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Get Kids Access To Dental Care

(NAPS)—Here’s something many parents may be surprised to learn: tooth decay is the most common preventable chronic disease among children in the United States.The ProblemIf left untreated, it can hurt more than your kid’s mouth. Your child’s physical and social development—as well as his or her school performance—can also be affected. More than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental-related illness. Kids with healthy teeth have fewer sick days and less distractions from learning.The Good NewsParents may be surprised to find that getting their child’s teeth checked is easier and less expensive than they think. Under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), essential health care services like preventative care and dental health are covered. For more than 20 years, CHIP has been instrumental in reducing the number of uninsured children to historic lows. Medicaid and CHIP cover more than one-third of all children in the U.S. and have helped insure 95 percent of the nation’s children—an estimated 35.5 million currently are covered.How It WorksDental coverage includes access to regular check-ups, x-rays, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, fillings and more.Parents can look online to see whether their children are eligible. In most states, children and teens up to age 19 can enroll. Depending on income, many families qualify for free or low-cost health coverage. In general, children and teens in a family of four earning up to $50,000 a year—and in some places more—may qualify for Medicaid and CHIP.Children and teens can stay covered for as long as they qualify. Families can enroll at any time of the year, but need to renew coverage each year.More Good NewsEven if your application for Medicaid and CHIP has been denied before, you and your children may now be eligible. Parents may qualify for Medicaid as well, but you don’t have to be eligible for your child to get coverage.Who Can HelpMore kids can be covered with the help of Medicaid and CHIP. With that as the goal, the Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign, a national outreach and enrollment initiative, informs families with children and teens about Medicaid and CHIP eligibility. Families enroll through their states. Call 1-877-KIDS-NOW or visit InsureKidsNow.gov to be connected to program offices in your state.Learn MoreFor more information and to see eligibility requirements, visit www.InsureKidsNow.gov.

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Thursday 02/13/2020
If You’re Feeling Down, You’re Not Alone. It’s That Time of Year
Updated: February 15, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NAPS)—You may have heard the terms—winter blues, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Depressive Disorder with a Seasonal Pattern. No matter what you call it, with approximately 17.3 million adults in the U.S. experiencing seasonal depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, feeling gloomy this time of year isn’t uncommon—but it can be overcome.

The Problem

Depressive Disorder with a Seasonal Pattern (formerly called SAD) can affect anyone of any age. Whether you’re a student returning to class, a busy working professional who’s always playing catchup, or even newly retired with found time on your hands, the excitement of the holidays is long over and wintry dark days are here. While January and February are the typical peak months for the disorder, symptoms can persist through April, according to Mental Health America.

Doctor’s Advice

When that feeling of sadness persists for several weeks, it’s time to take action, according to Dr. Desreen Dudley, a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Behavioral Health Provider of Therapeutic Services for Teladoc Health. But, she points out, often the toughest thing for many is how to discern whether what they feel is temporary or something more serious.

“If someone has a few days of feeling low, that’s normal and typically nothing to worry about. It’s when the feeling lingers for weeks and people lose interest in daily activities and suffer persistent negative thoughts, that lend a stronger basis for Depressive Disorder with a Seasonal Affective Pattern diagnosis,” she says.

What To Watch For

Other symptoms she warns about are:

•Change in appetite

•Change in sleep pattern

•Decreased energy

•Decreased concentration

•Feelings of worthlessness or guilt

•An inability to think, concentrate, or finish tasks at work or school

•Thinking about suicide, self-harm, or death

Dr. Dudley contends individuals already struggling with depressive disorders are susceptible to SAD patterns. For older Americans, a Vitamin D deficiency can exacerbate low moods. On the other end of the spectrum, she has worked with newly independent college students who find SAD a heavy burden and say their new responsibilities of classes, exams and jobs can compound their depression. For some, not rising as early for classes as they did in high school means sleeping in more and further limiting their exposure to sunlight.

