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November 25, 2020

Tax season 2020 will look different: Here’s how to prepare
(BPT) - It's no secret that 2020 has been a tumultuous year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans found themselves out of work - at least temporarily - and received unemployment benefits. Others may have experienced employment changes, like working from home or taking on multiple jobs. All ... click to read more

4 questions to ask before getting a new pet
(BPT) - One good thing about 2020? More people are fostering and adopting pets who need homes. And during the holidays, pet adoption increases even more because families have more time away from work and school.Before you foster or adopt - and especially when considering a pet as a gift - it's best... click to read more

How to combat isolation and loneliness among older adults
(BPT) - Feeling a sense of connection and belonging with others is a basic human need. But unfortunately for many older adults, social isolation and loneliness are on the rise, especially because of the necessary social distancing since the COVID-19 pandemic began.The good news is, there are concre... click to read more

Cooking fires increase over the holidays: How to keep your kitchen safe
(BPT) - According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries - and the second leading cause of home fire deaths. Cooking fires increase during the holiday season. The type of cooking appliances used makes a difference; peopl... click to read more

Prioritize Your Health and Wellness in 2021: A Checklist to Assess Your Healthcare Needs
(BPT) - As 2020 draws to a close, you are likely reflecting on the events of the past year and looking ahead to 2021. As we approach the end of the year and you are setting goals for yourself for 2021, now is a great time to do a thorough review of your overall health and well-being and consider an... click to read more

Quarantine confidential: The unexpected ways social distancing impacted life for women with overactive bladder
(BPT) - In 2020, the phrase 'social distancing' became mainstream, as many people around the world had to experience extended periods of quarantining. The mandate to keep distance, limit travel and stay home has left many people to feel anxious, isolated and lonely. Unfortunately, for the 30 millio... click to read more

Simple ways to safely bring joy to seniors during the holidays
(BPT) - Many seniors and their loved ones are taking special precautions to stay healthy, including limiting or eliminating visits and other activities that can cause COVID-19 to spread. That's because the older you are, the higher your risk of severe illness from the coronavirus, according to the ... click to read more

Tips to help manage holiday stress during COVID-19
(BPT) - Feeling stressed? You're not alone. Stress levels are rising due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the numerous disruptions in our daily lives.The American Psychological Association recently reported that 'we are facing a national mental health crisis that could yield serious health and social c... click to read more

3 ways COVID-19 has changed pain management
(BPT) - When COVID-19 halted all non-essential health services, it begged the question - what types of care can't be delayed? Treatment for chronic pain, for one. Not only is pain management essential care, it's even more critical during stressful times.The good news is the pandemic has inspired in... click to read more

Customizable bites: 4 tips for a brilliant holiday cheeseboard
(BPT) - As the weather turns colder and the season changes, your thoughts may be turning to the holidays and how you can make them extra special in this unique year.While many of us will be staying closer to home this holiday season, we'll still want to celebrate the season in style and create happ... click to read more

Would you attend a timeshare sales presentation in exchange for a discounted vacation?
(BPT) - If you're a frequent traveler to popular vacation hotspots like Orlando or Las Vegas there's a good chance you've been approached by someone and asked to attend a timeshare sales pitch, often in exchange for a heavily discounted vacation or free tickets to a show or theme park.And while you... click to read more

4 money moves to kick off 2021
(BPT) - Just imagine: Holiday shopping is behind you, the eggnog has officially worn off and the seasonal coffee drinks have lost their allure. A new year is beginning and it's time to prepare.'As you gear up for a new year, it's important to take a hard look at your finances, and decide what finan... click to read more

How digital engagement can offer more control over personal finances in unpredictable times
(BPT) - Since the coronavirus pandemic began taking hold in early 2020, global stock markets have taken investors on a rollercoaster ride, with aggressive climbs in value, precipitous drops and an overall queasy feeling in the pits of our stomachs about what's next.COVID-19's impact on personal inv... click to read more

How you can afford a retirement community
(BPT) - Are you retired or approaching retirement age? You may be thinking about the best options for where to live moving forward. Perhaps your house has become more than you can handle, or you have health concerns that require more care - or maybe you'd just like to live in a warmer climate. What... click to read more

The caregiver difference: One man’s journey caring for his father’s COPD
(BPT) - When Justin found out his dad had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), he wasn't sure what to expect. Without knowing anything about the condition, he didn't realize that becoming a primary caregiver at age 30 would mean uprooting his lifestyle to support caring... click to read more

How to get the most out of open enrollment
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic means as a parent, you may be juggling your new roles of part-time remote teacher, IT technician and cafeteria chef along with your normal work responsibilities. The physical, mental, and for some, financial toll of this arrangement has left many feeling exhausted and ... click to read more

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Know the Signs in Your Family Tree
(BPT) - Imagine your family members were at risk for a life-threatening heart disease but had absolutely no idea.At age 12, Carmen's doctor noticed a heart murmur, but could not find an explanation. Little did they realize, but this symptom would turn out to be one piece in his family's larger hear... click to read more

