(NewsUSA) - "Lose the salt shaker, and you'll improve your health," said David H. Stone, MD, a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery. "Adding table salt (sodium chloride) to your food increases your overall salt intake, especially when eating out or when consuming ready-to-eat foods. When it comes to salt, less is more."
(ARA) - For students, teachers and parents alike, a new school year means a fresh start. However, it also means busy schedules full of sports practices, homework and after-school activities. Despite hectic mornings and jam-packed afternoons, making sure children are getting proper nutrition, rest and exercise is extremely important to their success. For a healthy and happy school year, use a few tips to keep your student at the head of the class.
(ARA) – Medical costs are the leading cause of bankruptcy in the U.S., according to crowdsourcing.org. So how do you help family and friends struggling with sometimes overwhelming expenses? For many, crowdsourcing websites are becoming an empowering source of financial support, with estimates that more than $2.8 billion will be raised by such sites this year.
Popular fiction, TV shows and movies often describe the feeling of falling in love as a fast beating, fluttering heart. In real life, that rapid heartbeat isn’t always such a happy and exciting experience. Why? It could be atrial fibrillation.
(NAPSI)Fall doesnt have to mean the end of sensational summer meals, like seafood. Try a fresh take on fall favorites by serving up mouthwatering recipes inspired by the coast. Festive shrimp recipes are crowd-pleasers for any event. They can be easily stirred into hearty dishes for a satisfying harvest supper.
(NAPSI)-The sun’s rays can be harmful all year, and as people turn to tanning beds moving into the fall, it is important to think about UV exposure. Every year, more than 2 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer, making it the most common type of cancer in the United States.
(ARA) - How safe is your kitchen? It’s a question you should always be asking yourself.
Research confirms over and over again the high failure rate of dieting. Dieting often causes far more problems than it solves. Not only do most people gain back any weight they lose, they lower their metabolism, change their hormones so weight loss is even harder and they often end up bingeing as a result of deprivation. So what do you do when your “overweight” daughter comes home crying because she was teased at school?
(ARA) – Mom and grandma had it right: Providing your body with a meal at the beginning of the day can have a multitude of benefits, from keeping you in a good mood to preventing bad snack habits. To get the maximum effectiveness from your breakfast, it needs to be nutrition-packed. Of course, it’s just as important that what you eat to start the day is delicious.
(ARA) - Almost everyone has a habit they wish they could break, and with the kids back in school, there’s no better time than now to identify and break routines that could be slowing your family down.
(ARA) - For students, going to school isn’t just about understanding reading, writing and arithmetic; it’s also about learning the importance of good nutrition. Healthy eating takes center stage in the lunch room, so when your children open their lunch boxes, are they hitting a healthy home run, or striking out?
(NAPSI)—Hearing that you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a brain tumor is life-changing news. It is common for new patients to feel they have more questions than answers, and the one place many people with brain tumors turn to is The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
(NAPSI)—When it comes to good health, peer pressure can be a positive thing. For example more than 55 percent of smokers who quit have influenced someone else to quit.1
(NewsUSA) - For many families, school means routines and maintaining busy schedules that keep the entire family on the go -- especially those families who are juggling school as well as extracurricular activities and sports. That's why it's particularly important to take the right steps, beginning with a few healthy habits that will carry them through not only the school year, but for a lifetime.
(ARA) – Packing a lunch, signing permission slips and laying out clean clothes for the morning are all part of parents’ to-do lists when prepping for their children’s day at school. But for parents of the 6.5 million American children being treated for a chronic medical condition, preparing for school also means putting pill bottles in backpacks along with lunchboxes.
(ARA) - The kids got their back-to-school haircuts and picked out new outfits. You’ve stocked up on school supplies and healthy after-school snacks, and you’re prepared to limit your child’s non-school screen time. Like many parents, you’re now wondering if there’s more you can do to help your kids succeed this year at school. There is, and it’s not too difficult with a little planning.
(ARA) – Back-to-school season can be a stressful time for families. Homework requirements, packed schedules, extracurricular activities and even shorter hours of daylight are only a few things that make this time of year a transitional time for families. In fact, research shows that 85 percent of teens report their stress levels are affecting their school performance.
(NAPSI)—Nearly 5 million Americans are infected with hepatitis C, but 75 percent of people with the disease don’t even know they have it because it is often symptomless for decades.
(NAPSI)—Over the next decade, millions of baby boomers will begin their well-earned transition into retirement. This unique stage in life allows retirees time to do more of the things they love like enjoy time with friends and family, but it also comes with the added responsibility of keeping a closer eye on health to maintain an active lifestyle.
|(NAPSI)Theres welcome news for parents who have yet to have a discussion with their son or daughter about underage drinking.
Theres a free program thats designed to help parents begin the conversation and maintain an ongoing dialogue with their kids.
