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A happy pet is a hydrated pet


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(BPT) – It’s a warm summer day — the sun is shining, the sky is blue and the scent of blooming flowers fills the air. As a pet owner, you’re probably planning to take your dog on a walk, maybe even several. Meanwhile, your cat has found that sunny space underneath the windowsill.

Sound familiar?

If so, then you already know how much cats and dogs enjoy basking in the sun, but just like people, over-exposure to heat can cause our furry friends to become varied versions of themselves. And too often signs of dehydration, which frequently appear in the form of lethargy, dry mouth and loss of appetite, are confused with run-of-the-mill exhaustion.

Considering all the things we do know about our pets, it’s hard to believe that we wouldn’t recognize the symptoms that accompany something as serious as dehydration. But the truth is that unless you know which indicators to look for, it can be easy to misdiagnose. That’s why the experts at PetSafe have compiled a list of tips and tricks for making sure your pet is experiencing healthy hydration all year long.

Keeping them hydrated

Water is without a doubt the single most important resource you can provide your animal, especially during hot summer months. Whether outside or inside, dogs and cats should consume around one ounce of water per pound each day. In other words, if you have a 20-pound terrier or a 20-pound tomcat, they should have access to at least 20 ounces of cool, clean drinking water every day.

It’s also important to remember that liquid can evaporate quickly in high temperatures, so if your pet’s water source is outside it’s best to check on the amount of available water several times throughout the day or consider purchasing an auto-fill watering bowl like the Drinkwell(R) Everflow Indoor/Outdoor Fountain by PetSafe.

How do I detect dehydration in my pet?

The observable signs of dehydration will frequently include one of more of the following symptoms:

· Lack of skin elasticity. You can test this by gently pinching or pulling some of their skin. If it doesn’t return to a normal position, your pet is likely dehydrated.

· Drop in energy levels

· Dry, sticky gums or foam around the mouth

· Heavier than average panting

· Loss of appetite

· Sunken, dry eyes

· Vomiting

Treatment and prevention

If your dog or cat exhibits any of these behaviors or symptoms, it’s important to seek veterinary attention where they will likely monitor the body temperature of your pet.

To prevent dehydration, pet parents should consider taking active measures to encourage pets to drink more water. Products like PetSafe Brand Pet Fountains are designed to continually circulate and filter water. This not only provides dogs and cats with a steady source of fresh water, but relieves owners of the constant hassle of refilling the bowl. Plus, the sound of flowing water tends to trigger an animal’s desire to drink more.

With proper care and precaution, your pet can enjoy every season — even summer — while staying happy, healthy and hydrated. Visit PetSafe.com to find more great tips, products and articles on pet care.

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Shining a light on sarcoma

(BPT) – After a summer of healthy eating and exercise, Janice Nicewanner was on the road to better health when she noticed a small lump in her lower left abdomen. She assumed it was scar tissue from a past surgery, but decided to see her doctor six months later after it had grown to the size of a baseball. Shortly after undergoing surgery to remove what her doctors thought was a hernia, Janice found out she had cancer. Specifically, it was a malignant solitary fibrous tumor, a form of soft tissue sarcoma. Janice was 39 years old when she was diagnosed.

“I had never heard of sarcoma before that day,” said Janice. “The word ‘cancer’ never came up as a possibility in any of my initial conversations with my doctors until I received the diagnosis. I was completely blindsided.”

Sarcoma remains an unknown cancer to many. In fact, it is often known as “the forgotten cancer.” However, July is unofficially recognized as Sarcoma Awareness Month by the thousands of patients and their families impacted by the disease.

What is sarcoma?

Soft tissue sarcoma (STS) is among the most distinct and complex types of cancer. It has more than 50 histologic subtypes that arise from connective tissues of the body, including muscle, tendons, fat, lymph vessels, blood vessels, nerves and tissue around joints. The tumors form most often in the arms, legs, chest or abdomen, though they can be found anywhere in the body.

Sarcoma is considered a rare disease; it comprises approximately 1 percent of all adult cancers diagnosed. An estimated 12,390 new cases of STS will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2017, and nearly 5,000 people are expected to die of STS this year.

The challenge of diagnosis

Given the rarity and complexity of this cancer, diagnosis can be especially challenging. Sometimes a patient will need to visit several different doctors before the cancer is properly diagnosed. Patients are encouraged to see a sarcoma specialist at a sarcoma-specific treatment center to get care from a team of interdisciplinary specialists.

