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home : life : health May 4, 2016

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-... Read 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. ... Read 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 National Ins... Read More


Survey finds need for better asthma control [Infographic]
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Transcatheter aortic valve replacement: Changing the face of treatment for patients with aortic stenosis [Infographic]
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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... Read 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... Read More


When healthy still doesn't feel good
(BPT) - You have replaced refined grains with whole grains, increased nuts, fruits and vegetables, are 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 understand wh... Read More


Why your favorite foods may soon be changing
(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 officials have i... Read 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... Read More


The new prescription drugs: Are they really the solution for toe and foot fungus? Or do they just come with a high price?
(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 - but unfortunately, that... Read 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. ... Read 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 &... Read 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... Read 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 (natural) glo... Read 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... Read 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 amount of protein neede... Read 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 percent spe... Read 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... Read 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 the role ... Read 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... Read More


Battling mosquitos? 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 illnesses they can trans... Read 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 ... Read More


A conversation of hope and 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 what I co... Read 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 pediatric cance... Read More


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 ... Read 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... Read 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 those w... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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.... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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 ... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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. ... Read More


Unleash happiness: Tips for living your happiest life
(BPT) - Are you living your happiest life? How does your mood affect your health? Is happiness contagious? Researchers are finding these questions are worth asking, and multiple studies show happiness dramatically improves health, productivity, family bonds and even life expectancy. So it’s n... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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 ... Read 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... Read 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 ... Read 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... Read 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 get any longer, it... Read 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 is at risk fo... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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 ... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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.... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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 ... Read 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 ... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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 ... Read 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... Read 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.... Read 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... Read More


Not your mother's facelift
(BPT) - Are you looking for younger, fuller and firmer skin? Maybe you’ve got some wrinkles and sagging cheeks you would like to see disappear. Minimally-invasive nonsurgical treatments are trending, and may even be replacing traditional facelifts in some cases. One of the latest anti-aging b... Read 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... Read 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... Read More


Spotlight on the transformation of metastatic melanoma care [Infographic]
(BPT) - Over the past four decades, research has significantly improved our understanding of metastatic melanoma -- the most serious and life-threatening form of skin cancer. Through collaboration in research and development, innovative new treatments are transforming the way we care for patients w... Read 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... Read 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. ... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read More


Early intervention in schizophrenia: One mother's story
(BPT) - Claire Phillips is one of many people in the U.S. caring for the 2.4 million adults living with schizophrenia. Her daughter, Rebecca, was diagnosed with this serious mental illness more than eight years ago after being hospitalized following a relapse of symptoms that included delusions, di... Read More


Easing women's pain: Exercise, identifying triggers are key, research shows [Infographic]
(BPT) - Women often suffer silently when in pain, whether it’s caused by pregnancy discomfort or creaky knees. Yet there are a variety of solutions that can help relieve women of chronic pain, from exercise to identifying triggers, suggests a new review of research related to women and pain b... Read More


Real reasons why grandma won't eat - and how you can help improve her nutrition
(BPT) - Every parent knows good nutrition is critical for your kids, and getting them to eat well can be an on-going struggle. But what if you’re also helping care for an aging parent? Ensuring older adults eat well can be even more frustrating than getting children to eat right, but it&rsquo... Read 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 ... Read More


Innovative treatment for a common heart condition
(BPT) - An estimated 3 million Americans have atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib), which is the most common cardiac arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat). AF increases in frequency and severity as patients grow older and can cause serious health complications, including stroke.What is AF?Dr. Shane Bailey, a... Read More


10 expert health tips that simplify holistic living
(BPT) - Diet fads, new workout regimens, exotic health supplements — every day, people are inundated with headlines about health trends. Out of the clutter and confusion a new, arguably more sensible, health movement is gaining traction: holistic living.Taking a holistic health approach means... Read More


Award-winning musician raises awareness of rare and fatal lung disease
(BPT) - Watching a parent suffer from a serious, rare disease is devastating, as award-winning country music artist Joe Nichols knows firsthand. Nichols lost his father to a fatal lung disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis – or IPF – after numerous misdiagnoses and years of suffe... Read More


