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Thursday 12/12/2019
10 Doctor-Recommended Health Tips for the New Year
Posted: December 12, 2019

(StatePoint) Four in 10 adults in the U.S. have two or more chronic diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While certain conditions and risk factors are beyond one’s control, the new year is the perfect time to consider the many lifestyle choices you can make for improved health.

Wednesday 12/11/2019
Are You Getting All Your Vitamins? Revamping Your Diet in 2020
Posted: December 11, 2019

(StatePoint) Getting all the vitamins and nutrients you need each day is one of the most important things you can do to feel your best.

When Holidays are Hard
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:39 am

Tips for coping with a food-centric season

Decorate Your Home for the Holidays
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Chances are good that at some point during the holiday season, you’ll welcome guests into your home. Whether you lease or own your home, creating a cozy, festive setting for holiday gatherings can actually be quite simple, especially if you take on the project one room at a time.

7 Steps to Take Before Hitting the Road this Holiday
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) If you’re among the millions of Californians who will hit the road for the holidays, you’ll want to make sure your car is road-trip ready.

Get Inspired to Give Back this Holiday Season
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) For many, the holiday season sparks the spirit of giving - not only among family and friends, but to those living in need and the organizations working to help them. If you're committed to helping improve the lives of others in your community, it may mean thinking long-term.

Maximizing Family Time
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:39 am

5 tips for spending more time with loved ones          

Paw-some Presents
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:39 am

Holiday gift ideas for furry friends

5 Financial Tips for Teens
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) When it comes to economics, many teens’ mouths write checks their knowledge can’t cash.

Put Some Stoke In Your Stocking
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) The holidays can be a stressful time. From family events or planning your own gathering to finding the perfect gift for your loved ones, it seems like there is never enough time.

Make Time for Better Health on Busy Days
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Fitting in time to exercise and eat sensible meals can be impractical, if not impossible, when the demands of daily life get in the way. If busy days limit your ability to live as healthy of a lifestyle as you desire, take charge by squeezing in fitness and smart snacking when and where you can.

Let Trends Guide Your 2020 Travel
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) While there’s plenty to be said for taking the proverbial road less traveled, fellow tourists can provide a wealth of knowledge to help shape a vacation filled with lifelong memories.

Give the Gift of Travel
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Finding the perfect gift for someone who already has it all may be easier when you stop thinking in terms of “things.” A gift that creates an unforgettable experience, like a trip to a special destination, may be more meaningful than a trinket under the tree.

Home Decorating for the Holidays
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Chances are good that at some point during the holiday season, you’ll welcome guests into your home. Whether you lease or own your home, creating a cozy, festive setting for holiday gatherings can actually be quite simple, especially if you take on the project one room at a time.

Holiday Gifting Made Easy
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:39 am

Gift ideas for everyone on your list

A Streaming Solution for Subscription Fatigue
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Entertainment seekers have an almost overwhelming number of options available today when it comes to viewing television shows and movies. The rise in alternative entertainment options, such as streaming video services, has only increased the amount of choices.

4 Ways to Share the Holidays with Your Pet
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) The holiday season is filled with traditions, seasonal meals and festivities. With busy calendars, it can be easy to get caught up with a long to-do list when the true joy of the season is in creating meaningful memories with loved ones, including pets.

Protect the World’s Children this Holiday Season
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) The holidays signal a time for family gatherings, traditions and the spirit of giving. Make this holiday season even more meaningful by giving gifts that help children in need around the globe.

Creative Gift Ideas for Kids
Updated: December 15, 2019 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) Few things compare to the joy and excitement on the faces of children on Christmas morning as they rush to the tree in search of packages bearing their names.

Tuesday 12/10/2019
Supplement struggle: Could biotin affect your medical test results?
Updated: December 15, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - If you’ve heard of biotin, you may know that it's growing in popularity due to the thought that it can help improve a person’s hair, skin and nails. In fact, retail sales of supplements containing high doses of biotin climbed 58% between 2014 and 2018, according to Nielsen.[i]

Monday 12/09/2019
Where is Your Acne? The Importance of Speaking to a Dermatologist About the Acne on Your Face … and Beyond
Updated: December 15, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Did you know that acne affects more than 50 million Americans?1 Even though the condition is astoundingly widespread, not everyone experiences acne the same way. While facial acne is the most visible presentation, 52% of people with facial acne are also affected by acne on their back, shoulders and chest.2 That’s why it’s so important to consider not only if you’re breaking out, but where, and be prepared to speak up to your dermatologist.

