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5 symptoms of menopause: What you can do to help relieve them
(BPT) - Menopause. The change. You know the terms and you’ve overheard women talking about it and sharing their experiences for years. If you’re in your mid-40s, you may have already started to feel the symptoms. Menopause isn’t the same for any two women, everyone expe ...
Give children the vitamins and minerals they need [Infographic]
(BPT) - A healthy child bounces around the yard full of energy and spirit. Unfortunately, millions of children around the world are missing valuable vitamins and minerals in their diets, leaving them susceptible to disease. This infographic shows how you can help supply children around the world wit ...
Actress Brenda Strong has 'The Other Talk'
(BPT) - Fifty is a major milestone in a woman’s life: from physical changes, to becoming an empty-nester, to new homes or careers, it can be a time to re-focus on one’s self and gain a new sense of freedom. During this time, one change that women may not anticipate is postmenopause.&ldqu ...
Prepare for surgery: 5 steps every patient should take
(BPT) - Surgery and anesthesia are safer than ever, but can make even the most fearless patient a bit nervous. Most patients don’t know about the steps they can and should take to make their experience safer and more comfortable.One of the most important things patients can do to make surgery ...
Improve your spring-cleaning routine and create a healthier home
(BPT) - Spring is cleaning season. You've opened the curtains to let in the sunshine, and every cleaning product you have in the house is primed and ready for action.The whole family has been enlisted to help. The youngest is in charge of wiping all the cobwebs off the floorboards. You have the olde ...
Hooked on books: Why reading to your baby is a must
(BPT) - Four-month old Lily Campos sits on her father’s lap, one chubby hand in her mouth, the other patting the farm animals in the book in front of her. As the pages turn, she reaches for the pictures, squealing and gurgling with excitement as her father reads.The Campos family’s bigge ...
5 tips for surviving stroke with mobility and independence
(BPT) - At 47 years old, a stroke was the last thing Brian Donlan of Babylon, New York, expected when he arrived at his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu workout. Feeling healthy and in shape, he was passionate about fitness and martial arts and frequently practiced at the dojo or competed in tournaments. But whe ...
Nothing to sneeze at: How to keep your family healthy this flu season
(BPT) - February is still part of peak flu season. For adults, coming down with the flu can translate to missed work and complications. Children risk missing school and, for younger children, complications related to the flu can be even more severe than in adults – sometimes fatal.Research sho ...
Know how and when to screen for cervical cancer [Infographic]
(BPT) - To protect yourself from developing cervical cancer, you need to know how Pap and HPV tests can work together to assess your risk, as well as how often to get tested since the greatest risk is not getting screened. A newly released survey, Cervical Cancer Today: A National Survey of Attitude ...
Make sure you're fresh in an instant for unexpected encounters
(BPT) - With the snow finally melting and the promise of warm weather in the air, it’s time to break that winter hibernation and get back out there. Whether you’re hoping to secure a new job or meet the love of your life, don’t let bad breath hold you back from nailing ...
5 things you should know about macular degeneration [Infographic]
(BPT) - Can you imagine not being able to see your friends' faces or read your favorite books? People with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are at risk for losing their central vision, blocking their ability to see details and recognize faces. But a medical eye exam can lead to early detection ...
Avoid an accident with poison prevention at home
(BPT) - Nearly 1 million children under the age of 5 are exposed to potentially poisonous medications and household chemicals every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And more than 60,000 young children end up in the emergency room each year from wrongly ingesting med ...
Are you getting enough protein? The answer may surprise you [Infographic]
(BPT) - Are you getting enough protein? Most Americans are not and many do not even know how much protein is recommended for a healthy daily diet. Explore the following infographic to learn more about the nutritional values of protein and how much is right for you. You can also find more information ...
Healthy starts: The surprisingly simple way to make your own baby and toddler food
(BPT) - Want to give your family a jump-start on good nutrition? By introducing your children to a nourishing, whole-food diet at a very young age, you can teach them to prefer the taste of real foods over more processed ones. This lays the foundation for healthy eating habits later in life.Help you ...
Two-year degree programs and one-year certificates can open doors to in-demand careers in health care technology
(BPT) - Tiffany Fair initially ruled out a career in health care. She assumed most available positions were for nurses, and she knew she could never get past her fear of seeing blood. Fair’s outlook on the industry changed quickly when she learned about the growing field of health information ...
