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    An Impossible Choice for Californians: Caregiving or Career

    (BPT) - Working to survive is a reality for most Californians, especially those of us supporting young children or aging parents. And with that, it’s unavoidable that at some point we’ll need time off work to care for a family member in need. Yet, as evidenced by the recent COVID-19 pandemic, many Californians don’t have access to vital programs that help balance the evolving responsibilities of career and caregiving. One policy that is particularly critical — in times of crisis, and not — is Paid Family Leave.

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    Fund Helps Breast Cancer Patients Impacted by COVID-19 Crisis

    (StatePoint) Rising unemployment, mandatory stay-at-home orders, and an overburdened health care system are causing a perfect storm for breast cancer patients who have concerns or need care, according to the experts at Susan G. Komen.

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    Get Stronger Every Day With At-Home Workouts

    (NAPSI)—These days, people are navigating unprecedented times that have them rethinking how they live and work. While big shifts to normal, daily habits can be unsettling, this also provides an opportunity to start new routines and make positive changes. Many are spending more time at home, so adding structure is more important than ever—especially when it comes to staying active. Studies have shown that exercise can help boost your mood, productivity and immunity. According to Tom Holland, exercise physiologist, Bowflex fitness adviser and host of iHeartRadio’s Fitness Disrupted podcast, it takes most people a minimum of two months to form a new habit. He recommends making the most of your time at home to establish healthy routines. To help you get started, Holland offers these simple tips to add at-home fitness into your daily routine: Connect with a Coach: When motivation wanes, there are plenty of subscription services and online resources. For example, there’s the Bowflex JRNY app (https://www.bowflex.com/jrny-app.html), which features a personal fitness coach who gives spoken instruction and encouragement as you push through your custom workouts—available on the Bowflex Max Total (https://www.bowflex.com/max-trainer/) and Bowflex BXT216 treadmill (https://www.bowflex.com/treadmills/).Start small: You don’t have to commit to an hour or more; aim for several micro workouts of 5, 10 and 15 minutes throughout the day; those add up and count as much as one long workout.Put it on the Calendar: Keep exercise at the top of your to-do list by scheduling a daily walk or run or streaming a yoga class. Multi-task: Connect to streaming content and sweat through your favorite daytime show, or catch up on the news.Home Gym Essentials: Holland recommends including one piece of cardio and one piece of strength equipment in your home gym.If space is limited, two good cardio-strength options are the Bowflex Max Total (https://www.bowflex.com/max-trainer/) and Bowflex 840 kettlebell (https://www.bowflex.com/selecttech/).Creating healthy habits now can carry you through the current times, and help set you on a path to finish up the year feeling healthy and stronger than ever.  

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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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Tuesday 12/17/2019
Stay-At-Home Dads, Mid-Life Search For Gold, New Theory On Leadership, Balancing People And Profits
Posted: December 17, 2019

Leaderology” by Oleg Konovalov

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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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Tuesday 11/26/2019
Gift Yourself A Very Merry Holiday
Posted: November 26, 2019

(NAPSI)—Best-ever holiday? It’s on. From friends & family gatherings to cocktail parties and holiday potlucks, there’s no shortage of unforgettably beautiful holiday moments worth celebrating (even the unfiltered, messy, probably embarrassing, and slightly dramatic ones). And you can find all the go-to styles to give and gift yourself for every merry occasion at your nearest maurices store or online. Here are some of the season’s hottest fashion gifts for others or yourself!

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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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Wednesday 11/20/2019
Energy-Based Devices Are The New Face of Beauty
Updated: December 27, 2019 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Beauty, like health, goes beyond the visible surface. While many of us manage our wellness via diet, exercise and check-ups, we don't apply the same 360-degree approach to our beauty regimen. It's possibly due to lack of viable options.

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Energy-Based Devices Are The New Face of Beauty
Updated: January 09, 2020 - 2:49 am

(NewsUSA) - Beauty, like health, goes beyond the visible surface. While many of us manage our wellness via diet, exercise and check-ups, we don't apply the same 360-degree approach to our beauty regimen. It's possibly due to lack of viable options.

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Energy-Based Devices Are The New Face of Beauty
Updated: January 28, 2020 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Beauty, like health, goes beyond the visible surface. While many of us manage our wellness via diet, exercise and check-ups, we don't apply the same 360-degree approach to our beauty regimen. It's possibly due to lack of viable options.

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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 04/01/2020
10 Self-Care Tips For Cancer Patients Coping With Isolation And Stress
Posted: April 01, 2020

(BPT) - Whether you are self-quarantining or practicing social distancing, we all are adjusting to a new normal amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. As a cancer patient or survivor, you might be experiencing feelings of isolation, uncertainty and anxiety. As a caregiver, you might be feeling overwhelmed with navigating your loved one’s care while looking after your own needs. And as a family member, you might be feeling unsure of how you can help.

