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Thursday 07/25/2013
Help a Top Health Research Institute Make Funding Decisions
Posted: July 25, 2013

(NewsUSA) - Every week, Americans tune in to their favorite reality TV shows and vote on who should advance to the next round.

Did You Know? Yogurt is a Nutrient-Rich Food Choice For Your Diet
Posted: July 25, 2013

(StatePoint) Today’s dietary guidelines recommend that Americans consume more nutrient-rich foods that are low in sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol. Yet, few are meeting these goals. Unfortunately, roughly three-fourths of Americans need to improve their diets, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Healthy Eating Index.

Tips to Avoid the 'Freshman 15'
Posted: July 25, 2013

(StatePoint) Trying to avoid the dreaded "Freshman 15" weight gain? While college is an adjustment, it doesn't have to mean an adjustment in your pants size.

Tuesday 07/23/2013
Survey Finds Nearly One In Two Americans Unaware of Condition That Leads to Increased Stroke Risk
Posted: July 23, 2013

(BPT) - In a survey conducted in 1,407 people, one in two adults age 48 and older were not familiar with atrial fibrillation. Fifteen percent of all strokes are attributable to Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation (NVAF), which is a type of irregular heartbeat not caused by a heart valve problem. AFib can lead to blood clots that can cause strokes. With AFib, the two upper chambers of the heart (the atria) do not fully contract as they usually do. Instead, the atria quiver or fibrillate. As a result, some blood can remain in the atria, where it can pool, clump together and form a blood clot. The clot can then break loose and travel to the brain, where it may limit or block blood flow, causing a stroke. People with atrial fibrillation are at a five times greater risk of stroke than those without atrial fibrillation. Additionally, AFib-related stroke may be more severe than strokes not associated with AFib.

Sunday 07/21/2013
Overcoming barriers to professional counseling
Posted: July 21, 2013

(BPT) - When it comes to seeking professional counseling for mental health issues, there are numerous barriers that prevent people from receiving the help they want and need.

Friday 07/19/2013
Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman's Career-Saver
Posted: July 19, 2013

(NewsUSA) - If it wasn't for chiropractic care, basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman might not be the household name she is today.

Seasonal Tips for Kids with Type 1 Diabetes
Posted: July 19, 2013

(StatePoint) Attending sleep-away camps and sleepovers can be formative experiences for children. Yet the parents of a child with type 1 diabetes may have special concerns about their child’s well-being while away from home. If you have a child with type 1 diabetes, advice for sending your child to camp or a sleepover is now as close as a computer, tablet or smart phone.

Thursday 07/18/2013
Five Important Steps Dental Patients Can Take
Posted: July 18, 2013

(NAPSI)—Recent news reports about unsafe practices at a number of U.S. dental offices have raised concerns about dental infection control procedures and caused patients to question the safety of the dental offices they visit. A sterile environment is essential for a safe visit to the dentist and there are important safeguards that patients can take to minimize the risk of getting an infection during dental treatment, according to Noel Brandon-Kelsch, a registered dental hygienist and the infection control columnist for RDH magazine.

Spot It Early: Lifesaving Lesson About Skin Cancer
Posted: July 18, 2013

(NAPSI)—Whenever you’re under the sun, whether it’s summer or winter, it’s important to guard against sun damage. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun is the No. 1 cause of skin cancer, and it often doesn’t develop until later in life.

Tuesday 07/16/2013
Medication-free nausea relief for migraine sufferers
Posted: July 16, 2013

(BPT) - If you suffer from migraines, you are not alone. Migraines affect 36 million Americans, according to the American Migraine Foundation. The World Health Organization classifies migraines as the 19th leading cause of all years lived with a disability for both males and females.

Stress management tactics for an improved self, inside and out
Posted: July 16, 2013

(BPT) - There are moments when stress takes over all aspects of life, both personal and professional. The to-do list feels never ending; there are never enough hours in the day; and the challenges appear insurmountable. Feeling stressed is a normal response to demands encountered on emotional, intellectual and physical levels, and often manifests itself physically in many different ways – especially in the appearance of skin. Positively managing stress is essential to achieving a balanced lifestyle and naturally healthy-looking skin.

Monday 07/15/2013
Sleeping tips for back-to-school success
Posted: July 15, 2013

(BPT) - Did you know the best preparation for back to school is a good night’s sleep? Lack of sleep can affect a child’s performance, attention, learning, behavior and biological functions, experts say. In fact, recent studies show that American students might be falling behind in school due to a lack of shut-eye.

