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How to Shop for a Medicare Plan from Home

(StatePoint) Every year, eligible individuals can shop for a health plan during Medicare’s Annual Election Period (AEP), which runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Doing so can potentially improve your coverage, lower your costs or both. The options are many, including Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, Medicare Supplement plans and Prescription Drug Plans.

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Friday 09/18/2020
Once a crisis moment, now a manageable situation: First autoinjector to treat severe hypoglycemia
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - As the country continues to navigate uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, it seems like there are new questions and decisions that pop up each day. What does heading back to school or work look like? How should my family commute in the safest way? How can I continue to minimize the risk of exposure when I’m surrounded by more people during the day?

Thursday 09/17/2020
The benefits of biking for kids
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - For kids, biking is one of the gateways to growing up. Popular films and TV hits such as “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and “Stranger Things” highlight the joy a bike can bring as a fun way to explore or spend time kicking around the neighborhood. Yet, according to a study from the Outdoor Industry Association, bike riding among kids declined 19% between 2007 and 2019.

Bridging the Gap: Tips for Young Adults with SCD Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Care [Infographic]
Posted: September 17, 2020

(BPT) - In recognition of Sickle Cell Awareness Month, we take the opportunity to highlight the challenges young adults with sickle cell disease (SCD) face when transitioning from pediatric to adult medical care. SCD is a lifelong inherited blood disorder that mainly affects people of African ancestry and other minorities. Complicating matters, people with SCD are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, adding an additional layer of stress. Check out the infographic below for tips on how patients can take an active role as they navigate this transition during the pandemic. Visit https://sicklecellspeaks.com/ for more information.

3 Ways To Boost Your Business During A Crisis
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re a business owner and you haven’t already pivoted your business model to accommodate the pandemic, you could be missing out on higher revenue opportunities. A June 2020 GetApp.com survey found that 92% of small businesses in the U.S. had already done so, adding elements such as online sales, takeout and to-go orders, virtual offerings and more. Such companies were three times more likely to report higher-than-expected revenues than those that didn’t. That’s a significant number, and it’s incredible news considering the far-reaching economic downturn. 

If your company has already made changes, it’s not time to take your foot off the gas just yet. Many businesses went into emergency mode after the crisis and put a quick solution in place. This is great and necessary for the short term, but it’s not enough. It’s crucial to keep adapting as the crisis continues. It’s now time to think about the long term. Do you have the right technology in place to support your business goals for the next five years? What about the next 10? Technology is such an important part of the recipe for business success as we move into a more digitally connected world.  

If those numbers about higher-than-expected revenue have convinced you it’s time to add more digital revenue streams, take a look at three of the most common business pivots made by business owners we surveyed and how you can build on them for long-term success.  

Pivot 1: Adopt a new online delivery channel. Most people we spoke to have incorporated more digital elements to their business, such as online ordering for restaurants or using eCommerce software to set up online product sales. While many small businesses may have already wanted to go digital, COVID-19 forced them to change quickly and rush to get a minimally viable product up and running.

How to build on this: Small businesses that have invested in IT and software since the pandemic and see technology as a driver right now are able to thrive. Take restaurants as an example. Before COVID-19, many only had an online booking system. Now, having a point-of-sale (POS) platform that enables curbside pickup and local delivery is essential.  

Pivot 2: Develop a new virtual service. Two out of five GetApp.com survey respondents added a new virtual service to their offerings. Think of a fitness class offering training or a craft cocktail bar offering mixology classes online using a video conferencing platform.  

How to build on this: Don’t feel limited to recreating an in-person experience online. The video conferencing technology available now opens the doors to a lot of innovative ideas. For example, while some virtual workout attendees may enjoy meeting at the same time as their classmates, there’s no reason fitness centers couldn’t record a class and offer it on demand for those who aren’t able to make a 6 a.m. workout. Think of it as the ability to reach even more customers than you may have been able to with in-person offerings.  

Pivot 3: Create a new offline delivery channel. Business owners are also adding new offline offerings. In our survey, this was the third most popular business model change. Yes, digital transformation is incredibly important for your business, but offline channels work hand in hand with your software tools. How to build on this: eCommerce and POS software vendors are moving quickly to ensure their platforms include curbside, takeout and online ordering as an option. Find a vendor that allows this as an add-on or included as part of your software so you can keep revenue up during a time of social distancing. Once you have a solid platform in place, ensure it’s backed by an offline process and marketing plan so customers know about your new services.  

