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Most adults with chronic health conditions unaware of dangers of influenza

(BPT) - During the 2017-2018 influenza (flu) season, nearly 80,000 people died and more than 950,000 people were hospitalized due to flu and flu-related illnesses, and less than four in 10 U.S. adults (37.1 percent) were vaccinated against flu, fewer than in previous years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While those who are vaccinated may still get the flu, the vaccine helps prevent serious complications that may result in hospitalization, loss of independence or even death. 

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Friday 12/07/2018
Fun Facts About Seniors and Travel
Posted: December 07, 2018

(StatePoint) Lingering anxieties may influence some older Americans about if and where they will journey out of town; however, a new survey found that a majority of seniors say that aging has positively affected their desire and ability to travel.

Thursday 12/06/2018
5 questions to answer when considering a new deck
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - When planning a deck project, choosing the right material is key to the enjoyment and value you’ll get from your outdoor living space. Today, there are more choices in decking materials than ever before, including high-performance composites, which are increasingly replacing wood in backyards across the country.

Fighting an illness? 4 ways to boost your immune system
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - The winter months bring cold and flu season, which can take a toll on your health. While flu shots and rest are common advice for prevention, a strong immune system is critical to keeping you healthy all year long. According to Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, CDE, a Registered Dietitian at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, “Your body’s ability to fight infection and disease depends on your immune system.”

6 ways to save on Amazon this holiday season (and into 2019!)
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - This time of year, family and friends gather to celebrate the holiday season. It's a joyful time, but it can also be stressful — especially if money is tight. Financial expert and author Eva Macias, who specializes in leveling the financial playing field for all families, regardless of income, says that it's possible for people to de-stress and enjoy the holidays even if their budgets are stretched thin. All it takes is a strategic, bargain-hunter's mindset.

Wednesday 12/05/2018
How consumers can make the most of their money, stress less this holiday season
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - The arrival of the holidays brings with it a whole host of considerations and things to do. According to a recent survey by Chase, eight in 10 Americans say they have holiday stress. Whether you’re out to find the perfect gift, or just entertain the kids as school winds down, the common denominator is the holiday season sees Americans strapped for time and spending more money than at other times of the year. 

5 steps to find the perfect financial planner for you
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - The economy has changed considerably since the recession. Unemployment is at record lows and the market is flush with opportunities for workers of every level. While it is certainly good to live in the present, it is also important to plan for the future, and research shows that many people are not saving sufficiently to live life at their current standard when they retire.

Are you recycling your plastic beverage containers?
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - When you place a plastic beverage container in a recycling bin, you are an important part of the product’s life cycle, helping that packaging to be used to make something new, over and over again.

ASMR: The Incredible Impact of Sound and How It Affects Human Emotion
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - Maybe it is the rustle of canvas unfurling, or the sharp snipping of the stylist’s shears as they tidy up your bangs. Whatever it is, it resonates down your scalp and spine like a tuning fork. Certain noises can trigger the senses and make us feel a variety of ways. In fact, researchers are just beginning to understand the power of sound, and how it can unlock an array of sensations that enhance the human experience.

Tuesday 12/04/2018
Which of these silly habits look familiar? [Infographic]
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - Get a handle on germs this season with these helpful tips and tricks.

Steps for homeowners dealing with ice or snowstorms
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - Are you ready if a blizzard hit tomorrow? While smaller snowstorms certainly create a level of frustration for homeowners, large storms require preparation to stay safe and comfortable. Families don’t want to be caught off guard in the event of a large snowstorm. Finding yourself unprepared and without power can be a dangerous predicament.

5 do-it-yourself creative mason jar gifts perfect for the holidays
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - During the holiday season, everyone is looking for a creative gift that requires more thought than a simple candle or ornament. This year, Newell Brands, makers of Ball® home canning jars, partnered with lifestyle influencer WhipperBerry to create a handful of DIY gift ideas perfect for everyone on your holiday list. Check out how Ball® Jars can provide thoughtful gifts that everyone will enjoy!

