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(BPT) - The sounds of birds chirping, longer daylight hours, and blooming trees and flowers are signs that warmer weather is on the way. That means more time outside to enjoy nature, but it’s also a sign it might be time for a little maintenance as summer heats up.

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Tuesday 06/02/2020
How to stop wasting perfectly good water down the drain
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - What happens when you turn on the shower? In the typical North American home, cold water comes pouring out. Because this is a shock to the body, most people make it a habit to run the shower for a few minutes before getting in.

Monday 06/01/2020
Melanoma Can’t Wait – What Everyone Should Understand About This Deadly Cancer
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - While the summer months often serve as an important reminder on the dangers of sun exposure, many people may not realize that skin cancer can happen to anyone at any time of the year. With more than five million new cases diagnosed each year, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. In fact, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.

How your family can crush cabin fever
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 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.

From victory gardens to garage greatness: 5 big jobs to tackle for summer
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Summer is here, and that means it’s time to tackle the big outdoor tasks.

Friday 05/29/2020
Four things to consider when rescheduling elective surgery
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - For the past few months, patients around the country have had to postpone elective surgery due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re one of them, you're probably wondering when you may hear from your doctor about rescheduling that surgery. As states begin easing restrictions, hospitals and clinics have been preparing to welcome patients back for procedures that can help relieve pain and improve their quality of life.

Thursday 05/28/2020
Making the most of workplace benefits
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Quite often, it is not until we have experienced a difficult situation like an accident, illness or COVID-19-related events that we start to appreciate employer-provided benefits like disability insurance and leave policies that protect income and jobs. According to a recent MetLife disability survey fielded in April 2020, a significant number of employees say disability insurance (50 percent) or family caregiver leave (47 percent) would best support them if out of work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, approximately one-third of employees say they don’t feel like they have enough of either to feel protected through the crisis.

Fuel your fitness at home: 5 tips and tricks
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Face it, finding time to achieve your fitness goals while balancing work and home life can be a struggle. However, while many people are spending more time at home, here’s a great opportunity to start fresh with a new fitness routine.

Wednesday 05/27/2020
Flourishing in 6 dimensions: How to choose a senior living facility
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - “Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can,” wrote Danny Kaye, beloved Hollywood performer. Kaye’s advice certainly reflected his colorful career. It's true that the more one expands one’s palette of experiences, the more vibrant life becomes.

Concerned about asthma and allergies during COVID-19?
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Allergy season is causing congestion, coughing, itchy eyes and other classic symptoms for people across the country. However, this year brings new concerns as COVID-19 has dramatically impacted everyone's lives, and people with asthma and allergies have many questions.

Elevate Comfort Foods with Havarti and Blue Cheeses
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - At a time when you may be craving comfort food more than ever, specialty cheeses make it easy to bring a little more indulgence — and a lot of flavor — to your home-cooked meals and snacks. Simply switching to different varieties, such as a buttery havarti or a sharp blue cheese, can easily elevate your go-to dishes.

Tuesday 05/26/2020
New campaign offers resources for thyroid cancer patients
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Every year in the United States, more than half a million people with a thyroid nodule undergo testing to determine whether they have thyroid cancer. Recent research has shown that many of these patients aren’t fully informed about the possible outcomes of this testing and don’t know what questions to ask their doctors. This can increase patients’ anxiety and decrease their chances of receiving the best care for their thyroid nodule or thyroid cancer. A new educational campaign is now available to help patients better understand thyroid cancer diagnosis and their testing options.

Saturday 05/23/2020
Financial anxiety weighing on your mental health? Try these tips
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - The global coronavirus pandemic has caused emotional distress and financial upheaval for people around the world. Many Americans are dealing with daunting issues that could jeopardize their financial future, whether it’s unexpected health care costs, unemployment and loss of income, the market’s impact on 401(k)s and other investments, or the need to postpone retirement plans. With these COVID-19 disruptions come financial anxiety and increased emotional concern that can become all-consuming and greatly impact your mental health.

Friday 05/22/2020
Three Things to Know About Gout Today
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - 3-D imaging shows uric acid build up in a person with gout. Used with permission.1

The simple guide to buying a toilet
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - The bathroom is arguably the most visited room in the home. Having a toilet that performs well, is easy to use and aesthetically pleasing is essential in any size home.

Thursday 05/21/2020
Help is out there for struggling pet owners
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - In uncertain times, there is one source of comfort we can all agree upon, and it is the unconditional love provided by our beloved four-legged friends. Pets are family and are there for us when we need it most. And when tragedy strikes a family member, whether through a natural disaster, domestic abuse, a health problem or job loss, we do everything we can to help.

