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A new clinical study for people with Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA) [Video]
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Open enrollment: 4 steps to getting the right life insurance benefits at work
(BPT) - Is it open enrollment time for your employee benefits? Most companies begin offering the opportunity to update or add new benefits for the next year in the last quarter of the year. Take advantage of this time to align your life with your benefits, because when life changes, insurance needs... Read More

Protect Your Family from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning [Video]
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Not all women with early-stage breast cancer benefit from chemo
(BPT) - As a commercial airline pilot with nearly 30 years of experience, Diane Sandoval, 50, is no stranger to making difficult decisions. However, she faced one of her toughest challenges not in the skies, but when she discovered a small lump in her left breast during a self-examination. Her wors... Read More

Four ways to boost your vitamin D intake
(BPT) - As the days shorten and the weather turns chillier, absorbing vitamin D from the sun becomes more challenging. Why does that matter? Less vitamin D can lead to a weakened immune system, fatigue, joint pain and even impaired wound healing. Essentially, vitamin D helps your whole system run b... Read More

Choose physical therapy for safe pain management
(BPT) - Movement is crucial to a person's health, quality of life and independence. For some people, pain makes movement a challenge. Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek health care. A physical therapist (PT) can help people move better and safely and manage their pain.Who are physic... Read More

Living life to the fullest – without knee pain
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Psoriasis: The importance of connection
(BPT) - At first glance, psoriasis may appear to be only a surface-level condition that affects one's skin and outward appearance. What many people do not realize is this common, chronic inflammatory disease may lead to the development of psoriatic arthritis in a third of patients. Psoriasis suffer... Read More

How to be ready for a home fire: Plan and practice
(BPT) - Did you know that today's homes burn faster than ever? Newer homes tend to be built with unprotected, lightweight wood construction and are frequently designed with lots of open spaces and high ceilings - ideal conditions for fire to grow and spread quickly. Also, modern home furnishings ar... Read More

Five ways to support shelter animals if you’re not ready to adopt
(BPT) - The winter months, which are often considered some of the busiest for animal shelters, are approaching. According to the ASPCA, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters every year. Adding a shelter pet to your family can be fulfilling, but what if you're not ready or able ... Read More

A New Way to Achieve Defined Arms and Contoured Thighs
(BPT) - Picture this: You're sporting a sleek, black sleeveless tank or maybe a pair of denim short shorts. Your arms are defined and trim, and your legs could stop traffic.This may seem like a vision board exercise, but thanks to advances in noninvasive body contouring technology, such transformat... Read More

Simple ways to support causes in your daily life
(BPT) - We are all busy and distracted these days, and it can often be difficult to find ways to make a difference to those less fortunate in our communities. However, today it is simpler than ever to give back, and you do not have to alter your hectic routine to make an impact.Give back while you ... Read More

Cutting the chaos out of your morning routine
(BPT) - Mornings can be chaotic as you fight the clock to get out the door on time. This is especially true if you have a big family. Wouldn't it be nice if rather than feeling like a stressful race, your morning routine was something you looked forward to?Starting your day on a high note is simple... Read More

UL Presents: Smoke Alarm Friendship Stories [Video]
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How one man survived sudden cardiac arrest
(BPT) - Within eight days, Michael Adams, a 59-year-old husband and father of two from Moore, Oklahoma, suffered a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) - and survived them both. While many think a heart attack and SCA are the same, they are not. Recent heart attack victims have a higher ris... Read More

Take it from the pros and close before you doze [Video]
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3 ways supplemental insurance helps those facing breast cancer
(BPT) - As we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women should take some time to make sure they are taking the proper precautions to help protect themselves physically and financially against the disease. According to the American Cancer Society, women still have a 1 in 8 chance of developing br... Read More

How this metastatic breast cancer patient became her own best advocate for personalized treatment
(BPT) - There are few things more frightening than an advanced cancer diagnosis. Karen Peterson knows this better than most. A 54-year-old single mother from Harlem, she is a cancer survivor three times over. But she almost wasn't.A childhood cancer survivor, in 2015 Peterson was diagnosed with tri... Read More

Disaster relief improves with collaboration among communities, charities and companies
(BPT) - When disasters strike - whether hurricanes and tornadoes or floods and earthquakes - communities and organizations rally to help, using their unique strengths to boost support. While every attempt to support affected families and neighborhoods is appreciated, aid is most effective when it's... Read More

Fuel up for fall: 5 ways to take on the day
(BPT) - Back to school and back to the grind! Fall is here and with that comes maxed out schedules and new routines - school, sports practices, work travel, getting ready for the holidays and more. It can be hard to keep up, especially when you sometimes want to just lay down and recharge, but ther... Read More

Frequently asked questions about metastatic breast cancer
(BPT) - Imagine sitting in a stadium cheering on your favorite team with over 42,000 other fans - then, in the blink of an eye, the entire stadium is empty.Now imagine this happening again, year after year.Each year, over 42,000 people are lost to metastatic breast cancer (MBC), also known as stage... Read More

