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home : life : health October 3, 2015

Scrub the air inside your home and breathe easier with these tips
(BPT) - Home should be your refuge, the place where you feel safest and can breathe easy. But what if the air inside your home is stuffy, stale or just downright dirty? Poor indoor air quality is common in American households, and if your home has bad air, it could be affecting your health.Indoor p... More >>

For parents of children with diabetes, stress over disease management has steep emotional effects [Infographic]
(BPT) - Managing Type 1 diabetes is hard, and can be a major source of worry and stress for parents of children with diabetes. A new survey reveals that parents experienced tension headaches, anxiety attacks, lack of concentration at work and losing their temper from stress related to managing thei... More >>

Americans flunking fitness: Survey reveals lack of basic diet and exercise knowledge [Infographic]
(BPT) - Americans talk a good health and fitness game, but flunk when it comes to their actual knowledge. A new survey from Nautilus, Inc. found Americans are failing in basic fitness, health and nutrition smarts.In fact, respondents scored 42 percent overall. If this survey were a class test,... More >>

Back to school: A child's success starts with a good night's sleep
(BPT) - It’s hard to believe another school year is already here. After a fun summer of outdoor activities, vacations and plenty of late nights, it’s time to get your family back into a routine — specifically a regular bedtime routine. While sleep is important for adults, it&rsquo... More >>

Community campaign to promote sportsmanship could earn youth sports teams $2,500
(BPT) - As fall arrives and kids return to school, both parents and young athletes will also be preparing for a busy schedule of youth sports. At such a time, it’s worth revisiting a touching story from a youth hockey game last year that gained attention on social media. In this particular ga... More >>

5 tips to make Medicare Open Enrollment easier
(BPT) - Medicare Open Enrollment, which happens every year from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, marks an important time of year for people older than 65 to change their health plans and prescription drug coverage for the upcoming year. HealthCare Partners, the leading independent medical group in America w... More >>

5 simple time-tested tips for aging well
(BPT) - A health renaissance is taking place in America as more people are embracing aging well and being proactive rather than reactive about their well-being. Prevention has become the focus, and many aging Americans are turning to time-tested methods for keeping their bodies and minds healthy so... More >>

Going To Beautiful Lengths For Women With Cancer
(BPT) - Pantene Beautiful Lengths is launching the #8or8 Challenge on September 8th, which will encourage everyone to donate $8 or 8 inches of hair to help create wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments. Since 2006, the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program has been providing f... More >>

Health insurance hurdles? 4 times to ask for help
(BPT) - Millions of people each year find themselves in transition with their health care coverage. They may be leaving an employer and considering COBRA coverage, or may be nearing retirement and planning to enroll in Medicare. They may be able to use Medicaid for their children’s health car... More >>

Drink up! [Infographic]
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Simple expert tips for a stunning summer glow
(BPT) - Didn’t have a chance to get a sun-kissed look while on vacation this spring? No problem. It doesn’t take hours at the salon or lying in the sun to add radiance to your look. With a few expert hair and makeup tips, you’ll be summer-ready in a few simple steps.EcoTools Beaut... More >>

Live better, live longer with California ripe olives and the Mediterranean diet [Infographic]
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You could save a life by donating umbilical cord blood [Infographic]
(BPT) - Every three minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer. For many of these patients, a transplant using umbilical cord blood is a potential cure. Most patients in need of a cord blood transplant rely on donated cord blood units listed on the national Be The Match Registry. But many expec... More >>

Secrets of experienced moms to save time, money and stress
(BPT) - The first time around, being a mom means learning a lot of new things and approaching each new stage with caution. The second time around, moms know sometimes you need to wing it and embrace the imperfections (and humor) of parenthood.Through this experience, moms learn some amazing time-sa... More >>

Tips to keep everyone safe from heat-related illness this summer
(BPT) - Enjoying fun in the sun is one of the great pastimes of summer. But heat-related illnesses can seriously cool off your summer fun, so it’s important to protect yourself from sun and hot weather while you’re outdoors this season. Normally, the body cools itself by sweating, but w... More >>

The facial redness of rosacea brings negative first impressions [Infographic]
(BPT) - For the 16 million Americans living with the chronic inflammatory skin condition rosacea, struggling with their appearance can be a daily battle. It’s time for the 93 percent of rosacea sufferers who experience facial redness of rosacea to take back control of the face THEY want to sh... More >>

Dermatologist Q&A: essential tips for naturally vibrant and moisturized skin
(BPT) - From creams and gels to serums and oils, moisturizers are often at the forefront of a woman’s beauty routine. However, moisture can also be regarded for the negative effects it can have on skin, as in the case of sweat and surface wetness that can lead to a range of various conditions... More >>

New survey shows lack of understanding of Immuno-Oncology and underscores need for greater education on cancer research [Infographic]
(BPT) - A new survey shows that the overwhelming majority of Americans (85 percent) report cancer research is important to them; however, only 15 percent are knowledgeable about Immuno-Oncology – a rapidly evolving area of research that seeks to harness the body’s own immune system to h... More >>

New diabetes management system aims to alleviate worry and stress for parents of children with Type 1 diabetes
(BPT) - Managing Type 1 diabetes is hard, and can be a major source of worry and stress for parents of children with diabetes. In fact, a new survey reveals that 54 percent of parents experienced tension headaches from stress related to managing their child’s diabetes. They also experienced a... More >>

To flush or not to flush: Get the facts on what's flushable
(BPT) - Once something is flushed down the toilet, most people have an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality. Whatever was flushed has cleared the bowl and is on its journey to the wastewater treatment plant, wherever that may be. It’s not until a problem arises, (like a clogged t... More >>

