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What New Parents Should Know About Infant's Developing Microbiome

(BPT) - In infant health, moms act early to ensure healthy microbiome

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Friday 11/16/2018
Tooth-Friendly Tailgating
Posted: November 16, 2018

(NAPSI)—Throughout the season, for many football fans, the real game is played on an entirely different field of play: the parking lot.

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Warning Signs Your Aging Parents Need More Help
Posted: November 16, 2018

(NAPSI)—Home care agencies often see a surge in calls in late December and early January. Why? Many grown children head home for the holidays and notice their aging parents need some help.

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Thursday 11/15/2018
Knock knock: Health care at your door
Updated: November 17, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - Paul Engwall has always been good about going to the doctor for his regular checkups.

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Five Things You May Not Know About Living With Ulcerative Colitis
Updated: November 17, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - Ulcerative colitis (UC), a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that can cause abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea, affects at least 2 million people living in the United States (U.S.) and European Union (EU) alone.1,2 Results from a recent global survey fielded in 10 countries among 2,100 adults living with primarily moderate-to-severe UC and 1,254 gastroenterologists suggested that, around the world, adults living with UC share similar life impacts that many are not comfortable discussing with their gastroenterologists.3,4

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Wednesday 11/14/2018
How to Make Your Empty Nest an Empowering New Chapter
Posted: November 14, 2018

(StatePoint) Suddenly, the kids are all grown up and ready to flee the nest. It’s the start of a new chapter -- for them, and for mom and dad, too. While this sudden change in family dynamic is bound to bring a mix of bittersweet emotions, there are plenty of ways to embrace the shift. An empty nest certainly doesn’t mean an empty life.

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Make a Difference this Holiday Season
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:43 am

(Family Features) This holiday season, you have the power to change children’s lives for the better.

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Make Emergency Planning a Priority
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:43 am

(Family Features) With plummeting temperatures and winter storm season on the horizon, it's time to refresh your family's emergency plan. Not only is it necessary to ensure you have the right supplies on-hand, it's also important to know how to safely execute your plan and use items like portable generators.

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5 Ways to Boost Home Wi-Fi
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:43 am

(Family Features) In today’s connected world, it’s almost unthinkable to function without an internet connection, and for practical purposes most households need wireless connectivity for everyone to fully enjoy their internet-enabled devices, including smartphones, laptops, tablets, televisions, thermostats, security cameras and even refrigerators.

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Selecting a Plan That’s Right for You During Medicare Open Enrollment
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:43 am

(Family Features) Each year between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7 people can make changes to their Medicare coverage options.

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5 Ways to Find Your Morning Workout Motivation
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:43 am

(Family Features) For many people, hitting the gym in the morning leaves less time for excuses or interferences.

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Trending Gifts Topping Wish Lists this Year
Posted: November 14, 2018

(Family Features) Nostalgia often runs deep during the holidays, and retro gifts are one way to relive the holiday celebrations of your childhood.

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5 Ways to Support Your Community this Holiday Season
Posted: November 14, 2018

(Family Features) Each year, the true spirit of the holidays can seem to get buried further beneath mountains of wrapping paper and drowned out by commercialism.

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Medicare Open Enrollment 101
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:43 am

Know your options and get free help

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Cars to Consider for 2019
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:43 am

(Family Features) Purchasing a new vehicle, while exciting, can be a burden for many shoppers. A variety of options and considerations for each make and model can turn the decision-making process into a stressful situation.

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Deck the Halls for Happy Holidays
Posted: November 14, 2018

(Family Features) Whether you opt for fresh-cut or fresh out of the box, trimming the tree is a staple of holiday decor in most homes. However, if you'll be entertaining this season, you may want to go beyond the tree and take your seasonal decorating to whole new level.

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STEM at Play
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:43 am

(Family Features) When children play, they often learn. Not only can playtime improve behavior and concentration, but it helps children explore with their imaginations. Both free play and adult-guided play allow kids to learn right from wrong, how to share and gain awareness of others’ feelings.