Want a showstopper master bathroom? 5 criteria to achieve exceptional design
(BPT) - When it's time to renovate your master bathroom, why not set your sights on something bigger and better? Rather than letting the latest fads drive your choices, create a room that holds its breathtaking beauty for years, and never fails to transform your mood each time you cross the thresho... Read More

Why you should shop for health insurance
(BPT) - When it comes to health care and dental plans, your options can feel overwhelming. There can be dozens of plans and many variables that go into your decision, which is why it's worth your time to find the option that best fits your individual or family needs. 'We will devote hours of painst... Read More

The surprising evolution of plant-based margarine
(BPT) - What does Napoleon III have to do with the development of margarine? Quite a lot, as it turns out. The origins and evolution of plant-based margarines involve a lot more history - and dramatic changes in how people eat - than you might expect.The forces that have driven human food options a... Read More

Coping with the Uncertainty of Blood Cancer Recurrence
(BPT) - For the growing number of cancer survivors in the United States, many face the shared question: will my cancer come back? In fact, fear of cancer recurrence is one of the top concerns among people with cancer and their loved ones.1Cancer can impact people in many ways and every person diagn... Read More

7 tips for enjoying autumn with your furry best friend
(BPT) - Autumn is a great time to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors in the company of your favorite four-legged friend. The temperatures have cooled down and the fall colors are starting to appear, yet it's not too cold to enjoy a brisk walk or even a leisurely stroll together. It's also ... Read More

Age alone shouldn’t determine breast cancer treatment options
(BPT) - One in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Many will be surprised to learn that age is a major barrier when it comes to patients accessing the information they need to make a better-informed treatment decision.Age shouldn't affect your chances of getting the ... Read More

Reducing Veteran Suicides Through Support and Education [Video]
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Taking your medications can protect your health [Infographic]
(BPT) - Fifty percent of prescriptions that are filled are never used. For those with chronic conditions, the side effects of not taking medications can range from higher health care costs to premature death. Read on for more information on the risks of not taking medications as prescribed - and fo... Read More

Don't let hidden holiday allergies ruin your good cheer
(BPT) - The holidays are a time to gather for food, friends and festivities. While everything may seem merry and bright, if you have asthma or allergies, this is when you need to be cautious. A season full of tradition and good cheer can often come with hidden allergy triggers if you're not aware a... Read More

7 tips to help choose your health plan during open enrollment
(BPT) - Open enrollment season is here, a time when millions of Americans across the country have the opportunity to select or switch their health insurance plan for 2020.To help guide you during this important time, Elena McFann, regional CEO with UnitedHealthcare, shares the following tips that m... Read More

Active aging: 5 important questions to ask to help prevent falls
(BPT) - Despite the common belief, falls are not a normal part of aging, and they are largely preventable. In fact, the best way to prevent falls is with a proactive, team approach.Be empowered and engage your health care professionals, community providers and family by asking these five important ... Read More

A nationwide effort to help domestic violence shelters become pet-friendly
(BPT) - An estimated 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience some form of domestic abuse in their lifetime. Escaping abusive situations and starting over in a new and safe environment is an overwhelming experience for victims, especially when pets are involved. An added challenge is that few (a... Read More

Are you living with frequent, severe headaches? You may have Chronic Migraine
(BPT) - There's an invisible disease that affects 31 million Americans. Its symptoms are often debilitating and impact people in various aspects of their lives. The name? It's called migraine disease.People living with migraine disease experience a wide spectrum of the disease, ranging from Episodi... Read More

3 things that may go wrong if you don’t winterize your house
(BPT) - Fall is here, which means, like it or not, cold weather is just around the corner. While most of us would prefer not to think about turning on our heat just yet, this is actually the best time to check your heating to ensure everything is operating as it should.Neglecting to winterize your ... Read More

Maximize your employee benefits in 3 simple steps
(BPT) - With the autumn season near, thoughts naturally turn to cooler temperatures, football games and holiday preparations. Another annual ritual synonymous with the season - but not one that many spend enough time on or particularly enjoy - is open enrollment.Open enrollment is the period of tim... Read More

Boomer Health Starts With Prevention
(BPT) - Baby Boomers may be aging, but that doesn't mean they're slowing down anytime soon. As a group, these adults continue to lead active lifestyles, pursuing their goals and relishing new experiences. A key to maintaining an active way of life is staying healthy - particularly when it comes to ... Read More

3 ways to improve your self-care routine
(BPT) - Self-care - the practice of taking care of oneself - has become a hot topic across generational groups, with sleep, stress management and fitness as key areas to build better habits. But where to start? Here are three tips for practicing better self-care.1) Get a sleep routine - Only 11 per... Read More

U.S. Experts Concerned About Complacency with Heart Disease
(BPT) - Success breeds complacency and in healthcare this is particularly problematic with heart disease. Over the past 50 years, deaths from heart disease have been cut by more than 50% - a public health success story driven largely by medical innovation such as procedures and drugs, according to ... Read More

Give breakfast a boost before school: Fuel your kids’ day with wholesome on-the-go options
(BPT) - School is back in session, which means hectic mornings spent searching for missing shoes and backpacks, and jam-packed schedules with homework sessions and extracurricular activities. Morning meals at home or at school are imperative, and for busy parents, breakfast snacks on the go can be ... Read More

