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Finding a New Normal after Chronic Disease Diagnosis: Mom Finds More Flexible Treatment and Becomes Advocate for Others

(BPT) - Cheryl Jackson spent much of her childhood and early adult life plagued by chronic infections. Sinus infections, bronchitis, urinary tract infections and gastrointestinal issues were commonplace. She endured countless doctor visits, medical tests and procedures searching for answers to no avail. Feeling sick was Jackson’s normal.

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Tuesday 05/03/2016
Families Often Have to Fight for Severe RSV Disease Protection for Their Preemies
Posted: May 03, 2016

(BPT) - Each year in the United States, approximately 1 in every 10 infants are born premature.1 Preterm birth – birth at or earlier than 35 weeks gestational age (wGA)2 – often comes with complications and premature babies have special health needs, especially for the first few months of life.1 Managing detailed care regimens and juggling countless appointments can be overwhelming enough, but some parents of preemies are being faced with an added burden: fighting to ensure their children have access to a prescribed preventive therapy.

8 ways to make your eyes happy
Posted: May 03, 2016

(BPT) - Great vision is a must-have for work, school, the gym and everyday life. Try some of these tips to ensure that your peepers are in tip-top condition all day long!

Monday 05/02/2016
People Living with Asthma Need to Partner with Their Healthcare Providers for Better Asthma Control
Posted: May 02, 2016

(BPT) - Many people living with asthma are unknowingly accepting uncontrolled symptoms, including coughing, wheezing, waking at night and shortness of breath, despite being prescribed a daily asthma treatment. In light of recent advances in the care of asthma, the Allergy & Asthma Network (AAN), the leading nonprofit organization whose mission is to end the needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions, conducted a new survey to explore current attitudes of healthcare providers and patients about asthma control with the goal of identifying areas for potential improvement.

A springtime glow: 6 ways to purify your skin
Updated: May 04, 2016 - 4:39 am

(BPT) - You’ve heard of detox diets and ridding your body of toxins, but did you know the same is possible for your skin? Environmental toxins and pollutants not only cause breakouts, but also bring out a dull, less vibrant looking complexion.

The Surprising Benefits of Milk
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 4:37 am

(Family Features) Ninety-six percent of Americans have milk in their refrigerators, and for good reason – it’s one of the most naturally nutrient-rich beverages available. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend three daily servings of lowfat or fat free milk or milk products as part of a balanced diet. They also focus on the variety of ways to follow a healthy eating plan to help you enjoy the foods you love while still getting nutrients you need.

Celebrate Summer with DIY Party Decor
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 4:37 am

(Family Features) Spring and summer present endless opportunities to celebrate, from events like graduations and birthday parties to barbecues and gatherings with friends. Impress guests and add an element of fun and whimsy to your party with these easy DIY balloon projects.

Embracing the Season’s Home Trends
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 4:37 am

(Family Features) With warmer weather ahead, now is the perfect time to assess the nest and look for ways to refresh the home with the latest colors, prints, patterns and fabrics that are on-trend for the season.

8 Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy and Sharp
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 4:37 am

(Family Features) The brain is the body’s most complex organ. It’s also the most important one. That’s why keeping it healthy is critical, especially as you age. Every day, scientists are discovering how closely our minds and bodies are connected. As it turns out, the things that you do to keep your body and heart healthy may also be good for your brain.

Pets and Social Media
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 4:37 am

(Family Features) From dogs and cats filling up social media feeds – some even with their own profiles – to true pet celebrities who command the attention of millions, animals have become a major part of the digital landscape.

Blue Light and Your Eyes: What You Need To Know
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 4:37 am

(StatePoint) By the time average American children reach age 17, their eyes will have spent the equivalent of nearly six years looking at digital devices, according to findings from a new survey by VSP Vision Care.

Cooking Up Gifts for Mom’s Kitchen
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 4:37 am

(Family Features) From homemade childhood favorites that warm the heart to delectable desserts, no one works their magic in the kitchen quite like mom. When trying to decide what to get your favorite lady for Mother’s Day this year, look for gifts that allow her to channel her inner foodie, chef or baker.

Get Your Car Spring Ready
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 4:37 am

(Family Features) Spring breezes may be blowing, but before you put those windows down and settle in for a leisurely drive to soak up that fresh air, your car needs some seasonal freshening of its own.

