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Take precautions in the heat - lifesaving tips
(BPT) - From tornadoes and floods to hail and lightning storms, the United States experiences a broad array of extreme weather. Fatalities do occur, but many people are surprised to learn that the weather event that causes the greatest number of deaths is heat.According to the National Weather Serv... Click to read more


Looking for a new doctor? Start with a D.O.
(BPT) - Your yearly physical, a nagging injury that won't go away, a sick child: There are plenty of reasons to go to the doctor, but when you do, do you know what type of doctor you're seeing?The common answer most people offer is that they are going to see a medical doctor, an M.D., and in many c... Click to read more


Ask your doctor about these important topics on life-threatening allergies
(BPT) - The start of a new school year can be fraught with anxiety for children and parents alike. New school, new friends, new dynamics. And for children living with life-threatening allergies, that anxiety can be even more pointed as they - and their parents - consider and prepare for how to deal... Click to read more


Why aren't people talking about I-O? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Awareness of cancer research lags behind progress.SaveSave... Click to read more


4 surprising health benefits of cherries - this summer's superfruit
(BPT) - Have you ever said no to a cherry? Probably not. This summertime treat is simply delicious. And if you're looking for another reason to indulge, you'll be pleased to know that cherries are surprisingly good for you. Recent research indicates that this summer's superfruit offers a variety of... Click to read more


Managing the Unpredictability of Multiple Sclerosis in the Heat
(BPT) - Heat and humidity can make anyone feel uncomfortable, but for the 400,000 people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the United States, warmer weather can make life particularly difficult to manage.'When it's warm and sunny, that's when I want to spend the most time outdoors,' said Wendy... Click to read more


How not to look your age
(BPT) - Want to look a little younger but not quite ready for cosmetic surgery? Who doesn't.There are more facial rejuvenation treatments to choose from today than ever before. Injectable fillers and neuromodulators like BOTOX can help soften wrinkles, peels can improve skin tone and reduce pigment... Click to read more


Easy ways to lighten up your cookout
(BPT) - The mouthwatering taste of grilled foods, the indulgence of rich desserts and the joy of entertaining with family and friends - a cookout is always a crowd-pleaser, no matter the time of year.The food and fun make for a memorable time, but sometimes all those savory sauces, scrumptious sala... Click to read more


Your summer and BPA [Infographic]
(BPT) - Whether summer means days spent at the beach or pool, overnight camping trips, back-to-back sporting events or afternoons biking around the neighborhood, one thing that helps to make our summers both fun and safe is bisphenol-A (BPA).BPA is one of the most widely studied chemicals in use to... Click to read more


Breathe easier this summer: An expert shares advice on how to manage asthma during the hotter months
(BPT) - Summer is here, and while many spend their summer vacation outdoors swimming, playing sports and enjoying the sunshine, for those who have asthma, it can be a worrisome season.While springtime is often the time people think about asthma triggers, summer weather can also cause issues for peo... Click to read more


This simple test can set you on the road to a lifetime of better health
(BPT) - Here's a sobering statistic for you: 20 percent of all deaths in the United States can be attributed to poor lifestyle factors and behavioral choices. It's difficult to swallow, but fortunately new research also finds that those who take the time to establish a simple screening routine impr... Click to read more


Beat the heat: Tips to stay healthy and hydrated
(BPT) - Americans love summertime and with good reason. It is the best time for outdoor fun and travel with family. Many people enjoy outdoor activities such as bicycling, kayaking and hiking, and kids are more active with sports.One thing to keep in mind when out and about in the summer heat is to... Click to read more


Allergens and indoor air quality: 4 steps to a healthier home
(BPT) - When at home, you're probably relaxing, playing with the kids or tackling chores. What you aren't likely doing is thinking about the air you're breathing. Unfortunately, the reality is poor indoor air quality in residential spaces is a major problem.The United States Consumer Product Safety... Click to read more


7 ways to get healthier this summer
(BPT) - Who came up with the idea of setting lofty health goals after the holidays? Try summer instead. With the season's fresh veggies and fabulous weather that inspires you to actually get out and get moving, there's no better time to build new habits toward a healthier you. Try these research-ba... Click to read more


Research shows California Raisins positively impact diabetic nutrition
(BPT) - Research highlighted at the American Diabetes Association's 77th Scientific Sessions suggests California Raisins - an all-natural, dried-by-the-sun, no-sugar-added fruit - can positively affect glucose levels and systolic blood pressure among people with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).'Rai... Click to read more


A happy pet is a hydrated pet
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Shining a light on sarcoma
(BPT) - After a summer of healthy eating and exercise, Janice Nicewanner was on the road to better health when she noticed a small lump in her lower left abdomen. She assumed it was scar tissue from a past surgery, but decided to see her doctor six months later after it had grown to the size of a b... Click to read more


Shining a light on sarcoma [Infographic]
(BPT) - Sarcoma is among the most rare and complex types of cancer, comprising approximately 1 percent of adult cancers diagnosed. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of this rare cancer and when to see your doctor.... Click to read more


