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6 tips for controlling your high blood pressure
(BPT) - Did you know high blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and "The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Control Hypertension," nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, yet... Read More

Flex your plate: 7 plant-powered recipes using beans to support gut health
(BPT) - If you're leaning towards a more plant-based diet, chances are you're focusing on the health benefits. Many health-conscious people today follow a 'flexitarian diet,' a balanced approach that aims to increase plant-based food intake without completely excluding foods like meat and poultry.P... Read More

3 ways to toss and turn your night’s rest into quality sleep
(BPT) - Decades of research verify what anyone who has enjoyed a truly excellent night's rest already knows: Sleep is an essential function that allows our body and mind to recharge. The CDC verifies that scrimping on sleep leaves people vulnerable to attention lapses, reduced cognition, delayed re... Read More

Spring cleaning? Don’t forget your medicine cabinet
(BPT) - With your mind on the changing season, you may be purging closets, vacuuming floors and washing windows - but there's one crucial area of the house to keep in mind: your medicine cabinet. Every year, unused prescriptions and expired over-the-counter medicines clutter bathrooms, kitchen cupb... Read More

Deliciously easy sustainable eating
(BPT) - Today, consumers are beginning to use one more guideline to determine how to spend their food dollars: sustainability. The public is increasingly curious about where and how their food is produced and what impact it has on the environment - and for good reason. The world's population is rap... Read More

Don’t sleep on insomnia: tips to help you get more sleep
(BPT) - Have you ever struggled with sleep? Many people know what it feels like to have jet lag when traveling, or to toss and turn at night when they're anxious and overwhelmed by life. But how do you know if your sleep problems have turned into insomnia? Read on to find out.What is insomnia?Insom... Read More

How to vacation responsibly this year? Try these 7 tips
(BPT) - After months of cautionary travel and shelving vacation plans, people, especially those with families at home, are researching how they can indulge their wanderlust safely again. The goal is to enjoy a vacation in a responsible manner, creating memories while keeping yourself and others saf... Read More

Be a stroke hero – how to identify the signs of stroke and why you should act fast
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Choosing the right genomic test for you [Infographic]
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5 ways to travel more sustainably
(BPT) - The pent-up global demand for travel is undeniable. Travelers around the world are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to pack a suitcase, visit new places, reconnect with the people they love and create new memories. In fact, two out of three Americans plan on traveling following the pandem... Read More

3 easy steps to create cleaner spaces
(BPT) - Face it - spending more time at home means spending more time cleaning our homes. And at a time when everyone is more focused on hygiene and sanitation, keeping everything and everyone clean enough seems like a lot of work.But there are steps you can take to clean smarter, not harder. With ... Read More

Reasons to stop delaying a colonoscopy
(BPT) - Thinking about a colonoscopy may make you uncomfortable, and maybe even a little worried - especially if you have never had one before. But a colonoscopy is a relatively simple procedure that may help save your life by identifying the early signs of colorectal cancer.While you may have dela... Read More

Easy ways to stay vigilant and help prevent the spread of illness
(BPT) - It has been a challenging year, full of anxiety about health and safety. While there are signs of improvement, the pandemic is still ongoing, which means that it's important to continue to take proactive steps to help protect you and your family from COVID-19 - as well as from the flu and o... Read More

Generic and Biosimilar Drugs Have Been Unsung Lifesavers of the Pandemic
(BPT) - You might not know that generic and biosimilar medicines save Medicare, Medicaid and privately insured patients billions of dollars every year. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these safe, effective FDA-approved drugs are also saving lives.In the early days of the pandemic, personal protective... Read More

Clinical trials lead to better treatments for rare diseases
(BPT) - People living with rare diseases often find themselves with more questions than answers when it comes to diagnosis and treatment. Symptoms can be unclear, making misdiagnoses common. This is often the case for people living with WHIM syndrome-a rare and difficult-to-diagnose disorder in whi... Read More

5 smart steps to keep medications safe from kids of all ages
(BPT) - Prescription medications have many benefits, including managing pain, regulating chronic conditions, preventing disease and more. Despite numerous positives, medications can be dangerous to others in your household, especially kids.As routines have changed and people are spending more time ... Read More

A special seat at the table: Honoring and supporting military children
(BPT) - Bravery in the face of adversity. Resiliency during unforeseen challenges. Growing wherever you are planted. These are traits of the servicemembers who protect our country every day, but the same patience and optimism take root in the children of our military members. Through every hasty re... Read More

Navigating Challenges of Parkinson’s Disease: Understanding OFF Episodes
(BPT) - Living with Parkinson's disease (PD) can be hard for the nearly 1 million Americans with the disease[i] and may present unexpected daily challenges. As the disease progresses, a person's response to medications to treat their PD symptoms can change, leading to the re-emergence or worsening ... Read More

The right diagnosis for a rare disease
(BPT) - Aldelly always liked to wear heels - 'even to the supermarket,' she says. But in 2013, when she was 25, she began to have difficulty walking in her favorite shoes. 'My foot just started not working well.'She began to experience other strange symptoms, including weird pains in her body, fati... Read More

New survey reveals Americans feel unsafe during everyday activities
(BPT) - According to a new survey, routine activities are making people feel unsafe, including walking through a parking lot or garage or even taking a run. Conducted by SABRE, the #1 personal safety brand worldwide, via Ipsos.Digital, this new survey revealed that over the past three years more th... Read More

Good gaming? Yes, video games can have positive effects for kids and adults
(BPT) - Remote work, virtual education, quarantine, social distancing - COVID-19 is causing people to spend more time at home. If you're like many people you've been spending some of the extra time indulging in favorite hobbies such as gaming. Should you feel guilty? Probably not.Studies show that ... Read More

Spring into wellness with simple, dietitian-approved steps fueled by potatoes
(BPT) - The change of seasons is a cue for more than just cleaning your home. Spring - nature's time of renewal - is also a great time to refocus on self-care.With the additional stresses of the ongoing pandemic, self-care has never been more important. However, life can be busy and too often one o... Read More

Food insecurity on the rise in the United States since start of pandemic
(BPT) - Food insecurity, a serious global public health issue, has risen significantly in the United States since the start of the pandemic. Entire families, especially children, are currently experiencing the detrimental effects of this crisis which the United States Department of Agriculture (USD... Read More

Don’t let COVID-19 stop you from seeking critical healthcare
(BPT) - Despite falling rates of COVID-19 cases, seeking in-person healthcare is still a concern for many people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 41% of U.S. adults had delayed or avoided medical care because of concerns about COVID-19. Nationally, emergency department visits... Read More

The 50th birthday gift I never wished for – shingles: What you need to know
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Need surgery during the pandemic? Ask these 6 questions
(BPT) - If you need surgery during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, you may wonder what the procedure and recovery will be like. You may even be tempted to put it on hold. Prioritizing your health is important, and the good news is experts agree surgical procedures in the United States are safe.'It i... Read More

