t ...
Hoarding on the rise: How to spot warning signs
(BPT) - Think of that family member or friend whose home is nearly clogged with clutter; how do you describe them? How do you address the situation? The terms you use and actions you take can have a serious impact on that individual’s situation and mental state.Hoarding is more common than man ...
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 ...
Are You Prepared to Take a 30-Year Vacation?
(BPT) - Summer is vacation season. However, before the week or two of fun begins comes the hard part – planning and packing. There are so many things to consider depending on the type of experience a person wants to have and what they need to bring along.Now picture preparing for a 30-year vac ...
Nine in ten cardiovascular doctors support vascular screening for people with risk factors
(BPT) - Nine out of ten cardiovascular doctors support preventive health screenings for cardiovascular disease (plaque in the arteries) among patients with key risk factors. Examples of key risk factors may include being age 55 or over, family history, tobacco use, and high blood pressure. This rese ...
Retired but not tired: the four things every senior-preneur must do
(BPT) - For some Americans, the best part of life starts at retirement. In a perfect world this new stage of life means no more answering to upper management, battling a 40 hour work week or being stuck in rush hour traffic. They can come and go as they please. And while spontaneous trips to the sho ...
Create your own personal pension? It's possible
(BPT) - Retirement planning has certainly changed a lot over the years, hasn’t it? First came pensions, or defined benefit plans, with their guaranteed income for life. After that it was 401(k)s. These plans focused on growing wealth from the stock and bond markets. Your pension and 401(k) wer ...
Empower yourself: Questions to ask your doctor about managing sickle cell disease
(BPT) - Being an informed patient with sickle cell disease has become an important part of health care today. Physicians are increasingly looking upon their patients (and the parents of their young patients) as active partners. In light of this, consider preparing a list of specific questions before ...
Important information to help protect seniors from summer heat
(BPT) - Staying cool during summer heat isn’t just a question of comfort for senior citizens, it’s a matter of good health. High temperatures can lead to serious heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and older people are at greater risk, no matter where they liv ...
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 ...
Heart yourself with Omega-3s
(BPT) - Across the globe, heart health is becoming a growing concern. In order to combat a rising epidemic of heart disease and other heart-related illnesses, more and more Americans are placing a greater emphasis on the critical role of nutrition and a balanced diet.More than likely you’ve he ...
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 ...
4 reasons traveling to Suzhou China is the trip of a lifetime
(BPT) - Travelers looking to take one more trip this year understand that now’s the time to pick a destination. It’s time to go somewhere unique, somewhere unseen, somewhere a world away where the people, the experiences and the memories gained will last a lifetime. Suzhou, located ...
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 ...
From grab bars with style to gorgeous anti-slip floors, aging in place looks better than ever
(BPT) - Gray hair, wrinkles and frailty are no longer inevitable aspects of growing older; medical science and a better understanding of health, nutrition and exercise mean more people are living healthy, active and more youthful lives. Likewise, aging in place no longer means sacrificing style for ...
Empty nesters, boost home value and your spirits with savvy, appealing improvements
(BPT) - Whether they’re heading off to college or they’ve finally finished their education and are starting their careers in a distant city, the departure of kids from your nest makes for a bittersweet time. If you’ve committed much of your energy—and most of your home— ...
5 money tips for safe international travel
(BPT) - When you picture your dream vacation, where do you go? Do you lay on the beach in Mexico? Climb the Alps in Switzerland, go fishing in Canada or explore the amazing wildlife of Australia? Do you see the Great Wall in China or travel on safari in Africa? Any of these exciting adventures could ...
5 surprising superfoods for baby boomers
(BPT) - An estimated 77 million baby boomers represent the largest generation of Americans born in U.S. history. Many are embracing their golden years and taking a proactive approach to their well-being. If you are a boomer, you understand nutrition is fundamental to maintaining your health. But do ...
