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What makes you feel fulfilled? Uncovering the secret to living your best life
(BPT) - It's not money. It's also not how many vacations you take, or whether or not you have pets, or if you own a big house. So what, then, is the secret to living a fulfilled life? The highly debated answer to this question might surprise you. Nearly 2 million people around the world have spoken... read full story

Parents: Tips for preventing and battling super-lice
(BPT) - Plenty of common childhood ailments are heavy on "ick factor," no matter how harmless they really are. Few experiences, however, have the power to gross out parents quite so thoroughly as learning their child has head lice. And now, the pests that have been around since humans first grew ha... read full story

What you need to know about the opioid epidemic
(BPT) - All it takes is a quick glance at the news to discover the state of drug abuse in the United States. Out of the 21.5 million Americans 12 years of age and older with a substance use disorder, 1.9 million of them had a disorder involving prescription pain relievers and 586,000 involving hero... read full story

vs.MS: An initiative to shed light on the realities of multiple sclerosis [Infographic]
(BPT) - As part of vs.MS, Sanofi Genzyme conducted a global survey of people living with relapsing MS and their care partners to better understand the physical and emotional impact of the disease. This is a closer look at the vs.MS survey results. ... read full story

Calling all small employers: Affordable, quality health coverage for your employees
(BPT) - Research shows that for small employers, being able to offer quality health insurance for employees is a high priority. Even so, you may be wondering about how to control costs while offering quality coverage, which policies to choose for your employees and how to enroll.Understanding the i... read full story

School's out: 4 tips to help your child with ADHD thrive this summer
(BPT) - Just as students are excited for summer break from school, parents can be just as anxious to find new ways to continue the learning process over the summer months. Parents of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may feel additional pressure to find ways for their ch... read full story

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020: Grains as part of a healthy eating pattern [Infographic]
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Too much sitting: A dangerous trend [Infographic]
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Seniors commit suicide twice as often as teens
(BPT) - While teenagers are the age group most associated with suicide risk, the terrible truth is that another group is killing themselves at even higher rates: seniors.Adults aged 65 to 84 are nearly twice as likely to commit suicide as 15 to 24-year-olds, according to the Center for Disease Cont... read full story

Feel rushed at the doctor's office? How to get more 1-1 time
(BPT) - For patients and physicians alike, the current health care environment has never been more promising, but it’s also frustrating. While there are more medical advancements and treatment options than ever before, the importance of the doctor-patient relationship has taken a backseat in ... read full story

Catch 'em before they bite: 6 steps for fewer mosquitoes
(BPT) - Mosquitoes cause more human harm than any other living organism, according to the American Mosquito Control Association. Not only do these buzzing insects induce itchy red bites, but some species are also responsible for the spread of the Zika virus, which has caused concern in South Americ... read full story

4 common mold myths debunked
(BPT) - Mold is a word that can make anyone cringe. But when it comes to mold in your home, misinformation is an all too common problem. Myths surrounding mold in your home can be costly to both your property and your health."Mold isn't something that most people think about until it affects their ... read full story

Meet the millennial mom: Same infant feeding concerns, savvier about savings
(BPT) - Mothering styles can be as unique as the moms themselves and vary from generation to generation. A millennial mom would never think of putting her baby to sleep on his stomach, or using a laundry basket to transport her newborn in the car - yet those were accepted mothering practices in dec... read full story

The ultimate sunscreen application guide [infographic]
(BPT) - Sunscreen. You know you need it. But do you know when to wear it, how much you need or when to reapply it? Keeping your skin protected from the sun doesn’t have to be a pain. Become a sunscreen pro and keep your skin protected from the sun with these simple guidelines.... read full story

Changing the RA NarRAtive, it takes two! [Infographic]
(BPT) - - The RA NarRAtive global surveys, which were fielded among more than 1,700 rheumatologists and 3,900 people living with RA, assessed the physician-patient relationship and attitudes towards disease status, communication and treatment satisfaction. Learn more at Pfizer.com/RANarRAtive.... read full story

The Evolution of the Diagnosis of Binge Eating Disorder in Adults [Infographic]
(BPT) - Binge Eating Disorder (B.E.D.) is recognized as an eating disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). Some of the B.E.D. symptoms in adults include: regularly eating far more food than most people would in a similar time period under similar... read full story

Fuel your day with 5 energizing superfoods
(BPT) - With groggy eyes and slow movements, you peel yourself out of bed each day. Between the morning and afternoon slumps, you long for the energy of your youth. Does this sound familiar? Then you'll be glad to know about five superfoods that can help energize you from the inside out, so you can... read full story

10 simple, week-by-week steps for a healthier summer
(BPT) - Summer’s arrival means more time outdoors and partaking in warm weather fun with family and friends. If your New Year’s resolution to be healthier has fallen by the wayside, summer can be a great time to reinvigorate your efforts.Here are 10 simple things you and your family can... read full story