How to support your friends and family living with HIV
(BPT) - Starting conversations about health and wellness with loved ones is not easy. These discussions are often harder when someone is living with a condition or disease that is highly stigmatized, such as HIV.­Thankfully, living with HIV has drastically changed for the better during the ... Read More

Healthy home: The correct way to clean your light switches and wallplates
(BPT) - In an effort to stay healthy and keep your home tidy, you've probably increased your cleaning frequency since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. To help limit the spread of germs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces. Table... Read More

Sleeping beauty: 5 dermatologist recommendations for nighttime body care
(BPT) - Did you know your body repairs itself while you sleep? This is just as true for your body's skin as it is for your brain and your muscles. How much quality sleep you get each night, and how you prepare yourself for sleep, can make a difference in the look and feel of your body's skin.'While... Read More

As healthcare evolves, is your doctor ready?
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic changed how people think about healthcare. Interacting with your doctor has never been more critical, but now some or all those interactions might occur online. The ability to make appointments online and see your physician without leaving home has benefits. In fact, C... Read More

3 Surprising Reasons Gum Belongs in Your Wellness Routine, According to Mars Wrigley
(BPT) - Face it, the pandemic has taken its toll on everyone over the past year. Due to the challenges of working (and everything else) at home to limiting activities that previously helped you relieve tension, people everywhere are seeking new ways to enhance their daily wellness. But there's one ... Read More

5 steps for better health from a registered dietitian
(BPT) - If you're looking to put health first, who better to turn to than a registered dietitian?'When you're figuring out what health or lifestyle changes you want to make, write out the pro's and con's of each change,' said Registered Dietitian Kelli McGrane, M.S. (@HealthyToast_RD). 'Once you kn... Read More

New study finds yoga key to promoting emotional health in children
(BPT) - Adolescence isn't easy on anyone. The physical, psychological, social and emotional changes are difficult for young people since many do not have the tools to deal with the whirlwind of feelings that come with growing up. That's why parents and educators are increasingly focused on teaching... Read More

Pneumococcal Pneumonia: What to Know [Infographic]
(BPT) - Learn more about the disease and how you can help protect yourself.... Read More

Here’s why you should consider seeing a geriatrician
(BPT) - It comes as second nature for most parents to take their children to a pediatrician at least once a year. The differences between children and adults are so stark that it makes sense to choose a doctor specially trained to treat younger patients.Yet as we age, far too few of us apply this s... Read More

Signs that poor sleep may be a more significant health issue
(BPT) - Sleep is essential to overall immunity and well-being, so disruptive sleep can affect personal health, family life and work. When you don't get optimal sleep, it can hold you back from feeling energized, productive and healthy, not to mention lead to more significant health issues.Everyone ... Read More

Alleviating the mental burden of type 1 diabetes through medical technology
(BPT) - When Natasha McLean's son, Mason, was just over a year old, she noticed some of his behaviors began to change drastically. He started excessively urinating, significantly more than he ever had before, accompanied by extreme mood swings and a tangible increase in appetite. Thinking it was a ... Read More

How to take care of your family's vision
(BPT) - When was the last time everyone in your family had a comprehensive eye exam or picked out a new pair of eyeglasses? Whether they already wear corrective lenses or not, an eye exam is an important part of one's overall well-being. To make sure that your children are seeing as well as they sh... Read More

Top tips for optimal eye care
(BPT) - If you spend any extended length of time working on a screen, it's possible that your eyes could be suffering from neglect and overwork. Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do to help safeguard your optical health."Even if you don't currently experience vision problems or hav... Read More

Routine Checkups, Vaccines are Essential During COVID-19 – and for In-Person School and Play
(BPT) - COVID-19 has caused many disruptions in families' lives - and in some cases, it has meant that children have missed or delayed their wellness checkups and vaccinations. These routine checkups, however, are a critical part of ensuring children stay healthy. The Centers for Disease Control an... Read More

Essential Tremor Awareness Month: Tips to Finding the Best Treatment Option for Your Essential Hand Tremor
(BPT) - Every March we celebrate Essential Tremor Awareness Month to bring awareness to the most common movement disorder among adults, typically impacting the hand. This condition causes involuntary shaking, which occurs during intentional movement of the affected body part, also known as an actio... Read More

4 tips to make your next colonoscopy more comfortable
(BPT) - Are you due for a colonoscopy? The American Cancer Society recommends that anyone 45 and older, who is of average risk for colorectal cancer, should begin getting this essential screening. Your healthcare provider will recommend regular screenings every 10 years - or more frequently, depend... Read More

5 simple habits to support your well-being this year
(BPT) - SPONSORED ADVERTISING CONTENTWhile everyone wants to improve their daily habits, starting new routines can be challenging. Often when you consider revamping your lifestyle, you come up with ambitious goals that are hard to keep up over time. Instead, why not make smaller lifestyle changes, ... Read More

Don’t put off dental care!
(BPT) - Many Americans may be risking their health by neglecting regular health appointments, including dental care. In a normal year, an estimated 100 million Americans fail to see a dental professional, according to the American Dental Association.1 Unfortunately, COVID-19 intensified this, as mo... Read More

New survey: Americans cut prescription costs by ordering from Canada
(BPT) - Prescription drug prices are skyrocketing. For anyone who needs regular prescriptions to manage serious chronic health conditions, the soaring cost of their medications creates a real burden. Studies show that one in four adults skip medications primarily due to cost, which leads to bigger ... Read More

U.K.’s pioneering medical technology is transforming U.S. healthcare
(BPT) - From staying safe at home to staying alive at the hospital, throughout the pandemic, health technologies have come to the fore and shown their value for saving lives and improving care.The U.K. runs a national value-based care system where innovations must rigorously demonstrate impact to p... Read More

3 major benefits of the Extra Help program
(BPT) - Maintaining your quality of life can become more challenging as you age. In addition to routine living expenses, your medical bills may begin to pile up, consuming more and more of your limited income.This can be worrisome for Medicare beneficiaries, who remain the only insured population w... Read More

Beat the winter woes with 5 expert body care tips
(BPT) - The winter months can be especially tough on your skin - from your head down to your toes. Between the brutal frigid temps outside to the heated indoor air, there's no escaping the conditions that can dry out your skin."Taking care of your skin is so important, especially in the winter mont... Read More

4 foods that can boost your immune system
(BPT) - Your family's health is of the utmost importance. And while you can't always control what germs you come in contact with, you can control the steps you take to fight them off.Part of that process is ensuring you and your family eat foods that promote a strong immune system.With the right im... Read More

