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December 18, 2017

3 technology tips for last-minute gift giving
(BPT) - The holidays are a favorite time of year for many. We love decorating our homes, baking cookies, donating to our favorite charities, and listening to those classic songs we only get to enjoy a few short weeks each year. There's all the holiday parties and celebrations. And of course, a big ... More >>


Science-based suggestions for self-confidence
(BPT) - A recent study shows your perception of your own image has a profound effect on how you present yourself to the rest of the world.Those findings could be empowering since even small changes to your self-care routine can significantly boost your self-confidence.The study by researchers at th... More >>


Women in agriculture are challenging stereotypes
(BPT) - About a third of the nation's farmers are women, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And most of these women are working family farms, since 99 percent of all American farms are family-owned and operated. Just under 1 million women farmers contribute $12.9 billion to the nation... More >>


Drivers' re-education on flat-tire fixing
(BPT) - The hardships of navigating winter roads aren't made any easier when facing a flat tire. In fact, for many Americans, fixing a flat remains a mystery. According to a survey from AAA, nearly 20 percent of U.S. drivers don't know how to change a flat tire. This is compounded by research sayin... More >>


Winter storm power outages on the rise - 3 ways to prepare
(BPT) - Winter storms can wreak havoc on roads, homes and personal lives. However, facing hours of cleaning up fallen tree limbs, shoveling snow or being cooped up inside with antsy kids might be the least of your worries. Experts predict more frequent and severe storms could lead to lengthy power ... More >>


The time is right to seek new income opportunities
(BPT) - Whether you plan to watch the ball drop in Times Square this New Year's Eve or be in bed by 10 p.m., one thing is certain: a new year is coming, and with it comes a chance for change. It's a time to reflect on what works best for you and reset your course for the coming year. Research shows... More >>


The most wonderful (and stressful) time of year. Could you be suffering from seasonal anxiety? Find out how to cope.
(BPT) - Hot cocoa by a crackling fire. The sounds of family and friends' laughter heard throughout the house. Your favorite holiday movies on the television. This is the idyllic holiday scene. But what's the reality? Statistics show us that the holiday season, portrayed as the most wonderful time o... More >>


Say goodbye to winter blues with vitamin D-rich foods
(BPT) - Winter got you down? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is estimated to affect 10 million Americans, according to Psychology Today. Another 10 percent to 20 percent may have mild SAD.Even if you don't have diagnosed SAD, it's not uncommon to have bouts of the winter blues. There are many rea... More >>


3 simple tips to get delicious, balanced weeknight meals on the table
(BPT) - Weekday schedules get crazy, which is why the first casualty of all that chaos is the family dinner.While most families say eating together is a high priority, day-to-day reality is different. According to a 2013 poll by NPR and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, only half of children in t... More >>


Senior guest? How to prepare your home for older visitors
(BPT) - Whether it's for a special occasion or just because, hosting an older adult in your home can be a wonderful experience with lots of memory-making potential. However, for a safe and successful visit, you may want to make a few adjustments to your home before they arrive to make it more senio... More >>


5 Must-know Investing and Retirement Tips
(BPT) - Parents and grandparents typically pass down many things to the next generation - jewelry, furniture and other family heirlooms. But what if the best thing that the preceding generation passed along was their financial wisdom? Through years of investing and saving for retirement, Baby Boome... More >>


Boomers: 10 reasons to go nuts
(BPT) - For the roughly 75 million Americans who make up the baby boom generation, a healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons against age-related diseases.'It's vital at any age to adopt good habits to live a strong, fit and healthy life,' says Dr. Mike Roussell, a nationally recognized nutr... More >>


Top trends for the 2018 housing market identified
(BPT) - In the real estate market, springtime is go time. It's the busiest time of the year for home sales, and with this year's stable economy and low unemployment rate, the spring of 2018 has the potential to be especially active.Every market is defined by its trends, and while each year is diffe... More >>


Black hole, begone: 5 tips for curating your treasured photos
(BPT) - Are you one of those dedicated people who snap great photos at every meaningful moment of your life? And do most of those shots end up in virtual memory, filed away in a sea of unsorted images?If so, you're far from alone. Analysts say a whopping 1.2 trillion photos will be taken across the... More >>


5 strategies for protecting your valuables
(BPT) - Home is your sanctuary, your castle, the place where you feel the most secure and protected. It is natural to feel this way. So, it is not surprising that you store your prized possessions and valuables at home as well. But is that the best choice for all your valuables?The recent wildfires... More >>


