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April 20, 2021

How this family went from debt to a seven-figure net worth
(BPT) - When they first got together, Andy and Nicole Hill thought they were doing fine financially. They made about $130,000 a year. They bought what they wanted and went out to dinner when they felt like it. When they decided to figure out their net worth, they were in for a shock: It was negativ... click to read more

3 Reasons to Embrace, Love and Enjoy All Grain Foods
(BPT) - As most Americans have heard by now, whole grains are good for us - dietary guidance tells us to 'make half our grains whole,' cereal boxes and bread bags tout their whole grain goodness, and news headlines repeat the message.Whole grains do provide a host of health benefits - for example, ... click to read more

5 Tips to Rebuild Your Savings and Unlock Opportunities
(BPT) - The pandemic created a lot of uncertainty for people, especially when it comes to their finances: unemployment was up, spending was down and pretty much everything felt like a roller coaster. One year after much of the world shut down due to the coronavirus, it's time to rebuild your saving... click to read more

Supporting fair housing, inclusivity in your community
(BPT) - Home and property ownership is a nearly universal part of the American dream. An unfortunate reality of our nation's past and present, however, is that this dream has been much more difficult to achieve among minority groups.April marks the 53rd anniversary of the passage of the landmark 19... click to read more

Senior safety campaign in response to rising senior fire deaths
(BPT) - U.S. Fire Administration data shows since January, more than 285 older adults (age 55 and older) have died in house fires, accounting for more than 53% of known fire deaths in the U.S. By age 65, people are 2.5 times more likely (or 4 times more likely for those age 85 and older) to be kill... click to read more

Your first line of defense in home safety
(BPT) - You check your alarms regularly and practice your emergency escape plan - but are you overlooking an essential component of home safety? Having fire extinguishers - and knowing how to use them - is an important part to help ensure your home and family are prepared for the unexpected.'A fire... click to read more

How to support your well-being during challenging times
(BPT) - During difficult times like this past year, it's more important than ever to safeguard your health and invest in your self-care. With the physical, mental, and emotional challenges everyone has been facing, it's no surprise many people are rethinking their wellness routines. Implementing ev... click to read more

5 ways to put some spring into your cocktails
(BPT) - What better way to celebrate the return of warmer weather and longer days than to learn how to craft your own tasty tipples, right at home? With just a few special ingredients, and the right quality spirits, your efforts at home mixology will bring the flavor of spring forward.Try these fun... click to read more

Gut instincts: 5 tips for optimal gut health
(BPT) - You've probably heard a lot about gut health lately, and how it can affect your overall well-being. You may have questions about how to improve your own gut health, and what it means for your digestive wellness goals. Improving your gut health can make a difference in how you feel from day ... click to read more

Embrace these 10 habits to catch more and bigger fish this year
(BPT) - If you're among the 50 million Americans who plan to wet a line this year, there's no doubt that as you wait to feel that familiar tug at the end of your fishing line this summer, you'll ask yourself, 'How can I catch more fish and bigger fish?'Ever since people started to enjoy sport fishi... click to read more

Inspiring ways people are making a difference in cancer care
(BPT) - The cancer journey involves challenges well beyond the medical issues. These emotional, social and logistical difficulties - from transportation struggles to coping with the diagnosis to childcare support - can often make patients and caregivers feel isolated and helpless, searching for way... click to read more

Be on the lookout for your federal stimulus prepaid card
(BPT) - Following the enactment of the American Rescue Plan Act on March 11, the IRS moved quickly to deliver the third round of Economic Impact Payments (EIP) with the first batch of direct deposits initiated on March 12.Some eligible individuals will receive their EIP in the form of a check and o... click to read more

6 tips for controlling your high blood pressure
(BPT) - Did you know high blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and "The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Control Hypertension," nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, yet... click to read more

6 ways you can make an impact for the planet this Earth Month
(BPT) - The last year has demonstrated how much everyone is connected on this planet, and how significant one action can be in making a global impact. From a worldwide pandemic to climate disasters, these events highlight the urgency of slowing climate change and protecting the place where we all l... click to read more

Spring cleaning? Don’t forget your medicine cabinet
(BPT) - With your mind on the changing season, you may be purging closets, vacuuming floors and washing windows - but there's one crucial area of the house to keep in mind: your medicine cabinet. Every year, unused prescriptions and expired over-the-counter medicines clutter bathrooms, kitchen cupb... click to read more

