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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


5 health tips to empower men to man up and take charge of their health
(BPT) - Men across the United States are afflicted with a variety of health issues that are often preventable. There are a few simple steps you can take to improve your well-being in the short-term and help you stay healthy in the long-term.First, remember Your Numbers Matter. Check in with your ur... 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


Choosing a Medicare plan? Ask yourself these questions
(BPT) - Each year during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period (Oct. 15-Dec. 7), Medicare beneficiaries have a chance to make changes to their health and prescription drug coverage. Yet according to a 2013 survey by UnitedHealthcare, more than 60 percent say they have never shopped around to find cov... 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


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


How to avoid crowds in Rome
(BPT) - Rome has been a starring city on the world stage throughout history. Art is all around you in this cultural center where pieces by Bernini, Raphael, Caravaggio and Michelangelo are daily decor. The city surrounds you with masterpieces from throughout the ages, making it a highly coveted des... 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


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


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


Easy ways to make senior living affordable
(BPT) - Kathy Hesselgrave’s 90-year-old mother’s health declined to the point where she was no longer able to live in her home by herself. Because her mother needed help cooking and taking her medication, Hesselgrave found herself taking care of her mom, splitting the days and nights wi... 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


Tame that ringing in your ears and rock on, boomers
(BPT) - Bob Dylan. The Rolling Stones. Led Zeppelin. Music helped define an entire generation of baby boomers. It expressed their fresh world view and energized them as they set the world in a new direction.But if you’re like many from this music-filled, life-embracing generation, then some o... 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


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


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


The future of cancer treatment may lie in an experimental 'immunotherapy' vaccine
(BPT) - Diane Altenburg doesn’t mind a good challenge. An army wife for 28 years and mother to five children, she and her family moved 17 times, across states and continents as military roles changed. But even with all the travel, Altenburg never felt put out. She regarded it all as part of h... 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


3 easy style tips that instantly glam up your holiday look
(BPT) - As a renowned fashion stylist, Micaela Erlanger of New York, NY makes her clients look, and perhaps even more importantly, feel their best for all of life’s special occasions. Now just in time for the holidays, Erlanger is sharing her insider style and beauty tips so you can shine thi... Read More


How to recognize the signs of elder financial abuse
(BPT) - Financial abuse of the elderly is on the rise and not only is it getting worse, but for every reported case of elder financial exploitation, 43 others go unrecognized.The annual financial loss for victims of elder abuse was estimated at $2.9 billion in 2010, up 12 percent over 2008, accordi... 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


A higher standard: understanding the types of financial advisors and under what rules they operate
(BPT) - What’s in a name? When choosing a brand of paper towels or laundry detergent, one name may be as good as another. When it comes to selecting a financial advisor, however, consumers should know there are different types of advisors who are held to significantly different professional 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


Most people underestimate their family's need for life insurance
(BPT) - If you have children and grandchildren, you have no doubt made it your goal to provide guidance, pass on your personal knowledge and build a foundation that ensures their comfort and security. You probably started by teaching your children early on how they could save money, shop wisely and... 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


Planning for your 20-year vacation
(BPT) - Are you ready to be on vacation for 20 or 30 years?That’s what planning for retirement compares to for many people as life spans have increased dramatically over the past few decades. A male who celebrates his 65th birthday today can expect to live until age 84 on average, according t... 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


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


Clearing up the facts about cataracts
(BPT) - Cataract is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. Approximately 24.5 million Americans have the lens-clouding eye condition, and the incidence is set to grow by 50 percent by 2050, according to the National Eye Institute. If not treated through a change in e... Read More


Taking responsibility for your health: Ask for yourself. Do it for your family
(BPT) - Every day you sit around the dinner table with your loved ones and ask about their lives−“How was your day? What’s new at work? Do you have any plans for this weekend?” But how often do you ask the truly important questions, like−“Are you taking care of y... 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


Planning to 'have the talk' with senior parents this holiday season? How to begin
(BPT) - As your family gathers this holiday season to enjoy each other’s company, share a traditional meal and take in your favorite sports event or parade, will you also have more serious discussions about the safety and well-being of aging parents? If so, you’re not alone; more t... Read More


7 sight-saving habits for older adults to help maintain independence
  (BPT) - One in six Americans over age 65 has a visual impairment that cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. This is often caused by common eye conditions and diseases. Among older Americans, visual impairment is one of the most significant contributors to loss of independe... Read More


Wrinkle-busting skin care tips for boomer women
(BPT) - Time brings plenty of changes, yet the desire to have healthy, good-looking skin transcends age. While some skin-care tactics – sunscreen and moisturizing – apply to skin of any age, baby boomers need to update their skin care and makeup strategies to ensure their skin stays hea... 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


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


Beyond sound: The link between hearing loss and cognitive health
(BPT) - Difficulty hearing may be more than just a quality-of-life issue. Growing evidence indicates that untreated hearing loss in older adults can lead to other health conditions, and one of the most concerning is cognitive decline.In fact, a Johns Hopkins Study found that cognitive diminishment ... Read More


Better late than never for retirement planning
(BPT) - If you’re within 10 years of retirement and haven’t done any appreciable planning, you’re not alone.Nearly half of Americans age 50 and older expect to retire later than they hoped, citing financial concerns, according to a 2013 study by the Associated Press-NORC Center fo... 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


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



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