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How smart parents keep kids healthy despite summer temptations
  (BPT) - Parties, barbecues and the ice cream— summer is full of treat temptations. While enjoying favorite foods is an essential part of the season, too often kids fall into unhealthy eating habits during warm weather months. At best, it can make them feel lethargic. At worst, it ... More >>

Oral Health Month: Share More Time, Share More Smiles [Infographic]
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10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's [Infographic]
(BPT) - - Alzheimer's is not normal aging - it's a fatal disease. Although many associate Alzheimer's with memory loss, the disease may appear through a variety of signs and symptoms that usually develop slowly and worsen over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Every 66 sec... More >>

Finding the right supplement [infographic]
(BPT) - There are more adults taking supplements in the United States than ever before. At the same time, food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances, as well as chemical sensitivities are all on the rise. Quality hypoallergenic supplements are a great choice for consumers who want to ensure the... More >>

Emerging trends in nursing instruction signal shifts across education
(BPT) - When patients are treated as individuals, they become engaged, active partners in their care plan and their health outcomes improve. This shift in providing customized care to patients is also being adopted by nurse educators, who are applying a similar approach that sets up nursing student... More >>

The hairy truths of women's bikini grooming [Infographic]
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New tool promises to bridge communication gap for overactive bladder
(BPT) - Sixty is a milestone for Carolyn Hampton and she's not shy about sharing her age because it's a tribute to how she's lived. She's more active than ever; she loves to dance and has even taken up tennis and running. None of this would have been possible a few years back because of her constan... More >>

Mom and baby's social (germ!) networks
(BPT) - As a baby’s social network grows with every crawl, scoot and step, so does the number of germs that he or she is exposed to. In fact, sometimes the size of a baby’s germ network rivals that of the mom’s!Educate yourself on germ hot spots and kick out uninvited germs with r... More >>

Understanding coronary artery disease and the latest treatment technologies
(BPT) - In December of 2015, Marian Kearney began to have a heavy feeling in her chest and was constantly tired, but couldn't put her finger on any specific cause. The persistent physical exhaustion was getting in the way of living her life. As a retired neurology research coordinator and cancer su... More >>

For Alzheimer's caregivers, knowledge is power
(BPT) - Michael Snowden was just 12 and his sister 16 when their mother began to exhibit symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Although they didn't receive a definitive diagnosis until seven years later, the need to assume caregiving roles while still in their teens profoundly affected their lives."Not ... More >>

Gym-free fitness ideas anyone can do
(BPT) - Visiting a gym to lift weights or take a class is great for your health. However, busy schedules, tight budgets and simply not feeling like the gym environment is for you are reasons that frequently cause people to stop going. Fortunately, being fit doesn't require the gym!Tavis Piattoly, a... More >>

Living with tummy troubles? Here's how nutrition can help
(BPT) - Everyone suffers from common digestive and gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms from time-to-time - gas, bloating, stomach pain, and frequent diarrhea to name a few. But did you know that nearly 60-70 million Americans have some form of digestive disease? Building good nutrition habits is a key c... More >>

Sci-fi or silver bullet? How immunotherapy is revolutionizing cancer treatment
(BPT) - Could the kind of cancer treatment credited with saving former President Jimmy Carter soon work for everyone? News coverage of Carter’s recovery and in-depth coverage by media giants like TIME Magazine and 60 Minutes could lead you to believe that immunotherapy will be the silver bull... More >>

Summer sound check: Simple solutions to stop the hearing loss epidemic [Infographic]
(BPT) - Summer is in full swing. That means the sounds of celebrations, festivals and concerts fill the air. But those same sounds can put you at risk for hearing damage. One out of five adolescents has hearing loss. By the time they reach age 65, that number increases to one out of three people. B... More >>

The truth about Alzheimer's: early detection makes a difference
(BPT) - It's the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, affects more than 5 million Americans and one out of every three seniors will die from it. Yet misconceptions surround Alzheimer's disease.Contrary to what many people think about Alzheimer's, it's not a normal part of growing olde... More >>

Top 5 most distracted behaviors and how to change them
(BPT) - With the average attention span only lasting eight seconds, and the need to multitask to keep up with an on-the-go lifestyle, it's no wonder so many of us are easily sidetracked during routine tasks. Mace, a globally recognized leader in personal safety and security, offers valuable tips to... More >>

Test, plan, treat: How planning can help guide treatment for lung cancer patients [Infographic]
(BPT) - Did you know that an estimated 224,390 new cases of lung cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2016, approximately 85 percent of which will be non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)? Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer related deaths in both men and women in the U.S. Currently, there ar... More >>

