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Immunize children to protect them from serious diseases [Infographic]
(BPT) - Many vaccine-preventable childhood diseases are still active in the U.S. That’s why it’s important that children, especially infants and young children, receive recommended immunizations on time.Children younger than 2 years of age are among those at risk for vaccine-preventable... More >>


5 must-have accessories for looking and feeling great this summer
(BPT) - While you’re frolicking through summer fun, are you thinking about your health? Looking good is most satisfying when you’re also feeling your best. It’s easy to look great and protect your health. You just need to choose the right accessories. Here are five must-have acces... More >>


Roadmap to a healthy heart [Infographic]
(BPT) - We've all heard the benefits linked to drinking moderate amounts of red wine, but nearly 20 years’ worth of research suggests that, thanks to the Concord grape, Welch’s 100% Grape Juice helps support a healthy heart. And a new study, presented at the American College of Nutritio... More >>


Avoid an accident with poison prevention at home
(BPT) - Nearly 1 million children under the age of 5 are exposed to potentially poisonous medications and household chemicals every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And more than 60,000 young children end up in the emergency room each year from wrongly ingesting me... More >>


The breathtaking burden of COPD [Infographic]
(BPT) - What do you know about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and the burden it can cause? COPD can include chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema, and is a common, preventable and treatable lung disease. Common symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue and coughing with or without m... More >>


Are you 50? Time to get tested and prevent colorectal cancer
(BPT) - When she was 55 years old, Valerie B. made a promise to a total stranger. It may have saved her life.“I was sitting in the doctor’s office for a mammogram," the Atlanta woman says. "There was a lady there who said she recently learned she had colon cancer. I knew nothing about i... More >>


Uncovering kidney cancer: An often silent disease
(BPT) - Imagine the devastation of learning you have cancer, and then imagine being told it has advanced and already spread to other areas of your body.This is a shocking reality for one-third of the 65,000 people diagnosed in the United States each year with renal cell carcinoma (RCC), the most co... More >>


Know a child with autism spectrum disorder? [Infographic]
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5 tips to help improve your digestive health
  (BPT) - Many people don’t realize the importance of maintaining a healthy digestive system until they begin to experience unwanted symptoms. Over time, poor digestive health may lead to malnutrition and vitamin deficiency, as well as unpleasant GI symptoms like diarrhea, gas, bloa... More >>


Make sure you're fresh in an instant for unexpected encounters
  (BPT) - With the snow finally melting and the promise of warm weather in the air, it’s time to break that winter hibernation and get back out there. Whether you’re hoping to secure a new job or meet the love of your life, don’t let bad breath hold you back from nailing... More >>


A closer look at multiple myeloma [Infographic]
(BPT) - March is Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month. Multiple myeloma is a progressive blood cancer that originates in the bone marrow and is the second-most common type of blood cancer with an estimated annual incidence of 114,250+ cases around the world. Despite recent advancements, it remains larg... More >>


Every day heart health in February and beyond
(BPT) - It's February again, and that means it's American Heart Month. With all of the health information out there, it can be hard to figure out how to work heart healthy choices into your daily routine. Robyn Flipse, MS, MA, RDN says that by keeping a few simple tips in mind for foods, beverages ... More >>


Think it's too soon to start planning your child's summer? Think again
(BPT) - During the summer while school’s out, kids are at greater risk for learning loss and weight gain unless they have a game plan that includes learning enrichment and physical activity. Summer camps are a great way to ensure children continue to grow socially, emotionally, cognitively an... More >>


B12 deficiency: who's at risk and why you need to understand it
(BPT) - Vitamin B12 is an important part of a healthy nervous system, yet many people aren’t aware of the impact a deficiency in B12 can have on their overall well-being. If left untreated, B12 deficiency can lead to permanent, irreversible nerve damage, serious neurological problems and even... More >>


You deserve the best health treatment possible
(BPT) - If you or a loved one has a wound-, ostomy- or continence-related issue, there may be anxiety, insecurity, and a lot of questions.Many individuals in similar situations are finding relief through the services of specialty nurses trained and certified in wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) ca... More >>


5 tips for surviving stroke with mobility and independence
(BPT) - At 47 years old, a stroke was the last thing Brian Donlan of Babylon, New York, expected when he arrived at his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu workout. Feeling healthy and in shape, he was passionate about fitness and martial arts and frequently practiced at the dojo or competed in tournaments. But wh... More >>


Medicine safety as important for teens as toddlers
(BPT) - Protecting children from harm is a priority for every parent. They are encouraged to child-proof the entire house to keep curious toddlers safe. Eventually, as kids mature, parents tend to give them new freedoms and responsibilities. New data shows that parents need to be particularly watch... More >>


Spring clean your health
(BPT) - Spring is a time to reevaluate your daily routine and reduce any unnecessary clutter from your life. It is also a time to make positive changes for a happy and healthier lifestyle.Simple changes, such as resetting your sleep pattern, updating your oral care routine and refreshing your diet ... More >>


5 health myths you shouldn't believe
(BPT) - Separating fact from fiction can be difficult, especially when it comes to information about your health. Cutting through the Internet clutter and opinions from friends to uncover the truth is key to keeping the mind and body well.Dr. Jennifer Johnson, naturopathic doctor at Bastyr Universi... More >>


