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October 16, 2021

5 tips for staying healthy when you return to a ‘new normal’ routine
(BPT) - As work and school routines begin to shift again, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. After a long time avoiding social activity, everyone's lives are being upended once more. Without knowing what the 'new normal' really means, it's harder than ever to keep your family's wellness on the front bu... click to read more

Looking for a Medicare plan? Try these 3 things to make the most of the process
(BPT) - People who qualify for Medicare often juggle a lot. From navigating retirement or complex health conditions to managing expenses, the last thing they need is additional stress, especially when it comes to picking a Medicare plan.With new tools and support, enrolling in a Medicare Advantage ... click to read more

3 critical questions to ask a cremation provider
(BPT) - As consumer preferences in the United States begin to change, funeral professionals are seeing an increase in families considering cremation for their loved ones' final disposition as well as people choosing to prearrange their own final dispositions. While many consider cremation a less tr... click to read more

7 Tips For Savvy Health Insurance Shopping This Fall
(BPT) - Our health needs can change each year, and so can health plan coverage choices. So it's important to understand your health care options to find coverage that fits your needs and budget.Annual or open enrollment season is here, a time when millions of Americans across the country will have ... click to read more

Ready to switch wireless carriers? Answer these 5 important questions first
(BPT) - Changing your wireless carrier is an important decision. It's also probably a lot easier than you think. Before you make the switch, answer these simple questions to make sure you're all set to change carriers, upgrade your wireless service, and potentially save a lot of money.Are you free ... click to read more

Winter is coming, are you ready for cuffing season?
(BPT) - It's that time of year when the leaves change color, the days begin to get a little shorter, sweater weather commences and the desire to hibernate with a winter fling sets in. Cuffing season is here.Whether it's exhaustion from the summer dating scene or proactively searching for your cuffi... click to read more

The silent health risk of COVID-19: Five facts to know about blood clots
(BPT) - COVID-19 is associated with many complications, but one that many people are not as aware of are blood clots. According to a recent study, between 25% to 49% of patients with severe COVID-19 also experience blood clots with blood clots in the lungs being the most common condition. These blo... click to read more

Get ready for your “revenge travel” with these travel tips
(BPT) - After a year and a half of not traveling or taking smaller, local trips, everyone is itching for the vacations the pandemic put on hold. This feeling of being hungry for travel is what some are calling 'revenge travel': the idea that people are more eager to travel after being homebound for... click to read more

Warm up with whiskey barrel aged wines on cold fall nights
(BPT) - The practice of aging wine in barrels dates back thousands of years. Romans borrowed the practice from the Gauls, who used barrels to transport beer. Winemakers soon discovered barrel aging improved the quality of wine, creating a smoother, softer taste and adding flavor.And so it went for ... click to read more

CDC’s new education campaigns address increasing drug overdose deaths
(BPT) - Drug overdoses have claimed nearly 900,000 lives over the past 20 years in the United States. Recent studies show that drug overdose deaths accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, outpacing overdose death rates from any previous year. Illegal drugs are more potent than ever before as many... click to read more

Pet owner? How to be prepared for fire or carbon monoxide danger
(BPT) - Pets nationwide are considered beloved members of the family. Pet ownership throughout the U.S. has skyrocketed, with approximately 12.6 million Americans opening their home to a new pet since March 2020, according to a study by the American Pet Products Association.Whether you're a first-t... click to read more

How to get to the bottom of your backside discomfort
(BPT) - From exercise and travel to self-care and beyond, there are many activities that will help better your health and wellness physically and mentally. However, sometimes the most well-meaning activities can have unintentional effects on your body, including causing pain, discomfort and even un... click to read more

Know the signs of respiratory illness RSV
(BPT) - Washing your hands. Covering your cough and sneeze. Staying home when sick. These actions help limit the spread of common respiratory illness like colds, influenza, and coronavirus. To help keep yourself and your communities well, there is another potentially life-threatening virus that sho... click to read more

5 truths about flu vaccines
(BPT) - Did you know if you or a loved one are living with certain chronic health conditions like heart disease, asthma, diabetes or kidney disease, you are at higher risk of developing serious complications from flu, which can lead to hospitalization or even death? Many people are unaware that the... click to read more

