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home : life : health and wellness April 29, 2017

Transportation safety: How seniors can maintain independence outside the home
(BPT) - It can be hard to admit your vision isn't what it used to be, especially when it comes to driving. Maybe you've noticed some difficulties reading traffic signals, or you've found it challenging to drive at night.If you're a family member noticing these warning signs in a loved one, pointing... More >>


Thinking about a career in health care? Consider this
(BPT) - Medical professionals are in greater demand than ever before, and that’s not likely to change anytime soon. According to the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), by the year 2025, the United States could need as many as 90,000 more physicians than it actually has, and the ... More >>


5 mom-tested tricks for coping with colds
(BPT) - Every mother knows colds can make life miserable for everyone in the house. When a coughing child can't sleep, parents don't either. Lack of sleep makes it harder to fight the cold, and leaves Mom and Dad more likely to get sick too. The risks don't stop with warm weather either; few things... More >>


Too many with epilepsy are unaware of this uncommon but fatal threat
(BPT) - For people with epilepsy—and for those who care for them—the side effects of the condition are well known. They know all about the seizures and they also know how best to care for themselves or their loved ones should a seizure occur. While the persistent possibility of a seizur... More >>


Take the next step: Tips to help you reach your diabetes management goals
(BPT) - Nearly 30 million people in the United States are living with diabetes, and 90-95 percent have type 2 diabetes. America’s Diabetes Challenge, a program from Merck and the American Diabetes Association, urges those with type 2 diabetes to work with their doctor to set and reach their A... More >>


Think you're eating well? Misconceptions lead to nutrient deficiencies for many
(BPT) - The good news? Americans think they are eating well; in fact, 60 percent say they eat a very healthy diet. The not-so-good news? Perception and reality may not be aligned.Only 6 percent of Americans report eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day, reveals recent researc... More >>


The important role vaccines may play in helping keep children and adults healthy
(BPT) - Every one of the nearly 12,000 babies born in the United States each day may be susceptible to infectious diseases. The good news is that vaccines can help protect children from some of these diseases.As National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) approaches, it is timely to remember the role ... More >>


Proper nutrition is key to senior health
(BPT) - Americans are now living longer than ever before. In fact, one of the fastest growing segments is people over the age of 85 who will represent 20 percent of the population by the year 2040. Because we are living longer, certain conditions specific to seniors are also on a steady rise. Dehyd... More >>


Experts say alarming rise in STDs among young adults requires urgent action
(BPT) - Lauren, a young woman from North Carolina, started noticing symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease (STD) after being with a new partner. As someone who typically took great care of her health, she knew it was important to get her symptoms checked out. She was surprised to learn that she... More >>


Fresh ways to enjoy pizza night and make a balanced meal
(BPT) - You know a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables is best for your health, but achieving that can be a challenge given everything you have to accomplish in a day. Daily meal planning doesn’t have to be such a chore if you turn to your freezer for a little help. In... More >>


Unique ideas to be gutsier in life
(BPT) - Being human takes guts, but a sense of bold confidence doesn’t come easily for everyone; and often requires you to start from the inside. You may need to overcome mental roadblocks and bulldoze through personal physical barriers that have held you back.Now is the perfect time to break... More >>


Tips to reduce your health care expenses
(BPT) - Health care costs are in the news all the time. You hear about them at work and when you’re with friends and family. The comments are always the same. Health care is getting more and more expensive and it seems to be outpacing the money you make.Fortunately you’re not helpless w... More >>


Simple ideas to get in shape for summer
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5 simple steps to be your best at any age
(BPT) - They say you’re only as young as you feel, and if you're an older American, the ability to feel young a little while longer is always appealing. Having a youthful state of mind goes a long way toward accomplishing this goal, but you can’t ignore the importance of solid physical ... More >>


The rising burden of Alzheimer's disease on health costs, caregiver health and 65+ population
(BPT) - Kristen Beatty’s 78-year-old father, Ray, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s about 10 years ago. Since then, he has developed a sense of paranoia, insomnia and the delusion that people are stealing from him. Though Beatty and her brother constantly reassure their father to allay his... More >>


