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Uncontrollable laughing and crying: A stroke survivor's unexpected diagnosis
(BPT) - At the age of 33, Delanie Wilson had everything she’d ever hoped for. She married the love of her life, had two wonderful children and adored her job as a history teacher. She had recently lost 78 pounds and was in the best shape of her life. In Delanie’s eyes, life couldn&rsquo... Read More

A Fresh Look: Consider These Ways to Help Manage Major Depressive Disorder
(BPT) - Major depressive disorder (MDD), also known as clinical depression, affects a large number of people. In fact, in the United States, it's been estimated that more than 30 million people have suffered from MDD over a lifetime. Symptoms of MDD include saddened mood, loss of interest or pleasu... Read More

Tips for Women to Talk to Their Men about Sexual Health
(BPT) - As men age, they may develop a number of health conditions that some might consider too embarrassing, sensitive or difficult to discuss with others. Bones shrinking in size, receding gum lines and losing muscle mass1 are probably not problems that men scream about across the poker table wit... Read More

Common food allergy myths, debunked [Infographic]
(BPT) - Did you know that people perceive peanut allergies to be 40 times more prevalent than research says they are? This is just one example of the misinformation lurking in popular culture about food allergies. Below are some of the most common food allergy myths debunked by the National Peanut ... Read More

5 tips to keep your child's school days from becoming sick days
(BPT) - Studies show that children in daycare or attending school can catch up to 12 common viral infections each year and that each of these infections can last seven to 10 days. Getting sick is commonly seen as part of growing up but the good news for parents is that you can help support your chi... Read More

Caregivers make up 1 in 3 U.S. adults [Infographic]
(BPT) - More than 74,000 Americans are diagnosed with bladder cancer each year. In addition to the physician, caregivers play a vital role in a patient's health. Did you know that nearly one in three U.S. adults is a caregiver? And about two out of three caregivers are women? For information and re... Read More

Leg pain that can be much more: peripheral artery disease
(BPT) - After experiencing a long period of pain and cramping in his legs, a 61-year-old man working as a machine operator in a factory outside of Tulsa, Okla., was diagnosed with peripheral artery disease, or PAD, a condition that occurs when deposits of fat and cholesterol, known as plaque, build... Read More

Do you have your shift together? [Infographic]
(BPT) - About 15 million Americans work outside a traditional 9-to-5 schedule, putting them at risk for several health issues, including shift work disorder (SWD). This group includes more occupations than you might think. SWD is a medical condition where your work schedule is out of sync with your... Read More

Forever young: 5 ways treating hearing loss can revitalize your life
(BPT) - Listen up, boomers: Do you want to stay active? Vibrant? Socially engaged? Professionally successful? Most of us do.So maybe it's time to do something about your hearing.Chances are, if you're like many baby boomers, you've rocked your way through your fair share of concerts, night clubs, a... Read More

Putting Your Finger on a Challenging Hand Condition
(BPT) - One afternoon about two and a half years ago, Bob Metzler was running out the door and caught the end of a television segment featuring Dr. Glenn Gaston, a hand specialist at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, North Carolina, who was talking about a condition that causes your fingers to be pulled ... Read More

Finding expert guidance through grief [Infographic]
(BPT) - At least 25 million people in the U.S. are grieving the loss of a loved one right now. Hospice provides grief and bereavement counseling that addresses the individual ways in which people grieve and reminds everyone that they are not alone. Regardless of whether or not a lost loved one was ... Read More

Fall life hacks to keep you organized while on the go
(BPT) - Autumn is the season of cool and comfortable temperatures, lovely autumn foliage and fun-filled family activities. With so much to look forward to, it’s easy to lose track of what you should be doing to stay prepped for a busy season ahead.Amid all the fun-filled weekends of pumpkin-p... Read More

Taking control for healthier aging
(BPT) - As adults age, they often face different health challenges than those experienced during their youth; however, there are several key steps that can be taken to improve their chances of maintaining good health.A key part of healthier aging is preventing serious illnesses. Regular medical che... Read More

Indulging in a bite of pie and taking a nap could keep you healthy this holiday season
(BPT) - The holiday season is full of celebrations. From office parties to family events, everyone gathers to spread a little extra cheer. While people may be wary of what all of the holiday treats will mean for their health, avoiding all of the revelry could cause more harm than good.  Creati... Read More

Tips for a food allergy-friendly Halloween [Infographic]
(BPT) - As the sun sets on Halloween night, children will transform into vampires, witches and pumpkins while they prepare for what many of them look forward to most – trick-or-treating. The suspense of not knowing what kind of treat you’ll get is always exciting, but this American tric... Read More

Answering the biggest unmet need in cancer care today
(BPT) - “I thought cancer was like dessert - you only got one. I thought wrong,” says Jim Riswold, a two-time cancer survivor and one of the advertising geniuses responsible for some of Nike’s most iconic ads. Fourteen years ago, Riswold was told he had between two to four years t... Read More

Gasp-worthy perils of bad indoor air - and what you can do about them
(BPT) - Cooler weather is on the way. You might think the seasonal demise of pollen-spewing flora, coupled with more time spent indoors, means allergy and asthma sufferers – not to mention the rest of us – can expect to breathe easier. Not so – if the air inside your home or offic... Read More

School-Year 'Checkpoints' and ADHD: What You Need to Know
(BPT) - With each school year, children and parents alike must adapt to new teachers, new classes and new activities. For children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (or ADHD), the condition can add increased complexity to an already challenging situation. Certain school-year “... Read More

Prostate cancer and bladder leakage: Tips to live a fulfilling lifestyle
(BPT) - If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This philosophy is fine when applied to home improvement, but it isn’t a good approach for men’s health and wellness. Fortunately, in recent years, male health issues like prostate cancer have received greater attention thanks to more... Read More

New online portal connects women living with metastatic breast cancer to peer-support and educational resources
(BPT) - Kimberly Jewett was shocked and scared when, after nearly four years cancer free, she learned her breast cancer had returned as metastatic breast cancer (MBC), meaning it had spread outside of the breast tissue. Facing uncertainty and unsure of what her next step should be, Kimberly, like m... Read More

The bedroom: the key to a restful night's sleep
(BPT) - Whether snuggling in for the night or just trying to catch a few quick winks, your environment plays an important role in determining if you’re counting sheep or counting Zzzs. From noise reduction to lighting, there are a few easy ways you can turn your bedroom into a tranquil oasis.... Read More

How to stop pet stains from straining your family events
(BPT) - While there is no doubt that pet owners love their furry friends, it’s fair to say that dogs and cats can easily take over the home. Whether you’re dealing with a sick cat or attempting puppy potty training, you can quickly find yourself in a bacteria breeding ground.Eighty perc... Read More

What did you say? How teens are putting their hearing at risk [Infographic]
(BPT) - Teenagers may think they’re indestructible but new research shows their habits may already be jeopardizing their hearing. The following infographic shows you just how real the danger is for today’s teens and what they can do to reduce their risk.  ... Read More

Restless legs syndrome: 'no laughing matter'
(BPT) - A creepy-crawly feeling. An irresistible urge to move your legs. The inability to sit still for long periods of time. These are common complaints of those living with moderate-to-severe restless leg syndrome (RLS), a progressive and chronic condition that affects 2-3 percent of U.S. adults.... Read More

Healthy tips and advice for lowering your risk of heart disease
(BPT) - Every year in the United States, about 600,000 people die of heart disease – that’s one in every four deaths. Coronary heart disease (CHD), which can lead to heart attack, remains the most common type of heart disease amongst Americans – killing nearly 380,000 annually. Wh... Read More

Expectant moms need iodine for healthy children
(BPT) - Expectant moms already have plenty to worry about including keeping up with medical appointments and setting up a nursery. However, one very easy and vitally important thing to do for a healthy baby is to make sure pregnant and nursing women get enough iodine.Iodine is an essential element ... Read More

New coaching program helps people living with multiple sclerosis improve financial wellness
(BPT) - Suzanne is a Las Vegas resident who spent nearly three decades fundraising for museums and universities until a multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis in July of 2012 changed her life. Now MS keeps her from working full-time."Following my diagnosis my self-esteem took a hit and fear came into pl... Read More