Dry eye affects most menopausal women; nutrition can help
(BPT) - When most women think of menopausal symptoms, they imagine hot flashes, moodiness and night sweats. But there’s one symptom that’s often forgotten when hormones begin to fluctuate – dry eye. In fact, dry eye affects 61 percent of menopausal women, according to The Huffingto ...
Take a full-court approach to managing diabetes [Infographic]
(BPT) - In the United States alone, more than 29 million people are affected by diabetes. Most of those people – about 90 percent to 95 percent – have type 2 diabetes. NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins is the most celebrated player to ever put on an Atlanta Hawks uniform, and is one of ...
Want to get your kids to eat healthier? Try adding some peanuts. [Infographic]
(BPT) - Getting kids to eat their fruits and vegetables can be a challenge. Next time you might think about adding cheese sauce to your child’s veggies, try a serving of peanut butter instead to give your kids eight grams of protein and more than 30 vitamins and nutrients.To help parents encou ...
New Online Toolkit Now Available to Help People Living with Lung Cancer
(BPT) - A lung cancer diagnosis may bring up a variety of difficult emotions, and navigating the next steps involved in daily life can be especially overwhelming for patients and their loved ones. Emotions may range from anger at the loss of control and uncertainty about medical decisions to fear ab ...
An ideal number 2 may not be a number 2: what your bathroom habits might be telling you
(BPT) - It can be uncomfortable to talk about what happens behind bathroom doors. But if you can set aside the awkwardness for a moment, your bathroom habits may actually be an important indicator of your gastrointestinal (GI) health.One of the most frequent digestive complaints in the U.S. – ...
Hack for a cause: hackathon develops stress management tools for multiple sclerosis [Infographic]
(BPT) - Living with multiple sclerosis (MS), an immune-mediated disease that affects the central nervous system, can be stressful at times. While there are several lifestyle modifications people with MS can make to potentially help reduce stress, there hasn’t been a concerted effort to merge t ...
Smart buying decisions: How hearing aids give you a great return on your investment
(BPT) - If you’re one of the nearly 40 million Americans who suffer with hearing loss, maybe it’s time to consider investing in your hearing health.Research shows that the rewards can be substantial. In fact, identifying and addressing hearing loss has been shown to positively influence ...
The 9 to 5 of cold and flu in the midwest [Infographic]
(BPT) - Despite health care providers’ advice that sick patients should recover at home to help limit spreading the virus, under-the-weather consumers often struggle with whether or not to call in sick. Read on to learn more.
Vicki Lawrence shares personal health challenge for first time
(BPT) - Emmy award-winning actress Vicki Lawrence is sharing her experience with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) in a new campaign called CIU & You. In the US, it is estimated that approximately 1.5 million people suffer from CIU, a disease that is characterized by mild to severe itchy hives ...
Uncovering kidney cancer: An often silent disease
(BPT) - Imagine the devastation of learning you have cancer, and then imagine being told it has advanced and already spread to other areas of your body.This is a shocking reality for one-third of the 65,000 people diagnosed in the United States each year with renal cell carcinoma (RCC), the most com ...
You deserve the best health treatment possible
(BPT) - If you or a loved one has a wound-, ostomy- or continence-related issue, there may be anxiety, insecurity, and a lot of questions.Many individuals in similar situations are finding relief through the services of specialty nurses trained and certified in wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) car ...
The ABC's of HDL and LDL cholesterol [Infographic]
(BPT) - High cholesterol is a heart-stopping matter that affects 71 million Americans. GO Veggie!, a pioneer in cholesterol-free cheese alternatives for more than 30 years, is a great resource to stay heart smart and learn more about your risk of stroke, heart disease and heart attack.
Why you should consider the Mediterranean diet
(BPT) - A healthy diet can be the foundation of a healthy life. While there are many food choices and diet options, one diet consistently grabs the attention of researchers.“The Mediterranean diet has been, and continues to be, studied widely,” says physician assistant Tricia A. Howard, ...
Know a child with autism spectrum disorder? [Infographic]
8 tips for spring cleaning your sleeping habits
(BPT) - Spring is a few days away and, for most of us, it couldn’t come soon enough. You’ve probably spent more hours in the house this winter than you care to admit and there might be a few more things lying around than you need. You might also have picked up habits that nee ...
You're as young as you dream [Infographic]
(BPT) - Today, Americans are living longer and they’re also enjoying the later years of life more than ever before. Explore this infographic to learn more about how Wish of a Lifetime and Brookdale make seniors’ dreams come true.
The easiest thing you can do for your health and looks: drink more water
(BPT) - You probably already know that exercising and eating right are key ways to improve your health. But, you may be overlooking one major health necessity that is as close as your kitchen faucet – water. It’s vital all year long, even during winter months when you might think hydrati ...
