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August 22, 2019

Easy ways to add beef to your back-to-school menus
(BPT) - As the school year kicks off, parents are seeking meals that keep their children happy and healthy. On top of that, they need dinner options that are quick for their hectic schedules, fit into the budget and go beyond frozen pizza and entrees. Beef delivers on nutrition, simplicity and vers... More Story with Video....

Make sure your dental implant surgery is a success [Infographic]
(BPT) - Established in 1951, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) is the first professional organization in the world dedicated to the advancement of implant dentistry. AAID credentialed dental implant experts are passionate about helping you live your life the way you want to. You can ... More Story with Video....

Appreciating Everyday Moments: Gerry’s Journey with Metastatic Breast Cancer [Video]
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Are you a mindless muncher? Follow these smart tips for healthier snacking
(BPT) - Eating small snacks throughout the day can be a great way to maintain energy and keep hunger pangs at bay between meals. The problem is, it's far too easy to reach for unhealthy foods that satisfy your sweet or salty cravings, but don't necessarily provide the essential nutrients your body ... More Story with Video....

Getting a grip on essential tremor for a new beginning
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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Is Taking On Children’s Cancer From Every Direction [Infographic]
(BPT) - Blood cancers account for more than 40 percent of all childhood cancers, and most children are treated with the same toxic combinations of chemotherapies developed decades ago. Though there has been significant progress in advancing new therapies for adults with cancer, only four oncology d... More Story with Video....

Cutting-edge tumor tests reveal new cancer treatment options
(BPT) - In the fall of 2017, Elissa Reynolds was shocked by a stage four colorectal cancer diagnosis at 35 years old. Almost two years later, she has hope for the future thanks to innovative tests on her living tumor tissue, which revealed personalized treatment options for her specific cancer.&ldq... More Story with Video....

4 back-to-school essentials to help keep kids healthy
(BPT) - New backpack? Check. Cool new shoes? Check. The right 24-pack of crayons? Check.As a parent, you want to give your child everything needed for a successful new school year, and sometimes that means thinking outside the crayon box. Are you keeping these less obvious things front of mind?"Bei... More Story with Video....

How to prevent the most common summer accidents
(BPT) - The warm summer months typically mean more people are outdoors participating in their favorite activities. With more daylight hours and celebrations come more accidents and injuries.Craig Hospital in Denver specializes in the rehabilitation of people who have sustained a spinal cord and/or ... More Story with Video....

An aging family member is struggling with their chronic condition - what can you do?
(BPT) - As we get older, the ones we love inevitably age too. For many, there comes a time where you are no longer just a son, daughter or family member — you’re a caregiver. Ensuring your aging parent or loved one is able to manage and afford their medical treatments can have an enormo... More Story with Video....

Paying for Senior Living [Infographic]
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'Show up for yourself': WWE superstar shares top wellness tips
(BPT) - With more than eight million followers on Instagram, WWE superstar, television personality and entrepreneur Nikki Bella is influential on and off the mat. She serves up beauty and wellness tips, plenty of inspirational thoughts, advice on exercise, relationships and developing a positive at... More Story with Video....

‘The inspiration is endless:’ An ingredient the world’s top chefs recommend
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Lack of pet-friendly domestic violence shelters critical barrier for victims with pets
(BPT) - An estimated 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience some form of domestic abuse in their lifetime. Escaping abusive situations and starting over in a new and safe environment is an overwhelming experience for victims, especially when pets are involved. An added challenge is that very f... More Story with Video....

5 tips to make the most out of your workout routine
(BPT) - Whether you’re hitting the gym to get healthy, tone up or improve your overall well-being, there’s no denying that seeing results can be one of the most satisfying feelings. Noticing even the smallest change in the way you feel or look is reason enough to lace up your sneakers f... More Story with Video....

Think outside: 5 ways to disconnect and enjoy the outdoors
(BPT) - Life is hectic, full of demands at work and home. Add digital distractions like computers, cell phones, tablets and more, and it's no wonder many people are experiencing record-high levels of stress.One simple solution is to shift your perspective by spending more time outdoors. When you do... More Story with Video....

A change of heart: Research indicates there are newer effective ways to prevent cardiovascular issues
(BPT) - Cardiovascular (CV) disease affects nearly half of all adult Americans[i] and is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Although it constitutes one of the most significant challenges facing the medical community, confusion remains around which therapies are best to manage the disease and pr... More Story with Video....

Which is more important to recognize, emojis or road signs?
(BPT) - If you were to take a quiz to test your ability to identify common emojis and road signs, how do you think you’d fare?According to the results from a recent survey by Mercury Insurance, 1,890 respondents did not do so well. The meaning of the “yawning” emoji was correctly ... More Story with Video....

5 ways to fight IPF
(BPT) - It takes grit, dedication and commitment to go up against a serious and irreversible disease like idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). This lesser-known condition, which causes scarring of the lungs, is considered “rare,” but still kills more than 40,000 people in the U.S. each ... More Story with Video....

Are you getting enough protein in your diet?
(BPT) - You may have noticed protein bars and shakes popping up at grocery stores or gyms. Coverage of the benefits of protein is all the rage. So it might be surprising to learn that almost half of older adults are not consuming enough protein, thus negatively impacting their health, according to ... More Story with Video....

Record low unemployment creates opportunities for Americans with disabilities
(BPT) - With unemployment rates at a nearly 50-year low, many businesses are struggling to find workers. This tight job market is opening doors for people with disabilities, as many companies are turning their attention to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.Though more Americans with disabili... More Story with Video....