Don’t sleep on insomnia: tips to help you get more sleep
(BPT) - Have you ever struggled with sleep? Many people know what it feels like to have jet lag when traveling, or to toss and turn at night when they're anxious and overwhelmed by life. But how do you know if your sleep problems have turned into insomnia? Read on to find out.What is insomnia?Insom... click to read more

5 tips for spring cleaning your personal technology
(BPT) - People typically think of spring cleaning as a time to polish up their homes. However, spring is also a great time to evaluate if your technology is working for you and make smart choices to set you up for a successful year.Creating a smart home with Alexa and Ring can help make your life s... click to read more

Be a stroke hero – how to identify the signs of stroke and why you should act fast
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Reasons to stop delaying a colonoscopy
(BPT) - Thinking about a colonoscopy may make you uncomfortable, and maybe even a little worried - especially if you have never had one before. But a colonoscopy is a relatively simple procedure that may help save your life by identifying the early signs of colorectal cancer.While you may have dela... click to read more

Pursuing a mortgage with 'less-than-perfect' credit
(BPT) - Owning a home is the cornerstone of the American dream. There's nothing like having a permanent plot of land you can call your own.But, if you've hit a rough patch with your credit score, this dream might feel like it's out of reach. However, finding a suitable mortgage with a 'less than pe... click to read more

Lighten up! 5 designer tips for transforming your home lighting
(BPT) - When it comes to choosing beautiful, functional lighting, the selections can appear endless and may be leaving you with no idea where to start.If so, you're not alone. Many homeowners mistakenly believe any fixture will do the same job, when in fact effective lighting design is something of... click to read more

Easy ways to stay vigilant and help prevent the spread of illness
(BPT) - It has been a challenging year, full of anxiety about health and safety. While there are signs of improvement, the pandemic is still ongoing, which means that it's important to continue to take proactive steps to help protect you and your family from COVID-19 - as well as from the flu and o... click to read more

Resale revolution: 6 tips for scoring great home furnishing deals online
(BPT) - If you're a fan of finding deals or saving money, you're far from alone. Shopping in resale shops and online marketplaces is one of the best ways to thrift shop, and if you've never given them a try, now may be an excellent time to start.The desire to save money, recycle and find unique mer... click to read more

Virtual is here to stay: 5 creative ways people are connecting in a digital world
(BPT) - A year into the pandemic and a virtual lifestyle is the reality for many people. Remote work and online education are just the start - many people have taken a virtual approach to the way they shop, socialize, stay connected with friends and family, and much more. The interesting thing is t... click to read more

Clinical trials lead to better treatments for rare diseases
(BPT) - People living with rare diseases often find themselves with more questions than answers when it comes to diagnosis and treatment. Symptoms can be unclear, making misdiagnoses common. This is often the case for people living with WHIM syndrome-a rare and difficult-to-diagnose disorder in whi... click to read more

3 must-haves to transform your bath into a luxury retreat
(BPT) - Blending fashion and function, the best bathroom design will address the needs of the homeowner while also reflecting their personal tastes. What often separates good from great design can be found in the details.Sophisticated designer touches elevate a bathroom in an upscale way that defin... click to read more

The right diagnosis for a rare disease
(BPT) - Aldelly always liked to wear heels - 'even to the supermarket,' she says. But in 2013, when she was 25, she began to have difficulty walking in her favorite shoes. 'My foot just started not working well.'She began to experience other strange symptoms, including weird pains in her body, fati... click to read more

New survey reveals Americans feel unsafe during everyday activities
(BPT) - According to a new survey, routine activities are making people feel unsafe, including walking through a parking lot or garage or even taking a run. Conducted by SABRE, the #1 personal safety brand worldwide, via Ipsos.Digital, this new survey revealed that over the past three years more th... click to read more

Spring into wellness with simple, dietitian-approved steps fueled by potatoes
(BPT) - The change of seasons is a cue for more than just cleaning your home. Spring - nature's time of renewal - is also a great time to refocus on self-care.With the additional stresses of the ongoing pandemic, self-care has never been more important. However, life can be busy and too often one o... click to read more

