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Identifying pain medication addiction in your friends; yourself

(BPT) - If you’ve ever taken them, you know prescription opioids can provide a clinically safe and effective solution to pain management. They can also be very addictive, however, and protecting against addiction requires vigilance on the part of the patient as well as his or her doctors, nurses, caregivers, pharmacists and benefits providers.

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Thursday 01/22/2015
Forget the pricey trip to the spa with simple DIY tips and tricks
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - With a whole new year ahead, now is the perfect time to relax and refresh with at-home spa treatments that are easy, natural, luxurious and, best of all, affordable.

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Monday 01/19/2015
Nutrition choices made easy in the grocery aisle
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Should you buy eggs instead of cereal? Popcorn in place of pretzels? For consumers seeking “better-for-you” foods at the grocery store, these types of decisions can feel overwhelming, and for some, time-consuming.

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Wednesday 01/14/2015
7 big (but easy) ways businesses can reduce employee absenteeism
Updated: January 22, 2015 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – especially for small businesses grappling with the high costs of worker absenteeism. Employee time lost to health issues costs American businesses $84 billion a year. For U.S. businesses, helping workers stay healthy costs far less than the financial impact of having them miss work for illness or injury.

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Sunday 01/11/2015
Five essential elements that should be in every adult student's tool kit
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - The face of the average college student is changing, with more working adults heading back to school to complete degrees and enhance their careers. Being an adult learner means bringing life experience to the table, but it also means juggling more responsibilities alongside coursework – including working, managing a home and family commitments. That’s why there are five essential elements that every adult learner should have in their arsenal of tools to support educational success.

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Teenagers want parents to be involved in their lives
Updated: January 19, 2015 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Today’s changing social environment and confusing messages about drugs and alcohol may be making it even more difficult for teenagers to get their bearings as they move toward adulthood. That is why it is more important than ever for parents to know what is going on in their kids’ lives and have the skills to respond to their teens appropriately.

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Tuesday 01/06/2015
Learn how to combat symptoms this cold and flu season
Updated: January 14, 2015 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Nurse Barb Dehn offers tips on how to get the rest you need to stay healthy this cold, cough and flu season.

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Monday 01/05/2015
Prepare for surgery: 5 steps every patient should take
Updated: January 13, 2015 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Surgery and anesthesia are safer than ever, but can make even the most fearless patient a bit nervous. Most patients don’t know about the steps they can and should take to make their experience safer and more comfortable.

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Moms in training: 3 sanity-saving tips for new mothers
Updated: January 13, 2015 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - From feeding to diaper changing, new moms and dads are flooded with information to learn and decisions to make for their new bundles of joy. A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive found that nearly 75 percent of moms plan to return to work post-maternity leave. What many new moms may not yet fully realize is that becoming a mother is a full time job in and of itself. Like any profession, new moms deserve training, breaks and lots of support! 

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