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    5 Ways to Master a Move

    (StatePoint) While real estate agents report that far fewer people than normal have been moving during the COVID-19 pandemic, that may soon change. A recent Harris Poll found that nearly a third of U.S. adults living in urban areas are considering a move to less densely populated cities in the wake of the pandemic. Others may not be fleeing the pandemic but simply want or need to move, either for a job change or other reason.

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    Top tips for sanitizing your home

    (BPT) - As you’re spending more time at home, you’re probably looking for the best ways to keep your living environment clean, safe and healthy. Where do you start? What kinds of tools or products work best for sanitizing? Fortunately, achieving and maintaining a cleaner, more germ-free home is within your grasp.

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    Common Moving Myths - Busted!

    (StatePoint) You’ve finally found the perfect home. Now comes the hard part: moving. But don’t let misconceptions complicate the process. To keep frustrations to a minimum and make your move more manageable, here are five common moving myths, debunked.

  • Family Living

    A Nutritious, Appetizing Addition

    (Family Features) One of the simplest ways to make meals tastier and more nutritious: just add mushrooms. You can multiply the flavor and nutrients like vitamin D and selenium by adding them to tacos, pasta, burgers and more. Find recipes and cooking tips at mushroomcouncil.com.

  • Travel

    Cure the winter blues in Myrtle Beach

    (BPT) - Dreaming of a warm beach destination this winter? If the view outside your window makes you shiver, it may be time for a warm-weather getaway — and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has you covered. Instead of looking out at the snow and ice, you could be viewing a sunny beach and ocean waves.

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During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Don’t Ignore Signs of Stroke

(StatePoint) With hospitals around the country reporting a recent drop in the number of stroke cases arriving in their emergency rooms, some health experts suspect that fear of COVID-19 may be causing people to avoid going to the hospital and calling 911 for non-COVID related medical emergencies, like stroke.

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Wednesday 05/27/2020
5 Ways to Master a Move
Posted: May 27, 2020

(StatePoint) While real estate agents report that far fewer people than normal have been moving during the COVID-19 pandemic, that may soon change. A recent Harris Poll found that nearly a third of U.S. adults living in urban areas are considering a move to less densely populated cities in the wake of the pandemic. Others may not be fleeing the pandemic but simply want or need to move, either for a job change or other reason.

Tuesday 05/26/2020
Conectividad transformadora
Posted: May 26, 2020

(NAPSMI)—La tecnología es esencial para cualquier empresa pequeña, ya sea un paisajista, un establecimiento minorista, una firma consultora o cualquier otra empresa. A continuación hay cinco tecnologías que fortalecen y apoyan a su negocio.

As World Faces Health Crises, New Report Finds Trust Is Vital
Posted: May 26, 2020

(NAPSI)—Recently, health experts gathered online to forecast the future of medicine. One theme: the increasing frequency of global crises.  

Now, COVID-19 has brought this hypothetical threat to life, and a report by the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), an independent, nonprofit, scientific organization dedicated to improving public health through public standards and related programs that help ensure the quality, safety and benefit of medicines and foods, and the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence can help. Called “Trust or Consequences 2040: Will Innovations in Health and Medicine Deliver?” identifies what may happen in the future and explores the role that trust will play in helping people live longer and healthier. It identifies likely drivers of change, such as big data, artificial intelligence (AI), gene editing, risks to health systems and medicine supply chains and opportunities to improve global health. Four scenarios surfaced:

Scaling the tried and true: Rolling crises spur effective global collaboration to address health concerns. Medical advances based on big data and AI are implemented gradually. The focus is on baseline healthcare for all. 

Dangerous uncertainty: Problems with big data and AI lead to devastating healthcare failures. Unequal access to innovation means only the rich receive advanced treatments; people turn to folk medicines, science-based medicine is questioned. 

A world of difference: The success of big data and AI in healthcare leads to rapid advances in personalized medicine and prevention. Not everyone can access this and disparities between and within countries perpetuate a “haves” versus “have nots” dynamic. 

Solving tomorrow’s problems: Smart innovation is widely distributed. Big data and AI create inexpensive diagnostic tools. Diseases become more predictable and healthcare emphasizes prevention. New treatments and technological advances curb costs. 

The report also suggests how public quality standards for medical products could help promote trust in health and medicine in the future—as they have for 200 years. 