Humans' intimacy with technology: Are we all becoming cyborgs?
(BPT) - Do you think you could live without your mobile phone? What about the navigation and backup camera in your car? Could you drive as well without them? Could you get by without your smartwatch reminding you how often to get up from your desk to keep healthy or weather conditions for the day s... More >>


Brain drained? These habits can help maintain a healthy brain
(BPT) - Everyone has those days. You're operating in a fog, or perhaps you spaced out on a family member's name in the middle of dinner, or maybe you just find it hard to concentrate on work or hobbies. When these unwanted situations begin to come up more often, you may start to worry. Aging has lo... More >>


Need a vacation where it's warm? How about a quick weekend escape to this sunny coastal getaway?
(BPT) - Step outside. Is it cold, windy and gray? Snowy even? Yep, those are sure signs winter is upon us. The bright leaves of autumn have faded, the pumpkin-flavored beverages are starting to wane, and the kids already are developing a serious case of cabin fever. But there's a remedy for all thi... More >>


5 ways to jump-start your heart health
(BPT) - If you're looking to improve your heart health, each day is all about making a choice that moves you in the right direction. You'd rather stay in with a big bowl of ice cream. But maybe today, you could click off the TV set and take a walk with a friend.It's easy to see why heart health is ... More >>


Top 4 nutrition predictions in the New Year
(BPT) - Several food and nutrition trends were in the spotlight this year, including the continued rise of plant-based diets, non-dairy ice creams and superfoods that are blasts from the past - legumes, apples and cabbage. It can be easy to experience nutrition whiplash in the New Year, but don't b... More >>


5 budget-friendly master bathroom upgrades you'll cherish for years
(BPT) - What does your bathroom mean to you? Is it an oasis, a place to unwind, relax and let the cares of the day simply melt away? Or is it just another room in your house?If your answer is the latter, then your bathroom isn't doing everything it could. The good news is, getting your space there ... More >>


From cancer nurse to cancer patient: One woman's story
(BPT) - Throughout her career, Lindsay Norris had a close connection with cancer, helping others battle the disease. Then one day, it became even more personal.The 33­-year-­old oncology nurse still remembers the moment she heard the news of her own diagnosis - Stage 3 colorectal ca... More >>


5 simple ways to survive the holiday season
(BPT) - For most of us, the holidays are the busiest time of year. From finding the best deals to stuffing stockings, it's easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle and forget the spirit of the season. Instead of enjoying valuable time with family and friends, the holidays are often defined by a ne... More >>


5 tips for staying healthy this holiday season
(BPT) - As the holiday season approaches, it is as important as ever to stay healthy.With holiday parties and family gatherings, illnesses like the flu can spread easily - and you don't want to miss out on the festivities.As the largest provider of influenza vaccine to the U.S., Sanofi Pasteur enco... More >>


6 fast fixes for a fresh, cozy home
(BPT) - As temperatures drop, you and your family will be spending more time living indoors - working, playing, relaxing and staying warm. More time indoors means it's more important to keep your home fresh by staying ahead of the continual buildup of dirt, dust and allergens. Plus, taking a few si... More >>


5 steps for a successful holiday gathering
(BPT) - The holiday season is about spending quality time with family and friends. Many people will host gatherings and parties during this time of year. Keep stress levels at an all-time low by taking some seamless shortcuts to pull off a get together of any size - whether a football watch party, ... More >>


Entertaining tips: Worry-free ways to clean before your guests arrive
(BPT) - For many of us, this is the best time of the year to spend with friends, family and lots of food. The weather has turned colder, the clocks have shifted back and we're ready to invite guests over to eat, laugh and make new memories for the new year.Let's face it, because you spend more time... More >>


5 hacks to save time and money during the holidays
(BPT) - The holidays are a wonderful time of year to spend with family and friends, and to reconnect with those you may not often see. However, the festive season can also be a busy and expensive time. By January, many are left feeling exhausted physically, emotionally and financially. But don't le... More >>


4 great gifts for your green-living friend
(BPT) - Here's a stat for you: More than 145 million Americans report being alarmed or concerned about climate change, according to the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.Yes, over 145 million. That's more than a third of the nation's total population. Are you one of them? Whether yo... More >>