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How one woman took action after her cancer diagnosis
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - As a busy working mom of four, Chaya did not expect her tiredness, persistent cough and fevers to be cancer.

At first, it felt like a cold that just wouldn’t go away. When she visited her primary care doctor, her initial bloodwork showed she might have mononucleosis, but after more testing and a biopsy, she was diagnosed with advanced stage classical Hodgkin lymphoma.

Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer that starts in the white blood cells called lymphocytes, which are part of the body’s immune system. It is most common in early adulthood (a person’s 20s), and the risk rises again in late adulthood (after age 55).[i],[ii],[iii] In Stage 3 or 4, sometimes referred to as ‘advanced stage classical Hodgkin lymphoma,’ Hodgkin lymphoma has spread into at least one organ outside of the lymph system, such as the liver, bone marrow, or lungs.[iv] According to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated that 8,480 patients will be newly diagnosed in the United States in 2020.iii Hodgkin lymphoma is more common in males than females, as well as those with a weakened immune system or family history of the disease.i

ADCETRIS® (brentuximab vedotin) for injection in combination with chemotherapy of Adriamycin, vinblastine and dacarbazine (AVD) is approved for the treatment of adults newly diagnosed with Stage 3 or 4 classical Hodgkin lymphoma. ADCETRIS has an IMPORTANT WARNING for PROGRESSIVE MULTIFOCAL LEUKENCEPHAOPATHY (PML), patients treated with ADCETRIS can have a rare, serious brain infection called PML. It can cause death. See additional Important Safety Information below. In a large clinical study of over 1,000 patients, ADCETRIS was studied in combination with AVD for stage 3 or 4 classical Hodgkin lymphoma against a standard chemotherapy regimen of Adriamycin, bleomycin, vinblastine and dacarbazine (ABVD). Results showed that patients treated with ADCETRIS plus AVD were 23 percent less likely to receive additional treatment because cancer was still detected in the body, to die from cancer or other cause, or have their cancer grow.

“Following my diagnosis, I researched doctors, and my husband and I connected with friends who work in healthcare to ensure I was receiving the best care,” Chaya said. “I was referred to an oncologist who we trusted for my care, and he recommended ADCETRIS plus AVD.”

Each individual Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis is different, so it’s important to remember that patients should speak with their doctor about treatment options and side effects. ADCETRIS has side effects, and the most common side effects are nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy) that mostly involves numbness or tingling in the hands or feet (sensory) and/or weakness in the arms or legs (motor), a low number of white blood cells, nausea, constipation, vomiting, feeling tired, diarrhea, fever, hair loss, weight loss, stomach pain, a low number of red blood cells, and sores or swelling in the mouth. The most common serious adverse reactions are: low numbers of white blood cells accompanied by a fever, fever, low numbers of white blood cells, and pneumonia. During her treatment, Chaya experienced hair loss, as well as numbness and tingling in her hands and feet. For additional safety information please see the Important Safety Information below and full Prescribing Information including BOXED WARNING.

Chaya's family and friends were supportive throughout her diagnosis and treatment. “I had a great support system during my treatment. In the beginning, my parents came with me to my appointments, and my husband’s family supported us for as long as we needed. One of my neighbors volunteered to watch my kids when I had to go in for treatment, and when I had a hospital stay, my neighbors stocked my freezer with dinners for my family. It meant a lot to me to have the support of my family, friends and community during a challenging time.”

“I was excited my last scan showed signs of improvement. During my treatment, I just kept telling myself, ‘by the time summer is here, I’ll be finished with my treatment.’ I love the summer and was looking forward to spending time outside and hopefully starting to feel like myself again.” ADCETRIS is normally given with chemotherapy every 2 weeks for 6 months (12 doses total). In the clinical study of over 1,000 patients, the average length of time people were on treatment was the full 6 months.

Please see the Important Safety Information below and full Prescribing Information including BOXED WARNING. For more information on ADCETRIS, please visit ADCETRIS.com. To help you talk to your doctor about the best treatment option for your diagnosis, download a guide for Questions to Ask Your Doctor.

Important Safety Information

What is the most important serious safety information I should know about ADCETRIS?

  • PROGRESSIVE MULTIFOCAL LEUKOENCEPHALOPATHY (PML): Patients treated with ADCETRIS can have a rare, serious brain infection called PML. It can cause death. Symptoms can begin at different times after starting ADCETRIS treatment, some within 3 months after the first dose. Call your doctor if you have mood changes, confusion, dizziness or loss of balance, trouble talking or walking, vision changes, or if you feel weak or have weakness on one side of the body. PML could also be caused by other treatments or diseases that made your immune system weaker.

What should I avoid when receiving ADCETRIS?

  • Do not take ADCETRIS with bleomycin because of possible serious side effects to the lungs.

What are the other possible serious side effects of ADCETRIS?