Treating Endometriosis Pain: What Worked For Me
(BPT) - For years, Sarah J. assumed her period pain was normal. “When I first started experiencing pain, I had no idea what endometriosis was and just assumed other women were experiencing the same symptoms, but weren’t talking about them,” Sarah recalled.After seeing more than 10... More Story with Video....

Trips that transform: How airline miles can transform a child’s life
(BPT) - Maksim was just a few months shy of 2 years old when his parents rushed him to the emergency room for severe flu-like symptoms, only to find that their little boy was suffering from kidney failure. Since that day, Maksim has spent most of his six years in and out of hospitals, doctors' offi... More Story with Video....

What you need to do before traveling abroad
(BPT) - Planning a trip abroad? That’s exciting! But you have lots to do and less time than you think to get it done. What do you need to accomplish before leaving?Here's a handy checklist to help you get your ducks in a row.PassportIf you have a current passport, check the expiration date. M... More Story with Video....

Embarrassing questions you’re too afraid to ask your gynecologist
(BPT) - It’s that time again. The dreaded gynecologist appointment. There’s nothing to be afraid of because nothing shocks the gyno. However, many women are reluctant to ask the questions they want — and need — answered.You know, like that unpleasant odor and itch after sex ... More Story with Video....

How you sleep affects your health – and could give you wrinkles
(BPT) - As you drift off to sleep, how does your nightly position affect your health?Whether you prefer stomach, back, side or curled into a fetal position, the way you snuggle into the pillow may affect your breathing patterns, neck and back pain, and circulation. A less-serious effect, but one mo... More Story with Video....

From silence into sound, cochlear implants change one couple's world
(BPT) - Caroline and Andreas Schwabe are hearing impaired. Well, only Caroline has hearing loss. Andreas can hear just fine. But, as Andreas says, for a couple, hearing is a "we" thing.Caroline's mother suffered from hearing loss, like many of the women in her family, so, as a newlywed at age 21, i... More Story with Video....

The Cost Savings of Using Genomic Tests to Personalize Cancer Treatment
(BPT) - People diagnosed with cancer face many questions about the right treatment for their individual disease. Genomic Health has developed its Oncotype DX® genomic-based diagnostic tests to help guide treatment options for breast, colon and prostate cancers. These tests are transforming the ... More Story with Video....

5 easy ways to be a more active dad
(BPT) - For children, having an engaged dad makes a huge difference — fathers play a critical role, and research tells us just how important that role is. In fact, studies show that children who feel close to their fathers are two times more likely to go to college or find a job after high sc... More Story with Video....

True confessions: Which skin sins have you committed?
(BPT) - From catching your favorite team at a ballgame to swimming in a pool, summertime brings no shortage of outdoor activities. All this time outside, though, can wreak havoc on your skin if you don’t follow a proper routine to rid your skin of the dirt, oil and residue it encounters throu... More Story with Video....

Meeting of the Minds: Bringing Together Community and Academic Experts to Advance Cancer Care
(BPT) - If you’re diagnosed with cancer, chances are that you will turn to a community oncologist. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 1.7 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in 2019.1 For many of these Americans, seeing a community oncologist is often the first... More Story with Video....

6 back-to-school tips every parent of kids with allergies should know
(BPT) - For kids who live with allergies and asthma, back-to-school can spell trouble with symptoms.Late summer/early fall is the height of ragweed season. When you add in exposure to environmental factors found in school classrooms, playing fields and eating areas, you have the perfect recipe to j... More Story with Video....

3 smart steps to protect your vacation home when you're away
(BPT) - Whether it's a cabin up north, a villa down south or a quaint cottage near family, many people in the United States own second homes. There are seasons you may spend more time at these vacation properties, but for many people, much of the year they remain empty. That's why it's important to... More Story with Video....

Patient registry breathes new life into pulmonary fibrosis research
(BPT) - Over 200,000 people in the United States are living with pulmonary fibrosis (PF), a progressive, debilitating lung disease. More than 50,000 new cases of PF are diagnosed each year — with many more that are likely misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. Most cases are idiopathic pulmonary fibros... More Story with Video....

Maternal morbidity and mortality: Your guide to healthy pregnancy
(BPT) - Every year in the United States, approximately 700 women die as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications, and more than 50,000 experience unexpected health problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some pregnancy complications (for example, morning ... More Story with Video....

How one idea - big or small - can help change cancer care
(BPT) - Anyone who has confronted cancer or helped a friend or family member battle the disease knows that the challenges go far beyond diagnosis and treatment. Managing the cancer journey and life after treatment calls on support from family and the surrounding community. It is this community that... More Story with Video....

Time-saving tips for creating simple morning routines
(BPT) - Mornings can be a bit chaotic as you fight the clock to get out the door on time. This is especially true if you have a big family. Wouldn't it be nice if rather than feeling like a stressful race, your morning routine was something you actually looked forward to?Starting your day on a high... More Story with Video....

A Quick Guide to a Happy Heart: 10 Fun, Doctor-Approved Happy Heart Activities [Infographic]
(BPT) - Honey Nut Cheerios is on a mission to inspire happy hearts! The beloved cereal brand is encouraging people to adopt simple, enjoyable behaviors that can help make their heart happy with this doctor-approved activity list. Plus, from now through August, consumers can participate in the Hone... More Story with Video....

