The school year is in full swing, and shopping for pens, pencils and notebooks is already a memory. In addition to these traditional supplies, many of today's students have another tool - often underutilized - to help them succeed the in classroom: their smartphones and tablets.
Men's health program pushes the envelope to save young men's lives
Testicular Cancer is the most common form of cancer in young men ages 15 to 35 - men who are in the prime years of their lives. However, any man, regardless of age or race, can develop the disease. All too often, men don't even realize they may be at risk because they are unaware of the facts. How do you get young men talking about their health and potential risk for male-centric cancers?
Romance is in the air: the best Valentine's gifts for couples
For the love of your life, channeling all of your romantic feelings into a perfect present is a challenge. This year, a surefire way to that person's heart is a gift that celebrates health and wellness and brings the two of you closer.
Scouting out the best Black Friday and holiday shopping deals?
You know the holidays have officially begun when the tinsel and colored lights go up in stores, streets and homes. Thanksgiving Day is now Black Thursday, when consumers - still hungry and primed for the best possible holiday deals - fight the famous tryptophan sluggishness and rush off to the mall not long after the turkey is carved and gobbled.
Each winter drivers from Maine to Texas are reminded just how dependent we are on our cars and what happens when snow and ice get in the way. More than 116,000 Americans are injured and over 1,300 are killed on snowy, slushy or icy pavement every winter.
Chase the mid-winter blues away with wholesome comfort foods
The colder weather of winter has many looking for some comforting wholesome meals to share with friends and family. This winter try delicious recipes that will create tantalizing smells in the home and warm everyone sitting around the table.
Blue is the new black. It is also the national color for colorectal cancer education. Who better to talk about the cancer than Carmen Marc Valvo. He is one of the nation's top designers. And he also has had the disease.
When it comes to vehicle maintenance there are two schools of practice: the "do it for me" and the "do it yourself." We all know about the basic maintenance you should be doing like getting your oil changed and checking the belts and hoses for wear. But did you know there are other aspects of your vehicle you can easily maintain and, by doing so, will extend the life of your vehicle?
Eye diseases may go unnoticed in individuals with diabetes
Diabetes is a disease that interferes with the body's ability to use and store sugar, which can cause many health problems. Too much sugar in the blood can cause damage throughout the body, including the eyes. Over time, diabetes affects the circulation system of the retina, the light sensitive lining at the back of the eye.
Still need to file your taxes? Tips for faster, easier filing
Spring can inspire a renewed sense of confidence and optimism in do-it-yourself activities. For nearly 40 percent of Americans, this includes preparing and e-filing their own income tax return. Like most things DIY, following a few simple strategies can save you valuable time and money at tax time.
The majority of this year's key tax law changes were the result of two acts - the Affordable Care Act of 2010, also known as Obamacare, and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The easiest way to navigate all the tax law changes and determine if you qualify for hundreds of tax benefits, is to use an online or mobile tax preparation solution.
A resolution you can keep all year: The one-day identity checkup
Exercise. Lose the weight. Answer every incoming email. Those are the hard kinds of New Year's resolutions, because you have to think about them every day for the rest of the year. Many are forgotten long before Valentine's Day.
New offerings in home and on-the-go entertainment: how to 'decode' the many options
With all of the advancements in home entertainment technology, there are now more options than ever to watch movies at home or on the go that fit your budget and lifestyle. When planning a family movie night, road trip or just a cozy night in, here are terms that will help explain some of today's most popular movie-watching options:
More options than ever for families needing elder care
Many families wrestle with decisions for how to take care of aging parents, grandparents and other loved ones. Just 20 years ago, families might have had to choose between putting a parent in a nursing home or having one younger family member quit a job to stay home and care for the parent. Today, options abound and it's important to know what's available before making such an important decision.
Learn how speaking to your doctor may have a positive effect on your rheumatoid arthritis
For the 1.3 million people across the United States who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), pain is often a part of life. If you have been diagnosed with RA, there is help out there. Having a conversation with your rheumatologist is a start to getting the care you need.
Shake up snack time with a pop of flavor inspiration
Today, Americans eat around 16 billion quarts of popcorn every year making it the nation's favorite snack food by volume. Naturally rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, low calorie air-popped popcorn has more iron than eggs and more fiber than traditional salty snacks. In addition to being healthy, it's wallet-friendly. For about 25 cents, you can pop enough kernels to satisfy a family of four. If that's not enough to whet your appetite, what makes popcorn the greatest snack is its ability to adapt to consumers' ever-changing palettes.
