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October 18, 2017

Understanding how medications interact with vitamins
(BPT) - Technology, science and research are offering a personalization powerhouse at our fingertips, including products made specifically for us delivered to our doorsteps. We wear personal fitness trackers to track our steps, sleep and heart rates. Personal trainers design fitness routines made j... More >>


Looking for a Medicare Part D plan? Consider these 3 things
(BPT) - Many people are surprised to find out that Original Medicare doesn't cover prescription drugs. For help with the cost of your medications, you can choose a standalone Part D plan or a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription coverage, but navigating your options can be complicated.With Med... More >>


Make the most of your brain as you age
(BPT) - It is important to remember the health of our most complex organ: our brain. While the brain constantly changes throughout our lives, it's critical that we take steps to help us stay on top of our game as we age.Help give your brain a boost in the right direction by implementing these 10 br... More >>


Debunking the 'seasonal' allergy myth and reducing exposure year-round
(BPT) - Seasonal allergens are a popular scapegoat for a multitude of reactions: sniffling, sneezing and itchy eyes. During the summer months, pollen – one of the most common allergens – is floating around, even visibly so in some places. Researchers approximate that some 50 million in ... More >>


Tips to make sure your fire extinguisher is at the ready
(BPT) - You check your alarms regularly and practice your family escape plan — but are you overlooking an essential component of home safety? Having fire extinguishers and knowing how to use them is an important part of maintaining a safe home for you and your family.“In America, a fire... More >>


Feeling fatigued? 3 ways women can boost iron intake
(BPT) - If you're a woman who feels like you're constantly fighting fatigue, there could be a physical reason for that sluggishness. In the US, 1 in 10 women, between 12 and 49 years old, are dealing with the results of low iron, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and that can easily lea... More >>


Picking a health insurance plan? Prepare for the unexpected
(BPT) - As many Americans know, fall is the season when we must select our health benefits for the upcoming year. Choosing a health plan can be a daunting task, but selecting the right coverage protects you and your family's general health needs and can prepare you for an unexpected medical crisis.... More >>


Upping your laundry room's wow factor
(BPT) - Doing the laundry is no longer relegated to dark, musty basements where no one cares to go. Thanks to modern technology, great design and access to innovative ideas online, laundry rooms have moved upstairs and come into their own. In fact, laundry rooms today are right up there with dream ... More >>


Every single person needs this essential nutrient. Are you getting enough?
(BPT) - We've all heard the saying "knowledge is power." When it comes to good health, most people recognize the important role nutrition plays in a healthy lifestyle. However, according to a recent study by the Global Nutrition and Health Alliance (GNHA), despite efforts to eat a balanced diet, 98... More >>


Running with Purpose: Athlete Hits Her Stride, Despite a Surprising Asthma Diagnosis
(BPT) - With temperatures becoming more comfortable, there’s a good chance Brooke Curran is logging miles on a run through her hometown of Alexandria, Virginia. Though her training often requires her to run dozens of miles each time she laces up, Curran wasn’t always a serious runner. I... More >>


8 tips for navigating holiday food temptations
(BPT) - The holidays throw in a lot of temptations from every direction if dieting or watching your weight. Holiday parties and get-togethers in particular can be a healthful-eating challenge. Caught up in conversation among friends and family, surrounded by tasty food and drinks, it’s easy t... More >>


Stopping at Nothing: A 69-Year-Old BMX Racer Overcomes Her Joint Pain
(BPT) - Ever since her 20s, Kittie Weston-Knauer had experienced osteoarthritis (OA) pain in her hips and knees, but it never stopped her from staying active. In her 40s, she even picked up a new, exciting hobby: BMX, or bicycle motocross racing. Gradually though, despite her active lifestyle, the ... More >>


Morning inspiration: Choosing a better breakfast
(BPT) - The alarm beeps as you gaze out the window at the soft sunlight welcoming the day. You roll out of bed and your stomach grumbles. You stumble to the kitchen to see how you can tame the hunger pangs, ultimately reaching for a doughnut or prepackaged breakfast bar.While this may satisfy momen... More >>


Find Medicare Confusing? Start Here
(BPT) - Navigating Medicare can be challenging. In fact, according to a 2017 UnitedHealthcare survey, nearly 40 percent of Medicare beneficiaries find the program confusing. Learning the basics can help you cut through the confusion and make an informed decision about which coverage option may be t... More >>


Better asthma outcomes at lower costs [Infographic]
Find out more about how allergists better manage asthma care in the infographic, "Scope and Impact of the Asthma Epidemic," from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.(BPT) - -... More >>