5 fresh steps to reorganize your spring routine
(BPT) - The changing seasons create a great opportunity to rethink your habits to keep your “always on” routine at its freshest. With some quick, consistent changes, you can refresh your daily routine and form better habits with minimal effort required. Here are five easy tips to feel c... read full story

4 remarkable new health care innovations made possible by plastics
(BPT) - From preemie babies to senior citizens, advances in medical technology benefit everyone. Two basic advances alone - sterile plastic packaging and disposable medical items - have helped prevent countless infections, one of the world's leading causes of premature deaths.Healthcare innovations... read full story

Are your HF symptoms getting worse? 7 questions to ask
(BPT) - If you or a loved one are among the 5.7 million Americans who live with chronic heart failure (HF), you know how fatigue, shortness of breath and other possible symptoms related to the condition can affect what you do on a day-to-day basis.Heart failure is a serious condition, but it doesn'... read full story

5 easy ways to reduce digital eyestrain
(BPT) - Technology can be beautiful thing. It has expanded our worlds and our minds, connecting people in a way they've never been before. But if you’re regularly using mobile devices, it’s possible you’re one of 70 percent of U.S. adults who suffer from digital eyestrain. And if ... read full story

Hepatitis C: A silent epidemic among baby boomers
(BPT) - Did you know baby boomers are at higher risk of being infected with the Hepatitis C virus, and that often they don’t show symptoms for many years? That's a concern, because Hepatitis C is a serious liver condition that results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus. Seventy to 85 p... read full story

Hepatitis C: A silent epidemic among baby boomers
(BPT) - Did you know baby boomers are at higher risk of being infected with the Hepatitis C virus, and that often they don’t show symptoms for many years? That's a concern, because Hepatitis C is a serious liver condition that results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus. Seventy to 85 p... read full story

Hepatitis C: A silent epidemic among baby boomers
(BPT) - Did you know baby boomers are at higher risk of being infected with the Hepatitis C virus, and that often they don’t show symptoms for many years? That's a concern, because Hepatitis C is a serious liver condition that results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus. Seventy to 85 p... read full story

Hepatitis C: A silent epidemic among baby boomers
(BPT) - Did you know baby boomers are at higher risk of being infected with the Hepatitis C virus, and that often they don’t show symptoms for many years? That's a concern, because Hepatitis C is a serious liver condition that results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus. Seventy to 85 p... read full story

The single most-important thing you can do to protect your vision
(BPT) - You could probably predict the outcome of a study about whether people who don't have vision insurance get adequate - or any - vision care. Unsurprisingly, less than half of Americans who lack health insurance get eye care services, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventio... read full story

Cultural awareness, collaborative spirit: Building a culture of health
(BPT) - Patient behavior and attitudes about health are deeply rooted in outside influences like cultural and societal norms. Thanks to their role in providing person-centered care, a type of care that takes a patient's physical and emotional well-being into account, nurses develop close relationsh... read full story

4 ways to make a healthier you right now
(BPT) - Stay healthy this season with these tips.You hear that? It's a collective sigh of relief that warmer weather is finally here. No more heavy coats, biting winds and mounds of snow. Yes, you're thankful to leave all that behind, along with the holidays. Because while it was great to see all y... read full story

10 ways to be more active during the work day
(BPT) - We’re sitting too much and it’s dangerous. The average American spends more than seven hours sitting every day, and the more time you sit, the higher your risk of serious, potentially life-threatening health problems such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. So, w... read full story

The edible backyard: A source for family meals - and fun
(BPT) - Have your kids ever asked you where the food they're eating comes from? It's a question many parents are answering right from their backyard and porches.To create a hands-on educational experience, many families are transforming their usable spaces into fruit and vegetable gardens that feed... read full story

8 ways to make your eyes happy
(BPT) - Great vision is a must-have for work, school, the gym and everyday life. Try some of these tips to ensure that your peepers are in tip-top condition all day long!1. Take digital breaks.You likely spend way too much time staring at your phone and computer! Give your eyes a rest using the 20-... read full story

The Heart of the Matter: What Does America Really Know about Coronary Artery Disease Treatments? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Recently, 1,400 Americans were surveyed about heart health treatments before and after heart month. ... read full story

Bite back against mosquitoes this season with these prevention tips
(BPT) - From annoying itchy welts to serious conditions like Malaria and West Nile virus, mosquitoes have been making humans miserable and sick for thousands of years. And now, there's Zika - a mosquito-spread virus that may be linked to serious birth defects. In fact, according to the National Ins... read full story

Survey finds need for better asthma control [Infographic]
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A springtime glow: 6 ways to purify your skin
(BPT) - You've heard of detox diets and ridding your body of toxins, but did you know the same is possible for your skin? Environmental toxins and pollutants not only cause breakouts, but also bring out a dull, less vibrant looking complexion."Stressors from your environment and lifestyle can cause... read full story