There are many things we want to pass on to our loved ones, illness is not one of them
You want to pass on family traditions, a grandmother's quilt, or dad's love of books - but no one wants to pass on a serious illness. Take charge of your health and help protect those around you by asking about vaccines at your next doctor's visit.
The 'preventive medicine' to help protect financial health when you're seriously injured, ill or unable to work
If injury or illness left you unable to work - even for a short time - would your financial health be at risk? Fifty-nine percent of U.S. workers said their financial resources would last 12 weeks or less without a paycheck. But many workers have access to the "preventive medicine" designed to help protect their financial health - in the form of employer-sponsored benefits.
Miley Cyrus, notorious trials and Obamacare top online searches for 2013
While election politicking dominated the top 10 searches of 2012, this year people were a little starry-eyed when it comes to online searching. Miley Cyrus (No. 1) came into our lives like a wrecking ball and dethroned Kim Kardashian (No. 2) to become Yahoo's most searched person in 2013.
Gifts that stick: Tips to giving holiday gifts with staying power
When buying holiday gifts, we seek to find something that our loved ones will not only enjoy, but also keep. Unfortunately, many gifts are headed straight from under the tree back to store shelves. In fact, more than half of holiday shoppers expect to return gifts this holiday season, according to a recent national survey.
Across the country, 25 million Americans are living with asthma. As the winter months come to an end and the spring makes its arrival, the change in seasons can be problematic for adults and children with asthma. It's important for asthma patients to understand the triggers of each season to prepare for symptoms as the temperature changes.
Paralympic alpine skier breaks barriers on the slopes
Ralph Green was a well-rounded junior athlete. He excelled as a football quarterback and basketball point guard for his high school in Brooklyn, N.Y. His life dramatically changed at the age of 15 when a gunshot wound in the back resulted in the amputation of his left leg from the hip down. Today, Green, 36, is the first African-American male to make the U.S. Paralympic Alpine Skiing National Team.
Top 2014 home improvement trends: smart homes and home automation
From smartphones to smart cars, technology is transforming virtually every aspect of our busy lives. Technologies not only make life easier while on the go, but new options are quickly simplifying life at home as well. Some experts are predicting 2014 will be the year of the smart home. Home automation is a top home improvement trend, making the Jetsons' futuristic lifestyle more realistic than ever before.
Small changes can help you live a healthier lifestyle
A new year often brings with it the desire to make improvements in your life, and kick old habits to the curb in the pursuit of healthiness. But for most Americans, resolutions fail within the first few months because goals are too ambitious, intimidating or unrealistic in nature. If you've resolved to be healthier this year, the good news is that successful, positive change - whether it be spending more time with friends and family, being more physically active, or choosing healthier foods - is more achievable than you think. It's important to think positively, stay focused, and take baby steps versus one giant leap towards a lofty goal.
Overcoming all odds: Young Special Olympics athlete with rare disease takes home the gold
At this year's Greater Fort Worth Area Special Olympics games in Texas, Steven Striegel overcame all odds when he took home a gold medal in the bowling competition. For the 20-year-old from Little Elm, Texas, the achievement meant so much more than simply hanging another medal on the wall.
Few people understand just how much a threat cardiovascular disease (CVD), or heart disease, can be. Consider this: heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world. Cardiovascular disease claims more lives each year than cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease and accidents combined. While heart disease is truly dangerous, in many instances the disease is preventable.
Rising emergency department visits driving demand for nurses
Recent catastrophes like the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 in San Francisco and the Boston Marathon bombings have highlighted the extraordinary work of emergency departments and their indispensable role in health care.
Fall back in love with your wardrobe this holiday season
Not only is the holiday season time for presenting loved ones with carefully hand-picked gifts, it's also the season for dressing up and sharing good cheer at office parties, family events and cocktail gatherings.
Indulge in skin-loving winter foods for a healthy self - inside and out
Have you effectively "winterized" your home for the season? Plunging temperatures call for more than just cozy sweaters, boots and coats - they can also challenge daily eating and wellness routines, which can negatively impact skin. A personal regimen that effectively combines diet (chock-full of fresh, in-season foods), exercise, skincare and wellness this winter can be a powerful tool in achieving a glowing, healthy-looking appearance.
IRS audits: 8 triggers to avoid and tips to help you survive
Ever wonder how the Internal Revenue Service selects which taxpayers to audit? Well, it isn't always a matter of chance. There are certain factors that can make your tax return stand out from the rest.