Next steps: You may not have the right software in place to grow your business. Whether you’re still thinking about changing your business model or have already added new offerings to your lineup, it’s important to have the right software in place. It’s always easier to scale once you have a solid foundation. The right software can help support your business model changes to ensure you’re able to not just survive the current economic downturn, but grow your business for years to come.  

For more tips about how software can help grow your business, visit ­GetApp.com/resources

 

Premixed chemotherapy mitigates risks of drug exposure for healthcare workers
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Medication is essential for cancer patients in treating their disease. However, there are inherent risks associated with compounding and administering chemotherapies for intravenous infusion. Risk mitigation is important for the well-being of healthcare workers who may be exposed to hazardous materials.

Finding the Perfect Powersports Adventure for Your Bucket List
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Traditional getaways may seem like a thing of the past due to travel restrictions and safety concerns, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Many people are considering ways to create new experiences, take in landscapes and make memories with friends and family, and are looking for options.

4 Ways Pets Help Impact Health and Wellness
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Daily life across the country has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and in times of isolation, relationships – human or animal – are as important as ever before.

Stream Hollywood Classics at Home
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) While Hollywood may not be delivering its usual batch of blockbusters in theaters, there are still ways for movie fans to get their fix at home. Streaming media has made it more convenient to binge watch favorite shows and movie series on your own time.

Build Heart-Healthy Behaviors for Preschoolers at Home
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

Building an Emergency Kit with Disability in Mind
Posted: September 17, 2020

(Family Features) Creating a supply kit is part of being prepared for emergencies and disasters. Kits should include basic survival items but also things specific to your needs. Kits can have equipment to help with communication, things that reduce stress and more.

Manage Medical Conditions During COVID-19
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Diabetes and heart disease are two pre-existing medical conditions that researchers believe contribute to elevated risk of severe complications from COVID-19. In fact, patients with two or more pre-existing conditions have 4.5 times greater risk of needing treatment at a hospital if they contract COVID-19, according to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Understanding the Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Pets
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) In most pets, the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning are nonspecific and could easily be attributed to other illnesses. To protect yourself and your pets from the dangers of CO, it’s important to keep working alarms throughout the home, test and replace them as recommended and understands the signs. Learn more about protecting your two- and four-legged loved ones at Kidde.com.

Celebrate Halloween Safely and Help a Good Cause
Posted: September 17, 2020

(Family Features) This Halloween, fewer families will be going door to door as the pandemic enters its predicted second wave. Seventy-three percent of people do not anticipate taking their children trick-or-treating at all, according to a Harris Poll survey. However, Halloween is not canceled, and there are ways parents and kids can still celebrate safely while also giving back to a good cause.

A Family-Friendly Vacation Destination
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

Legacy International Center provides something for everyone

Wednesday 09/16/2020
Make The Most Of All The Stages Of Your Life
Updated: September 19, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—On average, women experience change of life at age 51 and, while September has been designated Menopause Awareness Month, any time of year is a good time for women of any age to consider their personal health and how to improve it.   

These facts and tips that may help. Menopause is usually defined as 12 months with no menstruation. It’s often accompanied by hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, pain during intercourse and dryness.   

What to do? To cool hot flashes, dress in layers, and avoid hot rooms and hot beverages, caffeine, spicy foods and alcohol. It also helps to eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep and exercise, not smoke and practice relaxation techniques. As for dealing with intimate dryness, there’s now an all-natural, vegan, personal moisturizer and lubricant that helps women find pleasure and comfort through all stages of life. Called Chiavaye (pronounced: kee-ah-vay), it caters not only to women in menopause but also those affected by pregnancy, endometriosis, chemotherapy and more. A high-quality all-natural moisturizer, made by women for women, it can also to remove makeup, hydrate the hair, treat nipple chafing caused during breastfeeding, as a bath oil and generally pamper dry skin. It’s so pure, its even edible. Endorsed by gynecologist Dr. Barb DePree, M.D., Chiavaye can help with vaginal dryness, discomfort, itching, chafing, burning, painful intercourse and thinning vaginal walls. It has a smooth, velvety feel that’s never sticky and adjusts to your body temperature. It’s sustainable, earth-friendly, comes in a sleek, discreet package and made in the USA from six natural ingredients. It’s available at Walmart this autumn: 

•Coconut Oil: This penetrates multiple skin layers to deliver nourishment and hydration. Studies show it can have antibacterial and antifungal effects. 

