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March 2, 2021

Make your data, and your dollars, go further
(BPT) - Wireless providers would love for you to believe that your lifestyle requires an unlimited stream of data. At first glance, there's probably nothing wrong with this assumption: After all, think about how much of your day is spent on data-dependent activities like streaming video or music, o... click to read more

Shingles kept me in the dark, literally: What everyone 50-plus needs to know about shingles
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How to fight climate change from your backyard
(BPT) - Your backyard or local park is home to ballgames and barbecues with family and friends. But did you know that it is so much more? The trees, grass, plants and flowers in your yard, local parks and ballfields play an important role in fighting climate change.The planet is growing warmer beca... click to read more

New blood test poised to change how cancer is found
(BPT) - Rare is the person who hasn't been impacted by cancer in some way. Maybe it's your parent fighting for their life. Perhaps it's a friend going through a difficult treatment. It could be a neighbor or colleague who was recently diagnosed and who now faces complex decisions.It also might be y... click to read more

New reasons to say yes to a Virginia Beach getaway in 2021
(BPT) - Where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, the vibrant coastal city of Virginia Beach is where you'll find warm, inviting waters and a cool, laid-back feel. Home to three distinct beaches, you're bound to bump into your vibe at one of them. With a delectable seafood-centric culinary... click to read more

5 fun ways to keep your cat entertained at home
(BPT) - Thanks to the pandemic, many people have gone from working in an office to working from home, giving cat owners a chance to spend more time with their furry friends. With all this extra time, you have the opportunity to strengthen the bond you share with your cat while helping them get acti... click to read more

Pet parents are looking for more than just a reward for their furry friends
(BPT) - As many pet owners have spent more time at home during the pandemic, there has been an opportunity for dog lovers to enhance their relationship with their pet, like they never have had before. Thanks to newfound work-life balance and more quality time together, the bond between dog owners a... click to read more

Is it allergies or COVID-19? 7 symptoms to watch
(BPT) - COVID-19 is complicating the 2021 spring allergy season. From watery eyes to dry coughs, people are left wondering exactly what their symptoms mean.'Many people are asking about the differences between COVID-19 and seasonal allergies,' says Dr. Luz Fonacier, president of the American Colleg... click to read more

Dreaming of adventure? There’s a Uganda safari for everyone
(BPT) - What gets your heart racing when you imagine traveling? Challenging yourself physically in a beautiful landscape, or catching a glimpse of magnificent wildlife and rare birds? Soaring above it all while admiring spectacular scenery from on high, or soaking in the environment from the water?... click to read more

5 tips to get you back on your feet after a cough or cold this season
(BPT) - While there may be no 'cure' for the common cold, there are certainly a number of ways you can help you or your family feel more comfortable while battling a cold. There are a plethora of tips and advice for coping with cold symptoms, but following a few tried-and-true methods to overcome t... click to read more

How to choose the best face mask
(BPT) - Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, you have probably wondered what kind of face mask provides the most effective protection but is also easy and comfortable. You have probably also heard that double masking provides better protection against the more easily transmissible variants... click to read more

How digital tools can help you manage your money
(BPT) - Since the start of the pandemic, many consumers have opted to bank digitally to manage their finances safely and conveniently from anywhere. In fact, a recent survey by Chase found that 54% of consumers said that they have been banking more digitally due to the pandemic.Among the many featu... click to read more

Simple Ways to Support Immunity and Overall Health
(BPT) - "You are what you eat" is a phrase you probably heard growing up, and while it's a broad statement, the overall sentiment holds true: The foods you ingest have the ability to support or detract from your overall health. This doesn't necessarily mean you need to completely overhaul your nutr... click to read more

What You Need to Know about AMD to Save Your Sight
(BPT) - Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Month serves as an important reminder for people to stay on top of their eye health. AMD is one of the most common causes of vision loss later in life, affecting millions of Americans.We talked to Dr. David Eichenbaum, an ophthalmologist at Retina Vitr... click to read more

5 ways America’s most loved vegetable loves you back
(BPT) - You don't have to choose between foods that taste good and foods that are good for you. In fact, America's most loved vegetable - the potato - loves you right back. Whether you're fixing a romantic dinner for two, a family meal or a tasty snack, this versatile nutrient-dense vegetable bring... click to read more

How to add high-quality protein to your diet
(BPT) - Recent diet trends encourage balancing food sources for optimal health. If you're following the Mediterranean, keto or paleo diets, you're probably aware that lean meats like beef play a vital role as part of an overall healthy eating plan, balanced with plant-based foods like vegetables an... click to read more

Sweeten Your Week with a ThursDate
(BPT) - The way we interact and socialize with others in our everyday lives has changed - and so have special dates, whether with a romantic partner, an activity with your children or grandchildren, or a lunch date with a friend. One solution to spending more time with our loved ones: set aside a s... click to read more