Tips for turning seasonal work into a full-time job
(BPT) - Ready for a new gig? With the holidays around the corner, many businesses are offering seasonal work. It's not just for people looking to make a few extra dollars. It's a little known fact that some employers often end up offering some seasonal workers a permanent role after the holidays ar... click to read more

Feel-good food: 5 facts you may not know about watercress
(BPT) - As we move into the winter season, it's important to strengthen our immune systems by making fresh fruits and vegetables a key part of our diets.After all, eating a diet rich in fresh produce is one of eight important steps we can take to ward off potential illness, according to Harvard Med... click to read more

Get a clue about the flu: What you need to know
(BPT) - As flu season collides with the COVID-19 pandemic this year, it's critical to think about how to best protect yourself, your loved ones and the members of your community from getting sick and overburdening an increasingly strained healthcare system. Getting a flu shot each season is an easy... click to read more

Looking for support during this pandemic? A new mental health community supports, inspires and connects people during these challenging times
(BPT) - This article was sponsored and developed by Neurocrine Biosciences. We are living in an unprecedented time, where everyone's mental health is being put to the test. Recent research has shown that stress and worry related to the pandemic have had a negative impact on mental health, taking an... click to read more

Why a bidet is the perfect gift for that special person on your list
(BPT) - Looking for an original gift for that extra special person this holiday season? This year, go for something that can elevate their personal care routine. Bidets can offer the perfect gift for every person on your list. They come as seats as well as standalone appliances, and they come with ... click to read more

Use SNAP benefits online for easy home grocery delivery
(BPT) - Millions of Americans receive benefits from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is a federal nutrition program that provides benefits to help supplement food budgets for individuals and families. SNAP benefits have traditi... click to read more

What will Santa Bass bring your favorite angler this holiday season?
(BPT) - Was your favorite angler a good angler this past year? Did they cry? Did they pout? Santa Bass is coming to town and he's been checking his list, twice. He sees all the times when an angler acted with kindness at the boat landing as well as those anglers who cut off another angler at a good... click to read more

How the rest of the world sees America in 2020
(BPT) - The United States of America is confusing in the best of times. Tax returns. Fifty different legal systems. Why we still use pounds, inches and Fahrenheit. Daylight saving time. We could go on.And in the worst of times? From political debates about wearing masks in a pandemic to a contested... click to read more

A Holiday Season Unlike Any Other
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People living with diabetes may feel more in control of their condition with the help of technology
(BPT) - In the United States today, more than 30 million people live with diabetes - a challenging condition that requires individuals to constantly, and diligently, manage their body's needs. Those who use insulin know that carefully logging glucose (blood sugar) readings is necessary for addressi... click to read more

Are you susceptible to pandemic-related anxiety?
(BPT) - Since the pandemic began, many have felt the effects on their mental health. The CDC reported in June that over 40% of Americans suffered an adverse mental or behavioral health condition, with anxiety and depressive disorders topping the list. By mid-July, 53% of U.S. adults said their ment... click to read more

5 ways to elevate your holidays this year
(BPT) - The holidays are a wonderful opportunity to create magical experiences with friends and family. However you celebrate the holidays this year, why not find new ways to add special touches to make them extraordinary? For small household gatherings or virtual celebrations, bringing unique deco... click to read more

65 or older? Learn how you can help protect your health this season
(BPT) - If you're a baby boomer, you've heard about the importance of getting your flu vaccine every year. However, you may be less familiar with how you can help protect yourself against other vaccine-preventable respiratory diseases like pneumococcal pneumonia.'Pneumococcal pneumonia is the most ... click to read more

Recognizing how a change in schizophrenia treatment can help
(BPT) - Tim is like any other 26-year-old - he lives on his own and has a job. He is also one of the 2.8 million adults living with schizophrenia in the United States.For those in his small community, Tim may be the first person living with schizophrenia that they have ever met. According to Tim, i... click to read more

Veterans Day 2020: A different time, and a time to make a difference
(BPT) - We hear a lot today about recognizing those people who have made a difference for our country and for our citizens. On Veterans Day, we recognize the many Americans who have made a profound impact on our nation and our future through their service in the U.S. military.In 1918, at the 11th h... click to read more

Tips to help navigate health benefits open enrollment amid COVID-19
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted people nationwide to live differently, including new challenges when it comes to navigating the health system and accessing care.Whether people are enrolling in a health plan offered through an employer, state-based exchange or government-sponsored program... click to read more

HIV in the Latinx Community: Fueling Community-Driven Solutions to a Growing Health Crisis of Inequity
(BPT) - For more than four decades, the fight to end the HIV epidemic has raged on, ushering significant developments and innovations in treatment and care. However, progress has been uneven and fragile, illuminating major disparities in care and access to care that leave certain demographics dispr... click to read more

5 safety tips for medications in your home
(BPT) - Did you know that 70,980 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2019? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that figure, citing over 194 drug-related deaths in the U.S. every day last year. And unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has only increased the dangers posed by mis... click to read more

Expert tips to save money during Medicare open enrollment
(BPT) - For most people enrolled in Medicare, the annual open enrollment period from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 is the only time you can make changes to your existing Medicare coverage. Whether you're satisfied or dissatisfied with your coverage, this is the time to explore your options as there may be... click to read more

