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Don’t Let Mother Nature Sidetrack Your Health: Five Ways To Prioritize Your Family’s Physical And Mental Well-Being In Hurricane Season

(NAPSI)—The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts an average hurricane season this year, but as history has shown, the worst hurricanes are often unexpected. Last year, the seemingly mild Hurricane Michael rapidly turned into a category 5 storm, devastating parts of the Florida Panhandle. While many will stock batteries, flashlights and bottles of water, few will prep for health-related incidents or have a plan in place if a family member gets sick during a natural disaster. What’s more, such storms can be traumatic, causing stress and fear, even after they’ve blown over. It’s wise to prepare for that, too.

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Wednesday 08/21/2019
Breathe Easier, Have Your Kids Tested For Asthma
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 2:36 am

(NAPSI)—The school year can be a hectic time for the families of America’s estimated 57 million schoolkids—but it’s also a good time for parents to bring their children to the doctor to get tested for asthma.

5 Ways to Keep Your Cat Happy and Healthy
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) While cats can be quite independent animals, they still rely on their pet parents to maintain their well-being. It’s up to pet owners to provide the adequate care, nutrition and home environment to ensure their furry friends live long and healthy lives.

Making the Back-to-School Transition Easy
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) It’s time to get your household organized for another school year and all that comes with it.

Ways to Make the World a Better Place for Seniors
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) By 2050, the senior population (adults age 65 and older) will be more than double that of the world’s youngest citizens, and the number of people living beyond age 80 is expected to triple over the next 30 years.

Seek Outdoor Entertainment for Personal Satisfaction
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Making time to enjoy the outdoors is a simple way to boost your physical and mental well-being, no matter your age. Whether you venture out to the porch to watch the sunset or lace up your golf shoes for an afternoon on the course, there are plenty of ways you can take in some fresh air.

Get the Most Out of Your Benefits Enrollment
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) A lackadaisical approach to benefits enrollment could leave you short on coverage or end up costing you more than it should. Gathering information and making time to thoroughly consider your options and needs can help ensure you’re getting the best value from your employer’s benefits package.

Boat Safe
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

Ensure your boat is ready for the water with this checklist

Emergency Preparedness Tips to Help Ensure Pet Safety
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Preparing for an emergency can be a challenge. It oftentimes is hard to foresee when disaster will strike and how to properly prepare before it occurs.

4 Tips to Keep Pets Out of Trouble During Back-to-School Season
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When structured school days and hours away from home return to the schedule, all members of the household feel the shift, even pets. Pets go from long days with the family in the yard to less time and activities with their favorite people. 

Health Care Solutions for Rural Americans
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke. These top five causes of death in the United States all have a higher incidence of death among rural residents and research points to lack of access to health care as a culprit.

4 Qualities of a Pet-Friendly City
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) When pets are present, people and communities thrive. The benefits of pets have long been discussed, but surveys and studies have started to prove their positive impact.

Prepare Your Kids to Head Back to School
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Whether your child's stance on heading back to school is eager and enthusiastic or falls a bit short of that level of excitement, by working together your family can gear up for a successful school year.

How to Plan for Traveling with Kids
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Families that travel with kids typically know tablets and other gadgets and activities can make the journey easier, and vacation rentals can make the stay more relaxing and affordable.

The Undiscussed Medical Error
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:32 am

7 questions that could save your life

Tuesday 08/20/2019
Appreciating Everyday Moments: Gerry’s Journey with Metastatic Breast Cancer [Video]
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:30 am

Monday 08/19/2019
Diabetes Makes Disaster Planning Even More Important
Updated: August 21, 2019 - 2:46 am

(NAPSI)—Everyone should plan for natural disasters, but this planning is especially important if you have a chronic health condition such as diabetes. Follow these nine steps to be ready:

Saturday 08/17/2019
Questions Your Teen’s Pediatrician May Ask
Posted: August 17, 2019

(StatePoint) Routine check-ups are essential for adolescents and young adults. As health risks and concerns are rapidly changing during the teen years, these preventive services can help keep your teens healthy and safe. Experts say that conversations between doctors, patients and their families during these visits are very important.

Friday 08/16/2019
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Updated: August 20, 2019 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - What is plasma and how does it help people?