6 tips for controlling your high blood pressure
(BPT) - Did you know high blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and "The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Control Hypertension," nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, yet... click to read more

What if one blood test could detect more than 50 types of cancers?
(BPT) - Everyone has been touched by cancer in some way, whether it's a friend or family member facing a diagnosis, or their own worry about susceptibility to the disease. This year alone, roughly 1.8 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States, according to the National Cance... click to read more

Bring a little luxury to your life by bringing wine country to you
(BPT) - While you're staying at home and doing your best to be safe during a pandemic, there's one thing you shouldn't have to compromise on - high-quality wine. And if you're a seasoned wine drinker, you know that Napa Valley is the place to be.'Napa Valley's reputation is globally recognized, but... click to read more

5 tips for financial and retirement planning in 2021
(BPT) - The past year has presented countless challenges, and for many, a reassessment of goals - especially when it comes to finances. A new survey shows attitude shifts including a renewed effort to gain control of finances, especially through increased saving and getting professional advice.Even... click to read more

In the grip of a toothache? Seek out this pro to save your smile
(BPT) - A stabbing toothache is a special kind of pain. It keeps you awake, inspires dread for your next meal and makes it darn near impossible to think about anything else. The mouth is a sensitive area, and those pain receptors are on high alert when it comes to infection and other maladies.If yo... click to read more

Your COVID-19 Vaccination Questions, Answered
(BPT) - With COVID-19 vaccination underway in the United States, many Americans are preparing to get the vaccine to protect themselves and help slow the spread of COVID-19. If you're able to get the vaccine, you probably have a lot of questions. Knowing what to expect and how to properly prepare fo... click to read more

Genetic testing advances give hope to people with rare diseases
(BPT) - Rare diseases have long been difficult for doctors to diagnose and treat. Symptoms can be vague or confusing and the diseases are often not widely known. People living with rare diseases called primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs), including neutropenia, face challenges with diagnosis and trea... click to read more

How Personal Determinants of Health can help improve your well-being
(BPT) - Everyone faces adversity at one point or another that may affect happiness and overall well-being. And adversity has not been in short supply during the COVID-19 pandemic. In many cases, you are given opportunities to adapt or grow from these experiences, in order to come out stronger on th... click to read more

5 tips to up your big game experience
(BPT) - While you may be scaling down your festivities for the big game this year, there's no reason you have to scale down the fun and excitement that comes with the big day. After all, you've only been waiting for this day for an entire year!If you're looking for ways to make this year's party ju... click to read more

5 steps to help stop the rise in deaths from heart attack and stroke
(BPT) - Permission granted by ShantaQuilette Carter-Williams.At 42, ShantaQuilette Carter-Williams never saw herself as someone who had a heart problem. She was active, paid attention to what she ate and felt healthy.But one day, while on her usual run, she felt her heart flutter and went to the do... click to read more

4 ways to celebrate the power of love
(BPT) - Love is what makes the world go round. And for that matter, it's how everyone got here. And it's how everyone gets up every morning. Love has been a big part of how people have made it through this year - together, even when they are apart. So here is a love letter to you: There are no limi... click to read more

3 top strategies to keep bones strong
(BPT) - Healthy bodies need healthy bones. Bones support our weight, protect our internal organs and provide a platform for our muscles to work. Unfortunately, we don't always treat our bones right. There are many common behaviors or attributes that weaken the skeletal structure, including:SmokingD... click to read more

The future of investing
(BPT) - Robinhood was built for a new generation of investors. For millions of people who have felt left behind by America's financial system. For people who felt turned away by the big Wall Street financial institutions. For those who are making their voices heard through the markets and showing t... click to read more

Protein is essential to your well-being
(BPT) - Protein is essential to well-being. The very origin of the word protein first appeared in scientific literature in 1838, derived from the Greek word 'protos' - meaning 'first rank or position,' in recognition of how important protein is to life. Every cell in the human body contains protein... click to read more

3 Things to Know About Coronary Microvascular Dysfunction (CMD): A Heart Condition You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
(BPT) - In a time when health concerns are top of mind, it's critical to be aware of underlying issues that may be impacting your overall health and quality of life. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the ... click to read more

6 common tax myths, debunked
(BPT) - As you look ahead to doing your taxes this year, there are a number of myths you may think are true for the 2020 tax year. If so, you are not alone - tax myths and misinformation are more common than you may think. And unfortunately, these myths can be costly if they lead to mistakes on you... click to read more

At the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, physician anesthesiologists are saving lives
(BPT) - When COVID-19 reached the U.S. a year ago, physician anesthesiologists rose to the challenge, providing critical frontline care to seriously ill patients, while at the same time developing guidelines for safe care based on ever-evolving knowledge about the deadly virus. Now, as vaccine dist... click to read more

