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    Know your own mind like never before – improving mental health with genetic insights

    (BPT) - With the spotlight on wellness these days, it’s normal to want to use every possible tool to keep yourself and your family healthy.

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    A New Reason To Quit Smoking Calls For New Ways To Quit Too

    (NAPSI)—While you may already be aware of the many reasons to stop smoking, vaping, and chewing—from health risks (like heart disease, cancer and other illnesses) to the increasing cost of these products—many young Minnesotans are discovering a new one: they can no longer buy commercial tobacco if they’re under 21.The state’s new Tobacco 21 law raises the legal sales age for commercial tobacco to 21. This new piece of legislation has many thinking that now’s a better time than ever to quit. While quitting is hard, especially during these stressful times, you can find healthy ways to manage it all without using commercial tobacco. One such resource is Quit Partner, Minnesota’s new family of free programs for people who are ready to quit smoking, vaping or using smokeless tobacco. Those interested in quitting can try what appeals to them, including quit coaching over the phone and quit medications that are delivered by mail, such as nicotine patches, gum or lozenges. In addition to this free support, Quit Partner also offers Minnesota’s first quit-nicotine program just for teens, My Life, My Quit. Along with other resources, teens can confidentially talk and text with coaches.Whatever your reason for quitting, here are six tips that can help you stick to your quit: 1.Keep trying. Everyone has one thing in common: hitting a few bumps along the way. Keep trying; it takes most people several attempts to quit.2.Stay positive. Focus on the benefits of quitting and what you’re gaining instead of what you’re giving up. Write these down to remind yourself. 3.Reach out. Connect with friends and family to share your goals—and your struggles. They can help you stay strong and remind you of your reasons for quitting. You don’t have to go it alone. 4.Relax. Relaxing may be more difficult these days if you’re out of your typical routine or not able to see friends and family as often. Try reading, talking on the phone, taking deep breaths, getting outside or practicing yoga. 5.Stay active. You may be sticking around the house more these days, but that doesn’t mean you have to be inactive—try going for a walk, riding your bike, or doing an at-home workout. Doing something that gets you moving helps clear your mind and makes it easier to deal with new challenges. Start small and keep moving until you feel better. 6.Fuel your body. Find the right mix of foods—including treats—to keep yourself full of energy. Try different recipes to find something that’s both healthy and tasty. Interested in more helpful tips and free resources to quit smoking, vaping or using smokeless tobacco? Visit QuitPartnerMN.com or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for judgement-free support. Editor’s Note: This article is for use in Minnesota only. 

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Thursday 06/25/2020
How to Treat Today’s Most Common Skin Issues
Posted: June 25, 2020

(StatePoint) Spending a lot more time at home indoors these days or adjusting to going back outside? New habits and big lifestyle changes can have an effect on one’s skin.

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Friday 04/24/2020
Beauty Product Fans Embrace Power Serums
Updated: June 06, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NewsUSA) -Anyone shopping for quality, natural skin care has many options, but customized serums are becoming the product of choice for those seeking fast, effective and individualized treatments for a range of skin health and beauty concerns.

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Tuesday 04/21/2020
Phyto-C Skin Care Serum Helps Restore Damaged Skin
Updated: May 22, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NewsUSA) - It's common knowledge that excessive skin exposure, not only to the sun but also to environmental pollutants, can promote inflammation and lead to skin damage.

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Thursday 12/26/2019
Why a Personalized Diet Can Help You Achieve Better Results
Posted: December 26, 2019

(StatePoint) From custom-designed sneakers to tailor-made sunglasses, the trend of personalization is going head-to-toe, and for good reason, making its way to the world of weight loss and wellness.

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Monday 12/02/2019
Simple Ways a Keto-Friendly Diet Can Set You Up for Success
Posted: December 02, 2019

(StatePoint) Chances are you’ve heard of the keto diet. Its popularity has soared in recent years, adding it to the list of diets many people try, especially in the New Year. The keto diet is founded on the belief that when your body is in a state of nutritional ketosis -- a metabolic state in which fat provides most of the fuel for the body -- you will lose weight. But what if you could take a less drastic approach?

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Monday 11/25/2019
Tips to Protect Your Winter Wardrobe
Posted: November 25, 2019

(StatePoint) If you are like many people, your winter wardrobe requires a bit of extra care. Between fine cashmere sweaters, favorite woolen outerwear and your snazziest cocktail attire, your special care garments should look as crisp at the end of the season as they do today.

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Tuesday 11/12/2019
Top 5 Holiday Temptations and How to Avoid Them
Posted: November 12, 2019

(StatePoint) The holiday season means delicious food and parties galore. If you’ve been dedicated to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there’s no reason to throw away all your hard work. You just need to make adjustments to your routine so you can enjoy the season guilt-free.

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Monday 10/28/2019
How to Stick to Your Workout Schedule During the Holiday Season
Posted: October 28, 2019

(StatePoint) There are plenty of temptations to skip a workout during the holiday season. Ironically, this is the time of year you may need the movement most.

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Wednesday 10/23/2019
3 Ways to Treat Yourself This Holiday Season
Posted: October 23, 2019

(StatePoint) When it comes to holiday giving, don’t be shy about indulging in a little self-care. With these ideas, you can show yourself some love, while looking elegant, relaxed and stylish at all the season’s events.

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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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Thursday 08/06/2020
Heart Valve Disease: 5 Questions to Consider Before Treatment
Updated: August 07, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - More than five million Americans are impacted by heart valve disease each year. Of those, 1.5 million suffer from aortic stenosis, which occurs when the aortic valve does not open properly and affects how oxygen-rich blood leaves the heart with each beat. This increases pressure within the heart and causes it to weaken.