It’s Headlight Savings Time: Upgrade your headlight bulbs today and see better tonight
(BPT) - Did you know that headlight bulbs dim over time and if you wait until burnout you may lose up to 50 feet of visibility? That's the length of three large SUVs. And losing this vital visibility after dark could mean the difference between getting into an accident and avoiding one.That's why m... click to read more

3 ways to focus on fitness, no matter the season
(BPT) - Many Americans may be rededicating themselves to getting outside and focusing on their fitness. This may be especially important after so much time spent inside due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which contributed to unwanted weight gain for 61% of Americans.'Whether you are ready to return to p... click to read more

COVID-19’s Dramatic Impact on Substance Abuse
(BPT) - It may come as very little surprise, but the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a dramatic increase in demand for substance abuse and mental health care. The pandemic has generated a significant impact to the collective mental health of the U.S.:The pandemic sparked an increase in substance use ... click to read more

Understanding VA home loan requirements
(BPT) - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) guarantees loans made by qualified lenders for the benefit of servicemembers, veterans and their families. Fortunately, these once-limited home loans have become increasingly easy to find and remain one of the most cost-effective products on the ... click to read more

Dermatologist recommends effective way to fight fine lines, wrinkles
(BPT) - Daily life takes a toll on your skin. Ordinary stressors, toxins and pollutants - plus sunlight and light emitting from devices you use - these things can all show on your face in the form of fine lines and wrinkles. But what can you do about it? Dermatologists today agree on one solution: ... click to read more

Food is like a house: Breaking down exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) and the importance of nutrition
(BPT) - Digestive diseases affect between 60 and 70 million Americans each year. Good nutrition becomes critical for people living with gastrointestinal (GI) conditions, like exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). EPI is a condition in which your body doesn't provide enough pancreatic enzymes to ... click to read more

The power of your plasma: 5 reasons to consider donating today
(BPT) - Throughout the past year, you may have heard about plasma in terms of its potential use in treating COVID-19. However, for more than 80 years, plasma has been a lifeline for thousands of people who live with rare and chronic complex conditions. Plasma donations are critical in helping save ... click to read more

Are your contact lenses causing dryness? Here is how you can help address it
(BPT) - With so many people working from home or attending school virtually this past year, many of us have been spending a lot more time looking at screens. Although Zoom meetings and streaming our favorite shows may continue to be the daily norm, all this time on digital devices may be straining ... click to read more

How to protect the simple joys in life – like coffee time
(BPT) - Americans might not agree on whether hot coffee or iced coffee is better (although a new study1 suggests that hot coffee remains superior), but they can agree on what makes them happy. Happiness can often be found in the small, simple moments that fill our everyday lives. Moments like enjoy... click to read more

Upgrade your morning routine to ease arthritis joint pain
(BPT) - The sun rises, you flutter your eyes open and take a deep breath. It's time to start the day, but before you even get out of bed, you know it's going to be a tough one. For the more than 30 million Americans with osteoarthritis, waking up with soreness or stiffness in the joints can make mo... click to read more

Your Rights: Nursing Homes & Assisted Living [Infographic]
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Changing up your body care routine for the season
(BPT) - When it comes to the changing seasons and onset of fall, we often think of breaking out our boots and sweaters rather than changing up our lotions and potions and prioritizing our overall wellness. There are facets of our overall well-being that can be quick to take care of and, with a litt... click to read more

Treating kidney failure at home: Common myths busted
(BPT) - Kidney failure, also known as end stage kidney disease (ESKD), affects approximately 750,000 Americans each year. Kidneys are vital organs that contribute to the body's overall well-being, helping to remove waste and excess fluid from the bloodstream. When kidneys function at or below 10 to... click to read more

5 dermatologist-approved ways to change up your body care routine for fall
(BPT) - When life has you constantly on the run or buried under your to-do list, it's easy to overlook self-care. Body care can be even more challenging when the seasons transition. A rushed shower or morning routine, coupled with colder temperatures and dry indoor heating, can leave your skin look... click to read more

