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Monday 10/21/2019
4 tips for helping your teen manage their moderate-­to­-severe eczema
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - In many ways, Isaiah Dixon is your typical 17­-year-­old. He loves to play the drums, hang out with friends and is preparing for more independence as he looks forward to heading to college.

But, living with severe atopic dermatitis (AD), a chronic form of eczema, makes this transition more challenging for Isaiah, as he will be tasked with taking on a greater role in the day­-to-­day management of his disease, on top of navigating the transition to adulthood.

Since Isaiah was diagnosed at age 2, his parents, Lori and Reggie, have helped him manage his severe AD. They’ve been there at every step, providing daily reminders and caring for him through every debilitating flare­-up and hospitalization. Now, as Isaiah is getting older, his parents know they have to take a step back and let him learn to manage his disease more independently.

To help with the transition, a group of experts called the Understand AD Squad comprising a dermatologist, psychotherapist and peer who also has AD — visited Isaiah and his family and shared helpful perspectives.

“I'm still Isaiah’s mother so I will always have a level of concern for him,” Lori said. “Helping him prepare to manage his disease more independently now helps to put my mind at ease.”

Understand AD Squad dermatologist, Dr. Mercedes E. Gonzalez, said it’s important for teens to start taking on more responsibilities while living at home, and has some tips to share with caregivers:

1. Find an eczema specialist

A dermatologist focused on treating moderate-­to-­severe AD is an integral part of your teen’s care. If your teen is going away to college, decide together if they should keep their dermatologist near home or find a different one near school.

Work with your teen to identify the right doctor for them. If someone isn’t the right fit, that’s OK. “Don't be afraid to change the game plan at any point,” Gonzalez said. “And always have your next dermatologist appointment scheduled.”

2. Coach them through doctor’s appointments

As the caregiver, you’ve been advocating for your child at every doctor’s appointment, likely for most of their life. But as they transition to adulthood, you may not always be in the exam room. One of the most important things to teach your teen about dermatologist appointments is to be open and ask questions.

“I always tell my patients to keep track of things that are bothering them or things that aren't working for them, so that when it comes time for our next appointment, they are ready to talk,” Gonzalez said.

You can download helpful resources, including a doctor discussion guide, to prepare for your next visit.

7 flu shot myths debunked
Posted: October 21, 2019

(BPT) - Flu season is here and experts agree that getting an annual vaccination is one of the most effective things you can do to prevent the flu. However, many myths exist about the flu shot that are broadly believed, causing people to skip this important immunization.

New Treatment for Painful Leg Veins Helps Patients Get Back on Their Feet
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Bonnie Christensen loves horses.

Friday 10/18/2019
A new clinical study for people with Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA) [Video]
Posted: October 18, 2019

Thursday 10/17/2019
What Every Family Needs to Know About Parkinson's Disease
Posted: October 17, 2019

(StatePoint) Debbie, 63, and Doug Chambers, 72, had always been a social couple, enjoying travel, dinners with friends and going to the movies. But their active lifestyle began to change in 2016 when Doug’s gait became slower and he had difficulty concentrating. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease soon thereafter.

4 Tire Tips to Prepare for Winter
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) Among the many daily necessities that tend to take a backseat during the cold days of winter, driving is one of a handful directly affected by the weather. From slick roads caused by ice and snow to cold temperatures that can wreak havoc on certain parts of vehicles, even a simple commute to work or school may become a more treacherous activity.

Tips to Improve Wellness and Prevent Stroke
Posted: October 17, 2019

(Family Features) Stroke is often thought of as something that happens to older people, but more people under 50 are having strokes due to increased risky behaviors, such as smoking and untreated high blood pressure.

4 Ways Pets Improve Overall Well-Being
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) Self-care is an important piece of maintaining a happy and healthy life, and adopting a pet can be a beneficial way to improve overall well-being in a number of ways.

Spooky Yet Safe
Posted: October 17, 2019

5 tips to help ensure a happy Halloween

6 Keys to Success in Business and Life
Posted: October 17, 2019

(Family Features) It's not always easy staying organized. Life is busy, chaotic and fast-moving. Although it can be easy to get discouraged at times, there are ways to enhance organization and attitude through the peaks and pits life throws at you.

It Pays to Compare Using Medicare's New Plan Finder
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:46 am

Explore your options before the end of Open Enrollment

Encouraging Youth Sports and Their Benefits
Posted: October 17, 2019

(Family Features) Sports help shape kids’ lives, but due to funding shortages, some school sports programs are at risk.

Holiday Entertaining with 5 Sommelier-Approved Wine Pairings
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) The holiday season is all about entertaining. This year, take your holiday soiree to the next level with a palate-pleasing wine pairing experience. Invite friends and family to the kitchen for easily pairable tastes of these three favorites: wine, cheese and chocolate.

5 Time-Saving Laundry Tips
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) Between sorting, washing, pouring, transferring, drying and folding, laundry can often feel like a daunting chore.