New campaign raises awareness of fatal lung disease that leaves those affected 'Breathless' [Infographic]
(BPT) - Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a rare disease that affects as many as 132,000 Americans and leads to as many deaths as breast cancer each year. A new national campaign, "Breathless: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at IPF," is educating the public about this all-too-often misdiagnosed lung ... Read More


Clean hands save lives [Infographic]
(BPT) - Experts in nearly every major public health organization agree that ineffective hand hygiene (hand washing or using disinfecting sprays, wipes or gels) is one of the most significant contributors to the spread of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), yet hand hygiene rates among caregivers a... Read More


Are smart homes the key to unlocking relationship woes?
(BPT) - The American dream of owning a home comes with a large dose of reality — the often-overwhelming amount of time, energy and money it takes to maintain a property. Light bulbs burn out, furnaces strain and dishwashers leak.Daily chores like laundry, washing the dishes and vacuuming can ... Read More


5 myths and one truth about the cold and flu
(BPT) - Some people are always on the move. Their weekend begins with a list of things to do and ends with a bunch of checked boxes. Lunch hours are time to squeeze in a visit to the gym or take advantage of sale. Each day is a marathon of activity.If this is you, then you know nothing is worse tha... Read More


Unlocking the heart-healthy secret of mushrooms
(BPT) - Whether it’s being stuck in traffic, missing a deadline or having trouble getting the kids out of bed, the stress we experience comes in many different forms. Often, people think of stress as something you’re immediately aware of: your thoughts become crowded, your breath shorte... Read More


7 steps to allergy relief with spring cleaning
(BPT) - Longing for allergy relief? To stop the endless cycle of sniffles, sneezes and wheezes, it’s time to ready your vacuum and rubber gloves. Spring cleaning helps eliminate allergens so you can relax, breathe easy and enjoy the season.“People who suffer from allergies may not reali... Read More


The Important Role of Nutrition with Pancreatic Cancer
(BPT) - Eating is often a challenge for people with pancreatic cancer because they are living with ongoing symptoms from their cancer, or from surgery or other treatments. The normal functions of the pancreas, which include help with digestion and blood sugar control, may be further affected. These... Read More


How millions of us say good morning a little differently
(BPT) - Many of us have a morning routine. However, millions of Americans say “good morning” a little differently. For individuals living with the incurable condition of hypothyroidism, their morning routine is likely to include taking medication at the same time before breakfast each m... Read More


5 unbelievably yummy, better-for-you breakfast ideas
(BPT) - Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it can often be the one that's hardest to fit into busy schedules. Even if you have time for breakfast, you may find yourself trading wholesomeness and quality for speed and convenience. However, having better-for-you breakfasts need ... Read More


How healthy is your smile? You'd be surprised
(BPT) - That healthy smile may not be so healthy. Twenty-one percent of children and 91 percent of adults have caries (commonly referred to as tooth decay) in their permanent adult teeth, according to a recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHNES).But a recent breakthrough is ava... Read More


Epilepsy around the world (infographic)
(BPT) - LivaNova, PLC, maker of the VNS Therapy system, today released an infographic promoting greater awareness of the disease and encouraging drug-resistant epilepsy to be part of the global discussion on International Epilepsy Day.LivaNova is dedicated to raising awareness for epilepsy and trea... Read More


Fishing for a healthy meal? Seafood is a smart choice
(BPT) - When it comes to mealtime, are you thinking fish? You should! Fish is the premiere natural source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are not naturally produced by the body and, therefore, must come from food. If you’re an expecting or breastfeeding mom, it’s even more important to ea... Read More


Home is where the health is [Infographic]
(BPT) - - Educate yourself on the facts and practice healthy habits at home to help protect your family. For more information please visit Lysol.com/HealthyHabits.... Read More


Conquering the top 5 reasons people fail at fitness
(BPT) - Everyone can agree that regular exercise is important, so why do so many people struggle to stick with their fitness goals?If you’ve encountered barriers holding you back from committing to a fitness routine, you’re not alone. The health experts at the Mayo Clinic offer simple i... Read More