What you need to know about the cancer-diabetes connection
(BPT) - There are more connections between diabetes and cancer than you'd expect. Research suggests the two can be intimately related - with some cancer treatments putting patients at risk for insulin dependence, and type 2 diabetes greatly increasing a person's susceptibility to cancer.Because can... click to read more

Get crafty this year and spread a bunch of holiday cheer
(BPT) - Holiday decorations bring a smile to everyone's face, and this year, we could all use that now more than ever. Crafting seasonal décor instead of shopping for it gives you and your family something to occupy your extra time at home and helps you avoid big crowds and shopping stress.Perhaps ... click to read more

4 tips for restoring sensitive, irritated, dry skin
(BPT) - Beautiful, healthy-looking skin is a reflection of overall good health. But it's not just a question of how your skin looks - how it feels is just as important. If your skin is sensitive, you may experience symptoms that make you feel uncomfortable.How do you know if you have sensitive skin... click to read more

5 tips: How to create your own private spa at home
(BPT) - As Americans are spending more time at home in response to the pandemic, many are looking for ways to turn their living spaces into retreats of calm, comfort and well-being.For some people, that means major renovations. For others, it means making select improvements designed to add more tr... click to read more

Families find an unlikely remedy for pandemic stress
(BPT) - There's no doubt these are stressful times. Due to the pandemic, everyone's lives have been turned upside down. This is especially true for families coping with altered routines at school, learning from home or both. Children are stressed about their routines, and parents are anxious, too.E... click to read more

How COVID-19 impacted retirement security, and what you can do about it
(BPT) - 2020 has been a year full of challenges like no other. Things that were routine before, such as chatting with a friend less than six feet away, going to a ballgame or taking a vacation, have been upended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Add to that broad uncertainty around jobs, the economy an... click to read more

7 signs your water pipes are in trouble
(BPT) - While spending more time at home, you've probably started noticing repairs you need to make. You may have even tackled a few projects to improve your home. However, there are some home improvements you might not consider, because they're hidden until they reach their breaking point - like y... click to read more

Everyone can save on vital energy costs
(BPT) - It's something everyone in the U.S. needs and uses in their everyday lives - energy to keep the lights on, appliances working and homes cool or warm enough to be comfortable. Now that Americans are spending more time at home, energy needs - and costs - for households across the country are ... click to read more

4 Things to Know When Shopping for a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
(BPT) - About 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day and by 2050, seniors will represent more than 20% of the population.[i] If you are 65 or older, staying healthy is more important than ever. One step includes picking a Medicare prescription drug plan during Open Enrollment, which began Oct. 15.If yo... click to read more

5 things to know about having joint replacement surgery during COVID-19
(BPT) - If you're suffering from joint pain and considering a joint replacement, you're not alone. Chronic, debilitating pain that requires joint replacement affects nearly one in four adults in the United States, according to the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative.[1] But unfortunately, many people wa... click to read more

5 Affordable Anti-Aging Tips from a Celebrity Dermatologist
(BPT) - With all the changes that have occurred this year, it's not surprising that women everywhere have been reassessing their skincare routines. Spending more time at home has spurred a focus on overall skin health and rituals to smooth out lines and wrinkles - and they want convenient solutions... click to read more

How Technology Is Helping People Better Manage Diabetes During COVID-19
(BPT) - The impact of COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our everyday lives, particularly for those living with a chronic condition like diabetes. Even under normal circumstances, managing diabetes can be difficult, but with the added challenges of the pandemic, access to medical care, medication... click to read more

From Bedridden to Ironman: My Journey with Crohn’s Disease
(BPT) - He was nearing the end of the race, but Brian Greenberg thought he couldn't possibly finish. He had a stomach cramp and his lungs were begging him to stop. At that point, he had done a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride, and was in the last leg of his 26.2-mile run. It had been over 15 ... click to read more

Tips and tricks to embrace election season
(BPT) - From debates and town halls to non-stop news coverage, election season can be fraught with conflict and commotion. Whether you're an avid political junkie or just a concerned citizen, you're probably looking for positive, upbeat ways to survive - and even embrace - election season.Here are ... click to read more

Are there benefits to buying a timeshare in this day and age?
(BPT) - Once upon a time, if you said you owned a timeshare, you might get a side eye from a well-meaning friend who was concerned you caved to a hard sell for a vacation option. But times have changed, and a quiet revolution in the industry now shows that timeshares can be a savvy vacation strateg... click to read more

Home cleaning: Tips for tackling your mess nemesis
(BPT) - You know it has to get done, but you just don't want to. It's been on the to-do list for far too long. You may try to ignore it, dodge it or even cover it up. It's your mess nemesis - your least-favorite cleaning task - and you're dreading having to tackle it.Not all cleaning is equalWhile ... click to read more

Glaucoma: What you need to know about 'the sneak thief of sight'
(BPT) - 'Will I go blind?' It's a frightening thought that most people have when they are first told they have glaucoma.'Patients are almost always concerned that they are going to lose their vision,' said Dr. Andrew Iwach, executive director of the Glaucoma Center of San Francisco. 'The good news ... click to read more

