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(NAPSI)—Heart failure affects more than 5 million Americans. It is a chronic, progressive disease in which the heart’s ability to pump blood is reduced and the heart does not pump enough blood for the body’s need for oxygen. Knowing a few facts can be important to the health of heart failure patients.
(NAPSI)—Settling into a new place can be an exciting time. You’re unpacking, meeting new neighbors, getting the “lay of the land” and making decisions about how to furnish and decorate your home. At the same time, you’re assuming many new financial responsibilities, such as mortgage payments and maintenance costs. That’s one reason it’s important to protect yourself and your family by making sure you have a sound financial foundation.
(NewsUSA) - It's not easy being green -- especially when you share space with more than 3 million people. And yet, one Southern California business is making it easier.
(BPT) - If you’ve ever taken them, you know prescription opioids can provide a clinically safe and effective solution to pain management. They can also be very addictive, however, and protecting against addiction requires vigilance on the part of the patient as well as his or her doctors, nurses, caregivers, pharmacists and benefits providers.
(BPT) - Fifty is a major milestone in a woman’s life: from physical changes, to becoming an empty-nester, to new homes or careers, it can be a time to re-focus on one’s self and gain a new sense of freedom. During this time, one change that women may not anticipate is postmenopause.
(BPT) - Retirees have a message for people still working but wondering what life might be like once they retire: “Come on in, the water’s warm.” But they also say that it pays to plan, the earlier the better, because retirement might come sooner than you expect.
(NAPSI)—While strokes are a leading cause of death and disability in adults in the United States, there are ways to reduce your risk of having one.
(BPT) - Americans’ love affair with pets continues to grow with approximately 69 million households owning a pet, according to American Veterinary Medical Association. In fact, pet ownership has tripled since the 1970s, and today there are 74.1 million owned cats alone. Felines are great companion animals, but there is still a surprising amount of widely accepted misinformation about cats – and it’s causing a multitude of issues.
(BPT) - Should you buy eggs instead of cereal? Popcorn in place of pretzels? For consumers seeking “better-for-you” foods at the grocery store, these types of decisions can feel overwhelming, and for some, time-consuming.
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(BPT) - An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – especially for small businesses grappling with the high costs of worker absenteeism. Employee time lost to health issues costs American businesses $84 billion a year. For U.S. businesses, helping workers stay healthy costs far less than the financial impact of having them miss work for illness or injury.
(NAPSI)—While winter, with its cold temperatures and extreme weather, can be an isolating time for many, it can be particularly tough on seniors. When driving conditions deteriorate and roads are slippery, many seniors don’t feel safe enough to venture out of their homes. Others just don’t like the cold and often forgo regular activities and visits with family and friends that involve going outdoors.
Oro Valley Hospital (OVH) celebrates its 10th anniversary today caring for patients in its community. The hospital opened its doors in 2005 with 96 beds and only three of its four floors built out. The fourth floor opened in 2007 and today the hospital has grown to 146 beds. Over the years it has added a variety of services based on community need including a Sleep Center and Senior Behavioral Health Unit. Today, OVH is an integral part of the community. In addition to the healthcare services it provides, the hospital offers monthly free health seminars, periodic free flu shot clinics and free cholesterol screenings. The hospital also supports a variety of community events including Harvest for Hope, and participates in community health fairs and festivals to help educate and empower community members to take charge of their health.
(StatePoint) Transitioning to college life can be difficult on both students and families. From new expenses to a new lifestyle, being prepared for what lies ahead can help you avoid common bumps in the road.
(Family Features) Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) help make healthcare more affordable and yet they have gotten a bad rap due to the common misconception that you forfeit what you don’t use. But did you know that the IRS modified the “Use It or Lose It” rule in 2013, and now allows up to $500 in unused funds to be rolled over to the following year? You can now experience the benefits of this great pre-tax benefit without risking the loss of any of your hard earned money.
(BPT) - Today’s changing social environment and confusing messages about drugs and alcohol may be making it even more difficult for teenagers to get their bearings as they move toward adulthood. That is why it is more important than ever for parents to know what is going on in their kids’ lives and have the skills to respond to their teens appropriately.
(NAPSI)—With Medicare statistics suggesting spending on home medical equipment—bath seats, lightweight wheelchairs, walkers and scooters and so on—rising at twice the rate of health care costs in general, many Americans may be glad to learn about a new site that can help them select the best products for their needs and budget. The site’s founders have done the research to help make decisions faster and easier.
A little online research can help you get the best home medical equipment for your condition.(NAPS)
(NAPSI)—There could be good news for women facing an unintended pregnancy who are undecided about what course of action to take. There is an organization dedicated to serving the needs of women in that situation. Nearly 3 million American women experience an unplanned pregnancy each year and one in four of them are unsure of what to do.
(BPT) - Some people don’t think that “talking” alone can make a difference when it comes to someone’s health. But when it comes to helping prevent potentially life-threatening pregnancy complications, conversations can be a powerful tool.
(StatePoint) One in five adults in the United States now reports having doctor-diagnosed arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For those living with the chronic pain of this disease, learning how to manage arthritis is crucial to the health and happiness of millions of Americans.
(NAPSI)—Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the goal of Americans who want to stay in shape and avoid health challenges such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Eating a healthy, balanced diet that supports regular exercise is important, and that’s the reason many active people turn to chia as a natural source of energy.
(NAPSI)—Good news: Stroke has dropped from the nation’s fourth-leading cause of death to No. 5, according to new federal statistics.