Putting your best face forward: 5 holiday beauty tips
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - Now that the holiday season is here, you’ll likely be attending more parties, gatherings and social events than normal. After all, this is the season for celebrating with friends and family, while also meeting fun new people.

Look better in the buff: Get your sexy back without giving up everything you love
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - Looking sexy, svelte or built in your clothing is one thing. Looking better in the buff is a whole other ballgame. Clothing — even low-cut necklines, short-shorts or tight-fitting tees — can hide your flaws and accentuate your assets, but when you are nude, there’s nowhere — or way — to hide anything.

Seniors: How Healthy Feet Can Reduce Your Risk of Falling
Posted: December 04, 2018

(StatePoint) Among older Americans, falls are the number one cause of injuries and death from injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Not only are seniors more at risk for falls, when they do so, it poses a greater risk for injuries, hospitalization and complications. For a ground-up approach to fall prevention, seniors should start by examining the health of their feet.

Saturday 12/01/2018
Hum bug: The flu is the holiday gift no one wants to receive
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - Is influenza on your gift list this year?

Friday 11/30/2018
Tips to keep holiday spending from breaking the bank
Updated: December 05, 2018 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Americans have lots to celebrate this holiday season, with unemployment rates at an all-time low and consumer confidence on the rise. According to The Annual Retail Sales Forecast for the Holiday Season from Deloitte, retailers have their sights on sales of more than $1.1 trillion.

For a no-worries Noel, follow these 12 holiday safety tips
Updated: December 05, 2018 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - The fun, festive activities during the holiday season make it a favorite time of year for many people. 

Prep your kitchen against holiday pests with these 5 tricks
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - The holidays are a busy time, filled with joyful gatherings, plenty of good meals and houseguests galore. But the jam-packed celebrations can also provide an opportunity for uninvited pests to find their way indoors. The experts at Terminix have a few tips for protecting your kitchen from insects, so that you can spend your time enjoying the holidays rather than combating pests.

Thursday 11/29/2018
Fresh ideas for 30-minute Mediterranean meals
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - With few having the time to devote to cooking an elaborate meal, a collection of delicious and dependable 30-minute recipes for a quick but satisfying meal can be handy. What else keeps things simple? Having fresh staples such as California table grapes on hand helps brighten up any recipe and fuel up after activities.

Luxury entertaining for the holidays
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - The holidays usher in a sense of celebration and opportunities for lavish seasonal gatherings. Award-winning Chef Michael Voltaggio knows how to create an experience that will not only entertain, but also thoroughly impress. When it comes to holiday hosting, Michael integrates seasonal ingredients and offers finishing touches that will leave a luxurious, lasting impression.

Gene therapy offers hope to people with achromatopsia, an inherited retinal eye disease
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - For years, people with inherited retinal diseases (IRDs), such as achromatopsia (ACHM), have been undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or delayed seeking genetic testing to confirm their diagnosis due to the lack of treatment options. Thanks to the rapid advancement of gene therapy research, this situation is changing. Achromatopsia patients, however, still face a long journey in pursuit of an early and accurate diagnosis.

Wednesday 11/28/2018
A non-DIYer's guide to the holidays
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - There are those who meticulously decorate dozens of sugar cookies for the office cookie exchange, give bottles of homemade Irish cream to coworkers for the holidays or send perfectly curated gift baskets to family and friends. And there are those who may want to do all of that, but don't have the time or the creative flair. But that doesn’t mean their holidays can’t have that “homemade” charm. All it takes is a little help and savvy know-how, and your holiday celebrations can have the same love and care as if you DIYed them.

Bullying prevention: 5 tips to encourage parent-child conversation
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - If you're a parent, you bring your kids to their annual checkups, get their teeth cleaned twice a year and help them eat well and get enough sleep. You do this to keep them physically healthy, but what about their mental health?  

Tuesday 11/27/2018
Eating healthy, eating safe
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - You try to eat healthy, but the one thing you can’t control is who has been handling your food and whether they are practicing adequate food safety. Each year, foodborne illnesses sicken close to 50 million Americans and lead to more than 130,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. A lot of these illnesses are caused by simple things like restaurant employees’ failure to properly wash hands, cooking surfaces and fruits and vegetables.