Ask the expert: Important questions about Alzheimer’s
(BPT) - Alzheimer's is a progressive medical condition, and one of the deadliest diseases in the United States. That's why it is important to learn about the disease along with some simple steps that can help delay the potential onset, or help facilitate an early diagnosis.Dr. Rhonda Randall, a boa... Read More

Pains in the butt: 4 common side effects of sitting too long
(BPT) - Sitting is a part of daily routines and nearly impossible to avoid. Whether during your daily commute, working hard at your desk or watching your favorite TV show on the couch, sitting can provide relief and give you the opportunity to relax. However, sitting for a long period of time can a... Read More

The State of Sitting [Infographic]
Sitting down is a universal practice; it's second nature for most throughout many aspects in everyday life. However, with Americans spending, on average, seven hours of their day sitting, many don't realize the impact it can have on their health, namely leading to painful medical issues like consti... Read More

Ask these 5 questions before choosing a savings account
(BPT) - Breaking up is hard to do, but there's one relationship you may want to reconsider - the one with your savings account. According to an August 2019 survey from Marcus by Goldman Sachs, which polled 1,053 Americans who have savings accounts with both traditional and online banks, nearly half... Read More

10 cancer facts that may surprise you
(BPT) - There are more than 100 types of cancer that impact people of all backgrounds. It's likely that cancer has touched you or someone close to you. There is a lot to know about cancer and its effects on people in the United States and around the world. How many of these 10 cancer facts do you k... Read More

The symptoms that led one woman to a heart failure diagnosis
(BPT) - Chris, a wife, mother, grandmother and medical researcher, believes she first experienced symptoms of heart failure (HF) more than six months before her diagnosis. 'I couldn't breathe,' Chris recalls. 'That was the only symptom I noticed.' The difficulty breathing continued to worsen over m... Read More

Meal solutions for a flavorful fall
(BPT) - Fall marks the beginning of back to busy - back to school and the office, back to sports and other activities, and back to a season of social occasions with family and friends. Healthy, portable snacks such as fresh California grapes play a key role in providing energy and hydration to help... Read More

Severe emphysema relief: From difficulty rolling over in bed to swimming with dolphins
(BPT) - A year ago, Cheri's chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was classified as stage IV, requiring constant support from an oxygen tank. Even rolling over in bed at night exhausted her.Cheri was on a waiting list for a lung transplant when her pulmonologist in Eugene, Oregon, asked her ... Read More

Simple steps to keep your second home safe from costly repairs
(BPT) - Whether it's a cabin up north, a villa down south or a quaint cottage near family, many people in the United States own second homes. You spend time at these vacation properties during some seasons, but for much of the year they remain empty. That's why it's important to take precautions to... Read More

Firefighters share home fire safety tips [Video]
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5 tips for keeping your dog more active
(BPT) - Face it, getting enough exercise is tough for everyone, and it's certainly true when it comes to our pets. The amount of exercise your dog may need varies, depending on the age, size and breed, but most dogs need more exercise than they're getting, especially during the colder months when w... Read More

Keeping AFib in Mind: Many Americans May Be Unfamiliar with a Leading Risk Factor for Stroke [Infographic]
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Top tips to make a plant-based diet more flavorful
(BPT) - If you're trying to eat more veggies and you're encouraging your kids to do the same, you may struggle with making meals tasty enough to tempt even the pickiest eaters in your family. The struggle is real! But don't worry, there are plenty of options that are plant-based, healthy and delici... Read More

Making Breast Surgery Easier for Women [Infographic]
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A guide to nutritional needs at every age
(BPT) - According to data from the 2018 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, 75 percent of U.S. adults take dietary supplements, but many people don't realize supplement needs can change with age. While food is always the first place to obtain the nutrients we need from early childhood throu... Read More

Watch Ovarian Cancer Survivors Share Their Experiences, Advice and Support in Their Own Words in New BE LOUD Video Series
(BPT) - Two-thirds of women across the world know nothing about ovarian cancer, yet over 22,000 women in the US alone are expected to be diagnosed in 2019, according to the American Cancer Society. For the newly diagnosed, whose cancer is often identified at an advanced stage, the news can come as ... Read More

7 things you may not know about your child's safety in cars
(BPT) - Parents and caregivers want to keep kids safe in the car, but keeping up with the latest recommendations can be tricky, especially as your child grows and their needs change. It's sometimes hard to know if you're doing everything you can to keep children as safe as possible.Regardless of yo... Read More

To address social determinants of health, make it personal
(BPT) - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social determinants of health (SDoH) - the conditions in which people live, learn, work and play - can affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes.Factors like socioeconomic status, education, physical environment, empl... Read More

Riding toward a cure for multiple myeloma
(BPT) - This content is provided by Janssen Biotech, Inc.For the past three years, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Road to Victories bike ride - sponsored by Janssen Oncology - has been an important event in the race to find a cure. The MMRF is a nonprofit organization that funds re... Read More

Fire safety tips that could help save your life
(BPT) - Having working smoke alarms in your home is as important as wearing a seatbelt in your car. It's a necessity that protects you and your loved ones. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately three out of five home fire deaths occur in residences with no work... Read More

