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November 25, 2014

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Monday 11/24/2014
Santa's List Revealed
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) This holiday, take some tips from the big man with the jolly red hat. Whether shopping for family and friends young or old, you're sure to find something for everyone on your list with these gifts, specially selected from Santa himself.

Tips for a Safe Holiday Season
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) It's no surprise that as the holiday season approaches, family and friends gather to celebrate. With more cooking, decorating and rituals that include candles and open flames, the risk of house fires and pediatric burn injuries increase drastically during the month of December.

Healthy Holidays and Sparkling Smiles
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Tis the season for holiday feasts, but making smart food choices and stepping up your oral hygiene routine can help you have a healthy, holiday season and a fresh, bright smile.

Ship-It-All Protocol
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re sending merchandise to customers across the country or sending a gift to a loved one across town, ensuring your shipments end up at their final destination can be a time-consuming and sometimes stressful process.

This Holiday, Give More
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) During this hectic holiday shopping season, the best gifts for friends and family are not only wonderful to receive, but also give back to children who need help.

Tips for a Customer-Friendly Return Policy
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Today’s holiday shoppers have dozens, if not hundreds, of options for their gift purchases. Small business owners can compete for their share of consumers’ holiday dollars by offering policies and services that set them apart, such as customer-friendly returns.

Make It a DIY Holiday
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Whether you're a do-it-yourself beginner or experienced crafter, show off your personality with simple DIY projects to make your home shine this holiday season.

Healthy, radiant skin starts below the surface
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Skin care is important for men and women of all ages. Not only does healthy skin help you look younger, but properly maintaining your skin also gives you a healthier overall appearance so you feel more confident.

Beyond baby: Planning for the next life stage
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Are you ready to say goodbye to diapers, strollers and bottles? Are your kids starting school and becoming more self-sufficient?

Thursday 11/20/2014
A New Test Aids In The Battle Against Prostate Cancer
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—A new type of test for prostate cancer is designed to improve on existing methods, and that’s good news for men about to undergo testing—and those who love them.

Protect Yourself From Falls
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Every day, more than 150 Americans are injured after falling from heights. Here’s how you can avoid becoming part of this painful statistic.

Faster At The Pharmacy
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—There are five steps you can take to get in and out of the pharmacy faster:

Prepare For Long-Term Care
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—As Americans live longer, the prospect of becoming a caregiver or needing one is an undeniable reality. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 70 percent of adults 65 or older will require some form of long-term care (“LTC”). Despite the clear need, the majority of Americans have not taken proactive steps to address care for themselves or their loved ones—but you don’t have to be among them.

Be Smart About Your Heart: Talk To Your Doctor About Heart Block
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Taking care of your heart is an important part of living a healthy life, especially when you consider that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 600,000 people die of heart disease each year—that’s one in every four deaths.

Fear The Flu, Not Ebola
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—According to a poll conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, 40 percent of Americans feel that they or their immediate family is at risk of getting Ebola. Yet with only a few confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States, the actual risk of contracting the disease is extremely low. In fact, other infections that don’t hit the same emotional hot buttons as Ebola—such as MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection, and even the common flu—pose much more of a risk than Ebola to the average American. So what is a rational response to the Ebola virus?

Drink (Water) To Your Health
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s health news you should find easy to swallow: Whether you’re working, traveling, playing sports or just relaxing, it’s important to stay hydrated regardless of the season.

Mejorando la calidad del agua de la llave
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSM)—Mientras que los expertos en salud y bienestar instan a los consumidores a tomar más agua, el hacerlo de manera sana no es tan simple como parece: el agua de la llave puede estar más contaminada de lo que usted cree. Podría contener contaminantes potencialmente perjudiciales para su salud, como residuos químicos, metales pesados y quistes microbianos. De hecho, varios estudios respaldados por la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de los Estados Unidos y los Centros Para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades calculan que todos los años se producen alrededor de 16 millones de enfermedades transmitidas por el agua potable en los Estados Unidos.

Tuesday 11/18/2014
Reverse the onset of diabetes with simple lifestyle changes and healthy living programs
Updated: November 19, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - When Monique Wright-Williams lost her mother to diabetes-related complications, she became determined not to follow the same path.