This October, shop little labels making a big impact
(BPT) - You have probably seen a variety of certifications on food products when shopping at the grocery store, like the Fairtrade Mark, or the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) blue fish and/or the Non-GMO Project label. While these certifications are showing up more and more, there's still confusi... click to read more

5 easy ways to plan ahead for the holidays
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Expert Series: What can you learn from the brain of a planner?
(BPT) - By Luca Cazzanti, director of data science at Zulily"The early bird catches the worm" is an old adage that implies with proper planning you'll improve your chances at success, but new research about the brain of the planner found that it's just as much about what you don't want as what you ... click to read more

Looking for a new vehicle? 5 trends to watch
(BPT) - Buying or leasing a new vehicle involves plenty of planning and consideration. You consider what features you'd like to add, like self-parking technology or heated seats. And you ask how your needs might be changing, which could mean moving from a compact to an SUV, or from gas to electric.... click to read more

Taking the mystery out of cholesterol
(BPT) - Research indicates that nearly 38% of US adults aged 20 years or older have high cholesterol, which puts them at a higher risk for heart attack and stroke. But high cholesterol can be 'silent.' 'If you have high cholesterol, you'd never know it, because it causes no symptoms,' Janet S. Wrig... click to read more

How to find natural prostate remedies with saw palmetto
(BPT) - Over half of all men over age 50 will experience frequent urination, according to the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. While this condition may be an entirely normal part of aging, it can leave many feeling frustrated.Many men talk about having to wake up multiple times per night to u... click to read more

Documentary spotlights iconic football play-by-play voices [Video]
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Expert tips for timeless bathroom design
(BPT) - Bathrooms are some of the most frequently accessed spaces in a home, so it comes as no surprise that they consistently rank high as top places homeowners desire to remodel. Updating a bathroom helps improve functionality and enhances property value, but thoughtful enhancements with long-ter... click to read more

3 credit factors that might affect your auto & homeowner’s insurance premiums
(BPT) - People think of their credit scores when measuring their "creditworthiness," like when they're looking to take out a loan, buy a home or open a new credit card. But did you know your insurance credit score can affect your auto insurance premiums too?Before auto insurers take you on as a pol... click to read more

You can stop retinal disease from stealing your vision
(BPT) - For decades, Glenroy Washington happily worked as a professional musician, a passion that led him around the world. Then while on tour in Europe, he noticed something was wrong with his eyesight, and that's when his life began to change.Washington has diabetes and tried to keep his A1C, or ... click to read more

How to support the caregivers in your life
(BPT) - November is National Family Caregivers month. For millions of Americans, it is more than a page on the calendar. Caregiving is a daily part of their lives. It is important to recognize the sacrifices caregivers make for loved ones. If you don't have personal experience with caregiving, it i... click to read more

Nervous about driving in winter? Try this hack and forget the forecast
(BPT) - There's a decent chance you drove the wrong tires last winter. Fortunately, there's still time to install the right set before snow and ice arrive this year.The wrong tires?Many Americans enter the winter months without knowing their tires aren't up to the task. And who can blame them? They... click to read more

Three reasons to adopt a pet right now
(BPT) - If you've always wanted an animal companion, or even if you already have a dog or cat but have room for more, now is the perfect time to adopt a pet. While there are plenty of good reasons to adopt a furry friend - from the joy they bring to the love and care you can provide them - there ar... click to read more

Home modifications for independence
(BPT) - Being safe and comfortable at home is a large part of living well. Home modifications and repairs can help everyone prevent accidents and maintain an independent lifestyle, especially older adults and people with disabilities.Many older adults prefer to live in their own home for as long as... click to read more

Getting Back on Course: What One Survivor Wants You to Know About Sudden Cardiac Arrest
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5 skills for successfully turning ideas into reality
(BPT) - People across the world have tackled immense challenges since the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic, from social isolation to financial burdens, in a distanced and digitally enabled world. As a result, many important projects were put on hold. But at the same time, many people took the ... click to read more

