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November 30, 2022

Hidden gems in Honduras offer something for every type of traveler
(BPT) - Does winter in the Northern Hemisphere have you dreaming of a tropical vacation? Honduras, coincidentally, is at its peak dry season from December to April. If you're looking to escape the cold for a warm-weather destination offering unique, affordable, one-of-a-kind experiences for divers,... click to read more

[ThinQ Lab.6] Bring the Thrill of the Stadium Right to Your Home
(BPT) - The wait is over as soccer's biggest global tournament is under way in Qatar. Situated on a beautiful peninsula, the small Middle Eastern country has pulled out all the stops, building state-of-the-art stadiums to host all 64 scintillating matches enroute to the crowning of the world champi... click to read more

Transitioning out of the military? Here are the top 10 best cities to live after service
(BPT) - From finding a new career in a new city to reevaluating your financial plan, and everything in between, choosing where to live after leaving the military isn't an easy decision.That's why Navy Federal Credit Union and Sperling's Best Places compiled a list of the Best Cities After Service t... click to read more

Senior Fitness: You May Have More Choices Than You Think
(BPT) - Do you struggle with starting or maintaining a fitness routine? Don't worry, you're not alone. While most of us know that exercise is beneficial, fitness can be daunting, especially if you're over 65 and want to be sure that you work out in a way that is safe and effective. The good news? P... click to read more

Looking for a getaway? 5 reasons you should consider a European river cruise
(BPT) - Are you making travel plans for the upcoming year? You're not alone. According to TravelPulse, 41% of Americans plan to spend a lot more on leisure travel next year and two-thirds plan to travel before the end of 2023.When choosing a travel experience, there are many details to consider. Wh... click to read more

10 can’t-miss holiday gift ideas for those who love fishing
(BPT) - Are you searching for holiday gift ideas for a friend, co-worker or loved one who loves fishing and being in the outdoors? If so, here are 10 incredible gift ideas and stocking stuffers that are sure to bring a smile to their face:Cold-Weather Gear - Some anglers love fishing all year long ... click to read more

Ready to celebrate? 5 surprising facts about Thanksgiving dinner
(BPT) - Thanksgiving is only a few days away, and that means last-minute menu planning and trips to the grocery store. While many consumers may be focused on ordering the perfect turkey, is that really what guests want? In its inaugural State of the Sides report, Campbell's® discovered that... click to read more

What everyone should know about lung cancer screening
(BPT) - by Timothy W. Mullett, MD, MBA, FACSNovember may be synonymous with Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season, but the month also marks Lung Cancer Awareness Month. This holiday season, prompting conversations about lung cancer screenings (an imaging test to see if cancer may be pres... click to read more

5 Ways to Foster Purpose with Age
(BPT) - Each phase of life provides an opportunity to find new things that provide a sense of purpose, activities that get us up in the morning and bring fulfillment. Beyond the feeling, there is mounting evidence that shows a higher sense of purpose in life is associated with a lower risk of chron... click to read more

6 tips for throwing a fabulous Friendsgiving
(BPT) - Thanksgiving is approaching, so it's time to start planning your holiday meal. It's also a fantastic time to gather with friends you haven't seen in a while or who may be local but are too busy to get together regularly. Whatever your reason, make your Friendsgiving extra special this year ... click to read more

4 ways to save money this holiday season
(BPT) - With many facing rising costs on essential needs, people are looking for deals and new ways to save money, now more than ever. As we enter the holiday season, what is meant to be a joyful time can become stressful - especially if money is tight! Luckily, it's possible for everyone to enjoy ... click to read more

Get Answers and Information About Aging from the Eldercare Locator
(BPT) - While growing older can be amazing, sometimes we all need a little help to remain independent. Whether it is finding transportation to a doctor's appointment, taking a falls prevention class or signing up for a volunteer opportunity, it is important to know how to get connected to local agi... click to read more

No Surprises Act may surprise patients by disrupting access to health care networks
(BPT) - Nobody likes unexpected medical bills - such as for an ambulance, or an out-of-network doctor at an in-network hospital - and the No Surprises Act enacted Jan. 1, 2022, was designed to fix the problem. Unfortunately, flawed implementation of the act has caused new problems that could ultima... click to read more

Protect your most valuable asset during open enrollment and beyond: The importance of an annual eye exam
(BPT) - When was the last time you had an eye exam? If you can't remember, it's time to make an appointment. Even if your vision seems fine, it's important to get an eye exam every year.It helps to have anchor points throughout the year that serve as reminders for things like important appointments... click to read more

Get into the holiday spirit: Tips for gifting the perfect drinks for any occasion
(BPT) - The art of gift-giving is a process that's admittedly a bit more difficult than meets the eye. If you're someone who struggles to find a perfect present that says, "I think you're great," take solace in the fact that you're not alone. A recent survey from Drizly, a beverage alcohol e-commer... click to read more

