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August 4, 2020

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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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

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

Cooking rut? These 10 easy ideas inspire instant creativity in the kitchen
(BPT) - Due to quarantine and social distancing measures, Americans have found themselves cooking more at home than ever before. However, after creating some of the same meals week after week, many are starting to lack inspiration and hitting a home-cooking rut. To shake things up in the kitchen, c... click to read more

How to take charge of your health: 9 tips to try
(BPT) - Women have the power to proactively take control of their feminine health during all stages of life from the first period through post-partum, during perimenopause and beyond.Maria Sophocles, MD, OB/GYN, the Medical Director of Women's Healthcare of Princeton, offers these tips to help chan... click to read more

The pandemic’s financial (and emotional) toll on Americans
(BPT) - Unfortunately, no matter how hard some people work to be financially responsible, obstacles outside their control can sometimes prevent a person's ability to keep up. In fact, Prudential's 2020 Financial Wellness Census found that both before and during the pandemic, nearly half of American... click to read more

How does telehealth really compare to in-person health care?
(BPT) - Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, the adoption of telehealth services has been on the rise and people are turning to digital technology more than ever to address their personal health care needs without having to leave their homes.But while many have begu... click to read more

I thought shingles was an old person’s disease: What everyone 50+ needs to know about this disease
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How to help maintain your immune system with fermentation
(BPT) - No matter what season or time of year, we all know the importance of a healthy immune system and the central role it plays in overall well-being. While sleep, healthy eating and a balanced lifestyle are all essential for a healthy immune system, clinical studies show fermented supplements a... click to read more

How Americans can save on prescription costs
(BPT) - Did you know prescriptions cost more in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world? If you or a loved one need daily medications, you may already know about the high cost of prescription drugs.Access to affordable prescription drugs is an even more vital concern due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... click to read more

Study: Pistachios found to be a complete protein
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Lawncare tips from domestic pro Martha Stewart herself
(BPT) - When you think of Martha Stewart, visions of picture-perfect cookies, floral arrangements and garden parties come to mind. Behind the scenes, however, Martha prides herself in getting hands-on while maintaining her personal 150-acre farm in Bedford, New York.'I have the privilege of living ... click to read more

How the right kind of sugar makes all the difference
(BPT) - Everyone is becoming more health conscious today, and that means people are paying closer attention to what they are eating throughout the day - from items that are bought at the store to food that's made at home. The hard part for consumers is interpreting food labels, especially when it c... click to read more

Your eyes are a window to your health: Why you need regular exams
(BPT) - Like many Americans, you may be putting off regular health appointments like eye exams because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, your optometrist may have been closed for some time, depending on where you live.It may seem less urgent to have an eye exam if you're not experiencing visio... click to read more

Need headache relief? How to treat the 4 most common types
(BPT) - It can be easy to dismiss head pain as a regular headache, but in fact there is no such thing. More than 300 types of headache exist and the likelihood you'll experience one in your lifetime is high. Worldwide nearly 40 million people have some form of headache disease.'Each headache comes ... click to read more

Handwashing Tips For People With Eczema And Other Skin Conditions
(BPT) - Pfizer SponsoredIf you are one of the 31.6 million people in the United States living with some form of eczema, continual handwashing and sanitizing to avoid spreading illness this season might be a source of added stress and anxiety, as this can dry out your skin and cause eczema to flare.... click to read more

Now available: A happy little show that helped the world find 'The Joy of Painting'
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An Unexpected Diagnosis – the Risks of Underestimating Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
(BPT) - James Whelan is a performer. As a lifelong musician, he has spent most of his life writing music in his studio or out performing for a crowd. But a life devoted to art came to a screeching halt with a startling and sudden diagnosis: a skin cancer called cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (CS... click to read more

Show up for small businesses: 5 simple ways to support locally owned businesses
(BPT) - Small businesses are the backbone of the economy. Whether in a busy city or a sleepy suburb, we depend on the many beloved local shops and services that contribute to the vibrancy of our neighborhoods. Where we shop matters, and now more than ever small businesses need our support as they r... click to read more

Tips for Making Safe Digital Payments during the Pandemic
(BPT) - In a time of global crisis - pandemic, economic or political - fraudsters and scammers are willing and ready to prey on people. These 'bad guys' take advantage of vulnerabilities by offering false employment offers, bogus cures and treatments and fake promises of assistance and products.Tod... click to read more

To beat COVID-19, science must lead the way: An inside look at the development of a vaccine
(BPT) - Around the world, more than 10 million people have been infected with COVID-19, more than a half million have died, and thousands are still diagnosed daily. In an effort to stop its spread and eradicate COVID-19 forever, the global scientific community has been working together to develop a... click to read more

