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Americans Are Flossing in the Strangest Places

(NewsUSA) - Where have you flossed other than your bathroom? If you're like nearly 40 percent of Americans, the answer is… in a car.

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Thursday 07/19/2018
Hatching a Plan
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:05 am

(Family Features) Providing a comfortable environment for chickens can allow them to express normal behaviors and lead healthier lives. As part of its “Commitment to Animal Care,” Perdue

5 Tips for Bringing Your Pet to Work this Summer
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:05 am

(Family Features) During the summer months, many employers plan events and switch up work schedules to give their team members a break to enjoy some fun in the sun. Extra days off, summer hours and company picnics are just a few of the ways employers create an enjoyable environment for their employees.

Download Before You Go This Summer
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:05 am

New and classic shows to watch on the road in July

Prevent Pets from Fleeing in Fright
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:05 am

(Family Features) Summer social gatherings and celebrations involving fireworks can add up to a lot of fun for humans, but it’s an equation that may test the limits for a fearful pet. The break in day-to-day consistency and the chaos that comes with festivities can cause pets to escape in search of solace, which often times results in them leaving their loved ones behind.

Pursue Your Travel Passions
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:05 am

(Family Features) Ask nearly any person about his or her dream trip and watch a smile appear as the perfect personal excursion is described. Now, ask why the trip has yet to happen, and time and money will be the likely culprits.

4 Feline Summer Health and Safety Tips
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:05 am

(Family Features) Summer may be the perfect time for family trips and outdoor activities, but it’s also a great time to reset and make sure you’re keeping the whole family healthy, including your feline friend.

Giving for Good: Make an impact in your community
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:05 am

Make an impact in your community

Caring for Caregivers
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:05 am

How to prevent caregiver burnout

Wednesday 07/18/2018
5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy in the Heat
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(Family Features) Warm weather calls for outdoor activities with your pup, such as hiking, traveling and spending time in the park. While more outside playtime can be great for increased exercise, it’s also important to keep your pet healthy, inside and out, especially during the hot months.

5 Ways to Give Your Body a Boost Inside and Out
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

(Family Features) Balancing work and life is no small proposition, and when things heat up, it can be easy to let your normal self-care habits slide. While a busy lifestyle may not allow for luxurious weekly trips to the spa to rejuvenate, you can still steal moments to promote the wellbeing of your mind and body.

Tips for Welcoming a Feline to the Family
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 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.

Tuesday 07/17/2018
The Road to a Healthy Smile
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:05 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News -As much as we all love having a healthy smile and gums, a new national survey reveals many U.S. adults miss the mark when it comes to caring for their teeth and gums, putting them at risk for periodontal disease, which affects one in every two adults over age 30. 

Veterans Today
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is among America’s more than 20 million veterans, here are a few facts and figures you may find interesting:

Monday 07/16/2018
A different approach to preventing child abuse
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(BPT) - Research shows that child abuse and neglect affects households across the country, and a majority of Americans view it as a public health problem and acknowledge that it is an issue in their community. In fact, a recent national survey by Research!America shows that 44 percent of non-Hispanic whites, 42 percent of Hispanics and 40 percent of African-Americans say they know someone who has experienced child abuse and neglect.

Friday 07/13/2018
High Cholesterol? The Right Treatment Can Help You Avoid Cardiovascular Events Like Heart Attack or Stroke
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(BPT) - This article is sponsored advertising content from Amgen, Inc.

Thursday 07/12/2018
Dinnertime dilemmas from real moms [Infographic]
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:06 am

(BPT) - Back-to-school season creates dinnertime dilemmas for moms, from added stress to navigating expectations, as well as the increasing impact of technology use during meals. With the launch of new RAGÚ® Simply, the flavorful pasta sauce made with 100 percent olive oil and no added sugar, the brand connected with real moms across America to explore the impact of the back-to-school season on weeknight mealtime. The study revealed how moms, especially millennial moms with young children, feel about the everyday dinner experience.

Wednesday 07/11/2018
What To Do When The 'Lice Letter' Comes Home
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:06 am

(NAPSI)—If any of America’s 56 million schoolchildren is yours, you are probably familiar with the “lice letter” alerting parents that a head lice outbreak has been identified at school. When the letter comes home, some parents panic while others delay action because “it wasn’t my child.” Fortunately, there are steps you can proactively take to control the exposure risk.

