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Understanding CLL - A Common, Chronic Blood Cancer

(BPT) - Imagine you’ve just been given the news that you have blood cancer, but you are told, “not to worry, it’s the good kind.” A cancer diagnosis can be shocking, and you have just heard that you should be relieved — even grateful?

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Thursday 09/20/2018
Flu-Fighting Facts
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:37 am

(NAPS)—The flu is nothing to sneeze at. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza has resulted in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses annually since 2010. The best way to stay out of such statistics, the CDC says, is for everyone who is eligible and at least 6 months old to get a flu shot as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

Wednesday 09/19/2018
Menopausal Women Find Help for Painful Intercourse
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:35 am

(NewsUSA) - September marks the start of a new season and it's important for another reason: Menopause Awareness Month. When women enter menopause, they experience many physical changes - some like hot flashes and night sweats are widely known and are easier to discuss. Yet, other changes are harder to talk about.

4 fall wellness tips for the whole family
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:37 am

5 Ways for New Parents to Get More Sleep
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:38 am

(Family Features) Between feedings, changing diapers and household chores, sleep is often put on the back burner for new parents at the end of a busy day.

4 Benefits of Pet Adoption
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:38 am

(Family Features) Pets have an incomparable ability to improve owners’ lives in a number of ways, so it’s only right that pet parents do the same for them. That’s why, if you’re considering adding a pet to the family, adoption can be a great choice.

Healthy Kids Are Better Students
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:35 am

(Family Features) There is a strong connection between academic performance and a student’s health. Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide school-age children (ages 6-18) with the care they need to improve their ability to fully participate in the classroom and fulfill school health requirements.

Science Made Magical
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:35 am

(Family Features) When you see something you can’t explain, it can be easy to mistake those moments for magic, such as a balloon floating into the sky or water disappearing from a surface right before your eyes. However, the truth is these moments aren’t magic but scienceat play. Observing the laws of physics or chemistry can, at first glance, seem too fantastical to be explained, but science can explain a lot.

At Your Service
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:35 am

Fast facts about service dogs

5 Ways to Connect with Your Heritage
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:35 am

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Help Kids Falling Short on Nutrients They Need this School Year
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:35 am

Milk is one of the most requested, but least donated items at food banks, meaning children in need may be missing out on essential nutrients

Good Friends, Good Food
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:35 am

Dog owners dish on how food factors into pet bonding

Waking up to go to the bathroom multiple times per night? It’s not because you’re ‘getting old’
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:35 am

(Family Features) It’s a common misconception: the older you get, the more frequently you need to use the bathroom at night. Did you know waking up more than once per night to urinate is a medical condition known as nocturia? Shockingly, 64 percent of American adults do not know.

Taking Steps to Prevent Falls
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:35 am

(Family Features) When you’re young, an injury from a fall may sideline you for a few days or weeks, but a full recovery is usually quick. As you get older, the consequences of falls can become more serious, setting up a sequence of events that can have longstanding implications on independence and health.

It’s Time to Learn More About Your Loved Ones
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:35 am

(Family Features) With days of family picnics, vacations and reunions in the rearview mirror, it’s easy to move full steam ahead into the busy fall season and forget to make time for meaningful conversations with family members.

Tuesday 09/18/2018
Managing Moderate Pain Three Ways
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:37 am

(NAPSI)—Latest research reveals that up to 90 percent of pain sufferers don't get the relief they're looking for with their current pain medication—but you don't have to be among them. While everyone experiences pain differently, managing it may be simpler than many people realize.

Quick Tips to Beat Smelly Feet
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:37 am

(StatePoint) It’s an issue that can affect anyone, but one that not everyone likes to talk about: smelly feet. Caused when sweat accumulates on the skin and fuels the growth of odor-causing bacteria, it’s an embarrassing situation that can afflict anyone, from professionals who spend all day in dress socks to weekend warriors on the hiking trail to gym rats.

Keeping Your Baby Safe While Sleeping
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:37 am

(StatePoint) Bringing home a new baby is a big adjustment and can feel overwhelming for parents, particularly when it comes to safety.

Monday 09/17/2018
Managing Your Mental Health With Or Without Insurance Coverage
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:36 am

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Harnessing Research Discoveries For Patient Benefit
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:37 am

(NAPSI)—There’s encouraging news for people facing—or who may one day face—a cancer diagnosis: A new annual report highlights how federally funded research discoveries are fueling the development of new and even more effective ways to prevent, detect, diagnose and treat cancer.