Home generators 101: How to keep lights on when weather strikes
(BPT) - Like most Americans, you've probably been living, learning and working from home more than ever, which means you need power all day long - for your HVAC system to your internet connection and, of course, your lights. On top of that, severe weather events, including everything from hurricane... click to read more

Can you help? Blood and plasma supplies low nationwide
(BPT) - From surgeries to emergencies, life-saving therapeutics, and beyond, blood and plasma are essential for hospitals and health care centers to help patients. Unfortunately, experts report facilities throughout the country are facing critical shortages and are calling on more people - especial... click to read more

5 tips for caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s
(BPT) - Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's can be rewarding, but has its challenges. Early diagnosis, having open communication and doing some simple activities can significantly help in caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's. Fortunately, there are also resources and assistance to help careg... click to read more

Free services help military members who experience sexual trauma
(BPT) - Military sexual trauma (MST) refers to a service member's experience with sexual assault or sexual harassment at any point during military service. This could be anything from inappropriate jokes or lewd comments to unwanted advances or forced sexual encounters. In the past, veterans may ha... click to read more

Thinking about senior living? 3 reasons to consider a CCRC
(BPT) - A person's golden years may be some of the best years of their life, living each day to the fullest by doing what they love, from pursuing hobbies to spending time with their families and beyond. Thinking about senior living may seem like a distant concern, but it's an important conversatio... click to read more

Celebrating the unique flavors of Hispanic cuisine
(BPT) - Hispanic Heritage Month offers an ideal opportunity to celebrate Hispanic contributions to the U.S., inviting everyone to explore the unique art, music, talent, innovation - and food - that has enriched the American experience.These vital cultural influences come from regions spanning Mexic... click to read more

5 tips to revamp your immune health routine
(BPT) - Did you know that your immune system works around the clock to defend your body against invaders? It never stops doing its part in protecting you. So one of the best things you can do to keep yourself healthy is to make your immune health a top priority in your wellness routine.Here are som... click to read more

5 simple ways to improve your health habits
(BPT) - The last year and a half has been a strong reminder of the importance of good health. Statistics show that 73% of Americans consider their health and wellness a priority and are reevaluating their own lifestyle habits. In a recent survey of 13,000 people, (including 2,000 Americans), commis... click to read more

Diabetes Technology Aims to Simplify Life
(BPT) - Hiking, swimming, traveling - the summer and fall seasons are all about adventure. But for the 7.4 million Americans who require insulin due to diabetes1, being on-the-go can be complicated. There's so much to think about when it comes to managing diabetes, from checking blood glucose, to t... click to read more

Pain medicine specialists innovate to tackle America’s ongoing opioid epidemic by reducing misuse after surgery
(BPT) - Drug overdose deaths broke records during 2020, and while the pandemic no doubt contributed, surgery plays an often-overlooked role in America's ongoing opioid epidemic because many patients continue to use their prescribed opioids months after their procedures.Pain medicine specialists are... click to read more

Best sleeping tips for heading back to work this fall
(BPT) - After summer breaks and trips are over, it's time for everyone to head back to their regular routines of work and school. While getting back on schedule can be a hard adjustment, re-establishing a good sleep routine can also be challenging. According to a recent study conducted by SleepScor... click to read more

5 reasons hazelnuts are a family-friendly snack
(BPT) - Need a new snack? Hungry families are turning to a trendy and tasty new choice - the homegrown hazelnut. Perhaps parents outside the Pacific Northwest might not recognize the state nut of Oregon, but rest assured, there's more to crack here than mere coffee flavoring.What makes this nibble ... click to read more

5 Ways to Focus on Your Wellness During Healthy Aging Month
(BPT) - As summer draws to a close, September's Healthy Aging Month is a great time for individuals 50 and over to assess their physical, mental and social health, and general well-being. It's never too late to make your health a top priority. Whether you are starting a workout or vitamin regimen, ... click to read more

Inaugural ILD Day Brings Awareness for Interstitial Lung Disease
(BPT) - Nine patient advocacy groups partner to educate about ILD on September 15, 2021It's very possible you've never heard of interstitial lung disease (ILD), despite the more than 200 types of ILD that affect over 250,000 Americans. That's why nine patient advocacy organizations have partnered t... click to read more

