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(BPT) - Haiti has among the highest rates of elephantiasis (lymphatic filariasis), which attacks the lymphatic system, leading to abnormal enlargement of body parts, disfigurement, pain, disability and social ostracism. The World Health Organization estimates that 856.4 million people in 53 countries remain threatened by the condition.

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Wednesday 08/15/2018
5 Benefits of Having a Dog
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:57 am

(Family Features) Few things compare to the feelings of love and companionship that come with owning a dog. Many owners even call their dogs “fur babies” or say they’re a “pet parent.” While having a pet comes with responsibilities and commitment, the physical and emotional benefits can make bringing a pet into the family a worthwhile experience.

5 Ways Dogs Can Improve Lives
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:57 am

(Family Features) Whether playmates or protectors, the human-animal bond is often a powerful connection that goes beyond pure companionship. Dogs typically have many talents and personas – they can be man’s best friend, a canine companion during a difficult time or even a service dog helping veterans and others through daily routines. No matter the relationship between dog and human, these animals can improve lives in numerous ways.

Off to School and Into a New Routine
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) The fall season is met with many transitions, from cooler weather to time changes to more time spent indoors. Among these transitions is the immediate shift from packing beach bags for a day in the sun to packing suitcases to head back to campus for a new semester. As every student’s routine faces an overhaul this time of year, it is important to bear in mind any health needs that may come into play while away from home.

School Bus Safety 101
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) For millions of school-age children in the United States, each day begins – and ends – with a bus ride. While the school bus is the safest way to travel to and from school, according to the National Association of Pupil Transportation (NAPT), it’s important for parents to teach their children how to stay safe in and around the school bus as obstructed views, distracted drivers and more can put kids at risk.

5 Ways to Make Mealtime Meaningful
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:57 am

(Family Features) Coming together for a shared meal is a simple, yet important way for family members to bond and create memories with one another. There’s no better time than right now to bring everyone together around the dinner table – including your four-legged friends – for a delicious meal.

5 Ways to Squash Back-to-School Stress
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:03 am

(Family Features) Heading back to school is exciting for both kids and parents, but with all the thrill and anticipation, there can be quite a bit of stress, too. As a parent, you can approach the impending school year with a positive attitude and these tricks can help minimize stress and give your kids extra confidence when heading into the classroom.

Set for Success
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:03 am

Back-to-school shopping essentials

5 Back-to-School Shopping Tips to Buy More Time
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) It's that time of year again. Parents are preparing for the rush of back-to-school with a seemingly never-ending to-do list. As you run around to purchase school supplies, uniforms and sneakers it can be a busy and expensive time of year.  

5 Tips to Aid Performance in the Classroom
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) With all the stress of a new school year, it can be difficult for students to readjust to a healthy routine, but many experts agree that sleep is among the most important parts of that routine. Numerous studies demonstrate that children who sleep better learn better.

Make the Most of Outdoor Concerts
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) For many music lovers, there are few things better than an evening spent at a concert, sprawled out on the lawn with friends. Concerts and interesting venues can also be reasons for traveling and excuses to explore a new city or revisit a favorite location.

5 Tips for a Smooth Back-to-School Transition
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:04 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.

Tuesday 08/14/2018
What days are best to conceive?
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:02 am

(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.

Struggling to find an epinephrine auto-injector before school starts?
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:02 am

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

2014-2016 Data Shows Risk of Meningitis Higher Among College Students
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:02 am

(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.”

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Choosing The Right Caregiver For Your Parents
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:02 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.

Prediabetes and High Blood Pressure Can be Managed: What to Know
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:01 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.

Monday 08/13/2018
Summer Survival Guide: Venomous Snakebite Edition
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:01 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.

TV Host, Reality Star, but First a Mom: Sharon Osbourne's Emotional Caregiver Journey
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:01 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.

What's worse than a migraine? 5 things to know about cluster headache
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:01 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.

4 Surprising Insights Into Life With Parkinson’s Disease
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:01 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.

Friday 08/10/2018
Nothing to Hide: Overcoming Plaque Psoriasis
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:01 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.

6 ways to make the most of your summer getaway
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:11 am

Thursday 08/09/2018
Do Your Allergies Seem Out of Control? Check the Signs for Chronic Rhinosinusitis
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:01 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.

Wednesday 08/08/2018
Reading Sunscreen Labels Can Save Your Family's Health
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:00 am

(NAPSI)—Studies show that parents need to exercise caution when choosing the right sunscreen for their kids.

Americans Overwhelmingly Reject Insurers Efforts To Deny Patients Coverage
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:02 am

(NAPSI)—A new national poll conducted by YouGov found that 91 percent of Americans believe insurance companies should not be allowed to deny coverage for people with chronic diseases whose premiums are paid by charitable organizations.

