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Disability insurance: why what you don't know can hurt you
(BPT) - Few people expect to become disabled and unable to work, even though 2013 Social Security Administration statistics show a 20-year old worker has a 30 percent chance of becoming disabled at some point during his career. The truth is, life can throw unexpected curves your way, and expecting t ...
Summer like a celebrity: 4 easy ways to go boating
(BPT) - Perusing social media or flipping through a magazine, it’s common to see famous faces like George Clooney or Taylor Swift cruising around on fancy boats, but guess what? You don’t have to be rich and famous to enjoy boating. Get your feet wet this summer just like the stars witho ...
Are You Prepared to Take a 30-Year Vacation?
(BPT) - Summer is vacation season. However, before the week or two of fun begins comes the hard part – planning and packing. There are so many things to consider depending on the type of experience a person wants to have and what they need to bring along.Now picture preparing for a 30-year vac ...
Quality dialysis care matters: It's the difference between life and death
(BPT) - Patty Gonzales’ kidneys stopped working when she was 62 years old. She works as a hospital billing claims supervisor and now undergoes dialysis three days a week for four hours a day. For Gonzales, dialysis is the difference between life and death, so the quality of the care she receiv ...
Waking up to hearing loss
(BPT) - Imagine waking up one morning only to find out you couldn’t hear out of one ear. Suddenly, you lose your ability to discern direction, which makes conversations in noisy environments difficult to follow and hearing your favorite sounds of nature a struggle. This is the devastation that ...
More than a million Americans are unaware they are infected with a potentially life-threatening virus
(BPT) - After receiving blood transfusions in 1979 during the birth of her last child, Mary Lambert, a human resources professional and former teacher, thought her health ordeal was over. Little did she know that, due to those transfusions, she had become infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV).In ...
Seniors often in denial about hearing loss: Are you one of them?
(BPT) - “Excuse me, can you say that again?” If this sounds typical, you’re not alone. Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the U.S. with more than 40 million people suffering from it to some degree. Despite all this, only 30 percent of Americans with hearing los ...
Was George Washington an adulterer?
(BPT) - The roof of the Capitol Rotunda shows George Washington being lifted to heaven by angels. According to a new book, however, this Founding Father was no angel. He was once a passionate young man desperately in love with his friend’s wife. “Sally Fairfax was a beautiful, sophi ...
Shooting blanks: George Washington fathered a country but not kids
(BPT) - George Washington is the “father of our country” yet, ironically, he didn’t leave any legitimate (or illegitimate) children in his wake.As author Steve Yoch describes in his recent book “Becoming George Washington,” at 19, Washington traveled to Barbados with hi ...
Heart yourself with Omega-3s
(BPT) - Across the globe, heart health is becoming a growing concern. In order to combat a rising epidemic of heart disease and other heart-related illnesses, more and more Americans are placing a greater emphasis on the critical role of nutrition and a balanced diet.More than likely you’ve he ...
5 money tips for safe international travel
(BPT) - When you picture your dream vacation, where do you go? Do you lay on the beach in Mexico? Climb the Alps in Switzerland, go fishing in Canada or explore the amazing wildlife of Australia? Do you see the Great Wall in China or travel on safari in Africa? Any of these exciting adventures could ...
George Washington's bloody death
(BPT) - School children are taught that after a life of action and harrowing battles, George Washington died peacefully in his bed at Mount Vernon. In fact, the nation’s first president died a slow and bloody death. In his book “Becoming George Washington,” author Steve Yoch says t ...
What you think you know about Social Security may be totally wrong
(BPT) - Americans may have faith in the Social Security system, but many still don’t really understand how it works. That’s a key take-away from a recent survey of Americans’ knowledge of Social Security retirement benefits. While 63 percent of respondents said they do believe Soci ...
6 tips from 'The Patient's Playbook' for staying safe in the hospital
(BPT) - As much as we need them, hospitals can be dangerous places. Hospital-acquired conditions — everything from pneumonia and infections to bad reactions to medications — affect 12 out of every 100 patients. However, there are steps you can take to help keep you and your family safe. ...
Prostate cancer test can help patients avoid overtreatment
(BPT) - A prostate cancer diagnosis can be shocking and scary, but there are ways to help ease anxiety and uncertainty around treatment options. A patient and his wife, a doctor and a national patient advocacy leader share some of the facts and their stories.“When I heard I had prostate cancer ...
How you can give back to those who gave everything
(BPT) - When a dog named Smuckers started digging in her Colorado backyard, her owners had no idea what she would find. The object was shiny and metal, and it could have been a coin, a bottle cap or a washer. Upon closer inspection, it turned out to be none of these things. It was something much mor ...
5 simple time-tested tips for aging well
(BPT) - A health renaissance is taking place in America as more people are embracing aging well and being proactive rather than reactive about their well-being. Prevention has become the focus, and many aging Americans are turning to time-tested methods for keeping their bodies and minds healthy so ...
Empty nesters, boost home value and your spirits with savvy, appealing improvements
(BPT) - Whether they’re heading off to college or they’ve finally finished their education and are starting their careers in a distant city, the departure of kids from your nest makes for a bittersweet time. If you’ve committed much of your energy—and most of your home— ...