Testing for infectious diseases early in pregnancy is key [Infographic]
(BPT) - Several infectious diseases can be passed on from a pregnant woman to her baby, increasing the risk of miscarriage, birth defects and developmental problems. These infections - collectively known as TORCH - include toxoplasmosis, other (e.g., syphilis, HIV), rubella (measles), cytomegaloviru ...
7 facts to power through the toughest cold or flu
(BPT) - This year’s cold and flu season is well underway. IMS Health Flu Activation Network (FAN) reports over 45 million Americans have been affected by symptoms for the week ending January 3, 2015. Health professionals encourage people to take precautions to prevent coming into c ...
Lack of flu preparedness: What you need to know to protect your family
(BPT) - In the middle of winter, snowstorms and severe weather might be top of mind, but when was the last time you thought about the flu? Are you one of the many individuals who don’t think the flu is serious until you experience it firsthand?Those who have had the flu before were significant ...
National Children's Dental Health Month reminds parents of the importance of oral health
(BPT) - February is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM), a great time for parents and caregivers to remember the importance that oral health plays in children’s overall health and wellness. The health of little teeth is more critical than many people realize. In fact, the lea ...
Discover unexpected ways to drink more water
(BPT) - A whopping 96 percent of Americans believe that they should be drinking more water, according to a International Bottled Water Association survey. Celebrity health and wellness coach Kathy Kaehler agrees, because she encounters hydration issues all the time with her clients.“I’ve ...
How much salt do you need for a healthy diet?
(BPT) - Mothers everywhere understand that the food kids eat is more than just a collection of nutrients arranged on a plate. “Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables and in moderation” has been sage motherly advice for a long time.Unfortunately, conflicting information ...
Spring clean your health
(BPT) - Spring is a time to reevaluate your daily routine and reduce any unnecessary clutter from your life. It is also a time to make positive changes for a happy and healthier lifestyle.Simple changes, such as resetting your sleep pattern, updating your oral care routine and refreshing your diet c ...
Colon cancer survivor's journey inspires a new country song
(BPT) - Say it with a song. These words of wisdom have been passed down through the years, and singer Craig Campbell takes them to heart.Campbell has always loved music. Songs and music have played a huge part in his life. As a child, he sang and played at his local church and at home with friends a ...
How wide is America's nutrition knowledge gap? [Infographic]
(BPT) - When it comes to eating healthy, even the most conscientious consumers may find it difficult to get all of the vitamins and minerals they need every day from food alone. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that many adults don’t get enough of six essential nutrients – vitamins ...
Are you 50? Time to get tested and prevent colorectal cancer
(BPT) - When she was 55 years old, Valerie B. made a promise to a total stranger. It may have saved her life.“I was sitting in the doctor’s office for a mammogram," the Atlanta woman says. "There was a lady there who said she recently learned she had colon cancer. I knew nothing about it ...
10 tips for kids' good dental health
(BPT) - Getting children to brush their teeth can be challenging. No parent wants to struggle with a child every morning and night to ensure he or she develops good dental habits and a healthy smile. As a father of two young children, NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon understands the challenges ...
7 simple tips to help babies adjust to daylight saving time
(BPT) - Adults are not typically affected by daylight saving time, but the change can turn an infant’s world upside-down. Many parents worry that springing ahead just one hour will cause chaos to their little one’s sleep routine.A whopping 77 percent of parents with kids ages 4 and young ...
6 tips for a safe outpatient surgery experience
(BPT) - Nearly two-thirds of surgeries today are performed at outpatient facilities, meaning you don’t need to pack an overnight bag. But just as if you were having the procedure in the hospital you will likely need anesthesia, and should plan ahead to have a safe and successful experience.Sev ...
Do you know the GI malignancy that's second only to colon cancer? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Public awareness of common cancers is better than ever, yet you may have never even heard of the second-most-common type of gastrointestinal malignancy. Gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, or GEP-NETs, are now second only to colon cancer. They can be undiagnosed for years. Here&rsq ...
The invisible battle: managing your chronic pain
(BPT) - When struggling with chronic pain, many often feel their concerns fall on deaf ears. Without physical symptoms, friends, family and sometimes even physicians may fail to empathize with the debilitating effects of the condition. Just because chronic pain lacks physical manifestations, it does ...