Hair-raising facts about BPA [Infographic]
(BPT) - Now that fall is underway and you're already growing tired of all the pumpkin-flavored treats, Halloween must not be too far away. That means it's time to head to the store to pick up the trendiest Halloween decor to guarantee a shocked response from trick-or-treaters. But before you do, ha... More >>


Don't let the flu bug you this year
(BPT) - Flu season is upon us, and many healthcare facilities are urging you to start preparing now with vaccines. Ironically, one of the places where you need to be careful is at the doctor's office or healthcare clinic.The number of people in and out of clinics this time of year increases the cha... More >>


Are You One of the 4 Million People at Risk for Leaky Heart Valves?
(BPT) - Did you know nearly one in 10 people aged 75 or older[i] suffers from a leaky mitral valve, or mitral regurgitation? And most don't know it, attributing symptoms of fatigue or shortness of breath to just old age.In 2009, Kato Pomer was an active 92-year-old woman, still practicing child psy... More >>


Open talk about open enrollment
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The simple plan that can keep your cholesterol in check
(BPT) - For legendary TV personality and Emmy-award winner Regis Philbin, everything changed on a seemingly ordinary day back in 1992. While in Miami shooting a television commercial, the popular host — who usually plowed forward with his various commitments as though nothing could stop him &... More >>


Sharing the road: Safety gear makes cycling safer, but can promote a false sense of security
(BPT) - As more people are taking to two wheels for commuting and overall fitness, cycling accidents and injuries are on the rise. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2015, 818 cyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the U.S., an increase fro... More >>


Road salt means safe roads
(BPT) - State and municipal departments of transportation are gearing up their winter maintenance plans to prepare for snow and ice. In addition to plows, road salt is an important tool to keep roads clear. Every year these agencies stockpile sufficient salt to last the winter season and store it i... More >>


Feeling stressed? Have some salt
(BPT) - Stress. No one wants it, but we all experience it from time to time. Higher levels of stress can cause problems at work and at home. But stress is not just hard on your mental well-being; it is also hard on your body and can lead to many negative health outcomes.Stress levels can also incre... More >>


Breathe easier with smart tips for an allergy-free home
(BPT) - Stuffy and runny nose, sneezing, itchy nose and eyes — having fall allergies can be miserable. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), more than 60 million Americans suffer from asthma and allergies, and nearly 70 percent of U.S. households are affected by in... More >>


The annual ritual of open enrollment [Infographic]
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Busting myths and misconceptions about osteoporosis
(BPT) - One in two women over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture caused by osteoporosis in her remaining lifetime. Despite its prevalence, there are many myths and misconceptions about this "silent" disease. These myths may be a reason why osteoporosis is underdiagnosed and undertreated.A fragili... More >>


Know thrombosis: Tips to prevent deadly blood clots
(BPT) - When you think of potentially deadly health issues, do you think of a blood clot? According to a recent U.S. survey, only 7 percent of people say they are concerned about blood clots, known by the medical term thrombosis. However, what they might not know is one in four people worldwide die... More >>


5 tips to help prepare for open enrollment and save on health care costs
(BPT) - Millions of Americans will soon select or switch their health benefits plan during open enrollment, so now is the time to prepare for that important decision that usually happens once a year.More than 70 percent of Americans say they are prepared for open enrollment, yet most people struggl... More >>


Running for a lifetime: Tips for minimizing common running injuries to train longer and smarter [Infographic]
(BPT) - Running consistently ranks in the top 10 most popular American sport and fitness activities, but despite its many benefits, the repetitive stress of running can often shorten a runner's longevity due to injuries. In fact, 74 percent of runners suffer a moderate or severe injury each year.Fo... More >>


Making a cavity-free future a reality for children around the world [Infographic]
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People with reduced kidney function miss this important warning sign
(BPT) - Anyone with a chronic disease knows the importance of monitoring personal health data to keep on top of one’s disease. If you suffer from heart disease, for example, you watch your cholesterol and blood pressure closely, and if you are diabetic, you monitor your blood sugar.People suf... More >>


4 ways to take back control from breast cancer
(BPT) - It is no secret that dealing with breast cancer is hard. It can turn lives upside down, inspiring concerns on topics as wide-ranging as maintaining daily routines, paying for treatment and life expectancy. Underlying it all is its emotional toll. According to a survey by Ford Warriors in Pi... More >>


You need more fruits and veggies: 5 easy ways to get there
(BPT) - Most Americans understand the importance of including a variety of fruits and vegetables into their diets, but finding inspiration and fresh ideas for incorporating them into everyday meals can be challenging.Research shows that only 10 percent of Americans are meeting the MyPlate recommend... More >>