Boating is booming: How to ride the wave of demand and get top dollar for your boat
(BPT) - Not only is it peak boating season, but the impact of COVID-19 has inspired a renewed interest in boats from coast-to-coast as people start getting outside and enjoying the water while maintaining social distancing.Boat Trader - boating's largest online marketplace - confirmed this spike in... click to read more

6 Fun Facts About How People Are Snacking in Summer 2020
(BPT) - The majority of Americans (86%) agree that summer will look different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest U.S. Snack Index from Frito-Lay, which looked at how consumers are snacking this summer.The U.S. Snack Index found that indulging in favorite snacks can hel... click to read more

The Return of the Great American Road Trip
(BPT) - Road trips offer exploration, discovery and adventure at your own pace. Car picnics, roadside attractions, historical sites, lake visits, rolling through the Great Plains or canyons, up to the mountains or down to the beach - regardless of where you go, memories are sure to be made at any a... click to read more

Simple ideas for celebrating every day virtually
(BPT) - For most people, 2020 is a year of change. Remote work, social distancing and more have challenged people to find new ways to connect with each other. Fortunately, humans are resilient and their spirit for finding innovative ways to connect is alive and well.Even as the country reopens, man... click to read more

Healthcare heroes you haven’t heard about
(BPT) - As the country continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans are eager to celebrate healthcare workers on the front lines who cope with the disease every single day. You've probably heard countless stories of the amazing acts of kindness and courage exhibited by the doctors, nurses a... click to read more

How self-determination is changing elderly and disability care in the age of COVID-19
(BPT) - The threat of COVID-19 in nursing homes and assisted living facilities has led elderly individuals and people with disabilities or underlying health conditions to seek safer administration of their care. For some, the most desirable place to receive ongoing services is in their own homes. A... click to read more

Caregiver Fatigue in a Global Pandemic
(BPT) - The past few months have been a challenging time for all of us. As difficult as COVID-19 has been for the general population, people serving in a caregiving role - whether in the long term for someone living with a disease or injury or short term for someone who has contracted COVID-19 - ar... click to read more

Patient with kidney disease feels hopeful at home during COVID-19 pandemic
(BPT) - For the last three years, Terry McCallum, 75, has been receiving dialysis treatments from the comfort of his home. When he initially considered the change from in-center hemodialysis (ICHD) to peritoneal dialysis (PD), it was because he was having a hard time adjusting to dialysis and exper... click to read more

Should you be evaluated for ADHD? It’s not just a kid thing
(BPT) - If you are among the millions of adults in the U.S. who do not know they have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the past several months of social distancing have been a particularly steep battle. Our country was instructed to 'sit still,' a command that children with ADHD hea... click to read more

Brighten summertime dishes with fresh grapes
(BPT) - Warmer weather is finally here, and that means more daylight for activities of all types and ideally more time for relaxation. Whether family members choose to spend their time playing outside, tackling home projects or getting creative with crafts, it's easy to work up an appetite for tast... click to read more

Expert tips to help people living with diabetes prepare for low blood sugar events
(BPT) - People living with diabetes know that the condition comes with highs and lows - especially when it comes to managing blood sugar. For those on insulin, blood sugar can get so low that it's considered a medical emergency (known as severe hypoglycemia or a very low blood sugar emergency). Thi... click to read more

Worried you may have COVID-19? Here’s what you can do
(BPT) - Whether you've had exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, have symptoms you're worried about, or you belong to a vulnerable population (such as being over 65), you may be worried. You also may be unsure about how or where to get tested. It's understandable that you may have c... click to read more

Taking on lung cancer is worth the fight
(BPT) - You have cancer.Three small words that impact a person in a very big way. For advanced lung cancer patients, the emotional response to a diagnosis can be especially complex as lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths - each year, more people in the U.S. die of lung cancer t... click to read more

Cervical cancer screening: 3 things every woman should know
(BPT) - Women's health can be complex, and every woman has unique considerations and needs. Well-women exams are an important time to bring up these needs and take proactive steps to protect your health, including important testing for things like cervical cancer.Results from a new survey conducted... click to read more

Calling all COVID-19 survivors: Now you could help others defeat it.
(BPT) - Time is of the essence.If you or someone you know has recovered from COVID-19, the vital antibodies in your blood plasma could be used to help another patient fight off the disease or to create a medicine to potentially treat it.Please join us to unite against COVID-19 by donating your plas... click to read more

How to keep your cool all summer long
(BPT) - With summer comes plenty of sunshine, and with it lots of heat - sometimes more than you enjoy. Are you lacking central air conditioning in your place? Don't sweat it. There are many easy things you can do to help keep yourself and your whole family cool as the summer starts to heat up.Here... click to read more

How to help older adults avoid fraudsters during the COVID-19 pandemic
(BPT) - Crises and upheaval have a way of bringing out the best - and, sometimes the worst - in society. That's why, during this month focused on Elder Abuse Awareness and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to protect the online information of senior and vulnerable friends and l... click to read more

