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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 ...
What is your body trying to tell you this winter? [Infographic]
(BPT) - You may start to feel lousy during the colder months, but do you know the real cause? The similarities between cold and winter allergy symptoms can be hard to navigate and you may not be getting the relief you need.
The power of plant-based proteins [Infographic]
(BPT) - Discover the power of nature with plant-based proteins at GNC. Plant-based proteins are a great option for vegans, vegetarians and those looking to support total body health. Plant protein sources include brown rice, pea, hemp and soy, which all have a variety of health and wellness benefits ...
Pregnant women should eat more seafood, FDA says
(BPT) - Your mother probably told you “fish is brain food.” Turns out she was right.The nutrients in seafood are vital to the brain development of young children, especially during pregnancy. Seafood is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for visual and cognitive development ...
Good skin care starts below the surface
(BPT) - Skin care is important for men and women of all ages. Not only does healthy skin help you look younger, but properly maintaining your skin also gives you a healthier overall appearance so you feel more confident.Everyone wants to look good, whether it’s for a special event or just ever ...
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 ...
Indulging in a bite of pie and taking a nap could keep you healthy this holiday season
(BPT) - The holiday season is full of celebrations. From office parties to family events, everyone gathers to spread a little extra cheer. While people may be wary of what all of the holiday treats will mean for their health, avoiding all of the revelry could cause more harm than good. Creatin ...
See why the original beverage is still the best [Infographic]
(BPT) - Sugary drinks are all the rage but high sugar levels can lead to tooth decay. This infographic shows you the real potential damage of sugary drinks and why water is still your best option when you’re thirsty.
Why you should know about pancreatic cancer
(BPT) - When you hear the word cancer, which cancers come to mind?Did you think breast, lung and maybe colon cancers? You’re not alone. According to the Global Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Omnibus Survey, when people across the nation were asked the same question, breast and lung cancer were th ...
Hearing better thanks to smarter technology
(BPT) - Technology has made dramatic improvements in the lives of people of all ages, and the improvements made in hearing technology may be some of the most advanced to occur in the last several years.Just a decade ago, hearing aids were basic amplifiers. Now they’re completely connected with ...
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 ...
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 ...
Answering the biggest unmet need in cancer care today
(BPT) - “I thought cancer was like dessert - you only got one. I thought wrong,” says Jim Riswold, a two-time cancer survivor and one of the advertising geniuses responsible for some of Nike’s most iconic ads. Fourteen years ago, Riswold was told he had between two to four years to ...
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 ...
4 simple steps to a happier, healthier you
(BPT) - Now that you have outlined your self-improvement plan for 2015, consider this: only 8 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions actually stick to them. Success depends on identifying new opportunities to keep your body fresh and your mind focused. Here are four simple steps to ...
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 ...
Are your children protected from laundry packets? [Infographic]
(BPT) - The American Cleaning Institute (ACI), a nonprofit organization representing producers of household cleaning products, recently conducted a survey as part of their ongoing efforts to keep children safe from accidental exposures to liquid laundry packets through their KEY Pledge safety educat ...
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 ...
Simple steps to reverse Type 2 diabetes
(BPT) - More than 29 million Americans have diabetes and nearly 86 million others are on their way to a diagnosis. Type 2 diabetes has increased in prevalence simultaneously with the increase in consumption of processed foods and the rise in artificial sugars in American diets. Fortunately, evidence ...
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 ...
What's your laundry packet safety plan? [Infographic]
(BPT) - The American Cleaning Institute (ACI), a nonprofit organization representing producers of household cleaning products, recently conducted a survey as part of their ongoing efforts to keep children safe from accidental exposures to liquid laundry packets through their KEY Pledge safety educat ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 parents feed baby can have long-term impact
(BPT) - Experts agree that the food babies eat helps set the stage for growth and development, but did you know that it also impacts long-term eating habits and taste development? Children who consumed fruits and vegetables infrequently and drank sweet drinks during late infancy showed those same ha ...
National survey results reveal additional consumer education, awareness and action needed for liquid laundry packets [Infographic]
(BPT) - Although many consumers depend on liquid laundry packets, general safety precautions around storage prove to be low according to a national survey conducted by the American Cleaning Institute (ACI), a nonprofit organization representing producers of household cleaning products. The survey wa ...
