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January 17, 2022

Improving health habits: 5 ways to make changes last
(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

Do you know the difference between COVID-19 testing options?
(BPT) - When you think about efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19, vaccinations, hand washing and masking likely come to mind. However, one important effort that must remain the first line of defense is effective testing. With the holiday season in full swing, we cannot let our guards down. Test... click to read more

Put a freeze on winter fires: Home and fire safety tips to follow this winter season
(BPT) - Nobody wants to believe a catastrophic event like a fire can happen to them, but home fires affect tens of thousands of families every year. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires occur more in the winter than during any other season. As the snowflakes fall... click to read more

How much a lifetime of care costs most pet parents
(BPT) - If you're one of the more than 90 million American households with a pet - congratulations! No matter which breed you've adopted or rescued, it's likely your furry friend is an important member of the family. In fact, studies have shown that pets can help keep you healthy because they offer... click to read more

Planning a spring break? Here are 5 things to look for in your resort
(BPT) - Warm sand between your toes, a cool drink in your hand, the sun setting over the beautiful ocean … these are the dreams of an ideal spring break. After what feels like years of video calls with friends, it's time to re-connect and take that much-needed tropical vacation where bar... click to read more

Designers’ trends to get your kitchen and bathroom ready for 2022
(BPT) - Life at home has changed a lot and, for many people, being 'on trend' has taken a backseat to designing around their needs. When it comes to styling your kitchen and bathroom, taking time to choose stylish, yet lasting options, will improve the look and feel of your space for years.Delta Fa... click to read more

Break old habits and create new ones with Kundalini meditation: Are you sitting down yet?
(BPT) - Many resolutions made on New Year's Eve look a lot more overwhelming in the cold hard light of New Year's Day. "Lose weight." "Exercise more." "Work on that novel." "Drink less." Oof. Where to start?As Lao Tzu says, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Sometimes that f... click to read more

5 sustainable home upgrades that make a big difference
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Four easy ways to limit carbs in 2022 for a healthier you
(BPT) - Heading into the new year, you may be thinking about ways to work on your health and wellness. A new year is an ideal opportunity to consider positive lifestyle changes, and what you choose to eat is a big part of that. The good news is, you can focus on nutritional goals while still enjoyi... click to read more

5 retirement readiness hacks to help you save smarter
(BPT) - What are your goals for the future? If retirement planning is top of mind, you're not alone.According to new research from Empower and Personal Capital, 36% of Americans are making retirement planning a priority this year. That's more than those who said losing weight (28%), buying a house ... click to read more

3 things you need to do to protect your family from a house fire
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3 ways to stay active and keep your mind in shape
(BPT) - Aging brings about many changes. Beyond graying hair and wrinkles, your brain is also changing as you grow older and wiser. According to McKnight Brain Research Foundation, 87% of people 65 and older experience cognitive changes associated with normal aging. The good news is that these chan... click to read more

Survey: 4 ways driving could change in 2022
(BPT) - Our driving habits and relationships with our cars have made many unexpected turns throughout the pandemic - from driving every day, to the closure of many public places, leading Americans to leave their car in park for quite a while. Since then, we've seen driving increase, but we are stil... click to read more

These 4 simple choices help create a more eco-friendly kitchen in the new year
(BPT) - Environmental protection is always capturing headlines, but you might wonder what you can do as an individual to make a difference at home. Do your small efforts even matter in the big picture of a greener world?The truth is every eco-minded effort counts, no matter how small it may seem. O... click to read more

5 tips to get your home through the winter more comfortably
(BPT) - As you've likely stayed indoors more over the past couple of years, you may have realized there are things about your home that need to be changed or upgraded. Rising heating costs may also have you concerned about the upcoming chilly winter months. With cold temps already here, it's import... click to read more

Your key to a healthier new year? Potatoes.
(BPT) - It's New Year's resolution season, and many people's goals involve improving their health - exercising more, eating better and losing weight. While it can be hard to stick to resolutions, a staple item in your kitchen can give you a leg up - potatoes.Potatoes are a nutrient-dense vegetable.... click to read more