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement: Changing the face of treatment for patients with aortic stenosis [Infographic]
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3 facts you don't know about fruit and fruit juice
(BPT) - Feeding your family nutritious food and drinks can be tricky, especially when there are so many mixed messages about food out there. Diane Welland, nutritionist and registered dietitian, shares three reasons why 100 percent juice is a great way to help your family get those important fruits... read full story

When healthy still doesn't feel good
(BPT) - You have replaced refined grains with whole grains, increased nuts, fruits and vegetables, are drinking more water and even began taking a probiotic supplement to support your digestive health. Yet, despite these healthy habits, you’re still not feeling your best and you don’t u... read full story

Why your favorite foods may soon be changing
(BPT) - The Federal Government’s push for reduced sodium in American foods will likely affect your favorite foods within the next few months.  Food manufacturers will be pushed to change their recipes, which will change the taste and texture of many foods made in the U.S.Government offic... read full story

6 ways to vacation your way to wellness and weight loss
(BPT) - Why is it that a vacation leaves us exhausted, bloated and broke? This summer, you might consider a more rejuvenating option: a wellness retreat.A good wellness retreat will leave you feeling healthier and better rested as you re-enter the world. Perhaps you will even be a few pounds l... read full story

The new prescription drugs: Are they really the solution for toe and foot fungus? Or do they just come with a high price?
(BPT) - About 35 million Americans suffer from toe, finger, and athlete’s foot fungus, but some treatments aimed at curing the infection have failure rates as high as 93.5 percent. What’s the remedy?People experiencing the discomfort and embarrassment of fungus want a cure — ... read full story

Break the Cycle: Addressing Acne Before it Begins [Infographic]
(BPT) - National survey finds those who suffer from acne struggle emotionally with their breakouts, yet many don't visit their physician to discuss treatment options. ... read full story

Top 10 foods that might be affecting your digestive health
(BPT) - When you’re not feeling great and your stomach is just a little off, it can sidetrack your whole day. You may think you’re doing everything you can to maintain good digestive health — like eating a balanced diet, getting enough fiber and eating foods with probiotics &... read full story

Smart shopping tips for people with asthma and allergies
(BPT) - A stuffy nose. Scratchy throat. Difficulty breathing. It’s bad enough when spring allergy season reaps its ugly head, but when the things in your home trigger your asthma and allergies too, you feel like you’re in an endless battle to feel healthy.“Many household goods are... read full story

Step up your summer beauty regimen with help from expert dermatologists
(BPT) - While magazines make summer beauty look simple, in reality it's anything but. From bloat to breakouts, summer is wrought with beauty challenges.The experts at the Mayo Clinic offer advice on eight of the most common beauty and health concerns of summer.1. Maintaining a healthy (natural) glo... read full story

10 heart-healthy foods that you'll actually want to eat
(BPT) - What does oatmeal, beans and skinless chicken have in common? They are all heart healthy foods, yet don't do a whole lot to tantalize the taste buds. Fortunately, eating for heart health doesn't mean a life sentence of bland foods or boring flavors.By thinking beyond the oatmeal box, you ca... read full story

Surprising foods that pack a protein punch
(BPT) - It helps you build muscle and tissues. You need it to make blood, antibodies and hair. It keeps you satisfied for longer so you can fight hunger pangs. Protein isn’t just for athletes and bodybuilders — it’s essential for everyone striving for a healthy lifestyle.The amoun... read full story

Get moving! 6 ways to add steps to your day
(BPT) - If you spend a large portion of your day sitting, you're not alone.Inactivity is one of the key factors contributing to the nation's high rate of obesity and its related health effects. Research shows 50 to 70 percent of people spend six or more hours a day sitting, and 20 to 35 percent spe... read full story

Nursing shortage creates career opportunities at senior living communities
(BPT) - With nearly 8 million Americans still unemployed, it may be difficult to imagine a labor shortage is on the horizon. Yet many labor experts predict the health care industry is headed in that direction — and older adults may be one of the groups that will suffer the most if a shortage ... read full story

How to get more bang for your charitable buck
(BPT) - Grants from individuals and families are the lifeblood of American charities. They accounted for 72 percent of the more than $350 billion in total giving in 2014, according to Giving USA. For their generosity, donors receive both tax benefits and the satisfaction of supporting causes that a... read full story

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

6 reasons straining to hear interferes with your life
(BPT) - Struggling to hear taxes your brain's resources, forcing you to devote attention to listening and understanding, and away from other tasks. Not only is this exhausting day after day, it can increase your risk of injuries and degenerative brain disorders. Multiple studies point to the conclu... read full story

Battling mosquitoes? Eliminate standing water to deprive bugs of breeding spots
(BPT) - Malaria, West Nile virus and heartworms — as if you didn’t already have enough reasons to fear and loathe mosquitoes and the illnesses they spread, now there’s Zika, a virus that is possibly linked to birth defects. Mosquitoes are much more than itchy nuisances; the illnes... read full story