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The Rarest of the Rare
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:43 am

What to know about a cancer you may not have heard of

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Common Indoor Air Quality Culprits
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:43 am

(Family Features) A new survey has revealed many Americans miss the mark when it comes to cleaning their homes, which may negatively affect the quality of air they breathe indoors.  Understanding the causes of poor indoor air can help you combat many common culprits. Consider these survey results and find more information at filtrate.com/culprits.

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5 Things to Consider on Your Next Road Trip
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:43 am

(Family Features) If you’re looking for a memorable vacation experience, getting behind the wheel and taking to the open road can provide the perfect opportunity to create your own journey and explore at your own pace.

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Tuesday 11/13/2018
How women with early-stage breast cancer can find out whether they really need chemotherapy
Updated: November 17, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - New results from the largest ever clinical study of early-stage breast cancer patients are changing the game when it comes to who should receive chemotherapy treatment. The study, called TAILORx (Trial Assigning Individualized Options for Treatment (Rx)), used the Oncotype DX Breast Recurrence Score® genomic test to determine exactly who will benefit from treatment with chemotherapy. Approximately 260,000 women are diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer each year in the U.S., and each of them must decide if chemotherapy is necessary to treat their disease or if they can be effectively treated with hormone therapy alone.

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Medicare Plans Offer More Health And Wellness Benefits for 2019
Posted: November 13, 2018

(NewsUSA) - Beginning next year, Medicare Advantage plans will be allowed to cover a broader array of health-related services that may help people with Medicare improve their health.

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Sickle Cell: One Gene, Many Faces, And A Quest For A Cure
Updated: November 17, 2018 - 2:36 am

(NAPSI)—In 2000, a mysterious disease was making 3-year-old Mercy Mendoza so ill that her grandmother bought a burial plot for her in the little town in Honduras where they lived. Swelling, pain and immobility were fast eroding her health. Finally, a doctor who had been trained in the United States recognized her condition: It was sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder.

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Don’t Diet Solo: Study Reveals Ongoing Support Key to Weight Loss
Posted: November 13, 2018

(StatePoint) For many, weight loss is a constant struggle, full of frustration, fad diets and forgotten workout DVDs. But it doesn’t have to be that way. New research reveals a critical element that can make all the difference between an ongoing health struggle and successfully shedding excess weight -- and keeping it off long-term. The secret? Don’t fly solo when it comes to trying to lose weight.

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Monday 11/12/2018
Medicare Advantage Plans Offer A Broader Mix Of Benefits
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Whether you’re new to Medicare or an established beneficiary, take a close look at Medicare Advantage plans during this year’s open enrollment period. Those policies may offer the best mix of benefits to meet your health needs.

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Friday 11/09/2018
Six Steps to Seeing Clearly (with Contacts)
Updated: November 17, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - As we head into pumpkin-spice-flavored-everything season, schedules go into overdrive (hello holiday shuffle!). In the blink of an eye, that healthy routine you’ve promised to start goes out the window. This is particularly true if you are among the approximately 45 million Americans that wear contact lenses.1 While contacts can help you see, look and feel your best, using them with appropriate care is essential to your eye health. It is estimated that 99 percent of people who wear contacts have been guilty of common safety no-nos when it comes to caring for their lenses.1

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How to help protect yourself from the high costs of medical care
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Cancer, a heart attack or stroke are distressing and disruptive experiences for anyone. Add in worrying about how you are going to pay your medical bills and an already stressful situation is amplified — and keeps the focus off what ought to be top of mind: getting better.

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Kitchen Contamination: How To Keep Your Family Safe
Updated: November 17, 2018 - 2:36 am

(NAPSI)—The next time you need to wipe up a spill, health expert Dr. Charles Gerba, Professor of Environmental Microbiology, University of Arizona, aka "Dr. Germ," warns: don't always reach for a sponge or dishcloth.