4 simple tips to feel your best in the new year
(BPT) - As we kick off the new year, many people are experiencing high levels of stress due to ongoing uncertainty and countless new demands. While you may think you don't have time for wellness and self-care, experts say it only takes a few minutes a day and the benefits are plentiful.Check out th... click to read more

Piecing together your emotional wellness routine in 2021
(BPT) - 2020 was a tough year for everyone, so it's more important than ever to develop positive physical, mental and emotional wellness routines as you tackle a new year and new challenges. As Americans continue to spend an increased amount of time in front of screens, these new routines can help ... click to read more

Don’t fumble the appetizers for the big game
(BPT) - This year's big game day may be quite different than previous ones, but that shouldn't stop you from going all-out with your appetizers. Tasty snacks and sports go hand in hand, so use this event to score a touchdown using bite-sized finger foods!Huddle up and try something new Special occa... click to read more

Finding community-driven solutions for a growing health crisis in the Latinx community
(BPT) - For more than four decades, the fight to end the HIV epidemic has raged on, ushering significant developments and innovations in treatment and care. However, progress has been uneven and fragile, illuminating major disparities in care and access to care that leave certain demographics dispr... click to read more

4 ways to support your immune health, according to an MD
(BPT) - Amid the new normal where health and the health of loved ones is top of mind for many Americans, prioritizing wellness activities on a daily basis can be key to feeling in control and maintaining immune health. Our immune system is a critical part of our overall health and well-being - it's... click to read more

10 tips for choosing a primary care doctor
(BPT) - A primary care physician is more than just a doctor. Over time, he or she learns the nuances of your medical history, your reaction to medications, your health goals, your lifestyle, your treatment preferences and whether a caregiver is supporting you in managing your health.That intimate k... click to read more

Navigating your health from home is just a call, click or doorbell away
(BPT) - You feel it again - that nagging back pain. Or maybe it's an earache that won't go away. With COVID-19 restrictions making many of us reluctant to leave the comforts of home, it's good to know there are other ways to see your health care provider and get your medical questions answered.Maki... click to read more

I didn’t know I was at risk: What everyone 50-plus needs to know about shingles
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Breathe easier by understanding these 5 common myths about sleep apnea
(BPT) - If you're not coping with the symptoms of sleep apnea yourself, you likely know someone who is.The condition caused by interrupted breathing during sleep has become rampant in the past couple of decades. In fact, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine estimates that 26% of adults between th... click to read more

Bend, don’t break: A guide to resiliency from military spouses
(BPT) - What do you do with uncertainty? Much less a year of it or more? The COVID-19 pandemic has presented us with challenges, hardships and instability of every kind - important events canceled, travel put on hold, businesses striving to stay open, kids and parents adjusting to virtual learning ... click to read more

More people are concerned about their financial future: 4 steps to protect yours
(BPT) - Finances are consistently a top concern for many Americans, with 'saving money' a top-10 most common New Year's resolution. This year, Americans are more concerned than ever before due to the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic.USE Credit Union reported that more than 75% of non-tr... click to read more

Tips to help make the most of your health plan in 2021
(BPT) - Last year was a difficult year as the COVID-19 pandemic swept through our country, impacting families and communities nationwide. The health challenges of the pandemic also provided a crucial reminder about the importance of health care.For many Americans, new health plan benefits began in ... click to read more

Stroke awareness: It’s always an emergency
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Why adults should prioritize vaccines this winter
(BPT) - With COVID-19 cases on the rise and flu season underway, it is more important than ever to prioritize your health.Social distancing will become more difficult in the winter months. With everyone spending more time indoors, it's essential to take every precaution to help keep yourself and yo... click to read more

What to expect from Economic Impact Payment Cards
(BPT) - With the enactment of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, millions of eligible individuals will receive a second Economic Impact Payment (EIP). The Bureau of the Fiscal Service (Fiscal Service) is distributing these payments on behalf of the Internal... click to read more

The “big 7”: Top animals to spot in Uganda
(BPT) - Do you dream of seeing majestic wild animals in their natural habitat? If viewing the world's most impressive wildlife is on your bucket list, a safari is the way to do it. You may have even heard of the 'Big 5': lions, leopards, elephants, rhino and buffalo.While many African safari destin... click to read more

The best smartphone for your personality
(BPT) - The vast majority of Americans own some type of cell phone - and 81% own a smartphone, according to Pew Research. Smartphones are so ingrained in everyday life that some psychologists say they have become an extension of people's lives. With such a wide variety of smartphones available, it ... click to read more

6 top medicine safety reminders for your home
(BPT) - With families spending more time than ever working, playing and studying at home, it's a good time to review best safety practices when it comes to using and storing medicines. This is especially true during the cold and flu season - while the nation is also in the midst of the COVID-19 pan... click to read more