What to know about homebuying with an agent in 2021
(BPT) - In 2020, home sales reached their highest point in 14 years. In the process, the number of consumers who did internet research about a home purchase reached an all-time high of 97%. So why do 9 in 10 people still choose to work with a real estate agent to buy a home?'Buying a house is the l... click to read more

Don’t let COVID-19 stop you from seeking critical healthcare
(BPT) - Despite falling rates of COVID-19 cases, seeking in-person healthcare is still a concern for many people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 41% of U.S. adults had delayed or avoided medical care because of concerns about COVID-19. Nationally, emergency department visits... click to read more

Discover African American history in Virginia Beach
(BPT) - Searching for a great, educational road trip that also helps you and your family learn about the rich history of African Americans? Look no further than Virginia Beach. You may already know the destination as the site of the original Jamestown settlement in 1607, at First Landing State Park... click to read more

The 50th birthday gift I never wished for – shingles: What you need to know
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Maximize your time and grocery budget with shelf-stable products
(BPT) - Whether you're shopping online or in-store, grocery shopping can be time-consuming and costly. And some foods and beverages can expire quickly, wasting money and sending you back to the store for more.But some foods and beverages can be the superhero of your pantry - shelf-stable products! ... click to read more

As mortgage relief plans end, what comes next for homeowners?
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Need surgery during the pandemic? Ask these 6 questions
(BPT) - If you need surgery during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, you may wonder what the procedure and recovery will be like. You may even be tempted to put it on hold. Prioritizing your health is important, and the good news is experts agree surgical procedures in the United States are safe.'It i... click to read more

How to support your friends and family living with HIV
(BPT) - Starting conversations about health and wellness with loved ones is not easy. These discussions are often harder when someone is living with a condition or disease that is highly stigmatized, such as HIV.­Thankfully, living with HIV has drastically changed for the better during the ... click to read more

Receive a paper stimulus check? Here's what to do with it
(BPT) - Are you expecting a paper government stimulus check? If you received one in the previous two rounds of payments, it's likely you may have another on the way. But what is an easy and efficient way to cash it so you can quickly put those funds to good use?While depositing a check usually take... click to read more

Sleeping beauty: 5 dermatologist recommendations for nighttime body care
(BPT) - Did you know your body repairs itself while you sleep? This is just as true for your body's skin as it is for your brain and your muscles. How much quality sleep you get each night, and how you prepare yourself for sleep, can make a difference in the look and feel of your body's skin.'While... click to read more

As healthcare evolves, is your doctor ready?
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic changed how people think about healthcare. Interacting with your doctor has never been more critical, but now some or all those interactions might occur online. The ability to make appointments online and see your physician without leaving home has benefits. In fact, C... click to read more

3 Surprising Reasons Gum Belongs in Your Wellness Routine, According to Mars Wrigley
(BPT) - Face it, the pandemic has taken its toll on everyone over the past year. Due to the challenges of working (and everything else) at home to limiting activities that previously helped you relieve tension, people everywhere are seeking new ways to enhance their daily wellness. But there's one ... click to read more

5 steps for better health from a registered dietitian
(BPT) - If you're looking to put health first, who better to turn to than a registered dietitian?'When you're figuring out what health or lifestyle changes you want to make, write out the pro's and con's of each change,' said Registered Dietitian Kelli McGrane, M.S. (@HealthyToast_RD). 'Once you kn... click to read more

Hot Springs National Park celebrates 100 years of making vacation memories
(BPT) - For 100 years, Hot Springs National Park has provided a peaceful and enjoyable getaway for millions of Americans. Originally established in 1832 as Hot Springs Reservation, it is the oldest federally protected site in the national park system. And as Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas ce... click to read more

Here’s why you should consider seeing a geriatrician
(BPT) - It comes as second nature for most parents to take their children to a pediatrician at least once a year. The differences between children and adults are so stark that it makes sense to choose a doctor specially trained to treat younger patients.Yet as we age, far too few of us apply this s... click to read more

Signs that poor sleep may be a more significant health issue
(BPT) - Sleep is essential to overall immunity and well-being, so disruptive sleep can affect personal health, family life and work. When you don't get optimal sleep, it can hold you back from feeling energized, productive and healthy, not to mention lead to more significant health issues.Everyone ... click to read more

Top tips for optimal eye care
(BPT) - If you spend any extended length of time working on a screen, it's possible that your eyes could be suffering from neglect and overwork. Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do to help safeguard your optical health."Even if you don't currently experience vision problems or hav... click to read more

