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October 24, 2014

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5 Important Tips for Choosing a Medicare Health Plan

(NewsUSA) - As baby boomers retire in record numbers -- 10,000 Americans a day -- more seniors than ever will be asking themselves, "How do I choose a Medicare health plan that's right for me?"

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Thursday 10/23/2014
Empowering People to Regain Their Mobility
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - What is your everyday routine? Now, consider what it would be like if you had an accident or health condition that changed or prevented your daily activities.

On-Site Workplace Health Clinics Emphasize Chiropractic Care
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Google has embraced it. So have Apple and Facebook.

Lifestyle Tips to Reduce Chronic Inflammation
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 3:32 am

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Wednesday 10/22/2014
Picking Quality Plans
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Every year, millions of Medicare beneficiaries must decide which Medicare Advantage plan to enroll in. During Medicare’s annual open enrollment period, October 15-December 7, you can change Medicare Advantage (MA) plans or enroll in one for the first time. Important factors to consider include premium costs, choice of doctors and plan benefits. But there is one other important question: What is the quality rating of the plan?

Know Your Family's Risk Of A Rare Genetic Disorder And The Resources Available To Help You
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—There may be a rare genetic disorder in your family that you don’t even know about, but the good news is that a genetic counselor can provide the information, guidance and support to help you understand the chance of passing the condition to your children and options to help your child manage the condition.

Helping Teachers Reach Students In Need
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Many teachers say it’s not uncommon to find they have students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia in their classrooms. Fortunately, if they have not received tools or training in how to teach those students, teachers do have an ally they can rely on.

From like to love [Infographic]
Posted: October 22, 2014

(BPT) - When women go from like to love in their relationships, they may be ready to talk birth control.

Tuesday 10/21/2014
A New Prescription for Finding the Right Doctor
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Finding the right doctor can mean living a healthier life, or it can be the difference between life and death.

Advice for finding the strength to live with MS [Infographic]
Posted: October 21, 2014

(BPT) - David Osmond was diagnosed with relapsing MS in 2006. He launched the Our Voice in Song campaign with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation to empower those living with relapsing MS to take charge of their disease. The following are his tips on how to actively manage the condition and questions people can ask healthcare practitioners.

Using music to find inner strength in living with relapsing MS
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Anger. Frustration. Denial. Those are just some of the things that David Osmond, music artist and inspirational advocate, and numerous people with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) felt upon diagnosis. MS is an unpredictable, chronic disease of the central nervous system that affects about 400,000 Americans and can lead to disability. For David, nephew of the famous Donny and Marie Osmond, the inner strength he needed to manage his relapsing MS started with advice from his family, and his passion for music.

Tempting and healthy holiday treats
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The holiday season is a fun and festive time. It’s also a time when many people take a timeout from their daily routine to enjoy those tempting treats at family gatherings and office parties. This holiday season, end the year on a high and healthy note with the help of registered dietitian, Lyssie Lakatos.

Monday 10/20/2014
Get Crafty This Halloween
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Craft, cook or scare up some truly creative treats and decorations this Halloween. New glow-in-the-dark paints and trendy glow sticks have made setting a scary mood simple. So, get started creating the right look for your home - inside and out.     

Start the Day Off Right With These 5 Tips for a Better Breakfast!
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Breakfast has forever been celebrated as the most important meal of the day - but are you eating the right kind of breakfast to power your potential? To ensure your morning meal gets you off on the right start, opt for one with protein.

Keeping Little Teeth Healthy This Halloween
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Halloween is a fun time of year filled with costumes, parties and sweet treats. But, sometimes parents worry that all those sugary treats can lead to cavities and poor dental health. The good news: It's not what children eat, but how often, and candy can be OK if children and parents are conscientious.

3D Printing 101
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Technology seems to evolve at lightning speed, and it can be tough for business owners to sort out the latest tech fads from the tech must-haves. One recent innovation adding new dimensions to all kinds of small businesses is 3D printing. Before you write it off as a fad, read on to find out how it could be just the right fit for your business.

Healthy Winter Skin Care Tips
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Cool temperatures, low humidity, and furnace-blasted dry air can leave your skin dry, flaky, and itchy. Everyone needs to protect his or her skin from drying out in winter, but if you have certain skin conditions, you should step up your routine to keep your skin healthy.

Safe Halloween Fun with Pets
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Including pets in your family's Halloween festivities can be a fun addition to your celebration. However, with all the excitement comes the chance for pets to get into danger or trouble. You can head off potential problems and enjoy an evening of fun with some safety tips and smart planning.

