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How much juice should kids drink? What you need to know about juice and serving size
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3 pressing reasons to talk hearing health at your next physical exam
(BPT) - When was the last time you and your doctor talked about your hearing?The fact is, only about 3 in 10 adults who had a physical exam in the last year say it included a hearing screening, according to research conducted by the Better Hearing Institute (BHI). That's a shame, because research s... More >>


Understanding the link between salt and health
(BPT) - The news lately is full of articles about salt and health. Everyone seems to be getting either too much salt or not enough. So which is it? Part of the problem is with how we study the connection. Fortunately, researchers on both sides of the issue are starting to agree on how best to proce... More >>


Understanding Scoliosis [Infographic]
(BPT) - Whether you or someone you know has scoliosis, or you're just starting to learn more about the condition, you'll find helpful information and resources in this infographic.SaveSaveSave... More >>


Elevate your sleep [Infographic]
(BPT) - New survey reveals Americans do much more in bed than just sleep.SaveSave... More >>


Health and Wellness Benefits of Volunteering
(BPT) - In the business world, we hear a lot about the bottom line and quarterly reports. For those in the nonprofit sector, it's often a matter of reaching fundraising goals and achieving their mission statement. No matter what kind of organization you work for, there are big-picture goals, but of... More >>


Top 5 ways to battle belly bloat
(BPT) - Warmer weather brings sunny days, fresh breezes and plenty of flora and fauna to explore. But there's another aspect to warm weather that some people dread: swimsuit season.Three out of four women (77 percent) have felt self-conscious while wearing a swimsuit due to body issues, according t... More >>


What's your nutrition game plan? [video]
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'BPA-Free' meets 'fake news'
(BPT) - Thanks to years of attention to bisphenol A (BPA), used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, there is now quite a bit of attention to various alternatives described generically as 'BPA-Free." Many manufacturers proudly apply a BPA-Free label to their products, even to p... More >>


Solving the nation's water problems before the tap runs dry
(BPT) - Cooking dinner, washing dishes, showering and flushing toilets - these are daily activities for most Americans. If you did any of these in the last 24 hours, you've contributed to the roughly 355 billion gallons of water that are used each day in this country.Water is our most basic, physic... More >>


Taking Opioids for Pain? Speak up. Ask the Hard Questions.
(BPT) - Opioids often are the go-to pain killer for everything from back aches and injuries to post-surgical pain, as evidenced by the more than 300 million prescriptions written each year. While they can help with moderate to severe short-term pain, opioids are not without risk. Because they have ... More >>


5 healthier, dad-friendly snack ideas
(BPT) - He may always ensure his kids have access to fresh fruits, lean protein and plenty of water, but Dad's personal snacking habits might not be so healthy. If so, he's not alone; chips are the snack food of choice for 63 percent of Americans, and 91 percent of us snack daily, according to a Ni... More >>


How Much Do Parents Really Know about Their Baby's Risk for Invasive Pneumococcal Disease? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Pfizer Inc. and Parents magazine partnered to conduct a national survey of more than 2,000 new and expectant parents assessing their knowledge of childhood infectious diseases, such as measles, whooping cough and invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD), and the measures parents can take to help... More >>


Survey: Cataracts impact lifestyle; surgery brings emotional benefits
(BPT) - You may know that cataracts can interfere with your ability to see clearly, but might be unaware of their impact on your emotions. Alcon, the global leader in eye care, conducted a survey of about 1,300 people age 60 and older who have undergone cataract surgery and found that almost 60 per... More >>


Calling all blood donors: Roll up a sleeve and give where you live
(BPT) - Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. In fact, approximately 36,000 blood donations are needed each day nationwide. However, during the summer months, it is typically more difficult for blood donations to keep pace with demand, and this can result in summer shortages. To help ... More >>


Dad bod: The new shape of sexy
(BPT) - According to a recent Planet Fitness survey, women overwhelmingly prefer a man with a dad bod.... More >>


5 reasons summer is salad season
(BPT) - Summer is the perfect time to turn over a new you. With the arrival of warm weather, a relaxed schedule and summer vacations, this is the moment to invest in a new wardrobe and, of course, a new, healthier menu. When you think of summer cuisine, light and flavorful is the order of the day, ... More >>