5 simple habits to support your well-being this year
(BPT) - SPONSORED ADVERTISING CONTENTWhile everyone wants to improve their daily habits, starting new routines can be challenging. Often when you consider revamping your lifestyle, you come up with ambitious goals that are hard to keep up over time. Instead, why not make smaller lifestyle changes, ... click to read more

New survey: Americans cut prescription costs by ordering from Canada
(BPT) - Prescription drug prices are skyrocketing. For anyone who needs regular prescriptions to manage serious chronic health conditions, the soaring cost of their medications creates a real burden. Studies show that one in four adults skip medications primarily due to cost, which leads to bigger ... click to read more

3 major benefits of the Extra Help program
(BPT) - Maintaining your quality of life can become more challenging as you age. In addition to routine living expenses, your medical bills may begin to pile up, consuming more and more of your limited income.This can be worrisome for Medicare beneficiaries, who remain the only insured population w... click to read more

Beat the winter woes with 5 expert body care tips
(BPT) - The winter months can be especially tough on your skin - from your head down to your toes. Between the brutal frigid temps outside to the heated indoor air, there's no escaping the conditions that can dry out your skin."Taking care of your skin is so important, especially in the winter mont... click to read more

For Rare Cancer Patients, More Treatment Options Are Needed
(BPT) - For someone with cancer, the right treatment option can mean the difference between life and death. While cancer research has made immense strides in the past decade and even the past few years, there is still much work to be done, especially for patients with rare cancers like Waldenstrom ... click to read more

Aging in the Research Triangle: Keeping your brain healthy
(BPT) - With people being more active and healthier than ever at any age, today's retirement isn't about slowing down. It's about having the time for growth, discovery and expanding horizons. For retirees, or those looking ahead to retirement, one place to find all of the above is in North Carolina... click to read more

Agricultural legacies: 4 tips for succession planning
(BPT) - Kory Hagen, who runs a 1,000-acre corn farm in Iowa, had to take over the family business in his early 20s when his father suffered a stroke. Unexpected tragedies, like Hagen's, can be challenging but proper planning can ease the burden of passing down a business from one generation to the ... click to read more

Top 5 paycheck-stretching hacks for 2021
(BPT) - Feel like your paycheck is gone before your next payday? You're not alone. A 2020 survey, 'Getting Paid in America,' revealed that 2 out of 3 Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.Not only is this stressful and frustrating, it can cause you to have fewer choices for managing your money ... click to read more

3 ways to help your loved one age in place
(BPT) - In what seemed like an instant, the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down. In addition to completely changing the way we work, shop and interact with others - just to name a few - it's also forcing seniors to rethink their living arrangements and plans for the future, and changing ... click to read more

Exploring the patient-caregiver relationship: The story of a family's journey navigating a cancer diagnosis
(BPT) - When faced with a cancer diagnosis, life often changes drastically, with each person experiencing the impact differently. One change that can cause great uncertainty is an unexpected shift in relationships, especially with family or those closest to the patient. For some, the established fa... click to read more

5 steps to help stop the rise in deaths from heart attack and stroke
(BPT) - Permission granted by ShantaQuilette Carter-Williams.At 42, ShantaQuilette Carter-Williams never saw herself as someone who had a heart problem. She was active, paid attention to what she ate and felt healthy.But one day, while on her usual run, she felt her heart flutter and went to the do... click to read more

Make your data, and your dollars, go further
(BPT) - Wireless providers would love for you to believe that your lifestyle requires an unlimited stream of data. At first glance, there's probably nothing wrong with this assumption: After all, think about how much of your day is spent on data-dependent activities like streaming video or music, o... click to read more

Shingles kept me in the dark, literally: What everyone 50-plus needs to know about shingles
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How to fight climate change from your backyard
(BPT) - Your backyard or local park is home to ballgames and barbecues with family and friends. But did you know that it is so much more? The trees, grass, plants and flowers in your yard, local parks and ballfields play an important role in fighting climate change.The planet is growing warmer beca... click to read more

New blood test poised to change how cancer is found
(BPT) - Rare is the person who hasn't been impacted by cancer in some way. Maybe it's your parent fighting for their life. Perhaps it's a friend going through a difficult treatment. It could be a neighbor or colleague who was recently diagnosed and who now faces complex decisions.It also might be y... click to read more