Monday 11/17/2014
Gifts to Spread the Holiday Cheer
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) When it comes to holiday gift giving, you can't go wrong with clever gifts that promote unwinding with friends and family. The following gift ideas are perfect for entertainers, tailgaters, wine enthusiasts, craft beer fanatics and more. So go ahead, spread some holiday cheer with one of these hot, new gift ideas - all affordably priced under $50 each. Give your family and friends unique, affordable gifts that help them celebrate not just the holiday season, but all year long.

Prep Your Devices for Travel
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) The busiest travel weekend of the year is just around the corner and a smart traveler knows that before you hit the road here in the U.S. or head overseas, you do some planning and prep. Wardrobe, medications, itinerary – but what about your phone? Have you made sure you’re maximizing your phone’s usefulness and minimizing your costs? These travel prep tips will help you get the most out of your phone and help you save money.

Holiday Shipping 101
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) If one of your holiday tasks is shipping gifts to family and friends across the nation, knowing a few tips and tricks will ensure your packages get to them in time for the festivities.

Health Essentials for a Happy Pet
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) With wagging tails and bright eyes, pets offer up a wealth of benefits to their owners. Keeping your four-legged friends active, energetic and at their best begins with providing essential nutrients, which can quickly result in changes you can see.

Tips for Hassle-Free Holiday Shopping
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

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Celebrate Special Moments on a Cruise
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) Princess Cruises, one of the most famous names in sea-going vacations, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. To commemorate this important milestone, the company is honoring the iconic TV show, “The Love Boat,” which first introduced viewers to Princess Cruises and the art of cruising.

Back to Basics: Gifts That Inspire the Imagination
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) Though it may seem that all of the high-demand gift items this season require batteries and a level of tech savvy only the younger generation can boast, there are actually many great options that let you encourage the kids on your list to get back to basics and get unplugged.

Epilepsy Awareness Month: Learn about the Seizures You May Not Have Heard Of
Updated: November 18, 2014 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) In about the time it takes you to read this, someone will be diagnosed with epilepsy, according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder of the brain defined as two or more unprovoked seizures.

Celebrate and Create
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) This season, let your creative side shine with thoughtful gifts that are fun to create and add cheer to the lives of those you love.

Thursday 11/13/2014
Cold & Flu Season: Beware Of Medication Overdose
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—As cold and flu season begins, it is important to pay attention to the active ingredients in prescription and over-the-counter medications you take to alleviate your cold symptoms, especially if you already take medicines for chronic pain.

Helping The Very Ill To Be Comfortable At Home
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Some 1.65 million Americans are currently in hospice care, and if you or someone you care about is ever among them, a recently developed medical device could be a big help.

A Fresh Look: Consider These Ways to Help Manage Major Depressive Disorder
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Major depressive disorder (MDD), also known as clinical depression, affects a large number of people. In fact, in the United States, it’s been estimated that more than 30 million people have suffered from MDD over a lifetime. Symptoms of MDD include saddened mood, loss of interest or pleasure, significant changes in weight or appetite, trouble sleeping or sleeping too much, lack of energy, restlessness or slowed thinking or movements, feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt, difficulty concentrating, or indecisiveness, and recurrent suicidal thoughts or actions.

Wednesday 11/12/2014
An End to Acid Reflux?
Updated: November 13, 2014 - 3:35 am

(NewsUSA) - Nearly everyone gets heartburn now and then. But the fiery sensation that grips your chest and throat after eating spicy food, for example, can also be a symptom of a more serious condition: gastroesophageal reflux disease, which in its most chronic form can lead to cancer.

Why you should know about pancreatic cancer
Posted: November 12, 2014

(BPT) - When you hear the word cancer, which cancers come to mind?

Did You Know One in Four Shift Workers May Have Shift Work Disorder?
Posted: November 12, 2014

(BPT) - On his weekend off work, Brian was looking forward to a relaxing Saturday running errands with his wife. But when his wife was driving them home from the grocery store, Brian fell asleep in the car. Ever since Brian started working shifts at the mill, he was struggling with excessive sleepiness. No matter how much sleep he got, his body struggled to stay awake. After similar instances at work, this was the final straw for Brian. He made an appointment with his doctor and was ultimately diagnosed with excessive sleepiness due to shift work disorder (SWD), a medical condition that occurs when your work schedule is out of sync with your body’s internal sleep-wake cycle.