5 ways to make a difference in a senior’s life
(BPT) - Did you know that by 2040, 20% of Americans will be 65 and older? As the population of older adults increases, it's crucial to recognize and celebrate the rich depth of experience, talents and unique perspectives of such a large segment of the country. Yet, all too often, older people are o... click to read more

Study: Minority-owned small businesses in the U.S. are better at adapting to COVID-19 and showing more optimism than others
(BPT) - It's not surprising that many small businesses are struggling to maintain operations, earn profits and sustain their work forces in the wake of the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.However, many minorities who own small businesses across the U.S. remain more optimistic abou... click to read more

5 ways a weighted blanket can improve your life
(BPT) - Quality sleep is essential to good health, but daily life - the stresses of work and family, too much screen time, caffeine or alcohol - disrupts our body's natural sleep cycle. One tool to promote better sleep is a weighted blanket, but the benefits go beyond sleep. Here are five benefits ... click to read more

Just the facts: Dispelling common myths about glaucoma
(BPT) - Glaucoma. It's a sneaky disease that usually strikes without warning. More than three million people in the United States have it - but only half know they do. Left untreated, glaucoma can lead to progressive vision loss and irreversible blindness. While a diagnosis of glaucoma can be scary... click to read more

What you need to know to prepare for a low blood sugar emergency
(BPT) - When Alejandra Marquez was 12 years old, she suddenly started to scream during an otherwise typical Sunday church service. There was a loud buzzing that only she could hear, and she soon began to have trouble standing.'It sounded like a mosquito loudly humming in my ear,' Marquez said. 'It ... click to read more

4 ways you can help support veterans
(BPT) - According to the National Institutes of Health, up to 30% of American military veterans experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after returning home from combat. Yet only about 40% of those individuals ever seek help.Service dogs are proving to help military veterans suffering from... click to read more

Overcoming the stigma of addiction is key to treatment
(BPT) - Addiction is a chronic but treatable medical condition. Often unintentionally, many people still talk about addiction in ways that are stigmatizing-meaning they use words that can portray someone with a substance use disorder in a shameful way, which may discourage them from seeking treatme... click to read more

3 surprising foods that fuel your immune system
(BPT) - Cold and flu season, combined with an ongoing pandemic, is motivating many Americans to do everything possible to support immune health. Fortunately, simple lifestyle habits, like a healthy diet, can make a big difference in strengthening the body's defense system. But what foods are best -... click to read more

Expert advice for healthy cooking inspiration
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5 reasons doctors urge everyone to get a flu shot now
(BPT) - As our country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, a potentially dangerous season is beginning: flu season. The threat of the pandemic will become more complicated by increasing cases of the flu, making more people ill and putting further strain on the U.S. health care system.Pediatric epi... click to read more

4 ideas for a Celebration of Remembrance after COVID
(BPT) - If you lost a loved one during the pandemic, you were likely unable to hold the kind of memorial service you would have wanted to honor that special person. Funeral services are an essential part of the grieving process and help bring closure during some of life's darkest moments. Thousands... click to read more

What All Puppy Owners Should Know About Feeding Their Puppies
(BPT) - New puppy owners have plenty of questions when it comes to their new pet - about training their puppy, puppy-proofing their home and what behaviors are considered 'normal' for a growing dog. Perhaps the most important question, which is commonly misunderstood, is how to feed your puppy to m... click to read more

3 things you need to know about biomarker testing and genetic mutations in breast cancer
(BPT) - This year alone an estimated 276,000 women and 2,620 men in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer. While breast cancer continues to impact a significant number of people each year, scientific advancements have led to more personalized treatment options. Researchers have dev... click to read more

Modern manufactured home financing program helps solve access to affordable real estate nationwide
(BPT) - Paid Content by Silverton MortgageWith mortgage rates at historic lows and housing inventory scarce, the housing market is still very active and competitive with many people looking to purchase a quality, attainable home. Fortunately, even in the current market with a scarcity of housing op... click to read more

How Understanding a Common Virus May Help Treat Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
(BPT) - Sponsored by Atara BiotherapeuticsMultiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic unpredictable neurological autoimmune disease that affects an estimated 1 million adults in the U.S.1 In MS, the immune system mistakenly attacks the central nervous system (CNS) which can affect a person's muscle contro... click to read more

‘I never got to say goodbye’: The heartbreak of losing a child to a vaccine-preventable disease
(BPT) - 'I received a phone call one day that devastated my life forever. My son, Nico, had been diagnosed with meningococcal disease, and was at the hospital for only eight minutes before losing consciousness. He never woke up - and as a father, I never got to say goodbye.'GSK spokesperson and men... click to read more

‘Meningococcal disease almost killed my healthy daughter’: One mother’s story
(BPT) - 'I got the call every parent fears. My daughter, Jamie, was in the hospital and I needed to get there immediately. When I got to the hospital, Jamie was already in an induced coma - fighting to survive,' said GSK spokesperson and meningitis advocate Patsy Schanbaum.Jamie had been diagnosed ... click to read more