3 things to know about life with rare kidney disease
(BPT) - Imagine going to the doctor for a routine appointment and being diagnosed with a disease you have never heard of, can barely pronounce, and for which there is no cure. Stuart Miller of Cartersville, Georgia, doesn't have to imagine - he lived it. Miller discovered in routine lab work while ... click to read more

A Well-Designed Shower Experience
(BPT) - The bathroom has become a multi-functional space - a place to create daily experiences that cleanse, relax and rejuvenate. Designing this space provides the opportunity to select features and fixtures that bring both art and function to the bathroom. The shower, especially one with a unique... click to read more

How to travel the (wine) world, sip by sip
(BPT) - Adventure is back in a big way. But if you’re like most of us, you don’t have enough frequent flier miles (yet) to hit every far-flung locale on your post-pandemic bucket list. Refreshing your browser for hotel deals in Reykjavik? Right there with you. Diving into a great book set in Kenya ... click to read more

CRNAs are the solution to delayed surgical care for veterans
(BPT) - As we honor veterans this month, it can be easy to forget about the challenges some continue to face at home: challenges that include undergoing critical medical procedures in a timely manner.Long wait timesVeterans have to wait too long for surgical care in U.S. Department of Veterans Affa... click to read more

Get Back to a Healthy Back
(BPT) - Do you ever have pain, numbness or tingling in your lower back, legs, or buttocks? Do you often find yourself seeking a place to sit to relieve the pain? Or have you ever leaned over a shopping cart while grocery shopping to alleviate the pain? If you answered yes to any of these questions,... click to read more

How to help loved ones hear the joy this holiday season
(BPT) - Spending time with people you love is what makes the holiday season special. But for parents and grandparents who suffer from hearing loss, gathering with family and friends can be grueling.One in three adults over 65 experience hearing loss, which can be exhausting. People with even mild h... click to read more

Painful diabetes complication now being treated with established therapy option
(BPT) - Living with diabetes had always been manageable for Kent Apple by eating healthy and remaining active. However, he knew he needed to see his doctor when he started experiencing pain in his legs and feet.'As a retired construction worker, I noticed the pain the last several years that I was ... click to read more

3 ways to honor veterans year round
(BPT) - If you have family friends that are current or former service members, you know how important it is to show them your appreciation. As Veterans Day approaches, it's the ideal time to think about how you can show your support for former military members on this day and beyond.For the Mondavi... click to read more

4 reasons why Northwest Pears are the fall sweet to eat
(BPT) - Fall, comfort food and carbs often go together, but that doesn't mean you have to trade off on nutrition. Northwest-grown pears offer ample ways to add a sweet twist to your favorite fall recipes while ensuring the carbohydrates you consume are fueling energy, not pounds.Carbohydrates tend ... click to read more

Shining a light on cancer care teams during National Family Caregivers Month
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Self-care strategies for around-the-clock unpaid caregivers
(BPT) - Before Wanda Green Scott became a caregiver for her mother nine years ago, she was the one needing care. Wanda has lived with lupus for almost half of her life, and as an only child whose parents divorced when she was a toddler, 'it has always been just me and Mama,' she says.But the tables... click to read more

Is your home smart?
(BPT) - Controlling the operations of a home with a finger tap seemed out of reach only a few years ago. Today, homeowners are unlocking doors, setting alarms, adjusting the temperature and even turning on lights with a tap on a smartphone. Are we now living in George Jetson's world?'Smart homeowne... click to read more

How to Shop Smartly and Plan for the Holidays This Season
(BPT) - The holiday season is quickly approaching and the masses are busy building shopping lists and planning their family celebrations and travel schedules. Last year, consumers learned to shop smart and early while dealing with supply chain disruptions and delivery delays nationwide. The shoppin... click to read more

U.S. veterans turn to hemp-derived cannabis as alternative to opioids
(BPT) - Veterans are frequently underserved or abandoned while facing opioid addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), homelessness, physical disability and other issues. Too often many veterans turn to opioids for relief or self-medication with other drugs or alcohol.Dave Walden, a veteran... click to read more

Mission fraud-free: 11 ways veterans can ward off scammers
(BPT) - While identity theft and similar scams are a problem for many Americans, U.S. veterans face a higher-than-average risk of falling victim to that kind of fraud.Statistics back that up. For example, of the 200,000 reports of fraud the FTC received from military members in 2021, 78% came from ... click to read more

To eat the burger or to not eat the burger. Climate guilt unpacked.
(BPT) - By Jeff Simmons, President & CEO, ElancoClimate neutral farms is the end of the meat eater's dilemma - giving consumers what they want, the planet what it needs, and promoting a healthier livestock population. The meat counter is our newest cultural battleground, with guilt and easy-but... click to read more

Four safety tips to help prepare your home for storms
(BPT) - Natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and snowstorms can occur at any time, so preparing ahead is key. However, a study by the Federal Emergency Management Agency found that only 44% of Americans are prepared for an unexpected natural disaster.'Unfortunately, severe weathe... click to read more