What To Do

In addition to considering therapy, such as virtual care, which is available on your terms and from any location you choose, Dr. Dudley recommends:

•Avoiding or cutting back on alcohol and other addictive substances

•Eating healthfully—more lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, and eliminating sugar

•Daily exercise at least 30 minute a day (walking counts)

•Yoga or meditation

•Learning about and trying light therapy

•Regularly surrounding yourself with those you enjoy being around.

When To Seek Help

According to a recent global study conducted by Ipsos MORI for Teladoc Health, individuals often recognize when they’re struggling, but even so, over a third of the respondents who have had one mental health episode admitted to not seeking professional help. The reason? For many, it’s often the difficulty in finding mental health care.

“Thankfully, virtual care is becoming increasingly available as a source of convenient mental health care,” Dr. Dudley says. “It eliminates the traditional obstacles of in-person visits and has opened up access for anyone with a busy schedule, individuals who may have difficulty getting out of the house and students who may fear the stigma of walking into the campus mental health clinic.”

Learn More 

For further information, visit www.Teladoc.com/therapy.

Put Health at the Top of your To-Do List
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - The last few months of the year are known for filling up with tasks and, as a result, it is not uncommon for self-care to fall to the bottom of the list.

Managing the Cost of IBD
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) A diagnosis like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) means lifestyle changes throughout every aspect of life, including financially. IBD has many direct costs of care, like clinic visits, radiology studies, procedures and costly medications. There are also indirect costs such as missed work or school.

Save Time with Easy Meal Hacks
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) If it feels as though your life is too busy, you're not alone. Many families experience the feeling of constant busyness, but there are ways to save time around the house and lift some of those burdens.

Smart Saving Strategies
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Money management and building long-term financial health is a careful balancing act between long- and short-term financial needs, and now is a perfect opportunity to re-examine your goals. People sometimes focus on short-term needs, making sure they can cover routine bills and living essentials. However, many Americans do not have the resources to cover an unexpected expense, much less save for the future.

The Cost of Living with IBD
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) A diagnosis like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) means lifestyle changes throughout every aspect of life, including financially. IBD has many direct costs of care, like clinic visits, radiology studies, procedures and medications. There are also indirect costs such as missed work or school. 

Thriving with a Brain Tumor
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) A brain tumor can result in a wide range of physical and emotional changes, but proactively managing your coping strategy can have a significant impact on your treatment program and quality of life.

How to Reduce Your Risk for Another Heart Attack
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) After a heart attack, as many as 1 in 4 survivors will have another one. Lifestyle changes and working closely with your doctor to manage your health can help minimize the risk of a repeat event.

Some Over-the-Air TV Frequencies are Changing
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) If you rely on a rooftop or indoor antenna for your TV viewing, changes that may affect your local channels are happening.

4 Hospice Care Facts to Know
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) As families prepare for the future and consider hospice care for loved ones, it’s important to know and understand what hospice care is and how it can help both patients and their caregivers.

Wednesday 02/12/2020
National Hot Breakfast Month: Benefits of breakfast for K-12 students
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - As the saying goes, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” and the month of February is National Hot Breakfast Month, a month-long celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of a hot breakfast. Breakfast is especially important for our K-12 students, and has key benefits in supporting their learning, information retention and energy to keep them focused during the school day. Yet, a breakfast filled with sugar and fats won’t do — a breakfast packed with lean protein and fiber is key to our students starting the day and reaping the benefits that breakfast has to offer. The below infographic lays out the key benefits of student breakfast in honor of National Hot Breakfast Month.

Men’s Health Matters
Updated: February 17, 2020 - 2:35 am

5 tips to maintain overall wellbeing

Time-Saving Kitchen Shortcuts That Don’t Sacrifice Quality
Updated: February 17, 2020 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) If coordinating schedules to gather the family around the dinner table is a victory in its own right, finding enough time to prepare a well-rounded, flavorful meal may just be a medal-worthy accomplishment.

