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October 21, 2017

Creative arts help veterans reclaim their voice
(BPT) - For Angela Walker, music was her first love, her passion and her whole identity. "Once a singer, always a singer," she often says. That was true even after she joined the U.S. Navy in 1985. But what happened next forever changed Walker's perspective on what it means to have a voice.When she... More >>


Make the most of your brain as you age
(BPT) - It is important to remember the health of our most complex organ: our brain. While the brain constantly changes throughout our lives, it's critical that we take steps to help us stay on top of our game as we age.Help give your brain a boost in the right direction by implementing these 10 br... More >>


Understanding how medications interact with vitamins
(BPT) - Technology, science and research are offering a personalization powerhouse at our fingertips, including products made specifically for us delivered to our doorsteps. We wear personal fitness trackers to track our steps, sleep and heart rates. Personal trainers design fitness routines made j... More >>


Looking for a Medicare Part D plan? Consider these 3 things
(BPT) - Many people are surprised to find out that Original Medicare doesn't cover prescription drugs. For help with the cost of your medications, you can choose a standalone Part D plan or a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription coverage, but navigating your options can be complicated.With Med... More >>


Stopping at Nothing: A 69-Year-Old BMX Racer Overcomes Her Joint Pain
(BPT) - Ever since her 20s, Kittie Weston-Knauer had experienced osteoarthritis (OA) pain in her hips and knees, but it never stopped her from staying active. In her 40s, she even picked up a new, exciting hobby: BMX, or bicycle motocross racing. Gradually though, despite her active lifestyle, the ... More >>


Find Medicare Confusing? Start Here
(BPT) - Navigating Medicare can be challenging. In fact, according to a 2017 UnitedHealthcare survey, nearly 40 percent of Medicare beneficiaries find the program confusing. Learning the basics can help you cut through the confusion and make an informed decision about which coverage option may be t... More >>


Don't let the flu bug you this year
(BPT) - Flu season is upon us, and many healthcare facilities are urging you to start preparing now with vaccines. Ironically, one of the places where you need to be careful is at the doctor's office or healthcare clinic.The number of people in and out of clinics this time of year increases the cha... More >>


5 preparation tips to make any cruise smooth sailing
(BPT) - When it comes to a dream cruise, everyone has their own idea of the ideal vacation. The beautiful ocean waves breaking against the bow beneath you, the warm breeze blowing against your hair and the lure of new, unexplored destinations off in the distance. If you’re lucky, maybe your d... More >>


The simple plan that can keep your cholesterol in check
(BPT) - For legendary TV personality and Emmy-award winner Regis Philbin, everything changed on a seemingly ordinary day back in 1992. While in Miami shooting a television commercial, the popular host — who usually plowed forward with his various commitments as though nothing could stop him &... More >>


Busting myths and misconceptions about osteoporosis
(BPT) - One in two women over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture caused by osteoporosis in her remaining lifetime. Despite its prevalence, there are many myths and misconceptions about this "silent" disease. These myths may be a reason why osteoporosis is underdiagnosed and undertreated.A fragili... More >>


Know thrombosis: Tips to prevent deadly blood clots
(BPT) - When you think of potentially deadly health issues, do you think of a blood clot? According to a recent U.S. survey, only 7 percent of people say they are concerned about blood clots, known by the medical term thrombosis. However, what they might not know is one in four people worldwide die... More >>


50+: Can these be the best years of your life?
(BPT) - “You can be one of those people who live in the past and relive the glory days, but I’m living the best days of my life now,” said Bill, a police chief, father of four children and grandfather of two grandchildren.Bill isn’t living without obstacles. He has experienc... More >>


People with reduced kidney function miss this important warning sign
(BPT) - Anyone with a chronic disease knows the importance of monitoring personal health data to keep on top of one’s disease. If you suffer from heart disease, for example, you watch your cholesterol and blood pressure closely, and if you are diabetic, you monitor your blood sugar.People suf... More >>


Clinical trials and the vital role they play in furthering cancer research
(BPT) - The world of health care is one of constant innovation and discovery. New drugs, treatments and ideas are needed to combat the various health problems Americans face every single day. It is an ever-evolving challenge, and as health concerns are conquered, one constant threat remains: Cancer... More >>


5 easy ways to turn your house into a smart home
(BPT) - There was a time when setting up a smart home was a labor-intensive endeavor. You had to know which devices worked together, spend tedious days getting everything to work just right, then master complicated software to control the whole experience.Things have changed. Nowadays, smart homes ... More >>


Prevent falls this fall with a home safety checklist
(BPT) - After months of sticky heat and humidity, it’s time to put away the shorts and pull out the sweaters because the autumn season is finally here. But, late September brings us more than just cooler temperatures and a wardrobe change. If you or a loved one are over the age of 65, the cha... More >>


The top 5 things to know about opioids
(BPT) - While a decade ago you may not have heard much about opioids, today they make headlines daily. The nationwide epidemic crosses generations and socioeconomic lines, and it's affecting your family, friends and neighbors."Opioids have long been used clinically to treat pain, but prior to the 1... More >>


American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Foundation celebrates 10 years with renewed commitment to veterans
(BPT) - For many U.S. veterans, the drumbeat of daily life is hard to overcome. After tours in combat-heavy environments, some veterans struggle to find their way after they return home. Many do not know where to turn to or who will be a true advocate for care. Deb Becker is making sure that vetera... More >>