Tuesday 11/11/2014
A digestible guide to lactose intolerance [Infographic]
Posted: November 11, 2014

(BPT) - Imagine if you had to eat cereal without milk, if you couldn’t enjoy an ice cream cone, or – gasp! – if you had to scrape the cheese off your pizza. Sounds terrible, right? It’s reality for the 40 million Americans who suffer from lactose intolerance.

Life-threatening (severe) allergies and bullying: resources available to educate and raise awareness
Updated: November 18, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - For most students, school is about more than just making the grade. There are many pressures children face in and outside the school hallways.

Monday 11/10/2014
Medicine Safety Reminders for Cold and Flu Season
Updated: November 11, 2014 - 3:35 am

(NewsUSA) - Americans catch approximately 1 billion colds each year, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 20 percent of people in the U.S. will get the flu this cold and flu season. A majority of people (seven in 10) will use over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to treat their symptoms, and many of these medicines contain acetaminophen.

Eye Health and Aging
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) As you age, your body goes through many changes, including differences in eyesight which can negatively affect day-to-day activities.

Crank Up the Heat This Tailgating Season
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

Super Simple Tips to Manage and Help Prevent Diabetes
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) Nearly 10 percent of the U.S. population has diabetes and another 37 percent of U.S. adults have prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Living with an Uncommon Cancer: A Carcinoid Patient's Story
Updated: November 11, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Ten years ago, Hollywood actress and producer Christina Simpkins was going about her regular activities – eating a healthy diet, writing, making films and practicing yoga. Then, Christina started experiencing symptoms that were nagging at first but soon became severe – including digestive problems, abdominal cramping, bone and muscle pain, unexplained weight loss and flushing (deep reddening of the head and neck).

Can you ID the symptoms of EPI? [Infographic]
Posted: November 10, 2014

(BPT) - If gastrointestinal symptoms are affecting your health and keeping you in the stall, you may be suffering from exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, or EPI. It’s time to take action by finding out more information on EPI.

Are you at risk? [Infographic]
Posted: November 10, 2014

(BPT) - If you’re age 50 or older, you may be at increased risk for pneumococcal pneumonia. If you also have certain chronic conditions, including respiratory conditions, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, or a weakened immune system, your risk could be even greater.

Holiday Gift Idea for Grandparents
Updated: November 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Tired of purchasing toys that break or that her grandchildren will outgrow, 62-year-old Barbara Carlson* decided the holidays were a perfect time to purchase a gift that will continue to protect both of her grandchildren well into their futures.

Holiday Tablescapes
Updated: November 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) The holiday home entertaining season is gearing up, which means it’s time to take your entertaining dreams and inspirations and make them a reality. As you begin planning for the next time you play host(ess) with the most(est), don’t let the creativity stop with the food. Create a holiday tablescape to set the mood and serve as the focal point so you can have the prettiest and most festive holiday party possible. 

Friday 11/07/2014
Researchers Aim to Prevent Hospital Superbug Infections
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Multidrug-resistant organisms, such as MRSA – also known as “superbugs” – are on the rise, and now, another superbug, which is typically picked up at hospitals and nursing homes, is posing new challenges for public-health officials. Clostridium difficile, commonly known as C. diff, is a potentially life-threatening bacterium responsible for at least 14,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.1

5 tips to keep your child's school days from becoming sick days
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Studies show that children in daycare or attending school can catch up to 12 common viral infections each year and that each of these infections can last seven to 10 days. Getting sick is commonly seen as part of growing up but the good news for parents is that you can help support your child’s immune system.

Thursday 11/06/2014
The Top Five Advances In 50 Years Of Progress Against Cancer
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—The American Society of Clinical Oncology, the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer, announced the “Top 5 Advances in 50 Years of Modern Oncology,” based on results of worldwide voting on CancerProgress.NetASCO’s interactive website documenting the history of progress against cancer.

No One Deserves Lung Cancer
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

On the Net:North American Precis Syndicate, Inc.(NAPSI)

Smart Snacking The Right Whey
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—When trying to cut back on calories to lose weight, it’s common for many people to try to avoid snacking. But healthy snacking, especially with foods containing whey protein, is an important part of any diet and can actually assist with weight loss.

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