Learn how you can support a friend who is being abused
(BPT) - When someone you love is being emotionally or physically abused by her partner, it can be difficult to know the best way to show support without appearing judgmental or invasive. But statistics show that violence typically continues and escalates if no one takes action to stop it. Here are some simple tips and re...
How a specialized nurse can benefit you and your loved ones
(BPT) - If you or a loved one is suffering from a wound-, ostomy- or incontinence-related issue and receiving treatment, it may feel like the condition will never stabilize. But many patients in similar situations are finding relief through the services of professional, Baccalaureate-prepared specialty nurses trained and...
Digital Eyestrain - Are You at Risk? [Infographic]
We live and communicate in an evolving digital world. More than a third of U.S. adults spend four to six hours a day with digital or electronic devices. While these devices enable instant communication, awareness and socialization, 70 percent of U.S. adults experience some form of digital eyestrain. Computer tablets, smartphones and other hand-held products are designed for reading and close range use. As a result, eyes must constantly refocus and reposition to process graphics and text. To r...
Dealing with dry eye - more common than you think
(BPT) - They say the eyes are the window to the soul, but did you know eyes also say a lot about your health? A number of eye ailments are limited to the eye, but often they can be an indicator of a systemic problem. Dry eye - a common condition in which the tear ducts make insufficient tears for lubricating and nourishi...
Working can benefit those suffering with a chronic illness
(BPT) - No one needed to tell Houston's Robert Gandy that he would reap health and wellness benefits from continuing to work after he started dialysis four years ago. For more than 42 years, Gandy has worked in the restaurant business. The thought of leaving the job he loves never crossed his mind when he started treatme...
Modern answers to help seniors stay in their homes longer
(BPT) - Retirement marks the start of the golden years, the period when hard-working individuals can put their feet up to relax after a long, successful career. But for seniors who think they can no longer live in their homes alone, retirement may be a stressful time. They worry they will have to give up the homes they h...
Laws to legalize pot for recreational use continue to grow
(BPT) - Americans have come a long way in their acceptance of marijuana. Long gone are the days of 'Reefer Madness,' the infamous 1936 movie that depicted a couple falling into addiction and ultimately - madness. Today, 58 percent of Americans favor the legalizing of pot for recreational use, according to an October 2013...
Selecting a Medicare plan: making the right choice
(BPT) - Seventy percent of people 64 and older say that selecting the right Medicare coverage impacts their ability to live a healthy life, according to a national survey of Medicare-eligible Americans conducted this year by Humana Inc. , one of the nation's leading health and well-being companies. As a result, seniors a...
Help your holiday season flow easier
(BPT) - As people fill their holidays with parties, friends, family and celebrations, a bit of added stress and a tremendous amount of decadent food are also thrown into the mix. For many Americans, this may lead to digestive problems, too. 'One issue surrounding the holidays is that most of the deliciously tempting foods available are fat- and sugar-laden and contain very little fiber,' says Michelle Dudash, registered dietitian nutritionist and author of Clean Eating for Busy Families. 'Ano...
How important is the toilet to your health? [Infographic]
You flush the toilet every day without ever realizing just how important a flush toilet is to your quality of life. Across the world more than 3.5 billion people do not have access to a flush toilet and they suffer from disease because of this. Read on to learn more about the effect poor sanitation has on many of the world's people and see how you can help.
Colorblind care: improving health literacy among minority populations
(BPT) - Achieving consistent quality of care regardless of a person's race or ethnicity remains a critical goal for anyone with a stake in America's health care system for improving health literacy - the ability to use and understand health information. 'In the United States, life expectancy and other health status measu...
More options than ever for families needing elder care
(BPT) - More Americans than ever before are now older than 65, and in just four more decades, for the first time in history, there will be more seniors in the U.S. than people younger than 18, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Given those numbers, is it any surprise that many families wrestle with decisions for how to...