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College personal safety: essential tips for students heading back to campus
(BPT) - When more than 20 million students return to campus this fall fixated on their dream dorm decor or finding the perfect major, one of the most crucial aspects of their college experience will likely be overlooked - personal safety.One in five women will become a victim of sexual a ...
How to handle student-teacher conflicts for the benefit of your child's education
(BPT) - Conflict and disagreements are a part of life. As an adult you understand this and you employ skills that help you mitigate conflicts and avoid future disagreements. Your children, however, may not have developed these skills yet. That means they will rely on you for help in dealing with the ...
4 reasons to make the move to a medical home
(BPT) - The American health care environment is rapidly changing. One model of health care that’s expanding across the country is the patient-centered medical home. A medical home is not a physical location, as the name implies, but a team-based model of health care delivery led by a physician ...
Don't let pantry pests tarnish holiday traditions
(BPT) - As families and friends gather to celebrate the holidays - from Thanksgiving all the way to New Year’s Day - some of the fondest memories come from time spent in the kitchen creating tasty treats for everyone to share. However, nothing can ruin baking fun more than a newly-discovered p ...
The Fragile X factor: What parents should know about this mysterious disease
(BPT) - Fragile X Syndrome may sound a bit strange, like something from a sci-fi TV show. And although this disorder can cause unusual behaviors, especially in adolescents, it’s actually the most common known cause of autism and other inherited intellectual disabilities.Fragile X Syndrome, als ...
How simple stomach pains can take you to hell and back
(BPT) - Kimberly Kuchler wasn’t too worried when she first felt some mild abdominal pains last summer. Young and full of energy, the former collegiate athlete wasn’t about to let anything slow her down, especially since her orthopedic sales job required her to be on call.Besides, she tho ...
Fun kids' activities reverse summer learning loss
(BPT) - School-aged kids count down the days to summer vacation when they can play outside and take a break from homework duties. However, being out of the classroom isn’t all fun and games – summer learning loss is a real issue that parents worry about every year.Research shows students ...
Simple steps can keep you and your family healthy
(BPT) - Pay attention to the news headlines and you may be wondering if you and your loved ones are safe from unseen perils like germs, bacteria and viruses – even in your home. There are things you can do to protect your health but it’s also good to know where germs linger. Some of thei ...
FDA meeting on female sexual dysfunction promising
(BPT) - With the hectic schedules that many women adhere to, it’s not surprising that many feel stressed out or overwhelmed. The responsibilities of juggling a career, a family and obligations as a wife and mother can be nerve-wracking, and for many women sex is not on their mind. While this l ...
Want to be a Heimlich hero? All ages can learn how to save a life
(BPT) - Three siblings sit in their kitchen enjoying a bedtime snack of sliced oranges. One of them accidently takes too big a bite and suddenly his face is red and he can’t breathe. A routine activity has turned into a choking emergency. Without a second thought, an older sibling wraps his ar ...
Passion pays off: No-kill movement saves millions of animals per year
(BPT) - Americans like to think of themselves as a pet-loving society; today, nearly 70 million dogs and 74 million cats live in U.S. households, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Yet as recently as 30 years ago, animal shelters across the country routinely killed an estimate ...
Prevent theft from being the story of your vacation with these security tips
(BPT) - Your school days are finished and that summer vacation is within your sights. This year you’ve planned the trip down to the last detail and made all of the final arrangements, but even if you’ve given your destination extensive thought, you may not have considered what you’ ...
Keeping your teens healthy this back to school
(BPT) - Tommy Kent was an average 19-year-old who loved life and surfing. When he developed flu-like symptoms, no one could have guessed that this otherwise healthy teen would enter the hospital at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and lose his young life by 12:50 a.m. on Christmas to a disease called meningo ...
Treats without tricks: Safety and nutrition tips for Halloween
(BPT) - Halloween night is swiftly approaching and parents want children to stay safe while having fun. It’s easy to take the tricks out of trick-or-treating with simple Halloween safety and nutrition tips.As you prepare to send off your little ghouls and goblins for a night of fun, keep in mi ...
Water and oil do mix [Infographic]
(BPT) - Did you know it takes between 10 and 60 gallons of water to make one barrel of oil? And that the oil, petrochemicals and other materials in a barrel can produce a cornucopia of products ranging from gasoline to motor oil to polyester shirts? Water isn’t just what you drink when you&rsq ...
Home safety tips that put families at ease
(BPT) - While summer is most looked forward to for warmer weather, more time spent outdoors and family vacations, when the weather heats up, burglaries and home invasions increase as well. It is essential that families and individuals learn to protect themselves and their homes from unwanted intrude ...
One in five children in America go to bed hungry - learn how you can help
(BPT) - You may consider child hunger to be a world away problem, however, the reality is there are 16 million children right here in America who are faced with hunger. That’s one in five children who don’t know where their next meal will come from. When you think about that statistic, o ...