Healthy starts: The surprisingly simple way to make your own baby and toddler food
(BPT) - Want to give your family a jump-start on good nutrition? By introducing your children to a nourishing, whole-food diet at a very young age, you can teach them to prefer the taste of real foods over more processed ones. This lays the foundation for healthy eating habits later in life.Help yo... More >>


Hack for a cause: hackathon develops stress management tools for multiple sclerosis [Infographic]
(BPT) - Living with multiple sclerosis (MS), an immune-mediated disease that affects the central nervous system, can be stressful at times. While there are several lifestyle modifications people with MS can make to potentially help reduce stress, there hasn’t been a concerted effort to merge ... More >>


The key to a gluten-free breakfast sandwich: potatoes
(BPT) - The breakfast sandwich has become a staple of on-the-go mornings. In fact, convenient and high-protein breakfast dishes are rising in popularity, according to a new study from Nielsen Perishables Group. But if you’re following a gluten-free diet or low-fat diet, buns, biscuits, Englis... More >>


New Online Toolkit Now Available to Help People Living with Lung Cancer
(BPT) - A lung cancer diagnosis may bring up a variety of difficult emotions, and navigating the next steps involved in daily life can be especially overwhelming for patients and their loved ones. Emotions may range from anger at the loss of control and uncertainty about medical decisions to fear a... More >>


Colon cancer survivor's journey inspires a new country song
(BPT) - Say it with a song. These words of wisdom have been passed down through the years, and singer Craig Campbell takes them to heart.Campbell has always loved music. Songs and music have played a huge part in his life. As a child, he sang and played at his local church and at home with friends ... More >>


Tips to help cancer patients prevent infections during the winter
(BPT) - “Oh the weather outside is frightful.” For many, this sums up the blustery season known as winter. With cold temperatures blanketing cities and towns, many have been spending more time indoors with friends and family. While everyone should take steps to stay healthy during this ... More >>


Uncork the secrets of grape juice [Infographic]
(BPT) - Red wine is often praised for its health benefits. But turns out, you don't necessarily have to drink alcohol to benefit from the heart-health properties of red wine. 100 percent grape juice made from the dark purple Concord grape, such as Welch’s 100 percent Grape Juice, delivers man... More >>


Being able to continue work creates better lives for dialysis patients
(BPT) - Facing kidney failure and the need for dialysis can be overwhelming for patients. Yet those who can continue working generally do better at coping with their illness, multiple studies show. And advances in dialysis care mean patients have treatment choices that can allow them to stay on the... More >>


4 simple ways to help your family eat well on a budget
(BPT) - How people approach a wholesome diet has changed dramatically over the decades. Today, many Americans see home cooking as an investment in health, but that leaves hurdles for many families who struggle with busy schedules and tight budgets. A few simple tips using frozen foods can help put ... More >>


Look 10 years younger with expert anti-aging tips
(BPT) - Do you have friends or family members who seem to never age? No matter how old they get, their appearance is youthful and glowing. While genes play a role in how the body ages, they are not the only factor in aging gracefully. In fact, erasing years from your appearance is actually simpler ... More >>


Senior women: Simple, must-do ways to reduce heart disease risks
(BPT) - A popular social media meme holds that “growing old isn’t for sissies.” Plenty of older women would probably agree with that sentiment as they cope with age-related issues specific to their gender, such as osteoporosis and increased risk of breast cancer. Yet the greatest ... More >>


What are you doing to protect your eyes from too much screen time? [Infographic]
(BPT) - We live in a digital world and all of this technology can be hard on your eyes. Follow this infographic to learn more about technology’s impact on your vision and how you can protect your eyes.... More >>


One health, One medicine: 5 ways people and their pets can stay healthy together
(BPT) - Your household is busy, but keeping yourself, your children and your pets healthy is a top priority. Fortunately, wellness for people and pets can go hand in hand, allowing your entire family to feel their best and live life to the fullest.“People who take a proactive approach to thei... More >>


5 tips for service members to stay mission ready [Infographic]
(BPT) - In the military, the mission depends on the people who serve and sacrifice for our country. To stay on target and maintain your psychological and physical resiliency, follow these five tips to stay mission ready. Don’t just do it for yourself, but also for your family, peers and commu... More >>


The invisible battle: managing your chronic pain
(BPT) - When struggling with chronic pain, many often feel their concerns fall on deaf ears. Without physical symptoms, friends, family and sometimes even physicians may fail to empathize with the debilitating effects of the condition. Just because chronic pain lacks physical manifestations, it doe... More >>


Quality dialysis care matters: It's the difference between life and death
(BPT) - Patty Gonzales’ kidneys stopped working when she was 62 years old. She works as a hospital billing claims supervisor and now undergoes dialysis three days a week for four hours a day. For Gonzales, dialysis is the difference between life and death, so the quality of the care she recei... More >>