Americans share hopeful stories of recovery from opioid use disorder
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3 focus areas to get your finances back on track
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many people hard financially. From furloughs to job loss and from strict budgets to depleted savings and much more, people are making adjustments as needed. It's important to stay focused on your financial well-being and take simple steps so you can recover and... click to read more

America’s egg farmers donate record-breaking 46 million eggs to food banks
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5 tips that help simplify health insurance open enrollment
(BPT) - As many people head to the polls to cast their vote in the 2020 presidential election, there is another important decision millions of Americans will make: choosing their health care coverage for 2021.Open enrollment season is here, a time when millions of Americans across the country will ... click to read more

5 tips for online grocery shopping success
(BPT) - Online grocery shopping is on the rise, and the options are plentiful - from having a shopper deliver goods at your door to curbside pickup and more. But even the most experienced grocery shoppers may find they need to learn some new tricks to achieve online grocery shopping success.Tip #1:... click to read more

How to shake up mealtime: 10 creative kitchen ideas
(BPT) - Due to quarantine and social distancing measures, Americans have found themselves cooking at home more than ever. However, after creating some of the same meals week after week, you might be hitting a home-cooking rut. To shake things up in the kitchen, consider these 10 ways to add excitem... click to read more

How to do laundry during COVID-19: Do's and dont's
(BPT) - Good laundry practices in the home are more important than ever. Recommendations from the North American Cleaning and Sanitization Expert Panel, which recently convened in a workshop hosted by the University of Arizona, offer guidelines to help reduce the spread of infections and illness wh... click to read more

Know the facts about pulmonary fibrosis
(BPT) - Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is a progressive and debilitating disease that leads to scarring of the lungs, with no known cure. Yet, while more than 200,000 Americans are living with the disease, there are still many myths and misconceptions surrounding causes, treatments, diagnosis and more. Th... click to read more

How you can make a difference in an animal’s life
(BPT) - According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide every year, and of the total amount of animals in shelters, only about 3.2 million are adopted each year. That means millions of pets are... click to read more

Joint pain? What are you waiting for?
(BPT) - With one in four adults in the U.S. suffering from chronic joint pain, the recent restrictions on elective surgeries due to COVID-19 have been particularly difficult.[1]This is especially true for those in need of joint replacement procedures, who are often suffering greatly as they await s... click to read more

Secure Your Life: Solutions that Help You Feel Safe and Secure
(BPT) - Now more than ever, Americans are searching for ways to protect themselves and their family members and provide some peace of mind. Whether you are looking to update your computer's anti-virus software, purchase a home security system, or schedule your annual medical appointments, if you're... click to read more

Cybersecurity stewardship during trying times
(BPT) - Data breaches, identity theft, phishing attempts and malware literally 'pop up' every day. October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which each year reminds us why it is critical that we remain vigilant when it comes to you and your family's digital activity, habits and overall cyb... click to read more

Digital clinical trials could lead to new, more effective therapies
(BPT) - As the world waits for the approval and release of a COVID-19 vaccine, many are learning about the historically lengthy and arduous procedures required to conduct clinical trials.For decades, the clinical trial process has remained largely untouched by new digital technologies, limiting the... click to read more

3 ways to embrace me-time this fall
(BPT) - Fall is officially here, and with it comes the opportunity to hit the reset button on busy schedules and remind yourself to take a moment to relax and recharge with some 'me-time.'Whether you're taking time to celebrate a small win from your day or simply need a break from your daily routin... click to read more

Multigenerational households provide outstanding benefits during COVID-19 & beyond
(BPT) - Eighty-two percent of multigenerational families say that living together has increased their bonds among family members, according to a study published by Generations United. As COVID-19 has led to increased hardships throughout the United States, many families have taken the opportunity t... click to read more

Taking NSAIDs for arthritis pain relief? Make sure you know the risks
(BPT) - You or someone you know well likely suffers from arthritis, joint inflammation that, per the CDC, affects an estimated 54 million people in the United States, or 23% of all adults.1 Two common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).Many physicians suggest O... click to read more

Everyone Can Take Action on Metastatic Breast Cancer Today
(BPT) - October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The month is not just about making people aware of metastatic breast cancer and celebrating survivors, it is also about taking action so we can improve the lives of people living with breast cancer.Despite all our advances, about 42,000 peo... click to read more

Small-business retirement accounts 101
(BPT) - If you're a small-business owner - whether your business consists of just you and your spouse or a handful of employees - and you're emerging from the pandemic into your new normal, it may be time for you to think about setting up retirement accounts, not just for your employees, but for yo... click to read more

Shedding light on a rare bile duct cancer for the second annual Rare Cancer Day
(BPT) - While there is growing public awareness about cancer in general, there are many types of cancer that are not well known or are misunderstood.On September 30, the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) and its Rare Cancer Coalition are spearheading the second annual Rare Cancer Day.... click to read more

