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Sore knees? 3 reasons to participate in a clinical trial
(BPT) - Designed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new treatments, clinical trials are the only way medical advances can move knowledge and science forward. In regard to knee pain, clinical trials offer the newest and latest ideas on finding better ways to treat pain.People participate in... Click to read more


5 simple ways parents can make the world gentle for baby
(BPT) - The big day has finally arrived and your newborn is here. Your baby is as perfect as you imagined and you're filled with a love you never knew existed. Even before she or he arrived, you started making more careful choices and looked for gentle alternatives with natural-based ingredients fo... Click to read more


When that nagging cough is actually something more
(BPT) - Working mom Betsy had a fulfilling career and a loving family. The only thing standing in the way of her ability to fully enjoy her life was a persistent cough that just wouldn't stop. Eventually, instead of doing the things she enjoyed, like spending time with her twin boys or going to din... Click to read more


Access to mental health care may be just a virtual visit away
(BPT) - Mental health disorders impact thousands of people every day, including many of our friends, neighbors and co-workers. Everyone reading this likely knows someone struggling with mental illness and is aware of the toll it can take on individuals, families and communities. Mental health chall... Click to read more


Staying Healthy While Traveling Overseas
(BPT) - Each year, travelers from the United States (U.S.) head to popular destinations. And while many have Zika on their mind while traveling, and are aware of the need to bring sunscreen, bug repellant and other travel necessities, many don't know that cholera may be a bigger threat than they th... Click to read more


The eyes have it: 4 things your eyes may communicate without you knowing it
(BPT) - Your eyes: you stare with them, wink with them and roll them. You use your eyes to communicate your thoughts and feelings every single day. Whether you're aware of it or not, your eyes can speak volumes about who you are and what you feel. But could your eyes be sending the wrong message?Ne... Click to read more


The eyes have it: 5 things you can do to reduce your child's exposure to harmful blue light
(BPT) - A generation ago, limiting a child's screen time meant putting restrictions on how much television they could watch in a single day. "No more than two hours a day and don't sit too close to the screen." Those were the rules, and while enforcing them was a challenge, it was easy to remember.... Click to read more


Simplifying baby nutrition: Expert advice for your infant's first foods
(BPT) - Your cooing, curious, incredibly cute baby is now 6 months old and you've got the go-ahead from your pediatrician to start solid foods. You both are excited to begin this new adventure, but when you head to the store you are suddenly confused by a sea of options.Which foods are safe for you... Click to read more


Unlock the secret to healthy aging by improving your health in three key areas
(BPT) - You're still just as active as you were in your thirties and forties, but as you continue to add those candles to your birthday cake each year, you can feel the effects of aging starting to take a toll on your body. As you age, your body needs a little extra care to maintain optimal health;... Click to read more


Wireless connectivity: What it is and why it matters
(BPT) - All electronics used to require wires to conduct sound until 1989, when Swedish conglomerate Ericsson Mobile created the short-link radio technology we now know as Bluetooth(R). Applications for this groundbreaking invention quickly expanded and Bluetooth became the standard wire replacemen... Click to read more


Clinical studies: Why you should get involved [Infographic]
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Ulcerative colitis: Know the facts and understand the dialogue [Infographic]
(BPT) - Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects hundreds of thousands of Americans. In addition to physical symptoms, UC can impact a person's work, family and social activities. And yet, a recent Pfizer-sponsored study of 68 UC patients and their gastroenterologists... Click to read more


The NFL concussion settlement gives former NFL players a chance for a better life
(BPT) - After years of waiting, the NFL concussion settlement affecting thousands of retired NFL players is now open for registration, which means former players, their family and their representatives can begin to take advantage of the benefits the settlement provides. To be eligible, all retired ... Click to read more


Water-minded facts and figures [Infographic]
(BPT) - The average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day. But how often do you think about what's in that water? Water makes a long journey to our faucets and becomes the centerpiece of so much of what we do in our homes - from our morning coffee cup to our baby's bottle. Luc... Click to read more


Help children avoid asthma attacks by improving home indoor air quality
(BPT) - More than 6 million American children - nearly 9 percent of all kids in the U.S. - have asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each year, asthma attacks send more than a million people to emergency rooms, including approximately 24,000 children younger than 15,... Click to read more


Home health services help maintain senior independence
(BPT) - Staying healthy and out of the hospital is a top priority for the majority of seniors. However, as you age, you may need additional care to meet your medical needs after an illness, injury or exacerbation of a chronic health problem. Fortunately, this doesn't necessarily mean a long hospita... Click to read more


Simple ways to add physical fitness to your daily routine
(BPT) - Being resourceful with your daily routine can deliver big payoffs when it comes to increasing your activity level. Incorporating physical fitness into your everyday activities can save you time and also burn calories, and it doesn't have to take much time or effort.'For many people, the big... Click to read more