Light up your thinking on hearing loss [Infographic]
(BPT) - Addressing your hearing loss speaks volumes. Here are five illuminating things treating hearing loss says about you. For more information on hearing loss and treatment, visit www.BetterHearing.org. ... Read More


Opioid-Induced Constipation: Trading Confusion for Conversation [Infographic]
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5 reasons you're not sleeping
(BPT) - Tossing, turning and constantly waking — it can be maddening when you don’t get the sleep your mind and body so desperately needs. If you constantly struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep, you’re in good (albeit tired) company.Millions of Americans across the country are ... Read More


Protect your sight with this little known nutrient
(BPT) - There’s an existing nutrient that is incredibly important to your eye health. However, odds are you’ve probably never heard of it.The nutrient is called zeaxanthin (pronounced Zee-ah-zan-thun). The antioxidant, along with lutein, is found in the back of the eye as a component of... Read More


Love your eyes: 5 tips for protecting against the leading cause of blindness
(BPT) - Seniors are at heightened risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness among older Americans. The disease damages central vision, limiting a person’s ability to read, write and recognize faces.Fortunately, there are steps people can take to lower the... Read More


Starting the conversation about opioid-induced constipation
(BPT) - Results of a survey of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain sheds light on constipation, a common side effect of opioid therapy.The online survey was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of AstraZeneca. The survey results show that out of the 2,797 survey respondents who were prescrib... Read More


7 high-tech reasons you should finally deal with your hearing loss
(BPT) - Lifting your mood, boosting your energy, protecting your earnings, super-charging your social life — and even keeping your mind sharp: These are just some of the many spoils that come with facing and dealing with a noise-induced hearing loss that has been slowly but persistently creep... Read More


Pancreatic Cancer: 5 Important Questions
(BPT) - This year alone, nearly 50,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the fourth highest cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.The statistics about pancreatic cancer are staggering because unlike some other cancers, diagnosis is difficult as there is no screening t... Read More


Why bad science isn't good for anyone
(BPT) - There is an old adage that the squeaking wheel gets the most oil. If you need proof that adage still rings true, consider where we are with food science research. Much of the time, the loudest are heard, regardless of qualifications, while the more informed and experienced are silenced.For ... Read More


Learn from HIV: The importance of finding and sharing HIV information and HIV-related resources online
(BPT) - For many of us, the search for information and advice starts online. Finding content has never been easier, from sports trivia to family recipes, and 41 percent of all internet users search for and share posts from others. But the benefits of social sharing extend beyond receiving “li... Read More


7 swaps for a healthier meal [Infographic]
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5 common heart health myths debunked
(BPT) - As the number one cause of death in both men and women, knowledge is power when it comes to preventing heart conditions. Whether it runs in your family or not, this is one health issue you shouldn't ignore."Unfortunately, everyone has an old wives' tale associated with heart disease and car... Read More


Expert advice for surviving severe weather
(BPT) - It’s out there — that next bout of severe weather is on its way. No matter where you live in the United States, the potential for severe weather always exists and sometimes it comes without much warning.“None of us really knows what the weather holds,” says LT. Gener... Read More


Exfoliants 101 [Infographic]
(BPT) - Get all the facts about a game-changing product in your skincare routine. From wrinkles to breakouts, a well-formulated exfoliant can take your skin to the next level, removing old skin cells and revealing your natural glow.... Read More


Let's Talk PBC [Infographic]
(BPT) - Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), formerly known as primary biliary cirrhosis, is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects the liver. Although it is a rare disease, PBC affects an estimated one in 1,000 women, and since 1988, has been the second-leading overall cause of liver transplant i... Read More


Surgery and anesthesia: Making it safer at any age
(BPT) - Anesthesia today is safer than ever. But try telling that to a nervous parent of a 5-year-old about to have surgery, or to a patient in his 70s in poor health.Talking to your surgeon and physician anesthesiologist before surgery is an important step in making sure your experience is as safe... Read More


It's peak flu season: Help protect you and your family by getting vaccinated
(BPT) - Many dread winter – the darkness, frigid weather and snowstorms. For everyone, especially elderly individuals and children, winter also carries one major health concern — seasonal influenza (the flu).The flu is a contagious, highly communicable infection that predominantly attac... Read More