Increasing Road Safety with Cost-Effective Technology
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 4:37 am

(Family Features) Driving conditions have drastically changed in recent years, and thanks to the rise of cell phones and smart devices there are more distracted drivers on the road than ever before. In fact, the National Safety Council reports that 1.6 million crashes each year are a direct result of cell phone use while driving.

Quick Beauty Tricks for a Busy Morning
Updated: May 02, 2016 - 4:37 am

(Family Features) When you’re crunched for time, you may be tempted to ditch the pampering from your morning routine. No matter how quickly you have to dash out the door, you can always find shortcuts to your daily beauty regimen that let you look and feel your best.

Sunday 05/01/2016
One Man Remembers His Shocking Diagnosis, and the Moment He Found His Cure
Posted: May 01, 2016

(BPT) - Alex, a 61-year-old husband and grandfather from Lansing, Mich., always knew how important it was to take good care of his health, especially after a career in healthcare. That’s why he was stunned when he tested positive for genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C (hep C) in the summer of 2011. From learning firsthand that it was possible to have hep C without knowing it, Alex became committed to raising awareness in order to educate others about this serious disease.

Saturday 04/30/2016
3 facts you don't know about fruit and fruit juice
Updated: May 04, 2016 - 4:39 am

(BPT) - Feeding your family nutritious food and drinks can be tricky, especially when there are so many mixed messages about food out there. Diane Welland, nutritionist and registered dietitian, shares three reasons why 100 percent juice is a great way to help your family get those important fruits and vegetables into their diet.

When healthy still doesn't feel good
Updated: May 01, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - You have replaced refined grains with whole grains, increased nuts, fruits and vegetables, are drinking more water and even began taking a probiotic supplement to support your digestive health. Yet, despite these healthy habits, you’re still not feeling your best and you don’t understand why.

Friday 04/29/2016
6 ways to vacation your way to wellness and weight loss
Updated: April 30, 2016 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - Why is it that a vacation leaves us exhausted, bloated and broke? This summer, you might consider a more rejuvenating option: a wellness retreat.

Myths And Facts About LASIK
Updated: April 30, 2016 - 4:37 am

(NAPSI)—For those with vision correction needs, the daily rituals required in order to see clearly with glasses or contacts can be a real struggle. So it isn’t surprising that so many people consider LASIK as an attractive alternative to treat their vision correction issues. Although it is incredibly popular, LASIK is surprisingly misunderstood. Like many things that make their way into cultural norms, LASIK’s prevalence and success have led to the rise of many myths about the procedure. If you are among the millions considering LASIK, the American Refractive Surgery Council is here to dispel some common myths about the laser vision correction surgery:

Thursday 04/28/2016
Why your favorite foods may soon be changing
Updated: May 04, 2016 - 4:39 am

(BPT) - The Federal Government’s push for reduced sodium in American foods will likely affect your favorite foods within the next few months.  Food manufacturers will be pushed to change their recipes, which will change the taste and texture of many foods made in the U.S.

The new prescription drugs: Are they really the solution for toe and foot fungus? Or do they just come with a high price?
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - About 35 million Americans suffer from toe, finger, and athlete’s foot fungus, but some treatments aimed at curing the infection have failure rates as high as 93.5 percent. What’s the remedy?

Tips to fight seasonal acne
Posted: April 28, 2016

(BPT) - For many teens, hitting the books and snapping tons of school spirit-filled selfies is second nature, meaning you can’t wait a minute longer to get your skin healthy and clearer. Unfortunately, the changing seasons and cooler temperatures could also mean less than perfect skin. So if you’re affected by acne like 85% of the population between the ages of 12 and 24 are,1 listen up.

Tuesday 04/26/2016
Top 10 foods that might be affecting your digestive health
Updated: April 28, 2016 - 4:38 am

(BPT) - When you’re not feeling great and your stomach is just a little off, it can sidetrack your whole day. You may think you’re doing everything you can to maintain good digestive health — like eating a balanced diet, getting enough fiber and eating foods with probiotics — and wonder what you are doing wrong. For some people with digestive sensitivities, including those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), specific types of carbohydrates called FODMAPs (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols) can be poorly absorbed in the small intestine, causing gas, bloating and other digestive symptoms. According to www.LowFODMAPcentral.com from Nestlé Health Science, FODMAPs are found in a wide variety of foods across many food groups. Here are 10 foods and beverages you may not realize could be affecting your digestive health.

