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How Women Can Make Changes for Their Health and the Environment

(StatePoint) The average menstruating woman uses 11,000 feminine hygiene products over her period lifetime. End-on-end, that amounts to eight times the height of the Golden Gate Bridge! For this reason, experts say the products you choose can make a significant impact on your health and the environment.

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Wednesday 06/12/2019
Daily Dose of Reading Helps Boosts Brain Power
Posted: June 12, 2019

(NewsUSA) - If, like many people, you are concerned about how much screen time you or your kids are getting, there's an easy remedy which can also help boost your brain power: Reading a book - in print.

How to Combine Learning and Fun
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 2:56 am

5 tips to keep kids’ brains active and avoid the summer slide

Make Sense of Your Travel Preferences
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Seasoned travelers know that no two trips are exactly the same, even when revisiting the same location. The weather changes, your personal life and perspective evolve and any combination of factors makes each experience unique. However, if you’re like most travelers, your preferences guide your journeys no matter how far you venture from home.

Mouthwatering Ways to Create Italian Dishes
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) While activities and events seem to rule most people’s schedules, time spent sharing a home-cooked meal is an important way to keep up with loved ones.

To Dad, With Love
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 2:56 am

Gift ideas for a fantastic Father’s Day

Take Your Workout Outdoors for a Fresh Boost
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) As temperatures rise and the sun shines brighter, you might start taking your workouts outside more often. To ensure your body's comfort and safety, you may need to refresh your fitness regimen.

6 Ways to Help Your Dog Maintain Calm Behavior
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 2:56 am

(Family Features) Summer can be a stressful time of year for dogs who experience anxious behaviors, with triggers like fireworks, thunderstorms, summer travel and more taking a toll on pets. While you may not be able to prevent your pet’s anxious behaviors entirely, there are ways you can ease your dog’s apprehension and manage the behavior it can potentially cause.

Veteran Affairs
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 2:56 am

Service members make business ownership a post-military career

4 Key Decisions to Help Memorialize a Loved One
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) Despite the certainty of death, many Americans delay dealing with the fact and avoid funeral planning.

4 Stealthy Ways to Keep Your Family Healthy
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) Living a healthy lifestyle takes effort and diligence, but with common stressors of day-to-day life, health can take a backseat to jobs, social engagements and tempting treats. While adopting more healthful habits may not be top-of-mind for your family, there are some simple and sneaky ways to incorporate them into your family’s routines.

Workplace Tips and Strategies for New Parents
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) While having or adopting a child can be a rewarding and exciting time for new parents, many working moms and dads will tell you navigating the complex maze of employee benefits can be confusing. Between short-term disability insurance, Family Medical Leave, vacation, paid time off and state and municipal paid leave laws, the process can be anxiety-inducing.

5 Time-Saving Laundry Tips
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) Between sorting, washing, pouring, transferring, drying and folding, laundry can often feel like a daunting chore.

Memorable Family Moments
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 2:55 am

Educational activities ideal for making memories together

Your TV Stations May Change Frequencies
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) If you rely on an antenna for your TV viewing, changes may affect the reception of some of your local channels.

Mandy Moore’s Mindful Tips for a Well-Balanced, Lively Summer
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) With plans of trips and relaxation on the horizon, it can be easy to give your wellness routine a vacation, too. Before you jet set off on your next adventure, take a moment to be consciously aware of how your mind and body may react to an overly active and jam-packed summer schedule.

Enjoy Summer Movie Favorites at Home
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) The 2019 summer movie season is filled with exciting big screen events, from mega-blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame” to “Toy Story 4.” After the closing credits roll, however, movie fans can explore plenty of complementary film titles at home.

Honor History and Its Lessons this Father’s Day
Posted: June 12, 2019

(Family Features) The reasons for understanding the past are plentiful. Historical knowledge may illuminate the moments that shaped a loved one’s life or simply satisfy a curiosity about events and people that occupied a different place in time. A look into yesteryear can help make sense of the world today or even foreshadow happenings well into the future.

Furry Friends and a Welcoming Workplace
Posted: June 12, 2019

(Family Features) Pets are more than just members of the family – they also make great co-workers. As more offices work to create pet-friendly environments, a survey conducted by Mars Petcare shows that workspaces allowing furry friends are more likely to attract and retain (human) talent. Consider these four ways to make your workplace more pet-friendly and find more information at BetterCitiesForPets.com.