Thinking about becoming a freelancer? 6 things to consider before making the jump
(BPT) - Considering the economic challenges the world is faced with today, including some of the highest unemployment numbers in recent history, now could be an excellent time to begin a career as a freelancer.Recent nationwide furloughs and layoffs caused by the struggling economy and the social d... click to read more

How to Make the Most of Summer Holidays This Year
(BPT) - While traditions may be a bit different this summer, some things can still remain the same. Finding new ways to celebrate our favorite summer holidays make for a great opportunity to reunite with small groups of friends and family members - safely. With a little thought and creativity, holi... click to read more

Coping with serious mental illness during challenging times
(BPT) - Jason was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2004 and now lives with schizoaffective disorder. As a way of coping with his day-to-day symptoms during COVID-19, he has developed a strong daily routine and treatment plan. Here, he shares his perspective.The outbreak of coronavirus has rocked my ... click to read more

Sophisticated soak: 3 stylish ways to add a freestanding bathroom tub
(BPT) - Whether it's a new build, remodel or update, freestanding tubs are a top trend in bathroom spaces. These showstopping centerpieces elevate the visual aesthetic of the room while adding to the overall value of the property. While in high demand, many homeowners have questions about the compl... click to read more

5 tips: Now's a prime time for a car seat safety review
(BPT) - Although many families aren't driving as much these days, it's always important to make sure you are keeping your kids as safe as possible in the car.Now that we're spending more time at home, this is a good time for parents and caregivers to brush up on expert advice for choosing, installi... click to read more

Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Serious, Sometimes Unheard of Lung Disease
(BPT) - Currently, when people experience shortness of breath and/or a cough, they may think of COVID-19. However, if those symptoms are chronic, it could be a warning sign of another condition: pulmonary fibrosis (PF).PF is a debilitating lung disease that remains largely unknown, yet 50,000 new c... click to read more

Affordable and thoughtful options to celebrate while staying safe at home
(BPT) - Summertime is full of celebrations including Father's Day, graduations, celebratory holidays and other important milestones where people typically gather to show love and support. However, this year those traditional celebrations might look a little different. The good news is that doesn't ... click to read more

4 reasons to support your local bakery this summer
(BPT) - COVID-19 has sent many businesses into a tailspin. According to a recent study, more than 100,000 small businesses have closed since the beginning of the pandemic. For those businesses able to reopen, it's usually for limited hours with limited offerings, which dramatically cuts profit. Unl... click to read more

Do the math: Buying a home now may be more affordable and save some cash
(BPT) - At a time when the strength of the U.S. economy and personal finance is on most renters' minds, low down payment mortgage options are more appealing than ever. With mortgage interest rates being at historic lows, it is possible to qualify for a home loan while keeping a rainy day fund.Priva... click to read more

Finding unity under the American flag during COVID-19
(BPT) - Some moments are etched in our national memory - and the American flag stands at the center of them. Six U.S. Marines raising the flag over Iwo Jima during World War II. Buzz Aldrin saluting the flag on the moon's surface in 1969. Three New York firefighters hoisting the flag above the rubb... click to read more

4 smart steps to manage cat allergens at home
(BPT) - As millions of Americans spend unprecedented amounts of time at home, it also means spending unprecedented amounts of time with their pets. And for cat owners who have sensitivities to cat allergens, this can create unforeseen challenges.According to a recent study by the Human Animal Bond ... click to read more

Finding Strength in Weakness: Living with Myasthenia Gravis
(BPT) - 'I tell people it feels like when you're drunk, but without the alcohol. So that means you can't see straight, you can't walk straight, you can't talk. You're wobbly and all over the place. That's how I feel when I am having a myasthenia gravis flare up.'Leah Gaitan-Diaz was 40 years old wh... click to read more

5 ways to help prevent home cyberattacks
(BPT) - Being home 100% of the time has become the new norm for many Americans, as social distancing is implemented in communities across the country to slow the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic. Connected devices are being used virtually nonstop, as the homebound stream shows to binge watch and... click to read more

How to stop wasting perfectly good water down the drain
(BPT) - What happens when you turn on the shower? In the typical North American home, cold water comes pouring out. Because this is a shock to the body, most people make it a habit to run the shower for a few minutes before getting in.Meanwhile, you might do something else as the water warms. In fa... click to read more

Melanoma Can’t Wait – What Everyone Should Understand About This Deadly Cancer
(BPT) - While the summer months often serve as an important reminder on the dangers of sun exposure, many people may not realize that skin cancer can happen to anyone at any time of the year. With more than five million new cases diagnosed each year, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S... click to read more

From victory gardens to garage greatness: 5 big jobs to tackle for summer
(BPT) - Summer is here, and that means it's time to tackle the big outdoor tasks.The importance of getting work done is especially true in this season of social isolation, when Americans are enjoying their homes' outdoor spaces more than ever. Outdoor work may require some extra sweat and elbow gre... click to read more