4 simple steps to a happier, healthier 2015
(BPT) - Another year is upon us, leaving plenty of time to reflect on what went well (and not so well) in 2014. Before you start outlining your self-improvement plan for 2015, consider this: only 8 percent of people who make new year’s resolutions actually stick to them. Control the urge to r... Read More

Four simple home remedies for joint pain
(BPT) - Soreness, stiffness, tenderness – joint pain can have a direct impact on quality of life. Fortunately, there are a number of proactive steps that incorporate all-natural solutions to help improve joint health and overall wellness.Joint pain is one of the most common health concerns. I... Read More

Chronic pain: The impact on daily life [Infographic]
(BPT) - The symptoms may not be visible. The cause may not be obvious. But for the millions of Americans living with chronic pain, the impact on daily life is very real. A survey of chronic pain patients uncovered the challenges they face in the home, workplace, in the health care provider’s ... Read More

Simple steps that help people with diabetes keep their feet healthy
(BPT) - A diabetes diagnosis can be daunting, but a simple attitude adjustment can make a world of difference in how well you fare while living with the disease. By proactively taking steps to monitor key health indicators, experts agree that it’s possible to prevent some of the most severe r... Read More

Grape idea! One simple ingredient boosts nutrition and reinvents meals
(BPT) - As the days start to get shorter – and the evenings busier – families are always on the lookout for quick and easy go-to meals that will please even the pickiest eaters. A few tricks and time-saving recipes instantly reinvent family favorites and will receive rave reviews at the... Read More

National survey results reveal additional consumer education, awareness and action needed for liquid laundry packets [Infographic]
(BPT) - Although many consumers depend on liquid laundry packets, general safety precautions around storage prove to be low according to a national survey conducted by the American Cleaning Institute (ACI), a nonprofit organization representing producers of household cleaning products. The survey w... Read More

Using music to find inner strength in living with relapsing MS
(BPT) - Anger. Frustration. Denial. Those are just some of the things that David Osmond, music artist and inspirational advocate, and numerous people with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) felt upon diagnosis. MS is an unpredictable, chronic disease of the central nervous system that affects about ... Read More

Optimal lung cancer care requires a team [Infographic]
(BPT) - Did you know more than 200,000 Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer each year? If you have lung cancer, talk to your doctor about engaging a multidisciplinary team in order to receive the best care possible. Use the tips below to prepare for your next appointment, and talk to your docto... Read More

Breastfeeding? Take advantage of FSA dollars
(BPT) - If you’re an expectant or new mom who has made the decision to breastfeed your baby, you’re not alone: 79 percent of new mothers initiate breastfeeding following the birth of their babies, according to the CDC 2014 Breastfeeding Report Card. Obtaining the right supplies and supp... Read More

7 things you didn't know about pneumonia
(BPT) - Many people believe pneumonia only affects vulnerable elderly people and occurs in colder climates – but the truth is pneumonia is a serious lung infection that can hit anyone, at any time or any place. However, the risk of pneumonia is increased in those 50 years and older, and the i... Read More

Hidden holiday hazard? Don't let foot pain dampen holiday spirits
(BPT) - Americans spend just shy of 274 hours a year on shopping – or 45 minutes per day – according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey. It’s probably safe to say a good chunk of that time occurs during the holiday season. While much shopping takes p... Read More

Find relief from occasional allergy symptoms this fall
(BPT) - Fall’s arrival brings fun family activities such as pumpkin picking, football watching and Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, it can also bring unwanted allergy and sinus symptoms. Fall allergy and sinus symptoms can be unpredictable and can be triggered by a variety of environmental factor... Read More

The surprising holiday allergy triggers in your home
(BPT) - When the holidays arrive, do you sigh in relief, assuming allergies are one problem you won’t have to worry about during this busy, high-stress season? Don’t let your guard down too soon. From holiday decorations and gifts to more time indoors with pet dander and dust mites, the... Read More

Reverse the onset of diabetes with simple lifestyle changes and healthy living programs
(BPT) - When Monique Wright-Williams lost her mother to diabetes-related complications, she became determined not to follow the same path.In 1991, Wright-Williams of Syracuse, New York learned that she had prediabetes, meaning her blood glucose levels were elevated, but not to type 2 diabetes level... Read More

Advanced breast cancer: Then and now [Infographic]
(BPT) - Thirty years ago, breast cancer was considered one disease and treatment options were limited. Today, we now know that there are many subtypes of advanced breast cancer (HR+, HER2+, triple negative, etc.) and treatment options are available to address specific subtypes and characteristics o... Read More

The state of osteoarthritis [Infographic]
(BPT) - Osteoarthritis – the most common type of arthritis – affects approximately 27 million adults in the U.S. Check out the infographic to learn more.  ... Read More

Important tax information for everyone with marketplace health insurance
(BPT) - Health insurance and income taxes, once an unlikely pair, are now close companions as a result of the Affordable Care Act's insurance mandate that took effect Jan. 1, 2014. If you have health insurance through the federal or a state-sponsore... Read More

Teens getting the truth out about smoking [Infographic]
(BPT) - Teen smoking rates are at their lowest levels in 22 years and the truth(R) campaign is rallying today’s teens to end smoking once and for all. Tobacco continues to be the No. 1 cause of preventable death in this country, but teens and truth are standing up against Big Tobacco. In its ... Read More

Get to know gluten-free [Infographic]
(BPT) - Looking to start or maintain a gluten-free diet? The supermarket can often be difficult to navigate especially when shopping under specific dietary restrictions. Read on for quick and easy tips on how you can shop your local grocers and have a gluten-free diet without breaking the bank.&nbs... Read More

5 signs it's time to call hospice
  (BPT) - Many people are hesitant to call hospice for a loved one because they see it as giving up. In reality, contacting hospice is a choice that can lead to fewer worries and more meaningful moments during a serious illness or near the end of life.Here are five signs that hospice or p... Read More

Why you should know about pancreatic cancer
(BPT) - When you hear the word cancer, which cancers come to mind?Did you think breast, lung and maybe colon cancers? You’re not alone. According to the Global Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Omnibus Survey, when people across the nation were asked the same question, breast and lung cancer were t... Read More

Bridging the gap in diabetes care [Infographic]
(BPT) - Diabetes affects 29.1 million people in the United States and the numbers grow higher each day. There is hope – through concerted efforts we can overcome barriers to care for those most affected by diabetes. Follow this infographic to see what’s being done to bridge the gap in d... Read More

Swapping ingredients and habits for healthier living
(BPT) - When it comes to cooking, you’re always on the lookout for new recipes, easy shortcuts and ways to make familiar recipes healthier without sacrificing the great taste. If you are a health-minded cook, here are some tips to get you started:1. Add colors to your foods – Colorful f... Read More

5 New Year's resolutions too simple to overlook
(BPT) - If you make New Year’s resolutions, you’re not alone. About half of Americans make special goals for each new year, according to University of Scranton research. Unfortunately, you’re also not alone if you break them, as only 8 percent of people are successful in achieving... Read More

Are your children protected from laundry packets? [Infographic]
(BPT) - The American Cleaning Institute (ACI), a nonprofit organization representing producers of household cleaning products, recently conducted a survey as part of their ongoing efforts to keep children safe from accidental exposures to liquid laundry packets through their KEY Pledge safety educa... Read More

What parents feed baby can have long-term impact
(BPT) - Experts agree that the food babies eat helps set the stage for growth and development, but did you know that it also impacts long-term eating habits and taste development? Children who consumed fruits and vegetables infrequently and drank sweet drinks during late infancy showed those same h... Read More

Keep your skin glowing by staying active as temperatures start to drop
(BPT) - For some, chillier weather can decrease the likelihood of sticking to a consistent workout routine. Luckily, there are plenty of small changes one can make to ensure that staying active during short winter days and long nights remains a priority. Not only does exercise benefit physical and ... Read More

How health care will affect your taxes: 6 tips you need to know
(BPT) - The Affordable Care Act has changed the health care insurance landscape since last year, and for the first time, health care and your taxes are now directly related. Millions of Americans will have to start making decisions about health care insurance now to be able to save more of their ha... Read More