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Wednesday 08/05/2020
Don’t Let COVID-19 Delay Your Dental Visit—Dentists Warn Patients About the Importance of Preventive Care
Updated: August 07, 2020 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives, including dental appointments and other important medical care. 

With dental clinics now open once again for non-emergency procedures—with enhanced screening and safety measures in place based upon expert guidance and research—many dentists are reporting that their patients have been slow to return, and it has them sounding a warning about the importance of preventive care.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has made us put many of our routines on pause, but with dental clinics now reopened, visiting your dentist should not be one of them,” said Dr. Kyle Dosch, dental director at Delta Dental of Washington.

The Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) and Delta Dental join dentists in urging people not to further delay preventive dental exams, particularly for children (53% of which already experience tooth decay by the time they reach third grade) and for those who are pregnant or have a medical condition which puts them at higher risk for dental problems.

In addition to routine preventive treatments such as teeth cleanings, careful exams of the teeth, gums and tongue can provide dentists an early look at signs of arthritis, diabetes, diet deficiencies, liver disease and even some auto-immune diseases. 

“A look inside a patient’s mouth can provide great insight to what’s happening in other parts of the body. It’s important to place a high priority on oral hygiene routines, including regular visits to the dentist,” said Dr. Dosch. “Your oral health is important to your overall health, and protecting that is our shared top priority.”

The dentists’ warnings come on the heels of a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll in which 52 percent of adults surveyed said they or a family member in their household had skipped or delayed dental or medical care due to COVID-19.

The poll’s findings are consistent with an American Dental Association (ADA) national survey which found patient visits are nearly 60 percent of what they were before the mid-March shutdown of dental clinics for non-emergent care. In Washington state, Delta Dental’s statewide claims data indicates that people are again beginning to prioritize their oral health, with 99 percent of dental offices now open statewide.

In the state’s largest county (King County), the number of people returning to the dentist increased significantly in June. But the numbers aren’t all smiles in many of the state’s rural areas, some of which are down more than 15 percent. 

Nearly half of the 1,300 Kaiser poll respondents who skipped or postponed their dental visits reported not feeling safe returning to their dental clinics. However, the WSDA notes that dental offices have always been a very safe place to visit—and have put even more Centers for Disease Control/ADA-approved infectious disease measures in place to keep patients protected, including:

•To make sure patients are healthy, dental team members will call patients to ask health-related screening questions before scheduled appointments. A dental team member will take your ­temperature upon arrival and may repeat health-related screening questions before your appointment.

•Staggered appointments to allow more time to disinfect exam rooms between visits—you may even be asked to wait in your car until the dentist is ready to see you.

•Reconfiguration of dental office waiting rooms (including removal of toys and magazines) and clinic spaces to provide additional physical separation.

•More personal protective equipment worn by staff.

•Face mask requirement for all who enter the dental office.

“It’s important to remember that dentists are health professionals who manage infection and control risk on a daily basis, even in normal times dentists have been required by law to follow very specific safety protocols to prevent the spread of viruses while keeping your safety and protection a top priority,” added Dr. Dosch. 

“You can be confident that as you return to the dentist, he or she is getting a lot of guidance along the way and that the dentist offices are safe to visit,” says Dr. Christopher Delecki, vice chair, King County Board of Health and past president, WSDA. “Conversely, neglecting regular dental exams—for yourself and your children—can put your oral and overall health at risk, at a time when staying healthy is more important than ever.”

“For those who are looking to find a dentist—or who have lost their job—there are many resources available to help care for your oral health, regardless of your benefits provider,” said Dr. Delecki.

To locate a dentist near you, visit wsda.org and use the “Find a Dentist” tool. And for those who have recently lost their job, Delta Dental members can visit DeltaDentalWA.com/MySmile for an overview of what is still covered under your plan, or DeltaDentalCoversMe.com to help you find a new individual or family plan that fits your needs and budget. Those who qualify for Apple Health can visit Arcora Foundation’s Dentistlink.org for help in finding a nearby community clinic or dentist.

 

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Why Your Child’s Back-to-School Eye Exam is So Important
Posted: August 05, 2020

(StatePoint) This year, going back to school may mean attending class physically or virtually, with states and districts deciding on a case by case basis. Wherever your child attends school this fall, eye exams are essential for a successful academic year. Here’s what to know:

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Emotionally Preparing Your Children for Back-to-School Season
Updated: August 07, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Between sheltering-in-place, online learning and time away from friends, many children will need a little extra support as they head back to school this fall.

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Back-to-School Support
Updated: August 07, 2020 - 2:30 am

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How You Can Help Fight Lyme Disease
Updated: August 07, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Summer means it’s time to check for ticks, especially if you have recently spent time outdoors, taking part in activities such as hiking, camping, gardening, dog-walking or more.

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Travel Smart in a COVID-19 World
Posted: August 05, 2020

(Family Features) Many Americans’ summer vacation plans have been delayed or canceled due to safety concerns. However, making time for a mental break is important as individuals attempt to manage ongoing stress related to COVID-19.

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3 Tips to Support Your Pet's Immune System
Updated: August 07, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Up to 70% of a pet’s immune system is contained within his or her digestive system.

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Strengthen Mental Health by Embracing Culture
Updated: August 07, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) One in five U.S. adults experience mental illness each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and adult African Americans are 20% more likely to experience mental health issues compared to the general population.

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Fire Safety for Furry Family Members
Updated: August 07, 2020 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) If you have a fire escape plan in place for your home, you’re steps ahead of many Americans. According to the National Fire Protection Association, only 30% of American households have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. It’s important for families to stay ahead of the curve and be prepared in the event of a fire.

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