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February 20, 2018

Navigating Medicare: 5 allies who can help
(BPT) - Enrolling in Medicare for the first time or starting coverage under a new plan? It might bring you back to that first day starting a new job. You knew some of the basics, but you also knew there was a lot more to learn. More than likely, you got help from colleagues who have been around for... More >>

Improve your heart health in 2018 with these tips
(BPT) - When it comes to maintaining and/or improving your heart health, it’s the little things you do day after day that can have a big impact on your immediate and long-term health.A healthy diet and plenty of exercise are naturally the first things you think of when looking at ways to supp... More >>

The secret to sticking to your resolutions just may lie in your Medicare benefits
(BPT) - Despite our best intentions, 80 percent of us have given up on our New Year’s resolutions by mid-February. Determined to make this year different? If you’re enrolled in Medicare, you might be surprised to learn that your benefits could give you an edge in your quest to stay moti... More >>

Eating healthy has never been more delicious
(BPT) - Yoga mats, kale salads, fitness trackers, standing desks and gym memberships. It seems like everywhere you look, people are taking strides to get healthier. And with good reason.In the U.S., 37.9 percent of adults aged 20 and older suffer from obesity, and heart disease accounts for one out... More >>

An underutilized retirement strategy
(BPT) - Across the nation, thousands of seniors have used a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), commonly called a reverse mortgage loan, as a savvy way to access the equity in their homes as part of their retirement strategy.Those who are interested in a reverse mortgage loan should know that t... More >>

5 ways to support your child and address issues at school
(BPT) - Children and teens experience some of the most important moments of their lives at school. It’s where they spend two-thirds of their waking hours. Of course, school can be stressful, too — and not just because of pop quizzes and science projects.“Stress isn’t the sam... More >>

Add fire safety to your family's routine
(BPT) - Think of all the items you replace regularly — your cellphone, lightbulbs and even your toothbrush. But when was the last time you replaced your smoke alarm batteries, or even the alarms themselves? It’s easy to overlook, but the time to think about fire safety is now — be... More >>

Everyone contributes to a community's strength [Video]
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New research calls pistachios superfood for people with desk jobs
(BPT) - Recent research is giving the 86 percent of Americans who sit all day at their jobs new reasons to reach for a handful of nuts while at work, and in particular, pistachios. Adding to an increasing volume of research around the health benefits of pistachios, one study and a national survey i... More >>

What Your Doctor Wants You to Ask About Metastatic Breast Cancer
(BPT) - This promotional content is brought to you by Eisai Inc. Dr. Shayma Master Kazmi has been compensated for her time developing this article with Eisai.When you’re diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, your life can feel like it’s been turned upside down. One of the best ways t... More >>

Fight for your sight: 5 tips to fight Age-related Macular Degeneration
(BPT) - The ability to see is one of our most precious gifts. Like most things in life, our vision may be impacted as we age. That’s why it’s important to learn about Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Prevalent among older Americans, it affects one in five adults age 65 and older,... More >>

South African culture, history, and heritage come alive in Durban
(BPT) - Think of South Africa, and images of majestic savanna landscapes and roaming wildlife may come to mind. A South African safari is an unforgettable experience, but no visit to the country is truly complete without a cultural immersion. Luckily, the vibrant city of Durban combines the best of... More >>

New Study Confirms Value of a Simple Blood Test to Help Doctors Quickly Diagnose Blockages in Patients' Heart Arteries
(BPT) - Chest discomfort. Heartburn. Tightness or pressure in the throat, jaw, shoulder, abdomen, back or arm. These are all symptoms of a common heart disease called obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD), also known as a blockage in the heart arteries. And it can be deadly. In fact, it often i... More >>

5 tips from a tea expert to brew the perfect cup
(BPT) - For most of us, a little evening downtime is not a luxury — it’s a necessity. After a hectic day of work, commutes, kids and dinner prep, we deserve to take a moment to slow down and enjoy some hard-earned “me time.”Instead of using this time to stream your favorite ... More >>

Diabetes and you: Budgeting tips you can take to the bank
(BPT) - Managing finances can seem like a daunting task, and many have a hard time deciphering between necessities and luxuries, such as vacations. People might even take some of these necessities for granted and not consider healthcare costs as part of that. However, a chronic health condition lik... More >>