“Many of the challenging issues we face in healthcare are recurring and persistent. ‘Trust or Consequences 2040’ points out that we must plan for the future we want, or we risk failure and an erosion of trust. Standards offer a proven approach to building trust and ensuring as many people as possible benefit from promising innovations in health and medicine,” said Ronald T. Piervincenzi, Ph.D., CEO of USP.

Read the report at www.usp.org/trustorconsequences. Share your opinion on social media using #TrustTomorrow. 

 

What’s Your Advance Care Plan?
Posted: May 26, 2020

(NAPSI)—No matter your stage of life, it’s always a good idea to have a long-range care plan in place. A good way to begin is to talk candidly with your family and friends. By starting the conversation, you can express your views on treatment, relay your care preferences and communicate who will make decisions on your behalf. This process of advance-care planning can help ensure your wishes are carried out and bring peace of mind to those you love. 

Build your advance care plan 

•Durable financial power of attorney: This document authorizes a person to make legal or financial decisions on your behalf if you are incapacitated. 

•Durable healthcare power of attorney: This document authorizes a person to make healthcare decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so. 

•Advance-care directive: This document specifies how you receive care in the event you are unable to make those decisions on your own. 

•Long-term care insurance: This is an insurance product that pays for long-term care services in a variety of settings. 

Documents and requirements may differ by state. Please consult a legal or financial advisor to ensure use of the correct forms. 

Make the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) part of your plan  

As you make plans for the future, consider the potential need for long-term care and the effect it could have on you and your family. 

Long-term care is the ongoing aid you need if you can no longer perform everyday tasks by yourself due to chronic illness, injury, disability, or the aging process. This type of care is expensive but there’s a way to get help paying for it.  

Applying for long-term care insurance coverage under the FLTCIP may be a smart choice for you. The FLTCIP is designed to reimburse for qualified long-term care services and can help lessen or eliminate your reliance on a loved one to provide hands-on care.  

The FLTCIP offers you a choice of caregivers. Informal care provided by friends and family members is covered, as long as the caregiver isn’t your spouse or domestic partner and doesn’t live in your home at the time you become eligible for benefits. (Benefits for care provided by family members is limited to 500 days.) 

Care provided in an assisted-living facility, an adult daycare, or a nursing home is also covered. If home care is your preference, the stay-at-home benefit includes a range of services that support care in your home, helping you maintain your quality of life in familiar surroundings. 

Taking the next step 

The FLTCIP is sponsored by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, insured by John Hancock Life & Health Insurance Company, and administered by Long Term Care Partners, LLC. To learn more about the comprehensive benefits and features, call 1-800-LTC-FEDS (1-800-582-3337) TTY 1-800-843-3557 or visit LTCFEDS.com.

 

New campaign offers resources for thyroid cancer patients
Posted: May 26, 2020

(BPT) - Every year in the United States, more than half a million people with a thyroid nodule undergo testing to determine whether they have thyroid cancer. Recent research has shown that many of these patients aren’t fully informed about the possible outcomes of this testing and don’t know what questions to ask their doctors. This can increase patients’ anxiety and decrease their chances of receiving the best care for their thyroid nodule or thyroid cancer. A new educational campaign is now available to help patients better understand thyroid cancer diagnosis and their testing options.

COVID-19 Can Cause Kidney Injury, Yet Most Americans Don’t Know It
Posted: May 26, 2020

(NAPSI)—According to a recent Harris Poll, too many people don’t know all they should about the dangers of coronavirus—particularly how it can affect the kidneys. 

COVID-19, it seems, attacks more than just the lungs.  

In the new National Kidney Foundation-Harris Poll Survey on COVID-19 and Kidney Health, the findings show low levels of awareness on both the risk of developing an acute kidney injury as a result of COVID-19 and of the long-term effects of kidney damage. 

“A significant number of patients going into the hospital to be treated for COVID-19 are coming out as kidney patients,” said Kevin Longino, CEO, National Kidney Foundation and a kidney transplant patient himself. “We believe this may be a looming healthcare crisis that will put a greater strain on hospitals, dialysis clinics and patients, for whom chronic kidney disease will be a lasting remnant of the coronavirus crisis—even after a vaccine is, hopefully, found.”  