Friday 12/06/2019
The critical differences you need to know: Prescription medicine, over-the-counter medicine and dietary supplements
Updated: December 15, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Seventy-five percent of Americans take dietary supplements, according to a 2018 study by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).i Furthermore, “87 percent [of adults in the United States] have overall confidence in the safety, quality and effectiveness of dietary supplements.”i While the effort to sustain better overall health is commendable, there is skepticism among healthcare experts regarding the medical benefits of dietary supplements.ii Use and promotion of dietary supplements is considerably broader in the United States than other areas of the world.iii

Thursday 12/05/2019
Spencer’s Story: What to Know About Seizure Clusters
Updated: December 15, 2019 - 2:44 am

10 Tips To Pick Your Best Plan In The Last Days Of ACA Open Enrollment
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—If you buy individual or family health insurance on your own, you need to know that the nationwide open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act is coming to an end on December 15, 2019. This may be your only chance to compare your options and enroll in a new 2020 health insurance plan.

Wednesday 12/04/2019
The End Of The Year Is Not The End Of Your Healthy Living Diet
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—The holiday season, starting with Thanksgiving and culminating on January 1, is a tough time of year for those wanting to lead a healthy lifestyle. In fact, a survey of 2,000 Americans who celebrate a winter holiday found that they are abandoning their attempts to be healthy—and half will break their diet to give in to the temptation of holiday food.

Prepare Your Family for Winter Weather
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) While the impact of winter weather varies across the country, nearly all Americans are affected in some capacity each year as temperatures drop, from freezing rain to severe blizzards. One of the key dangers when severe weather strikes is the potential loss of heat, power and communication services. Making a portable generator part of your family’s emergency plan can help keep your loved ones safe and warm in the event of an unexpected power outage.

3 Holiday Activities to Engage with Loved Ones
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Any time can be the right time to enjoy memorable moments with family members, but the holidays present a special opportunity to have meaningful conversations and interactions with loved ones.

Break Free from Costly Streaming Services
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) Monthly subscription fees for streaming video services can really add up. That’s why television, film and music stars – such as The Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Sherzinger, Terrance Howard (“Hustle & Flow,” “Empire”), Chris Noth (“Sex and the City,” “Law & Order”), Carmen Electra (“Baywatch,” “Scary Movie”) and Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph from season 23 of “The Bachelor” – are breaking up with their paid streaming services in new commercials that appear to be typical therapy sessions, instead opting for a free streaming option like Tubi. With more than 15,000 movies and TV shows, the advertiser-supported service is available on nearly every type of device, including Android and iOS mobile devices, video game consoles, plug-and-play streaming devices and more.

Tuesday 12/03/2019
3 Pain-Relief Treatments with Bonus Benefits
Updated: December 15, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - When it comes to pain-management options, not surprisingly, safe and effective pain relief should be priority number one. What may be surprising, however, is that some treatments have advantages that go beyond pain relief. That’s why therapeutic at-home massager manufacturer Wahl interviewed board-certified anesthesiologist and pain specialist Dr. Anita Gupta for ideas on how to get the most from your pain-relief treatments.

Taking Time to Reflect on The Needs of The Family Caregiver
Posted: December 03, 2019

(NewsUSA) - As loved ones begin to age, many will take on the honorable role of becoming a caregiver. However, caring for an older adult can be time-consuming, reducing the ability to address your own needs. In fact, Home Instead Senior Care found that 63 percent of family caregivers said caring for their aging loved ones made it more difficult to care for themselves.

‘Tis the Season to #FightFlu
Posted: December 03, 2019

(BPT) - While the holidays are typically a time for travel, great meals and spending quality time with loved ones, the season can also include an unwelcome guest: influenza (flu). Flu is a contagious viral infection that can affect anyone. In the US, the 2018-2019 flu season was the longest in 10 years, lasting from September 2018 to mid-May 2019, and causing nearly 43 million illnesses.

Monday 12/02/2019
Mental Health Patients Reap Benefits of Psychoanalysis
Posted: December 02, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Psychoanalysis, often stereotyped in arts and literature as patients reclining on couches and talking about their mothers, is enjoying renewed scientific support. Studies have found that psychoanalytic therapies are evidence-based and lead to significant improvements in mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress.

4 Questions to Ask Before The Dec. 7 Medicare Deadline
Posted: December 02, 2019

(NewsUSA) -People with Medicare have until Saturday, Dec. 7 to select their Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug Plan coverage for 2020. To ensure you have the right Medicare plan in place come January 1 of next year, it's important to focus on these four key questions:

The Road to Managing Your Prostate Cancer Diagnosis [Infographic]
Posted: December 02, 2019

(BPT) - Receiving a prostate cancer diagnosis is scary, and so are some of the side effects that may come along with treating it. While there are several options available, there's no one-size-fits-all approach to prostate cancer treatment, and men should consult a medical professional to assess what's best for them. To learn more, visit SpaceOAR.com.

Five things you may not know about prostate cancer
Updated: December 15, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Receiving a cancer diagnosis is one of the most terrifying experiences someone can have and unfortunately, roughly one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime.1 The good news is prostate cancer is highly treatable and there are several treatment options available based on the person’s age, health and personal preference.