New reasons to say yes to a Virginia Beach getaway in 2021
(BPT) - Where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, the vibrant coastal city of Virginia Beach is where you'll find warm, inviting waters and a cool, laid-back feel. Home to three distinct beaches, you're bound to bump into your vibe at one of them. With a delectable seafood-centric culinary... click to read more

5 fun ways to keep your cat entertained at home
(BPT) - Thanks to the pandemic, many people have gone from working in an office to working from home, giving cat owners a chance to spend more time with their furry friends. With all this extra time, you have the opportunity to strengthen the bond you share with your cat while helping them get acti... click to read more

Pet parents are looking for more than just a reward for their furry friends
(BPT) - As many pet owners have spent more time at home during the pandemic, there has been an opportunity for dog lovers to enhance their relationship with their pet, like they never have had before. Thanks to newfound work-life balance and more quality time together, the bond between dog owners a... click to read more

Is it allergies or COVID-19? 7 symptoms to watch
(BPT) - COVID-19 is complicating the 2021 spring allergy season. From watery eyes to dry coughs, people are left wondering exactly what their symptoms mean.'Many people are asking about the differences between COVID-19 and seasonal allergies,' says Dr. Luz Fonacier, president of the American Colleg... click to read more

Dreaming of adventure? There’s a Uganda safari for everyone
(BPT) - What gets your heart racing when you imagine traveling? Challenging yourself physically in a beautiful landscape, or catching a glimpse of magnificent wildlife and rare birds? Soaring above it all while admiring spectacular scenery from on high, or soaking in the environment from the water?... click to read more

5 tips to get you back on your feet after a cough or cold this season
(BPT) - While there may be no 'cure' for the common cold, there are certainly a number of ways you can help you or your family feel more comfortable while battling a cold. There are a plethora of tips and advice for coping with cold symptoms, but following a few tried-and-true methods to overcome t... click to read more

How to choose the best face mask
(BPT) - Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, you have probably wondered what kind of face mask provides the most effective protection but is also easy and comfortable. You have probably also heard that double masking provides better protection against the more easily transmissible variants... click to read more

How digital tools can help you manage your money
(BPT) - Since the start of the pandemic, many consumers have opted to bank digitally to manage their finances safely and conveniently from anywhere. In fact, a recent survey by Chase found that 54% of consumers said that they have been banking more digitally due to the pandemic.Among the many featu... click to read more

Simple Ways to Support Immunity and Overall Health
(BPT) - "You are what you eat" is a phrase you probably heard growing up, and while it's a broad statement, the overall sentiment holds true: The foods you ingest have the ability to support or detract from your overall health. This doesn't necessarily mean you need to completely overhaul your nutr... click to read more

What You Need to Know about AMD to Save Your Sight
(BPT) - Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Month serves as an important reminder for people to stay on top of their eye health. AMD is one of the most common causes of vision loss later in life, affecting millions of Americans.We talked to Dr. David Eichenbaum, an ophthalmologist at Retina Vitr... click to read more

5 ways America’s most loved vegetable loves you back
(BPT) - You don't have to choose between foods that taste good and foods that are good for you. In fact, America's most loved vegetable - the potato - loves you right back. Whether you're fixing a romantic dinner for two, a family meal or a tasty snack, this versatile nutrient-dense vegetable bring... click to read more

How to add high-quality protein to your diet
(BPT) - Recent diet trends encourage balancing food sources for optimal health. If you're following the Mediterranean, keto or paleo diets, you're probably aware that lean meats like beef play a vital role as part of an overall healthy eating plan, balanced with plant-based foods like vegetables an... click to read more

Sweeten Your Week with a ThursDate
(BPT) - The way we interact and socialize with others in our everyday lives has changed - and so have special dates, whether with a romantic partner, an activity with your children or grandchildren, or a lunch date with a friend. One solution to spending more time with our loved ones: set aside a s... click to read more

5 tips for financial and retirement planning in 2021
(BPT) - The past year has presented countless challenges, and for many, a reassessment of goals - especially when it comes to finances. A new survey shows attitude shifts including a renewed effort to gain control of finances, especially through increased saving and getting professional advice.Even... click to read more

