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home : life : health information June 24, 2017

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Approves Botulinum Toxin for Treatment of Lower Limb Spasticity in Adults
(BPT) - Currently the ONLY botulinum toxin approved by the FDA for the treatment of upper and lower limb spasticity in adults and also for the treatment of lower limb spasticity in children ages two and olderSpasticity is a condition in which there is an abnormal increase in muscle tone or stiffnes... More >>


Mystery illness impacts woman for almost a decade, but she finds hope with diagnosis
(BPT) - 'It's cancer.'Even after nearly seven years of regular emergency room visits for severe nausea, diarrhea and pain, they were not the words Geri McDowell expected to hear.'I thought they would tell me it was food poisoning or irritable bowel syndrome like they had in the past, but this time ... More >>


Finding a Path to Your Medicines
(BPT) - America's healthcare environment is constantly evolving, and the path to affordable medicines is not always easy to find. But you don't have to feel lost. There are programs available to help.At the core of Pfizer's commitment to patients is the belief that everyone deserves access to quali... More >>


Taking a Family Approach to Type 2 Diabetes Management
(BPT) - For many, Father's Day is a time for us to reflect on how much our dads mean to us, how much we've learned from them, and how they've helped us become who we are today. Former professional football player and national sports talk show host Mike Golic is no different - he learned from his da... More >>


Helping People with Cancer Access Treatment for Chemotherapy-induced Nausea and Vomiting (CINV)
(BPT) - Nearly 1.7 Americans are expected to receive a cancer diagnosis this year.1 Many individuals will undergo chemotherapy to destroy the cancer cells in their bodies.2 Although chemotherapy can be an effective treatment approach for combating several types of cancer, it can produce debilitatin... More >>


Grandmother with advanced bladder cancer finds hope when options were limited
(BPT) - Betsy knows things aren't always what they seem. But, two years ago when she showed up in the emergency room with severe pain in her side, she was quite sure she was experiencing kidney stones.A few weeks later, however, Betsy learned she had something much more serious - advanced bladder c... More >>


Fighting for the Health of Veterans with Chronic Hepatitis C
(BPT) - U.S. veterans are three times more likely than the general population to have chronic hepatitis C, a serious liver disease caused by a virus that affects about 3.5 million Americans. This increased risk, which is greatest for baby boomer veterans (born between 1945 and 1965), may be due in ... More >>


One Doctor's Journey Living with a Potentially Life-threatening Disease
(BPT) - Shortness of breath with exercise, fatigue and chest pains are symptoms of many well-known health conditions.1 But for anyone who has had a blood clot in the lungs called a pulmonary embolism, or PE, it could be something even more serious.2,3Dr. Richard Yunginger was healthy, active and in... More >>


Celebrating Oncology Nursing Month: Oncology Nurses' Critical Role in Helping Reduce Risk of Infection During Strong Chemotherapy
(BPT) - May is Oncology Nursing Month, recognizing the endless commitment, compassion and support that oncology nurses provide for their patients throughout their cancer journeys. Nurses like Linda Buck who, with nearly 15 years of experience as an oncology nurse practitioner, has dedicated her car... More >>


Melanoma Awareness Month: A Personal Journey with Advanced Disease
(BPT) - May is Melanoma Awareness Month, which promotes dialogue, educates and raises awareness of one of the most aggressive forms of skin cancer. This year, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be 87,110 new cases of melanoma diagnosed in the United States, affecting patients like Jim... More >>


Patented technology may end wrestling matches following ear tube surgery
(BPT) - Ear tube surgery is one of the most common pediatric surgeries in the United States[1], with approximately one in 15 children having ear tubes by the age of three.[1] What follows surgery is often an unwanted challenge for parents - one that can result in children not getting the medicine t... More >>


Battling for breath: One man's inspiring journey with a rare lung disease
(BPT) - John Bradburn believes a positive outlook is the best approach to life. It's a mantra that he's relied heavily upon over the years as he navigated various hurdles during his years in the insurance business in Florida and helping raise a blended family of five. While that positive attitude s... More >>


STIs and Your Doctor: Who You Can - And Should - Talk To
(BPT) - Please see IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT VEREGEN® (sinecatechins) Ointment, 15% below.Americans contract approximately 20 million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) every year[i], but when it comes to treatment, people don't always know where to turn. The stigma often assoc... More >>


New survey reveals impact of submental fullness on self-perception and behavior [Infographic]
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How chronic hepatitis C is impacting veterans [Infographic]
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Speak Up, Find Your Voice in Diabetes Management
(BPT) - Mike Golic, former professional football player and national sports talk show host, isn’t afraid to speak his mind. Since he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Mike has been his own advocate—recruiting his support team and actively learning how to manage his blood sugar.Now, Mike has teame... More >>


A Lesser-Known Neurologic Condition Related to Traumatic Brain Injury: What to Know
(BPT) - Approximately 2.3 million people in the U.S. have suffered from a traumatic brain injury (TBI).1 According to a study published in Advances in Therapy which included 326 TBI patients, nearly half (48.2 percent) had symptoms suggestive of a neurologic condition known as PseudoBulbar Affect (... More >>