Rethinking breast cancer treatment: One patient's story
(BPT) - In the United States, one in five new breast cancer cases is stage 0 disease, but for Amy Thigpen, a mother of three who works in an oncology clinic, breast cancer is not a statistic; it is personal. After all, her mother is a breast cancer survivor, and later, she too faced-off with a simi... More >>

Simple forgetfulness or something more? Recognizing the potential signs of early Alzheimer's disease
(BPT) - Misplacing your car keys, drawing a blank on someone’s name or repeating information you’ve already shared – everyone experiences some occasional forgetfulness, and it can happen at any age. But when forgetfulness becomes a recurring problem for someone who has never befor... More >>

Ask an expert: How do you know when it's time for cataracts surgery?
(BPT) - As we age, so do our eyes. Over time, adults may begin to notice their vision becoming dim and blurry. This is often due to cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens that occurs as part of your body’s natural aging process. “While the only way to remove cataracts is through ... More >>

Waking up to hearing loss
(BPT) - Imagine waking up one morning only to find out you couldn’t hear out of one ear. Suddenly, you lose your ability to discern direction, which makes conversations in noisy environments difficult to follow and hearing your favorite sounds of nature a struggle. This is the devastation tha... More >>

7 surprising facts about hydrocephalus
(BPT) - Her classmates referred to her as the “Iron Woman” and to no one’s surprise, as a senior in high school, her school named her Student Athlete of the Year for her grit and accomplishments in soccer, floor hockey, softball and swimming. The following year, Olivia Maccoux wen... More >>

Hallucinations and delusions: Surprisingly common occurrence in Parkinson's disease
(BPT) - For the approximately one million Americans living with Parkinson’s disease, the visible motor (movement-related) symptoms associated with the condition are all too familiar. These include tremors, stiff muscles, limited movement and problems standing. However, there is a common non-m... More >>

5 easy ways to sleep cool in the summertime
(BPT) - Summer has officially arrived! While escaping daytime summer temperatures with swimming, ice cream and running through the sprinkler can be fun, the heat can be unbearable when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep.There is a link between high temperatures and poor sleep, according... More >>

Heart yourself with Omega-3s
(BPT) - Across the globe, heart health is becoming a growing concern. In order to combat a rising epidemic of heart disease and other heart-related illnesses, more and more Americans are placing a greater emphasis on the critical role of nutrition and a balanced diet.More than likely you’ve h... More >>

What you might not know about summer hydration
(BPT) - Summer is the time for outdoor fun and activities, but as temperatures rise, staying properly hydrated becomes even more important. Even if you are not engaged in strenuous activity, you will sweat more in the heat and humidity. Even mild activity will increase your body temperature and you... More >>

Farmers market closed? How to make the most of your grocery store's produce aisle
(BPT) - It’s the same story every year — kids return to school, temperatures drop, summer vacation becomes a fading memory and the local farmers market closes. While you may spend winter longing for the return of 80-degree days and sunny skies, you don’t have to miss out on your f... More >>

Nutritional secrets of Tour de France can fuel everyday athletes
(BPT) - Nutritional bars and packets of energy gel are what you might think of when you imagine a champion cyclist’s diet. But for the 198 men set to embark July 4 for the 102nd Tour de France, a balanced diet based in whole foods — and a lot of them — is critical.The 2015 edition... More >>

5 cooking tricks that add bold flavor to healthy foods
(BPT) - Warm weather and fresh fare go hand in hand. While healthy foods dominate the summer months, too often people fall into meal ruts where all they eat are simple salads and grilled chicken. Nutritious foods don’t have to be boring foods, though, because it’s easy to add pizzazz wi... More >>

When memories are fleeting: caregiver solutions
(BPT) - Think of your father. What is his favorite food? His favorite hobby? Where did he meet your mother? What is his proudest moment? Think of all these memorable moments in his life and ask another question: Does he have trouble remembering these moments?For the nearly 2 million men currently d... More >>

Pacemakers go high-tech
(BPT) - Steven Reiss, a New York City lawyer and long-distance swimmer, was the picture of health for an active 63-year-old man. Among his many accomplishments in the water, he was part of a relay team that swam the English Channel in 2008 and around the island of Manhattan on five separate occasio... More >>

Gout is on the rise [Infographic]
(BPT) - Elevated uric acid in the bloodstream is the root cause of gout — the most common form of inflammatory arthritis today. But as gout continues to affect a growing number of Americans, new research from the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society reveals very few adults understand t... More >>

Learn more about blood clots [Infographic]
(BPT) - In February 2015, 2-time champion, 10-time basketball all-star, and Olympic gold medalist Chris Bosh was diagnosed with blood clots in his lung (PE). Now, Bosh is teaming up with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., to encourage people to learn about the risks, signs, and symptoms of blood clots ... More >>

Seniors struggle with hearing loss perceptions [Infographic]
(BPT) - - Many seniors are uncomfortable with the social stigma surrounding hearing loss, yet many are not proactive about treatment. Here's a look at how seniors really feel about hearing loss, along with some tips to help those struggling with the condition.... More >>

Improve your sleep, improve your health: 3 little things that make a big difference
(BPT) - As the fall and winter months approach, you're probably planning to take preventative health measures recommended by your doctor: get the flu shot; wash your hands more often and sneeze into your elbow instead of your hands. But one thing that makes you more susceptible to getting sick is b... More >>