A Romantic Rendezvous
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

Celebrate love with a Caribbean cruise

Keep Summer Movie Season Going at Home
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The summer movie season may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean you have to limit your enjoyment of films outside the theater.

Wednesday 08/14/2019
How to protect your children from life-threatening allergies
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - As a parent or caregiver, you do everything you can to keep your children safe, happy and healthy. You do your best to plan for the expected, but it's usually the unexpected that can have the most impact.

How To Scratch Head Lice Off Your List Of Worries
Updated: August 16, 2019 - 2:43 am

(NAPSI)—One of the most common human parasitic infestations around, head lice affect an estimated 6-12 million Americans annually, most of them children.

Teachers’ Top Needs for 2019
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) Great classrooms don’t happen by accident. Teachers across the country work hard to build vibrant, energizing learning environments for their students, which often means everything from microscopes to pipe cleaners, graphic novels to oboes, class pets to field trips and much more. As a result, teachers spend more than $1 billion from their own pockets each year on supplies.

Prepare Your Family for Hurricane Season
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) Severe weather events, like hurricanes, are powerful and can come on quickly, often leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. Because power outages are also common with strong storms and natural disasters, preparing your family ahead of time can help ensure safety.

Improve Academic Outcomes through Access to Health Care Coverage
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) With each school year, parents dust off their annual checklists that help them organize their needs as their kids head back to the classroom. This school season, make sure one priority at the top of your to-do list is ensuring your children have health insurance.

Summer Sweat Sessions
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:59 am

3 tips for surviving workouts in the heat

Ease Kids Back into School with Confidence
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:59 am

(Family Features) There’s nothing like a major milestone in a child’s life to test a parent’s confidence. Big changes like a new school or classroom can be trying for kids and adults alike, but tackling the transition a little at a time can make it easier on everyone.

Back-to-School Bus Safety
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:59 am

(Family Features) Another school year means millions of children across the country are boarding buses at the beginning and end of each day, and it provides an appropriate opportunity for parents, teachers, school administrators and students themselves to practice and enforce safety guidelines in and around the school bus.

Simple Steps for Back-to-School Success
Updated: August 19, 2019 - 2:59 am

(Family Features) Finding new clothes and gathering pens, pencils, notebooks and other supplies are always part of the back-to-school fun, but there are other needs and wants to consider when another school year rolls around.

Tuesday 08/13/2019
How to prevent the most common summer accidents
Posted: August 13, 2019

(BPT) - The warm summer months typically mean more people are outdoors participating in their favorite activities. With more daylight hours and celebrations come more accidents and injuries.

Sunday 08/11/2019
'Show up for yourself': WWE superstar shares top wellness tips
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - With more than eight million followers on Instagram, WWE superstar, television personality and entrepreneur Nikki Bella is influential on and off the mat. She serves up beauty and wellness tips, plenty of inspirational thoughts, advice on exercise, relationships and developing a positive attitude in all aspects of life.

Friday 08/09/2019
Taking Control of Distressing Low Sexual Desire: A Patient's Journey
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 2:35 am

(NewsUSA) - For Amy, living with acquired generalized hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) was stressful. Acquired, generalized HSDD means that you have not had low sexual desire in the past and that you now have low sexual desire, no matter the sexual activity, situation, or sexual partner.

Taking Control of Distressing Low Sexual Desire: A Patient's Journey
Posted: August 09, 2019

(NewsUSA) - For Amy, living with acquired generalized hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) was stressful. Acquired, generalized HSDD means that you have not had low sexual desire in the past and that you now have low sexual desire, no matter the sexual activity, situation, or sexual partner.

Wednesday 08/07/2019
A change of heart: Research indicates there are newer effective ways to prevent cardiovascular issues
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Cardiovascular (CV) disease affects nearly half of all adult Americans[i] and is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Although it constitutes one of the most significant challenges facing the medical community, confusion remains around which therapies are best to manage the disease and prevent heart attack, stroke and death. For the 48% of adults in the U.S. with heart disease,[i] the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) continue to recommend statins for at-risk patients. However, doctors are prescribing statins alongside drugs that the latest research shows may not work.

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Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - It takes grit, dedication and commitment to go up against a serious and irreversible disease like idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). This lesser-known condition, which causes scarring of the lungs, is considered “rare,” but still kills more than 40,000 people in the U.S. each year — just as many as breast cancer. Following are five ways to fight IPF.

