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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.

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Friday 12/12/2014
Diabetes Discussion: Tips for Managing Your Diabetes
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Diabetes is a complex disease affecting more than 29 million people in the United States. Although there is no cure, patients with diabetes see better results when the disease is closely managed through lifestyle changes and medication. Along with making good choices about healthy eating and physical activity, patients living with diabetes should discuss blood sugar monitoring, medication, and options for taking their medication with their health care providers.

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Wednesday 12/10/2014
Answering the biggest unmet need in cancer care today
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - “I thought cancer was like dessert - you only got one. I thought wrong,” says Jim Riswold, a two-time cancer survivor and one of the advertising geniuses responsible for some of Nike’s most iconic ads. Fourteen years ago, Riswold was told he had between two to four years to live, but because of a once-a-day pill developed by Dr. Brian Druker, director of OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Jim is now sharing his story through artwork.

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Tuesday 12/09/2014
Brain Health Of Older Adults Focus Of Holiday Campaign
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—The holidays are about families gathering together to celebrate and to discuss issues of importance to everyone, including older members of the family. For this reason, an annual campaign called Home for the Holidays was established to provide families with information to help stimulate a dialogue about major issues affecting their older loved ones. This year’s campaign focuses on the risks to brain health for older adults and offers some simple strategies to help mitigate those risks.

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The key to getting the most out of your rheumatoid arthritis therapy
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - If you are one of the 1.3 million people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you know the pain can sometimes be debilitating. While there is no cure for the autoimmune inflammatory disease often called RA, early intervention and treatments can help you maintain a high quality of life.

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Monday 12/08/2014
With diabetes, don't overlook yearly eye exams
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Diabetes can affect many aspects of a person’s health, such as increasing the risk for heart disease, stroke or serious kidney damage. However, many people may not realize that diabetes can also damage the eyes.

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Friday 12/05/2014
Learn how you can help your retirement plan in just 30 minutes
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - When is the last time you checked in on your retirement plan? A month? A year? Can you even remember? If you can’t, you’re not alone. Many people find the idea of reviewing their retirement plan intimidating, so they put it off. You can’t avoid reviewing your plan forever, though, and there are some real benefits to doing so right now.

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Don't wait to discover if you have this deadly, under-reported type of cancer
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Liver cancer is one of the deadliest cancers in the world, causing more than 600,000 deaths each year. The number of Americans with liver cancer has been slowly but steadily rising for several decades with over 33,000 people expected to be diagnosed in 2014. The incidence is increasing due to the silent epidemic of hepatitis B and C, the rise in the number of people with morbid obesity and diabetes, and the persistence of alcoholic cirrhosis - all of which are risk factors for the disease.

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Thursday 12/04/2014
5 questions you should ask your pharmacist
Updated: December 11, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - A visit to the pharmacy can be about more than just picking up prescriptions or supplies for the medicine cabinet. It can actually be an important, and convenient, time to ask your pharmacist key questions that could impact your health.

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Tuesday 12/02/2014
Ask the Pharmacist: Exercise tips your heart will love
Updated: December 09, 2014 - 3:33 am

(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.

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Wednesday 11/26/2014
Not ready for a hearing aid? Alternatives break tradition
Updated: December 03, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Your spouse’s voice, the traffic signals, your favorite TV show – you probably don’t think about your sense of hearing often, but without the ears’ ability to collect and translate invisible sound waves, many important things would go unheard. Unfortunately, missing out is a reality for 98 million Americans who experience some degree of hearing difficulty.

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Tuesday 11/18/2014
3 easy style tips that instantly glam up your holiday look
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - As a renowned fashion stylist, Micaela Erlanger of New York, NY makes her clients look, and perhaps even more importantly, feel their best for all of life’s special occasions. Now just in time for the holidays, Erlanger is sharing her insider style and beauty tips so you can shine this season.

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Wednesday 11/12/2014
Managing the holidays with a loved one who suffers memory loss
Updated: November 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy when families and friends gather to share each other’s company, revisit fond stories of holidays past and make new memories to last a lifetime. But what if a loved one is no longer able to remember the holidays or the family and friends he has spent them with? What if dementia or Alzheimer’s has robbed a parent or grandparent of the ability to make and cherish new memories?

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Don't surrender to your dry eye; how proper nutrition can help
Updated: November 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - If your eyes feel as dry as the desert or you experience a stinging sensation that makes you feel like you’ve spent the last eight hours lost in a sandstorm, you might have a condition called dry eye. About 40-million Americans are affected by dry eye and ocular surface diseases, according to the Schepens Eye Research Institute, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Many suffer from the symptoms without even realizing there’s treatment.

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Monday 11/10/2014
Simple steps that help people with diabetes keep their feet healthy
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - A diabetes diagnosis can be daunting, but a simple attitude adjustment can make a world of difference in how well you fare while living with the disease. By proactively taking steps to monitor key health indicators, experts agree that it’s possible to prevent some of the most severe risks of diabetes, including lower limb amputation.