Monday 04/25/2016
Step up your summer beauty regimen with help from expert dermatologists
Updated: May 03, 2016 - 4:40 am

(BPT) - While magazines make summer beauty look simple, in reality it’s anything but. From bloat to breakouts, summer is wrought with beauty challenges.

Three Ways To Improve Your Spring Workout
Updated: April 26, 2016 - 4:36 am

(NAPSI)—As the weather improves, spring is the perfect time to ease back into working out. “The sooner you start, the easier it is to achieve your goal,” explains Tom Holland, exercise physiologist and Bowflex Fitness Advisor. “Small changes spread out over more time is the secret to success.” Holland recommends these three ways to improve your spring exercise routine.

7 Tips to Get a Step Ahead for Prom
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Prom is one of the most unforgettable moments of high school and an event that is looked forward to with excitement. What is there not to enjoy about getting all dolled up and spending a memorable night dancing and having a good time with your friends?

3 Ways to Begin Settling a Loved One’s Affairs
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Following the loss of a parent, the list of to-dos can feel overwhelming. Not only are you adjusting to life without a loved one, you may be facing a seemingly insurmountable list of tasks. From arranging services to dispersing personal possessions to taking care of yourself, it’s easy to find yourself in over your head.

Learn More, Breathe Better
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Only a few years ago, about one third of the population had not heard of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), despite its status as one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Now, nearly a decade later, awareness of COPD is on the rise.

5 Reasons Why Hen Welfare Should Ruffle Your Feathers
Updated: April 30, 2016 - 4:37 am

(Family Features) Over the past year, the national conversation over animal welfare has grown increasingly louder. Just three years ago, eggs from hens in cramped cages made up 95 percent of the market. Today, major corporations across the country have committed to more humane food practices by moving to cage-free eggs.

3 Ways to Find Financial Happiness This Year
Updated: April 30, 2016 - 4:37 am

(Family Features) Whether a Millennial keen to put down roots and buy a house in the near future, a Gen Xer intent on nourishing credit health to keep life goals on track or a Boomer who wants to ensure their finances are in order before retirement, good credit health matters. A majority of Americans feel it directly correlates with their overall happiness, too.

Weed Out Gardening Injuries this Spring
Updated: April 30, 2016 - 4:37 am

(Family Features) Gardening has many health benefits, but you need to ensure that you're not putting undue strain on your body.

Friday 04/22/2016
Get to Know Sarcoidosis: A Complex, Misunderstood Disease
Updated: April 23, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Sarcoidosis may be a new term for you, but for the more than 200,000 people in the U.S. who are living with the condition, it is a frustrating struggle.

Thursday 04/21/2016
Get moving! 6 ways to add steps to your day
Updated: April 22, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - If you spend a large portion of your day sitting, you’re not alone.

Get Out Without Bugging Out
Updated: April 22, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—Summertime is fun time! But sometimes outdoor fun brings with it additional health and safety concerns. Bugs have always bugged us, but this year there is a growing concern about the risks associated with mosquitoes and other biting insects. These concerns include not only the potential impacts of getting bitten, but also the risks involved with the insect protection itself. Concerned families are finding that all-natural insect repellents provide the same protection as many chemical DEET-based repellents without the negative effects on individual health and the environment.

Wednesday 04/20/2016
Know someone with acute myeloid leukemia? A new clinical study is available
Updated: April 21, 2016 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - How many of us are familiar with acute myeloid leukemia (AML)?  You may only recognize it if you or someone you know has been diagnosed since there are only about 20,000 new cases of AML each year.

6 reasons straining to hear interferes with your life
Posted: April 20, 2016

(BPT) - Struggling to hear taxes your brain’s resources, forcing you to devote attention to listening and understanding, and away from other tasks. Not only is this exhausting day after day, it can increase your risk of injuries and degenerative brain disorders. Multiple studies point to the conclusion that wearing hearing aids can help prevent certain health risks associated with aging. And now that there are hearing aids clinically proven to reduce listening effort, so much the better!