How to protect your pet from the obesity epidemic
(BPT) - The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than one-third, or 78.6 million, of U.S. adults are obese. While the issue is well-recognized among the public, many don’t realize there is a second obesity epidemic occurring simultaneously - a p... Read More

5 sanity-saving secrets to balance school and fun this holiday season
(BPT) - Sure, you were on your game when school first started, getting everyone out the door on time and packing perfect lunches every day. But the kids have been back in school for a while now. The approaching holiday season can make it even more challenging to keep kids on track and school at the... Read More

Keeping pre-teens safe as they grow older
(BPT) - Life changes a bit when school resumes in the fall. Traffic patterns become more regular, family schedules adjust and kids fill their hours with classes, homework and after-school activities. As children grow up, it can be difficult for parents to know how to stay connected and keep them sa... Read More

Is vision loss inevitable with age? The answer may surprise you
(BPT) - Eighty-three percent of U.S. adults believe their eyesight will worsen as they age, no matter what preventive steps they take, according to a recent DSM Nutritional Products survey. While genetics and lifestyle factors do play a role for some serious eye conditions that cause vision loss su... Read More

Award winning actress, S. Epatha Merkerson, urges people with type 2 diabetes to accept America's Diabetes Challenge
(BPT) - S. Epatha Merkerson is well-known for her award-winning roles on the stage and screen. But what you may not know is that she is one of the 29 million Americans living with diabetes.In 2003, after having her blood sugar tested at a health fair event and being advised to see her doctor, Merke... Read More

Enjoy healthier comfort foods while keeping the comfort
(BPT) - Comfort foods remind us of home, warmth and family; they are often the creamy, rich and heavy everyday foods we had as children. Things like macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and fried chicken may be soothing to the soul, but not to the waistline.“I happen to like my comfort foods... Read More

Fall foot health made easy
(BPT) - The days of summer living and relaxing are over and it’s time to get back on your feet! Whether you are exploring orchards, raking leaves or dodging rain puddles, autumn keeps you on your toes. The changing of seasons is the perfect time to remember the importance of foot health. Simp... Read More

FDA's message to moms: Eat more seafood
(BPT) - Your mother probably told you “fish is brain food.” Turns out she was right.The nutrients in seafood are vital to the brain development of young children, especially during pregnancy. Seafood is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for visual and cognitive developmen... Read More

Advice for finding the strength to live with MS [Infographic]
(BPT) - David Osmond was diagnosed with relapsing MS in 2006. He launched the Our Voice in Song campaign with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation to empower those living with relapsing MS to take charge of their disease. The following are his tips on how to actively manage the condition and questi... Read More

Baby, big kid and beyond: Bath safety is for everyone [Infographic]
(BPT) - Did you know that September is National Baby Safety Month? Moen Home Care is taking this opportunity to educate homeowners on how to make the bathroom safe for baby – and all ages.  Plus, with a wide selection of stylish bath products – from hand grips and grab bars to... Read More

Don't surrender to your dry eye; how proper nutrition can help
(BPT) - If your eyes feel as dry as the desert or you experience a stinging sensation that makes you feel like you’ve spent the last eight hours lost in a sandstorm, you might have a condition called dry eye. About 40-million Americans are affected by dry eye and ocular surface diseases, acco... Read More

Don't let the flu be a factor in your fall festivities
(BPT) - Flu season is officially here, and it may not be long before you or someone you know starts experiencing muscle aches, chills, fever and other flu-like symptoms. Unfortunately, these symptoms can also be caused by other illnesses, like the common cold, and it can be almost impossible to det... Read More

Diabetes Discussion: Tips for Managing Your Diabetes
(BPT) - Diabetes is a complex disease affecting more than 29 million people in the United States. Although there is no cure, patients with diabetes see better results when the disease is closely managed through lifestyle changes and medication. Along with making good choices about healthy eating an... Read More

Dry bottoms and rockin' tunes: The recipe for happy babies, survey says
(BPT) - Long, leisurely showers are a distant memory, the days are a busy blur and you’re getting used to never wearing a clean shirt – as the saying goes, parenthood is not for sissies.  Yet when your little one greets the day – and you – with a smile, stress seems to ... Read More

Which daily interactions help your child learn the most?
(BPT) - Picture this common scenario: you are standing in line at the grocery checkout and a baby seated in the cart in front of you makes eye contact. She looks at you inquisitively, leans her body back, and smiles. You smile back, wave, and say “hello.”The baby babbles, delighted by y... Read More

Defeat drowsy driving dangers: Tips for staying awake at the wheel
(BPT) - One in five fatal accidents in America involves a drowsy driver, according to a recent report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Unfortunately, driving while fatigued is common in today’s business world. Yet the consequences of driving when you’re tired can be tragic.&l... Read More

Dermatologist shares skin care tips for the changing seasons
(BPT) - Skin changes with the seasons and it is important for women to adjust their daily skin care routine throughout the year. During fall and winter, low temperatures, low humidity and brisk winds deplete skin of its natural nutrients, which can lead to a dry, lackluster appearance. It is much e... Read More

The power of plant-based proteins [Infographic]
(BPT) - Discover the power of nature with plant-based proteins at GNC. Plant-based proteins are a great option for vegans, vegetarians and those looking to support total body health. Plant protein sources include brown rice, pea, hemp and soy, which all have a variety of health and wellness benefit... Read More

Expert tips to protect your heart this winter
(BPT) - Heart disease and stroke remain the two top killers of Americans, according to the American Heart Association. Some research shows that heart-related deaths increase by 5 percent during the holidays, no matter where you live, and more cardiac deaths occur on Christmas and New Year's day tha... Read More

A well-prepared emergency kit is essential for diabetes patients [Infographic]
(BPT) - Any emergency brings chaos, particularly to those with chronic diseases. From roadside breakdowns in the middle of nowhere to unexpected evacuations and natural disasters, a well-prepared emergency kit is an important resource for patients with diabetes and their families. Provided by the A... Read More

How simple stomach pains can take you to hell and back
(BPT) - Kimberly Kuchler wasn’t too worried when she first felt some mild abdominal pains last summer. Young and full of energy, the former collegiate athlete wasn’t about to let anything slow her down, especially since her orthopedic sales job required her to be on call.Besides, she th... Read More

Can the power of positive thinking change your life?
(BPT) - A positive attitude is one of the most powerful assets you can have. Positive people find success, good health, happiness, wealth and rewarding relationships throughout their lives. This is not because they are already successful, or because they are more confident, it is simply the attitud... Read More

New survey results shed light on unmet needs in epilepsy community [Infographic]
(BPT) - Despite the fact that epilepsy has existed for more than 4,000 years, there are still aspects of the disease that are misunderstood. A 2012 report from the Institute of Medicine identified misperceptions and lack of public awareness about epilepsy as major challenges for people living with ... Read More

What is your body trying to tell you this winter? [Infographic]
(BPT) - You may start to feel lousy during the colder months, but do you know the real cause? The similarities between cold and winter allergy symptoms can be hard to navigate and you may not be getting the relief you need. ... Read More

Do you have prediabetes and not know it? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Being diagnosed with prediabetes doesn’t have to lead to severe medical complications. Programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program have been shown to reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent for individuals with prediabetes. Visit YMCA.net/di... Read More

How to handle grief during the holidays
(BPT) - The holidays are meant to be a joyous time. But for someone dealing with grief, celebrations can be extremely difficult. If you are grieving over a recent loss, or one that happened years ago, experts say there are things you can do to make facing the demands and the expectations of the hol... Read More

New Pill Approved by the FDA Offers Different Treatment Option for Patients with Moderate to Severe Plaque Psoriasis
(BPT) - Participating in outdoor activities, getting your hair cut, wearing a bathing suit – all of these may seem like ordinary activities but, for people with moderate to severe psoriasis, these activities can be a source of physical discomfort and emotional angst.Ten years ago, Laura McCra... Read More