In the grip of a toothache? Seek out this pro to save your smile
(BPT) - A stabbing toothache is a special kind of pain. It keeps you awake, inspires dread for your next meal and makes it darn near impossible to think about anything else. The mouth is a sensitive area, and those pain receptors are on high alert when it comes to infection and other maladies.If yo... click to read more

Your COVID-19 Vaccination Questions, Answered
(BPT) - With COVID-19 vaccination underway in the United States, many Americans are preparing to get the vaccine to protect themselves and help slow the spread of COVID-19. If you're able to get the vaccine, you probably have a lot of questions. Knowing what to expect and how to properly prepare fo... click to read more

Genetic testing advances give hope to people with rare diseases
(BPT) - Rare diseases have long been difficult for doctors to diagnose and treat. Symptoms can be vague or confusing and the diseases are often not widely known. People living with rare diseases called primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs), including neutropenia, face challenges with diagnosis and trea... click to read more

How Personal Determinants of Health can help improve your well-being
(BPT) - Everyone faces adversity at one point or another that may affect happiness and overall well-being. And adversity has not been in short supply during the COVID-19 pandemic. In many cases, you are given opportunities to adapt or grow from these experiences, in order to come out stronger on th... click to read more

5 tips to up your big game experience
(BPT) - While you may be scaling down your festivities for the big game this year, there's no reason you have to scale down the fun and excitement that comes with the big day. After all, you've only been waiting for this day for an entire year!If you're looking for ways to make this year's party ju... click to read more

4 ways to celebrate the power of love
(BPT) - Love is what makes the world go round. And for that matter, it's how everyone got here. And it's how everyone gets up every morning. Love has been a big part of how people have made it through this year - together, even when they are apart. So here is a love letter to you: There are no limi... click to read more

3 top strategies to keep bones strong
(BPT) - Healthy bodies need healthy bones. Bones support our weight, protect our internal organs and provide a platform for our muscles to work. Unfortunately, we don't always treat our bones right. There are many common behaviors or attributes that weaken the skeletal structure, including:SmokingD... click to read more

The future of investing
(BPT) - Robinhood was built for a new generation of investors. For millions of people who have felt left behind by America's financial system. For people who felt turned away by the big Wall Street financial institutions. For those who are making their voices heard through the markets and showing t... click to read more

Protein is essential to your well-being
(BPT) - Protein is essential to well-being. The very origin of the word protein first appeared in scientific literature in 1838, derived from the Greek word 'protos' - meaning 'first rank or position,' in recognition of how important protein is to life. Every cell in the human body contains protein... click to read more

3 Things to Know About Coronary Microvascular Dysfunction (CMD): A Heart Condition You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
(BPT) - In a time when health concerns are top of mind, it's critical to be aware of underlying issues that may be impacting your overall health and quality of life. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the ... click to read more

6 common tax myths, debunked
(BPT) - As you look ahead to doing your taxes this year, there are a number of myths you may think are true for the 2020 tax year. If so, you are not alone - tax myths and misinformation are more common than you may think. And unfortunately, these myths can be costly if they lead to mistakes on you... click to read more

At the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, physician anesthesiologists are saving lives
(BPT) - When COVID-19 reached the U.S. a year ago, physician anesthesiologists rose to the challenge, providing critical frontline care to seriously ill patients, while at the same time developing guidelines for safe care based on ever-evolving knowledge about the deadly virus. Now, as vaccine dist... click to read more

4 simple tips to feel your best in the new year
(BPT) - As we kick off the new year, many people are experiencing high levels of stress due to ongoing uncertainty and countless new demands. While you may think you don't have time for wellness and self-care, experts say it only takes a few minutes a day and the benefits are plentiful.Check out th... click to read more

Piecing together your emotional wellness routine in 2021
(BPT) - 2020 was a tough year for everyone, so it's more important than ever to develop positive physical, mental and emotional wellness routines as you tackle a new year and new challenges. As Americans continue to spend an increased amount of time in front of screens, these new routines can help ... click to read more

Don’t fumble the appetizers for the big game
(BPT) - This year's big game day may be quite different than previous ones, but that shouldn't stop you from going all-out with your appetizers. Tasty snacks and sports go hand in hand, so use this event to score a touchdown using bite-sized finger foods!Huddle up and try something new Special occa... click to read more

