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Take Charge of Your Child’s Vision Health

(Family Features) Although many children receive a vision screening at school or by their pediatricians, those evaluations aren’t enough to identify vision issues and manage overall vision health. Parents who take a proactive role in their child’s vision health can help identify and correct problems before they impact everyday life.

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Thursday 01/17/2019
How to Become Your Best Self
Updated: January 17, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Ask yourself ... are you truly who you want to be? Is this the life you really want? Are you living each day as your best self? What can you change today?

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3 Popular Eating Plans You’ll See in the New Year
Updated: January 17, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) If you’re thinking about revamping how you eat in the new year, you might want to think twice about the trendy dairy-free plans that crop up on your social media feed – as they could leave you missing out on nutrients you need.

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Tuesday 01/15/2019
New Brain Health Initiative Could Unlock Mysteries Of Alzheimer’s, Dementia
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:39 am

(NAPSI)—Scientists are contemplating important questions about health, mind and age: Could your blood hold the molecular secrets to a fountain of youth, preventing age-related brain disorders? Are brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease caused by a failure of interconnected systems, triggering a dominolike cascade of disease? Can targeting the red blood cells and blood vessels jointly keep your brain healthy and prevent dementia?

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Monday 01/14/2019
How to Approach the Treatment Conversation About Metastatic Breast Cancer
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - This promotional content is brought to you by Eisai Inc. Dr. Kaklamani has been compensated for her time developing this article with Eisai.

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Why Your New Year's Resolution Should Be to Eat More Fiber
Posted: January 14, 2019

(NewsUSA) - The start of a new year is a great time to check in with yourself and think about how you want to improve for the year ahead. But unfortunately, many New Year's resolutions aren't realistic and wind up lasting just two to three weeks. Here's a resolution that's easy to stick to and can also make a big difference in your overall health and wellness: eat more fiber.

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Millennials Seek Mindfulness as a Fix for Their High Stress Levels
Posted: January 14, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Call them "Generation Stressed." 

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Find a Hotel to Fit Your Travel Needs
Updated: January 15, 2019 - 3:16 am

(Family Features) When most people plan a trip, the focus is on the purpose of the journey, whether it’s a work-related jaunt or a vacation with loved ones. Researching and organizing travel for an upcoming trip is important, but so is finding the perfect place to make your journey easier, more productive and successful.

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Help Pets Ward Off Winter Risks
Updated: January 15, 2019 - 3:16 am

(Family Features) When temperatures drop, humans know to bundle up and avoid excess time outdoors. The same approach should be taken when it comes to pets. They may be covered by cozy fur coats, but not all of those coats are created equally.

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Make a Difference in Education
Updated: January 15, 2019 - 3:16 am

6 ways to contribute to schools in your community

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Better Yourself in the New Year
Updated: January 15, 2019 - 3:16 am

(Family Features) A new year is the perfect opportunity to take a fresh look at your life and re-evaluate what you’d like to accomplish – both physically and mentally – during the coming year.

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Hug More, Stress Less
Updated: January 15, 2019 - 3:16 am

(Family Features) Whether circumstances are good or bad, exciting or stressful, there are several simple ways to improve emotional and mental fitness.

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Overcoming Barriers to Disease Treatment
Updated: January 15, 2019 - 3:16 am

(Family Features) A diagnosis of a chronic condition such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, cancer, or diabetes can bring a swirl of thoughts and emotions. There may be relief at finding an explanation for bothersome symptoms, but that relief is often quickly overshadowed by insurance issues, financial concerns, and worry about the future.

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What to Consider When Planning a Cruise
Updated: January 15, 2019 - 3:16 am

(Family Features) Everyone loves going on vacation, but planning your getaway is another story with questions like where and when to go, how to get there and how much it will cost.

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5 Tips for Staying on Track in the New Year
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) While many people often wish maintaining good health was as easy as following an equation, health doesn’t have a start or end date. Once the allure of the new year wears off, it can be easy to let those resolutions go by the wayside.

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A Keto-Friendly Approach to Weight Loss
Posted: January 14, 2019

(Family Features) A growing number of health-conscious consumers are pursuing a keto lifestyle and products in their pursuit of health benefits, weight loss and improved performance.

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Friday 01/11/2019
Cold, Painful Fingers Can Mean A Serious Disease
Updated: January 16, 2019 - 3:03 am

(NAPSI)-“Zombie Hands.” That’s what can happen to an estimated 5 to 10 percent of the population when temperatures start to fall.