Don't make these common mistakes when something hurts
(BPT) - Managing pain can be tough, whether you’re one of the 100 million Americans with chronic pain, or only suffer from the occasional backache or headache. No matter what kind of pain you have, you want to make sure you’re managing it the best way possible.While many people can mana... Read More

Expert tips to curb food cravings during times of stress
(BPT) - Do you reach for comfort foods or junk food when you’re stressed? You know you shouldn't, but you probably feel you need something to help you during that intense period. With a few tips from culinary experts, you can cut the cravings and find healthy ways to manage nutrition during s... Read More

Do you know the signs if your child has a concussion?
(BPT) - You’re spending your nights standing on the sidelines, cheering your daughter as she dribbles a soccer ball across the field. Or maybe you’re cheering on your quarterback son as he yells “hut” at a football scrimmage. The school year - and its associated sports - is ... Read More

The key to pursuing dreams for people with diabetes
(BPT) - When most people think of the 29.1 million people in the United States living with diabetes, they don’t think of competitive athletes who are performing at the top echelons of physically enduring sports like running, swimming, and cycling. These athletes are out there, and they’... Read More

From like to love [Infographic]
(BPT) - When women go from like to love in their relationships, they may be ready to talk birth control. ... Read More

5 of America's eye-healthy cities
  (BPT) - When you think about staying healthy, eating right, exercising and getting a wellness physical are usually the first things that come to mind. But don’t overlook one really important thing ... taking care of your eyes. A yearly eye exam not only keeps you seeing your best,... Read More

Acne 101 for moms: How to outsmart your teen's pimples for the first day of school
(BPT) - You’ve checked off every item on the school’s supplies list, you’ve deliberated over the first-day of school outfit your child chose and made sure the fridge is stocked with healthy after-school snacks. But despite all your preparations, your son or daughter is still havin... Read More

U.S. cardiologist perspectives on management of non-valvular atrial fibrillation [Infographic]
(BPT) - Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a serious condition in which the heartbeat is rapid and irregular. AF affects between 2.7 and 6.1 million people in the United States and puts these patients at an increased risk of stroke. The AF patient population is diverse, and appropriately managing the dise... Read More

Office ergonomics: Is your job literally a pain in the neck?
(BPT) - Millions of people work in an office environment every day, but that doesn’t mean their fate has to include back aches and joint pain. Correct office ergonomics can help prevent some of the most common issues associated with sedentary jobs, especially for hardworking small-business ow... Read More

Help prevent and manage diabetes with an active and healthy lifestyle
(BPT) - There’s nothing better than sitting before a steaming plate of delicious-smelling food and taking that first, delectable bite. Now imagine joining your family every night and sharing that delicious meal you prepared yourself.Home-cooked meals are important to your family and their hea... Read More

Want to be a Heimlich hero? All ages can learn how to save a life
(BPT) - Three siblings sit in their kitchen enjoying a bedtime snack of sliced oranges. One of them accidently takes too big a bite and suddenly his face is red and he can’t breathe. A routine activity has turned into a choking emergency. Without a second thought, an older sibling wraps his a... Read More

The simple solution to digital eye strain [Infographic]
(BPT) - Mobile digital devices are making life easier. But they make our eyes work harder. Today, 70 percent of the population experiences digital eye strain, a condition affecting and causing blurred vision, headaches and tired eyes. To help prevent these issues, ZEISS has introduced Digital Lens ... Read More

Not your mother's menopause: new ways to manage symptoms
(BPT) - With an estimated 50+ million women projected to experience menopause this year, the health care topics of perimenopause and menopause are highly relevant - to the women experiencing symptoms, as well as their loved ones. Due to the record number of baby boomers hitting this mid-life m... Read More

5 great skincare tips for cooler temperatures
(BPT) - It’s almost that time of year again, the time of year when you forget about sunburns and start worrying about windburn. Yes, sadly, the cooler months are here and winter is around the corner. That means long coats, scarves and an entirely different skincare routine.Skincare you say? T... Read More

Boost kids' nutrition with tips on creating a balanced plate
(BPT) - It’s no secret a wholesome diet helps keep kids healthy while giving them the energy and nutrients they need to concentrate and excel at school. Healthful meals and physical activity are essential for child growth and development, and parents hold the key to proper nutrition for the e... Read More

Achieving blood sugar control is important for people with type 2 diabetes
(BPT) - Do you know how to control your blood sugar? If you are one of the 29 million Americans living with diabetes, learning the basics is a great first step to help you manage your condition.In fact, achieving blood sugar control is a crucial part of diabetes management because it can help reduc... Read More

The burdens of psoriasis [Infographic]
(BPT) - Psoriasis is an immune-mediated, non-contagious chronic inflammatory skin disorder of unknown cause. The disorder is a chronic recurring condition which varies in severity from minor localized patches to complete body coverage. Plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis. About 80... Read More

Navy Reserve provides a great career option for medical students
(BPT) - The schooling needed to become a doctor is extensive and expensive. There are four years of undergraduate studies, four years in a medical school, and then several years of residency, depending on the medical field the student wants to pursue. For doctors who want to pursue a specialized fi... Read More

What's your laundry packet safety plan? [Infographic]
(BPT) - The American Cleaning Institute (ACI), a nonprofit organization representing producers of household cleaning products, recently conducted a survey as part of their ongoing efforts to keep children safe from accidental exposures to liquid laundry packets through their KEY Pledge safety educa... Read More

Get to Know Your Permanent Birth Control Options
(BPT) - As a woman, there comes a time when you’re faced with an important question: “Am I done having children?” Behind every yes lies a reason. Maybe you have just the number of children you always dreamed of or want to focus on your future. Whatever the reason, it may be time t... Read More

Turn over a new leaf with your diet this fall to achieve healthy, glowing skin
(BPT) - As schedules pick up and temperatures drop, fall is a natural time for women to rethink their skincare routine. Yet the right products are just one piece of the puzzle in being kind to skin. A healthy diet, rich in leafy greens, and a holistic approach to skincare can also have complexion-b... Read More

2014 may be one of the worst allergy seasons in years
(BPT) - Allergic rhinitis, or nasal allergies, affects an estimated 50 million people in the U.S., according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). While nasal allergies may seem common, the impact of allergens varies from person to person and often depends on the season... Read More

Personalize your health and wellness to help meet your goals
(BPT) - When it comes to heath and wellness, nearly 73 percent of Americans are trying to take better care of their health today than just a few years ago, yet 49 percent find that other things take priority, according to The Futures Company. However, experts say the more you customize your wellnes... Read More

Don't let new year's fervor fizzle: 6 ways to achieve meaningful change
(BPT) - Every year, many Americans resolve to change or improve something in their lives in the coming months. Too often, their January fervor to take control fizzles by February. But a new approach to managing resolutions could make 2015 the year you achieve meaningful, lasting change.Paul Kriegle... Read More

An Irregular Heartbeat Could be Sign of Something More: Atrial Fibrillation
(BPT) - Lots of things can trigger a person’s heart to beat irregularly: exercise, stress or feeling startled can make your heart race or skip a beat. For an estimated five million Americans, an irregular heartbeat is a sign of a potentially life-threatening health condition called atrial fib... Read More

Losing as little as 5 percent of your body weight can improve overall health [Infographic]
(BPT) - It’s important to recognize that if you are affected by obesity or overweight with a related health condition,losing as little as 5 percent of your body weight can help improve your overall health. In fact, researchshows that losing as little as 5 percent of your body weight can impro... Read More

Separate the fruit from the cake: How to manage your weight and still enjoy the holidays
(BPT) - The holidays are here and for most people this is a busy and celebratory time. It’s a chance to reconnect with old friends and family you may not see the rest of the year, celebrate the season, exchange gifts, and share stories over dinner or dessert.While celebrating can be a good th... Read More

6 tips for finding more affordable, better coverage during Medicare Annual Enrollment
(BPT) - Are you among the 54 million Americans currently receiving health insurance through Medicare? The Medicare annual enrollment period (AEP), running from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, means you have the opportunity to change plans, and possibly find cost savings or better coverage.Seniors and people wit... Read More

Do you know the facts about Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Refer to this infographic for basic facts about RSV and visit RSVProtection.com for more information. ... Read More

