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Thursday 10/18/2018
Navigate4Me: Offering a Trusted Guide Along Your Health Journey
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:26 am

(BPT) - How would your life be different if you had one person to guide and support you when you’re at your most vulnerable?

New Study Uses Smartphone Technology to Connect the Dots for People with MS, Doctors and Researchers
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:27 am

(BPT) - Can you remember the last time you had a headache? How about the last time you ate something that bothered your stomach? Chances are these events are hard to recall, because our brains aren’t wired to retain small, subtle details over time.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy is the Number One Genetic Cause of Infant Mortality - Have You Heard of It?
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:27 am

(BPT) - 1 in 10,000 babies worldwide are affected by spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a devastating disease that can cause extreme muscle weakness and paralysis1,2,3

Generic Prescriptions Save Lives ... and Money, Too [Video]
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:26 am

5 Ways the Whole Family Can Eat Healthy
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:24 am

(Family Features) People are understandably conscious about the foods they’re eating and where they come from. The human eating space has seen the rise of whole, clean and natural foods, and in the last couple years, the trend has even moved into pet foods.

5 Ways to Show Your Cats You Love Them
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:24 am

(Family Features) Cats take on so many different roles within their owners’ lives and families, such as cuddle buddies, emotional support animals, quiet companions and purring playmates. Each furry feline deserves the best, so as a cat owner, it’s important to shower your pet with love and make him feel special all year round.

4 Tips to Prepare Your Pup for Winter
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:24 am

(Family Features) When winter approaches, it brings a number of distractions and factors that tend to keep people from getting outside and staying active. From holiday parties and vacations to bad weather, it’s important to keep health and exercise top of mind throughout the busy season. This is especially important for your furry friends since they depend on their owners to keep them healthy and active.

3 Tips for a Healthy Baby
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:24 am

(Family Features) When you’re a new parent, once you’ve successfully navigated the first car ride home from the hospital and the euphoria of this new little life begins to fade, you’re left with one resounding question: now what?

Eyeing Better Vision
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:25 am

9 tips to maintain eye health

5 Hacks for Holiday Hosting
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:25 am

(Family Features) It may feel impossible to fit even more into already jam-packed days, but when the holidays roll around, entertaining and celebrating always find a way. Fortunately, you can find some shortcuts when hosting that offer plenty of festive style while also helping you avoid stressing over every detail.

Prepare Pets for Better Grooming Visits
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:25 am

(Family Features) While a haircut is often the first thing that comes to mind when pet parents contemplate a visit to the groomer, those visits can involve much more than a bath and trim. It can also include spa-like skin and paw treatments, deep moisturizing shampoos and conditioners for healthy skin and a lustrous coat, de-shedding and flea or tick treatments. These treatments are all in addition to the expert clipping, shaving and nail trims you might expect.

A Healthy Way to Work
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

Improve health and performance at the office

Keep Pets Safe this Halloween
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(Family Features) Halloween isn’t just for humans; four-legged friends have plenty of opportunity to get in on the fun, too. However, it’s important to take some pet precautions that allow the whole family to enjoy the holiday safely, as the costumes and excitement can be overwhelming and some of the candy is even dangerous.

DIY Halloween Box Costume for All Ages
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(Family Features) Candy, pumpkins and costumes are some of the most popular traditions of the Halloween season. This year, rather than searching store aisles for the perfect getup, consider using boxes from your latest deliveries and other items you have on-hand to create a one-of-a-kind DIY costume, or “boxtume.”

Wednesday 10/17/2018
Finding a Zebra in a Crowd of Horses
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:27 am

(BPT) - In medical training, doctors often hear the old adage, “When you hear hoof beats, think horses not zebras!” This concept applies when evaluating and diagnosing patients with what are considered common conditions.

Medi-Cal Coverage To Smile About
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:27 am

(NAPSI)—More than a third of Californians receive health care through Medi-Cal, and while most members know that dental coverage is included, many do not use the benefit.

Your Medicare Open Enrollment To-Do List
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:26 am

(NAPSI)—Medicare’s annual enrollment period is now underway, and runs from October 15 to December 7, 2018. You may be happy with your current Medicare coverage, but it pays to shop around. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Tips for Turning History into Your Story
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(Family Features) If you have ever thought about exploring your family history, now can be the perfect time as October is National Family History Month. To get started, these four simple tips can help you unlock new understanding and make meaningful connections. You can also consider sharing these tips with loved ones so they can join in on the fun, too.