According to a recent study, 67 percent of parents feel that they have influence on their teens decisions about underage drinking and they think their teens listen to what they have to say. Additionally, the parenting poll revealed that parents whove already talked to their teens about underage drinking this back-to-school season believe theyre getting through to their kids, with 88 percent saying their teens were receptive. The survey was conducted by Impulse Research for Anheuser-Busch.
A Program to Help Parents
First launched more than 20 years ago, Family Talk was revamped in 2011 and now focuses on parenting stagesteacher, facilitator and coachthat help parents use and adapt their influence to help prevent underage drinking as their children grow and mature.
The program was recently renovated and expanded with help from certified parent coach MJ Corcoran to be a comprehensive resource for parents of kids of all ages.
The program guide, which can be downloaded for free from the programs Facebook page, offers parents a number of tips for having more meaningful conversations with their children about drinking, including:
Asking open-ended questions, such as If theres drinking at the party, what will you do? or What do you think about kids who drink?
Listening with an open mind. In other words, stay focused on what your child is saying right then, not on what he or she has said in the past, or what parents think their child should be saying.
Setting consistent, clear boundaries.
In addition to downloading the guide, when visiting the Facebook page, parents can interact with a parent-coach expert and other parents to share tips and advice on handling real-world situations.
Maintaining a Dialogue
Our Family Talk About Drinking program is designed to help parents begin the conversation and maintain an ongoing dialogue, whether their child is in elementary, middle or high school, or even headed to college, said Kathy Casso, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility for Anheuser-Busch.
To learn more, visit www.facebook.com/ABFamilyTalk.
Note to Editors: The online poll was conducted in July 2012 with a sample of 1,022 U.S. parents (men and women) with teenagers enrolled in high school or college. Poll participants were selected to closely match U.S. population demographics. The overall sampling error rate for this poll is 3 percent at the 95 percent level of confidence.
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(NAPSI)—Here’s news many parents may care to keep an eye on: At schools around the country, teachers are increasingly incorporating 3-D imaging, digital devices and the latest computer applications into their teaching tools. What’s more, according to the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) latest American Eye-Q survey, 60 percent of parents estimate their child spends up to four hours a day looking at the screen of a computer, video game, MP3 player or handheld electronic device.
(ARA) - While some adolescent vaccination rates have increased over the past several years, the numbers still remain low for other vaccines. With summer over, many parents are busy preparing their children, preteens and teens for school. Fall appointments with a child’s health care professional can be a good time to discuss vaccines recommended for children and adolescents by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Hemophilia is a type of bleeding disorder that causes the blood to take a long time to clot, and occurs almost exclusively in males. People with hemophilia B have a deficiency in clotting factor IX, a specific protein in the blood.1 According to the World Federation of Hemophilia, approximately one in 50,000 people globally2 have hemophilia B, including nearly 4,110 people living with hemophilia B in the U.S.3
(NAPSI)—For many parents, getting their kids off to school with food that’s both tasty and good for them can be a challenge. Fortunately, finding foods kids love to eat for their breakfast, lunch and snacks may be easier-and more fun—than parents realize.
(NAPSI)—With a new school year approaching, parents should take the time to learn the “facts of lice” and the natural measures that they can take to keep children lice free.
(NAPSI)—Charlotte Elliott of Georgia is a widow whose beloved husband of 40 years, Glen, passed away from brain cancer five years ago.
(ARA) – When thinking about childhood hunger, many people envision poverty-stricken regions on another continent, far from home. However, millions of children right here in the United States don’t know where their next meal will come from. It’s called “food insecurity,” and it’s a big problem in communities across the country.
(NAPSI)Did you know that GRAMMY Award−winning music producer and American Idol judge Randy Jackson is one of the nearly 26 million Americans in the United States living with diabetes?
(ARA) - We all yearn for moments like the Norman Rockwell illustration of a family sitting around the dining table, enjoying their meals, laughing and spending time together. Sometimes those moments seem like fairy tales in hectic lives filled with endless activities and deadlines. Yet researchers are learning more and more about the importance of family meals relating to good nutrition and better health. Family meals aren't just good for your body; they're good for the soul.
(ARA) - Prostate cancer is a growing concern in the United States as an estimated 28,170 men will die of prostate cancer in 2012, making the disease the second leading cause of cancer death in men behind lung cancer. While any man may get prostate cancer, there are certain risk factors that may place you - or your loved one - at increased risk. In particular, African-American men have among the highest reported prostate cancer incidence and mortality rates. It is estimated that one in five African American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
(ARA) - When Barbara George's friend and colleague in the media business was diagnosed with a recurrence of breast cancer 11 years ago, George volunteered to help her figure out her next steps. But what they did not find surprised them.