Center offers hope for eating disorder recovery
(BPT) - Savannah Kerr battled anorexia for 18 years before she hit rock bottom and decided that it was finally time to seek treatment.“Suffering from an eating disorder was so hard, not just on me, but my family as well. It felt like having this dark part of my personality that controlled wha... read full story

Want to know your donation really makes a difference? Give local, America!
(BPT) - Americans are generous people, donating billions of dollars every year to thousands of charities. Yet it’s only human nature to wonder if your check or online donation really makes a difference. It does — just ask Michelle Mott, the mother of a child who lost his battle with ped... read full story

From at school to home: 5 steps to keep kids active
(BPT) - Nearly one in six of all U.S. children and adolescents are obese, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control. And with some struggling schools forgoing traditional physical education classes, health experts view this issue as a growing concern. The regular physical activity ... read full story

IBS Awareness Month: One patient shares her story about a condition that affects millions of Americans
(BPT) - Millions of people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) across the country suffer from painful and debilitating gastrointestinal symptoms including cramping, bloating, abdominal discomfort, and diarrhea. Even worse, almost 70 percent of IBS sufferers are undiagnosed and have no real answer a... read full story

Stop the nausea of migraine headaches with this innovative solution
(BPT) - The throbbing, the pressure, the pain — more than 36 million Americans know these symptoms well. They represent the onset of another migraine headache attack.Migraines are the 19th leading cause of all years lived with a disability according to The World Health Organization. And for t... read full story

Taking a bite out of life insurance premiums
(BPT) - We are bombarded with messages about the importance of making healthy choices every single day. While the latest exercise and nutrition trends can be complex and often contradictory, we all know the basics: eat right, stay active. Still, it can be difficult to make healthy choices in the mo... read full story

Unscrambling the dietary guidelines
(BPT) - While 2016 is the Year of the Monkey on the Chinese calendar, in the world of food and nutrition, it’s the Year of the Egg.The recently released 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans provides key recommendations for healthy eating patterns for the consumption of a variety of prot... read full story

Making care contagious [Infographic]
(BPT) - Starting in January, Kleenex brand set out to make care contagious, inviting people to send a free and customizable Kleenex Care Pack to their loved ones near and far.... read full story

7 supplements to boost your health [Infographic]
(BPT) - Most Americans are overwhelmed by the sheer variety of vitamins and supplements on the market. And who can sort through all those claims? Combined with a healthy lifestyle and a well-balanced diet, vitamins and supplements can improve health outcomes. But the right regiment varies from pers... read full story

Take on taxing headaches [Infographic]
(BPT) - Here come the headaches: 70 percent of people recently surveyed said they get headaches during tax season. For many, these are even worse than their usual headaches. As April 18 quickly approaches, thoughts about missing deductions, the scary possibility of how much they may owe, missing de... read full story

Take Down Cholesterol [Infographic]
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Nationwide need for volunteer firefighters grows: Are you up to the challenge?
(BPT) - Did you know that 87 percent of America's 30,000 fire departments are either fully or partially staffed by volunteers? The peace of mind that these firefighters provide their communities is irreplaceable, however, the number of volunteers is declining rapidly. This shortage is threatening t... read full story

Nurses address global health care concerns through virtual learning
(BPT) - People are more connected now than ever before thanks to the globalization of technology, international travel, commerce and industry. But this interconnectedness also means that health concerns, which were once limited to a community, can have a global impact. The Zika virus, the outbreak ... read full story

Vaccines for teens: Keep your adolescent vaccinations up to date [Infographic]
(BPT) - While immunization rates are high among young children, there is a significant drop in rates among adolescents and young adults. The UNITY Consortium is a non-profit that brings together a wide range of organizations with a singular focus on improving adolescent and young adult health throu... read full story

Boston man with multiple sclerosis reaches new heights with support partner
(BPT) - Brian Moore-Ward recently climbed to the top of Boston’s tallest building to raise awareness for multiple sclerosis (MS). He has conquered this 60-flight climb seven years in a row.While this event would be a challenge for anyone, it’s especially impressive given Brian has lived... read full story

Community connections are a lifeline when coping with chronic disease
(BPT) - Like many people facing a chronic disease diagnosis, Renee Rodriguez felt utterly alone. After a lifetime of battling illnesses and infections, Rodriguez’s immunologist told her she had Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID), a type of Primary Immunodeficiency (PI).[1] Rodriguez had... read full story

The heart screening you should do now
(BPT) - Did you know a simple test of your legs may be able to tell you if you have a higher risk for heart disease?The test is quick, painless and non-invasive. A health professional fits pressure cuffs around your ankles and upper arms, and uses a small ultrasound device to measure the systolic b... read full story

Multiple Myeloma At A Glance [Infographic]
(BPT) - Multiple myeloma is a life-threatening blood cancer of plasma cells, a type of white blood cell in the bone marrow that fights infection. When plasma cells become cancerous and multiply too quickly, they are called myeloma cells. ... read full story