New Drug Manages Osteoarthritis Pain, Provides Effective Pain Relief at a Low Dose
(BPT) - Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the U.S.1. The most common type is osteoarthritis (OA), which affects approximately 27 million adults nationwide2. OA occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time, causing pain in joints such as the h... Read More

What do you know about allergic rhinitis? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Millions of Americans are impacted by allergic rhinitis or nasal allergies, both seasonally and year-round. The best way to combat the condition is to be proactive by understanding and avoiding common triggers. It’s also important to know the treatment options available before sy... Read More

Flu fighters: Busting six sickening flu myths
(BPT) - Ready for this year’s flu season? You may think you know a lot about flu prevention and treatment – but being wrong about the flu can make you downright ill. Here are six myths about the flu, and the truth behind them.Myth 1: Cold weather will give you the flu.Fact: Although flu... Read More

Top potentially life-threatening (severe) allergy triggers: What you should know as your kids head back to school
As students start a new school year, attention turns to fulfilling supply lists, getting new clothes and adjusting morning routines. But many kids and their parents across the country have other important to-do’s to address before school starts: becoming educated about potentially life-threat... Read More

What's the Curve? Is It Peyronie's Disease?
(BPT) - When it comes to men’s health, people often know about the leading conditions - heart disease, prostate cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure - but remain unaware of other conditions that potentially affect hundreds of thousands of men. People might be surprised to learn that 3-9%1... Read More

Restless legs syndrome: It's 'no laughing matter'
(BPT) - A creepy-crawly feeling. An irresistible urge to move your legs. The inability to sit still for long periods of time. These are common complaints of those living with moderate-to-severe restless leg syndrome (RLS), a progressive and chronic condition that affects 2-3 percent of U.S. adults.... Read More

Hospice camp gives kids a place to process their grief their way
(BPT) - Imagine feeling suddenly sad, angry, alone, confused and worried, without really understanding why. This is how 75 percent of grieving children claim they feel after losing a loved one, according to the National Alliance for Grieving Children. While the journey to acceptance of a loss is di... Read More

Meal-planning hacks to help you dine fast and healthy
(BPT) - A fast pace and busy schedule may make you think that frequenting restaurants and fast food spots is faster than cooking at home. But it is possible to reduce the time you spend in the kitchen – and the money you spend from your wallet. Planning meals ahead of time, making one large g... Read More

The state of NSAIDs [Infographic]
(BPT) - Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used to treat a variety of acute and chronic pain conditions, including sprains and strains, flares of back pain, headaches and osteoarthritis. In the U.S., approximately 115 million NSAID prescriptions were written in 2013.The risk of serio... Read More

10 healthy strategies to survive the holidays
(BPT) - The holidays are a wonderful time of year. A chance to see old friends and distant relatives, take a vacation or just put the stresses of everyday life behind you so you can focus solely on family and fun. If you’re trying to manage your weight, though, holiday activities can come wit... Read More

Can we change the culture of youth sports?
(BPT) - Youth sports are, and should always be, a valuable experience, filled with challenges, competition and fun. But preventable injuries sideline too many young athletes; in 2013, 1.24 million kids sustained a sports injury severe enough to go to the emergency room.New research suggests that th... Read More

Improve your entire day with these easy breakfast ideas
(BPT) - Want to keep the weight off? It starts at the breakfast table. Seventy-eight percent of those who successfully maintain their weight loss eat breakfast each day, according to the National Weight Control Registry. Why does breakfast seem to make the difference?Anika Christ, registe... Read More

Learn why workplace benefits help provide financial security
(BPT) - Every year, employees with company-sponsored health plans are asked by their employers to select benefits for the following year. This process is called “open enrollment,” and it is an important event that is happening across the nation. While many view this as a chance to merel... Read More

Why the cheapest 'retirement investment' is also critical to your health
(BPT) - You maxed out your 401(k) every year you worked, invested wisely and planned carefully in preparation for retirement. Perhaps you even researched your Medicare options and you know exactly what health and drug plans you’ll choose. But if you’re like the majority of other America... Read More

Helping individuals coping with serious illness choose their paths [Infographic]
(BPT) - Once diagnosed with a serious illness, it is important to begin asking questions right away about what to do next. There are many decisions to make, but you are not alone. For helpful information regarding symptom management and comfort care (sometimes called palliative care), hospice can b... Read More

Beating Type 2 diabetes
(BPT) - More than 29 million Americans have diabetes and nearly 86 million others are on their way to a diagnosis. Type 2 diabetes has increased in prevalence simultaneously with the increase in consumption of processed foods and the rise in artificial sugars in American diets. Fortunately, evidenc... Read More

Common new mom question: Are all formulas created equal?
(BPT) - New parents have plenty of concerns when it comes to raising a newborn, and pediatricians have heard them all. While some questions are unusual – “When can I feed my baby fast food?” or “Is it OK for my newborn baby to go kite surfing on my back?” – the m... Read More

How one sailing boat is empowering those living with multiple sclerosis
(BPT) - The term smooth sailing doesn’t always apply, especially when faced with rough waters and stormy skies.But despite any challenges from Mother Nature, the crew of Oceans of Hope will not let anything get in their way, even multiple sclerosis (MS) – a condition that attacks the ce... Read More

US Government Closes Investigation Into Landmark PLATO Study
(BPT) - Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca announced that the United States Department of Justice is closing its investigation into PLATO, a clinical trial with BRILINTA® (ticagrelor) tablets and is not planning any further action.Last October, the company received a civil investigative demand ... Read More

Tempting and healthy holiday treats
(BPT) - The holiday season is a fun and festive time. It’s also a time when many people take a timeout from their daily routine to enjoy those tempting treats at family gatherings and office parties. This holiday season, end the year on a high and healthy note with the help of registered diet... Read More

Winning the fight against dry eye [Infographic]
(BPT) - Do your eyes often feel dry, irritated and red? Just like 38 percent of recently surveyed adults, you may be experiencing a common condition called dry eye. Here’s what you need to know about the problem and how best to alleviate symptoms.... Read More

Youth sports: the entire family is on the team [Infographic]
(BPT) - Youth sports help bring the entire family together. The Active Family Project, a health and wellness initiative designed to empower moms to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle with their families, surveyed 1,000 moms with children 2-11 on youth sports and more, and uncovered some unique re... Read More

Chronic kidney disease is on the rise in America. Are you at risk?
(BPT) - How much thought have you given your kidneys lately? Actually, have you ever thought about your kidneys?Your kidneys clean your blood by removing waste and excess fluid, maintain the balance of salt and minerals in your blood, and help regulate blood pressure. When the kidneys become damage... Read More

Celebrating those who make a difference in the lives of people affected by rare blood cancers, myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs)
(BPT) - Dealing with any serious health problem can be an isolating experience. But it can be especially difficult for those living with a rare disease because information, resources and treatment options may be hard to find. Often, people who have rare diseases face challenges because their needs ... Read More

Hispanics learn 'the recipe' to manage type 2 diabetes and reach their A1C goal
(BPT) - Did you know that Hispanics are at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes? U.S. Hispanics are nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes as non-Hispanic whites, and diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death within the Hispanic community, according to the Centers for Disea... Read More

Hollywood tips to keep your eyes star-worthy
(BPT) - No matter the season, beautiful and healthy eyes are always in style. How can you make your eyes shine like your favorite stars?Jennie Garth, mom of three and star of ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ and ‘The Jennie Garth Project’ has joined the Science of Beautiful Eyes (http... Read More

Are you at risk? [Infographic]
(BPT) - If you’re age 50 or older, you may be at increased risk for pneumococcal pneumonia. If you also have certain chronic conditions, including respiratory conditions, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, or a weakened immune system, your risk could be even greater.Yet, millions of ad... Read More

Learn how to exercise smarter, not harder
(BPT) - Contrary to what most people believe about being active, it’s not only about how many times you visit your health club each week or even what you do when you’re there. Instead, you must understand how your body responds to a variety of workout intensities and train your body to ... Read More

Are Americans really seeing the problem? [Infographic]
(BPT) - An astounding 41 percent of people in the U.S. are not aware that most cases of visual impairment around the world can be prevented or treated according to a survey conducted by Orbis, a global non-governmental organization that works to eliminate avoidable blindness. In addition, alarmingl... Read More