Living with an autoimmune disease? Recognize that your voice matters
(BPT) - If you are living with an autoimmune disease, you have most likely spent several years working with your doctor to find the right medication to manage your symptoms. Now that you've found a biologic treatment that works for you, what if at your next appointment, your doctor asks you to swit... More >>


Get safer drinking water
(BPT) - Your home plumbing could be making you sick and costing you money. Hard water, which contains high levels of calcium and magnesium, may be directly contributing to the buildup of dangerous bacteria in your household pipes. This is a serious problem across the United States, especially when ... More >>


World-renowned athlete scores big against Crohn's disease
(BPT) - For world-renowned soccer player Brandi Chastain, having a game plan in place to achieve goals was second nature. Chastain is a former member of the United States women's national soccer team and a retired professional soccer player who was recently elected to the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame. ... More >>


Cover your nutrition bases with this popular vegetable
(BPT) - Whether you're on or off the field, it's important to fuel up wisely. Leading sports nutritionists across the country recommend potatoes as the go-to choice for fueling your body before or after a workout."To perform at your best, put potatoes on your plate," says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN,... More >>


Physicians are born to care [Infographic]
(BPT) - The American Medical Association (AMA) announced new survey findings that explore the experiences, perceptions, and challenges facing physicians in the rapidly changing health care environment. SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave... More >>


An empowered patient is a healthy patient: 4 tips to make health care work for you
(BPT) - While the future of health care is still undetermined, one thing is certain: It's important for consumers to take steps to educate themselves about their health and well-being and become active participants in their plan of care. However, it can feel overwhelming to a patient to make compli... More >>


New rotator cuff procedure helps tendons heal
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5 health 'facts' that are actually myths
(BPT) - Get eight hours of sleep at night, eat your vegetables, and an apple a day keeps the doctor away – these are all common health sayings you’ve heard and probably believe to be true. While commonly told health myths may have some truth to them, there are some that don’t hold... More >>


5 tips to support your eye health
(BPT) - Health is a hot topic for many Americans these days, as evident by the named diets, wearable fitness trackers and apps for every possible health measurable. Yet as people show an increased focus on their weight, their cholesterol level or their muscle tone, they often forget that two of the... More >>


Are you more than tired? 5 symptoms you shouldn't ignore
(BPT) - Do you fight to stay awake during the day? Is exhaustion part of your everyday life? If the urge to sleep is overwhelming and irresistible, it may be a sleep disorder called narcolepsy, a condition affecting approximately one in 2,000 people in the U.S. Narcolepsy is one of the most frequen... More >>


Fiber: What it is and why you need more of it in your diet
(BPT) - Eat more fiber.If your doctor didn't give you this advice at your last checkup, she probably should have: 97 percent of Americans don't get the recommended daily amount of dietary fiber they need to stay healthy. But what is fiber, and why is it good for you?Dietary fiber, sometimes called ... More >>


Is seaweed the next superfood?
(BPT) - There's a new superfood in town. And it's not kale.Seaweed may be a hot new food trend in the United States, but this leafy green from the sea has been used in Asian cuisine for thousands of years. Not only is seaweed low in calories and fat, it's also packed with essential nutrients like v... More >>


Decoding food labels: Scary additives or gifts from nature?
(BPT) - Food-ingredient labels are getting shorter. Why? Because the people have spoken: We want fewer, better ingredients in our foods. We asked, and the companies that make our food responded by replacing artificial colors and flavors, removing what’s unessential, and using naturally derive... More >>


Cooking essentials: A peek inside a professional chef's kitchen
(BPT) - From spices and oils to gadgets and gizmos, it seems like there are always new, trendy items that you should add to your kitchen. Trying to separate the handy from the hype, however, can be a time-consuming and expensive process.Professional chefs know not everything is worthy of space in t... More >>


Feel good about satisfying your sweet tooth
(BPT) - With growing concerns about diabetes, obesity and dental health issues, many Americans are trying to limit their sugar intake and are turning to other types of sweeteners. But with so many alternatives out there, how do you know the choices you make to replace sugar are actually healthier o... More >>


7 reasons why millennials love gardening (and you should, too)
(BPT) - The stereotype: Millennials spend more time interacting with the digital world than the natural world around them. The reality: Five million of the 6 million people who took up gardening in 2015 were millennials, according to the 2016 National Gardening Survey.More millennials (people betwe... More >>


