Tips to keep feet happy this holiday season
(BPT) - Holiday shopping, decorating, parties and traveling are all part of our holiday revelries. But while you're making all that merriment, how happy are your feet? You may be doing a lot of walking, dancing, standing and sitting in one position throughout the holiday season. Half of all Americans report experiencing ...
Flu myths vs. flu facts [Infographic]
There are a number of misconceptions about seasonal flu and flu vaccines, but vaccination against the flu is considered one of the most effective ways of preventing mortality, complications and hospitalizations.
Guide to new 4-strain flu vaccines [Infographic]
For more than 30 years, scientists have been making trivalent (3-strain) flu vaccines to protect against the three strains of flu expected to circulate during a given flu season. Four strains of the flu virus are currently circulating, and in six of the last 11 flu seasons the three strains in the vaccine did not include one of the more commonly circulating strains. To counter this trend, scientists have developed broader protection with quadrivalent (4-strain) flu vaccines, which are availab...
Information about two common, but often overlooked disorders [Infographic]
Chronic digestive disorders are more common than you think. Two often overlooked conditions in the United States are irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C), which affects up to 13 million adults and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC), which affects up to 35 million adults. Recurring abdominal pain and constipation, including hard stools, and infrequent and incomplete bowel movements, may indicate a chronic GI condition, such as IBS-C or, if you have these symptoms with little o...
Winning ideas for beating winter blues
(BPT) - Nearly 150 days separate the last day of the winter holidays from the first unofficial day of summer - Memorial Day. After holiday decorations get packed away, and winter sets in, it's not uncommon to experience a touch - or more - of winter boredom. Some people may find themselves in a rut during those long 150 ...
Living with breast cancer when there's no cure
(BPT) - When Ginny Knackmuhs beat early-stage breast cancer and had routine checkups during the years that followed, she thought the disease was behind her. But in 2009, she was shocked to receive another diagnosis of breast cancer. This time it was metastatic, the most advanced kind. 'I went through a lot of the normal ...
'Tis the season for holiday pressure [Infographic]
From battling long lines while shopping and hosting in-laws to airport congestion and sinus congestion, pressures abound during the holiday season. According to a recent survey from the makers of Sudafed, 79 percent of people have pressure-inducing experiences during the holidays. And they're not just talking about sinus pressure...
Learn how you can support a friend who is being abused
(BPT) - When someone you love is being emotionally or physically abused by her partner, it can be difficult to know the best way to show support without appearing judgmental or invasive. But statistics show that violence typically continues and escalates if no one takes action to stop it. Here are some simple tips and re...
Dealing with dry eye - more common than you think
(BPT) - They say the eyes are the window to the soul, but did you know eyes also say a lot about your health? A number of eye ailments are limited to the eye, but often they can be an indicator of a systemic problem. Dry eye - a common condition in which the tear ducts make insufficient tears for lubricating and nourishi...
How a specialized nurse can benefit you and your loved ones
(BPT) - If you or a loved one is suffering from a wound-, ostomy- or incontinence-related issue and receiving treatment, it may feel like the condition will never stabilize. But many patients in similar situations are finding relief through the services of professional, Baccalaureate-prepared specialty nurses trained and...
Working can benefit those suffering with a chronic illness
(BPT) - No one needed to tell Houston's Robert Gandy that he would reap health and wellness benefits from continuing to work after he started dialysis four years ago. For more than 42 years, Gandy has worked in the restaurant business. The thought of leaving the job he loves never crossed his mind when he started treatme...
Digital Eyestrain - Are You at Risk? [Infographic]
We live and communicate in an evolving digital world. More than a third of U.S. adults spend four to six hours a day with digital or electronic devices. While these devices enable instant communication, awareness and socialization, 70 percent of U.S. adults experience some form of digital eyestrain. Computer tablets, smartphones and other hand-held products are designed for reading and close range use. As a result, eyes must constantly refocus and reposition to process graphics and text. To r...