What television gets wrong about weight loss and how it's affecting kids
(BPT) - We can watch television programs, such as The Bachelor or The Real Housewives, and recognize that what we are seeing is a contrived “reality.” But with programs like The Biggest Loser, Fit to Fat to Fit and Extreme Weight Loss, the lines become blurred. The contestants are losin... read full story

Service dog provides support for entire family
(BPT) - It’s not difficult to spot Bobo’s red service dog vest. Bobo serves as Danielle “Dani” Kneisly’s seizure assistance dog, and the two are constantly by each other’s sides. However, it is important to look beyond the vest and fully understand the help he br... read full story

Backyard bounty: Vegetables are nature's original nutritional powerhouses
(BPT) - You’ve probably heard the chatter around how a handful of unusual foods are must-eat nutritional powerhouses — and wondered how you’ll ever get your kids to try kale or chia seeds. But you don’t have to stress over how to incorporate the latest health food fads into ... read full story

World Water Day brings awareness to the Global Water Crisis
(BPT) - More than 663 million people around the world, nearly twice the population of the United States, lack access to clean and safe drinking water. The majority of those affected live in isolated, rural areas in developing countries. Women and children are especially burdened with the task of wa... read full story

It's your medical record: Make sure it's always about you
(BPT) - There’s only one you. But sometimes your name or some of your personal information is so similar to someone else’s that doctors’ offices or hospitals can have a hard time identifying your records correctly. It’s a dangerous and costly problem that can lead to missed ... read full story

Need readers? Here are key facts to know before you buy reading glasses
(BPT) - Your 40th birthday was a while ago and since then, print looks like it’s been getting smaller. Moving printed matter farther from your eyes to bring it into focus worked for a while, but now you’re stretching your arm as far as it will reach. Since that arm’s not going to ... read full story

5 ways to be kind to your kidneys
(BPT) - Your kidneys may be your most underappreciated organ. They constantly filter all your blood — removing waste and toxins — as well as help regulate your blood pressure and keep your bones strong. But you may not be taking care of them as you should. One in three American adults i... read full story

What would you do for a good night's sleep? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Getting a good night's sleep is just as important to your overall health as eating well and exercising regularly. Yet, many Americans just can't seem to get enough quality sleep. As we celebrate World Sleep Day 2016, uncover the lengths to which Americans are willing to go to achieve a good... read full story

What parents-to-be should know about prenatal screening tests
(BPT) - If you’re pregnant or hoping to become pregnant, recent headlines may have raised your awareness of birth defect risks. Contagious diseases like the Zika virus aren’t the only factors that can affect the development of unborn babies. Fortunately, prenatal testing can do a lot to... read full story

Genetic conditions all pregnant women should know about
(BPT) - You’ve probably heard of Down syndrome, but did you know:* About one in every 700 babies in the U.S. is born with this condition?* A 45-year-old woman is 10 times more likely to conceive a child with Down syndrome than someone who is 35 years old?* Down syndrome is only one of several... read full story

2 ways to protect your vision from blue light
(BPT) - Blue light is everywhere — from the sunshine you enjoy on a beautiful day, to the digital devices you have come to depend upon.You might think blue light does not affect the quality of your vision now, but studies are showing that the cumulative effects of blue light can negatively sh... read full story

5 ways to revamp your run
(BPT) - Have you ever wished you could just snap your fingers and be able to run a marathon? If only it were that easy. Whether you're training for a race, want to get in shape or simply enjoy the rhythm of your feet hitting the pavement, running takes consistency and practice."No matter where you ... read full story

How to tell if someone needs inpatient drug treatment
(BPT) - It’s no secret that drug and alcohol abuse don’t pair well with a happy, productive and goal-oriented lifestyle. And even if it doesn’t escalate to an addiction, drug and alcohol use can still get in the way of one’s goals.When a loved one shows signs of substance ab... read full story

Kidney disease: Are you at risk?
(BPT) - Jordan Bupp is no stranger to a challenge. As a professional race car driver, Bupp constantly pushes the limits to go faster, be stronger and of course, win. This drive to persevere was vital to Bupp's will to live in October 2013.While visiting family, Bupp was rushed to the hospital becau... read full story

The promise of immunotherapy is transforming cancer treatment for many patients
(BPT) - At age 28, the last thing Stephen Estrada expected was to be diagnosed with cancer, let alone Stage IV colorectal cancer. His outlook did not look good as his diagnosis came with a five-year survival rate of just 13 percent. Nevertheless, Estrada went forward with different treatments and e... read full story

Learning and attention issues: A child's invisible struggle
(BPT) - Suzanne Lang fondly remembers asking her then 5-year-old son, Alec, what he wanted to be for Halloween.“The king,” he said, beaming.So they went to the craft store and picked out red velvet and white fur for a cape. Lang made a scepter out of cardboard and spray-painted it gold.... read full story

Challenges for patients with obesity in the hospital [Infographic]
(BPT) - Our nation's growing obesity problem is creating a new reality for health care. As obesity rates rise, risk of obesity-related health problems increases as well. Yet many health care facilities are ill-prepared to deliver safe, dignified and cost-effective care to larger patients. For the p... read full story