Pittsburgh woman builds strong support network to help with challenges of multiple sclerosis
(BPT) - When Judy Metzler was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 54, she was in shock – she felt too young to have a chronic disease. Judy wanted to learn more about it, but didn’t know where to turn. That’s where her husband, Jeff, stepped in."Without Jeff, I wouldn&r... More >>


3 steps to reach 100 feeling youthful and healthy
(BPT) - What will your life be like when you turn 100? A century ago the question seemed almost flippant, a needless consideration for most people, but today it's very real. The percentage of people living to 100 has grown almost 66 percent in the last 30 years, according to U.S. News and World Rep... More >>


It's Time to Talk About Advanced Prostate Cancer
(BPT) - “I’ve experienced a lot since I started riding this prostate cancer rollercoaster,” said Glenn D., a patient with advanced prostate cancer. “There were some tough days when I was so sick I thought I wouldn’t make it. And, by working with my doctor to develop an... More >>


Is hidden salt hurting your health? Five tips for taking control
(BPT) - A typical soup and sandwich lunch can seem like a healthy meal. However, the bread, cold cuts and soup can be packed with something that can have a negative impact on your overall wellness: salt.“Even meals that seem healthy, like a turkey sandwich with a side of cottage cheese, can h... More >>


Reorganize your kitchen to encourage healthy eating habits, nutritionist says
(BPT) - More than half of Americans say they can judge how healthy a family’s lifestyle is by the contents of their refrigerator, and more than a quarter admit that they would eat healthier if they were better organized, according to a new national survey. They’re right to associate the... More >>


How stories from the community help shed light on an incurable cancer
(BPT) - Imagine sitting in a doctor’s office and being told you have an incurable form of blood cancer that you’ve never even heard of. A disease that sometimes has no symptoms and no known cause. A type of cancer that leads patients to go through ongoing cycles of relapse and remission... More >>


For Patient Safety Awareness Week, know if you're at risk for respiratory compromise
(BPT) - For 15 years, the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has led Patient Safety Awareness Week. NPSF is a nonprofit organization whose vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. Held annually in March, Patient Safety Awareness Week is a tim... More >>


After years of ER visits and overlooked symptoms, a rare cancer diagnosis emerges
(BPT) - Giovanna was a successful composer and pianist playing alongside some of the biggest names in the music industry when she experienced bouts of abdominal pain so intense she made repeated visits to the emergency room (ER). Over the next several years, Giovanna found herself in the ER at leas... More >>


Breakthrough technology offers numerous benefits to people with hearing loss
(BPT) - The latest breakthrough in hearing aids is not what you'd expect.In an industry dedicated to helping people hear better, some hearing aid manufacturers have developed technology that helps people live better, too. Lithium-ion batteries - a rechargeable technology that has been used for year... More >>


Secondary hyperparathyroidism (HPT): What's beneath the surface of advanced chronic kidney disease [Infographic]
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Maintaining healthy weight helps protect kidneys
(BPT) - There are countless reasons to maintain a healthy weight — and you can add protecting your kidneys to the list. If you have kidney disease or are at risk for it, maintaining a healthy weight is even more important.“Being overweight significantly increases your risk for developin... More >>


Preparing for surgery? These tips could save your life
(BPT) - If surgery is in your future, it’s never too early to prepare. Whether you’re having an outpatient procedure or a major operation involving a hospital stay, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) encourages you to take simple steps to be ready for the big day, starting ... More >>


Obstructive sleep apnea and respiratory compromise: Know your risk
(BPT) - Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) — a potentially serious sleep disorder that can stop a person’s breathing during sleep — affects 25 million adults in the U.S. Individuals living with OSA may know they are at risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, diabetes or hea... More >>


Know the facts about colorectal cancer [Infographic]
(BPT) - Nearly 135,000 people were expected to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer (CRC) in the United States in 2016, resulting in nearly 50,000 deaths. This makes CRC the third most common cancer in both men and women and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the country. If you are... More >>


Breathing Matters: The Importance of Understanding COPD
(BPT) - Breathe in. Breathe out. Just take a moment to inhale and exhale. We too often take breathing for granted, but what if taking a breath was a challenge?If you’re someone living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), the third leading cause of death in the United States (US)... More >>