Insuring Retirement in the Midst of Uncertainty
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - One of the longest economic expansions in American history may have come to an end in the face of a global pandemic. The economy today brings to mind for many the lessons of 2008-2009, during the Great Recession when millions of Americans on the doorstep of retirement watched helplessly as a lifetime of savings vanished, leaving them to wonder how they would be able to buy food, let alone take vacations or pursue leisure activities.

Wednesday 05/20/2020
Living with Huntington’s Disease: One woman’s journey
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - When Ashley Fajardo tested positive for the Huntington’s disease gene at 18 years old, she was devastated but not surprised. Having lost her mother to the rare genetic disorder five years earlier, she knew her odds for having the gene were high.

Managing pain after surgery: Looking beyond opioids
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - If you have upcoming surgery planned, one of your concerns may be post-surgical pain. With all the news coverage about the opioid crisis in the United States, you probably have questions about the best kind of pain relief for you. You may want to know how you can recover quickly, with as little discomfort as possible.

A dermatologist debunks top sunscreen excuses
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - As routines shift, people often have to make behavioral changes to adapt to their new daily schedules, which can come with excuses. Whether it’s learning to cook healthy meals more frequently, adapting to outdoor exercise or adjusting a skincare regimen, people tend to make excuses as they learn these new behaviors. No matter how healthy your lifestyle habits are, there has likely been a time you’ve made an excuse for skipping the sunscreen, whether it be the cloudy weather outside or the promise to yourself that you’re only stepping out for a few minutes.

Tuesday 05/19/2020
In the fight against COVID-19, we all have a part to play
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - You’ve probably heard the term “essential worker.” You might even know a few. Among them are those in the medical profession, education and food production. And they’re working hard to keep our nation going during the COVID-19 crisis.

Monday 05/18/2020
4 easy steps to a chemical-free backyard
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Because everyone is spending more time in their own backyards now, parents are wondering how to create healthier lawns for their families.

What's behind your walls? 3 household dangers you can’t always see
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - When it comes to keeping your family and home safe, you’re probably familiar with the most common household hazards that can occur. And chances are you have taken precautions to prevent most hazards by installing devices like smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers.

New analysis shows pistachios are a complete protein
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

Navigating Cancer During Tough Times: Finding Support in Different Ways
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - For Dorothy, being diagnosed with bladder cancer almost four years ago reinforced the importance of living in the present and appreciating every moment. This holds true even in some of the most unique circumstances, Dorothy explains. “I had my 76th birthday party with my grandchildren and daughter and son-in-law on Zoom this year,” she said. Despite the challenges of living with cancer during today’s uncertain environment, Dorothy and her family are making it a priority to adapt and find new ways to celebrate together.

Friday 05/15/2020
Cancer caregivers: As the patient’s advocate, you can never give up
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - An unexpected diagnosis

Thursday 05/14/2020
Be the change: Registered nurse rejoins frontline caregivers in the fight against COVID-19
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - It's early afternoon on a Thursday when Donna Portscher walks through the doors at a DaVita dialysis center in north Georgia. It is a familiar setting — the faces, the clean smell of a medical center and the sound of dialysis machines in the background. She pays visits to dialysis centers like this one countless times a year as an employee of DaVita, one of the largest providers of kidney care in the U.S. But this time is different. She’ll be treating her first patient in more than eight years — he’s recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Wednesday 05/13/2020
Stressed as a parent? No- and low-cost ways to educate and entertain kids
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

Having children is a great joy, but it also can be stressful. Pressures are plentiful, from making sure your child has the right gear to needing to help manage their school and social schedules. To intensify matters, COVID-19 has brought quarantines and social distancing around the world, and parents are now tasked with educating and entertaining their kids more than ever before.

Tuesday 05/12/2020
National Poppy Day helps brighten veterans’ outlook during COVID-19 crisis
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - With COVID-19 changing the way we interact, gather and celebrate, many holidays will look different this year, including Memorial Day. But that doesn’t mean servicemembers, veterans and their families need our support any less.

3 ways to give your home’s curb appeal a boost
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Homeowners only get one chance to make a first impression. That’s one chance to impress potential buyers, family, friends and neighbors with the first thing they see: your home’s exterior.

Monday 05/11/2020
How to take charge of your mental health
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Our nation is sharing in an experience with the COVID-19 crisis that will serve to reshape the future of our communities, our work, our families, and each and every individual. With so much attention focused on the diagnosis and treatment related to the virus, we recognize that those feelings of isolation, depression, anxiety, and even substance use may impact substantially more of us than a COVID-19 diagnosis.

Don’t ignore heart attack symptoms, even during COVID-19
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - It’s your heart. Don’t hesitate.

Saturday 05/09/2020
7 steps to manage stress and build resilience
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - As recent months have demonstrated, stress is unavoidable. Now more than ever, it’s important to understand stress and how we can manage it. While stress can be beneficial, too much of it can be harmful. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women’s Health explains a bit about the science behind stress, provides several simple steps that might help reduce it and has a webpage,, with some resources available to help.

