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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 >>

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 >>

Winning the fight against dry eye [Infographic]
(BPT) - Do your eyes often feel dry, irritated and red? Just like 38 percent of recently surveyed adults, you may be experiencing a common condition called dry eye. Here’s what you need to know about the problem and how best to alleviate symptoms.... 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 >>

Are Americans really seeing the problem? [Infographic]
(BPT) - An astounding 41 percent of people in the U.S. are not aware that most cases of visual impairment around the world can be prevented or treated according to a survey conducted by Orbis, a global non-governmental organization that works to eliminate avoidable blindness. In addition, alarmingl... More >>

Office ergonomics: Is your job literally a pain in the neck?
(BPT) - Millions of people work in an office environment every day, but that doesn’t mean their fate has to include back aches and joint pain. Correct office ergonomics can help prevent some of the most common issues associated with sedentary jobs, especially for hardworking small-business ow... 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 >>

Give children the vitamins and minerals they need [Infographic]
(BPT) - A healthy child bounces around the yard full of energy and spirit. Unfortunately, millions of children around the world are missing valuable vitamins and minerals in their diets, leaving them susceptible to disease. This infographic shows how you can help supply children around the world wi... More >>

Pilot lands successful Afib treatment to overcome most common heart rhythm condition
(BPT) - From greeting long-lost family and friends at baggage claim to rushing across the terminal to catch a departing flight, a fast, skipping heartbeat is a common occurrence at airports across the country. But for commercial airline pilot Tim Knutson, 46, his irregular heartbeat indicated far m... 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 >>

How a proper winter skincare regimen can help you save face this season
(BPT) - The fall-to-winter transition brings harsher climates with drops in temperature and punishing winds across the country. Clothing and accessories will help protect most parts of your body but your face will almost always remain exposed, which can lead to skin damage if it’s not properl... More >>

Easy tips to help beat calorie-overload this year
(BPT) - Did you make a New Year's resolution to eat better this year? Or are you thinking you might need to make some lifestyle changes to get ready for the summer swimsuit season? Although it may seem like a daunting task, getting started on a weight management plan can be easy. A few simple exper... More >>

Can't keep a resolution? Outside support can help
(BPT) - Holiday celebrations are a traditional way to cap off the year, but once the ball drops it’s time to usher in a new beginning with New Year’s resolutions.Each year, millions of Americans resolve to get in better shape and become healthier, better versions of themselves. But, unf... 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 >>

5 simple parenting tips guaranteed to transform 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 >>

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, 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 >>

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 >>

Hearing better thanks to smarter technology
(BPT) - Technology has made dramatic improvements in the lives of people of all ages, and the improvements made in hearing technology may be some of the most advanced to occur in the last several years.Just a decade ago, hearing aids were basic amplifiers. Now they’re completely connected wit... More >>

The easiest thing you can do for your health and looks: drink more water
(BPT) - You probably already know that exercising and eating right are key ways to improve your health. But, you may be overlooking one major health necessity that is as close as your kitchen faucet – water. It’s vital all year long, even during winter months when you might think hydrat... 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 >>

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 >>

The two small steps that make a big impact on diabetes management [Infographic]
Both gum disease and diabetes have reached concerning levels in the U.S. More than 75 percent of adults experience some form of gum disease. Nearly one in 10 American adults live with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Statistics Report. ... More >>

5 questions you should ask your pharmacist
(BPT) - A visit to the pharmacy can be about more than just picking up prescriptions or supplies for the medicine cabinet. It can actually be an important, and convenient, time to ask your pharmacist key questions that could impact your health.Dr. Andria Fetterman, a faculty member in South Univers... More >>

Lack of flu preparedness: What you need to know to protect your family
(BPT) - In the middle of winter, snowstorms and severe weather might be top of mind, but when was the last time you thought about the flu? Are you one of the many individuals who don’t think the flu is serious until you experience it firsthand?Those who have had the flu before were significan... More >>

5 New Year's resolutions too simple to overlook
(BPT) - If you make New Year’s resolutions, you’re not alone. About half of Americans make special goals for each new year, according to University of Scranton research. Unfortunately, you’re also not alone if you break them, as only 8 percent of people are successful in achieving... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

5 of America's eye-healthy cities
  (BPT) - When you think about staying healthy, eating right, exercising and getting a wellness physical are usually the first things that come to mind. But don’t overlook one really important thing ... taking care of your eyes. A yearly eye exam not only keeps you seeing your best,... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