Know the Facts about Spinocerebellar Ataxia and a New Clinical Study [Infographic]
(BPT) - Ataxia, a rare and progressive neurological disease, affects nearly 150,000 people in the U.S. A new clinical study will measure if troriluzole, an investigational drug, will improve ataxia symptoms in people with spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA). Learn more at www.scatrial.org.... Read More

Tips for keeping kids safe on the road
(BPT) - With all the distractions on today's roads, parents are feeling increasingly anxious about keeping their children safe while driving. According to a new study by Volvo Car USA and The Harris Poll, more than six in ten American parents believe roads today are more dangerous than ever, and ar... Read More

‘I knew I wasn’t alone’: North Carolina nurse looks back on Hurricane Florence
(BPT) - One year ago, North Carolina native and licensed practical nurse Shannon Lanier found herself caught in a storm that seemed otherworldly. Hurricane Florence had arrived. And with it came more than two feet of rain in her hometown of Wilmington.Lanier had listened to all the warnings and kne... Read More

Protecting Yourself from Medicare Fraud
(BPT) - Every year, many seniors are targeted by scammers who want to steal their Medicare numbers to do things like rack up fake health care charges and commit identity theft. These scams hurt seniors and other people eligible for Medicare, cost taxpayers money, and result in higher health care co... Read More

How at-home allergy treatment is changing lives
(BPT) - More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, and as pollen production grows in intensity and duration due to longer freeze-free periods, that number is expected to rise. For chronic allergy sufferers, this can mean battling symptoms year-round, year after year.Allergies pose health... Read More

5 step fire safety checklist
(BPT) - When flames engulfed his 1940s beach bungalow without warning, actor Taylor Kinney was thankful to make it out alive. That experience, paired with his role as one of America's favorite TV firefighters, inspired him to advocate for fire safety and is why he's partnering with First Alert this... Read More

CDC Foundation program makes a difference for people with cancer
(BPT) - Imagine being diagnosed with cancer, going through chemotherapy, and then getting sidelined by an infection.Unfortunately for people with cancer, this is a serious potential side effect of chemotherapy. Each year, more than half a million people with cancer are treated with chemotherapy, wh... Read More

Haylie Duff shares best tips for quick and healthy family meals
(BPT) - Every parent knows it can be a struggle to prepare a nutritious meal that the whole family will enjoy. Finding time to spend around the table during back-to-school season can be particularly challenging, but not impossible.Actress, chef and mother of two Haylie Duff has a few expert tips an... Read More

4 steps to help you plan for wildfires
(BPT) - Wildfires and other disasters can be challenging because you rarely get enough warning to develop a plan to protect your family and minimize property damage, much less execute that plan. Thinking ahead can make all the difference - increasing your family's personal protection and minimizing... Read More

My 5 Secrets to a Better Start to the Day
(BPT) - With a new season, comes a new wellness routine. As vacations end and we go back to our daily lives with work and school, Karla Martinez offers a few 'must-do' tips to ensure you're ready for whatever the day brings.1. Wake Up EarlyIt takes a lot to train the body to wake up early on its ow... Read More

Aging with HIV: Evolving Challenges Impacting the Community
(BPT) - When Jeff Taylor was diagnosed with HIV in 1988, he was told he had two years to live.'The doctors suggested I start making arrangements because there were limited treatment options available then,' said Taylor, who is now the co-chair of the community advisory board of the amfAR Institute ... Read More

How healthy is your home? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Home wellness is the active pursuit of creating and maintaining a healthy, balanced home.According to a new survey, virtually all Americans desire to achieve a healthy home. However, when asked about their current level of home wellness, most people admitted they could do a better job.... Read More

3 things you didn’t learn in driving school
(BPT) - If you had to go back to driving school today, would you pass the parallel parking portion? What if the instructor tested your knowledge of car maintenance?Learning how to drive and taking care of your vehicle are integral parts of growing up. In a recent Gauge Index survey, Hankook Tire fo... Read More

Survey: Glaucoma affects patients and caregivers daily
(BPT) - Glaucoma is a serious eye disease that affects more than 3 million Americans. While many new glaucoma treatments have become available over the past several years, there is currently no cure for the disease, which can cause permanent vision loss and blindness if not properly controlled.Glau... Read More

Medicare Open Enrollment: How to save money next year
(BPT) - Medicare Open Enrollment is about to kick off. For most people already enrolled in Medicare, the annual Open Enrollment period (Oct. 15 through Dec. 7) is the only opportunity to make changes to your existing Medicare coverage.Even if you are happy with your Medicare coverage, you should ta... Read More

Deaths from heart disease are rising dramatically – are you at risk?
(BPT) - Following years of decline, deaths from cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack and stroke, have been rising dramatically since 2012.[i] Deaths from cardiovascular disease increased 4% between 2011 and 2017, according to researchers from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics... Read More

Life insurance protects your family when you’re not there to do it
(BPT) - When a loved one dies unexpectedly, the last thing families should have to think about is how they're going to pay the bills or whether they can stay in the house. But the reality is that, according to research from LIMRA1, 35% of households would feel the financial impact of losing a prima... Read More