How to shop for the right Medicare plan and avoid costly mistakes
(BPT) - Inflation is putting the squeeze on all Americans, but no one is feeling the pinch more than those on Social Security and Medicare who are on a fixed income.Over 64 million Americans are enrolled in Medicare. Once a year, between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7, Medicare offers all beneficiaries the opp... click to read more

Tasty, easy-to-prep recipes for weeknight meals or weekend tailgating
(BPT) - Do you love having the whole gang over on weekends to tailgate and watch the game, or maybe you're just looking for new and delicious dinner recipes that are easy to prep? Either way, you're in luck. SeaPak makes meal time - or snack time - much less of a hassle with a variety of tasty and ... click to read more

How do you know blood donations are safe?
(BPT) - Every two seconds, someone in the United States (U.S.) needs blood. A single donation can save lives. However, only 3% of eligible Americans give blood each year.'When you give blood, you're giving the gift of life,' said Simone Glynn, M.D., chief of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Inst... click to read more

Can you save $3,000 in 2023? See what’s new for Medicare insurance plans
(BPT) - The countdown is on! The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period ends Dec. 7, and it's that time of year when you can change your Medicare plan (that is if you want to!). Now is the time to evaluate your current plan and see if it's still a good fit.This year, the top carriers have added several ... click to read more

Facing Lung Cancer: Keith’s Story
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Music may be a helpful tool for caregivers to cope with mental, emotional burden of their role
(BPT) - For people living with interstitial lung disease, the burden of their diagnosis may feel, at times, overwhelming and isolating. An umbrella term that refers to a category of more than 200 types of rare and potentially serious lung diseases that can cause scarring of the lungs, interstitial ... click to read more

4 ways to keep your dog safe as the days get shorter
(BPT) - When you think of autumn, you likely picture cozy fires, hot cocoa and piles of colorful leaves. While beautiful, this season can also pose certain dangers to your four-legged friends. During the fall, the days grow shorter, which means less daylight and visibility. As you get ready for fal... click to read more

Only one pill a month? Breakthrough may reinvent medicine
(BPT) - Imagine a world where you could toss out your daily pill box and simply take a single pill that would deliver a week or month's worth of medicine. A world where you wouldn't have to worry if your loved ones remembered to take their pills each day; where instead, adhering to medicine was a o... click to read more

What retina specialists want you to know about diabetes and vision
(BPT) - If you or a loved one live with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you likely know how the condition can impact one's overall health. But it's also crucial to focus on how diabetes can affect your vision, according to the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS). People with diabetes are at ri... click to read more

Looking for a hidden gem for your next winter getaway? Meet Rapid City, South Dakota
(BPT) - If you love winter, there's a vacation destination you'd find amazing that you may have overlooked: Rapid City. You may think of South Dakota as the perfect summer locale, with its famed national parks and monuments, but Rapid City is an ideal vacation spot for winter events and activities.... click to read more

What is DME and why it matters if you have diabetes
(BPT) - Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, or are a caregiver for someone with diabetes, you know managing the condition requires diligence. Eating well and exercising are a priority, but there are other aspects of your health that are important too - like your eyesight.Approximately 34.2 ... click to read more

How cutting-edge RNA-based gene expression testing can help tailor treatments and improve outcomes for women with early-stage breast cancer
(BPT) - One of the best tools available to personalize treatments to help improve outcomes for women with breast cancer is gene expression profiling. The ability to determine highly specific information about an individual tumor by analyzing how the genes express themselves differently provides an ... click to read more

‘Tis the season for holiday entertaining! Tips to keep the wine flowing as holiday parties return
(BPT) - This season holiday entertaining will be back in full swing with everything from guest-filled open houses and large family gatherings to big, festive parties expected to make a comeback.For those of us looking to brush up our entertaining skills as we head into the most festive time of the ... click to read more

Challenge and hope: How people experience and manage living with acromegaly
(BPT) - Living with a rare disease can be an isolating experience that is difficult to navigate. Between delays in receiving the correct diagnosis to learning how to change daily habits for symptom relief, people who live with rare diseases must overcome many obstacles. Those living with acromegaly... click to read more

The daily impact of Parkinson’s disease through the lens of a care partner
(BPT) - Kim Pfleeger was ready. Clad in gym clothes, she leaned against the wall outside the locker room, eager to return to the basketball court. Her dad, Randy, would be out any second, and they'd finally settle who really was the best free-throw shooter in the family - or maybe they would just p... click to read more

A non-invasive, affordable alternative to injectables
(BPT) - As you age, you may notice that crow's-feet, 11 lines, and smile lines pop up or deepen over time. There are many ways to treat these signs of aging. Many people opt for injectable fillers because they can have immediate and noticeable effects.However, there are some drawbacks to injectable... click to read more