Add 1 often-overlooked task to your childproofing plan: Secure your TVs
(BPT) - Parents can do a lot to childproof their homes: Put medicine up and away. Place baby gates on the stairs. Put cabinet locks on cabinets. But what about checking their TVs?Injuries and deaths from TV tip-overs happen far too often. Every 45 minutes in the United States, a child is rushed to ... More >>


Does your disability insurance really have you covered? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Ever thought about what would happen if an illness or injury made you unable to work? You might be thinking you’d rely on any disability insurance you have through your employer. But would that be enough? Find out with this "Two-Minute Checkup." ... More >>


Pocket doors offer accessibility in every home
(BPT) - Did you know that the smallest room in your home can be the most dangerous?Every year 235,000 adults seek emergency care for injuries sustained in bathrooms from falls and other accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Injuries are due to everything from grabb... More >>


The Impact of Meningococcal Disease in the United States
(BPT) - Meningitis is a type of invasive meningococcal disease and bacterial infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 500 cases of meningococcal disease (probable and confirmed) occurred in the Uni... More >>


Poised for success: Treating hearing loss pays dividends on the job
(BPT) - The willingness to take action is the single most important ingredient for success. This is true in any career, in any business venture, and at any time in a person’s life.Addressing hearing loss on the job allows you to stay ahead of the game and helps you achieve success. In fact, t... More >>


Could immunotherapy be a cure for cancer?
(BPT) - In May 2004, 22-year-old Sharon Belvin was two weeks away from her wedding. She went to the doctor thinking she had a particularly bad case of bronchitis and soon learned that she had stage IV melanoma – a diagnosis that typically comes with a two-year survival rate of only 15 percent... More >>


Expert tips for preventing and treating tick bites
(BPT) - If you think ticks are a concern only in the deep woods, it’s time to think again. Partially due to migrating deer populations, ticks are now abundant in suburban and city backyards – and they're spreading disease. In fact, an estimated 300,000 Americans are infected with Lyme d... More >>


Spring and flu are here: 5 tips to keep you healthy
(BPT) - Spring is almost here but people are still talking about flu. Like the persistent winter storms that have blanketed much of the country week after week, this year’s flu cases started early and they’re still widespread in many parts of the country. There were several different st... More >>


Show support for the 30 million who fight rare diseases [Infographic]
(BPT) - There are 30 million Americans living with a rare disease - defined as a condition that affects fewer than 200,000 people - half of whom are children. Many rare diseases are chronic and can be life-threatening. Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy is dedicated to helping people with complex and rar... More >>


Vicki Lawrence shares personal health challenge for first time
(BPT) - Emmy award-winning actress Vicki Lawrence is sharing her experience with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) in a new campaign called CIU & You. In the US, it is estimated that approximately 1.5 million people suffer from CIU, a disease that is characterized by mild to severe itchy hives... More >>


Identifying pain medication addiction in your friends; yourself
(BPT) - If you’ve ever taken them, you know prescription opioids can provide a clinically safe and effective solution to pain management. They can also be very addictive, however, and protecting against addiction requires vigilance on the part of the patient as well as his or her doctors, nur... More >>


Easy tips to drink more water throughout the day
(BPT) - You know drinking plenty of water every day is good for your health. The Institute of Medicine recommends men consume about 13 cups of fluid a day and women take in about 9 cups. Yet remembering to drink water may not always make the top of your daily to-do list. Here are some tips to natur... More >>


Tips to prevent prescription drug abuse at home
(BPT) - More than 6 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, and much of the abuse begins at home. In fact, more than 70 percent of those who illegally use prescription pain relievers obtained them through friends or family, including raid... More >>


More than just annoying: The link between snoring and heart disease
(BPT) - Snoring isn’t pleasant for anyone – not the partner who has to sleep beside the snorer, nor the snorer whose breathing may pause repeatedly throughout the night. But did you know that loud, excessive snoring is often a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that – if... More >>


Protecting baby's skin: 3 steps parents should take this spring and summer
(BPT) - Soft, smooth, fresh and flawless – it’s how parents envision their baby’s skin. Your little one may be born with perfect skin, but protecting that perfection requires work. “The skin acts as a protective barrier, and many environmental factors can affect a baby&rsquo... More >>


3 costly mistakes baby boomers make with Medicare
(BPT) - Each day, thousands of people in the U.S. turn 65, and they’re faced with making choices about the Medicare program. Unfortunately, many people’s missteps mean they end up paying too much for healthcare coverage.“A study published by Health Affairs, a peer-reviewed healthc... More >>


Understanding Multiple Myeloma
(BPT) - Being diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming. This may be true for people living with multiple myeloma, a rare and progressive blood cancer for which there is no cure. Learning more about multiple myeloma through research may help patients feel more empowered and informed.“When I w... More >>


Want to get your kids to eat healthier? Try adding some peanuts. [Infographic]
(BPT) - Getting kids to eat their fruits and vegetables can be a challenge. Next time you might think about adding cheese sauce to your child’s veggies, try a serving of peanut butter instead to give your kids eight grams of protein and more than 30 vitamins and nutrients.To help parents enco... More >>


5 things to know for IBS Awareness Month
(BPT) - If you experience recurring constipation along with belly pain, it could be a medical condition called irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C). During IBS Awareness Month in April, take some time to evaluate your gastrointestinal (GI) health and keep these 5 things in mind:1. You... More >>


