Peripheral Artery Disease: Screening and early treatment can save your legs and your life
(BPT) - Frequent leg cramps, leg pain when walking and slow-to-heal sores on your feet are annoying, but did you know they can also be symptoms of a serious disease? Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) occurs when there is narrowing of the blood vessels (arteries) outside of the heart. Most frequently, PAD affects the arteries in the pelvis and legs, but it can also affect the arteries in the arms, kidneys and stomach, as well as the aorta, a major blood vessel that comes from the heart and suppl...
Women living with metastatic breast cancer [Infographic]
It is estimated that there are approximately 159,000 women living with metastatic breast cancer in the United States in 2013. This number is expected to grow to approximately 164,000 by 2015. Metastatic breast cancer, otherwise known as stage IV breast cancer, is the most advanced stage of breast cancer and means that the cancer has spread from its original location to other parts of the body. Although metastatic breast cancer is generally not curable, it may be controlled with treatment.
Enjoy special holiday meals that have great nutrition
(BPT) - The most wonderful time of the year always means great tasting food! From family gatherings to holiday parties, sweet treats and delicious meals are everywhere during the holidays, but that shouldn't prevent you from eating healthy. Whether it is a side dish, gingerbread cookies or turkey, you can still enjoy the...
Visual impairment around the world [Infographic]
An estimated 285 million people around the world are living with impaired vision, but with access to quality eye care, 80 percent of all vision impairment can be prevented or cured. The nonprofit organization ORBIS works to eliminate avoidable blindness in developing countries by providing hands-on training to local doctors, nurses and other eye care professionals, partnering with local hospitals and advocating for policies and awareness about eye health. Join ORBIS in making eye care accessi...
Support your bones this World Osteoporosis Day
(BPT) - In the U.S., nearly half of all women older than 50 will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture. And while osteoporosis may seem like a disease that only affects people later in life, early prevention is key to better bone health. In fact, bone mass attained early in life may be the most important determinan...
After 100 years, Panama Canal passage still inspires wonder
The enduring ability to inspire wonder and awe, and to weather the rigors of time, Mother Nature and human politics - these are the qualities that elevate an engineering feat to landmark status. These attributes have drawn millions to the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Great Wall of China and the Eiffel Tower over the centu...
Breast cancer: partner with your physician [Infographic]
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. But women can be proactive and increase their chances of early detection if breast cancer strikes. One way is by taking steps to reduce risks in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Patients can be proactive by communicating with their physicians and then complying with their physician's instructions, according to The Doctors Company , the nation's leading physician-owned medical malpractice insurer.
The truth about cataracts [Infographic]
As we age, the lenses in our eyes become cloudy, obscuring our vision. That's what the folks in the lab coats call cataracts - and it's a common phenomenon. Cataracts affect more than 20.5 million Americans over 40. How can you tell if you have cataracts? It's a gradual process, so you may not notice any symptoms until the cataract is severe enough to distort light as it enters your eye. Early symptoms include blurriness and needing more and more light to read, even while wearing glasses. As ...
Protect your credit while shopping this holiday season
(BPT) - The holiday season is a great time for merriment - finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones and gathering with friends and family to celebrate the season. However, the holidays can cause a strain on your credit if you don't take certain precautions. Don't let this year's celebration leave you with the credit...
Tips for safer home medication storage and consumption
(BPT) - Allergy season is behind us and before flu season strikes, now is the time for consumers to clean out their medicine cabinet and brush up on medication consumption and storage tips. A recent data brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that almost 50 percent of Americans take at le...
Tips to spruce up your home for the holidays
(BPT) - Holidays are when most people open their homes for friends and family. Sharing the season's greetings is always the priority but these gatherings are also an opportunity to show off improvements made during the year. This is one of the reasons that autumn is a popular time for home improvements. Fifty-two percent...