•Almond Oil: This locks moisture into the skin and is anti-inflammatory, plus it can act as a natural mild pain reliever. The almond oil soothes sore muscles and may be beneficial for healing. 

•Vitamin E: An antioxidant that removes free radicals that damage the cell structure. Studies show it can promote blood circulation and regenerate cells. 

•Grapeseed Oil: An anti-inflammatory that promotes anti-aging and can be antimicrobial. It’s also an antihistamine to relieve dry, itchy skin, PMS and hemorrhoids. 

•Sunflower Seed Oil: This retains moisture and can boost healing and acts as a barrier oil for friction. 

•Evening Primrose Oil: Widely used in treating PMS, endometriosis, and symptoms of menopause, studies show this oil is beneficial in reducing inflammation.

Learn More

For further facts, visit chiavaye.com.

 

Helping People With Hearing Loss Connect
Updated: September 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is among the 48 million Americans who experience hearing loss, here’s some news for you.  

Access to communication is especially vital during national emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left many Americans isolated due to physical distancing. Fortunately, services such as Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) empower people to connect.  

How It Works 

IP CTS, also known as captioned telephone service, allows people with hearing loss to use their residual hearing and speak during a phone call and read captions on a telephone or mobile app when the other person responds. Speech recognition technology, along with skilled transcribers, are used to provide this live service.  

The Clear2Connect Coalition is a group of disability and veterans service organizations working together to preserve the quality of and access to captioned telephone service through advocacy and education, as well as meeting with Congress and the Federal Communications Commission. The coalition is committed to protecting the right, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act, for Americans with hearing loss to communicate using a phone.  

Learn More 

For further information, visit Clear2Connect.org.  

 

3 essential tips to keep families healthy this fall
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - For many families across America, fall is viewed as a time to reset and create new rituals, especially with key moments like back-to-school. We all know common routines have been disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes parenting more challenging than ever. This year, preventing illness at home is part of everyone’s focus. A simple runny nose could mean anything from the common cold or allergies to something more serious like the flu or COVID.

Tips for the best back-to-school skin-care routine
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - It’s that time of year again — the new school year is starting, and this year is like no other. Whether you’ve headed back into the classroom or you're continuing to learn remotely, this year presents new challenges for everyone. Amid all these changes, it's easy to get so busy that you don’t take good care of yourself. The result? When you’re over-stressed and under-nourished, it shows on your skin.

Engage virtually for good health [Infographic]
Posted: September 16, 2020

(BPT) - Staying connected is essential to good physical and mental health. From letter writing to attending online performances, these ideas can help you to learn, relax and socialize virtually.

Ease Into Education
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) If there’s one constant this year, it’s change. With another school year comes even more change, but you can help your family make a smooth transition with some planning and preparation.

Creating a Stable Back-to-School Routine for Children
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) If there’s one thing parents know, it’s children thrive on routines. When it seems like everything is changing, routines can create stability.

Easy Ways to Enjoy Life's Everyday Moments
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) For many people across the country, carving out time from busy schedules to spend with loved ones can be difficult. However, when opportunities arise to experience bonding activities together, the results can be fond memories and a deeper sense of security.

Protect Yourself Against the Unexpected
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) A financial emergency may have previously seemed like a “not me” scenario, but it’s now a reality many families across America are dealing with as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the economy.

Tuesday 09/15/2020
Free Online Survey Alerts Older Adults to Risks of Falling, a Major Hazard
Posted: September 15, 2020

(NewsUSA) - The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of things. One thing that's still the same? Falling is NOT a normal part of aging. There are steps you can take to reduce your risk.

How this KUWTK star is empowering people with migraine to Take Back their day
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Khloé Kardashian has joined efforts with Biohaven Pharmaceuticals to launch the Take Back Today campaign to empower people with migraine to share their stories in a new online community.

Monday 09/14/2020
How to Smooth 'Crepey' Skin on Arms and Legs
Updated: September 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Managing the effects of skin aging includes tackling the common complaint of skin crepiness. Crepiness refers to a sagging appearance caused in part by lack of moisture in the skin; women are especially affected by skin crepiness on the upper arms and above the knees.