For Rare Cancer Patients, More Treatment Options Are Needed
(BPT) - For someone with cancer, the right treatment option can mean the difference between life and death. While cancer research has made immense strides in the past decade and even the past few years, there is still much work to be done, especially for patients with rare cancers like Waldenstrom ... Read More

Aging in the Research Triangle: Keeping your brain healthy
(BPT) - With people being more active and healthier than ever at any age, today's retirement isn't about slowing down. It's about having the time for growth, discovery and expanding horizons. For retirees, or those looking ahead to retirement, one place to find all of the above is in North Carolina... Read More

Understanding Key Differences Between COVID-19 PCR and Antigen Tests [Infographic]
(BPT) - With the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting every aspect of life, continued testing is crucial to reopening our businesses and entertainment facilities. Having accurate and reliable tests has remained critical to understanding infection rates and spread, and understanding the differences bet... Read More

How One Woman Fought Treatment-Resistant Depression
(BPT) - For years before her diagnosis, Nicole thought her daily routine was normal. Habits like sleeping for 18 hours a day, missing school and struggling to maintain friendships just seemed like hallmarks of an 'angsty' personality, as many in her life had labeled her. 'It wasn't until my mom bec... Read More

More than 9 in 10 infants have Newborn Gut Deficiency
(BPT) - Nothing is more important than the health and happiness of your baby, and when something is wrong, it's natural to be concerned. From short-term conditions like diaper rash, colic, eczema, and sleep issues, to more long-term conditions such as allergies and Type 1 diabetes, you may be surpr... Read More

Top 3 Easy Weight Loss Tips to Keep Your Resolutions on Track
(BPT) - Roughly 48 percent of people made a New Year's resolution to lose weight. However, the high hopes of weight loss tend to dwindle after January. How to keep high hopes going? Simplicity - the key for those looking to stick to their healthy habits all year long. Dr. Mike Roussell, PhD, nutrit... Read More

3 ways to help your loved one age in place
(BPT) - In what seemed like an instant, the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down. In addition to completely changing the way we work, shop and interact with others - just to name a few - it's also forcing seniors to rethink their living arrangements and plans for the future, and changing ... Read More

Exploring the patient-caregiver relationship: The story of a family's journey navigating a cancer diagnosis
(BPT) - When faced with a cancer diagnosis, life often changes drastically, with each person experiencing the impact differently. One change that can cause great uncertainty is an unexpected shift in relationships, especially with family or those closest to the patient. For some, the established fa... Read More

5 steps to help stop the rise in deaths from heart attack and stroke
(BPT) - Permission granted by ShantaQuilette Carter-Williams.At 42, ShantaQuilette Carter-Williams never saw herself as someone who had a heart problem. She was active, paid attention to what she ate and felt healthy.But one day, while on her usual run, she felt her heart flutter and went to the do... Read More

4 tips for helping kids get more healthy sleep
(BPT) - Ever wonder if your kids get enough sleep? According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), around 25% of kids 5 and younger suffer from sleep problems. And it's even worse for older kids: The CDC reports that over half (57%) of middle schoolers and nearly 3 out of 4 (72%) high schoole... Read More

Shingles kept me in the dark, literally: What everyone 50-plus needs to know about shingles
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Coping with health challenges: Three unique journeys with a rare disease
(BPT) - Anyone who suffers from health challenges knows how difficult it can be - not only physically, but also emotionally. For those coping with rare disorders, navigating life can be even more challenging.Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) is a rare, often life-altering disease cause... Read More

GameStop levels up to help kids with critical illnesses
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Easy Fish Friday options for kids and adults
(BPT) - Fish Friday is an important part of Lent, and if you honor this tradition, you're probably looking to add something different to the menu. At the same time, you're probably not looking forward to the extra effort of making something new.Fortunately, there are simple ways to create wholesome... Read More

New blood test poised to change how cancer is found
(BPT) - Rare is the person who hasn't been impacted by cancer in some way. Maybe it's your parent fighting for their life. Perhaps it's a friend going through a difficult treatment. It could be a neighbor or colleague who was recently diagnosed and who now faces complex decisions.It also might be y... Read More

What Would You Do If Your Child Had a 1 in a Million Rare Disease? [Video]
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A free way to save money on prescriptions and help kids with critical illnesses
(BPT) - Audrey is a 12-year-old girl from Arizona with a passion for fashion. She spends her free time flipping through style magazines and listening to her favorite songs. She dreams of having her photo professionally taken in a long, whimsical dress that covers the leg braces that help her stay s... Read More

An open call to innovators: How can your ingenuity support the GVHD community?
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Addressing the ongoing U.S. maternal and infant health crisis accelerated by COVID-19
(BPT) - For any new mother, one of the most important steps she can take is finding a prenatal care provider who can help ensure a healthy pregnancy for herself and her baby. Unfortunately, far too many women in the United States have limited or no access to prenatal care providers - a dangerous re... Read More

National Rare Disease Day: Recognizing Neurogenic Orthostatic Hypotension
(BPT) - In the United States, a rare disease is defined as a condition that affects fewer than 200,000 people. Each year on February 28, the rare disease community joins together on Rare Disease Day to raise awareness of as many as 7,000 rare diseases affecting an estimated 25-30 million Americans.... Read More

5 fun ways to keep your cat entertained at home
(BPT) - Thanks to the pandemic, many people have gone from working in an office to working from home, giving cat owners a chance to spend more time with their furry friends. With all this extra time, you have the opportunity to strengthen the bond you share with your cat while helping them get acti... Read More

Pet parents are looking for more than just a reward for their furry friends
(BPT) - As many pet owners have spent more time at home during the pandemic, there has been an opportunity for dog lovers to enhance their relationship with their pet, like they never have had before. Thanks to newfound work-life balance and more quality time together, the bond between dog owners a... Read More

10 ways a weighted blanket can help you find calm
(BPT) - According to an American Psychological Association survey, nearly eight in 10 adults say the pandemic has caused them stress and anxiety. In 2020, Tranquility weighted blankets became a go-to, natural solution for millions of Americans seeking to unwind and achieve better sleep.Here are 10 ... Read More

How Music Therapy May Benefit Those With Multiple Sclerosis [Infographic]
(BPT) - Ever wonder why some songs can literally send shivers down your spine or give you goosebumps? It's clear music can trigger physical reactions,[i],[ii],[iii] but what may not be as well known is that it might also be good for your health - especially for people living with central nervous sy... Read More

Is it allergies or COVID-19? 7 symptoms to watch
(BPT) - COVID-19 is complicating the 2021 spring allergy season. From watery eyes to dry coughs, people are left wondering exactly what their symptoms mean.'Many people are asking about the differences between COVID-19 and seasonal allergies,' says Dr. Luz Fonacier, president of the American Colleg... Read More