Celebrate Agriculture
Updated: February 17, 2020 - 2:35 am

7 ag-focused ways to get involved

Celebrate Awards Season with a Look to the Past
Updated: February 17, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Awards season is the time of year when Hollywood celebrates its best films and talents. It’s also an opportunity to take note of the actors and actresses lighting up the big screen, many with long careers you can watch unfold by taking a look back at their roles through the years.  

Tuesday 02/11/2020
Groundbreaking Data in Patients with Stage 4 Lung Cancer
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Sponsored by AstraZeneca

A smart and simple way to get out of an uncomfortable situation
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - It can be an all-too-familiar scenario: A situation turns uncomfortable whether it's a social engagement, a business encounter or a routine interaction and the options for an exit seem awkward or intimidating. In fact, a new survey conducted by Flare finds that 58% of women regularly feel pressured to go along with an uncomfortable situation.

Monday 02/10/2020
Five Things to Know About Heavy Menstrual Bleeding and Uterine Fibroids
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - Sponsored by AbbVie

Stopping Your Statin: Do You Really Know What’s Happening Inside Your Body?
Posted: February 10, 2020

5 simple steps to feeling good
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Prioritizing your health and wellness all year long is important and easier than you’d think. Adopting a few simple habits can have a big impact. These five easy lifestyle changes will help you to look and feel your best no matter the season.

Top 5 nutrition trends for 2020
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - With a new year comes a new wave of health and wellness trends, and 2020 kicks off the decade with a plethora of possibilities. Most notably, the trend toward mindful eating has many people asking meaningful questions about the origins of their food. From veggie-packed products, to healthy hybrids, to grain-filled goods, here are five top nutrition trends to keep tabs on this year and beyond.

Friday 02/07/2020
Blood Donors from Across the Country Inducted into Hall of Fame
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Dawn Marisch will never forget June 11, 2011. That’s the day the elementary school principal from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, nearly lost her life.

How to Tell if You Have Severe Asthma
Posted: February 07, 2020

(StatePoint) While the majority of the more than 25 million Americans living with asthma enjoy active, healthy lives, for others, severe symptoms are part of daily life, despite using high dose asthma medicines and avoiding triggers.

Wednesday 02/05/2020
Welcome a 4-Legged Family Member with Care
Updated: February 10, 2020 - 2:51 am

Tips for a successful, lifelong pet adoption

Resolve to Make Real Nutrition a New Year Priority
Updated: February 10, 2020 - 2:51 am

(Family Features) A new year signals a chance to renew your commitment to healthier eating, but many of the most popular diets, like the keto diet and paleo diet, eliminate entire food groups, which can cause you to fall short on nutrients you need.

Tuesday 02/04/2020
A Quick Brush-Up On Children’s Dental Health
Updated: February 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—For most parents, happiness is seeing a smile on their child’s face—right from that first gummy grin. Instilling good dental hygiene habits early can help protect your child’s precious smile.


Your dentist can help. Most dental plans cover children, starting at birth. And since February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, now is a great time to brush up on the topic. Here are some hints that can help:


Baby Their Baby Teeth
Even though baby teeth eventually fall out, they still matter. Decay and other problems can set the stage for dental problems in adult teeth.


To help prevent decay in baby teeth, never put baby to bed with a bottle. Milk and juice break down into sugars, which can pool around their teeth and cause cavities.


Even before the first tooth pops up, get in the habit of gently wiping baby’s gums with a clean, moist cloth after feedings and before bedtime, to prevent bacteria from growing.


Concerned about pacifiers and thumb-sucking? Both can contribute to an overbite. The Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children stop all sucking habits by 36 months or younger. But pacifiers put less pressure on the teeth than thumb-sucking, and they’re an easier habit to break.


Year 1: First Toothbrush, First Dentist Visit
When that first tooth pops up, it’s time for baby’s first, soft-bristled toothbrush. Also, per the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, brush gently with plain water or just a drop of toothpaste with fluoride—no bigger than a rice kernel. Be sure to schedule your child’s first dental appointment soon after their first birthday, too. Early visits can help them become comfortable with your dentist and reduce anxiety down the road.