Over 50? Focus on your health this summer
(BPT) - Fifty may well be the new 30. And even if you don’t look or feel your age, your immune system probably does. The fact is, our ability to fight off certain diseases weakens as we age, making it increasingly important to take personal responsibility for our health. But, the good news is... More >>

Get the most out of your local produce with these easy tips
(BPT) - It’s the prime of the season for fresh, local produce, and the perfect time to take part in the farm-to-table movement. Whether you join a community supported agriculture (CSA) group or shop for fresh produce at your local farmers’ market, it’s easy to see — and tast... More >>

Mammogram anxiety: Confronting fear of a routine mammogram [Infographic]
(BPT) - - Every October, women everywhere are reminded about the importance of early breast cancer detection and annual mammograms. While women know mammograms are key in the fight against the disease, many are plagued with mammogram anxieties that may actually be preventing them from undergoing th... More >>

Seniors: Safety tips to help you weather summer storms and heat
(BPT) - Flooding, extreme heat, drought, thunderstorms, lightning and hurricanes: For all its sun and fun, summer weather can be dangerous. This time last year, we saw record-breaking temperatures, rainfall and drought across the country. While everyone should be aware of summer weather dangers, th... More >>

Recognizing the first steps to ward off a second seizure
(BPT) - Seizure. You’ve heard the word before, but do you know what it means or why a seizure occurs? Seizures are caused when there is abnormal activity in the brain. Brain cells called neurons use electrical energy to convey messages to one another, and when this electricity goes awry, a se... More >>

Flavor and fitness: Can they work together?
(BPT) - A common complaint among individuals who exercise frequently is the difficulty of balancing good nutrition with delicious flavor. These attributes are too often seen as opposing, with one unfortunately getting sacrificed. But what people may not realize is that there is a valuable resource ... More >>

The truth about multi-grains and why you should eat more [Infographic]
(BPT) - - Whole grains are an important part of a well-balanced diet, and one way of incorporating a variety of whole grains into your everyday eating is by consuming multi-grain products. Learn more about the history of whole grains, the benefits of eating them, and how you can easily include them... More >>

How Air Aware Are You?
(BPT) - According to a recent survey by Filtrete Brand from 3M, 50 percent of Americans believe the air inside the home is less polluted than outdoor air. However, the reality is that indoor levels of pollutants may be two to five times higher than outdoor levels. Take the quiz below to find out yo... More >>

Matters of the heart: Understanding atrial fibrillation
(BPT) - An estimated 2.7 million Americans suffer from atrial fibrillation (AFib), an irregular heartbeat and the most common form of cardiac arrhythmia, according to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Surprisingly, many people do not feel any symptoms until they are suffering from ... More >>

5 things parents need to know about HPV
(BPT) - Being a parent means looking out for your kids. When they were small it meant making sure they wore a helmet, crossed the street carefully and wore sunscreen. As they get older, the health challenges they face change. As they become adolescents, you can’t always be with them, so you w... More >>

Hispanic eyes by the numbers [Infographic]
(BPT) - - As Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off and many Hispanic families are celebrating their heritage and culture, Transitions Optical, Inc. is urging them to also make time to think about their eyes. New research by Wakefield for Transitions Optical, Inc. reveals that nearly eight out of 10 His... More >>

Summertime tips and tricks to breathe new life into your healthy habits
(BPT) - Summer’s the perfect time to re-energize the health and fitness goals you started at the beginning of this year. Nearly 70 percent of Americans set a goal to stay healthy this year and 43 percent had the desire to lose weight by making healthier food choices, according to Nielsen data... More >>

Raising awareness of metastatic breast cancer one tutu at a time
(BPT) - Hearing a doctor utter the words “breast cancer” often leaves women with dozens of initial questions: “How will I manage all of the demands of daily life while in treatment? How will it affect me physically? How do I tell my family?” But a diagnosis of metastatic bre... More >>

Easy ways to include more heart-healthy Omega-3s in your diet
(BPT) - Omega-3s are an essential part of a heart-healthy diet. This nutrient has been shown to decrease cholesterol, lower inflammation and prevent clotting that may help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Research has also linked Omega-3 fatty acids to improved cognition and to a reduced ... More >>

Understanding how your laundry products can impact your sensitive skin [Infographic]
(BPT) - If you or someone in your family has sensitive skin, are you aware that your laundry products can affect the health of your skin? Learn more by checking out these facts:... More >>

5 ways people with diabetes can prepare to travel anywhere
(BPT) - For people all across the country, this is peak travel season. The weather is beautiful and there’s still room to squeeze one or two more trips in before cooler weather. Don’t let managing diabetes stop you from making a plan and taking a trip!Diabetes shouldn’t be a barri... More >>

On your feet all day? Tips to keep feet and legs feeling great
(BPT) - A growing number of desk-bound office workers are choosing to stand at their workstations, hoping to reap the health benefits associated with working while upright. Yet millions of Americans, such as nurses, waitresses, factory workers and more, don’t have a choice about standing on t... More >>

The Growth You Can't See [Infographic]
(BPT) - Did you know babies continue to grow and develop in important ways even in the final weeks of pregnancy? But, preterm birth — or delivery before 37 weeks of pregnancy — can impact the necessary growth and development from happening inside a baby’s body. Staying pregna... More >>

A child's eye strain in the digital age [Infographic]
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Tips for creating a more joy-filled life while living with multiple sclerosis
(BPT) - Sustaining everyday happiness can be a challenge for anyone, and people with chronic conditions like multiple sclerosis (MS) may find it especially difficult to maintain a positive attitude. “I have heard from people living with chronic conditions such as MS that happiness can often f... More >>