Breast cancer survivor puts chemo to the test
(BPT) - As a commercial airline pilot with nearly 30 years of experience, Diane Sandoval, age 50, is no stranger to making difficult decisions. However, she faced one of her toughest challenges not in the skies, but when she discovered a small lump in her left breast during a self-examination. Her ... More Story with Video....

Heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest are different, but often related
(BPT) - Within just eight days, Michael Adams, a 59-year-old husband and father of two from Moore, OK, suffered a heart attack and a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) — he survived them both. Many think a heart attack and SCA are the same, but they are very different. Recent heart attack victims ha... More Story with Video....

Get ripped without breaking a sweat
(BPT) - No matter how many sit-ups you do, you can’t seem to get those six-pack abs, and all of those squats and lunges don’t add up to buns of steel either.It’s certainly not from lack of trying. You’re on a first-name basis with the entire staff at your gym and you spend m... More Story with Video....

How to protect yourself from 4 health concerns during travel
(BPT) - It’s the night before that long-awaited vacation you’ve been planning. You’ve tripled-checked your suitcase, checked into your flight and have notified the bank of your travel plans. Everything is ready to go, but even the most experienced travelers can’t predict the... More Story with Video....

4 steps to keep your home safe from fires
(BPT) - According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms — often due to missing alarm batteries or expired alarms.Fortunately, a new generation of home safety technology — combin... More Story with Video....

How detailed planning can help you make every minute count
(BPT) - To say ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia keeps busy is an understatement. The fitness platform she founded operates at 15,000 partner sites across 80 cities worldwide and is continuing to expand. Kadakia also founded Sa Dance Company, a bicoastal Indian dance troupe that performs at major ven... More Story with Video....

Say goodbye to dull, tired skin with powerhouse ingredients
(BPT) - The end of your 20s is an interesting time. Gone are the days of chugging caffeine for lunch and the nights that turned into mornings, running from afterparty to afterparty. You’re becoming more confident and advancing professionally, but you may also be noticing a few things changing... More Story with Video....

6 questions to ask your healthcare provider about out-of-pocket medication costs
(BPT) - Even in the privacy of a doctor’s office, many patients hesitate to discuss one subject — money.While nearly one in four Americans over the age of 50 feels stressed about their medical bills, only half of those have spoken to their healthcare provider about it, according to a Un... More Story with Video....

Buying for a better world: Purchasing decisions that help the planet
(BPT) - While research from The Shelton Group shows 90% of millennials choose to purchase from brands they trust for their social and environmental practices, carefully crafted marketing lingo and even bigger advertising budgets can make it difficult to know if their dollars are truly making a diff... More Story with Video....

Inclusive playgrounds: How play helps all children learn
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How immunotherapy is changing lives for people with allergies
(BPT) - Every year, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, and as pollen production grows in intensity and duration due to longer freeze-free periods, that number is only expected to rise. For chronic allergy sufferers, this can mean battling symptoms around the calendar, year after ... More Story with Video....

Public Service Announcement: Think Twice Before Stopping Your Statin
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Answers for women with endometriosis – what is it and what can you do about it?
(BPT) - Studies show that one in 10 women suffer from endometriosis. To bring attention to this common but not commonly discussed condition, one doctor and patient from El Camino Health in California are sharing their story.What is endometriosis?Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue very simi... More Story with Video....

Exercise is important for everyone, especially people with disabilities
(BPT) - No matter how old or out of shape you think you are, it is never too late to add more physical activity to your life. Regular and consistent exercise can:Help you control your weight. Along with healthy diet, exercise plays an important role in preventing obesity.Reduce your risk of heart d... More Story with Video....

Don’t let summer pests bug you
(BPT) - Summer activities like hiking, camping, picnics and barbecues are all fun ways to enjoy the great outdoors. But spending more time outside can lead to mosquito and tick bites, and the potential for bringing these pests inside the home and putting families at risk for insect-borne diseases.A... More Story with Video....

6 ways to get "s'more" outdoor fun during the short summer season
(BPT) - Now that summer is here, for many, it seems opportunities to savor those sun-drenched days and starry nights are all too limited. Events and activities are already stacking up on the calendar, and it’s almost as if the season is over before it begins.It's not just you who’s feel... More Story with Video....

5 items to clean for a sparkling kitchen
(BPT) - You wipe down the counters, clean the floor and run the dishwasher regularly. Your kitchen appears clean on the surface, but there's probably a lot that could use a refresh. It's time to pay attention to frequently used but often forgotten items in your kitchen.Make sure to include these fi... More Story with Video....

Home safe home: Protect your children with these 5 easy tips
(BPT) - We all like to think of our homes as secure havens where our families can retreat from the world in peace and comfort.While most of us do everything we can to protect our children from harm, records show that in the U.S. some 2,000 children 14 and younger succumb to preventable injuries in ... More Story with Video....

Refresh your summer with delicious, healthy mocktails
(BPT) - There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than kicking back and relaxing with a cold, tasty and refreshing beverage — and there are so many great options to choose from. But why not add a little excitement to your summer by choosing something to drink that’s fun and color... More Story with Video....

Mindfulness and its proven impact on loneliness: What you should know
(BPT) - Maybe you know someone who stands by taking five minutes each morning to meditate or finds time after lunch to quiet his or her mind and focus on breathing. Whatever the method may be, incorporating “mindfulness” practices into your life can have a wide range of positive health ... More Story with Video....

A Lingering Cough That Wouldn’t Go Away: A Patient’s Road to NTM Lung Disease Diagnosis
(BPT) - Having a persistent cough wasn’t something new to Debbie. As early as high school, she found herself coughing excessively on the school bus due to the cigarette smoke from her fellow classmates. Over the years, she was prescribed an antibiotic and antihistamine for each new cough, and... More Story with Video....