How our own bodies may be the key to fighting cancer
(BPT) - In August 2015, former President Jimmy Carter shared some very sad news with the world when he revealed he had been diagnosed with melanoma, and that the disease had already spread to other parts of his body.But then, something incredible happened. Just months after his announcement, Carter... More >>

Blurry about cataracts? Here's what you need to know to have a clear understanding
(BPT) - Growing older means inevitable changes in your body, and you often have a clear vision of how to deal with those changes. You work out to reduce heart disease risks, eat foods that meet your changing nutritional needs, and rely on corrective lenses to help mitigate age-related vision change... More >>

Guidance and hope for people living with the most-common age-related vision problem
(BPT) - Silver screen icon Bette Davis once famously pronounced "getting old ain't for sissies." Caring for yourself or a loved one with age-related health issues is no picnic, either. Of all the health issues you may face as you age, vision problems can be particularly devastating. Yet, a new stud... More >>

Unexplained itching and fatigue? Time to get your liver checked
(BPT) - Imagine having itchy skin and fatigue with no explanation or diagnosis for your symptoms. This is what happened to Minnesota native Nishele, 44, who received a primary biliary cholangtis (PBC) diagnosis after years without any answers. Her journey, unfortunately, is like many others who hav... More >>

Positive news for the Parkinson's community
(BPT) - Parkinson's disease is a complex, debilitating disease that can be challenging to manage, and until now people with Parkinson's who have an implanted deep brain stimulation (DBS) system have faced limitations when it comes to access to MR scans anywhere on the body.Diagnostic care might not... More >>

Take control of your type 2 diabetes treatment plan with these 6 rules
(BPT) - Today, nearly 28 million Americans have type 2 diabetes and another 86 million are at risk for developing it, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many people who have been newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes will make dietary and lifestyle changes, but th... More >>

Stay safe from mosquito-borne illnesses with these simple tips
(BPT) - Despite recent news that Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that can carry Zika, chikungunya and other viruses has spread to 30 states, the majority of Americans have yet to embrace basic recommendations to help reduce the mosquito population at their own homes.That's the result of a new survey fi... More >>

Trouble hearing? Why you need to do more than just turn up the volume
(BPT) - Approximately 20 percent of Americans live with hearing loss, according to the Hearing Loss Association of America. If you’re among them, you may think all you need to do in order to hear better is to turn up the volume. But many factors make up hearing, including sound quality, clari... More >>

Tips for caretakers to help their loved one get better nutrition
(BPT) - When a patient is battling cancer, good nutrition is essential to maintain physical strength and help ensure a better response to treatment. Foods high in protein are an important part of your loved one’s balanced diet, and helping them eat well is a critical investment in their healt... More >>

Swamped this summer? 7 tips to keep your family healthy
(BPT) - The sunny days of summer are here and school may be out, but your family is still as active and busy as ever. It's easy to get caught up in a hectic schedule of activities, but don't let the summer hustle keep you from a healthy lifestyle. Enjoying the summer is about balance and planning. ... More >>

What makes you feel fulfilled? Uncovering the secret to living your best life
(BPT) - It’s not money. It’s also not how many vacations you take, or whether or not you have pets, or if you own a big house. So what, then, is the secret to living a fulfilled life? The highly debated answer to this question might surprise you. Nearly 2 million people around the world... More >>

What you need to know about the opioid epidemic
(BPT) - All it takes is a quick glance at the news to discover the state of drug abuse in the United States. Out of the 21.5 million Americans 12 years of age and older with a substance use disorder, 1.9 million of them had a disorder involving prescription pain relievers and 586,000 involving hero... More >>

vs.MS: An initiative to shed light on the realities of multiple sclerosis [Infographic]
(BPT) - As part of vs.MS, Sanofi Genzyme conducted a global survey of people living with relapsing MS and their care partners to better understand the physical and emotional impact of the disease. This is a closer look at the vs.MS survey results. ... More >>

Parents: Tips for preventing and battling super-lice
(BPT) - Plenty of common childhood ailments are heavy on “ick factor,” no matter how harmless they really are. Few experiences, however, have the power to gross out parents quite so thoroughly as learning their child has head lice. And now, the pests that have been around since humans f... More >>

Calling all small employers: Affordable, quality health coverage for your employees
(BPT) - Research shows that for small employers, being able to offer quality health insurance for employees is a high priority. Even so, you may be wondering about how to control costs while offering quality coverage, which policies to choose for your employees and how to enroll.Understanding the i... More >>

Is the gout diet over-prioritized? [Infographic]
(BPT) - A new survey reveals many with gout place too much emphasis on diet when it comes to managing gout and controlling flares. While gout sufferers should follow a healthy, balanced diet, even rigid diet restrictions will only help lower uric acid levels slightly — not enough to control g... More >>