Clinical trials and the vital role they play in furthering cancer research
(BPT) - The world of health care is one of constant innovation and discovery. New drugs, treatments and ideas are needed to combat the various health problems Americans face every single day. It is an ever-evolving challenge, and as health concerns are conquered, one constant threat remains: Cancer... More >>


Winning routines for warding off winter weight gain
(BPT) - With cold weather and short days, it’s easy to fall off healthy eating and exercise routines. Here are tips on how to eat right and stay motivated to exercise during the winter months from a leading nutritionist and a top celebrity trainer.EAT RIGHTDr. Michael Roussell holds a degree ... More >>


Is BPA a thing of Halloween nightmares?
(BPT) - Now that fall is underway and you’re already growing tired of all the pumpkin-flavored treats, Halloween must not be too far away. That means it’s time to head to the store to pick up the trendiest Halloween decor to guarantee a shocked response from trick-or-treaters. But befor... More >>


Metastatic breast cancer patients tell their stories through art and photography
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5 tips to keep ticks away
(BPT) - Researchers are predicting 2017 will be one of the worst years for ticks that we have seen in quite some time — and by all indications, those researchers are correct. People who have found themselves pulling ticks off their pets, children and their own bodies can readily attest to thi... More >>


Organic is always non-GMO, but is non-GMO organic?
(BPT) - If you’re a parent, you’ve probably come across ongoing debates regarding the term “organic” and what should go into your child’s body. But, what about organic versus non-GMO? A recent study from Perrigo Nutritionals revealed that more than half of moms didn&rs... More >>


Emergency preparedness 101: Know how to protect your family against carbon monoxide poisoning
(BPT) - Few areas of the country are immune to natural disasters or severe weather. Whether you live in a hurricane zone or face icy winters, it is important to prepare your home and family to weather the storm and know the potential health and safety risks that may arise in emergency situations.Be... More >>


Good health at any age: What women should watch out for
(BPT) - Being healthy is a common goal for many people, but good health does not have a finite endpoint; it’s an ongoing process that unfolds over a lifetime. For women, aging can bring on surprising health changes as they move through the decades of their life. From good nutrition and proper... More >>


Prevent falls this fall with a home safety checklist
(BPT) - After months of sticky heat and humidity, it’s time to put away the shorts and pull out the sweaters because the autumn season is finally here. But, late September brings us more than just cooler temperatures and a wardrobe change. If you or a loved one are over the age of 65, the cha... More >>


The top 5 things to know about opioids
(BPT) - While a decade ago you may not have heard much about opioids, today they make headlines daily. The nationwide epidemic crosses generations and socioeconomic lines, and it's affecting your family, friends and neighbors."Opioids have long been used clinically to treat pain, but prior to the 1... More >>


Top 4 tips to help you get the sleep you need
(BPT) - If you're reading this, there's a good chance you're not getting enough sleep. You could probably use a nap, and you're not alone.Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that about 70 million U.S. adults report sleeping six hours or less on average. This is well... More >>


5 tips to keep sniffles and sneezes out of your holiday plans
(BPT) - With the holidays upon us, there’s a lot to look forward to: seeing old friends, eating too much, wearing ugly sweaters; the list goes on. Likewise, there are a lot of things that might make you sigh: awkward questions from your aunts, arguing about politics and of course, how you&rsq... More >>


Try this science-backed way to learn in your sleep
(BPT) - The brain never rests. If you've shared a room with a sleep-talker or woken from an intense dream, it’s pretty clear the brain is always active, even during sleep.If we better understand what is happening up there while we rest, perhaps we can direct that activity into something meani... More >>


Tips for choosing the Medicare plan that's right for you
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Making sense of nutrition labels
(BPT) - You can find them on the side of most every product at your local grocery store. They are plain and kind of boring but nutrition labels were designed to contain vitally important information for good health and wise food choices. These labels tell you the number of servings in a container, ... More >>


Sports nutritionals 101: What you should know about supplementing your workout
(BPT) - Whether you're an athlete looking for an extra competitive edge or would just like to increase the effectiveness of your daily workout, you have most likely considered adding nutritional supplements to your fitness routine. Diet, exercise and everyday lifestyle are all factors that can help... More >>


Medicare Advantage: 20 years, 20 million people and 4 factors
(BPT) - In 1997, the federal government created the Medicare + Choice program — later renamed Medicare Advantage — to enhance consumer choice and more efficiently deliver Medicare benefits to older Americans.You may have heard of Medicare Advantage, but maybe you don’t know exactl... More >>