4 ways to support your immune health, according to an MD
(BPT) - Amid the new normal where health and the health of loved ones is top of mind for many Americans, prioritizing wellness activities on a daily basis can be key to feeling in control and maintaining immune health. Our immune system is a critical part of our overall health and well-being - it's... click to read more

10 tips for choosing a primary care doctor
(BPT) - A primary care physician is more than just a doctor. Over time, he or she learns the nuances of your medical history, your reaction to medications, your health goals, your lifestyle, your treatment preferences and whether a caregiver is supporting you in managing your health.That intimate k... click to read more

Navigating your health from home is just a call, click or doorbell away
(BPT) - You feel it again - that nagging back pain. Or maybe it's an earache that won't go away. With COVID-19 restrictions making many of us reluctant to leave the comforts of home, it's good to know there are other ways to see your health care provider and get your medical questions answered.Maki... click to read more

I didn’t know I was at risk: What everyone 50-plus needs to know about shingles
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Breathe easier by understanding these 5 common myths about sleep apnea
(BPT) - If you're not coping with the symptoms of sleep apnea yourself, you likely know someone who is.The condition caused by interrupted breathing during sleep has become rampant in the past couple of decades. In fact, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine estimates that 26% of adults between th... click to read more

Bend, don’t break: A guide to resiliency from military spouses
(BPT) - What do you do with uncertainty? Much less a year of it or more? The COVID-19 pandemic has presented us with challenges, hardships and instability of every kind - important events canceled, travel put on hold, businesses striving to stay open, kids and parents adjusting to virtual learning ... click to read more

More people are concerned about their financial future: 4 steps to protect yours
(BPT) - Finances are consistently a top concern for many Americans, with 'saving money' a top-10 most common New Year's resolution. This year, Americans are more concerned than ever before due to the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic.USE Credit Union reported that more than 75% of non-tr... click to read more

Tips to help make the most of your health plan in 2021
(BPT) - Last year was a difficult year as the COVID-19 pandemic swept through our country, impacting families and communities nationwide. The health challenges of the pandemic also provided a crucial reminder about the importance of health care.For many Americans, new health plan benefits began in ... click to read more

Why adults should prioritize vaccines this winter
(BPT) - With COVID-19 cases on the rise and flu season underway, it is more important than ever to prioritize your health.Social distancing will become more difficult in the winter months. With everyone spending more time indoors, it's essential to take every precaution to help keep yourself and yo... click to read more

What to expect from Economic Impact Payment Cards
(BPT) - With the enactment of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, millions of eligible individuals will receive a second Economic Impact Payment (EIP). The Bureau of the Fiscal Service (Fiscal Service) is distributing these payments on behalf of the Internal... click to read more

The “big 7”: Top animals to spot in Uganda
(BPT) - Do you dream of seeing majestic wild animals in their natural habitat? If viewing the world's most impressive wildlife is on your bucket list, a safari is the way to do it. You may have even heard of the 'Big 5': lions, leopards, elephants, rhino and buffalo.While many African safari destin... click to read more

The best smartphone for your personality
(BPT) - The vast majority of Americans own some type of cell phone - and 81% own a smartphone, according to Pew Research. Smartphones are so ingrained in everyday life that some psychologists say they have become an extension of people's lives. With such a wide variety of smartphones available, it ... click to read more

6 top medicine safety reminders for your home
(BPT) - With families spending more time than ever working, playing and studying at home, it's a good time to review best safety practices when it comes to using and storing medicines. This is especially true during the cold and flu season - while the nation is also in the midst of the COVID-19 pan... click to read more

Review Your Insurance Options at AARP Converge powered by Softheon
(BPT) - It is important to assess your current health insurance coverage and review new insurance options to ensure that you have the coverage that fits your individual needs. However, there are myriad options and fragmented information in many places, not to mention that plan offerings can change ... click to read more

Study: Most Americans say they're optimistic about a brighter financial future in 2021
(BPT) - As we enter 2021, here's one more essential item to put on your list in addition to canned goods and masks: a financial checkup. According to Fidelity Investments' 2021 New Year Financial Resolutions Study, more than two-thirds of Americans experienced financial setbacks in 2020, often from... click to read more

5 quick tips for prioritizing health and wellness
(BPT) - Making it through a day, month and especially the busiest time of year, deserves a pat on the back these days. The new year brings a time to reset and look at new ways to put your wellness - and your family's - front and center. Now, when focusing on your health and wellness is more importa... click to read more