For Many Young People, 2021 is the Year to Cancel Vaping
(BPT) - TikTok influencers Victoria Annunziato (aka King Victober), Tosha and Jerry Purpdrank have a lot in common. They have millions of subscribers. They vape. And they want to quit using e-cigarettes and encourage others to do the same, by sharing their personal experiences in real time with the... Read More

Prostate Cancer Screenings on the Decline with Concerns Surrounding COVID-19: What Men Should Know
(BPT) - In the early part of the COVID-19 pandemic, many areas of the country banned nonessential medical procedures in an effort to slow the spread of the disease. As a result, many physicians saw fewer patients for routine medical care, such as physical exams and screenings. A recent survey by Th... Read More

New survey: 45% of women unfamiliar with condition affecting 5 million adults
(BPT) - A new national survey reveals concerning gaps in women's knowledge of Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA), the most common type of anemia. The Get Iron Informed initiative helps to shed light on IDA, which impacts about one in five women of childbearing age.1'The results of the survey show that fa... Read More

KBIS 2021: Top kitchen and bath design trends to watch
(BPT) - Do you want to know what's popular for kitchen and bath spaces for 2021? There's no better barometer for the biggest trends than the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, where top designers and brands gather to hobnob about the year's leading innovations and trends.Although KBIS was virtu... Read More

Workplace reopening? 5 ways to put employee safety first
(BPT) - Of all the milestones in our nation's COVID-19 recovery, workplaces reopening is one of the biggest. As millions of people start returning to offices, classrooms and more, the hope of progress is tempered by concerns for safety. Everyone deserves to feel safe at work. How can employers help... Read More

5 tips to get you back on your feet after a cough or cold this season
(BPT) - While there may be no 'cure' for the common cold, there are certainly a number of ways you can help you or your family feel more comfortable while battling a cold. There are a plethora of tips and advice for coping with cold symptoms, but following a few tried-and-true methods to overcome t... Read More

At-home self-care practices to elevate your day
(BPT) - Daily life has been pretty busy - especially in 2021. Between working from home, remote learning with kids, virtual friend meetups or just trying to stick to a daily routine, there has been little time and space for self-care to revitalize our mood and help us feel our best emotionally, phy... Read More

New Year, New Policy: Insurance Considerations for the Road Ahead
(BPT) - As we move away from a year unlike any other, Americans have developed a newfound tolerance for uncertainty-and the need to prepare for it. The start of a new year is a time for resolutions, especially financial ones. As part of this process, it is essential to review your insurance coverag... Read More

How to choose the best face mask
(BPT) - Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, you have probably wondered what kind of face mask provides the most effective protection but is also easy and comfortable. You have probably also heard that double masking provides better protection against the more easily transmissible variants... Read More

Simple Ways to Support Immunity and Overall Health
(BPT) - "You are what you eat" is a phrase you probably heard growing up, and while it's a broad statement, the overall sentiment holds true: The foods you ingest have the ability to support or detract from your overall health. This doesn't necessarily mean you need to completely overhaul your nutr... Read More

4 pro tips to help your child defeat gamer's thumb
(BPT) - As social distance practicing extends through the winter, children are spending more time indoors, where they could be spending extra time locked in on their gaming systems and personal devices.According to market research by NPD, video game sales approached $1.6 billion in March 2020, the ... Read More

What You Need to Know about AMD to Save Your Sight
(BPT) - Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Month serves as an important reminder for people to stay on top of their eye health. AMD is one of the most common causes of vision loss later in life, affecting millions of Americans.We talked to Dr. David Eichenbaum, an ophthalmologist at Retina Vitr... Read More

Driven to Distraction: The Impact of Acne in a Digital Era
(BPT) - With millions of people living, working, attending school and socializing through the lens of a computer camera, self-image and confidence are quite literally on display, especially for the 85% of teens and young adults with acne.1 New routines, habits and mindsets have been established in ... Read More

5 ways America’s most loved vegetable loves you back
(BPT) - You don't have to choose between foods that taste good and foods that are good for you. In fact, America's most loved vegetable - the potato - loves you right back. Whether you're fixing a romantic dinner for two, a family meal or a tasty snack, this versatile nutrient-dense vegetable bring... Read More

How to add high-quality protein to your diet
(BPT) - Recent diet trends encourage balancing food sources for optimal health. If you're following the Mediterranean, keto or paleo diets, you're probably aware that lean meats like beef play a vital role as part of an overall healthy eating plan, balanced with plant-based foods like vegetables an... Read More

A New Breakthrough in Underarm Skin Health A Decade In the Making [Video]
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Yogurt Makes It Easy to Get the Power of Dairy [Infographic]
(BPT) - Dairy foods provide essential nutrients to help keep our bodies healthy, yet 90% of Americans fall into 'The Dairy Gap,' failing to meet the recommended 3 cups per day for most people. Coincidentally, Americans also fall short on nutrients found in dairy: calcium, vitamin D and potassium. O... Read More

Creating a naturally healthy home
(BPT) - The pandemic has changed the way many of us think and feel about home. More than ever, it has become a place of refuge, safety and comfort in an uncertain world. The need for our dwellings to be sources of both physical and emotional well-being has never been stronger. Architects and design... Read More

3 fresh trends to inspire your 2021 garden
(BPT) - Home gardening offers plentiful benefits that support mental and physical health, and many people have decided to begin or expand their gardens during the pandemic. Whether you're a new gardener looking to learn or a seasoned green thumb who has been growing plants for years, you want inspi... Read More

When antidepressants aren’t enough, add-on therapies may make a difference for those with depression
(BPT) - This article is sponsored by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. and Lundbeck.In the United States, an estimated 17.3 million American adults suffer from major depressive disorder (MDD), or depression. Depression is a serious mental illness characterized by symptoms that last at least two w... Read More

5 simple tips to keep heartburn at bay
(BPT) - Heartburn can come on unexpectedly. That uncomfortable burning sensation in the center of your chest can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.Fortunately, there are a few easy things you can do to keep heartburn at bay. Try these simple steps to help reduce heartburn occurrence a... Read More

Nutrition key to dog’s success breaking competitive world records
(BPT) - In 2017, a two-year old whippet named Sounders was introduced to the world of competitive canine diving. Just two years later, he was breaking world records and even captured the Guinness World Record for farthest jump by a dog (dock jumping).In 2019, Sounders broke two records in Diving Do... Read More

In the grip of a toothache? Seek out this pro to save your smile
(BPT) - A stabbing toothache is a special kind of pain. It keeps you awake, inspires dread for your next meal and makes it darn near impossible to think about anything else. The mouth is a sensitive area, and those pain receptors are on high alert when it comes to infection and other maladies.If yo... Read More