4 vehicle maintenance tips you can do at home
(BPT) - Supply shortages and production delays have made it tough to find a new car in 2021, which means many people might consider holding on to their vehicles for longer. In order to extend the life of their vehicles, many drivers may choose to conduct more maintenance at home, such as tire press... click to read more

3 ways clean insulation helps improve indoor air quality at home
(BPT) - The events of the last several years have sparked the adoption of home upgrades that prioritize our health and well-being - from the installation of touchless faucets to freshly painted walls in neutral, calming colors. While these cosmetic changes are certainly beneficial, many homeowners ... click to read more

Shopping more online? Here are 5 ways to keep your packages safe
(BPT) - Since the pandemic more and more consumers have been shopping online. In 2020, online sales jumped nearly 32% compared to the prior year, with online sales on track to outpace that record in 2021, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.If you're one of the many that forgoes the shopping malls... click to read more

Health resolutions simplified thanks to these expert tips
(BPT) - A new year is a time of reflection and opportunity to focus on gratitude and goals for the future. Resolutions can be anything that you desire, but with health and wellness top of mind for so many people, two of the most popular are eating healthier and getting fit.The problem with resoluti... click to read more

Financial wellness is even more critical as many Americans seek personal change
(BPT) - As we continue to navigate the economic impact of the pandemic, a Prudential Financial survey* finds more than half of Americans have made a significant change in their lives in the past 18 months, and three-quarters are considering life changes in the future; changes that include switching... click to read more

Get extra liability protection with umbrella insurance
(BPT) - When a claim exceeds the limit of your home or auto liability insurance, a personal umbrella policy can help cover the rest and give you peace of mind.Legal responsibility is a tricky thing. Whether you're at fault for an auto accident, or someone is injured on your property, you can be hel... click to read more

Creating healthy financial habits that stick
(BPT) - With prices on the rise, nearly everyone is looking for ways to make their money go further. In fact, the latest Google Search data shows that individual searches for 'monthly budget template' increased a whopping 350 percent in the last five years in the U.S. alone.While there's no silver ... click to read more

5 quick and tasty appetizers to serve at your holiday party
(BPT) - Holiday parties are a great excuse to get everyone together and celebrate each other and the season. As much fun as they are, hosting a gathering can be a lot of work when you have to plan a menu, decorate and clean.Time in the kitchen doesn't have to be stressful. You and your family can w... click to read more

Healthy vision for a healthier you: 5 key questions for better eye health
(BPT) - Active living and healthy vision go hand in hand. That's why protecting your eyes is so important. As you make informed choices to improve your well-being in 2022, here's some important information that can help better your eye health too.These five frequently asked questions about a common... click to read more

4 ways to improve sleep in the face of daily stresses and work-life demands
(BPT) - Do you get enough sleep each night? Do your loved ones? Or are you a 'short sleeper,' someone who routinely sleeps less than seven hours per 24-hour period - something known as short sleep duration.The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society both recommend that adults ... click to read more

How to support your favorite charity every time you shop online
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5 reasons to consider donating plasma 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

Americans report significant new health behaviors over the last year
(BPT) - If you've started exercising more, been more mindful about eating and started taking vitamins and supplements, you're definitely not alone. While navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers have undoubtedly made significant changes to their health and wellness habits.Recently released resul... click to read more

Are you ignoring your eye health? In-person eye exams are more important than you think
(BPT) - Your vision plays an important role in your everyday experiences from the moment you wake up to going to work, playing with your children and caring for loved ones. Despite this vitalness, many people delay a visit to an optometrist or rely on online screenings, which seldom provide accurat... click to read more

Holidays giving you heartburn? A doctor’s tips for relieving your discomfort
(BPT) - The holiday season is full of fun, festivities and food - and unfortunately, occasional heartburn flareups, too. Overindulgence in over-the-top meals coupled with the stress that can accompany this busy time of year, can lead to uncomfortable heartburn. So, what exactly is heartburn, and ho... click to read more

How you can find the perfect gift for all the generations in your life
(BPT) - There's nothing like the holidays - a time when everyone thinks more deeply about the people they love and how to show they care. For anyone choosing gifts for those they care most about, the best approach is to consider a timeless gift that will be enjoyed for years to come. It's important... click to read more