4 Tips for Traveling with Your Furry Friend
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(Family Features) It comes as no surprise that the “workaholic” mindset of many Americans can affect people’s willingness to take vacation days for traveling. However, work isn’t the only culprit hindering American’s travel. A study by Project: Time Off found the three top reasons why people don’t use their vacation days to travel are cost, children and pets.

There is No One-Size-Fits-All Breast Cancer
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(Family Features) Breast cancer. It is a simple phrase representing a complex journey thousands of women travel each year. Even during October, when Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings attention to the disease, many people don’t realize breast cancer is not just one disease; it’s extremely complex and classified into different types. Understanding the many types of breast cancer is important – not just for the 1-in-8 women who will be diagnosed in their lifetime, – but for those who love them, too.¹

Now is the Time to Address Your Hearing Health
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(Family Features) If you find yourself constantly turning up the volume on the TV or asking people to repeat themselves, you’re not alone. In fact, 1 in 5 Americans – nearly 50 million people – ages 12 and older have hearing loss, according to the Hearing Health Foundation.

Trick-or-Treat for a Cause
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(Family Features) Orange pumpkins on doorsteps and orange candy corn in buckets are iconic staples of Halloween, but the season can be about more than fun and treats.

Bringing Baby Home
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

5 tips to prepare for a newborn’s arrival

Tuesday 10/16/2018
Center Offers Hope and Help for Binge Eating Disorder
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:23 am

(NewsUSA) - Many individuals who struggle with food and weight may be undiagnosed with the mental health illness of binge eating disorder (BED), according to a leading health pscychologist.

4 simple ways to highlight your smile
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:27 am

After Stroke Strikes, What Comes Next?
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:27 am

American Stroke Association highlights importance of rehabilitation after a stroke this World Stroke Day

Monday 10/15/2018
What You Need to Know This Medicare Enrollment Season
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:24 am

(NewsUSA) - It's that time of year when people with Medicare review their health insurance choices and enroll in a Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug plan for the coming year.

Friday 10/12/2018
Medicare Part D: 3 factors that could save you money
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:27 am

(BPT) - Many people are surprised to find out that Original Medicare doesn’t generally cover prescription drugs. For help with the cost of your medications, you can choose a stand-alone Part D plan or a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription coverage.

Preparing For Motherhood: How To Protect Your Health And Your Growing Baby
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:27 am

(NAPSI)—Pregnancy is an exciting time, from decorating the nursery to reading every parenting book available. The most important thing expecting moms can do for themselves and their baby is to protect their health throughout pregnancy. Start by being aware of what the science says about preventing common conditions that can emerge during pregnancy and about daily supplements that can support your baby’s development.

Thursday 10/11/2018
Don't Let Hodgkin Lymphoma Hold You Back: Jennifer's Story of Perseverance May Help Newly Diagnosed Patients
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:27 am

(BPT) - Jennifer Hoodless was in the prime of her life (37) when she was diagnosed with Stage 3 classical Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer that can affect younger people. A schoolteacher, wife, and mother of five young children who prided herself on living a healthy life, Jennifer was shocked when she learned of her disease.

Reduce Your Risk Of Stroke
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:27 am

(NAPSI)—An estimated 2.7 million Americans are living with a condition that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. Fortunately, a leading health organization is working to help these individuals reduce their risk of developing such dangerous conditions.

Wednesday 10/10/2018
Understanding Eczema in Skin of Color
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:27 am

(BPT) - Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a skin condition that may affect people of all races and ethnicities, but may occur more frequently in African-American children.[1] According to US research, 19.3 percent of African-American children have eczema compared to 16.1 percent of European-American children.[1] There are many different treatment options available to consider when taking into account the unique characteristics of each patient. Here are some facts to help understand eczema.

New Insights Show Type 1 Diabetes Community Needs More Advances
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:26 am

(BPT) - People living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) are faced with daily challenges like stress and limited freedom to do what they love, leaving them seeking additional ways to help manage their condition. This sentiment is shared by medical professionals, specifically endocrinologists who want to do more to help their patients living with T1D.