3 cornerstones to a longer, healthier, happier life for your pet
(BPT) - Your pets are members of the family. They are the source of some of your best memories, they are your travel companions, your confidantes and your evening snuggle partners. You love them and you want them to live the longest, healthiest and happiest life possible.Like it is for you, achievi... Click to read more


Women's Health Week Tips and Exercises from Your Bladder Leakage Guru [Infographic]
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5 nutritionist tips to start eating and living healthier
(BPT) - When you need to fix your car, learn the latest tech or finish a major home improvement, what do you do? You turn to the experts, those with in-depth knowledge on how to accomplish these tasks in the most efficient and effective way. And when you're looking to improve your overall health by... Click to read more


7 OBGYN recommendations to maintain a strong pelvic floor [Infographic]
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4 things you can do to protect your drinking water
(BPT) - Water is something many of us tend to devote little time thinking about, not because it is unimportant but because we take our clean, safe drinking water for granted. That is, until something occurs that shifts our focus and shows us how potentially fragile our water infrastructure really i... Click to read more


Healthier kids, healthier communities: 4 ways to get involved
(BPT) - It's no secret that experiences in early and middle childhood are extremely important for a child's healthy development and lifelong learning. Yet schools - the places where kids spend the majority of their time outside of the home during the week - often lack the resources and support need... Click to read more


Hepatitis C: Why baby boomers should be tested immediately
(BPT) - If you were born between 1945 and 1965, you could be one of more than 3 million baby boomers living with hepatitis C in the U.S. and not even know it. Despite only making up 27 percent of the U.S. population, baby boomers account for more than 75 percent of hepatitis C cases in the U.S.What... Click to read more


Need care today? Here are 4 choices to try before the emergency room
(BPT) - A health concern rarely strikes when it's convenient for you, and in most cases it occurs at the worst possible time. When you need care and don't have time to schedule an appointment, what do you do?You head to the emergency room, of course. You wait in the long ER lines and pay the hefty ... Click to read more


6 surprising health benefits of strawberries
(BPT) - Eight strawberries, a single serving, delivers on a surprising checklist of benefits for anyone looking to live a healthier lifestyle. Strawberries are much more than a sweet and delicious treat - they are a versatile fruit that's great for your health. What better time than National Strawb... Click to read more


What is eosinophilic asthma? [Infographic]
(BPT) - In honor of World Asthma Day on May 2, 2017, Teva Respiratory is encouraging people who feel their symptoms are uncontrolled, despite standard of care, to speak with a healthcare professional to find out more information about a condition called eosinophilic asthma.SaveSaveSaveSave... Click to read more


5 facts about strokes that could save your life
Chances are you know someone who has had a stroke. An estimated 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite how common strokes are, there are a lot of widely believed misconceptions. Unfortunately, not knowing the... Click to read more


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


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


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


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


Take the next step: Tips to help you reach your diabetes management goals
(BPT) - Nearly 30 million people in the United States are living with diabetes, and 90-95 percent have type 2 diabetes. America's Diabetes Challenge, a program from Merck and the American Diabetes Association, urges those with type 2 diabetes to work with their doctor to set and reach their A1C goa... Click to read more


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


5 simple steps to be your best at any age
(BPT) - They say you're only as young as you feel, and if you're an older American, the ability to feel young a little while longer is always appealing. Having a youthful state of mind goes a long way toward accomplishing this goal, but you can't ignore the importance of solid physical health.To im... Click to read more


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Additives or gifts from nature?
(BPT) - Food labels are getting shorter. Why? Because the people have spoken: We want fewer, better ingredients in our foods. We asked, and the companies that make our food responded by replacing artificial colors and flavors with naturally derived ingredients.But even though these shorter 'clean' ... Click to read more


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


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


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


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


3 steps to feel youthful and healthy no matter your age
(BPT) - What will your life be like when you turn 100? A century ago that question would seem like a needless consideration, but today it's very real, as the percentage of people living to 100 has grown almost 66 percent in the last 30 years, according to U.S. News and World Report.The MDVIP Health... Click to read more


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Maintaining healthy weight helps protect kidneys
(BPT) - There are countless reasons to maintain a healthy weight - and you can add protecting your kidneys to the list. If you have kidney disease or are at risk for it, maintaining a healthy weight is even more important.'Being overweight significantly increases your risk for developing high blood... Click to read more


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


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


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


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


Secondary hyperparathyroidism (HPT): What's beneath the surface of advanced chronic kidney disease [Infographic]
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Get extra nutrition with these 5 food swaps
(BPT) - Does it ever seem like a lot of healthy-eating advice is about 'less,' 'giving up' and 'taking away?' Reducing fat and sodium intake, avoiding high-calorie foods and trimming portion sizes are commonly heard pieces of advice when you're trying to lose weight or improve your diet. But health... Click to read more


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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