Learn more about severe RSV disease and how parents can protect their high-risk children [Infographic]
(BPT) - Refer to this infographic for detailed facts about Synagis (palivizumab) and RSV. Visit Synagis.com for more information.
5 must-know tips for healthy winter travel
(BPT) - Whether heading to grandma’s house for the holidays or to a tropical destination to get away from the cold, winter travel comes with the added challenge of staying healthy.Crowded airports and train stations and tight guest quarters make us all more exposed to germs – and this ye ...
A digestible guide to lactose intolerance [Infographic]
(BPT) - Imagine if you had to eat cereal without milk, if you couldn’t enjoy an ice cream cone, or – gasp! – if you had to scrape the cheese off your pizza. Sounds terrible, right? It’s reality for the 40 million Americans who suffer from lactose intolerance.“We’v ...
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 ...
Diabetes Discussion: Tips for Managing Your Diabetes
(BPT) - Diabetes is a complex disease affecting more than 29 million people in the United States. Although there is no cure, patients with diabetes see better results when the disease is closely managed through lifestyle changes and medication. Along with making good choices about healthy eating and ...
Defeat drowsy driving dangers: Tips for staying awake at the wheel
(BPT) - One in five fatal accidents in America involves a drowsy driver, according to a recent report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Unfortunately, driving while fatigued is common in today’s business world. Yet the consequences of driving when you’re tired can be tragic.&ld ...
How to handle grief during the holidays
(BPT) - The holidays are meant to be a joyous time. But for someone dealing with grief, celebrations can be extremely difficult. If you are grieving over a recent loss, or one that happened years ago, experts say there are things you can do to make facing the demands and the expectations of the holi ...
5 of America's eye-healthy cities
(BPT) - When you think about staying healthy, eating right, exercising and getting a wellness physical are usually the first things that come to mind. But don’t overlook one really important thing ... taking care of your eyes. A yearly eye exam not only keeps you seeing your best, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
Can you ID the symptoms of EPI? [Infographic]
(BPT) - If gastrointestinal symptoms are affecting your health and keeping you in the stall, you may be suffering from exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, or EPI. It’s time to take action by finding out more information on EPI.
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.
Gift ideas to warm people's hearts and feed their passions
(BPT) - When it comes to finding the perfect gifts for everyone on your list, don’t be left out in the cold this holiday season. Ideas abound for warming the hearts and feeding the passions of anyone from friends and relatives to party hosts. Here are some ideas to make everyone think you&rsqu ...
Meal-planning hacks to help you dine fast and healthy
(BPT) - A fast pace and busy schedule may make you think that frequenting restaurants and fast food spots is faster than cooking at home. But it is possible to reduce the time you spend in the kitchen – and the money you spend from your wallet. Planning meals ahead of time, making one large gr ...
For adults, there's more to consider this season than just flu
(BPT) - With flu season in full swing, many adults are visiting their health care providers to discuss ways to stay healthy. Have you thought about other potentially serious diseases you may be at risk for as an adult?Shingles, the common name for herpes zoster, is a disease caused by the same virus ...
A Fresh Look: Consider These Ways to Help Manage Major Depressive Disorder
(BPT) - Major depressive disorder (MDD), also known as clinical depression, affects a large number of people. In fact, in the United States, it's been estimated that more than 30 million people have suffered from MDD over a lifetime. Symptoms of MDD include saddened mood, loss of interest or pleasur ...
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 ...
Ask the Pharmacist: Don't let a bleeding disorder wreck your travel plans
(BPT) - If you or someone in your family, has a bleeding disorder, you know that even the simplest accident can be a cause for major concern. Major developments in care and treatment have significantly improved quality of life. Most patients can now self-administer intravenous clotting factor with e ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
The two small steps that make a big impact on diabetes management [Infographic]
Both gum disease and diabetes have reached concerning levels in the U.S. More than 75 percent of adults experience some form of gum disease. Nearly one in 10 American adults live with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Statistics Report. T ...
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.
Not ready for a hearing aid? Alternatives break tradition
(BPT) - Your spouse’s voice, the traffic signals, your favorite TV show – you probably don’t think about your sense of hearing often, but without the ears’ ability to collect and translate invisible sound waves, many important things would go unheard. Unfortunately, missing o ...
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.