Treatment options

Based on where the cancer formed, different types of STS may be treated differently. Therapeutic advancements have been challenging, and the 5-year survival rates for STS have not changed much for many years. Treatments include traditional methods like surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and most recently, targeted therapy.

Due to her specific subtype of sarcoma, Janice’s doctors recommended radiation. After seven weeks of treatment and months of recovery, Janice has been in remission since May 2015.

Advocating for change

“Because sarcoma is so rare and has many subtypes, there is a real gap in statistics and information. It is crucial to be your own medical advocate and seek the best care based on your needs,” she explained.

Janice is now an advocate for sarcoma patients, survivors, caregivers and family members.

“It is my mission to use my experience to educate others about sarcoma and help those impacted by the disease. My positivity carried me through my disease journey, and I am dedicated to helping others find that perspective as well.”

Raising awareness of sarcoma symptoms can help lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatment and support for sarcoma patients and their caregivers. A total of 100,000 signatures are needed to officially designate July as Sarcoma Awareness Month. To show your support for sarcoma patients and survivors like Janice, sign the petition by July 28, 2017.

To learn more about STS, and for resources on the disease, visit the Sarcoma Foundation of America (CureSarcoma.org).

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(BPT) – According to a sleep survey commissioned by ZzzQuil and conducted online by Harris Poll, nearly nine in 10 Americans (87 percent) report they have experienced trouble falling asleep. To help get the word out about sleeplessness in America and why it’s important to make sleep a priority for overall health and wellness, ZzzQuil partnered with Cassey Ho, a health and lifestyle expert recently named as one of Forbes’ top fitness influencers.

Ho understands the three pillars to being truly healthy. “Most people know the first two, but forget the third: eating nutritiously, exercising daily and sleeping enough,” says Ho. “Sleep is everything!”

This is why Ho is partnering with ZzzQuil to share tips on how to get great sleep! On those occasional nights when you just can’t get to sleep, ZzzQuil is a realistic solution that helps you fall asleep in as little as 20 minutes. When jetlagged, she occasionally uses ZzzQuil to help her adjust to the new time zone and get seven to eight hours of sleep to wake up the next day refreshed. That’s her little secret!

Get your ZzzQuil coupon here.

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Pancreatic cancer: Know your family, know your risk

(BPT) – Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly cancers, with a mere 29 percent one-year survival rate. In 2016, pancreatic cancer became the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States, surpassing breast cancer.

The time frame between diagnosis and death is often short. Only 7 percent of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive five years. This is incredibly small compared to prostate cancer or breast cancer, where more than 90 percent of patients survive for five years after diagnosis.

“Most people are unaware of how deadly pancreatic cancer is,” says Jim Rolfe, president of Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. “These chilling statistics can serve as an eye-opener that motivates people to learn more about their risks and contact their health care professional.”

Early detection is important

Although pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly cancers, early detection can significantly impact survival rates. The five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer approaches 25 percent if cancers are surgically removed while they are still small and have not spread to the lymph nodes.

Know your family, know your risk

Family history is a risk factor for pancreatic cancer. When you know more about your genetics and which members of your family have been affected by pancreatic cancer, you can better manage your own health.

To make the process easier, the Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation has introduced a new series of online tools. Visit www.KnowMyRisk.org to download a worksheet and access other helpful tools that let you explore your family history and become your own health advocate.

Print out the worksheet and call or visit your grandparents, parents and other extended family members. You may not be aware that someone a few generations removed from you was affected by cancer. Having this conversation can be empowering, because once you know your risks you can take charge of your future.

Consider genetic counseling

When considering how personal a cancer or disease diagnosis can be, it is no surprise that medicine is looking at our DNA to uncover information. This makes genetic counselors an important part of the health care team, helping you ask the right questions and uncover familial genetic risk factors.

If you learn you have a history of pancreatic cancer in multiple family members, you should consider meeting with a genetic counselor to assess your level of risk. From there, the counselor and your doctor can decide on a course of action.

To learn more about genetic counseling and find a local certified genetic counselor at the National Society of Genetic Counselors’ database, visit www.KnowMyRisk.org.

Take charge and be empowered

“Don’t take a backseat when it comes to your health,” says Rolfe. “The first step toward early detection of pancreatic cancer is understanding your family history. From there, you can make informed decisions that help you live a full, healthy life.”