It was AFib, not just aging: What you need to know about atrial fibrillation
(BPT) - For 66-year-old Michael Stellar, it was easy to blame his lack of energy and fatigue on getting older and long hours at his job selling heavy-duty truck and trailer parts. But when Stellar went in for his annual primary care visit, his doctor quickly noticed something was off. As she checke... click to read more

3 lesser-known signs you are at risk for falling
(BPT) - Falling doesn't have to be a normal part of aging. This is good news, given the consequences of a fall. Just ask Mike Berning, an older adult who suffered a severe fall after trying to change a lightbulb in his home. His injury resulted in extended, expensive and difficult physical therapy,... click to read more

Bone health goes beyond just calcium, studies show
(BPT) - Experts have found better alternatives to increasing bone density than calcium alone.Approximately half of all adults aged 50 and older are at risk of breaking a bone, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation.[1]Even seemingly safe activities like exercising and driving can become ... click to read more

Answers to 6 common questions about Covid-19 vaccines
(BPT) - COVID-19 vaccines are authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for widespread use for those who are eligible. But while vaccines are now more accessible, vaccination rates are slowing across the country.Those still uncertain about whether the COVID-19 vaccine is right for t... click to read more

Could you have Dry Eye Syndrome? Here’s what you need to know
(BPT) - Do you suffer from dry, itchy eyes? According to the American Journal of Ophthalmology, nearly half of all adults experience dry eye symptoms. While Dry Eye affects people more as they age, this chronic condition is now also a rapidly growing problem for younger people due to increased use ... click to read more

3 tips to beef up your tailgate game
(BPT) - With football season excitement mounting, people are already planning what to make for their next tailgating event. While cooped up at home last year, you may have had time to beef up your current tailgate recipes or try out something new. Now that you can reunite with friends and family be... click to read more

A dermatologist explains why vitamin C should be in your skincare routine
(BPT) - Are you always on the lookout for better, more effective - and affordable - ways to help boost your skin's health and appearance? If so, you've probably noticed that vitamin C has become a staple when it comes to top ingredients in the best skincare products. You've also probably heard derm... click to read more

Improve your financial health with these 4 tips
(BPT) - With recent news reports focusing on professional athletes' mental health, the conversation has turned to a broader shared experience. According to a report from Insider, athletes can suffer from mental health issues due to the public and financial pressures they face when competing. Many a... click to read more

Don’t let flushability fears throw a wrench in your bathroom routine
(BPT) - Although your toilet requires regular maintenance to keep things flowing the right way, many of us don't know the basics of taking care of the porcelain throne. Luckily, learning how to take care of your toilet is as easy as following a few simple tips, stocking up on the right products and... click to read more

Older Adults Have Gone Digital: Four Trends That Are Here to Stay
(BPT) - During the pandemic, many older adults went digital, adopting technology to manage daily tasks and stay connected to family and friends. As we emerge from COVID-19, here's what we see ahead for older adults with respect to their use of technology.Post-pandemic, older adults will continue to... click to read more

20 years later: Ground Zero work led to pulmonary fibrosis
(BPT) - Twenty years after 9/11, some World Trade Center first responders still struggle with long-term health complications brought on by the catastrophic event. For Tom Frey, a former New York City detective, the consequences started with Hodgkin's Lymphoma - a blood cancer that can be linked bac... click to read more

Impactful stories offer hope for recovery from prescription opioid addiction
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Protecting your future: Planning for what's ahead
(BPT) - The world has changed around us in the past year, and with it our needs and concerns as we prepare for an uncertain future. While we may not know what it holds, there are products and resources available that can help protect your future and give you peace of mind. AARP members have options... click to read more

4 reasons vaccines keep people healthy
(BPT) - The theory behind vaccines - that limited exposure to a disease may help inoculate against more severe illness - has circulated for centuries. In 16th century China, smallpox scabs were ground up and blown into people's noses to shield them from the disease. While this strategy wasn't succe... click to read more