'You Have a Desmoid Tumor': The Diagnosis I Never Expected
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Ensuring Holiday Cheer
(BPT) - 'Tis the season to get wrapped up in preparation for gatherings and festivities. However, ensuring the safety of your home, guests and personal finances should be a priority. Fire, water damage and burglary claims often spike around this time of year, according to Mercury Insurance.'Holiday... click to read more

Screening for Colorectal Cancer Can Save Your Life – Making Sense of Your Options
(BPT) - Sponsored by Exact SciencesRecent news reports have caused confusion about recommendations for colorectal cancer screening. 'Media reports inaccurately implied colonoscopies are ineffective at reducing colorectal cancer deaths,' said Dr. Paul Limburg, Chief Medical Officer of Exact Sciences... click to read more

5 cleaning myths to keep in mind when cleaning your home this fall
(BPT) - If you tend to do a deep clean of your house in the fall, you're not alone. According to a recent Harris Poll online survey commissioned by Bona - a sustainably driven supplier of floor cleaning solutions - 74% of U.S. adults like to do a comprehensive, deep clean in the fall to reset their... click to read more

Protect your health: Get a flu shot today
(BPT) - Flu season is here, and adults with certain chronic health conditions, like asthma, heart disease, and diabetes, are at higher risk of serious flu complications, including hospitalization or even death. In fact, during past flu seasons, 9 out of 10 adults hospitalized with flu had at least ... click to read more

4 Questions About the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period to Answer Right Now
(BPT) - One of the most important times for healthcare coverage - and most dreaded - is upon us: the Medicare Annual Enrollment period. It starts October 15 and runs through December 7. A recent poll conducted for ClearMatch™ Medicare, a brand dedicated to helping 'de-complexify' Medicare... click to read more

7 tips for boosting indoor air quality
(BPT) - The arrival of autumn is a good time for homeowners to replace batteries in their smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. And as winter approaches, it's also a good time to make sure that a home's heating comfort system is in good working order and ready to support indoor air quality.Gi... click to read more

What does a change of seasons mean for your home’s roof?
(BPT) - As the fall home improvement season continues, now is a good time to think about how a change in seasons may affect your home's roof. Season after season, roofs across the U.S. are subject to unpredictable weather conditions including high winds, storm debris, winter cold and summer heat. U... click to read more

Navigating the Vast World of Mental Health Apps
(BPT) - This article is sponsored by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.Mental illness is a growing crisis in America that has been compounded by the pandemic1,2. In fact, more than 52 million adult Americans reported experiencing a mental illness in 2020 alone, according to the National Institute ... click to read more

Stop Drug Overdose Deaths Now
(BPT) - From 2019 to 2020, drug overdose deaths increased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the United States alone, nearly 92,000 overdose deaths occurred in 2020. This increase has had a devastating impact on our nation's communities, affecting people of all racial and ethnic groups, ... click to read more

Notice yellow teeth? Might not be what you think
(BPT) - You may have noticed something about your teeth - that they're not as white as they used to be. If that's something you've considered improving, it's important to know what actually causes your teeth to yellow, how it can affect your dental health - and what you can do to protect your teeth... click to read more

Pre-season prep: 5 tips for winterizing your home
(BPT) - Changing leaves and dropping temperatures are tell-tale signs that it's time to prepare your home for winter and the best time to prepare your home is now before the frigid weather arrives. Winterizing your home can help save on energy bills, keep you more comfortable and prevent damage cau... click to read more

Aches, pain and bone breaks are not just normal ‘signs of aging;’ you could have a common, yet treatable, disease
(BPT) - Authored and Sponsored by AmgenSusan Fuschino, an elementary school teacher in Pennsylvania, experienced early menopause and, at 47 years old, was forced into early retirement after suffering from extreme back pain. She initially attributed the back pain to being on her feet every day while... click to read more

A flu shot helps keep older adults healthy
(BPT) - As we age, it becomes more important to take care of our health. For example, adults 65 years and older are at higher risk of developing serious flu complications due, in part, to changes in the immune system caused by aging. While flu seasons vary in severity, during most seasons, people 6... click to read more

How to optimize vision, eye comfort, and make use of your HSA and FSA funds this year
(BPT) - As the year winds down, it is a great time for you to knock things off your checklist, such as annual doctor visits, gift lists and travel plans, so that you can enjoy the holiday season. One crucial doctor's appointment that many put off is an annual eye exam. Annual eye exams can help you... click to read more

Is that covered? Review your Medicare plan during annual enrollment
(BPT) - Have your health needs changed over the last year? Medicare plans can change every year, and your health situation can also change. That means your current plan might not meet your current needs.Medicare Annual Enrollment, which runs Oct. 15 - Dec. 7, is the perfect time to review your plan... click to read more