Five Reasons to Sleep More [Video]
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Pancreatic cancer: Know your family, know your risk
(BPT) - Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly cancers, with a mere 29 percent one-year survival rate. In 2016, pancreatic cancer became the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States, surpassing breast cancer.The time frame between diagnosis and death is often short. Only 7 perc... Click to read more


Real sleep: Uncovering the truth behind sleeplessness in America [Infographic]
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5 eye health tips that are easy to visualize
(BPT) - Writer Leigh Hunt once said, 'The groundwork of all happiness is good health.' It's a mantra you heed because nothing is more important than your health. That's why you watch what you eat, you exercise at least three times a week and you avoid tobacco or excessive alcohol use. You're workin... Click to read more


Traveling with confidence while on dialysis
(BPT) - If you'd like to join your grandkids as they experience a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, hope to make this year's family reunion or need to travel for work, there's no reason you can't - even if you're on dialysis, a life-sustaining treatment that cleans the blood of toxins in those people wh... Click to read more


Harnessing nitric oxide in a new way to combat superbugs
(BPT) - They are called superbugs. As their name implies, they are difficult to treat - and deadly. Earlier this year, in fact, a Nevada woman was hospitalized following a trip to India and later died from a rare bacterial infection that didn't respond to the 26 antibiotics approved for infectious ... Click to read more


8 fast tips to fight fall allergies before they begin
(BPT) - You made it through a tough spring allergy season and are enjoying every moment of the summer. But just when you think your allergies are under control, a new problem is brewing. In the blink of an (itchy) eye, fall allergy season will be here.You may be thinking, "It's still summer. Why wo... Click to read more


5 things keeping you awake (and what you can do about it)
(BPT) - Having trouble falling asleep is the worst, right? You toss and turn, you glance at the clock - again - calculating how much sleep you could get if only you would drift off this very moment. And of course, you don't, which only makes you feel more anxious, which just makes you feel more awa... Click to read more


Advanced hearing technology offers ideal features for the summer season
(BPT) - Summer is the season of hot weather, outdoor activities, vacations and other conditions that in the past posed a threat to people who wear hearing aids. Extreme humidity, sweat, rain and the occasional splash were threatening to the devices' tiny electronic components. Carrying extra batter... Click to read more


How much juice should kids drink? What you need to know about juice and serving size
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3 pressing reasons to talk hearing health at your next physical exam
(BPT) - When was the last time you and your doctor talked about your hearing?The fact is, only about 3 in 10 adults who had a physical exam in the last year say it included a hearing screening, according to research conducted by the Better Hearing Institute (BHI). That's a shame, because research s... Click to read more


Understanding the link between salt and health
(BPT) - The news lately is full of articles about salt and health. Everyone seems to be getting either too much salt or not enough. So which is it? Part of the problem is with how we study the connection. Fortunately, researchers on both sides of the issue are starting to agree on how best to proce... Click to read more


Understanding Scoliosis [Infographic]
(BPT) - Whether you or someone you know has scoliosis, or you're just starting to learn more about the condition, you'll find helpful information and resources in this infographic.SaveSaveSave... Click to read more


Elevate your sleep [Infographic]
(BPT) - New survey reveals Americans do much more in bed than just sleep.SaveSave... Click to read more


Health and Wellness Benefits of Volunteering
(BPT) - In the business world, we hear a lot about the bottom line and quarterly reports. For those in the nonprofit sector, it's often a matter of reaching fundraising goals and achieving their mission statement. No matter what kind of organization you work for, there are big-picture goals, but of... Click to read more


Top 5 ways to battle belly bloat
(BPT) - Warmer weather brings sunny days, fresh breezes and plenty of flora and fauna to explore. But there's another aspect to warm weather that some people dread: swimsuit season.Three out of four women (77 percent) have felt self-conscious while wearing a swimsuit due to body issues, according t... Click to read more


What's your nutrition game plan? [video]
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Hey guys. Is your good health a perception or reality?
(BPT) - When it comes to health, perception is not always reality. This is especially true when considering how men care for themselves when faced with a health condition. In fact, while most men would say they are more focused on their health than they have been in the past, physicians report a di... Click to read more


'BPA-Free' meets 'fake news'
(BPT) - Thanks to years of attention to bisphenol A (BPA), used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, there is now quite a bit of attention to various alternatives described generically as 'BPA-Free." Many manufacturers proudly apply a BPA-Free label to their products, even to p... Click to read more


Solving the nation's water problems before the tap runs dry
(BPT) - Cooking dinner, washing dishes, showering and flushing toilets - these are daily activities for most Americans. If you did any of these in the last 24 hours, you've contributed to the roughly 355 billion gallons of water that are used each day in this country.Water is our most basic, physic... Click to read more


Taking Opioids for Pain? Speak up. Ask the Hard Questions.
(BPT) - Opioids often are the go-to pain killer for everything from back aches and injuries to post-surgical pain, as evidenced by the more than 300 million prescriptions written each year. While they can help with moderate to severe short-term pain, opioids are not without risk. Because they have ... Click to read more


