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October 30, 2014

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Often Overlooked Women’s Health Issue Impacting Relationships

(StatePoint) An often overlooked women’s health issue is currently affecting a number of women, including married women between the ages of 30 and 50, and straining their relationships.

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Thursday 10/30/2014
FDA's message to moms: Eat more seafood
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Your mother probably told you “fish is brain food.” Turns out she was right.

Wednesday 10/29/2014
The Road to Recovery
Posted: October 29, 2014

(BPT) - Cheryl Edwards was the host of her own radio talk show. But what she wants to talk about these days is how she made it through what she says was the darkest period of her life and how there’s hope for others to do the same.

Tuesday 10/28/2014
Finding Answers to Growing Concerns About Water Fluoridation
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Up until the mid-1940s, tooth decay plagued the nation. Case in point: in 1942, almost 10 percent of the 2 million men examined by the Army were rejected for service because they didn't have 12 solid teeth out of 32.

Tips for a food allergy-friendly Halloween [Infographic]
Posted: October 28, 2014

(BPT) - As the sun sets on Halloween night, children will transform into vampires, witches and pumpkins while they prepare for what many of them look forward to most – trick-or-treating. The suspense of not knowing what kind of treat you’ll get is always exciting, but this American trick-or-treating tradition can be a major concern for some families. An estimated one in 13 U.S. children lives with food allergies, a common cause of anaphylaxis (a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction). To be aware of those managing potentially life-threatening (severe) allergies, there are several things to keep in mind this Halloween season.

Coping with Cold Sores
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Those pesky cold sores on the lips and around the mouth always seem to pop up at the most inopportune times.

Expectant moms need iodine for healthy children
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Expectant moms already have plenty to worry about including keeping up with medical appointments and setting up a nursery. However, one very easy and vitally important thing to do for a healthy baby is to make sure pregnant and nursing women get enough iodine.

Help prevent and manage diabetes with an active and healthy lifestyle
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - There’s nothing better than sitting before a steaming plate of delicious-smelling food and taking that first, delectable bite. Now imagine joining your family every night and sharing that delicious meal you prepared yourself.

Monday 10/27/2014
Start the Day Off Right With These 5 Tips for a Better Breakfast!
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 3:32 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.

Safe Halloween Fun with Pets
Updated: October 27, 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.

Is Your Family Protected?
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Savings account? Check. Retirement account? Check. Debt managed responsibly? Check. Life insurance? Wait a minute ...

3D Printing 101
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 3:32 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.

A New Brand of Business Ownership
Updated: October 27, 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.

Driving in the Dark
Updated: October 27, 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.

Visual processing speeds: The key to peak performance?
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - What do you and your favorite professional athlete have in common? You both use your eye sight each day to live life to the fullest.

Holiday Tablescapes
Updated: October 30, 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. 

2014 may be one of the worst allergy seasons in years
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Allergic rhinitis, or nasal allergies, affects an estimated 50 million people in the U.S., according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). While nasal allergies may seem common, the impact of allergens varies from person to person and often depends on the season.

Friday 10/24/2014
Want to be a Heimlich hero? All ages can learn how to save a life
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Three siblings sit in their kitchen enjoying a bedtime snack of sliced oranges. One of them accidently takes too big a bite and suddenly his face is red and he can’t breathe. A routine activity has turned into a choking emergency. Without a second thought, an older sibling wraps his arms around his brother and performs the Heimlich maneuver. The orange slice is dislodged. Oxygen is restored. They all can sleep soundly.

Career changers find fulfillment, job security in nursing
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Marquita Davis, a registered nurse, began her professional life as an early childhood educator. She cared for her students, shaping their minds and social development skills to prepare them for their future education. Years later, unforeseen life events inspired Davis to provide care in a new role, this time as a nurse.

Thursday 10/23/2014
5 Important Tips for Choosing a Medicare Health Plan
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 3:32 am

(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?"

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 29, 2014 - 3:33 am

Millions of Americans endure the pain of chronic inflammation, and even when pain is not apparent, millions more run the risk of serious diseases triggered by chronic inflammation.

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 28, 2014 - 3:33 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 28, 2014 - 3:33 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
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.

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.

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.     

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.

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.

Friday 10/17/2014
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.

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.

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.

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