Feeling the stress of high energy bills? New programs help lower costs
(BPT) - Soaring energy prices equate to rising energy bills for households nationwide. This is a burden in particular for low-income people on a tight budget. No one should have to go without the energy necessary to heat and power their home, and now, thanks to numerous programs and incentives, the... click to read more

6 ways to care for your eyes as you age
(BPT) - As you age, you'll notice several parts of your body change. You may find that you're achy or can't move as fast as you used to. One area of your health you may not think about changing as you age is your eyesight.'Vision changes are a natural part of aging,' said optometrist Dr. Inna Lazar... click to read more

4 tips to stop covering up and start opening up. It’s time to expose psoriasis.
(BPT) - Psoriasis impacts around nine million people in the U.S., with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Itch is the most commonly reported burdensome symptom. This chronic skin disease most often appears as raised, scaly red plaques; yet, because it can occur anywhere on the body, it may look ... click to read more

5 kitchen essentials for the perfect fall cuisine
(BPT) - Feel that chill in the air? Bet you can already taste the quintessential fall foods: pumpkin spice, cookies and pies, or savory stew and roasted vegetables. It's time to cozy up indoors with comfort food and good friends. As fall slowly approaches and you're starting to prepare for the upco... click to read more

The best place for pets is with their people and you can help
(BPT) - Pets bring us joy in so many ways. But what if something changed and you weren't able to care for your pet properly, like an illness, injury or job loss? For many people, the idea of not having their pet in their life is heartbreaking.This scenario happens across the United States for vario... click to read more

3 steps to save money on Medicare
(BPT) - Medicare can help you save money on your health care costs, but the reality is, your bills can add up quickly.If you have Medicare and need help paying your bills, there are steps you can take to help bring down your health care costs. Here are three ways you may be able to save money.1. Ap... click to read more

3 ways to save money on Medicare
(BPT) - Medicare can help you save money on your health care costs, but the reality is, your bills can add up quickly.If you have Medicare and need help paying your bills, there are steps you can take to help bring down your health care costs. Here are three ways you may be able to save money.1. Ap... click to read more

5 tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle after 50
(BPT) - While 50 may not be the new 30, you still have a lot of time and energy to do the things you love in this season of your life. You may even find that you have more time now and less stress than in previous decades, which means you can do more of the things you love.However, to make sure tha... click to read more

Prioritizing Vision Health for Healthy Aging: Top Tips
(BPT) - When did you last have your vision checked? As we age, we become more likely to develop cataracts or other vision issues. While many doctor appointments are top of mind, eye health may be overlooked - but because cataracts affect over 24.4 million Americans aged 40 and older, it's vital to ... click to read more

Comfort food to fuel fall
(BPT) - Cooler breezes, crackling leaves and earlier sunsets are a few of the signs that fall is here. So is the availability of fall fruits and vegetables, like grapes and squash. Whether fall means football games, walks in the woods, fairs and festivals, or outings with family and friends, it's e... click to read more

4 tips for making the most of the vintage clothing craze
(BPT) - Love scouring thrift stores and yard sales for unique, retro finds to boost your wardrobe? You're not alone. If you haven't noticed the vintage clothing craze over the past couple of years, you haven't been paying attention. This latest trend offers many benefits, with especially Gen Z and ... click to read more

3 proactive steps to ensure the health and happiness of your cat
(BPT) - If you're a cat owner, you know your furry family members enhance your life in many ways with their curiosity, cuddles and unique personalities. Being a pet parent, you want to return the love by doing everything you can to ensure their health and happiness, but it's not always clear how yo... click to read more

This respiratory disease you probably haven’t heard of can impact adults 60+ (hint: it's not COVID or the flu!)
(BPT) - Falling temperatures don't just mark the start of cold and flu season. There's another virus that can have serious consequences for older adults.Here are three things you need to know about RSV.1. What is RSV?Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is a common and contagious virus that affects... click to read more

History and military buffs: Access once top-secret facilities at the National Cold War Center in Arkansas
(BPT) - Few events have shaped American society like the Cold War in the 20th century. The global conflict, riddled with propaganda between the world's two dominant superpowers - the United States and the Soviet Union - had far-reaching social and economic impact.President Ronald Reagan referred to... click to read more

Need an oil change? How you can prep your car for winter and help vulnerable seniors
(BPT) - As the weather gets colder, it's time to start thinking about getting your car road-ready for winter conditions. While your car may be running fine now, you'll want to get it checked out before the weather takes a turn for the worse.When it comes to car winter readiness, your first thought ... click to read more

Milk that doesn’t have to be refrigerated? How does that work?
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Fall into fitness to improve balance and mobility
(BPT) - Falling is a common concern among seniors, particularly as a fall has the potential to be more devastating for an older adult than the small scrape or bruise many might expect. While Fall Prevention Awareness Month is in September, it's always a good time to learn more about these very real... click to read more