Catch 'em before they bite: 6 steps for fewer mosquitoes
(BPT) - Mosquitoes cause more human harm than any other living organism, according to the American Mosquito Control Association. Not only do these buzzing insects induce itchy red bites, but some species are also responsible for the spread of the Zika virus, which has caused concern in South Americ... More >>

School's out: 4 tips to help your child with ADHD thrive this summer
(BPT) - Just as students are excited for summer break from school, parents can be just as anxious to find new ways to continue the learning process over the summer months. Parents of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may feel additional pressure to find ways for their ch... More >>

Seniors commit suicide twice as often as teens
(BPT) - While teenagers are the age group most associated with suicide risk, the terrible truth is that another group is killing themselves at even higher rates: seniors.Adults aged 65 to 84 are nearly twice as likely to commit suicide as 15 to 24-year-olds, according to the Center for Disease Cont... More >>

The Evolution of the Diagnosis of Binge Eating Disorder in Adults [Infographic]
(BPT) - Binge Eating Disorder (B.E.D.) is recognized as an eating disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). Some of the B.E.D. symptoms in adults include: regularly eating far more food than most people would in a similar time period under similar... More >>

Feel rushed at the doctor's office? How to get more 1-1 time
(BPT) - For patients and physicians alike, the current health care environment has never been more promising, but it’s also frustrating. While there are more medical advancements and treatment options than ever before, the importance of the doctor-patient relationship has taken a backseat in ... More >>

Meet the millennial mom: Same infant feeding concerns, savvier about savings
(BPT) - Mothering styles can be as unique as the moms themselves and vary from generation to generation. A millennial mom would never think of putting her baby to sleep on his stomach, or using a laundry basket to transport her newborn in the car — yet those were accepted mothering practices ... More >>

The ultimate sunscreen application guide [infographic]
(BPT) - Sunscreen. You know you need it. But do you know when to wear it, how much you need or when to reapply it? Keeping your skin protected from the sun doesn’t have to be a pain. Become a sunscreen pro and keep your skin protected from the sun with these simple guidelines.... More >>

Changing the RA NarRAtive, it takes two! [Infographic]
(BPT) - - The RA NarRAtive global surveys, which were fielded among more than 1,700 rheumatologists and 3,900 people living with RA, assessed the physician-patient relationship and attitudes towards disease status, communication and treatment satisfaction. Learn more at Pfizer.com/RANarRAtive.... More >>

4 common mold myths debunked
(BPT) - Mold is a word that can make anyone cringe. But when it comes to mold in your home, misinformation is an all too common problem. Myths surrounding mold in your home can be costly to both your property and your health.“Mold isn’t something that most people think about until it af... More >>

Fuel your day with 5 energizing superfoods
(BPT) - With groggy eyes and slow movements, you peel yourself out of bed each day. Between the morning and afternoon slumps, you long for the energy of your youth. Does this sound familiar? Then you'll be glad to know about five superfoods that can help energize you from the inside out, so you can... More >>

10 simple, week-by-week steps for a healthier summer
(BPT) - Summer’s arrival means more time outdoors and partaking in warm weather fun with family and friends. If your New Year’s resolution to be healthier has fallen by the wayside, summer can be a great time to reinvigorate your efforts.Here are 10 simple things you and your family can... More >>

5 fresh steps to reorganize your spring routine
(BPT) - The changing seasons create a great opportunity to rethink your habits to keep your “always on” routine at its freshest. With some quick, consistent changes, you can refresh your daily routine and form better habits with minimal effort required. Here are five easy tips to feel c... More >>

4 remarkable new health care innovations made possible by plastics
(BPT) - From preemie babies to senior citizens, advances in medical technology benefit everyone. Two basic advances alone - sterile plastic packaging and disposable medical items - have helped prevent countless infections, one of the world's leading causes of premature deaths.Healthcare innovations... More >>

5 easy ways to reduce digital eyestrain
(BPT) - Technology can be beautiful thing. It has expanded our worlds and our minds, connecting people in a way they've never been before. But if you’re regularly using mobile devices, it’s possible you’re one of 70 percent of U.S. adults who suffer from digital eyestrain. And if ... More >>

Hepatitis C: A silent epidemic among baby boomers
(BPT) - Did you know baby boomers are at higher risk of being infected with the Hepatitis C virus, and that often they don’t show symptoms for many years? That's a concern, because Hepatitis C is a serious liver condition that results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus. Seventy to 85 p... More >>

The single most-important thing you can do to protect your vision
(BPT) - You could probably predict the outcome of a study about whether people who don't have vision insurance get adequate - or any - vision care. Unsurprisingly, less than half of Americans who lack health insurance get eye care services, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventio... More >>