New clinical trial open for patients with a specific form of lung cancer
(BPT) - According to a study published by the National Institutes of Health, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), which makes up over 80% of lung cancers, is the single leading cause of cancer deaths in the world. NSCLC is typically diagnosed in patients over the age of 65. And according to the Nati... click to read more

Living with paralysis? Free resources answer questions, provide support
(BPT) - Paralysis is life altering for the person impacted, their families or friends, and their caregivers. Whether you are newly paralyzed or have been living with paralysis for many years, it's normal to have questions. Fortunately, there are free, high-quality resources that provide answers and... click to read more

Sibling perspectives: Learning from a brother or sister with a rare epilepsy
(BPT) - There are many different types of epilepsies (the fourth most common neurological disorder in the U.S.); but rare forms of the disease can be especially debilitating and disruptive.These include infant- and childhood-onset developmental epileptic encephalopathies (DEEs, more simply called '... click to read more

4 expert tips for tackling dry eye symptoms
(BPT) - Do you sometimes experience gritty, scratchy, watery eyes, or even blurry vision? If so, you could be one of the 30 million Americans with dry eye disease. Unfortunately, spending more time on your phone, TV, computer or other electronic devices may increase those symptoms.Dry eye has a num... click to read more

Doctor offers easy tips for coping with heartburn
(BPT) - If you've ever experienced heartburn, you know why it's called that - you feel a burning sensation in your throat and upper chest, and even a bad taste in your mouth. While heartburn can have many triggers and causes, it is essentially due to the backward flow of acid, called acid reflux, w... click to read more

Want a more meaningful career? Try working in the classroom
(BPT) - At age 62, Sandy Weber became unemployed when her customer service job was eliminated during the COVID pandemic. A friend encouraged her to give substitute teaching a try. Weber said, "I didn't realize I could work in a classroom without a teaching background. It was the best decision I've ... click to read more

How you can help reduce your risk of age-related macular degeneration
(BPT) - Creating a tapestry of vivid colors and patterns, Geri Wires, an avid quilter, relies on her sight to create her art. So, in 2007 after her dilated eye exam and speaking with her eye doctor, she was alarmed at the diagnosis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) at age 64. AMD is one of ... click to read more

Adopting a new cat? 5 tips for new cat parents
(BPT) - Welcoming a new cat or kitten into your home is an exciting event. However, like any new experience, it can feel daunting to prepare your home for your new furry family member. Now is the peak season for finding kittens and adult cats available for adoption, as it's the height of the kitten... click to read more

5 things you may not know about the power of plasma
(BPT) - You've heard all the stories about the importance of donating blood, but you might not be as familiar with the other lifesaving substance flowing through your veins - plasma. While the world is focused on the important issue of a blood donor shortage, there's an equally critical need for pl... click to read more

In rare form: Kate’s TGCT journey
(BPT) - From practicing ballet at a young age to dancing and cheerleading for two professional sports teams, Kate has always been passionate about expression through movement. Unfortunately, Kate's activities were interrupted in 2016 when, at age 30, she began to experience intermittent pain and sw... click to read more

You Have To Go To Know: LeVar Burton on Why the Rare Blood Cancer Community Needs to Get Back to the Doctor
(BPT) - Best known for his roles in Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation and helming Reading Rainbow, actor, director and longtime health advocate LeVar Burton strongly believes in using his voice and passion for storytelling to help others.Recently, Burton, who has spent much of his career bri... click to read more

Summer safety: 7 tips to keep bugs at bay this summer
(BPT) - From picnics to backyard BBQs, beach days and hikes, Americans continuously enjoy the outdoors throughout the warmer months. But the more time spent outside, the more susceptible people become to uncomfortable bug bites - or worse.To help keep families protected this summer no matter the ac... click to read more

3 recipes for summer on the go
(BPT) - Road trips with your family, beach days with friends and solo hikes to ease your mind and enjoy the scenery - summer is one of the most exciting times to explore the outdoors. No matter where you live, there is something about summer that just makes you feel good, but how can you fuel good ... click to read more