Why skip breakfast? 5 warm comfort foods that cook in 3 minutes
(BPT) - In spite of the well-documented drawbacks of not eating breakfast, approximately 30 percent of Americans are still failing to fuel themselves in the morning, according to WebMD. And many of those moving through their days with empty stomachs blame a lack of convenience.Earlier this year, th... More >>


Smart food swaps mean more nutrition and less 'giving up'
(BPT) - Does it ever seem like a lot of healthy-eating advice is about “less,” “giving up” and “taking away?” Reducing fat and sodium intake, avoiding high-calorie foods and trimming portion size are commonly heard pieces of advice when you’re trying to los... More >>


How does your hospital stack up for maternity care?
(BPT) - As you get closer to your delivery date, many decisions lie ahead, all centered around care, maternity leave and even decorating the baby’s room. But one question may rise to the top: Where will you give birth?If you are like most expectant mothers, you will be giving birth in a hospi... More >>


10 tips to keep 'achoos' from interrupting your 'I do's'
(BPT) - You want your wedding day to be memorable for all the right reasons. While selecting the color scheme and writing your vows, don't forget another important consideration: allergies.The last thing you want is a series of "achoos" to interrupt your "I do's," or worse, send someone to the hosp... More >>


Minimally invasive treatment reduces hunger hormone
(BPT) - More than one in three Americans — roughly 100 million people — are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Like so many of these individuals, Cheryl Denby struggled for years with countless diets that left her hungry, frustrated, and deeply discourag... More >>


Tips to get the most out of your HSA dollars
(BPT) - Millions of Americans with high-deductible health insurance plans rely on health savings accounts to help them manage the costs of health care. If you’re among them, you know how important it is to maximize the value you get out of every HSA dollar.If you don’t yet have an HSA, ... More >>


Avoid bad breath with these 5 tips
(BPT) - We all know the feeling. Starting off the day with fresh breath gives you the confidence to tackle your day. But that feeling starts to dissipate after our first meal, and the fresh feeling from brushing is slowly replaced with the fear of bad breath.So, how can you maintain that deep clean... More >>


A life with hemophilia and a challenge to all
(BPT) - Val Bias' entire life changed when he heard the loud noise come from the bathroom. The year was 1988, but Bias remembers the moment like it was yesterday. He ran to the bathroom and found the door blocked. He pushed and finally forced the door open. Inside he found Katie, his wife, lying on... More >>


Are you at risk for kidney disease?
(BPT) - Edward Beans could be described as a man with great purpose who makes the most out of all life has to offer. He is a husband, father, business owner and a basketball coach. And, as of five years ago, he is a dialysis patient.Beans found out he had kidney disease while at a routine doctor vi... More >>


So you have heart failure, now what? 7 tips for management
(BPT) - The common misconception about having heart failure is that your heart immediately stops beating. The reality is that heart failure can be a slow process that happens over time. Being diagnosed with the disease can be overwhelming, but you are not alone. At least one person is diagnosed wit... More >>


People with kidney disease at higher risk for heart disease: Take charge and reduce risks through good nutrition and self-care
(BPT) - Heart disease is a big problem in the United States, especially for the more than 20 million Americans living with kidney disease. That's because kidney disease causes a variety of health problems that make it harder for the heart to pump blood effectively. But if you've got kidney disease,... More >>


Make a striking focal point the foundation of your spa-like bathroom
(BPT) - American homeowners’ desire for spa-like bathrooms shows no signs of waning, says the latest Design Trends report by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). From freestanding bath tubs and floating vanities to LED lighting and soothing color schemes, some of the most-request... More >>


Taking charge of your AFib: Getting the facts and knowing your options
(BPT) - Being diagnosed with a chronic medical condition can be overwhelming. Patients and their doctors face a delicate balancing act to weigh the risks of a disease against the potential side effects and inconveniences of treatment. This is certainly true for patients with atrial fibrillation, be... More >>


4 reasons to make today the first day of your smoke-free life
(BPT) - In 1964, when the Surgeon General first warned the public about the dangers of smoking cigarettes, 42 percent of adults in the United States smoked, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today, about 15 percent of adults smoke cigarettes. The progress made in the last... More >>


