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Yogic breathing techniques support respiratory health

(BPT) - Because it happens automatically, you probably don't put much thought into your breathing. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought focused attention to respiratory health. Conscious breathing — the yoga practice of pranayama — can help support respiratory health, mental wellness and the body’s physical ability to protect itself.

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Thursday 08/06/2020
Epic fashion moments: Take a brief peek at the evolution of underwear
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - From tag-free boxer briefs and seamless bikinis to weightless cotton fabrics and moisture wicking technology, there’s a go-to type of underwear for everyone. Influenced by notable pop culture moments and the evolving fashion industry, underwear styles have taken huge leaps throughout the years. Fruit of the Loom, the trusted underwear brand for over 160 years, is looking at the pivotal transformations of underwear, one of the most essential pieces of clothing.

Protecting your eyesight against the silent advance of glaucoma
Posted: August 06, 2020

(BPT) - “Will I go blind?” It’s a frightening thought that most people have when they are first told they have glaucoma.

Wednesday 08/05/2020
Cocktail railing and more: 5 trends for your deck
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - When determining the look of your outdoor living space, decking is only half of the equation. In many cases, it’s the deck railings that are most visible and the design element that makes the first impression.

Surprisingly, Older Americans Are Coping Best During the Pandemic
Posted: August 05, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Older Americans have actually been coping far better than younger ones during the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research.

4 reasons why pre-planning your funeral Is the best gift you can give your kids
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Death and dying can be a challenging subject to broach, even with loved ones. No one likes to consider the possibility of losing a mother or father, and parents don’t want to leave their children in a predicament during incredibly challenging times. As parents, the best gift to give your children is the peace of mind that your final arrangements, including the kind of memorial service you desire, are taken care of, with every detail remembered.

Need Medicare? Easy ways to get the benefits you – or your loved ones – deserve
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Some 60 million Americans receive Medicare benefits each year to help pay for health care and prescription drugs, according to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that runs the program. Yet, many don’t get the right benefits for their health needs and their budget.

Tuesday 08/04/2020
100 years of suffrage: How the ALA continues to empower female voters
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - It came down to one vote. One hundred years ago, on Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified with the vote of a young Tennessee senator — breaking a tie to tip the scales. American women had won the long, hard-fought right to vote. After a 70-year movement and a four-year war, their voices were being heard across the country. On the 100th anniversary of this major accomplishment, we take note of how our country’s past resembles its present as we mobilize toward a better future.

Meet the voice-activated diabetes expert for free 24/7 help and support
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Managing insulin-dependent diabetes is no easy task. Often, people living with diabetes could really use an expert close by who can answer questions and motivate them to stay on their management plans. Now, that someone is Sulli the Diabetes Guru.

Monday 08/03/2020
8 ways your family can cure cabin fever
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - It’s not always easy to be at home with kids day after day, but with a little creativity, you can beat cabin fever. Whether you're in your own backyard or venturing out, there are plenty of things you can do to have fun together. Make sure to choose activities that are age-appropriate and that follow your current local guidelines for social distancing.

More Lives are at Risk Now – And Not Just Due to COVID-19
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Many Americans have adjusted to a “new normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic, from embracing takeout, avoiding crowds and mastering virtual get-togethers to delaying elective healthcare procedures. Yet at least one important thing hasn’t changed: if you experience a serious health condition, like a heart attack, you should seek immediate care to save your life. Even now that some restrictions are being lifted, patients may still be wary of seeking treatment.

Finding Support After an NTM Lung Disease Diagnosis: Facing Challenges with a Care Team and Loved Ones
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

65th Birthday Brings Key Decisions Regarding Health Care
Posted: August 03, 2020

(StatePoint) Your 65th birthday is an important milestone. That’s when you become eligible for the federal Medicare health insurance program.

Thursday 07/30/2020
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Wednesday 07/29/2020
How do you prepare for the future when life is so uncertain now?
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - As the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to present health and economic challenges, it is difficult to focus on anything other than the present. It’s important, though, not to lose sight of the years ahead and to take steps that can put you in a better position when we emerge on the other side.

Tuesday 07/28/2020
Great grilling ideas for easy home-cooked meals
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Any summer day is the perfect day to fire up the grill. Simple or elaborate, gas or charcoal — any type of grill can impart flavors and textures that make home-cooked meals extra special. No need to cook indoors and heat up the kitchen when the outdoor grill is ready to go.