Are you a weekend warrior? Don't let joint pain slow you down
(BPT) - Are you an avid golfer, green-thumb gardener or playful grandparent – a weekend warrior – who wants to stay active but whose joints can’t always keep up? If you’re thinking about discussing joint pain and possible replacement surgery with your doctor, but find yourse... Read More

Visual processing speeds: The key to peak performance?
(BPT) - What do you and your favorite professional athlete have in common? You both use your eye sight each day to live life to the fullest.Whether it’s scoring the winning goal or making that critical catch, trained athletes always use their eyes, and, their visual processing speed can make ... Read More

5 must-know tips for healthy winter travel
(BPT) - Whether heading to grandma’s house for the holidays or to a tropical destination to get away from the cold, winter travel comes with the added challenge of staying healthy.Crowded airports and train stations and tight guest quarters make us all more exposed to germs – and this y... Read More

Have food allergies? Top tips for dining out and cooking at home
(BPT) - An estimated 15 million people in the United States, including one in 13 children, suffer from food allergies, according to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). A wide range of reactions to food allergens can provide a unique set of challenges when dining out and even cooking at home... Read More

Prostate Cancer That Has Spread to the Bones: Speaking Up About Symptoms of Advanced Disease
(BPT) - William "Rick" Richter was diagnosed with prostate cancer 10 years ago. Now, the avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and outdoors-enthusiast is sharing his story in recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month this September. Richter hopes to encourage others with advanced prostate cancer to spe... Read More

Career changers find fulfillment, job security in nursing
(BPT) - Marquita Davis, a registered nurse, began her professional life as an early childhood educator. She cared for her students, shaping their minds and social development skills to prepare them for their future education. Years later, unforeseen life events inspired Davis to provide care in a n... Read More

Outsmart illness: 5 simple steps to boost your immune system naturally
(BPT) - Aches, pains, missing work and hours resting in bed – everybody dreads getting sick. Fortunately, the best defense against illness is a healthy immune system, and by doing a few simple things at home, you can make sure yours is in tip-top shape.“The immune system is the body&rsq... Read More

5 questions you should ask your pharmacist
(BPT) - A visit to the pharmacy can be about more than just picking up prescriptions or supplies for the medicine cabinet. It can actually be an important, and convenient, time to ask your pharmacist key questions that could impact your health.Dr. Andria Fetterman, a faculty member in South Univers... Read More

Baby safety checklist: Steps to eliminate hidden dangers in the laundry room
(BPT) - Babies are curious and even at very young ages, they tend to get into things they shouldn’t. That’s why there’s no better time than today to take steps toward securing your home, and the laundry room is a great place to start.It’s important for parents to take the ti... Read More

How a tape measure and scale can save your child's life
(BPT) - Babies are measured and weighed frequently in the first few years of life so parents and pediatricians can be sure they are getting a healthy start. But as kids get older, many parents don’t know exactly how tall or heavy their children are. Knowing your child’s height and weigh... Read More

Can you ID the symptoms of EPI? [Infographic]
(BPT) - If gastrointestinal symptoms are affecting your health and keeping you in the stall, you may be suffering from exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, or EPI. It’s time to take action by finding out more information on EPI.  ... Read More

The growing burden of diabetes
(BPT) - Next time you're looking around in a crowd, there is something you won't see that will be there - Type 2 diabetes. Most Americans have heard of the condition, but very few understand just how prevalent it has become across the nation. In fact, Type 2 diabetes affects at least one in every 1... Read More

The key to getting the most out of your rheumatoid arthritis therapy
(BPT) - If you are one of the 1.3 million people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you know the pain can sometimes be debilitating. While there is no cure for the autoimmune inflammatory disease often called RA, early intervention and treatments can help you maintain a high quality of life.Experts ag... Read More

Breast cancer: early detection is key [Infographic]
(BPT) - Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and the second-leading cause of cancer death among women. Despite the increased awareness of the disease and emphasis on early detection, breast cancer continues to be a major global health issue in need of improved forms of testi... Read More

Don't let germs hitch a ride home from school
(BPT) - As a new school year gets into full swing, parents know that along with library books, art projects and worksheets, their kids often bring home a ton of germs. As students travel on the school bus, sit in the cafeteria, and participate in classroom studies, they can pick up viruses and bact... Read More

Therapy 'test drive' could lead to relief from common bladder and bowel control problems
(BPT) - More than 37 million adults in the United States suffer from overactive bladder, and nearly 18 million have bowel incontinence. Many of these people face a common dilemma: after months and sometimes years of disappointment with conservative treatments like oral medications, should they comm... Read More

Tips to get the recommended amount of fruit in your daily diet
(BPT) - No one questions that fruit is an essential part of the diet. But did you know that more than 70 percent of Americans do not eat the recommended amount of fruit? One hundred percent juice is a convenient way to help you get the important fruit nutrients you need.Juice doesn’t just tas... Read More

Combat signs of aging with simple beauty-routine updates
(BPT) - You’re probably aware that consuming too much sugar can lead to weight gain, and that sugar is linked to a range of health problems, including diabetes. But did you know that sugar also can make you look old? Or that dehydration can damage your skin? Some surprising factors affect you... Read More

Learn more about severe RSV disease and how parents can protect their high-risk children [Infographic]
(BPT) - Refer to this infographic for detailed facts about Synagis (palivizumab) and RSV. Visit Synagis.com for more information. ... Read More

4 small diet changes that can make a big difference
(BPT) - The new year is a great time to start fresh. Many people commit to exercise more, stress less or make healthier food choices. Incorporating small, sustainable changes, versus dramatic, large-scale lifestyle shifts, can make it much easier to stick to your resolutions. This year, instead of ... Read More

Help prevent the flu with a flu shot! [Infographic]
(BPT) - Help prevent the flu with a flu shot! We all know that getting a flu shot is important ... but did you know when you go to your doctor or pharmacist, you may have options? ... Read More

Keep your family safe from this silent killer [Infographic]
(BPT) - Think tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes are dangerous? More people die from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning each year than any of these disasters. Find out how to keep your family safe from CO poisoning. ... Read More

Managing the holidays with a loved one who suffers memory loss
(BPT) - The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy when families and friends gather to share each other’s company, revisit fond stories of holidays past and make new memories to last a lifetime. But what if a loved one is no longer able to remember the holidays or the family and friends he... Read More

Taking Care in Sunny Weather: Answers To Important Questions About Metastatic Melanoma
(BPT) - With sunshine and warm weather upon many of us, it’s a particularly important time to familiarize yourself with metastatic melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the disease.What is melanoma?Melanoma is a form of ski... Read More

Have a sweet tooth? Smart ways to indulge and still maintain your diet
(BPT) - Did you know that some of your favorite beverages can have upwards of 500 calories per serving due to high sugar content? With many adult women on a 1500 to 1800 calorie per day diet, that ONE sugary delight can quickly make up a big portion of your daily calorie allotment.   More... Read More

Hearing better thanks to smarter technology
(BPT) - Technology has made dramatic improvements in the lives of people of all ages, and the improvements made in hearing technology may be some of the most advanced to occur in the last several years.Just a decade ago, hearing aids were basic amplifiers. Now they’re completely connected wit... Read More

Simple tips to help pancreatic cancer patients eat well
(BPT) - What should you make for dinner? Most people ask that question at least once a week. For people with pancreatic cancer, however, daily meal-planning comes with particular challenges, such as ensuring they get enough nutrition and managing issues from their cancer or treatment. If you have p... Read More

African Americans with type 2 diabetes take America's Diabetes Challenge and pledge to get to their goals
(BPT) - S. Epatha Merkerson is well-known for her award-winning roles on the stage and screen. But what you may not know is that she is one of the 4.9 million African-American adults living with diabetes - that’s nearly 20 percent of the adult African-American population.In 2003, after having... Read More

Personalizing your Medicare options: What's right for you?
(BPT) - Finding the right Medicare plan can be a little confusing – there are so many plans and coverage options to choose from.Health and wellness company Humana is helping to simplify the selection process and educate Medicare shoppers as they decide on 2015 coverage during the annual Medic... Read More