Four things to consider when rescheduling elective surgery
(BPT) - For the past few months, patients around the country have had to postpone elective surgery due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you're one of them, you're probably wondering when you may hear from your doctor about rescheduling that surgery. As states begin easing restrictions, hospitals and cl... click to read more

Making the most of workplace benefits
(BPT) - Quite often, it is not until we have experienced a difficult situation like an accident, illness or COVID-19-related events that we start to appreciate employer-provided benefits like disability insurance and leave policies that protect income and jobs. According to a recent MetLife disabil... click to read more

Fuel your fitness at home: 5 tips and tricks
(BPT) - Face it, finding time to achieve your fitness goals while balancing work and home life can be a struggle. However, while many people are spending more time at home, here's a great opportunity to start fresh with a new fitness routine.Here are some helpful tips for helping you live your best... click to read more

Flourishing in 6 dimensions: How to choose a senior living facility
(BPT) - 'Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can,' wrote Danny Kaye, beloved Hollywood performer. Kaye's advice certainly reflected his colorful career. It's true that the more one expands one's palette of experiences, the more vibrant life becomes.As you evalua... click to read more

Concerned about asthma and allergies during COVID-19?
(BPT) - Allergy season is causing congestion, coughing, itchy eyes and other classic symptoms for people across the country. However, this year brings new concerns as COVID-19 has dramatically impacted everyone's lives, and people with asthma and allergies have many questions."With the coronavirus ... click to read more

4 ways a smart home can save you money
(BPT) - Over the course of the last several months, hundreds of millions of people have sheltered in place as governments issue executive orders to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, many homes are becoming a fortress against the virus, a makeshift school, an office ou... click to read more

Elevate Comfort Foods with Havarti and Blue Cheeses
(BPT) - At a time when you may be craving comfort food more than ever, specialty cheeses make it easy to bring a little more indulgence - and a lot of flavor - to your home-cooked meals and snacks. Simply switching to different varieties, such as a buttery havarti or a sharp blue cheese, can easily... click to read more

New campaign offers resources for thyroid cancer patients
(BPT) - Every year in the United States, more than half a million people with a thyroid nodule undergo testing to determine whether they have thyroid cancer. Recent research has shown that many of these patients aren't fully informed about the possible outcomes of this testing and don't know what q... click to read more

Financial anxiety weighing on your mental health? Try these tips
(BPT) - The global coronavirus pandemic has caused emotional distress and financial upheaval for people around the world. Many Americans are dealing with daunting issues that could jeopardize their financial future, whether it's unexpected health care costs, unemployment and loss of income, the mar... click to read more

Three Things to Know About Gout Today
(BPT) - 3-D imaging shows uric acid build up in a person with gout. Used with permission.1Sponsored by Horizon TherapeuticsAn estimated 9 million Americans are living with gout,2 but despite its prevalence, many misconceptions keep people from prioritizing getting the help they need to address this... click to read more

5 simple ways to protect the ocean
(BPT) - It's sometimes easy to get caught up in how vast the ocean is, but we need to be reminded of its importance and vulnerability. The ocean contains up to 80% of life on Earth, and provides an important source of fish protein to more than 3 billion people on our planet. To celebrate National O... click to read more

The simple guide to buying a toilet
(BPT) - The bathroom is arguably the most visited room in the home. Having a toilet that performs well, is easy to use and aesthetically pleasing is essential in any size home.When shopping for a new toilet, you might be surprised how many options exist. To find the right toilet for your needs, her... click to read more

Help is out there for struggling pet owners
(BPT) - In uncertain times, there is one source of comfort we can all agree upon, and it is the unconditional love provided by our beloved four-legged friends. Pets are family and are there for us when we need it most. And when tragedy strikes a family member, whether through a natural disaster, do... click to read more

Insuring Retirement in the Midst of Uncertainty
(BPT) - One of the longest economic expansions in American history may have come to an end in the face of a global pandemic. The economy today brings to mind for many the lessons of 2008-2009, during the Great Recession when millions of Americans on the doorstep of retirement watched helplessly as ... click to read more

Living with Huntington’s Disease: One woman’s journey
(BPT) - When Ashley Fajardo tested positive for the Huntington's disease gene at 18 years old, she was devastated but not surprised. Having lost her mother to the rare genetic disorder five years earlier, she knew her odds for having the gene were high.'It's a terminal illness so of course I was sa... click to read more

A dermatologist debunks top sunscreen excuses
(BPT) - As routines shift, people often have to make behavioral changes to adapt to their new daily schedules, which can come with excuses. Whether it's learning to cook healthy meals more frequently, adapting to outdoor exercise or adjusting a skincare regimen, people tend to make excuses as they ... click to read more