5 surprising facts about dairy you should know
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Tips for managing prostate cancer
(BPT) - Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men other than skin cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that 1 in 7 men will have prostate cancer detected during their lifetime. The disease can strike any man at any time; men who are over the age of 60, have a family history... More >>


Taking the Mystery Out of Cancer Clinical Trials
(BPT) - In 2012, Donna Fernandez was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer-a disease that claims the lives of more than 150,000 men and women in the United States each year. She went through multiple rounds of various medicines, but her disease progressed. Her doctor offered her a choice: start a new ... More >>


Tips to help families cope with Alzheimer's, mitigate tensions and relieve stress
(BPT) - Receiving an Alzheimer's diagnosis is never easy - it's life changing, not only for the person receiving the diagnosis but for their family members as well. The disease can exact a devastating toll on family relationships unless everyone pitches in to support caregivers and take steps to se... More >>


What is low VOC and why does it matter? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Volatile organic compounds are gases emitted from certain solid or liquid materials. High VOC emissions from consumer and commercial products are significant contributing factors in the creation of air pollution in urban areas and can be harmful to health in large quantities. Discover more ... More >>


Hey guys. Is your good health a perception or reality?
(BPT) - When it comes to health, perception is not always reality. This is especially true when considering how men care for themselves when faced with a health condition. In fact, while most men would say they are more focused on their health than they have been in the past, physicians report a di... More >>


Tips to help save money on prescription drug costs
(BPT) - Modern medications can work wonders, improving quality of life, curing illness and even saving lives. However, those miracles can come at a high cost, as anyone who's had to pay for branded prescription medication knows. In fact, spending on prescription drugs has increased 73 percent in th... More >>


Tips for managing summer stress
(BPT) - Each summer we look forward to the sunny weather, schools closing and the vacations. However, managing your or your family's play, travel and work schedules can be stressful.According to United Health Foundation's 2016 America's Health Rankings, the average number of days per month adults u... More >>


How One Company Used Virtual Reality to Educate Doctors about Adults with ADHD
(BPT) - Have you ever struggled to explain what you were feeling to your doctor or healthcare professional? If so, you may have wondered if there was a way to help your doctor see the world through your eyes. Virtual reality technology is one way companies are working to help bridge the gap between... More >>


Gout: It takes 2 [Infographic]
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Young adults seek opioid alternatives for pain relief after wisdom teeth extraction
(BPT) - Summer vacation is the time of year students of every age look forward to. Warm weather, no school or homework, and summer travels - there are plenty of reasons to enjoy the break from the classroom. However, it's not all fun and games, especially for college students. Summer break is also ... More >>


The impact of cost on diabetes management [Infographic]
(BPT) - People with diabetes are instructed to regularly test their sugar levels each day; however, a new report conducted by Wakefield Research, polling 500 U.S. adults with diabetes, revealed that affordability of supplies can affect how well people manage the condition. Luckily, new programs are... More >>


Sore knees? 3 reasons to participate in a clinical trial
(BPT) - Designed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new treatments, clinical trials are the only way medical advances can move knowledge and science forward. In regard to knee pain, clinical trials offer the newest and latest ideas on finding better ways to treat pain.People participate in... More >>


5 simple ways parents can make the world gentle for baby
(BPT) - The big day has finally arrived and your newborn is here. Your baby is as perfect as you imagined and you're filled with a love you never knew existed. Even before she or he arrived, you started making more careful choices and looked for gentle alternatives with natural-based ingredients fo... More >>


When that nagging cough is actually something more
(BPT) - Working mom Betsy had a fulfilling career and a loving family. The only thing standing in the way of her ability to fully enjoy her life was a persistent cough that just wouldn't stop. Eventually, instead of doing the things she enjoyed, like spending time with her twin boys or going to din... More >>


Access to mental health care may be just a virtual visit away
(BPT) - Mental health disorders impact thousands of people every day, including many of our friends, neighbors and co-workers. Everyone reading this likely knows someone struggling with mental illness and is aware of the toll it can take on individuals, families and communities. Mental health chall... More >>


Staying Healthy While Traveling Overseas
(BPT) - Each year, travelers from the United States (U.S.) head to popular destinations. And while many have Zika on their mind while traveling, and are aware of the need to bring sunscreen, bug repellant and other travel necessities, many don't know that cholera may be a bigger threat than they th... More >>