10 tips for kids' good dental health
(BPT) - Getting children to brush their teeth can be challenging. No parent wants to struggle with a child every morning and night to ensure he or she develops good dental habits and a healthy smile. As a father of two young children, NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon understands the challenge... More >>


5 symptoms of menopause: What you can do to help relieve them
  (BPT) - Menopause. The change. You know the terms and you’ve overheard women talking about it and sharing their experiences for years. If you’re in your mid-40s, you may have already started to feel the symptoms. Menopause isn’t the same for any two women, everyone exp... More >>


Why experts recommend skin-to-skin contact for infants
(BPT) - If your family is expecting a child in the near future, there is a good chance you've been actively reading about all the latest in care techniques and methods for raising your child in the safest and most loving environment possible.Mothers and fathers have long known how effective cuddlin... More >>


Why is it so hard for all of us to lose weight?[Infographic]
(BPT) - With the unavoidable challenges that throw us off track, Weight Watchers is more committed than ever to helping Americans navigate daily food temptations. Dining out, attending parties and celebrating special occasions with friends and family are a fun part of life, but can be tricky s... More >>


Working to improve the heart health of African American women
(BPT) - Every two minutes, a woman dies from heart disease. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. However, author Alice Walker once said “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” For combating heart disease, wom... More >>


5 ways to outsmart your picky eater
(BPT) - Few things cause more parental frustration than trying to get a picky eater to enjoy a well-rounded diet. Whether your child has been picky all his life, or, out of nowhere is now turning up his nose at healthy foods he previously adored, it’s easy to feel like your failing as a careg... More >>


3 absolutes to preserve indoor air quality during your remodeling project
(BPT) - Are you beginning a remodeling project? Well, take a deep breath because your air is about to be affected in a major way.Is this preventable? It can be, if you take action.The most important time to act is before you begin your remodeling project, especially if you are staying in your home ... More >>


Taking aim at the leading health risk for American Indians
(BPT) - While heart disease among most Americans has decreased over the past 50 years, American Indians are almost twice as likely to develop the condition as other Americans, a study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has found. Heart disease is now the leading caus... More >>


What couples starting a family should know about prenatal testing
(BPT) - So you've decided to take the leap into parenthood. To give yourself the best chance for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby, there are some important options to consider before you head down the road to conception and once you learn you are pregnant. Parents-to-be are often faced with n... More >>


The 9 to 5 of cold and flu in the midwest [Infographic]
(BPT) - Despite health care providers’ advice that sick patients should recover at home to help limit spreading the virus, under-the-weather consumers often struggle with whether or not to call in sick. Read on to learn more.... More >>


Prostate cancer treatment options: when less is more
(BPT) - A prostate cancer diagnosis can be shocking and scary, but there are ways to help ease anxiety and uncertainty around treatment options. A patient and his wife, a doctor and a national patient advocacy leader share some of the facts and their stories.“When I heard I had prostate cance... More >>


9 questions every parent should ask their pediatrician about vaccination
(BPT) - Immunization is an important step that may help protect your child against serious infectious diseases. Whether this is your first child or your fourth, paving the way for your little one’s lifelong health is very important. It is important that you get your information from credible ... More >>


Operation safety: Tips to make every bath a safe bath
(BPT) - Does your bathroom need a makeover? Go beyond functional and stylish updates and consider upgrades that add an element of safety, too. A few affordable, small updates can dramatically affect your bathroom's level of safety while still providing a look you’ll love.Leave a little light ... More >>


Osteoporosis 101: What every woman should know [Infographic]
(BPT) - Osteoporosis is a chronic bone disease characterized by low bone mass and loss of bone tissue. It affects millions of people worldwide, especially women. It increases the risk of fractures and can impact quality of life. By understanding the facts and getting tested, women can find out thei... More >>


Binge Eating Disorder (B.E.D.): An Adult Patient's Journey [Infographic]
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An ideal number 2 may not be a number 2: what your bathroom habits might be telling you
(BPT) - It can be uncomfortable to talk about what happens behind bathroom doors. But if you can set aside the awkwardness for a moment, your bathroom habits may actually be an important indicator of your gastrointestinal (GI) health.One of the most frequent digestive complaints in the U.S. –... More >>


Are you at risk for type 2 diabetes?
(BPT) - Are you or a loved one at risk for type 2 diabetes? It can be difficult to know, but considering an astounding one in eight Americans has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it’s worthwhile to understand the risk factors.Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include people who are overwei... More >>


Actress Brenda Strong has 'The Other Talk'
(BPT) - Fifty is a major milestone in a woman’s life: from physical changes, to becoming an empty-nester, to new homes or careers, it can be a time to re-focus on one’s self and gain a new sense of freedom. During this time, one change that women may not anticipate is postmenopause.&ldq... More >>


About Binge Eating Disorder (B.E.D.) in Adults [Infographic]
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The 9 to 5 of cold and flu in the mid-atlantic [Infographic]
(BPT) - Despite health care providers’ advice that sick patients should recover at home to help limit spreading the virus, under-the-weather consumers often struggle with whether or not to call in sick. Read on to learn more.... More >>