Friday 05/08/2020
Tips and resources to avoid caregiver burnout
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Since the COVID-19 outbreak, restrictions in daily activities and social interactions have caused a major shift in caregiving roles and responsibilities. Many people have found themselves acting as a full-time caregiver for the first time. Parents and guardians are teaching lessons at home for school-age children. Adults with aging parents or relatives need support with routine activities unlike ever before. Those living with someone who has a disability are filling in to ensure health and well-being are not compromised while in-home care is not an option.

Help children living in poverty without leaving home
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

Thursday 05/07/2020
Simple ways to beautify your outdoor space and enjoy time at home
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Whether it's a quaint patio, a simple garden, a rolling expanse of land or the many possibilities in between, the backyard is the perfect place to unwind. As people spend more time at home, creating a personal outdoor sanctuary is more important than ever before.

Dream of summer by planning your ideal outdoor space
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - If you’re dreaming of summer, imagining how you could be relaxing with a good book in the shade, entertaining family in your outdoor kitchen, playing with the kids in the sunshine — or just breathing in the sights and sounds of nature in your own personal oasis — here are some tips to help kickstart the planning process when the time is right for you.

Wednesday 05/06/2020
An Impossible Choice for Californians: Caregiving or Career
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Working to survive is a reality for most Californians, especially those of us supporting young children or aging parents. And with that, it’s unavoidable that at some point we’ll need time off work to care for a family member in need. Yet, as evidenced by the recent COVID-19 pandemic, many Californians don’t have access to vital programs that help balance the evolving responsibilities of career and caregiving. One policy that is particularly critical — in times of crisis, and not — is Paid Family Leave.

Life with a rare, chronic and 'invisible' illness
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

Anticipating canine separation anxiety post COVID-19
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - For almost all of us, we have been on "sit and stay" for over two months. The only person happy about this is the dog.

4 tips: Zing up your menus with a tasty summer garnish garden
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - As people are spending more time at home, many are learning new activities and finding simple joy in doing the things they love, such as cultivating their own gardens.

4 steps: Clean and prep your deck now for summer sun and relaxation
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - As we all spend more time at home right now, it can be a great opportunity to get a head start on summer projects and begin tackling your list of home improvements, especially as we look toward warmer weather. One thing that often gets overlooked is regular deck cleanings. Since summer is the perfect time to get in the sun and enjoy the outdoors, now is the ideal time to give your deck the cleaning it needs in preparation for summer relaxation and quality family time. The deck is also a great surface for potted plants, herb baskets and increasing curb appeal.

Tuesday 05/05/2020
Telehealth tips: How to make the most of online physical therapy
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - With social distancing and stay-at-home orders, you may not be able to go to health care appointments like you did before. For people who receive physical therapy (PT), this can impact their ability to heal fully, manage their conditions and feel their best. Fortunately, telehealth is an option for patients to continue their care through online PT.

Monday 05/04/2020
8 key tips: Focusing on your financial health during times of crisis
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - It will take some time to adjust and recover from the major disruption experienced because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and many consumers are figuring out how to cope with challenges when it comes to their financial health.

Fostering independent play is more important than ever for parents continuing to work from home
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Across the country, temporary school closures are forcing kids into instant distance learning environments for the remainder of the school year. Parents are trying to work their day job while simultaneously educating kids. For most, there isn’t ever enough time in a day to handle both. They’re stressed, and in the scramble to pick up where teachers left off, the whole family’s emotional well-being is taking a hit.

Friday 05/01/2020
Polycystic Kidney Disease: Is it hiding in your genes?
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), causes numerous cysts to grow in the kidneys and for those affected by this condition, nearly 50% will experience End State Renal Disease (ESRD) by age 60. According to the National Kidney Foundation, autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) accounts for as many as 90% of all polycystic kidney disease cases.

5 essential steps for managing blood sugar
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - In the U.S. alone, 28.1 million people are living with diabetes, and an added 7.2 million are living with undiagnosed diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, the American Diabetes Association reports that 84 million American adults have prediabetes, but nearly 90 percent of them don’t even know it.

Thursday 04/30/2020
5 fun facts about The Original Margarita
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Nothing says “summer” quite like The Original Margarita. And for the aspiring mixologist to the cocktail newbie, extra time at home is perfect for mastering The Margarita. There is nothing easier than shaking up this refreshing cocktail, in its original form or in one of its many delightful variations.

5 fresh ways to frame your outdoor space
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 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.

Wednesday 04/29/2020
5 tips for celebrating Mother's Day from afar
Updated: June 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - This Mother’s Day, you may not be able to be with your mom in person due to social distancing. The time apart may be difficult for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t honor your beloved mom in other thoughtful ways that don’t require person-to-person contact.

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