October 22, 2019

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    4 tips for helping your teen manage their moderate-­to­-severe eczema

    (BPT) - In many ways, Isaiah Dixon is your typical 17­-year-­old. He loves to play the drums, hang out with friends and is preparing for more independence as he looks forward to heading to college.But, living with severe atopic dermatitis (AD), a chronic form of eczema, makes this transition more challenging for Isaiah, as he will be tasked with taking on a greater role in the day­-to-­day management of his disease, on top of navigating the transition to adulthood.Since Isaiah was diagnosed at age 2, his parents, Lori and Reggie, have helped him manage his severe AD. They’ve been there at every step, providing daily reminders and caring for him through every debilitating flare­-up and hospitalization. Now, as Isaiah is getting older, his parents know they have to take a step back and let him learn to manage his disease more independently.To help with the transition, a group of experts called the Understand AD Squad — comprising a dermatologist, psychotherapist and peer who also has AD — visited Isaiah and his family and shared helpful perspectives.“I'm still Isaiah’s mother so I will always have a level of concern for him,” Lori said. “Helping him prepare to manage his disease more independently now helps to put my mind at ease.”Understand AD Squad dermatologist, Dr. Mercedes E. Gonzalez, said it’s important for teens to start taking on more responsibilities while living at home, and has some tips to share with caregivers:1. Find an eczema specialistA dermatologist focused on treating moderate-­to-­severe AD is an integral part of your teen’s care. If your teen is going away to college, decide together if they should keep their dermatologist near home or find a different one near school.Work with your teen to identify the right doctor for them. If someone isn’t the right fit, that’s OK. “Don't be afraid to change the game plan at any point,” Gonzalez said. “And always have your next dermatologist appointment scheduled.”2. Coach them through doctor’s appointmentsAs the caregiver, you’ve been advocating for your child at every doctor’s appointment, likely for most of their life. But as they transition to adulthood, you may not always be in the exam room. One of the most important things to teach your teen about dermatologist appointments is to be open and ask questions.“I always tell my patients to keep track of things that are bothering them or things that aren't working for them, so that when it comes time for our next appointment, they are ready to talk,” Gonzalez said.You can download helpful resources, including a doctor discussion guide, to prepare for your next visit.

  • Health And Wellness

    7 flu shot myths debunked

    (BPT) - Flu season is here and experts agree that getting an annual vaccination is one of the most effective things you can do to prevent the flu. However, many myths exist about the flu shot that are broadly believed, causing people to skip this important immunization.

  • Health And Wellness

    New Treatment for Painful Leg Veins Helps Patients Get Back on Their Feet

    (BPT) - Bonnie Christensen loves horses.

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Friday 10/18/2019
The evolution of an American icon through the decades
Posted: October 18, 2019

(BPT) - The Zippo Windproof Lighter is a true icon of American design — a product that provides utility and function, as well as an expression of identity. While the Zippo lighter itself has remained largely unchanged over the last eight decades, the sheer number of designs that adorn it number more than 300,000 since the brand’s inception in 1932.

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Thursday 10/10/2019
Beauty and Style Finds for All [Video]
Posted: October 10, 2019

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Tuesday 10/01/2019
Couples today are creating new traditions [Infographic]
Updated: October 22, 2019 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - According to a new survey, more than half of U.S. millennials believe current engagement and wedding traditions should be modernized.

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Wednesday 09/18/2019
Hair today, gone tomorrow: Say goodbye to shaving forever
Posted: September 18, 2019

(BPT) - “I love shaving and am so glad I get to do it every day,” said no woman ever.

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Tuesday 09/10/2019
Get Back in Your Favorite Jeans With These Weight Loss Tips
Posted: September 10, 2019

(StatePoint) Do you have a favorite pair of jeans sitting in your closet with the hopes that one day they will fit again? You’re not alone!

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Tuesday 08/13/2019
How to Dress For A Do-It-All Fall
Updated: August 15, 2019 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—As the weather begins to cool, you cozy up-gathering friends and family for tailgating before the big game, baking, and bonfires. Here’s to coming together for feel-good moments with your favorite people. And the versatile outfits that make you look and feel even more amazing. Discover the wardrobe essentials you need to mix, match and mingle your way through the season at your nearest maurices store or online.

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Thursday 08/01/2019
Make a Statement: 4 Back-to-School Trends to Try
Posted: August 01, 2019

(StatePoint) Fashion trends are cyclical and those in the know love it! From chunky soles to bold colors and oversized brand logos, this back-to-school season, 90s-inspired sneakers are all the rage.

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Thursday 07/25/2019
Tips from a Pro for Weight Loss Success
Posted: July 25, 2019

(StatePoint) Losing weight is often an idea rather than an undertaking, suggests a recent Gallup Poll, which found that while 51 percent of adults want to shed pounds off their frame, only 25 percent say they are seriously working toward that goal.

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Thursday 07/18/2019
How to Find the Best Back-to-School Deals
Posted: July 18, 2019

(StatePoint) With households nationwide spending $27.6 billion on items like clothes, accessories and supplies, back-to-school is now the second biggest shopping season of the year, according to Deloitte research.

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Wednesday 07/10/2019
Two Teen Designers Awarded $20,000 in Annual Duck Brand Stuck at Prom Contest
Updated: October 22, 2019 - 2:46 am

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Friday 10/18/2019
A new clinical study for people with Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA) [Video]
Posted: October 18, 2019

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Thursday 10/17/2019
What Every Family Needs to Know About Parkinson's Disease
Posted: October 17, 2019

(StatePoint) Debbie, 63, and Doug Chambers, 72, had always been a social couple, enjoying travel, dinners with friends and going to the movies. But their active lifestyle began to change in 2016 when Doug’s gait became slower and he had difficulty concentrating. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease soon thereafter.

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5 Questions to Ask When Planning for Long-Term Care
Updated: October 22, 2019 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) You may not want to consider a time when you might not be able to fully take care of yourself, but the reality is there is almost a 70% chance someone turning 65 today will need some type of long-term care service and support in his or her lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Halloween Spooky Cans
Updated: October 22, 2019 - 2:46 am

(eLivingtoday.com) Get the kids involved with Halloween decorations this year with these easy-to-make “spooky cans” resembling a bat, Frankenstein and a mummy.

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How to Train Your Cat
Posted: October 17, 2019

5 tips from a professional tiger trainer

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Tips to Improve Wellness and Prevent Stroke
Updated: October 22, 2019 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) Stroke is often thought of as something that happens to older people, but more people under 50 are having strokes due to increased risky behaviors, such as smoking and untreated high blood pressure.

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4 Ways Pets Improve Overall Well-Being
Updated: October 22, 2019 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) Self-care is an important piece of maintaining a happy and healthy life, and adopting a pet can be a beneficial way to improve overall well-being in a number of ways.

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Spooky Yet Safe
Updated: October 22, 2019 - 2:46 am

5 tips to help ensure a happy Halloween

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6 Keys to Success in Business and Life
Updated: October 22, 2019 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) It's not always easy staying organized. Life is busy, chaotic and fast-moving. Although it can be easy to get discouraged at times, there are ways to enhance organization and attitude through the peaks and pits life throws at you.

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It Pays to Compare Using Medicare's New Plan Finder
Updated: October 22, 2019 - 2:46 am

Explore your options before the end of Open Enrollment

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