A serious side effect can be life-threatening or can lead to death. They may happen during treatment or after your treatment has ended.

Call your doctor right away if you have symptoms of a serious side effect or if your symptoms get worse. If you have a serious side effect, your doctor may delay or stop your ADCETRIS treatment.

  • Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy) that is mostly numbness or tingling in the hands or feet (sensory) and/or weakness in the arms or legs (motor). The nerve damage can get worse with more doses of ADCETRIS. Call your doctor if you have tingling, burning, or numbness in your hands or feet, changes in your sense of touch, or trouble moving your hands or feet.

  • Allergic and infusion reactions during infusion or up to 24 hours after your ADCETRIS infusion. Call your doctor if you have fever, chills, rash, or breathing problems within 24 hours of your infusion.

  • Blood problems such as a low number of white blood cells with or without fever, a low number of platelets, or a low number of red blood cells.

    Your doctor will do blood tests to check your blood cell levels during ADCETRIS treatment. If your levels are too low, your doctor may lower or delay your dose, stop your ADCETRIS treatment, or give you a medicine called G-CSF. G-CSF is meant to prevent you from having a low number of white blood cells.
  • Infections such as pneumonia, bacteremia, and sepsis or septic shock can happen with ADCETRIS treatment. Call your doctor if you have a fever of 100.5°F or higher, chills, cough, or pain when you urinate.

  • Tumor lysis syndrome can happen if you have a tumor that grows quickly or have many tumor cells in your body.

  • Patients with severe kidney disease may have more side effects and deaths than patients with normal kidney function and should avoid treatment with ADCETRIS.

  • Patients with moderate or severe liver disease may have more side effects and deaths than patients with normal liver function and should avoid treatment with ADCETRIS.

  • Liver injury can happen after the first dose of ADCETRIS or after ADCETRIS treatment is stopped and started again. Call your doctor if you feel tired, do not feel like eating, have upper stomach pain, dark urine, or yellow skin and eyes (jaundice).

  • Lung problems. Call your doctor if you have a new cough, a cough that gets worse, or feel out of breath.

  • Skin problems called Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis can happen. Call your doctor if you have rash, hives, sores in your mouth, or blistering or peeling skin.

  • Gastrointestinal (GI) problems related to the pancreas, stomach, intestine, and colon can happen. If you have lymphoma that involves your stomach or intestine, you could have a higher risk of GI perforation (a hole in your stomach or intestine). Call your doctor if you have severe stomach pain, chills, fever, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

  • High blood sugar. Your doctor will test your blood during ADCETRIS treatment. If your blood sugar is high, your doctor may give you medicine to control it. Call your doctor if you need to urinate more often, are very thirsty, or have blurry vision.

What were the most common side effects in patients treated with ADCETRIS?

When used alone or together with chemotherapy, the most common side effects were:

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Tips to Weather Seasonal Joint Pain
Posted: April 01, 2020

(StatePoint) Do April showers bring May flowers or just a lot of aches and pains? While research on how weather affects a person’s pain levels is inconclusive, many people swear that the pain in their joints or ache “in their bones” can predict rainy or chilly weather ahead. The general theory is that this is caused by changes in temperature and barometric pressure. 

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5 Tips to Spring Clean Your Spices
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) One area of the kitchen that is often overlooked when it comes to spring cleaning is the area home chefs keep their spices, whether it’s a cabinet, rack or drawer. Keeping your spices fresh and organized is a smart way to create faster, more flavorful meals.

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5 Hacks for Greener, Happier Living
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Whether you take shorter showers, reduce food waste or make eco-minded choices at the grocery store, adopting one simple habit can make a difference in protecting Earth’s natural resources. These simple, renewable lifestyle changes may even affect your personal mindset.

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Add Joy to Spring Cleaning
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) While spring cleaning can be crucial in keeping your home in tip-top shape, especially for DIYers who find inspiration in the bright season for new home decor projects, the annual ritual can also feel overwhelming.

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Free Family Entertainment from Home
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) As people from coast to coast hunker down at home, some with children, taking a mental break from a new and unfamiliar lifestyle with the world of entertainment can be a way to relax and disconnect.

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How to Find the Right Dog for Your Family
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Adding a four-legged friend to the family is no small decision, and it’s easy to get distracted by sweet eyes pleading to be taken home. Becoming a dog parent is a major commitment, so it’s important to do your research and make well-informed choices before deciding on a new dog.

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5 Tips for 1st Foods for Babies
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Ask any parent what he or she remembers most about a child’s first year and you’re likely to hear quite a bit about sleep schedules. However, a baby’s eating schedule is just as important as his or her sleep.

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Invite the Outdoors In
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Despite the comfort and convenience it affords, modern society is contributing to a vanishing relationship with the natural environment. However, there are plenty of ways to bring nature indoors to reap the benefits of an earthy connection inside your home.

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