Cultural awareness, collaborative spirit: Building a culture of health
(BPT) - Patient behavior and attitudes about health are deeply rooted in outside influences like cultural and societal norms. Thanks to their role in providing person-centered care, a type of care that takes a patient’s physical and emotional well-being into account, nurses develop close rela... More >>

4 ways to make a healthier you right now
(BPT) - Stay healthy this season with these tips.You hear that? It’s a collective sigh of relief that warmer weather is finally here. No more heavy coats, biting winds and mounds of snow. Yes, you’re thankful to leave all that behind, along with the holidays. Because while it was great ... More >>

Bite back against mosquitoes this season with these prevention tips
(BPT) - From annoying itchy welts to serious conditions like Malaria and West Nile virus, mosquitoes have been making humans miserable and sick for thousands of years. And now, there’s Zika — a mosquito-spread virus that may be linked to serious birth defects. In fact, according to the ... More >>

Survey finds need for better asthma control [Infographic]
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10 ways to be more active during the work day
(BPT) - We’re sitting too much and it’s dangerous. The average American spends more than seven hours sitting every day, and the more time you sit, the higher your risk of serious, potentially life-threatening health problems such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. So, w... More >>

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020: Grains as part of a healthy eating pattern [Infographic]
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Too much sitting: A dangerous trend [Infographic]
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The edible backyard: A source for family meals - and fun
(BPT) - Have your kids ever asked you where the food they’re eating comes from? It’s a question many parents are answering right from their backyard and porches.To create a hands-on educational experience, many families are transforming their usable spaces into fruit and vegetable garde... More >>

8 ways to make your eyes happy
(BPT) - Great vision is a must-have for work, school, the gym and everyday life. Try some of these tips to ensure that your peepers are in tip-top condition all day long!1. Take digital breaks.You likely spend way too much time staring at your phone and computer! Give your eyes a rest using the 20-... More >>

The Heart of the Matter: What Does America Really Know about Coronary Artery Disease Treatments? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Recently, 1,400 Americans were surveyed about heart health treatments before and after heart month. ... More >>

A springtime glow: 6 ways to purify your skin
(BPT) - You've heard of detox diets and ridding your body of toxins, but did you know the same is possible for your skin? Environmental toxins and pollutants not only cause breakouts, but also bring out a dull, less vibrant looking complexion."Stressors from your environment and lifestyle can cause... More >>

3 facts you don't know about fruit and fruit juice
(BPT) - Feeding your family nutritious food and drinks can be tricky, especially when there are so many mixed messages about food out there. Diane Welland, nutritionist and registered dietitian, shares three reasons why 100 percent juice is a great way to help your family get those important fruits... More >>

When healthy foods trigger abdominal pain
(BPT) - You have replaced refined grains with whole grains; increased nuts, fruits and vegetables; been drinking more water; and even began taking a probiotic supplement to support your digestive health. Yet, despite these healthy habits, you’re still not feeling your best and you don’t... More >>

6 ways to vacation your way to wellness and weight loss
(BPT) - Why is it that a vacation leaves us exhausted, bloated and broke? This summer, you might consider a more rejuvenating option: a wellness retreat.A good wellness retreat will leave you feeling healthier and better rested as you re-enter the world. Perhaps you will even be a few pounds l... More >>

Country-wide sodium reduction could be harmful
(BPT) - The Federal Government’s push for reduced sodium in American foods will likely affect your favorite foods within the next few months. Food manufacturers will be pushed to change their recipes, which will change the taste and texture of many foods made in the U.S.Government offici... More >>

Effectively treat toe and foot fungus
(BPT) - About 35 million Americans suffer from toe, finger, and athlete’s foot fungus, but some treatments aimed at curing the infection have failure rates as high as 93.5 percent. What’s the remedy?People experiencing the discomfort and embarrassment of fungus want a cure — ... More >>

Break the Cycle: Addressing Acne Before it Begins [Infographic]
(BPT) - National survey finds those who suffer from acne struggle emotionally with their breakouts, yet many don't visit their physician to discuss treatment options. ... More >>

Top 10 foods that might be affecting your digestive health
(BPT) - When you’re not feeling great and your stomach is just a little off, it can sidetrack your whole day. You may think you’re doing everything you can to maintain good digestive health — like eating a balanced diet, getting enough fiber and eating foods with probiotics &... More >>

Smart shopping tips for people with asthma and allergies
(BPT) - A stuffy nose. Scratchy throat. Difficulty breathing. It’s bad enough when spring allergy season reaps its ugly head, but when the things in your home trigger your asthma and allergies too, you feel like you’re in an endless battle to feel healthy.“Many household goods are... More >>