Eliminating 5 barriers to cancer care
(BPT) - Health equity means everyone has access to and can benefit from quality healthcare. This is especially important when it comes to diseases such as cancer. Unfortunately, underserved communities, including ethnic and racial minority groups, older adults and those living in rural areas face n... click to read more

7 car care tips to make sure your vehicle doesn’t leave you out in the cold
(BPT) - Winter weather is just around the corner or may already have arrived. As most drivers know, it's not always a wonderland. Snow, slush and ice can create extremely difficult driving conditions, even for the best of drivers. Not only can the roads be bad, but our vehicles can perform poorly i... click to read more

Try these eco-friendly tips and sips for low-impact celebrations
(BPT) - Being mindful of your personal impact can save money, reduce your carbon footprint and inspire others to adopt sustainable habits in their daily routines. Whether it's purchasing gifts from responsible brands, building backyard biodiversity or making eco-friendly swaps around the house and ... click to read more

Starting to bundle up? Try a temperature control system fit for your living space
(BPT) - How a home's interior is constructed plays a major role in its comfort, safety and cost. When weighing these factors, there are plenty of decisions that go into home renovation projects. Consumers want to make homes their own while being smart about the investments they make in renovations ... click to read more

A checklist for good senior health and wellness
(BPT) - As you age, your health needs change. Staying on top of senior wellness activities is important, but it can sometimes feel overwhelming. Creating a list of health and wellness to-do's can help you stay organized, so you look and feel your best."Aging well is living well and it all starts wi... click to read more

When the temperature drops, turn up CO safety
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Diabetes is the leading cause for kidney disease: How understanding the link can help slow progression of these chronic conditions
(BPT) - Today, nearly 122 million people in the United States are living with diabetes or prediabetes. This condition is the leading cause of kidney disease - where the kidneys lose function over time until they fail. In fact, one in three adults with diabetes has developed kidney disease.Raising a... click to read more

New study: What does it really cost to take out a small loan?
(BPT) - If you've ever had a financial emergency - like a car breakdown or unexpected medical bills - you know how stressful it is. Especially if you have no savings and little or no credit history, borrowing a small amount of money may seem like your best option - but not all loans are created equ... click to read more

4 ways to kickstart a wellness routine, according to health experts
(BPT) - When it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle, it's the small decisions and changes that have a great impact on our individual wellness journeys. Wellness is not just one thing. In fact, maintaining a healthy lifestyle goes beyond just physical health and appearances, extending into areas li... click to read more

There is still time to protect against flu
(BPT) - The holidays are here, and while that means more opportunities for spreading cheer, there is also more opportunity for spreading flu and other respiratory viruses as people resume travel and gather with family and friends. National Influenza Vaccination Week (Dec. 5-11) is an important remi... click to read more

5 great gift ideas for the hard-to-buy-for people in your life
(BPT) - Holiday shopping can be challenging, but it's even harder when someone who's hard to please is on your list, or when you feel like you're out of ideas. To put a smile on the face of a friend or family member who may be hard to buy for, it helps to think outside the box - and imagine what co... click to read more

5 ways to get ahead of frequent heartburn, according to an MD
(BPT) - While experiencing occasional heartburn after enjoying a fiery plate of wings is common, many Americans suffer from frequent heartburn (two or more days per week) - which can have a significant effect on one's life, from mood to sleep to everyday activities. In fact, according to a new surv... click to read more

You can help solve medicine’s “one-size-fits-all” problem. Here’s how.
(BPT) - Have you ever been put on a treatment that just didn't work for you?Most people like to think that our doctors will always know what treatment will work best. It turns out that all the things that make people different - DNA, age, gender, race, living conditions - can mean 'trial and error'... click to read more

How to help reduce the chance of a second heart attack or clot-related stroke
(BPT) - Sponsored by BayerAccording to the American Heart Association, one in four heart attack or ischemic (clot-related) stroke survivors will have a second heart attack or clot-related stroke.1To help prevent a second heart attack or clot-related stroke, lifestyle changes and communicating close... click to read more