5 healthier, dad-friendly snack ideas
(BPT) - He may always ensure his kids have access to fresh fruits, lean protein and plenty of water, but Dad's personal snacking habits might not be so healthy. If so, he's not alone; chips are the snack food of choice for 63 percent of Americans, and 91 percent of us snack daily, according to a Ni... Click to read more


How Much Do Parents Really Know about Their Baby's Risk for Invasive Pneumococcal Disease? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Pfizer Inc. and Parents magazine partnered to conduct a national survey of more than 2,000 new and expectant parents assessing their knowledge of childhood infectious diseases, such as measles, whooping cough and invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD), and the measures parents can take to help... Click to read more


Survey: Cataracts impact lifestyle; surgery brings emotional benefits
(BPT) - You may know that cataracts can interfere with your ability to see clearly, but might be unaware of their impact on your emotions. Alcon, the global leader in eye care, conducted a survey of about 1,300 people age 60 and older who have undergone cataract surgery and found that almost 60 per... Click to read more


Calling all blood donors: Roll up a sleeve and give where you live
(BPT) - Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. In fact, approximately 36,000 blood donations are needed each day nationwide. However, during the summer months, it is typically more difficult for blood donations to keep pace with demand, and this can result in summer shortages. To help ... Click to read more


Dad bod: The new shape of sexy
(BPT) - According to a recent Planet Fitness survey, women overwhelmingly prefer a man with a dad bod.... Click to read more


5 reasons summer is salad season
(BPT) - Summer is the perfect time to turn over a new you. With the arrival of warm weather, a relaxed schedule and summer vacations, this is the moment to invest in a new wardrobe and, of course, a new, healthier menu. When you think of summer cuisine, light and flavorful is the order of the day, ... Click to read more


5 surprising facts about dairy you should know
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Tips for managing prostate cancer
(BPT) - Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men other than skin cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that 1 in 7 men will have prostate cancer detected during their lifetime. The disease can strike any man at any time; men who are over the age of 60, have a family history... Click to read more


Taking the Mystery Out of Cancer Clinical Trials
(BPT) - In 2012, Donna Fernandez was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer-a disease that claims the lives of more than 150,000 men and women in the United States each year. She went through multiple rounds of various medicines, but her disease progressed. Her doctor offered her a choice: start a new ... Click to read more


Tips to help families cope with Alzheimer's, mitigate tensions and relieve stress
(BPT) - Receiving an Alzheimer's diagnosis is never easy - it's life changing, not only for the person receiving the diagnosis but for their family members as well. The disease can exact a devastating toll on family relationships unless everyone pitches in to support caregivers and take steps to se... Click to read more


What is low VOC and why does it matter? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Volatile organic compounds are gases emitted from certain solid or liquid materials. High VOC emissions from consumer and commercial products are significant contributing factors in the creation of air pollution in urban areas and can be harmful to health in large quantities. Discover more ... Click to read more


Tips to help save money on prescription drug costs
(BPT) - Modern medications can work wonders, improving quality of life, curing illness and even saving lives. However, those miracles can come at a high cost, as anyone who's had to pay for branded prescription medication knows. In fact, spending on prescription drugs has increased 73 percent in th... Click to read more


Tips for managing summer stress
(BPT) - Each summer we look forward to the sunny weather, schools closing and the vacations. However, managing your or your family's play, travel and work schedules can be stressful.According to United Health Foundation's 2016 America's Health Rankings, the average number of days per month adults u... Click to read more


How One Company Used Virtual Reality to Educate Doctors about Adults with ADHD
(BPT) - Have you ever struggled to explain what you were feeling to your doctor or healthcare professional? If so, you may have wondered if there was a way to help your doctor see the world through your eyes. Virtual reality technology is one way companies are working to help bridge the gap between... Click to read more


Gout: It takes 2 [Infographic]
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Young adults seek opioid alternatives for pain relief after wisdom teeth extraction
(BPT) - Summer vacation is the time of year students of every age look forward to. Warm weather, no school or homework, and summer travels - there are plenty of reasons to enjoy the break from the classroom. However, it's not all fun and games, especially for college students. Summer break is also ... Click to read more


The impact of cost on diabetes management [Infographic]
(BPT) - People with diabetes are instructed to regularly test their sugar levels each day; however, a new report conducted by Wakefield Research, polling 500 U.S. adults with diabetes, revealed that affordability of supplies can affect how well people manage the condition. Luckily, new programs are... Click to read more


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


Breathe easier: 7 ways to improve your home's 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


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


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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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


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


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


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


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


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


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 health 'facts' that are actually myths
(BPT) - Get eight hours of sleep at night, eat your vegetables, and an apple a day keeps the doctor away - these are all common health sayings you've heard and probably believe to be true. While commonly told health myths may have some truth to them, there are some that don't hold up to further exa... Click to read more


5 tips to support your eye health
(BPT) - Health is a hot topic for many Americans these days, as evident by the named diets, wearable fitness trackers and apps for every possible health measurable. Yet as people show an increased focus on their weight, their cholesterol level or their muscle tone, they often forget that two of the... 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: 3 simple ways to get 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


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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