Step up your summer beauty regimen with help from expert dermatologists
(BPT) - While magazines make summer beauty look simple, in reality it’s anything but. From bloat to breakouts, summer is wrought with beauty challenges.The experts at the Mayo Clinic offer advice on eight of the most common beauty and health concerns of summer.1. Maintaining a healthy (natura... More >>

10 heart-healthy foods that you'll actually want to eat
(BPT) - What does oatmeal, beans and skinless chicken have in common? They are all heart healthy foods, yet don't do a whole lot to tantalize the taste buds. Fortunately, eating for heart health doesn't mean a life sentence of bland foods or boring flavors.By thinking beyond the oatmeal box, you ca... More >>

Surprising foods that pack a protein punch
(BPT) - It helps you build muscle and tissues. You need it to make blood, antibodies and hair. It keeps you satisfied for longer so you can fight hunger pangs. Protein isn’t just for athletes and bodybuilders — it’s essential for everyone striving for a healthy lifestyle.The amoun... More >>

Get moving! 6 ways to add steps to your day
(BPT) - If you spend a large portion of your day sitting, you’re not alone.Inactivity is one of the key factors contributing to the nation’s high rate of obesity and its related health effects. Research shows 50 to 70 percent of people spend six or more hours a day sitting, and 20 to 35... More >>

How to get more bang for your charitable buck
(BPT) - Grants from individuals and families are the lifeblood of American charities. They accounted for 72 percent of the more than $350 billion in total giving in 2014, according to Giving USA. For their generosity, donors receive both tax benefits and the satisfaction of supporting causes that a... More >>

The important role vaccines may play in helping keep children and adults healthy
(BPT) - Every one of the nearly 12,000 babies born in the United States each day may be susceptible to infectious diseases. The good news is that vaccines can help protect children from some of these diseases.As National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) approaches, it is timely to remember... More >>

6 reasons straining to hear interferes with your life
(BPT) - Struggling to hear taxes your brain's resources, forcing you to devote attention to listening and understanding, and away from other tasks. Not only is this exhausting day after day, it can increase your risk of injuries and degenerative brain disorders. Multiple studies point to the conclu... More >>

Battling mosquitoes? Eliminate standing water to deprive bugs of breeding spots
(BPT) - Malaria, West Nile virus and heartworms — as if you didn’t already have enough reasons to fear and loathe mosquitoes and the illnesses they spread, now there’s Zika, a virus that is possibly linked to birth defects. Mosquitoes are much more than itchy nuisances; the illnes... More >>

Nursing shortage creates career opportunities at senior living communities
(BPT) - With nearly 8 million Americans still unemployed, it may be difficult to imagine a labor shortage is on the horizon. Yet many labor experts predict the health care industry is headed in that direction — and older adults may be one of the groups that will suffer the most if a shortage ... More >>

Center offers hope for eating disorder recovery
(BPT) - Savannah Kerr battled anorexia for 18 years before she hit rock bottom and decided that it was finally time to seek treatment.“Suffering from an eating disorder was so hard, not just on me, but my family as well. It felt like having this dark part of my personality that controlled wha... More >>

Want to know your donation really makes a difference? Give local, America!
(BPT) - Americans are generous people, donating billions of dollars every year to thousands of charities. Yet it’s only human nature to wonder if your check or online donation really makes a difference. It does — just ask Michelle Mott, the mother of a child who lost his battle with ped... More >>

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement: Changing the face of treatment for patients with aortic stenosis [Infographic]
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From at school to home: 5 steps to keep kids active
(BPT) - Nearly one in six of all U.S. children and adolescents are obese, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control. And with some struggling schools forgoing traditional physical education classes, health experts view this issue as a growing concern. The regular physical activity ... More >>

IBS Awareness Month: One patient shares her story about a condition that affects millions of Americans
(BPT) - Millions of people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) across the country suffer from painful and debilitating gastrointestinal symptoms including cramping, bloating, abdominal discomfort, and diarrhea. Even worse, almost 70 percent of IBS sufferers are undiagnosed and have no real answer a... More >>

Stop the nausea of migraine headaches with this innovative solution
(BPT) - The throbbing, the pressure, the pain — more than 36 million Americans know these symptoms well. They represent the onset of another migraine headache attack.Migraines are the 19th leading cause of all years lived with a disability according to The World Health Organization. And for t... More >>

Taking a bite out of life insurance premiums
(BPT) - We are bombarded with messages about the importance of making healthy choices every single day. While the latest exercise and nutrition trends can be complex and often contradictory, we all know the basics: eat right, stay active. Still, it can be difficult to make healthy choices in the mo... More >>