Baseball legend steps up to the plate to raise awareness of fatal lung disease
(BPT) - All-Star centerfielder Bernie Williams is taking on a new role as an advocate for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) awareness in honor of his dad Bernabé who lost his life to this rare and fatal lung disease. In this new role, he’s teamed up with Boehringer Ingelheim on Breat... More >>


Covering your bases when facing a rare lung disease: 5 tips from a baseball legend
(BPT) - Yankees All-Star Bernie Williams is stepping up to the plate to raise awareness of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or IPF, a rare lung disease that took his dad’s life in 2001. In an effort to turn his family’s devastating experience with IPF into an opportunity to help others, B... More >>


Back to school: College students need to study up on emergency contraception [Infographic]
(BPT) - A survey sponsored by Teva Women’s Health, Inc. has revealed 62% of sexually active U.S. college students surveyed are using contraception inconsistently, yet don’t know some of the most basic facts about over-the-counter (OTC) emergency contraception (EC). OTC EC helps prevent ... More >>


Tips for safely recycling household batteries
(BPT) - Do you have a pile of used household batteries hidden in your junk drawer or a coffee can in the garage? You know you should be environmentally responsible and recycle them, but you aren’t sure where to start, so the pile grows larger.But did you also know that extra precautions are r... More >>


6 simple steps to avoid distracted driving
(BPT) - Mobile phones have become an essential part of life for most people, helping them stay connected and increase productivity. However, this technology can also be a distraction when driving, which puts everyone on the road at risk.More than one-quarter of all car crashes involve phone use, bo... More >>


Is your hearing loss a barrier to a happy life?
(BPT) - Sheliadawn Fitch would wonder if it really was possible for her to hear again. But she would shove aside those thoughts, overcome by fear and uncertainty, telling herself she was doing okay.Not that you could blame her. The vivacious Texan had been through a lot, having lost much of her abi... More >>


Busted: 5 common myths about emergency contraception
(BPT) - There are a lot of myths associated with emergency contraception. Whether you experience birth control failure or have unprotected sex, it’s important to be informed on your options, like Plan B One-Step. Plan B One-Step helps prevent pregnancy when used as directed within 72 hours (3... More >>


Survey: Millennials manage pain with healthy lifestyle choices
(BPT) - Spending their days hunched over phones, tablets or computers and their free time at spin class or playing sports, millennials are the next generation poised to experience chronic pain. Millennials say acute and chronic pain are already interfering with their quality of life.But while older... More >>


5 things you should know about over-the-counter emergency contraception
(BPT) - From forgetting your pill to a broken condom, when it comes to your birth control plan, sometimes things just don’t go as expected. For life’s “oops” moments, it’s important to be informed on your backup options, including Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptio... More >>


The connection between health and hearing loss [Infographic]
(BPT) - A recent national survey found that nearly half of Americans know someone with hearing loss or difficulty hearing. The majority of respondents said that they would feel comfortable talking with someone they knew if they thought they may be experiencing hearing loss or difficulty hearing, si... More >>


5 signs it's time to talk about hearing loss
(BPT) - Family and friends might be softly hinting that you need your hearing checked. But can you hear them? See if you’re experiencing one of the following 5 signs that it may be time to talk about hearing loss with a hearing health professional.1.) You’ve been approached by a family ... More >>


5 tips to make family mealtimes more mindful
(BPT) - The hectic workday is over. As you pull into your driveway, you feel relief because you’ve finally escaped the cranky co-workers, the deadlines and traffic jams. Now you can spend the next few hours relaxing at home with your family. What better way to enjoy this time than with a deli... More >>


Want to lose weight? Research proves a big breakfast is the first step
(BPT) - If you want to lose weight, you're not alone. More than half of Americans desire to shed pounds, according to Gallup. This goal inspires people to take action in many ways, from increasing exercise to modifying meals.One thing many people do is skip breakfast in order to lower calorie intak... More >>


It takes a village: Integrated care team gives hope back to dialysis patient
(BPT) - Six years ago Francis Hogan was doing what he loved most: playing golf. After his usual game, his ankle was swollen and painful. When he visited the doctor, he discovered the swelling wasn’t because of an injury. Something was seriously wrong.Hogan’s kidneys were failing. He was... More >>


Turning 65? Choosing the right Medicare Part D plan starts with 4 simple rules
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Advocate for your care: Recognizing and tracking symptoms of a rare blood cancer
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Meet today's organic shopper
The organics category is growing in just about every measurable way: in volume, dollars spent and even in conversations in the media.When consumers dabble in organic produce, they are more likely to purchase organic goods like organic snacks or organic cotton sheets. This means it is important for ... More >>