Take Control of Your Health: 5 Steps You Can Take to Help Keep Your Family Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Updated: September 16, 2020 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - SPONSORED BY MERCK - As we all adjust to new routines during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be wondering how to help keep your family healthy. Here are five ways you can help protect your health, and the health of your family, during these uncertain times:

Thursday 09/10/2020
New Hope for People With Spinal Cord Injuries
Updated: September 18, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is among the 48 million Americans who experience hearing loss, here’s some news for you.  

Access to communication is especially vital during national emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left many Americans isolated due to physical distancing. Fortunately, services such as Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) empower people to connect.  

How It Works 

IP CTS, also known as captioned telephone service, allows people with hearing loss to use their residual hearing and speak during a phone call and read captions on a telephone or mobile app when the other person responds. Speech recognition technology, along with skilled transcribers, are used to provide this live service.  

The Clear2Connect Coalition is a group of disability and veterans service organizations working together to preserve the quality of and access to captioned telephone service through advocacy and education, as well as meeting with Congress and the Federal Communications Commission. The coalition is committed to protecting the right, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act, for Americans with hearing loss to communicate using a phone.  

Learn More 

For further information, visit Clear2Connect.org.  

 
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How moms really feel about navigating the pandemic and discovering silver linings
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

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Your optometrist has to do this, no matter what [Infographic]
Updated: September 12, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Optometrists are required by federal law to give you a copy of your prescription — without you even having to ask for it. However, special interest groups and optometrists are trying to undo the Federal Trade Commission’s unanimous ruling that ensures the protection of your vision care rights as a contact lens wearer. Protect your right to shop around and buy contact lenses wherever you want instead of being forced to purchase from your optometrist at artificially high prices that only benefit big brands and optometrists, not you.

News For Noses
Updated: September 17, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Nasal congestion is nothing to sneeze at. It affects roughly 20 percent of the population and is associated with reduced quality of life, difficulty sleeping, reduced daytime performance, and increased need for healthcare. In addition to the physical misery, it is estimated the annual financial impact of chronic congestion is more than $5 to $10 billion. Fortunately, scientists are coming up with new and better ways to deal with the problem.

New Device

That’s good news since, until recently, most of the current treatments for nasal congestion and season allergies were drugs that must be regularly ingested in the form of nasal sprays (decongestants or steroids), pills (decongestants or antihistamines) or uncomfortable nasal irrigators. Each of these has its own side effects and risks. In addition, current treatments provide only partial or temporary relief. Fortunately, there’s a new patented device that uses a combination of acoustic vibrations, and gentle, resistant pressure to help open nasal breathing and relieve nasal congestion, naturally—in as little as three minutes.

Called SinuSonic, it consists of a fully disposable medical-grade silicone nosepiece on a resin body. A flutter valve on top creates gentle, self-guided oscillating expiratory resistance.

A recent study published in the prestigious International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology (IFAR)—the official journal of the American Rhinologic Society (ARS) and the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA)—found the relief from chronic nasal congestion can be life changing. Eighty percent of participants enjoyed a clinically relevant improvement.

Doctor’s Opinion

“We were excited to see measurable positive changes in both objective nasal airflow as well as patient-reported symptom scores and quality of life,” said Dr. Rodney Schlosser, an internationally known sinus specialist and one of the lead researchers on the study. “Our initial results demonstrate that SinuSonic is a safe and effective treatment alternative to conventional pharmacologic and surgical treatment for these patients.”

Learn More

To see the device in action or purchase online, go to www.SinuSonic.com.

 

Fighting Food Insecurity to Build a Brighter, Healthier Future
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Access to nutritious foods is a key ingredient in overall health and well-being. Yet food security is the most commonly reported unmet social need in the United States.1 This need has grown into a crisis as the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates the struggle in communities everywhere, raising the number of those experiencing food insecurity by an estimated 45 percent in 2020 since 2018.2

How to use yoga to engage kids during remote learning
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Full-time, hybrid and supplemental distance learning have become a fundamental part of education. This isn't just a big adjustment for students; parents and teachers face new challenges as well. Whether you are trying to meaningfully connect with students over Zoom, or stay engaged at home, navigating the difficulties of distance learning causes stress levels to increase for everyone.