Under pressure: How to manage stress before it affects your health
(BPT) - Stress: it makes your heart race, your head pound and your stomach churn.While a little stress can be a good thing and help motivate us when needed, too much stress can lead to negative health effects including headaches, upset stomach, back pain, trouble sleeping and a weakened immune syst... More >>


Feeling short of breath? It could be something serious
(BPT) - Unlike many Americans, Pete Mulliner knew of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) long before he was actually diagnosed with it. His grandfather died from pulmonary fibrosis the year Mulliner was married. “Granddad was the go-to guy in my world,” Mulliner says. “He taught m... More >>


Small-batch cooking trend moves from human tables to pets' plates
(BPT) - Food trends constantly evolve, reflecting society’s growing awareness of how what we eat affects our health and the environment. More Americans are choosing foods with an eye to nutrition, natural and locally sourced ingredients, and sustainable preparation processes. They’re no... More >>


5 things you should know about macular degeneration [Infographic]
(BPT) - Can you imagine not being able to see your friends' faces or read your favorite books? People with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are at risk for losing their central vision, blocking their ability to see details and recognize faces. But a medical eye exam can lead to early detectio... More >>


8 tips for spring cleaning your sleeping habits
  (BPT) - Spring is a few days away and, for most of us, it couldn’t come soon enough. You’ve probably spent more hours in the house this winter than you care to admit and there might be a few more things lying around than you need. You might also have picked up habits that ne... More >>


What you need to know about multiple myeloma
(BPT) - Multiple myeloma is the third most common type of blood cancer affecting more than 83,000 Americans. Since the disease affects each person differently, people with multiple myeloma can better understand their treatment journey by building strong relationships and learning how to effectively... More >>


Breathe deeply and safely: 5 ways to protect yourself from CO poisoning
(BPT) - Most homeowners recognize the importance of protecting their homes from fire. They do this by checking the batteries in their smoke alarms, completely extinguishing fires in their fireplaces and keeping flammable materials away from candles or space heaters. However, while fire safety is fr... More >>


National Children's Dental Health Month reminds parents of the importance of oral health
(BPT) - February is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM), a great time for parents and caregivers to remember the importance that oral health plays in children’s overall health and wellness. The health of little teeth is more critical than many people realize. In fact, the le... More >>


A little inspiration can go a long way for people living with relapsing multiple sclerosis
(BPT) - Visit MSInspiration.com for a chance to win a day of inspiration!At first glance, Marci Viland and Chris Wright don’t have very much in common. Their paths have never crossed, they live in different cities and they have different careers. But Marci and Chris do have one very important... More >>


7 inspiring people who owe their lives to the generosity of others
(BPT) - Organ and tissue donations saved the lives of nearly 30,000 American adults and children in 2014. Behind that amazing number are inspiring personal stories – a man whose liver was toxic to himself but usable by someone else, a heart recipient who survived the rare genetic condition th... More >>


3 hearty breakfast recipes for everyone in a hurry
(BPT) - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Everyone has heard that saying, but unfortunately, breakfast is also often the most forgotten meal of the day. Instead of enjoying a hearty, nutritious breakfast, many people opt for simple alternatives on the go because they believe creating... More >>


The workout that works for seniors of all ages and mobility levels: resistance training
(BPT) - Think you’re too old and frail to work out? Think again! The health benefits of daily exercise are widely known, but seniors facing health and mobility issues may feel working out is beyond their abilities. Sixty-three percent of people 60 and older don’t engage in daily exercis... More >>


5 tips to slash prescription drug costs
(BPT) - Today’s rising health care costs can feel out of control. Fortunately, prescription drugs are an exception. Consider these five simple ways to save money on your prescriptions so you can stay healthy and maintain your budget.1. Ask about generic or lower-cost equivalents.Your health p... More >>


Living with MS, finding inner strength
(BPT) - When Chrystal Graham of Alpharetta, Georgia was diagnosed with relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2009, she was 27-years-old and no stranger to coping with life’s challenges. Having dealt with the loss of her mother to illness, Graham knew she could manage her way through almost any... More >>


Don't let long-term care needs spring up on you - plan ahead
(BPT) - Most of us have spent the better part of the last seven months bundled up or buried in snow, but the time has come to shed the layers and ditch the itchy, bulky sweaters and start anew.For so many of us, this means spring cleaning. The washing of, or planting of or for some, the planning of... More >>


Improve your spring-cleaning routine and create a healthier home
(BPT) - Spring is cleaning season. You've opened the curtains to let in the sunshine, and every cleaning product you have in the house is primed and ready for action.The whole family has been enlisted to help. The youngest is in charge of wiping all the cobwebs off the floorboards. You have the old... More >>


Are you getting enough protein? The answer may surprise you [Infographic]
(BPT) - Are you getting enough protein? Most Americans are not and many do not even know how much protein is recommended for a healthy daily diet. Explore the following infographic to learn more about the nutritional values of protein and how much is right for you. You can also find more informatio... More >>


Awareness of COPD growing but many remain undiagnosed
(BPT) - Americans are becoming more aware of the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to a survey released by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). About 70 percent of American adults say they are familiar with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), u... More >>