Three Ways To Stay In Shape As You Get Older
Posted: July 15, 2013

(NAPSI)—As a professional golfer, it has always been important to me to stay in shape—and you can do so, too. As a matter of fact, my commitment to health and fitness has been a big part of my success in golf, winning tournaments over the course of five decades. However, as I get older, I realize that it takes a little bit more stretching, a little more training and a little more recovery time to keep in shape.

Tips For Saving On Prescription And Health Costs
Posted: July 15, 2013

(NAPSI)According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug per month and up to 50 percent of chronically ill people stop taking their medication within the first year.

Don't Let Dry Mouth Become A Health Hazard
Posted: July 15, 2013

(NAPSI)—If you or anyone you care about is among the majority of Americans who have stopped or wanted to stop taking a prescribed medication due to side effects, there could be good news. Some common side effects can easily be treated with over-the-counter products.

Steps You Can Take To Protect Your Eyes And Still Enjoy Fun In The Sun
Posted: July 15, 2013

(NAPSI)—Increasingly, consumers are being warned of the dangers posed by too much exposure to the sun. The good news is that there are steps they can take to protect themselves and their family and still enjoy their time outdoors.

Sunday 07/14/2013
Little hands inspire creative kitchens: How to encourage kids to cook
Posted: July 14, 2013

(BPT) - The kitchen is known as the heart of the home, a central place where families gather to relax, work, share stories and most importantly – cook meals together. By teaching your kids how to help in the kitchen from meal prep to cleanup, you’re also helping them understand how to prepare healthy meals and appreciate food for years to come.

Friday 07/12/2013
How an Outfield-Wall Collision Changed One Baseball Player's Life
Posted: July 12, 2013

(NewsUSA) - "The wall won."

Thursday 07/11/2013
Five Questions to ask Your Doctor about Depression
Posted: July 11, 2013

(BPT) - Have you been feeling sad? Have you lost interest or pleasure in daily activities? Have you been feeling this way for two weeks or more? These feelings/symptoms may be signs of depression and your healthcare provider can help. In this article, you’ll find answers to common questions about depression from Dr. Larry Culpepper, a primary care physician and professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Boston University. Take the first step toward regaining control and start a conversation with your doctor about your symptoms. There is no need to suffer alone.

Hurting? Here's How to Reduce Your Physical Pain
Posted: July 11, 2013

(NewsUSA) - Chances are, you're hurting right now.

Wednesday 07/10/2013
Remedies for deadly heat: more than just staying hydrated
Posted: July 10, 2013

(BPT) - Some parts of the country are experiencing record high temperatures this summer. Las Vegas hit 117 degrees and Phoenix topped the charts at 119 degrees. Salt Lake City also hit the triple digits as did several areas in California. Dry heat or not, residents and visitors were undoubtedly feeling it, and anytime the mercury gets remotely close to these temperatures, staying hydrated is of paramount importance.

Tuesday 07/09/2013
Acne at 9 Years-Old? They Grow Up So Fast…
Posted: July 09, 2013

It’s the new reality – girls as young as nine years old are experiencing acne1B – a condition many of us associate with being a teenager. The appearance of acne can be a very sensitive and challenging time for young children; however, according to results from a new survey of 2,000 moms with children ages 9 to 11 years old, 41 percent of moms don’t believe their children are old enough to have pimples.2A,2B

Alerta sanitaria: Lo que debes saber acerca de los piojos de la cabeza
Posted: July 09, 2013

(NewsUSA) - Es un momento que todos los padres temen. Su hijo regresa a casa de la escuela con una carta del enfermero de la escuela en la que le avisa de que su hijo podría tener piojos. Y luego, comienza la odisea de tratar la infestación.

Friday 07/05/2013
Keeping Childhood Cancer Survivors Safe in the Sun
Posted: July 05, 2013

(NewsUSA) - For childhood cancer survivors, eating right, exercising and taking good care of yourself all around are of the utmost importance. Now more than ever, cancer survivors of all ages must also remember to be extra cautious in the sun.

Tuesday 07/02/2013
Diabetes Community: Don't Gamble on the Accuracy of Your Blood Glucose Meter
Posted: July 02, 2013

(BPT) - Gambling with your health is never a wise choice, especially for the 25 million people in the U.S. living with diabetes1. However, there are several studies that show some blood glucose meters on the market do not consistently provide accurate results.

Monday 07/01/2013
Get your 'fitness on' this summer to help your favorite park win big
Posted: July 01, 2013

The air is warm, the grass is green, and summer is officially here. What better place to enjoy the summer than at your favorite park?