Facing a diagnosis of thyroid cancer can be terrifying for anyone. And that fear can be compounded when the diagnosis is aMTC - a rare form of advanced thyroid cancer that has spread beyond the thyroid. While there is no cure for aMTC, treatments are available to help patients.
Insulation: The key to ending drafts and cutting utility bills
Whether it's the chill of winter or the heat of summer, our natural instincts are to adjust the indoor temperature so it is comfortable through every season. But if your home has any drafts or air leaks, expect indoor temperatures to fluctuate dramatically.
Overactive bladder: a common condition many women struggle with privately
Imagine having a common medical condition that requires you to plan around it and causes embarrassment and daily disruptions. These repeated disruptions are common for women with overactive bladder, or OAB, with their symptoms causing frequent trips to the bathroom or worry over a leak from a sudden urge to urinate. Women are encouraged to speak with their doctor about their symptoms of OAB.
They say the eyes are the window to the soul, but did you know eyes also say a lot about your health? A number of eye ailments are limited to the eye, but often they can be an indicator of a systemic problem. Dry eye - a common condition in which the tear ducts make insufficient tears for lubricating and nourishing the eye - can be either.
Ted Harper, the team sports dietitian for the New England Patriots, and Bryan Snyder, the team nutrition manager for the Denver Broncos, may be rivals on the field, but when it comes to nutrition, they agree on one thing: pistachios are an ideal snack, whether you're a professional athlete or an armchair spectator.
Don't let crooks steal your tax refund: Identity theft prevention tips
To itemize or not to itemize, deductions, exemptions, interest income and capital gains - you have a lot to think about when you're doing your taxes. While you're preparing your return, don't overlook a consideration that's every bit as important as whether you owe or are due a refund - tax-related identity theft.
Mind Your B.I.S. - Tips to jumpstart your financial well-being
In the next few months, high school seniors across the country will be anxiously checking mailboxes for college acceptance letters. With two-thirds of recent high school grads enrolling in college as of 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is the first step on a journey towards personal and financial independence for many Americans. Whether an incoming freshman, soon to be senior or recent grad, it is never too early to get financially fit. The key to success is to make the process fun and manageable.
Save a life: learn the signs, symptoms of lung cancer
A worrisome cough that just won't go away might send you to the doctor, and rightly so. A cough that keeps getting worse could be a sign of lung cancer, or several other serious health issues. But there are other less-obvious signs and symptoms of lung cancer, and paying attention to them could save your life or that of a loved one.
With busy schedules, it's inevitable to feel sleepy once in a while. But habitually falling asleep during the day while watching TV, reading a book, or in the middle of having a conversation could be a sign of a serious sleep disorder known as narcolepsy.
When you hear the phrase "'tis the season" you might be thinking holidays. But it's also the season of families and friends gathering together around the big-screen TV to cheer on their favorite college or pro sports teams.
New credit score myths and why you shouldn't believe them
Myths and folklore endlessly evolve as cultures change, technologies emerge and societies grow. Some myths - like the one that warns against washing Pop Rocks down with Coke - are chuckle-worthy. Others, such as fallacies about how credit scores work, can be downright detrimental. Here are five new credit scoring myths and the truths that debunk them.
A reasonable explanation: What 'reason codes' tell you about your credit score
Consumer knowledge about credit scoring remains a challenge. In fact, nearly half of Americans still don't know that mortgage companies use credit scores when making decisions about credit availability and pricing. Even if you do understand the importance of a credit score, you may still wonder why yours isn't higher. That's where "reason codes" come in handy.
Ask the Pharmacist: Understanding the dangers of low blood sugar
The numbers are astounding - nearly 400 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes and many patients may not realize they are at risk for a condition known as hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is characterized as dangerously low blood sugar levels that could cause serious side-effects including hospitalization.
Rate of pregnancy and childbirth complications on the rise in the United States: How we can reverse this trend
Pregnancy and childbirth should be a time of joy. But, today alone, 800 women around the world will die from complications experienced during pregnancy and childbirth, according to a WHO report. It is shocking to learn that most of these deaths are preventable.
Family gatherings, office parties, New Year's Eve bashes - the holiday social whirl is the most obvious reason for a shopping expedition to bag that special outfit. But special occasions don't end on January first. Here are a few events that may inspire a new look and a few tips to find just the right style for each.