Could immunotherapy be a cure for cancer?
(BPT) - In May 2004, 22-year-old Sharon Belvin was two weeks away from her wedding. She went to the doctor thinking she had a particularly bad case of bronchitis and soon learned that she had stage IV melanoma – a diagnosis that typically comes with a two-year survival rate of only 15 percent ...
Retired but not tired: the four things every senior-preneur must do
(BPT) - For some Americans, the best part of life starts at retirement. In a perfect world this new stage of life means no more answering to upper management, battling a 40 hour work week or being stuck in rush hour traffic. They can come and go as they please. And while spontaneous trips to the sho ...
4 simple ways to protect yourself from cardiovascular disease
(BPT) - Cardiovascular disease – damage to the heart and blood vessels – claims more American lives each year than all forms of cancer combined, according to the American Heart Association. Yet simple preventive steps, such as getting a cardiovascular screening, can help you make strides ...
5 ways grandparents can stay in touch with friends and family anywhere
(BPT) - Sunday, September 13 is National Grandparents Day – a special day dedicated to celebrating families everywhere. These days, it’s not uncommon for family members to live in different cities, states or even across the country. If your family lives far away, the distance can make it ...
Being able to continue work creates better lives for dialysis patients
(BPT) - Facing kidney failure and the need for dialysis can be overwhelming for patients. Yet those who can continue working generally do better at coping with their illness, multiple studies show. And advances in dialysis care mean patients have treatment choices that can allow them to stay on the ...
The 5 worst times to be your own photographer
(BPT) - Sometimes taking your own photos can be a lot of fun, but sometimes it’s also the surest way to ruin a once-in-a-lifetime moment. The amateur treatment isn’t going to be good enough for truly special events like a wedding, family reunion or your newborn’s first portraits. & ...
3 costly mistakes baby boomers make with Medicare
(BPT) - Each day, thousands of people in the U.S. turn 65, and they’re faced with making choices about the Medicare program. Unfortunately, many people’s missteps mean they end up paying too much for healthcare coverage.“A study published by Health Affairs, a peer-reviewed healthca ...
Chili peppers can treat migraines and help you lose weight
(BPT) - Do you love the snap that chili peppers give to your food? Are you a fan of the heat they impart to a variety of dishes? Even if you’re not, you may want to take another look at the humble chili pepper. From migraine relief to weight control, researchers are verifying what some culture ...
Customized knee implants offer advantages to patients
(BPT) - By 2030, the number of people turning to knee replacement surgery to end pain and regain mobility will likely increase to 3.5 million annually, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. For many patients, recovery from knee replacement surgery is painful and slow, and the re ...
Dermatologist Q&A: essential tips for naturally vibrant and moisturized skin
(BPT) - From creams and gels to serums and oils, moisturizers are often at the forefront of a woman’s beauty routine. However, moisture can also be regarded for the negative effects it can have on skin, as in the case of sweat and surface wetness that can lead to a range of various conditions. ...
George Washington could be a big fat liar
(BPT) - One of the great legends of the nation’s first president was created by biographer Parson Weems. In his account, George Washington chops down a cherry tree and later admits the act to his father, claiming he “cannot tell a lie.” According to author Steve Yoch, not only is t ...
Important information to help protect seniors from summer heat
(BPT) - Staying cool during summer heat isn’t just a question of comfort for senior citizens, it’s a matter of good health. High temperatures can lead to serious heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and older people are at greater risk, no matter where they liv ...
How men and women experience retirement differently
(BPT) - What’s retirement like? The answer may depend upon whether you’re a man or a woman.Women report more positive experiences in retirement than men, yet also say they are more likely to experience negative emotions, especially stress, according to a study conducted by MassMutual. Th ...
Mysterious, life-altering condition: What everyone should know about Myasthenia Gravis
(BPT) - A 73-year-old rocket scientist, a 16-year-old budding musician, a 26-year-old professional with a passion for dance—what could they all have in common? Each has been diagnosed with a disease whose symptoms are often mistaken for something else, which has no identifiable and controllabl ...
For the 40 million suffering from irritable bowel syndrome a better diagnosis awaits
(BPT) - Millions of people suffer from troubling and sometimes debilitating gastrointestinal symptoms like bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea and/or constipation. When they discuss these symptoms with their healthcare provider they often leave without a clear diagnosis. If you are one of these peopl ...
Empower yourself: Questions to ask your doctor about managing sickle cell disease
(BPT) - Being an informed patient with sickle cell disease has become an important part of health care today. Physicians are increasingly looking upon their patients (and the parents of their young patients) as active partners. In light of this, consider preparing a list of specific questions before ...
The 5 bad behaviors that may be derailing your retirement savings
(BPT) - More than half of Americans are worried about running out of money when they retire, yet a staggering 80 percent don’t have the knowledge they need to successfully build a nest egg and make it last throughout their retirement, according to The American College 2014 Retirement Income Su ...