Get moving: 5 healthy summer family activities
(BPT) - Summer has arrived and for many kids, sports and activity practices are on hiatus leaving them with plenty of time to lounge on the couch. But summer isn’t the time to get lazy.Warmer weather provides the perfect opportunity to get more involved in your kids’ lives and spend tim... More >>

Traveling Abroad? Get Vaccinated Against Hepatitis A
(BPT) - Hepatitis A cases are on the rise, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Hepatitis A is common in many parts of the world, even in popular tourist destinations such as Mexico, most other countries in Central and South America and some Caribb... More >>

Health consequences of hard water
(BPT) - When you look at the cities that attract the most new citizens, particularly those in the senior age brackets, Phoenix and Tucson are usually up near the top of the lists. With sunny days, warm temperatures and golf courses galore — both have stunning outdoor environments to be enjoye... More >>

Managing diabetes: 4 simple steps to keep your child safe at school
(BPT) - Between figuring out after-school schedules and seemingly constant school supply shopping trips, back-to-school time can be stressful for any parent. But some parents have more to think about than others. There are about 208,000 boys and girls under the age of 20 living with diabetes, accor... More >>

Tips on how to help keep your dog healthy
(BPT) - As a pet owner, you want the best for your dog. Determining what constitutes “the best,” however, can be difficult, especially when it comes to pet food.A simple search on the internet about pet food can lead pet owners to question what information is accurate - with much of it ... More >>

Breeze through summer with this quick and easy snack idea
(BPT) - The sun is out and kids are enjoying a much-deserved breather from their daily grind. Parents, on the other hand, must balance children’s summer activities, sports leagues, family summer trips and household errands.  As mom faces her busiest time of year head-on, quick meal and s... More >>

10 tips to make your home safer for kids
(BPT) - Home is where the heart is, and for most people, it’s where they feel safest. Yet for children, the home isn’t as safe as you might assume. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that 3.5 million children go to the emergency room every year for injuries that happen in homes.Some... More >>

The dangers of a low salt diet
(BPT) - Salt, or sodium chloride, is essential for life. In fact, no mineral is more essential to human survival than sodium because it allows nerves to send and receive electrical impulses, helps your muscles stay strong, and keeps your cells and brain functioning. However, sodium chloride (salt) ... More >>

Multiple sclerosis (MS) in US minority populations [Infographic]
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Nine in ten cardiovascular doctors support vascular screening for people with risk factors
(BPT) - Nine out of ten cardiovascular doctors support preventive health screenings for cardiovascular disease (plaque in the arteries) among patients with key risk factors. Examples of key risk factors may include being age 55 or over, family history, tobacco use, and high blood pressure. This res... More >>

5 reasons people choose to walk to end diabetes
(BPT) - Nearly 30 million Americans are affected with diabetes and, if trends continue, one in five Americans are projected to have diabetes by 2050, according to the American Diabetes Association. However, thousands of people around the country are deciding to act and take change into their own ha... More >>

Put Your Pride Aside: Olympic Medalist Suffers From a Common Side Effect of Using Opioid Medication for Chronic Pain
(BPT) - Six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee is a world heptathlon record holder, Sports Illustrated’s “Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century,” a philanthropist working to instill a love of sports in local communities and a woman used to living life at full throttl... More >>

Live longer, live better: Why the Mediterranean diet just may be the most delicious meal plan yet
(BPT) - Olives and olive oil, fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grains, nuts, legumes, fresh fish and seafood, lean meats, cheese and yogurt and red wine. This may sound like the grocery list for a delicious dinner party (and you wouldn’t be wrong), but these foods are also the staple compone... More >>

Labor and delivery: No laughing matter
(BPT) - Women have long sought ways to ease the pain of labor without detracting from the experience of childbirth. While epidural anesthesia remains the most popular and effective method for managing labor pain, nitrous oxide — otherwise known as laughing gas — is gaining some interest... More >>

How to protect kids from the health risk that can harm them now and as adults
(BPT) - Many common childhood ills and ailments are fleeting discomforts that will have no effect on children’s health when they reach adulthood. A sunburn isn’t one of them. In fact, five or more blistering sunburns between the ages of 15 and 20 increases melanoma risks by 80 percent, ... More >>

Important information to help protect seniors from summer heat
(BPT) - Staying cool during summer heat isn’t just a question of comfort for senior citizens, it’s a matter of good health. High temperatures can lead to serious heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and older people are at greater risk, no matter where they li... More >>

4 tips for taming back-to-school stress
(BPT) - Do you or your child have the back-to-school blues? If so, you're not the only ones. Saying goodbye to slower summer days can be difficult. For almost three months, you have felt free from the structure of the classroom and the accompanying homework. When the upcoming school year rolls arou... More >>

5 surprising risk factors for dry eye
(BPT) - Dry eye is a progressive[1] eye disease that has been estimated to affect 7.8 percent of women aged 50 and older[2] and 4.34 percent of men aged 50 and older in the United States.[3] Symptoms include eye dryness and overall eye discomfort,[4] and may also include stinging, burning, a gritty... More >>

Lessons running a marathon can teach you about life
(BPT) - As the fall running season approaches, people everywhere are lacing up their sneakers for everything from casual runs, to charity races, to the highly-anticipated TCS New York City and Bank of America Chicago Marathons. While most people equate the benefits of running to their physical heal... More >>