Lessons in Love from Military Couples: Tips to Strengthen Any Relationship
(BPT) - From the stress of deployments to frequent moves, military couples face a number of unique challenges. But in working through those distinctive experiences come universal lessons in love. Cohen Veterans Network, a national not-for-profit network of mental health clinics for post-9/11 vetera... Read More

Your COVID-19 Vaccination Questions, Answered
(BPT) - With COVID-19 vaccination underway in the United States, many Americans are preparing to get the vaccine to protect themselves and help slow the spread of COVID-19. If you're able to get the vaccine, you probably have a lot of questions. Knowing what to expect and how to properly prepare fo... Read More

Genetic testing advances give hope to people with rare diseases
(BPT) - Rare diseases have long been difficult for doctors to diagnose and treat. Symptoms can be vague or confusing and the diseases are often not widely known. People living with rare diseases called primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs), including neutropenia, face challenges with diagnosis and trea... Read More

7 Tips for Making 2021 Your Best Year from Alani Nu and The Vitamin Shoppe
(BPT) - It's a new year and many of us are working to keep up our 2021 resolutions around better personal health and wellness. Throughout the past year, people have learned that making health a priority is more important than ever. In 2021, it's the perfect time to set attainable health goals and m... Read More

Making strides in GVHD patient care: The power behind a winning idea
(BPT) - For individuals living with blood cancer, stem cell transplantation can offer a potential cure. Over the last decade, survival rates for patients who receive such transplants have been improving. However, for a small group of these patients, an allogenic stem cell transplantation may result... Read More

How Personal Determinants of Health can help improve your well-being
(BPT) - Everyone faces adversity at one point or another that may affect happiness and overall well-being. And adversity has not been in short supply during the COVID-19 pandemic. In many cases, you are given opportunities to adapt or grow from these experiences, in order to come out stronger on th... Read More

Four tips on how to manage psoriasis during uncertain times
(BPT) - Sponsored by Eli Lilly and CompanyThe past year has been challenging for nearly everyone. Many are suffering from stressors related to health care, the economy and the political climate. Not to mention, a global health crisis is changing the way most of us live, work and interact with other... Read More

Heart to Heart: How Staying Connected Helps Your Cardiac Health
(BPT) - This February, heart health and cardiac care will receive special attention during American Heart Month, but it will look different than in years past. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, technology like apps and remote monitoring helped patients stay connected to their physicians no matt... Read More

3 top strategies to keep bones strong
(BPT) - Healthy bodies need healthy bones. Bones support our weight, protect our internal organs and provide a platform for our muscles to work. Unfortunately, we don't always treat our bones right. There are many common behaviors or attributes that weaken the skeletal structure, including:SmokingD... Read More

Protein is essential to your well-being
(BPT) - Protein is essential to well-being. The very origin of the word protein first appeared in scientific literature in 1838, derived from the Greek word 'protos' - meaning 'first rank or position,' in recognition of how important protein is to life. Every cell in the human body contains protein... Read More

3 Things to Know About Coronary Microvascular Dysfunction (CMD): A Heart Condition You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
(BPT) - In a time when health concerns are top of mind, it's critical to be aware of underlying issues that may be impacting your overall health and quality of life. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the ... Read More

Advocating at the doctor’s office – how to find treatment for psoriatic arthritis
(BPT) - Sponsored by Eli Lilly and CompanyManaging symptoms from an autoimmune disease is difficult. One condition in particular, psoriatic arthritis, is especially challenging. A progressive form of inflammatory arthritis, it can cause swelling, stiffness and pain in and around the joints and can ... Read More

At the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, physician anesthesiologists are saving lives
(BPT) - When COVID-19 reached the U.S. a year ago, physician anesthesiologists rose to the challenge, providing critical frontline care to seriously ill patients, while at the same time developing guidelines for safe care based on ever-evolving knowledge about the deadly virus. Now, as vaccine dist... Read More

Prunes and Prune Juice: Learn more about this superfood [Infographic]
(BPT) - Discover how prunes and prune juice can help regulate digestion, improve bone health and add fiber to the diet. Check out the benefits of this superfood for bone health, heart health, digestive health and weight control.... Read More

4 simple tips to feel your best in the new year
(BPT) - As we kick off the new year, many people are experiencing high levels of stress due to ongoing uncertainty and countless new demands. While you may think you don't have time for wellness and self-care, experts say it only takes a few minutes a day and the benefits are plentiful.Check out th... Read More

Piecing together your emotional wellness routine in 2021
(BPT) - 2020 was a tough year for everyone, so it's more important than ever to develop positive physical, mental and emotional wellness routines as you tackle a new year and new challenges. As Americans continue to spend an increased amount of time in front of screens, these new routines can help ... Read More

Caring for a Loved One During the Covid-19 Pandemic
(BPT) - Sponsored by AlkermesIn the midst of a global pandemic, Ashley and Kim, a Texas-based mother-daughter duo working together to treat Kim's schizophrenia, have seen one surprising emotion rise to the surface: pride.'She's had some down days, but honestly I'm really proud of her. She's handlin... Read More

The Tipping Point: A Journey With a Rare Disease
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5 ways to create a healthy indoor environment this season
(BPT) - Americans spend roughly 90% of their time indoors where the air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Homes contain a number of unwanted particles such as dust, dander and mold. While invisible to the naked eye, indoor air can also contain viruses and bacteria, which can l... Read More

Girls in Sports: Laurie Hernandez’s Tips on Why It’s Important to Keep Her Playing
(BPT) - Did you know millions of girls are stepping off the field and leaving sports during puberty? Participating in sports helps girls develop the confidence and skills they need to do whatever they are passionate about.Supporting female athletes at the age of puberty is essential because this is... Read More

Filled, sealed, delivered: The future of beverage safety
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Expert tips for maintaining your pet's healthy weight
(BPT) - While many loving pet owners are unaware their pet may not be at their healthiest weight, the fact is that more than half of cats and dogs in the U.S. are indeed overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Overweight pets tend to be less active, experience ... Read More

Easy ways to improve your home environment
(BPT) - While spending more time working, studying and playing at home, you may be more conscious than ever of your living environment. You're probably more aware than ever of the importance of cleanliness in your home, to keep your family healthy and comfortable.So to make sure your home provides ... Read More

4 ways to support your immune health, according to an MD
(BPT) - Amid the new normal where health and the health of loved ones is top of mind for many Americans, prioritizing wellness activities on a daily basis can be key to feeling in control and maintaining immune health. Our immune system is a critical part of our overall health and well-being - it's... Read More

10 tips for choosing a primary care doctor
(BPT) - A primary care physician is more than just a doctor. Over time, he or she learns the nuances of your medical history, your reaction to medications, your health goals, your lifestyle, your treatment preferences and whether a caregiver is supporting you in managing your health.That intimate k... Read More