Monday 07/27/2020
Five Steps to Safeguard Your Senses
Posted: July 27, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Whether we're reading a favorite book, taking in the smell of fresh-cut grass or savoring an old family recipe, we use our senses every day to experience and understand the world around us. But while it's clear that our senses are an important part of our lives, they're often something we take for granted.

Cooking rut? These 10 easy ideas inspire instant creativity in the kitchen
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Due to quarantine and social distancing measures, Americans have found themselves cooking more at home than ever before. However, after creating some of the same meals week after week, many are starting to lack inspiration and hitting a home-cooking rut. To shake things up in the kitchen, consider these 10 ways that will add excitement and creativity to your future dishes.

Friday 07/24/2020
How to take charge of your health: 9 tips to try
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Women 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.

The pandemic’s financial (and emotional) toll on Americans
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Unfortunately, no matter how hard some people work to be financially responsible, obstacles outside their control can sometimes prevent a person’s ability to keep up. In fact, Prudential’s 2020 Financial Wellness Census found that both before and during the pandemic, nearly half of Americans perceived their financial mobility as fixed. This means many don’t feel it’s within their power to improve their financial future, even in promising times.

Wednesday 07/22/2020
How does telehealth really compare to in-person health care?
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, the adoption of telehealth services has been on the rise and people are turning to digital technology more than ever to address their personal health care needs without having to leave their homes.

I thought shingles was an old person’s disease: What everyone 50+ needs to know about this disease
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

Monday 07/20/2020
How to help maintain your immune system with fermentation
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - No matter what season or time of year, we all know the importance of a healthy immune system and the central role it plays in overall well-being. While sleep, healthy eating and a balanced lifestyle are all essential for a healthy immune system, clinical studies show fermented supplements are an effective approach to supporting good gut and immune health.

Wednesday 07/15/2020
How Americans can save on prescription costs
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Did you know prescriptions cost more in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world? If you or a loved one need daily medications, you may already know about the high cost of prescription drugs.

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Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

Lawncare tips from domestic pro Martha Stewart herself
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - When you think of Martha Stewart, visions of picture-perfect cookies, floral arrangements and garden parties come to mind. Behind the scenes, however, Martha prides herself in getting hands-on while maintaining her personal 150-acre farm in Bedford, New York.

Tuesday 07/14/2020
How the right kind of sugar makes all the difference
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Everyone is becoming more health conscious today, and that means people are paying closer attention to what they are eating throughout the day — from items that are bought at the store to food that’s made at home. The hard part for consumers is interpreting food labels, especially when it comes to ingredients one might have concerns about, such as the type of added sugar. With so many varieties of sugar available, it is important to understand the differences between them, what they are best used for and the role that they play in the flavor of different foods.

Monday 07/13/2020
Your eyes are a window to your health: Why you need regular exams
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Like many Americans, you may be putting off regular health appointments like eye exams because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, your optometrist may have been closed for some time, depending on where you live.

Wednesday 07/08/2020
Struggling to make rent or mortgage payments due to COVID-19? You have options.
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

Need headache relief? How to treat the 4 most common types
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - It can be easy to dismiss head pain as a regular headache, but in fact there is no such thing. More than 300 types of headache exist and the likelihood you’ll experience one in your lifetime is high. Worldwide nearly 40 million people have some form of headache disease.

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Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

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Tuesday 07/07/2020
Now available: A happy little show that helped the world find 'The Joy of Painting'
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

An Unexpected Diagnosis – the Risks of Underestimating Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - James Whelan is a performer. As a lifelong musician, he has spent most of his life writing music in his studio or out performing for a crowd. But a life devoted to art came to a screeching halt with a startling and sudden diagnosis: a skin cancer called cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (CSCC). A skin cancer he’d never even thought to look for, or even heard of.

Monday 07/06/2020
Show up for small businesses: 5 simple ways to support locally owned businesses
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Small businesses are the backbone of the economy. Whether in a busy city or a sleepy suburb, we depend on the many beloved local shops and services that contribute to the vibrancy of our neighborhoods. Where we shop matters, and now more than ever small businesses need our support as they recover and rebuild from the effects of the pandemic.

Tips for Making Safe Digital Payments during the Pandemic
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - In a time of global crisis — pandemic, economic or political — fraudsters and scammers are willing and ready to prey on people. These ‘bad guys’ take advantage of vulnerabilities by offering false employment offers, bogus cures and treatments and fake promises of assistance and products.