Tuesday 06/11/2019
Safeguard Your Smile, Wherever You Go
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 2:55 am

(NAPSI)—Smile. It’s vacation time—and there are so many paths to fun and adventure close to home.

Monday 06/10/2019
6 must-dos for marathon training
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Whether it’s your first marathon or you’re an experienced runner, you probably know there’s much more to it than just the cardio. Your entire lifestyle must adjust to support your training. How you train, and what you eat and drink, all counts when you’re preparing for such a challenge.

What It Means to Feel 'OFF' with Parkinson’s
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Parkinson’s affects about one million people in the U.S. and millions more globally. Medicines have existed to help with Parkinson’s symptoms for many years, but many people with Parkinson’s, about 40 percent in the U.S., still face a problem related to their symptoms: OFF periods. One of these people is Bob Harmon, 70, who experiences these disruptive OFF periods, which are also known as OFF episodes, daily. Here are four things to know:

International Medical Graduates Improve Healthcare in Rural America Amid Growing Doctor Shortage
Posted: June 10, 2019

(BPT) - When it comes to accessing healthcare, patients living in rural communities across America face a unique and complex set of challenges. While remote areas often have harsh weather conditions and limited transportation to medical centers, another problem poses a constant threat to patients in these already underserved communities: a shortage of practicing physicians.

Thursday 06/06/2019
Summer Fitness On The Fly
Posted: June 06, 2019

Should you use a daily aspirin regimen? Learn more about updated guidelines
Posted: June 06, 2019

Wednesday 06/05/2019
New Study Uncovers ‘Hidden’ Epidemic In Health Care: Hospital Drug Diversion
Updated: June 07, 2019 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Hospital drug diversion, in which health care workers divert opiates and other controlled substances away from patients for personal use or sale, is a largely underdiscussed challenge. To better understand health care diversion perceptions, behaviors and solutions, the BD Institute for Medication Management Excellence commissioned KRC Research, a global public opinion research consultancy, to conduct a national survey of more than 650 hospital executives and providers. The findings, released in a new report, were eye opening.

Protect People With PD
Updated: June 07, 2019 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—Nearly a million Americans have Parkinson's disease (PD), a neurodegenerative disorder that affects the brain.

Americans Still Paying the Price of Cold War With Health Problems
Posted: June 05, 2019

 (StatePoint) For many Americans, the Cold War is a distant memory or something read about in history books. But for thousands of workers who supported the war effort as an integral part of the nation’s nuclear defense system, it continues to be a bitter reality, as many are battling serious radiation-induced health problems from working in or near nuclear plants or uranium mines. According to experts, newly implemented reductions in benefits are making it harder for workers to get treatment for related conditions.

7 Steps Toward Superior Sleep
Updated: June 10, 2019 - 2:52 am

(Family Features) While it’s fairly common knowledge that quality sleep is essential to overall wellness, there are several factors that can keep you from getting the rest you need. However, overcoming them is well within your control.

5 Healthy Tips for Summertime
Updated: June 10, 2019 - 2:52 am

(Family Features) Healthy living doesn’t always require life-altering changes to your everyday schedule. Even with work obligations, family time or the unexpected twists and turns life can bring during the summer months, these five lifestyle tweaks to implement exercise, nutritious foods and refueling techniques can make a difference for long-term health benefits.

Stay Safe on the Road this Summer
Updated: June 10, 2019 - 2:52 am

5 warm weather tire safety tips

Explore Top Summer Travel Destinations
Updated: June 10, 2019 - 2:50 am

(Family Features) From a tropical retreat to exploring a new culture, summer is an ideal and popular time to travel. With a literal world of options, it can be tough to narrow down just where you want to visit, so get started with these popular destinations for a memorable getaway.

Prep Your Home for Summer Gatherings
Updated: June 10, 2019 - 2:50 am

(Family Features) When temperatures rise, it’s time for sun dresses, cranking up the grill and entertaining. Spending time with your loved ones during the warm months can make for some of the best memories of the season, which is why it’s important to take simple steps to de-stress, declutter and refresh your home before your guests arrive.