Tips for Traveling With Your Dog
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Heather Loenser, DVM, knows first-hand the joys and challenges of traveling with her dog. She and her family recently adopted a year-old Border collie named Calvin.

A New Brand of Business Ownership
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Many aspiring entrepreneurs hesitate to pursue their professional dreams due to the seemingly daunting risks of failure associated with starting a business from the ground up. Opening a franchise is an avenue that allows you to reap the benefits of owning your own small business without all of the costly trade-offs.

Creative Halloween Costume Ideas
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Every Halloween, many people look forward to participating in "frightful" festivities, such as costume parties and contests, but often wait until the last minute to come up with a costume.

Driving in the Dark
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Although a lack of confidence while driving at night is most commonly associated with older drivers, new survey results reveal that drivers as young as 40 feel uncomfortable driving in dark, nighttime conditions. This time of year, when darkness falls earlier, means more low-light driving time for drivers of all ages, so it’s important to understand the factors that contribute to this discomfort, including one surprising culprit — your nutritional intake.

Friday 10/17/2014
Habits contact lens wearers must avoid [Infographic]
Posted: October 17, 2014

(BPT) - Everyone has their bad habits but if you wear contact lenses, those bad habits could put your vision at risk. This infographic will show you what the most common bad habits for contact wearers are and why you should avoid them.

Tips for Women to Talk to Their Men about Sexual Health
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - As men age, they may develop a number of health conditions that some might consider too embarrassing, sensitive or difficult to discuss with others. Bones shrinking in size, receding gum lines and losing muscle mass1 are probably not problems that men scream about across the poker table with friends. But there are other conditions that men may experience that they might not even talk about with their partner, including erectile dysfunction (ED). 

Fall life hacks to keep you organized while on the go
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Autumn is the season of cool and comfortable temperatures, lovely autumn foliage and fun-filled family activities. With so much to look forward to, it’s easy to lose track of what you should be doing to stay prepped for a busy season ahead.

Get to Know Your Permanent Birth Control Options
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - As a woman, there comes a time when you’re faced with an important question: “Am I done having children?” Behind every yes lies a reason. Maybe you have just the number of children you always dreamed of or want to focus on your future. Whatever the reason, it may be time to explore permanent birth control options. But do you really know what your options are?

School-Year 'Checkpoints' and ADHD: What You Need to Know
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - With each school year, children and parents alike must adapt to new teachers, new classes and new activities. For children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (or ADHD), the condition can add increased complexity to an already challenging situation. Certain school-year “checkpoints” – like the first report card, parent-teacher conferences, and the upcoming holiday and winter breaks – are opportunities for parents to assess how their children are adjusting and see if changes may need to be made to their treatment plans.

Thursday 10/16/2014
Understanding Dietary Supplements
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Research has shown, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports, that dietary supplements can be good for your health. For example, it’s wise to take in the right amount of minerals, especially iron. Here’s why:

A Call For Always Being In Touch
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is among the estimated 40 million Americans over the age of 65—and especially the 12 million who live alone—taking a few steps for improved care can mean a longer, better, more independent life.

Lifting The Weight Of Life's Pressures
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—When it seems like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, the answer may be—more a special weighted blanket, that is.

Learn To Understand Gunshot Wound Evidence
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—If the idea of preserving justice appeals to you or someone you know, a new educational opportunity may be just what you need.

Medical Progress For The Future
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—The ability of the United States to solve major health challenges like Ebola or the Enterovirus D68, or find cures for other deadly or disabling diseases like cancer or Alzheimer’s, could depend on what you do in the voting booth.

Survivor Day Changes Lives
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Eric Marcus was 12 years old when his father, a World War II Navy veteran, took his life. “Everyone pretended he died of pneumonia,” Marcus recalled, “but like a lot of kids who live through this kind of thing, I figured it out in real time—of course, I didn’t say a word.”

Breast cancer: early detection is key [Infographic]
Posted: October 16, 2014

(BPT) - Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and the second-leading cause of cancer death among women. Despite the increased awareness of the disease and emphasis on early detection, breast cancer continues to be a major global health issue in need of improved forms of testing and treatment. Statistics show a five-year survival rate of approximately 98 percent among women whose breast cancer is detected when it is still localized in the breast.

