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Center Offers Hope and Help for Binge Eating Disorder

(NewsUSA) - Many individuals who struggle with food and weight may be undiagnosed with the mental health illness of binge eating disorder (BED), according to a leading health pscychologist.

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Tuesday 10/16/2018
4 simple ways to highlight your smile
Posted: October 16, 2018

After Stroke Strikes, What Comes Next?
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:13 am

American Stroke Association highlights importance of rehabilitation after a stroke this World Stroke Day

Monday 10/15/2018
What You Need to Know This Medicare Enrollment Season
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:09 am

(NewsUSA) - It's that time of year when people with Medicare review their health insurance choices and enroll in a Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug plan for the coming year.

Friday 10/12/2018
Medicare Part D: 3 factors that could save you money
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:13 am

(BPT) - Many people are surprised to find out that Original Medicare doesn’t generally cover prescription drugs. For help with the cost of your medications, you can choose a stand-alone Part D plan or a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription coverage.

Preparing For Motherhood: How To Protect Your Health And Your Growing Baby
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:13 am

(NAPSI)—Pregnancy is an exciting time, from decorating the nursery to reading every parenting book available. The most important thing expecting moms can do for themselves and their baby is to protect their health throughout pregnancy. Start by being aware of what the science says about preventing common conditions that can emerge during pregnancy and about daily supplements that can support your baby’s development.

Thursday 10/11/2018
Don't Let Hodgkin Lymphoma Hold You Back: Jennifer's Story of Perseverance May Help Newly Diagnosed Patients
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:13 am

(BPT) - Jennifer Hoodless was in the prime of her life (37) when she was diagnosed with Stage 3 classical Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer that can affect younger people. A schoolteacher, wife, and mother of five young children who prided herself on living a healthy life, Jennifer was shocked when she learned of her disease.

Reduce Your Risk Of Stroke
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:13 am

(NAPSI)—An estimated 2.7 million Americans are living with a condition that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. Fortunately, a leading health organization is working to help these individuals reduce their risk of developing such dangerous conditions.

Bringing Baby Home
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:16 am

5 tips to prepare for a newborn’s arrival

Trick-or-Treat for a Cause
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:16 am

(Family Features) Orange pumpkins on doorsteps and orange candy corn in buckets are iconic staples of Halloween, but the season can be about more than fun and treats.

Tips for Turning History into Your Story
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:15 am

(Family Features) If you have ever thought about exploring your family history, now can be the perfect time as October is National Family History Month. To get started, these four simple tips can help you unlock new understanding and make meaningful connections. You can also consider sharing these tips with loved ones so they can join in on the fun, too.

4 Tips for Traveling with Your Furry Friend
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:14 am

(Family Features) It comes as no surprise that the “workaholic” mindset of many Americans can affect people’s willingness to take vacation days for traveling. However, work isn’t the only culprit hindering American’s travel. A study by Project: Time Off found the three top reasons why people don’t use their vacation days to travel are cost, children and pets.

Now is the Time to Address Your Hearing Health
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:14 am

(Family Features) If you find yourself constantly turning up the volume on the TV or asking people to repeat themselves, you’re not alone. In fact, 1 in 5 Americans – nearly 50 million people – ages 12 and older have hearing loss, according to the Hearing Health Foundation.

5 Ways to Show Your Cats You Love Them
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:09 am

(Family Features) Cats take on so many different roles within their owners’ lives and families, such as cuddle buddies, emotional support animals, quiet companions and purring playmates. Each furry feline deserves the best, so as a cat owner, it’s important to shower your pet with love and make him feel special all year round.

There is No One-Size-Fits-All Breast Cancer
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:15 am

(Family Features) Breast cancer. It is a simple phrase representing a complex journey thousands of women travel each year. Even during October, when Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings attention to the disease, many people don’t realize breast cancer is not just one disease; it’s extremely complex and classified into different types. Understanding the many types of breast cancer is important – not just for the 1-in-8 women who will be diagnosed in their lifetime, – but for those who love them, too.¹

5 Ways the Whole Family Can Eat Healthy
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:09 am

(Family Features) People are understandably conscious about the foods they’re eating and where they come from. The human eating space has seen the rise of whole, clean and natural foods, and in the last couple years, the trend has even moved into pet foods.