3 tips to make this the cheesiest year ever
(BPT) - Looking for a stress-free and undeniably delicious snack for your family game night? Want to surprise a special person you haven't seen in a while with a gift delivery? Or do you simply want to kick grandma's recipes up a notch this year? The solution is simple: cheese. Not just any cheese;... click to read more

Review Your Insurance Options at AARP Converge powered by Softheon
(BPT) - It is important to assess your current health insurance coverage and review new insurance options to ensure that you have the coverage that fits your individual needs. However, there are myriad options and fragmented information in many places, not to mention that plan offerings can change ... click to read more

Study: Most Americans say they're optimistic about a brighter financial future in 2021
(BPT) - As we enter 2021, here's one more essential item to put on your list in addition to canned goods and masks: a financial checkup. According to Fidelity Investments' 2021 New Year Financial Resolutions Study, more than two-thirds of Americans experienced financial setbacks in 2020, often from... click to read more

5 quick tips for prioritizing health and wellness
(BPT) - Making it through a day, month and especially the busiest time of year, deserves a pat on the back these days. The new year brings a time to reset and look at new ways to put your wellness - and your family's - front and center. Now, when focusing on your health and wellness is more importa... click to read more

It's a win-win: 5 ways businesses can help themselves by giving back
(BPT) - Most businesses recognize the importance of finding ways to give back to their communities. But it often takes time for them to discover the full range of benefits they can realize when they commit to corporate giving.The good news? Philanthropic donations from U.S. businesses are on the up... click to read more

Tips to bring joy to seniors all year long
(BPT) - Many seniors and their loved ones are taking special precautions to stay healthy, including limiting or eliminating visits and other activities that can cause COVID-19 to spread. That's because the older you are, the higher your risk of severe illness from the coronavirus, according to the ... click to read more

New Year’s resolutions you can actually stick to
(BPT) - It's always a good idea to commit to improving your well-being or creating healthy habits in the new year, but if you approach your resolutions as something you want to do versus something you should do, you're much more likely to follow through on your goals. So, why not rethink the whole ... click to read more

Feeling a cold coming on? Do these 3 things right now
(BPT) - Colds can make you feel run down and miserable. The last thing you want is the coughs, the sneezes and a run-down, foggy head feeling to hang on for weeks on end.So, that begs the question: What can you do to get through this bug as quickly as possible?'Unfortunately, there is currently no ... click to read more

Tips for planning the ultimate safari
(BPT) - If you've always wanted to see amazing wildlife in their natural habitats, you may wonder what country to visit, and how to plan your ideal adventure. Choosing Uganda, you'll see not only amazingly rich and varied landscapes, but also a variety of wildlife unlike any other country in the wo... click to read more

Without hesitation: Joel navigates the long road of aTTP
(BPT) - Joel made his living driving a semi-truck cross country. He loved the scenic beauty and the feel of 18 wheels of rubber as he traveled across the United States. Unfortunately, after four life-threatening medical emergencies while he was on the road, Joel knew his career as a truck driver ha... click to read more

A registered dietitian’s 5 steps for better health in 2021
(BPT) - The New Year always spurs a renewal of personal goals, whether you make resolutions or not. The blank slate of a new calendar year offers a sense of possibilities for making the next year great - and health goals usually top the list.If you're looking to put health first, who better to turn... click to read more

Study: Social isolation among seniors is widespread, but these resources can help
(BPT) - Because of the pandemic, we've all experienced social isolation - the loss of close contact with family and friends. We're feeling that isolation even more acutely during the winter season, when we typically get together with those we love.For older adults who have had to take extra isolati... click to read more

How to make extra money by selling locally through resale: 4 popular trends this year
(BPT) - This year, people leveraged the convenience of online shopping more than ever. One of the main reasons is that buying and selling through resale marketplaces makes it easier for people to find deals or make money to supplement their income.In 2020, buying and selling locally became more pop... click to read more

"Queer Eye" star Karamo's Five Tips in Spreading Joy and Cheer
(BPT) - This year's holidays have already been and continue to be dramatically different, and no one is expecting anything to change come the start of 2021.But that doesn't mean we can't carve out ways to care for our loved ones, spread cheer and support other people in our communities now and in t... click to read more

How to gift happiness in 2021
(BPT) - There are no two ways about it: 2020 was a lot to take in. We forged ahead and made amazing things happen in the face of enormous uncertainty, but it wasn't an easy task. In 2021, everyone's looking to grow their happiness and share it with others. It's only natural, and fortunately researc... click to read more

The pet effect: Facts about the incredible human-animal bond
(BPT) - Do you ever notice how fulfilled you feel when you spend time with your pet? How your pet can inspire joy while also somehow helping you feel less stressed? Or maybe you are thinking of getting a pet hoping for companionship, affection and love? These and many more positives are the result ... click to read more

How pharmacogenetic (PGx) testing is revolutionizing mental health treatment
(BPT) - If you or a family member have sought care from a mental health professional, or are considering seeking help for depression, anxiety, ADHD or other conditions, you want the best treatment available. Multiple treatment options now exist for many of these conditions, ranging from medications... click to read more