Beware of ‘Free Genetic Testing’ Medicare Scam
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) Over the past few years, DNA tests have become more popular across the country. However, unscrupulous people are taking advantage of the buzz around these tests to scam Medicare beneficiaries.

Be Prepared When Natural Disaster Strikes
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) Emergency situations, especially those that pertain to natural disasters, can be difficult to recover from without proper planning, which is why it’s important to take small steps from the start to help protect your family.

How to Train Your Cat
Posted: October 17, 2019

5 tips from a professional tiger trainer

5 Questions to Ask When Planning for Long-Term Care
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) You may not want to consider a time when you might not be able to fully take care of yourself, but the reality is there is almost a 70% chance someone turning 65 today will need some type of long-term care service and support in his or her lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Halloween Spooky Cans
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:30 am

(eLivingtoday.com) Get the kids involved with Halloween decorations this year with these easy-to-make “spooky cans” resembling a bat, Frankenstein and a mummy.

How to Find the Right Dog for Your Family
Posted: October 17, 2019

(Family Features) Adding a four-legged friend to the family is no small decision, and it’s easy to get distracted by sweet eyes pleading to be taken home. Becoming a dog parent is a major commitment, so it’s important to do your research and make well-informed choices before deciding on a new dog.

Wednesday 10/16/2019
Psoriasis: The importance of connection
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - At first glance, psoriasis may appear to be only a surface-level condition that affects one’s skin and outward appearance. What many people do not realize is this common, chronic inflammatory disease may lead to the development of psoriatic arthritis in a third of patients. Psoriasis sufferers also may experience an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease or depression.1,2 While there have been many advances in the treatment of psoriasis in the past decade, it is important to call attention to the significant unmet needs of the 125 million people worldwide living with psoriasis.2

4 Ways to Treat and Trick Your Pet this Fall
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) The autumn season offers plenty of reasons to celebrate: nostalgic flavors, pretty leaves and a seasonal wardrobe change. Fall also typically features event calendars full of festivals, trips to pumpkin patches and hikes to take in the crisp air.

5 Ways to Empower Kids to End Bullying
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) From the classroom to the internet, bullying can lead to children developing a poor self-image or lead to bullying others. In fact, members of Generation Z believe bullying is the biggest issue facing their generation, according to new data.

Safe and Sound
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:46 am

5 ways to reduce safety risks for young children

An Imaginative, DIY Halloween Costume
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) Few traditions are as popular on Halloween as picking out the perfect costume. This haunting season, think outside the box – literally – and use boxes from your recent deliveries to create a unique DIY costume, or “boxtume.”

How Streaming Can Make Watching Favorite Shows Easier
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) At home, you have ultimate control over your entertainment environment. Now, with today’s technology, you can create the same viewing experience wherever you are, even if that means you are miles away from your favorite spot on the couch.

Tuesday 10/15/2019
A New Way to Achieve Defined Arms and Contoured Thighs
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Picture this: You’re sporting a sleek, black sleeveless tank or maybe a pair of denim short shorts. Your arms are defined and trim, and your legs could stop traffic.

Monday 10/14/2019
Ask The Doctor: Early Morning Challenges With ADHD
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:47 am

(NAPSI)—ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder defined by impairing levels of inattention, disorganization, and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity.1 For people with ADHD, these behaviors are more severe, occur more often, and interfere with or reduce the quality of how they function socially, at school, or in a job.2

Seniors Have A Lot To Smile About
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:47 am

(NAPSI)—Healthy teeth and gums are an important part of overall well-being. However, as people age, they become more prone to gum disease and other oral health problems. With regular dental check-ups and proper care, your smile may never get old.

Medicare Enrollment Season Is Coming: 5 Tips To Make Sure You’re In The Right Plan
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:47 am

(NAPSI)—Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period runs from October 15 to December 7, 2019. This is your yearly chance to shop for insurance coverage that best meets your needs. People covered by Medicare will have even more plans with a host of new benefits to choose from for 2020.

Friday 10/11/2019
Knowing If It's Alzheimer's Or Just Typical Age-Related Changes
Posted: October 11, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Maybe your mom forgot where she parked her car. Or maybe you had to resort to describing "the thing that gets the creases out of clothes" to a salesperson because you couldn't remember the word "iron."

Thursday 10/10/2019
3 ways supplemental insurance helps those facing breast cancer
Posted: October 10, 2019

(BPT) - As we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women should take some time to make sure they are taking the proper precautions to help protect themselves physically and financially against the disease. According to the American Cancer Society, women still have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer at some time in their life.1

Wednesday 10/09/2019
5 Tips to Take Control of Your Pain
Posted: October 09, 2019

(BPT) - If you suffer from chronic pain, you know all too well the effect it can have on almost every aspect of your life. From limiting your daily activities, to straining your closest relationships, pain has a way of taking control. That’s why therapeutic at-home massager manufacturer Wahl interviewed board-certified anesthesiologist and pain specialist Dr. Anita Gupta for tips on how to get the power back.