The eyes have it: 4 things your eyes may communicate without you knowing it
(BPT) - Your eyes: you stare with them, wink with them and roll them. You use your eyes to communicate your thoughts and feelings every single day. Whether you're aware of it or not, your eyes can speak volumes about who you are and what you feel. But could your eyes be sending the wrong message?Ne... More >>


The eyes have it: 5 things you can do to reduce your child's exposure to harmful blue light
(BPT) - A generation ago, limiting a child's screen time meant putting restrictions on how much television they could watch in a single day. "No more than two hours a day and don't sit too close to the screen." Those were the rules, and while enforcing them was a challenge, it was easy to remember.... More >>


Simplifying baby nutrition: Expert advice for your infant's first foods
(BPT) - Your cooing, curious, incredibly cute baby is now 6 months old and you've got the go-ahead from your pediatrician to start solid foods. You both are excited to begin this new adventure, but when you head to the store you are suddenly confused by a sea of options.Which foods are safe for you... More >>


Unlock the secret to healthy aging by improving your health in three key areas
(BPT) - You're still just as active as you were in your thirties and forties, but as you continue to add those candles to your birthday cake each year, you can feel the effects of aging starting to take a toll on your body. As you age, your body needs a little extra care to maintain optimal health;... More >>


Wireless connectivity: What it is and why it matters
(BPT) - All electronics used to require wires to conduct sound until 1989, when Swedish conglomerate Ericsson Mobile created the short-link radio technology we now know as Bluetooth(R). Applications for this groundbreaking invention quickly expanded and Bluetooth became the standard wire replacemen... More >>


Clinical studies: Why you should get involved [Infographic]
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Ulcerative colitis: Know the facts and understand the dialogue [Infographic]
(BPT) - Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects hundreds of thousands of Americans. In addition to physical symptoms, UC can impact a person's work, family and social activities. And yet, a recent Pfizer-sponsored study of 68 UC patients and their gastroenterologists... More >>


The NFL concussion settlement gives former NFL players a chance for a better life
(BPT) - After years of waiting, the NFL concussion settlement affecting thousands of retired NFL players is now open for registration, which means former players, their family and their representatives can begin to take advantage of the benefits the settlement provides. To be eligible, all retired ... More >>


Water-minded facts and figures [Infographic]
(BPT) - The average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day. But how often do you think about what's in that water? Water makes a long journey to our faucets and becomes the centerpiece of so much of what we do in our homes - from our morning coffee cup to our baby's bottle. Luc... More >>


Breathe easier: 7 ways to improve your home's indoor air quality
(BPT) - More than 6 million American children - nearly 9 percent of all kids in the U.S. - have asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each year, asthma attacks send more than a million people to emergency rooms, including approximately 24,000 children younger than 15,... More >>


Home health services help maintain senior independence
(BPT) - Staying healthy and out of the hospital is a top priority for the majority of seniors. However, as you age, you may need additional care to meet your medical needs after an illness, injury or exacerbation of a chronic health problem. Fortunately, this doesn't necessarily mean a long hospita... More >>


Simple ways to add physical fitness to your daily routine
(BPT) - Being resourceful with your daily routine can deliver big payoffs when it comes to increasing your activity level. Incorporating physical fitness into your everyday activities can save you time and also burn calories, and it doesn't have to take much time or effort.'For many people, the big... More >>


3 cornerstones to a longer, healthier, happier life for your pet
(BPT) - Your pets are members of the family. They are the source of some of your best memories, they are your travel companions, your confidantes and your evening snuggle partners. You love them and you want them to live the longest, healthiest and happiest life possible.Like it is for you, achievi... More >>


Women's Health Week Tips and Exercises from Your Bladder Leakage Guru [Infographic]
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5 nutritionist tips to start eating and living healthier
(BPT) - When you need to fix your car, learn the latest tech or finish a major home improvement, what do you do? You turn to the experts, those with in-depth knowledge on how to accomplish these tasks in the most efficient and effective way. And when you're looking to improve your overall health by... More >>


7 OBGYN recommendations to maintain a strong pelvic floor [Infographic]
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4 things you can do to protect your drinking water
(BPT) - Water is something many of us tend to devote little time thinking about, not because it is unimportant but because we take our clean, safe drinking water for granted. That is, until something occurs that shifts our focus and shows us how potentially fragile our water infrastructure really i... More >>