Newly Launched Cancer.com Provides Much Needed Personalized Support for People Impacted By Cancer
(BPT) - Whether you’ve helped a family member through treatment or are facing a diagnosis yourself, hearing the word “cancer” can make people feel powerless and overwhelmed. For many, the best way to regain control is to be as educated as possible. This desire to be informed can l... More >>

Celebrate American Heart Month by taking control of your cholesterol
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Why probiotics should be part of your routine in 2018
(BPT) - At the turn of the calendar, many people begin taking action on what they plan to accomplish in the new year. Some have resolved to take up a new hobby, to save more money, to travel and, of course, to improve their health.New eating plans and gym memberships are common steps people take to... More >>

3 formerly misunderstood foods now a part of a well-balanced diet
(BPT) - Throughout history, misconceptions, misinformation and popular culture have influenced Americans' eating habits. Many foods that were previously eaten daily are now considered unhealthy. Conversely, some foods that were thought to be “bad for you,” are now considered nutritious.... More >>

Oh, baby! 5 unexpected (but common) symptoms experienced during pregnancy
(BPT) - Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life, filled with countless physical, emotional and lifestyle changes. Pregnant women often do research, read books or consult friends and family to determine what to expect during those nine months and how to best combat the symptoms that ma... More >>

Why online eye apps may do more harm than good
(BPT) - Online vision apps can be a great resource for health-related information, but if you rely on them to preserve your eye health and detect potential problems, you could be doing more harm than good, the American Optometric Association warns.“Eye health is critical to overall good healt... More >>

The Changing Landscape of Lung Cancer Treatment
(BPT) - At age 64, Bob Carlson was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer, and he felt the diagnosis was like “an expiration date being stamped on his life, like a milk carton,” and the time he had left “wasn’t nearly enough.” Bob, his wife, Julia, and doctors chose... More >>

Do you know all of your psoriasis treatment options?
(BPT) - Dru Riddle of Fort Worth, Texas, is one of the estimated 7.5 million people afflicted with psoriasis across the United States. A nurse anesthetist and university professor, Riddle understands first-hand the importance of receiving the proper treatment as quickly as possible and treating the... More >>

Clear winter roads: What works and what doesn't
(BPT) - It is no surprise that in the winter we see many articles about how our roads get plowed and treated. Nor is it particularly surprising that winter maintenance practices often lead to debates over different methods and materials used to keep roads clear. One often-heard rebuke is that road ... More >>

Consider alternatives to opioids to manage pain after surgery
(BPT) - If you’re having surgery, you can expect to be sore and uncomfortable for a few days, whether you’re recovering at home or in the hospital. But it’s best to limit opioids or avoid them altogether, opting for alternatives to manage pain and discomfort, recommends the Americ... More >>

Living with Ulcerative Colitis: Shedding Light on Unspoken Challenges [Infographic]
(BPT) - A 2017 U.S. survey of 301 adults living with ulcerative colitis (UC) and 149 gastroenterologists (GIs) suggests that some patients may be suffering from symptoms that may impact their life choices. Here are some preliminary findings from the survey (see survey methodology below) that show h... More >>

What you should know to prepare for a blood test
(BPT) - A new survey reveals Americans are not aware of what to report prior to a blood test. Only half (52 percent) believe it is very important to report use of supplements to their healthcare provider before getting a blood test.With recent interest in the use of supplements like biotin as beaut... More >>

Healthy half-time snacking tips from a pro
(BPT) - Healthy snacking and making good food choices can be difficult any time of the year, but it can be especially tough during the big game. Business Insider reports that only 80 percent of people who start a New Year’s resolution keep that resolution through February. This happens to cor... More >>

Sticking to resolutions: Healthy habits to keep all year long [Infographic]
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6 ways to help a grieving friend or family member
(BPT) - When someone you know loses a friend or family member, it’s not easy deciding when and how best to respond. You may find yourself unsure of what to say or do. Sometimes a simple phrase such as, “I’m sorry for your loss,” can be extraordinarily meaningful.Here are six... More >>

Giving a Voice to Caregivers & Patients Fighting Liver Cancer
(BPT) - Like many people, you are likely aware of the term "liver cancer" and may have some perceptions of this disease, but you may have less information than you think. Chances are, though, you have never heard of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), even though it’s the most common type of live... More >>

