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(BPT) - Paul Engwall has always been good about going to the doctor for his regular checkups.

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(BPT) - Ulcerative colitis (UC), a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that can cause abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea, affects at least 2 million people living in the United States (U.S.) and European Union (EU) alone.1,2 Results from a recent global survey fielded in 10 countries am…

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(StatePoint) Suddenly, the kids are all grown up and ready to flee the nest. It’s the start of a new chapter -- for them, and for mom and dad, too. While this sudden change in family dynamic is bound to bring a mix of bittersweet emotions, there are plenty of ways to embrace the shift. An em…

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(Family Features) This holiday season, you have the power to change children’s lives for the better.

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(Family Features) With plummeting temperatures and winter storm season on the horizon, it's time to refresh your family's emergency plan. Not only is it necessary to ensure you have the right supplies on-hand, it's also important to know how to safely execute your plan and use items like por…

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(Family Features) In today’s connected world, it’s almost unthinkable to function without an internet connection, and for practical purposes most households need wireless connectivity for everyone to fully enjoy their internet-enabled devices, including smartphones, laptops, tablets, televis…

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(Family Features) Each year between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7 people can make changes to their Medicare coverage options.

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(Family Features) For many people, hitting the gym in the morning leaves less time for excuses or interferences.

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(Family Features) Nostalgia often runs deep during the holidays, and retro gifts are one way to relive the holiday celebrations of your childhood.

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(Family Features) Each year, the true spirit of the holidays can seem to get buried further beneath mountains of wrapping paper and drowned out by commercialism.

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Know your options and get free help

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(Family Features) Purchasing a new vehicle, while exciting, can be a burden for many shoppers. A variety of options and considerations for each make and model can turn the decision-making process into a stressful situation.

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(Family Features) Whether you opt for fresh-cut or fresh out of the box, trimming the tree is a staple of holiday decor in most homes. However, if you'll be entertaining this season, you may want to go beyond the tree and take your seasonal decorating to whole new level.

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(Family Features) When children play, they often learn. Not only can playtime improve behavior and concentration, but it helps children explore with their imaginations. Both free play and adult-guided play allow kids to learn right from wrong, how to share and gain awareness of others’ feelings.

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What to know about a cancer you may not have heard of

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(Family Features) A new survey has revealed many Americans miss the mark when it comes to cleaning their homes, which may negatively affect the quality of air they breathe indoors.  Understanding the causes of poor indoor air can help you combat many common culprits. Consider these survey re…

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(Family Features) If you’re looking for a memorable vacation experience, getting behind the wheel and taking to the open road can provide the perfect opportunity to create your own journey and explore at your own pace.

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(BPT) - New results from the largest ever clinical study of early-stage breast cancer patients are changing the game when it comes to who should receive chemotherapy treatment. The study, called TAILORx (Trial Assigning Individualized Options for Treatment (Rx)), used the Oncotype DX Breast …

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(NewsUSA) - Beginning next year, Medicare Advantage plans will be allowed to cover a broader array of health-related services that may help people with Medicare improve their health.

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(NAPSI)—In 2000, a mysterious disease was making 3-year-old Mercy Mendoza so ill that her grandmother bought a burial plot for her in the little town in Honduras where they lived. Swelling, pain and immobility were fast eroding her health. Finally, a doctor who had been trained in the United…

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(StatePoint) For many, weight loss is a constant struggle, full of frustration, fad diets and forgotten workout DVDs. But it doesn’t have to be that way. New research reveals a critical element that can make all the difference between an ongoing health struggle and successfully shedding exce…

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(NAPSI)—Whether you’re new to Medicare or an established beneficiary, take a close look at Medicare Advantage plans during this year’s open enrollment period. Those policies may offer the best mix of benefits to meet your health needs.

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(BPT) - As we head into pumpkin-spice-flavored-everything season, schedules go into overdrive (hello holiday shuffle!). In the blink of an eye, that healthy routine you’ve promised to start goes out the window. This is particularly true if you are among the approximately 45 million Americans…

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(BPT) - Cancer, a heart attack or stroke are distressing and disruptive experiences for anyone. Add in worrying about how you are going to pay your medical bills and an already stressful situation is amplified — and keeps the focus off what ought to be top of mind: getting better.

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(NAPSI)—The next time you need to wipe up a spill, health expert Dr. Charles Gerba, Professor of Environmental Microbiology, University of Arizona, aka "Dr. Germ," warns: don't always reach for a sponge or dishcloth.

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(NAPSI)—If you’re like 64 percent of Americans, you drink a cup of coffee every day.