Healthier kids, healthier communities: 4 ways to get involved
(BPT) - It's no secret that experiences in early and middle childhood are extremely important for a child's healthy development and lifelong learning. Yet schools - the places where kids spend the majority of their time outside of the home during the week - often lack the resources and support need... More >>


Hepatitis C: Why baby boomers should be tested immediately
(BPT) - If you were born between 1945 and 1965, you could be one of more than 3 million baby boomers living with hepatitis C in the U.S. and not even know it. Despite only making up 27 percent of the U.S. population, baby boomers account for more than 75 percent of hepatitis C cases in the U.S.What... More >>


Need care today? Here are 4 choices to try before the emergency room
(BPT) - A health concern rarely strikes when it's convenient for you, and in most cases it occurs at the worst possible time. When you need care and don't have time to schedule an appointment, what do you do?You head to the emergency room, of course. You wait in the long ER lines and pay the hefty ... More >>


6 surprising health benefits of strawberries
(BPT) - Eight strawberries, a single serving, delivers on a surprising checklist of benefits for anyone looking to live a healthier lifestyle. Strawberries are much more than a sweet and delicious treat - they are a versatile fruit that's great for your health. What better time than National Strawb... More >>


What is eosinophilic asthma? [Infographic]
(BPT) - In honor of World Asthma Day on May 2, 2017, Teva Respiratory is encouraging people who feel their symptoms are uncontrolled, despite standard of care, to speak with a healthcare professional to find out more information about a condition called eosinophilic asthma.SaveSaveSaveSave... More >>


5 facts about strokes that could save your life
Chances are you know someone who has had a stroke. An estimated 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite how common strokes are, there are a lot of widely believed misconceptions. Unfortunately, not knowing the... More >>


Transportation safety: How seniors can maintain independence outside the home
(BPT) - It can be hard to admit your vision isn't what it used to be, especially when it comes to driving. Maybe you've noticed some difficulties reading traffic signals, or you've found it challenging to drive at night.If you're a family member noticing these warning signs in a loved one, pointing... More >>


Thinking about a career in health care? Consider this
(BPT) - Medical professionals are in greater demand than ever before, and that's not likely to change anytime soon. According to the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), by the year 2025, the United States could need as many as 90,000 more physicians than it actually has, and the demand... More >>


5 mom-tested tricks for coping with colds
(BPT) - Every mother knows colds can make life miserable for everyone in the house. When a coughing child can’t sleep, parents don’t either. Lack of sleep makes it harder to fight the cold, and leaves Mom and Dad more likely to get sick too. The risks don’t stop with warm weather either; few things... More >>


Too many with epilepsy are unaware of this uncommon but fatal threat
(BPT) - For people with epilepsy-and for those who care for them-the side effects of the condition are well known. They know all about the seizures and they also know how best to care for themselves or their loved ones should a seizure occur. While the persistent possibility of a seizure is well kn... More >>


Take the next step: Tips to help you reach your diabetes management goals
(BPT) - Nearly 30 million people in the United States are living with diabetes, and 90-95 percent have type 2 diabetes. America's Diabetes Challenge, a program from Merck and the American Diabetes Association, urges those with type 2 diabetes to work with their doctor to set and reach their A1C goa... More >>


Think you're eating well? Misconceptions lead to nutrient deficiencies for many
(BPT) - The good news? Americans think they are eating well; in fact, 60 percent say they eat a very healthy diet. The not-so-good news? Perception and reality may not be aligned.Only 6 percent of Americans report eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day, reveals recent researc... More >>


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 the role ... More >>


Proper nutrition is key to senior health
(BPT) - Americans are now living longer than ever before. In fact, one of the fastest growing segments is people over the age of 85 who will represent 20 percent of the population by the year 2040. Because we are living longer, certain conditions specific to seniors are also on a steady rise. Dehyd... More >>


Experts say alarming rise in STDs among young adults requires urgent action
(BPT) - Lauren, a young woman from North Carolina, started noticing symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease (STD) after being with a new partner. As someone who typically took great care of her health, she knew it was important to get her symptoms checked out. She was surprised to learn that she... More >>


Fresh ways to enjoy pizza night and make a balanced meal
(BPT) - You know a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables is best for your health, but achieving that can be a challenge given everything you have to accomplish in a day. Daily meal planning doesn't have to be such a chore if you turn to your freezer for a little help. In fact,... More >>