Roadmap to a healthy heart [Infographic]
(BPT) - We've all heard the benefits linked to drinking moderate amounts of red wine, but nearly 20 years’ worth of research suggests that, thanks to the Concord grape, Welch’s 100% Grape Juice helps support a healthy heart. And a new study, presented at the American College of Nutrition ...
Golf legend Arnold Palmer and actor-writer-comedian Kevin Nealon find common ground in fight against blood clots
(BPT) - Arnold Palmer is one of the world’s greatest professional golfers; Kevin Nealon is one of his generation’s most beloved actors / comedians. Though seemingly worlds apart, they’ve experienced conditions that raise their chances for developing blood clots and/or stroke. The u ...
Identifying pain medication addiction in your friends; yourself
(BPT) - If you’ve ever taken them, you know prescription opioids can provide a clinically safe and effective solution to pain management. They can also be very addictive, however, and protecting against addiction requires vigilance on the part of the patient as well as his or her doctors, nurs ...
Do your supplements stack up? 4 tips to ensure they make the grade
(BPT) - Maintaining a healthy diet that includes all the recommended vitamins and nutrients can be a challenge, particularly when the current food landscape is full of overly processed foods that rarely contain essential nutrients. Supplements can provide a great way to enhance a healthy diet with t ...
New survey reveals insights into emotional and physical impact of a fatal lung disease [Infographic]
(BPT) - Being diagnosed with the fatal lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) can be the start of an unknown journey for both patients and caregivers but a recent survey sheds light on the impact of IPF through its findings.The EXPLORE IPF survey assessed the needs, experiences and feeling ...
5 tips to slash prescription drug costs
(BPT) - Today’s rising health care costs can feel out of control. Fortunately, prescription drugs are an exception. Consider these five simple ways to save money on your prescriptions so you can stay healthy and maintain your budget.1. Ask about generic or lower-cost equivalents.Your health pl ...
Moms in training: 3 sanity-saving tips for new mothers
(BPT) - From feeding to diaper changing, new moms and dads are flooded with information to learn and decisions to make for their new bundles of joy. A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive found that nearly 75 percent of moms plan to return to work post-maternity leave. What many new moms ma ...
Forget the pricey trip to the spa with simple DIY tips and tricks
(BPT) - With a whole new year ahead, now is the perfect time to relax and refresh with at-home spa treatments that are easy, natural, luxurious and, best of all, affordable.“Skin care does not have to be costly to be effective,” says Janet Little, director of nutrition at Sprouts Farmers ...
Breathe deeply and safely: 5 ways to protect yourself from CO poisoning
(BPT) - Most homeowners recognize the importance of protecting their homes from fire. They do this by checking the batteries in their smoke alarms, completely extinguishing fires in their fireplaces and keeping flammable materials away from candles or space heaters. However, while fire safety is fro ...
Living with MS, finding inner strength
(BPT) - When Chrystal Graham of Alpharetta, Georgia was diagnosed with relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2009, she was 27-years-old and no stranger to coping with life’s challenges. Having dealt with the loss of her mother to illness, Graham knew she could manage her way through almost any ...
How the Affordable Care Act may affect your tax refund
(BPT) - The Affordable Care Act (ACA) brings a lot of changes to this year’s tax code. Do you know if and how it will affect your tax refund?Here are five tips from H&R Block to help you understand how your taxes and tax refund will be affected as a result of the biggest tax code change in ...
Nutrition choices made easy in the grocery aisle
(BPT) - Should you buy eggs instead of cereal? Popcorn in place of pretzels? For consumers seeking “better-for-you” foods at the grocery store, these types of decisions can feel overwhelming, and for some, time-consuming.With the help of the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System, making healt ...
Hepatitis C: A hidden disease [Infographic]
(BPT) - Hepatitis C is a serious liver disease that affects an estimated 3.2 million Americans. Three out of every 4 people living with Hepatitis C are baby boomers – individuals born from 1945-1965. However, about half of those infected don’t know they have Hepatitis C. That’s why ...
5 tips for service members to stay mission ready [Infographic]
(BPT) - In the military, the mission depends on the people who serve and sacrifice for our country. To stay on target and maintain your psychological and physical resiliency, follow these five tips to stay mission ready. Don’t just do it for yourself, but also for your family, peers and commun ...
Why experts recommend skin-to-skin contact for infants
(BPT) - If your family is expecting a child in the near future, there is a good chance you've been actively reading about all the latest in care techniques and methods for raising your child in the safest and most loving environment possible.Mothers and fathers have long known how effective cuddling ...