Dermatologist debunks top 5 skincare misconceptions
(BPT) - Figuring out what's best for your skin can feel like solving a difficult mystery — everyone’s condition is unique, there are countless treatment options and people will do almost anything for a clear complexion."When it comes to your skin, there are many elements to consider," s... More >>

Start the year strong with this high-performance vegetable
(BPT) - Chasing a place on the podium isn’t possible without the proper fuel for your body. Whether you’re going for the gold or just passing the pigskin in honor of the big game, athletes and amateurs alike need the right combination of nutrients to take on their training, and sports n... More >>

Stuck inside? Easy tips to freshen up your living space
(BPT) - Winter weather means more time living indoors — working, playing, relaxing and staying warm. It's important to keep your home fresh by staying ahead of the continual buildup of dirt, dust and allergens. The following are some key areas to tackle for a comfortable and efficient home.Wa... More >>

New year, new you. Be your best, most productive self in 2018
(BPT) - It's a new year, the time people traditionally take a look at what's working in their lives and what could be kicked up a notch. If you could use more productivity and efficiency in your life, you're not alone. Sometimes, it's all anyone can do to make it through the day unscathed, let alon... More >>

5 ways to achieve your New Year's resolution
(BPT) - Whether you want to lose weight, get in shape, read more or start playing guitar, there are thousands of New Year’s resolutions to pick from. For most people, though, their resolutions have to do with losing weight, exercising more or getting healthier. In fact, 69 percent of resoluti... More >>

Want a beautiful smile? Protect yourself!
(BPT) - They say you can tell a lot about a person from their smile. From braces to whitening treatments, regular dental visits and good brushing habits, Americans do a lot to make sure their teeth look great when they flash a smile.However, one of the most important parts of a great smile, and ind... More >>

National survey reveals the serious impact Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) has on women
(BPT) - Though many women are reluctant to discuss 'embarrassing' health issues — especially those pertaining to gynecologic health — many don’t understand the impact these same issues can have on a woman’s overall health and quality of life. Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the ... More >>

Top ways to boost health in 2018 in under 5 minutes per day
(BPT) - A new year brings new opportunities to focus on health and fitness. The following are four easy ways to boost your health in less than five minutes per day.Drink water before each meal.Drinking enough water each day helps to boost hydration, improve energy and aid digestion. But drinking be... More >>

Resolve to improve your health with omega-3s
(BPT) - Now that the holidays are over, many health-conscious Americans do their best to make healthier choices in the new year. But according to new research, even those who do their best to eat a balanced diet aren’t getting enough omega-3s — essential nutrients that the body requires... More >>

Research-backed tips to help you get fit
(BPT) - A new year and a new you — that's the theme of this season, right? So how are you going to improve yourself in 2018? If you're like many people, weight loss is at the top of your list, and maybe you've already picked out your diet and your exercise plan.Now you need a strategy to help... More >>

Going in for Surgery? Learn How Opioids May Increase Your Risk for Respiratory Compromise
(BPT) - There is a serious epidemic of opioid-related drug addiction in the United States, accompanied by an alarming increase in opioid-related drug overdose deaths. In addition to the non-prescription use of opioids, administration of prescribed opioids in hospital settings, especially in combina... More >>

The truth about what makes your skin dry and itchy in the winter
(BPT) - We wait all year for activities that come along with winter, like sipping hot cocoa by the fire or staying in to snuggle up under cozy blankets while re-watching our favorite movies.The winter season also brings some less-than-desirable side effects, though. An all-too-common winter woe is ... More >>

Cancer and the Community roundtable and forum series [Video]
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10 ways not all hearing aids are created equal
(BPT) - While all hearing aids offer amplification to help you hear better, there are other features you should consider when choosing a pair. For example, some provide natural sound, easy connectivity to electronic devices and less battery drain. Others, not so much. The following are the top 10 f... More >>

The Ultimate Holiday Gift: Asthma Relief
(BPT) - It’s the last ten seconds before the famous New York City, New Year’s Eve ball drop and another year is about to pass. As those remaining moments dwindle, you begin to reflect on the past year and what’s to come in the year ahead. For many, New Year’s resolutions mig... More >>

