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7:03 AM / Friday February 21, 2020

Health

Smart tips to manage high-deductible health plan costs

February 6, 2020

BPT It’s the same issue every year: Jan. 1 arrives and you need to meet an annual deductible again before your health care coverage takes full effect. For people with high-deductible plans, this can be a big expense at the start of the year. High-deductible plans are increasing in popularity as a way to curb…

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Understanding medical sharps and safe disposal options

January 9, 2020

Family Features If you’re among the millions of people in the United States who suffer from a chronic illness, you may use “sharps” to manage your medical condition at home or on the go. For example, many people with diabetes self-inject at least two insulin shots every day, and conditions including allergies, arthritis, cancer, infertility,…

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Vast majority of Americans lose sleep to binge-watch TV

January 3, 2020

BPT A new survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) found that 88% of U.S. adults admitted to losing sleep due to staying up late to watch multiple episodes of a TV show or streaming series – and this number jumps to 95% when looking at 18- to 44-year-olds. The same survey shows…

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Four common fitness myths debunked

January 2, 2020

BPT   Weight-loss tips, fad diets and more – these days, they’re everywhere you look. And most of it is false information. In fact, the average American wrongly assumes a daily workout must be 95 minutes or more to be impactful, according to a new study conducted by Planet Fitness. Americans express growing frustration with fad…

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Avocado Date Shake!

December 27, 2019

Recipe and photo by Monica Peters Try out one of my favorite smoothies I love to make: the avocado date shake. This sweet n’ tasty shake is real simple to make. Although it is a shake, you can also eat with a spoon instead of using a straw. The dates are really sweet so you…

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US flu season arrives early, driven by an unexpected virus

December 16, 2019

By Mike Stobbe Associated Press  NEW YORK — The U.S. winter flu season is off to its earliest start in more than 15 years. An early barrage of illness in the South has begun to spread more broadly, and there’s a decent chance flu season could peak much earlier than normal, health officials say. The…

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Health program offers free HIV prevention drug to uninsured

December 5, 2019

By Lauran Neergaard   ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON — The government launched a new program on Tuesday to provide an HIV prevention drug for free to people who need the protection but have no insurance to pay for it. Taking certain anti-HIV drugs every day dramatically reduces the chances that someone who is still healthy becomes…

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Will you get dementia? Many may not understand their risk

November 22, 2019

By Lindsey Tanner ASSOCIATED PRESS  Many older American adults may inaccurately estimate their chances for developing dementia and do useless things to prevent it, new research suggests. Almost half of adults surveyed believed they were likely to develop dementia. The results suggest many didn’t understand the connection between physical health and brain health and how…

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Stay Healthy During the Holidays

November 15, 2019

BPT Holiday travel, endless parties and hours waiting in long shopping lines can take a toll on your health. As the season ramps up, it’s a great time to take some steps to support your immune system for extra protection. These common-sense health tips can go a long way toward keeping yourself healthy this holiday…

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The American Diabetes Association applauds the Insulin Price Reduction Act introduced by the House Diabetes Caucus

November 8, 2019

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) strongly supports the introduction of the Insulin Price Reduction Act in the United States House of Representatives. The ADA thanked Congressional Diabetes Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Diana DeGette (D- Colo.) and Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) for their leadership in introducing the House version of this legislation, which will lower the cost…

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