Living With Diabetes and Can’t Afford Your Insulin? Here Are Some Tips that Can Help
(BPT) - If you are one of the 7 million Americans living with diabetes that relies on insulin every day to help manage your condition, you understand the complexities of the U.S. healthcare system. It’s a confusing system for many. Even more importantly, high out-of-pocket costs for patients ... More Story with Video....

Ask the expert: Vision health as you age
(BPT) - Many people expect their eyesight to decline with age — perhaps requiring a stronger eyeglass prescription or “readers.” Some vision changes are linked to age, but there are steps to consider to help our eyes stay as healthy as possible.Dr. Linda Chous, OD, chief eye care ... More Story with Video....

Now Available - JORNAY PM™ (Methylphenidate HCl) CII, the First and Only ADHD Stimulant Dosed in the Evening [Video]
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Paying for college: 4 ways to help lower your education costs
(BPT) - Total student loan debt has surpassed $1.5 trillion, with 4 in 10 students carrying over $30K in outstanding student loans. Getting accepted into college or graduate school is an exciting time for students and parents. As college continues to get more expensive, determining how you’ll... More Story with Video....

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Having Fun in the Sun
(BPT) - Spending time outside is what makes summer so enjoyable. Whether you plan to spend a day at the pool, mill about a music festival or relax at a family barbecue, everyone looks forward to a beautiful, sunny day.Before you head out, don’t forget to pack your sunscreen! Leading dermatolo... More Story with Video....

Embrace the Summer Weather with Delicious, Kidney-Friendly Recipes
(BPT) - Start the Day with: Avocado Toast with EggStart off your day by fixing a slice of Avocado Toast with Egg. This light, but filling breakfast is perfect for the busy mornings of summer.To Drink: Strawberry-Lemonade SlushWelcome the warm weather by making this ice-cold, kidney-friendly Strawbe... More Story with Video....

International Medical Graduates Improve Healthcare in Rural America Amid Growing Doctor Shortage
(BPT) - When it comes to accessing healthcare, patients living in rural communities across America face a unique and complex set of challenges. While remote areas often have harsh weather conditions and limited transportation to medical centers, another problem poses a constant threat to patients i... More Story with Video....

It’s time to talk about Alzheimer’s [Infographic]
(BPT) - Having a conversation about Alzheimer’s can be difficult — but it is so important. Early detection can offer significant benefits for the person diagnosed and their loved ones, including more informed decision-making and planning, better medical care, greater respect for patient... More Story with Video....

Don't delay the talk: An early Alzheimer's diagnosis can make a big difference
(BPT) - After 30 years of painting commercial buildings, Mario Martinez of San Jose, California, had experienced days like this before — grueling hours under a sun-soaked sky, doing back-breaking work. He loved his job, but after spending hours outside he was ready to go home.Mario bent down ... More Story with Video....

Prevent your student’s 'summer slide' with … video games?
(BPT) - School is out for the summer, and parents everywhere are worried about their kids spending too much time staring at their screens. If you are one of those worried parents, take a moment and determine what your child is actually doing with their screens. It’s one thing if they’re... More Story with Video....

Hidden epidemic: The disease that will be the #1 reason for liver transplants in 2020
(BPT) - Every day your liver works tirelessly to support over 500 essential bodily functions, including storing energy, neutralizing harmful toxins, converting nutrients for absorption and acting as a filtration system. If your liver isn't healthy, it's unable to do these important tasks. The probl... More Story with Video....

You exercise your abs; what about your pelvic floor muscles?
(BPT) - Urinary tract, bladder control and bowel problems are a major issue for men and women alike and it’s one of the most embarrassing aspects of aging, tearing of the pelvic muscles during childbirth, anal or rectal cancer. Many people who suffer with urinary incontinence can also have le... More Story with Video....

How you can help bring nutritious foods to kids in need this summer
(BPT) - For many American children, summer is the ultimate season. Whether it’s the warm weather, the break from school or the opportunity to enjoy activities like camp, swimming and bike rides, kids count down the days to fun.However, one in six children in the U.S. faces hunger, according t... More Story with Video....

6 must-dos for marathon training
(BPT) - Whether it’s your first marathon or you’re an experienced runner, you probably know there’s much more to it than just the cardio. Your entire lifestyle must adjust to support your training. How you train, and what you eat and drink, all counts when you’re preparing f... More Story with Video....

What It Means to Feel 'OFF' with Parkinson’s
(BPT) - Parkinson’s affects about one million people in the U.S. and millions more globally. Medicines have existed to help with Parkinson’s symptoms for many years, but many people with Parkinson’s, about 40 percent in the U.S., still face a problem related to their symptoms: OFF... More Story with Video....

Can you take on the challenge of a day full of onions?
(BPT) - The onion now has its very own day. It’s a day to cheer one of the nation’s most popular and versatile vegetables. June 27 is National Onion Day.This is the perfect time to get adventurous and put onions in every meal.The onion is the third-most consumed fresh vegetable in the U... More Story with Video....

Moms, make time for yourself this summer
(BPT) - With summertime upon us and kids out of school, moms are heading into one of the busiest times of year. When summer schedules get hectic, it’s more important than ever for moms to take time for themselves and keep up their energy.One easy way for moms to stay on top of their game whil... More Story with Video....