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Combatting Cold and Flu Season
Updated: January 14, 2019 - 2:52 am

(Family Features) When temperatures drop, the risk for illness, such as colds and the flu, rises. Each year, millions of Americans suffer from symptoms ranging from coughing, sneezing and congestion to aches, fevers and vomiting that can leave them feeling less than 100 percent.

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Thursday 01/10/2019
Eczema Triggers to Avoid in 2019
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - It’s a new year and you know what that means — it’s personal inventory time and a chance to set new goals for yourself.

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How to take action to help your child’s eczema this winter
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - With the winter months comes colder, drier air, which can impact those prone to atopic dermatitis (AD), also known as eczema.1,2 But for the nearly 18 million children and adults in the U.S. living with AD,2 the season’s cold temperatures may make it even more challenging to avoid skin irritation and potential flares.3

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Diagnosed with NASH Cirrhosis: Educating Others on Dangers of Fatty Liver [Video]
Posted: January 10, 2019

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5 Ways to Raise a Confident, Adventurous Child
Updated: January 14, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) From taking steps toward the stairs to learning that bubbles don't taste good, exploration is a part of development for babies and young children. While it's an exciting time, it also can be coupled with anxiety and hesitation as parents find themselves saying "no" or jumping in when baby discovers a new space.

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Celebrate Literacy this Year
Updated: January 14, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) Teaching a child to appreciate reading not only promotes academic achievement, but it also it opens opportunities for the imagination to soar and for kids to learn about topics beyond their wildest dreams.

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A Financial Planning Tool for Every Stage of Life
Updated: January 14, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) From heading off to college to marrying the love of your life to taking those dream vacations, life’s biggest moments are often tied to being financially responsible.

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Tuesday 01/08/2019
Do I Need Bunion Surgery?
Updated: January 10, 2019 - 2:40 am

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Age Healthier With These Five Tips
Updated: January 10, 2019 - 2:40 am

(NAPSI)—As your wisdom grows with age, so can the number of pill bottles in your medicine cabinet. For those “young-at-heart” seniors, sticking to healthy habits is the key to aging well. With some simple steps, you can keep a healthy routine that also gives you more time to do the things you love. Joe Koren, pharmacy manager at Walgreens, shares his top five tips for managing your health with a busy schedule:

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Workaholics: 3 Reasons to Resolve to Take Back Your Weekend
Posted: January 08, 2019

(StatePoint) You may technically work a 9-5 job, but if you’re like most people, you’re probably logging a lot more than 40 hours per week.

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Monday 01/07/2019
New treatment helps prevent migraine
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Migraine is a disabling neurological disease that affects more than 36 million people in the United States.1 About 40 percent of people living with migraine may be appropriate candidates for preventive treatment, yet the majority of them are untreated.2

AJOVYTM (fremanezumab-vfrm) injection was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the preventive treatment of migraine in adults. AJOVY is the first in a new class of monoclonal antibodies targeting calcitonin gene related peptide (CGRP) and is the only treatment available with both quarterly (675 mg) and monthly (225 mg) subcutaneous dosing options.3

In clinical trials, AJOVY demonstrated significantly more migraine­-free days compared to placebo. The most common adverse reactions in clinical trials (≥5% and greater than placebo) were injection site reactions.3

Many patients avoid scheduling activities because they fear having to cancel due to migraine attacks.4

"When I have a migraine attack, I can’t take my children to play dates, parties or other activities, help them with homework or even make their lunches,” said Kristi Hanson, who experiences migraine attacks three to four times a week. “My kids get so disappointed when I can’t do things for and with them when I have a migraine attack."

Kristi enrolled in the clinical trial for AJOVY and experienced fewer migraine days per month. AJOVY may cause allergic reactions, including itching, rash, and hives that can happen within hours and up to 1 month after receiving AJOVY. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical help right away if you have any symptoms of an allergic reaction: swelling of your face, mouth, tongue, throat, or if you have trouble breathing. Talk to your doctor about stopping AJOVY if you have an allergic reaction.

“Because of my migraine attacks, it’s difficult for me to say ‘yes’ to friends or family members for parties or even weekend getaways because I'm afraid that I will end up spending the weekend in bed rather than spending time with them,” said Kristi. "When I have fewer migraine days, I can keep my social plans and get to spend more time with my family, which is important to me."