How to build healthy habits for the school year and beyond
(BPT) - Bells are ringing across the country as kids settle into classrooms for a year full of fun, friendship and plenty of learning.While exciting, adjusting to new school schedules is a hectic time. Healthy habits are often forgotten as the focus shifts to studies, assignments and extracurricula... More >>


My Experience with Dog Flu: A Dog's Point of View
(BPT) - Recently, I got really sick. I had just spent a fun-filled week with all my friends at doggie daycare while my family was on vacation. Shortly after they brought me home, I started coughing a lot. It was really hard to breathe and I started vomiting. I didn’t feel like eating anything... More >>


A mother's loss sheds light on need for better asthma control
(BPT) - For people living with asthma, managing the condition becomes part of their daily life. But some may not know that, in spite of their best efforts, their asthma may still be uncontrolled.Benjamin Buckley was one of those people. Ben, as he was known, was just 7 years old when he died from a... More >>


Back to school basics with BPA [Infographic]
(BPT) - Whether back-to-school season means returning to the routine of nightly homework or packing lunches in the morning, one thing that helps ensure the school year starts off safely and successfully is polycarbonate plastic made from bisphenol A (BPA).BPA is one of the most widely studied chemi... More >>


3 activities to help you move safely after knee surgery
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Are you safe from BPA? The answer may surprise you
(BPT) - Based on how much you’ve heard about bisphenol A (BPA) in recent news articles, it would be perfectly understandable if you concluded that BPA is public enemy No. 1. It’s apparently everywhere at unsafe levels, and there is no way to escape. Or is there? There must be somewhere... More >>


The key ingredient to a successful school year
(BPT) - Now that school is in session, you’ve likely returned to the routine of nightly homework and packing lunches in the morning. One thing that helps ensure a safe and successful school year is polycarbonate plastic made from bisphenol A (BPA).BPA is a building-block chemical used to make... More >>


STIs and Relationships: What a Diagnosis Really Means
(BPT) - Please see IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT VEREGEN® (sinecatechins) Ointment, 15% below.Embarrassment. Panic. Regret. These are just some of the reactions the phrase “sexually transmitted infection” (STI) can conjure. If you’re diagnosed with an STI while in a relat... More >>


Age ferociously with this eating game plan
(BPT) - A healthy diet and lifestyle are our best weapons against age-related diseases.Becci Twombley is sports dietitian for USC Athletics and Angels Baseball, overseeing the nutrition of 650 collegiate athletes and the 200 players within the Angels organization. The healthy practices she employs ... More >>


How to Tackle a Dust-Free Renovation
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5 tips to solve separation anxiety in your pet
(BPT) - With good weather and flexible work schedules, summer time is the best season for spending some extra time with your pet. However, once fall comes, the kids aren’t the only ones in the family that experience the back-to-school blues. Separation anxiety can happen for many reasons amon... More >>


Enjoy the latest trend in swimming pools
(BPT) - It was supposed to be a community swimming pool, but many people stayed away because they couldn't tolerate the biting, nose-curdling odor of chlorine. Others experienced breathing and skin problems.So the Evergreen Commons senior center in Holland, Michigan, converted its 65,000-gallon chl... More >>


Is your family expanding? Protect what matters most with these nursery safety checks
(BPT) - You may have chosen the perfect color palette and all of your nursery furniture, but have you thought about some key safety checks?“The arrival of a baby means you have to take a look at your home in a whole new light,” said Tarsila Wey, marketing director for First Alert, the m... More >>


Pets help seniors stay healthier and happier, wherever they live, studies show
(BPT) - French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Collette once said, “Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.” Pets provide meaningful social support for owners, and they can be especially beneficial for seniors. Ample research shows pet ownership delivers physical and mental h... More >>


5 baby formula myths debunked
(BPT) - Baby feeding has many pervasive myths, especially about infant formula. Here are five of those myths debunked by Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH, family physician and co-author of The Mommy MD Guide to Your Baby’s First Year:Myth 1: Breast is best.Fact: It depends on the mother and her bab... More >>


Top tips for making back to school a success
(BPT) - Summer days are getting shorter. Summer fun is winding down for the season. Bedtimes are starting earlier. And parents seem to be oddly excited.Back to school is right around the corner.For most kids, the thought of going back to school can be a drag. But it doesn’t have to be.Marley ... More >>


Diabetes impacts younger people more often: Are you at risk?
(BPT) - Every 17 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. What's even more surprising is diabetes is growing fastest among younger people, outpacing the rate of heart disease, substance abuse and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.A new study by the Blue Cross Blue Shield... More >>


