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Breathing Matters: The Importance of Understanding COPD

(BPT) - Breathe in. Breathe out. Just take a moment to inhale and exhale. We too often take breathing for granted, but what if taking a breath was a challenge?

Pet Central

pets

Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

Fitness

Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

Crosswords

Crosswords

Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

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Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




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Wednesday 03/22/2017
Is seaweed the next superfood?
Updated: March 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - There’s a new superfood in town. And it’s not kale.

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Decoding food labels: Scary additives or gifts from nature?
Updated: March 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Food-ingredient labels are getting shorter. Why? Because the people have spoken: We want fewer, better ingredients in our foods. We asked, and the companies that make our food responded by replacing artificial colors and flavors, removing what’s unessential, and using naturally derived ingredients.

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Cooking essentials: A peek inside a professional chef's kitchen
Updated: March 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - From spices and oils to gadgets and gizmos, it seems like there are always new, trendy items that you should add to your kitchen. Trying to separate the handy from the hype, however, can be a time-consuming and expensive process.

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Feel good about satisfying your sweet tooth
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - With growing concerns about diabetes, obesity and dental health issues, many Americans are trying to limit their sugar intake and are turning to other types of sweeteners. But with so many alternatives out there, how do you know the choices you make to replace sugar are actually healthier options?

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Seniors: Make Eye Care Part Of Your Wellness Routine
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Regular checkups at the doctor’s office are a familiar routine for most people: blood pressure checks, blood tests and health history questions. There’s something else you should know, however: Your overall health can affect your eyes.

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7 Tips to Shake Up Your Lifestyle
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Smell Your Way to a Better Mood
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Make Your Promposal Epic
Updated: March 23, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Tuesday 03/21/2017
Better Balance for Heart Health
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

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5 Tips to Plan Your Wedding Like a Pro
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

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4 Tips for Helping Pets in Need
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Health Help for Your Feline Friend
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Giving to the Next Generation
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Put More You into Your Wedding Day
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

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8 Ways to Optimize Your Sleep
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

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5 Tips for Transitioning Back to Work After a Baby
Updated: March 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Monday 03/20/2017
Pittsburgh woman builds strong support network to help with challenges of multiple sclerosis
Posted: March 20, 2017

(BPT) - When Judy Metzler was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 54, she was in shock – she felt too young to have a chronic disease. Judy wanted to learn more about it, but didn’t know where to turn. That’s where her husband, Jeff, stepped in.

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It's Time to Talk About Advanced Prostate Cancer
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - “I’ve experienced a lot since I started riding this prostate cancer rollercoaster,” said Glenn D., a patient with advanced prostate cancer. “There were some tough days when I was so sick I thought I wouldn’t make it. And, by working with my doctor to develop an individualized regimen for me, there have been some great days where I actually felt like myself again.”

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Caring for Someone with Prostate Cancer - Learning the Signs of Progression
Updated: March 22, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - “When dealing with my husband Glenn’s cancer, I have learned a few things,” said Penni D., a caregiver and wife of a patient living with advanced prostate cancer. “I enjoy the good days together even more and don’t waste time worrying about the future – we take each day as it comes.”

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Say "I'm OK": The Five 'S' Plan to Managing Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
Updated: March 21, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - When could feeling sad mean something more? Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), also known as clinical depression, is a common but serious mood disorder that can affect how you feel, think and handle everyday activities.1 MDD is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States, with an estimated 16.1 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States experiencing at least one major depressive episode in the past year.2 If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with MDD, talk to your doctor about what treatment options are right for you and consider using the Five ‘S’ Plan below that could help manage the condition.

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What to Know if You Are Trying to Get Pregnant
Updated: March 20, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) The journey to parenthood is not always easy. For some, it is definitely a harder process. But there are many natural steps you can take to boost your fertility, say experts.

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Friday 03/17/2017
Reorganize your kitchen to encourage healthy eating habits, nutritionist says
Updated: March 18, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - More than half of Americans say they can judge how healthy a family’s lifestyle is by the contents of their refrigerator, and more than a quarter admit that they would eat healthier if they were better organized, according to a new national survey. They’re right to associate the state of their refrigerators with the healthfulness of their eating habits, says celebrity nutritionist and healthy cooking expert Keri Glassman.

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Seniors Find That Doing Good Is Good For You
Updated: March 17, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - There are two things that older adults have in spades these days: time and knowledge. And both make them the perfect match for volunteering.

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How stories from the community help shed light on an incurable cancer
Updated: March 21, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Imagine sitting in a doctor’s office and being told you have an incurable form of blood cancer that you’ve never even heard of. A disease that sometimes has no symptoms and no known cause. A type of cancer that leads patients to go through ongoing cycles of relapse and remission before succumbing to disease.

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Thursday 03/16/2017
Depression Sufferers Find Hope With New Sound Technology
Posted: March 16, 2017

(NewsUSA) - Healthcare in the United States is one of the hottest topics of conversation these days, in large part, because there are no easy answers on how to affordably offer it to everyone.

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Going With Your Gut -- Virtual Colonoscopy Simplifies Cancer Screening
Updated: March 16, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) -Did you know that colorectal cancer is expected to kill more than 50,000 American men and women this year?

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The Healing Power Of Art Therapy
Updated: March 17, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—We all love art—music, painting, literature, theater, dance. All these things bring us joy and enrich our lives. But art also plays a very important role in healing. Art therapy is becoming an increasingly effective way to treat trauma, especially among our country’s wounded warriors. Music, writing and visual art therapy programs at military care facilities are proving beneficial in producing calming effects for those suffering from brain injuries, post-traumatic stress syndrome and other conditions.