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5 eye health tips that are easy to visualize

(BPT) – Writer Leigh Hunt once said, “The groundwork of all happiness is good health.” It’s a mantra you heed because nothing is more important than your health. That’s why you watch what you eat, you exercise at least three times a week and you avoid tobacco or excessive alcohol use. You’re working hard to improve your body’s overall health, but there’s one integral part of your body that you have yet to focus your health regimen on — your eyes.

It’s easy to take your eyes for granted, but they remain one of your body’s most important organs and, like the rest of your body, they will benefit from your efforts to improve their health. To support your eyes and maintain a healthy lifestyle, incorporate these five tips today.

* Consult an eye care professional. Just as you visit your doctor for your yearly checkup, you should also visit your optometrist once a year to review your eye health. Your optometrist can answer any questions you have about your eyes, and the checkup can help identify eye concerns such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and macular degeneration, which otherwise have no warning signs.

* Read smart. Whether it’s the morning paper, your favorite weekly magazine or a page-turning thriller, reading is one of your favorite hobbies, but sometimes the page can be hard to see. In cases like this, support your eyes with Foster Grant(R) reading glasses. Foster Grant(R) offers high-quality, non-prescription reading glasses in a wide range of strengths suited for your individual eyes. These glasses are prescription-quality lens magnification without the prescription price, and they are available in a wide array of styles, allowing you to support your style as well as your health. Remember, 50 is the new 40, and there’s no reason you can’t look great and see great all at the same time.

* Give your eyes some downtime. If you spend long periods of time looking at a computer screen during the day, be sure to give your eyes a rest by employing the 20-20-20 rule. Look 20 feet away for 20 seconds after every 20 minutes of screen time to help reduce digital eyestrain.

* Embrace digital glasses options. Another solution to help limit digital eye strain caused from using tech devices is to add a pair of non-prescription digital eye glasses. Foster Grant(R) Eyezen(TM) Glasses not only help relax your eyes but also enhance your viewing experience. Most people spend at least 12 hours a day consuming media, according to The Vision Council’s 2016 Digital Eye Strain Report, Eyes Over Exposed: The Digital Device Dilemma. The report also found that it only takes as little as two hours in front of a screen to cause digital eye strain, so start protecting your eyes today.

* An apple a day. A healthy balanced diet benefits not just your overall health but your eyes as well. Carrots have a reputation for supporting eye health, but the most beneficial vegetables are leafy greens like kale or spinach. Collard greens and fish varieties like salmon, halibut and tuna can also help support your eye health, so add them to your next meal.

You’ve already taken the initiative to live a healthier, happier life, so don’t forget to add your eye health as well. By instituting these simple changes, you’ll be feeling and seeing your best. To learn more about reading and Eyezen digital glasses options from Foster Grant(R), visit http://fostergrant.com/.

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Traveling with confidence while on dialysis

(BPT) – If you’d like to join your grandkids as they experience a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, hope to make this year’s family reunion or need to travel for work, there’s no reason you can’t — even if you’re on dialysis, a life-sustaining treatment that cleans the blood of toxins in those people whose kidneys have failed. Those living on dialysis require the treatment three times a week for three to four hours at each visit. With a little preparation, you can continue to get the care you need when you’re away from home so you can continue to live the life you want.

“People with kidney disease can enjoy a high quality of life that includes travel,” said Kosta Arvanitis, vice president of patient admission services for Fresenius Kidney Care, which includes travel services. “By planning ahead, dialysis patients can travel freely — even internationally — and stay with their treatment schedule for optimal health.”

To ensure your dialysis care goes smoothly, Fresenius Kidney Care recommends these tips:

Plan Ahead: Well in advance of your trip — ideally at least 30 days before you leave — talk to your dialysis nurse or social worker about your plans so your treatment center can pave the way to ensure uninterrupted kidney dialysis treatment and care. They will alert a travel services liaison who will:

* Reach out to the center nearest your destination that can accommodate your dialysis schedule and set up the necessary treatments. If you know of specific times you will have plans — say, an evening wedding or afternoon tea — be sure to let your liaison know. Two weeks before your trip, your liaison will confirm your dialysis schedule and location.

* Ensure the dialysis center you will visit has all of your medical records and laboratory results.

* Work with your insurance company to ensure continuity of coverage while you are away. Note that while you should be able to receive dialysis just about anywhere you choose to go — say you’re planning the trip of a lifetime to Australia — you may not have coverage if you are leaving the country. This may also be true if you receive Medicaid and are traveling to a different state. If that is the case, your liaison will let you know what your anticipated out-of-pocket financial responsibility will be.