Habits contact lens wearers must avoid [Infographic]
(BPT) - Everyone has their bad habits but if you wear contact lenses, those bad habits could put your vision at risk. This infographic will show you what the most common bad habits for contact wearers are and why you should avoid them.   ... Read More

Tips for traveling with chronic kidney disease
(BPT) - For people who have lost the function of their kidneys, dialysis is a life-sustaining treatment they must undergo several times per week.Although dialysis doesn’t take vacations, dialysis patients sure can – they just need to plan ahead when they travel.“Traveling is an em... Read More

Driving tire safety for teens: Road safety begins with the only part of the car that touches the road
(BPT) - New research on driver’s education and training shows a gap in teen drivers’ knowledge – one that, if closed, could help prevent some of the nearly 300,000 car crashes involving inexperienced drivers every year.That knowledge gap concerns the only part of the car that actu... Read More

Kids choose at one of country's largest restaurants: the school cafeteria
(BPT) - Math, science, English and history – every day, children learn these important lessons in school. But every day at lunch, they walk into their school cafeterias to learn another important lesson: how to make independent nutrition choices. It’s like going to a restaurant without ... Read More

How a proper winter skincare regimen can help you save face this season
(BPT) - The fall-to-winter transition brings harsher climates with drops in temperature and punishing winds across the country. Clothing and accessories will help protect most parts of your body but your face will almost always remain exposed, which can lead to skin damage if it’s not properl... Read More

Preparing for back-to-school: backpacks, new jeans and vaccines
(BPT) - Summer is a time when kids and parents get to take a break from the school year routine and have a moment to enjoy some ice cream, the outdoors and family time. But parents know that just as everyone begins focusing on fun, it’s already time to begin planning back-to-school to-do list... Read More

Don't let pantry pests tarnish holiday traditions
(BPT) - As families and friends gather to celebrate the holidays - from Thanksgiving all the way to New Year’s Day - some of the fondest memories come from time spent in the kitchen creating tasty treats for everyone to share. However, nothing can ruin baking fun more than a newly-discovered ... Read More

Parents, listen up! Kids' hearing loss is on the rise [Infographic]
(BPT) - Though many people associate hearing loss with the aging process, it is important to recognize that kids are at risk as well. Hearing loss among children is not only common, it appears to be on the rise. Untreated childhood hearing loss has been linked to delayed speech, learning problems a... Read More

New research finds 40 percent of teens say they've been hit or nearly hit while walking
(BPT) - Cell phones are a great way to keep in touch with teens on the go. However, new research examines how cell phones and other handheld gadgets are causing teens to be more easily distracted, leading to greater risk on the roads, particularly when walking.“Teens on the Move,” a rep... Read More

Simple steps people with diabetes can take to improve their quality of life
(BPT) - One of the ways people with diabetes can help manage their disease is balancing food with physical activity, according to the American Diabetes Association (Association). By maintaining a balanced diet with regular exercise, you have the ingredients needed to help live a quality life.There ... Read More

Discover how bladder leaks can feel like no big deal
(BPT) - 5 tips on how to manage bladder leaks discreetlyMore than 40 million American women older than age 40 are affected by sensitive bladder in their daily lives. In fact, almost one in three women say their sensitive bladders keep them from visiting friends, and 30 percent admit their sensitive... Read More

Don't wait to discover if you have this deadly, under-reported type of cancer
(BPT) - Liver cancer is one of the deadliest cancers in the world, causing more than 600,000 deaths each year. The number of Americans with liver cancer has been slowly but steadily rising for several decades with over 33,000 people expected to be diagnosed in 2014. The incidence is increasing due ... Read More

Ask the Pharmacist: Exercise tips your heart will love
(BPT) - A regular exercise routine is an important component of heart health, yet less than one-third of Americans get the minimum 30 minutes of daily exercise five days a week, as recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA). Nationally, as many as 250,000 deaths annually are attributable t... Read More

The ear, your body's most underrated sensory organ [Infographic]
(BPT) - "Our hearing is used 24 hours a day and is the key to communication and social interaction,” says Stefan Launer, vice president of Science and Technology at Sonova, the world’s leading provider of hearing solutions. “The ear is man’s most efficient but also most sens... Read More

The Fragile X factor: What parents should know about this mysterious disease
(BPT) - Fragile X Syndrome may sound a bit strange, like something from a sci-fi TV show. And although this disorder can cause unusual behaviors, especially in adolescents, it’s actually the most common known cause of autism and other inherited intellectual disabilities.Fragile X Syndrome, al... Read More

Gift ideas to warm people's hearts and feed their passions
(BPT) - When it comes to finding the perfect gifts for everyone on your list, don’t be left out in the cold this holiday season. Ideas abound for warming the hearts and feeding the passions of anyone from friends and relatives to party hosts. Here are some ideas to make everyone think you&rsq... Read More

Address hearing loss with compassion before the holidays
(BPT) - The holiday season is meant to be celebrated with joy. It’s when families and friends gather together to reunite and celebrate the end of the year. You might have people cheering on the college football team in a bowl game, children running around and playing games, and conversations ... Read More

5 foods for better moods, and 5 more that only bring you down
(BPT) - Did you know the food you eat can literally make you feel happy or sad? Nutrition is one of the main components of mental health, so it’s important to stock your plate with good food while cutting some of those less beneficial alternatives.“Food can definitely alter your mood,&r... Read More

7 things you should know about vaccinating your child
  (BPT) - Did you know that immunizations can help protect your child against 14 serious diseases by the age of two? Whether it’s your first child or your fourth, paving the way for your little one’s lifelong health is very important, and begins in the first few years of life.... Read More

The two small steps that make a big impact on diabetes management [Infographic]
Both gum disease and diabetes have reached concerning levels in the U.S. More than 75 percent of adults experience some form of gum disease. Nearly one in 10 American adults live with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Statistics Report. ... Read More

6 timely tips to keep kids safe this holiday season
(BPT) - The holiday season is upon us, and as you prepare to enjoy all the wonderful things associated with this time of year, don’t forget to keep child safety top of mind so the entire family has a jolly holiday.Experts at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals recommend these six safet... Read More

For adults, there's more to consider this season than just flu
(BPT) - With flu season in full swing, many adults are visiting their health care providers to discuss ways to stay healthy. Have you thought about other potentially serious diseases you may be at risk for as an adult?Shingles, the common name for herpes zoster, is a disease caused by the same viru... Read More

Life-threatening (severe) allergies and bullying: resources available to educate and raise awareness
(BPT) - For most students, school is about more than just making the grade. There are many pressures children face in and outside the school hallways.Bullying has received increased national attention in recent years and can include behaviors such as name-calling, actual or threatened acts of physi... Read More

Not ready for a hearing aid? Alternatives break tradition
(BPT) - Your spouse’s voice, the traffic signals, your favorite TV show – you probably don’t think about your sense of hearing often, but without the ears’ ability to collect and translate invisible sound waves, many important things would go unheard. Unfortunately, missing ... Read More

Type 2 diabetes? Pledge to know your A1C goal [Infographic]
(BPT) - America’s Diabetes Challenge: Get to Your Goals is an educational program from Merck urging people with type 2 diabetes to pledge to know their A1C and to talk to their doctor about setting and attaining a personal A1C goal. Patients can make their pledge at www.AmericasDiabetesC... Read More

Often-overlooked back-to-school danger: Tips to pack safer lunches
(BPT) - You’ve survived the back-to-school season, and transitioned from lazy summer days to the familiar routine of early rising and the roar of school buses in the neighborhood. But before you usher your children out the door tomorrow, you should know a few things about that lunch you may h... Read More

Why the next talk you have with your daughter should be about breast health
(BPT) - While breast cancer awareness has greatly increased over the last two decades, a recent national survey found that women and families are not talking enough about breast health. Eighty-seven percent of women said they could talk to their daughters about anything, but less than half said the... Read More