Unscrambling the dietary guidelines
(BPT) - While 2016 is the Year of the Monkey on the Chinese calendar, in the world of food and nutrition, it’s the Year of the Egg.The recently released 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans provides key recommendations for healthy eating patterns for the consumption of a variety of prot... More >>

Making care contagious [Infographic]
(BPT) - Starting in January, Kleenex brand set out to make care contagious, inviting people to send a free and customizable Kleenex Care Pack to their loved ones near and far.... More >>

7 supplements to boost your health [Infographic]
(BPT) - Most Americans are overwhelmed by the sheer variety of vitamins and supplements on the market. And who can sort through all those claims? Combined with a healthy lifestyle and a well-balanced diet, vitamins and supplements can improve health outcomes. But the right regiment varies from pers... More >>

Take on taxing headaches [Infographic]
(BPT) - Here come the headaches: 70 percent of people recently surveyed said they get headaches during tax season. For many, these are even worse than their usual headaches. As April 18 quickly approaches, thoughts about missing deductions, the scary possibility of how much they may owe, missing de... More >>

Take Down Cholesterol [Infographic]
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Nationwide need for volunteer firefighters grows: Are you up to the challenge?
(BPT) - Did you know that 87 percent of America's 30,000 fire departments are either fully or partially staffed by volunteers? The peace of mind that these firefighters provide their communities is irreplaceable, however, the number of volunteers is declining rapidly. This shortage is threatening t... More >>

Nurses address global health care concerns through virtual learning
(BPT) - People are more connected now than ever before thanks to the globalization of technology, international travel, commerce and industry. But this interconnectedness also means that health concerns, which were once limited to a community, can have a global impact. The Zika virus, the outbreak ... More >>

Vaccines for teens: Keep your adolescent vaccinations up to date [Infographic]
(BPT) - While immunization rates are high among young children, there is a significant drop in rates among adolescents and young adults. The UNITY Consortium is a non-profit that brings together a wide range of organizations with a singular focus on improving adolescent and young adult health throu... More >>

Boston man with multiple sclerosis reaches new heights with support partner
(BPT) - Brian Moore-Ward recently climbed to the top of Boston’s tallest building to raise awareness for multiple sclerosis (MS). He has conquered this 60-flight climb seven years in a row.While this event would be a challenge for anyone, it’s especially impressive given Brian has lived... More >>

Community connections are a lifeline when coping with chronic disease
(BPT) - Like many people facing a chronic disease diagnosis, Renee Rodriguez felt utterly alone. After a lifetime of battling illnesses and infections, Rodriguez’s immunologist told her she had Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID), a type of Primary Immunodeficiency (PI).[1] Rodriguez had... More >>

The heart screening you should do now
(BPT) - Did you know a simple test of your legs may be able to tell you if you have a higher risk for heart disease?The test is quick, painless and non-invasive. A health professional fits pressure cuffs around your ankles and upper arms, and uses a small ultrasound device to measure the systolic b... More >>

Multiple Myeloma At A Glance [Infographic]
(BPT) - Multiple myeloma is a life-threatening blood cancer of plasma cells, a type of white blood cell in the bone marrow that fights infection. When plasma cells become cancerous and multiply too quickly, they are called myeloma cells. ... More >>

What television gets wrong about weight loss and how it's affecting kids
(BPT) - We can watch television programs, such as The Bachelor or The Real Housewives, and recognize that what we are seeing is a contrived “reality.” But with programs like The Biggest Loser, Fit to Fat to Fit and Extreme Weight Loss, the lines become blurred. The contestants are losin... More >>

Service dog provides support for entire family
(BPT) - It’s not difficult to spot Bobo’s red service dog vest. Bobo serves as Danielle “Dani” Kneisly’s seizure assistance dog, and the two are constantly by each other’s sides. However, it is important to look beyond the vest and fully understand the help he br... More >>

It's your medical record: Make sure it's always about you
(BPT) - There’s only one you. But sometimes your name or some of your personal information is so similar to someone else’s that doctors’ offices or hospitals can have a hard time identifying your records correctly. It’s a dangerous and costly problem that can lead to missed ... More >>

Backyard bounty: Vegetables are nature's original nutritional powerhouses
(BPT) - You’ve probably heard the chatter around how a handful of unusual foods are must-eat nutritional powerhouses — and wondered how you’ll ever get your kids to try kale or chia seeds. But you don’t have to stress over how to incorporate the latest health food fads into ... More >>

World Water Day brings awareness to the Global Water Crisis
(BPT) - More than 663 million people around the world, nearly twice the population of the United States, lack access to clean and safe drinking water. The majority of those affected live in isolated, rural areas in developing countries. Women and children are especially burdened with the task of wa... More >>