3 reasons Casper and Yellowstone National Park belong at the top of your travel list
(BPT) - Planning any travel adventures for 2022? If you love the outdoors, and have an interest in the history of the West, opportunities abound for a bucket list-worthy trip to Casper, Wyoming - the perfect stop on the way to the legendary Yellowstone National Park. And 2022 is a remarkable year t... click to read more

How you can take a new approach to wellness this New Year’s
(BPT) - If you're seeking ways to boost your well-being for the new year, consider taking a holistic approach. Don't focus on one specific habit to conquer, but instead look at supporting the different systems within you - like your respiratory, immune, digestive and cardiovascular systems. A holis... click to read more

Wonder why everything Korean is trending? Kimchi is one major reason
(BPT) - From BTS to Squid Game, Korean culture is seriously trending right now. And beyond K-Pop and K-Drama, much of the buzz comes from the unique flavors of Korean cuisine - with kimchi as the key. If you follow the latest cooking shows, recipes and up-and-coming restaurants, you'll notice kimch... click to read more

Chronic liver disease is on the rise: Here’s what you should know
(BPT) - An estimated 4.5 million people in the U.S. have chronic liver disease (CLD). More people aged 25-54 die from this disease and cirrhosis of the liver than from diabetes or stroke. And unfortunately, liver disease is on the rise. Mortality from chronic liver disease associated with nonalcoho... click to read more

Debunking insurance myths
(BPT) - When it comes to insurance, there are several myths that continue to persist, like the myth that red cars are more expensive to insure. That's false, by the way. Car color has no impact on insurance premiums. Instead, factors like your driving history, annual mileage driven, the cost of you... click to read more

5 dermatologist recommendations to help care for your skin this busy holiday season
(BPT) - Now that it's the winter holiday season again, schedules and to-do lists are fuller than ever. Between work, family and getting ready for all the celebrations, it's easy to forget to take care of yourself. Remember to take a deep breath and carve out some time to focus on self-care, includi... click to read more

4 things to know about acute 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 shou... click to read more

6 simple secrets to healthier, fuller hair
(BPT) - Self-care is an important topic these days, especially when it comes to prioritizing your mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Not only can practicing self-care help reduce anxiety, depression, and stress, but it can also lead to healthier hair and skin when you focus on re-fueling y... click to read more

How seniors can protect their online independence through cybersecurity literacy
(BPT) - It's no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the increased use of the internet and technology for many; however, this trend is best highlighted by seniors. A recent survey on global internet trends conducted by Avast in partnership with Forsa and YouGov found that 22% of people ov... click to read more

7 indoor air quality myths debunked
(BPT) - Air quality has become a hot topic. COVID-19 heightened our awareness of all of our surroundings - especially the air we breathe. Because people spend 90% of their time indoors, especially during colder winter months, sorting fact from fiction about indoor air quality is crucial.Trane Techn... click to read more

4 expert tips to protect yourself from credit scams
(BPT) - While credit scams have been around forever, they've recently exploded in number. According to Mint, from 2019 to 2020, the number of identity theft reports went up by 113% and the number of reports of identity theft by credit cards increased by 44.6%. The amount of fraud by new credit card... click to read more

Retinal disease can steal your vision, but it doesn’t have to
(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 enjoy the holidays without overloading your New Year’s resolutions
(BPT) - Face it, everyone's done it - abandoned wellness goals over the holidays, hoping to make up for it with New Year's resolutions. According to a recent study, half of Americans have broken a diet due to the holidays. In the fifth annual 'Writing Off the End of the Year' survey, commissioned b... 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

The ‘Have-it-all-idays’ Holiday Gift Guide
(BPT) - 'Tis the season for gifting, and nobody's on Santa's naughty list. Still, you've got a host of hard-to-shop-for family, friends and colleagues who expect the unexpected, and the season's starting earlier this year, with shadows of pandemic-related shortages looming like ghosts. No pressure,... click to read more

