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Thursday 07/02/2020
4 Mood-Boosting Benefits of Pet Ownership
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 2:52 am

(Family Features) While there are many ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle, pet ownership offers a plethora of mental and physical health benefits and adds value to your quality of life. A pet can be a constant companion around the house as a snuggle buddy on the couch, a friendly face when you walk into the room and a great partner to stay active with.

Why the Graves' Disease Community Should Focus on Eye Health
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) People living with Graves’ disease have a lot to focus on. The disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes an overproduction of the thyroid hormone, causes a variety of troublesome symptoms, many of which can happen with other diseases, leading to misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. Some common symptoms include anxiety, tremors, heat sensitivity, weight loss, hair loss, change in menstrual cycle and irregular heartbeat.

4 Tips for Working from Home with Your Pet
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) One of the perks of working from home is more time with your pets. While it can be exciting to have your furry friends by your side all day, it’s important to know how to make the day as productive and pleasant as possible for you and your pet. Mindfully incorporating your pet and his needs into your routine can allow for an efficient and successful workday with your four-legged coworker.

Managing Your Emotions to Navigate a Crisis
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 2:53 am

How to navigate a crisis and come out stronger

5 Ways Youth Can Connect Food Choices to a Healthier Planet
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) Although many young people care deeply about global issues like food and the environment, they don’t necessarily see these matters as connected. By learning more about the source of their food and the benefits of making nutritious choices, eating appropriate portions and minimizing food waste, youth can better understand the positive impact on their own and the planet’s health.

4 Summer Health and Safety Tips for Cats
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) Summer is officially here and while it may be the perfect time for family trips and outdoor activities, it’s also a great time to reset and make sure you’re keeping the whole family healthy, including your feline friend. By keeping your cat healthy, hydrated and active, your family will be able to enjoy more time together and get the most out of the season.

4 Tips for Planning a Summer Family Vacation
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) As stay-at-home orders ease, many families are eager to get out of the house and hit the road for a summer trip. However, vacation will most likely look different this year as families looking to get away may stay closer to home and take extra precautions.

Smart Summer Skin Care
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 2:53 am

Get back to basics with warm weather skin care tips

Find Your Happy Place with Free Streaming Programs
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) If the words “happy little trees” and “almighty mountains” slow your pulse and bring a sense of calm, you’re probably already a fan of Bob Ross. Now you can take in the soothing sights of Ross creating his famous art for free from virtually any device you own.

4 Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) Across the country, people are fostering and adopting furry friends more, with the number of animals in foster homes 43% higher than it was in 2019, according to 24PetWatch. With this uptick in fostering, potential pet owners are determining if they are ready and able to care for a pet permanently, and shelters are bracing for a time when these pets may be returned once people go back to work.

Wednesday 07/01/2020
Top Ways to Reach Your Target Market
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) An amazing product, a phenomenal business model and a great team may put you on the right path, but ultimately, they mean little to your chances for success as a business owner if you don’t get in front of your target market.

Engage Virtually
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:48 am

Tips for keeping older adults connected

Market Your Business for Long-Term Success
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) Rapid growth and long-term success are the dreams virtually every entrepreneur pursues. The fire pushes you to ascend to the mountaintop quickly and stay there as long as possible.

Smart Advice to Build Your Own Business
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) With many tools and resources available, it is easy for entrepreneurs to build successful businesses. The United States has somewhere around 27 million entrepreneurs, and 69% of them started their businesses at home, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report from researchers at Babson College and Baruch College. 

8 Tips for Safely Operating Battery-Powered Tools
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) Battery-powered power tools make it convenient and efficient to tackle chores around the house and job site. While batteries eliminate the risks associated with electricity, they come with their own requirements for safe use and handling.

4 Creative Ways to Drive Website Traffic
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) Consistent website traffic is an essential building block for a successful online business. While paid ads and search engine optimization are valuable strategies, there are some lesser known, but equally effective, ways to attract potential customers to your website or funnel.

The Business of Reading
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:48 am

5 impactful books for building your small business

Tuesday 06/30/2020
How are we equipping students to succeed in science?
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - Scientists across the world are charging forward in the fight to prevent and treat COVID-19. And they’re harnessing the latest tech and science as they press down on the accelerator at a speed unattainable to date.