The key to a gluten-free breakfast sandwich: potatoes
(BPT) - The breakfast sandwich has become a staple of on-the-go mornings. In fact, convenient and high-protein breakfast dishes are rising in popularity, according to a new study from Nielsen Perishables Group. But if you’re following a gluten-free diet or low-fat diet, buns, biscuits, English ...
Every day heart health in February and beyond
(BPT) - It's February again, and that means it's American Heart Month. With all of the health information out there, it can be hard to figure out how to work heart healthy choices into your daily routine. Robyn Flipse, MS, MA, RDN says that by keeping a few simple tips in mind for foods, beverages a ...
A little inspiration can go a long way for people living with relapsing multiple sclerosis
(BPT) - Visit MSInspiration.com for a chance to win a day of inspiration!At first glance, Marci Viland and Chris Wright don’t have very much in common. Their paths have never crossed, they live in different cities and they have different careers. But Marci and Chris do have one very important ...
Pocket doors offer accessibility in every home
(BPT) - Did you know that the smallest room in your home can be the most dangerous?Every year 235,000 adults seek emergency care for injuries sustained in bathrooms from falls and other accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Injuries are due to everything from grabbi ...
The important role vaccines may play in helping to keep children and adults healthy
(BPT) - Every one of the nearly 12,000 babies born in the United States each day are vulnerable to infectious diseases. The good news is that vaccines can help protect children from certain diseases.As National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) approaches, it is timely to remember the role that vaccin ...
Awareness of COPD growing but many remain undiagnosed
(BPT) - Americans are becoming more aware of the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to a survey released by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). About 70 percent of American adults say they are familiar with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), up ...
Easy tips to help beat calorie-overload this year
(BPT) - Did you make a New Year's resolution to eat better this year? Or are you thinking you might need to make some lifestyle changes to get ready for the summer swimsuit season? Although it may seem like a daunting task, getting started on a weight management plan can be easy. A few simple expert ...
What would Harvey Cushing do about the state of Cushing's disease management today?
(BPT) - The endocrine system is a collection of glands that secrete hormones to regulate key functions in the body, including mood, growth and development. When one of the glands in the endocrine system is not functioning properly and the body produces too much or too little of certain hormones, hea ...
The cost of catching a cold or the flu [Infographic]
(BPT) - While we’re all dreaming ahead to springtime, many of us are still dealing with a cold or the flu. Puffs and Vicks are the essentials you need to help take care of yourself so you can get back to the things you love. Learn more about dealing with a cold and the flu in this infographic ...
Under pressure: How to manage stress before it affects your health
(BPT) - Stress: it makes your heart race, your head pound and your stomach churn.While a little stress can be a good thing and help motivate us when needed, too much stress can lead to negative health effects including headaches, upset stomach, back pain, trouble sleeping and a weakened immune syste ...
Are you at risk for a cardiovascular event? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Bayer HealthCare, the makers of Bayer(R) Aspirin, announces the launch of the ProHeart Path Tool. The ProHeart Path Tool, available on IamProHeart.com, calculates the 5-year risk of a cardiovascular event (heart attack or stroke) based on a risk assessment. The ProHeart Path Tool also provid ...
Give your game day fans delicious and healthy snacks to help them cheer their team on to victory
(BPT) - When hosting a big game day party, you plan the food, TV location, seating arrangements and decorations for your big game-watching party. In the same fashion, Ted Harper, the team sports dietitian of the New England Patriots, meticulously plans the diets of his team members to maximize each ...
Add 1 often-overlooked task to your childproofing plan: Secure your TVs
(BPT) - Parents can do a lot to childproof their homes: Put medicine up and away. Place baby gates on the stairs. Put cabinet locks on cabinets. But what about checking their TVs?Injuries and deaths from TV tip-overs happen far too often. Every 45 minutes in the United States, a child is rushed to t ...
About Binge Eating Disorder (B.E.D.) in Adults [Infographic]
Look 10 years younger with expert anti-aging tips
(BPT) - Do you have friends or family members who seem to never age? No matter how old they get, their appearance is youthful and glowing. While genes play a role in how the body ages, they are not the only factor in aging gracefully. In fact, erasing years from your appearance is actually simpler t ...
Binge Eating Disorder (B.E.D.): An Adult Patient's Journey [Infographic]
The 9 to 5 of cold and flu in the mid-atlantic [Infographic]
(BPT) - Despite health care providers’ advice that sick patients should recover at home to help limit spreading the virus, under-the-weather consumers often struggle with whether or not to call in sick. Read on to learn more.