Summer Fitness On The Fly
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Should you use a daily aspirin regimen? Learn more about updated guidelines
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Five colorful facts about cataracts
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Tips for sanitizing 5 hard-to-clean items in your children’s rooms
(BPT) - Every parent knows that keeping kids’ rooms — and their stuff — sanitary can seem like a losing battle. Between the playdates, trips to the park and going back-and-forth from school to home, parents also worry about the amount of not just dirt, but also potentially harmful... More Story with Video....

What's more realistic, Bigfoot or a secure retirement?
(BPT) - Did you know nearly 1 in 3 people think they're more likely to learn Bigfoot is real than to save enough to retire comfortably, according to a recent survey from AARP and the Ad Council?But successfully saving for retirement doesn’t have to be a fantasy — or scary. Chances are y... More Story with Video....

Let’s Talk About Bladder Cancer: Tips for Getting the Support You Need [Video]
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5 ways to make your morning routine eco-friendly
(BPT) - In a sea of plastic bags and exhaust-filled commutes, it can be overwhelming to remind yourself to be environmentally responsible and reduce your carbon footprint, especially during busy times like the morning. You slept through your alarm, the kids wouldn’t get dressed for school, yo... More Story with Video....

Good health for men often depends on wellness awareness and early screenings
(BPT) - The statistics for men’s health are alarming. For men, life expectancy is 76.3 years; for women, it’s 81.2 years. The Kaiser Family Foundation points out that nearly 71 percent of men are at risk of being overweight or obese, compared to 59 percent for women. Far more women than... More Story with Video....

New Technology Strives to Ensure a Properly Fit Football Helmet For Every Player
(BPT) - The NFL receives the highest television ratings of all pro sports, and football continues to have the highest rates of participation for high school boys in the country (compared to other sports), yet the dangers of playing the game have never been more visible. As a result, parents are hes... More Story with Video....

Three Easy Ways to Brighten a Cancer Patient’s Day
(BPT) - Despite the many advances in treatments and more promising survival rates for some cancers, many patients living with cancer often experience the darkness that can come with the disease.“Cancer treatments can be physically and emotionally challenging to manage, so support from friends... More Story with Video....

Staying on track: 3 ways to spring into a healthy summer
(BPT) - Lacking culinary inspiration? Telling yourself that you will start going to the gym “next week?” Binge-watching TV rather than tackling a crossword puzzle?We can often be our own biggest hurdle when it comes to making healthy decisions. But sometimes all it takes is a gentle nud... More Story with Video....

4 home upgrades, suitable for the whole family
(BPT) - With a bustling household and busy family schedules, updates to the home are often a low priority compared to time spent with loved ones. Consider four home improvement ideas fit for the entire family, which require little time commitment and deliver long-lasting benefits.1. Pick paint colo... More Story with Video....

3 ways to shape up for summer
(BPT) - Summer is coming — and swimsuit season will be here before you know it. Now’s the time to do a quick assessment and create a routine to get your body ready for sun and fun.By following three easy steps — reset, realign and repeat — you can commit to making changes to... More Story with Video....

Woman Learns To Embrace Life With Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
(BPT) - As a grandmother of two young boys, Pam Hill values the time she spends with her family more than anything. She helps care for her one-year-old grandson almost every day, and while she cherishes their time together, she also was nervous about how her relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) may pr... More Story with Video....

Summer must-haves to brighten your beauty routine
(BPT) - With summer around the corner, everyone is seeking the best beauty inspiration to prepare for the warmer weather styles and sun-kissed looks. Whether you are planning for a staycation or jet-setting around the country, these easy and effective steps can make your face glow and look vibrant ... More Story with Video....

Caring for customers’ needs through evolving supplemental group insurance benefits
(BPT) - These days, businesses of all sizes are searching for the latest technological advancements to help transform the working world, whether it be cloud computing or the “internet of things.” In a similar manner, some insurers are evolving their products and services to better care ... More Story with Video....

Man's quest for answers about rare disease uses genealogy to unlock secrets from the past
(BPT) - When Greg first learned about a rare disease affecting his brother, he had no idea that the illness would shortly come to define his own life, or that his search for answers would take him on a journey going back generations to his Irish ancestors.Greg grew up in an active family, and his l... More Story with Video....

10 movies that connect generations
(BPT) - Movies both bring us together and bridge generational divides. They help us relate to each other and understand past eras. Great movies also shape a generation, creating a common experience. They reflect the hopes and dreams of their audiences.Here are 10 movies to help forge connections be... More Story with Video....

Menstrual Hygiene Day: Women and their periods [Infographic]
(BPT) - Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28th focuses on the importance of menstrual hygiene education and awareness. In honor of the day, Summers Eve, the #1 Feminine Freshness brand*, conducted a survey to reveal how modern women feel about their periods in 2019. The brand covered everything from per... More Story with Video....

Expert tips for a better night’s sleep
(BPT) - When was the last time you had a good night's sleep?For many, sleep doesn't come easy. Up to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy and restless legs syndrome. Nights are spent staring at the walls as insomnia takes control, o... More Story with Video....

3 reasons to go fishing on your next day trip
(BPT) - When the weather warms up, it’s the perfect time to spend a day casting on the water. Whether you’re an experienced fisherman, a novice or a family looking for a fun, all-ages activity, fishing is an easy and enjoyable choice.Here are three reasons for you and your family to go ... More Story with Video....

The tell-tale signs of allergies and what you can do to face the season head on [Infographic]
(BPT) - Allergy sufferers know when allergy season has arrived, thanks to common symptoms that include sneezing and runny noses. Luckily Puffs offers easy solutions to help you beat allergies any time of year.... More Story with Video....