6 tech tips to make the most of your holidays
(BPT) - When you think of the holidays and what is most important, it invariably comes back to the people. They are the ones you travel hundreds of miles - or just a few steps! - to see. They are the friends and family who help make memories and celebrate the season.However, when it comes to planni... More >>


The first rule of the road: Focus on driving
(BPT) - Have you noticed that traffic seems to be worse lately? There's a good reason for that - there are more vehicles on the road than at any time in recent history. Unemployment is low and gas is affordable, which means more people are driving more miles. And more drivers means an increased ris... More >>


Is It a cold or the flu? When to seek care
(BPT) - Your nose is running. You are coughing and tired. Are you sure it's just a cold? You could have influenza, commonly referred to as 'the flu.' Although common, the flu can be serious and even lead to hospitalization or death. Knowing the difference between a cold and the flu is very importan... More >>


Shortage of truck diesel technicians and truck drivers is countrywide
(BPT) - As the transportation industry continues to grow and baby boomers continue to retire, the need for trained diesel mechanics and truck drivers has never been greater. Job openings span the U.S., and many sit open while businesses feel the stress of a massive talent shortage.For people seekin... More >>


A cup of tea can be the best solution for everyday wellness
(BPT) - Before medicine and pharmaceuticals filled our remedy box, food and food ingredients were considered healing agents. Hippocrates was wise in his understanding of the special powers of food, beyond satisfying our appetites: 'Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.'There are many c... More >>


Seize the holidays with 4 festive twists on decadent desserts
(BPT) - It's no secret that the holidays are a time for indulgence. Nearly four out of five Americans (79 percent) say dessert is one of their favorite parts of holiday dinners and celebrations, and 94 percent like pie, according to an Edwards(R) desserts survey conducted online by Harris Poll amo... More >>


Homeowners liable for snow and ice control
(BPT) - Whenever it snows, it is common to see shopping center employees and business owners out and about clearing pathways, parking spaces and entrances of snow and ice. But this isn't just good business to help customers get in the door, it is also a liability issue should someone slip, fall and... More >>


5 questions about applying for disability benefits
(BPT) - Age and chronic illness can take a toll. A June 2017 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that the most costly health conditions in the U.S. include: heart disease, cancer, arthritis, stroke and type 2 diabetes. An estimated 117 million people have one or more chron... More >>


Veterans fought for freedom; struggle with lung health
(BPT) - After serving their country, many veterans face long-term health challenges but sometimes symptoms may not appear for decades and aren't quickly recognized, aggravating their condition. The lung disease chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an example that's disproportionately aff... More >>


6 home cleaning tips for pet owners
(BPT) - Having a pet may seem like the beginning of a never-ending mess, but the key to living with furry friends is preparation. Whether combating odor, keeping surfaces free of dirt and fur or removing pesky stains, taking preventative measures and using the right products can turn any mess into ... More >>


How Bluetooth hearing aids are transforming the way we live
(BPT) - Bluetooth technology is steadily expanding the role of modern hearing aids from tiny marvels that make use of artificial intelligence to process sound into true, state-of-the-art multimedia hubs now capable of two-way communication.The primary goal of hearing aids has always been to improve... More >>


Tips for helping reduce the burden of Alzheimer's caregiving
(BPT) - Caring for someone with Alzheimer's or other dementias is exceptionally demanding, and especially challenging. The caregiving needs of people living with Alzheimer's are not only often more extensive, but are often needed over many years - even decades.A recent survey by the Alzheimer's Ass... More >>


Flu facts: Top 5 things you need to know about the flu shot this year
(BPT) - You hear about it on the news. You see the signs in the pharmacy windows. Even your friends and co-workers are talking about it. The flu shot is a highly discussed topic, and for good reason!According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average, 5 to 20 percent of th... More >>


Embrace life's simple pleasures - like home-cooked meals
(BPT) - As temperatures continue to drop, it's time to embrace all the simple and cozy pleasures the season offers: gatherings with friends, fuzzy socks, hanging strings of lights to bring ambiance to those early evenings.Of course, the season can also bring on some serious cravings for warm and co... More >>


How you and your behavior affect your car insurance rates
(BPT) - The average American driver pays more than $1,300 per year for car insurance, but some pay a third of that average while others pay nearly 30 times that amount, according to research by The Zebra, an auto insurance search engine. High prices, wide disparity in rates and a number of misunder... More >>