Local farmers help hungry neighbors in rural America
(BPT) - For farming communities around the country, spring brings not only sunshine and blooms, it means it's planting season. Farmers are already working hard and planning ahead to ensure a bountiful harvest in the fall. Spring is also a time for renewed hope and the anticipation of the abundance ... read full story

5 tips for pain management with opioids: What you need to know about common prescription medications
(BPT) - Millions of Americans take prescription pain medications called opioids. While opioids control pain, they’re not without risk: each day 44 people die from opioid overdoses and 80 percent of those deaths are unintentional.Prescription opioid abuse and misuse have become epidemic, with ... read full story

New campaign encourages men to 'Ask About the Curve' [Infographic]
(BPT) - Peyronie's disease, or "PD," is a condition that can cause curve that could be painful during arousal and intimacy. It can affect as many as one in 10 men worldwide, but diagnosis rates remain low because men with PD may be too uncomfortable to speak up and get help. A new national public a... read full story

It's Tournament Time, and Millions of Men Are 'Mad' About March
(BPT) - But for many men, basketballs and brackets take a backseat to a very personal and under-recognized medical condition – Peyronie’s disease (PD). PD can cause curvature that could be painful during arousal and intimacy. It’s more common than you think – affecting as ma... read full story

Boomers: 5 proven practices to win the race against aging
(BPT) - Naps, knitting and nuzzling with the grandchildren — the traditional image of retirement is being challenged by the more than 76 million baby boomers in the United States.This vibrant generation wants to make the most out of their golden years, and while hobbies and time with grandkid... read full story

The one test that can improve your health today
(BPT) - When you provide just one sample of your DNA, researchers are able to use it to learn more about your health history, assess your chances of contracting certain diseases and even gain a better understanding of the importance family history can play in your health outlook. It sounds futurist... read full story

Making a healthy change for you, your community and the environment
(BPT) - Just because New Year’s Day has come and gone, your chance for making a change for the better hasn’t. Whether looking to give a boost to your health, your fellow man or even the environment, there’s no deadline on picking up positive habits.Make easy nutritional choicesIf ... read full story

Celebrate Sleep Awareness Week with comfort science for a better night's rest [Infographic]
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5 tips for a fabulous, healthy 2016
(BPT) - Now that the holidays are behind us and spring is fast approaching, it is the perfect time to take control and make small changes that will improve your overall health. However, many of us struggle with sticking to a healthy diet and fitness routines and health regimens.To help you stay hea... read full story

Help for people with irregular heartbeat [Infographic]
(BPT) - An estimated 2.7 million Americans have atrial fibrillation (AF), a very fast and disorganized heartbeat that occurs in the upper chambers of the heart. A treatment option to consider is catheter ablation, consult your health care provider for more information.... read full story

A new treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea
(BPT) - Al Pierce from South Carolina had always been a snorer, which kept his wife Gail awake night after night.Eventually, she went to her doctor for sleeping pills as a last resort. After explaining why she wasn’t sleeping, her doctor suggested that Al’s snoring may have been related... read full story

Veterans seek alternative treatments to post-traumatic stress
(BPT) - Most people can’t imagine being terrified by the sound of a fork falling and hitting the ground. They don’t understand how someone cannot sleep because the fear of recurring nightmares keeps them awake. They’ve never experienced anxiety that turns everyday tasks into impos... read full story

Where's my liver anyway? [Infographic]
(BPT) - The liver is a vital organ that filters out chemicals from the blood and plays a key role in digestion. However, a recent study shows that 65 percent of Americans rarely think about their liver health and 42 percent believe they may even be able to live without a liver. Compared to other he... read full story

Spotlight on the transformation of metastatic melanoma care [Infographic]
(BPT) - Over the past four decades, research has significantly improved our understanding of metastatic melanoma -- the most serious and life-threatening form of skin cancer. Through collaboration in research and development, innovative new treatments are transforming the way we care for patients w... read full story

Achoo! Are your seasonal allergies under control?
(BPT) - According to a recent survey by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), which was sponsored by Meda Pharmaceuticals, nearly one-half of allergy sufferers (48%) are highly satisfied with their prescription allergy treatment and report high satisfaction for their children too, su... read full story

Life hacks for better living: 5 easy steps to help you address hearing loss
(BPT) - Life’s “To Do” list can be pretty daunting. And often, getting started on something is the hardest part. This can be especially true for addressing hearing loss.In fact, most people wait roughly seven years to do anything about it once they realize they have hearing loss. ... read full story

Food for Thought: Cooking for Your Heart
(BPT) - Nearly one-third of adults have high LDL-cholesterol levels, which is also known as bad cholesterol, a key risk factor for heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, unfortunately, about 70 percent of adults with high LDL-cholesterol don’t have th... read full story