Monday 04/18/2016
Super Lice: What Parents Need to Know
Updated: April 19, 2016 - 4:38 am

(BPT) - By now you have likely seen the alarming headlines reporting an outbreak of “super lice”. And, if you’re a parent or anyone who regularly comes in contact with school-aged children, you’re probably more than a little curious to see if this super-strain has infiltrated your state.

Five Eye Care Tips
Updated: April 20, 2016 - 4:33 am

(NAPSI)—The National Eye Institute (NEI) reminds you to make your eye health a priority and encourages you to take five important steps to protect your sight.

Sharing Economy Embraces Camping
Updated: April 23, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) The number of people sharing their homes and rides has increased at steady rates across America based on increasing demand for less expensive and better vacation rentals and carpools. Now, landowners can join the sharing economy and benefit by sharing their land and hosting campers.

Felines and Fleas: A Dose of Prevention is Key
Updated: April 23, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) It’s a common belief that indoor cats don’t need protection from parasites, such as fleas. While cats that stay indoors are at lower risk than those who spend the majority of time outside, the potential still exists for infestation. Preventive care is the most important step cat owners can take to help ensure a long and healthy life for their furry friends.

Understanding the Yawn
Updated: April 23, 2016 - 4:33 am

(Family Features) Yawning is a natural part of everyday life, yet this simple phenomenon has some rather curious and mysterious features.

Thursday 04/14/2016
Three Ways to Improve Your Healthy Routines
Updated: April 14, 2016 - 1:23 pm

(StatePoint) When you feel strong nothing can hold you back. From building your muscles to strengthening your mind and conditioning your body, every day you strive towards looking and feeling healthy in the truest sense.

Get the Scoop on Spring Allergies
Updated: April 14, 2016 - 1:23 pm

(StatePoint) Spring allergy season seems to get worse each year, and climate change may be the culprit, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Increasing temperatures and carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere help plants grow faster -- and produce more pollen. For many people, this can trigger allergy symptoms.  

Wednesday 04/13/2016
Study Finds Boomers Are Sinking Their Teeth Into Looking Younger
Updated: April 14, 2016 - 1:23 pm

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - For baby boomers, looking and feeling young (especially in a society that values youth and vitality) is paramount. One way to appear younger than you are, according to a recent study, is to take care of your smile.

Tuesday 04/12/2016
A conversation of hope and recovery
Updated: April 20, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Savannah Kerr battled anorexia for 18 years before she hit rock bottom and decided that it was finally time to seek treatment.

A better way to manage type 2 diabetes
Updated: April 13, 2016 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - For people with diabetes, keeping blood sugar levels within normal range is key to preventing other conditions commonly associated with the disease, including cardiovascular disease, kidney failure and blindness. Yet daily life can make it extremely challenging – food, exercise, hormones and stress, among other things, can have an impact.

Monday 04/11/2016
Psoriasis: More than Meets the Eye
Updated: April 19, 2016 - 4:38 am

(BPT) - Approximately 7.5 million people in the US live with psoriasis, a chronic skin condition that occurs when there’s a disruption in the immune system. It’s one of the most common autoimmune diseases out there, which means you probably know someone who has it. But how well do you really understand it?

Thriving with Hemophilia: One Man's Journey with a Rare Bleeding Disorder
Posted: April 11, 2016

(BPT) - When Greg Roscoe was 18 months old, he fell out of his crib and started convulsing. His worried parents rushed him to a local hospital, unsure what had happened or what lay in store for their small child. Although doctors initially thought Greg had a brain aneurysm, he was eventually diagnosed with hemophilia B. At the time of his diagnosis in 1952, understanding of, and information about, hemophilia was scarce, and the life expectancy of a person with severe hemophilia was less than 20 years old.

Soft Drinks And Orthodontics: A Recipe For Disaster
Updated: April 12, 2016 - 4:34 am

(NAPSI)—Many people don’t know that soft drinks—even diet soft drinks, sports and energy drinks, and fruit drinks—contain acids, which can be especially troublesome for people in orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) strongly advises patients to avoid drinks with low pH levels because the lower the pH level, the more acidic the beverage.