African Americans with type 2 diabetes take America's Diabetes Challenge and pledge to get to their goals
(BPT) - S. Epatha Merkerson is well-known for her award-winning roles on the stage and screen. But what you may not know is that she is one of the 4.9 million African-American adults living with diabetes - that’s nearly 20 percent of the adult African-American population.In 2003, after having ...
Drive safely with your newborn by following these tips
(BPT) - Babies change everything. Their arrival means that new parents need to become educated - quickly - on cribs, strollers and most importantly, child-safety seats and all their rules. And as federal recommendations on car seats continue to evolve, parents have one more thing to stay on top of.T ...
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 ...
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 ...
Discover how bladder leaks (incontinence) can feel like no big deal
(BPT) - 5 tips on how to manage bladder leaks discreetlyMore than 40 million American women older than age 40 are affected by sensitive bladder in their daily lives. In fact, almost one in three women say their sensitive bladders keep them from visiting friends, and 30 percent admit their sensitive ...
Outsmart illness: 5 simple steps to boost your immune system naturally
(BPT) - Aches, pains, missing work and hours resting in bed – everybody dreads getting sick. Fortunately, the best defense against illness is a healthy immune system, and by doing a few simple things at home, you can make sure yours is in tip-top shape.“The immune system is the body&rsqu ...
Are you at risk? [Infographic]
(BPT) - If you’re age 50 or older, you may be at increased risk for pneumococcal pneumonia. If you also have certain chronic conditions, including respiratory conditions, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, or a weakened immune system, your risk could be even greater.Yet, millions of adu ...
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 ...
The simple solution to digital eye strain [Infographic]
(BPT) - Mobile digital devices are making life easier. But they make our eyes work harder. Today, 70 percent of the population experiences digital eye strain, a condition affecting and causing blurred vision, headaches and tired eyes. To help prevent these issues, ZEISS has introduced Digital Lens & ...
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 ...
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 ...
Simple tips to help pancreatic cancer patients eat well
(BPT) - What should you make for dinner? Most people ask that question at least once a week. For people with pancreatic cancer, however, daily meal-planning comes with particular challenges, such as ensuring they get enough nutrition and managing issues from their cancer or treatment. If you have pa ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. – ...
Navy Reserve provides a great career option for medical students
(BPT) - The schooling needed to become a doctor is extensive and expensive. There are four years of undergraduate studies, four years in a medical school, and then several years of residency, depending on the medical field the student wants to pursue. For doctors who want to pursue a specialized fie ...
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 ...
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 ...
Winning the fight against dry eye [Infographic]
(BPT) - Do your eyes often feel dry, irritated and red? Just like 38 percent of recently surveyed adults, you may be experiencing a common condition called dry eye. Here’s what you need to know about the problem and how best to alleviate symptoms.
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 ...
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 ...
The surprising holiday allergy triggers in your home
(BPT) - When the holidays arrive, do you sigh in relief, assuming allergies are one problem you won’t have to worry about during this busy, high-stress season? Don’t let your guard down too soon. From holiday decorations and gifts to more time indoors with pet dander and dust mites, the ...
Parents, listen up! Kids' hearing loss is on the rise [Infographic]
(BPT) - Though many people associate hearing loss with the aging process, it is important to recognize that kids are at risk as well. Hearing loss among children is not only common, it appears to be on the rise. Untreated childhood hearing loss has been linked to delayed speech, learning problems an ...
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 ...
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 ...
How a proper winter skincare regimen can help you save face this season
(BPT) - The fall-to-winter transition brings harsher climates with drops in temperature and punishing winds across the country. Clothing and accessories will help protect most parts of your body but your face will almost always remain exposed, which can lead to skin damage if it’s not properly ...
Caregivers make up 1 in 3 U.S. adults [Infographic]
(BPT) - More than 74,000 Americans are diagnosed with bladder cancer each year. In addition to the physician, caregivers play a vital role in a patient's health. Did you know that nearly one in three U.S. adults is a caregiver? And about two out of three caregivers are women? For information and res ...
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 ...
Common food allergy myths, debunked [Infographic]
(BPT) - Did you know that people perceive peanut allergies to be 40 times more prevalent than research says they are? This is just one example of the misinformation lurking in popular culture about food allergies. Below are some of the most common food allergy myths debunked by the National Peanut B ...