5 Tips to Take Pets on Trips
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(Family Features) If your next big excursion is on hold until you can make arrangements for your four-legged friend, a solution may be closer than you think. Pet-friendly accommodations can be easier to find than ever, making it possible to simply take your pet along for the ride.

When School Is Out, Kids May Be Missing Out On Essential Nutrients
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

Feeding America® and The Great American Milk Drive makes it easy to pour more milk for local kids in need

How to Build the Perfect Playlist
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

(Family Features) Music can set the mood, no matter the occasion. Whether you’re playing jazz classics to give your dinner party a sophisticated ambience or blasting the latest dance-pop tracks for motivation on the treadmill, music is able to provide the soundtrack to different aspects of peoples’ lives.

Tuesday 07/10/2018
What To Do When Life Makes You A Caregiver For Someone You Love
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

by Diana Pierce

Antibiotics And Your Dentist—CDC Urges You To Be Antibiotics Aware
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:06 am

(NAPSI)—The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages the public to Be Antibiotics Aware by talking with their dentists about when antibiotics are needed for their oral health. While antibiotics have a role to play, they should only be used when needed. Any time antibiotics are used, they can cause side effects and lead to antibiotic resistance.

Thursday 07/05/2018
Cool Summertime Kitchen Hacks
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:06 am

(Family Features) Summer is a time for relaxing, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. Yet for some, the warmer months can be hectic and busy, and often go by too quickly.

Wednesday 07/04/2018
A Fit, Fun Summer
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

Make smart fitness choices with post-workout recovery and hydration

5 Tips for Raising Resilient Kids
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

(Family Features) Parenting, while providing plenty of excitement, comes with a certain set of challenges. With years of outdoor playtime ahead, one of those challenges is ensuring safety while still promoting an adventurous spirit. 

Create an Accessible Lifestyle
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

Enhance independence with mobility in mind

Tuesday 07/03/2018
Reduce Risk of Gum Disease With This Easy Rinse
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:05 am

(NewsUSA) - It happens during any given dental appointment; that embarassing moment when your hygenist asks how often you floss, and your reply (most likely) is, "Not often enough," at the same time he or she clucks disapprovingly and shakes his or her head.

Fight pregnancy symptoms with these feel-good pregnancy nutrients
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:06 am

(BPT) - If you’re like most expecting moms, you’ve already heard that a healthy, whole foods diet is best for you and baby, one that features plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and lean proteins.

Monday 07/02/2018
Celebrate Summer with Satisfying, Kidney-Friendly Recipes
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:06 am

(BPT) - Summertime brings a wide variety of fresh, flavorful produce to elevate any menu. When planning a picnic or a fun family cookout, remember to include tasty treats for friends or loved ones with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). The following full-course, kidney-friendly summer menu can be enjoyed by everyone and help those with CKD better manage their kidney health. Visit DaVita Kidney Care’s website for more patriotic kidney-friendly recipes and to download the latest cookbook, Summer Farmers Market.

Is Your Sunscreen Harming The Reefs and Your Health?
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:06 am

What You Need to Know Before You Buy Sunscreen

Friday 06/29/2018
Parents Hold The Key To Reducing Underage Drinking
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(NAPSI)—Underage drinking is a significant concern and public health challenge nationwide contributing to a wide range of costly health and social problems. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the economic burden of alcohol misuse in the U.S. is estimated at $249 billion, with three-quarters of those costs coming from binge drinking. Almost $24.3 billion (about 10 percent) of the total $249 billion economic cost of excessive alcohol consumption is related to underage drinking, much of it due to premature mortality of underage youth.

Five Senior Health Myths
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(NAPSI)—Every day, it’s estimated, 10,000 Americans turn 65 years old. Some of these people, unfortunately, have misconceptions that can jeopardize their health. Major health myths and misconceptions regarding senior health include:

Long Term Care Benefits: Secure Your Future, Protect Your Retirement
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(NAPSI)—A long-term care event may occur at any age, and the potential financial and emotional strain that accompanies it can affect you and your loved ones.

Thursday 06/28/2018
Do Your Allergies Seem Out of Control? Check the Signs for Chronic Rhinosinusitis
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(BPT) - Summer is nearly upon us. The warm weather leads to flowers blooming, luscious green grass, and verdant trees. Unfortunately, for those with seasonal allergies, the picture is not as lovely, with visions of a spike in pollen, stuffy noses, congestion, facial pain and tenderness, decreased smell and taste, and sinus infections.