Acute kidney injury 

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a sudden episode of kidney failure or kidney damage that happens within a few hours or a few days, and is happening in about 15 percent of all hospitalized coronavirus patients, many of whom now need dialysis.

If a patient ends up in the intensive care unit (ICU) their odds worsen; reports indicate that one in five intensive-care patients have lost kidney function. COVID-19 will likely result in a higher number of Americans with chronic kidney disease and/or kidney failure than before the pandemic. Once kidneys fail, dialysis or a transplant is needed to survive.  

Hospital shortages 

Hospitals aren’t prepared for the expected increase of kidney patients. In hot spots of the outbreak there are shortages of dialysis equipment, supplies and nurses properly trained to administer dialysis in the ICU. Most Americans, according to the Harris Poll, are concerned and want the federal government to step in. 

Further, the Harris Poll found that the vast majority of Americans want the federal government to provide more resources toward diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease, and significantly increased funding for kidney research because of kidney-related illness from COVID-19.  

More poll results 

The poll also found: 

•Only 17 percent Americans are aware of acute kidney injury as a result of COVID-19;  

•Only 46 percent of Americans are aware that COVID-19 will likely increase the number of Americans with chronic kidney disease or kidney failure; 

•58 percent of Americans are aware that COVID-19 can cause acute respiratory failure; 

•54 percent know it can cause pneumonia; 

•52 percent of those surveyed know COVID-19 can cause acute respiratory distress syndrome. 

Learn More

Additional information about COVID-19 and how it affects kidneys can be found at www.kidney.org/coronavirus.  

 

It's time to get more kids biking
Posted: May 26, 2020

(BPT) - For kids, biking is one of the gateways to growing up. Popular films and TV hits such as “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and “Stranger Things” highlight the joy a bike can bring as a fun way to explore or spend time kicking around the neighborhood. Yet, according to a study from the Outdoor Industry Association, bike riding among kids declined 19% between 2007 and 2019.

Saturday 05/23/2020
Financial anxiety weighing on your mental health? Try these tips
Updated: May 27, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - The global coronavirus pandemic has caused emotional distress and financial upheaval for people around the world. Many Americans are dealing with daunting issues that could jeopardize their financial future, whether it’s unexpected health care costs, unemployment and loss of income, the market’s impact on 401(k)s and other investments, or the need to postpone retirement plans. With these COVID-19 disruptions come financial anxiety and increased emotional concern that can become all-consuming and greatly impact your mental health.

Friday 05/22/2020
Shortages in Meat Inspire More To Try Plant-Based Protein
Posted: May 22, 2020

By Dan Curtin, President 

Recognizing Those Using Creativity to Give Back [Video]
Posted: May 22, 2020

Three Things to Know About Gout Today
Updated: May 27, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - 3-D imaging shows uric acid build up in a person with gout. Used with permission.1

5 simple ways to protect the ocean
Updated: May 27, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - It’s sometimes easy to get caught up in how vast the ocean is, but we need to be reminded of its importance and vulnerability. The ocean contains up to 80% of life on Earth, and provides an important source of fish protein to more than 3 billion people on our planet. To celebrate National Oceans Month, here are five small actions people can take to make a lasting impact on a healthy ocean and make sure we can enjoy the seafood we love for for years to come:

The simple guide to buying a toilet
Updated: May 27, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - The bathroom is arguably the most visited room in the home. Having a toilet that performs well, is easy to use and aesthetically pleasing is essential in any size home.

Thursday 05/21/2020
Bathroom remodel: 4 questions to ask before you customize
Updated: May 27, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Choosing a home is strongly influenced by the layout and appearance of its bathrooms. But no matter how long you’ve lived in your home, there are bound to be improvements you’d love to make. And almost everyone needs options for optimizing bathroom space.

Qué esperar cuando se reabra el consultorio de su dentista
Posted: May 21, 2020

(StatePoint) La pandemia de COVID-19 ha cambiado muchos aspectos de la vida cotidiana, lo que incluye las visitas regulares al dentista.

Help is out there for struggling pet owners
Updated: May 27, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - In uncertain times, there is one source of comfort we can all agree upon, and it is the unconditional love provided by our beloved four-legged friends. Pets are family and are there for us when we need it most. And when tragedy strikes a family member, whether through a natural disaster, domestic abuse, a health problem or job loss, we do everything we can to help.