With diabetes, don't overlook yearly eye exams
(BPT) - Diabetes can affect many aspects of a person’s health, such as increasing the risk for heart disease, stroke or serious kidney damage. However, many people may not realize that diabetes can also damage the eyes.More than 29 million Americans are living with diabetes, according to the C ...
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 ...
Top 10 oral hygiene tips for patients diagnosed with cancer
(BPT) - When undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy, cancer patients often suffer side effects that manifest in the mouth. It’s important for patients to get any dental work done in advance of cancer treatments and pay special attention to how they practice oral hygiene throughout the tr ...
Pilot lands successful Afib treatment to overcome most common heart rhythm condition
(BPT) - From greeting long-lost family and friends at baggage claim to rushing across the terminal to catch a departing flight, a fast, skipping heartbeat is a common occurrence at airports across the country. But for commercial airline pilot Tim Knutson, 46, his irregular heartbeat indicated far mo ...
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 do you know about allergic rhinitis? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Millions of Americans are impacted by allergic rhinitis or nasal allergies, both seasonally and year-round. The best way to combat the condition is to be proactive by understanding and avoiding common triggers. It’s also important to know the treatment options available before sym ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Easy ways to get the breastfeeding supplies you want through your insurance
(BPT) - If you’re an expectant or new mom who has made the decision to breastfeed your baby, you’re not alone: 79 percent of new mothers initiate breastfeeding following the birth of their babies, according to the CDC 2014 Breastfeeding Report Card. Obtaining the right supplies and suppo ...
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 ...
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 ...
Are you sneezing your way through 'the most wonderful time of the year?'
(BPT) - You don’t want to be a Scrooge - you really don’t - but every year at the holidays you wonder why your “seasonal” allergies are still bothering you. Why are you sneezing, wheezing and coughing while everyone else is caroling, sleighing and making snowmen?“There& ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ri ...
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 ...
Don't let pantry pests tarnish homemade treats
(BPT) - Some of the fondest memories for families and friends come from time spent in the kitchen creating tasty treats for everyone to share. However, nothing can ruin baking fun more than a newly discovered pantry pest infestation.The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) says the most ...
Learn why workplace benefits help provide financial security
(BPT) - Every year, employees with company-sponsored health plans are asked by their employers to select benefits for the following year. This process is called “open enrollment,” and it is an important event that is happening across the nation. While many view this as a chance to merely ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, accor ...
Life-saving facts about stroke treatment [Infographic]
(BPT) - Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting 800,000 people each year. Fast, effective treatment is essential to achieve the best possible outcome from a stroke. Before making a decision about treatment for yourself or a loved one, learn the comparative facts abo ...
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 ...
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 ...
4 small diet changes that can make a big difference
(BPT) - The new year is a great time to start fresh. Many people commit to exercise more, stress less or make healthier food choices. Incorporating small, sustainable changes, versus dramatic, large-scale lifestyle shifts, can make it much easier to stick to your resolutions. This year, instead of o ...
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 ...
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 ...
Dermatologist shares skin care tips for the changing seasons
(BPT) - Skin changes with the seasons and it is important for women to adjust their daily skin care routine throughout the year. During fall and winter, low temperatures, low humidity and brisk winds deplete skin of its natural nutrients, which can lead to a dry, lackluster appearance. It is much ea ...
Optimal lung cancer care requires a team [Infographic]
(BPT) - Did you know more than 200,000 Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer each year? If you have lung cancer, talk to your doctor about engaging a multidisciplinary team in order to receive the best care possible. Use the tips below to prepare for your next appointment, and talk to your doctor ...
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 ...
Expert tips to curb food cravings during times of stress
(BPT) - Do you reach for comfort foods or junk food when you’re stressed? You know you shouldn't, but you probably feel you need something to help you during that intense period. With a few tips from culinary experts, you can cut the cravings and find healthy ways to manage nutrition during st ...
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 ...
Binge Eating Disorder (B.E.D.): An Adult Patient's Journey [Infographic]
Helping individuals coping with serious illness choose their paths [Infographic]
(BPT) - Once diagnosed with a serious illness, it is important to begin asking questions right away about what to do next. There are many decisions to make, but you are not alone. For helpful information regarding symptom management and comfort care (sometimes called palliative care), hospice can be ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
Losing as little as 5 percent of your body weight can improve overall health [Infographic]
(BPT) - It’s important to recognize that if you are affected by obesity or overweight with a related health condition,losing as little as 5 percent of your body weight can help improve your overall health. In fact, researchshows that losing as little as 5 percent of your body weight can improv ...