5 health improvements you can make today that will pay off for a lifetime
(BPT) - Improving your health and wellness can seem like a daunting task, especially if you know you have some bad health habits to break. But, several improvements you can make today can result in tremendous health benefits.“It starts with you,” says physician assistant Tricia A. Howard ...
5 tips to help improve your digestive health
(BPT) - Many people don’t realize the importance of maintaining a healthy digestive system until they begin to experience unwanted symptoms. Over time, poor digestive health may lead to malnutrition and vitamin deficiency, as well as unpleasant GI symptoms like diarrhea, gas, bloat ...
3 ways to make your backyard irresistible to kids this summer
(BPT) - When summer arrives do you see even less of your kids than you did during the school year? Too many American children, tweens and teens spend those extra hours of free time indoors playing with technology, rather than engaging in healthful activity outside. Even when you know where your kids ...
3 hearty breakfast recipes for everyone in a hurry
(BPT) - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Everyone has heard that saying, but unfortunately, breakfast is also often the most forgotten meal of the day. Instead of enjoying a hearty, nutritious breakfast, many people opt for simple alternatives on the go because they believe creating ...
Spring and flu are here: 5 tips to keep you healthy
(BPT) - Spring is almost here but people are still talking about flu. Like the persistent winter storms that have blanketed much of the country week after week, this year’s flu cases started early and they’re still widespread in many parts of the country. There were several different str ...
Poised for success: Treating hearing loss pays dividends on the job
(BPT) - The willingness to take action is the single most important ingredient for success. This is true in any career, in any business venture, and at any time in a person’s life.Addressing hearing loss on the job allows you to stay ahead of the game and helps you achieve success. In fact, th ...
Senior women: Simple, must-do ways to reduce heart disease risks
(BPT) - A popular social media meme holds that “growing old isn’t for sissies.” Plenty of older women would probably agree with that sentiment as they cope with age-related issues specific to their gender, such as osteoporosis and increased risk of breast cancer. Yet the greatest h ...
5 simple parenting tips guaranteed to transform your picky eater
(BPT) - Few things cause more parental frustration than trying to get a picky eater to enjoy a well-rounded diet. Whether your child has been picky all his life, or, out of nowhere is now turning up his nose at healthy foods he previously adored, it’s easy to feel like your failing as a caregi ...
5 ways to keep your New Year's resolution
(BPT) - It’s the first week of 2015; a time when many people are deciding on and kicking off their New Year’s resolutions.If you want keep your New Year’s resolution, here are some tips from Gary D. Foster, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer at Weight Watchers International, Inc.1. If ...
Small-batch cooking trend moves from human tables to pets' plates
(BPT) - Food trends constantly evolve, reflecting society’s growing awareness of how what we eat affects our health and the environment. More Americans are choosing foods with an eye to nutrition, natural and locally sourced ingredients, and sustainable preparation processes. They’re not ...
5 reasons to get your kids' hearing checked this year
(BPT) - It isn’t just older adults who need to get their hearing tested periodically. Kids also need to have their hearing checked, especially with nearly half of teenagers already showing potential signs of hearing loss. Here are five good reasons why your youngster should begin t ...
Women's pain: Common, treatable and often overlooked or mismanaged [Infographic]
(BPT) - Everyone feels pain at some point. Women have a particularly interesting relationship with pain – childbirth is considered to be one of the most painful experiences and in general, women report having more pain than men. A recent analysis of peer-reviewed scientific research published ...
Simple swaps for a healthy lifestyle
(BPT) - Americans are more concerned than ever before about living a healthy lifestyle. However, implementing dietary changes and adopting an exercise routine can prove to be overwhelming. A recent Gallup poll found that nine out of 10 consumers say they make it a point to try to include fruits and ...
5 easy-to-accomplish New Year's resolutions with a big health impact
(BPT) - The start of a new year is the perfect time for making goals to improve your health and well-being. But too often, people make grand resolutions that are too lofty to accomplish. In fact, about half of men and women say they have made New Year’s resolutions they could not keep, accordi ...
The best New Year's resolution? Don't make one
(BPT) - In 2014, the most popular New Year’s resolutions included losing weight and getting in shape, according to a study by the University of Scranton. If your health resolutions from last year have fallen by the wayside, you’re not alone. Don’t let last year repeat itself. Inste ...
What you need to know to control this silent killer
(BPT) - Most people assume they only need to take their medication when they are sick, meaning when they experience symptoms. But in the case of hypertension, this type of thinking could kill you.Patients who have hypertension are often completely asymptomatic – that’s the reason hyperte ...