Try this science-backed way to learn in your sleep
(BPT) - The brain never rests. If you've shared a room with a sleep-talker or woken from an intense dream, it’s pretty clear the brain is always active, even during sleep.If we better understand what is happening up there while we rest, perhaps we can direct that activity into something meani... More >>


Tips for choosing the Medicare plan that's right for you
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5 unexpected ways life insurance protects your loved ones
(BPT) - More than half of Americans who own life insurance say they purchased it primarily to cover final expenses if something happens to them, according to the 2016 Life Insurance Barometer study. Yet one in four also say they don’t think they have enough life insurance — and the mist... More >>


Medicare Advantage: 20 years, 20 million people and 4 factors
(BPT) - In 1997, the federal government created the Medicare + Choice program — later renamed Medicare Advantage — to enhance consumer choice and more efficiently deliver Medicare benefits to older Americans.You may have heard of Medicare Advantage, but maybe you don’t know exactl... More >>


5 ways to keep in touch with grandparents near and far
(BPT) - There are laundry lists of reasons why grandparents are the best. They say yes when parents say no, they tell the best stories but make even better listeners, and often they’re the first people we call with news, both good and bad.That’s why each September, we celebrate National... More >>


6 simple steps to avoid distracted driving
(BPT) - Mobile phones have become an essential part of life for most people, helping them stay connected and increase productivity. However, this technology can also be a distraction when driving, which puts everyone on the road at risk.More than one-quarter of all car crashes involve phone use, bo... More >>


Is your hearing loss a barrier to a happy life?
(BPT) - Sheliadawn Fitch would wonder if it really was possible for her to hear again. But she would shove aside those thoughts, overcome by fear and uncertainty, telling herself she was doing okay.Not that you could blame her. The vivacious Texan had been through a lot, having lost much of her abi... More >>


Survey: Millennials manage pain with healthy lifestyle choices
(BPT) - Spending their days hunched over phones, tablets or computers and their free time at spin class or playing sports, millennials are the next generation poised to experience chronic pain. Millennials say acute and chronic pain are already interfering with their quality of life.But while older... More >>


Turning 65? Choosing the right Medicare Part D plan starts with 4 simple rules
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3 activities to help you move safely after knee surgery
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More than fun: 5 tips for planning a healthy vacation
(BPT) - Taking a vacation is more than a fun getaway from the daily drudges of life. Turns out, travel has a multitude of benefits that can impact your health and wellness, too.Beyond stress reduction, vacations can improve heart health, mental health and personal relationships. In fact, men who ta... More >>


Pets help seniors stay healthier and happier, wherever they live, studies show
(BPT) - French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Collette once said, “Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.” Pets provide meaningful social support for owners, and they can be especially beneficial for seniors. Ample research shows pet ownership delivers physical and mental h... More >>


Looking for balance? Fighting fatigue? Your diet might be a place to start
(BPT) - Adults today are constantly searching for balance in life. While balance can be broadly defined, in simple terms it is rooted in equal proportions. The human body demands an equilibrium in order to sustain proper mental, physical and spiritual health. But, achieving balance can be difficult... More >>


One man's struggle with PTSD, 40 years later
(BPT) - Bobby Barrera’s career as a Marine ended abruptly at age 21. While in Vietnam, on his first mission, a land mine explosion took his right hand at the wrist and left arm at the shoulder, and left him with severe burns over 40 percent of his body and face.Coping with the physical challe... More >>


Take precautions in the heat - lifesaving tips
(BPT) - From tornadoes and floods to hail and lightning storms, the United States experiences a broad array of extreme weather. Fatalities do occur, but many people are surprised to learn that the weather event that causes the greatest number of deaths is heat.According to the National Weather Serv... More >>


This simple test can set you on the road to a lifetime of better health
(BPT) - Here's a sobering statistic for you: 20 percent of all deaths in the United States can be attributed to poor lifestyle factors and behavioral choices. It's difficult to swallow, but fortunately new research also finds that those who take the time to establish a simple screening routine impr... More >>


Pancreatic cancer: Know your family, know your risk
(BPT) - Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly cancers, with a mere 29 percent one-year survival rate. In 2016, pancreatic cancer became the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States, surpassing breast cancer.The time frame between diagnosis and death is often short. Only 7 perc... More >>


4 laundry personalities: Where do you fit?
(BPT) - Chic, trendy, sporty, bohemian, sophisticated, fun, classic — you probably have a clear vision of your fashion and style personality. But do you know your laundry personality? How you wash the clothes you wear is every bit as personal and unique to you as the clothes themselves. Knowi... More >>


5 reasons to make your summer road trip a flight instead
(BPT) - Summer break is an American institution, and that midyear break is often best enjoyed through travel. This year is no different; in fact, many experts expect this year’s summer travel season to be among the busiest ever. That is particularly true when it comes to air travel.According ... More >>


3 pressing reasons to talk hearing health at your next physical exam
(BPT) - When was the last time you and your doctor talked about your hearing?The fact is, only about 3 in 10 adults who had a physical exam in the last year say it included a hearing screening, according to research conducted by the Better Hearing Institute (BHI). That’s a shame, because rese... More >>


Understanding the link between salt and health
(BPT) - The news lately is full of articles about salt and health. Everyone seems to be getting either too much salt or not enough. So which is it? Part of the problem is with how we study the connection. Fortunately, researchers on both sides of the issue are starting to agree on how best to proce... More >>



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