10 holiday season gift ideas for the fisherman in your life
(BPT) - Are you shopping for someone who is absolutely obsessed with fishing? If you're looking for some unique gift ideas this year, SantaBass is back and has a few holiday-season gift suggestions that will make just about any angler happy.1) Stay warm and dry - If your loved one is serious about ... click to read more

Slow travel in Wyoming; ditch the car (and crowds) and try these human-powered adventures
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Is It time for a change? Evaluating health insurance plans during Open Enrollment
(BPT) - A lot can happen in a year, especially if it includes major life changes such as retirement or a new career. In particular, your health status and finances can shift a lot over the course of 12 months. Fortunately, the Open Enrollment period is a good time to review your healthcare coverage... click to read more

4 ways to achieve small wins toward your nutrition goals
(BPT) - Face it, the past year has been tough. It's been all too easy to lose track of your wellness goals, especially around nutrition. The good news is, you can get back on track by working toward 'small wins' - simple steps that improve your nutrition - and celebrate each one to inspire further ... click to read more

An oral health holiday carol
(BPT) - Adulting is hard - and keeping track of everything that needs to happen and paying for it in the middle of a pandemic is especially challenging. If you've been a Scrooge about taking care of your teeth, the ghosts of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) - the 7,334-member-strong o... click to read more

Actress Emily Hampshire was the first to test 4 new faucets. Here’s what she wants you to know
(BPT) - As a lover of everything at-home, actress Emily Hampshire jumped at the chance to be the first to test four all-new kitchen and bath faucet collections in a real home. Delta Faucet set her loose with never-before-seen kitchen faucets and an all-new bath set to touch, try and test - and then... click to read more

Five Amazon Photos tips to make your holidays merry
(BPT) - From selfies to group shots or pictures of kids, pets, and holiday treats that look too good to eat, there are more photos taken during the holidays than at any other time of year. Luckily Amazon Photos just debuted a new app to help you spread more joy during the holiday season. The brand-... click to read more

Protect yourself against Medicare fraud [Video]
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4 Ways to Give Back While You Shop This Holiday Season
(BPT) - The holiday season has arrived, and with it the hunt to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. The holidays are also a great time to give back to local communities and to those in need. From supporting small businesses and charitable organizations to shopping sustainably, here are... click to read more

Rethink drinking patterns before consequences stack up
(BPT) - Sponsored by Alkermes, Inc.By CC Sabathia, former professional baseball playerWhen I decided suddenly, during the professional baseball playoffs in 2015, to go to rehab - right in the moment - to get treatment for my alcohol dependence, many people were surprised. For years, I worked to hid... click to read more

5 ways to manage painful diabetes complications
(BPT) - Technology has come a long way in reducing the impact of diabetes on people's lives. Long gone are the days of daily urine testing and sharpening needles. Newer technologies like smart blood glucose meters, insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors have given people better tools to self... click to read more

How nurse anesthetists can help provide more timely care for veterans
(BPT) - Most people would agree veterans have earned the best possible healthcare for their service and sacrifice. Unfortunately, veterans can endure dangerously long wait times for medical services, including those that require anesthesia care. One reason for these delays is that Certified Registe... click to read more

'Tis the Season: Top Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday
(BPT) - The holiday season is quickly approaching and many people are making their lists and checking them twice as they plan for holiday shopping, family celebrations and travel. Last year, we learned to be flexible and altered the ways we shopped, gathered and entertained. As we continue to adapt... click to read more

National Family Caregivers Month Savings Tips and Resources for AARP Members
(BPT) - Wanting to care for someone is a natural impulse, especially if they need a little more help than others, perhaps due to a medical condition. Fortunately, many resources are now available that help caregivers find the support they need for both themselves and those for whom they care. These... click to read more

Save time with winning game day seafood snacks
(BPT) - Whether you're cheering on your favorite team from the stadium or 'homegating' from the couch, delicious food is an essential element of game day fun. Finger foods are an especially great option as they are simple to make while still packing a lot of flavor into just one or two bites. Plus,... click to read more

How are all-weather tires different from all-season tires?
(BPT) - There's a decent chance you drove the wrong tires last winter. But there's still time to install the right set this year.The wrong tires?Many Americans enter the winter months not realizing their tires aren't up to the task. And who can blame them? They're called 'all-season' tires, right?A... 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