Fact or Fiction? Advice for Fending Off Mosquitoes
Posted: July 01, 2013

(NewsUSA) - Summer may have just begun, but mosquitoes are already out in full force in many parts of the country. In fact, several cases of West Nile Virus (WNV), which can be carried by infected mosquitoes, have already been reported. With the early start of WNV, compounded by the fact that 2012 was the deadliest year on record for the illness according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), precaution is the name of the game this summer.

Sunday 06/30/2013
Katrina's Story: Inspiring Patients to Take Charge of their HIV around National HIV Testing Day
Posted: June 30, 2013

(BPT) - This month marks the 8th annual observance of National HIV Testing Day. More than 30 years have passed since human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was first identified. Despite increased understanding of the disease and potential treatment options, deep stigma and misinformation still exist around the disease – including among women, who now represent more than 25 percent of the 1.2 million people infected with HIV in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Misperceptions Revealed in National Survey Demonstrate Urgent Need for Increased Opioid Dependence Awareness
Posted: June 30, 2013

(BPT) - Despite the growing population of individuals with opioid dependence and significant media coverage about this U.S. epidemic, a new national survey reveals both U.S. adults and primary care doctors harbor a variety of misperceptions that may impact the way opioid dependence – and those living with it – are treated. The survey, which involved more than 1,000 adults ages 26-49 (“adults”)† and 200 non-Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA) 2000 certified primary care doctors (“doctors”)*, was conducted online by Harris Interactive and commissioned by Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Inc. to understand U.S. attitudes about opioid dependence – also known as prescription painkiller and heroin addiction – and its treatment.

Thursday 06/27/2013
Celeb worthy on-the-go snacking tips for a healthy new you
Posted: June 27, 2013

(BPT) - We’ve all been there; 3 p.m. rolls around and suddenly you need a snack. As children, we thrived on snacks, but as we grow older many of us ignore those in-between-meals hunger pangs. We ignore the signals our stomach sends us in an attempt to be healthy. However, healthy snacking not only boasts the metabolism, but keeps cravings for less healthy foods – like that chocolate cake – at bay.

Medical Foods Improve Treatments Without Dangerous Side Effects
Posted: June 27, 2013

(NewsUSA) - For those seeking effective treatment without the harmful side effects associated with pharmaceutical drugs, it's easy to think there aren't enough options.

Wednesday 06/26/2013
Inspiring Diabetes Documentary Shows Importance of a Support System
Posted: June 26, 2013

It is estimated that nearly 26 million Americans are living with diabetes, including an estimated 7 million who remain undiagnosed. Managing diabetes is a 24-hour-a-day, 7 days a week responsibility, but a support system of family and friends can help.

Dealing With Dust
Posted: June 26, 2013

(NAPSI)—The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology has some advice for the millions of Americans for whom “allergy season” never ends: Reducing the dust in your home can make a big difference. Most indoor environments, it says, actually trap airborne allergens, where they can pose a risk to respiratory health.

Tuesday 06/25/2013
When it comes to NSAIDs, take the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time
Posted: June 25, 2013

You feel a headache coming on from a long day at the office ... your knee is aching from your morning jog ... when reaching into your medicine cabinet for common painkillers, you may not have realized that you were taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), a category of medications helpful for reducing pain and inflammation.

A partir de Octubre de 2013, una nueva forma de contratar un seguro de salud
Posted: June 25, 2013

(NewsUSA) - El 1 de octubre comienza una forma totalmente nueva para obtener seguro médico para usted, su familia, y su negocio conocida como "El Mercado de Seguros Médicos;" esto gracias a la nueva ley del cuidado de la salud. Si no está asegurado y desea obtener cobertura para usted, el Mercado le ayudará a encontrar fácilmente un seguro adecuado que se ajuste a sus necesidades y presupuesto.

Monday 06/24/2013
Are You Ready? The Health Insurance Marketplace Is Coming
Posted: June 24, 2013

(NewsUSA) - No doubt you've been starting to hear about the new Health Insurance Marketplace, a key part of the health care law that will be open for business on Oct. 1. But you probably still have questions. Well, we've got answers.

Friday 06/21/2013
Tips to Get Better Sleep and Lower Risk of Stroke
Posted: June 21, 2013

(NewsUSA) - According to David H. Stone, M.D., a vascular surgeon at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and member of the Society for Vascular Surgery, poor sleep is one factor that can lead to stroke.