Wednesday 11/27/2019
Clinical Trial Results Promising for People with Lupus
Updated: December 15, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a mysterious chronic autoimmune disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue.iii,iv SLE can affect tissues like the skin, joints, kidneys, brain and other organs, resulting in a wide variety of signs and symptoms that impact the daily lives of those with the disease.iii,iv Globally, an estimated 5 million people live with a form of lupusv and SLE accounts for approximately 70% of all cases of lupus.v Now, the results from a clinical trial are providing hope to people living with SLE.

Bringing Communities Together
Updated: December 02, 2019 - 3:08 am

(Family Features) It’s important today to find ways to connect with others to help deepen your understanding of those around you. In a time when differences seem to dominate today’s culture, it can help to find similarities, draw connections and bridge worlds.

5 Tips to Ward Off Cold Weather
Updated: December 02, 2019 - 3:08 am

Understanding Medical Sharps and Safe Disposal Options
Updated: December 02, 2019 - 3:08 am

(Family Features) If you’re among the millions of people in the United States who suffer from a chronic illness, you may use “sharps” to manage your medical condition at home or on the go. For example, many people with diabetes self-inject at least two insulin shots every day, and conditions including allergies, arthritis, cancer, infertility, migraines and psoriasis, among others, may also require the use of a sharp to administer medication.

Manage Grief with Grace this Holiday Season
Updated: December 02, 2019 - 3:08 am

(Family Features) Holidays are filled with traditions, but when someone you used to share those moments with has died, managing grief during the holiday season can be particularly challenging.

How a Change in Schizophrenia Treatment Could Make the Difference
Updated: December 15, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Elizabeth was in her late-twenties when she was diagnosed with schizophrenia. She worked to manage her symptoms, while also employed as a full-time nurse case manager and raising her two sons. It was a struggle to manage it all, and Elizabeth often wasn’t fully compliant with her treatments. For 17 years she cycled through periods of time when she was stabilized on medications, followed by episodes of breakthrough symptoms or relapse. She frequently visited hospitals for her episodes of breakthrough symptoms. As time went on and her hallucinations intensified, she would increase her medications, without consulting her doctor, to try to make the delusions go away.

Monday 11/25/2019
How To Put A Bow On Your Holiday Health Care Conversations
Updated: November 28, 2019 - 2:59 am

(NAPSI)—With the holidays just around the corner, there will be plenty of time to catch up with family. Beyond sharing cookie recipes and shopping for Black Friday deals, the holidays are also the perfect time to check in with parents (and grandparents) about their health care. Knowing what to ask and say to aging family members can be difficult but it’s important that your loved ones have the protection they need for future medical costs. Here are three tips for having a productive discussion:

How People With Low Vision Can Stay Safe And Independent
Updated: November 28, 2019 - 2:59 am

(NAPSI)—People with low vision have blind spots that can make it difficult or impossible to drive, read or see faces. These impairments cannot be corrected by surgery or glasses. What’s more, too many are blind to the realization that much can be done to improve their quality of life.

Addressing The Health Needs of The Whole Person
Posted: November 25, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Social, economic and environmental factors play a key role in people's health - where they live, learn work, and play. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of wealth, power and resources at global, national and local levels.

Friday 11/22/2019
One 20-Year-Old’s Determination to Change His Journey with a Rare, Debilitating Disease
Updated: December 15, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Imagine your body wasn’t able to control your muscles, and over time you experienced more weakness and a loss of strength. That's what was happening to William Johnson, now a college sophomore living with a rare disease — called spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA. Three years ago, advances in science helped change the treatment options for people with SMA.

The Impact of Lung Cancer [Infographic]
Posted: November 22, 2019

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Stomach Cancer – Learn the Facts [Infographic]
Updated: November 23, 2019 - 2:54 am

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Thursday 11/21/2019
Scientist's Book Warns of Lethal Emerging Pandemic Viruses
Posted: November 21, 2019

(NewsUSA) - In 1918, a mutated, deadly strain of the "Flu" (or Influenza), swept around the world to cause the third deadliest plague in recorded human history. Published research suggests the final global death toll may have arguably been as high as 100 million. Yet, despite two decades of biologic event preparedness at the cost of well over $80 billion, the U.S. remains unprepared to handle a flu pandemic of a similar scale if one should occur, contends Dr. Steven Hatfill, a specialist physician and virologist with training in mass casualty management and emergency response.

The Cancer You’ve Never Heard of … Is Common and Can Be Dangerous
Updated: December 15, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - If you’re not familiar with cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (CSCC), the second most common cancer in the United States, you’re not alone. CSCC is a skin cancer that’s five times more common than melanoma – and also has the potential to become deadly. Yet nearly three out of four Americans know little about CSCC, according to a recent Skin Cancer Foundation survey of 2,010 adults in the U.S.

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