What you can do to support Afghan refugees
(BPT) - Over 65,000 Afghan refugees are expected to resettle in the United States over the next few weeks and months - and that is only the first wave of arrivals. In many cases, those who have fled Afghanistan had to leave everything they owned behind - and are essentially starting their lives aga... click to read more

How to make the most of your Medicare open enrollment options
(BPT) - Each year when the Medicare open enrollment period comes around, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the many choices you have. You're not alone - most people have questions this time of year. What's the best way to get the most from your benefits? What if Medicare doesn't cover everything you... click to read more

Shop little labels making a big impact for people and the planet
(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

How to take action when you see hypoglycemia symptoms
(BPT) - Everyone needs blood sugar (glucose) because it provides essential fuel for the body and mind. However, for people with diabetes, getting the right amount of glucose is critical because low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia, can lead to stupor, confusion, loss of consciousness, seizur... click to read more

5 Things to Know About HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer
(BPT) - The breast cancer treatment journey - something nearly one in eight women will experience sometime in their lifetime[1] - can be overwhelming and filled with uncertainty. To hear 'you have breast cancer,' or 'your breast cancer is progressing' can be incredibly jarring. Often, one of the fi... click to read more

How to Protect Your Family from This Explosive Household Hazard
(BPT) - Over 62 million homes in the United States use natural gas for space heating, water heating, cooking, drying clothes, and more. Although natural gas usage is common across the country, many aren't aware of the deadly explosions caused by natural gas leaks. The aging gas line infrastructure ... click to read more

You are not alone: Now is the time to talk about Alzheimer’s together
(BPT) - Throughout his career, Rod Stephenson, 73, of Savannah, Georgia, wore many hats. He worked in television broadcasting, the retail pizza industry, in manufacturing and quality assurance - and most recently, he was ordained as a pastor. But after Stephenson decided to retire from his eventful... click to read more

Community Living Benefits Everyone [Infographic]
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Under Pressure: Facing Serious Challenges, America’s Nurses Continue to Make a Difference
(BPT) - Numbering at over 4 million, nurses are the largest group of health care professionals in the United States. It's estimated that one in every 100 people is a registered nurse. And for 19 years straight, Americans have ranked nursing the most honest and ethical professional in an annual Gall... click to read more

Connection, Community, Communication: One Person’s Journey to Build a Network to Support Herself and Other Atopic Dermatitis Patients
(BPT) - Sponsored by Incyte CorporationLiving with eczema can be frustrating, painful, and, at times, a source of some tough days. Just ask Linette Roungchun, who has been living with atopic dermatitis (AD), the most common form of eczema, since she was three years old.'When you have eczema, your c... click to read more

5 Easy Tips for Preventing Unwanted Bugs in The Home This Fall and Winter
(BPT) - With the shift to cooler temperatures, insects like to migrate to warmer weather. For homeowners during the season change, that can spell an uptick in bugs like spiders, lady bugs, cockroaches and more venturing indoors.These uninvited pest guests can be an unwelcome surprise and cause undu... click to read more

Is unlimited data the best deal for you?
(BPT) - How much data do you really need on your monthly cellular plan?To hear most wireless companies tell it, the answer is simple: go unlimited! Mobile data usage has been on the rise over the past decade, even before the pandemic forced us to stare at our phones more than usual. Audio streaming... click to read more

Top 7 items you need to pack for travel this year
(BPT) - The autumn foliage, the holiday season - it's all upon us. You're all set to travel, but it may have been awhile since your last voyage. What do you need to bring along for a comfortable, safe and pleasant trip? It's best to plan ahead for essential items to pack in your carry-on bag, so yo... click to read more

How one hospital is overcoming disparities in pancreatic cancer care
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4 Questions About the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period You Need Answered Right Now
(BPT) - One of the most important times for healthcare coverage - and most dreaded - is upon us: the Medicare Annual Enrollment period. It started Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. A recent poll conducted for ClearMatch™ Medicare, a brand dedicated to helping 'de-complexify' Medicare, foun... click to read more