Global flavors for your weeknight meals
(BPT) - What turns a recipe into a weeknight favorite? How about something easy and packed with flavor that can be made partly in advance? Add excitement by exploring cuisines like those of North Africa, with flavor contrasts of spicy, sweet and tart. The following recipes use grapes as a fresh acc... click to read more

Medicare insight: Three ways to advocate for lower out-of-pocket costs
(BPT) - Medicare Part D provides coverage for prescription drugs that save and extend lives for millions of older adults and people with disabilities, many of whom would otherwise struggle to afford their treatments. However, despite the important purpose it serves, some people on Medicare, especia... click to read more

Your Future Protected: Considerations for Long-Term and Short-Term Care for Americans 50 and Older
(BPT) - When planning for the future, security and peace of mind are likely top of mind, particularly for Americans age 50 and older. There are many considerations - from income planning for retirement, to considering potential healthcare needs, to getting one's personal affairs in place. As you an... click to read more

New study on heart health: Get more omega-3s
(BPT) - If you're trying to improve your heart health, chances are you're doing things like moving more and eating better. Making sure your diet delivers heart-healthy nutrients, including healthy fats, is a smart strategy. A new study from Mayo Clinic Proceedings provides more evidence on why cert... click to read more

Why it's now, more than ever, important to get a flu vaccine
(BPT) - Flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and tens of thousands of deaths in the United States yearly. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself, your family and your community from... click to read more

After Her Unexpected Diagnosis, Danita Knew Her Sister’s Symptoms Required a Conversation With a Doctor
(BPT) - Shortness of breath. Heart palpitations. When Danita first noticed these occasional abnormalities, she didn't give them much thought. After all, she figured, aging and menopause can bring their fair share of physical changes, and the feelings would always go away.'I'd be walking around the ... click to read more

5 fall tips for protecting your pet’s health
(BPT) - Whether fall is when you switch out your exercise regimen or schedule your annual flu shot, staying healthy is at the top of most 'to do' lists right now. Just remember your four-legged family members when considering seasonal changes to your wellness program. Fall is the perfect time to ta... click to read more

How to boost mood and memory at home
(BPT) - Society has become much better at recognizing the importance of mental wellness practices. It's now common knowledge that exercise, a healthy diet and quality sleep are essential to both physical and mental health. This is great progress, but many people overlook other ways to take care of ... click to read more

Expert tips and tricks you need to know to make every brunch your best brunch
(BPT) - For many, regular brunch gatherings may have fallen by the wayside in recent months. With the changing of seasons, it's time to bring brunch back to create warm memories as the weather cools. If your go-to brunch plans are no longer possible, start thinking about creating a new routine and ... click to read more

Beyond pumpkin spice: How to spruce up fall snacks
(BPT) - When fall arrives, a whole new array of taste possibilities opens up for snacking and entertaining. But if you're tired of the same old pumpkin spice everything, why not try something new? Offer friends and family a bold new chip flavor that brings out the best in seasonal favorites - and i... click to read more

Go with the flow: Why good circulation is important, especially now
(BPT) - When you think about circulation issues, cold hands and feet probably pop to mind. It's true that cold extremities are frequently the result of poor blood circulation, especially if you have anemia, arterial disease, diabetes or hypothyroidism. But as your blood travels all over your body, ... click to read more

Treat Your Allergy Symptoms from Home and Avoid COVID-19 Fears
(BPT) - If you're a seasonal allergy sufferer, there's never been a better time to get your symptoms correctly diagnosed, treated and under control.Why? Thanks to greater accessibility, it's easier than ever to take care of your symptoms from home, observing safe social distancing without having to... click to read more

Now is a good time to head back to your allergist
(BPT) - Since the coronavirus pandemic began, many Americans have canceled or postponed non-emergency doctor visits. At first, practices were temporarily closed, but later patients avoided visits out of fear of exposure to COVID-19.In a Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll from May of this year, ... click to read more

Tips to make the most of more time at home this fall
(BPT) - Between social distancing, quarantine, remote working and distance learning, it's likely you're at home more than you've ever been before. Add to this the change of seasons and dropping temperatures for the remainder of 2020 in most places across the country, and most families will be spend... click to read more

Time for a financial checkup following changes to military benefits
(BPT) - There have been significant changes to military benefits over the last year affecting pay, retirement benefits, health insurance and GI Bill rules. The changes will affect different service members in different ways, but given that the global pandemic has affected almost everyone's physical... click to read more

Now more than ever, it is important to get a flu vaccine
(BPT) - Flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and tens of thousands of deaths in the United States yearly. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself, your family and your community from... click to read more

3 ways to keep senior pets happy and healthy
(BPT) - As members of the family, we love our pets unconditionally. We would do anything to ensure they live long and happy lives with us. That's why as they age it is important to be aware of the different ways to care for our pets to help them remain healthy and energized as they reach senior sta... click to read more

From deductibles to donuts: Key terms to know about Medicare Part D
(BPT) - Navigating the ins and outs of Medicare can be an intimidating experience if you're not familiar with certain terms.Medicare Part D, which helps cover prescription drug costs, has its own terminology. Medicare Annual Enrollment runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, so now is a good time for a refres... click to read more

