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Changing seasons: Reducing the risk of anaphylaxis

(BPT) - As seasons change and temperatures begin to rise, flowers blossom and stinging insects thrive, people living with severe allergies may become more susceptible to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction. During this seasonal change, allergy sufferers should take precaution and ensure medications are sufficient and not expired.

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

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

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

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Tuesday 05/23/2017
The eyes have it: 4 things your eyes may communicate without you knowing it
Updated: May 24, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Your eyes: you stare with them, wink with them and roll them. You use your eyes to communicate your thoughts and feelings every single day. Whether you’re aware of it or not, your eyes can speak volumes about who you are and what you feel. But could your eyes be sending the wrong message?

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Monday 05/22/2017
Fighting Fungal Lung Infections with Innovative Inhaled Technology
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Fungal infections in the lungs are a serious, underreported medical issue.

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The eyes have it: 5 things you can do to reduce your child's exposure to harmful blue light
Updated: May 23, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - A generation ago, limiting a child’s screen time meant putting restrictions on how much television they could watch in a single day. "No more than two hours a day and don’t sit too close to the screen." Those were the rules, and while enforcing them was a challenge, it was easy to remember.

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Simplifying baby nutrition: Expert advice for your infant's first foods
Updated: May 24, 2017 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Your cooing, curious, incredibly cute baby is now 6 months old and you've got the go-ahead from your pediatrician to start solid foods. You both are excited to begin this new adventure, but when you head to the store you are suddenly confused by a sea of options.

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Wireless connectivity: What it is and why it matters
Updated: May 23, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - All electronics used to require wires to conduct sound until 1989, when Swedish conglomerate Ericsson Mobile created the short-link radio technology we now know as Bluetooth(R). Applications for this groundbreaking invention quickly expanded and Bluetooth became the standard wire replacement protocol due to its comparatively low power consumption and broadly effective communication system. Today, it’s used to untether hearing aid wearers from audio sources by effectively transforming these medical devices into wireless headsets. Here are some of the challenges wireless hearing aids can help wearers overcome.

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Do You Practice Safe Sun Habits?
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Summertime is all about trips to the pool, beach and park. And it also means time spent in the sun.

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Friday 05/19/2017
Father’s Day Gifts for the Man Who Loves to Cook
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 3:33 am

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4 Tips for Summer Tire Safety
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 3:33 am

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Slide Into Summer Safety
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 3:33 am

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Weather Through Unexpected Events
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 3:33 am

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Dad’s Day, Dad’s Way
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 3:33 am

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Prepare for Entertaining Inside and Out
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 3:33 am

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A Purr-fect Season to Adopt
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 3:33 am

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Provide Safe Power for Summer Fun
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 3:33 am

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Safety During Summer
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 3:33 am

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Bring Your Idea to Life
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 3:34 am

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Tips for Baby’s 1st Foods
Updated: May 22, 2017 - 3:34 am

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Remember the Fallen and Support the Living
Updated: May 24, 2017 - 3:35 am

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Thursday 05/18/2017
Ulcerative colitis: Know the facts and understand the dialogue [Infographic]
Posted: May 18, 2017

(BPT) - Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects hundreds of thousands of Americans. In addition to physical symptoms, UC can impact a person’s work, family and social activities. And yet, a recent Pfizer-sponsored study of 68 UC patients and their gastroenterologists in the U.S. and Europe found that patients rarely speak of the impact of UC on their quality of life with their physicians, indicating a need for more open dialogue.

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Sun Protection Myths And Facts
Updated: May 23, 2017 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Sunscreen is an important part of protecting your skin. However, some information about sunscreen can be confusing, making it difficult to know how to best protect the skin you're in. Seeking shade when the sun is especially strong (from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), wearing clothing that protects your skin as well as hats and sunglasses, and separating myth from fact about sunscreen are three key steps you can take.

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10 Steps to Prep Your Pet for Travel
Updated: May 19, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Prepare for Your Puppy’s 1st Outdoor Adventure
Updated: May 19, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Time-Saving Tips to Get Up and Get Glowing
Updated: May 19, 2017 - 3:32 am

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5 Ways to Inspire After-School Playtime
Updated: May 19, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Create a Kaleidoscope of Color with a Unicorn-Themed Party
Updated: May 19, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Perfect Presents for Dads and Grads
Updated: May 19, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Honor Dads and Cheer Grads
Updated: May 19, 2017 - 3:32 am

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The Lighter Side of Life
Updated: May 19, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Building a Successful Budget
Updated: May 19, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Do Your Part to Fight Hunger
Updated: May 19, 2017 - 3:32 am

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Wednesday 05/17/2017
The NFL concussion settlement gives former NFL players a chance for a better life
Updated: May 18, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - After years of waiting, the NFL concussion settlement affecting thousands of retired NFL players is now open for registration, which means former players, their family and their representatives can begin to take advantage of the benefits the settlement provides. To be eligible, all retired players and their representatives must register by Aug. 7, 2017 by visiting www.nflconcussionsettlement.com.

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Tips to be prepared for life-threatening allergic reactions at school
Posted: May 17, 2017

(BPT) - Most people take for granted childhood experiences that mark the end of a school year a class picnic, a school bake sale or even a game of dodgeball in the schoolyard. But these activities can be a challenge for parents of children with potentially life-threatening (severe) allergies.