The rise of crowdfunding to pay for funerals
(BPT) - You've seen them on your Facebook and Twitter feeds shared by friends and family members, the tragic stories of a loved one's passing and a plea for help in covering the expense of a memorial or funeral. As crowdfunding has grown, it's become a go-to resource for many families struggling to... Read More

Try these refreshing – and nutritious – mocktail ideas
(BPT) - Skip the dehydrating alcohol, artificial flavorings and unhealthy refined sugar to serve up a natural, fruit-based drink - a mocktail - when you're planning your next party. A mocktail not only replenishes your vital fluids, hydrating you and providing important nutrition your body needs, b... Read More

5 age-specific ways to keep children safe during back-to-school
(BPT) - The back-to-school season comes with its share of excitement - including new classrooms, friends and routines - but it's also a time to be thoughtful about safety. As schedules change and daily life takes on an added layer of complexity with trips to and from school, after-school activities... Read More

4 tips to prevent and treat health issues on vacation
(BPT) - It's the night before your long-awaited vacation. You've triple-checked your suitcase, checked into your flight and notified the bank of your travel plans. Everything is ready to go, but even the most experienced travelers can't predict the unexpected health hiccups that might arise along t... Read More

Study: UTIs cause roller coaster of emotional pain and antibiotic overuse
(BPT) - Women are desperate for solutions to their frequent urinary tract infections, and they're equally tired of the stigma that comes with them, reveals a new national survey.Key findings of 'UTIs: The Burning Truth' by ellura, the urinary tract supplement, found that 3 out of 4 women (76 percen... Read More

How to keep your home and family safe from fires
(BPT) - According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms - often due to missing alarm batteries or expired alarms.A new generation of home safety technology - combined with tried-and-true sa... Read More

Survey reveals skyrocketing interest in marijuana and cannabinoids for pain
(BPT) - Millennials lead the escalating interest in marijuana and cannabinoid compounds for managing pain - with older generations not far behind - and yet most are unaware of potential risks. Three-quarters (75%) of Americans who expressed interest in using marijuana or cannabinoids to address pai... Read More

Planning to retire on your 65th birthday? We didn't think so
(BPT) - The traditional notion of retirement - a switch from full-time work to full-time leisure - is becoming a thing of the past for millions of Americans. In fact, according to a recent UnitedHealthcare survey (conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of UnitedHealthcare) of 1,000 nationally re... Read More

Staying on track: 3 ways to kickstart a healthy fall
(BPT) - Lacking culinary inspiration as grilling season ends? Keep telling yourself that you will start going to the gym next week? Binge-watching TV rather than tackling a crossword puzzle?We can often be our own biggest hurdle when it comes to making healthy decisions. But sometimes all it takes ... Read More

3 Tips for how to change the way you see Polycythemia Vera (PV) - a rare blood cancer
(BPT) - When you're living with a rare, chronic blood cancer like polycythemia vera, or PV, you might look good on the outside even when you don't feel good on the inside. That's because for some people with PV, their symptoms may not be visible to others, despite having a serious impact on their l... Read More

Preparing for disaster: 9 things you can do now
(BPT) - Are you prepared if a disaster were to hit? If you aren't, making sure to prioritize this initiative for you and your family is smart. Disasters don't plan ahead, but you can.Here are nine things you can do now to ensure you are prepared:Sign up for alerts and warnings. Utilizing your mobil... Read More

5 easy ways to go green
(BPT) - 1. Go reusable.Did you know that the average plastic grocery bag has a lifespan of 12 minutes? Pick up a reusable grocery bag or bring a reusable water bottle with you to stay hydrated. Both can be used countless times and help reduce single-use plastic. By making small changes in your dail... Read More

After leukemia battle, teen wishes to visit historic WWII sites
(BPT) - Being 17 years old and battling leukemia was not easy for Johnny. He was forced to miss out on many opportunities with friends and family as his illness took a toll.During this lonely time in his life, Johnny, the son of a military veteran, kept busy by learning about World War II. He enjoy... Read More

Significant student benefits of flexible classroom seating
(BPT) - Have you seen a modern classroom with a variety of seating options that allow kids to sit, stand, wiggle and wobble as they engage in learning throughout the day?If so, you are familiar with flexible seating, a leading educational trend in K-12 classrooms nationwide. Both teachers and stude... Read More

Pediatric doctor and mother of children with life-threatening allergies shares tips for the school year
(BPT) - For many parents or caregivers, gearing up for back to school means purchasing new supplies, packing lunches and refreshing wardrobes. However, for the families of the nearly six million children living with life-threatening food allergies,1,2 back-to-school readiness also includes somethin... Read More

Quick tips on adding easy, enjoyable and healthy elements to your family's meals
(BPT) - Feeding your family wholesome meals that everyone enjoys can feel like a challenge, especially on busy days. With different food preferences and limited time to cook, it's easy to fall into meal ruts where you eat the same thing over and over again.It's time to add a little color and creati... Read More

