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A New Way to Achieve Defined Arms and Contoured Thighs

(BPT) - Picture this: You’re sporting a sleek, black sleeveless tank or maybe a pair of denim short shorts. Your arms are defined and trim, and your legs could stop traffic.

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Monday 10/14/2019
Ask The Doctor: Early Morning Challenges With ADHD
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:40 am

(NAPSI)—ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder defined by impairing levels of inattention, disorganization, and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity.1 For people with ADHD, these behaviors are more severe, occur more often, and interfere with or reduce the quality of how they function socially, at school, or in a job.2

Seniors Have A Lot To Smile About
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:40 am

(NAPSI)—Healthy teeth and gums are an important part of overall well-being. However, as people age, they become more prone to gum disease and other oral health problems. With regular dental check-ups and proper care, your smile may never get old.

Medicare Enrollment Season Is Coming: 5 Tips To Make Sure You’re In The Right Plan
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:40 am

(NAPSI)—Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period runs from October 15 to December 7, 2019. This is your yearly chance to shop for insurance coverage that best meets your needs. People covered by Medicare will have even more plans with a host of new benefits to choose from for 2020.

Friday 10/11/2019
Knowing If It's Alzheimer's Or Just Typical Age-Related Changes
Posted: October 11, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Maybe your mom forgot where she parked her car. Or maybe you had to resort to describing "the thing that gets the creases out of clothes" to a salesperson because you couldn't remember the word "iron."

Thursday 10/10/2019
3 ways supplemental insurance helps those facing breast cancer
Posted: October 10, 2019

(BPT) - As we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women should take some time to make sure they are taking the proper precautions to help protect themselves physically and financially against the disease. According to the American Cancer Society, women still have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer at some time in their life.1

5 Time-Saving Laundry Tips
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) Between sorting, washing, pouring, transferring, drying and folding, laundry can often feel like a daunting chore.

How Streaming Can Make Watching Favorite Shows Easier
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) At home, you have ultimate control over your entertainment environment. Now, with today’s technology, you can create the same viewing experience wherever you are, even if that means you are miles away from your favorite spot on the couch.

4 Ways to Treat and Trick Your Pet this Fall
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) The autumn season offers plenty of reasons to celebrate: nostalgic flavors, pretty leaves and a seasonal wardrobe change. Fall also typically features event calendars full of festivals, trips to pumpkin patches and hikes to take in the crisp air.

5 Questions to Ask When Planning for Long-Term Care
Updated: October 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) You may not want to consider a time when you might not be able to fully take care of yourself, but the reality is there is almost a 70% chance someone turning 65 today will need some type of long-term care service and support in his or her lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Halloween Spooky Cans
Updated: October 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

( Get the kids involved with Halloween decorations this year with these easy-to-make “spooky cans” resembling a bat, Frankenstein and a mummy.

Safe and Sound
Updated: October 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

5 ways to reduce safety risks for young children

Beware of ‘Free Genetic Testing’ Medicare Scam
Updated: October 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Over the past few years, DNA tests have become more popular across the country. However, unscrupulous people are taking advantage of the buzz around these tests to scam Medicare beneficiaries.

Be Prepared When Natural Disaster Strikes
Updated: October 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Emergency situations, especially those that pertain to natural disasters, can be difficult to recover from without proper planning, which is why it’s important to take small steps from the start to help protect your family.

4 Tire Tips to Prepare for Winter
Updated: October 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Among the many daily necessities that tend to take a backseat during the cold days of winter, driving is one of a handful directly affected by the weather. From slick roads caused by ice and snow to cold temperatures that can wreak havoc on certain parts of vehicles, even a simple commute to work or school may become a more treacherous activity.

Holiday Entertaining with 5 Sommelier-Approved Wine Pairings
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) The holiday season is all about entertaining. This year, take your holiday soiree to the next level with a palate-pleasing wine pairing experience. Invite friends and family to the kitchen for easily pairable tastes of these three favorites: wine, cheese and chocolate.

5 Ways to Empower Kids to End Bullying
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) From the classroom to the internet, bullying can lead to children developing a poor self-image or lead to bullying others. In fact, members of Generation Z believe bullying is the biggest issue facing their generation, according to new data.

An Imaginative, DIY Halloween Costume
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) Few traditions are as popular on Halloween as picking out the perfect costume. This haunting season, think outside the box – literally – and use boxes from your recent deliveries to create a unique DIY costume, or “boxtume.”

Wednesday 10/09/2019
5 Tips to Take Control of Your Pain
Posted: October 09, 2019

(BPT) - If you suffer from chronic pain, you know all too well the effect it can have on almost every aspect of your life. From limiting your daily activities, to straining your closest relationships, pain has a way of taking control. That’s why therapeutic at-home massager manufacturer Wahl interviewed board-certified anesthesiologist and pain specialist Dr. Anita Gupta for tips on how to get the power back.