Hidden holiday hazard? Don't let foot pain dampen holiday spirits
(BPT) - Americans spend just shy of 274 hours a year on shopping – or 45 minutes per day – according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey. It’s probably safe to say a good chunk of that time occurs during the holiday season. While much shopping takes pl ...
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 ...
Ho, ho, headache! Americans' most common holiday pain points [Infographic]
(BPT) - The holiday season can be full of stress, aches and pains. Half of holiday revelers polled by Advil(R) Film Coated and Crowdtap said they experience more aches and pains during the holidays than at other times of year, with headaches and backaches being the top two holiday-related pains. Che ...
Have food allergies? Top tips for dining out and cooking at home
(BPT) - An estimated 15 million people in the United States, including one in 13 children, suffer from food allergies, according to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). A wide range of reactions to food allergens can provide a unique set of challenges when dining out and even cooking at home. ...
Do you have prediabetes and not know it? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Being diagnosed with prediabetes doesn’t have to lead to severe medical complications. Programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program have been shown to reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent for individuals with prediabetes. Visit YMCA.net/dia ...
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, ...
5 questions you should ask your pharmacist
(BPT) - A visit to the pharmacy can be about more than just picking up prescriptions or supplies for the medicine cabinet. It can actually be an important, and convenient, time to ask your pharmacist key questions that could impact your health.Dr. Andria Fetterman, a faculty member in South Universi ...
Hollywood tips to keep your eyes star-worthy
(BPT) - No matter the season, beautiful and healthy eyes are always in style. How can you make your eyes shine like your favorite stars?Jennie Garth, mom of three and star of ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ and ‘The Jennie Garth Project’ has joined the Science of Beautiful Eyes (http: ...
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 ...
Don't let new year's fervor fizzle: 6 ways to achieve meaningful change
(BPT) - Every year, many Americans resolve to change or improve something in their lives in the coming months. Too often, their January fervor to take control fizzles by February. But a new approach to managing resolutions could make 2015 the year you achieve meaningful, lasting change.Paul Kriegler ...
6 reasons the flu should not be ignored
(BPT) - Although influenza or “the flu” is a highly-contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract (nose, lungs and throat), a recent survey by Families Fighting Flu found that U.S. adults have a significant gap in their understanding about the seriousness of this infectious disease ...
Tips for traveling while on kidney dialysis
(BPT) - For people who have lost the function of their kidneys, dialysis is a life-sustaining treatment they must undergo several times per week.Although dialysis doesn’t take vacations, dialysis patients sure can – they just need to plan ahead when they travel.“Traveling is an emp ...
What did you say? How teens are putting their hearing at risk [Infographic]
(BPT) - Teenagers may think they’re indestructible but new research shows their habits may already be jeopardizing their hearing. The following infographic shows you just how real the danger is for today’s teens and what they can do to reduce their risk.
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.
Simple tech tools to help reduce holiday stress
(BPT) - The chaos of the holiday season can leave even the most organized person feeling a little hassled. You have to balance your schedule that’s filling up with holiday activities, your to-do lists of gift shopping and getting ready for guests, and your budget that’s struggling with a ...
Bridging the gap in diabetes care [Infographic]
(BPT) - Diabetes affects 29.1 million people in the United States and the numbers grow higher each day. There is hope – through concerted efforts we can overcome barriers to care for those most affected by diabetes. Follow this infographic to see what’s being done to bridge the gap in di ...
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 ...
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 ...
5 tips to keep your child's school days from becoming sick days
(BPT) - Studies show that children in daycare or attending school can catch up to 12 common viral infections each year and that each of these infections can last seven to 10 days. Getting sick is commonly seen as part of growing up but the good news for parents is that you can help support your chil ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Ask the Pharmacist: Exercise tips your heart will love
(BPT) - A regular exercise routine is an important component of heart health, yet less than one-third of Americans get the minimum 30 minutes of daily exercise five days a week, as recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA). Nationally, as many as 250,000 deaths annually are attributable to ...