Navigating your health from home is just a call, click or doorbell away
(BPT) - You feel it again - that nagging back pain. Or maybe it's an earache that won't go away. With COVID-19 restrictions making many of us reluctant to leave the comforts of home, it's good to know there are other ways to see your health care provider and get your medical questions answered.Maki... Read More

When You Can’t Stomach Your Migraine Medication, Make Sure Your Migraine Toolkit Has You Covered
(BPT) - How do you prepare for a migraine that threatens to derail your day? Many health care professionals recommend assembling a migraine toolkit, one stocked with essentials for easing migraine symptoms on the go, such as bottled water, instant hot and cold packs, ear plugs and sunglasses. Most ... Read More

Experiencing Sleep Challenges? It Could Be Insomnia Disorder.
(BPT) - Many people have experienced the negative impact of a poor night's sleep, often referred to as 'waking up on the wrong side of the bed.' In fact, studies show that as many as 30% of adults worldwide have experienced insomnia symptoms and 10% of patients have insomnia disorder.[1] Insomnia i... Read More

Finding a solution to out-of-control chronic gout: Khash’s story
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I didn’t know I was at risk: What everyone 50-plus needs to know about shingles
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5 reasons ADHD goes unrecognized in girls
(BPT) - Difficulties with sitting still, paying attention or controlling impulsive behavior are some of the initial signs or symptoms of ADHD in children. These signs are often stereotyped as typical of behavior of young boys. It's reported that boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed than... Read More

Breathe easier by understanding these 5 common myths about sleep apnea
(BPT) - If you're not coping with the symptoms of sleep apnea yourself, you likely know someone who is.The condition caused by interrupted breathing during sleep has become rampant in the past couple of decades. In fact, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine estimates that 26% of adults between th... Read More

4 ways to refresh and reset this New Year's
(BPT) - Face it, the past year has been a tough one. Chances are, you're looking for ways to push a reset button as you usher in the New Year. Wouldn't it be great if you could completely refresh and recharge in 2021? Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can follow to give yourself the TLC ... Read More

Bend, don’t break: A guide to resiliency from military spouses
(BPT) - What do you do with uncertainty? Much less a year of it or more? The COVID-19 pandemic has presented us with challenges, hardships and instability of every kind - important events canceled, travel put on hold, businesses striving to stay open, kids and parents adjusting to virtual learning ... Read More

5 delicious things you didn’t know about ghee
(BPT) - If you've heard of ghee, you might know of its recent, growing popularity as part of many wellness habits this time of year. Or, perhaps from its roots in the Ayurvedic health approach, which originated over 3,000 years ago and is still in use today. But what is ghee? How do you use it, and... Read More

5 ways to focus on wellness – and enjoy your life
(BPT) - The beginning of a new year always inspires and encourages new attitudes and ideas for taking care of yourself. But too often, strategies recommended for being healthier are centered around sacrifice and not letting yourself enjoy what you normally love.Why not look for new ways to stay wel... Read More

Tips to help make the most of your health plan in 2021
(BPT) - Last year was a difficult year as the COVID-19 pandemic swept through our country, impacting families and communities nationwide. The health challenges of the pandemic also provided a crucial reminder about the importance of health care.For many Americans, new health plan benefits began in ... Read More

Youth vaping education course focuses on prevention and e-cigarette addiction with resources to quit
(BPT) - Amid the nation's ongoing youth vaping epidemic, health organizations are stepping in to help teens kick nicotine out of their lives. According to the latest CDC data, one in five high school students use e-cigarettes with nearly 40% of users doing so on a regular basis.Youth vaping prevent... Read More

Why adults should prioritize vaccines this winter
(BPT) - With COVID-19 cases on the rise and flu season underway, it is more important than ever to prioritize your health.Social distancing will become more difficult in the winter months. With everyone spending more time indoors, it's essential to take every precaution to help keep yourself and yo... Read More

6 top medicine safety reminders for your home
(BPT) - With families spending more time than ever working, playing and studying at home, it's a good time to review best safety practices when it comes to using and storing medicines. This is especially true during the cold and flu season - while the nation is also in the midst of the COVID-19 pan... Read More

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How to winter-proof your shower routine
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Top dermatologist shares fives steps to taking back control of your skin this winter
(BPT) - Our skin, like most of us, has been through a lot this past year and unfortunately the frenzy of skin concerns is not over yet. During the winter months, cold temperatures, dropping moisture levels and other harsh elements can strip skin of its natural moisture, leaving it feeling dry, itch... Read More

New Option for Certain Patients with Resectable Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
(BPT) - In 2018, Jenn Carroll, a human resources director from Connecticut, visited her doctor for what she thought was a routine exam. Although Jenn, a former smoker, was asymptomatic at the time of her allergist appointment, her doctor ordered a chest X-ray after Jenn asked about her allergy test... Read More

Review Your Insurance Options at AARP Converge powered by Softheon
(BPT) - It is important to assess your current health insurance coverage and review new insurance options to ensure that you have the coverage that fits your individual needs. However, there are myriad options and fragmented information in many places, not to mention that plan offerings can change ... Read More

Easy tips for cooking your favorite fish and shellfish at home every time
(BPT) - Crab legs for a birthday. Scallops for an anniversary. Salmon for when family are in town. Many people enjoy eating seafood at restaurants as it is a favorite choice for celebratory meals. However, when it comes to cooking seafood at home, it can be intimidating. Seafood - fish and shellfis... Read More

5 quick tips for prioritizing health and wellness
(BPT) - Making it through a day, month and especially the busiest time of year, deserves a pat on the back these days. The new year brings a time to reset and look at new ways to put your wellness - and your family's - front and center. Now, when focusing on your health and wellness is more importa... Read More

Cozy calorie-conscious dishes and cooking tips for celebrations
(BPT) - Many celebrations are now held virtually, but sharing your favorite recipes and making them together can be a great way to feel close together while miles apart. With a few simple steps and recipe updates, you'll be able to share new delicious and low-cal dishes with loved ones without havi... Read More

Start the New Year with a new food-itude
(BPT) - 2021 will be a fresh start for us all. And to kick the year off right, many families will be committing themselves to eating better. So why not set yourself up for success by making a few small changes that will help make your big resolution more attainable?Here are a few simple ideas and e... Read More

Feeling a cold coming on? Do these 3 things right now
(BPT) - Colds can make you feel run down and miserable. The last thing you want is the coughs, the sneezes and a run-down, foggy head feeling to hang on for weeks on end.So, that begs the question: What can you do to get through this bug as quickly as possible?'Unfortunately, there is currently no ... Read More

Medical innovations poised to transform healthcare in 2021
(BPT) - Experts in healthcare are continuously striving to develop new innovations that can improve and save lives. Even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists, physicians, and researchers continued to advance medical knowledge, enhance screening and diagnostic tools, and improve disease manageme... Read More