10 questions to ask your doctor about hearing loss
(BPT) - As we age, we know to ask our doctors certain questions about our health, such as, “What should I know about preventing heart disease?” or “Are my cholesterol levels too high?” But another common condition that we need to start asking about is hearing loss. Here are ... More >>


5 things parents need to know about HPV
(BPT) - Being a parent means looking out for your kids. When they were small it meant making sure they wore a helmet, crossed the street carefully and wore sunscreen. As they get older, the health challenges they face change. As they become adolescents, you can’t always be with them, so you w... More >>


Shop for health care with these websites and apps
(BPT) - As our nation seeks solutions to help improve the health care system, there is at least one goal we can all agree on: the importance of making health care quality and cost information more accessible.This is an important effort that has the potential to help improve health outcomes and make... More >>


Fighting head lice can start with a conversation with your doctor
(BPT) - "Your child has head lice" is news no mother wants to receive. Not only can this common condition affect the child at home and at school, but it can also throw a family’s life off balance for days or even weeks.Results of the new “Facts of Lice” online survey of 1,000 mill... More >>


Travel tips to keep bed bugs at bay
(BPT) - Planning an upcoming trip – maybe a long weekend getaway, or a family vacation before the kids head back to school, or perhaps you’re a road warrior who travels frequently for work? No matter what type of trip you have planned, you’ve probably already put together a packin... More >>


Planning her life, pursuing her adventures [Infographic]
(BPT) - Merck launches Her Life. Her Adventures. to encourage women to plan ahead and get educated about family planning, including birth control options, so they can prepare for life’s adventures.This campaign encourages women to talk to their doctor and learn about family planning and birth... More >>


More than fun: 5 tips for planning a healthy vacation
(BPT) - Taking a vacation is more than a fun getaway from the daily drudges of life. Turns out, travel has a multitude of benefits that can impact your health and wellness, too.Beyond stress reduction, vacations can improve heart health, mental health and personal relationships. In fact, men who ta... More >>


A snapshot of the global smoking epidemic and why it cannot be ignored [Infographic]
Tobacco use places a significant health and economic burden on individuals and societies around the world. Smoking is linked to serious illnesses including heart disease, stroke, lung disease and some cancers, and kills nearly six million people each year, making tobacco use the leading preventable... More >>


Looking for balance? Fighting fatigue? Your diet might be a place to start
(BPT) - Adults today are constantly searching for balance in life. While balance can be broadly defined, in simple terms it is rooted in equal proportions. The human body demands an equilibrium in order to sustain proper mental, physical and spiritual health. But, achieving balance can be difficult... More >>


Is your child protected from preventable illnesses at school?
(BPT) - Fall is an exciting time for kids — seeing old friends, getting to know new classmates, learning new skills and exploring classrooms. But with all this fun and interaction, it’s important to remember one of the best ways to keep your child safe and healthy is to make sure he or ... More >>


One man's struggle with PTSD, 40 years later
(BPT) - Bobby Barrera’s career as a Marine ended abruptly at age 21. While in Vietnam, on his first mission, a land mine explosion took his right hand at the wrist and left arm at the shoulder, and left him with severe burns over 40 percent of his body and face.Coping with the physical challe... More >>


Mandy Moore's Advice to Pursuing Life Goals
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Fighting the morning clock? 9 no-fail ways to get out the door on time
(BPT) - As the sun shines through the curtains, you hit the snooze button again. Suddenly you bolt up, realizing you're running late. You skip breakfast, grab your bag and rush out the door. Stress levels skyrocket and your day has barely begun.The race against the clock at the start of the day is ... More >>


Focusing on Family Health: August is National Immunization Awareness Month
(BPT) - National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), held each year in August, is a great time to review your family’s vaccination records. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them and their family members.Vacc... More >>


7 ways to snack like a pro this football season
(BPT) - Football season is quickly approaching, which means it will soon be time for tailgating or watching the big game on TV. For many of us, this time of year is tough on our diet and exercise plans, but it doesn't have to be, according to Bryan Snyder, registered dietitian and director of team ... More >>


Mangos bring families together around the world
(BPT) - Ayesha Curry was raised by great women who instilled in her a passion for cooking. This passion has helped Ayesha both launch her career and prioritize spending time with her family in the kitchen. But even as a celebrity chef, author and foodie, Ayesha sometimes struggles to think of new, ... More >>


New FDA-approved method of lung cancer detection gives many hope
(BPT) - Each year, more people die of lung cancer than any other form of cancer — more than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. The American Cancer Society estimates of the 224,000 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed each year, 155,000 will succumb to the disease.Many have heard the s... More >>


