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(StatePoint) Heart failure is costing Americans a fortune. The estimated cost of the disease in the U.S. was $31 billion in 2012. That number is estimated to swell to $70 billion by 2030, according to the American Heart Association -- which means that by 2020, every U.S. taxpayer could pay $244 each year for heart failure expenses.
(BPT) - People living with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (RMS) now have an effective new treatment option with an every two weeks dosing schedule. PLEGRIDY™ (peginterferon beta-1a), which was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, significantly decreases the number of relapses and brain lesions on MRI, and slows disability progression.
(BPT) - From greeting long-lost family and friends at baggage claim to rushing across the terminal to catch a departing flight, a fast, skipping heartbeat is a common occurrence at airports across the country. But for commercial airline pilot Tim Knutson, 46, his irregular heartbeat indicated far more serious problems.
Of all of the dolls arranged in a room at the back of his Christine’s Antiques store, Wayne Olson can walk right up to one: brunette ringlets framing the gentle expression on its bisque face, a delicate gauze dress sweeping against its feet.
(BPT) - Heart disease and stroke remain the two top killers of Americans, according to the American Heart Association. Some research shows that heart-related deaths increase by 5 percent during the holidays, no matter where you live, and more cardiac deaths occur on Christmas and New Year's day than on any other days of the year, according to a study by the University of California, San Diego and Tufts University School of Medicine published in the journal Circulation.
(BPT) - A regular exercise routine is an important component of heart health, yet less than one-third of Americans get the minimum 30 minutes of daily exercise five days a week, as recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA). Nationally, as many as 250,000 deaths annually are attributable to a lack of regular physical activity.
(BPT) - Every year, employees with company-sponsored health plans are asked by their employers to select benefits for the following year. This process is called “open enrollment,” and it is an important event that is happening across the nation. While many view this as a chance to merely review and update health care coverage, such as medical, dental and vision, it is actually about much more than that.
Oro Valley Hospital has been named a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations. The honor recognizes hospitals that excel at meeting the Commission’s stringent measurements for exemplary patient care. This is the second time Oro Valley Hospital has earned the designation.
(BPT) - Ten years ago, Hollywood actress and producer Christina Simpkins was going about her regular activities – eating a healthy diet, writing, making films and practicing yoga. Then, Christina started experiencing symptoms that were nagging at first but soon became severe – including digestive problems, abdominal cramping, bone and muscle pain, unexplained weight loss and flushing (deep reddening of the head and neck).
(BPT) - More than 29 million Americans have diabetes and nearly 86 million others are on their way to a diagnosis. Type 2 diabetes has increased in prevalence simultaneously with the increase in consumption of processed foods and the rise in artificial sugars in American diets. Fortunately, evidence has shown Type 2 diabetes (or insulin resistance) can often be controlled – or even reversed – by proper eating and exercise.
(NAPSI)—Here’s what we know: more than 29 million Americans have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010. We also know that one in four people with diabetes is unaware that he or she has the disease. If left undiagnosed or un treated, diabetes can lead to serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke. That’s why the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), a joint program of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, wants people with diabetes to understand that having diabetes increases their chances for heart disease.
(BPT) - When it comes to finding the perfect gifts for everyone on your list, don’t be left out in the cold this holiday season. Ideas abound for warming the hearts and feeding the passions of anyone from friends and relatives to party hosts. Here are some ideas to make everyone think you’ve been reading their minds.
The public is invited to a special event on Friday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m. in the auditorium located at 1495 E. Ranch Vistoso Blvd. The program will feature Golder Ranch Fire Department EMS Battalion Chief Josh Hurguy and Oro Valley Water Utility Conservationist Karn Boyce.
(BPT) - As men age, they may develop a number of health conditions that some might consider too embarrassing, sensitive or difficult to discuss with others. Bones shrinking in size, receding gum lines and losing muscle mass1 are probably not problems that men scream about across the poker table with friends. But there are other conditions that men may experience that they might not even talk about with their partner, including erectile dysfunction (ED).
(BPT) - With each school year, children and parents alike must adapt to new teachers, new classes and new activities. For children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (or ADHD), the condition can add increased complexity to an already challenging situation. Certain school-year “checkpoints” – like the first report card, parent-teacher conferences, and the upcoming holiday and winter breaks – are opportunities for parents to assess how their children are adjusting and see if changes may need to be made to their treatment plans.
The Marana Police Department received six automated external defibrillators (AEDs) from the Steven M. Gootter Foundation. The foundation presented the AEDs to the department during a brief ceremony last Friday.
(BPT) - After experiencing a long period of pain and cramping in his legs, a 61-year-old man working as a machine operator in a factory outside of Tulsa, Okla., was diagnosed with peripheral artery disease, or PAD, a condition that occurs when deposits of fat and cholesterol, known as plaque, build up and cause the arteries of the legs to narrow.[i] This pain and cramping mirrored the primary symptoms of PAD, which made even the simplest movements such as walking difficult.[ii] The man’s job required him to be on his feet, and due to his PAD he saw his job, livelihood and health being put at-risk. Further, he was struggling with obesity and was desperate to relieve the pain so he could exercise and get to a healthier weight. Fortunately for this man and others facing a PAD diagnosis, innovative treatment options are becoming increasingly available to help people combat the disease.
(BPT) - Are you an avid golfer, green-thumb gardener or playful grandparent – a weekend warrior – who wants to stay active but whose joints can’t always keep up? If you’re thinking about discussing joint pain and possible replacement surgery with your doctor, but find yourself procrastinating, you’re not alone. Delaying treatment may prolong pain and deprive you from doing the things you love. Many patients who finally decide to have surgery wonder why they waited so long to get help.
(NAPSI)—Hypertension or high blood pressure is a common condition that affects nearly 1 in 3 Americans. In addition to following a healthy diet and lifestyle, many people living with the condition are prescribed daily medication to control their hypertension and heart failure and will need long-term access to this important class of medicine.
(BPT) - Every year in the United States, about 600,000 people die of heart disease – that’s one in every four deaths. Coronary heart disease (CHD), which can lead to heart attack, remains the most common type of heart disease amongst Americans – killing nearly 380,000 annually. What’s more – heart disease does not discriminate by race or gender and people of all ages and backgrounds may be at risk.
(BPT) - Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the U.S.1. The most common type is osteoarthritis (OA), which affects approximately 27 million adults nationwide2. OA occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time, causing pain in joints such as the hips, knees and hands. The majority of people living with OA may experience limited mobility, as well as trouble performing activities of daily living3.
(BPT) - Although menopause is a milestone event for an estimated 50 million-plus women each year, there is an increased focus on the topic during September, which is National Menopause Awareness Month. And while this topic previously was a taboo subject for many years - something women have been shy to discuss, even with their health care provider - today’s women are entering into a new generation and seeing a shift. Nowadays women are beginning to talk more about their menopausal concerns and their body changes, and they are becoming more educated on their treatment options.