How farmers can plan to increase income potential
(BPT) - Post-harvest gives farmers a chance to finally sit down and take a break after a busy season. It gives them the time to track their inputs, meet with their trusted advisers, evaluate the decisions they made this year and see how those decisions ultimately affected their return on investment... click to read more

Flu season is here: What you need to know
(BPT) - After more than 18 months of taking precautions to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the world is slowly reopening - families and friends are reuniting, workers are heading back into the office and children are going back into school. But as the world continues to gradually make progress in... click to read more

Flu shot recommended for people 65 and older
(BPT) - As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people 65 years and older get their flu shot this year, in addition to their currently recommended COVID-19 vaccines. Health experts across the country urge everyone 6 months and older to get... click to read more

Buyer beware: 4 tips for buying new products from online marketplaces
(BPT) - During the holiday season, shoppers everywhere are hunting for great bargains and unique items online. Today's online marketplaces - where anyone can buy or sell new items - are numerous, offering a wide variety of products. Examples include eBay, Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp and Swappa, j... click to read more

5 simple ways to make a difference this holiday
(BPT) - There are 43.5 million moms in the U.S., many of whom are more focused than ever on doing good for their families as conscious consumerism continues to grow. In fact, 80% of moms think that by making small changes in their purchasing habits, they can have a positive impact on their communit... click to read more

Restoring normalcy after breast cancer
(BPT) - During the initial shock of a cancer diagnosis, patients are quickly overwhelmed by all the decisions that need to be made. Staying alive and getting the cancer out are top of mind with little time to think about life after cancer. But what happens after the treatments, after mastectomy and... click to read more

Flu shots for two: Protect yourself during pregnancy and your baby after birth
(BPT) - The phrase 'two for one' suggests a great deal: getting twice the benefit. That's precisely what a flu shot can do for someone who is pregnant. One shot protects you from flu during and after your pregnancy; it also protects your baby during the first few months of their life, when they are... click to read more

Why sleep experts recommend eliminating daylight saving time
(BPT) - Nov. 7 is approaching, and with it the end of daylight saving time, when those in most of the U.S. will 'fall back' to standard time by setting clocks back one hour. If the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) had its way, this would be the last time change in the U.S., and the switch ... click to read more

Upgrading your bath? 6 reasons to go tankless for heated water
(BPT) - If you're one of the many homeowners renovating your house this year, you're likely looking at a wealth of new products and features that could add beauty and/or functionality to your lifestyle.Thanks in part to our trend of spending more time at home, a significant 59% of U.S. consumers wi... click to read more

The new normal prioritizes routine breast screening
(BPT) - In the early days of COVID-19 when recommendations to remain at home were rampant, routine health screenings were relegated to the long list of "non-essential" activities. In retrospect, delaying screenings may have been counter-productive. As of March 2021, the diagnosis rate for breast an... click to read more

Supercharge your diet with foods rich in vitamin D
(BPT) - When you think of healthy bones, calcium likely comes to mind. However, without another powerhouse nutrient, your body can't absorb calcium. You need adequate amounts of vitamin D to keep your bones strong, which many people get from sunlight. The problem is, when shorter days arrive in the... click to read more

The small thyroid gland in your neck has huge impact on wellness
(BPT) - When discussing health and wellness, the thyroid gland isn't likely a hot topic between friends and family. This tiny gland is frequently overlooked, yet deserves attention because it plays such a large role in the health of the body, impacting how you look and feel every day.Small yet migh... click to read more

One man's search for relief from painful diabetic neuropathy
(BPT) - The pain was so bad, James Smith couldn't sleep. With what felt like a thousand bees stinging his legs, he spent hours at the computer searching for: 'Treatment options for painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN).''When I couldn't sleep, I'd find myself searching online,' said Smith. 'I wanted to... click to read more

Eye exams are critical to protecting vision
(BPT) - Watching a sunset in all its glory. Looking over at your children around the dinner table. Staring into a loved one's eyes. The sense of sight plays such an important role throughout your life. Making eye health a priority helps ensure your sight enhances your unique experiences for many ye... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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