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Wednesday 07/08/2020
Need headache relief? How to treat the 4 most common types
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - It can be easy to dismiss head pain as a regular headache, but in fact there is no such thing. More than 300 types of headache exist and the likelihood you’ll experience one in your lifetime is high. Worldwide nearly 40 million people have some form of headache disease.

Handwashing Tips For People With Eczema And Other Skin Conditions
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

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Tuesday 07/07/2020
Now available: A happy little show that helped the world find 'The Joy of Painting'
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

An Unexpected Diagnosis – the Risks of Underestimating Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - James Whelan is a performer. As a lifelong musician, he has spent most of his life writing music in his studio or out performing for a crowd. But a life devoted to art came to a screeching halt with a startling and sudden diagnosis: a skin cancer called cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (CSCC). A skin cancer he’d never even thought to look for, or even heard of.

Monday 07/06/2020
Show up for small businesses: 5 simple ways to support locally owned businesses
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Small businesses are the backbone of the economy. Whether in a busy city or a sleepy suburb, we depend on the many beloved local shops and services that contribute to the vibrancy of our neighborhoods. Where we shop matters, and now more than ever small businesses need our support as they recover and rebuild from the effects of the pandemic.

Tips for Making Safe Digital Payments during the Pandemic
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - In a time of global crisis — pandemic, economic or political — fraudsters and scammers are willing and ready to prey on people. These ‘bad guys’ take advantage of vulnerabilities by offering false employment offers, bogus cures and treatments and fake promises of assistance and products.

To beat COVID-19, science must lead the way: An inside look at the development of a vaccine
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Around the world, more than 10 million people have been infected with COVID-19, more than a half million have died, and thousands are still diagnosed daily. In an effort to stop its spread and eradicate COVID-19 forever, the global scientific community has been working together to develop a vaccine in record time.

Thursday 07/02/2020
Boating is booming: How to ride the wave of demand and get top dollar for your boat
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Not only is it peak boating season, but the impact of COVID-19 has inspired a renewed interest in boats from coast-to-coast as people start getting outside and enjoying the water while maintaining social distancing.

6 Fun Facts About How People Are Snacking in Summer 2020
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

Wednesday 07/01/2020
Simple ideas for celebrating every day virtually
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - For most people, 2020 is a year of change. Remote work, social distancing and more have challenged people to find new ways to connect with each other. Fortunately, humans are resilient and their spirit for finding innovative ways to connect is alive and well.

Boost Your Retirement Income with Little-Known Benefits
Posted: July 01, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Retirement is a life-changing experience. For some older adults it can be relaxing, for others it can be energizing. Bu it should never be stressful.

Monday 06/29/2020
Healthcare heroes you haven’t heard about
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - As the country continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans are eager to celebrate healthcare workers on the front lines who cope with the disease every single day. You’ve probably heard countless stories of the amazing acts of kindness and courage exhibited by the doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff who are facing the virus head on.

How self-determination is changing elderly and disability care in the age of COVID-19
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - The threat of COVID-19 in nursing homes and assisted living facilities has led elderly individuals and people with disabilities or underlying health conditions to seek safer administration of their care. For some, the most desirable place to receive ongoing services is in their own homes. According to the CDC, in the age of COVID-19, your home is the safest place to be. Why then should care be any different?

Friday 06/26/2020
Caregiver Fatigue in a Global Pandemic
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - The past few months have been a challenging time for all of us. As difficult as COVID-19 has been for the general population, people serving in a caregiving role — whether in the long term for someone living with a disease or injury or short term for someone who has contracted COVID-19 — are likely experiencing additional stress and mental health issues during this time.

Thursday 06/25/2020
Patient with kidney disease feels hopeful at home during COVID-19 pandemic
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - For the last three years, Terry McCallum, 75, has been receiving dialysis treatments from the comfort of his home. When he initially considered the change from in-center hemodialysis (ICHD) to peritoneal dialysis (PD), it was because he was having a hard time adjusting to dialysis and experiencing low blood sugar. Now, amid a pandemic, his choice to treat at home has provided an unexpected benefit: the ability to shelter in place while managing his kidney disease.

Looking at the 'men' in mental health: 4 things men can do to support their mental wellness
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - One in five U.S. adults struggles with mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. However, while mental illness impacts both men and women, men are less likely to seek treatment and find solutions.

Should you be evaluated for ADHD? It’s not just a kid thing
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - If you are among the millions of adults in the U.S. who do not know they have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the past several months of social distancing have been a particularly steep battle. Our country was instructed to “sit still,” a command that children with ADHD hear every day in the classroom and at the dinner table.

