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Tips to help cancer patients prevent infections during the winter

(BPT) - “Oh the weather outside is frightful.” For many, this sums up the blustery season known as winter. With cold temperatures blanketing cities and towns, many have been spending more time indoors with friends and family. While everyone should take steps to stay healthy during this season, a cancer patient is at greater risk for picking up an infection because their immune system is not as strong as usual. If you have cancer and are undergoing chemotherapy treatment, there are some important things you can do this winter that may help you avoid getting an infection.

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Tuesday 01/27/2015
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Updated: January 29, 2015 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - At 47 years old, a stroke was the last thing Brian Donlan of Babylon, New York, expected when he arrived at his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu workout. Feeling healthy and in shape, he was passionate about fitness and martial arts and frequently practiced at the dojo or competed in tournaments. But when the workout ended and he couldn’t stand or speak, he knew something was wrong.

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Senior women: Simple, must-do ways to reduce heart disease risks
Updated: January 29, 2015 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - A popular social media meme holds that “growing old isn’t for sissies.” Plenty of older women would probably agree with that sentiment as they cope with age-related issues specific to their gender, such as osteoporosis and increased risk of breast cancer. Yet the greatest health risk women face as they age is one society most often thinks of as predominantly affecting men: heart disease.

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Sunday 01/25/2015
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Updated: January 29, 2015 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Fifty is a major milestone in a woman’s life: from physical changes, to becoming an empty-nester, to new homes or careers, it can be a time to re-focus on one’s self and gain a new sense of freedom. During this time, one change that women may not anticipate is postmenopause.

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Pocket doors offer accessibility in every home
Updated: January 29, 2015 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Did you know that the smallest room in your home can be the most dangerous?

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Thursday 01/22/2015
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Updated: January 29, 2015 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Retirees have a message for people still working but wondering what life might be like once they retire: “Come on in, the water’s warm.” But they also say that it pays to plan, the earlier the better, because retirement might come sooner than you expect.

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Monday 01/19/2015
Why women need to reassess retirement planning
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - Men and women are not the same when it comes to retirement planning. Consider this: A husband and a wife of the same age, earning the same salary and looking to retire during the same year need to account for different factors in retirement planning. This is true even if they share a household, hold joint responsibility for their finances and equally contribute to the amount of incoming funds.

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Wednesday 01/14/2015
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Thursday 12/18/2014
New Technology Improving Outcomes for Heart Failure Patients
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 1:31 am

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