A digestible guide to lactose intolerance [Infographic]
(BPT) - Imagine if you had to eat cereal without milk, if you couldn’t enjoy an ice cream cone, or – gasp! – if you had to scrape the cheese off your pizza. Sounds terrible, right? It’s reality for the 40 million Americans who suffer from lactose intolerance.“We’... Read More

5 allergy myths and the facts that refute them
(BPT) - You sneeze when a cat walks by, wheeze through the spring and summer, and can’t even get close to a Christmas tree. As one of the 60 million Americans who suffer from allergies, according to the Allergy and Asthma Association, you may think you’re already aware of everything the... Read More

Boost your pet's health with these preventive measures
(BPT) - Taking active, preventive measures to support your health is one of the most important things you can do to ward off serious illness. You eat right, exercise, brush your teeth and make sure to get plenty of sleep, all to keep your body running at its very best.But did you know that preventi... Read More

Worried about Ebola? You should be more concerned about these deadly diseases
(BPT) - Ebola has been one of the top headlines in the nation in the second half of 2014, resulting in much discussion among government leaders, community leaders and health-care officials as they determine how to test for and treat the disease on U.S. soil.What many of these headlines are missing ... Read More

Top 10 oral hygiene tips for patients diagnosed with cancer
(BPT) - When undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy, cancer patients often suffer side effects that manifest in the mouth. It’s important for patients to get any dental work done in advance of cancer treatments and pay special attention to how they practice oral hygiene throughout the t... Read More

What are your breast cancer risk factors? The answers could surprise you
(BPT) - Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, aside from skin cancers. About one in eight women in the U.S. develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. Fortunately, 90 percent of patients diagnosed with breast cancer will survive the disease.A diagnosis of cancer can... Read More

Pilot lands successful Afib treatment to overcome most common heart rhythm condition
(BPT) - From greeting long-lost family and friends at baggage claim to rushing across the terminal to catch a departing flight, a fast, skipping heartbeat is a common occurrence at airports across the country. But for commercial airline pilot Tim Knutson, 46, his irregular heartbeat indicated far m... Read More

Hispanics and Type 2 diabetes: Do you know your A1C? [Infographics]
(BPT) - Desafiando La Diabetes: Logra Tus Metas is an educational program from Merck urging Hispanics with Type 2 diabetes to pledge to know their A1C and to talk to their doctors about setting and attaining a personal A1C goal. Patients can make their pledge at www.DesafiandoLaDiabetes.com and fin... Read More

Physical and emotional: Living with metastatic breast cancer [Infographic]
(BPT) - October 13, 2014, marks five years of recognizing Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day in the United States. Metastatic breast cancer is the most advanced stage of breast cancer, in which the cancer has spread from its original location to other parts of the body. Although metastatic brea... Read More

Hospice team helps people get the most out of life's final moments
(BPT) - Many people agree that it’s the people they encounter throughout their lives that really make it worth living. But can the people you meet in your final months truly have that much of an impact?For many hospice patients, including Houston Hospice El Campo patient Bryan Caldwell, the a... Read More

You don't always get what you pay for when buying eyeglasses online
(BPT) - With busy lives and tight budgets, Americans continuously try to find ways to save time and money, which is why online shopping has become so common. However, some purchases are better taken offline to help ensure a person’s health and safety, especially when it comes to your vision.P... Read More

5 dietary habits of healthy kids
(BPT) - With so much information available about kids’ nutrition – what to eat, how to supplement and more – it’s hard to get a firm grasp on what it takes to raise a healthy child. In the U.S., a significant portion of children are not getting enough essential vitamins and ... Read More

Are you sneezing your way through 'the most wonderful time of the year?'
(BPT) - You don’t want to be a Scrooge - you really don’t - but every year at the holidays you wonder why your “seasonal” allergies are still bothering you. Why are you sneezing, wheezing and coughing while everyone else is caroling, sleighing and making snowmen?“There... Read More

Many women don't consider themselves at risk for cardiovascular disease [Infographic]
(BPT) - While cardiovascular disease (CVD) has historically been associated with overweight men who smoked, had high blood pressure, and led a sedentary lifestyle, this is no longer the case. Even with new information available, many women do not consider themselves at risk for CVD. This misconcept... Read More

Simple tech tools to help reduce holiday stress
(BPT) - The chaos of the holiday season can leave even the most organized person feeling a little hassled. You have to balance your schedule that’s filling up with holiday activities, your to-do lists of gift shopping and getting ready for guests, and your budget that’s struggling with ... Read More

Simple tips for feeling and looking your best - inside and out
(BPT) - Feeling good about yourself goes beyond having a great hair day, the right outfit or the latest handbag - it's something that starts on the inside. When you learn to live a healthier lifestyle, you can begin to reap the benefits of more energy, improved vitality and elevated spirits. Follow... Read More

Consumers know more about snack cakes than smoke alarms [Infographic]
(BPT) - A new survey shows nearly five times as many Americans know the shelf life of a Twinkie (45 days) than know the operating life of a smoke alarm (10 years). With fire deaths increasing, Kidde urges families to learn the five simple steps to fire safety.... Read More

What exactly is tinnitus? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Tinnitus: [ti-NIGHT-us] or [TIN-i-tus]? While there is no clear consensus on how to pronounce the condition, the symptoms are clear and easily identifiable. Tinnitus is defined as a ringing or similar sensation of sound in the ears. Tinnitus affects at least one in every 10 American adults ... Read More

The Truth about Epilepsy
(BPT) - Corey Patrick, 36, has experienced partial-onset seizures since the age of four – at times as frequently as five per day. He is one of nearly 2.2 million Americans affected by epilepsy,1 a neurological disorder characterized by disturbances in the brain’s nerve cells, resulting ... Read More

With diabetes, don't overlook yearly eye exams
(BPT) - Diabetes can affect many aspects of a person’s health, such as increasing the risk for heart disease, stroke or serious kidney damage. However, many people may not realize that diabetes can also damage the eyes.More than 29 million Americans are living with diabetes, according to the ... Read More

Healthy, radiant skin starts below the surface
(BPT) - Skin care is important for men and women of all ages. Not only does healthy skin help you look younger, but properly maintaining your skin also gives you a healthier overall appearance so you feel more confident.Everyone wants to look good, whether it’s for a special event or just eve... Read More

Make this football season a smarter one
(BPT) - As the less structured and sun-filled summer days come to an end, many households across the country are preparing for football camps, practices and the start of the season. Coaches are dusting off their playbooks, schools and leagues are prepping the fields, and parents are adjusting their... Read More

Drive safely with your newborn by following these tips
(BPT) - Babies change everything. Their arrival means that new parents need to become educated - quickly - on cribs, strollers and most importantly, child-safety seats and all their rules. And as federal recommendations on car seats continue to evolve, parents have one more thing to stay on top of.... Read More

6 reasons the flu should not be ignored
(BPT) - Although influenza or “the flu” is a highly-contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract (nose, lungs and throat), a recent survey by Families Fighting Flu found that U.S. adults have a significant gap in their understanding about the seriousness of this infectious diseas... Read More

10 expert strategies for enjoying holiday foods without the weight gain
(BPT) - Fun, family, food – the holidays are packed with enjoyable activities. But hectic schedules, holiday stress, and tasty indulgences at every turn can lead to a few extra pounds by the year’s end. Fortunately, with a few smart strategies, joyful eating doesn’t have to result... Read More

Simple ways to bust winter blues
(BPT) - Shorter days, colder weather, icy roads, and less sunshine – winter can be a serious downer. It’s not just in your head, either; 14 percent of Americans suffer from the winter blues and 6 percent have the more serious form of doldrums known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), ... Read More

See why the original beverage is still the best [Infographic]
(BPT) - Sugary drinks are all the rage but high sugar levels can lead to tooth decay. This infographic shows you the real potential damage of sugary drinks and why water is still your best option when you’re thirsty.... Read More

Your teen's loud music could be permanently damaging their hearing
(BPT) - Pause for a moment and picture someone who is hard of hearing. Did a teenager come to mind? Probably not. However, the results of a recent study paint a troubling picture of today’s hearing-impaired person - and it might just be the portrait of a teen.Nearly half (46 percent) of teens... Read More

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