Summer sweat: 5 steps to an effective warm weather workout
(BPT) - The warm weather is finally here, and that means you can shed those layers and hit the beach! It also means that it’s a great time to ditch the gym and take your workouts outside to help you shape up for this summer. Celebrity and professional athlete trainer Gunnar Peterson offers th... More >>


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


Look good or feel good? 5 home improvements that let you do both
(BPT) - Who remembers that old Saturday Night Live bit in which Billy Crystal, posing as Lorenzo Lamas, quips that “It’s better to look good than to feel good”? Home improvement can sometimes shake out that way. Some upgrades that look great don’t do a lot for a homeowner&rs... More >>


A small change can make a big nutrition difference [Infographic]
(BPT) - The choices you make every day can have a dramatic impact on your overall health. Informed choices can lead to a healthier lifestyle. Look for graphics and information to help you make better snack and beverage choices and check out this infographic for easy-to-implement tips.... More >>


5 simple ways to disconnect and enjoy 15 minutes of 'me time'
(BPT) - Americans rarely take the time to unplug during the work day. In fact, we spend just short of half the day in front of some type of screen, according to research by the Kaiser Family Foundation.The health benefits of relaxing away from digital technology are well documented, but it still is... More >>


5 tips for stress-free traveling on a gluten-free diet
(BPT) - Gluten-free diets are on the rise, especially with an estimated one in 133 Americans affected by Celiac disease, according to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. When a member of the family has a restricted diet, travel can be challenging, but with advance preparation you can... More >>


When it comes to arthritis, better education often leads to better diagnoses
(BPT) - Rachelle Crow, of Chesterfield, Michigan, is living proof that autoimmune and rheumatic diseases can affect people of any age. She first sought help for painful joints as a 19-year-old college student, but received a confusing diagnosis of osteoarthritis, something typically associated with... More >>


7 mind-blowing ways smart hearing aids can change your life
(BPT) - Smart devices are everywhere today. From phones and watches to appliances and even toothbrushes, smart devices are easy and intuitive to use, anticipate your needs and desires, are interactive, and seamlessly connect with your other high-tech devices.Even hearing aids are getting a high-tec... More >>


How much salt do you need for a healthy diet?
(BPT) - Mothers everywhere understand that the food kids eat is more than just a collection of nutrients arranged on a plate. “Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables and in moderation” has been sage motherly advice for a long time.Unfortunately, conflicting information... More >>


Do your supplements stack up? 4 tips to ensure they make the grade
(BPT) - Maintaining a healthy diet that includes all the recommended vitamins and nutrients can be a challenge, particularly when the current food landscape is full of overly processed foods that rarely contain essential nutrients. Supplements can provide a great way to enhance a healthy diet with ... More >>


Smart buying decisions: How hearing aids give you a great return on your investment
(BPT) - If you’re one of the nearly 40 million Americans who suffer with hearing loss, maybe it’s time to consider investing in your hearing health.Research shows that the rewards can be substantial. In fact, identifying and addressing hearing loss has been shown to positively influence... More >>


Better knowledge, products make 'aging gracefully' easier than ever
(BPT) - Did your grandmother age gracefully? She might have thought growing older with poise meant accepting age-related changes in her skin and overall health, or that costly cosmetic surgery was the only way to look her best as she grew older. Today, better health knowledge and leading-edge produ... More >>


You're as young as you dream [Infographic]
(BPT) - Today, Americans are living longer and they’re also enjoying the later years of life more than ever before. Explore this infographic to learn more about how Wish of a Lifetime and Brookdale make seniors’ dreams come true.... More >>


Gout, just a pain in the big toe? Think again. Debunking 4 myths that overshadow the seriousness of gout
(BPT) - Gout – only rich, old men get it, right? Wrong! The truth is, gout can affect both men and women of all ages, economic standing and backgrounds. More than 8.3 million American adults have gout, and the incidence and prevalence of the disease are on the rise.Gout is the most common for... More >>


5 surprising things treating hearing loss says about you
  (BPT) - Are you brushing off a hearing problem because you’re afraid it might say the wrong thing about you? Well think again. Research shows that people with hearing loss who use hearing aids enjoy a better overall quality of life. In fact, you just may be surprised—and ins... More >>


The cost of catching a cold or the flu [Infographic]
(BPT) - While we’re all dreaming ahead to springtime, many of us are still dealing with a cold or the flu. Puffs and Vicks are the essentials you need to help take care of yourself so you can get back to the things you love. Learn more about dealing with a cold and the flu in this infographic... More >>


3 reasons to pay attention to an irregular heartbeat
(BPT) - Approximately 14 million people in the U.S. have an irregular heartbeat, also known as an arrhythmia. Heart arrhythmias are very common and are usually harmless. However, certain arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation, may produce pooling and clotting of the blood which can damage the bra... More >>


New survey reveals insights into emotional and physical impact of a fatal lung disease [Infographic]
(BPT) - Being diagnosed with the fatal lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) can be the start of an unknown journey for both patients and caregivers but a recent survey sheds light on the impact of IPF through its findings.The EXPLORE IPF survey assessed the needs, experiences and feelin... More >>