Thursday 09/13/2018
Important facts about rabies worldwide
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - In the US, laws pertaining to rabies vaccinations in dogs and cats vary considerably between states (and even between counties in certain states). These laws may drive pet owners to visit their veterinarian to have their dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies.

Over 40? 3 things to know about your vision
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - Dinner menus, smartphones and computer screens are all things you encounter daily. But have you noticed that since turning 40, you’re having issues seeing them clearly? If you’ve found yourself holding the menu at arm’s distance, increasing your phone’s font size to read text messages, or taking more frequent breaks from the computer screen during the work day, you might be among millions of Americans with presbyopia.1

Wednesday 09/12/2018
Why One Patient Didn't Wait for Her Ovarian Cancer to Return
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - At the age of 56, Debi was living her life working full time, staying active with her friends and family, including riding her motorcycle. She was happy, but so much changed when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

How to Find the Right Preschool
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:38 am

Things to consider when researching child care providers

Chasing Childhood Passions
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:38 am

(Family Features) As education continues to be more accessible to American workers, lifelong learning is increasingly important. Pearson, a digital education company, surveyed working adults as part of its “Dare to Learn, Dare to Change” campaign celebrating those who take steps to change their lives while empowering adults to rediscover childhood passions through education. Visit pearson.com/daretolearn for more information and to watch the campaign videos.  

A Surprising Solution for Stress Relief
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:38 am

(Family Features) From finances and health concerns to lengthy to-do lists, there are numerous sources of strain in the lives of most people.

How Access to Health Care Coverage Can Improve Academic Outcomes
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:35 am

(Family Features)With each school year, parents dust off their annual checklists that help them organize their needs as their kids head back to the classroom. This school season, make sure one priority at the top of your to-do list is ensuring your children have health insurance.

What Parents Should Know About Their Child’s Eye Health
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:37 am

(StatePoint) Parents know that seeing clearly is important for their kid’s success in the classroom, but many are not taking their child to get annual eye exams. This is a problem because many kids don’t know what seeing clearly looks like.

Tuesday 09/11/2018
3 Hot Topics For Men With Prostate Cancer
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - We’ve all heard of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in American men after skin cancer and one of the leading causes of cancer deaths. About 1 man in 9 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. If you or a loved one is diagnosed, there are a few important things to know.

Sisters Together: Move More, Eat Better
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:37 am

(NAPSI)—Obesity is a serious health problem in the United States. More than one in three U.S. adults have obesity and that number increases to more than half—57 percent—among U.S. black women. Research has shown that excess weight may contribute to high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease and certain kinds of cancer.

Wednesday 09/05/2018
Don't Let a Blood Clot Spoil the Joy of Pregnancy or Childbirth
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:35 am

(NewsUSA) - One health issue pregnant women should think about is the risk for a dangerous blood clot. Blood clots occur usually in the legs, arms, or lungs. Women are especially at risk for a blood clot during pregnancy, childbirth, and the 3-month period after delivery.

Keep Up with Your Cat’s Health
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:38 am

5 Tips for Keeping Your Cat Happy and Healthy
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:35 am

(Family Features) While the weather may change from summer to fall, your relationship with your feline never goes out of season. Events on the calendar can seem to pile up as the year goes on, but don’t forget to go the extra mile for your pet and show him how much he means to you.

5 Tips to Help Reduce Litter and Protect the Oceans
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:35 am

(Family Features) The tide of environmental studies showing the harmful effects of litter and mismanaged waste on oceans are seemingly everywhere. For example, 8 million metric tons of plastics wind up in streams, rivers and waterways each year, according to research published in “Science.” 

Making the Back-to-School Transition Seamless and Stress-Free
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:35 am

(Family Features) It’s not always easy to make the transition from family road trips, backyard barbecues and longer days to school bus pickups, homeroom assignments and school supply lists.

3 Tips to Raise a Drug-Free Child
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:37 am

(StatePoint) By the time teens graduate from high school, about 45 percent will have tried marijuana, according the National Institute on Drug Abuse. And while marijuana is one of the most used substances among teenagers, it is not the only one of concern today. The drug epidemic is an expansive and very real public health crisis and families are on the front line when it comes to getting prevention and recovery efforts underway. Here are three steps parents can take to help keep their kids safe.

Tuesday 09/04/2018
5 recovery tips to keep you active all year long
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - We’ve all been there. You push yourself a little too hard during your high-intensity workout, spend too many hours hunched over a computer at your desk, or simply don’t allow for much break time between work, pilates, weekend events and running errands. The next morning, you wake up achy and sore, wondering how you’re going to make that spin class you already signed up for. Luckily, there are several ways to properly rejuvenate your body so that you can maintain the active lifestyle you love. After all, exercise, self-care and having some fun are essential to living your best life.