Wednesday 09/09/2020
Rebounding Your Way To Better Fitness
Updated: September 11, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—The COVID-19 pandemic has not only resulted in more people working out at home, it has underscored the tremendous value of regular exercise in staying healthy and boosting your immune system. If you’re looking to start exercising or want to add some variety to your fitness routine, now may be a great time to try rebounding, where you bounce on a mini-trampoline to build stamina, burn calories and shape up. 

What is Rebounding?

Rebounding is a low-impact, high-intensity exercise on a fitness trampoline with elastic cords. It’s intuitive, gentle on the joints and, users say, a whole lot of fun. From different ways to jump, to strength and balance work, to flexibility moves, exercisers enjoy the ease, rhythm and freedom of rebounding, along with energizing music that drives workouts and helps endorphins flow. 

“We perform workouts to the beat of the music, which allows people to get out of their minds and focus on their bodies and movement,” explains Jacey Lambros, co-owner of Jane DO, a fitness brand with four studios in the greater New York City region. “Our trampoline class is a total-body workout designed to lift both the body and the spirit.”

Benefits of Rebounding 

 

Here are some more reasons to consider rebounding:  

1.Accommodates all fitness levels. Beginners can go at their own pace and use a handlebar attached to the trampoline, while advanced exercisers can accelerate their pace and intensity for greater challenge. Both benefit from this low-impact modality, which minimizes joint stress.  

2.Burns calories. Studies have shown that rebounding for 20 minutes is comparable to running for 30 minutes—without all the jarring on the body. Another study indicates that rebounding is 50 percent more efficient at burning fat than running. Plus, because workouts are low-impact, they don’t feel as taxing, so you can exercise longer for even better results.  

3.Develops balance. The unstable surface of trampolines means your body has to work harder and constantly engage the core to remain balanced and in control.  

4.Improves the lymphatic system. Rebounding stimulates the lymphatic system, which functions to help the body get rid of toxins and is essential for immunity and overall health. 

5.Builds bone mass. Jumping on a trampoline strengthens the skeletal system to enhance bone density and help stave off osteoporosis. 

6.Is compact and cost-effective. Mini-trampolines are compact and can fit anywhere (some even fold), are reasonably priced, facilitate a variety of workouts and deliver long-lasting performance over years.  

How to Jump In 

Get a quality trampoline from an expert such as JumpSport at
www.JumpSportFitness.com. You can choose among different models for various preferences and budgets. Then take advantage of on-demand and live streamed workouts, or hit a rebounding boutique. There are more than 20 fitness studios in the Tri-state area keeping exercisers bouncing with in-person and virtual rebounding sessions. 

In the greater NYC area, Jane DO offers its trampoline workouts, along with weekly live streamed classes, at www.janedo.com/livestream and on-demand workouts, via its custom app in the Apple Store or Google Play.  

“Rebounding gives you a full-body workout on a singular apparatus, in a small space, and in a way that won’t bother your neighbors,” says Dani DeAngelo, co-owner of Jane DO.  

PERSPIROLOGY, a boutique fitness center in Sea Bright, New Jersey, also offers a wide variety of Bounce classes in studio and online that motivate and challenge exercisers.  

“We have hundreds of workouts on our site that allow exercisers to get familiar with rebounding and work hard in the comfort of their own home,” says Katy Fraggos, owner/creator of PERSPIROLOGY. You can check out a free seven-day trial of the Workout At Home library at www.perspirology.com.

Rebounding can be a great way to put more of a spring in your step all year round.

 

Medicare open enrollment help at no cost [Infographic]
Posted: September 09, 2020

(BPT) - Medicare open enrollment begins October 15. State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) provide free, in-depth, unbiased insurance counseling and assistance to Medicare-eligible individuals, their families and caregivers.

Get Curious About Your Cat's Health
Updated: September 14, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Adopting and fostering pets continues to trend as people across the nation add furry friends to their families for company during these unprecedented times. However, building a bond is just the first step to pet ownership; curiosity and care for your pet’s health lasts its entire life.

Find a Grill to Fit Your Style
Updated: September 14, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re ready for a grilling marathon or want an easy way to elevate each meal, there’s an outdoor grill to fit your style. Beyond your eating habits and schedule, understanding the many styles of outdoor grills and the benefits of each is crucial to choosing the right one for you.