Need readers? Here are key facts to know before you buy reading glasses
(BPT) - Your 40th birthday was a while ago and since then, print looks like it’s been getting smaller. Moving printed matter farther from your eyes to bring it into focus worked for a while, but now you’re stretching your arm as far as it will reach. Since that arm’s not going to ... More >>

5 ways to be kind to your kidneys
(BPT) - Your kidneys may be your most underappreciated organ. They constantly filter all your blood — removing waste and toxins — as well as help regulate your blood pressure and keep your bones strong. But you may not be taking care of them as you should. One in three American adults i... More >>

What would you do for a good night's sleep? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Getting a good night's sleep is just as important to your overall health as eating well and exercising regularly. Yet, many Americans just can't seem to get enough quality sleep. As we celebrate World Sleep Day 2016, uncover the lengths to which Americans are willing to go to achieve a good... More >>

What parents-to-be should know about prenatal screening tests
(BPT) - If you’re pregnant or hoping to become pregnant, recent headlines may have raised your awareness of birth defect risks. Contagious diseases like the Zika virus aren’t the only factors that can affect the development of unborn babies. Fortunately, prenatal testing can do a lot to... More >>

Genetic conditions all pregnant women should know about
(BPT) - You’ve probably heard of Down syndrome, but did you know:* About one in every 700 babies in the U.S. is born with this condition?* A 45-year-old woman is 10 times more likely to conceive a child with Down syndrome than someone who is 35 years old?* Down syndrome is only one of several... More >>

2 ways to protect your vision from blue light
(BPT) - Blue light is everywhere — from the sunshine you enjoy on a beautiful day, to the digital devices you have come to depend upon.You might think blue light does not affect the quality of your vision now, but studies are showing that the cumulative effects of blue light can negatively sh... More >>

5 ways to revamp your run
(BPT) - Have you ever wished you could just snap your fingers and be able to run a marathon? If only it were that easy. Whether you're training for a race, want to get in shape or simply enjoy the rhythm of your feet hitting the pavement, running takes consistency and practice."No matter where you ... More >>

How to tell if someone needs inpatient drug treatment
(BPT) - It’s no secret that drug and alcohol abuse don’t pair well with a happy, productive and goal-oriented lifestyle. And even if it doesn’t escalate to an addiction, drug and alcohol use can still get in the way of one’s goals.When a loved one shows signs of substance ab... More >>

Kidney disease: Are you at risk?
(BPT) - Jordan Bupp is no stranger to a challenge. As a professional race car driver, Bupp constantly pushes the limits to go faster, be stronger and of course, win. This drive to persevere was vital to Bupp's will to live in October 2013.While visiting family, Bupp was rushed to the hospital becau... More >>

The promise of immunotherapy is transforming cancer treatment for many patients
(BPT) - At age 28, the last thing Stephen Estrada expected was to be diagnosed with cancer, let alone Stage IV colorectal cancer. His outlook did not look good as his diagnosis came with a five-year survival rate of just 13 percent. Nevertheless, Estrada went forward with different treatments and e... More >>

Learning and attention issues: A child's invisible struggle
(BPT) - Suzanne Lang fondly remembers asking her then 5-year-old son, Alec, what he wanted to be for Halloween.“The king,” he said, beaming.So they went to the craft store and picked out red velvet and white fur for a cape. Lang made a scepter out of cardboard and spray-painted it gold.... More >>

Challenges for patients with obesity in the hospital [Infographic]
(BPT) - Our nation's growing obesity problem is creating a new reality for health care. As obesity rates rise, risk of obesity-related health problems increases as well. Yet many health care facilities are ill-prepared to deliver safe, dignified and cost-effective care to larger patients. For the p... More >>

5 tips for pain management with opioids: What you need to know about common prescription medications
(BPT) - Millions of Americans take prescription pain medications called opioids. While opioids control pain, they’re not without risk: each day 44 people die from opioid overdoses and 80 percent of those deaths are unintentional.Prescription opioid abuse and misuse have become epidemic, with ... More >>

Local farmers help hungry neighbors in rural America
(BPT) - For farming communities around the country, spring brings not only sunshine and blooms, it means it's planting season. Farmers are already working hard and planning ahead to ensure a bountiful harvest in the fall. Spring is also a time for renewed hope and the anticipation of the abundance ... More >>

New campaign encourages men to 'Ask About the Curve' [Infographic]
(BPT) - Peyronie's disease, or "PD," is a condition that can cause curve that could be painful during arousal and intimacy. It can affect as many as one in 10 men worldwide, but diagnosis rates remain low because men with PD may be too uncomfortable to speak up and get help. A new national public a... More >>