Trying to quit? Tips from former smokers can help you succeed
(BPT) - Since the Surgeon General released the first report on smoking in 1964, the smoking rate among adults has decreased from 42 percent to 15 percent. Though great strides have been made, more than 36 million adults in the United States continue to smoke cigarettes, claiming nearly half a milli... More >>


8 simple steps to help seniors, caregivers better manage medications
(BPT) - Modern medicine can work wonders. However, in order to be effective, medicine needs to be taken safely, according to prescribing guidelines, and patients and health care providers need to be vigilant about the dangers of drug interactions. When it comes to medication use, seniors take more ... More >>


Put an egg on it for Heart Health Month [Infographic]
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Protect your heart with these easy meal add-ins
(BPT) - What’s the biggest threat to our health? It isn’t cancer or even accidents, but heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, one in four deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart disease, which includes heart attack and stroke. This statistic is scary, but the good ne... More >>


Know the risks: Poison exposure and where it strikes [Infographic]
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Keep your teen athlete fueled with these 4 vital tips
(BPT) - High school can be intense, but being a student athlete can intensify expectations.As the start of spring sports approaches, the stakes are even higher for your student to maintain the success they had first semester. There are practices, matches and conference finals that have to fit in wi... More >>


The smart advice that makes clean eating an attainable lifestyle choice
(BPT) - Healthy eating trends come and go. Sometimes the fads are extreme, over-the-top and hard to maintain, but others offer simple, attainable changes that make them well worth incorporating into your lifestyle. Clean eating, actively seeking out foods that are minimally processed with simple, n... More >>


Tackling Heart Health Head On: One Woman's Journey to Coronary Artery Disease Diagnosis and Treatment
(BPT) - In 90-degree heat and with her heart pounding, Shawna Dukes was in her happy place as she sprinted up and down stadium stairs during the annual University of Texas women’s football training clinic. With determination in her stride, the physically fit, 58-year-old Texas native looked l... More >>


Tips to avoid distracted driving
(BPT) - The pace of business never seems to stop, and thanks to the convenience of cell phones, many people work on the go, even while they’re driving. Yet cell phone use is one of the most common type of distracted driving, and it claims thousands of lives and causes thousands more injuries ... More >>


5 healthier lifestyle changes that are simple, sensible and easy
(BPT) - Often people set off on their weight loss journey but then get derailed because they think it is difficult to maintain. However, when this happens to you, it's important to not get frustrated. Keep in mind people who succeed in weight loss and healthy eating goals are the ones who recognize... More >>


5 easy tips to prepare your family for the daylight saving time change
(BPT) - Daylight saving time brings brighter evenings and a reminder that spring and warmer weather are within reach. However, it comes with the potential to wreak havoc on a family's sleep routine. Time changes can make morning schedules just a little bit harder for parents everywhere."A time chan... More >>


5 things you need to know about vaccines
(BPT) - No one wakes up in the morning hoping to be sick. Yet despite the angst people have about becoming ill, many forgo one of the easiest, most effective ways to protect themselves and their loved ones from common and even severe illnesses — they choose not to get vaccinated.There are man... More >>


5 things you must know about this groundbreaking treatment for servicemen and women
(BPT) - When the nation’s servicemen and women serve a tour of duty overseas, many don’t return home the same.Nearly 60 percent of servicemen and 50 percent of servicewomen experience at least one traumatic event during their service, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The... More >>


4 things you can do today to support your heart health
(BPT) - On the path to good health, it pays to follow your heart — literally. A healthy heart is essential to supporting good overall health, yet many people ignore the warning signs that their heart is not as healthy as it could be.A 2016 survey from the American Academy of Family Physicians... More >>


Volunteers bring healthier smiles to kids in need
(BPT) - Did you know half of all children in this country enter kindergarten with tooth decay? Tooth decay is the number one chronic infectious disease among children in the U.S., affecting 42 percent of children aged 2 to 11 years old, according to the National Institutes of Health. In addition, n... More >>


