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(BPT) - 'Tis the season for gifting, and nobody’s on Santa’s naughty list. Still, you’ve got a host of hard-to-shop-for family, friends and colleagues who expect the unexpected, and the season’s starting earlier this year, with shadows of pandemic-related shortages looming like ghosts. No pr…

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(BPT) - Face it, the past year has been tough. It’s been all too easy to lose track of your wellness goals, especially around nutrition. The good news is, you can get back on track by working toward “small wins” — simple steps that improve your nutrition — and celebrate each one to inspire f…

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(BPT) - As you age, your health needs change. Staying on top of senior wellness activities is important, but it can sometimes feel overwhelming. Creating a list of health and wellness to-do's can help you stay organized, so you look and feel your best.

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(BPT) - Adulting is hard — and keeping track of everything that needs to happen and paying for it in the middle of a pandemic is especially challenging. If you’ve been a Scrooge about taking care of your teeth, the ghosts of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) — the 7,334-member-s…

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(NewsUSA) - The Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan annual enrollment period (October 15 -- December 7) is open. If you're eligible for Medicare, now is the time to think about how your life and health may have changed over the past year and whether switching your Medicare plan, in…

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(BPT) - Are you always on the lookout for better, more effective — and affordable — ways to help boost your skin's health and appearance? If so, you've probably noticed that vitamin C has become a staple when it comes to ingredients in the best skincare products. You’ve also probably heard d…

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(BPT) - The holiday season has arrived, and with it the hunt to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. The holidays are also a great time to give back to local communities and to those in need. From supporting small businesses and charitable organizations to shopping sustainably, h…

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(BPT) - Technology has come a long way in reducing the impact of diabetes on people’s lives. Long gone are the days of daily urine testing and sharpening needles. Newer technologies like smart blood glucose meters, insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors have given people better tools …

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(BPT) - Most people would agree veterans have earned the best possible healthcare for their service and sacrifice. Unfortunately, veterans can endure dangerously long wait times for medical services, including those that require anesthesia care. One reason for these delays is that Certified …

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(BPT) - The holiday season is quickly approaching and many people are making their lists and checking them twice as they plan for holiday shopping, family celebrations and travel. Last year, we learned to be flexible and altered the ways we shopped, gathered and entertained. As we continue t…

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(NewsUSA) - If you've ever struggled to find a ride to a doctor's appointment, or gone without healthy food in your home, or been isolated from family and friends for a long time -- you're not alone. Humana recognizes these situations are barriers to good health -- especially as we age -- an…

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(BPT) - Whether you're cheering on your favorite team from the stadium or “homegating” from the couch, delicious food is an essential element of game day fun. Finger foods are an especially great option as they are simple to make while still packing a lot of flavor into just one or two bites…

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(BPT) - Over 65,000 Afghan refugees are expected to resettle in the United States over the next few weeks and months — and that is only the first wave of arrivals. In many cases, those who have fled Afghanistan had to leave everything they owned behind — and are essentially starting their li…

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(NewsUSA) - Nationally, the average retirement age is 64, though in some states, the average retirement age is 66. The decision to retire later can impact several important life choices. When it comes to healthcare, it's important to plan ahead, whether you're retiring now or in ten years. F…

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(NewsUSA) - After spending years working hard and saving up, retirement is that welcome reward of relaxation, travel, and new hobbies, or even a transition to something new such as consulting or a new business endeavor. While most people can say definitively that they would like to and plan …

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(BPT) - Each year when the Medicare open enrollment period comes around, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the many choices you have. You’re not alone — most people have questions this time of year. What’s the best way to get the most from your benefits? What if Medicare doesn’t cover everyth…

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(BPT) - You have probably seen a variety of certifications on food products when shopping at the grocery store, like the Fairtrade Mark, or the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) blue fish and/or the Non-GMO Project label. While these certifications are showing up more and more, there’s still …

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(BPT) - Everyone needs blood sugar (glucose) because it provides essential fuel for the body and mind. However, for people with diabetes, getting the right amount of glucose is critical because low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia, can lead to stupor, confusion, loss of consciousness,…

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(BPT) - The breast cancer treatment journey – something nearly one in eight women will experience sometime in their lifetime[1] – can be overwhelming and filled with uncertainty. To hear “you have breast cancer,” or “your breast cancer is progressing” can be incredibly jarring. Often, one of…

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(BPT) - Throughout his career, Rod Stephenson, 73, of Savannah, Georgia, wore many hats. He worked in television broadcasting, the retail pizza industry, in manufacturing and quality assurance — and most recently, he was ordained as a pastor. But after Stephenson decided to retire from his e…

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(BPT) - Over 62 million homes in the United States use natural gas for space heating, water heating, cooking, drying clothes, and more. Although natural gas usage is common across the country, many aren’t aware of the deadly explosions caused by natural gas leaks. The aging gas line infrastr…

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(BPT) - After more than 18 months of taking precautions to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the world is slowly reopening — families and friends are reuniting, workers are heading back into the office and children are going back into school. But as the world continues to gradually make prog…

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(BPT) - As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people 65 years and older get their flu shot this year, in addition to their currently recommended COVID-19 vaccines. Health experts across the country urge everyone 6 months and older…

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(BPT) - There are 43.5 million moms in the U.S., many of whom are more focused than ever on doing good for their families as conscious consumerism continues to grow. In fact, 80% of moms think that by making small changes in their purchasing habits, they can have a positive impact on their c…

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(BPT) - During the initial shock of a cancer diagnosis, patients are quickly overwhelmed by all the decisions that need to be made. Staying alive and getting the cancer out are top of mind with little time to think about life after cancer. But what happens after the treatments, after mastect…

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(BPT) - An estimated 4.5 million people in the U.S. have chronic liver disease (CLD). More people aged 25-54 die from this disease and cirrhosis of the liver than from diabetes or stroke. And unfortunately, liver disease is on the rise. Mortality from chronic liver disease associated with no…

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(BPT) - At age 62, Sandy Weber became unemployed when her customer service job was eliminated during the COVID pandemic. A friend encouraged her to give substitute teaching a try. "I didn’t realize I could work in a classroom without a teaching background,” Weber said. “It was the best decis…

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(BPT) - Need a new snack? Hungry families are turning to a trendy and tasty new choice — the homegrown hazelnut. Perhaps parents outside the Pacific Northwest might not recognize the state nut of Oregon, but rest assured, there’s more to crack here than mere coffee flavoring.

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(BPT) - Nov. 7 is approaching, and with it the end of daylight saving time, when those in most of the U.S. will “fall back” to standard time by setting clocks back one hour. If the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) had its way, this would be the last time change in the U.S., and the …

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(BPT) - In the early days of COVID-19 when recommendations to remain at home were rampant, routine health screenings were relegated to the long list of "non-essential" activities. In retrospect, delaying screenings may have been counter-productive. As of March 2021, the diagnosis rate for br…