Need affordable coverage? 5 ways to get cheap car insurance online
(BPT) - It can be challenging to find affordable car insurance. An auto insurance policy and price will vary depending on each person's history and circumstances and the state they live in. To find the cheapest car insurance quotes, you'll need to dig deep and research. To help you search for affor... click to read more

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Breaks Ground on $225 Million Comprehensive Cancer Center
(BPT) - Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC) - part of RWJBarnabas Health, the largest and most comprehensive academic healthcare system in New Jersey - is completely reimagining cancer care.The Livingston, New Jersey-based facility recently broke ground on a five-story, 137,000-square-foot can... click to read more

Caring for your home’s air: What to tell a tech
(BPT) - Regular maintenance of a home's heating and cooling system by a qualified HVAC technician can help support a homeowner's investment in high-efficiency equipment. But while technicians are the equipment technology experts, homeowners can provide a valuable 'insider's perspective' when it com... click to read more

A less painful approach: New non-invasive test to predict progression of liver disease
(BPT) - Each year, 9 to 15 million Americans may unknowingly be affected by a silent, sometimes deadly attack on their liver. Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH, a serious form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), is the underlying cause of these attacks. An estimated 80-90 million Ame... click to read more

3 ways to keep your pet safe this fall
(BPT) - Fall is approaching quickly, bringing a flurry of activities and preparations for the changing of the seasons. However, this season can also bring some unexpected dangers for your four-legged family member.To help you prepare and keep your pet safe this winter, here are three safety tips fo... click to read more

5 fall home maintenance tips: What you don’t do can cost you
(BPT) - While home maintenance may seem pricey, being proactive about home upkeep can save more money by preventing expensive repair or replacement costs in the future - not to mention safeguarding against damage to your home. The hard part is knowing how often and what type of maintenance to do, a... click to read more

Seniors’ drug costs are about to be slashed — here’s what you need to know
(BPT) - Today, Medicare beneficiaries across the country face a devastating predicament: Often, they can manage serious conditions like cancer by taking daily prescription drugs - but there's no limit to what they might owe for the drugs that keep them alive.In many cases, this puts the treatment o... click to read more

LeVar Burton Sits Down with Young Caregiver and His Mother to Learn How they are Managing a Rare Blood Cancer
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Had a safe flight? Innovation in American commercial aerospace drives the way.
(BPT) - As Labor Day marked the traditional end of summer, it is no secret this year's travel season was quite the bumpy ride. Travel was up as Americans took to the skies again. In fact, the TSA issued a report in June that 'passenger traffic in the United States has been averaging about 89% of th... click to read more

Taking your shot at some new things? Pneumococcal pneumonia shouldn’t stand in your way
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3 smart fall sweets swaps and tips
(BPT) - As the leaves begin to change color and the temperatures get a little cooler, it can be challenging to stay on track with your nutritional goals. Cooler months often come with less outdoor activity as you begin to hunker down indoors. But the change in seasons doesn't have to mean giving up... click to read more

Working from home? This lifesaving upgrade protects you from fires
(BPT) - Do you work from home? Did you know home fires can become deadly in just minutes? Your work building probably has a fire sprinkler system to help people escape safely and contain fires, but many residential homes do not have this important, life-saving feature.This is even more concerning w... click to read more

Did you know cars actually drive on three tires?
(BPT) - Did you know that cars actually ride on three tires?No, this isn't an article about tricycles. It's about a major misconception that takes place where the rubber meets the road. Most drivers have no idea that there are three kinds of tires - and what they don't know might be hurting them.It... click to read more

Taking Charge of Your Care This Blood Cancer Awareness Month
(BPT) - Being empowered often comes from being informed. And when it comes to diseases like blood cancer, having or not having information can make a significant difference in outcomes.This Blood Cancer Awareness Month, Lorna Warwick, CEO of the Lymphoma Coalition, is on a mission: to prove how ear... click to read more

4 tips for eating well when you're short on time
(BPT) - For many families, back to school means back to busy. Between work, classes, sports teams and clubs, preparing home-cooked meals for your family can be difficult. Just because you're short on time doesn't mean you have to default to fast food. Instead, think about how you can plan ahead and... click to read more

3 easy ways to make a positive impact on our food ecosystem
(BPT) - Our ecosystem consists of many important elements, from plants to insects and animals to water sources. One of the crucial components of our food ecosystem are the honey bees, as they are responsible for the pollination of more than a third of the foods we eat, as well as the production of ... click to read more

The leaves are falling, but your proactive health measures don’t have to—help protect yourself against pneumococcal pneumonia.
(BPT) - There are many things to enjoy about fall. From cooler temperatures to the colors of the leaves, and all the fun activities that come with the changing of the season, it is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. But along with the changing seasons and a slight chill... click to read more

Tips to keep your home safe this National Preparedness Month
(BPT) - 'Expect the unexpected' is a common mantra when preparing for emergencies. However, with severe weather becoming more frequent in recent years, nearly everyone can expect to encounter a natural disaster within their lifetime. This uptick means storm-related property damage costs have also b... click to read more