Caregiver self-care: Tips to help address your emotional health
(BPT) - Caregiving for a loved one can put a strain on even the most resilient people. Add in the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic and it has the potential to feel challenging. This means that finding ways to thrive and continue to take care of your own well-being is more important than ever.... click to read more

Get to know Medicare with these resources
(BPT) - Medicare's Annual Enrollment Period is almost here - the time (Oct. 15 to Dec. 7) when people can make changes to their Medicare coverage for the year ahead.Thankfully, there are tools and resources to help you navigate the process and select a plan to meet your needs. Here's a roundup of f... click to read more

New to Medicare? Choosing coverage for next year? Know these key dates
(BPT) - When can you sign up for Medicare? When can you switch plans if your health needs have changed? Understanding Medicare's enrollment periods helps you get the coverage you need when you need it.If you're signing up for Medicare for the first time, your enrollment window is unique to you and ... click to read more

Medicare Part D: Three factors that could save you money
(BPT) - Many people are surprised to find out that Original Medicare doesn't generally cover prescription drugs. For help with the cost of your medications, you can choose a stand-alone Part D plan or a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription drug coverage.With Medicare Annual Enrollment fast app... click to read more

5 tips for remote caregiving during COVID-19
(BPT) - If you're one of the millions of caregivers in the United States, you know that COVID-19 - and the realities of social distancing and isolation - may complicate the day-to-day tasks of caregiving. But even now, it's important to remember that you can continue to make a positive impact on yo... click to read more

Midday slump? How to stay alert during the day
(BPT) - You've probably felt it - that time of day when your brain gets foggy and you have trouble concentrating. All you can think of is taking a nap. For some, it happens right before or after lunch, for others in the late afternoon. You may reach for a caffeinated beverage or sugary snack to try... click to read more

5 tips to help you thrive during stressful times
(BPT) - Life is unpredictable. Between these stressful times and your own personal challenges, you're probably dealing with more today than perhaps ever. Stress can throw your body, emotions and routine off course, but sometimes even the worst of situations can provide a silver lining. A recent sur... click to read more

Be prepared: 5 steps to build your emergency fund
(BPT) - Many of life's interruptions can't be predicted. Not having funds set aside for unexpected problems can leave you racking up high credit card debt or putting yourself in other difficult financial straits.'When it comes to savings best practices, it is especially clear after the pandemic how... click to read more

Need Medicare? Easy ways to get the benefits you – or your loved ones – deserve
(BPT) - Some 60 million Americans receive Medicare benefits each year to help pay for health care and prescription drugs, according to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that runs the program. Yet, many don't get the right benefits for their health need... click to read more

Five warm weather tips for people living with Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease
(BPT) - In the United States, there are an estimated 140,000 adults living with Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease, or ADPKD.This is a rare, inherited, genetic disease that causes cysts to form in kidneys and progressively grow over time. As the cysts grow, a person's kidney function grad... click to read more

3 ways to break out of your echo chamber this election season
(BPT) - At a time when the nation is more divided than ever over politics, race and whether to wear a face mask, the opinion of one side is often not just opposed to that of the other side but incomprehensible.Living in separate digital spheres as well as different areas of the country, the two hal... click to read more

Taking Control of AFib: What You Can Learn from One Patient’s Journey
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The connection between protein and exercising
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Have pets, will travel? Check out these pro tips on traveling with your furry friends
(BPT) - There's nothing like hitting the open road with your best friend, especially when they happen to have a furry face, four legs and a tail. While dogs and cats love being around their favorite humans 24-7, travel can be stressful for pets, especially if they're out of their routine and stayin... click to read more

COVID-19 Impacts Treatment Access for Many with Serious Mental Illness — The Mental Health Ecosystem has Responded
(BPT) - Sponsored by Alkermes, Inc.COVID-19 presented new challenges that have taken a toll on our nation's collective mental health. In fact, nearly half of U.S. adults report that their mental health has been negatively impacted during the pandemic. As the pandemic wears on, the mental health bur... click to read more

3 ways to bring compassion into your yoga practice
(BPT) - Yoga and service to others are two popular activities, but most people don't think about how much they have in common. Both activities enrich your life, connect you to the community, help you meet new people, and facilitate learning new ideas that can positively impact your world view. It's... click to read more

Multigenerational living: DIY and home improvements for the expanding family
(BPT) - The American household is evolving. Traditional family households with parents and children up to 18 have transformed into a mix of various generations. The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the growth of multigenerational households, including adults with boomerang children living at ho... click to read more

How to care for your eyes while working from home
(BPT) - If you are one of the many people now working or attending school from home, you know that there are many challenges involved. One of the major changes to your life may be how much time you're now spending staring at a screen for hours at a time.If you're feeling the effects of increased ey... click to read more

4 ways the FTC’s new contact lens rule impacts you
(BPT) - Do you wear contact lenses? If so, then you should know about a new rule that would negatively impact you and the 45 million Americans who rely on contacts to see clearly.The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently finalized their Contact Lens Rule that creates new and unnecessary contact l... click to read more