Speaking up is more vital than ever for women with advanced breast cancer, survey shows
(BPT) - Women with advanced breast cancer have different physical and emotional needs from those with early stage breast cancer, differences that are critical in the management of their disease. Advanced breast cancer, which includes Stage IV metastatic disease, occurs when the cancer has either spr ...
Better knowledge, products make 'aging gracefully' easier than ever
(BPT) - Did your grandmother age gracefully? She might have thought growing older with poise meant accepting age-related changes in her skin and overall health, or that costly cosmetic surgery was the only way to look her best as she grew older. Today, better health knowledge and leading-edge produc ...
5 simple ways to disconnect and enjoy 15 minutes of 'me time'
(BPT) - Americans rarely take the time to unplug during the work day. In fact, we spend just short of half the day in front of some type of screen, according to research by the Kaiser Family Foundation.The health benefits of relaxing away from digital technology are well documented, but it still is ...
A closer look at multiple myeloma [Infographic]
(BPT) - March is Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month. Multiple myeloma is a progressive blood cancer that originates in the bone marrow and is the second-most common type of blood cancer with an estimated annual incidence of 114,250+ cases around the world. Despite recent advancements, it remains large ...
Flu myths versus facts for parents and caregivers [Infographic]
(BPT) - According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), flu activity remains high in the U.S. and is now widespread. But it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine. However, did you know that one of the most common misperceptions about the flu vaccine is that it can give ...
Tips to prevent prescription drug abuse at home
(BPT) - More than 6 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, and much of the abuse begins at home. In fact, more than 70 percent of those who illegally use prescription pain relievers obtained them through friends or family, including raidi ...
Operation safety: Tips to make every bath a safe bath
(BPT) - Does your bathroom need a makeover? Go beyond functional and stylish updates and consider upgrades that add an element of safety, too. A few affordable, small updates can dramatically affect your bathroom's level of safety while still providing a look you’ll love.Leave a little light o ...
February is Heart Month: 5 surprising facts that might save your life
(BPT) - The human heart is incredible: It pumps 2 ounces of blood in every heartbeat, totaling at least 2,500 gallons daily. It has its own electrical pulse and beats 100,000 times a day. Yet, unless there’s something wrong with yours, you probably don’t give your heart a second thought ...
You can prevent cervical cancer
(BPT) - If it weren’t for a woman named Sandy, Brenda T. might have a very different story to tell.Two years ago, when Brenda was 50 years old, she didn’t have health insurance, and was going to a free clinic in Schenectady, New York. That’s where she met Sandy, a women’s hea ...
7 mind-blowing ways smart hearing aids can change your life
(BPT) - Smart devices are everywhere today. From phones and watches to appliances and even toothbrushes, smart devices are easy and intuitive to use, anticipate your needs and desires, are interactive, and seamlessly connect with your other high-tech devices.Even hearing aids are getting a high-tech ...
A simple conversation could help provide life-saving information during and after pregnancy
(BPT) - Some people don’t think that “talking” alone can make a difference when it comes to someone’s health. But when it comes to helping prevent potentially life-threatening pregnancy complications, conversations can be a powerful tool.While most women give birth without ex ...
Why is it so hard for all of us to lose weight?[Infographic]
(BPT) - With the unavoidable challenges that throw us off track, Weight Watchers is more committed than ever to helping Americans navigate daily food temptations. Dining out, attending parties and celebrating special occasions with friends and family are a fun part of life, but can be tricky si ...
Are you at risk for type 2 diabetes?
(BPT) - Are you or a loved one at risk for type 2 diabetes? It can be difficult to know, but considering an astounding one in eight Americans has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it’s worthwhile to understand the risk factors.Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include people who are overweig ...
More than just annoying: The link between snoring and heart disease
(BPT) - Snoring isn’t pleasant for anyone – not the partner who has to sleep beside the snorer, nor the snorer whose breathing may pause repeatedly throughout the night. But did you know that loud, excessive snoring is often a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that – if ...
Nothing to sneeze at: 5 tips for seasonal allergy relief
(BPT) - Spring is upon us, and if you have seasonal allergies, you may be less excited about that than most. After all, what fun is finally freeing your face from that scarf if you’re just going to bury it in a tissue? It’s no fun at all, but allergies don’t have to make you misera ...
What you need to know about multiple myeloma
(BPT) - Multiple myeloma is the third most common type of blood cancer affecting more than 83,000 Americans. Since the disease affects each person differently, people with multiple myeloma can better understand their treatment journey by building strong relationships and learning how to effectively ...