AJOVY is available through retail and specialty pharmacies, and there is a savings offer for AJOVY at AJOVY.com. Commercially insured patients may pay as little as $0 on prescriptions for AJOVY until December 31, 2019.*

Patients can learn more about AJOVY at AJOVY.com.

*Limitations apply. Please note, this offer is not available for patients eligible for Medicare, Medicaid, or any other public payer coverage. See full Terms and Conditions for eligibility and restrictions.

APPROVED USE

AJOVY™ is a prescription medicine used to prevent migraine in adults.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Do not use AJOVY if you are allergic to AJOVY or any of the ingredients in AJOVY.

AJOVY may cause allergic reactions, including itching, rash, and hives that can happen within hours and up to 1 month after receiving AJOVY. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical help right away if you have any symptoms of an allergic reaction: swelling of your face, mouth, tongue, throat, or if you have trouble breathing. Talk to your doctor about stopping AJOVY if you have an allergic reaction.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, and if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Common side effects of AJOVY include injection site reactions.

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of AJOVY. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You are encouraged to report side effects to the FDA at 1 800FDA1088.

Please click here for full prescribing information for AJOVYTM (fremanezumab-vfrm) injection.

1) Migraine Research Foundation. http://migraineresearchfoundation.org/about-migraine/migraine-facts/.

2) Lipton RB, Bigal ME, Diamond M, et al; for AMPP Advisory Group. Migraine prevalence, disease burden, and the need for preventive therapy. Neurology. 2007;68(5):343-349.

3) AJOVY™ (fremanezumab-vfrm) injection Current Prescribing Information. North Wales, PA: Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

4) Lipton, R. B., Stewart, W. F, Liberman JN, Steiner TJ, The family impact of migraine population-based studies in the USA and UK Cephalagia, 2003;23(6):429-440

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Friday 01/04/2019
Think summer: 4 things you didn’t know about boat shows
Posted: January 04, 2019

(BPT) - Think summer this winter, and start planning now for warmer days ahead that could be spent relaxing on a boat. Beginning in January, boat shows take place across the country, offering some of the hottest post-holiday deals around, with special pricing and incentives on new boat models and marine accessories — a major draw for the 142 million Americans who take to the water each year, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. For those ready to plan their summer adventures on the water, boat shows are the best place to start.

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Engage at Every Age
Updated: January 07, 2019 - 2:52 am

(Family Features) You are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that enrich your physical, mental and emotional well-being. No matter your age, there is no better time than now to start.

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Simple Ways to Embrace Snack Cravings
Updated: January 07, 2019 - 2:52 am

(Family Features) While snacking can bring you joy, it can also leave you feeling guilty. There are, however, simple steps that can be taken to help fight this inner conflict and allow you to embrace snack time rather than trying to ignore your wants.

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Be Your Own Boss
Updated: January 07, 2019 - 2:52 am

7 tips to help you launch a successful business

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Tips for Welcoming a Feline to the Family
Updated: January 07, 2019 - 2:52 am

(Family Features) Introducing a feline into the family can be an exciting time, but it’s important to remember that a new home is often a big change for a little cat. Whether it’s a kitten or an adult cat, providing your new pet with proper nutrition, the comforts of a good home and engaging playtime are just a few of the key things to keep in mind.

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Thursday 01/03/2019
Head Lice Resolutions: How To Protect Your Child
Updated: January 05, 2019 - 2:49 am

(NAPSI)—When the dreaded lice letter comes home, you’ll want an effective product—NOW.

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Stomach Acid Burns Woman’s Throat — How to Protect Yourself
Updated: January 07, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) Like many with the condition, Kathy Bennett suffered for over a decade with a damaging, often-misdiagnosed disease — silent reflux. Also called laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (LPR), silent reflux is often confused with heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), as well as the common cold and allergies, because of its puzzling symptoms. However, LPR is more severe than simple heartburn and can seriously damage the throat and voice box.

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Adventurous Travel for the Winter Season
Updated: January 07, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) There is something about the winter months that seems to awaken a sense of wanderlust in many people. Whether it’s the need for an escape from the bitter, drab conditions or a desire for a break from the hectic schedule that often accompanies the season, carving out time to head south may be the perfect pick-me-up.

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Give Your Eyes a Rest
Updated: January 07, 2019 - 2:53 am

Tips to reduce digital eye strain

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What to Look for in a Daycare for Your Baby
Updated: January 07, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) Between coordinating childcare, figuring out a new schedule and beginning to feel like a normal person again, life with a newborn can be a lot to handle. Finding the right daycare center on top of it all can seem like a nearly impossible task.