Winter allergies: The allergies you didn't know you could have
Posted: November 27, 2018

(BPT) - When temperatures get below freezing, people with seasonal allergies to grass, tree and weed pollens get well-deserved relief from their symptoms. But if you're still sneezing and blowing your nose when winter descends, you might have indoor allergies.

'Tis the season to get the home ready for holiday entertaining
Posted: November 27, 2018

(BPT) - As the year winds down, social calendars fill up with merriment-filled gatherings among friends and family. When hosting a seasonal gathering at home, being proactive can help streamline tasks and reduce stress. From whipping up a feast to toasting in the New Year, here are five ideas for getting the heart of the home — the kitchen and dining spaces — ready for holiday entertaining.

10 easy ways to be a conservationist this holiday season
Posted: November 27, 2018

(BPT) - The holidays are here, and there’s nothing better than seeing our loved ones delight in the gifts we’ve given them — especially when those gifts give back to the planet. And at the time of year in which the average American household increases its waste by 25 percent, there are many ways that we can promote a more earth-friendly approach to the holidays. By taking smart steps to reduce our impact and support conservation projects around the world, we can do our part to make the holidays meaningful and sustainable. Here are a few tips to be a conservation-minded consumer this holiday season inspired by the Winners and Finalists of the Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation.

Retirees Beware: 7 Risks to Your Retirement Income
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - Thirty years ago, most Americans could safely rely on Social Security and a pension to provide the income they needed in retirement. That’s no longer the case. Today, you carry much of the responsibility for creating your own retirement income plan.

Monday 11/26/2018
Holiday baking and wine pairings
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - There are few holiday traditions as sweet as baking a selection of treats to share with family and friends. This is especially true for the California winemaking family the Mondavis as it is for families across America. As the season begins, Janice Mondavi, wife of third-generation CK Mondavi and Family co-proprietor Marc Mondavi and their four daughters, Angelina, Alycia, Riana and Giovanna, always set aside time to gather for an afternoon of holiday baking.

Why you must insure the 'little' things in life
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - The gift-giving season is upon us once again! Whether you’re buying your loved ones a new pet, some fancy jewelry or the latest mobile phone for the holidays, one thing is for sure — these gifts come with costs and complications that can add headaches in the long run. For instance, new pets will inevitably need visits to the vet, electronic devices are often accidentally damaged, and valuables such as jewelry, art or cameras can get stolen or misplaced frequently.

5 bathroom DIY projects for weekend warriors
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - Dreaming of a bathroom update? Don't wait until you can hire a professional to get the upgraded bathroom you desire. With some simple DIY projects, you'll enhance your home's value and functionality in just a weekend (or less).

Wednesday 11/21/2018
How to protect against the silent killer
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - Nationwide, temperatures have begun to dip as we prepare for winter storms. Whether your town is prone to nor’easters or milder winter temperatures, it is important to be prepared for what winter brings.

The truth about life insurance
Updated: November 30, 2018 - 2:49 am

(BPT) - If you haven't made solid financial plans, now would be a good time to consider a life insurance policy to protect you and your family in your time of need — or protect your loved ones in your absence.

5 DIY holiday activities for the whole family
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - 'Tis the season for baking and crafting — the perfect ways to feel festive and bond with loved ones of all ages. From trying new recipes to creating crafts that will be cherished for years to come, plan a date for some holiday fun and let the memory-making with friends and family begin!

Real trees, real memories: Make choosing a real Christmas tree your holiday tradition
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

Tuesday 11/20/2018
Unique subscription club gifts to delight this holiday and beyond
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

7 ways to help manage ADHD without medication
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - If you have ADHD, you know life can be an adventure. The journey from getting the diagnosis to trying to manage it every day is unique to each person. Prescription medication is a common part of a treatment plan, but it’s not the only answer to your condition.