To beat COVID-19, science must lead the way: An inside look at the development of a vaccine
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Around the world, more than 10 million people have been infected with COVID-19, more than a half million have died, and thousands are still diagnosed daily. In an effort to stop its spread and eradicate COVID-19 forever, the global scientific community has been working together to develop a vaccine in record time.

Thursday 07/02/2020
Boating is booming: How to ride the wave of demand and get top dollar for your boat
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Not only is it peak boating season, but the impact of COVID-19 has inspired a renewed interest in boats from coast-to-coast as people start getting outside and enjoying the water while maintaining social distancing.

6 Fun Facts About How People Are Snacking in Summer 2020
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

Wednesday 07/01/2020
Simple ideas for celebrating every day virtually
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - For most people, 2020 is a year of change. Remote work, social distancing and more have challenged people to find new ways to connect with each other. Fortunately, humans are resilient and their spirit for finding innovative ways to connect is alive and well.

Boost Your Retirement Income with Little-Known Benefits
Posted: July 01, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Retirement is a life-changing experience. For some older adults it can be relaxing, for others it can be energizing. Bu it should never be stressful.

Tuesday 06/30/2020
Healthcare heroes you haven’t heard about
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - As the country continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans are eager to celebrate healthcare workers on the front lines who cope with the disease every single day. You’ve probably heard countless stories of the amazing acts of kindness and courage exhibited by the doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff who are facing the virus head on.

Monday 06/29/2020
How self-determination is changing elderly and disability care in the age of COVID-19
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The threat of COVID-19 in nursing homes and assisted living facilities has led elderly individuals and people with disabilities or underlying health conditions to seek safer administration of their care. For some, the most desirable place to receive ongoing services is in their own homes. According to the CDC, in the age of COVID-19, your home is the safest place to be. Why then should care be any different?

Friday 06/26/2020
Caregiver Fatigue in a Global Pandemic
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - The past few months have been a challenging time for all of us. As difficult as COVID-19 has been for the general population, people serving in a caregiving role — whether in the long term for someone living with a disease or injury or short term for someone who has contracted COVID-19 — are likely experiencing additional stress and mental health issues during this time.

Thursday 06/25/2020
Patient with kidney disease feels hopeful at home during COVID-19 pandemic
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - For the last three years, Terry McCallum, 75, has been receiving dialysis treatments from the comfort of his home. When he initially considered the change from in-center hemodialysis (ICHD) to peritoneal dialysis (PD), it was because he was having a hard time adjusting to dialysis and experiencing low blood sugar. Now, amid a pandemic, his choice to treat at home has provided an unexpected benefit: the ability to shelter in place while managing his kidney disease.

Looking at the 'men' in mental health: 4 things men can do to support their mental wellness
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - One in five U.S. adults struggles with mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. However, while mental illness impacts both men and women, men are less likely to seek treatment and find solutions.

Should you be evaluated for ADHD? It’s not just a kid thing
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - If you are among the millions of adults in the U.S. who do not know they have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the past several months of social distancing have been a particularly steep battle. Our country was instructed to “sit still,” a command that children with ADHD hear every day in the classroom and at the dinner table.

Wednesday 06/24/2020
Brighten summertime dishes with fresh grapes
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Warmer weather is finally here, and that means more daylight for activities of all types and ideally more time for relaxation. Whether family members choose to spend their time playing outside, tackling home projects or getting creative with crafts, it’s easy to work up an appetite for tasty summertime food. Crisp, juicy grapes serve as an easy snack — whether fresh or frozen — and a special ingredient in simple but creative new dishes.

Expert tips to help people living with diabetes prepare for low blood sugar events
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - People living with diabetes know that the condition comes with highs and lows — especially when it comes to managing blood sugar. For those on insulin, blood sugar can get so low that it’s considered a medical emergency (known as severe hypoglycemia or a very low blood sugar emergency). This can happen unexpectedly. This means that people living with diabetes must be prepared for the unexpected lows, and just as importantly, make sure their support network knows how to help.

Worried you may have COVID-19? Here’s what you can do
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Whether you’ve had exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, have symptoms you’re worried about, or you belong to a vulnerable population (such as being over 65), you may be worried. You also may be unsure about how or where to get tested. It’s understandable that you may have concerns about going out to get a test administered, too.

Taking on lung cancer is worth the fight
Updated: August 08, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - You have cancer.

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