Take precautions in the heat - lifesaving tips
(BPT) - From tornadoes and floods to hail and lightning storms, the United States experiences a broad array of extreme weather. Fatalities do occur, but many people are surprised to learn that the weather event that causes the greatest number of deaths is heat.According to the National Weather Serv... More >>


Ask your doctor about these important topics on life-threatening allergies
(BPT) - The start of a new school year can be fraught with anxiety for children and parents alike. New school, new friends, new dynamics. And for children living with life-threatening allergies, that anxiety can be even more pointed as they — and their parents — consider and prepare for... More >>


4 surprising health benefits of cherries - this summer's superfruit
(BPT) - Have you ever said no to a cherry? Probably not. This summertime treat is simply delicious. And if you’re looking for another reason to indulge, you’ll be pleased to know that cherries are surprisingly good for you. Recent research indicates that this summer’s superfruit o... More >>


Looking for a new doctor? Start with a D.O.
(BPT) - Your yearly physical, a nagging injury that won’t go away, a sick child: There are plenty of reasons to go to the doctor, but when you do, do you know what type of doctor you’re seeing?The common answer most people offer is that they are going to see a medical doctor, an M.D., a... More >>


Managing MS in the warmer weather
(BPT) - Heat and humidity can make anyone feel uncomfortable, but for the 400,000 people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the United States, warmer weather can make life particularly difficult to manage.“When it’s warm and sunny, that’s when I want to spend the most time out... More >>


Easy ways to lighten up your cookout
(BPT) - The mouthwatering taste of grilled foods, the indulgence of rich desserts and the joy of entertaining with family and friends — a cookout is always a crowd-pleaser, no matter the time of year.The food and fun make for a memorable time, but sometimes all those savory sauces, scrumptiou... More >>


How not to look your age
(BPT) - Want to look a little younger but not quite ready for cosmetic surgery? Who doesn’t.There are more facial rejuvenation treatments to choose from today than ever before. Injectable fillers and neuromodulators like BOTOX can help soften wrinkles, peels can improve skin tone and reduce p... More >>


Your summer and BPA [Infographic]
(BPT) - Whether summer means days spent at the beach or pool, overnight camping trips, back-to-back sporting events or afternoons biking around the neighborhood, one thing that helps to make our summers both fun and safe is bisphenol-A (BPA).BPA is one of the most widely studied chemicals in use to... More >>


Breathe easier this summer: An expert shares advice on how to manage asthma during the hotter months
(BPT) - Summer is here, and while many spend their summer vacation outdoors swimming, playing sports and enjoying the sunshine, for those who have asthma, it can be a worrisome season.While springtime is often the time people think about asthma triggers, summer weather can also cause issues for peo... More >>


This simple test can set you on the road to a lifetime of better health
(BPT) - Here's a sobering statistic for you: 20 percent of all deaths in the United States can be attributed to poor lifestyle factors and behavioral choices. It's difficult to swallow, but fortunately new research also finds that those who take the time to establish a simple screening routine impr... More >>


Beat the heat: Tips to stay healthy and hydrated
(BPT) - Americans love summertime and with good reason. It is the best time for outdoor fun and travel with family. Many people enjoy outdoor activities such as bicycling, kayaking and hiking, and kids are more active with sports.One thing to keep in mind when out and about in the summer heat is to... More >>


A happy pet is a hydrated pet
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Allergens and indoor air quality: 4 steps to a healthier home
(BPT) - When at home, you're probably relaxing, playing with the kids or tackling chores. What you aren't likely doing is thinking about the air you're breathing. Unfortunately, the reality is poor indoor air quality in residential spaces is a major problem.The United States Consumer Product Safety... More >>


7 ways to get healthier this summer
(BPT) - Who came up with the idea of setting lofty health goals after the holidays? Try summer instead. With the season's fresh veggies and fabulous weather that inspires you to actually get out and get moving, there’s no better time to build new habits toward a healthier you. Try these resea... More >>


Research shows California Raisins positively impact diabetic nutrition
(BPT) - Research highlighted at the American Diabetes Association’s 77th Scientific Sessions suggests California Raisins — an all-natural, dried-by-the-sun, no-sugar-added fruit — can positively affect glucose levels and systolic blood pressure among people with Type 2 diabetes me... More >>


Shining a light on sarcoma
(BPT) - After a summer of healthy eating and exercise, Janice Nicewanner was on the road to better health when she noticed a small lump in her lower left abdomen. She assumed it was scar tissue from a past surgery, but decided to see her doctor six months later after it had grown to the size of a b... More >>