Easy Rinse Reduces Risk of Gum Disease
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:05 am

(NewsUSA) - We've all been there; that shameful moment when your dental hygenist asks how often you floss, and you most likely reply, "Not often enough," while he or she clucks disapprovingly and shakes his or her head.

Back-to-school readiness contributes to your child's academic success
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(BPT) - Approximately 55 million students in the U.S. will head back to class soon. From dealing with first-day jitters to shopping for school supplies, it’s an exciting and chaotic time.

Wednesday 06/27/2018
The Balancing Act of Two Microbiomes
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:05 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News -The gut microbiome impacts general wellness. Women have a vaginal microbiome as well that affects feminine health

Revealed: The secret to losing weight and keeping it off
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(BPT) - Losing weight — and keeping it off — isn’t easy, and one of the main reasons is that there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all, guaranteed-to-produce-dramatic-results diet.

Treatment Options for Men with Enlarged Prostate
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(Family Features) If you’re a male over the age of 45, chances are you may be suffering from a condition more common than prostate cancer – benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). More commonly known as enlarged prostate, BPH can cause bothersome urinary symptoms that can worsen with age. In fact, nearly 40 million men in the United States are affected by enlarged prostate, according to research published in the “Journal of Urology.”

Tips for Safe Summer Travel with Pets
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

(Family Features) With warmer weather, people often spend more time on summer trips with family. These trips can be more enjoyable when your four-legged friends tag along, but it can be less of a vacation if your pets are uncomfortable on the road.

8 Tips for Safer Power Tool Performance
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

(Family Features) For many homeowners, a list of seasonal chores and home improvement projects can add up to a whole lot of work. Power tools often get called on for heavy use to whittle away at that list, but the batteries used to power these devices can pose certain risks.

Make Summer Safer
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:08 am

Tips for portable power use

Make the Most of Summer College Visits
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(Family Features) For students entering their senior year of high school or current college students considering a transfer, there’s no better way to determine whether a college or university is the right fit than a college visit. Summer is a great time to make those journeys, when campuses are less chaotic and the demands of the school year are on hold.

Summer Learning Activities for Kids
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:05 am

(Family Features) Summer may be a break from formal education, but keeping kids excited about learning can be an easy way to keep them active and engaged instead of zoned out on screen time.

Tuesday 06/26/2018
Everyday habits to help America's infrastructure
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(BPT) - Crumbling bridges, failing subway lines, gridlocked roads, water and sewage systems that haven’t been updated for over 100 years and a vulnerable electric grid. This might sound like the scene of a futuristic world in ruins, but in fact, these images describe the state of America’s deteriorating infrastructure.

Monday 06/25/2018
Los CDC urgen a las familias a que inicien la conversación sobre la septicemia
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(BPT) - Cada año, al menos 1.7 millones de personas en los Estados Unidos presentan septicemia, y casi 270 000 mueren por su causa. Aunque cualquier persona puede contraer una infección, y casi cualquier infección puede ocasionar septicemia, solo el 55% de las personas en los EE. UU. han escuchado hablar sobre la septicemia.[1]

Protect Your Health By Protecting Your Retirement Savings
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(NAPSI)—Anyone who has ever seen a retirement account take a hit during a recession or stock market correction knows firsthand that it takes a mental and emotional toll. New research, however, has discovered that it also makes you sick.

Thursday 06/21/2018
Fortified salt improves lives
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:07 am

(BPT) - Haiti has among the highest rates of elephantiasis (lymphatic filariasis), which attacks the lymphatic system, leading to abnormal enlargement of body parts, disfigurement, pain, disability and social ostracism. The World Health Organization estimates that 856.4 million people in 53 countries remain threatened by elephantiasis. The Haitian population also suffers from widespread iodine deficiency. The Haitian Ministry of Health has established a goal to completely eradicate elephantiasis and iodine deficiency disorders in Haiti by 2020. Fortunately, there is a simple cure for these conditions: salt fortified with iodine and diethylcarbamazine citrate (DEC).

CDC Urges Public To Start The Conversation About Sepsis
Updated: July 21, 2018 - 5:06 am

(BPT) - Each year, at least 1.7 million Americans develop sepsis, and nearly 270,000 die as a result. While anyone can get an infection, and almost any infection can lead to sepsis, only 55% of Americans have heard of sepsis.[1]