Nothing to sneeze at: How to keep your family healthy this flu season
(BPT) - February is still part of peak flu season. For adults, coming down with the flu can translate to missed work and complications. Children risk missing school and, for younger children, complications related to the flu can be even more severe than in adults – sometimes fatal.Research sh... More >>


The ABC's of HDL and LDL cholesterol [Infographic]
(BPT) - High cholesterol is a heart-stopping matter that affects 71 million Americans. GO Veggie!, a pioneer in cholesterol-free cheese alternatives for more than 30 years, is a great resource to stay heart smart and learn more about your risk of stroke, heart disease and heart attack.... More >>


Forget the pricey trip to the spa with simple DIY tips and tricks
(BPT) - With a whole new year ahead, now is the perfect time to relax and refresh with at-home spa treatments that are easy, natural, luxurious and, best of all, affordable.“Skin care does not have to be costly to be effective,” says Janet Little, director of nutrition at Sprouts Farmer... More >>


What parents and athletes need to know about carbohydrates in the form of sugar
(BPT) - An athlete’s overall nutrition needs vary depending on several factors, including the type of sport and duration of time in motion. Specifically during activity, an athlete needs fuel to perform, and carbohydrates, including sugars, have been found to be functional for athletes who ar... More >>


For the 40 million suffering from irritable bowel syndrome a better diagnosis awaits
(BPT) - Millions of people suffer from troubling and sometimes debilitating gastrointestinal symptoms like bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea and/or constipation. When they discuss these symptoms with their healthcare provider they often leave without a clear diagnosis. If you are one of these peop... More >>


Give your game day fans delicious and healthy snacks to help them cheer their team on to victory
(BPT) - When hosting a big game day party, you plan the food, TV location, seating arrangements and decorations for your big game-watching party. In the same fashion, Ted Harper, the team sports dietitian of the New England Patriots, meticulously plans the diets of his team members to maximize each... More >>


Disability insurance: why what you don't know can hurt you
(BPT) - Few people expect to become disabled and unable to work, even though 2013 Social Security Administration statistics show a 20-year old worker has a 30 percent chance of becoming disabled at some point during his career. The truth is, life can throw unexpected curves your way, and expecting ... More >>


Hooked on books: Why reading to your baby is a must
(BPT) - Four-month old Lily Campos sits on her father’s lap, one chubby hand in her mouth, the other patting the farm animals in the book in front of her. As the pages turn, she reaches for the pictures, squealing and gurgling with excitement as her father reads.The Campos family’s bigg... More >>


Hepatitis C: A hidden disease [Infographic]
(BPT) - Hepatitis C is a serious liver disease that affects an estimated 3.2 million Americans. Three out of every 4 people living with Hepatitis C are baby boomers – individuals born from 1945-1965. However, about half of those infected don’t know they have Hepatitis C. That’s wh... More >>


Know how and when to screen for cervical cancer [Infographic]
(BPT) - To protect yourself from developing cervical cancer, you need to know how Pap and HPV tests can work together to assess your risk, as well as how often to get tested since the greatest risk is not getting screened. A newly released survey, Cervical Cancer Today: A National Survey of Attitud... More >>


Get safer drinking water the natural way
(BPT) - Household bacteria can be a serious issue affecting your health. In fact, the very steps we take to eliminate harmful bacteria may be spreading it. Everyone washes their fresh fruits and vegetables, but the water in your pipes may contain even more bacteria, especially if you have hard wate... More >>


Health trumps wealth in importance to retirees' well-being
(BPT) - Whoever said, “If you have your health, you have everything,” must have been retired.That's because retirees feel more financially secure when they're in good health according to new research. And when they feel financially secure, retirees also report they're enjoying retiremen... More >>


February is Heart Month: 5 surprising facts that might save your life
(BPT) - The human heart is incredible: It pumps 2 ounces of blood in every heartbeat, totaling at least 2,500 gallons daily. It has its own electrical pulse and beats 100,000 times a day. Yet, unless there’s something wrong with yours, you probably don’t give your heart a second thought... More >>


Discover unexpected ways to drink more water
(BPT) - A whopping 96 percent of Americans believe that they should be drinking more water, according to a International Bottled Water Association survey. Celebrity health and wellness coach Kathy Kaehler agrees, because she encounters hydration issues all the time with her clients.“I’v... More >>


What you need to know to control this silent killer
(BPT) - Most people assume they only need to take their medication when they are sick, meaning when they experience symptoms. But in the case of hypertension, this type of thinking could kill you.Patients who have hypertension are often completely asymptomatic – that’s the reason hypert... More >>


5 reasons to get your kids' hearing checked this year
(BPT) -   It isn’t just older adults who need to get their hearing tested periodically. Kids also need to have their hearing checked, especially with nearly half of teenagers already showing potential signs of hearing loss. Here are five good reasons why your youngster should begin ... More >>


Two-year degree programs and one-year certificates can open doors to in-demand careers in health care technology
(BPT) - Tiffany Fair initially ruled out a career in health care. She assumed most available positions were for nurses, and she knew she could never get past her fear of seeing blood. Fair’s outlook on the industry changed quickly when she learned about the growing field of health information... More >>