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Thursday 11/08/2018
Drink To Your Health
Updated: November 13, 2018 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re like 64 percent of Americans, you drink a cup of coffee every day.

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6 Tips to Maintain Eye Health
Updated: November 14, 2018 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) When considering making changes to positively impact your well-being, many aspects of health may jump to the forefront, from taking care of mental and emotional health to ensuring a well-maintained body from head to toes. However, one sometimes overlooked area is your eyes and the importance of vision care.

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Wednesday 11/07/2018
RB and Walmart Collaborate with Doctor On Demand, Provide No Cost Consultations To Shoppers
Posted: November 07, 2018

(BPT) - This fall, a first-of-its kind partnership aims to put the power of healthcare back into people’s hands by providing an alternative to long wait times and high costs associated with seeing a doctor. RB (the makers of Mucinex™, Delsym™, Airborne™, among other health and wellness brands), Walmart and Doctor On Demand (the nation’s leading virtual care provider) are bringing an affordable and easy healthcare solution to shoppers across the country.

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4 misunderstandings about preterm birth, debunked!
Updated: November 17, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - Premature birth is an issue that affects families all around the world. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 15 million babies are born preterm each year (before 37 weeks of gestation). Globally, the rate of preterm birth ranges from 5­-18 percent, and in the United States alone, approximately 1 in 10 babies are born too early.1,2

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Volunteer Firefighter Returns to Duty with New Knee
Updated: November 17, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - Eric Jones, of southern New Jersey, is not your typical volunteer firefighter. Jones, who works as a communications technician by day and a firefighter by night, has worked and fought fires with a prosthetic leg since the mid-1990s. Eric was diagnosed with cancer when he was 11 years old and required the amputation of his right leg above the knee. Years of activity and injury began to deteriorate both his quality of life and the functionality of his left knee.

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After The Storm: Coping With The Trauma Caused By Natural Disasters
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:42 am

(NAPSI)—The sense of shattered safety and loss after a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, can wage a long-term emotional toll on everyone involved, according to AmeriHealth Caritas, a national leader in health care solutions.

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How to Choose the Right Food for Your Dog
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When it comes to selecting the right food for their dogs, people often agonize about choosing among a myriad of options. Given that 95 percent of pet owners consider their pets to be part of the family, according to a Nielsen survey on The Humanization of Pet Food, pet parents typically want to provide a well-balanced diet, made from quality ingredients.

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4 Ways to Show Your Pets You’re Thankful for Them
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Pets can be morning jog partners and movie night snuggle buddies, but they often do much more than that: they can help make their owners healthier both physically and mentally. Research from the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition found that having a pet reduces the risk of heart disease and high cholesterol, as well as stress, depression and fear. While you should show your pets you’re thankful for them all year round, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to reassess and make sure your pets are feeling the love, in return for everything they do for you.

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4 Tips to Prepare Your Pup for Winter
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) When winter approaches, it brings a number of distractions and factors that tend to keep people from getting outside and staying active. From holiday parties and vacations to bad weather, it’s important to keep health and exercise top of mind throughout the busy season. This is especially important for your furry friends since they depend on their owners to keep them healthy and active.

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Prepare Pets for Better Grooming Visits
Updated: November 12, 2018 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) While a haircut is often the first thing that comes to mind when pet parents contemplate a visit to the groomer, those visits can involve much more than a bath and trim. It can also include spa-like skin and paw treatments, deep moisturizing shampoos and conditioners for healthy skin and a lustrous coat, de-shedding and flea or tick treatments. These treatments are all in addition to the expert clipping, shaving and nail trims you might expect.

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Monday 11/05/2018
North Carolinians Urged To Get Flu Shots Following Record-Breaking Flu Season
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:42 am

(NAPSI)—The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that can develop into mild to severe illnesses or even death—yet too many people don’t realize how serious it can be.