Don’t break the bank during wedding season in the ‘new normal’
(BPT) - Weddings are back with a vengeance and with that comes spending time and money for gifts, travel, and maybe even being a part of the wedding party. A recent Zelle® consumer behavior report says that 52% of people are likely to attend a large gathering in 2021/2022. Yes, weddings wil... click to read more

Survey: Americans' relationship with cars shifts gears
(BPT) - Without question, Americans' relationship with vehicles turned a new direction over the last year and a half, and it is evolving yet again. As vaccination rates increase, restrictions ease and a sense of 'normalcy' returns, new research revealed trends in the way drivers view, depend on and... click to read more

3 ways credit plays into mortgage refinancing
(BPT) - If you're thinking about refinancing your mortgage, there's often a lot to consider. For instance, your decision to refinance may rely on current interest rates or your personal financial situation.Your credit score also plays a role in the mortgage refinancing process. While it can certain... click to read more

Expert tips to ease pandemic pets’ anxiety
(BPT) - Pet adoption rates skyrocketed in 2020, with nearly 1 in 2 Gen Zers adopting a pet during the pandemic. For pets, the past year at home has meant more walks, constant belly rubs and endless treats. As restrictions ease, businesses return to the office and kids go back to in-person learning,... click to read more

Eat like the elite: Athletes know beef-rich diets can spur good health
(BPT) - Most Americans know firsthand how delicious beef can taste in salads, appetizers, and entrees. But many are less aware of how a diet rich in the savory red meat promotes strength and overall good health.That fact is well-understood by our country's elite athletes, who continually fine-tune ... click to read more

5 telehealth tips for at-home health care
(BPT) - Telehealth is enabling health care professionals to provide patient care remotely, safely and conveniently through technologies such as a computer, mobile phone or landline telephone more than ever before. This has reduced barriers to care for millions of people who live far away from speci... click to read more

New clinical trial for patients with a rare form of ovarian cancer
(BPT) - According to the American Cancer Society, half of all ovarian cancers are found in women who are 63 years old or older. However, low grade serous ovarian cancer (LGSOC), which represents approximately 10% of all ovarian cancer types, tends to be diagnosed at a younger age. While this kind o... click to read more

RD Expert Offers Tips to Boost Gut Health While Adjusting to the ‘New Normal’
(BPT) - As pandemic restrictions have continued to shift in the last year and are now beginning to loosen, many Americans are struggling to find the right balance in their routines, and that imbalance can negatively impact their gut health. A recent survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Benefibe... click to read more

How to preserve fresh sweet cherries for healthy snacking all year
(BPT) - Fresh sweet Northwest cherries are a tasty summertime superfruit packed with nutrients. It's easy to find fresh cherries during the summer, but the rest of the year may leave you yearning for the delicious and nutritious snack. Stock up on fresh cherries now and preserve their flavor and he... click to read more

Finding harmony: You, your cat and the litter box
(BPT) - The joys of being a cat parent are endless, yet nothing is quite like the stress of creating a perfect litter box setup that you can feel good about. Cats can be picky, so it can be challenging to appease their needs while also making the box a less intrusive part of the household. Discord ... click to read more

Why a personal emergency response system is crucial for aging in place
(BPT) - With more people than ever choosing to age in place - that is, continuing to live in their own homes - medical alert devices and modifications to make seniors' homes safer and more accessible don't have to break the bank. Installing ramps, railings, and ensuring medication adherence are sim... click to read more

Mastering the dishwasher: 4 tips to best utilize your appliance
(BPT) - Have you ever found yourself rearranging the dishwasher after a family member, roommate or partner loads the dishes? One of the great household debates is how to properly load the dishwasher, and how to use your appliance to properly clean your dishes. To rinse or not to rinse? Bowls on top... click to read more

4 tips for hosting an epic summer games watch party
(BPT) - All eyes are on Japan this summer as the world's best athletes come together to compete in the most anticipated sporting event of 2021. Aside from the competition itself, these games are also the perfect time to celebrate cultures and cuisines from across the globe. So why not create a fun ... click to read more