Actor James Van Der Beek Insists on the Facts About Flu Vaccination
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Actor and father James Van Der Beek joined forces with AstraZeneca and FluMist® Quadrivalent (Influenza Vaccine Live, Intranasal) to create a short video, which encourages families across the nation to become educated about the importance of flu vaccination. The campaign, a partnership between Van Der Beek and AstraZeneca, aims to debunk common misconceptions about seasonal influenza and its prevention that cause many individuals to avoid vaccination.

Tuesday 10/14/2014
New online portal connects women living with metastatic breast cancer to peer-support and educational resources
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Kimberly Jewett was shocked and scared when, after nearly four years cancer free, she learned her breast cancer had returned as metastatic breast cancer (MBC), meaning it had spread outside of the breast tissue. Facing uncertainty and unsure of what her next step should be, Kimberly, like many patients, turned to the internet to explore her options and find support. While she discovered a wealth of information, it quickly became overwhelming.

Can we change the culture of youth sports?
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Youth sports are, and should always be, a valuable experience, filled with challenges, competition and fun. But preventable injuries sideline too many young athletes; in 2013, 1.24 million kids sustained a sports injury severe enough to go to the emergency room.

Monday 10/13/2014
Tips for Getting Enough Healthy Protein in Your Diet
Updated: October 13, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) At a time when over a third of American adults are obese and childhood obesity rates are rising exponentially, more Americans are looking for meat alternatives in their dining choices.

Food Companies Meeting Demand for Lower Calorie Foods
Updated: October 14, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Consumers today are looking for lower calorie foods, but are they being heard? And what does demand mean for food and beverage companies trying to keep up?

Easy Ways to Save This Halloween
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) As many families with small children know, Halloween is a highly anticipated holiday packed with clever costumes, yummy candies and spirited parties.

How Well Do You Know Your Cat?
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) As a cat owner, you do your best to take care of your pet. But there may be some things you don't know about cats that could affect its health and happiness.

Count on Better Eye Health
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) If you're like many Americans, when it comes to your regular healthcare regimen, your eyes get overlooked. In fact, you may only pay attention to your eye health when something goes wrong. Actually, preventive and routine eye care should be a top priority.

Encourage Kids to Give Back This Halloween
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) As they gear up for Halloween this year, kids across the United States can make a difference in the lives of kids around the world by raising funds for those in need.

Friday 10/10/2014
Tips for Parents: Growth Patterns and Potential Health Issues
Posted: October 10, 2014

(BPT) - This year, Congress is recognizing the first-ever Growth Awareness Week to put a spotlight on the need for parents to better educate themselves on proper growth patterns for children. Monitoring growth is one of the most important ways to determine if a child is healthy, and growth may be an overall sign of their health and physical development.1

Is teen hearing loss on the rise?
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Pause for a moment and picture someone who is hard of hearing. Did a teenager come to mind? Probably not. However, the results of a recent study paint a troubling picture of today’s hearing-impaired person - and it might just be the portrait of a teen.

Thursday 10/09/2014
Cancer Survivor's Tips
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—While being diagnosed with cancer can make you feel vulnerable, surviving cancer can make you feel invincible. So says Melanie Young, host of the weekly radio show “Fearless Fabulous You” on W4WN, in her book “Getting Things Off My Chest: A Survivor’s Guide to Staying Fearless and Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer.”

Flu-Fighting Information For Older Americans
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is among the nearly one in three Americans who help an elderly family member make health care decisions, here are a few facts and tips that can help you have far more than the germ of an idea about the flu and what to do about it:

More Adults Are Treating Themselves To Straighter Smiles
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—If you think braces are “just for teenagers,” you may be in for a surprise. That’s because increasingly, adults are treating themselves later in life to straighten out their smile or correct their bite. In fact, according to a recent survey by the American Association of Orthodontists, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult and 65 percent of adults do not think that having braces has or will have a negative effect on their personal or professional lives.

Stop The Snore: Sleep Apnea Action Urgent For Those At Risk Life-Threatening Sleep Illness Afflicts at Least 25 Million Americans and Counting
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—The nation’s sleep experts agree: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)—a potentially life-threatening disease involving episodes of complete or partial airway obstruction during sleep—is dangerously on the rise. The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project is urging anyone with symptoms of OSA to pledge to stop the snore and talk to a doctor about sleep apnea.

New Study Finds 3D Mammograms 41 Percent More Accurate
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—My colleagues and I recently published results of the largest study of its kind on 3D mammograms, and the outcome is big news for women: This new screening method finds 41 percent more invasive cancers than traditional mammograms and decreases the likelihood of false alarms. This can help save women’s lives, since 3D mammograms help doctors find breast cancer early, when it’s most treatable.

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