Wednesday 06/24/2020
Brighten summertime dishes with fresh grapes
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Warmer weather is finally here, and that means more daylight for activities of all types and ideally more time for relaxation. Whether family members choose to spend their time playing outside, tackling home projects or getting creative with crafts, it’s easy to work up an appetite for tasty summertime food. Crisp, juicy grapes serve as an easy snack — whether fresh or frozen — and a special ingredient in simple but creative new dishes.

Expert tips to help people living with diabetes prepare for low blood sugar events
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - People living with diabetes know that the condition comes with highs and lows — especially when it comes to managing blood sugar. For those on insulin, blood sugar can get so low that it’s considered a medical emergency (known as severe hypoglycemia or a very low blood sugar emergency). This can happen unexpectedly. This means that people living with diabetes must be prepared for the unexpected lows, and just as importantly, make sure their support network knows how to help.

Worried you may have COVID-19? Here’s what you can do
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Whether you’ve had exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, have symptoms you’re worried about, or you belong to a vulnerable population (such as being over 65), you may be worried. You also may be unsure about how or where to get tested. It’s understandable that you may have concerns about going out to get a test administered, too.

Taking on lung cancer is worth the fight
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Monday 06/22/2020
Smart seasonal cleaning: 3 steps to healthier foods in a tidier kitchen
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Perhaps this year more than any other, seasonal clean-ups and clean-outs have become important to many of us. So, as you tidy-up closets, basements and garages and refresh your spaces, make sure you don’t overlook the heart of the home: the kitchen. Now is a great time to purge the back-of-the-pantry and rid your refrigerator of crusty-topped condiment jars with an eye toward restocking with nutritious choices.

Cervical cancer screening: 3 things every woman should know
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Women's health can be complex, and every woman has unique considerations and needs. Well-women exams are an important time to bring up these needs and take proactive steps to protect your health, including important testing for things like cervical cancer.

Thursday 06/18/2020
Calling all COVID-19 survivors: Now you could help others defeat it.
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Time is of the essence.

Wednesday 06/17/2020
6 tips for a successful outpatient surgery
Updated: July 08, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - With nearly 50 million outpatient surgeries performed in the U.S. each year and the increasingly complex nature of the procedures, patients need to consider several important details when having surgery without an overnight stay in the hospital.

Tuesday 06/16/2020
8 ways your family can cure cabin fever
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - It’s not always easy to be at home with kids day after day, but with a little creativity, you can beat cabin fever. Whether you're in your own backyard or venturing out, there are plenty of things you can do to have fun together. Make sure to choose activities that are age-appropriate and that follow your current local guidelines for social distancing.

Monday 06/15/2020
5 ways to help pollinators flourish
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - You may already be aware that pollinators are important to everyone on the planet. But did you know that one in every three bites of food is made possible by native pollinators?

How to help older adults avoid fraudsters during the COVID-19 pandemic
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Crises and upheaval have a way of bringing out the best — and, sometimes the worst — in society. That’s why, during this month focused on Elder Abuse Awareness and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to protect the online information of senior and vulnerable friends and loved ones.

Thinking about becoming a freelancer? 6 things to consider before making the jump
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Considering the economic challenges the world is faced with today, including some of the highest unemployment numbers in recent history, now could be an excellent time to begin a career as a freelancer.

Friday 06/12/2020
How to Make the Most of Summer Holidays This Year
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - While traditions may be a bit different this summer, some things can still remain the same. Finding new ways to celebrate our favorite summer holidays make for a great opportunity to reunite with small groups of friends and family members — safely. With a little thought and creativity, holidays such as Father’s Day or the Fourth of July will still be as fun as in years past.

Being a Compassionate Caregiver to Someone Living With Dementia
Posted: June 12, 2020

(StatePoint) Dementia can be devastating for the people who live with it and their family members, and it’s a diagnosis more Americans will face as the U.S. population ages.

Wednesday 06/10/2020
Coping with serious mental illness during challenging times
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Jason was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2004 and now lives with schizoaffective disorder. As a way of coping with his day-to-day symptoms during COVID-19, he has developed a strong daily routine and treatment plan. Here, he shares his perspective.

Tuesday 06/09/2020
Sophisticated soak: 3 stylish ways to add a freestanding bathroom tub
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Whether it's a new build, remodel or update, freestanding tubs are a top trend in bathroom spaces. These showstopping centerpieces elevate the visual aesthetic of the room while adding to the overall value of the property. While in high demand, many homeowners have questions about the complexities of adding one to their home.

Monday 06/08/2020
A guide to virtual health care: 4 common telehealth myths debunked
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, the adoption of telehealth services has been on the rise and people are turning to digital technology more than ever to address their personal health care needs without having to leave their homes.

Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Serious, Sometimes Unheard of Lung Disease
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Currently, when people experience shortness of breath and/or a cough, they may think of COVID-19. However, if those symptoms are chronic, it could be a warning sign of another condition: pulmonary fibrosis (PF).

Affordable and thoughtful options to celebrate while staying safe at home
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Summertime is full of celebrations including Father’s Day, graduations, celebratory holidays and other important milestones where people typically gather to show love and support. However, this year those traditional celebrations might look a little different. The good news is that doesn’t mean you can’t express your love and appreciation for others!

Friday 06/05/2020
Disability benefits are vital for those facing medical issues
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:43 am

(BPT) - No one ever anticipates a health problem so serious that they must stop working, especially when a leave of absence becomes one or two years out of work. Yet it happens every day to some of the 160 million workers in the U.S. labor force. People get hurt, learn they have a disease or succumb to a progressive illness. For those facing debilitating medical or mental issues, seeking income protection by applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits as soon as possible can be critical.

4 easy steps to a chemical-free backyard
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Because everyone is spending more time in their own backyards now, parents are wondering how to create healthier lawns for their families.

4 reasons to support your local bakery this summer
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - COVID-19 has sent many businesses into a tailspin. According to a recent study, more than 100,000 small businesses have closed since the beginning of the pandemic. For those businesses able to reopen, it's usually for limited hours with limited offerings, which dramatically cuts profit. Unlike chain stores, independent small businesses lack access to a large parent company and the resources — including large capital reserves — that typically come with it.

Thursday 06/04/2020
Do the math: Buying a home now may be more affordable and save some cash
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - At a time when the strength of the U.S. economy and personal finance is on most renters’ minds, low down payment mortgage options are more appealing than ever. With mortgage interest rates being at historic lows, it is possible to qualify for a home loan while keeping a rainy day fund.

Wednesday 06/03/2020
Finding unity under the American flag during COVID-19
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Some moments are etched in our national memory — and the American flag stands at the center of them. Six U.S. Marines raising the flag over Iwo Jima during World War II. Buzz Aldrin saluting the flag on the moon’s surface in 1969. Three New York firefighters hoisting the flag above the rubble of the World Trade Center after 9/11. The American flag is an icon that unites us all.

4 smart steps to manage cat allergens at home
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - As millions of Americans spend unprecedented amounts of time at home, it also means spending unprecedented amounts of time with their pets. And for cat owners who have sensitivities to cat allergens, this can create unforeseen challenges.

Finding Strength in Weakness: Living with Myasthenia Gravis
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - “I tell people it feels like when you're drunk, but without the alcohol. So that means you can't see straight, you can't walk straight, you can't talk. You’re wobbly and all over the place. That's how I feel when I am having a myasthenia gravis flare up.”

Tuesday 06/02/2020
4 tips to prevent costly damage to your home
Updated: July 05, 2020 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - The sounds of birds chirping, longer daylight hours, and blooming trees and flowers are signs that warmer weather is on the way. That means more time outside to enjoy nature, but it’s also a sign it might be time for a little maintenance as summer heats up.

How to stop wasting perfectly good water down the drain
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - What happens when you turn on the shower? In the typical North American home, cold water comes pouring out. Because this is a shock to the body, most people make it a habit to run the shower for a few minutes before getting in.

Monday 06/01/2020
Melanoma Can’t Wait – What Everyone Should Understand About This Deadly Cancer
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - While the summer months often serve as an important reminder on the dangers of sun exposure, many people may not realize that skin cancer can happen to anyone at any time of the year. With more than five million new cases diagnosed each year, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. In fact, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.

From victory gardens to garage greatness: 5 big jobs to tackle for summer
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Summer is here, and that means it’s time to tackle the big outdoor tasks.

Friday 05/29/2020
Four things to consider when rescheduling elective surgery
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - For the past few months, patients around the country have had to postpone elective surgery due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re one of them, you're probably wondering when you may hear from your doctor about rescheduling that surgery. As states begin easing restrictions, hospitals and clinics have been preparing to welcome patients back for procedures that can help relieve pain and improve their quality of life.

Thursday 05/28/2020
Making the most of workplace benefits
Updated: July 13, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Quite often, it is not until we have experienced a difficult situation like an accident, illness or COVID-19-related events that we start to appreciate employer-provided benefits like disability insurance and leave policies that protect income and jobs. According to a recent MetLife disability survey fielded in April 2020, a significant number of employees say disability insurance (50 percent) or family caregiver leave (47 percent) would best support them if out of work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, approximately one-third of employees say they don’t feel like they have enough of either to feel protected through the crisis.

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