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Thursday 11/06/2014
A higher standard: understanding the types of financial advisors and under what rules they operate
Updated: November 13, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - What’s in a name? When choosing a brand of paper towels or laundry detergent, one name may be as good as another. When it comes to selecting a financial advisor, however, consumers should know there are different types of advisors who are held to significantly different professional standards.

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Monday 11/03/2014
Better late than never for retirement planning
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 11:15 am

(BPT) - If you’re within 10 years of retirement and haven’t done any appreciable planning, you’re not alone.

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Wednesday 10/29/2014
Achieving blood sugar control is important for people with type 2 diabetes
Updated: November 05, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Do you know how to control your blood sugar? If you are one of the 29 million Americans living with diabetes, learning the basics is a great first step to help you manage your condition.

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Monday 10/27/2014
Personalizing your Medicare options: What's right for you?
Updated: November 03, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Finding the right Medicare plan can be a little confusing – there are so many plans and coverage options to choose from.

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Thursday 10/23/2014
Why the cheapest 'retirement investment' is also critical to your health
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - You maxed out your 401(k) every year you worked, invested wisely and planned carefully in preparation for retirement. Perhaps you even researched your Medicare options and you know exactly what health and drug plans you’ll choose. But if you’re like the majority of other Americans approaching – or in – retirement, you’ve likely overlooked a critical aspect of retirement planning and investment: dental insurance.

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Tuesday 10/21/2014
A New Prescription for Finding the Right Doctor
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Finding the right doctor can mean living a healthier life, or it can be the difference between life and death.

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Wednesday 10/15/2014
Hospice teams make more moments of life possible
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Many people agree that it’s the people they encounter throughout their lives that really make it worth living. But can the people you meet in your final months truly have that much of an impact?

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Tuesday 10/14/2014
Therapy ‘test drive’ could lead to relief from common bladder and bowel control problems
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - More than 37 million adults in the United States suffer from overactive bladder, and nearly 18 million have bowel incontinence. Many of these people face a common dilemma: after months and sometimes years of disappointment with conservative treatments like oral medications, should they commit to more advanced, long-term treatments that might work for them, but also include a medical procedure?

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Planning to 'have the talk' with senior parents this holiday season? How to begin
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - As your family gathers this holiday season to enjoy each other’s company, share a traditional meal and take in your favorite sports event or parade, will you also have more serious discussions about the safety and well-being of aging parents? If so, you’re not alone; more than a quarter of families will talk about medical and health issues of the seniors in the family, and 12 percent will discuss housing, according to a survey by A Place for Mom, North America’s largest senior living referral service.

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Friday 10/10/2014
Is vision loss inevitable with age? The answer may surprise you
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Eighty-three percent of U.S. adults believe their eyesight will worsen as they age, no matter what preventive steps they take, according to a recent DSM Nutritional Products survey. While genetics and lifestyle factors do play a role for some serious eye conditions that cause vision loss such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), years of proper nutrition may protect vision in the long term.

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Tuesday 10/07/2014
Keep the holidays joyful by addressing hearing loss before the big celebration
Updated: October 14, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The holiday season is meant to be celebrated with joy. It’s when families and friends gather together to reunite and celebrate the end of the year. You might have people cheering on the college football team in a bowl game, children running around and playing games, and conversations happening in every room of the house where family members are catching up on what was missed since the last reunion.

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Wednesday 10/01/2014
Four simple home remedies for joint pain
Updated: October 08, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Soreness, stiffness, tenderness – joint pain can have a direct impact on quality of life. Fortunately, there are a number of proactive steps that incorporate all-natural solutions to help improve joint health and overall wellness.

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Combat signs of aging with simple beauty-routine updates
Updated: October 08, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - You’re probably aware that consuming too much sugar can lead to weight gain, and that sugar is linked to a range of health problems, including diabetes. But did you know that sugar also can make you look old? Or that dehydration can damage your skin? Some surprising factors affect your skin, but some simple changes to your beauty routine can help combat the impact aging has on your body and skin.

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Tuesday 09/30/2014
You don't always get what you pay for when buying eyeglasses online
Updated: October 07, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - With busy lives and tight budgets, Americans continuously try to find ways to save time and money, which is why online shopping has become so common. However, some purchases are better taken offline to help ensure a person’s health and safety, especially when it comes to your vision.

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Friday 09/19/2014
Tips for the 2015 Medicare Annual Enrollment Period
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) If you’re 65 or older, you probably know that the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period runs October 15 through December 7. Generally, this is the only time you can make changes to your coverage.

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6 tips for finding more affordable, better coverage during Medicare Annual Enrollment
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Are you among the 54 million Americans currently receiving health insurance through Medicare? The Medicare annual enrollment period (AEP), running from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, means you have the opportunity to change plans, and possibly find cost savings or better coverage.