What would Harvey Cushing do about the state of Cushing's disease management today?
(BPT) - The endocrine system is a collection of glands that secrete hormones to regulate key functions in the body, including mood, growth and development. When one of the glands in the endocrine system is not functioning properly and the body produces too much or too little of certain hormones, he... More >>


Dry eye affects most menopausal women; nutrition can help
(BPT) - When most women think of menopausal symptoms, they imagine hot flashes, moodiness and night sweats. But there’s one symptom that’s often forgotten when hormones begin to fluctuate – dry eye. In fact, dry eye affects 61 percent of menopausal women, according to The Huffingt... More >>


Testing for infectious diseases early in pregnancy is key [Infographic]
(BPT) - Several infectious diseases can be passed on from a pregnant woman to her baby, increasing the risk of miscarriage, birth defects and developmental problems. These infections - collectively known as TORCH - include toxoplasmosis, other (e.g., syphilis, HIV), rubella (measles), cytomegalovir... More >>


5 lawn mowing safety tips so you can enjoy your free time
(BPT) - Enjoying those warm summer and fall afternoons is a luxury, and often the stresses of the office or the yard duties like mowing the lawn get in the way.With zero turn mowers making the time spent mowing the grass more efficient, more and more homeowners are getting to enjoy their afternoons... More >>


6 tips for a safe outpatient surgery experience
(BPT) - Nearly two-thirds of surgeries today are performed at outpatient facilities, meaning you don’t need to pack an overnight bag. But just as if you were having the procedure in the hospital you will likely need anesthesia, and should plan ahead to have a safe and successful experience.Se... More >>


Speaking up is more vital than ever for women with advanced breast cancer, survey shows
(BPT) - Women with advanced breast cancer have different physical and emotional needs from those with early stage breast cancer, differences that are critical in the management of their disease. Advanced breast cancer, which includes Stage IV metastatic disease, occurs when the cancer has either sp... More >>


7 simple tips to help babies adjust to daylight saving time
(BPT) - Adults are not typically affected by daylight saving time, but the change can turn an infant’s world upside-down. Many parents worry that springing ahead just one hour will cause chaos to their little one’s sleep routine.A whopping 77 percent of parents with kids ages 4 and youn... More >>


You'll see the benefits of protecting your eyes with these tips
(BPT) - Everywhere you look, you’re reading, shopping, banking, or being entertained online with digital devices small and large.In fact 62 percent of adults use computers, smartphones, tablets or other hand-held devices for five or more hours a day, according to the American Optometric Assoc... More >>


Whole grains and heart health go hand-in-hand [Infographic]
(BPT) - Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading killers of Americans every year and many of these deaths could be prevented by simple diet/lifestyle changes. Follow this infographic to learn more about the very real benefits whole grains have for helping prevent cardiovascular disease and to l... More >>


Spring into action now to help prepare for fall allergies
(BPT) - To everything there is a season, and this season you just might be feeling lousy: sneezing, stuffy nose, and watery eyes. With spring allergies in full swing and summer right around the corner, it may be difficult to think about the upcoming fall allergy season now, but it’s not too e... More >>


Gut check: Simple ways to beat the bloat
(BPT) - Bloated stomachs, indigestion and occasional gassiness grab the most attention during the holidays, when over-eating seems to be the norm. But periodic bloating and discomfort can occur throughout the year. In fact, one out of 10 people may experience gut problems on a regular basis, accord... More >>


Are you at risk for a cardiovascular event? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Bayer HealthCare, the makers of Bayer(R) Aspirin, announces the launch of the ProHeart Path Tool. The ProHeart Path Tool, available on IamProHeart.com, calculates the 5-year risk of a cardiovascular event (heart attack or stroke) based on a risk assessment. The ProHeart Path Tool also provi... More >>


Nothing to sneeze at: 5 tips for seasonal allergy relief
(BPT) - Spring is upon us, and if you have seasonal allergies, you may be less excited about that than most. After all, what fun is finally freeing your face from that scarf if you’re just going to bury it in a tissue? It’s no fun at all, but allergies don’t have to make you miser... More >>


Golf legend Arnold Palmer and actor-writer-comedian Kevin Nealon find common ground in fight against blood clots
(BPT) - Arnold Palmer is one of the world’s greatest professional golfers; Kevin Nealon is one of his generation’s most beloved actors / comedians. Though seemingly worlds apart, they’ve experienced conditions that raise their chances for developing blood clots and/or stroke. The ... More >>


New treatments offer hope to elders with macular degeneration
(BPT) - When Joan Nick, an 87-year-old retiree, was diagnosed with the dry form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in her left eye, she was worried about going blind.Joan had already lost sight in her right eye in her 60s due to glaucoma, so the vision in her left eye was all she had –... More >>


3 ways to make your backyard irresistible to kids this summer
(BPT) - When summer arrives do you see even less of your kids than you did during the school year? Too many American children, tweens and teens spend those extra hours of free time indoors playing with technology, rather than engaging in healthful activity outside. Even when you know where your kid... More >>



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