If your child is especially fearful or has special physical or developmental needs, consider a pediatric dentist. They have years of specialized training in child psychology and development.


Age 3 And Up: Make Brushing Fun
By age 3, kids can begin using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste with fluoride. Make brushing and flossing a fun daily experience: once in the morning and once at night. Remember that it’s difficult for little hands to use a toothbrush correctly—and at a 45-degree angle. They’ll need your help for quite a while.


Try setting a timer for two-minute brushing sessions. You can brush together, have a special brushing song, and treat your kids to a colorful character toothbrush. With a little creativity (and much patience), brushing can be a positive, feel-good experience.


A “Silver Lining” For Cavities
A cavity or tooth decay can result when tooth enamel breaks down. Although most cavities are preventable, tooth decay is the most common childhood disease of children aged 6 to 19.


The good news? Dentists now have a painless way to deal with cavities. “An application of silver diamine fluoride can effectively slow or stop the tooth decay process in its tracks,” says Dr. Gregory Theis, Director, Dental Services, Delta Dental of Wisconsin.


Applying the antimicrobial liquid is quick and easy. And, because it can prevent the loss of a tooth, many dental plans cover two applications per year.


Teens’ Teeth Need TLC, Too
Teenagers are known for their big appetites and busy schedules. They often grab whatever food comes their way—including sticky sweets that tug on braces, and sodas or sports drinks that can erode enamel.


Do your best to offer healthier meal and snack options at home—and don’t let your teen skip dental or orthodontic appointments. If you’re weary of reminding your teens to wear their elastics or to stop chomping on ice and sticky sweets, give your dentist or orthodontist a heads up—and let them help reinforce healthy choices at the next appointment.

Cracking The Code To Society’s Most Feared Disease
Updated: February 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—Even more than cancer, there’s one disease most people fear. The thought of falling prey to Alzheimer’s disease and to the inevitable desecration of the mind is something that can make even the bravest shudder.


After all, if you’re robbed of your sense of who you really are, you’re doomed to live your last days without the dignity that defines you and that you hold dear. Perhaps the ultimate horror of Alzheimer’s disease is that it is as indiscriminate, merciless, and devastating as a wind-swept wildfire.


As a result, a disease-modifying treatment for Alzheimer’s disease has become a Holy Grail of sorts in the biotech industry. The disease is so ubiquitous, it casts a shadow over just about everyone’s family. At the same time, it exacts a devastating financial toll on society—perhaps even greater than cancer—with Alzheimer’s disease patients needing 24-hour care for an average of eight years and sometimes as many as 20 years.


The estimated cost for caring for Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is well in excess of a quarter of a trillion dollars per annum. This doesn’t even include unpaid caregiving. Also, Alzheimer’s disease is ranked as the third leading cause of death of seniors in the United States, surpassed only by heart disease and cancer. Approximately 6 million Americans have become its victims, and this number rises each year as lifespans increase due to advancements in medical science.


Progress From Pharmaceuticals

Fortunately, a few pharmaceuti­cal companies, including Biogen, AC Immune SA and NervGen Pharma, have come up with ways to potentially treat the condition and perhaps slow it down. NervGen’s medical researchers are working on what may become an important breakthrough for Alzheimer’s and other afflictions that are defined by nerve damage.


Could This Be Modern Medicine’s Holy Grail?

Until recently, NervGen’s focus has mostly been on developing nerve regeneration for the treatment of spinal cord injuries. In fact, some remarkable results have been achieved in preclinical trials, including one where the treated rodents regained substantial functionality in their legs after sustaining severe spinal cord damage.


Assuming it also works in humans, the medical science world will be paying very close attention because there are no known therapies that can stimulate human nerve regeneration now.


In addition, NervGen intends to commence a Phase 2 clinical trial for treating multiple sclerosis. The company’s drug candidate is expected to treat many of such debilitating symptoms as numbness, loss of sensation, chronic and debilitating pain, partial loss of movement, paralysis, and even incontinence due to additional mechanisms of action called “remyelination” and “plasticity.”