Show support for the 30 million who fight rare diseases [Infographic]
(BPT) - There are 30 million Americans living with a rare disease - defined as a condition that affects fewer than 200,000 people - half of whom are children. Many rare diseases are chronic and can be life-threatening. Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy is dedicated to helping people with complex and rare ...
A small change can make a big nutrition difference [Infographic]
(BPT) - The choices you make every day can have a dramatic impact on your overall health. Informed choices can lead to a healthier lifestyle. Look for graphics and information to help you make better snack and beverage choices and check out this infographic for easy-to-implement tips.
7 big (but easy) ways businesses can reduce employee absenteeism
(BPT) - An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – especially for small businesses grappling with the high costs of worker absenteeism. Employee time lost to health issues costs American businesses $84 billion a year. For U.S. businesses, helping workers stay healthy costs far less than ...
Health trumps wealth in importance to retirees' well-being
(BPT) - Whoever said, “If you have your health, you have everything,” must have been retired.That's because retirees feel more financially secure when they're in good health according to new research. And when they feel financially secure, retirees also report they're enjoying retirement ...
Whole grains and heart health go hand-in-hand [Infographic]
(BPT) - Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading killers of Americans every year and many of these deaths could be prevented by simple diet/lifestyle changes. Follow this infographic to learn more about the very real benefits whole grains have for helping prevent cardiovascular disease and to le ...
Can't keep a resolution? Outside support can help
(BPT) - Holiday celebrations are a traditional way to cap off the year, but once the ball drops it’s time to usher in a new beginning with New Year’s resolutions.Each year, millions of Americans resolve to get in better shape and become healthier, better versions of themselves. But, unfo ...
Learn how to combat symptoms this cold and flu season
(BPT) - Nurse Barb Dehn offers tips on how to get the rest you need to stay healthy this cold, cough and flu season.A majority (73.8 percent) of people include sleep among their primary therapies when suffering from a cold or flu, according to a survey from the makers of Vicks NyQuil and DayQuil Sev ...
Think it's too soon to start planning your child's summer? Think again
(BPT) - During the summer while school’s out, kids are at greater risk for learning loss and weight gain unless they have a game plan that includes learning enrichment and physical activity. Summer camps are a great way to ensure children continue to grow socially, emotionally, cognitively and ...
Tips to help cancer patients prevent infections during the winter
(BPT) - “Oh the weather outside is frightful.” For many, this sums up the blustery season known as winter. With cold temperatures blanketing cities and towns, many have been spending more time indoors with friends and family. While everyone should take steps to stay healthy during this s ...
What are you doing to protect your eyes from too much screen time? [Infographic]
(BPT) - We live in a digital world and all of this technology can be hard on your eyes. Follow this infographic to learn more about technology’s impact on your vision and how you can protect your eyes.
The Impact of Meningococcal Disease in the United States
(BPT) - Meningitis is a type of invasive meningococcal disease and bacterial infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 500 cases of meningococcal disease (probable and confirmed) occurred in the Unit ...
New treatments offer hope to elders with macular degeneration
(BPT) - When Joan Nick, an 87-year-old retiree, was diagnosed with the dry form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in her left eye, she was worried about going blind.Joan had already lost sight in her right eye in her 60s due to glaucoma, so the vision in her left eye was all she had – ...
What couples starting a family should know about prenatal testing
(BPT) - So you've decided to take the leap into parenthood. To give yourself the best chance for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby, there are some important options to consider before you head down the road to conception and once you learn you are pregnant. Parents-to-be are often faced with nu ...
Diabetes and holidays can go together better than chocolate and peanut butter
(BPT) - The holidays are almost here, and with them comes plenty of feasting and merriment. Enjoying the season is important, but if you have a family member with diabetes, it’s also very important to maintain a healthy routine for managing the condition.Having diabetes doesn’t mean miss ...
You'll see the benefits of protecting your eyes with these tips
(BPT) - Everywhere you look, you’re reading, shopping, banking, or being entertained online with digital devices small and large.In fact 62 percent of adults use computers, smartphones, tablets or other hand-held devices for five or more hours a day, according to the American Optometric Associ ...
Feeling short of breath? It could be something serious
(BPT) - Unlike many Americans, Pete Mulliner knew of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) long before he was actually diagnosed with it. His grandfather died from pulmonary fibrosis the year Mulliner was married. “Granddad was the go-to guy in my world,” Mulliner says. “He taught me ...
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