How to Pay Your Mortgage Off Faster.
(BPT) - Paid Content by Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.Buying a home is a major life step. Homes are by nature expensive and most home buyers cannot afford to purchase a home outright. Because of that reality, most home buyers finance a home purchase with a mortgage. A mortgage allows you to ... click to read more

Resolve to achieve healthy sleep in 2021
(BPT) - According to a recent survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), 85% of U.S. adults do not get the recommended seven hours or more of sleep every night. After a challenging and stressful year, the New Year provides Americans with the opportunity to refocus on the importance ... click to read more

Having trouble hearing? 5 tips to still stay connected during the holidays
(BPT) - This holiday season may look very different from years past - more family get-togethers on video rather than in-person - but one thing remains true: these times can be stressful and difficult for those managing hearing loss, which impacts 48 million Americans, according to the U.S. Centers ... click to read more

Heart-related deaths increase at the holidays – what you need to know
(BPT) - Heart-related deaths peak in December and January, including spikes on Christmas and New Year's Day. Some people ignore the signs and symptoms of a cardiac event, such as a heart attack, or they dismiss their chest pain or other symptoms as stress-related, heartburn or a result of having to... click to read more

Enrich home design with a timeless sense of style
(BPT) - The worlds of fashion and interior design intersect in more ways than one. From thoughtful details to bold palettes and shapes, both disciplines play an important role in evoking personal style. In order to ensure home design demonstrates a bespoke sense of style that lasts, one must consid... click to read more

How to stay active and connected while remaining safe during the pandemic
(BPT) - As 2021 approaches, the importance and urgency of physical and mental health are at an all-time-high due to COVID-19.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 'Regular physical activity helps you feel better, sleep better and reduces anxiety. It can also help with p... click to read more

Do you have a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan?
(BPT) - If you're concerned about getting COVID-19, you have good cause.According to the latest COVID-19 Data Tracker from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. alone has already logged over 16.3 million cases and the overall weekly hospitalization rate is at its highest si... click to read more

3 steps to better eye health in 2021
(BPT) - January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, a great opportunity to spread the word about a disease that affects more than 3 million people in the United States. Since glaucoma often strikes without symptoms and can cause significant vision loss before a person notices changes in their eyesight, it... click to read more

Give the gift of connection
(BPT) - Connecting with other people is a huge part of our lives - and it's essential to our health and well-being. It's also a huge part of what makes the holidays special. The good news is there are many ways we can connect, even if we're physically apart. And if you're still looking for that per... click to read more

This new Alexa feature allows families to safely care for loved ones at a distance
(BPT) - This year, more Americans are providing ongoing caregiving, with many having started their role as caregiver since the COVID-19 outbreak or providing care specifically because of the pandemic. Caregivers are looking to strike that balance between ensuring their elderly friends and family ar... click to read more

7 trending reasons why Sherry is ideal for winter celebrations
(BPT) - Sherry is a classic wine that's been around for hundreds of years, yet is recently receiving renewed interest among people of all ages and is being embraced in new and inventive ways. Sherry isn't just great for sipping - it has loads of potential as a cocktail ingredient and more, making i... click to read more

7 signs you might need new water pipes
(BPT) - While spending more time at home, you've probably started noticing repairs you need to make. You may have even tackled a few home improvement projects. However, there are some improvements you might not consider, because they're hidden until they reach their breaking point - like your home'... click to read more

COVID-19: What is an Emergency Use Authorization?
(BPT) - Sponsored by Pfizer.According to the FDA, an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is a mechanism to facilitate the availability and use of medical countermeasures, including vaccines, during public health emergencies, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.1 An EUA allows the use of medical pro... click to read more

Easy ways to make your holiday dishes the star of the show
(BPT) - The holiday season is upon us, and while it may look and feel a bit different from holidays past, there's still just as much to do. Even if it's mostly online, we're busy searching for the perfect presents, decorations galore, favorite festive movies and so much more. And, as always, joyful... click to read more

Budgeting for pets: How to prepare for ongoing and unexpected expenses
(BPT) - Sixty-seven percent of U.S. households own a pet, or about 85 million families, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA). This number is poised to increase because many households have added pets during the pandemic, helping aid in the physical and emotional well-being of f... click to read more

6 tips to lower your out-of-pocket medication costs in January
(BPT) - January is right around the corner. Whether or not you stay up to mark the new year, an expensive reality hits many Americans on Jan. 1: medical insurance deductibles reset to zero and out-of-pocket costs go up.Along with co-pays and coinsurance, those out-of-pocket costs can put essential ... click to read more

5 digital gifts perfect for 2020
(BPT) - One of the big challenges of this holiday season is figuring out how to get the right gift delivered on time. How are savvy holiday shoppers solving this problem? They're sending digital gift cards.There's a digital gift card that's a perfect match for everyone on your list:1) For the do-go... click to read more

