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    What days are best to conceive?

    (BPT) - When a couple is planning to have a baby, understanding the 28-day cycle can mean the difference between success and disappointment, says Dr. Gloria Richard-Davis, Ob/Gyn, fertility specialist and author of Planning Parenthood.

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    Struggling to find an epinephrine auto-injector before school starts?

    (BPT) - AUVI-Q® (epinephrine injection, USP) is still available by prescription for children with life-threatening allergies.

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    2014-2016 Data Shows Risk of Meningitis Higher Among College Students

    (BPT) - Nicolis “Nico” Williams was a junior at Texas A&M University when one day in February 2011, he had a bad headache after a night out with friends.“It was bad enough for him to want to go to a clinic. They treated him for flu-like symptoms, and he went home to rest,” remembers Nico’s older sister Tiffany. “Later, his roommates found him disoriented and rushed him to the hospital.”That was when Nico was diagnosed with meningitis B — costing him his life at only 20 years old.Meningococcal meningitis, often referred to as meningitis or bacterial meningitis, is an inflammation of the protective membranes, or meninges, covering the brain and spinal cord. It is an uncommon but serious disease that can be deadly.[1]Serogroups A, C, W, Y and B historically account for most of the meningitis cases in the United States.[2]Although meningitis B is uncommon, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) surveillance data from 2014-16 showed the risk of contracting meningitis B was approximately 3.5 times higher in college students compared with persons not attending college of the same age.[3]Nico had not received the vaccine that helps protect against meningitis A, C, W or Y, and meningitis B vaccines were not available in 2011. In 2014, new vaccines were approved to help prevent meningitis B. Now there are two different types of vaccines and both are needed to help protect against all of the five vaccine-preventable groups of meningitis.[4]Shortly after Nico passed away, Tiffany’s family began working with the J.A.M.I.E. (Joint Advocacy of Meningococcal Information & Education) Group, founded by meningitis survivor Jamie Schanbaum and her family, to change meningitis vaccination law in the state of Texas. In May 2011, the Jamie Schanbaum and Nicolis Williams Act was passed, making Texas the first state in the US to require all first-time college students to be vaccinated against meningitis A, C, W and Y.[*]In 2012, Tiffany and her family founded The NICO Williams Foundation (Neglecting Immunizations Compromising Opportunity), a nonprofit which works to educate about meningococcal disease and its vaccinations, with a current focus on meningitis B.Today, Tiffany works as a spokesperson for GSK, sharing her brother’s story to educate parents and young adults about the dangers of meningitis and the types of vaccines available to help prevent it.“By the time my brother made it to the hospital, it was too late,” Tiffany says. “So now I do this — I advocate and I educate. I don’t want anyone else to lose a sibling, I don’t want parents to lose a child, and I don’t want friends to lose friends.”Did You Know:

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Wednesday 08/15/2018
Back to School, Back to You: A Parent’s Survival Guide
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:57 am

(StatePoint) Parenthood is a demanding and busy job, particularly during back-to-school season. With lunches to pack, homework to check, projects to oversee and activities to drive the kids to and from, it’s no wonder many parents find it challenging to squeeze in time for self-care.

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Monday 07/30/2018
The Cure For AIDS Is In Your Hands
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:57 am

(NAPSI)—What do a motorcycle ride taking place August 6 through August 10, a hand cream, an Instagram photo, an exercise class and a skincare company have in common? Surprisingly, they can all help fight HIV/AIDS.

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Tuesday 07/10/2018
3 Hacks to Solve Your Workout Woes
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:57 am

(StatePoint) Is your workout causing you grief? Check out these hacks below that address some of the most common workout woes.

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Monday 07/09/2018
Drew Barrymore's top 10 must-have summer essentials
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - Golden Globe Award-winning actress, producer, director, author and mother Drew Barrymore knows summer is the perfect time to kick back, enjoy life and embrace the possibilities of the season. Of course there's no better time to let your personality shine, whether that means trying a new summer activity, bonding with the kids or feeling comfortable in your own shoes.

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Wednesday 07/04/2018
The Ultimate Summer Dining Out Guide: 10 Tips for a Healthier You
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:57 am

(StatePoint) With summer, comes BBQs, beach days and dining out with family and friends. And if you’re trying to lose weight or maintain your healthy lifestyle, a big part of being successful is having the freedom to enjoy the things you love and not feel deprived. Strike the right balance with this ultimate summer dining out guide from Mandi Knowles, dietitian for South Beach Diet.

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Wednesday 06/20/2018
Don't Let a Vacation Derail Your Diet
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:57 am

(StatePoint) Vacation season is here and it’s no surprise that what you eat can have an impact on your weight. In a study from the University of Georgia, 61 percent of the participants gained weight while on vacation, with an average gain of 0.7 pounds. Some even gained up to 7 pounds.