Immunizations that protect hearing
(BPT) - Many factors — known and still being researched — can cause or contribute to hearing loss, including illness, noise and aging. However, there’s a myriad of things you can do to reduce the risk of you or your child developing hearing loss. Begin by getting all medically-rec... More >>

Redefining good days while living with breast cancer
(BPT) - When facing bad news — like something as serious as a cancer diagnosis — it can be difficult to imagine that any day of the coming journey would be “good.” But for many of the millions of men and women in the U.S. who have been affected by the disease, the experience... More >>

Misconceptions about the #1 cancer killer
(BPT) - What is the deadliest type of cancer in America? If you answered colon, breast, pancreatic or prostate cancer, you are incorrect. In fact, the correct answer claims the lives of more than all four of these cancers combined: lung cancer.More than 220,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer... More >>

Hoarding on the rise: How to spot warning signs
(BPT) - Think of that family member or friend whose home is nearly clogged with clutter; how do you describe them? How do you address the situation? The terms you use and actions you take can have a serious impact on that individual’s situation and mental state.Hoarding is more common than ma... More >>

Clinicians and people affected by pain open up about Rx abuse [infographic]
(BPT) - New Survey Results: A new survey conducted on behalf of Teva Pharmaceuticals in collaboration with the U.S. Pain Foundation and the American Academy of Pain Management explores issues impacting the pain care landscape. Visit for information and resources for healthcare p... More >>

From crop tops to bauble jewelry, tips for achieving summer's hottest looks
(BPT) - Shed the sweaters, toss your winter boots in the back of the closet and break out your brighter shades of clothing. Warm weather is here, and it’s time to give your look as much sizzle as the outdoor temperature, because looking good is always in style.Celebrity fashion stylist Natali... More >>

Suffering from fall allergies? What you can do to find relief
(BPT) - You heard all about the worst allergy season ever. You know the pollen tsunami swept through and left everyone sneezing and wheezing in its wake. But you want to know why the end of summer is almost here and you’re still miserable.“Although spring, summer and fall have different... More >>

Diluting baby formula: When frugality can be fatal
(BPT) - The average American family spends about $12,000 on a new baby in the first year of the infant’s life, and food represents the second-largest expense (after housing) in the total cost of raising a child, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Given the high costs of... More >>

8 things you need to know about bottled water in California
(BPT) - Thousands of consumer products use water, but few as efficiently as bottled water. After all, 100 percent of its contents are intended for consumption. It’s the nation’s healthiest packaged drink, and even more appealing because it has the lowest water and energy use o... More >>

5 things you need to know about sickle cell disease
(BPT) - Sickle cell disease is a serious disorder that affects millions of people around the world, including both adults and children. In sickle cell disease, an abnormal gene causes the body to make sickle-shaped red blood cells resulting in lifetime anemia. Damage from these sickle cells can cau... More >>

Leaky Bladder? You're Not Alone [Infographic]
(BPT) - - For women with stress urinary incontinence, managing leaks can take an emotional toll. Many women have never spoken about their bladder leakage, even though it’s an issue that affects millions. A new poll shows that leaks make women feel frustrated, old, embarrassed, and even preven... More >>

The most common - and solvable - home health and safety risks
(BPT) - For many Americans, “home” evokes warmth, comfort, security and safety. But while home may be sweet, statistics show it’s far from safe. From falls and other types of accidents to fires and poor indoor air quality, home can be a dangerous place — so it’s import... More >>

America's heroes often suffer from dry eye symptoms - Do you?
(BPT) - First responders often work in conditions that can take a toll on their eyes. Exposure to heat, smoke, wind and dust may cause Dry Eye symptoms, such as irritated and painful eyes, according to All About Vision. This is part of the day-to-day environmental challenges they must endure in ord... More >>

Thyroid cancer truths: Challenge shines light on disease
(BPT) - When thyroid cancer survivor Victoria Ballesteros went into surgery to have a benign lump removed from her neck at age 38, she had no idea she would wake up alone with a diagnosis of metastatic papillary thyroid cancer. Before walking out of the room, her surgeon told her not to worry becau... More >>

Make the commitment to get to your A1C goal [Infographic]
(BPT) - America’s Diabetes Challenge: Get to Your Goals is an educational program from Merck and the American Diabetes Association urging people with type 2 diabetes to work with their doctor to set and reach their individual A1C goal. The program also helps people with type 2 diabetes learn ... More >>

Top 4 year-round sensitive skin issues
(BPT) - Skin sensitivity has affected more than 70 percent of Americans at some point, according to a new survey by Nexcare Brand from 3M. While the problem affects people of every age, more than 65 percent of parents surveyed say they’re particularly worried about the sensitivity of their ch... More >>

5 home-renovation tips that will reduce asthma and allergy triggers in your home
(BPT) - This is the peak season for do-it-yourself projects, and maybe you already have your tape measure in hand, ready to tackle a bathroom remodel, open up the floor plan or finally reimagine that unfinished basement. There are plenty of considerations to take into account with any project, incl... More >>

Rethinking breast cancer treatment: One woman's story
(BPT) - In the United States, one in five new breast cancer cases is stage 0 disease, but for Amy Thigpen, a mother of three who works in an oncology clinic, breast cancer is not a statistic; it is personal. After all, her mother is a breast cancer survivor, and later, she too faced-off with a simi... More >>

6 tips from 'The Patient's Playbook' for staying safe in the hospital
(BPT) - As much as we need them, hospitals can be dangerous places. Hospital-acquired conditions — everything from pneumonia and infections to bad reactions to medications — affect 12 out of every 100 patients. However, there are steps you can take to help keep you and your family safe.... More >>