The research team also believes that the same nerve-rejuvenating biotechnology can be adapted to treat Alzheimer’s disease, not just mitigate its symptoms due to its truly novel and innovate approach.


The essence of this technology is that it unlocks a damaged nervous system’s natural ability to repair itself. Proprietary molecules “unstick” nerves and prevent new ones from getting stuck by interfering with synaptic-like connections so the nerves can regrow in places that are normally highly inhibited by scar tissue.


The co-inventor of NervGen’s technology, Dr. Jerry Silver, is one of the world’s most foremost neuroscience researchers of spinal cord injury. Dr. Silver, who is also Professor of Neurosciences at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine, has been working this unique approach to nerve rejuvenation biotechnology since the early ’90s by focusing on a protein called CSPG that inhibits the body’s natural ability to grow and regenerate.


Heretofore, no drugs have been approved anywhere in the world for nerve regeneration and remyelination, as well as improved plasticity in damaged nerves. Additionally, existing treatments are not considered very effective. So, the stakes are especially high for NervGen to create a blockbuster drug candidate that promises to even outshine any other Alzheimer’s disease drug. This is a wonderful opportunity to pioneer nerve repairing drug therapies that target some of the most devastating and pervasive diseases known to humankind.


Learn More

For further facts and figures about NervGen Pharma, go to www.nervgen.com.

U.N. Declares 2020 As The International Year Of Plant Health
Updated: February 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—Can you imagine a world without fruit or flowers? Without farms or forests? It sounds extreme, but it could happen. Plants are under attack and the culprit is invasive pests. Some are so small, you can’t see them with your eyes. But they are there, and it’s time that everyone takes notice. That’s why the United Nations (U.N.) has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health. It’s calling on individuals, organ­izations, industries, scientists and governments at all levels to work together to protect plants against the introduction and spread of invasive pests.


Healthy Plants = Human Survival
Plants are the foundation of all life on Earth. They make the oxygen we breathe and give us 80 percent of the food we eat. They sustain our livestock, provide habitat for wildlife and help our world to thrive. And plants add beauty and joy to people’s lives.


According to the U.N., invasive pests destroy up to 40 percent of food crops globally and cause $220 billion in trade losses each year. This trade, worth nearly $1.7 trillion annually, has become crucial for human survival and economic growth in rural areas.


To feed the world’s growing population, the U.N. estimates that agricultural production must increase by about 60 percent by 2050. That means we must do everything we can now to protect plant health from destructive invasive pests.


What You Can Do
The good news is that there are simple steps anyone can take to protect plants. It just takes one person to make a difference. For example, a hospital groundskeeper in Boston was the first to notice a strange-looking, dime-sized hole in a tree. Her call provided an early warning and jump-started the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) control effort, which quickly eliminated the destructive Asian longhorned beetle from that city.


Here are ways you can help:
•    Look for and report unusual signs of pests or diseases in trees and plants.
•    Don’t move untreated firewood. Instead, buy heat-treated firewood or responsibly gather wood where you will burn it to ensure tree-killing beetles hiding inside can’t spread to new areas.
•    When returning from international travel, always declare any food, plants or other agricultural items to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, so its experts can ensure they are pest-free.
•    Before buying seeds or plants online from other countries, contact USDA to find out if the items need to be inspected and certified as pest-free or meet other conditions before you can legally bring them into this country.


Learn More
Locate a USDA office and find more tips on www.HungryPests.com, which describes invasive pests that people can accidentally spread and how to help prevent it. You can also join the conversation and get the latest updates at #PlantHealth and #IYPH2020 on social media.