How wide is America's nutrition knowledge gap? [Infographic]
(BPT) - When it comes to eating healthy, even the most conscientious consumers may find it difficult to get all of the vitamins and minerals they need every day from food alone. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that many adults don’t get enough of six essential nutrients – vitamin... More >>

4 small diet changes that can make a big difference
(BPT) - The new year is a great time to start fresh. Many people commit to exercise more, stress less or make healthier food choices. Incorporating small, sustainable changes, versus dramatic, large-scale lifestyle shifts, can make it much easier to stick to your resolutions. This year, instead of ... 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 >>

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 >>

Hospice care provides comfort for patients and their families
(BPT) - Willie Campbell is a 93-year-old great-great-great grandmother who shares a special bond with her six living generations of family. Hospice is an important part of Campbell’s life because it offers comfort for more than her physical struggles. Hospice makes family moments possible &nd... More >>

What's your laundry packet safety plan? [Infographic]
(BPT) - The American Cleaning Institute (ACI), a nonprofit organization representing producers of household cleaning products, recently conducted a survey as part of their ongoing efforts to keep children safe from accidental exposures to liquid laundry packets through their KEY Pledge safety educa... 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 >>

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 >>

The best New Year's resolution? Don't make one
(BPT) - In 2014, the most popular New Year’s resolutions included losing weight and getting in shape, according to a study by the University of Scranton. If your health resolutions from last year have fallen by the wayside, you’re not alone. Don’t let last year repeat itself. Inst... 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 >>

Take a full-court approach to managing diabetes [Infographic]
(BPT) - In the United States alone, more than 29 million people are affected by diabetes. Most of those people – about 90 percent to 95 percent – have type 2 diabetes. NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins is the most celebrated player to ever put on an Atlanta Hawks uniform, and is one o... More >>

Ho, ho, headache! Americans' most common holiday pain points [Infographic]
(BPT) - The holiday season can be full of stress, aches and pains. Half of holiday revelers polled by Advil(R) Film Coated and Crowdtap said they experience more aches and pains during the holidays than at other times of year, with headaches and backaches being the top two holiday-related pains. Ch... 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 >>

Moms in training: 3 sanity-saving tips for new mothers
(BPT) - From feeding to diaper changing, new moms and dads are flooded with information to learn and decisions to make for their new bundles of joy. A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive found that nearly 75 percent of moms plan to return to work post-maternity leave. What many new moms m... More >>

Ask the Pharmacist: Exercise tips your heart will love
(BPT) - A regular exercise routine is an important component of heart health, yet less than one-third of Americans get the minimum 30 minutes of daily exercise five days a week, as recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA). Nationally, as many as 250,000 deaths annually are attributable t... More >>

The key to getting the most out of your rheumatoid arthritis therapy
(BPT) - If you are one of the 1.3 million people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you know the pain can sometimes be debilitating. While there is no cure for the autoimmune inflammatory disease often called RA, early intervention and treatments can help you maintain a high quality of life.Experts ag... 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 >>

Simple swaps for a healthy lifestyle
(BPT) - Americans are more concerned than ever before about living a healthy lifestyle. However, implementing dietary changes and adopting an exercise routine can prove to be overwhelming. A recent Gallup poll found that nine out of 10 consumers say they make it a point to try to include fruits and... More >>

Hidden holiday hazard? Don't let foot pain dampen holiday spirits
(BPT) - Americans spend just shy of 274 hours a year on shopping – or 45 minutes per day – according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey. It’s probably safe to say a good chunk of that time occurs during the holiday season. While much shopping takes p... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

A simple conversation could help provide life-saving information during and after pregnancy
(BPT) - Some people don’t think that “talking” alone can make a difference when it comes to someone’s health. But when it comes to helping prevent potentially life-threatening pregnancy complications, conversations can be a powerful tool.While most women give birth without e... More >>

Women's pain: Common, treatable and often overlooked or mismanaged [Infographic]
(BPT) - Everyone feels pain at some point. Women have a particularly interesting relationship with pain – childbirth is considered to be one of the most painful experiences and in general, women report having more pain than men. A recent analysis of peer-reviewed scientific research published... More >>

About Binge Eating Disorder (B.E.D.) in Adults [Infographic]
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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 >>

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 >>

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... 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 >>

Navy Reserve provides a great career option for medical students
(BPT) - The schooling needed to become a doctor is extensive and expensive. There are four years of undergraduate studies, four years in a medical school, and then several years of residency, depending on the medical field the student wants to pursue. For doctors who want to pursue a specialized fi... More >>