Give the gift of plasma this holiday season
(BPT) - It's no secret that the holidays look much different this year, but those changes may be even more noticeable for individuals who are at high-risk for COVID-19. No one knows this better than Dayna, a mother and caregiver to four children with a rare disease which has caused them to be immun... click to read more

There is No Time to Wait When Experiencing Symptoms of a Potentially Serious Condition
(BPT) - Many people may think that swelling, pain, tenderness or redness in the leg, thigh or pelvis are seemingly minor symptoms, but they could point to a potentially serious condition such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).1 It's critical to not brush off these symptoms.More About DVTDVT is a blood ... click to read more

Making the call of 5G: Is it time to switch?
(BPT) - After seemingly years of breathless hype, 5G network technology has finally arrived across much of the country. Delivering increased connection speeds and improved call quality, 5G is the new state-of-the-art for wireless users, and both cellular providers and device manufacturers are rushi... click to read more

5 not-so-secret ways to make the most of your money
(BPT) - The holidays are approaching, and New Year's resolutions are top of mind. For many, this means thinking about how to be smart with your money. Whether you're shopping for loved ones, looking to start a new hobby or treating yourself to something special, a little purchase planning goes a lo... click to read more

5 laundry tips for keeping your clothes like new
(BPT) - Whether you're preserving a treasured hand-me-down, caring for an expensive sweater or just trying to maintain that perfect pair of jeans, the right cleaning steps can keep your favorite clothing looking and feeling better.A key solution? Choosing the right tools, additives and procedures t... click to read more

5 Vet Tips for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season with your Pets
(BPT) - After a difficult year, there's one thing most people can agree on: They're thankful for their pets. According to a new Purina survey, 93% of consumers are grateful for their pets this holiday season. During this special time of year, we should give them some extra attention and love in ret... click to read more

How to help address chronic conditions amid COVID-19
(BPT) - While some people with a COVID-19 infection may experience relatively mild symptoms (or no symptoms at all), the disease is of greater concern for the 56% of Americans who may have at least one risk factor linked to an increased chance of complications.Two increasingly common risk factors f... click to read more

Winter is coming, but there’s still time to get vaccinated against flu!
(BPT) - If you are living with certain chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes or asthma, you are at higher risk of developing serious complications from flu, like pneumonia, bronchitis and other illnesses that can lead to hospitalization or even death. Even if your chronic cond... click to read more

Finding confidence in quarantine: Survey shows how COVID-19 influences makeup usage
(BPT) - As being in quarantine and weathering the COVID-19 pandemic continues to put a damper on things, American women are turning to their makeup routines to feel a sense of control and comfort, according to new research.In September, marketing firm OnePoll asked 2,000 American women about how th... click to read more

4 signs that an aging loved one needs support
(BPT) - The holidays are a time of coming together. While it might look different in 2020, it is even more critical this year to check on aging loved ones who may have been negatively affected by the isolation and loneliness during the ongoing pandemic.But it can be difficult for us to recognize wh... click to read more

For essential workers, a flu shot is essential protection
(BPT) - COVID-19 has helped remind all of us just how essential our essential workers are. Whether you're a health care worker, child care provider, grocery store worker, farmer, teacher or delivery person - you have been on the front lines to keep our society functioning.We are grateful for you - ... click to read more

For People Living with Follicular Lymphoma, Routine Medical Check-ins are a Must—Here’s Why
(BPT) - The global COVID-19 pandemic is affecting nearly every part of daily life, and many people are choosing to skip or forgo their medical visits, screenings and tests. For people living with follicular lymphoma (FL), a typically incurable blood cancer that has to be closely managed, the import... click to read more

How to find a retirement community that’s right for you
(BPT) - Former California residents Jim and Donna Dickie decided to move across the country to retire in Rome, Georgia, for a whole host of reasons. What they learned when they researched their new home could help you or your loved ones make the crucial decision about where to live next.If you imag... click to read more

Holiday hints: Gift wrapping and shipping tips from the experts
(BPT) - It's that time of year again - when gift-givers everywhere struggle to get presents wrapped and shipped ahead of the holidays. If you are one of the many who need tips, inspiration or a little nudge, why not turn to the experts for great ideas this year?Wrap artisticallyUp your gift-wrappin... click to read more

How to choose a safe, healthy senior living community
(BPT) - It's understandable for anyone seeking a retirement community to have concerns about health and safety right now. Today's unprecedented situation leaves many wondering - is it safe to live in a retirement community during a pandemic?The good news is, many Continuing Care Retirement Communit... click to read more

4 questions to ask before getting a new pet
(BPT) - One good thing about 2020? More people are fostering and adopting pets who need homes. And during the holidays, pet adoption increases even more because families have more time away from work and school.Before you foster or adopt - and especially when considering a pet as a gift - it's best... click to read more