One simple ingredient for a better-for-you breakfast
(BPT) - If you think of oatmeal as part of your average, boring breakfast, it’s time to think again. As a morning staple, oatmeal gives you the get-up-and go you need to start the day.The demand for non-GMO products continues to rise as people become aware of the benefits and desire tran... read full story

Are you at risk for viral hepatitis? This quiz could help save your life
(BPT) - Are you planning an international trip this year?Were you or one of your parents born outside of the United States?Were you born from 1945-1965?If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you could be at risk for viral hepatitis. The Centers for Disease Control and Preventi... read full story

5 better-for-you ways to host your next brunch or dinner
(BPT) - It may be time to take a fresh approach to your sunny brunches and breezy dinners. Who wouldn’t want to step up their hosting game?During a season of celebration, temptations can preoccupy you, but that doesn’t mean you have to give in. These tips will help you plan a spring gat... read full story

Early intervention in schizophrenia: One mother's story
(BPT) - Claire Phillips is one of many people in the U.S. caring for the 2.4 million adults living with schizophrenia. Her daughter, Rebecca, was diagnosed with this serious mental illness more than eight years ago after being hospitalized following a relapse of symptoms that included delusions, di... read full story

Easing women's pain: Exercise, identifying triggers are key, research shows [Infographic]
(BPT) - Women often suffer silently when in pain, whether it’s caused by pregnancy discomfort or creaky knees. Yet there are a variety of solutions that can help relieve women of chronic pain, from exercise to identifying triggers, suggests a new review of research related to women and pain b... read full story

Real reasons why grandma won't eat - and how you can help improve her nutrition
(BPT) - Every parent knows good nutrition is critical for your kids, and getting them to eat well can be an on-going struggle. But what if you’re also helping care for an aging parent? Ensuring older adults eat well can be even more frustrating than getting children to eat right, but it&rsquo... read full story

Not your mother's facelift
(BPT) - Are you looking for younger, fuller and firmer skin? Maybe you’ve got some wrinkles and sagging cheeks you would like to see disappear. Minimally-invasive nonsurgical treatments are trending, and may even be replacing traditional facelifts in some cases. One of the latest anti-aging b... read full story

Shedding for the wedding: Your 3-month guide
(BPT) - The dress, the tux, the guests, the honeymoon — there are so many details that go into your wedding day. All eyes are on you from the moment you walk down the aisle until the last dance of the night. Understandably so, brides and grooms often feel a lot of pressure to look their best ... read full story

Innovative treatment for a common heart condition
(BPT) - An estimated 3 million Americans have atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib), which is the most common cardiac arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat). AF increases in frequency and severity as patients grow older and can cause serious health complications, including stroke.What is AF?Dr. Shane Bailey, a... read full story

Unlocking the heart-healthy secret of mushrooms
(BPT) - Whether it’s being stuck in traffic, missing a deadline or having trouble getting the kids out of bed, the stress we experience comes in many different forms. Often, people think of stress as something you’re immediately aware of: your thoughts become crowded, your breath shorte... read full story

10 expert health tips that simplify holistic living
(BPT) - Diet fads, new workout regimens, exotic health supplements — every day, people are inundated with headlines about health trends. Out of the clutter and confusion a new, arguably more sensible, health movement is gaining traction: holistic living.Taking a holistic health approach means... read full story

Award-winning musician raises awareness of rare and fatal lung disease
(BPT) - Watching a parent suffer from a serious, rare disease is devastating, as award-winning country music artist Joe Nichols knows firsthand. Nichols lost his father to a fatal lung disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis – or IPF – after numerous misdiagnoses and years of suffe... read full story

New campaign raises awareness of fatal lung disease that leaves those affected 'Breathless' [Infographic]
(BPT) - Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a rare disease that affects as many as 132,000 Americans and leads to as many deaths as breast cancer each year. A new national campaign, "Breathless: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at IPF," is educating the public about this all-too-often misdiagnosed lung ... read full story

Clean hands save lives [Infographic]
(BPT) - Experts in nearly every major public health organization agree that ineffective hand hygiene (hand washing or using disinfecting sprays, wipes or gels) is one of the most significant contributors to the spread of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), yet hand hygiene rates among caregivers a... read full story

Are smart homes the key to unlocking relationship woes?
(BPT) - The American dream of owning a home comes with a large dose of reality — the often-overwhelming amount of time, energy and money it takes to maintain a property. Light bulbs burn out, furnaces strain and dishwashers leak.Daily chores like laundry, washing the dishes and vacuuming can ... read full story

5 myths and one truth about the cold and flu
(BPT) - Some people are always on the move. Their weekend begins with a list of things to do and ends with a bunch of checked boxes. Lunch hours are time to squeeze in a visit to the gym or take advantage of sale. Each day is a marathon of activity.If this is you, then you know nothing is worse tha... read full story