15 years of healthy smiles for every child [Infographic]
(BPT) - Tooth decay is a silent epidemic in this country, and many children in need don't have access to preventative care. See what one organization is doing to help bring dental services to underserved kids. For advice on how to keep your child's smile healthy, visit www.MouthHealthy.org.SaveSave... More >>


5 simple steps to boost your immune system now
(BPT) - Whether it's battling the rampant germs of cold and flu season or maintaining wellness throughout the year, the immune system is your main line of defense. In order to feel good as often as possible — and recover quickly when you don't — it's important to keep your immune system... More >>


IBD Unmasked - Revelations [Infographic]
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6 steps to improve indoor air quality
(BPT) - Spring and summer have a reputation for being allergy seasons, but actually two-thirds of allergy sufferers experience symptoms year-round, according to a study conducted by Isobar. Throughout “closed-window season” the lack of ventilation can cause irritants like dust, pet dand... More >>


What Parents of Adolescents and Young Adults Need to Know About Meningococcal Disease [Infographic]
(BPT) - When high school and college students are home for spring break, there’s more to remember than just vacation plans – including scheduling appointments to speak with their healthcare provider and ensuring they are caught up on all vaccinations, including the recommended vaccine s... More >>


What happens while you're waiting to address your hearing? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Most people wait too long to address their hearing loss, 6.7 years according to industry research. That's a long time, and a lot can happen during those years. SaveSave... More >>


Win with water [Video]
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American Legion Auxiliary aims to improve veterans' lives
(BPT) - Eva Wallace never enlisted in the U.S. military, has never been on active duty and never endured life-altering injuries protecting American freedoms. However, as a military spouse she has found another important way to serve our country — advocating for veterans’ rights.Each Feb... More >>


5 things you need to know about magnesium
(BPT) - Magnesium is an essential mineral of a healthy diet that may help to maintain the function of the heart, muscles and nervous system, but as many as seven out of 10 Americans don't get enough magnesium from their diets. Busy schedules often lead to on-the-go meals that can cause diets to fal... More >>


Knowing your options if you are denied the cardiovascular medicine you need
(BPT) - As we approach American Heart Month, one important topic must be addressed: improving access to innovative therapies for patients suffering from cardiovascular disease (CVD).When prescribed a medication by a physician, most individuals expect to receive the medication without jumping throug... More >>


3 myths and misconeptions about chronic constipation and irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) [Infographic]
(BPT) - Stress, travel, and changes in diet and routine can all contribute to occasional constipation. But constipation that keeps coming back, without a known cause, is one symptom of Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation and Chronic Idiopathic Constipation. These conditions affect about 40 m... More >>


Enjoy your life again: Fix your hearing
(BPT) - Think what it would be like, if after a lifetime of enjoying the taste of your favorite meal, seeing your children smile, smelling blooming flowers, or feeling the comfort of fresh, soft sheets on your bed, you lost one of your senses. You'd probably be devastated, and want to pursue every ... More >>


Over 50? You're at Increased Risk for Shingles
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The best ways to support veterans in 2017
(BPT) - As the new administration and Congress settle into office, many organizations are working hard to put America’s 21 million veterans at the top of the nation’s “to-do” list.“Veterans share a common thread — regardless of where they served or for how long &... More >>


Bariatric surgery proven to treat severe obesity [Infographic]
(BPT) - Health and weight loss goals are among the most popular New Year’s resolutions, but for some people, diet and exercise alone aren’t enough to achieve those goals.Obesity is a complex metabolic disease affecting 38 percent of U.S. adults and is the second leading cause of prevent... More >>


Understanding Pneumococcal Pneumonia: Facts vs. Misperceptions [Infographic]
(BPT) - Every day 10,000 Americans turn 65 years old.1 At 65, your risk of being hospitalized after getting pneumococcal pneumonia is 13X greater than adults younger than 50.2The CDC recommends pneumococcal vaccination for all adults 65 years and older3 and states that “vaccination is the saf... More >>


Longer battery life gives patient with heart condition a new outlook on life
(BPT) - By the time Emily H. turned 27, she had received her third life-saving heart device. While she was happy to be alive, she couldn’t help but question why the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) surgically inserted in her chest needed to be replaced with such frequency. At this... More >>


