For patients with rare diseases, awareness can be life-changing
(BPT) - Facing a rare disease diagnosis wasn't easy for Mary Ann Farley of Hoboken, N.J. Family and friends had never heard of the disease, her doctor had never treated a patient with it, and with little information and resources available, Mary Ann felt alone. 'With a rare blood cancer like essential thrombocythemia, information and resources can be hard to find. So there was no easy way for me to learn more, or to connect with others who were going through a similar experience,' she says. I...
Advice for parents and caregivers: Managing transition of care for children with severe epilepsy
(BPT) - Epilepsy is the nation's fourth most common neurological disorder, yet public understanding of it is limited - so much so that federal agencies and nonprofit organizations recently asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to study and report on the public health needs of people living with epilepsy. The recommendations the IOM put forth in the report, Epilepsy Across the Spectrum: Promoting Health and Understanding, include a call for expanding educational opportunities and resources. Le...
Choose quality over quantity to create the bathroom of your dreams
(BPT) - While your dream bath may be a sprawling space, the reality is that the typical bathroom is 100 square feet or less. According to recent home builder statistics, the average home size has seen a 6 percent decline in recent years. That doesn't mean you need to give up on your dream bath. A large bathroom footprint...
DIY decorating that lasts all season long
(BPT) - As the holidays roll around, it's natural to want to spread good tidings and cheer with festive decorations like wreaths, candy canes and Santa Claus figurines. But this year, instead of digging out the same old holiday decorations, why not create some new looks that will last the entire winter season, even after...
Deck the halls with tissues and allergy meds
(BPT) - Whether you live near or far, returning home for the holidays can be a nostalgic time. But for those with allergies and asthma , celebrating the season with family and friends can be anything but enjoyable. 'Stress from the holidays, traveling and briefly staying in a new environment can weaken your immune system...
Civilian life can be costly: Money tips for those leaving the military
(BPT) - No right-thinking person would ever claim that the financial side of military life is the land of milk and honey. Even so, military life provides some perks that don't exist in the civilian world. If you're active-duty military and thinking about getting out soon, it pays to understand how your personal financial landscape will change when Uncle Sam is no longer issuing your paychecks. First, don't overlook the not-so-small matter of finding a suitable place to begin your post-militar...
Seven simple steps to a sensational and safe shower
(BPT) - You do it every day ... and sometimes more than once a day ... but, how often do you actually think about your shower routine? And, is it living up to its potential? Follow these seven simple steps and soon your daily shower escape can become sensational and safe - all with only a minimal investment. Step 1: Undr...
Is the protein in your pet's food causing a deadly disease?
(BPT) - You've seen the commercials and print ads: It seems like every pet food maker is touting meat as a top ingredient. Some even go so far as to eliminate grain completely, advertising super-high levels of protein for dogs or cats. But when it comes to pet food and protein, can there be too much of a good thing? Acco...
Rare cancer on the rise: Why the first signs are easily misdiagnosed
(BPT) - Intermittent abdominal pain, flushing and diarrhea are commonly associated with a number of medical conditions. Yet for some Americans these symptoms could actually be the sign of a rare form of cancer called neuroendocrine tumors (NET). Given the wide range of symptoms of NET cancers, it is important to raise awareness of this often misdiagnosed disease. To address this need, a global network of patient advocacy groups joined together in 2010 to create Worldwide NET Cancer Awareness ...
Serious sinus sufferers open up [Infographic]
As any serious sinus sufferer can tell you, sinus pain and pressure often leaves them feeling squeezed, congested, beat down and crushed - desperately seeking relief from their sinus symptoms. Sinus sufferers are willing to go to great lengths to Open Up(TM). According to a survey commissioned by the makers of Sudafed(R), sinus pain and pressure is impacting Americans in their personal, work and love lives.
Five ways to find better Black Friday savings online
Black Friday shopping can seem overwhelming, especially shopping online where you must navigate a sea of advertisements, emails, dozens of specialized Black Friday discount websites and a massive selection of sale-priced items. It can be difficult to know you're getting the best savings possible. Here are five things you...
Garage space isn't just for cars anymore
(BPT) - The word garage, when looked up in the dictionary, has a simple meaning: a building or indoor area for parking or storing motor vehicles. By and large, this definition sums up exactly what comes to mind for most folks when they hear the word. But for some folks, garages are so much more than a space to park the f...