Why Won't My Ankle Sprain Heal?
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:00 am

(NAPSI)—As a foot and ankle surgeon, I often hear “It’s just a sprain, no big deal.” Sometimes, however, a sprain can be, or become, serious. Sprained ankles are painful and can temporarily limit a patient’s ability to walk normally, so accurate diagnosis and treatment are necessary for proper healing.

Friday 08/03/2018
Saying 'I Can' to Making a Difference With Schizophrenia
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:00 am

(BPT) - Tanara never thought she’d be where she is today. Leading up to and following her diagnosis with schizophrenia, she often felt alone — her symptoms led her to isolate herself from her friends, family, and community. Now, 7 years later, Tanara is proud of the close relationships she’s developed and is thriving as a peer support specialist who helps others living with the disorder.

Thursday 08/02/2018
Safe ingredients for menopause symptom relief [Video]
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:02 am

Wednesday 08/01/2018
Tips for managing occasional sleep trouble [Video]
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:01 am

Finding Support When Living with a Chronic Illness
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:02 am

(BPT) - When a person is first diagnosed with an illness, support from friends and family can be instantaneous. People want to know what they can do to help, offer to lend a hand or an ear to listen, and are frequently checking in. This support can be key to helping someone cope with a new diagnosis.

Struggling With Addiction? Tips On Finding Quality Treatment
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:02 am

(NAPSI)—It can be overwhelming and confusing to know where to start if you need to find treatment for an alcohol or drug addiction. Addiction touches nearly everyone in some way, yet there is no one-size-fits all approach to effective treatment. With many addiction treatment options, finding a program that will provide the quality care you or your loved one needs to address their specific addiction issues can be challenging. These steps will help you know what to look for to find a treatment program that is high quality and tailored to your needs.

Hatching a Plan
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:57 am

(Family Features) Providing a comfortable environment for chickens can allow them to express normal behaviors and lead healthier lives. As part of its “Commitment to Animal Care,” Perdue

Pursue Your Travel Passions
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) Ask nearly any person about his or her dream trip and watch a smile appear as the perfect personal excursion is described. Now, ask why the trip has yet to happen, and time and money will be the likely culprits.

Budgeting Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) From the cost of gym memberships to prepping healthier meals, living well can be expensive. Before you abandon your goals for a healthier lifestyle, consider these tips that show you don't have to overspend to live a better life.

Caring for Caregivers
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:58 am

How to prevent caregiver burnout

Tuesday 07/31/2018
'It's just a cough': Warning signs of bigger issues as you age
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:02 am

(BPT) - Dry skin. Tingling feet. An aching shoulder. A lingering cough. Blurry vision.

Saturday 07/28/2018
Start managing your menopause symptoms today [Video]
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:00 am

Tips for relieving hot flashes and night sweats [Video]
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:00 am

Tips for managing menopausal moodiness [Video]
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:00 am

Menopause: You're not alone [Video]
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:02 am

Friday 07/27/2018
Tips for managing menopausal weight change [Video]
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:02 am

The 4 greatest salt myths
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:00 am

(BPT) - Salt is everywhere, it seems. It is on our tables, in many of our favorite foods and even in life-saving hospital infusions.

How to Get Better Care from Your Doctor
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:00 am

(StatePoint) Have you ever wanted to ask your doctor a question but didn’t because you felt uncomfortable? Experts say that an impersonal relationship with your doctor could be preventing you from receiving the best care possible.

HPV and Throat Cancer in Men: How Vaccines Can Help
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:01 am

(StatePoint) Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted disease in the U.S. and cases of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer -- a cancer that develops on the back and sides of the throat, tonsils and base of the tongue -- in middle-age men have tripled in the past three decades.

Thursday 07/26/2018
Why do mosquitoes keep biting me?
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:02 am

5 Tips for Bringing Your Pet to Work this Summer
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:57 am

(Family Features) During the summer months, many employers plan events and switch up work schedules to give their team members a break to enjoy some fun in the sun. Extra days off, summer hours and company picnics are just a few of the ways employers create an enjoyable environment for their employees.

4 Feline Summer Health and Safety Tips
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:58 am

(Family Features) Summer may be the perfect time for family trips and outdoor activities, but it’s also a great time to reset and make sure you’re keeping the whole family healthy, including your feline friend.

Giving for Good: Make an impact in your community
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 2:58 am

Make an impact in your community

Wednesday 07/25/2018
Download Before You Go This Summer
Updated: August 19, 2018 - 3:03 am

New and classic shows to watch on the road in July