What to do if your child is accused of being a bully
It's a phone call that most parents can't imagine receiving. Your school's principal has requested a meeting because your child is being suspended or expelled ... for bullying. While some parents might look at bullying as a part of growing up, in fact it actually has reached epidemic proportions across the country. More than 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year, according to DoSomething.org, a social issues advocacy group. Every day, nearly 160,000 children miss school because they are scared of being bullied, notes the National Education Association. What's more, many incidents of bullying go unreported because kids are afraid to report them.
Financially fit: five steps to get a handle on your credit
After countless hours spent holiday shopping, you finally finished. Now, you're faced with the credit card payments as you roll into the new year. While it may have been difficult to keep your finances - particularly your credit cards - top of mind amid the dash from store to store, those payments aren't going anywhere.
Growing up just steps away from the slopes in Park City, Utah, Steven Holcomb's Olympic dreams started early. Today, the 32-year-old Holcomb pilots the four-man bobsled crew nicknamed the "Night Train" and is considered one of the most successful bobsled drivers in U.S. history.
Medical Reserve: Expand your healing heart and your professional potential
For many, medicine isn't just a job, it's a mission. As a health care professional, you know how rewarding caring for others can be. In the world of Navy Health Care, you can continue your everyday practice - even as you move beyond the routine.
Looking back on 2013, billions of Internet searches from around the world reveal it was a year of American songs, superhero movies, social media love, high-end designer brands, controversial sports stars, European getaways and fierce women.
Elana Meyers' dream of winning an Olympic medal began at a young age. Growing up in Georgia, she participated in a myriad of sports to feed her desire for competition, including basketball, competitive dance, soccer, track and softball. Today, the 29-year-old Meyers is ready to lay everything on the line in pursuit of her dream as the pilot of the U.S. women's bobsled team.
Moms champion traditional toys even in a digital age
As smartphones and tablets are more frequently finding their way into kids' hands, many parents may wonder about the implications of increased screen time, and question what role traditional toys should play in their children's lives.
Straight talk: Some lenders lead marketplace in simplified customer agreements
If one universal lesson emerged from the economic meltdown of the Great Recession, it's that ignorance is not bliss when it comes to financial matters. Before the recession, many Americans made financial decisions without fully understanding the impact of their choices - despite detailed financial disclosure statements intended to educate consumers on just what they were agreeing to when entering a credit contract with lenders.
Use your rewards credit card wisely over the holidays to get the most out of your spending
Festive decorations, twinkling lights, seasonal foods and the company of loved ones - everyone has that special something they enjoy most about the holiday season. Avoiding sticker shock when you see your January credit card bill might be one of them. It can be a challenge to keep costs down, however, when you have a lengthy gift list to get through. One easy option you may not have thought of is probably already waiting in your wallet - if you use a credit card that offers a rewards program.
Americans will spend more than $6 billion this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation. How much of that will be overspending or outright wasted money? It's possible to control holiday spending and make smart money decisions this holiday season, if you keep in mind the "three P's": plan, purchase and protect.
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.
The new year gives everyone the perfect opportunity to start fresh. For some, it may be a time to explore a new hobby or take on a new professional challenge. For others, starting fresh means moving into a new home or a new city. And the new year for many people is a time to begin managing their weight.
Rare Disease Day 2014: Recognizing rare diseases and empowering patients to become self-advocates
For the past six years, international Rare Disease Day has served as a day on which hundreds of patient advocacy organizations, patients and their loved ones across the globe join together to highlight the importance of continued focus and research on uncommon and serious illnesses. This year, international Rare Disease Day will be held Feb. 28.
Three health issues women shouldn't (and don't have to) put up with
Women often endure health issues in silence, especially if the problem is embarrassing, affects only them and doesn't pose a serious health risk. Yet issues that appear minor and personal can have a major impact on a woman's quality of life - and ultimately on the lives of those around her.
Choice is great, right? It sure is, except when the options leave your head spinning. Businesses have a lot to consider when purchasing computers these days with touch screen laptops, Chromebooks, Windows 8 vs. Windows 7, and choosing between desktop computers, laptops and even tablets.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal: The ultimate bomb squad
Diving beneath ships. Parachuting out of aircraft. Clearing Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Navy Explosive Ordnance (EOD) Technicians control weapons and render safe explosives on land, in the water or wherever perceived threats may lurk. Protecting others by handling situations with steady hands and even steadier nerves.