Digital Strategies Help Small Businesses Compete
Posted: May 21, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Now more than ever, building relationships is important to small businesses so they can compete in the global marketplace.

Insuring Retirement in the Midst of Uncertainty
Updated: May 27, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - One of the longest economic expansions in American history may have come to an end in the face of a global pandemic. The economy today brings to mind for many the lessons of 2008-2009, during the Great Recession when millions of Americans on the doorstep of retirement watched helplessly as a lifetime of savings vanished, leaving them to wonder how they would be able to buy food, let alone take vacations or pursue leisure activities.

Top Laundry Tips to Treat Common Summer Stains
Posted: May 21, 2020

(StatePoint) Summer living can make your family’s clothing vulnerable to stains, splatters and more, even if you are spending more time at home these days. But it’s possible to restore your family’s clothing to like-new condition every time laundry day rolls around with these tips and strategies:

Take Steps to Protect Your Skin While Working in the Yard
Posted: May 21, 2020

(StatePoint) Do you spend summer days outdoors mowing the lawn, tending to the garden and working on the house? Here are a few steps you can take to help you care for and protect your skin as you complete your seasonal chores:

How to Eat to Feel Strong While Sheltering in Place
Posted: May 21, 2020

(StatePoint) With social distancing orders in place in many areas across the country, you may be doing your grocery shopping with shelf stability in mind. But this factor should not be your only priority. Right now, it’s especially important that the foods you eat also support your health and longevity.

Reduce Your Risk of Another Heart Attack or Stroke
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:32 am

COVID-19 pandemic highlights importance of maintaining healthy routines

After the Armed Forces
Posted: May 21, 2020

Business ownership appeals to veterans seeking post-military careers

At-Home Learning Throughout Summer
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:32 am

Tips for keeping students sharp over the long-haul

Practical Tips for Caregivers Facing a Pandemic
Posted: May 21, 2020

(Family Features) Whether your role as a caregiver has you looking out for an elderly relative, children or both, chances are good that you’ve worried about how the COVID-19 pandemic may continue to affect your ability to provide necessary care.

Make Room for New Favorites on the Grill
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Whether firing up the grill for a pool party, barbecue or even just a weeknight meal, one thing’s for sure: summertime means grilling season. Grilling takes many forms and flavors from casual favorites like burgers and hot dogs to flame-kissed vegetables and the artistry of a perfectly done steak. However, the possibilities don’t end there.

Snack Hacks That Really Pop
Posted: May 21, 2020

(Family Features) If spending more time at home than usual has you reaching for snacks more often, keep some quick, flavorful options on-hand to help fuel you and your family throughout the day when hunger pangs strike.

Breaking Bread
Posted: May 21, 2020

Comfort food consumption is on the rise

A Spring Salad Celebration
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Fresh fruits and veggies are often the flavors of spring, and you can bring them all together by celebrating National Salad Month with a homemade masterpiece.

Family Fun with Fudgsicles
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Planning snacks you can enjoy with your children is a winning parenting strategy for spending more time together while creating tasty treats.

Pop a Shareable Snack
Posted: May 21, 2020

(Family Features) A whole-grain food, popcorn has energy-producing carbohydrates and fiber, which can help keep you satisfied longer when looking for an at-home snack to share with loved ones. With no artificial additives or preservatives, light and airy popcorn is naturally low in fat and calories, non-GMO and gluten free, making it a sensible option to enjoy one handful at a time or sprinkled with seasonings that satisfy your taste buds in a recipe like Coconut Crunch Chia Clusters.

A Simply Sensational Summer Meal
Posted: May 21, 2020

(Family Features) Whipping up a fresh cooked meal is one of the true joys of summer, especially when grilled grub is paired with tantalizing sides and tempting desserts.

Break Bread with a Scrumptious Sandwich
Posted: May 21, 2020

As families spend more time at home, Americans are finding comfort in recipes made using bread. In addition to the comforting flavor, this trend provides valuable nutritional benefits. As a part of many healthy eating plans, bread and pasta are nutritionist approved and provide nutrients needed for healthy aging such as B vitamins, magnesium, selenium, iron, folate and fiber.