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Friday 05/25/2018
Slim Down Tips for a Healthier Summer
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:57 am

(StatePoint) Summer means BBQs, beach time and swimsuits, but it could also mean a change in eating habits and not necessarily for the better. Many people work hard throughout the winter in hopes of losing weight before summer, but when summer arrives, they abandon their healthy lifestyle and risk gaining weight.

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Monday 05/21/2018
5 ways to turn back the clock on your skin
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - If you have started to notice changes in your skin in your late 30s or early 40s, you’re not alone. This is when most people see their skin start to sag around the forehead and jowls, and some areas may look more sunken, such as around the eyes and cheek area. These changes tend to make your face look older. Fortunately, there are many treatments that can help forestall and reverse the aging process that do not involve invasive cosmetic surgery.

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Thursday 04/05/2018
3 Fun, Fashionable Color Trends This Summer
Updated: April 05, 2018 - 3:38 am

(StatePoint) Whether you’re looking forward to attending a few special events or have a fun getaway planned, you’re probably wondering what key items you’ll need to add to your wardrobe for summer.

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Tuesday 04/03/2018
The Search for Extraordinary Women of Worth During National Volunteer Month
Updated: April 04, 2018 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - Throughout the month of April — National Volunteer Month — L’Oréal Paris is calling on men and women throughout the country to nominate extraordinary women who find beauty and strength in giving back to their communities. Women like Shandra Woworuntu, a survivor of human trafficking, who founded the program Mentari to provide resources, advocacy, education and mentoring initiatives to help other survivors reintegrate into society.

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Tuesday 08/14/2018
Choosing The Right Caregiver For Your Parents
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:58 am

(NAPSI)—According to Pew Research, every day, 10,000 Americans turn 65 years old. And that will continue for the next 12 years, reaching 18 percent of the population by 2030. Americans 85 and older will triple in population by 2050.

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Prediabetes and High Blood Pressure Can be Managed: What to Know
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:58 am

(StatePoint) Even as chronic diseases like prediabetes and high blood pressure touch more and more Americans, physicians are urging patients to keep in mind that early detection is key, and that chronic disease can often be managed with lifestyle changes.

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Monday 08/13/2018
Summer Survival Guide: Venomous Snakebite Edition
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - Summer welcomes a return to favorite outdoor activities. Yet, along with fun in the sun comes some not-so-friendly creatures to be mindful of, namely venomous snakes. Just like us, snakes become more active when the temperatures rise, and with most snakebites taking place during the summer months,[i] it is especially important to know how to avoid and treat a snakebite before heading outdoors.

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TV Host, Reality Star, but First a Mom: Sharon Osbourne's Emotional Caregiver Journey
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - “I’m living proof that you can become an expert on something you never even wanted to learn about – and it can be devastating,” explains Sharon Osbourne.

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What's worse than a migraine? 5 things to know about cluster headache
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - Cluster headache (CH) is an extremely painful primary headache disorder, which affects one to two people in every 1,000.[1] CH is known as being one of the worst pains known to man and is even more debilitating than migraine. Listed below are five important things to know about this condition.

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4 Surprising Insights Into Life With Parkinson’s Disease
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:58 am

(StatePoint) Over 1 million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease (PD), and while some symptoms are easier to see, such as tremors, stiffness and slowness of movement, there are a range of harder-to-detect non-movement symptoms that can have an impact on daily life.

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Friday 08/10/2018
Nothing to Hide: Overcoming Plaque Psoriasis
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - Like many psoriasis patients, Kim Knight has tried numerous treatment options over the years to help reduce the red, flaky patches covering the skin on her elbows, hands, knees and scalp. Unlike many people with psoriasis, however, she is lucky enough to work in a dermatology office as a Superficial Radiation Technology Specialist, where she is able to receive the direct advice and support of her office’s healthcare providers.

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6 ways to make the most of your summer getaway
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:58 am

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Thursday 08/09/2018
Do Your Allergies Seem Out of Control? Check the Signs for Chronic Rhinosinusitis
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - Summer is nearly upon us. The warm weather leads to flowers blooming, luscious green grass, and verdant trees. Unfortunately, for those with seasonal allergies, the picture is not as lovely, with visions of a spike in pollen, stuffy noses, congestion, facial pain and tenderness, decreased smell and taste, and sinus infections.

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5 Tips for a Smooth Back-to-School Transition
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:59 am

(Family Features) Just when it seems like you have gotten into your summer groove, it’s time to get back into your school routine, which can be cause both relief and stress at the same time for parents and students alike. Even if your kids are fairly adaptable, big changes like heading back to school after a summer of limited scheduling can be stressful.

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