Heart Racing? How Being Informed and Taking Action Can Stop a Common Heart Condition
(BPT) - For some, simple activities that others often take for granted – like walking around the neighborhood or doing chores around the house – can make them feel tired or dizzy. They may feel their heart racing or like a hummingbird is flapping its wings in their chest.These symptoms ... More >>


Top college football coach's journey to #TackleEpilepsy
(BPT) - The year 2000 brought a new millennium, and for college football coach Jerry Kill, it was a year that would change his life forever. One of the most respected names in college football, Kill has coached at the collegiate level for more than 20 years, rising all the way to the Big 10 where h... More >>


Why eating breakfast boosts your health
(BPT) - Want to make 2017 the year you focus on your health? Wellness goals are admirable throughout the year, but too often well-meaning people make a common mistake that sabotages their efforts: they skip breakfast.It's a daily choice that millions of people shrug off as no big deal, but research... More >>


Essential and natural: Why this ingredient belongs in organic food
(BPT) - The “certified organic” seal is synonymous with healthy living and clean eating. But what exactly does it mean? And who decides what is or is not certified organic?In the United States, food is certified organic by the United States Department of Agriculture. The seal verifies a... More >>


3 things you should know about 'surprise medical bills'
(BPT) - Patients receiving medical care increasingly also receive something unexpected and troubling — a bill they thought would be paid by their health insurance plan.Without knowing, patients may be treated by physicians or providers outside their health insurance network who are paid at a ... More >>


Sneeze the day: Avoid time wasted when sick [Infographic]
(BPT) - Being sick can have a big effect on our time and productivity. Time spent with bothersome symptoms - even complaining to loved ones - adds up to some major time wasted. The makers of Advil Cold & Sinus commissioned a survey conducted by Kelton of 1,000 Americans to uncover exactly how much ... More >>


Why women should start talking about their periods. Period. [Infographic]
(BPT) - From headaches and backaches to cramps and cravings, women experience a variety of inconveniences during their period. A recent survey shows many women shy away from discussing their period and the pain that may come with it. However, openly discussing the topic may help not only you, but o... More >>


5 ways telehealth can simplify your life
(BPT) - In recent years, we have seen tremendous advances in the areas of technology and medicine, along with more overlap between the two fields. Every year, new technology assists in the diagnosis, treatment and care of different medical conditions. As the new year begins, one new technology tren... More >>


5 tips to turn your home into a retreat
(BPT) - There’s a reason why they say your home is your castle. This is a place of rest and refuge.The next time you find yourself with a quiet evening or weekend, make self-care and pampering a priority. In fact, you can borrow a few pages from the wellness playbook with expert tips from one... More >>


5 surprising benefits of U.S. farm-raised seafood
(BPT) - You're shopping for tonight's dinner and decide fish sounds delicious. You visit the seafood section of your local market and are suddenly overwhelmed with choices. Salmon, tilapia, clams or shrimp? Imported or U.S. farm raised?It can feel like there are endless options when shopping at the... More >>


Latino commentators redefine sports talk
(BPT) - Sports mean many things to many people, and for the three hosts of the new program NaciĆ³n ESPN, sports also create some of their most profound life-defining moments. For Marly Rivera, it's a sense of identity and community. For Bernardo Osuna, it's a passion that spans three generations. An... More >>


Greater professionalism could be the key to better hospital care
(BPT) - Healthcare reform has been in the headlines for years, and it seems like the only point everyone agrees on is that something needs to be done to improve the system. While politicians debate who should pay for healthcare and how, a group of healthcare professionals, patients and community ad... More >>


Tips to make goodbyes better for both parent and child
(BPT) - As a parent, you’ve probably experienced the clinging, clutching and crying that often accompany a goodbye when your child returns to day care or preschool after a long holiday break. Separation can be difficult for both children and their parents. Remember, separation anxiety is perf... More >>


Pushed to the brink: How suicide is taking our heroes
(BPT) - The Purple Heart Foundation recognizes that suicide among U.S. veterans is taking place at an alarming rate. Twenty-two veterans commit suicide every single day, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. These twenty-two heroes fought to protect the American homeland. These twenty-tw... More >>


4 mindful strategies for a healthy 2017
(BPT) - Losing weight and increasing exercise commonly make the top of New Year's resolution lists. Yet many people fall short of their wellness goals each year. What can you do differently in 2017 to ensure you're among those who succeed?"Mental health and taking time for yourself can greatly impr... More >>