What we’ve learned from working at home
(BPT) - The recent transition to widespread working from home has shown that the experience has been both educational and eye-opening for many. Working at home means learning to cope with distractions, space constraints, managing time with family and learning new skills. And, according to new consu... click to read more

Find ways to stay connected while social distancing
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic presents daunting challenges for many seniors and other vulnerable populations. Social distancing and shelter-in-place requirements are necessary for their continued health and safety. But with it comes the risk of social isolation, and the mental and physical tolls th... click to read more

What's behind your walls? 3 household dangers you can’t always see
(BPT) - When it comes to keeping your family and home safe, you're probably familiar with the most common household hazards that can occur. And chances are you have taken precautions to prevent most hazards by installing devices like smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers.Bu... click to read more

Navigating Cancer During Tough Times: Finding Support in Different Ways
(BPT) - For Dorothy, being diagnosed with bladder cancer almost four years ago reinforced the importance of living in the present and appreciating every moment. This holds true even in some of the most unique circumstances, Dorothy explains. 'I had my 76th birthday party with my grandchildren and d... click to read more

Cancer caregivers: As the patient’s advocate, you can never give up
(BPT) - An unexpected diagnosisWhen Donya Quinlan found out her 17-year-old daughter Sawyer had melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer, she was devastated. There was no history of melanoma in the family, and while sun protection is important, this wasn't a case of Sawyer not protecting her skin pr... click to read more

Going digital is a powerful tool for small businesses in the new normal
(BPT) - If you own a small business, or frequently shop at one, you know that COVID-19 has instantly changed everything. As brick-and-mortar shops have had to temporarily close to customers, the need to adapt has never been greater.For small businesses willing to reinvent themselves, going digital ... click to read more

Be the change: Registered nurse rejoins frontline caregivers in the fight against COVID-19
(BPT) - It's early afternoon on a Thursday when Donna Portscher walks through the doors at a DaVita dialysis center in north Georgia. It is a familiar setting - the faces, the clean smell of a medical center and the sound of dialysis machines in the background. She pays visits to dialysis centers l... click to read more

Daydreaming of travel? 5 ways to save money now on future trips
(BPT) - As the world seeks a 'new normal' following the advent of COVID-19, many Americans are looking forward to taking trips again - albeit safer, carefully chosen vacations.A mid-May survey by research firm Destination Analysts found nearly seven in 10 Americans greatly miss vacationing, while m... click to read more

Stressed as a parent? No- and low-cost ways to educate and entertain kids
Having children is a great joy, but it also can be stressful. Pressures are plentiful, from making sure your child has the right gear to needing to help manage their school and social schedules. To intensify matters, COVID-19 has brought quarantines and social distancing around the world, and paren... click to read more

National Poppy Day helps brighten veterans’ outlook during COVID-19 crisis
(BPT) - With COVID-19 changing the way we interact, gather and celebrate, many holidays will look different this year, including Memorial Day. But that doesn't mean servicemembers, veterans and their families need our support any less.In fact, several members of the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) ... click to read more

3 ways to give your home’s curb appeal a boost
(BPT) - Homeowners only get one chance to make a first impression. That's one chance to impress potential buyers, family, friends and neighbors with the first thing they see: your home's exterior.From simple upgrades to meticulous landscaping projects and replacing an outdated roof, there are dozen... click to read more

How to take charge of your mental health
(BPT) - Our nation is sharing in an experience with the COVID-19 crisis that will serve to reshape the future of our communities, our work, our families, and each and every individual. With so much attention focused on the diagnosis and treatment related to the virus, we recognize that those feelin... click to read more

Don’t ignore heart attack symptoms, even during COVID-19
(BPT) - It's your heart. Don't hesitate.If you're experiencing symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, doctors urge you to not delay seeking treatment because of COVID-19 concerns.During the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors across the nation are reporting a sharp decline in patients coming to the hospital ... click to read more

How to preserve your treasured memories, and use them as a tool to stay connected to your loved ones
(BPT) - While spending so much time at home, you may find yourself becoming more connected online than ever before. To communicate with the people you care about, you strive to find community and connection by posting personal photos and videos on social media daily - making it increasingly importa... click to read more

7 steps to manage stress and build resilience
(BPT) - As recent months have demonstrated, stress is unavoidable. Now more than ever, it's important to understand stress and how we can manage it. While stress can be beneficial, too much of it can be harmful. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women's Health explains a... click to read more

Tips and resources to avoid caregiver burnout
(BPT) - Since the COVID-19 outbreak, restrictions in daily activities and social interactions have caused a major shift in caregiving roles and responsibilities. Many people have found themselves acting as a full-time caregiver for the first time. Parents and guardians are teaching lessons at home ... click to read more

Help children living in poverty without leaving home
(BPT) - While much of daily life is paused right now, kindness and giving are not. In fact, they're needed now more than ever.Red Nose Day - the annual fundraising campaign to end child poverty - is back at Walgreens, but this year it looks a bit different. Due to the need for social distancing and... click to read more