4 habits to create lasting energy
(BPT) - When it comes to feeling your best, many people agree that energy plays a major role not only in our productivity but also our overall happiness. While we all wish there was a quick fix, sustained energy is not easily attained by just another cup of coffee. Energy needs to be generated from... More Story with Video....

How companies are creating healthier worksites
(BPT) - Worksite hurdles are the issues or hassles that prevent employees from being engaged, successful and happy at their jobs. To help overcome these hurdles, and for more satisfied, productive employees, an increasing number of employers are looking to their employee well-being programs for ans... More Story with Video....

Fuel Your Next Outdoor Workout with This Performance-Packed Fuel
(BPT) - As the temperatures rise and colorful flowers make their debut, it’s once again the time of year to get outside for some physical activity and sunshine. Ditch the gym and try a workout in the park, get on your bike and explore the city, or go grab some friends and head out on your fav... More Story with Video....

Beach brain: How heading to the beach is beneficial to your health [Infographic]
(BPT) - Reef, the industry leader in beach footwear, knows “life is better at the beach.” The brand encourages people to embrace the spirit of the beach through the mantra: Beach Freely. But it’s more than just a summer destination, it’s good for you too! Reef partnered with... More Story with Video....

Struggling to focus on things up close? You might have presbyopia
(BPT) - Do you use the flashlight on your phone to read the menu at dinner? Are drugstore reading glasses scattered throughout the house? Or perhaps you do the “so-common-it-should-be-patented” arm stretch to read text messages and emails on your phone? If any of these ring a bell, you ... More Story with Video....

Developing a plan to ensure the safest pregnancy, childbirth and recovery
(BPT) - Many people would be surprised to learn that among developed countries, the United States not only has the highest rate of maternal mortality (death during pregnancy or within one year of birth), but that it increased 56% between 1990 and 2015. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA... More Story with Video....

10 Fun Facts About Quinoa [Infographic]
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3 ideas to freshen up your favorite summer treats
(BPT) - Summertime brings lots of picnics, barbecues and pool parties, along with tasty treats everyone loves to share. Want to make yummy desserts your friends will rave about, but with your own unique twist?Add exotic new fruit.Whether you’re making a fruit salad, a pie or another tasty fru... More Story with Video....

6 Ways to Brighten Your Load
(BPT) - Whether you live to do laundry or it's your least favorite chore, we've all got to do it. These practical tips and decorating tricks will make the laundry one of the simplest chores on your checklist. Now laundry day doesn’t look so bad after all.1. Take advantage of your alone timeWh... More Story with Video....

The home fire safety feature you probably haven't thought about
(BPT) - Home is supposed to be a safe space, so it can be scary to think about things like fires. Unfortunately, fires are a real threat. Seven people die each day due to home fires, so it's important to be ready.Every home needs working smoke alarms and an escape plan for exiting the house. These ... More Story with Video....

4 signs & symptoms which may mean your rheumatoid arthritis is uncontrolled
(BPT) - If you’ve been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you’re far from alone.The inflammatory disease affects some 1.3 million adults in America, according to the National Institutes of Health.1,2What’s more, despite recent advances in treatments for the disease, many pa... More Story with Video....

Ask the expert: Oral health as you age
(BPT) - We all know brushing our teeth twice a day is crucial to keeping our smile bright, but most of us probably don’t understand how dental hygiene can impact our overall health, especially as we age. Going to the dentist is one of the most important things we can do for our health.Each ye... More Story with Video....

Don't Wait for 'Rock Bottom' [Video]
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Five ways to take charge of your type 2 diabetes diagnosis
(BPT) - As the 30 million Americans with diabetes might confirm, type 2 diabetes can be a lot of work. Beyond monitoring blood sugar and implementing a variety of lifestyle changes, adults with type 2 diabetes have to worry about serious complications of the condition, such as an increased risk of ... More Story with Video....

Teen Fitness: Something Parents & Teens Can Agree On, For Once [Infographic]
(BPT) - Planet Fitness, Inc., home of the Judgement Free Zone®, commissioned a national study that sheds light on how teens and parents feel about health and wellness, and how best to motivate youth toward pursuing an active lifestyle and setting them up for success through adulthood.... More Story with Video....

Summertime cuts and scrapes: 3 simple steps to help prevent infection
(BPT) - Summer is a time to get the family back outside to play after a long winter of being stuck inside. Those outdoor adventures — for kids big and small — may also bring a few unexpected injuries. Parents never want to see their kids hurt, but when those minor cuts or scrapes do occ... More Story with Video....

6 smart ways to digitally declutter
(BPT) - This time of year, as our focus turns to spring cleaning, there's an aspect of tidying up that most of us may be forgetting: our digital clutter. Women’s lifestyle outlet How Does She partnered with Walmart Family Mobile to share some excellent technology tidying tips (say that five t... More Story with Video....

Home flipping experts reveal the story of their first renovation
(BPT) - Like a first kiss, first car or first day of school, entrepreneurs and home renovation experts Ashley and Andy Williams will never forget completing their first home renovation project.“That day began as all our days do — with organized chaos,” Ashley said. “We got o... More Story with Video....

7 easy travel snack ideas for diabetics
(BPT) - Do you have diabetes and stress about finding healthy and convenient snack options while you’re traveling?See below for smart snacking tips and healthy recipes for diabetics.Choose healthy and satisfying snacks between meals. Snacking done right can keep your blood sugar levels as clo... More Story with Video....