How to Make Smart Decisions During Benefits Enrollment Season
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:24 am

(Family Features) Every fall, millions of American workers spend time making financial decisions that will affect them for the entire upcoming year.

Quick Ways to Freshen Up Your Home for Fall
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:29 am

(Family Features) As fall weather sets in, many homeowners take advantage of cooler days to spruce up their living spaces since they’re confined indoors. However, fitting all that work into a busy season filled with school, sports and other family demands isn’t always easy.

Be Prepared to Weather the Storm
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(Family Features) For many people, inclement weather can be frightening. When the wind is blowing, the rain is pouring and the trees are rustling, it can be hard to remain calm. However, it’s important to remember certain safety tips and how to use tools properly in case of emergency.

4 Ways to Fall in Love with Fall
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

Autumn activities for you and your pup

Fall Into a Fitness Routine
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(Family Features) Fall is notorious for comfort foods like pumpkin spice lattes and game day nachos. Combine these tempting seasonal staples with darker, shorter days and it can be hard to maintain an active mindset. Despite the enticement to indulge, you can keep your active lifestyle going or even kick off a new fitness regime.

Preparing an Emergency Plan for Your Unique Needs
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(Family Features) Disasters such as hurricanes, floods, fires and other emergency situations are all too common these days. In fact, about 4 out of 5 Americans live in counties hit by weather events since 2007, according to disaster declaration data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). That illustrates how these events can impact nearly everyone and the importance of having a plan.

The Evolution of Pumpkin Spice
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

(Family Features) Pumpkin spice has become the quintessential symbol of fall. Check out these details about the evolution of the iconic autumn flavor, from holiday pie to lattes and even dog treats, such as GREENIES™ Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Flavor Dental Treats. Find these seasonal treats for your furry friend at Chewy.com.

A Breath of Fresh Air: 7 ways to refresh your small business
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:28 am

7 ways to refresh your small business

Tuesday 10/09/2018
Saying 'Boo' To Cavities This Halloween: Preventive Tips And Tricks For Parents And Kids
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:27 am

(NAPSI)—Halloween can be a scary holiday for families. Not because of the haunted houses, ghosts and goblins, but because of tooth decay.

Monday 10/08/2018
Thinking about weight loss surgery? 3 things to know
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:27 am

(BPT) - More than one-third of adults in the United States have obesity, which is associated with some of the leading causes of death, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer.[1]

3 questions to ask yourself if you're considering knee or hip replacement surgery
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:26 am

(BPT) - Have you been experiencing chronic pain in your knees or hips? Is it making everyday activities like walking or getting out of bed a challenge? You’re not alone.

Thursday 10/04/2018
Highly Anticipated New Medicine for Hemophilia A
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:26 am

(BPT) - Growing up, Roberto Novelli wore a helmet every day until he was 4 years old. His parents were very protective after he was diagnosed with a bleeding disorder called hemophilia A at just 2 months old. To manage his disorder, he received three infusions of treatment into his veins each week to try to prevent bleeds.

Key to Better Sleep: Cherry Juice
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:24 am

(NewsUSA) - Many busy adults in the United States ignore or downplay sleep problems because they underestimate the importance of quality sleep for overall health.

You May Be Able To Help Save A Child's Life
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:27 am

(NAPSI)—Seven-year-old Julián Morales seems like any other young boy—he loves playing video games, watching baseball, spending time with his little sister and eating chocolate ice cream—but there’s a big difference.

Innovative Technology Improves Patient Experience For Women Undergoing Breast Cancer Treatment
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:26 am

(NAPSI)—A mother, a sister, a friend…many of us know someone who has been touched by breast cancer, the most common cancer among women, affecting an astonishing one in eight women in the United States.

Wednesday 10/03/2018
Organ Transplantation: 7 Surprising And Inspiring Things You Should Know
Updated: October 22, 2018 - 4:26 am

(NAPSI)—For people on the transplant waiting list, returning to health is a real and remarkable possibility. In fact, more than 90 Americans get another chance at life every day thanks to organ donors. How many of these inspiring facts about donation and transplantation in the U.S. do you know?

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