Without hesitation: Joel navigates the long road of aTTP
(BPT) - Joel made his living driving a semi-truck cross country. He loved the scenic beauty and the feel of 18 wheels of rubber as he traveled across the United States. Unfortunately, after four life-threatening medical emergencies while he was on the road, Joel knew his career as a truck driver ha... Read More

Study: Social isolation among seniors is widespread, but these resources can help
(BPT) - Because of the pandemic, we've all experienced social isolation - the loss of close contact with family and friends. We're feeling that isolation even more acutely during the winter season, when we typically get together with those we love.For older adults who have had to take extra isolati... Read More

How to change the way you approach health and wellness in 2021
(BPT) - It's been a challenging year for many in the U.S. and around the world. But despite the uncertainty and unpredictability it brought, many have already adjusted their wellness regimen this year and are planning to prioritize this as a continued focus in 2021.A recent survey sponsored by OPTA... Read More

Need Insurance After Job Loss?
(BPT) - Uncertainty is a fact of life and for millions of Americans that includes losing their job at one point or another. It's a particularly stressful time because many find themselves without their primary source of health insurance when they lose their job. But job loss doesn't mean you can't ... Read More

Movie villain to real-life hero: AI poised to become humankind’s most powerful tool
(BPT) - The race for a COVID-19 vaccine may have a surprising beneficiary.Artificial intelligence, the sometimes maligned and misunderstood villainous technology behind Hollywood blockbusters from '2001: A Space Odyssey' to 'The Terminator' could emerge as a hero of epic proportions. Successfully t... Read More

"Queer Eye" star Karamo's Five Tips in Spreading Joy and Cheer
(BPT) - This year's holidays have already been and continue to be dramatically different, and no one is expecting anything to change come the start of 2021.But that doesn't mean we can't carve out ways to care for our loved ones, spread cheer and support other people in our communities now and in t... Read More

The perfect shot: The story of a boy and his photography
(BPT) - In a year like 2020, dreams can still come true, even for those with a critical illness. Just ask Colton, a young boy from South Carolina. After he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, Colton found he loved taking pictures with his smartphone. He's been at the beach every day, taking photos of... Read More

How to gift happiness in 2021
(BPT) - There are no two ways about it: 2020 was a lot to take in. We forged ahead and made amazing things happen in the face of enormous uncertainty, but it wasn't an easy task. In 2021, everyone's looking to grow their happiness and share it with others. It's only natural, and fortunately researc... Read More

The pet effect: Facts about the incredible human-animal bond
(BPT) - Do you ever notice how fulfilled you feel when you spend time with your pet? How your pet can inspire joy while also somehow helping you feel less stressed? Or maybe you are thinking of getting a pet hoping for companionship, affection and love? These and many more positives are the result ... Read More

5 tips to stress less during the holidays
(BPT) - It's the most wonderful time of the year - but for many, the holidays bring stress over never-ending to-do lists. This year is bound to bring even more anxiety about how to get all of your holiday shopping done; not to mention the other obligations you have, from work to family, and beyond.... Read More

5 tips to handle hangover nausea
(BPT) - Party a little too hearty last night? Chances are, you may have woken up with some of the classic symptoms of a hangover: headache, sensitivity to light and noise, fatigue, thirst, irritability and worst of all - nausea.Hangovers can make it pretty difficult to function the next day. Accord... Read More

How pharmacogenetic (PGx) testing is revolutionizing mental health treatment
(BPT) - If you or a family member have sought care from a mental health professional, or are considering seeking help for depression, anxiety, ADHD or other conditions, you want the best treatment available. Multiple treatment options now exist for many of these conditions, ranging from medications... Read More

Breathe easy: What you need to know before buying an air purifier
(BPT) - More people than ever before are considering room air filters and purifiers to protect themselves against COVID-19 indoors. But do these devices really make a difference?Air purifiers and filters can help reduce airborne contaminants, including viruses, in a home, office or other confined s... Read More

How You Can Help To Give Happiness This Year [Video]
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Burglars don’t take off for the holidays: 5 tips to prevent home break-ins
(BPT) - While consumers have been in their homes more in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, USAA wants consumers to be aware of the potential increase in thefts during the holiday season.Top 10 states for USAA personal property theft claims in 20201. California2. Texas3. Washington4. Colora... Read More

When Recurring Respiratory Symptoms Could be the Sign of a Chronic Lung Condition
(BPT) - Living with a chronic lung condition can be challenging. The first step toward improving your lung health is understanding what kind of lung condition you have and what you can do to manage your condition in close partnership with your doctor.One such condition, Mycobacterium avium complex ... Read More

Living with diabetes: tips to prepare for low blood sugar this winter
(BPT) - The winter season brings a change in routines for everyone - more time indoors, shifts in temperature, the temptation of hearty comfort foods and sweet treats, and more than ever, staying healthy amidst a challenging cold and flu season. For people living with diabetes, changes and unpredic... Read More

Resolve to achieve healthy sleep in 2021
(BPT) - According to a recent survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), 85% of U.S. adults do not get the recommended seven hours or more of sleep every night. After a challenging and stressful year, the New Year provides Americans with the opportunity to refocus on the importance ... Read More

Having trouble hearing? 5 tips to still stay connected during the holidays
(BPT) - This holiday season may look very different from years past - more family get-togethers on video rather than in-person - but one thing remains true: these times can be stressful and difficult for those managing hearing loss, which impacts 48 million Americans, according to the U.S. Centers ... Read More

The Evolution of Precision Oncology [Infographic]
(BPT) - The role of scientific innovation and genomic cancer testing in guiding the treatment journey: Over the last sixty years, advancements in scientific research have driven an evolution in our perception of cancer and how it is treated. There has been a shift from a 'one-size-fits-all' approac... Read More

How one patient found help after life-changing brain cancer diagnosis
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Generic Medicine Savings: How Does Your State Stack Up?
(BPT) - It's a fact: If you take safe, effective, FDA-approved generic prescription medicines, you are saving money. The average copay for a generic medicine is nearly $50 lower than the copay for a brand-name drug. More than 9 out of 10 generic prescriptions are filled for $20 or less.The Associat... Read More

Multiple Myeloma: Maintaining Hope While Navigating a Chronic Blood Cancer
(BPT) - Tiffany Williams went to the doctor to see if something could be done about her severe back pain, but the root cause was something she wasn't planning on. She learned she had multiple myeloma. As the doctor explained this rare form of blood cancer and how it would impact her life, her brain... Read More

5 Smart Solutions to Simplify Your Last-Minute Holiday Shopping
(BPT) - The holiday season is in full-swing, and while it may look different this year, that doesn't necessarily mean less stress. Maybe you shopped early and still have a few things to check off your list, or maybe you haven't even started tackling your to-dos. If you're rushing to decorate, shop ... Read More