Fuel up for fall: 5 ways to take on the day
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Back to school and back to the grind! Fall is here and with that comes maxed out schedules and new routines — school, sports practices, work travel, getting ready for the holidays and more. It can be hard to keep up, especially when you sometimes want to just lay down and recharge, but there are some easy ways to keep your energy going during these long weeks. Check out these 5 simple tips for tackling your busiest days — full speed ahead!

New Technology Accesses Small But Mighty Microorganisms
Posted: October 09, 2019

(NewsUSA) - More medicines may be developed faster in the near future, thanks to new technology that harnesses the tiny particles that make drug development possible.

Confronting the Opioids Epidemic in Our Communities
Posted: October 09, 2019

(StatePoint) As America’s opioid epidemic continues to impact communities large and small, new trends are raising new challenges for doctors and policymakers.

Wearable Fall Trends
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) The fall season is all about remixing modern classics, which means some fall trends may already be hanging in your closet. However, if you decide to upgrade a few basics, you can find plenty of worthy investment pieces this season that you can wear again and again for years to come.

Help Safeguard Your Family’s Finances
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:54 am

(Family Features) Every year, millions of American workers enroll in employee benefits through their workplaces during a period known as annual enrollment. It's usually a short window of time, but employees make crucial financial decisions for their families for the coming year.

The Benefits of Service Dogs
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:54 am

Supporting veterans when they return home

Monday 10/07/2019
Coping with the Uncertainty of Blood Cancer Recurrence
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - For the growing number of cancer survivors in the United States, many face the shared question: will my cancer come back? In fact, fear of cancer recurrence is one of the top concerns among people with cancer and their loved ones.1

Cold Medicine Ingredients Can Raise Your Blood Pressure
Updated: October 10, 2019 - 2:52 am

(NAPSI)—There’s a reason it’s called the “common” cold: Adults have an average two to three colds per year and children even more, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Non-Surgical Heart Valve Gives Patients New Lease on Life
Posted: October 07, 2019

(StatePoint) When walking up the stairs and playing golf started to become difficult even on a good day, retired Navy Captain Allen Brady attributed the change to aging. Having spent six years as a prisoner of war, Brady was no stranger to living with a challenge. But, when he couldn’t finish a round of golf without feeling fatigued and short of breath, he and his wife knew something was wrong and decided to visit a cardiologist. Brady was diagnosed with a severe form of aortic stenosis, the most common valvular heart disease affecting an estimated 1.5 million Americans.

Thursday 10/03/2019
Protect Your Health During Cancer Treatment
Posted: October 03, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Cancer can be a difficult and overwhelming diagnosis, and if you have cancer or are undergoing cancer treatment, your top priority is to get healthy. After your cancer diagnosis, there are many new things you might need to learn and manage. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Blood Clot Alliance want you to protect your health by understanding your risk for dangerous blood clots, because cancer and some cancer treatments can increase your risk for blood clots. About 900,000 people each year are affected by blood clots, and about one in five of these blood clots are associated with cancer.

Reducing Veteran Suicides Through Support and Education [Video]
Posted: October 03, 2019

'Something had to change': Signs of uncontrolled asthma
Posted: October 03, 2019

(BPT) - More than 25 million Americans live with asthma, a chronic lung condition that causes coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Sudden severe symptoms of asthma can even be deadly. For many of these people, severe or difficult-to-control asthma can be debilitating, negatively impacting their lives at home, school or work.

Wednesday 10/02/2019
Survey: Nearly 80% of women avoid intimacy due to this common infection
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Sexual intimacy can be an important part of life and healthy relationships. However, many women tend to avoid intimacy due to uncomfortable or embarrassing symptoms when they get a vaginal infection, which can cause a woman’s sexual self-esteem and health to suffer.[1] It’s important to understand the impact that vaginal health can have on a woman’s sexual well-being.

Key Questions to Help You Choose a Medicare Plan
Posted: October 02, 2019

(NewsUSA) - If you're one of 56 million Americans eligible for Medicare, it's important to understand coverage options when selecting your health plan for 2020.

Cancer and Blood Clots: How to Protect Your Health
Posted: October 02, 2019

(StatePoint) Blood clots affect 900,000 people in the U.S. each year. One in five blood clots are related to cancer and its treatment. Blood clots that form in a person’s legs or arms can be dangerous, and those that break off and travel to the lungs can be life-threatening.

3 Surprising Things That Happen to Women’s Bodies After Giving Birth
Posted: October 02, 2019

(StatePoint) Along with the joy of bringing a baby into the world, physical changes from pregnancy and postpartum conditions may cause unexpected effects on the body. It’s important to proactively discuss these topics with friends and physicians to stay informed, know you aren’t alone and understand what effective solutions are available.

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