You can find KidsBURGH only in Pittsburgh
(BPT) - As people across the country are again starting to travel and plan those long-awaited vacations, many cities are promoting themselves as the ultimate family-friendly destination. Yet, only one city can officially call itself KidsBURGH. That would be Pittsburgh.The city - long known for its ... click to read more

More than 3 million homeowners are saving money by refinancing: 3 things to consider
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Protect Your Hearing When Life Gets Loud
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How to beat the heat with grape recipes and snacks
(BPT) - When the weather gets hot, it's natural to seek cooling remedies such as splashing in a pool, sipping iced beverages and making meals that are quick to prepare and don't heat up the kitchen.Fresh grapes are a cooling ingredient that can refresh and elevate summertime meals with a burst of c... click to read more

Back-to-work blues: Anxious about returning to your cubicle?
(BPT) - While everyone's lives were upended this past year, they're about to be turned upside-down again. Vaccinations are underway, and companies nationwide are making plans to bring employees back to the office.Some workers may welcome the change after spending over a year at home, but many now p... click to read more

5 tips for living your best life with your new pet
(BPT) - Over the past year, pet adoptions have surged with many welcoming new dogs and cats into their homes for the first time. Adopting a pet brings lots of enjoyment, love and a very special bond between humans and their four-legged friends.New pets also bring new responsibilities and country st... click to read more

Take Care of Your Health at Every Age: A Guide for Your 50s, 60s and 70s
(BPT) - While many people already practice tenets of good health - maintaining an active lifestyle, eating well, addressing mental health and visiting healthcare providers regularly - there are additional considerations as we age. You can prepare for long-term wellness and minimize costs for future... click to read more

Do you have dry mouth? What you can do about it
(BPT) - You may have felt like your mouth is dry on occasion - on a hot day, when you're thirsty, or maybe when you feel nervous before making a presentation at work. But if you're experiencing chronic dry mouth, it's more than just a mild inconvenience or temporary unpleasant feeling. Dry mouth ca... click to read more

7 ways to help pet welfare organizations in need
(BPT) - Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter animal shelters across the U.S. each year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. With so many pets in need of a home, animal shelters and rescue groups often struggle to keep up - and many could use your... click to read more

Four simple DIY tips to spruce up your home
(BPT) - After spending more time than normal in our houses this past year, a home décor refresh can be both tempting and daunting. Simple and quick DIY solves - such as a quick paint swap or small appliance changes - have the ability to transform a space without the cost and time commitment of a fu... click to read more

Celebrity dermatologist offers tips for your best summer skin
(BPT) - Summer is here! With the warmer weather you may be ready to spend more time outdoors, shed some inhibitions and bare a little more skin. And as the seasons change, so should your body care routine. Fearless summer skin starts with a renewed skin barrier - so a gentle, daily exfoliating body... click to read more

Why you shouldn’t delay skin cancer screening
(BPT) - This summer, as more Americans become vaccinated and temperatures rise, you may be ready to break quarantine and head outside. But this year, it's more important than ever to remember to prioritize your skin's health.A recent study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermato... click to read more

How to plan a memorable and magical sequel wedding
(BPT) - The pandemic changed many couples' approach to wedding planning. While some decided to delay their nuptials, many others looked to intimate alternatives for sharing their vows. Whether you had a microwedding, minimony or the two of you simply eloped, you now might be looking to the future t... click to read more

Traveling across the U.S. with family this summer
(BPT) - There's no better way to strengthen family ties than to reconnect over a shared love of discovery and travel. Whether you've got a week to explore or only a few days, there's so much family fun to be had no matter where your travels might take you when you're ready.Where you stay can elevat... click to read more

3 things to know about how this summer can affect your skin
(BPT) - You're probably ready to get outside and soak up some sun this summer. Like most things in life, though, the sun can be both rejuvenating and harmful. One primary example is when you get a sunburn, and according to a Department of Health and Human Services report, more than one out of every... click to read more

Tips for elevating your man cave into the ultimate retreat
(BPT) - The desire to have a personal retreat within a home transcends generations, which is why man caves continue to be popular with guys of all ages and personality types, especially during the past year. While there's something special about having a space to call your own, not all man caves ar... click to read more

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