Don't let new year's fervor fizzle: 6 ways to achieve meaningful change
(BPT) - Every year, many Americans resolve to change or improve something in their lives in the coming months. Too often, their January fervor to take control fizzles by February. But a new approach to managing resolutions could make 2015 the year you achieve meaningful, lasting change.Paul Kriegle... More >>

6 timely tips to keep kids safe this holiday season
(BPT) - The holiday season is upon us, and as you prepare to enjoy all the wonderful things associated with this time of year, don’t forget to keep child safety top of mind so the entire family has a jolly holiday.Experts at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals recommend these six safet... 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 >>

Expert tips to protect your heart this winter
(BPT) - Heart disease and stroke remain the two top killers of Americans, according to the American Heart Association. Some research shows that heart-related deaths increase by 5 percent during the holidays, no matter where you live, and more cardiac deaths occur on Christmas and New Year's day tha... More >>

Life-saving facts about stroke treatment [Infographic]
(BPT) - Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting 800,000 people each year. Fast, effective treatment is essential to achieve the best possible outcome from a stroke. Before making a decision about treatment for yourself or a loved one, learn the comparative facts ab... 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 >>

For adults, there's more to consider this season than just flu
(BPT) - With flu season in full swing, many adults are visiting their health care providers to discuss ways to stay healthy. Have you thought about other potentially serious diseases you may be at risk for as an adult?Shingles, the common name for herpes zoster, is a disease caused by the same viru... 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 >>

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 >>

How the Affordable Care Act may affect your tax refund
(BPT) - The Affordable Care Act (ACA) brings a lot of changes to this year’s tax code. Do you know if and how it will affect your tax refund?Here are five tips from H&R Block to help you understand how your taxes and tax refund will be affected as a result of the biggest tax code change i... More >>

Defeat drowsy driving dangers: Tips for staying awake at the wheel
(BPT) - One in five fatal accidents in America involves a drowsy driver, according to a recent report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Unfortunately, driving while fatigued is common in today’s business world. Yet the consequences of driving when you’re tired can be tragic.&l... More >>

5 easy-to-accomplish New Year's resolutions with a big health impact
(BPT) - The start of a new year is the perfect time for making goals to improve your health and well-being. But too often, people make grand resolutions that are too lofty to accomplish. In fact, about half of men and women say they have made New Year’s resolutions they could not keep, accord... More >>

What parents feed baby can have long-term impact
(BPT) - Experts agree that the food babies eat helps set the stage for growth and development, but did you know that it also impacts long-term eating habits and taste development? Children who consumed fruits and vegetables infrequently and drank sweet drinks during late infancy showed those same h... More >>

Know a child with autism spectrum disorder? [Infographic]
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Do you know the GI malignancy that's second only to colon cancer? [Infographic]
(BPT) - Public awareness of common cancers is better than ever, yet you may have never even heard of the second-most-common type of gastrointestinal malignancy. Gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, or GEP-NETs, are now second only to colon cancer. They can be undiagnosed for years. Here&rs... More >>

Binge Eating Disorder (B.E.D.): An Adult Patient's Journey [Infographic]
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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 >>

Ask the Pharmacist: Don't let a bleeding disorder wreck your travel plans
(BPT) - If you or someone in your family, has a bleeding disorder, you know that even the simplest accident can be a cause for major concern. Major developments in care and treatment have significantly improved quality of life. Most patients can now self-administer intravenous clotting factor with ... 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 >>

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 >>

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, the soo... More >>

7 facts to power through the toughest cold or flu
  (BPT) - This year’s cold and flu season is well underway. IMS Health Flu Activation Network (FAN) reports over 45 million Americans have been affected by symptoms for the week ending January 3, 2015. Health professionals encourage people to take precautions to prevent coming into ... More >>

Colon cancer survivor inspires a new song from country music singer Craig Campbell
(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 >>

Flu myths versus facts for parents and caregivers [Infographic]
(BPT) - According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), flu activity remains high in the U.S. and is now widespread. But it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine. However, did you know that one of the most common misperceptions about the flu vaccine is that it can give... More >>

6 reasons the flu should not be ignored
(BPT) - Although influenza or “the flu” is a highly-contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract (nose, lungs and throat), a recent survey by Families Fighting Flu found that U.S. adults have a significant gap in their understanding about the seriousness of this infectious diseas... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Don't wait to discover if you have this deadly, under-reported type of cancer
(BPT) - Liver cancer is one of the deadliest cancers in the world, causing more than 600,000 deaths each year. The number of Americans with liver cancer has been slowly but steadily rising for several decades with over 33,000 people expected to be diagnosed in 2014. The incidence is increasing due ... More >>