Fuel up for fall: 5 ways to take on the day
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Back to school and back to the grind! Fall is here and with that comes maxed out schedules and new routines — school, sports practices, work travel, getting ready for the holidays and more. It can be hard to keep up, especially when you sometimes want to just lay down and recharge, but there are some easy ways to keep your energy going during these long weeks. Check out these 5 simple tips for tackling your busiest days — full speed ahead!

New Technology Accesses Small But Mighty Microorganisms
Posted: October 09, 2019

(NewsUSA) - More medicines may be developed faster in the near future, thanks to new technology that harnesses the tiny particles that make drug development possible.

Confronting the Opioids Epidemic in Our Communities
Posted: October 09, 2019

(StatePoint) As America’s opioid epidemic continues to impact communities large and small, new trends are raising new challenges for doctors and policymakers.

Wearable Fall Trends
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) The fall season is all about remixing modern classics, which means some fall trends may already be hanging in your closet. However, if you decide to upgrade a few basics, you can find plenty of worthy investment pieces this season that you can wear again and again for years to come.

Help Safeguard Your Family’s Finances
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) Every year, millions of American workers enroll in employee benefits through their workplaces during a period known as annual enrollment. It's usually a short window of time, but employees make crucial financial decisions for their families for the coming year.

The Benefits of Service Dogs
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:46 am

Supporting veterans when they return home

Monday 10/07/2019
Coping with the Uncertainty of Blood Cancer Recurrence
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - For the growing number of cancer survivors in the United States, many face the shared question: will my cancer come back? In fact, fear of cancer recurrence is one of the top concerns among people with cancer and their loved ones.1

Cold Medicine Ingredients Can Raise Your Blood Pressure
Updated: October 10, 2019 - 3:04 am

(NAPSI)—There’s a reason it’s called the “common” cold: Adults have an average two to three colds per year and children even more, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Non-Surgical Heart Valve Gives Patients New Lease on Life
Posted: October 07, 2019

(StatePoint) When walking up the stairs and playing golf started to become difficult even on a good day, retired Navy Captain Allen Brady attributed the change to aging. Having spent six years as a prisoner of war, Brady was no stranger to living with a challenge. But, when he couldn’t finish a round of golf without feeling fatigued and short of breath, he and his wife knew something was wrong and decided to visit a cardiologist. Brady was diagnosed with a severe form of aortic stenosis, the most common valvular heart disease affecting an estimated 1.5 million Americans.

Thursday 10/03/2019
Protect Your Health During Cancer Treatment
Posted: October 03, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Cancer can be a difficult and overwhelming diagnosis, and if you have cancer or are undergoing cancer treatment, your top priority is to get healthy. After your cancer diagnosis, there are many new things you might need to learn and manage. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Blood Clot Alliance want you to protect your health by understanding your risk for dangerous blood clots, because cancer and some cancer treatments can increase your risk for blood clots. About 900,000 people each year are affected by blood clots, and about one in five of these blood clots are associated with cancer.

Reducing Veteran Suicides Through Support and Education [Video]
Posted: October 03, 2019

'Something had to change': Signs of uncontrolled asthma
Posted: October 03, 2019

(BPT) - More than 25 million Americans live with asthma, a chronic lung condition that causes coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Sudden severe symptoms of asthma can even be deadly. For many of these people, severe or difficult-to-control asthma can be debilitating, negatively impacting their lives at home, school or work.

Wednesday 10/02/2019
Survey: Nearly 80% of women avoid intimacy due to this common infection
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - Sexual intimacy can be an important part of life and healthy relationships. However, many women tend to avoid intimacy due to uncomfortable or embarrassing symptoms when they get a vaginal infection, which can cause a woman’s sexual self-esteem and health to suffer.[1] It’s important to understand the impact that vaginal health can have on a woman’s sexual well-being.

Key Questions to Help You Choose a Medicare Plan
Posted: October 02, 2019

(NewsUSA) - If you're one of 56 million Americans eligible for Medicare, it's important to understand coverage options when selecting your health plan for 2020.

Living with Chronic Liver Disease? Be Aware of Hepatic Encephalopathy
Posted: October 02, 2019

(StatePoint) Approximately 30 million people in the U.S. have some form of liver disease, which occurs in people for many different reasons. Some common types and causes of liver disease include hepatitis, caused by viruses A, B, and C, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is caused by too much fat in the liver cells, and alcohol-related liver disease, caused by consuming too much alcohol. Having liver disease over a long period of time can result in cirrhosis, an advanced chronic liver disease, which then puts a patient at risk for hepatic encephalopathy (HE) – a serious complication of advanced liver disease.

Cancer and Blood Clots: How to Protect Your Health
Posted: October 02, 2019

(StatePoint) Blood clots affect 900,000 people in the U.S. each year. One in five blood clots are related to cancer and its treatment. Blood clots that form in a person’s legs or arms can be dangerous, and those that break off and travel to the lungs can be life-threatening.

3 Surprising Things That Happen to Women’s Bodies After Giving Birth
Posted: October 02, 2019

(StatePoint) Along with the joy of bringing a baby into the world, physical changes from pregnancy and postpartum conditions may cause unexpected effects on the body. It’s important to proactively discuss these topics with friends and physicians to stay informed, know you aren’t alone and understand what effective solutions are available.