A Police Sergeant Fights Crime and a Chronic Disease - Plaque Psoriasis
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - When he was younger, Eli knew he wanted to become a police officer and fight crime in his community. Today, he gets to do just that as a police sergeant in Mesa, Arizona. Yet, when he was younger and preparing for his law enforcement career, he did not suspect that he’d be fighting an equally important battle – one against chronic illness.

How Consistent Labeling Can Help Families With Food Allergies
Posted: June 30, 2020

(StatePoint) Having food allergies in one’s household is not only stressful, it can cost substantial time and money.

Monday 06/29/2020
4 tips from a dermatologist to keep skin protected during backyard summer fun
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - Summer is here, which means fun outdoor activities for kids will fill the long, sunny days. While the season is typically marked by family vacations and trips to the beach, new memories can be created right in the backyard or driveway! When used to its fullest potential, your outdoor space can very well become one of your child’s favorite places to play, explore, create and spend time with the family.

Friday 06/26/2020
Surviving cancer: How faith, running and support helped one woman deal with her diagnosis
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 2:53 am

(BPT) - As of January 2019, it is estimated that there are 16.9 million cancer survivors in the United States. This represents approximately 5% of the population, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Wednesday 06/24/2020
The family of one young cancer patient has a message about genomic cancer testing
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - Kayley and Shayne Leeds are like most parents. On any given day they juggle work and family, all with the goal of providing a happy and healthy life for their three children. When their middle child Ashton was born, they looked forward to watching him grow and thrive. Ashton’s early years were filled with all the milestones parents hope for — first steps, first words, first day of kindergarten. When Kayley noticed a lump on the side of Ashton’s neck, she thought maybe her 4-year-old son was simply coming down with a cold. When she noticed that the lump was still there a couple of weeks later, she decided it was best to have Ashton see a doctor. There was nothing that could have prepared Kayley and Shayne for what would happen next in their young son’s life.

Managing Your Emotions
Updated: June 29, 2020 - 2:31 am

How to navigate a crisis and come out stronger

Tuesday 06/23/2020
Mental health on the farm: Don't let pride stand in the way of getting help
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - American farm life is often portrayed with images of a happy family, healthy animals, sunshine and green fields. Working in agriculture is a source of pride for many people, but reality is not as perfect as the commercials and storybooks.

If you’re taking blood thinners and fear bleeding risks, staying educated and talking to your doctor can help
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - For many people today, anticoagulants or blood thinners are a normal part of everyday life. In fact, it’s estimated that more than eight million people in the U.S. use these medications daily to prevent dangerous blood clots.1 Blood thinners are life-saving medications, but as with any medication, they also carry some risks, including potentially serious bleeding incidents.

Monday 06/22/2020
Feeling stressed? Here are 6 ways running can address today’s anxiety
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - If you’ve ever experienced that almost Zen sense of calm just after a workout, you understand the positive effects exercise can have on your mental health.

Thursday 06/18/2020
Reinstating Trust in the COVID-19 Testing Process
Posted: June 18, 2020

(BPT) - Since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March 11, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) needed to act at an incredible speed to determine how much of the U.S. population was infected and measure how fast the virus was spreading. To rapidly make widespread testing available, the FDA put into place the emergency use authorization (EUA) process that allowed laboratories and commercial manufacturers to accelerate the use of tests they developed, and provide confidence that the tests meet the FDA’s performance and data examinations. To date, the FDA has issued more than 100 EUAs for all types of coronavirus test kits.

Wednesday 06/17/2020
Feeding A Global Need: Youth Hunger And Malnutrition Continue To Grow
Updated: June 19, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—According to the United States Department of Agriculture, in the U.S., more than 12 million children receive free or reduced-price breakfast at school, and more than 29.7 million get lunch through the national school lunch program. For many, school meals are the only consistent food they get in a day and, while many school districts have continued distributing meals during the pandemic shutdown, when the school year ends, so do school meals. But there is hope and help.  

Nationally, companies and non-profit organizations are partnering to help meet the needs in the community. One such partnership between Herbalife Nutrition and Feed the Children, a nonprofit organization, aims at solving the issue of food insecurity. The two organizations have united under the shared commitment to defeat hunger worldwide. 