Diabetes and holidays can go together better than chocolate and peanut butter
(BPT) - The holidays are almost here, and with them comes plenty of feasting and merriment. Enjoying the season is important, but if you have a family member with diabetes, it’s also very important to maintain a healthy routine for managing the condition.Having diabetes doesn’t mean mis... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

With diabetes, don't overlook yearly eye exams
(BPT) - Diabetes can affect many aspects of a person’s health, such as increasing the risk for heart disease, stroke or serious kidney damage. However, many people may not realize that diabetes can also damage the eyes.More than 29 million Americans are living with diabetes, according to the ... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

4 simple steps to a happier, healthier you
(BPT) - Now that you have outlined your self-improvement plan for 2015, consider this: only 8 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions actually stick to them. Success depends on identifying new opportunities to keep your body fresh and your mind focused. Here are four simple steps to... More >>

Prepare for surgery: 5 steps every patient should take
(BPT) - Surgery and anesthesia are safer than ever, but can make even the most fearless patient a bit nervous. Most patients don’t know about the steps they can and should take to make their experience safer and more comfortable.One of the most important things patients can do to make surgery... 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 >>

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 >>

Nutrition choices made easy in the grocery aisle
(BPT) - Should you buy eggs instead of cereal? Popcorn in place of pretzels? For consumers seeking “better-for-you” foods at the grocery store, these types of decisions can feel overwhelming, and for some, time-consuming.With the help of the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System, making heal... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

5 health improvements you can make today that will pay off for a lifetime
(BPT) - Improving your health and wellness can seem like a daunting task, especially if you know you have some bad health habits to break. But, several improvements you can make today can result in tremendous health benefits.“It starts with you,” says physician assistant Tricia A. Howar... 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 >>

7 big (but easy) ways businesses can reduce employee absenteeism
(BPT) - An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – especially for small businesses grappling with the high costs of worker absenteeism. Employee time lost to health issues costs American businesses $84 billion a year. For U.S. businesses, helping workers stay healthy costs far less tha... 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 >>

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 >>

Learn how to combat symptoms this cold and flu season
(BPT) - Nurse Barb Dehn offers tips on how to get the rest you need to stay healthy this cold, cough and flu season.A majority (73.8 percent) of people include sleep among their primary therapies when suffering from a cold or flu, according to a survey from the makers of Vicks NyQuil and DayQuil Se... 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 >>

5 ways to keep your New Year's resolution
(BPT) - It’s the first week of 2015; a time when many people are deciding on and kicking off their New Year’s resolutions.If you want keep your New Year’s resolution, here are some tips from Gary D. Foster, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer at Weight Watchers International, Inc.1. I... 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 >>

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 >>

You can prevent cervical cancer
(BPT) - If it weren’t for a woman named Sandy, Brenda T. might have a very different story to tell.Two years ago, when Brenda was 50 years old, she didn’t have health insurance, and was going to a free clinic in Schenectady, New York. That’s where she met Sandy, a women’s he... More >>

Why you should consider the Mediterranean diet
(BPT) - A healthy diet can be the foundation of a healthy life. While there are many food choices and diet options, one diet consistently grabs the attention of researchers.“The Mediterranean diet has been, and continues to be, studied widely,” says physician assistant Tricia A. Howard,... More >>

Diabetes Discussion: Tips for Managing Your Diabetes
(BPT) - Diabetes is a complex disease affecting more than 29 million people in the United States. Although there is no cure, patients with diabetes see better results when the disease is closely managed through lifestyle changes and medication. Along with making good choices about healthy eating an... 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 >>

A little inspiration can go a long way for people living with relapsing multiple sclerosis
(BPT) - Visit 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 >>

5 must-know tips for healthy winter travel
(BPT) - Whether heading to grandma’s house for the holidays or to a tropical destination to get away from the cold, winter travel comes with the added challenge of staying healthy.Crowded airports and train stations and tight guest quarters make us all more exposed to germs – and this y... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Answering the biggest unmet need in cancer care today
(BPT) - “I thought cancer was like dessert - you only got one. I thought wrong,” says Jim Riswold, a two-time cancer survivor and one of the advertising geniuses responsible for some of Nike’s most iconic ads. Fourteen years ago, Riswold was told he had between two to four years t... 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 >>

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 >>

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