A Closer Look at the Impact of COVID-19 on Hispanic and Latino Communities
(BPT) - Sponsored by Pfizer.Developing a vaccine that could decrease rates of infection, disease and death worldwide is a critical part of addressing the COVID-19 global health crisis. Equally important is helping ensure vaccines reach the people and communities that are disproportionately impacted... click to read more

Oral steroids for asthma: An unequal risk
(BPT) - More than 25 million Americans live with asthma, but people across the country are affected differently. For example, people from Black and Hispanic communities are more likely to visit the hospital due to asthma symptoms and less likely to discuss an asthma action plan with their doctor. T... click to read more

COVID-19 vaccine development: Key facts you want to know, from Pfizer’s Chief Patient Officer
(BPT) - The COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted many people around the globe in some way, and as a result, all eyes are on the biopharmaceutical companies that are working to develop safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. As the Chief Patient Officer at Pfizer, Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron describes ... click to read more

Tax season 2020 will look different: Here’s how to prepare
(BPT) - It's no secret that 2020 has been a tumultuous year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans found themselves out of work - at least temporarily - and received unemployment benefits. Others may have experienced employment changes, like working from home or taking on multiple jobs. All ... click to read more

How to combat isolation and loneliness among older adults
(BPT) - Feeling a sense of connection and belonging with others is a basic human need. But unfortunately for many older adults, social isolation and loneliness are on the rise, especially because of the necessary social distancing since the COVID-19 pandemic began.The good news is, there are concre... click to read more

Prioritize Your Health and Wellness in 2021: A Checklist to Assess Your Healthcare Needs
(BPT) - As 2020 draws to a close, you are likely reflecting on the events of the past year and looking ahead to 2021. As we approach the end of the year and you are setting goals for yourself for 2021, now is a great time to do a thorough review of your overall health and well-being and consider an... click to read more

Quarantine confidential: The unexpected ways social distancing impacted life for women with overactive bladder
(BPT) - In 2020, the phrase 'social distancing' became mainstream, as many people around the world had to experience extended periods of quarantining. The mandate to keep distance, limit travel and stay home has left many people to feel anxious, isolated and lonely. Unfortunately, for the 30 millio... click to read more

Tips to help manage holiday stress during COVID-19
(BPT) - Feeling stressed? You're not alone. Stress levels are rising due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the numerous disruptions in our daily lives.The American Psychological Association recently reported that 'we are facing a national mental health crisis that could yield serious health and social c... click to read more

Customizable bites: 4 tips for a brilliant holiday cheeseboard
(BPT) - As the weather turns colder and the season changes, your thoughts may be turning to the holidays and how you can make them extra special in this unique year.While many of us will be staying closer to home this holiday season, we'll still want to celebrate the season in style and create happ... click to read more

Would you attend a timeshare sales presentation in exchange for a discounted vacation?
(BPT) - If you're a frequent traveler to popular vacation hotspots like Orlando or Las Vegas there's a good chance you've been approached by someone and asked to attend a timeshare sales pitch, often in exchange for a heavily discounted vacation or free tickets to a show or theme park.And while you... click to read more

4 money moves to kick off 2021
(BPT) - Just imagine: Holiday shopping is behind you, the eggnog has officially worn off and the seasonal coffee drinks have lost their allure. A new year is beginning and it's time to prepare.'As you gear up for a new year, it's important to take a hard look at your finances, and decide what finan... click to read more

How digital engagement can offer more control over personal finances in unpredictable times
(BPT) - Since the coronavirus pandemic began taking hold in early 2020, global stock markets have taken investors on a rollercoaster ride, with aggressive climbs in value, precipitous drops and an overall queasy feeling in the pits of our stomachs about what's next.COVID-19's impact on personal inv... click to read more

How you can afford a retirement community
(BPT) - Are you retired or approaching retirement age? You may be thinking about the best options for where to live moving forward. Perhaps your house has become more than you can handle, or you have health concerns that require more care - or maybe you'd just like to live in a warmer climate. What... click to read more

The caregiver difference: One man’s journey caring for his father’s COPD
(BPT) - When Justin found out his dad had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), he wasn't sure what to expect. Without knowing anything about the condition, he didn't realize that becoming a primary caregiver at age 30 would mean uprooting his lifestyle to support caring... click to read more

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Know the Signs in Your Family Tree
(BPT) - Imagine your family members were at risk for a life-threatening heart disease but had absolutely no idea.At age 12, Carmen's doctor noticed a heart murmur, but could not find an explanation. Little did they realize, but this symptom would turn out to be one piece in his family's larger hear... click to read more

Tips for turning seasonal work into a full-time job
(BPT) - Ready for a new gig? With the holidays around the corner, many businesses are offering seasonal work. It's not just for people looking to make a few extra dollars. It's a little known fact that some employers often end up offering some seasonal workers a permanent role after the holidays ar... click to read more