Nueva Manera de Obtener Seguro Médico Comienza en Octubre 2013
Posted: June 21, 2013

(NewsUSA) - El 1 de octubre comienza una forma totalmente nueva para obtener seguro médico para usted, su familia, y su negocio conocida como "El Mercado de Seguros Médicos;" esto gracias a la nueva ley del cuidado de la salud. Si no está asegurado y desea obtener cobertura para usted, el Mercado le ayudará a encontrar fácilmente un seguro adecuado que se ajuste a sus necesidades y presupuesto.

Thursday 06/20/2013
Four ways men can slash high blood pressure
Posted: June 20, 2013

What you don’t know can’t hurt you, right? Not necessarily, especially when it comes to high blood pressure (hypertension). This often asymptomatic condition may not lead to physical problems right away, but over time it can damage and harden the arteries, causing buildup of scar tissue. Gradually, that scar tissue can accumulate plaque, leading to clotting of the arteries. So even though you may not know you have high blood pressure, it can hurt you.

Celebrity chef Seamus Mullen encourages rheumatoid arthritis sufferers to rethink their approach to managing the disease
Posted: June 20, 2013

(BPT) - In 2007, Seamus Mullen, cookbook author and owner of Tertulia restaurant in New York City, woke up with debilitating pain and couldn’t move. He tried to stand and collapsed. Unable to reach his phone, he stayed on the floor for hours until a neighbor heard him call for help. After several days in the hospital, doctors determined that Mullen had rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease that causes chronic pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of physical function. He had become one of the 1.6 million Americans living with RA.

Keep Kids Healthy And Active While School Is Out
Posted: June 20, 2013

(NAPSI)—Parents like you know kids should eat healthy and be active every day, but summer break can often make that hard. With some fun, simple tips, you can ensure summer break doesn’t mean a break in your family’s healthy habits.

Controlling Cholesterol--Surprising Facts On Fats
Posted: June 20, 2013

(NAPSI)—Cholesterol levels have long been the focus in promoting heart health, but many people may be surprised to learn that elevated triglycerides, affecting approximately a third of all Americans, are also a risk factor. Although heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women, there are large gaps in understanding it.

The Store-Brand Story
Posted: June 20, 2013

(NAPSI)—Savvy shoppers know that it pays to buy store brands instead of national-brand products. The savings from filling your cart with house brands, which are created by chain and specialty retailers for their stores, can chop one-third off your grocery bill. That adds up to an extra $45 per week if you typically spend $150 at the supermarket, which translates to $2,340 per year.

Managing Diabetes And Medicare
Posted: June 20, 2013

(NAPSI)—There are nearly 20 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, and, of those, about 4.5 million have their health benefits through Medicare. If you or someone you care about is among them—or will be someday—there are a few facts you should know. Access to care and health care costs are a growing concern, especially with some important changes taking effect July 1 that may limit how beneficiaries get their much-needed diabetes testing supplies.

Tuesday 06/18/2013
Your Time Is Precious: Don't Let Your Eyesight Slow You Down
Posted: June 18, 2013

(NewsUSA) - Staying active is key to a quality lifestyle -- whether it's taking in a sporting event, frolicking at a resort, or just catching up with friends over lunch. But there's no denying you lose a lot of that "quality" if you can't see clearly.

New Research Emerges For Parkinson's
Posted: June 18, 2013

(NewsUSA) - People often believe the myth that Parkinson's disease only afflicts the elderly, but research indicates that a growing number of middle-aged adults are developing the neurodegenerative disorder. The National Parkinson Foundation reports that 10 percent of people with Parkinson's are diagnosed before age 40.

Monday 06/17/2013
Guidance to help parents keep kids smoke-free
Posted: June 17, 2013

Children often learn by example. They grow up watching Mom and Dad’s behaviors, learning at a very early age how to mimic their elders. In school, the examples shown by peers help to develop children, both academically and socially.

Five unexpected ways to get your kids to eat veggies - and like them
Posted: June 17, 2013

(BPT) - Peas, carrots, broccoli and spinach ... some kids love vegetables, but many do not. We know that veggies provide nourishment, especially for growing children, but getting your kids to eat healthier can be a challenge. Luckily, there are plenty of creative ways to increase the amount of veggies in your kids’ diets. Here are five tips to get the little ones in your life to eat - and even enjoy - their vegetables.

Sunday 06/16/2013
Two-Time Super Bowl Champion Shines Spotlight on Diabetes Patients Who Give Back
Posted: June 16, 2013

(BPT) - Two-time Super Bowl Champion, Kendall Simmons, is one of almost 26 million people in the United States living with diabetes.[1] Diagnosed after his NFL rookie season in 2003, Kendall was in unfamiliar territory.