George Washington could be a big fat liar
(BPT) - One of the great legends of the nation’s first president was created by biographer Parson Weems. In his account, George Washington chops down a cherry tree and later admits the act to his father, claiming he “cannot tell a lie.” According to author Steve Yoch, not only is t ...
Cancer clinical trials: An option often overlooked
(BPT) - Jack Whelan never missed his daily power walk. But at 58, he began to lose pace and grew concerned. Were his headaches and occasional nosebleeds normal signs of age, or were they something else?In 2006, after discussing his symptoms with his doctor, Whelan was diagnosed with a rare type of n ...
Living with leukemia: Tips for patients, caregivers on managing the disease
(BPT) - Chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or CLL, is the most common type of adult leukemia in the US. The average age at diagnosis is 72 years old and this disease affects 16,000 people each year, 4,600 of whom will unfortunately die. This is often a slow-growing blood cancer and a complicated disease, ...
Did George Washington sound like a wimp?
(BPT) - We all know what George Washington looked like. There are many well-known paintings and the museum at Mount Vernon even displays a painstakingly accurate facial reconstruction to definitively show his appearance during his lifetime. We know he was a big, strapping guy (6’ 3”, whi ...
6 easy ways to boost your brain health
(BPT) - When you think about health and wellness, what first comes to mind? Most likely it’s along the lines of fitness, healthy eating and doctor’s appointments. But have you ever considered the importance of brain health as you age?According to the National Institute on Aging, research ...
Was George Washington an adulterer?
(BPT) - The roof of the Capitol Rotunda shows George Washington being lifted to heaven by angels. According to a new book, however, this Founding Father was no angel. He was once a passionate young man desperately in love with his friend’s wife. “Sally Fairfax was a beautiful, sophi ...
5 ways hearing aids may help you avoid cognitive decline, dementia
(BPT) - Many consider hearing loss a part of getting older — something of an inconvenience but safe to work around and ignore. They don’t realize how much hearing loss can affect overall health, including mental acuity. In fact, scientists are finding more and more links between hea ...
Seniors often in denial about hearing loss: Are you one of them?
(BPT) - “Excuse me, can you say that again?” If this sounds typical, you’re not alone. Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the U.S. with more than 40 million people suffering from it to some degree. Despite all this, only 30 percent of Americans with hearing los ...
More than a million Americans are unaware they are infected with a potentially life-threatening virus
(BPT) - After receiving blood transfusions in 1979 during the birth of her last child, Mary Lambert, a human resources professional and former teacher, thought her health ordeal was over. Little did she know that, due to those transfusions, she had become infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV).In ...
Hallucinations and delusions: Surprisingly common occurrence in Parkinson's disease
(BPT) - For the approximately one million Americans living with Parkinson’s disease, the visible motor (movement-related) symptoms associated with the condition are all too familiar. These include tremors, stiff muscles, limited movement and problems standing. However, there is a common non-mo ...
Patients with rare blood cancers find strength in sharing information
(BPT) - People suffering from rare diseases can feel alone, disconnected from others dealing with their condition or unsure of where to find resources and support networks to cope with their experiences. For those suffering from a group of rare blood cancers known as myeloproliferative neoplasms (MP ...
The 5 worst times to be your own photographer
(BPT) - Sometimes taking your own photos can be a lot of fun, but sometimes it’s also the surest way to ruin a once-in-a-lifetime moment. The amateur treatment isn’t going to be good enough for truly special events like a wedding, family reunion or your newborn’s first portraits. & ...
6 tips from 'The Patient's Playbook' for staying safe in the hospital
(BPT) - As much as we need them, hospitals can be dangerous places. Hospital-acquired conditions — everything from pneumonia and infections to bad reactions to medications — affect 12 out of every 100 patients. However, there are steps you can take to help keep you and your family safe. ...
7 tips to avoid lottery scams
(BPT) - You think this is the happiest day of your life. Before you is a letter, email or text message informing you that you’ve just won the lottery. You might even receive a check with the letter stating it is part of your winnings. The communication states all you have to do is pay the pro ...
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