5 physician-approved nutrition tips to look and feel your best
(BPT) - Looking and feeling your best go hand in hand. When you take charge of your well-being, you'll feel healthier inside and out. Small efforts every day add up to a big impact."By taking specific steps each day, you can optimize your beauty hormones," says Dr. Shelena Lalji, founder of Dr. She... More >>

3 things you might not know about boat shows
(BPT) - Winter may be frigid for many, but it’s an ideal time to plan for warmer days ahead and make dreams of owning a boat a reality. Boat shows across the country offer some of the hottest deals around, with special pricing and incentives on new boat models and marine accessories — a... More >>

2017 Sleep in Review [Infographic]
(BPT) - More Americans than ever are prioritizing a good night's sleep in the new year, with the majority citing stress as the main reason they're not getting quality rest. While many factors affect how you sleep, the only way you can start sleeping better is by knowing how you’re sleeping in... More >>

Resolve to get more shut-eye? Here are 4 sleep hacks to help
(BPT) - As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, millions of people vow to eat better, work out more and lead a healthier life.But something is missing from this equation. While eating well and getting exercise are extremely important, too often people neglect the keystone of good hea... More >>

Wellness begins at home: 5 tips for a healthier, happier home
(BPT) - From diets to exercise routines to standing at our desks while we work, we do a lot to stay healthy. Most of the time this involves focusing on what we eat and how we move. No doubt this is an essential component to good health, but increasingly, people are realizing their home environment ... More >>

Staying safe on the mountain this winter
(BPT) - You can feel it in the air: The ski and snowboard season has arrived, and some areas in the U.S. are already open for business. As snow sports continue to gain popularity, millions of people will be hitting the slopes this winter. During the 2016-17 ski season, the National Ski Areas Associ... More >>

5 cold-weather hacks for winter driving
(BPT) - As drivers bundle up to take on Old Man Winter this season, having a few tricks up your sleeve can be a big help in keeping your cool on the road. Here are five hacks for battling the elements and staying safe on the roads.Got stuck? Snow problem! Hazardous winter weather requires that driv... More >>

Three questions every bariatric surgery patient asks
(BPT) - Today in the U.S., more than 78 million people are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control.[i] While research shows bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for severe obesity, less than 1 percent of the 26 million surgically eligible patients have weight loss procedure... More >>

When buying hearing aids: 6 essential things to know
(BPT) - Being an informed health care consumer is hard work. There is information everywhere. But how do you sift through it and make sense of it all? And how do you know what is reliable and what isn’t?Sorting through the noise when buying hearing aids is no exception.In the past several mon... More >>

Recently Presented Long-Term Progression-Free Survival Data in Multiple Myeloma
(BPT) - Sponsored content by Bristol-Myers SquibbMultiple myeloma is one of the most common types of blood cancer, with more than 30,000 Americans expected to be diagnosed this year.1 Formed by malignant plasma cells that are typically located within bone marrow, multiple myeloma often causes no sy... More >>

5 ways to feel good while getting fit
(BPT) - Setting intentions is a powerful thing. Then when you have that shiny new gym membership in hand, you feel like nothing stands between you and your goals to get in shape once and for all.Trouble is, lack of motivation, unpreparedness and busy schedules have a way of interfering with our pla... More >>

How images of smoking affect young people's likelihood to smoke [Infographic]
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Useful tips to help caregivers navigate the cost of care
(BPT) - When a patient receives bad medical news, it can be a paralyzing moment. It’s easy to see how any serious diagnosis can shatter someone’s life into a million pieces, but we often overlook what’s happening to the caregiver who’s devoting their time and energy to provi... More >>

Help yourself by helping others: Make a commitment to volunteer
(BPT) - Did you know that 35,000 hours of volunteering is the equivalent of working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year with no days off for 17 years?For American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) member Sarah Brooks, who was recently recognized for volunteering more than 35,000 hours in service to military vete... More >>

1 in 5 drivers can't fix a flat tire. Can you?
(BPT) - For many Americans, fixing a flat tire remains a mystery. According to a survey from AAA, nearly 20 percent of U.S. drivers don’t know how to change a flat. This is compounded by research saying there are 220 million flat tires annually — and each driver will experience up to fi... More >>

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

8 things everyone should know about their hearing [Infographic]
(BPT) - Make hearing health part of your overall healthcare.... More >>

