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Finding strength along the caregiving journey
Caring for a loved one with an ongoing health condition can be a time-intensive and emotional journey. And while small successes and tiny triumphs can be treasured moments, daily tasks can take time away from sources of support, such as interactions with colleagues, spouses, children, friends and groups or clubs, resulting in a sense of isolation. Taking time to maintain friendships, connect with community and take care of oneself can help caregivers find strength to enjoy the milestone moments.
The holiday season is a time for celebrating with loved ones, but family and friends aren't always nearby. Although you may not be able to spend the holidays together in-person, there are still plenty of ways to show out-of-town loved ones you care. With a thoughtful approach, you can find easy ways to spread some holiday cheer, whether your nearest and dearest live across the street, across the country or even across the globe.
The holidays are known for eliciting cheer, thanks and a sense of community as families come together to share some of their most treasured traditions, whether that's gathering for a special meal, organizing an activity or finding a way to give back to those less fortunate.
Learn how you can support a friend who is being abused
When someone you love is being emotionally or physically abused by her partner, it can be difficult to know the best way to show support without appearing judgmental or invasive. But statistics show that violence typically continues and escalates if no one takes action to stop it. Here are some simple tips and resources to help you start a conversation that could lead to positive changes.
Approximately 42 million Americans provide unpaid care to an ill or disabled adult and new research shows the stress associated with this responsibility can have a negative effect on a person's health.
Nearly every state addressing medical marijuana legislation
As the medical community and many Americans come to accept the use of marijuana to treat a range of diseases and symptoms, state legislators are working to keep pace with laws concerning marijuana for medical use.
Community impact: Resetting the perceptions of public housing
Food, water, shelter - all basic human needs. But for millions of Americans, having a secure place to call home is financially out of reach, even if they work full-time. From veteran to teacher to single mom, public housing helps 2.2 million people throughout the country, with half a million more on waiting lists. Despite providing a critical resource to communities, there's still a negative stigma associated with public housing. Here's what you need to know.
Can your morning cup of joe make the world a better place?
Can't start your day without a cup of coffee? You're not alone; 63 percent of adult Americans drink coffee every day, according to the 2012 National Coffee Association's National Coffee Drinking Trends study. All those cups of joe, however, can do more than give Americans the boost they need to wake up. They also have the potential to help coffee farmers around the world.
Being a proactive patient goes a long way in the fight against breast cancer
The grim reality is that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. But women don't need to sit back and wait for breast cancer to happen. Women can also be proactive by taking steps to help prevent adverse events in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
For those who are living with lupus, daily activities can be a struggle and life can become inconsistent. While many people are experiencing debilitating symptoms, from the outside, many of those with lupus don't "look sick."
Ways your family can give back to the community, country and world this holiday
The holiday season is a time when people are looking to give back. Sometimes this giving back encompasses spending time with others in the community, and other times it is showing support for programs that give back across the world.
Give back while moving from one community to another
Moving from one home, one city and even one state to another is a great opportunity to clean house and start fresh. Instead of packing all belongings - even those that haven't been used in years - moving gives families a chance to reduce their material goods so that what ends up being unpacked in the new house is immediately used.
In extreme sports competitions such as the X Games, some of the world's gutsiest (some may say craziest) athletes push themselves - and their equipment - to the limit. To help these athletes prevent injuries and perform their best, competitors in sports such as motocross, rallycross, skateboarding, BMX biking and mountain biking depend on the ever-evolving safety gear made possible by a broad mix of tough, cushioning and high-performance plastics.
Competing against the odds: Special Olympics athlete with rare disorder succeeds on and off the track
At a recent Special Olympics Summer Games, one athlete took center stage to receive a gold medal - something that symbolized much more than winning a sporting event. For Ryan Groves, a 26-year-old from Michigan, the award meant he was confronting a lifelong challenge that started when he was diagnosed with a rare disorder called tuberous sclerosis complex, or TSC, right before his first birthday.
Metastatic breast cancer - also referred to as stage IV breast cancer - occurs when breast cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Approximately 159,000 women in the U.S. are living with MBC, and this number is projected to increase to more than 164,000 by the year 2015. Since there is generally no cure for MBC, many women focus on living well with the condition while integrating continuous treatment into their lives.
National Health Center Week: Recognizing community health centers that help millions of Americans every year
It's National Health Center Week - a time to reflect on the commitment of health centers across the country to provide access to affordable, high quality, cost-effective services, including those that help prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. The services they offer are critical to the more than half of Americans who suffer from one or more chronic diseases every year and chronic diseases continue to be the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. A survey recently released could explain why.
Once upon a time, before people knew any better, they thought that hearing loss was simply a part of growing older - something not worth doing much about. Turns out, hearing loss is a much bigger deal than we ever imagined. We need to take it seriously.
Do you buckle up your kids? New research shows one in four parents don't
Most parents know that kids are safest in a car when buckled up. But there are situations when families decide to take a risk by not buckling up their children on every ride. A new survey reveals one in four parents admits to not buckling up their child in the car.
For patients with rare diseases, awareness can be life-changing
Facing a rare disease diagnosis wasn't easy for Mary Ann Farley of Hoboken, N.J. Family and friends had never heard of the disease, her doctor had never treated a patient with it, and with little information and resources available, Mary Ann felt alone.
Actress Rose McGowan is on a personal mission to raise awareness of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Actress Rose McGowan, best known for her leading role in the TV series, Charmed, is sharing her story in a new leading role: raising awareness for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or IPF. After her father was diagnosed with IPF, she became determined to honor his memory by bringing attention to this widely unheard of lung disease.
From supplies to volunteering, parents can find ways to support teachers
Parents know educating their children is a collaborative effort between families and teachers. Each new school year, parents look for ways to make that effort as fruitful and positive for their children as possible. By supporting their child's teacher, parents can help ensure kids get the best education possible every year.
Modern answers to help seniors stay in their homes longer
Retirement marks the start of the golden years, the period when hard-working individuals can put their feet up to relax after a long, successful career. But for seniors who think they can no longer live in their homes alone, retirement may be a stressful time. They worry they will have to give up the homes they have enjoyed for so many years.
The perfect 10 for your heart: new science shows combination of omegas supports heart health
One in three U.S. adults may benefit from support for healthy blood lipids, such as triglycerides, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Maintaining healthy blood lipids is an important - but often overlooked - aspect of promoting cardiovascular health and overall wellness for vibrant aging.
Secrets for a streamlined routine: How to look flawless in seconds
Every year, women spend billions of dollars on cosmetics and beauty products because they think that a complex routine is the key to unlocking their beautiful best. Women are busier than ever and need simple solutions to streamline their everyday.
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