Colorblind care: improving health literacy among minority populations
Achieving consistent quality of care regardless of a person's race or ethnicity remains a critical goal for anyone with a stake in America's health care system for improving health literacy - the ability to use and understand health information.
Learn how to achieve your weight loss goals this year
The average American who wants to lose weight will make four attempts this year and only one in six of them will see long-term success. Statistics also show it takes 21 days to create a habit and if the results aren't coming, giving up becomes easy. This year, instead of giving up on your resolution, stay motivated and push through.
Cool season skin care: Leading dermatologist shares easy-to-implement skin care tips rooted in moisturization
Women across the country, whether based in the snow belt or Sunshine State, notice and feel the effects of cold weather and climate shifts on skin. Plus, 2014 is turning out to be one of the harshest winters to date thanks to the Polar Vortex - a combination of record-setting snowfall and plunging temperatures. Harsh winds, precipitation, dry heat and temperature fluctuations can wreak havoc on skin, making the cooler months an ideal time to map out a skin care routine that is rooted in moisturization.
Mentors wanted: How to guide more young women to success in STEM
Careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are growing and quickly. Despite attractive career opportunities for the next generation of STEM workers, the industry continues to be predominantly male. Women make up only 24 percent of the STEM workforce, the U.S. Department of Commerce reports. Programs nationwide are working to close the gender gap.
Millions of Americans get a refund on their taxes each year. If you are one of them, why not use part of your refund to save for the future with a Series I Savings Bond from the U.S. Department of the Treasury? You can invest as little as $50 in this affordable, safe and convenient savings option, which can help you meet your long-term savings goals and build a brighter future.
Check your tax forms for errors and avoid fines for 2013
Tax season will be here before you know it and businesses everywhere want to handle their reporting quickly, efficiently and on time in order to avoid the penalties and fines associated with missed deadlines. In recent years, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has increased its penalties for misfiled or late tax forms. As a result, it's more important than ever for leaders of small- to mid-sized businesses to stay on top of changes and be doubly vigilant in assembling and reviewing their reporting documents.
What to expect in travel in 2014: Big sporting events drive interest in this year's hottest locations
Where's everybody going? The travel forecast for 2014 points to destinations inspired by a whole lot of sportsmanship and team spirit. Hot spots expected to trend this year include North American ski resorts catering to travelers looking for an Olympic experience closer to home before, during and after the games; and Brazil, inspired by World Cup fever.
Three exterior home improvements can add to your home
While homeowners generally spend more time entertaining guests indoors, the exterior of your home makes the first impression. When it is time for home improvements, the exterior of the home may be forgotten or ignored. Painting, updating furniture and replacing flooring inside are all important, but the exterior of your house deserves some tender love and care as well.
How to keep your kids active during the winter months
As the holidays wind down, so do the temperatures. As a parent, you know your kids can get restless in the winter months while they're cooped up inside. It's tempting to let the tablets and video games provide hours of entertainment, but it's important that kids stay active to keep their minds and bodies healthy. With a little creativity, you can keep your kids moving and prevent the winter blues.
Four out of five women are likely to be infected with human papillomavirus, or HPV, at some point in their lives, although most will never know it. Using a condom won't always prevent it. And it's the cause of virtually every case of cervical cancer. Yet a woman who finds out she has an HPV infection is not likely to tell even her closest friends.
The close of every year seems to bring its own uncertainty from a tax-planning perspective. Last year featured the expiration of certain temporary tax provisions and the commencement of automatic federal government spending cuts. In October the President and Congress temporarily agreed on funding the government and increasing the national debt limit. But these issues may reappear in 2014 and could result in tax law changes that affect income-tax and financial planning.
You may not like it, but when you feel pain, your body is trying to tell you something. In most cases, it's to stop what you're doing. ("Ouch, that stove is hot!") That's why some pain is necessary and can prevent us from seriously injuring ourselves. But, at times, pain also can be intolerable, becoming constant and negatively impacting your quality of life. If you or a loved one suffers from chronic pain, it's important to learn the best way to treat it.
Rare moms join together to bring attention to rare diseases
Every parent knows that caring for young children can wear you down to the bone. But imagine what that would be like if your child's life was at risk every waking minute. That's just a normal day for Sarah Yang, whose daughter Madilyn was born prematurely in 2011, with a rare disease called Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS). The disease prevents her from breathing on her own if she falls asleep. Rare Disease Day brings attention to the challenges and difficulties faced by people living with rare diseases and is celebrated every year February 28.