4 Tips for Peak Pet Fitness
Updated: June 10, 2019 - 2:50 am

(Family Features) Sunny days, aromatic flowers and warm temperatures are a few of summer’s most adored qualities. Getting outside to enjoy the sunshine isn’t something only humans love – pets often do, too.

Monday 06/03/2019
New Cancer Test Helps Men Reduce Unnecessary Prostate Biopsies
Posted: June 03, 2019

(NewsUSA) - According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. The ACS estimates that in 2019 there will be approximately 174,650 new cases of prostate cancer and 31,620 deaths. About 1 man in 9 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Prostate cancer develops mainly in older men and in African-American men. 

Five colorful facts about cataracts
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

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Will High Cholesterol Affect Pregnancy?
Updated: June 05, 2019 - 2:37 am

(NAPSI)—Cholesterol levels naturally rise during pregnancy and are not usually monitored or treated at that time. However, if you are the one out of every 200 adults who has an inherited form of high cholesterol, you may require special monitoring if you become pregnant.

4 Ways to Beat the Summer Heat
Posted: June 03, 2019

(StatePoint) If you love summer and sunshine, you may be looking for ways to beat the heat that don’t necessarily involve escaping indoors to air conditioning.

Friday 05/31/2019
Let’s Talk About Bladder Cancer: Tips for Getting the Support You Need [Video]
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 2:31 am

5 ways to make your morning routine eco-friendly
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - In a sea of plastic bags and exhaust-filled commutes, it can be overwhelming to remind yourself to be environmentally responsible and reduce your carbon footprint, especially during busy times like the morning. You slept through your alarm, the kids wouldn’t get dressed for school, your train has been delayed another 10 minutes — sustainability is often the last thing on your mind when trying to get out the door.

Thursday 05/30/2019
Three Easy Ways to Brighten a Cancer Patient’s Day
Posted: May 30, 2019

(BPT) - Despite the many advances in treatments and more promising survival rates for some cancers, many patients living with cancer often experience the darkness that can come with the disease.

Wednesday 05/29/2019
Woman Learns To Embrace Life With Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 2:31 am

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Understanding the Link Between AFib and Stroke
Updated: June 03, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) If you are one of the 5.5 million Americans living with atrial fibrillation (AFib) – the most common type of cardiac arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm) – you are already at high-risk for stroke.1 May is Stroke Awareness Month, a reminder to make sure you and your loved ones stay heart-smart and know the risks of stroke that come with having AFib.

5 Ways Pets can Improve Mental Health
Updated: June 03, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) Pet ownership can have a positive effect on people, including those who may be struggling with mental health. From minimizing loneliness and stress to aiding in social situations, pets can truly go above and beyond for their human companions.

Sudden Rapid Heartbeat
Updated: June 03, 2019 - 2:55 am

Revealing a lesser-known heart disorder and what to do about it

4 Ways Kids can Benefit from Growing Up With Pets
Updated: June 03, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) Pets can make an impression on every member of the family, but the bond between a child and a pet can become a special one with lifelong effects. From increased physical activity to a positive impact on confidence and social skills, there are many ways younger family members can benefit from growing up alongside a furry friend.

Tuesday 05/28/2019
Caring for customers’ needs through evolving supplemental group insurance benefits
Posted: May 28, 2019

(BPT) - These days, businesses of all sizes are searching for the latest technological advancements to help transform the working world, whether it be cloud computing or the “internet of things.” In a similar manner, some insurers are evolving their products and services to better care for the needs of the people they serve.

Friday 05/24/2019
How the Internet Can Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
Updated: May 27, 2019 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) Over the past 10 years, researchers have learned Alzheimer’s disease starts much earlier than the onset of symptoms – 10-20 years before an individual, family member or friend might notice the signs of the debilitating disease.

Knowledge is Power
Updated: May 27, 2019 - 2:44 am

Understanding the rights of nursing home residents

Wednesday 05/22/2019
The tell-tale signs of allergies and what you can do to face the season head on [Infographic]
Posted: May 22, 2019

(BPT) - Allergy sufferers know when allergy season has arrived, thanks to common symptoms that include sneezing and runny noses. Luckily Puffs offers easy solutions to help you beat allergies any time of year.