5 Home Security Tips for National Preparedness Month
(BPT) - As many regions approach peak hurricane season - and others face dangerous wildfire and flooding periods of the year - it's imperative to take proactive steps to ensure loved ones and irreplaceable assets stay protected, even in the most unexpected circumstances. 'Preparedness' has taken on... click to read more

The smarter way to buy a home
(BPT) - Are you considering buying a home? Are you looking for a way to buy without depleting your savings? If so, you should know there are ways to qualify for a mortgage sooner than you think and for less. Insured low down payment mortgages are affordable and safe loan options that are offered by... click to read more

Little-known facts about a 40-year-old potato chip favorite
(BPT) - Potato chips continue to hold the number one spot in the hearts of families from coast to coast as the quintessential snack of choice. Whether they're being enjoyed from the comfort of your own home during a family get-together or at a backyard barbecue, the crunchy, salty snack always find... click to read more

Garden to glass: Fresh summer cocktails to make at home
(BPT) - Nothing says summer better than sipping a fresh, seasonal cocktail while you relax with family or a few friends. And what do you need to craft the perfect warm-weather cocktail? Follow two simple steps:1. Select the perfect foundationStart with a versatile base spirit that can serve as the ... click to read more

Make your BBQ extra tasty with these 7 bean sides
(BPT) - If you're planning a family BBQ or hosting a socially distanced outdoor party, you may be searching for new ways to bring pizzazz to your sides. Look no further than beans, the versatile and healthy legumes that are an essential ingredient for a wide range of tasty dishes, from salads to ba... click to read more

4 driving tips that can help save lives and lower your insurance rate
(BPT) - Bad driving habits aren't just obnoxious, they're also dangerous - motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the U.S., with more than 38,000 people having lost their lives and nearly 4.4 million injured in collisions in 2019, according to the National Safety Council.'Many car co... click to read more

Save money and streamline your makeup routine with the help of these beauty hacks!
(BPT) - Let's face it, makeup can be expensive. We are living in a time like no other, with the pandemic and social distancing affecting every aspect of our lives - from our daily lifestyles, budgets, diets - to our beauty regimens. We are all guilty of wanting the most luxe and notable cosmetics t... click to read more

Yogic breathing techniques support respiratory health
(BPT) - Because it happens automatically, you probably don't put much thought into your breathing. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought focused attention to respiratory health. Conscious breathing - the yoga practice of pranayama - can help support respiratory health, mental wellness and the ... click to read more

Epic fashion moments: Take a brief peek at the evolution of underwear
(BPT) - From tag-free boxer briefs and seamless bikinis to weightless cotton fabrics and moisture wicking technology, there's a go-to type of underwear for everyone. Influenced by notable pop culture moments and the evolving fashion industry, underwear styles have taken huge leaps throughout the ye... click to read more

4 reasons why pre-planning your funeral Is the best gift you can give your kids
(BPT) - Death and dying can be a challenging subject to broach, even with loved ones. No one likes to consider the possibility of losing a mother or father, and parents don't want to leave their children in a predicament during incredibly challenging times. As parents, the best gift to give your ch... click to read more

100 years of suffrage: How the ALA continues to empower female voters
(BPT) - It came down to one vote. One hundred years ago, on Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified with the vote of a young Tennessee senator - breaking a tie to tip the scales. American women had won the long, hard-fought right to vote. After a 70-year movement and a four-year war, their v... click to read more

Meet the voice-activated diabetes expert for free 24/7 help and support
(BPT) - Managing insulin-dependent diabetes is no easy task. Often, people living with diabetes could really use an expert close by who can answer questions and motivate them to stay on their management plans. Now, that someone is Sulli the Diabetes Guru.Sulli the Diabetes Guru, a new, free voice-a... click to read more

More Lives are at Risk Now – And Not Just Due to COVID-19
(BPT) - Many Americans have adjusted to a 'new normal' during the COVID-19 pandemic, from embracing takeout, avoiding crowds and mastering virtual get-togethers to delaying elective healthcare procedures. Yet at least one important thing hasn't changed: if you experience a serious health condition,... click to read more

Finding Support After an NTM Lung Disease Diagnosis: Facing Challenges with a Care Team and Loved Ones
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Have Epilepsy? Bring Up These 5 Topics In Your Next Medical Appointment.
(BPT) - Have you ever left your doctor's appointment and realized that you forgot to ask some important questions? If you have epilepsy, speaking up is key to creating a true partnership with your healthcare provider to help achieve your personal and health goals. However, many people still strugg... click to read more

How do you prepare for the future when life is so uncertain now?
(BPT) - As the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to present health and economic challenges, it is difficult to focus on anything other than the present. It's important, though, not to lose sight of the years ahead and to take steps that can put you in a better position when we emerge on the ot... click to read more

Great grilling ideas for easy home-cooked meals
(BPT) - Any summer day is the perfect day to fire up the grill. Simple or elaborate, gas or charcoal - any type of grill can impart flavors and textures that make home-cooked meals extra special. No need to cook indoors and heat up the kitchen when the outdoor grill is ready to go.Enjoy outdoor rec... click to read more

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