Are tattoos really permanent? [Infographic]
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Top 5 Ways to Build Confidence and Let Your Personality Shine
(BPT) - Being confident has countless benefits, from helping you stand out at work and making new friends, to feeling happier and more satisfied. However, confidence doesn't always come naturally to everyone. What actionable steps can you take to amp up your confidence on a daily basis? These fiv... More >>


Stay healthy this winter by protecting against uninvited germ guests [Infographic]
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New relief for knee pain may be on the horizon
(BPT) - Innovations in modern medicine have brought many artificial joints and bionic body parts to patients. However, a prosthetic replacement for the meniscus — the tissue pad located between the thigh and shin bones — has not been available. Now two clinical trials underway across th... More >>


5 facts about radiation you never knew
(BPT) - Radiation — it’s not something most people think about very often, and when they do, their thoughts usually turn to radiation's effects as they are portrayed in the movies. These being namely that exposure to radiation will either turn them into a hideous monster or a superhero.... More >>


Expert tips to help spark a conversation about women's health issues
(BPT) - Exercise, eating well and getting more sleep are all leading health goals for women. However, there are many health concerns that women overlook for numerous reasons. Some they feel aren't a priority and others are simply too difficult to talk about.One commonly overlooked example is women'... More >>


Caring for those who care for others
(BPT) - Caregivers come in many forms — full-time, part-time, family, friends and professionals. Many people will be a caregiver at some point in their lives, and a recent report by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP showed that more than 43.5 million adults, or about 18 percen... More >>


5 ways to put your best foot forward and prevent damaging ulcers
(BPT) - Thirty million Americans have diabetes, and nearly 15 percent of these patients will develop a diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) in their lifetime, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. Sometimes, it's difficult for patients to realize they have a foot ulcer because it often app... More >>


3 sneaky tricks of heart disease
(BPT) - As Americans, our health is far from perfect, but over the decades, we've seen great improvements to medical care and lived longer lives. But new health data in a recent report might shake up our complacency: The federal government finds that life expectancy for Americans has dropped for th... More >>


Want Healthier Skin This Year? Learn the Top 5 Reasons to Invest in Facial Serum
(BPT) - When it comes to your face, you know its important to be proactive about skin care. You likely wash, moisturize and apply SPF. But there's one critical step that could take your skin from average to amazing: applying facial serum.A serum is a lightweight moisturizer that delivers a high co... More >>


The benefits of probiotics for babies
(BPT) - With the increasing number of products in the marketplace containing probiotics, many new parents might be wondering if their babies could benefit from probiotics. To answer that question, it is important to understand the role of the body’s microbiota, the living organisms that inhab... More >>


5 new habits for New Year's resolution success
(BPT) - It's time again to make New Year's resolutions. Whether or not you kept last year's promise to exercise more, eat less, stop smoking or get your chronic disease under control, the new year is an opportunity to make new commitments that will stick. If you did not succeed at keeping last year... More >>


Millennials and baby boomers approach pregnancy very differently
(BPT) - The millennial mom-to-be uses an app to track her fertility and pregnancy progress, pins nursery ideas on Pinterest and researches baby gear on YouTube. She reads online advice on everything from what to eat (or not), to when to talk to a doctor about prescription prenatal vitamins and what... More >>


5 strategies to lose 48 pounds
(BPT) - You’ve probably seen all the articles about weight loss, including those that explain how to count calories or what foods you should and shouldn’t eat. But if you’re still having trouble losing weight, then maybe you just need a better “strategic plan,” one you... More >>


10-minute healthy habits for 2017
(BPT) - Healthy living is an admirable goal no matter what time of year. The problem is that many people shoot for the stars, resolving to lose a big amount of weight or completely give up foods they adore. A better approach is to make small changes that together can make a big impact."People who m... More >>


Ever wonder who participates in medical studies? People like you
(BPT) - Giving blood and participating in fundraiser walks are popular ways to help those in need, but there's another way to directly support America's medical research communities and advance important knowledge that could someday improve or save lives: participate in a clinical trial.Research st... More >>


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


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









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