A Nutritious, Appetizing Addition
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) One of the simplest ways to make meals tastier and more nutritious: just add mushrooms. You can multiply the flavor and nutrients like vitamin D and selenium by adding them to tacos, pasta, burgers and more. Find recipes and cooking tips at mushroomcouncil.com.

The Pill Turns Sweet 60
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Celebrating groundbreaking moments from six decades of the birth control pill empowering women to prevent pregnancy on their own terms.

Get Ready to Roll Safely Into Summer
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) During the summer months, personal vehicles tend to cover a lot of ground between travel and daily commutes.

4 Steps for DIY Paint Project Success
Posted: May 21, 2020

(Family Features) Painting is one of the easiest and most impactful DIY projects for homeowners to quickly update their homes. Whether it’s a new look in a master bathroom, adding a pop of color to the guest room, finishing off a basement remodel or anything in-between, a fresh coat of paint provides a fresh spin that’s all your own.

Help Teens Manage Mental Strain
Updated: May 27, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) COVID-19 may have begun as a physical health crisis, but like their parents, children, teens and college students (or young adults) are likely to experience stress and anxiety caused by disruptions to school, work and life. In fact, a survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found 45% of adults felt the pandemic has impacted their mental health.

9 Sustainable Eating Facts
Updated: May 27, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Health and environmental concerns convince many people they should rethink their diets.

How You Can Help Find a Solution to COVID-19
Updated: May 27, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) The human immune system holds important clues about how people naturally detect and defend against disease. For COVID-19, many people have been able to defeat the virus because of their natural defense systems.

Understanding the Connection Between AFib and Stroke
Updated: May 27, 2020 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) In 2020, more than 795,000 people in the United States will experience a stroke, according to a report from the American Heart Association, and nearly a third of those may be caused by atrial fibrillation (AFib) based on research published in "Vascular Health and Risk Management." AFib is the most common type of cardiac arrhythmia, according to a report by RTI International, and affects more than 5.5 million people in the U.S.

Wednesday 05/20/2020
Bound to Your Home? 7 Essentials to Help Make Your Space More Comfortable
Posted: May 20, 2020

Living with Huntington’s Disease: One woman’s journey
Updated: May 27, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - When Ashley Fajardo tested positive for the Huntington’s disease gene at 18 years old, she was devastated but not surprised. Having lost her mother to the rare genetic disorder five years earlier, she knew her odds for having the gene were high.

Managing pain after surgery: Looking beyond opioids
Updated: May 27, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - If you have upcoming surgery planned, one of your concerns may be post-surgical pain. With all the news coverage about the opioid crisis in the United States, you probably have questions about the best kind of pain relief for you. You may want to know how you can recover quickly, with as little discomfort as possible.

Lorena Bobbitt Shares Her Story in Lifetime Original Movie
Posted: May 20, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Although it happened nearly 30 years ago, the story of Lorena Bobbitt and the domestic violence she endured still resonates today in the #MeToo era. Lifetime kicks off Memorial Day with the Ripped from the Headlines feature premiere of "I Was Lorena Bobbitt" on Monday, May 25, at 8pm ET/PT.

A dermatologist debunks top sunscreen excuses
Updated: May 27, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - As routines shift, people often have to make behavioral changes to adapt to their new daily schedules, which can come with excuses. Whether it’s learning to cook healthy meals more frequently, adapting to outdoor exercise or adjusting a skincare regimen, people tend to make excuses as they learn these new behaviors. No matter how healthy your lifestyle habits are, there has likely been a time you’ve made an excuse for skipping the sunscreen, whether it be the cloudy weather outside or the promise to yourself that you’re only stepping out for a few minutes.

What to Expect When Your Dentist’s Office Reopens
Posted: May 20, 2020

(StatePoint) The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of aspects of daily life, including regular visits to the dentist.

Beat the Heat with a Chilled Beverage
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Culinary.net) Hardly anything beats a cold, refreshing drink on a hot day. This Fizzy Orange Pineapple Punch provides a chilling moment of relaxation with the sweetness of orange and pineapple combined with the cool flavor of orange sherbet.

Ways to Make Hearty Meals at Home with Pantry Staples
Updated: May 25, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Stocking up on pantry essentials is a productive practice, especially as people across the country spend more time at home. However, having all those ingredients on-hand doesn't do as much good if you aren't sure how to use them or feel as if you're constantly whipping up the same dishes.

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