Get the facts about radiation therapy and cancer
(BPT) - If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, you probably have a lot of questions.As your doctor assesses the best treatment for your cancer, radiation therapy might be suggested. It's important to get the facts about radiation therapy so you can feel comfortable with each step of ... More Story with Video....

5 signs you should seek medical treatment for your headache
(BPT) - You’ve been there before — you wake up and immediately feel the pulsing in your head, you get to work and can feel the pounding pressure mounting as you move between looking at your computer screen and meetings, you’re gearing up for a fun day out with your kids but you cr... More Story with Video....

5 steps to prepare for natural disasters
(BPT) - Whether it’s hurricanes, tornadoes or snowstorms, natural disasters can occur anywhere at any time. When they do, it’s often sudden, so being prepared ahead of time is key. However, only 39% of Americans are prepared for an unexpected natural disaster, according to a study by th... More Story with Video....

6 tips every parent should know about autism diagnosis and treatment
(BPT) - An estimated one in 59 children has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite this prevalence, if you think your child might have autism, it can feel very isolating. Venturing into the unknown is stressful, but there ... More Story with Video....

5 ways you can help fight child hunger
(BPT) - Did you know more than 13 million youth in the U.S. don’t know where their next meal is coming from? This is especially true during the summer, when children and teens don't have access to free or reduced-cost lunches or breakfasts offered during the school year. In fact, over 22 mill... More Story with Video....

Stop the food fights! Tips to find common ground with kids about healthy eating
(BPT) - When you hand your kids a healthy snack or have them sit down to a wholesome meal, do you cringe because you fear their little voices of retaliation? “Ew,” “yuck” and "I don't like that!" are some of the most notorious responses.While it may sometimes feel like kids ... More Story with Video....

Putting an End to Parent Shaming [Infographic]
(BPT) - With the immense pressure society puts on parents to make the exact right decisions for their children, the need for a supportive parenting community is greater than ever.... More Story with Video....

10 Simple Ways to Support New Parents
(BPT) - The need for positive parenting communities seems to be greater than ever before. According to a recent survey commissioned by Similac, seven out of 10 parents report feeling judged by other parents, however 92 percent of parents say having a positive and supportive parent environment is he... More Story with Video....

Everything to know about sun protection, according to a dermatologist
(BPT) - Sunscreen is a year-round necessity, but with the longer days of sunlight and warmer weather ahead, people are spending more time exposed to the sun, making it an essential. Whether it's a walk in a park or playing games in the backyard with family, it's important to be prepared for any tim... More Story with Video....

Are you or a loved one struggling with addiction? You are not alone [Infographic]
(BPT) - Over 20 million Americans struggle with substance use. These are our children, parents, friends and neighbors. If you or someone you love needs help, don’t wait to reach out. Call the Addiction Resource Center for free, confidential support: 1-833-301-HELP.... More Story with Video....

4 things a healthy breakfast should include
(BPT) - Everyone has heard, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” but why?According to Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner, there are extensive benefits to starting the day with a nutritious meal."The name breakfast means to 'break the fast' that happ... More Story with Video....

Tips for eating healthier this summer
(BPT) - Summer is possibly the easiest time to stick to a healthier lifestyle. It’s warm outside so we’re more likely to be active, plus there’s plenty of good, fresh produce available. With the recent focus on organic ingredients and the farm-to-table approach, home cooks and any... More Story with Video....

5 surprising ways to use turmeric in your everyday cooking
(BPT) - If you’re familiar with turmeric, you probably know it as a spice in Indian cuisine such as curry. Turmeric is mildly aromatic, with a distinct earthy, pungent flavor and deep yellow color. The warm, gingery taste of turmeric can be combined with other spices to create unique flavors ... More Story with Video....

Feeling overwhelmed? 5 tips to make time for self-care
(BPT) - Ever feel like the days just get away from you, and you don’t have time to do the things you need to do, much less want to do? Often wish you could just spend your evenings or weekends on your personal goals, practicing self-care or just relaxing? There are many ways you can take cont... More Story with Video....

7 sunscreen myths a dermatologist wants you to stop believing
(BPT) - It’s no secret that sunscreen is essential for protecting our skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Even on a cloudy day, sunscreen is important for helping to reduce early signs of skin aging and skin cancer when used along with other sun protection measures. However, not everythi... More Story with Video....

The 5 best ways to get your house ready to fight spring allergies
(BPT) - Spring is not only a time for renewal around the house, but also for battling pesky allergies. While you can’t stop allergies from happening each spring, there are easy ways to reduce their effects in your home.Home space expert Egypt Sherrod shares her tips for refreshing your home d... More Story with Video....

Know your risk: The connection between type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease
(BPT) - People living with diabetes are 2x more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular disease. Visit www.KnowDiabetesbyHeart.org for the top 3 questions to ask your doctor and reduce your risk.... More Story with Video....

7 ideas to give your barbecue the ultimate flavor boost
(BPT) - When the temps heat up, home cooks look for lighter, more refreshing food and drinks that still pack a nutritional punch. The cranberry is just the thing — a tangy fruit that adds flavorful zing to sweet and savory recipes. Available dried, frozen, as juice or sauce, cranberries are a... More Story with Video....

Put Your Health First: Learning What Works for Your Chronic Inflammatory Illness
(BPT) - Content sponsored and provided by Pfizer.As an emergency management contractor and former paramedic, Jared H. has experience helping others navigate difficult health situations. But the tables turned in his 30s, when Jared began experiencing persistent joint pain and swelling in his knees a... More Story with Video....