Shining a light on sarcoma [Infographic]
(BPT) - Sarcoma is among the most rare and complex types of cancer, comprising approximately 1 percent of adult cancers diagnosed. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of this rare cancer and when to see your doctor.... More >>


Five Reasons to Sleep More [Video]
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Why aren't people talking about I-O? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Awareness of cancer research lags behind progress.... More >>


Pancreatic cancer: Know your family, know your risk
(BPT) - Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly cancers, with a mere 29 percent one-year survival rate. In 2016, pancreatic cancer became the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States, surpassing breast cancer.The time frame between diagnosis and death is often short. Only 7 perc... More >>


Real sleep: Uncovering the truth behind sleeplessness in America [Infographic]
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5 eye health tips that are easy to visualize
(BPT) - Writer Leigh Hunt once said, “The groundwork of all happiness is good health.” It’s a mantra you heed because nothing is more important than your health. That’s why you watch what you eat, you exercise at least three times a week and you avoid tobacco or excessive al... More >>


Traveling with confidence while on dialysis
(BPT) - If you’d like to join your grandkids as they experience a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, hope to make this year’s family reunion or need to travel for work, there’s no reason you can’t — even if you’re on dialysis, a life-sustaining treatment that cleans th... More >>


Harnessing nitric oxide in a new way to combat superbugs
(BPT) - They are called superbugs. As their name implies, they are difficult to treat — and deadly. Earlier this year, in fact, a Nevada woman was hospitalized following a trip to India and later died from a rare bacterial infection that didn’t respond to the 26 antibiotics approved for... More >>


8 fast tips to fight fall allergies before they begin
(BPT) - You made it through a tough spring allergy season and are enjoying every moment of the summer. But just when you think your allergies are under control, a new problem is brewing. In the blink of an (itchy) eye, fall allergy season will be here.You may be thinking, "It's still summer. Why wo... More >>


5 things keeping you awake (and what you can do about it)
(BPT) - Having trouble falling asleep is the worst, right? You toss and turn, you glance at the clock — again — calculating how much sleep you could get if only you would drift off this very moment. And of course, you don't, which only makes you feel more anxious, which just makes you f... More >>


Advanced hearing technology offers ideal features for the summer season
(BPT) - Summer is the season of hot weather, outdoor activities, vacations and other conditions that in the past posed a threat to people who wear hearing aids. Extreme humidity, sweat, rain and the occasional splash were threatening to the devices’ tiny electronic components. Carrying extra ... More >>


How much juice should kids drink? What you need to know about juice and serving size
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3 pressing reasons to talk hearing health at your next physical exam
(BPT) - When was the last time you and your doctor talked about your hearing?The fact is, only about 3 in 10 adults who had a physical exam in the last year say it included a hearing screening, according to research conducted by the Better Hearing Institute (BHI). That’s a shame, because rese... More >>


Understanding the link between salt and health
(BPT) - The news lately is full of articles about salt and health. Everyone seems to be getting either too much salt or not enough. So which is it? Part of the problem is with how we study the connection. Fortunately, researchers on both sides of the issue are starting to agree on how best to proce... More >>


Understanding Scoliosis [Infographic]
(BPT) - Whether you or someone you know has scoliosis, or you're just starting to learn more about the condition, you’ll find helpful information and resources in this infographic.Save... More >>


Elevate your sleep [Infographic]
(BPT) - New survey reveals Americans do much more in bed than just sleep.... More >>


Health and Wellness Benefits of Volunteering
(BPT) - In the business world, we hear a lot about the bottom line and quarterly reports. For those in the nonprofit sector, it’s often a matter of reaching fundraising goals and achieving their mission statement. No matter what kind of organization you work for, there are big-picture goals, ... More >>


Top 5 ways to battle belly bloat
(BPT) - Warmer weather brings sunny days, fresh breezes and plenty of flora and fauna to explore. But there's another aspect to warm weather that some people dread: swimsuit season.Three out of four women (77 percent) have felt self-conscious while wearing a swimsuit due to body issues, according t... More >>


What's your nutrition game plan? [video]
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Tips for managing prostate cancer
(BPT) - Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men other than skin cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates 1 in 7 men will have prostate cancer detected during their lifetime. The disease can strike any man at any time; men who are over the age of 60, have a family history of p... More >>


Young adults seek opioid alternatives for pain relief after wisdom teeth extraction
(BPT) - Summer vacation is the time of year students of every age look forward to. Warm weather, no school or homework, and summer travels — there are plenty of reasons to enjoy the break from the classroom. However, it's not all fun and games, especially for college students. Summer break is... More >>


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


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



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