Making the most of your 2020 holiday season
(BPT) - It's the most wonderful time of the year, and while your holiday celebrations may look a little bit different this year, we all deserve to tune out from a world that doesn't seem to stop spinning.People find different things that spark joy for them. For some, it means buying a luxury presen... Read More

Is your pandemic pet giving your eye allergies the blues?
(BPT) - The pandemic has caused pet adoptions and sales to soar because who doesn't want a cute, furry friend for extra snuggles during this time? What some might be noticing is that those snuggles from a cute pup or kitty come at a cost - itchy allergy eyes. If you are experiencing irritated, itch... Read More

Managing life with MS during the pandemic
(BPT) - Crystal is a wife, mother of four and a frontline healthcare worker who also happens to have multiple sclerosis (MS). Though she had experienced numbness, tingling and pain since she was a child, doctors initially downplayed her symptoms. It was not until 2003, while Crystal was in nursing ... Read More

Heart-related deaths increase at the holidays – what you need to know
(BPT) - Heart-related deaths peak in December and January, including spikes on Christmas and New Year's Day. Some people ignore the signs and symptoms of a cardiac event, such as a heart attack, or they dismiss their chest pain or other symptoms as stress-related, heartburn or a result of having to... Read More

Dialysis Nurse Travels to New York to Care for Patients in Fight Against COVID-19
(BPT) - The COVID-19 crisis has brought a lot of change to the world, including how people get groceries, interact with others, and for many, their typical daily routines. This is especially true for frontline health care workers like Luke Mayes. Mayes, a registered nurse, typically spends his days... Read More

Choose and use your OTC medicines safely [Infographic]
(BPT) - Staying healthy is important for everyone during the pandemic, which has put a strain on our healthcare system, especially emergency rooms and doctor's offices. Health often starts with the tools we have in our medicine cabinet to treat pain and other ailments. While Americans do their best... Read More

4 easy steps to launch your immunity routine
(BPT) - Life gets crazy busy. The key to powering through your to-do list is not only doing your best, but also being your best - physically and mentally. This season try taking a proactive approach to supporting a healthy immune system. With the help of this four-step routine, you'll feel great kn... Read More

How to stay active and connected while remaining safe during the pandemic
(BPT) - As 2021 approaches, the importance and urgency of physical and mental health are at an all-time-high due to COVID-19.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 'Regular physical activity helps you feel better, sleep better and reduces anxiety. It can also help with p... Read More

Do you have a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan?
(BPT) - If you're concerned about getting COVID-19, you have good cause.According to the latest COVID-19 Data Tracker from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. alone has already logged over 16.3 million cases and the overall weekly hospitalization rate is at its highest si... Read More

How a young woman became empowered to improve her rheumatoid arthritis care
(BPT) - At a young age, Randi learned the importance of self­-advocacy and honest conversations in the face of health struggles. Like most kids, she enjoyed sports and being active. When she was 10 years old, she started having pain in the joints of her knees, shoulders, and ankles. Doctors... Read More

3 steps to better eye health in 2021
(BPT) - January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, a great opportunity to spread the word about a disease that affects more than 3 million people in the United States. Since glaucoma often strikes without symptoms and can cause significant vision loss before a person notices changes in their eyesight, it... Read More

This new Alexa feature allows families to safely care for loved ones at a distance
(BPT) - This year, more Americans are providing ongoing caregiving, with many having started their role as caregiver since the COVID-19 outbreak or providing care specifically because of the pandemic. Caregivers are looking to strike that balance between ensuring their elderly friends and family ar... Read More

3 easy ways to spread (last-minute) Christmas cheer
(BPT) - The holidays have a habit of creeping up on us. For a while you're on top of the gift buying, decorating, baking, mailing things out … then suddenly you're not. It becomes a scramble to cross those last few items off the to-do list, and the stress can easily dampen a formerly fes... Read More

From Cancer to COVID-19, How One Company is Transforming Vaccine Technology
(BPT) - The race to create and distribute effective COVID-19 vaccines continues. Big pharmaceutical companies are producing promising vaccines and initial distribution is underway, however, this is not without numerous concerns or logistical hurdles. What you don't hear much about is the smaller bi... Read More

Navy Vet is Armed with a Wearable Device during Battle against Cancer
(BPT) - When Navy vet Terry O'Keefe first started to get sick, he was enjoying his retirement, touring the U.S. in an R.V. with his wife, Diane.At first, the couple thought that Terry just had allergies, but as Terry's condition became steadily worse as they drove from state to state, Diane became ... Read More

How to Design a Successful Home Office
(BPT) - Sponsored by Office DepotWith the increasing number of organizations allowing employees teleworking options and today's growing gig economy, proper home office setup ideas are becoming more relevant. People love the flexibility that working from home provides, saving time spent commuting, a... Read More

COVID-19: What is an Emergency Use Authorization?
(BPT) - Sponsored by Pfizer.According to the FDA, an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is a mechanism to facilitate the availability and use of medical countermeasures, including vaccines, during public health emergencies, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.1 An EUA allows the use of medical pro... Read More

Hope Springs Eternal: An Indiana Mother’s Journey to a Kidney Transplant.
(BPT) - Kindness spreads kindness. Unexpected kindness, while often surprising, has the potential to heal and change a life.The trajectory of 38-year-old Rebecca Barcenas' life has been forever changed by unexpected kindness. A mother of two girls, she was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease duri... Read More

Budgeting for pets: How to prepare for ongoing and unexpected expenses
(BPT) - Sixty-seven percent of U.S. households own a pet, or about 85 million families, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA). This number is poised to increase because many households have added pets during the pandemic, helping aid in the physical and emotional well-being of f... Read More

6 tips to lower your out-of-pocket medication costs in January
(BPT) - January is right around the corner. Whether or not you stay up to mark the new year, an expensive reality hits many Americans on Jan. 1: medical insurance deductibles reset to zero and out-of-pocket costs go up.Along with co-pays and coinsurance, those out-of-pocket costs can put essential ... Read More

How one company helps kids’ wishes come true
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Luxury for less: 5 tips for glowing skin this winter
(BPT) - Plummeting temperatures and whipping winds are here for much of the country, and no matter where you live, cooler and drier winter air can really wreak havoc on your skin. When humidity is lower and indoor heat is on full blast, your skin gets stripped of the moisture it needs, causing dryn... Read More

4 Reasons Why Adults Should Consider Incorporating Breast Milk into Their Diet
(BPT) - Colostrum is the first food breastfeeding mothers produce after giving birth. It serves as a comprehensive source of protective proteins, immune factors, prebiotics, growth factors and other essential nutrients, designed by nature to contain everything newborns need to thrive.Research indic... Read More

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