It's a win-win: 5 ways businesses can help themselves by giving back
(BPT) - Most businesses recognize the importance of finding ways to give back to their communities. But it often takes time for them to discover the full range of benefits they can realize when they commit to corporate giving.The good news? Philanthropic donations from U.S. businesses are on the up... click to read more

New Year’s resolutions you can actually stick to
(BPT) - It's always a good idea to commit to improving your well-being or creating healthy habits in the new year, but if you approach your resolutions as something you want to do versus something you should do, you're much more likely to follow through on your goals. So, why not rethink the whole ... click to read more

Feeling a cold coming on? Do these 3 things right now
(BPT) - Colds can make you feel run down and miserable. The last thing you want is the coughs, the sneezes and a run-down, foggy head feeling to hang on for weeks on end.So, that begs the question: What can you do to get through this bug as quickly as possible?'Unfortunately, there is currently no ... click to read more

Tips for planning the ultimate safari
(BPT) - If you've always wanted to see amazing wildlife in their natural habitats, you may wonder what country to visit, and how to plan your ideal adventure. Choosing Uganda, you'll see not only amazingly rich and varied landscapes, but also a variety of wildlife unlike any other country in the wo... click to read more

Without hesitation: Joel navigates the long road of aTTP
(BPT) - Joel made his living driving a semi-truck cross country. He loved the scenic beauty and the feel of 18 wheels of rubber as he traveled across the United States. Unfortunately, after four life-threatening medical emergencies while he was on the road, Joel knew his career as a truck driver ha... click to read more

Study: Social isolation among seniors is widespread, but these resources can help
(BPT) - Because of the pandemic, we've all experienced social isolation - the loss of close contact with family and friends. We're feeling that isolation even more acutely during the winter season, when we typically get together with those we love.For older adults who have had to take extra isolati... click to read more

How to make extra money by selling locally through resale: 4 popular trends this year
(BPT) - This year, people leveraged the convenience of online shopping more than ever. One of the main reasons is that buying and selling through resale marketplaces makes it easier for people to find deals or make money to supplement their income.In 2020, buying and selling locally became more pop... click to read more

"Queer Eye" star Karamo's Five Tips in Spreading Joy and Cheer
(BPT) - This year's holidays have already been and continue to be dramatically different, and no one is expecting anything to change come the start of 2021.But that doesn't mean we can't carve out ways to care for our loved ones, spread cheer and support other people in our communities now and in t... click to read more

How to gift happiness in 2021
(BPT) - There are no two ways about it: 2020 was a lot to take in. We forged ahead and made amazing things happen in the face of enormous uncertainty, but it wasn't an easy task. In 2021, everyone's looking to grow their happiness and share it with others. It's only natural, and fortunately researc... click to read more

The pet effect: Facts about the incredible human-animal bond
(BPT) - Do you ever notice how fulfilled you feel when you spend time with your pet? How your pet can inspire joy while also somehow helping you feel less stressed? Or maybe you are thinking of getting a pet hoping for companionship, affection and love? These and many more positives are the result ... click to read more

How pharmacogenetic (PGx) testing is revolutionizing mental health treatment
(BPT) - If you or a family member have sought care from a mental health professional, or are considering seeking help for depression, anxiety, ADHD or other conditions, you want the best treatment available. Multiple treatment options now exist for many of these conditions, ranging from medications... click to read more

How to Pay Your Mortgage Off Faster.
(BPT) - Paid Content by Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.Buying a home is a major life step. Homes are by nature expensive and most home buyers cannot afford to purchase a home outright. Because of that reality, most home buyers finance a home purchase with a mortgage. A mortgage allows you to ... click to read more

Resolve to achieve healthy sleep in 2021
(BPT) - According to a recent survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), 85% of U.S. adults do not get the recommended seven hours or more of sleep every night. After a challenging and stressful year, the New Year provides Americans with the opportunity to refocus on the importance ... click to read more

Having trouble hearing? 5 tips to still stay connected during the holidays
(BPT) - This holiday season may look very different from years past - more family get-togethers on video rather than in-person - but one thing remains true: these times can be stressful and difficult for those managing hearing loss, which impacts 48 million Americans, according to the U.S. Centers ... click to read more






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