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

The most wonderful (and stressful) time of year. Could you be suffering from seasonal anxiety? Find out how to cope.
(BPT) - Hot cocoa by a crackling fire. The sounds of family and friends’ laughter heard throughout the house. Your favorite holiday movies on the television. This is the idyllic holiday scene. But what’s the reality? Statistics show us that the holiday season, portrayed as the most wond... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Baby on the way? Here are some tips
(BPT) - It’s only a matter of time now. Your little bundle of joy is on its way, and for the first time you are about to be a parent. Think you’re ready? Many people do and then the reality of parenthood strikes them. Remember your friends who said being a parent is nothing like they ex... More >>

4 tips to organize your photos like a pro
(BPT) - Are you one of those dedicated people who snap great photos at every meaningful moment of your life? And do most of those shots end up in virtual memory, filed away in a sea of unsorted images?If so, you’re far from alone. Analysts say a whopping 1.2 trillion photos will be taken acro... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

Top 4 nutrition predictions in the New Year
(BPT) - Several food and nutrition trends were in the spotlight this year, including the continued rise of plant-based diets, non-dairy ice creams and superfoods that are blasts from the past — legumes, apples and cabbage. It can be easy to experience nutrition whiplash in the New Year, but d... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A cup of tea can be the best solution for everyday wellness
(BPT) - Before medicine and pharmaceuticals filled our remedy box, food and food ingredients were considered healing agents. Hippocrates was wise in his understanding of the special powers of food, beyond satisfying our appetites: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”Ther... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

7 smart ways to keep health goals progressing all winter long
(BPT) - Summer seems to inspire people to work on their health and fitness goals, yet progress toward wellness objectives doesn’t have to pause when the weather turns cooler. Registered dietitian Amy Gorin and lifestyle expert Chassie Post offer some tips for staying on track with health goal... More >>

5 tips for speed cleaning your home
(BPT) - What is one of the biggest sources of stress? It’s cleaning on a deadline, especially when guests are on their way.But with the right plan in place, even last-minute cleaning can be efficient and stress-free, says Debra Johnson, Merry Maids home cleaning expert.In an online survey con... More >>

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

Caring for a Loved One with Liver Cancer [Infographic]
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Make your chip and dip a little more hip
(BPT) - Savvy hosts and hostesses know that the keys to a successful soiree are a room filled with laughter and delicious treats served. If you’re hosting a special event with friends and family, impress and delight your guests with fresh, new takes on the classics.Here are some ideas for a s... More >>

New Brilliant Distinctions Program is more rewarding than ever! [Infographic]
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Tobacco Nation: The Deadly State of Smoking Disparity in the United States [Infographic]
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Actress Bellamy Young shares her Chronic Dry Eye story and tips for starting the conversation with your eye doctor
(BPT) - Between the bright lights and dusty film sets, actress Bellamy Young found herself switching contact brands and going through a bottle of artificial tears a month to try to help her dry eyes. After years of dealing with symptoms and assuming it wasn’t a serious issue, she was recently... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deeper than grassroots: Playing field surfacing decisions go beyond looks
(BPT) - Often an afterthought for spectators, the choice of playing surface – natural vs. artificial – is a major decision for sports teams and field managers that goes far beyond aesthetics.According to Don Follett, director of fields and grounds for the Baltimore Ravens, the decision ... More >>

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

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

Java journeys in El Salvador offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences
(BPT) - Americans' love for coffee is inspiring them to embark on java journeys around the world, leading them to stunning locations where coffee is an important part of daily life.Coffee farming has fueled the economy in El Salvador and defined its rich culture for more than 200 years.Today, it is... More >>

3 ways to save money on diabetes medications
(BPT) - Controlling the “ABCs of diabetes” — A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol levels — is difficult enough, but when you add that second C — costly medications — it’s easy to see how one’s levels can spiral out of control quickly.According to the A... More >>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Think you're not at risk for heart disease? Think again. [Infographic]
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Brain cancer patient leans on circle of friends for support
(BPT) - Laura Rowley has always been a social person.“Part of it is that I like people so much and I like having good relationships,” said the 53-year-old Seattle resident.Her affinity for building relationships became apparent when she was diagnosed with glioblastoma (GBM), the most co... More >>