What’s in your wine glass? How to go organic beyond the produce aisle
(BPT) - The idea - and reality - of choosing organic has come a long way since the movement's early days in the U.S. Decades on, a dizzying array of organic products line grocery shelves across the country. But, what about organics beyond the ubiquity of the produce aisle?Today, eco-conscious consu... click to read more

4 key questions to ask when shopping for a vehicle
(BPT) - From seeking more fuel efficiency or seating capacity to replacing an older or less reliable car, there are many reasons to be in the market for a vehicle today. Whatever the reason may be, when it comes to purchasing, there are a variety of factors to consider to set you up for success. Af... click to read more

Prioritizing the Mind, Body and Spirit During Healthy Aging Month
(BPT) - Life often changes as we age. We might find ourselves with more free time or in new social circumstances, or that we enjoy different activities than we used to. Whatever we experience, a great way to stay healthy as we age is to focus on all three components of well-being - physical, mental... click to read more

Spouting off tips to avoid water waste
(BPT) - Drought conditions persist in the Western United States, leading lawmakers to enact measures designed to reduce water consumption by residents. Homeowners are now having to make significant shifts with how they use water and curb waste.According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),... click to read more

This National Cholesterol Education Month: It’s time to start protecting your heart health
(BPT) - By JoAnne Foody, M.D., FACC, FAHA, Chief Medical Officer at EsperionThis fall, we recognize National Cholesterol Education Month - a time to reflect upon the importance of heart health and highlight the impact of high cholesterol on cardiovascular disease (CVD). As a cardiologist and physic... click to read more

Want free internet? It’s more accessible than ever.
(BPT) - In the past few years, the United States has made significant progress in expanding access to high-speed internet. During the COVID-19 crisis, emergency relief rolled out for Americans who needed to stay connected from home. In the last two years, through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Inves... click to read more

Artery Awareness – A Matter of Life and Limb
(BPT) - Heart disease is often referred to as a 'Silent Killer,' and for good reason. According to the CDC, approximately 650,000 lives are lost from heart disease each year, more than chronic lower respiratory disease and all forms of cancer combined.1,2 Many people are aware of the risks of heart... click to read more

Rethinking Drinking When Alcohol Is Everywhere
(BPT) - Sponsored by Alkermes, Inc.By Michelle Smith, alcohol-free since 2016 and founder of Recovery is the New Black'This cocktail's on me,' the flight attendant whispered with a sly smile. On a recent business trip, the crew accidentally missed me during drink service. It was early, and I was so... click to read more

Surprising finds: Delicious and unexpected cocktail ideas courtesy of Brazil
(BPT) - Are you on the lookout for fresh new drinks to enjoy while taking advantage of some of the last long evenings of summer and early fall? As part of this year's search for the next trending drink of choice, many have turned to an unlikely source for its refreshing and fruity beverages that pa... click to read more

5 steps to reduce your risk of falling
(BPT) - When you're active and young at heart, it's easy to forget that you may be losing some strength, flexibility and balance as you age.Because these changes happen gradually, you may be unaware of the added risks of falling. That risk can sneak up on you as you're busy enjoying life.But the fa... click to read more

Understanding Addiction to Support Recovery
(BPT) - September is National Recovery Month, an opportunity to promote and support treatment and recovery practices. To stop drug overdoses and raise awareness about addiction and recovery, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control launc... click to read more

Surgeon shares heartfelt coping tips for doctors, caregivers and patients
(BPT) - Anyone facing a medical challenge experiences many difficulties — and the journey that patients, families and even healthcare providers go through is not just physical, but emotional. To help those affected by illness or surgery, internationally renowned heart surgeon Dr. Ehsan Natour draws... click to read more

How your tires can help you save half a gallon of fuel per fill-up
(BPT) - As gas prices soar this summer, travelers and commuters are looking for ways to safeguard their wallets and drive as efficiently as possible. By changing their driving practices and choosing the right tires, drivers can save significant amounts of fuel and help reduce emissions from their v... click to read more

Award-Winning Insurtech, Quility, Embarks on First Student Scholarship
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How to have 'the talk' with your children … the other talk
(BPT) - By Ken Latus, Vice President of Risk Products, Northwestern MutualIf there is one universal truth, it's that parenting is hard. As the father of two boys, we've navigated oftentimes sensitive yet important topics across the realms of school, grades, friends and family. And of course, we've ... click to read more

4 essential questions to ask when hiring a professional house cleaner
(BPT) - Your home should be a sanctuary to take refuge from the world, relax and recharge. However, keeping a home clean and tidy can be difficult when life gets busy, especially when transitioning from summer activities and resuming back-to-school schedules.Now that kids are back in the classrooms... click to read more