A Healthy Way to Work
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

Improve health and performance at the office

Keep Pets Safe this Halloween
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

(Family Features) Halloween isn’t just for humans; four-legged friends have plenty of opportunity to get in on the fun, too. However, it’s important to take some pet precautions that allow the whole family to enjoy the holiday safely, as the costumes and excitement can be overwhelming and some of the candy is even dangerous.

3 Tips for a Healthy Baby
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

(Family Features) When you’re a new parent, once you’ve successfully navigated the first car ride home from the hospital and the euphoria of this new little life begins to fade, you’re left with one resounding question: now what?

Eyeing Better Vision
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

9 tips to maintain eye health

DIY Halloween Box Costume for All Ages
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

(Family Features) Candy, pumpkins and costumes are some of the most popular traditions of the Halloween season. This year, rather than searching store aisles for the perfect getup, consider using boxes from your latest deliveries and other items you have on-hand to create a one-of-a-kind DIY costume, or “boxtume.”

5 Hacks for Holiday Hosting
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:10 am

(Family Features) It may feel impossible to fit even more into already jam-packed days, but when the holidays roll around, entertaining and celebrating always find a way. Fortunately, you can find some shortcuts when hosting that offer plenty of festive style while also helping you avoid stressing over every detail.

Wednesday 10/10/2018
Understanding Eczema in Skin of Color
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:13 am

(BPT) - Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a skin condition that may affect people of all races and ethnicities, but may occur more frequently in African-American children.[1] According to US research, 19.3 percent of African-American children have eczema compared to 16.1 percent of European-American children.[1] There are many different treatment options available to consider when taking into account the unique characteristics of each patient. Here are some facts to help understand eczema.

New Insights Show Type 1 Diabetes Community Needs More Advances
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:12 am

(BPT) - People living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) are faced with daily challenges like stress and limited freedom to do what they love, leaving them seeking additional ways to help manage their condition. This sentiment is shared by medical professionals, specifically endocrinologists who want to do more to help their patients living with T1D.

Quick Ways to Freshen Up Your Home for Fall
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:16 am

(Family Features) As fall weather sets in, many homeowners take advantage of cooler days to spruce up their living spaces since they’re confined indoors. However, fitting all that work into a busy season filled with school, sports and other family demands isn’t always easy.

Be Prepared to Weather the Storm
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:14 am

(Family Features) For many people, inclement weather can be frightening. When the wind is blowing, the rain is pouring and the trees are rustling, it can be hard to remain calm. However, it’s important to remember certain safety tips and how to use tools properly in case of emergency.

4 Ways to Fall in Love with Fall
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:14 am

Autumn activities for you and your pup

A Breath of Fresh Air: 7 ways to refresh your small business
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:14 am

7 ways to refresh your small business

Preparing an Emergency Plan for Your Unique Needs
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:15 am

(Family Features) Disasters such as hurricanes, floods, fires and other emergency situations are all too common these days. In fact, about 4 out of 5 Americans live in counties hit by weather events since 2007, according to disaster declaration data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). That illustrates how these events can impact nearly everyone and the importance of having a plan.

The Evolution of Pumpkin Spice
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:15 am

(Family Features) Pumpkin spice has become the quintessential symbol of fall. Check out these details about the evolution of the iconic autumn flavor, from holiday pie to lattes and even dog treats, such as GREENIES™ Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Flavor Dental Treats. Find these seasonal treats for your furry friend at Chewy.com.

Fall Into a Fitness Routine
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:15 am

(Family Features) Fall is notorious for comfort foods like pumpkin spice lattes and game day nachos. Combine these tempting seasonal staples with darker, shorter days and it can be hard to maintain an active mindset. Despite the enticement to indulge, you can keep your active lifestyle going or even kick off a new fitness regime.

How to Make Smart Decisions During Benefits Enrollment Season
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:09 am

(Family Features) Every fall, millions of American workers spend time making financial decisions that will affect them for the entire upcoming year.

Tuesday 10/09/2018
Saying 'Boo' To Cavities This Halloween: Preventive Tips And Tricks For Parents And Kids
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:13 am

(NAPSI)—Halloween can be a scary holiday for families. Not because of the haunted houses, ghosts and goblins, but because of tooth decay.

Monday 10/08/2018
Thinking about weight loss surgery? 3 things to know
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:14 am

(BPT) - More than one-third of adults in the United States have obesity, which is associated with some of the leading causes of death, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer.[1]

3 questions to ask yourself if you're considering knee or hip replacement surgery
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:12 am

(BPT) - Have you been experiencing chronic pain in your knees or hips? Is it making everyday activities like walking or getting out of bed a challenge? You’re not alone.