Surprising secrets and tips to reignite that relationship spark
(BPT) - With our busy schedules, it's easy to forget to make time for sex, which may help with mood and intimacy within a relationship. So, with all these positives, why should women want to give up one of life's most pleasurable pastimes? Because they're too tired, not in the mood or too dry to tr... Read More

How (and why) to pick a pet food that's backed by science
(BPT) - There's no doubt that pet owners want the best for their furry friends, including the best pet food to help them grow and fuel a long, healthy life together. But with increased confusion about what's good, bad and just a fad, it's no wonder many pet owners may not feel completely confident ... Read More

Should I pay for insurance on a rental car?
(BPT) - Maybe you're signing the paperwork for a rental car, ready to zip up the West Coast for your end-of-summer vacation, when the agent asks if you're also going to be adding rental insurance.You pause. The agent starts talking about liability, and you see dollar signs piling up. You ask yourse... Read More

Easy ways to add beef to your back-to-school menus
(BPT) - As the school year kicks off, parents are seeking meals that keep their children happy and healthy. On top of that, they need dinner options that are quick for their hectic schedules, fit into the budget and go beyond frozen pizza and entrees. Beef delivers on nutrition, simplicity and vers... Read More

Make sure your dental implant surgery is a success [Infographic]
(BPT) - Established in 1951, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) is the first professional organization in the world dedicated to the advancement of implant dentistry. AAID credentialed dental implant experts are passionate about helping you live your life the way you want to. You can ... Read More

Appreciating Everyday Moments: Gerry’s Journey with Metastatic Breast Cancer [Video]
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Are you a mindless muncher? Follow these smart tips for healthier snacking
(BPT) - Eating small snacks throughout the day can be a great way to maintain energy and keep hunger pangs at bay between meals. The problem is, it's far too easy to reach for unhealthy foods that satisfy your sweet or salty cravings, but don't necessarily provide the essential nutrients your body ... Read More

Getting a grip on essential tremor for a new beginning
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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Is Taking On Children’s Cancer From Every Direction [Infographic]
(BPT) - Blood cancers account for more than 40 percent of all childhood cancers, and most children are treated with the same toxic combinations of chemotherapies developed decades ago. Though there has been significant progress in advancing new therapies for adults with cancer, only four oncology d... Read More

4 back-to-school essentials to help keep kids healthy
(BPT) - New backpack? Check. Cool new shoes? Check. The right 24-pack of crayons? Check.As a parent, you want to give your child everything needed for a successful new school year, and sometimes that means thinking outside the crayon box. Are you keeping these less obvious things front of mind?"Bei... Read More

How to prevent the most common summer accidents
(BPT) - The warm summer months typically mean more people are outdoors participating in their favorite activities. With more daylight hours and celebrations come more accidents and injuries.Craig Hospital in Denver specializes in the rehabilitation of people who have sustained a spinal cord and/or ... Read More

An aging family member is struggling with their chronic condition - what can you do?
(BPT) - As we get older, the ones we love inevitably age too. For many, there comes a time where you are no longer just a son, daughter or family member - you're a caregiver. Ensuring your aging parent or loved one is able to manage and afford their medical treatments can have an enormous impact on... Read More

Paying for Senior Living [Infographic]
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'Show up for yourself': WWE superstar shares top wellness tips
(BPT) - With more than eight million followers on Instagram, WWE superstar, television personality and entrepreneur Nikki Bella is influential on and off the mat. She serves up beauty and wellness tips, plenty of inspirational thoughts, advice on exercise, relationships and developing a positive at... Read More

5 tips to make the most out of your workout routine
(BPT) - Whether you're hitting the gym to get healthy, tone up or improve your overall well-being, there's no denying that seeing results can be one of the most satisfying feelings. Noticing even the smallest change in the way you feel or look is reason enough to lace up your sneakers for another s... Read More

Think outside: 5 ways to disconnect and enjoy the outdoors
(BPT) - Life is hectic, full of demands at work and home. Add digital distractions like computers, cell phones, tablets and more, and it's no wonder many people are experiencing record-high levels of stress.One simple solution is to shift your perspective by spending more time outdoors. When you do... Read More

A change of heart: Research indicates there are newer effective ways to prevent cardiovascular issues
(BPT) - Cardiovascular (CV) disease affects nearly half of all adult Americans[i] and is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Although it constitutes one of the most significant challenges facing the medical community, confusion remains around which therapies are best to manage the disease and pr... Read More

Which is more important to recognize, emojis or road signs?
(BPT) - If you were to take a quiz to test your ability to identify common emojis and road signs, how do you think you'd fare?According to the results from a recent survey by Mercury Insurance, 1,890 respondents did not do so well. The meaning of the 'yawning' emoji was correctly identified by 85% ... Read More

5 ways to fight IPF
(BPT) - It takes grit, dedication and commitment to go up against a serious and irreversible disease like idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). This lesser-known condition, which causes scarring of the lungs, is considered 'rare,' but still kills more than 40,000 people in the U.S. each year - just ... Read More

Are you getting enough protein in your diet?
(BPT) - You may have noticed protein bars and shakes popping up at grocery stores or gyms. Coverage of the benefits of protein is all the rage. So it might be surprising to learn that almost half of older adults are not consuming enough protein, thus negatively impacting their health, according to ... Read More