A Doctor’s Common-Sense Approach to Heartburn Relief
Posted: February 04, 2020

(StatePoint) Indigestion is on the rise worldwide and is especially prevalent in the U.S. According to the American College of Gastroenterology, 60 million Americans suffer from heartburn at least once a month. While it’s a common issue for older people due to aging, it’s now a growing problem for younger adults as well, who report increasing bouts of indigestion, upset stomach, and anxious stomach, which may be linked to stress and hectic lifestyles

Monday 02/03/2020
How to find proven solutions for weight loss [Video]
Posted: February 03, 2020

Tips to Easily Shift to Daylight Saving Time
Posted: February 03, 2020

(StatePoint) Spring is just around the corner, which means that so too is Daylight Saving Time (DST). While many people look forward to the start of DST all winter long seeing it as a marker of warmer, longer days ahead, making the actual shift is not always so simple for your body, mind or schedule.

Friday 01/31/2020
Influencer mom Katie Stauffer's tips on getting kids through a cold
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - In the winter, there’s no avoiding it — no matter how much hand-washing you and your kids do, or other healthy habits you follow — someone’s going to get sick.

New Kind Of Insurance Policy May Change A Family’s Future
Updated: February 13, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—Growing a family starts a new chapter of life. And in 2020, parents may feel like it’s more than a chapter: It’s a whole new book. Each chapter has high expectations (and a price tag), including Parenting Styles; Keeping Baby Healthy; What to Eat; What to Wear; School—Public, Private or Home; Minding Your Money; Investing for Your Future (and Theirs); and so many more. The cost of raising a child becomes clearer and clearer.


Truth is, your bundle of joy adds about $13,000 a year to your budget through age 17, and that doesn’t include the cost of a college education (source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Consumer Expenditures Survey). Whether the new member of your family is two weeks, two years, 12 or 22 years old, you’re always evaluating your and their financial future. Are you well insured? Saving and investing for your retirement? Planning for their education?


And a recent survey of American parents reveals a new concern: A third of parents (33%) worry their children may suffer from infertility in the future.*


One in eight U.S. couples will face a diagnosis of primary infertility—the inability to become pregnant after a year of trying without contraception (source: 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth, Centers for Disease Control). LifeSpring Insurance Services and The Harris Poll conducted an online survey of over 2,000 U.S. adults age 18+, asking Americans about their attitudes toward issues connected to growing a family and dealing with infertility. In fact, when you ask individuals how they’ve been affected, primary infertility has caused more than a quarter of Americans/their families to seek treatment for it.*


Most Americans think treatments should be affordable for anyone who needs it*, and the founders of Life-Spring Insurance Services, Jason Muesse and Eugenie Shea, agree. It’s why they spent years designing an affordable policy that’s currently available in Texas with plans to expand to other states in 2020. Their goal is to help ensure the next generation has access to healthcare treatments for primary infertility, should they need it. “Seeing friends and family experience the physical, emotional and financial stress of treating primary infertility drove me to analyze how insurance could help,” says LifeSpring CEO Jason Muesse. “It took five years to research and design this policy, and we believe it can help solve the financial stress of infertility for the next generation of parents.


“We are removing the stressful financial barrier between tomorrow’s young couples and their dreams of family,” Muesse adds.


Shea, too, is passionate about innovating how healthcare costs, like infertility, are insured because they can improve a family’s quality of life and give financial security. “Coping with infertility and deciding how to pay for treatments can be paralyzing, and the cost of treatment may stop some families from pursuing having children. We want to change this because we believe that giving others the opportunity for a family is the greatest gift,” Shea says.


The Harris Poll survey also found a majority of parents say giving their children an opportunity to become parents is important. Even among parents of kids under 18, nearly half—45%—would be interested in a health insurance policy to protect their children from future primary infertility.


Because LifeSpring is dedicated to changing how treatments for primary infertility are insured for the next generation, its innovative early-life approach offers today’s adults an opportunity to give the next generation hope and the financial resources to pursue it. Its unique, deferred-benefit policy gives future generations facing primary infertility the financial resources to have their own biological children without the significant personal expense.


Survey Methodology: Two surveys were conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of LifeSpring: *October 15-17, 2019 among 2,018 U.S. adults ages 18 and older among whom 1,172 are parents, and ** September 19-23, 2019 among 2,076 U.S. adults ages 18 and older among whom 819 are parents of children 18 and under. These online surveys are not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, contact LifeSpring Insurance Services.