How to Re-Watch Hollywood History
Updated: October 08, 2019 - 3:07 am

(Family Features) Streaming media is transforming TV and movie watching, but the convenience and ability to binge watch favorite shows aren’t the only benefits. Super-fans of a specific actor or genre can geek out like never before thanks to unprecedented access to libraries filled with beloved stars and film categories.

Steps to Better Sleep for Peak Sports Performance
Updated: October 08, 2019 - 3:07 am

(Family Features) For fans and athletes alike, fall means gearing up for a new season of sports activities. While plenty of attention goes into developing skills and talent, other important components that affect an athlete’s performance can be overlooked. Especially considering the demands of an athlete’s training and game schedule, getting adequate sleep is often an afterthought.

5 Tips to Ace College Entry Exams
Updated: October 08, 2019 - 3:06 am

( Because most colleges and universities require applicants to submit ACT or SAT results as part of admissions consideration, prepping for the test itself can be a critical component of that process.

Pet Health Tips for an On-the-Go Lifestyle
Updated: October 08, 2019 - 3:07 am

(Family Features) People who lead busy lives often seek convenient and healthy choices when it comes to taking care of their own well-being. For pet parents, a little creativity can make it easy to deliver the same level of care for their beloved pets, even when the pace of life accelerates.

5 Ways Technology is Transforming Hearing Aids
Updated: October 08, 2019 - 3:07 am

(Family Features) Around 37.5 million adults in the United States report some trouble hearing, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). However, it is an undertreated condition with the NIH also estimating 28.8 million adults with mild to severe hearing loss could benefit from hearing aids. Thanks to ever-evolving technology, devices that improve hearing loss are more user-friendly than ever.

Tuesday 10/01/2019
Boomer Health Starts With Prevention
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Baby Boomers may be aging, but that doesn’t mean they’re slowing down anytime soon. As a group, these adults continue to lead active lifestyles, pursuing their goals and relishing new experiences. A key to maintaining an active way of life is staying healthy - particularly when it comes to avoiding vaccine preventable diseases like pneumococcal pneumonia. That’s why Pfizer created the All About Your Boom campaign, to encourage Boomers to take important steps to help protect their health.

Dentist-Approved Tips for Healthier Smiles After Halloween
Posted: October 01, 2019

(StatePoint) Candy and sweets are fun to eat, but too many treats can take a toll on dental health. And when it comes to celebrations that are all about the sugar, families can do some damage control with a check-in to make sure everyone’s dental health routine is up to par.

4 Ways Medicare Part D is Changing in 2020
Posted: October 01, 2019

(StatePoint) If you have Medicare and are looking for ways to save on the ever-increasing cost of medications next year, consider adding a prescription plan known as “Part D.” By making medications more affordable, Part D plans can help you stay on track to achieve your 2020 health goals.

What to Know About Eye Health This Open Enrollment Season
Posted: October 01, 2019

(StatePoint) While most people care about their vision, fewer people take steps to protect their eye health. Open enrollment season, running through December, is the time to weigh your vision insurance options for the following year’s coverage.

U.S. Experts Concerned About Complacency with Heart Disease
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Success breeds complacency and in healthcare this is particularly problematic with heart disease. Over the past 50 years, deaths from heart disease have been cut by more than 50% — a public health success story driven largely by medical innovation such as procedures and drugs, according to researchers and U.S. government data.[i],[ii]

Friday 09/27/2019
The symptoms that led one woman to a heart failure diagnosis
Updated: October 16, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Chris, a wife, mother, grandmother and medical researcher, believes she first experienced symptoms of heart failure (HF) more than six months before her diagnosis. “I couldn’t breathe,” Chris recalls. “That was the only symptom I noticed.” The difficulty breathing continued to worsen over months, but Chris carried on her regular activities of traveling, hiking and playing with her grandchildren. She attributed the shortness of breath to asthma, for which she was prescribed an inhaler.

Is It Heart Failure Or ATTR-CM? Six Ways To Know The Difference
Updated: October 03, 2019 - 2:49 am

(NAPSI)—Doctors estimate more than a million Americans are at risk for a condition known as Transthyretin Amyloid Cardiomyopathy or ATTR-CM. If you or someone you care for is at risk, there are a few facts you should know.

Thursday 09/26/2019
Gunnar Peterson Offers Tips to Get Your Hearing in Shape
Posted: September 26, 2019

(NewsUSA) - When it comes to getting your body in top shape, Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes have turned to celebrity fitness trainer Gunnar Peterson for three decades.

Debunking Common Medicare Part D Myths
Updated: September 28, 2019 - 3:11 am

(NAPSI)—It’s important to evaluate your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan every year. Your plan benefits can change, including your prescription drug coverage, premiums, deductibles and pharmacy benefits. As you do your research, you may run into a few misconceptions. Walgreens vice president of specialty and retail pharmacy operations Rina Shah debunks five common myths about Medicare Part D.