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Thursday 09/18/2014
Most people underestimate their family's need for life insurance
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - If you have children and grandchildren, you have no doubt made it your goal to provide guidance, pass on your personal knowledge and build a foundation that ensures their comfort and security. You probably started by teaching your children early on how they could save money, shop wisely and make sound financial decisions. You won’t always be around to offer new lessons, but there is a way you can ensure that your family will be protected.

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Wrinkle-busting skin care tips for boomer women
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Time brings plenty of changes, yet the desire to have healthy, good-looking skin transcends age. While some skin-care tactics – sunscreen and moisturizing – apply to skin of any age, baby boomers need to update their skin care and makeup strategies to ensure their skin stays healthy and youthful-looking as long as possible.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
Healthy tips and advice for lowering your risk of heart disease
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 3:32 am

(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.

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Taking control for healthier aging
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - As adults age, they often face different health challenges than those experienced during their youth; however, there are several key steps that can be taken to improve their chances of maintaining good health.

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Tuesday 09/02/2014
Prostate cancer and bladder leakage: Tips to live a fulfilling lifestyle
Updated: September 09, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This philosophy is fine when applied to home improvement, but it isn’t a good approach for men’s health and wellness. Fortunately, in recent years, male health issues like prostate cancer have received greater attention thanks to more men vocalizing how to live life to the fullest through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
Don't make these common mistakes when something hurts
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Managing pain can be tough, whether you’re one of the 100 million Americans with chronic pain, or only suffer from the occasional backache or headache. September is National Pain Awareness Month, the perfect time to make sure you’re managing your pain the best way possible.

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Not your mother's menopause: new ways to manage symptoms
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(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.

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Award winning actress, S. Epatha Merkerson, urges people with type 2 diabetes to accept America's Diabetes Challenge
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - S. Epatha Merkerson is well-known for her award-winning roles on the stage and screen. But what you may not know is that she is one of the 29 million Americans living with diabetes.

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Monday 08/18/2014
For Older Adults, Regular Exercise May Stem Aging Effects
Updated: August 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) One out of every three adults over 65 years old falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And for older adults with dementia, the risk of falling is three times higher than those with no cognitive impairment, according to the AARP Bulletin.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Planning for your 20-year vacation
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Are you ready to be on vacation for 20 or 30 years?

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How to recognize the signs of elder financial abuse
Updated: September 13, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Financial abuse of the elderly is on the rise and not only is it getting worse, but for every reported case of elder financial exploitation, 43 others go unrecognized.

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Wednesday 08/13/2014
Easy ways to make senior living affordable
Updated: August 20, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Kathy Hesselgrave’s 90-year-old mother’s health declined to the point where she was no longer able to live in her home by herself. Because her mother needed help cooking and taking her medication, Hesselgrave found herself taking care of her mom, splitting the days and nights with her niece. Other family members pitched into help, too, but it became too much.

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Wednesday 08/06/2014
6 Health Tips Every Boomer and Senior Should Know Before Traveling
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Marvin Mallon, 86, and his wife, Reva, know how important it is to plan ahead before embarking on a long journey -- especially when it comes to their health.

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Tuesday 08/05/2014
5 health tips to empower men to man up and take charge of their health
Updated: August 12, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Men across the United States are afflicted with a variety of health issues that are often preventable. There are a few simple steps you can take to improve your well-being in the short-term and help you stay healthy in the long-term.

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Monday 08/04/2014
Choosing a Medicare plan? Ask yourself these questions
Updated: August 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Each year during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period (Oct. 15-Dec. 7), Medicare beneficiaries have a chance to make changes to their health and prescription drug coverage. Yet according to a 2013 survey by UnitedHealthcare, more than 60 percent say they have never shopped around to find coverage that may better suit their needs. That’s unfortunate because Medicare is not a one-size-fits-all program, and a lot can change in a year in terms of your health status and budget. The plans that are available can change every year, too.

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Monday 07/28/2014
Tame that ringing in your ears and rock on, boomers
Updated: August 04, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Bob Dylan. The Rolling Stones. Led Zeppelin. Music helped define an entire generation of baby boomers. It expressed their fresh world view and energized them as they set the world in a new direction.

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Friday 07/25/2014
Taking responsibility for your health: Ask for yourself. Do it for your family
Updated: August 05, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Every day you sit around the dinner table with your loved ones and ask about their lives−“How was your day? What’s new at work? Do you have any plans for this weekend?” But how often do you ask the truly important questions, like−“Are you taking care of your health?”

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Friday 07/18/2014
Enjoying retirement in a home suited for an active life
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - When it’s time to retire, do baby boomers just sit back and watch life pass them by? Not anymore. Boomers are known for getting involved in their communities, enjoying the outdoors and starting new - or restarting older - hobbies. They also love spending time with family.

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Tuesday 07/15/2014
Stay on top of your rheumatoid arthritis with these helpful tips
Updated: July 22, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an incurable, progressive disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks a person’s joints, causing inflammation and damage. Approximately 1.3 million people have RA. This condition strikes about three times as many women as men and most commonly appears in people between 40 and 60 years old.

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