Simple ways to beautify your outdoor space and enjoy time at home
(BPT) - Whether it's a quaint patio, a simple garden, a rolling expanse of land or the many possibilities in between, the backyard is the perfect place to unwind. As people spend more time at home, creating a personal outdoor sanctuary is more important than ever before.Fortunately you don't need a... click to read more

Dream of summer by planning your ideal outdoor space
(BPT) - If you're dreaming of summer, imagining how you could be relaxing with a good book in the shade, entertaining family in your outdoor kitchen, playing with the kids in the sunshine - or just breathing in the sights and sounds of nature in your own personal oasis - here are some tips to help ... click to read more

Life with a rare, chronic and 'invisible' illness
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Not driving as often right now? Here’s how to keep your car fresh
(BPT) - During a season that's usually devoted to adventure, many of us have been forced to stick a little closer to home. When it's finally time to return to our globetrotting ways, it's vital to make sure our vehicles are ready.That means taking active steps now, while our cars are mostly idle. H... click to read more

Anticipating canine separation anxiety post COVID-19
(BPT) - For almost all of us, we have been on "sit and stay" for over two months. The only person happy about this is the dog.The question is, when we return to some normalcy, and head back to work, or to re-start life, what will be the effect on our canines? Some dogs are at higher risk for anxiet... click to read more

4 tips: Zing up your menus with a tasty summer garnish garden
(BPT) - As people are spending more time at home, many are learning new activities and finding simple joy in doing the things they love, such as cultivating their own gardens.Now is the perfect time to start planning a summer garden that can add fresh flavors to your kitchen all year long. One grow... click to read more

4 steps: Clean and prep your deck now for summer sun and relaxation
(BPT) - As we all spend more time at home right now, it can be a great opportunity to get a head start on summer projects and begin tackling your list of home improvements, especially as we look toward warmer weather. One thing that often gets overlooked is regular deck cleanings. Since summer is t... click to read more

8 key tips: Focusing on your financial health during times of crisis
(BPT) - It will take some time to adjust and recover from the major disruption experienced because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and many consumers are figuring out how to cope with challenges when it comes to their financial health.A lot of people are feeling the financial strain of not being able to ... click to read more

Fostering independent play is more important than ever for parents continuing to work from home
(BPT) - Across the country, temporary school closures are forcing kids into instant distance learning environments for the remainder of the school year. Parents are trying to work their day job while simultaneously educating kids. For most, there isn't ever enough time in a day to handle both. They... click to read more

Polycystic Kidney Disease: Is it hiding in your genes?
(BPT) - Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), causes numerous cysts to grow in the kidneys and for those affected by this condition, nearly 50% will experience End State Renal Disease (ESRD) by age 60. According to the National Kidney Foundation, autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) acco... click to read more

5 essential steps for managing blood sugar
(BPT) - In the U.S. alone, 28.1 million people are living with diabetes, and an added 7.2 million are living with undiagnosed diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, the American Diabetes Association reports that 84 million American adults have pre... click to read more

5 fun facts about The Original Margarita
(BPT) - Nothing says 'summer' quite like The Original Margarita. And for the aspiring mixologist to the cocktail newbie, extra time at home is perfect for mastering The Margarita. There is nothing easier than shaking up this refreshing cocktail, in its original form or in one of its many delightful... click to read more

5 fresh ways to frame your outdoor space
(BPT) - When determining the look of your outdoor living space, decking is only half of the equation. In many cases, it's the deck railings that are most visible and the design element that makes the first impression.'Railings serve a necessary safety function, but they also play an important aesth... click to read more

7 ways to enjoy a virtual Myrtle Beach vacation
(BPT) - While you may not be able to travel to your favorite beach destination this spring, you can experience Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, through virtual experiences that bring the area's popular beaches, attractions, activities and more to you. And those same features can help you plan for (and... click to read more

5 tips for celebrating Mother's Day from afar
(BPT) - This Mother's Day, you may not be able to be with your mom in person due to social distancing. The time apart may be difficult for everyone, but that doesn't mean you can't honor your beloved mom in other thoughtful ways that don't require person-to-person contact.The point is to remember h... click to read more

6 powerful homeowner tips to prepare for the summer storm season
(BPT) - Electricity is always there for us. From keeping the lights on to running important "background" tasks like maintaining a steady Wi-Fi signal, we're often unaware of how electricity touches all aspects of our lives. That is, until something happens, like a severe storm hits and the power go... click to read more

Tips for childproofing an older home
(BPT) - While many homeowners love the unique charm and beauty that can only be found in an older home, the truth is that older houses present challenges to keeping everyone safe, especially little ones. For any house where children are being raised, or where they may spend a lot of time, it's a go... click to read more