Unique ideas to be gutsier in life
(BPT) - Being human takes guts, but a sense of bold confidence doesn't come easily for everyone; and often requires you to start from the inside. You may need to overcome mental roadblocks and bulldoze through personal physical barriers that have held you back.Now is the perfect time to break free ... More >>


Tips to reduce your health care expenses
(BPT) - Health care costs are in the news all the time. You hear about them at work and when you're with friends and family. The comments are always the same. Health care is getting more and more expensive and it seems to be outpacing the money you make.Fortunately you're not helpless when it comes... More >>


Simple ideas to get in shape for summer
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5 simple steps to be your best at any age
(BPT) - They say you're only as young as you feel, and if you're an older American, the ability to feel young a little while longer is always appealing. Having a youthful state of mind goes a long way toward accomplishing this goal, but you can't ignore the importance of solid physical health.To im... More >>


The rising burden of Alzheimer's disease on health costs, caregiver health and 65+ population
(BPT) - Kristen Beatty's 78-year-old father, Ray, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's about 10 years ago. Since then, he has developed a sense of paranoia, insomnia and the delusion that people are stealing from him. Though Beatty and her brother constantly reassure their father to allay his fears, the ... More >>


Living with an autoimmune disease? Recognize that your voice matters
(BPT) - If you are living with an autoimmune disease, you have most likely spent several years working with your doctor to find the right medication to manage your symptoms. Now that you’ve found a biologic treatment that works for you, what if at your next appointment, your doctor asks you to swit... More >>


Get safer drinking water
(BPT) - Your home plumbing could be making you sick and costing you money. Hard water, which contains high levels of calcium and magnesium, may be directly contributing to the buildup of dangerous bacteria in your household pipes. This is a serious problem across the United States, especially when ... More >>


World-renowned athlete scores big against Crohn's disease
(BPT) - For world-renowned soccer player Brandi Chastain, having a game plan in place to achieve goals was second nature. Chastain is a former member of the United States women's national soccer team and a retired professional soccer player who was recently elected to the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame. ... More >>


Cover your nutrition bases with this popular vegetable
(BPT) - Whether you're on or off the field, it's important to fuel up wisely. Leading sports nutritionists across the country recommend potatoes as the go-to choice for fueling your body before or after a workout."To perform at your best, put potatoes on your plate," says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN,... More >>


Physicians are born to care [Infographic]
(BPT) - The American Medical Association (AMA) announced new survey findings that explore the experiences, perceptions, and challenges facing physicians in the rapidly changing health care environment. SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave... More >>


Are you more than tired? 5 symptoms you shouldn't ignore
(BPT) - Do you fight to stay awake during the day? Is exhaustion part of your everyday life? If the urge to sleep is overwhelming and irresistible, it may be a sleep disorder called narcolepsy, a condition affecting approximately one in 2,000 people in the U.S. Narcolepsy is one of the most frequen... More >>


4 ways to become an empowered patient
(BPT) - While the future of health care is still undetermined, one thing is certain: It's important for consumers to take steps to educate themselves about their health and well-being and become active participants in their plan of care. However, it can feel overwhelming to a patient to make compli... More >>


New rotator cuff procedure helps tendons heal
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5 health 'facts' that are actually myths
(BPT) - Get eight hours of sleep at night, eat your vegetables, and an apple a day keeps the doctor away - these are all common health sayings you've heard and probably believe to be true. While commonly told health myths may have some truth to them, there are some that don't hold up to further exa... More >>


5 tips to support your eye health
(BPT) - Health is a hot topic for many Americans these days, as evident by the named diets, wearable fitness trackers and apps for every possible health measurable. Yet as people show an increased focus on their weight, their cholesterol level or their muscle tone, they often forget that two of the... More >>


Fiber: 3 simple ways to get more of it in your diet
(BPT) - Eat more fiber.If your doctor didn't give you this advice at your last checkup, she probably should have: 97 percent of Americans don't get the recommended daily amount of dietary fiber they need to stay healthy. But what is fiber, and why is it good for you?Dietary fiber, sometimes called ... More >>


Is seaweed the next superfood?
(BPT) - There's a new superfood in town. And it's not kale.Seaweed may be a hot new food trend in the United States, but this leafy green from the sea has been used in Asian cuisine for thousands of years. Not only is seaweed low in calories and fat, it's also packed with essential nutrients like v... More >>