Young man’s battle with genetic heart disease inspires hope
(BPT) - Many people start their stories with, 'Heart disease and stroke run in my family.' But 'runs in the family' is not a diagnosis.Genetic cholesterol disorders are often the hidden cause of early heart attack and stroke.Like many men in their 20s, Chad Gradney led a healthy, active lifestyle a... click to read more

Busy this summer? 5 seasonal self-care tips to keep you healthy
(BPT) - As summer heats up with travel plans, social gatherings and lots of good food, it can be challenging to stick to a wellness routine. However, practicing self-care doesn't have to be complicated or time-consuming. To ensure your body is supported and thriving throughout all of your summer ac... click to read more

How to create lasting family bonds through cooking: 4 tips to try
(BPT) - A cultural shift in 2022 has led to more multigenerational living across the United States and it is now becoming increasingly common. According to a recent Bosch survey, nearly a quarter of Americans live with relatives. With more people under one roof, how can families create lasting fami... click to read more

Essentials for summer travel
(BPT) - Vacation season is in full swing, with summer travel in 2022 likely to surpass that of 2021. This season, August and September are projected to be some of the most popular vacation months too, representing 45% of all summer trips in 2022.If you're planning on traveling before the year's end... click to read more

Dueling Epidemics: One Man’s Story of Overcoming Pain and Addiction
(BPT) - A decade ago, life was good for Carion Young. He was playing competitive tennis, fixing cars and enjoying life. Carion was also living with Type 1 diabetes, and all this activity began taking a toll on his body.His glucose levels weren't under control, and he experienced burning pain, tingl... click to read more

Living with myelofibrosis? What you need to know
(BPT) - Myelofibrosis is a rare blood cancer that develops when a disruption occurs in blood stem cells, resulting in excessive scar tissue formation (fibrosis) in the bone marrow, where most blood cells are produced. To help compensate for abnormal blood counts, splenomegaly (enlargement of the sp... click to read more

5 tips for getting your brain in better shape for back-to-school season
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Does your lawn need a breather? The importance and benefits of aeration
(BPT) - Sometimes we need to take a breather, and your lawn is no different. Aeration - the process of extracting cores of soil, thatch and grass from the lawn surface - lets your lawn breathe and gain access to essential nutrients, so it can continue to look and grow its best.While aeration is arg... click to read more

Can I recycle this? Prevent wishcycling by knowing what is and isn't recyclable
(BPT) - You make recycling possible. Without consumer participation, recycling programs can't function. If you already recycle, you're playing a critical role in reducing waste in your area. But to truly make sure valuable materials - like cartons, plastic and other materials that can be reused in ... click to read more

4 considerations for continued education in today’s economy
(BPT) - Today's economic and business environments are incredibly complex. Inflation is at a record high, supply chain disruptions continue to riddle companies and consumers, and while many organizations are still saying there's a talent shortage, others are considering layoffs. Yet, workers can na... click to read more

10 ways to reset your routine and build a healthier lifestyle
(BPT) - Life is messy and full of distractions. How many of us planned to go to bed early only to stay up streaming our favorite shows? What about scheduling time to work out, then getting caught up in work and running out of energy? Even when you're highly motivated, it's easy to get sidetracked. ... click to read more

How nature can help you dress more sustainably
(BPT) - The fashion industry is one of the biggest on the planet, driving culture, commerce and celebrity. Even if you dislike 'fashion,' you likely still have a closet with clothes made from all kinds of materials - from cotton, linen, leather, and wool, to nylon, vinyl and polyester … ... click to read more

Plan to age in place? 5 tips to help make your home safer
(BPT) - According to the AARP, the number of households headed by people 65 and older will grow to 48 million in the next twenty years, and many of those adults plan to age in place for as long as they can. If you or a loved one want to stay at home as you get older, it's crucial to make the home e... click to read more

Can brushing your teeth keep you healthy in the hospital?
(BPT) - When life requires a hospital stay, it can be easy to let your oral hygiene routine slip. However, doing so may leave you vulnerable to developing the number one hospital-acquired infection (HAI): pneumonia.Daily brushing not only prevents tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath, but also h... click to read more

Are you at risk for bladder cancer?
(BPT) - As you get older, your body and health change, but this doesn't mean every change you experience is a normal part of aging. Consider your visits to the bathroom, for example. If you or a loved one is over the age of 70 and has been experiencing changes in urination, it might be time to spea... click to read more

Feeling down about thin or shedding hair? Simple steps to healthier, fuller locks
(BPT) - Hair is an important part of your personal style every day and when a special event is approaching, such as a wedding, reunion or big birthday, it can help you look and feel your best. If you're experiencing thinning hair or hair loss, it's important to know you're not alone. There are some... click to read more

Study Available For Adults Living With Someone Recently Diagnosed With COVID-19
(BPT) - In the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, there continue to be surges in cases in parts of the United States.Many of these cases may occur when people catch the virus in their communities, and bring it home, where it can spread to other members of their household. Some doctors are current... click to read more

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