Record low unemployment creates opportunities for Americans with disabilities
(BPT) - With unemployment rates at a nearly 50-year low, many businesses are struggling to find workers. This tight job market is opening doors for people with disabilities, as many companies are turning their attention to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.Though more Americans with disabili... Read More

Treating Endometriosis Pain: What Worked For Me
(BPT) - For years, Sarah J. assumed her period pain was normal. 'When I first started experiencing pain, I had no idea what endometriosis was and just assumed other women were experiencing the same symptoms, but weren't talking about them,' Sarah recalled.After seeing more than 10 doctors, she was ... Read More

Trips that transform: How airline miles can transform a child’s life
(BPT) - Maksim was just a few months shy of 2 years old when his parents rushed him to the emergency room for severe flu-like symptoms, only to find that their little boy was suffering from kidney failure. Since that day, Maksim has spent most of his six years in and out of hospitals, doctors' offi... Read More

What you need to do before traveling abroad
(BPT) - Planning a trip abroad? That's exciting! But you have lots to do and less time than you think to get it done. What do you need to accomplish before leaving?Here's a handy checklist to help you get your ducks in a row.PassportIf you have a current passport, check the expiration date. Many co... Read More

Embarrassing questions you’re too afraid to ask your gynecologist
(BPT) - It's that time again. The dreaded gynecologist appointment. There's nothing to be afraid of because nothing shocks the gyno. However, many women are reluctant to ask the questions they want - and need - answered.You know, like that unpleasant odor and itch after sex or your period? Believe ... Read More

How you sleep affects your health – and could give you wrinkles
(BPT) - As you drift off to sleep, how does your nightly position affect your health?Whether you prefer stomach, back, side or curled into a fetal position, the way you snuggle into the pillow may affect your breathing patterns, neck and back pain, and circulation. A less-serious effect, but one mo... Read More

From silence into sound, cochlear implants change one couple's world
(BPT) - Caroline and Andreas Schwabe are hearing impaired. Well, only Caroline has hearing loss. Andreas can hear just fine. But, as Andreas says, for a couple, hearing is a "we" thing.Caroline's mother suffered from hearing loss, like many of the women in her family, so, as a newlywed at age 21, i... Read More

The Cost Savings of Using Genomic Tests to Personalize Cancer Treatment
(BPT) - People diagnosed with cancer face many questions about the right treatment for their individual disease. Genomic Health has developed its Oncotype DX® genomic-based diagnostic tests to help guide treatment options for breast, colon and prostate cancers. These tests are transforming ... Read More

5 easy ways to be a more active dad
(BPT) - For children, having an engaged dad makes a huge difference - fathers play a critical role, and research tells us just how important that role is. In fact, studies show that children who feel close to their fathers are two times more likely to go to college or find a job after high school.D... Read More

True confessions: Which skin sins have you committed?
(BPT) - From catching your favorite team at a ballgame to swimming in a pool, summertime brings no shortage of outdoor activities. All this time outside, though, can wreak havoc on your skin if you don't follow a proper routine to rid your skin of the dirt, oil and residue it encounters throughout ... Read More

Meeting of the Minds: Bringing Together Community and Academic Experts to Advance Cancer Care
(BPT) - If you're diagnosed with cancer, chances are that you will turn to a community oncologist. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 1.7 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in 2019.1 For many of these Americans, seeing a community oncologist is often the first step ... Read More

6 back-to-school tips every parent of kids with allergies should know
(BPT) - For kids who live with allergies and asthma, back-to-school can spell trouble with symptoms.Late summer/early fall is the height of ragweed season. When you add in exposure to environmental factors found in school classrooms, playing fields and eating areas, you have the perfect recipe to j... Read More

Patient registry breathes new life into pulmonary fibrosis research
(BPT) - Over 200,000 people in the United States are living with pulmonary fibrosis (PF), a progressive, debilitating lung disease. More than 50,000 new cases of PF are diagnosed each year - with many more that are likely misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. Most cases are idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IP... Read More

Maternal morbidity and mortality: Your guide to healthy pregnancy
(BPT) - Every year in the United States, approximately 700 women die as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications, and more than 50,000 experience unexpected health problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some pregnancy complications (for example, morning ... Read More

A Quick Guide to a Happy Heart: 10 Fun, Doctor-Approved Happy Heart Activities [Infographic]
(BPT) - Honey Nut Cheerios is on a mission to inspire happy hearts! The beloved cereal brand is encouraging people to adopt simple, enjoyable behaviors that can help make their heart happy with this doctor-approved activity list. Plus, from now through August, consumers can participate in the Hone... Read More

Get ripped without breaking a sweat
(BPT) - No matter how many sit-ups you do, you can't seem to get those six-pack abs, and all of those squats and lunges don't add up to buns of steel either.It's certainly not from lack of trying. You're on a first-name basis with the entire staff at your gym and you spend more time with your train... Read More