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(Family Features) When considering making changes to positively impact your well-being, many aspects of health may jump to the forefront, from taking care of mental and emotional health to ensuring a well-maintained body from head to toes. However, one sometimes overlooked area is your eyes …

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(BPT) - This fall, a first-of-its kind partnership aims to put the power of healthcare back into people’s hands by providing an alternative to long wait times and high costs associated with seeing a doctor. RB (the makers of Mucinex™, Delsym™, Airborne™, among other health and wellness brand…

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(BPT) - Premature birth is an issue that affects families all around the world. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 15 million babies are born preterm each year (before 37 weeks of gestation). Globally, the rate of preterm birth ranges from 5­-18 percent, and in the Uni…

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(BPT) - Eric Jones, of southern New Jersey, is not your typical volunteer firefighter. Jones, who works as a communications technician by day and a firefighter by night, has worked and fought fires with a prosthetic leg since the mid-1990s. Eric was diagnosed with cancer when he was 11 years…

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(NAPSI)—The sense of shattered safety and loss after a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, can wage a long-term emotional toll on everyone involved, according to AmeriHealth Caritas, a national leader in health care solutions.

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(Family Features) Pets can be morning jog partners and movie night snuggle buddies, but they often do much more than that: they can help make their owners healthier both physically and mentally. Research from the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition found that having a pet reduces the risk of he…

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(Family Features) When it comes to selecting the right food for their dogs, people often agonize about choosing among a myriad of options. Given that 95 percent of pet owners consider their pets to be part of the family, according to a Nielsen survey on The Humanization of Pet Food, pet pare…

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(Family Features) When winter approaches, it brings a number of distractions and factors that tend to keep people from getting outside and staying active. From holiday parties and vacations to bad weather, it’s important to keep health and exercise top of mind throughout the busy season. Thi…

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(Family Features) While a haircut is often the first thing that comes to mind when pet parents contemplate a visit to the groomer, those visits can involve much more than a bath and trim. It can also include spa-like skin and paw treatments, deep moisturizing shampoos and conditioners for he…

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(NAPSI)—Nearly double the number of Americans in rural areas versus nonrural areas reported having an insufficient number of cancer doctors near where they live. This is one of the many findings from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)’s second annual National Cancer Opinion Sur…

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(NAPSI)—The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that can develop into mild to severe illnesses or even death—yet too many people don’t realize how serious it can be.

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(StatePoint) Opioid-related overdoses have reached epidemic proportions, claiming more than 42,000 lives in the U.S. in 2016 alone. Physicians on the front lines are working in their communities and with their patients to reverse this public health crisis.

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(BPT) - It’s 6 a.m. in Bell County, Texas. The sun is yet to peek over the horizon on what will become a steamy summer day, but Darrell Glaser is already strolling through his turkey houses to ensure the birds on his family farm are comfortable. The farm has been in Glaser’s family for nearl…

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(StatePoint) By the time Jaxson O’Brien was finally diagnosed with a form of Batten disease, his family had been to three doctors, endured countless hospital visits and tried nine different medications – all the while still having more than 100 seizures a day.

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(NewsUSA) - A mattress is one of the most important purchases you'll ever make. You spend approximately one-third of your life in bed and how well you sleep can affect your health and well-being. But shopping for a mattress can be confusing for even the wisest consumers. Here are seven mista…

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(BPT) - If you’ve ever found yourself mapping out the nearest restrooms, going out of your way for a “pee detour,” or even packing a “just in case” set of clothes for a long road trip, you understand that the call of nature can impact your daily routine and cause you to worry when you may be…

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(NAPSI)—Colds and flu bring special considerations for people with high blood pressure, especially those on blood pressure medication. Here’s how to keep your blood pressure stable:

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(NAPSI)—Gestational diabetes is something to be concerned about after and not just during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes is diabetes that is found for the first time when a woman is pregnant. If you had gestational diabetes when you were pregnant, you and your child from that pregnancy have…

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(StatePoint) Maintaining happy, healthy feet is fundamental for a great quality of life. Unfortunately, diabetes can have a significant impact on feet, increasing the risk of such conditions as peripheral artery disease, peripheral neuropathy and diabetic foot ulcers.

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(BPT) - Nearly 18 million children and adults across the United States live with atopic dermatitis (AD), also known as eczema.1 About 90 percent of those with eczema have the mild-to-moderate form of the disease.2 Environmental changes can trigger your eczema. With the weather changing, it m…

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9 tips to maintain eye health

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(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 str…

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(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.