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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Biomarkers: Important Pieces of the Lung Cancer Puzzle [Infographic]
(BPT) - Thanks to ongoing research, scientists have new insights into lung cancer and how it can be treated. A major breakthrough was the discovery of biomarkers, which are substances that can be found in tumors. Biomarkers are an important piece of the lung cancer puzzle, and serve as signs that c... Click to read more


Transform your home into a retreat with these 5 tips from a luxury resort
(BPT) - There's a reason why they say your home is your castle. This is a place of rest and refuge so you can be returned to your best state.The next time you find yourself with a quiet evening or weekend in your abode, make self-care and pampering a priority. In fact, you can borrow a few pages fr... Click to read more


One Man's Journey to Chart His Course in Treating His Advanced Parkinson's Disease
(BPT) - Russ, who owns a small farm in Iowa, was in his 40’s when he was loading grain onto one of his trucks and noticed something strange. His right hand was “kind of sticking” to his side, as he describes it. This loss of movement control continued and Russ knew he needed to see a doctor.A neuro... Click to read more


Tips to make goodbyes better for both parent and child
(BPT) - As a parent, you’ve probably experienced the clinging, clutching and crying that often accompany a goodbye when your child returns to day care or preschool after a long holiday break. Separation can be difficult for both children and their parents. Remember, separation anxiety is perfectly ... Click to read more


How a Busy Mom Chose Her Contraception
(BPT) - Jasmine Clark, like many busy moms, describes her life as a “balancing act.” Whether she’s picking up her two children from school, teaching anatomy at her local college or practicing yoga, her full plate doesn’t leave room for the unexpected, especially when it comes to her birth control.W... Click to read more


3 sneaky tricks of heart disease
(BPT) - As Americans, our health is far from perfect, but over the decades, we've seen great improvements to medical care and lived longer lives. But new health data in a recent report might shake up our complacency: The federal government finds that life expectancy for Americans has dropped for th... Click to read more


Help prevent headache days in the new year
(BPT) - The start of a new year is a busy time for everyone. Between celebrating with friends and family, jumping back in at the office after time off for the holidays, and getting a start on those New Year’s resolutions, Americans are busy and raring to go. But people with Chronic Migraine are lef... Click to read more


A Lesser Known Neurologic Condition Related to Stroke: What to Know
(BPT) - Every year, more than 795,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke, the leading cause of serious long-term disability.1 The risk for stroke increases with age1; people over the age of 65 account for nearly three-quarters of all strokes that occur, with the risk of having a stroke more than doub... Click to read more


A lesser-known neurologic condition that can follow stroke [Infographic]
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Quick tips for making caregiving easier on the mind, body and soul
(BPT) - An estimated 43.5 million Americans age 18 and older act as caregivers for aging adults who live in their homes or communities. While acting as a caregiver can be a meaningful way to provide for a loved one, it can also be challenging. Studies show caregiving can put caregivers at risk for ... Click to read more


Taking aspirin after a heart attack or stroke? 5 things you should know
(BPT) - Each year approximately 200,000 people have a recurrent heart attack and 161,000 have recurrent strokes caused by blood clots, according to statistics from the American Heart Association.If you’ve lived through a heart attack or stroke, you’re probably motivated to do everything you can to ... Click to read more


Unique dialysis device with telehealth capabilities connects home therapy patient to doctor 250 miles away
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Tips for Handling Holiday Health
(BPT) - The holidays are approaching, which means spending more time with family and friends–creating memories to last throughout the New Year. It is also when celebratory parties and get-togethers can challenge what may otherwise be healthy eating habits. Food and festivities often go hand-in-hand... Click to read more


Regaining Confidence and Intimacy After Childbirth
(BPT) - There’s no doubt that a woman’s life changes after having a baby, ushering a flood of emotions and deep love for her newborn. However, for some women, life after childbirth can also bring about difficult emotions, like increased insecurity around appearance and intimacy.Although the majorit... Click to read more


How To Help Protect Babies This Holiday Season From RSV, A Common & Contagious Virus
(BPT) - With the holidays approaching, we prepare for celebrations and gatherings with our family and friends. What many people may forget, however, is that this time of year also brings cold/flu season and the spread of germs. It’s especially important for parents and caregivers to keep this top o... Click to read more


Know the facts about RSV [Infographic]
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5 smart steps to preserving brain health
(BPT) - Everyone knows aerobic exercise gets the heart pumping and lifting weights keeps muscles strong. But when it comes to keeping the brain healthy, most people are unsure what to do.As you age, brain health and maintaining memory functions becomes a top concern. Turns out, these issues may beg... Click to read more


Thankful for every moment while living with lung cancer
(BPT) - As a busy mother of two sons, Ivy Elkins shrugged off her sore neck and elbow pain for months. She thought it was probably from the extra hours spent planning a bar mitzvah for her oldest son. After all, a middle-aged woman who never smoked doesn’t fit the typical profile of a lung cancer p... Click to read more


Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome: Awareness Makes a Family's Struggle More Manageable
(BPT) - This post is brought to you by Eisai Inc.When Christina SanInocencio was just seven years old, she witnessed her three-year-old brother Michael have what would be his first of many seizures. It wasn’t until two years later that he received a diagnosis, Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS), one of ... Click to read more


RA around the clock: Tips to help maximize your energy throughout your day [Infographic]
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