(ARA) - With vacations, barbecue parties and picnics, summer may be a challenging time for people with diabetes to stick with their regular diabetes management routine. American cooking star Paula Deen knows the temptations of delicious summer fare, like potato salads and barbecued meats, which tend to be high in fats and carbohydrates and can be a challenge for people with diabetes. But Paula, who has type 2 diabetes, has found a way to still enjoy her favorite summer recipes and stick with her daily diabetes management routine.
(NAPSI)—Still You With Type 2 (www.stillyouwithtype2.com), a new website created by Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca, provides information, downloadable recipes, a video series featuring professional chefs, and tips and tools for lifestyle changes that may have an impact on everyday management of type 2 diabetes. The site helps adults with type 2 diabetes stay true to their tastebuds and favorite family recipes through simple substitutions, and provides ideas for staying active. Still You With Type 2 also provides tips for patients to have more productive discussions with their doctors.
(NAPSI)—If you are looking into LASIK eye surgery but have been put off by the high price tag, here are some facts you may want to consider. Although the initial cost of LASIK may be significant, it could actually be a good investment and save you money in the long run once you realize you will be wearing, and paying for, glasses or contacts for the next 20 years or more.
(NAPSI)—The popularity of cheerleading continues to rise as record numbers of cheerleaders and cheer squads attend Universal Cheerleaders Association Championship events, up almost 10 percent from last year.
(NAPSI)—Every year, one in three adults over age 64 falls. But certain exercises and simple home modifications help reduce the risk.
(ARA) - Sneezing, stuffiness, a runny nose - these symptoms don't always indicate a cold. They also can be hallmarks of hay fever for one in five Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies.
(ARA) - Many parents are busy these days juggling everything from work, car pools, soccer practice, and cooking dinner. But a hectic schedule doesn't have to mean poor food choices. Here are a few time-saving tricks to make mealtime easier and nutritious for the whole family.
(NAPSI)—Sleep is a wonderful thing, but for many people, getting that sleep can prove elusive. Tried-and-true tips include keeping a regular schedule, getting enough daily exercise and creating a relaxing bedtime routine, but a new approach to sleeping soundly suggests that the right blanket can be instrumental in getting plenty of zzzz’s.
(NAPSI)Watching elite athletes perform at the highest level is inspiring. While most people never compete professionally in sports, its fun to see athletes attempt physically extraordinary acts.
(NAPSI)—Warm weather is upon us, which means shorts and tank tops will be making an appearance around America. For most people, the thought of wearing cool clothing in warm weather is a welcome part of the year. However, for the many people living with psoriasis, which often causes raised, red and scaly patches of skin, the idea of wearing more revealing clothing can be intimidating. Nearly 7 million American adults suffer from psoriasis.
(ARA) - If you've ever hidden a snack, you're not alone. Grabbing a quick nibble on the sly is something a surprising number of people will admit to, when pressed. A recent study conducted by One Poll in the United Kingdom showed that 46 percent of people surveyed admitted to feeling embarrassed about the foods they choose for secretive snacking. But if your snacks are causing you to feel a pang of shame, it's time to rethink them. The habit of snacking, on its own, isn't a bad one - you just need to opt for foods that will fit into a healthy diet.
(ARA) - Every homeowner can remember a time when they wondered, "Did I lock the front door this morning?" or "Did I leave a light on?" Others can attest to that feeling of dread knowing their air conditioner is running full blast while they're away on a weekend trip. There's nothing worse than worrying about the security of your home - or your rising electric bill - while you're away.
(ARA) - Does your list of school supplies include sleep? Studies say it should, especially for teens.
Hearing loss affects an estimated 50 million Americans. Some hearing loss is temporary, and may be caused by short exposures to loud noises, but for many people, it is permanent. Hearing Health Foundation, the largest private funder of hearing research, has organized a Consortium of researchers through the Hearing Research Project, with a goal of accelerating the timeline for a genuine cure for most types of acquired hearing loss. The cure focuses on the specialized cells that make hearing possible.
(ARA) - The man of your dreams, a stunning dress and the most darling shoes to go with it - you have everything you need to ensure your wedding is perfect in every way. But at the end of your big day, will you be left with something less welcome than beautiful memories? Will you be sporting sore - or possibly even injured - feet?
(ARA) - Imagine not being able to control when you laughed or when you cried. While it's not a well-known condition, this is reality for those who suffer from pseudobulbar affect (PBA), which is thought to affect nearly two million Americans. PBA occurs in people with an underlying neurologic condition like Alzheimer's disease or other dementias, stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson's disease, or Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS). PBA causes involuntary and unpredictable episodes of crying or laughing often when there is nothing sad or funny triggering those emotional responses. This type of emotional distress can leave those who have it and their families feeling embarrassed and can cause them to avoid social situations.