4 amazing ways wireless technology is transforming health care
(BPT) - You can video chat with family while riding the bus, order a whole new wardrobe while sitting in a coffee shop and file an important business report before getting on an airplane – how amazing is wireless technology? It has changed people's everyday lives in many ways, and it’s t ...
Americans finding creative and inspiring ways to raise funds for Alzheimer's cause
(BPT) - If you hear engines roaring, get a whiff of burnt rubber and see an endless line of motorcycles, don’t be alarmed. And if you’re hearing reports of bridge games going on for 12 hours or more, you’re not imagining things. Those are just two of the many creative ways American ...
6 easy ways to boost your brain health
(BPT) - When you think about health and wellness, what first comes to mind? Most likely it’s along the lines of fitness, healthy eating and doctor’s appointments. But have you ever considered the importance of brain health as you age?According to the National Institute on Aging, research ...
Happy and healthy how-tos from 100-year-olds, 10-year-olds
(BPT) - Spinning and yoga classes are no longer reserved for only the young and restless. Take a closer look around, and you might just find that it’s great-grandparents who are out-pedaling you on the stationary bikes. In fact, according to UnitedHealthcare’s 100@100 survey, nearly a qu ...
7 tips to avoid lottery scams
(BPT) - You think this is the happiest day of your life. Before you is a letter, email or text message informing you that you’ve just won the lottery. You might even receive a check with the letter stating it is part of your winnings. The communication states all you have to do is pay the pro ...
Gout, just a pain in the big toe? Think again. Debunking 4 myths that overshadow the seriousness of gout
(BPT) - Gout – only rich, old men get it, right? Wrong! The truth is, gout can affect both men and women of all ages, economic standing and backgrounds. More than 8.3 million American adults have gout, and the incidence and prevalence of the disease are on the rise.Gout is the most common form ...
When memories are fleeting: caregiver solutions
(BPT) - Think of your father. What is his favorite food? His favorite hobby? Where did he meet your mother? What is his proudest moment? Think of all these memorable moments in his life and ask another question: Does he have trouble remembering these moments?For the nearly 2 million men currently di ...
New technologies can help short circuit your chronic pain
(BPT) - More than 100 million people in this country have pain that won’t go away. Many fail to get relief from pills, shots and surgery, while others trade the pain for side effects such as drowsiness or digestive problems. Unfortunately, too many become addicted to medications while trying t ...
8 simple tips to designing safe living spaces for seniors
(BPT) - The saying goes, "With age comes wisdom," but oftentimes, it also comes with a new set of physical challenges, such as limited mobility and difficulties with hearing and seeing. That's why when designing living spaces for seniors, whether in an assisted living community or in your life-long ...
Did George Washington sound like a wimp?
(BPT) - We all know what George Washington looked like. There are many well-known paintings and the museum at Mount Vernon even displays a painstakingly accurate facial reconstruction to definitively show his appearance during his lifetime. We know he was a big, strapping guy (6’ 3”, whi ...
Seniors: Safety tips to help you weather summer storms and heat
(BPT) - Flooding, extreme heat, drought, thunderstorms, lightning and hurricanes: For all its sun and fun, summer weather can be dangerous. This time last year, we saw record-breaking temperatures, rainfall and drought across the country. While everyone should be aware of summer weather dangers, the ...
Budgeting tips to keep your golden years golden
(BPT) - You’ve earned your retirement, and while it’s a chance to relax and relish in your deserved time off, it’s still important to keep track of your finances, savings and budget. With that in mind, here are five ways you can maintain a healthy budget and enjoy your dream retire ...
Recognizing the first steps to ward off a second seizure
(BPT) - Seizure. You’ve heard the word before, but do you know what it means or why a seizure occurs? Seizures are caused when there is abnormal activity in the brain. Brain cells called neurons use electrical energy to convey messages to one another, and when this electricity goes awry, a sei ...
Create your own personal pension? It's possible
(BPT) - Retirement planning has certainly changed a lot over the years, hasn’t it? First came pensions, or defined benefit plans, with their guaranteed income for life. After that it was 401(k)s. These plans focused on growing wealth from the stock and bond markets. Your pension and 401(k) wer ...
Nine in 10 people with high blood pressure can control it, but half don't
(BPT) - There is some really good news about high blood pressure that you simply must hear.“This silent killer can be prevented, and in the majority of patients who already have high blood pressure, it can be controlled,” says Dr. George Mensah, director of the Center for Translation Res ...
From CreakyJoints to diagnostic Power: Woman excited about new patient-led arthritis database
(BPT) - Rachelle Crow, of Chesterfield, Michigan, is living proof that autoimmune and rheumatic diseases can affect people of any age. She was, surprisingly, first diagnosed with osteoarthritis when she was a 19-year-old college student and in the years since, her symptoms were more accurately diagn ...
From grab bars with style to gorgeous anti-slip floors, aging in place looks better than ever
(BPT) - Gray hair, wrinkles and frailty are no longer inevitable aspects of growing older; medical science and a better understanding of health, nutrition and exercise mean more people are living healthy, active and more youthful lives. Likewise, aging in place no longer means sacrificing style for ...
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