How you can help children in poverty during the pandemic without leaving home
(BPT) - While most of the world has hit pause on daily life, kindness and giving can be considered essential services. Socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 health pandemic are challenging families across the globe, as schools have closed, after-school meal programs have paused, businesses ha... click to read more

Mortgage relief during COVID-19: Here’s what you need to know
(BPT) - In these unprecedented times, when many families are facing physical, emotional and financial hardships, a common question is, 'How do I keep up with my mortgage when I'm not working?'A home is a family's most important asset. But now it's more than that: It's where they are hunkering down ... click to read more

How communities are connecting during the COVID-19 crisis
(BPT) - During the uncertainty of the COVID-19 crisis, people are searching for ways to connect with experts, co-workers, friends, neighbors and their community. They are accomplishing this by using technology including virtual meetings, webinars and conference call services.Everyone is making sacr... click to read more

How to make the most of online learning
(BPT) - The flexibility to learn and earn a degree online allows students nationwide - from full-time employees to single parents and more - to achieve goals while managing family and life. Millions of students study online today, and those numbers are only increasing.While online education provide... click to read more

3 value-boosting improvements new homeowners make to enhance spaces
(BPT) - Buying a home is an exciting time. Once you purchase a property, you want to make it your own. Whether it's a 100-year-old beauty or a fresh new build, there are improvements you can make that not only personalize the space, but add instant value to your real estate investment.Project 1: Up... click to read more

5 ways to maximize groceries and minimize waste
(BPT) - Spending more time in the kitchen means learning the importance of not only keeping food fresh for weeks at a time, but also minimizing waste for fewer trips to the grocery store. Food waste also impacts our wallets. In fact, a recent Bosch home appliances survey conducted by OnePoll found ... click to read more

How Smart Appliances Can Help Save Energy and the Planet
(BPT) - Since the first Earth Day was observed 50 years ago, the day's message has only grown in importance. For anyone wondering how they can contribute to a better tomorrow, a good place to get started is right in your home with smart, energy-saving home appliances and tools. Even small changes c... click to read more

Stuck inside? 6 fun enrichment activities for you and your pet
(BPT) - It's no secret that pets provide love, loyalty and affection. This is even more apparent now that you're spending more time at home with them. In fact, according to the 2020 Purina Pet Ownership Survey, 94% of pet owners rely on their pet for emotional support, which is particularly importa... click to read more

Now’s a great time to unlock the smart home you never knew you had – here’s how
(BPT) - With everyone hunkering down, many of us are thinking about how to maximize what's already in our homes. What many don't know is that the benefits and efficiencies of a smart home might already be at their fingertips. With a little research and time spent with your appliances and technology... click to read more

Clever hacks give spring-cleaning a whole new meaning
(BPT) - With more time spent in the comfort of our home, spring-cleaning can take on an entirely new meaning this year. Consider the following hacks to make your household clean-up routine as efficient and thorough as possible.Conquer kitchen crevices with lemon and baking soda Crumbs, food residue... click to read more

Recent Research Leads to Additional Treatment Options for People Living with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
(BPT) - Sponsored by AbbVieFor many people, the word 'leukemia' sounds scary. They may envision a very sick patient in the hospital who has limited options. They might think this patient has a cancer that is extremely difficult to treat and that their life may be cut short. This can indeed be the c... click to read more

7 surprising ways to use beans for every meal
(BPT) - Did you know you can use canned beans for every meal of the day, plus tasty snacks?Chances are you currently have cans of beans in your pantry, and you may be wondering what to do with them. Perhaps someone in your household hasn't tried beans, or you need a new recipe to entice your family... click to read more

How to create a bedroom oasis that’s optimal for excellent sleep
(BPT) - Can't sleep? You're not alone. Only 11% of Americans say they get excellent sleep on a regular basis, while 18% report poor or not good sleep quality, and the rest are somewhere in between.*With all of the stress today, your bedroom should be a sanctuary you can retreat to - a place where y... click to read more

3 telehealth tips connected to COVID-19
(BPT) - As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to mount, many Americans may be considering where to go for care if they develop potential symptoms. One important - yet potentially overlooked - resource is telehealth, which may enable people to connect 24/7 with a health care provider via a digit... click to read more

Spring Clean Your Diet With 5 Fridge Essentials
(BPT) - Spring cleaning is a tradition that often includes dusting, mopping, decluttering and organizing homes for a fresh start. Many families may be cooking more while home right now, so this is a great opportunity to refresh your kitchen staples by filling the fridge with foods that support a he... click to read more

Sound financial tips during COVID-19 uncertainty
(BPT) - The current COVID-19 financial landscape is unpredictable, causing anxiety for people of all ages. With layoffs, unexpected medical expenses, and an ever-changing and uncertain economy, it's easy to worry."Now more than ever is the time to take an active approach with your finances to posit... click to read more