Yoga 101: How to get started with this accessible, balanced form of exercise
(BPT) - More than half of all Americans exercise regularly, according to a 2015 Gallup poll, but there’s still room for most people to improve their fitness. Even if you’re exercising a few times a week, that may not meet recommended activity levels. If you’re looking for a type o... Read More


Why former pro football players may cry or laugh uncontrollably with little to no clear trigger [Infographic]
(BPT) - New research shows 99 percent of former professional football players surveyed by the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, Inc., have suffered a head injury, repeated concussions, or a blow to the head sometime during their football career. More concerning is that a third of these players admit... Read More


Don't let the cold or flu wreck your winter [Infographic]
(BPT) - - Winter, and cold and flu season can be hard on your family. Instead of hibernating inside due to a case of the sniffles, coughing or sneezing, let the softness of Puffs Plus Lotion and DayQuil SEVERE and NyQuil SEVERE comfort your family so they can get out outside and enjoy all that the ... Read More


To grandmother's house we go: The hazards of a grandparent's home
(BPT) - It is no secret that grandparents play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren. From giving encouragement and life advice, to helping out as a caretaker, many turn to their grandparents for support. In fact, 72 percent of grandparents take care of their grandchildren on a regu... Read More


Proper flu etiquette to help keep you and your family flu-free
(BPT) - It came out of nowhere. The sudden fever, aches, and chills you’re experiencing are unbearable. You crawl into bed, thinking there’s not much you can do. You already feel guilty for bringing the flu home to your kids and spouse. You can try to fight it, but the virus will likely... Read More


Science proves need for omega-3s
(BPT) - There’s no denying proper nutrition and a balanced diet are essential for good health. Yet with research on diet and lifestyle recommendations constantly evolving, it can be difficult to make sense of the varying news reports and seemingly endless barrage of information.Fortunately, w... Read More


Are we turning a blind eye to blue light?
(BPT) - It’s everywhere — inside as well as outside your home. As digital device usage increases, you’re exposed to more and more of it without realizing how it may affect your vision in the future. We’re talking about blue light.In its natural form, your body uses blue ligh... Read More


Cervical cancer screening saves women's lives: What you need to know before your next annual visit
(BPT) - Amy “Sunshine” Rodriguez, 44, is a radio personality in West Hartford, Connecticut, who loves spending time at the shore enjoying the scenery and her family. The mother of two and grandmother of one found love at a young age and married her husband shortly after. Of the many tal... Read More


ReNew Year's Resolutions: Another shot at quitting smoking in 2016 [Infographic]
(BPT) - More than 160 million Americans make New Year’s resolutions, and each year quitting smoking is one of the most common. As we move away from January 1st, the success rate gradually falls. If your resolution for a smokefree start to the New Year did not work out the way you planned, Qu... Read More


Debunking detox with 5 easy fixes
(BPT) - Lots of things in life create messes that need to be cleaned up — even in our bodies. Think of a playroom after a long day of family fun — toys and games strewed about the room, which if not tidied, we often end up tripping over. The same holds true for our bodies. After a holid... Read More


Navigating the challenges of sepsis management [Infographic]
(BPT) - Sepsis has taken the spotlight with the new CMS measure to assess the quality of sepsis care in hospitals. 4000+ U.S. hospitals must begin data collection on a Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock Management Bundle Measure (NQF #0500) that is scheduled to impact future CMS reimbursement. This act... Read More


The road to recovery: What you need to know about addiction
(BPT) - Drug and alcohol addiction can destroy careers, tear apart families and ruin lives. With 43,982 total drug-induced deaths each year, addiction continues to be a problem in the United States.“Experiencing or watching a loved one battle an addiction is heartbreaking,” says JJ Bush... Read More


The facts of living with IBD [Infographic]
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How to say goodbye to skin imperfections
(BPT) - It was once believed that costly doctor visits were the only way to get health advice. Now, thanks to websites like WebMD and health.com, Americans are only a few clicks away from valuable medical information. Millions of people are flocking to online resources to learn about health conditi... Read More



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