* Send you a letter confirming your schedule prior to your departure.

Don’t forget identification and contact information: Bring your photo ID and insurance card to your dialysis appointment at the travel-destination center. Be sure to travel with a list of all your important phone numbers and emails, including your doctor, social worker and the dialysis center you will visit, as well as your emergency contact information.

Pack extra medication: Things happen — luggage gets lost, stays get extended — so it’s a good idea to pack extra doses of all your medications when you’re traveling, whether for your kidney disease or other conditions. Also, be sure to bring a list of all your medications and prescribed doses.

Anticipate your splurge meal: Food and travel often go hand in hand. It’s important to choose the right foods and drinks to help you feel your best. Talk with your dietitian, who can help you find kidney-friendly food whether you’re at a fancy restaurant, a family barbecue or a client dinner. Throughout your trip, keep your sodium intake to under 1,500 mg/day, don’t add table salt to your food, and eat plenty of low-potassium, kidney-friendly foods such as apples, blueberries, strawberries, cauliflower, cucumber and eggplant.

If you have a family emergency or something else that requires you to travel at the last minute, reach out to your dialysis treatment center right away. Your dialysis center will support you and do everything possible to ensure a smooth and safe trip.

If you have questions about traveling while receiving dialysis, contact Fresenius Kidney Care Patient Travel Services at 1-866-434-2597 or find out more online at www.freseniuskidneycare.com/travel-services.

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Harnessing nitric oxide in a new way to combat superbugs

(BPT) – They are called superbugs. As their name implies, they are difficult to treat — and deadly. Earlier this year, in fact, a Nevada woman was hospitalized following a trip to India and later died from a rare bacterial infection that didn’t respond to the 26 antibiotics approved for infectious diseases.

It is an ongoing cycle in science: bacteria evolve, researchers find antibiotics to defeat them, only for the bacteria to develop antibiotic resistance and the cycle starts all over again, posing an ongoing public health threat.

According to a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year, at least 2 million people in America get serious infections with bacteria that are resistant to one or more antibiotics designed to treat those infections, and these superbugs kill at least 23,000 annually as a result.

Shortly after the Nevada woman died, the World Health Organization urged infection researchers and the health care industry to identify ways to fight the most dangerous and life-threatening superbugs.

North Carolina biotech Novoclem Therapeutics is doing just that, but with a different approach. Novoclem has a potential new weapon against superbugs, harnessing the power of nitric oxide, a molecule that helps kill harmful bacteria in the human body.

Early research shows the Novoclem pipeline of nitric oxide-based therapies has the ability to kill leading superbugs considered public health threats, such as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), a common, resistant strain of bacteria found in hospitals, and Mycobacterium abscessus, a bacterium distantly related to the ones that cause tuberculosis.

“The growth of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics is a potential problem for everyone; however, it is often a matter of life or death for those living with severe respiratory diseases,” noted Anne Whitaker, president and chief executive officer of Novoclem. “New products to combat multi-drug-resistant microorganisms are desperately needed. We are aiming to answer that need with our new nitric oxide product.”

Controlled release of nitric oxide via Novoclem’s novel technology-in-development mimics the body’s immune system response to disease-causing bacteria. Their first nitric oxide product is expected to be an inhaled formulation to treat severe lung infections in cystic fibrosis patients. Studies indicate the product is a broad spectrum antibiotic and can eliminate nine of the most common microorganisms found in the lungs of people living with cystic fibrosis.

Early studies show promise for the novel nitric oxide approach and additional studies are planned for this year to enable the start of clinical trials in humans next year.

If the therapy proves successful, a major public health crisis could be averted.

For more information about Novoclem and its technology platform, visit www.novoclem.com.

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8 fast tips to fight fall allergies before they begin

(BPT) – You made it through a tough spring allergy season and are enjoying every moment of the summer. But just when you think your allergies are under control, a new problem is brewing. In the blink of an (itchy) eye, fall allergy season will be here.

You may be thinking, “It’s still summer. Why worry about itchy eyes and sneezing now? I’m feeling OK and the kids aren’t ready to start thinking about school!”

“Ragweed, the biggest allergy trigger in the fall, usually starts releasing its pollen with cooler nights and warm days in mid- to late August. Ragweed season can last into September and October when the first frost hits,” says allergist Stephen Tilles, MD, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). “If you suffer from spring allergies, there’s a good chance you also suffer from fall allergies.”