4 ways to support your community that take less than 10 minutes
(BPT) - Whether it's reprieve for families in self-isolation, support for those on the frontlines of healthcare and essential businesses, or keeping at-risk populations safe, now is the time to come together - while staying apart - to support one another.Here are four simple ways that communities c... click to read more

6 tips for advancing your at-home cooking
(BPT) - With everyone spending more time at home, the kitchen is becoming a major hub for daily activities. Whether it is dusting off an old cookbook, perfecting a family recipe, mastering the latest recipe to take over social media, or baking cookies with the kids, people are creating new memories... click to read more

What the 50th anniversary of Earth Day means today
(BPT) - To say these are challenging times is a vast understatement. In the course of just weeks, everyone's lives have been completely disrupted, routines have been upended and the world is still reeling as everybody struggles to figure out what it all means - both in terms of their daily life, an... click to read more

Stay safe from COVID-19 scammers
(BPT) - While you take care to limit social interactions and wash your hands to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, you also need to take steps to protect your finances and identity. Scammers are now taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to lure victims in with new phishing scams.'We know co... click to read more

4 safe ways to connect with family and friends while practicing social distancing
(BPT) - Bob Dylan once sang, 'For the times they are a-changin',' and that has perhaps never been more true than it is today. The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new phrases like social distancing to the general population, and has also redefined both work and family life, creating a new normal.Th... click to read more

COVID-19 spurring tax and finance changes
(BPT) - The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is changing our lives in many ways, including how we file our income taxes. The IRS has announced some changes that impact your 2019 income tax return.On March 27, Congress approved a $2 trillion emergency economic aid package to help Americans withstand ... click to read more

3 ways a deck can make staying home more enjoyable
(BPT) - With so many people across the country staying put in their homes right now, a fun and functional outdoor space is more important than ever. Amusement parks and concerts are closed or canceled and spring is around the corner, beckoning families outdoors. Millions of people are working remot... click to read more

Combating financial anxiety during a pandemic
(BPT) - In the face of a global pandemic, financial anxiety is an everyday reality. Concerns surrounding personal finances, businesses shutting down and market volatility have us navigating new waters, experiencing more acutely than ever before how our financial lives are intertwined with our menta... click to read more

5 tips to relieve your eye dryness this season
(BPT) - Between wind and airborne debris outside and dry, dusty air inside, any time of the year can be rough on the eyes. Fortunately, there are steps you can take both at home and on the go to find relief for your dry, irritated eyes.What causes you to have eye dryness?If you're experiencing cons... click to read more

5 steps to painting like a pro at home
(BPT) - Nothing transforms a home quite like a fresh coat of paint. In fact, painting your own house is one of the smartest and easiest DIY upgrades a homeowner can accomplish, especially as they find themselves spending more time at home. With 71% of homeowners undertaking improvement or renovatio... click to read more

5 smart tips for cooking with beef at home
(BPT) - Families across the country are spending more time at home, which means home cooking has taken on new meaning. Using foods in your pantry and freezer to create meals everyone will love might seem challenging, but with a few tips and tricks, you'll be cooking wholesome dishes to please all p... click to read more

ALA creates positive impact for veterans by opening doors to male spouses
(BPT) - In the calm air of Hodgenville, Ky., there's a spirit of generosity. Whether it's fixing a flat tire or borrowing a cup of sugar, the people of Hodgenville work to help out when they can. Brandan Roten feels this is a defining characteristic of the town he calls home. That's why it was an e... click to read more

Give your old vehicle a makeover
(BPT) - If you're at home with time to work on a project, one of the things you can do is give your vehicle an updated look. The automotive aftermarket offers a variety of special products and accessories that will enable you to transform the appearance of any vehicle quickly, easily and affordably... click to read more

Top spring cleaning tips from the pros
(BPT) - With extra time at home right now, millions of Americans are taking the opportunity to address housekeeping tasks they haven't gotten around to - from cleaning the mattress to scrubbing the washer and dryer. This is the year to do your best spring cleaning yet.You likely know the basics of ... click to read more

Connecting in kindness during troubling times
(BPT) - The theory that the world is interconnected to such a degree that the fluttering of a butterfly's wing in Africa could cause a tornado in Arizona has been debated for over a century. One man wanted to try a similar experiment, but in kindness. Could one random act of kindness have the neces... click to read more

Top Gardening Trends for 2020
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Caregiving and COVID-19: Tips for people with vulnerable family members
(BPT) - COVID-19 has dramatically shifted daily life for many people around the world. Nobody is immune, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and older adults and individuals with chronic health conditions are at higher risk of getting very sick from the Coronavirus.To prote... click to read more

Everything you need to boost your self-care routine
(BPT) - When was the last time you treated yourself so that you could feel good inside and out? Now is the perfect time to show some serious TLC to your skin, nails and hair to give yourself the ultimate full-body pampering session.Try these ideas for enhancing your self-care routine:Get that glowW... click to read more

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