The Importance of Nutrition 

The most vulnerable members of our society, children, rely on school meals and feeding programs to survive. Families living paycheck to paycheck may not have savings or support systems to help them. When children are guaranteed proper health and sanitation measures, they are able to prevent and fight disease, enabling them to develop both physically and mentally into strong children who become contributing members of their communities. 

“As a nutrition company, we know that without adequate food and nutrition, children are unable to reach their full development potential both physically and mentally,” said Dr. Kent Bradley, Chief Health and Nutrition Officer, Herbalife Nutrition. “In working with Feed the Children, we’ve learned the extent of the issue of food insecurity.” 

Disturbingly, 66 million school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. As the world continues to experience fear and uncertainty, resources become scarcer. The reality is that food-insecure families, especially kids, are going to be affected more than most. 

Dr. Bradley adds, “as a global company providing healthy nutrition to millions of people around the world, we have a responsibility to help those in need of good nutrition.” 

According to the Food Research and Action Center, many of the children who face a nutrition gap when the school year ends also are affected disproportionately by summer learning loss. Also known as the “summer slide,” this refers to the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the summer. This means these children return to school in the fall academically behind their peers and struggling to catch up before classes even begin.  

Partnering Together 

Companies, individual donors and community organizations are coming together to help vulnerable families and communities to ensure that millions who have lost access to food, don’t go hungry. In addition to programmatic support for Feed the Children, the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation has already donated $50,000 to the organization for its pandemic response efforts, through the company’s Nutrition for Zero Hunger initiative.  

“Through our vast network of community and corporate partners, Feed the Children continues to work each day to ensure that no child is hungry. There are a variety of ways our community partners are delivering food and household essentials including door-to-door home delivery and drive-thru product pick-ups (food, water, hygiene items). Some community partners even have a call-in number to ensure those who are homebound or quarantined receive the items they need.” says Travis Arnold, CEO and President of Feed the Children. 

Feed the Children is taking action to ensure communities aren’t forgotten. Eighty percent of their standard domestic work involves supplying community partners (such as food pantries and soup kitchens) with the bulk of the items they need to do their daily work.  

To help Feed the Children in these efforts by donating cash, visit www.feedthechildren.org. Businesses that can donate product (food, hygiene items, and the like) can call (800) 627-4556. 

 

Probiotics: Expert insight on what this good bacteria can do for you
Posted: June 17, 2020

(BPT) - A common misconception is that all bacteria are bad; however, there are thousands of different strains of bacteria, both good and bad, and many of the good bacteria can actually support health and wellness. The digestive system is an example of where “good bacteria” can make a difference.

Go Ahead, Make His Day
Updated: June 22, 2020 - 2:30 am

Dad-approved gifts for Father’s Day

5 Tips to Build Resilience in School-Aged Children
Updated: June 22, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Resilience – the capacity to prepare for, adapt to and grow through disruption, trauma and loss – is a skill many parents want for their children. However, there is more to it than “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps” or persevering through hardships.

7 Tips to Save Money and Have Fun Shopping Online
Updated: June 22, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Online shopping allows you the ease of getting items delivered directly to your door. Not only is online shopping convenient, but it also allows you to discover sites that help you save money while shopping.

6 Reasons to Pick Up Some Pistachios
Updated: June 22, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Flavorful and fun, pistachios are a convenient source of protein you can enjoy on the go or in meals. In addition, research shows pistachios have even more health benefits.

Tuesday 06/16/2020
Every Young Man Should Know About This Type Of Cancer Prevention
Updated: June 24, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Young men and those who care about them should consider the story of Max Mallory. At 22 he graduated from college and started his dream job in the video game industry. He landed the job before graduation at the company where he had interned for almost a year. Set up in his own apartment, he started to live his life on his own and navigate the nuances of that first professional job. 

Life was fine until mid-October, when Max experienced what seemed like stomach troubles and minor back pain. After two visits to urgent care centers where doctors prescribed antibiotics, he came home to stay with his dad and visit a urologist. He never made it to that medical appointment. Doubled over with sudden pain the next afternoon, he called 911. Late that evening in the emergency room, he heard the worrisome diagnosis: late-stage testicular cancer. 

His cancer journey lasted only seven hard-fought months. He had an aggressive testicular cancer, choriocarcinoma. He passed away three days after he received the first round of stem cells. 

