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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A lesser-known neurologic condition that can follow a traumatic brain injury [Infographic]
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High Tech Hope for Sinus Sufferers
(BPT) - Katherine Troise is one of the roughly 31 million people who suffers from sinusitis, an inflammation of the sinuses and nasal passages, which can become infected.1 It causes symptoms like facial pain and pressure, headaches, and fatigue, and the discomfort can interfere with daily life, the... Click to read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

Black Men at Greater Risk for Prostate Cancer: Take Time This Black History Month to Learn More About It
(BPT) - Prostate cancer. Most men know about it, but for black men, just knowing isn’t enough. While prostate cancer is prevalent among all men, it is especially prominent in black men. In fact, approximately 1 in 6 black men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.1 Age, race and ... Click to read more

My Life with Plaque Psoriasis and How I'm taking Control
(BPT) - Whitney was only 19 years old, home from college freshman year, when her mother noticed spots on her arms and elbows. As any parent would be, Whitney's mother was concerned and suggested her daughter see a dermatologist. That visit revealed her diagnosis of moderate-to-severe plaque psorias... Click to read more

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