Make Hydration and Heat Safety Workout Musts
Updated: September 14, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Whether this season has your teen athlete in training mode or competing, it’s important to understand the importance of heat safety and staying hydrated. This is especially true when it’s hot and they’re working up a sweat – athletes are at greater risk for dehydration.

Tuesday 09/08/2020
5 common myths about cancer clinical trials
Posted: September 08, 2020

(BPT) - Treating cancer should be customized to each patient. As you and your health care team consider the best treatments for your personal needs, you might discuss clinical trial opportunities. This can bring on many emotions for patients and their loved ones, from curiosity and hope to wonder and worry.

How healthy sleep can set students up for success
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Healthy sleep is vital as students prepare for success in school. Yet, a new survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)* shows that many students are not getting enough sleep, according to more than half of American parents surveyed. No matter where classes are held — in-person, online or in a hybrid format — the AASM is highlighting the importance of healthy sleep for students during the first-ever Student Sleep Health Week, Sept. 14-20, 2020.

Drug-Free Device Simplifies Sinus Pain Relief
Updated: September 15, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Sinus pain is a persistent problem for many allergy sufferers. The pain makes it hard to focus and enjoy the outdoors. The chemical side effects associated with some allergy over-the-counter and prescription medications can be as annoying as the sinus pain itself. However, Tivic Health, a bioelectronic device company, has developed a simple, handheld device designed to relieve allergy-related sinus pain with no drugs or chemical side effects. The device, known as ClearUP Sinus Pain Relief, runs on a rechargeable lithium battery and can be used at home, at work, or while traveling.

The story of a family impacted by blood cancer
Posted: September 08, 2020

Friday 09/04/2020
Maintaining Hope While Navigating a Rare and Complex Urinary Cancer
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - At age 76, Jim Mulligan considered himself lucky as he had been healthy for most of his life - he was active and enjoyed traveling. After returning from a trip to Ireland with his wife, he wasn’t feeling well and went in for a simple checkup, including a scan. Jim didn't think much of it until he received a call from his doctor: he had cancer.

A Devastating Rare Tumor Many People Have Never Heard Of: One Woman’s Journey
Posted: September 04, 2020

(BPT) - For many women, a cesarean section can present numerous physical challenges. So, when Kayla Riggs, a chiropractor from Kansas, felt pain in her pelvic area nine months post-partum, she assumed it was related to the recent birth of her child. When the pain didn’t relent, she went to a series of doctor appointments to understand what was causing this discomfort and how to resolve it — a quest that eventually led her to a devastating diagnosis: a desmoid tumor.

Thursday 09/03/2020
How to find safer alternatives to trendy European baby formulas
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - It’s no secret how much research parents put into raising a child, especially when it comes to nutrition for their baby.

Students' Mental Health Must Figure in Plans to Restart Classes
Updated: September 10, 2020 - 2:32 am

By Amy Braun 

Wednesday 09/02/2020
Parenting an online student? 5 reasons to include exercise
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - As the pandemic continues, health experts and physicians are concerned that with home and online schooling replacing in-person curricula — including PE classes — our children may not be getting the physical activity they need to promote their health. And that may be a bigger deal than parents realize.

Free Robot Companion Comforts Kids with Cancer [Infographic]
Updated: September 21, 2020 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - In 2018, Aflac debuted an innovation that revolutionized its 25-year, $146M commitment to childhood cancer research and treatment: My Special Aflac Duck®. Engineered with purpose to help kids cope with cancer, the duck can be ordered online by health care professionals free of charge and as often as needed to give to their pediatric oncology patients, age 3+, to own and use during their cancer care.

This social robot is making a direct impact on the lives of children with cancer by providing comfort and joy through interactive technology and medical play. Grounded in 18 months of child-centered research and the insight that kids need more than medicine to cope with cancer, Aflac teamed up with Sproutel to create a companion for young patients during cancer care.

Health care professionals who wish to register to receive My Special Aflac Duck for their patients should visit AflacChildhoodCancer.org/MyDuck to learn more.

Tips to Get the Whole Family Moving at Home
Updated: September 07, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) With many families stuck at home juggling working remotely, homeschooling and trying to keep everyone happy and healthy, it can be easy to let an otherwise active lifestyle fall by the wayside.

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