He couldn’t have prevented his testicular cancer with self-exams, since he “was born with” one testicle that was healthy. 

Be Aware of the Other Cause 

Mallory was born with one undescended testicle, known in medical terms as cryptorchidism and identified as the most common genital problem pediatricians encounter (Medscape). He had exploratory surgery at age one. He and his parents were told he was born with one testicle, that the undescended testicle they were looking for wasn’t there. Over the years, no one questioned this situation—though he regularly saw pediatricians. 

His cancer did not appear as a lump or tumor on his testicle. The malignant mass rested in his lower abdomen. The acute back pain became the catalyst for action. Unknown to him, his “missing” testicle existed after all and developed into the cancerous tissue. By the time he made it to the E.D., it had already spread to other parts of his body. 

What Can Be Done? 

For boys and men with two testicles, self-exam is key. Some schools, coaches and informed doctors have told these young men how to go about it. There are many sources online for the information; for example, the Mayo Clinic is a good place to check. 

For those who have had an undescended testicle, it’s important to find out what was done about it. If it was surgically put in place (usually done in infancy), there is still a slightly higher risk of testicular cancer. Your doctor should know about this. 

More Info 

The Max Mallory Foundation was founded in 2017 and provides awareness of testicular cancer not identified “with a lump” and self-exam. It also assists young adults with cancer, an underserved group and works in association with other testicular cancer organizations. The Foundation is a 501c(3) organization. Mallory’s full story is on the website, https://maxmalloryfoundation.com.

 

Sweet relief! 4 reasons to reach for fresh cherries when coping with stress
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - Stress is a common part of anyone’s life, and individuals have long sought natural remedies to alleviate it. Surveys have shown that Americans are turning to plant-based diets for reasons such as improving overall well-being and mood, and with good reason. Many fruits and vegetables contain specific wellness-boosting properties, with the cream of the crop touted as superfoods. Sweet cherries are certainly among them.

Tips for staying safe as society opens [Video]
Posted: June 16, 2020

Parenting pain is prevalent, majority of moms and dads are suffering [Infographic]
Posted: June 16, 2020

(BPT) - Being a parent is one of the greatest joys in life, but it’s no secret — raising children can be hard. Besides the stress and worry, it can also take a physical toll on the body. In fact, a majority of moms and dads suffer from pain related to parenting, according to new research commissioned by Wahl, maker of at-home therapeutic massagers. A whopping 65% of survey respondents said they experience pain related to parenting. Take a look here to find out why parenting can be painful.

Participate from Home: A Study on Heart Health and Detection of AFib
Posted: June 16, 2020

(NewsUSA) - This is a call to engage in heart health and potentially reduce the risk of stroke - all from the comfort of your home.

Tips for millennials to improve overall wellness
Posted: June 16, 2020

(BPT) - Improving wellness is all about eliminating the negative, focusing on the positive and taking steps to live your best life. Embracing a mind, body and spirit approach to wellness can be the best way to enhance your general well-being and experience the world on your own terms. And it can be fun and easy! Here are the top five ways millennials can improve their overall wellness and some tips on how to get it done.

Monday 06/15/2020
10 tips for women to stay well during all stages of life
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - Women are taught to eat right and exercise to maintain good health. And, that’s certainly true, but they 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 change your health for the better.

How to Mourn Your Old Normal and Adapt to The New
Posted: June 15, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Deaths from the novel coronavirus COVID-19 have surpassed 110,000 in the United States and mourning the losses of these lives is important. In addition, we are also mourning lost habits and ways of life that are casualties of the coronavirus.

Friday 06/12/2020
International NASH Day Draws Attention to Severe Liver Disease
Posted: June 12, 2020

(NewsUSA) - An advanced form of liver disease known as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) affects more than 115 million people worldwide and is expected to double by 2030. If left untreated, NASH may result in serious outcomes, including cirrhosis, liver cancer, liver transplant, or death.

Thursday 06/11/2020
Feeling lonely? How to manage mental health challenges during social isolation
Posted: June 11, 2020

(BPT) - This article was sponsored and developed by Neurocrine Biosciences Inc. As millions of people around the country practice social distancing and are staying at home for weeks on end, many people may find themselves feeling lonely and alone, maybe even anxious or uneasy, for the first time.