5 house cleaning tips for allergy sufferers
(BPT) - Many people turn to nasal sprays and antihistamines to combat seasonal nasal allergies or hay fever, but keeping the home clean is just as important in the fight against allergies.Keep the outdoors outWhile it is hard to control exposure to pollen and other triggers when outside, those with... More >>

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

Being a Woman Newly Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis: Better Communication is Needed with Healthcare Team to Address Concerns [Infographic]
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5 tips for sharing your personal multiple sclerosis story
(BPT) - The tradition of storytelling — the social and cultural activity of sharing stories — extends as far back into human history as the ancient Greeks, and is valued across all cultures and communities. While the ancient Greeks wrote to express and alleviate the concerns of wars, pl... More >>

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

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

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

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

Preparing for a party? Try these 4 tips
(BPT) - It’s important not to allow the stress of entertaining large groups to become a burden. Below are four tips to help organize a kitchen and host with ease, creating a functional space for family and friends to enjoy.Plan aheadSet aside time early in the week to plan the menu, from simp... More >>

Hearing aids making use of futuristic technology
(BPT) - The primary goal of hearing aids has always been to improve speech understanding. While this hasn’t changed, manufacturers are now building Bluetooth technology in to the most advanced hearing aid microchips. This lets consumers connect to virtually any wireless electronic device.Read... More >>

Stomach Cancer: Get the Facts [Infographic]
(BPT) - Stomach cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the world but can still be hard to diagnose, as early-stage stomach cancer rarely causes symptoms. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of the world’s fifth most common cancer.Save... More >>

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

A breath of relief for migraine sufferers
(BPT) - People who suffer from migraine know that they’re more than just bad headaches.Migraine is a neurological disorder in which the nerves release inflammatory substances that cause signals to be sent to your brain, resulting in painful throbbing that can be accompanied by nausea, vomitin... More >>

A patient's perspective on the path to diagnosis of stomach cancer
(BPT) - To Nelson Civello, the fullness and mild discomfort he felt in his stomach seemed like nothing at first, but as these symptoms continued, he began to worry that something more serious was going on. After discussing his symptoms with multiple doctors, and receiving a number of diagnoses, Nel... More >>

7 tips to support Alzheimer's caregivers
(BPT) - Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias is exceptionally demanding, and especially challenging.A recent survey by the Alzheimer’s Association indicates many caregivers are not getting the help and support they need — 84 percent of caregivers say they would l... More >>

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

Save Your Breath Facebook community offers tips for living with respiratory disease
(BPT) - Breathing isn’t something Orlando, FL, resident John Coffey takes for granted. Five years ago, the software company owner could barely make it through a conference call without a coughing episode or feeling winded. Days he used to spend with his daughter at the local theme parks becam... More >>

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

Try these stress-busting strategies to get the feast on the table
(BPT) - The date is circled in red: the day of the big feast. This year, everyone’s coming over to your house for the big event. But just the thought of getting ready raises your pulse and sends a surge of stress through your system.This time, bring a new mindset to your holiday gathering. Yo... More >>

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

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

Get in the know about this hidden, dangerous form of bullying
(BPT) - Bullying is never acceptable, but food allergy bullying — which happens when children and teens living with life-threatening allergies (LTAs) are teased, ridiculed or even threatened or assaulted with food to which they are severely allergic — is especially dangerous. On the sur... More >>

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

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

Some bullies use words, others use food [Infographic]
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A message for parents: School eye screenings don't replace a comprehensive eye exam
(BPT) - With the academic year in full swing, many schools across the country are administering vision screenings to students. Parents mistakenly breathe a sigh of relief upon hearing that their children “passed” the screening. What parents don’t know are the significant limitatio... More >>

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

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

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

5 clever hacks to simplify any family's morning routine
(BPT) - Getting the family out the door on time every morning is no small feat. Seemingly simple tasks like getting dressed, packing backpacks and making breakfast can quickly turn into chaos. Before you know it, you're running late and the kids haven't even eaten as you dash to the car.Stop dreadi... More >>

Farming program helps neighbors in rural America fight hunger
(BPT) - Although the United States produces much of the world’s food, 48 million people in the country are food insecure, lacking access to enough food to sustain a healthy, active lifestyle. What's even more surprising is that many of the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity ar... More >>


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