A New Kind of Life Insurance for Those Living with Diabetes
(BPT) - For people living with diabetes, the condition is a part of their everyday life and one that impacts many of their decisions, from balancing what they eat to taking care of their health. One area that might not be top of mind for people living with diabetes is life insurance. That's because... More >>


5 savvy strategies to calm your travel worries
(BPT) - Traveling can make for some of the best moments of your life, but it is not without its challenges. After all, there are rooms to book, activities to plan and, of course, luggage to worry about. Without the right strategies, these challenges can seem pretty daunting.How daunting? A survey f... More >>


Prepare the perfect turkey for your holiday meal
(BPT) - Think of the holiday season and answer this question: The holidays are the only time of year I do … what?Maybe it's the only time of year you set up a Christmas tree, hang mistletoe or travel to a certain destination. For many, the holidays are also the only time of year that you... More >>


Creative arts help veterans reclaim their voice
(BPT) - For Angela Walker, music was her first love, her passion and her whole identity. 'Once a singer, always a singer,' she often says. That was true even after she joined the U.S. Navy in 1985. But what happened next forever changed Walker's perspective on what it means to have a voice.When she... More >>


Looking for a Medicare Part D plan? Consider these 3 things
(BPT) - Many people are surprised to find out that Original Medicare doesn’t cover prescription drugs. For help with the cost of your medications, you can choose a standalone Part D plan or a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription coverage, but navigating your options can be complicated.With Med... More >>


Make the most of your brain as you age
(BPT) - It is important to remember the health of our most complex organ: our brain. While the brain constantly changes throughout our lives, it's critical that we take steps to help us stay on top of our game as we age.Help give your brain a boost in the right direction by implementing these 10 br... More >>


Healthy eating at holiday parties? It's possible
(BPT) - The holidays bring a lot of temptations from every direction if dieting or watching your weight. Holiday parties and get-togethers can be a healthful-eating challenge. Caught up in conversation among friends and family, surrounded by tasty food and drinks, it's easy to lose track of what an... More >>


Stopping at Nothing: A 69-Year-Old BMX Racer Overcomes Her Joint Pain
(BPT) - Ever since her 20s, Kittie Weston-Knauer had experienced osteoarthritis (OA) pain in her hips and knees, but it never stopped her from staying active. In her 40s, she even picked up a new, exciting hobby: BMX, or bicycle motocross racing. Gradually though, despite her active lifestyle, the ... More >>


Find Medicare Confusing? Start Here
(BPT) - Navigating Medicare can be challenging. In fact, according to a 2017 UnitedHealthcare survey, nearly 40 percent of Medicare beneficiaries find the program confusing. Learning the basics can help you cut through the confusion and make an informed decision about which coverage option may be t... More >>


Don't let the flu bug you this year
(BPT) - Flu season is upon us, and many healthcare facilities are urging you to start preparing now with vaccines. Ironically, one of the places where you need to be careful is at the doctor’s office or healthcare clinic.The number of people in and out of clinics this time of year increases the cha... More >>


5 preparation tips to make any cruise smooth sailing
(BPT) - When it comes to a dream cruise, everyone has their own idea of the ideal vacation. The beautiful ocean waves breaking against the bow beneath you, the warm breeze blowing against your hair and the lure of new, unexplored destinations off in the distance. If you're lucky, maybe your dream v... More >>


The simple plan that can keep your cholesterol in check
(BPT) - For legendary TV personality and Emmy-award winner Regis Philbin, everything changed on a seemingly ordinary day back in 1992. While in Miami shooting a television commercial, the popular host - who usually plowed forward with his various commitments as though nothing could stop him - exper... More >>


Busting myths and misconceptions about osteoporosis
(BPT) - One in two women over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture caused by osteoporosis in her remaining lifetime. Despite its prevalence, there are many myths and misconceptions about this "silent" disease. These myths may be a reason why osteoporosis is underdiagnosed and undertreated.A fragili... More >>


Know thrombosis: Tips to prevent deadly blood clots
(BPT) - When you think of potentially deadly health issues, do you think of a blood clot? According to a recent U.S. survey, only 7 percent of people say they are concerned about blood clots, known by the medical term thrombosis. However, what they might not know is one in four people worldwide die... More >>


50+: Can these be the best years of your life?
(BPT) - 'You can be one of those people who live in the past and relive the glory days, but I'm living the best days of my life now,' said Bill, a police chief, father of four children and grandfather of two grandchildren.Bill isn't living without obstacles. He has experienced a number of orthopedi... More >>