New Survey Shows COVID-19 is Having a Significant Impact on the Mental Health of America’s Frontline Healthcare Providers and First Responders [Infographic]
Posted: June 11, 2020

(BPT) - New national survey shows nearly three in four healthcare providers feel their job is putting the lives of their family at risk because of the coronavirus (73%).

Must-haves to ease your body after your fitness routine [Video]
Posted: June 11, 2020

How to lose the Quarantine 15 and reach your body goals
Posted: June 11, 2020

(BPT) - If you’re like most of us, you may have drifted away from a healthy eating plan during self-quarantine to help you cope better with the stress of it all. In particular, nutritionists say that it’s normal to crave sweets, salty or fatty foods, and carbs for a quick energy boost as these comfort foods can calm us down when we’re worried or scared. The result for some is a 15-pound weight gain, also known as “Quarantine 15.”

Wednesday 06/10/2020
Work At Home In Comfort And Safety
Updated: June 12, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—According to Darrell Smith, executive director of the International Window Film Association, window film makes a lot of sense for homeowners eager to save money on their energy bills. 

“Solar-control films can block as much as 80 percent of the solar heat coming through glass into a building, decrease the heat load on the air-conditioning system and reduce energy costs,” Smith says.  

With more people working and studying from home, window film allows in abundant natural sunlight while blocking 99 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays to better protect the skin (from possible cancer) and eyes (from cataract development), while reducing the fading of floors and furnishings. Smith estimates that 40 to 60 percent of color fading is caused by UV exposure. Windows may also be upgraded for safety, as window film helps to hold glass pieces together if the window is impacted and broken. 

For even a 3,000 square foot home, window film may be installed in a day or less with minimal disruption. Window film installers clean the glass before installation, keep the work space clean and practice safe contact as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. Find a local dealer/installer at www.iwfa.com.

 

Three Ways To Relieve Arthritis Pain
Updated: June 12, 2020 - 2:30 am

by Dr. Bob Arnot

(NAPSI)—Over the course of my career as a physician, chief medical correspondent and war correspondent, I’ve been exposed to a wide variety of pain management drugs and approaches. One thing I’ve seen is that the United States is much more reliant on taking pills for pain than the rest of the world, where topical analgesics, physical therapy and other approaches are more widely used.

A problem with pills is that many of them come with side effects that can be severe, especially if the medications are used in greater quantities or for longer than they’re supposed to be. That’s one reason for back, muscle and joint pains, I believe it’s best to start with topicals. What’s more, the Centers for Disease Control, the American College of Rheumatology and other medical experts agree it’s a safer approach.

Fortunately, if you are an arthritis sufferer and want effective relief, there are two topicals that are FDA approved the same way Ibuprofen, Naproxen Sodium and other prescription pain medicines have been through the demanding new drug application process. While both help relieve arthritis pain, it is important to know the differences between Salonpas Pain Relief Patch Large and Voltaren Arthritis Pain gel.

Salonpas Pain Relief Patch Large was the 1st topical approved by the FDA and provides relief for up to 12 hours. It begins to work in one hour and can provide clinically meaningful pain relief in the first day. Since it is a patch, the medicine is pre-measured and easy to apply. Not only does this patch help relieve arthritis pain, but it also works for back, muscle and joint pain as well.

On the other hand, Voltaren Arthritis Pain gel is not labeled for immediate relief and may take up to 7 days to help achieve relief. To apply this gel, you must first measure out an amount based on a dosing card. Voltaren is effective for up to 6 hours and should only be used for arthritis pain.   

In addition to topical relief, joint and muscle pain can be treated with physical therapy. It can keep stiff joints from getting stiffer, reduce strain on joints during daily activities and help you get back to normal life without pain or difficulty.

Also helpful are hot and cold compresses. Heat is good for joint stiffness and cold compresses can ease joint pain. Just remember, don’t apply heat to a joint that’s already hot. If you feel a burning sensation in your joint, cool it with the cold compresses.

• Dr. Arnot is board certified in internal medicine and an award-winning journalist, author of twelve books on nutrition and health and  host of the Dr. Danger reality TV series. You can find more helpful healthcare and pain relief information from Dr. Arnot at https://us.hisamitsu/.

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