Thursday 01/30/2020
OTC Products Can Help Smokers Quit
Posted: January 30, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Quit smoking.

What You Should Know About Pancreatic Cancer
Posted: January 30, 2020

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you love is ever among the more than 57,000 Americans expected to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year, knowing a few facts may help improve your outcomes.

The Invisible Impact of Moderate-to-Severe Plaque Psoriasis
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - New Survey Uncovers Debilitating Symptoms, Uncomfortable Encounters and Intimacy Struggles that Impact the Everyday Lives of People with this Chronic Autoimmune Disease

Wednesday 01/29/2020
5 Ways to Improve Your Heart Health
Updated: February 03, 2020 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) If you worry that you or someone you love will get heart disease or even have a heart attack, it’s understandable.

Beat Sugar Addiction for Better Weight Loss Results
Updated: February 03, 2020 - 4:34 am

(Family Features) If your weight loss goals keep falling flat despite your best intentions, it may be due to an addiction you don’t even know you have. An addiction to sugar doesn’t mean that you can’t resist a slice of chocolate cake; it’s a true physiological addiction.

Tuesday 01/28/2020
Bladder health 411: The truth about overactive bladder
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:31 am

(BPT) - You get that urge to pee and you know it's time to go. You find the nearest restroom and then continue on your day. Not much later though, you feel that same urge. Once again, you go to the restroom. This happens again and again and you're starting to feel like your bladder is trying to tell you something.

Thursday 01/23/2020
The importance of heart health for African Americans
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Shaquille O'Neal is known for his big personality and skills on the basketball court, but he also is known to have a big heart. He wants to help others and a cause that's very important to him is heart failure.

Wednesday 01/22/2020
Annual Grassroots Campaign Raises $1 Million in One Month for Cancer-Fighting Technology
Posted: January 22, 2020

(BPT) - Cycle for Survival’s indoor cycling fundraisers are known for their party-like atmosphere with dancing, music, colorful team signs, and a sea of orange pom poms. Behind the event-day excitement is a serious mission: to beat rare cancers.

3 things a dermatologist wishes you knew about breakouts
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - If you suffer from frequent acne breakouts, you’ve likely been through several skincare products and have considered talking to a dermatologist to help you find the right solutions to improve your skin’s condition.

Refresh Your Child’s Diet with Low-Sugar Options
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Many families look to the new year as a time to reset their eating habits and focus on making healthier choices. However, adults aren’t the only ones who could use a menu refresh as children may also need to focus on healthier food choices.

5 Tips for Staying on Track in the New Year
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:34 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.

Tech Gifts Can Make Resolutions a Reality
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) While many people who make New Year's resolutions drop them within a couple weeks or months, pulling those newly received tech device gifts out of the packaging and putting them to good use may be just the help you need to keep your resolutions on track.

Friday 01/17/2020
Good Health Reset
Posted: January 17, 2020

(NAPSI)—A good health reset can happen any time of the year. It simply takes a commitment to making small, sustainable changes that add up to impactful, healthy habits. Dr. Samara Sterling with The Peanut Institute says it’s best to begin by concentrating on the good habits you already follow.

Thursday 01/16/2020
The secret to healthy weight loss [Video]
Updated: February 18, 2020 - 2:31 am

Wednesday 01/15/2020
5 Tips to Help Older Adults Be Healthier in 2020
Posted: January 15, 2020

(StatePoint) For many, the new year is about establishing goals for the year ahead. But where should you start? As we age, an increasing number of us link our emotional and physical well-being to our overall health. After all, you can’t do the things you’d like if you aren’t healthy.

Winter Skin Care 101
Updated: January 20, 2020 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Cold weather can take a real toll on your skin. Dry skin can lead to discomfort and, if neglected, can affect your skin's elasticity and trigger outbreaks of irritated skin.

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