Holiday shopping tips to save money and reduce stress
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - Lines, crowds and stress — if that describes your holiday shopping experience, you’re doing it all wrong. The cost of gifts and decorations can add up quickly, but there are plenty of ways to reduce the dent in your wallet.

Monday 11/19/2018
Tips for winter tree care
Posted: November 19, 2018

(BPT) - It’s hard to believe that winter is almost here. It seems like yesterday we were just getting our yards and patios ready to host summer barbecues and pool parties, and now we’re beginning to think about winterizing plants and trimming tree branches. Winter is the best time to trim and prune trees and shrubs because they’re dormant. With winter around the corner, here are some tips to consider when deciding whether to trim or prune your trees.

Understanding the connection between frequent heartburn and cancer
Posted: November 19, 2018

(BPT) - If you are one of the millions of Americans with chronic heartburn, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) wants you to think differently about your condition. It may indicate something far more serious — changes in the cells lining your esophagus that could lead to a common form of esophageal cancer, one of the most rapidly growing cancers in the U.S. Even if you take medication for your heartburn symptoms, disease can still develop. 

Tips for using metals in home decor
Posted: November 19, 2018

(BPT) - While trends in home decor often change, there is one constant design feature that continues to shine, literally: metals.

The grocery store scoop: Debunking common myths
Updated: November 20, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - When you enter a grocery store, you're suddenly faced with thousands of options. You want to get the staples you need and you want the best nutrition for your family, but it's easy to get overwhelmed. How do you know what's your best choice?

5 reasons why people apply for disability benefits
Posted: November 19, 2018

(BPT) - More than 155 million U.S. workers are insured for a disability through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. They receive this important insurance coverage through their payroll taxes, or FICA taxes, as a part of the Social Security program.

Is your child being bullied? Things to know
Updated: November 20, 2018 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - According to StopBullying.gov, between 1 in 4 and 1 in 3 U.S. students say they have been bullied at school. While the term “bullying” has become a buzzword, it’s also important to understand what it means. The Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Department of Education define it as a pattern of unwanted aggressive behavior that causes physical or psychological harm.

Friday 11/16/2018
One surprising way to prevent fractures for those over age 65
Updated: November 20, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Loss of balance, dehydration, attention deficits and loss of cognition are symptoms of hyponatremia, a condition characterized by low salt levels in the blood. The symptoms can occur with just slight hyponatremia and can have particularly harmful effects for the elderly as the condition is difficult to diagnose. A study presented at an American Society of Nephrology meeting suggests that low-salt diets may be a contributing factor.

Thursday 11/15/2018
6 simple tips for thriving with diabetes
Posted: November 15, 2018

(BPT) - Randy Jackson is best known as an award-winning producer, music industry expert and beloved television personality. But what many people don’t know is that Jackson has also been managing the everyday reality of living with diabetes for 18 years.

How to put your own touch on modern bathroom design
Posted: November 15, 2018

(BPT) - Home design continues to evolve but one element remains true: The bathroom is often the oasis within the home. A secluded bathroom is an ideal spot to experiment with modern designs without undergoing a major renovation. Below are a few tips on how to incorporate contemporary elements into an existing bath.

4 unexpected bed bug hotspots
Posted: November 15, 2018

(BPT) - The term “bed bugs” might make you shudder and picture a mattress teeming with the bloodsucking insects, but don’t be fooled; the name is a bit of a misnomer. While almost 70 percent of bed bug infestations are associated with beds or items found near beds, the insects don’t limit themselves to those spaces. Bed bugs are experts at hitchhiking and can be found in common spaces like movie theaters and public transportation. Here are a few tips from Terminix on spots and objects where you may not have thought to check for these insects.

Tuesday 11/13/2018
Winter weatherproofing: Preparing your home to stay safe and save energy
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - The heat will certainly be on this winter. With winter storms hitting many parts of the country early in the winter season, furnaces are plugging away, causing heating bills across the country to increase. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the typical U.S. family spends at least $2,200 per year on energy bills — with nearly half of that going toward heating and cooling.