Thursday 10/04/2018
Highly Anticipated New Medicine for Hemophilia A
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:12 am

(BPT) - Growing up, Roberto Novelli wore a helmet every day until he was 4 years old. His parents were very protective after he was diagnosed with a bleeding disorder called hemophilia A at just 2 months old. To manage his disorder, he received three infusions of treatment into his veins each week to try to prevent bleeds.

Key to Better Sleep: Cherry Juice
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:09 am

(NewsUSA) - Many busy adults in the United States ignore or downplay sleep problems because they underestimate the importance of quality sleep for overall health.

You May Be Able To Help Save A Child's Life
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:14 am

(NAPSI)—Seven-year-old Julián Morales seems like any other young boy—he loves playing video games, watching baseball, spending time with his little sister and eating chocolate ice cream—but there’s a big difference.

Innovative Technology Improves Patient Experience For Women Undergoing Breast Cancer Treatment
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:12 am

(NAPSI)—A mother, a sister, a friend…many of us know someone who has been touched by breast cancer, the most common cancer among women, affecting an astonishing one in eight women in the United States.

Wednesday 10/03/2018
Organ Transplantation: 7 Surprising And Inspiring Things You Should Know
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:12 am

(NAPSI)—For people on the transplant waiting list, returning to health is a real and remarkable possibility. In fact, more than 90 Americans get another chance at life every day thanks to organ donors. How many of these inspiring facts about donation and transplantation in the U.S. do you know?

It’s Time to Learn More About Your Loved Ones
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:16 am

(Family Features) With days of family picnics, vacations and reunions in the rearview mirror, it’s easy to move full steam ahead into the busy fall season and forget to make time for meaningful conversations with family members.

Help Kids Falling Short on Nutrients They Need this School Year
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:15 am

Milk is one of the most requested, but least donated items at food banks, meaning children in need may be missing out on essential nutrients

Healthy Kids Are Better Students
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:14 am

(Family Features) There is a strong connection between academic performance and a student’s health. Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide school-age children (ages 6-18) with the care they need to improve their ability to fully participate in the classroom and fulfill school health requirements.

Tuesday 10/02/2018
Talking Toenail Fungus: What You Need to Know
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:13 am

(BPT) - This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is shining the spotlight on a topic we usually shy away from: fungus. October 1st through 5th is the CDC’s Fungal Disease Awareness Week, bringing attention to fungal diseases and the importance of their early recognition, diagnosis, and treatment. As Fungal Disease Awareness Week focuses on a broad range of infections, it’s important to recognize the ways that fungal disease can affect even the smallest parts of the body – right down to the tips of the toes.

Monday 10/01/2018
Unhappy Gut? Some People Suffer for Years Before Seeing a Doctor
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:13 am

(StatePoint) Abdominal pain? Diarrhea? An estimated 16 million Americans live with a type of irritable bowel syndrome called IBS-D (the D stands for diarrhea), and it affects both men and women almost equally. However, only 30 percent of individuals consult a physician about their symptoms.

Thursday 09/27/2018
Managing Heart Failure Is Worth The Effort
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:14 am

A study by the American Heart Association shows people with HF report spending more time on managing their condition; free app aims to make it easier

Wednesday 09/26/2018
Demystifying The Mammogram Discussion
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:09 am

(NewsUSA) - Women have been told to get a mammogram every year starting at age 40. Why? What are the downsides to getting checked - or not - each year for breast cancer?

Recovering From Stroke
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:14 am

(NAPSI)—Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability—in fact, it's even more disabling than it is fatal. The period following a stroke can be difficult for patients and their loved ones, as they grapple with the uncertainties of recovery.

Taking Steps to Prevent Falls
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:16 am

(Family Features) When you’re young, an injury from a fall may sideline you for a few days or weeks, but a full recovery is usually quick. As you get older, the consequences of falls can become more serious, setting up a sequence of events that can have longstanding implications on independence and health.

Waking up to go to the bathroom multiple times per night? It’s not because you’re ‘getting old’
Updated: October 17, 2018 - 3:16 am

(Family Features) It’s a common misconception: the older you get, the more frequently you need to use the bathroom at night. Did you know waking up more than once per night to urinate is a medical condition known as nocturia? Shockingly, 64 percent of American adults do not know.