It's Tournament Time, and Millions of Men Are 'Mad' About March
(BPT) - But for many men, basketballs and brackets take a backseat to a very personal and under-recognized medical condition – Peyronie’s disease (PD). PD can cause curvature that could be painful during arousal and intimacy. It’s more common than you think – affecting as ma... More >>

The one test that can improve your health today
(BPT) - When you provide just one sample of your DNA, researchers are able to use it to learn more about your health history, assess your chances of contracting certain diseases and even gain a better understanding of the importance family history can play in your health outlook. It sounds futurist... More >>

Boomers: 5 proven practices to win the race against aging
(BPT) - Naps, knitting and nuzzling with the grandchildren — the traditional image of retirement is being challenged by the more than 76 million baby boomers in the United States.This vibrant generation wants to make the most out of their golden years, and while hobbies and time with grandkid... More >>

Making a healthy change for you, your community and the environment
(BPT) - Just because New Year’s Day has come and gone, your chance for making a change for the better hasn’t. Whether looking to give a boost to your health, your fellow man or even the environment, there’s no deadline on picking up positive habits.Make easy nutritional choicesIf ... More >>

Celebrate Sleep Awareness Week with comfort science for a better night's rest [Infographic]
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5 tips for a fabulous, healthy 2016
(BPT) - Now that the holidays are behind us and spring is fast approaching, it is the perfect time to take control and make small changes that will improve your overall health. However, many of us struggle with sticking to a healthy diet and fitness routines and health regimens.To help you stay hea... More >>

Help for people with irregular heartbeat [Infographic]
(BPT) - An estimated 2.7 million Americans have atrial fibrillation (AF), a very fast and disorganized heartbeat that occurs in the upper chambers of the heart. A treatment option to consider is catheter ablation, consult your health care provider for more information.... More >>

A new treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea
(BPT) - Al Pierce from South Carolina had always been a snorer, which kept his wife Gail awake night after night.Eventually, she went to her doctor for sleeping pills as a last resort. After explaining why she wasn’t sleeping, her doctor suggested that Al’s snoring may have been related... More >>

Veterans seek alternative treatments to post-traumatic stress
(BPT) - Most people can’t imagine being terrified by the sound of a fork falling and hitting the ground. They don’t understand how someone cannot sleep because the fear of recurring nightmares keeps them awake. They’ve never experienced anxiety that turns everyday tasks into impos... More >>

Where's my liver anyway? [Infographic]
(BPT) - The liver is a vital organ that filters out chemicals from the blood and plays a key role in digestion. However, a recent study shows that 65 percent of Americans rarely think about their liver health and 42 percent believe they may even be able to live without a liver. Compared to other he... More >>

Achoo! Are your seasonal allergies under control?
(BPT) - According to a recent survey by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), which was sponsored by Meda Pharmaceuticals, nearly one-half of allergy sufferers (48%) are highly satisfied with their prescription allergy treatment and report high satisfaction for their children too, su... More >>

Life hacks for better living: 5 easy steps to help you address hearing loss
(BPT) - Life’s “To Do” list can be pretty daunting. And often, getting started on something is the hardest part. This can be especially true for addressing hearing loss.In fact, most people wait roughly seven years to do anything about it once they realize they have hearing loss. ... More >>

Food for Thought: Cooking for Your Heart
(BPT) - Nearly one-third of adults have high LDL-cholesterol levels, which is also known as bad cholesterol, a key risk factor for heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, unfortunately, about 70 percent of adults with high LDL-cholesterol don’t have th... More >>

One simple ingredient for a better-for-you breakfast
(BPT) - If you think of oatmeal as part of your average, boring breakfast, it’s time to think again. As a morning staple, oatmeal gives you the get-up-and go you need to start the day.The demand for non-GMO products continues to rise as people become aware of the benefits and desire tran... More >>

Are you at risk for viral hepatitis? This quiz could help save your life
(BPT) - Are you planning an international trip this year?Were you or one of your parents born outside of the United States?Were you born from 1945-1965?If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you could be at risk for viral hepatitis. The Centers for Disease Control and Preventi... More >>

5 better-for-you ways to host your next brunch or dinner
(BPT) - It may be time to take a fresh approach to your sunny brunches and breezy dinners. Who wouldn’t want to step up their hosting game?During a season of celebration, temptations can preoccupy you, but that doesn’t mean you have to give in. These tips will help you plan a spring gat... More >>

Shedding for the wedding: Your 3-month guide
(BPT) - The dress, the tux, the guests, the honeymoon — there are so many details that go into your wedding day. All eyes are on you from the moment you walk down the aisle until the last dance of the night. Understandably so, brides and grooms often feel a lot of pressure to look their best ... More >>

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