7 things you didn't know about pneumonia
(BPT) - Many people believe pneumonia only affects vulnerable elderly people and occurs in colder climates – but the truth is pneumonia is a serious lung infection that can hit anyone, at any time or any place. However, the risk of pneumonia is increased in those 50 years and older, and the in ...
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 ...
Office ergonomics: Is your job literally a pain in the neck?
(BPT) - Millions of people work in an office environment every day, but that doesn’t mean their fate has to include back aches and joint pain. Correct office ergonomics can help prevent some of the most common issues associated with sedentary jobs, especially for hardworking small-business own ...
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 ...
About Binge Eating Disorder (B.E.D.) in Adults [Infographic]
Expert tips to protect your heart this winter
(BPT) - Heart disease and stroke remain the two top killers of Americans, according to the American Heart Association. Some research shows that heart-related deaths increase by 5 percent during the holidays, no matter where you live, and more cardiac deaths occur on Christmas and New Year's day than ...
Help prevent the flu with a flu shot! [Infographic]
(BPT) - Help prevent the flu with a flu shot! We all know that getting a flu shot is important ... but did you know when you go to your doctor or pharmacist, you may have options?
Get to know gluten-free [Infographic]
(BPT) - Looking to start or maintain a gluten-free diet? The supermarket can often be difficult to navigate especially when shopping under specific dietary restrictions. Read on for quick and easy tips on how you can shop your local grocers and have a gluten-free diet without breaking the bank.  ...
Are Americans really seeing the problem? [Infographic]
(BPT) - An astounding 41 percent of people in the U.S. are not aware that most cases of visual impairment around the world can be prevented or treated according to a survey conducted by Orbis, a global non-governmental organization that works to eliminate avoidable blindness. In addition, alarmingly ...
Separate the fruit from the cake: How to manage your weight and still enjoy the holidays
(BPT) - The holidays are here and for most people this is a busy and celebratory time. It’s a chance to reconnect with old friends and family you may not see the rest of the year, celebrate the season, exchange gifts, and share stories over dinner or dessert.While celebrating can be a good thi ...
6 timely tips to keep kids safe this holiday season
(BPT) - The holiday season is upon us, and as you prepare to enjoy all the wonderful things associated with this time of year, don’t forget to keep child safety top of mind so the entire family has a jolly holiday.Experts at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals recommend these six safety ...
The key to getting the most out of your rheumatoid arthritis therapy
(BPT) - If you are one of the 1.3 million people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you know the pain can sometimes be debilitating. While there is no cure for the autoimmune inflammatory disease often called RA, early intervention and treatments can help you maintain a high quality of life.Experts agr ...
5 New Year's resolutions too simple to overlook
(BPT) - If you make New Year’s resolutions, you’re not alone. About half of Americans make special goals for each new year, according to University of Scranton research. Unfortunately, you’re also not alone if you break them, as only 8 percent of people are successful in achieving ...
Hospice care provides comfort for patients and their families
(BPT) - Willie Campbell is a 93-year-old great-great-great grandmother who shares a special bond with her six living generations of family. Hospice is an important part of Campbell’s life because it offers comfort for more than her physical struggles. Hospice makes family moments possible &nda ...
Reverse the onset of diabetes with simple lifestyle changes and healthy living programs
(BPT) - When Monique Wright-Williams lost her mother to diabetes-related complications, she became determined not to follow the same path.In 1991, Wright-Williams of Syracuse, New York learned that she had prediabetes, meaning her blood glucose levels were elevated, but not to type 2 diabetes levels ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Life-threatening (severe) allergies and bullying: resources available to educate and raise awareness
(BPT) - For most students, school is about more than just making the grade. There are many pressures children face in and outside the school hallways.Bullying has received increased national attention in recent years and can include behaviors such as name-calling, actual or threatened acts of physic ...
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 ...
Don't wait to discover if you have this deadly, under-reported type of cancer
(BPT) - Liver cancer is one of the deadliest cancers in the world, causing more than 600,000 deaths each year. The number of Americans with liver cancer has been slowly but steadily rising for several decades with over 33,000 people expected to be diagnosed in 2014. The incidence is increasing due t ...
How health care will affect your taxes: 6 tips you need to know
(BPT) - The Affordable Care Act has changed the health care insurance landscape, and for the first time health care and your taxes are now directly related. Millions of Americans will have to start making decisions about health care insurance now to be able to save more of their hard-earned money co ...
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 ...
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