Additives or gifts from nature?
(BPT) - Food labels are getting shorter. Why? Because the people have spoken: We want fewer, better ingredients in our foods. We asked, and the companies that make our food responded by replacing artificial colors and flavors with naturally derived ingredients.But even though these shorter 'clean' ... More >>


A professional chef shares 7 kitchen essentials
(BPT) - From spices and oils to gadgets and gizmos, there are always new, trendy items to add to your kitchen. Trying to separate the handy from the hype, however, can be a time-consuming and expensive process.Professional chefs know not everything is worthy of space in their kitchens, but it's not... More >>


Feel good about satisfying your sweet tooth
(BPT) - With growing concerns about diabetes, obesity and dental health issues, many Americans are trying to limit their sugar intake and are turning to other types of sweeteners. But with so many alternatives out there, how do you know the choices you make to replace sugar are actually healthier o... More >>


7 reasons why millennials love gardening (and you should, too)
(BPT) - The stereotype: Millennials spend more time interacting with the digital world than the natural world around them. The reality: Five million of the 6 million people who took up gardening in 2015 were millennials, according to the 2016 National Gardening Survey.More millennials (people betwe... More >>


Pittsburgh woman builds strong support network to help with challenges of multiple sclerosis
(BPT) - When Judy Metzler was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 54, she was in shock - she felt too young to have a chronic disease. Judy wanted to learn more about it, but didn't know where to turn. That's where her husband, Jeff, stepped in."Without Jeff, I wouldn't have made it thro... More >>


3 steps to feel youthful and healthy no matter your age
(BPT) - What will your life be like when you turn 100? A century ago that question would seem like a needless consideration, but today it's very real, as the percentage of people living to 100 has grown almost 66 percent in the last 30 years, according to U.S. News and World Report.The MDVIP Health... More >>


It's Time to Talk About Advanced Prostate Cancer
(BPT) - 'I've experienced a lot since I started riding this prostate cancer rollercoaster,' said Glenn D., a patient with advanced prostate cancer. 'There were some tough days when I was so sick I thought I wouldn't make it. And, by working with my doctor to develop an individualized regimen for me... More >>


Is hidden salt hurting your health? Five tips for taking control
(BPT) - A typical soup and sandwich lunch can seem like a healthy meal. However, the bread, cold cuts and soup can be packed with something that can have a negative impact on your overall wellness: salt.'Even meals that seem healthy, like a turkey sandwich with a side of cottage cheese, can have hi... More >>


Reorganize your kitchen to encourage healthy eating habits, nutritionist says
(BPT) - More than half of Americans say they can judge how healthy a family's lifestyle is by the contents of their refrigerator, and more than a quarter admit that they would eat healthier if they were better organized, according to a new national survey. They're right to associate the state of th... More >>


How stories from the community help shed light on an incurable cancer
(BPT) - Imagine sitting in a doctor's office and being told you have an incurable form of blood cancer that you've never even heard of. A disease that sometimes has no symptoms and no known cause. A type of cancer that leads patients to go through ongoing cycles of relapse and remission before succ... More >>


For Patient Safety Awareness Week, know if you're at risk for respiratory compromise
(BPT) - For 15 years, the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has led Patient Safety Awareness Week. NPSF is a nonprofit organization whose vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. Held annually in March, Patient Safety Awareness Week is a tim... More >>


Secondary hyperparathyroidism (HPT): What's beneath the surface of advanced chronic kidney disease [Infographic]
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After years of ER visits and overlooked symptoms, a rare cancer diagnosis emerges
(BPT) - Giovanna was a successful composer and pianist playing alongside some of the biggest names in the music industry when she experienced bouts of abdominal pain so intense she made repeated visits to the emergency room (ER). Over the next several years, Giovanna found herself in the ER at leas... More >>


Breakthrough technology offers numerous benefits to people with hearing loss
(BPT) - The latest breakthrough in hearing aids is not what you’d expect.In an industry dedicated to helping people hear better, some hearing aid manufacturers have developed technology that helps people live better, too. Lithium-ion batteries — a rechargeable technology that has been used for year... More >>


Maintaining healthy weight helps protect kidneys
(BPT) - There are countless reasons to maintain a healthy weight - and you can add protecting your kidneys to the list. If you have kidney disease or are at risk for it, maintaining a healthy weight is even more important.'Being overweight significantly increases your risk for developing high blood... More >>