People with reduced kidney function miss this important warning sign
(BPT) - Anyone with a chronic disease knows the importance of monitoring personal health data to keep on top of one's disease. If you suffer from heart disease, for example, you watch your cholesterol and blood pressure closely, and if you are diabetic, you monitor your blood sugar.People suffering... More >>


Clinical trials and the vital role they play in furthering cancer research
(BPT) - The world of health care is one of constant innovation and discovery. New drugs, treatments and ideas are needed to combat the various health problems Americans face every single day. It is an ever-evolving challenge, and as health concerns are conquered, one constant threat remains: Cancer... More >>


5 easy ways to turn your house into a smart home
(BPT) - There was a time when setting up a smart home was a labor-intensive endeavor. You had to know which devices worked together, spend tedious days getting everything to work just right, then master complicated software to control the whole experience.Things have changed. Nowadays, smart homes ... More >>


Prevent falls this fall with a home safety checklist
(BPT) - After months of sticky heat and humidity, it's time to put away the shorts and pull out the sweaters because the autumn season is finally here. But, late September brings us more than just cooler temperatures and a wardrobe change. If you or a loved one are over the age of 65, the change in... More >>


The top 5 things to know about opioids
(BPT) - While a decade ago you may not have heard much about opioids, today they make headlines daily. The nationwide epidemic crosses generations and socioeconomic lines, and it's affecting your family, friends and neighbors."Opioids have long been used clinically to treat pain, but prior to the 1... More >>


American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Foundation celebrates 10 years with renewed commitment to veterans
(BPT) - For many U.S. veterans, the drumbeat of daily life is hard to overcome. After tours in combat-heavy environments, some veterans struggle to find their way after they return home. Many do not know where to turn to or who will be a true advocate for care. Deb Becker is making sure that vetera... More >>


Try this science-backed way to learn in your sleep
(BPT) - The brain never rests. If you've shared a room with a sleep-talker or woken from an intense dream, it's pretty clear the brain is always active, even during sleep.If we better understand what is happening up there while we rest, perhaps we can direct that activity into something meaningful ... More >>


Tips for choosing the Medicare plan that's right for you
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5 unexpected ways life insurance protects your loved ones
(BPT) - More than half of Americans who own life insurance say they purchased it primarily to cover final expenses if something happens to them, according to the 2016 Life Insurance Barometer study. Yet one in four also say they don't think they have enough life insurance - and the mistaken assumpt... More >>


Medicare Advantage: 20 years, 20 million people and 4 factors
(BPT) - In 1997, the federal government created the Medicare + Choice program - later renamed Medicare Advantage - to enhance consumer choice and more efficiently deliver Medicare benefits to older Americans.You may have heard of Medicare Advantage, but maybe you don't know exactly what it is, what... More >>


5 ways to keep in touch with grandparents near and far
(BPT) - There are laundry lists of reasons why grandparents are the best. They say yes when parents say no, they tell the best stories but make even better listeners, and often they're the first people we call with news, both good and bad.That's why each September, we celebrate National Grandparent... More >>


6 simple steps to avoid distracted driving
(BPT) - Mobile phones have become an essential part of life for most people, helping them stay connected and increase productivity. However, this technology can also be a distraction when driving, which puts everyone on the road at risk.More than one-quarter of all car crashes involve phone use, bo... More >>


Is your hearing loss a barrier to a happy life?
(BPT) - Sheliadawn Fitch would wonder if it really was possible for her to hear again. But she would shove aside those thoughts, overcome by fear and uncertainty, telling herself she was doing okay.Not that you could blame her. The vivacious Texan had been through a lot, having lost much of her abi... More >>


Survey: Millennials manage pain with healthy lifestyle choices
(BPT) - Spending their days hunched over phones, tablets or computers and their free time at spin class or playing sports, millennials are the next generation poised to experience chronic pain. Millennials say acute and chronic pain are already interfering with their quality of life.But while older... More >>


Understanding how medications interact with vitamins
(BPT) - Technology, science and research are offering a personalization powerhouse at our fingertips, including products made specifically for us delivered to our doorsteps. We wear personal fitness trackers to track our steps, sleep and heart rates. Personal trainers design fitness routines made j... More >>


Turning 65? Choosing the right Medicare Part D plan starts with 4 simple rules
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