Smarter ways to manage menopause
(BPT) - Did you ever wonder whether cavewomen went through menopause? The answer is no. Why not? Because their life expectancies were too short. But for those of us who live long enough (typically beyond the age of 50), menopause is a fact of life.The good news is we know more about menopause and i... More >>

6 questions to ask your child's pediatrician
(BPT) - Most parents bring their children to the doctor when they’re sick, but now is a great opportunity to be proactive and schedule a wellness checkup. This allows you and your doctor to take a broader look at a child’s overall health and well-being to ensure he or she is developing ... More >>

The Facts of AFib [Infographic]
(BPT) - Do you know some of the fibs and facts associated with atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib? Fibs or Facts is an educational campaign sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer to help people learn about the connection between AFib not caused by a heart valve problem, blood clots and t... More >>

Start a conversation with your teen about their health [Infographic]
(BPT) - As teens and young adults mature, they become more and more responsible for different aspects of their lives – including their health. While this transition can be overwhelming, parents play an important role in helping their children navigate the road to independent health choices an... More >>

Helmet safety: 7 tips for parents and coaches this football season
(BPT) - As coaches and athletes gear up for games underneath the Friday night lights, training camps are in full swing, complete with tackling techniques, agility drills and conditioning. Now is the time to get your head in the game when it comes to your athlete’s helmet.The National Operatin... More >>

Cancer clinical trials: An option often overlooked
(BPT) - Jack Whelan never missed his daily power walk. But at 58, he began to lose pace and grew concerned. Were his headaches and occasional nosebleeds normal signs of age, or were they something else?In 2006, after discussing his symptoms with his doctor, Whelan was diagnosed with a rare type of ... More >>

Know your personal risk [Infographic]
(BPT) - - It’s estimated that a quarter of a million Americans over 50 are hospitalized each year with pneumococcal pneumonia with an average hospital stay of 5 days.... More >>

Enjoy the Health Benefits of the National Parks [Infographic]
(BPT) - - Did you know you can take steps to better your health, while enjoying some of the country's most scenic and inspiring spots? America's national parks provide year-round opportunities to enjoy nature and improve your overall health. Here's a look at how the national parks can give you a he... More >>

How nutritionists stay healthy on vacation
(BPT) - Vacations are those precious moments when we all love to indulge ourselves — be it a lazy day reading in the park, that extra bit of shopping and yes, that big, gooey slice of chocolate cake. “I’m on vacation” seems to be the mantra and excuse behind any extra indulg... More >>

More than a million Americans are unaware they are infected with a potentially life-threatening virus
(BPT) - After receiving blood transfusions in 1979 during the birth of her last child, Mary Lambert, a human resources professional and former teacher, thought her health ordeal was over. Little did she know that, due to those transfusions, she had become infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV).I... More >>

Know if you're at risk for cancer [Infographic]
(BPT) - A new survey shows 73 percent of Americans are aware of genetic testing for hereditary cancers – a significant increase over just a few years ago. Dubbed the “Angelina Jolie Effect,” the data highlight the far-reaching impact of Angelina Jolie’s public discussion of ... More >>

7 effective habits to prevent hearing loss
(BPT) - Hearing loss is common, but the perception that hearing loss is only caused by aging is incorrect. More than 36 million Americans have hearing loss. It is considered the third most chronic condition among the elderly, according to the Hearing Loss Association of America. Changing lifestyle ... More >>

What employers look for in the 21st century nurse
(BPT) - Over the last decade, a number of changes have transformed the healthcare industry. The Affordable Care Act has enabled more than 16.4 million Americans to receive healthcare coverage. Advancements in technology improve both diagnoses and treatment quality. Retail health offers a convenienc... More >>

After a COPD diagnosis, start maintenance therapy early
(BPT) - Did you know that by the time many people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are diagnosed by a doctor, their lung function (which is the amount of and speed air can be inhaled and exhaled) is already significantly reduced?By the time a COPD diagnosis is made by a doctor, lun... More >>

Managing diabetes costs [Infographic]
(BPT) - Healthcare costs are rising for Americans, particularly those with diabetes. People with diagnosed diabetes spend about $7,900 per year on the disease. Many people with diabetes don’t test their blood glucose as much as they should, due partly to the cost of testing supplies, includin... More >>

The ABCs of skincare: How to head back-to-school with confidence and clear skin
(BPT) - The summer sun might still be hot, but it’s time to hit the books and go back-to-school. Teenagers do many things to make sure they go to the classroom with confidence: buy school supplies, get a haircut and plan their perfect first day of school outfit. But they may be forgetting one... More >>

5 things everyone needs to know about vitamin B12 deficiency
(BPT) - It’s common knowledge that vitamins are important to a person’s overall health, but few realize that a deficiency in some vitamins can cause serious medical problems.For example, B12 deficiency is often overlooked or misunderstood because its symptoms – including fatigue, ... More >>

New technologies can help short circuit your chronic pain
(BPT) - More than 100 million people in this country have pain that won’t go away. Many fail to get relief from pills, shots and surgery, while others trade the pain for side effects such as drowsiness or digestive problems. Unfortunately, too many become addicted to medications while trying ... More >>

Happy and healthy how-tos from 100-year-olds, 10-year-olds
(BPT) - Spinning and yoga classes are no longer reserved for only the young and restless. Take a closer look around, and you might just find that it’s great-grandparents who are out-pedaling you on the stationary bikes. In fact, according to UnitedHealthcare’s 100@100 survey, nearly a q... More >>