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Wednesday 01/02/2019
One grocer's push to move sugar to the bottom shelf [Video]
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:39 am

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Friday 12/28/2018
Small Changes for Better Living
Updated: December 31, 2018 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) A busy schedule doesn't have to prevent you from taking steps toward a lifestyle that fosters overall well-being. There are many easy, small changes you can make toward better living that can make a noticeable impact.

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Thursday 12/27/2018
A Fresh Approach to the Winter Freeze
Updated: December 31, 2018 - 2:38 am

(Family Features) Winter means snowfall, cold days and time spent near a fireplace seeking warmth and comfort.

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Wednesday 12/26/2018
Make Better Brain Health Your Top New Year’s Resolution for 2019
Posted: December 26, 2018

(StatePoint) Alzheimer’s Disease is expected to impact nearly 14 million Americans by 2050, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. So, as you set your New Year’s resolutions for 2019, consider the following ways to maintain and improve your cognitive function.

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4 Simple Tips for Blending a Better-For-You Smoothie
Posted: December 26, 2018

(StatePoint) There’s no better time than a new year to embrace healthy habits. And it’s easier to embrace a “new me” mentality by fueling your body with the goodness it needs now. You can incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your daily regimen with one simple snack hack: smoothies! Smoothies are convenient, fast and easy to make -- all you need is a liquid base, frozen or fresh ingredients and a blender.

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Friday 12/21/2018
Practical Tips to Prep for Holiday Travel
Updated: December 24, 2018 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Planning travel around the holidays is rarely simple. Coordinating flights or ground transportation is often just the beginning, and safely arriving at your destination may feel like a gift in its own right.  

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Bring a Pet Home for the Holidays
Updated: December 24, 2018 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) The holiday season – and the lead-up to it – is a popular time to bring home a new puppy or kitten.

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Tech Tips for Holiday Travel
Updated: December 24, 2018 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) As another busy travel season approaches, road-weary parents and families can hold on to holiday cheer a little longer by counting on tech as their preferred travel companion.

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Thursday 12/20/2018
One Teacher's Unexpected Diagnosis
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - At the beginning of the school year in 2014, Laura Hall, a Spanish teacher from a town on Lake Champlain in Vermont, began experiencing an unrelenting cough that continued for months. After countless doctor visits and multiple false diagnoses — everything from allergies to influenza — Laura had lost nearly 20 pounds. Frustrated, tired and ill, but knowing something was terribly wrong, Laura took matters into her own hands and checked herself into the ER.

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What You Should Know About Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Health
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - When you’re living with type 2 diabetes, there is a lot to think about when it comes to your health. Most people know that eating healthy, staying physically active, and following a prescribed treatment plan are important to successfully manage the disease. What many people may not know is that it’s also important to understand how diabetes impacts your heart health.

An online survey was conducted on behalf of Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. by The Harris Poll in February 2018, which found that nearly all of the 508 US adults age 18+ with type 2 diabetes surveyed said it’s important to stay active (98%), eat healthy (99%), and follow a treatment plan exactly as prescribed (98%) in order to successfully manage their condition.

Having type 2 diabetes increases your risk for heart disease. In fact, people living with type 2 diabetes are two to four times more likely to die from heart disease than people without diabetes.

Armed with this knowledge, Matthew (60), a former postal worker who lives in Tennessee, is diligent about managing his condition and educating his loved ones about their family history and increased risks. Matthew has a long family history of type 2 diabetes, and received his own diagnosis during a hospital stay due to symptoms of heart failure. Now on a successful treatment plan, Matthew said, “I wish I had asked my doctor about heart disease earlier! I didn’t know my family history soon enough.”

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Talk To Your Doctor About Migraine Prevention
Updated: December 22, 2018 - 2:51 am

(NAPSI)—A migraine headache can be debilitating and sometimes hit like a runaway freight train, but did you know that in some cases it’s preventable? Unfortunately, migraine preventive therapy is severely underutilized. Nearly 40 percent of people who suffer from migraine could benefit from preventive treatment, but only a small percentage receive this type of therapy.1

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Home for the Holidays
Updated: December 24, 2018 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) As another busy travel season approaches, road-weary parents and families can hold on to holiday cheer a little longer by counting on tech as their preferred travel companion.

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