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Tuesday 05/16/2017
Grandmother with advanced bladder cancer finds hope when options were limited
Updated: May 17, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Betsy knows things aren’t always what they seem. But, two years ago when she showed up in the emergency room with severe pain in her side, she was quite sure she was experiencing kidney stones.

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5 Tips for Choosing More Nutritious Summer Snacks
Updated: May 16, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) With summer in our midst, people will be heading outside to soak up the sun. It’s only natural to want to enjoy the fresh air with the longer days and warmer temperatures. As more activity is added to your daily routine, it is important to engage in more nutritious snacking as well.

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Monday 05/15/2017
Reduce Your Risk of Dangerous Blood Clots
Updated: May 15, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Oral contraceptives are the most common form of hormonal birth control in the United States, and while research shows that they are safe and effective, the pill can carry risks like any other prescription medication.

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Fighting for the Health of Veterans with Chronic Hepatitis C
Posted: May 15, 2017

(BPT) - U.S. veterans are three times more likely than the general population to have chronic hepatitis C, a serious liver disease caused by a virus that affects about 3.5 million Americans. This increased risk, which is greatest for baby boomer veterans (born between 1945 and 1965), may be due in part to exposure to infected blood during combat. However, unlike some viral diseases, treatment of chronic hepatitis C can lead to cure of the infection. Cure means the virus is no longer detected in the blood when measured at least three months after treatment is completed.

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Osteoporosis May Raise Risk Of Needing Long-Term Care
Updated: May 16, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Osteoporosis, which causes thin and weakened bones, is a major health threat for older people. In fact, 54 million Americans have osteoporosis or low bone mass today. Studies show that half of the female population and 25 percent of the male population older than age 50 will suffer a fracture due to this disease in their lifetime, often without symptoms until a fracture occurs. Women are at a higher risk due, in large part, to the drop in estrogen production after menopause. By age 75, the risk is the same for both men and women.

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The Modern Hysterectomy: DualportGYN
Updated: May 16, 2017 - 3:31 am

Know The Risks Of An Open Or Robotic Hysterectomy

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Tips for Protecting Your Family Against Bug Bites
Updated: May 15, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) From hikes to picnics to relaxing in the hammock, nothing ruins summer fun quite as fast as bug bites. Unfortunately, bug bites are more than just a nuisance. They can trigger allergic reactions in some people, and may transmit diseases like Zika Virus, Dengue Fever, West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease.

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Outdoor Enthusiasts: Tips to Prevent Bites and Burns
Updated: May 15, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) Nearly half of all Americans participate in at least one outdoor activity each year, according to statistics from the Outdoor Foundation. And while many of those exercising outdoors take necessary precautions to reduce their risk for injury, they are not always as dedicated to skin protection.

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Thursday 05/11/2017
Moms: Common Reasons You May be Packing on Pounds
Updated: May 11, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) A pizza crust here, a chicken nugget there. Can eating leftovers off your child’s plate really add up? The answer is yes. Eighty-one percent of moms with kids under 18 admit to eating off their kids’ plates before, during or after a meal. What’s more, one in three say they eat less healthfully now than they did before they became a parent, according to a new survey conducted on behalf of Nutrisystem by Harris Poll.

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New Tips to Ease Recovery from Addiction
Updated: May 11, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) Those recovering from an addiction know what a major challenge the process can be on the body and mind, as well as on the wellness of friends and family supporting your endeavor.

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Wednesday 05/10/2017
Celebrating Oncology Nursing Month: Oncology Nurses' Critical Role in Helping Reduce Risk of Infection During Strong Chemotherapy
Updated: May 11, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - May is Oncology Nursing Month, recognizing the endless commitment, compassion and support that oncology nurses provide for their patients throughout their cancer journeys. Nurses like Linda Buck who, with nearly 15 years of experience as an oncology nurse practitioner, has dedicated her career to caring for patients with breast cancer.

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Signs Of Unsafe Driving In Older Adults
Updated: May 11, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that there are more than 38 million drivers age 65 and older. Age is not the only factor that can impact driving abilities, but it is an important one. There is evidence that most people experience age-related declines in physical and mental abilities. These changes—which can affect everything from vision to how quickly you can make decisions—influence how well you can drive. They can also be difficult to address for yourself or with older people you know, since driving often represents freedom, independence and control.

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Fighting Cancer With Clinical Trials
Updated: May 11, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—About 1.7 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year. If you or someone you care about is among them, you need to know all your options as that’s the best way to approach your cancer treatment.

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Fighting The Four Sleep Disrupters
Updated: May 11, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Every night, while you’re peacefully sleeping, four things may be happening that could seriously harm your health. Fortunately, there are many ways to address these problems. A major one is to invest in a good mattress.

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Childhood Trauma—It Happens More Than You Think
Updated: May 11, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Traumatic experiences happen-but when they happen to children, it can affect their view of the world, their sense of safety, their development, and even their longer-term physical and mental health.

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Arthritis: Long-Term Pain May Need Long-Term Care
Updated: May 11, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Many people think the stiff joints, aches and pains of arthritis are just part of aging.

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Going On Vacation Can Reduce Stress Even After You Get Back
Updated: May 11, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—The numbers are in and it seems the news has Americans stressed out. A survey commissioned by Travelocity of more than 1,500 Americans shows that current events have almost half (48 percent) of those polled more stressed out now than one year ago and of those, 40 percent say that they are "much more stressed."

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