7 steps to allergy relief with spring cleaning
(BPT) - Longing for allergy relief? To stop the endless cycle of sniffles, sneezes and wheezes, it’s time to ready your vacuum and rubber gloves. Spring cleaning helps eliminate allergens so you can relax, breathe easy and enjoy the season.“People who suffer from allergies may not reali... read full story

The Important Role of Nutrition with Pancreatic Cancer
(BPT) - Eating is often a challenge for people with pancreatic cancer because they are living with ongoing symptoms from their cancer, or from surgery or other treatments. The normal functions of the pancreas, which include help with digestion and blood sugar control, may be further affected. These... read full story

How millions of us say good morning a little differently
(BPT) - Many of us have a morning routine. However, millions of Americans say “good morning” a little differently. For individuals living with the incurable condition of hypothyroidism, their morning routine is likely to include taking medication at the same time before breakfast each m... read full story

5 unbelievably yummy, better-for-you breakfast ideas
(BPT) - Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it can often be the one that's hardest to fit into busy schedules. Even if you have time for breakfast, you may find yourself trading wholesomeness and quality for speed and convenience. However, having better-for-you breakfasts need ... read full story

How healthy is your smile? You'd be surprised
(BPT) - That healthy smile may not be so healthy. Twenty-one percent of children and 91 percent of adults have caries (commonly referred to as tooth decay) in their permanent adult teeth, according to a recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHNES).But a recent breakthrough is ava... read full story

Epilepsy around the world (infographic)
(BPT) - LivaNova, PLC, maker of the VNS Therapy system, today released an infographic promoting greater awareness of the disease and encouraging drug-resistant epilepsy to be part of the global discussion on International Epilepsy Day.LivaNova is dedicated to raising awareness for epilepsy and trea... read full story

Fishing for a healthy meal? Seafood is a smart choice
(BPT) - When it comes to mealtime, are you thinking fish? You should! Fish is the premiere natural source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are not naturally produced by the body and, therefore, must come from food. If you’re an expecting or breastfeeding mom, it’s even more important to ea... read full story

Home is where the health is [Infographic]
(BPT) - - Educate yourself on the facts and practice healthy habits at home to help protect your family. For more information please visit Lysol.com/HealthyHabits.... read full story

Conquering the top 5 reasons people fail at fitness
(BPT) - Everyone can agree that regular exercise is important, so why do so many people struggle to stick with their fitness goals?If you’ve encountered barriers holding you back from committing to a fitness routine, you’re not alone. The health experts at the Mayo Clinic offer simple i... read full story

Light up your thinking on hearing loss [Infographic]
(BPT) - Addressing your hearing loss speaks volumes. Here are five illuminating things treating hearing loss says about you. For more information on hearing loss and treatment, visit www.BetterHearing.org. ... read full story

5 reasons you're not sleeping
(BPT) - Tossing, turning and constantly waking — it can be maddening when you don’t get the sleep your mind and body so desperately needs. If you constantly struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep, you’re in good (albeit tired) company.Millions of Americans across the country are ... read full story

Love your eyes: 5 tips for protecting against the leading cause of blindness
(BPT) - Seniors are at heightened risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness among older Americans. The disease damages central vision, limiting a person’s ability to read, write and recognize faces.Fortunately, there are steps people can take to lower the... read full story

Opioid-Induced Constipation: Trading Confusion for Conversation [Infographic]
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Starting the conversation about opioid-induced constipation
(BPT) - Results of a survey of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain sheds light on constipation, a common side effect of opioid therapy.The online survey was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of AstraZeneca. The survey results show that out of the 2,797 survey respondents who were prescrib... read full story

Protect your sight with this little known nutrient
(BPT) - There’s an existing nutrient that is incredibly important to your eye health. However, odds are you’ve probably never heard of it.The nutrient is called zeaxanthin (pronounced Zee-ah-zan-thun). The antioxidant, along with lutein, is found in the back of the eye as a component of... read full story

7 high-tech reasons you should finally deal with your hearing loss
(BPT) - Lifting your mood, boosting your energy, protecting your earnings, super-charging your social life — and even keeping your mind sharp: These are just some of the many spoils that come with facing and dealing with a noise-induced hearing loss that has been slowly but persistently creep... read full story

Pancreatic Cancer: 5 Important Questions
(BPT) - This year alone, nearly 50,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the fourth highest cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.The statistics about pancreatic cancer are staggering because unlike some other cancers, diagnosis is difficult as there is no screening t... read full story

Why bad science isn't good for anyone
(BPT) - There is an old adage that the squeaking wheel gets the most oil. If you need proof that adage still rings true, consider where we are with food science research. Much of the time, the loudest are heard, regardless of qualifications, while the more informed and experienced are silenced.For ... read full story

Learn from HIV: The importance of finding and sharing HIV information and HIV-related resources online
(BPT) - For many of us, the search for information and advice starts online. Finding content has never been easier, from sports trivia to family recipes, and 41 percent of all internet users search for and share posts from others. But the benefits of social sharing extend beyond receiving “li... read full story

7 swaps for a healthier meal [Infographic]
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