Know your child's heart and how to protect them from cardiac arrest
(BPT) - Dorien “DJ” Garnett loved sports, especially basketball. From the moment he learned to walk, he had a ball in his hand. By the time he was 2, he had outgrown every little tikes basketball set his parents could find for him. As Garnett continued to grow, he realized that basketba... More >>

Comprométase a alcanzar su meta de A1C [Infographic]
(BPT) - Desafiando la Diabetes: Logra tus Metas es un programa educativo de Merck y la Asociación Americana de la Diabetes (American Diabetes Association) que alienta a las personas que padecen de diabetes tipo 2, a trabajar con sus médicos y crear sus metas individuales de A1C. ... More >>

Blood clot and cancer connection [Infographic]
(BPT) - As blood clots are the second leading cause of death in patients with cancer, a better understanding of how we can treat and prevent them is needed, particularly for a large number of the one million patients who are treating their cancer outside the hospital. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.,... More >>

Knowing the early signs of shingles may save you years of pain
(BPT) - Did you know almost one out of three people in America will develop shingles in their lifetime? A whopping 1 million Americans experience the condition each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Understanding the early signs and symptoms can help you protect you... More >>

Before you take that medicine have you read the label?
(BPT) - Chances are you’ve come in contact with a label today. Whether it’s the nutrition label on your breakfast bar or the washing directions on your favorite shirt, labels are part of our daily lives, and provide important health information and directions to keep people safe.When it... More >>

Americans finding creative and inspiring ways to raise funds for Alzheimer's cause
(BPT) - If you hear engines roaring, get a whiff of burnt rubber and see an endless line of motorcycles, don’t be alarmed. And if you’re hearing reports of bridge games going on for 12 hours or more, you’re not imagining things. Those are just two of the many creative ways America... More >>

America's Diabetes Challenge is on a mission to shed light on the impact of type 2 diabetes on the multicultural community
(BPT) - Did you know African American and Hispanic adults in the United States are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes? In the United States alone, this disease is the fifth leading cause of death in the African-American community and nearly 13 percent of Hispanic adults are diagnosed wi... More >>

5 everyday items to clean or replace immediately
(BPT) - Back-to-school is a time for updating your routine and starting anew. You shop for school supplies and clothes, but what else can you do to start out on a fresh foot? Everyday items like cell phones, keyboards and remote controls build up even more bacteria than a public restroom, yet rarel... More >>

Feel better fast: Ways to perk up your mood in an instant
(BPT) - Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, stress finds its way into our lives. Thankfully there are things you can do to shake any bad feelings fast. Try these six surefire tips to boost your mood instantly.Put a song in your head. Regardless of genre preference, music has a way of lifting spi... More >>

Superfood, not supersize your snacking
(BPT) - America is a nation of snackers, consuming an ever-increasing array of larger-sized food. You’ve probably heard of the trend “supersizing.” The challenge is that as our snacks have increased in size, so too have the number of empty calories we consume. Instead of supersizi... More >>

It's time to talk about money: 5 steps to get you started
(BPT) - Money is a taboo topic — we’re taught not to talk about it from the time we’re kids. But research shows it’s also a source of stress, anxiety and tension for most Americans.In fact, 64 percent of adults experience stress about money, ranking it a higher source of str... More >>

A closer look at dry eye [infographic]
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Landmark Study Shows: Screening with HPV alone misses more cervical cancers [infographic]
(BPT) - The indication for a standalone HPV test has lead to serious debate about how best to detect cervical cancer. Now, the largest real-world study of cervical cancer screening strategies adds new evidence showing that women’s lives are at risk if HPV alone screening is used.One in five w... More >>

Living with leukemia: Tips for patients, caregivers on managing the disease
(BPT) - Chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or CLL, is the most common type of adult leukemia in the US. The average age at diagnosis is 72 years old and this disease affects 16,000 people each year, 4,600 of whom will unfortunately die. This is often a slow-growing blood cancer and a complicated disease... More >>

A year later, Raju's independence remains strong
(BPT) - Everyone cherishes a particular independence day. Brazilians celebrate their independence from Portugal September 7 and the Japanese celebrate their independence on February 11. For the Finnish, December 6 marks the day they became independent from Russia in 1917.In the United States, Indep... More >>

Cooling tower water treatment [Infographic]
(BPT) - Beyond just circulating water used in oil refineries or manufacturing facilities, we come into contact with cooling towers everyday as they are also used for HVAC systems for cooling buildings.Cooling water treatment is imperative for helping ensure the air we breathe won’t make us si... More >>

The case for MRI-conditional cardiac devices [Infographic]
(BPT) - MRI is increasingly being used to diagnose a multitude of conditions. In fact, more than 34 million MRI scans are performed annually in the U.S. But for someone with a cardiac pacemaker, having an MRI may not be possible. There are more than 4 million Americans with a pacemaker not FDA appr... More >>

8 tips for a healthy pregnancy
(BPT) - Did you know that every single minute in the United States a baby is born too early? That’s approximately 450,000 born too early each year. A pregnant woman’s good health, both physical and emotional, is essential to the health of her baby. You can boost your own chances of havi... More >>

Teamwork between patients and providers is key to proper use of inhalers
(BPT) - Fifteen million people in the United States have been told by a healthcare provider that they have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and more than 50 percent of these patients use at least one medication delivered by an inhaler every day.Research has shown that people who regu... More >>