Not just for future scientists: STEM education spurs creativity, teamwork and problem solving
(BPT) - There’s no denying that STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education is on society’s radar. President Barack Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” initiative hosts a yearly STEM-themed science fair at the White House. STEM summer camps are popping u ...
5 tips for making your vote count on Election Day
(BPT) - With the significant impact elections have on our country, would it be surprising to hear that only 38 percent of eligible Americans voted in the 2010 election? What happened to the other 62 percent of voters?Perhaps it’s an overwhelming amount of information. Or maybe it’s a lac ...
The growing burden of diabetes
(BPT) - Next time you're looking around in a crowd, there is something you won't see that will be there - Type 2 diabetes. Most Americans have heard of the condition, but very few understand just how prevalent it has become across the nation. In fact, Type 2 diabetes affects at least one in every 10 ...
Restless legs syndrome: 'no laughing matter'
(BPT) - A creepy-crawly feeling. An irresistible urge to move your legs. The inability to sit still for long periods of time. These are common complaints of those living with moderate-to-severe restless leg syndrome (RLS), a progressive and chronic condition that affects 2-3 percent of U.S. adults.R ...
Hospice camp gives kids a place to process their grief their way
(BPT) - Imagine feeling suddenly sad, angry, alone, confused and worried, without really understanding why. This is how 75 percent of grieving children claim they feel after losing a loved one, according to the National Alliance for Grieving Children. While the journey to acceptance of a loss is dif ...
6 important lessons everyone can learn from American veterans
(BPT) - Extraordinary courage, camaraderie, dedication, sacrifice: these characteristics epitomize the soldiers defending American freedom in warzones across the world. But those tremendous qualities do not disappear when our brave men and women return to the home front, and there’s much for u ...
It's better to give than to receive: 5 ways you can give back this season
(BPT) - What are you thankful for this season? Your loved ones? Your health? Your possessions? You probably have plenty of reasons to feel thankful but in your community and around the world there are others who may not be as fortunate, and need the help of those willing to give, especially during t ...
The ABCs of a good balanced diet
(BPT) - Good, nutritious meals are essential for children to grow healthy and strong, but you may be surprised to learn that millions of children suffer from “hidden hunger,” because they lack the essential vitamins and minerals needed for development. This can lead to permanent physical ...
African Americans with type 2 diabetes take America's Diabetes Challenge and pledge to get to their goals
(BPT) - S. Epatha Merkerson is well-known for her award-winning roles on the stage and screen. But what you may not know is that she is one of the 4.9 million African-American adults living with diabetes - that’s nearly 20 percent of the adult African-American population.In 2003, after having ...
Don't make these common mistakes when something hurts
(BPT) - Managing pain can be tough, whether you’re one of the 100 million Americans with chronic pain, or only suffer from the occasional backache or headache. No matter what kind of pain you have, you want to make sure you’re managing it the best way possible.While many people can manag ...
Hospice team helps people get the most out of life's final moments
(BPT) - Many people agree that it’s the people they encounter throughout their lives that really make it worth living. But can the people you meet in your final months truly have that much of an impact?For many hospice patients, including Houston Hospice El Campo patient Bryan Caldwell, the an ...
Simple steps people with diabetes can take to improve their quality of life
(BPT) - One of the ways people with diabetes can help manage their disease is balancing food with physical activity, according to the American Diabetes Association (Association). By maintaining a balanced diet with regular exercise, you have the ingredients needed to help live a quality life.There a ...
Your credit scores: What you don't know could cost you
(BPT) - Do you know what your credit scores are? If you don’t, you’re not alone. In fact, many people know very little about their credit scores, what they are or how they work. And they certainly don’t understand that having low credit scores can have a big impact on their future. ...
8 moving ways to make Veterans Day meaningful for kids
(BPT) - Her grandfather fought in World War II, her father in Vietnam and her college boyfriend in Desert Storm. Her best friend of 30 years was a Navy recruiter. Yet when Vivian Wall’s two young children asked why they should care about Veterans Day, she was unsure how to communicate its sign ...
The future of cancer treatment may lie in an experimental 'immunotherapy' vaccine
(BPT) - Diane Altenburg doesn’t mind a good challenge. An army wife for 28 years and mother to five children, she and her family moved 17 times, across states and continents as military roles changed. But even with all the travel, Altenburg never felt put out. She regarded it all as part of he ...
Fighting post-military unemployment on the home front
(BPT) - As the Department of Defense continues its drawdown of American military personnel after decades of major troop deployment, tens of thousands of American troops are preparing to transition out of the military and back into civilian life. The transition will be easier for some than others; bu ...
Why the next talk you have with your daughter should be about breast health
(BPT) - While breast cancer awareness has greatly increased over the last two decades, a recent national survey found that women and families are not talking enough about breast health. Eighty-seven percent of women said they could talk to their daughters about anything, but less than half said they ...
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