Feel-good food: 5 facts you may not know about watercress
(BPT) - As we move into the winter season, it's important to strengthen our immune systems by making fresh fruits and vegetables a key part of our diets.After all, eating a diet rich in fresh produce is one of eight important steps we can take to ward off potential illness, according to Harvard Med... click to read more

Get a clue about the flu: What you need to know
(BPT) - As flu season collides with the COVID-19 pandemic this year, it's critical to think about how to best protect yourself, your loved ones and the members of your community from getting sick and overburdening an increasingly strained healthcare system. Getting a flu shot each season is an easy... click to read more

Looking for support during this pandemic? A new mental health community supports, inspires and connects people during these challenging times
(BPT) - This article was sponsored and developed by Neurocrine Biosciences. We are living in an unprecedented time, where everyone's mental health is being put to the test. Recent research has shown that stress and worry related to the pandemic have had a negative impact on mental health, taking an... click to read more

Why a bidet is the perfect gift for that special person on your list
(BPT) - Looking for an original gift for that extra special person this holiday season? This year, go for something that can elevate their personal care routine. Bidets can offer the perfect gift for every person on your list. They come as seats as well as standalone appliances, and they come with ... click to read more

Use SNAP benefits online for easy home grocery delivery
(BPT) - Millions of Americans receive benefits from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is a federal nutrition program that provides benefits to help supplement food budgets for individuals and families. SNAP benefits have traditi... click to read more

What will Santa Bass bring your favorite angler this holiday season?
(BPT) - Was your favorite angler a good angler this past year? Did they cry? Did they pout? Santa Bass is coming to town and he's been checking his list, twice. He sees all the times when an angler acted with kindness at the boat landing as well as those anglers who cut off another angler at a good... click to read more

How the rest of the world sees America in 2020
(BPT) - The United States of America is confusing in the best of times. Tax returns. Fifty different legal systems. Why we still use pounds, inches and Fahrenheit. Daylight saving time. We could go on.And in the worst of times? From political debates about wearing masks in a pandemic to a contested... click to read more

A Holiday Season Unlike Any Other
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People living with diabetes may feel more in control of their condition with the help of technology
(BPT) - In the United States today, more than 30 million people live with diabetes - a challenging condition that requires individuals to constantly, and diligently, manage their body's needs. Those who use insulin know that carefully logging glucose (blood sugar) readings is necessary for addressi... click to read more

Are you susceptible to pandemic-related anxiety?
(BPT) - Since the pandemic began, many have felt the effects on their mental health. The CDC reported in June that over 40% of Americans suffered an adverse mental or behavioral health condition, with anxiety and depressive disorders topping the list. By mid-July, 53% of U.S. adults said their ment... click to read more

5 ways to elevate your holidays this year
(BPT) - The holidays are a wonderful opportunity to create magical experiences with friends and family. However you celebrate the holidays this year, why not find new ways to add special touches to make them extraordinary? For small household gatherings or virtual celebrations, bringing unique deco... click to read more

65 or older? Learn how you can help protect your health this season
(BPT) - If you're a baby boomer, you've heard about the importance of getting your flu vaccine every year. However, you may be less familiar with how you can help protect yourself against other vaccine-preventable respiratory diseases like pneumococcal pneumonia.'Pneumococcal pneumonia is the most ... click to read more

Recognizing how a change in schizophrenia treatment can help
(BPT) - Tim is like any other 26-year-old - he lives on his own and has a job. He is also one of the 2.8 million adults living with schizophrenia in the United States.For those in his small community, Tim may be the first person living with schizophrenia that they have ever met. According to Tim, i... click to read more

Veterans Day 2020: A different time, and a time to make a difference
(BPT) - We hear a lot today about recognizing those people who have made a difference for our country and for our citizens. On Veterans Day, we recognize the many Americans who have made a profound impact on our nation and our future through their service in the U.S. military.In 1918, at the 11th h... click to read more

Tips to help navigate health benefits open enrollment amid COVID-19
(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted people nationwide to live differently, including new challenges when it comes to navigating the health system and accessing care.Whether people are enrolling in a health plan offered through an employer, state-based exchange or government-sponsored program... click to read more

Expert tips to save money during Medicare open enrollment
(BPT) - For most people enrolled in Medicare, the annual open enrollment period from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 is the only time you can make changes to your existing Medicare coverage. Whether you're satisfied or dissatisfied with your coverage, this is the time to explore your options as there may be... click to read more

What you need to know about the cancer-diabetes connection
(BPT) - There are more connections between diabetes and cancer than you'd expect. Research suggests the two can be intimately related - with some cancer treatments putting patients at risk for insulin dependence, and type 2 diabetes greatly increasing a person's susceptibility to cancer.Because can... click to read more





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