Keeping Your Finances Fresh Throughout the Year
Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) For many Americans, reaching and maintaining financial stability is a goal that tops their checklists. However, the strategies necessary for achieving that goal can quickly fall by the wayside.

Save Money on Summer Road Trips
Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) If financial constraints are keeping you from exploring the world, it may be time to reassess your approach to travel. From road trips across the country to jaunts across your state, there are plenty of ways to curb costs, so your biggest challenge is finding more days away from the office, not replenishing your bank account.

Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep Your Home Cool
Updated: August 12, 2019 - 2:41 am

(Family Features)When it's hot outside, heat can seep into your home and make it unbearable. However, there are sustainable, eco-friendly solutions to maximize comfort and cooling when the thermometer creeps upward without racking up an outrageous electric bill or large carbon footprint.

Thursday 08/01/2019
4 Fabulous Ways to Green Your Beauty Routine
Updated: August 20, 2019 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - Beauty routines, we all have them and no two are alike. Whether you are getting ready for work or for date night, your actions can actually benefit the environment too. No other state in the U.S. can match what California offers in terms of natural beauty, miles of coastline, stunning forests and idyllic weather and it’s up to each of us to do our part to keep it that way.

Treating Endometriosis Pain: What Worked For Me
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - For years, Sarah J. assumed her period pain was normal. “When I first started experiencing pain, I had no idea what endometriosis was and just assumed other women were experiencing the same symptoms, but weren’t talking about them,” Sarah recalled.

Young Athlete Recovery
Updated: August 05, 2019 - 2:47 am

How chocolate milk can aid in replenishing nutrients for teen athletes

Wednesday 07/31/2019
The Prescription for Happy, School-Ready Kids [Infographic]
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - With summer upon us, many kids have more free time for play — but how do you make the most of playtime? Read more to learn about new research from Boston Children’s Hospital's Center on Media and Child Health and Hasbro that links certain types of play to positive child development.

6 Things You Need to Know About Vaccinations
Posted: July 31, 2019

(StatePoint) As misinformation continues to spread about vaccines, medical experts are reminding parents and the general public that vaccinations save lives.

Start the School Year Off Right
Updated: August 05, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) As kids head back to school, it’s important to provide them with the necessary resources to succeed. As a parent, you can take steps to put your kids on the path toward a successful school year.

Tuesday 07/30/2019
How a small device can offer more breast cancer treatment options for women
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - A diagnosis of breast cancer comes as terrifying news, and according to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. However, for many women, it’s not necessarily a hopeless diagnosis. With today’s technology and medical advances, the odds of surviving are now much higher than decades ago.

Friday 07/26/2019
5 tips you should try for keto success on the go
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - If you’ve recently perused any magazine, Instagram page or blog, it’s likely you’ve heard about the ketogenic, or keto, lifestyle. But what exactly is it? Keto is a high-fat, very low-carbohydrate diet with the goal of changing the way your body fuels itself. The goal is to put your body into the state of ketosis, meaning you’re burning fat instead of carbs for fuel, which can help curb your appetite and stimulate weight loss.

Does Your Child’s School Have Safe Drinking Water?
Posted: July 26, 2019

(StatePoint) As millions of kids around the country trade swimsuits and popsicle sticks for backpacks and pencils, parents should be advised that current research shows that contaminants in school drinking water can pose a threat to student health. Municipal water, which is not always optimal quality, may contain chemicals, bacteria, lead or microplastics -- all contaminants which have been found in tap and fountain water in schools nationwide.  

Thursday 07/25/2019
Meeting of the Minds: Bringing Together Community and Academic Experts to Advance Cancer Care
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - If you’re diagnosed with cancer, chances are that you will turn to a community oncologist. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 1.7 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in 2019.1 For many of these Americans, seeing a community oncologist is often the first step toward starting a treatment regimen to help fight the disease. Almost 55% of all Americans diagnosed with cancer will be treated by an oncologist in their community.2

Wednesday 07/24/2019
5 Hacks for Greener, Happier Living
Updated: July 29, 2019 - 2:43 am

(Family Features) Whether you take shorter showers, reduce food waste or make eco-minded choices at the grocery store, adopting one simple habit can make a difference in protecting Earth’s natural resources. These simple, renewable lifestyle changes may even affect your personal mindset.

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