Find your voice in treating COPD: learn what you need to ask your doctor
(BPT) - While many of us take for granted the ability to breathe easily, nearly 16 million Americans may be experiencing symptoms like coughing, wheezing or struggling to take in a breath — signs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.COPD is a serious, progressive lung disease, us... More Story with Video....

Unlock the secret to ageless skin
(BPT) - It’s no secret that most of us can’t stand the signs of aging on our skin and are looking for ways to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, tighten crepey loose skin, and fade scarring and other imperfections — without resorting to cosmetic surgery.The good news is that we no lo... More Story with Video....

7 things you should know about addiction
(BPT) - Did you know 192 people die in America every day from drug overdose? That means 192 families lose someone every day. Survivors of people lost to drug addiction share their stories on the Addiction Policy Forum website to increase awareness. What these families learned could help save the li... More Story with Video....

5 Reasons You Avoid Getting Screened for Colorectal Cancer but Shouldn’t
(BPT) - It is estimated that more than 51,000 people[1] will die of colorectal cancer[2] this year, but a startling number — 50 percent — could have been saved had they been screened.[3] Despite this, screening rates are still low.But why? Dr. Howard Wright, a family medicine physician ... More Story with Video....

Create and connect: 5 unique ways to spark self-expression
(BPT) - Shared experiences are part of what makes us human. There's nothing better than getting together with friends, loved ones, neighbors, colleagues (really whoever wants to join!) to catch up and share a few laughs. Add to that an engaging, hands-on activity, and you've crafted the perfect gat... More Story with Video....

Beauty lessons mothers and daughters have taught each other
(BPT) - Moms teach their daughters so much as they grow, from how to apply makeup to how to care for their skin, and while there are many habits you form simply because you picked them up from your mother, there are plenty of tricks you’ve learned on your own. There are even some that your mo... More Story with Video....

Bloom into spring skin: How to identify and treat the symptoms of rosacea
(BPT) - Polar vortexes are out of sight and, spring has officially sprung. Family weekend brunches and scenic bike rides are on the horizon with brighter days ahead, but the warmer weather may also bring troubling rosacea flare-ups, leading some to avoid these memorable moments.[1],[2]Rosacea affec... More Story with Video....

Grow your own food in small spaces
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3 easy changes that could transform your health
(BPT) - Making changes to improve your health can feel overwhelming. But just a few simple modifications can impact your health dramatically. Here are three easy changes you can make now to transform your health:Eat your waterAre you thirsty? Up to 75 percent of Americans may be functioning in a ch... More Story with Video....

Adulting 101: Cleaning tips and tricks to survive post-grad life
(BPT) - Let’s face it — being an adult is hard. The overflowing laundry basket and tomato soup splattered microwave aren’t going to magically disappear. Whether you are graduating from school or moving out of home for the first time, with the fun of living on your own also comes t... More Story with Video....

Interested in taking a DNA test? Your questions answered
(BPT) - April marks an important anniversary for genome-related discoveries; in April 1953, DNA’s double helix was discovered by Watson, Crick, Wilkins and Franklin and fifty years later in April 2003, the Human Genome Project — an international research project that determined the sequ... More Story with Video....

5 simple breakfast hacks
(BPT) - Weekday mornings can be rough, trying to get yourself and your family up and dressed, fed, then out the door in time for school and work. It’s tough to make sure everyone gets something healthy to eat before dashing out to start the day. What if there were a few simple things you coul... More Story with Video....

6 reasons your bathroom needs a high-tech boost
(BPT) - From smart thermostats that help you save energy and keep your home comfortable, to high-fidelity speaker systems that allow you to enjoy your favorite music and movies, there’s no shortage of electronics to upgrade your home. And as technology becomes more integrated into your everyd... More Story with Video....

Your natural teeth are worth saving
(BPT) - The human body is something to marvel at, but sometimes we take it for granted. Some things, like your natural teeth, are truly worth the effort to take care of and preserve. And most Americans agree.A recent survey conducted by the American Association of Endodontists revealed that over 95... More Story with Video....

How to avoid hidden dangers in home and office furniture
(BPT) - Awareness of health risks from potentially harmful chemicals has grown exponentially in recent years. Consumers are demanding transparency regarding what’s in the food, personal care products and household items we use every day.But did you know that many home and office furnishings c... More Story with Video....

Finding new ways to address hepatitis C
(BPT) - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, viral hepatitis is a silent epidemic that affects more than 5 million people in the United States. Additionally, more than half of those living with hepatitis do not know they have the virus, putting them at risk for life-threaten... More Story with Video....

5 reasons why egg freezing is right for you
(BPT) - Do you want to have kids? For many, this question isn’t the easiest to answer. Whether you and your partner aren’t ready, if you haven’t found the “one,” or you wish to focus on your career for a bit before calling the stork, the idea of having a baby isn&rsquo... More Story with Video....

7 steps to health care cost savings
(BPT) - Health care is more complicated than ever. With rising premiums and different levels of coverage, it can be confusing to know what you can afford when it comes to wellness visits, urgent care and prescriptions.Here are some simple ideas that could help you save on health care.1. Get informe... More Story with Video....

Looking for ways to reduce health care costs? Try these 5 tips
(BPT) - Do you know how your health plan benefits work? If not, it’s a great time to learn how to make them work for you.Rebecca Madsen, chief consumer officer of UnitedHealthcare, offers the following five tips that may lead you to better health and even help save you money.1. Understand you... More Story with Video....


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