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How To Succeed At Surviving Heart Failure
Updated: March 17, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—The latest statistics from the American Heart Association (AHA), one of the world’s oldest and largest voluntary organizations dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke, show that the number of people living with heart failure has now topped more than 6 million—and that number is expected to rise to more than 8 million by 2030.

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Wednesday 03/15/2017
For Patient Safety Awareness Week, know if you're at risk for respiratory compromise
Posted: March 15, 2017

(BPT) - For 15 years, the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has led Patient Safety Awareness Week. NPSF is a nonprofit organization whose vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. Held annually in March, Patient Safety Awareness Week is a time dedicated to help raise awareness about patient safety among health care professionals and the public.

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Sleep: A Window To Your Health
Updated: March 16, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Even though most people do it every night, science still has had a hard time understanding sleep. Greek philosophers argued about it; scientists studied it for millennia and just about everyone recognizes it's important. For thousands of years, people believed sleep was a passive state during which active physical and mental processes are "on hold." But sleep is much more.

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Savvy Smartphone Features
Updated: March 16, 2017 - 3:31 am

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3 Steps to a Budget that Works
Updated: March 16, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Tuesday 03/14/2017
Amid Opioid Abuse Crisis, Back Pain Sufferers Look to Chiropractic Care
Updated: March 14, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Lower back pain, it's been said, is very democratic.

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How an Ex-College Athlete Survived His Use of Prescription Painkillers
Updated: March 14, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Pro sports stars may grab all the headlines, but college and high-school athletes also suffer from the negative effects of prescription painkillers.

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Monday 03/13/2017
After years of ER visits and overlooked symptoms, a rare cancer diagnosis emerges
Posted: March 13, 2017

(BPT) - Giovanna was a successful composer and pianist playing alongside some of the biggest names in the music industry when she experienced bouts of abdominal pain so intense she made repeated visits to the emergency room (ER). Over the next several years, Giovanna found herself in the ER at least six times, always with the same pain. She wanted answers.

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Breakthrough technology offers numerous benefits to people with hearing loss
Updated: March 14, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The latest breakthrough in hearing aids is not what you’d expect.

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Maintaining healthy weight helps protect kidneys
Updated: March 16, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - There are countless reasons to maintain a healthy weight — and you can add protecting your kidneys to the list. If you have kidney disease or are at risk for it, maintaining a healthy weight is even more important.

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Preparing for surgery? These tips could save your life
Updated: March 14, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - If surgery is in your future, it’s never too early to prepare. Whether you’re having an outpatient procedure or a major operation involving a hospital stay, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) encourages you to take simple steps to be ready for the big day, starting with talking with your physician anesthesiologist, a vital member of your care team.

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Why skip breakfast? 5 warm comfort foods that cook in 3 minutes
Updated: March 21, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - In spite of the well-documented drawbacks of not eating breakfast, approximately 30 percent of Americans are still failing to fuel themselves in the morning, according to WebMD. And many of those moving through their days with empty stomachs blame a lack of convenience.

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Tips To Help Families Improve Health
Updated: March 14, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Although March is officially National Nutrition Month, anytime is a good time to eat more nutritiously, points out the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). It offers 12 tips to help.

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Simple Ways to Incorporate Exercise into Your Daily Life
Updated: March 13, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) When constantly struggling to juggle the unending daily responsibilities of both work and family life, trying to squeeze in time to exercise can be a daunting task.

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Friday 03/10/2017
Help Protect The Young Adult Lifestyle
Updated: March 13, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Young adults have ambitious future plans and want to experience a lot throughout their lifetime.

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Thursday 03/09/2017
Smart food swaps mean more nutrition and less 'giving up'
Updated: March 17, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Does it ever seem like a lot of healthy-eating advice is about “less,” “giving up” and “taking away?” Reducing fat and sodium intake, avoiding high-calorie foods and trimming portion size are commonly heard pieces of advice when you’re trying to lose weight or improve your diet. But health experts agree, good eating doesn’t just mean giving up bad habits, it’s also about adding foods with more nutritional value.

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My life with chronic kidney disease: Staying informed to help manage my disease
Updated: March 10, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - More than 26 million American adults are currently living with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and many more are at increased risk for developing the disease.1 It is important to take steps to keep the kidneys healthy - this includes getting blood and urine checked and managing conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.2

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Tiny Biotechs Get Giant Results In Leukemia Treatment
Updated: March 10, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—A revolutionary new treatment for relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) may soon be available. For decades, the only treatment for CLL was toxic chemotherapy that provided limited benefit. However, over the last 20 years, major strides have been made in the quest to develop a new treatment that is both safe and effective, and each new development can be attributed to efforts made by a tiny biotech company.

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People Searching For Strength And Wellness Can Find It In Numbers
Updated: March 11, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—While many people are familiar with the phrase "strength is in numbers," not everyone realizes the important role community and social interactions play in achieving exercise goals and balanced nutrition.

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Wednesday 03/08/2017
World-renowned soccer player scores big against Crohn's disease
Posted: March 08, 2017

(BPT) - Chastain, whose son was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, encourages people living with inflammatory bowel diseases to work with their healthcare providers to create plans to live with these diseases

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It's Time To Show Your Kidneys Some Love
Updated: March 09, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to internal organs, hearts tend to get all the attention. But when your kidneys don’t work, the rest of you won’t work, either. That’s why now is a good time to show these two fist-sized organs on either side of your spine some love. It’s time to “Heart Your Kidneys.”

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Natural Tips to Beat Seasonal Respiratory Health Challenges
Updated: March 08, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) Spring and summer can be particularly difficult times of year for those with respiratory health challenges, when simple activities like gardening, walking the dog and reading a book on the patio can cause itching, wheezing, sneezing and trouble breathing.

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