Learn how to protect yourself from mosquito-borne illnesses
(BPT) - You may think of mosquitoes as being strictly hot weather pests, but these disease carrying insects can actually remain active until the temperature consistently stays lower than 60 degrees. The risk of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses can remain a significant threat well ... More >>

Energize your meals with one versatile ingredient
(BPT) - When it comes to entertaining, each season has its own unique characteristics for traditional dishes and dinner party themes. But who says you can’t break the rules and step outside the box with a versatile and innovate menu item? Whether you’re hosting or simply making a fall f... More >>

Planning a family? What to know about inherited genetic diseases and screening options
(BPT) - The decision to start a family can create a mixture of excitement and concern for parents-to-be. While you may be eager for the joys of parenthood, it’s normal to be concerned about potential health risks to your baby, whether you’re already pregnant or planning to get pregnant.... More >>

Secrets to post-summer skin repair and care
(BPT) - Hours on the beach or golf course, afternoons in the pool or sunning beside it, finally taking that dream vacation — summer was fun, but when it’s over, it could leave you with more than just great memories. Despite your best efforts using sunscreen to protect your skin from the... More >>

Patients with rare blood cancers find strength in sharing information
(BPT) - People suffering from rare diseases can feel alone, disconnected from others dealing with their condition or unsure of where to find resources and support networks to cope with their experiences. For those suffering from a group of rare blood cancers known as myeloproliferative neoplasms (M... More >>

Cultural diversity of healthcare workforce key to improving nation's health
(BPT) - By 2060, the American population will be older and more racially and ethnically diverse than at any other time in our history, according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. The number of people older than 65 will double, and the need will grow for healthcare and registered nurses to ... More >>

6 easy ways to boost your brain health
(BPT) - When you think about health and wellness, what first comes to mind? Most likely it’s along the lines of fitness, healthy eating and doctor’s appointments. But have you ever considered the importance of brain health as you age?According to the National Institute on Aging, researc... More >>

Fa-la-lah-choo! Allergic to the holidays?
(BPT) - Your goal may be to celebrate the holidays in style this year, but your allergies and asthma are making you feel like the Grinch. You may not even be aware of what’s causing the extra sniffling, sneezing and itchy eyes.“Two thirds of allergy sufferers have symptoms year-round, s... More >>

4 simple ways to protect yourself from cardiovascular disease
(BPT) - Cardiovascular disease – damage to the heart and blood vessels – claims more American lives each year than all forms of cancer combined, according to the American Heart Association. Yet simple preventive steps, such as getting a cardiovascular screening, can help you make stride... More >>

How businesses can help injured workers recover faster
(BPT) - More than one million Americans suffer from work-related injuries each year, ranging from serious crushing injuries at a construction site to muscle or joint problems caused by repetitive activities in an office setting.Workplace injuries can also be costly to both the person injured and th... More >>

Empower yourself: Questions to ask your doctor about managing sickle cell disease
(BPT) - Being an informed patient with sickle cell disease has become an important part of health care today. Physicians are increasingly looking upon their patients (and the parents of their young patients) as active partners. In light of this, consider preparing a list of specific questions befor... More >>

Do's and Don'ts for the Safe Use of Prescription Opioids [Infographic]
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The connection between cocoa and health. Here are the real facts [Infographic]
(BPT) - For centuries cocoa has been celebrated as both a health food and a medicine. In some cultures, it was considered a gift from the gods and was believed to have magical qualities that could heal and nourish. Is any of this really true? Check out the real science behind healthy... More >>

Progress in the fight against cancer
(BPT) - When you consider that more than 1.65 million new cases of cancer will occur in the United States this year, and that more than half a million people will die from the disease, it can be difficult to imagine there’s any good news about cancer.But a new progress report and survey on ca... More >>

Get to know the good in grains [Infographic]
(BPT) - Grains play a vital role in a healthy, balanced diet and provide much-needed nutrients such as fiber, folate and vitamin E. Learn more at ... More >>

An important lesson for your teen this summer
(BPT) - With summer underway, kids of all ages are enjoying a break from school by spending more free time with their friends. As kids enter their teenage years, summer camp and swim lessons are traded for hanging out with friends, often without adult supervision.While many parents want to foster i... More >>

AFib and stroke [Infographic]
(BPT) - Basketball legend Jerry West and sports icon Billie Jean King are teaming up to encourage people with AFib to calculate their personal stroke risk at ... More >>

Travel light and don't let the bed bugs bite this season
(BPT) - The remaining warm-weather months of the year are perfect for travel. However, travelers who aren’t careful could find their trip leaves them with a few hundred extra - and unwanted - guests.New research from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University... More >>

Customized knee implants offer advantages to patients
(BPT) - By 2030, the number of people turning to knee replacement surgery to end pain and regain mobility will likely increase to 3.5 million annually, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. For many patients, recovery from knee replacement surgery is painful and slow, and the r... More >>

Parents: Tips for making baby's many milestones stress-free and joy-filled
(BPT) - More than one adorable baby has thrilled his parents by taking his first unassisted steps ... only to sit back down on his little diapered bottom and not walk again for another month. The milestones of infancy and childhood are filled with ups and downs, as well as joy. Children go at their... More >>

5 surprising superfoods for baby boomers
(BPT) - An estimated 77 million baby boomers represent the largest generation of Americans born in U.S. history. Many are embracing their golden years and taking a proactive approach to their well-being. If you are a boomer, you understand nutrition is fundamental to maintaining your health. But do... More >>

Sharing your experiences with the HIV community [Infographic]
(BPT) - - With social media and the Internet, connecting with others to find and share wisdom is easier than ever before.... More >>

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