A single ragweed plant can release a million pollen grains in a day. Winds can carry these grains for up to 100 miles, which means no matter where you live, you’ll likely be affected if you’re allergic to ragweed. Add to this high levels of mold spores that are common in the fall, and it’s no wonder people end up sneezing and wheezing.

Dr. Tilles says the key to winning the war on fall allergies is to start early while still in the heart of summer. Here are some tips from ACAAI to consider:

1. An ounce of prevention: Take your fall allergy medications two weeks before symptoms usually begin, which can mean early or mid-August. Remember to continue your medication for two weeks after the first frost.

2. Wait on the “fresh air”: Keep your car and home windows closed. Use your air conditioning to regulate temperature. When you open windows, you allow ragweed and other allergens in, and they stick to surfaces.

3. Dress like a secret agent: If you do go outside, wear a hat and sunglasses to keep ragweed pollen out of your eyes.

4. Mask out the irritants: After spending time outdoors, leave your shoes at the door. Then shower, change and wash your clothes to remove the pollen. For summer and fall yard tasks, wear a NIOSH N95-rated filter mask. Only N95 masks filter out pollen due to its micro size.

5. Have a heart-to-heart with junior: If your child is old enough, make sure they know what their triggers are before they head back to school. Teach them how to properly use any prescribed inhaler device or epinephrine auto injector. Update all prescriptions for the start of the school year.

6. School the teachers: Help new teachers understand your child’s allergy triggers and how to address them. Share your child’s treatment plan with school staff, including any medication needed during school hours. If your child has a food allergy, let the teacher know they need two epinephrine auto injectors with them at all times.

7. Coach the coaches: If your child participates in athletic activities, make sure the coach or physical education teacher knows what to do in case of an asthma- or allergy-related event.

8. Go straight to the experts: Board-certified allergists are trained to diagnose and treat your symptoms, and can create an individual action plan. If you think you or your child might be one of the more than 50 million Americans that suffer from allergies and asthma, go to acaai.org to find an allergist in your area and take the symptoms test.

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Advanced hearing technology offers ideal features for the summer season

(BPT) – Summer is the season of hot weather, outdoor activities, vacations and other conditions that in the past posed a threat to people who wear hearing aids. Extreme humidity, sweat, rain and the occasional splash were threatening to the devices’ tiny electronic components. Carrying extra batteries everywhere and worrying about the last time you changed them was a chore. Staying connected and hearing your best in virtually any summer environment wasn’t always possible.

Fortunately, hearing aid technology has come a long way, and the latest advances mean hearing aids can now be worn with ease during the summertime.

“The purpose of hearing aids is to connect people who are hard of hearing to their world of sound. That shouldn’t be limited by the season of the year, connectivity to technology, or sound quality,” says Bill Dickinson, vice president of Audiology at Phonak.

As hearing aid technology advances, doors of opportunity to more sound environments are opened for the hearing aid wearer.

Below are some new features to help hearing aid wearers take on the summer.

Water resistant and dust proof

Various hearing aids have an IP68 rating, meaning they are water resistant and dust tight. A common cause of worn-out hearing aids is from water or dust damage. The IP68 rating prevents those factors from ruining the hearing aid and protects the wearer from damaging their hearing aids. This feature can be especially helpful during the summer; for example, if you were to be hit by a surprise thunderstorm outside, accidentally splashed by water while enjoying summer activities, or relaxing on vacation in a humid climate.

No more batteries

Many vacations also occur during the summer. There are many accessories that come with traveling with hearing aids, including a case, batteries, drying kit and cleaner. With rechargeable technology, traveling with hearing aids is simple. Your charger, cleaning tool and drying kit are combined into one charger case that can hold up to seven charges. You can save space and travel lighter with rechargeable technology.

Stay connected

Stay connected to your technology in your favorite summer spots. Talk on the phone while enjoying the sunshine, listen to your favorite music beachside and easily answer a phone call with the click of a button. Hearing accessories make it easy to enjoy moments while staying connected to your devices through your hearing aids.

Be adaptable

Summertime can lead the hearing aid wearer to a variety of listening environments. It is the season of outdoor events such as festivals and sport activities, or it could be a combination of transitioning from inside to outside at a wedding or the zoo. It is important that the wearer can hear good-quality sound regardless of where they are. Hearing aids are equipped with automatic hearing technology that switches programs depending on the environment the hearing aids are in. It allows the hearing aid wearer to be adaptable to any environment they may find themselves in.

For more information on hearing aid technology and to find a provider, visit www.phonak.com.

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