National Cholesterol Education Month: The lowdown on your levels
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - With National Cholesterol Education Month upon us this September, it’s a good time to take control of your health inside and out, particularly your cholesterol levels. High cholesterol is sneaky – you can’t see it or feel it – but when armed with a little bit of knowledge, you can work with your doctor to make smart decisions about the best way to manage your cholesterol.

Saturday 09/01/2018
Tune in to AFib, Take Note of Stroke Risk [Infographic]
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - Did you know that atrial fibrillation (AFib) not caused by a heart valve problem puts people at a 5X greater risk of stroke? Visit www.TuneintoAFib.com to learn more.

Friday 08/31/2018
Banish bumpy back-to-school morning routines with #PowerHour tips
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - The rushed morning hour before school and work can be hectic, often filled with anxiety and angst for everyone in the family. Learn how to turn this chaotic time into one that is positive and productive so everyone starts their day on the right note.

Thursday 08/30/2018
Rare lung disease opens a new chapter for couple on the move
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - Jeanie Stich and her husband Elfie have constantly been on the move throughout their 32 years of marriage. In 1999, after 20 plus years of working together at a major aircraft company, the two retired, put their home in Washington state up for sale and set off to explore the country in their new RV. Thirteen adventure-filled years on the road later, the couple settled at a retirement resort in Arizona and filled their days socializing with friends and playing cards. Jeanie even picked up the sport of pickleball.

How telemedicine improves outcomes for stroke patients
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - Being rushed to the hospital with a stroke is terrifying for patients and their loved ones.

How families can get emergency-ready with 5 questions
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - Let's say an emergency situation strikes. The sirens are blasting and officials are giving instructions. But you and your partner are at work, the kids are at school, and the dog is at home. Do you know what to do?

Wednesday 08/29/2018
Off to School and Into a New Routine
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:38 am

(Family Features) The fall season is met with many transitions, from cooler weather to time changes to more time spent indoors. Among these transitions is the immediate shift from packing beach bags for a day in the sun to packing suitcases to head back to campus for a new semester. As every student’s routine faces an overhaul this time of year, it is important to bear in mind any health needs that may come into play while away from home.

5 Benefits of Having a Dog
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:38 am

(Family Features) Few things compare to the feelings of love and companionship that come with owning a dog. Many owners even call their dogs “fur babies” or say they’re a “pet parent.” While having a pet comes with responsibilities and commitment, the physical and emotional benefits can make bringing a pet into the family a worthwhile experience.

School Bus Safety 101
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:35 am

(Family Features) For millions of school-age children in the United States, each day begins – and ends – with a bus ride. While the school bus is the safest way to travel to and from school, according to the National Association of Pupil Transportation (NAPT), it’s important for parents to teach their children how to stay safe in and around the school bus as obstructed views, distracted drivers and more can put kids at risk.

Expecting? Recently Had a Baby? What to Know About Blood Clots
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:37 am

(StatePoint) If you are expecting or recently had a baby, don’t let a blood clot spoil your joy. Blood clots that form in a woman’s legs or arms can be dangerous, and those that break off and travel to the lungs can be life-threatening.

Tuesday 08/28/2018
Want personalized, convenient care? It's just a call, click or doorbell away
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:37 am

(BPT) - There it is again. That pain in your side that comes and goes. Not sure what to do about it? How about talking about your symptoms with a health care professional from the comfort of your own couch?

Not all omega-3s are created equal: Myths vs. facts
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:36 am

(BPT) - Every month, nearly 19 million Americans take an “omega-3,” or “fish oil” dietary supplement1 that may include a mixture of DHA, EPA, saturated fats and other ingredients.2-7 In fact, omega-3s are the most-used dietary supplement in the U.S.1 Since many users are looking for heart health and other unproven benefits that go beyond simply supplementing their diets, it’s important to understand some myths and facts about these popular products.

Monday 08/27/2018
Small Moments Make a Big Difference
Updated: September 22, 2018 - 4:37 am

(NAPSI)—There are about 74 million children in America today and if you’re a parent, here’s something you should know: involved fathers—whether they live with their kids or not—can help their children lead happier, healthier and more successful lives. Children who feel close to their fathers are two times more likely to go to college or find a job after high school, 80 percent less likely to end up in jail and 50 percent less likely to experience depression.1 The small moments kids enjoy spending with their fathers can make a big difference in their lives. If you’re like most fathers, you’re already doing what you can to be a great dad. Here’s a look at five easy ways to keep it up.

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