Survey: Many Adults with Diabetes Unaware of Their Increased Risk for Certain Serious Illnesses
(BPT) - Today, nearly 30 million people in the U.S. are living with diabetes, and 90-95 percent have type 2 diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, about 1.4 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in the U.S. every year.[1],[2] Diabetes increases the risk for certain serious ... More >>


A lesser-known neurologic condition that can follow a traumatic brain injury [Infographic]
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Improve your dog's emotional life
(BPT) - For millions of pet parents, their beloved dog is more than just a four-legged friend - he's a member of the family. When looking at products for their pet they are willing to explore all options to ensure they provide the very best items like organic foods, therapeutic bedding, unique and ... More >>


Changing seasons: Reducing the risk of anaphylaxis
(BPT) - As seasons change and temperatures begin to rise, flowers blossom and stinging insects thrive, people living with severe allergies may become more susceptible to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction. During this seasonal change, allergy sufferers should take precaution and ensu... More >>


Tips to be prepared for life-threatening allergic reactions at school
(BPT) - Most people take for granted childhood experiences that mark the end of a school year - a class picnic, a school bake sale or even a game of dodgeball in the schoolyard. But these activities can be a challenge for parents of children with potentially life-threatening (severe) allergies.May ... More >>


The Rise to RHYTHMIA HDx: The evolution of cardiac mapping and navigation technology [Infographic]
(BPT) - New advancements in electroanatomical mapping technology have enabled electrophysiologists (EPs) to see rhythm abnormalities like never before.SaveSave... More >>


Strategies for self-love
(BPT) - It's not easy to practice self-love no matter who you are, and for people living with a chronic condition such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) - an autoimmune disease of the joints1 that affects approximately 1.6 million people in the United States,2,3 - it can feel even more overwhelming to l... More >>


Family rallies around woman with brain cancer
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What men 50 and older should know about the heartburn, cancer connection
(BPT) - CBS Pittsburgh's senior weather anchor, Jon Burnett, has spent over three decades forecasting storms, and knows all too well in some cases there is a calm before a storm - some hit without warning. This is his health journey.What started off as his usual annual endoscopy routine took a turn... More >>


Facing the myths about osteoporosis: Anita's journey
(BPT) - At the age of 53, Anita Greenstein took a bone density test at the recommendation of her friend who was a radiologist and was shocked to learn she had postmenopausal osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones over time making them thinner, more brittle and more likely to b... More >>


How you can be part of the next cancer breakthrough
(BPT) - Americans can all play a role in the fight against cancer. Every day, progress is made against cancer through innovative research, the dedication of scientists and the bravery of the more than 14 million Americans living with the disease.To celebrate these individuals, Stand Up To Cancer (S... More >>


Take Charge of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) & Stroke Risk [Infographic]
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Blazing New Trails: Updates in the Care of Children with Cerebral Palsy
(BPT) - New Educational Initiative to Support Families of Children With Cerebral Palsy, Launched by “Reaching for the Stars. A Foundation of Hope for Children with Cerebral Palsy”About 10,000 children born annually in the United States will develop Cerebral Palsy.1Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the most co... More >>


High Tech Hope for Sinus Sufferers
(BPT) - Katherine Troise is one of the roughly 31 million people who suffers from sinusitis, an inflammation of the sinuses and nasal passages, which can become infected.1 It causes symptoms like facial pain and pressure, headaches, and fatigue, and the discomfort can interfere with daily life, the... More >>


Caring for Someone with Prostate Cancer - Learning the Signs of Progression
(BPT) - 'When dealing with my husband Glenn's cancer, I have learned a few things,' said Penni D., a caregiver and wife of a patient living with advanced prostate cancer. 'I enjoy the good days together even more and don't waste time worrying about the future - we take each day as it comes.'Like Pe... More >>


Say "I'm OK": The Five 'S' Plan to Managing Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
(BPT) - When could feeling sad mean something more? Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), also known as clinical depression, is a common but serious mood disorder that can affect how you feel, think and handle everyday activities.1 MDD is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States, wit... More >>


My life with chronic kidney disease: Staying informed to help manage my disease
(BPT) - More than 26 million American adults are currently living with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and many more are at increased risk for developing the disease.1 It is important to take steps to keep the kidneys healthy - this includes getting blood and urine checked and managing conditions suc... More >>


World-renowned soccer player scores big against Crohn's disease
(BPT) - Chastain, whose son was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, encourages people living with inflammatory bowel diseases to work with their healthcare providers to create plans to live with these diseases For world-renowned soccer player Brandi Chastain, having a game plan in place to achieve goal... More >>


March is Cerebral Palsy (CP) Awareness Month: Learn More About Children with Lower Limb Spasticity, a common symptom of CP
(BPT) - About 10,000 children born annually in the United States will develop cerebral palsy.1 The month of March is Cerebral Palsy (CP) Awareness Month, culminating in the celebration of National CP Awareness Day on March 25th every year. CP is the most common motor disability in children in the... More >>


Beneath the surface of advanced chronic kidney disease: Five facts to know
(BPT) - In the United States, chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a growing problem,1 with 26 million American adults currently living with the disease and millions of others at increased risk for developing the disease.2 As kidney disease progresses, your damaged kidneys can no longer adequately filte... More >>









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