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Rural Americans Face Greater Challenges In Accessing Cancer Care, According To New National Survey
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:41 am

(NAPSI)—Nearly double the number of Americans in rural areas versus nonrural areas reported having an insufficient number of cancer doctors near where they live. This is one of the many findings from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)’s second annual National Cancer Opinion Survey, which was conducted online by The Harris Poll.

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How the Opioid Overdose and Death Epidemic Can Be Reversed
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:41 am

(StatePoint) Opioid-related overdoses have reached epidemic proportions, claiming more than 42,000 lives in the U.S. in 2016 alone. Physicians on the front lines are working in their communities and with their patients to reverse this public health crisis.

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Friday 11/02/2018
Where does your turkey come from? It does matter
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 2:44 am

(BPT) - It’s 6 a.m. in Bell County, Texas. The sun is yet to peek over the horizon on what will become a steamy summer day, but Darrell Glaser is already strolling through his turkey houses to ensure the birds on his family farm are comfortable. The farm has been in Glaser’s family for nearly 100 years, and Darrell and his family have spent nearly every day tending to their turkeys.

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Back to School With a Bleeding Disorder
Updated: November 17, 2018 - 2:36 am

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Identifying the Root Cause of Your Child’s Seizure is Critical: What to Ask Your Doctor
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:41 am

(StatePoint) By the time Jaxson O’Brien was finally diagnosed with a form of Batten disease, his family had been to three doctors, endured countless hospital visits and tried nine different medications – all the while still having more than 100 seizures a day.

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Thursday 11/01/2018
Seven Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New Mattress
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:37 am

(NewsUSA) - A mattress is one of the most important purchases you'll ever make. You spend approximately one-third of your life in bed and how well you sleep can affect your health and well-being. But shopping for a mattress can be confusing for even the wisest consumers. Here are seven mistakes to avoid when you're ready to shop for a mattress that will help you get the best night's sleep possible:

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Rushing to the restroom or taking frequent bathroom breaks? A common bladder health issue explained
Updated: November 17, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - If you’ve ever found yourself mapping out the nearest restrooms, going out of your way for a “pee detour,” or even packing a “just in case” set of clothes for a long road trip, you understand that the call of nature can impact your daily routine and cause you to worry when you may be far from a restroom for extended periods of time. You’re not alone: as many as 1 in 3 Americans age 40 and older have reported symptoms of urgency, frequency or leakage.[1]

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Dos And Don'ts For Managing High Blood Pressure During Cold And Flu Season
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:42 am

(NAPSI)—Colds and flu bring special considerations for people with high blood pressure, especially those on blood pressure medication. Here’s how to keep your blood pressure stable:

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Keeping Mom And Child Healthy After Gestational Diabetes
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:41 am

(NAPSI)—Gestational diabetes is something to be concerned about after and not just during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes is diabetes that is found for the first time when a woman is pregnant. If you had gestational diabetes when you were pregnant, you and your child from that pregnancy have a lifelong risk for developing diabetes, a serious disease that can lead to health problems such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease and amputations. The good news is there are steps you can take to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and lower that risk for you and your child.

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5 Ways Those With Diabetes Can Help Keep Feet Healthy
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 3:41 am

(StatePoint) Maintaining happy, healthy feet is fundamental for a great quality of life. Unfortunately, diabetes can have a significant impact on feet, increasing the risk of such conditions as peripheral artery disease, peripheral neuropathy and diabetic foot ulcers.

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Wednesday 10/31/2018
4 factors to consider when determining your eczema treatment plan
Updated: November 17, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - Nearly 18 million children and adults across the United States live with atopic dermatitis (AD), also known as eczema.1 About 90 percent of those with eczema have the mild-to-moderate form of the disease.2 Environmental changes can trigger your eczema. With the weather changing, it may be a good time to discuss a treatment plan with your doctor.3

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