How detailed planning can help you make every minute count
(BPT) - To say ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia keeps busy is an understatement. The fitness platform she founded operates at 15,000 partner sites across 80 cities worldwide and is continuing to expand. Kadakia also founded Sa Dance Company, a bicoastal Indian dance troupe that performs at major ven... Read More

Say goodbye to dull, tired skin with powerhouse ingredients
(BPT) - The end of your 20s is an interesting time. Gone are the days of chugging caffeine for lunch and the nights that turned into mornings, running from afterparty to afterparty. You're becoming more confident and advancing professionally, but you may also be noticing a few things changing about... Read More

6 questions to ask your healthcare provider about out-of-pocket medication costs
(BPT) - Even in the privacy of a doctor's office, many patients hesitate to discuss one subject - money.While nearly one in four Americans over the age of 50 feels stressed about their medical bills, only half of those have spoken to their healthcare provider about it, according to a University of ... Read More

Buying for a better world: Purchasing decisions that help the planet
(BPT) - While research from The Shelton Group shows 90% of millennials choose to purchase from brands they trust for their social and environmental practices, carefully crafted marketing lingo and even bigger advertising budgets can make it difficult to know if their dollars are truly making a diff... Read More

Inclusive playgrounds: How play helps all children learn
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Public Service Announcement: Think Twice Before Stopping Your Statin
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Answers for women with endometriosis – what is it and what can you do about it?
(BPT) - Studies show that one in 10 women suffer from endometriosis. To bring attention to this common but not commonly discussed condition, one doctor and patient from El Camino Health in California are sharing their story.What is endometriosis?Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue very simi... Read More

Exercise is important for everyone, especially people with disabilities
(BPT) - No matter how old or out of shape you think you are, it is never too late to add more physical activity to your life. Regular and consistent exercise can:Help you control your weight. Along with healthy diet, exercise plays an important role in preventing obesity.Reduce your risk of heart d... Read More

Don’t let summer pests bug you
(BPT) - Summer activities like hiking, camping, picnics and barbecues are all fun ways to enjoy the great outdoors. But spending more time outside can lead to mosquito and tick bites, and the potential for bringing these pests inside the home and putting families at risk for insect-borne diseases.A... Read More

6 ways to get "s'more" outdoor fun during the short summer season
(BPT) - Now that summer is here, for many, it seems opportunities to savor those sun-drenched days and starry nights are all too limited. Events and activities are already stacking up on the calendar, and it's almost as if the season is over before it begins.It's not just you who's feeling the summ... Read More

5 items to clean for a sparkling kitchen
(BPT) - You wipe down the counters, clean the floor and run the dishwasher regularly. Your kitchen appears clean on the surface, but there's probably a lot that could use a refresh. It's time to pay attention to frequently used but often forgotten items in your kitchen.Make sure to include these fi... Read More

Home safe home: Protect your children with these 5 easy tips
(BPT) - We all like to think of our homes as secure havens where our families can retreat from the world in peace and comfort.While most of us do everything we can to protect our children from harm, records show that in the U.S. some 2,000 children 14 and younger succumb to preventable injuries in ... Read More

Mindfulness and its proven impact on loneliness: What you should know
(BPT) - Maybe you know someone who stands by taking five minutes each morning to meditate or finds time after lunch to quiet his or her mind and focus on breathing. Whatever the method may be, incorporating 'mindfulness' practices into your life can have a wide range of positive health benefits lik... Read More

A Lingering Cough That Wouldn’t Go Away: A Patient’s Road to NTM Lung Disease Diagnosis
(BPT) - Having a persistent cough wasn't something new to Debbie. As early as high school, she found herself coughing excessively on the school bus due to the cigarette smoke from her fellow classmates. Over the years, she was prescribed an antibiotic and antihistamine for each new cough, and event... Read More

Living With Diabetes and Can’t Afford Your Insulin? Here Are Some Tips that Can Help
(BPT) - If you are one of the 7 million Americans living with diabetes that relies on insulin every day to help manage your condition, you understand the complexities of the U.S. healthcare system. It's a confusing system for many. Even more importantly, high out-of-pocket costs for patients have m... Read More

Ask the expert: Vision health as you age
(BPT) - Many people expect their eyesight to decline with age - perhaps requiring a stronger eyeglass prescription or 'readers.' Some vision changes are linked to age, but there are steps to consider to help our eyes stay as healthy as possible.Dr. Linda Chous, OD, chief eye care officer, UnitedHea... Read More

Now Available - JORNAY PM™ (Methylphenidate HCl) CII, the First and Only ADHD Stimulant Dosed in the Evening [Video]
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Paying for college: 4 ways to help lower your education costs
(BPT) - Total student loan debt has surpassed $1.5 trillion, with 4 in 10 students carrying over $30K in outstanding student loans. Getting accepted into college or graduate school is an exciting time for students and parents. As college continues to get more expensive, determining how you'll fund ... Read More

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Having Fun in the Sun
(BPT) - Spending time outside is what makes summer so enjoyable. Whether you plan to spend a day at the pool, mill about a music festival or relax at a family barbecue, everyone looks forward to a beautiful, sunny day.Before you head out, don't forget to pack your sunscreen! Leading dermatologists ... Read More


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