Preparing for surgery? These tips could save your life
(BPT) - If surgery is in your future, it's never too early to prepare. Whether you're having an outpatient procedure or a major operation involving a hospital stay, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) encourages you to take simple steps to be ready for the big day, starting with talking... More >>


Obstructive sleep apnea and respiratory compromise: Know your risk
(BPT) - Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) - a potentially serious sleep disorder that can stop a person's breathing during sleep - affects 25 million adults in the U.S. Individuals living with OSA may know they are at risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, diabetes or headaches. What they ... More >>


Breathing Matters: The Importance of Understanding COPD
(BPT) - Breathe in. Breathe out. Just take a moment to inhale and exhale. We too often take breathing for granted, but what if taking a breath was a challenge?If you're someone living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), the third leading cause of death in the United States (US), or k... More >>


Why skip breakfast? 5 warm comfort foods that cook in 3 minutes
(BPT) - In spite of the well-documented drawbacks of not eating breakfast, approximately 30 percent of Americans are still failing to fuel themselves in the morning, according to WebMD. And many of those moving through their days with empty stomachs blame a lack of convenience.Earlier this year, th... More >>


Get extra nutrition with these 5 food swaps
(BPT) - Does it ever seem like a lot of healthy-eating advice is about 'less,' 'giving up' and 'taking away?' Reducing fat and sodium intake, avoiding high-calorie foods and trimming portion sizes are commonly heard pieces of advice when you're trying to lose weight or improve your diet. But health... More >>


Know the facts about colorectal cancer [Infographic]
(BPT) - Nearly 135,000 people were expected to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer (CRC) in the United States in 2016, resulting in nearly 50,000 deaths. This makes CRC the third most common cancer in both men and women and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the country. If you are... More >>


How does your hospital stack up for maternity care?
(BPT) - As you get closer to your delivery date, many decisions lie ahead, all centered around care, maternity leave and even decorating the baby's room. But one question may rise to the top: Where will you give birth?If you are like most expectant mothers, you will be giving birth in a hospital. I... More >>


10 tips to keep 'achoos' from interrupting your 'I do's'
(BPT) - You want your wedding day to be memorable for all the right reasons. While selecting the color scheme and writing your vows, don't forget another important consideration: allergies.The last thing you want is a series of "achoos" to interrupt your "I do's," or worse, send someone to the hosp... More >>


Minimally invasive treatment reduces hunger hormone
(BPT) - More than one in three Americans - roughly 100 million people - are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Like so many of these individuals, Cheryl Denby struggled for years with countless diets that left her hungry, frustrated, and deeply discouraged when they... More >>


Tips to get the most out of your HSA dollars
(BPT) - Millions of Americans with high-deductible health insurance plans rely on health savings accounts to help them manage the costs of health care. If you're among them, you know how important it is to maximize the value you get out of every HSA dollar.If you don't yet have an HSA, you may qual... More >>


Avoid bad breath with these 5 tips
(BPT) - We all know the feeling. Starting off the day with fresh breath gives you the confidence to tackle your day. But that feeling starts to dissipate after our first meal, and the fresh feeling from brushing is slowly replaced with the fear of bad breath.So, how can you maintain that deep clean... More >>


A life with hemophilia and a challenge to all
(BPT) - Val Bias' entire life changed when he heard the loud noise come from the bathroom. The year was 1988, but Bias remembers the moment like it was yesterday. He ran to the bathroom and found the door blocked. He pushed and finally forced the door open. Inside he found Katie, his wife, lying on... More >>


Are you at risk for kidney disease?
(BPT) - Edward Beans could be described as a man with great purpose who makes the most out of all life has to offer. He is a husband, father, business owner and a basketball coach. And, as of five years ago, he is a dialysis patient.Beans found out he had kidney disease while at a routine doctor vi... More >>


5 clever hacks to simplify any family's morning routine
(BPT) - Getting the family out the door on time every morning is no small feat. Seemingly simple tasks like getting dressed, packing backpacks and making breakfast can quickly turn into chaos. Before you know it, you're running late and the kids haven't even eaten as you dash to the car.Stop dreadi... More >>


Farming program helps neighbors in rural America fight hunger
(BPT) - Although the United States produces much of the world's food, 48 million people in the country are food insecure, lacking access to enough food to sustain a healthy, active lifestyle. What's even more surprising is that many of the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are loca... More >>



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