To reduce Lyme disease risks, keep tick-carrying deer out of your yard
(BPT) - Colder weather's arrival means homeowners across the country brace themselves for the battle against bold, foraging deer. But with recent reports that Lyme disease - transmitted by ticks that live on deer - is even more prevalent than health officials once thought, keeping deer away from your backyard is not just...
Dispelling 5 common myths about depression
(BPT) - There are more than 19 million adults in the United States living with depression and many more people could be suffering but are unaware that what they are feeling is depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. This common and treatable illness affects people from all walks of life and can ...
Part-time jobs may be the new normal in the U.S. job market
(BPT) - The unemployment rate has edged lower as the nation slowly recovers from the economic crash of 2009 but unemployment is still a concern for many Americans. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent in August 2013, a small change over the past few months. That means there are stil...
The new generation of guided tours: it's time to think outside the bus
Many people hear the words 'escorted travel' and immediately think 'tour bus' or 'motorcoach.' While there's nothing wrong with either form of travel, they're certainly not the only options available when you take an escorted or guided tour. A host of other options deliver all the benefits of escorted travel without rely...
Metastatic pancreatic cancer [Infographic]
The pancreas is a gland about six inches long that is located in the abdomen and surrounded by the stomach and other organs. The pancreas produces enzymes that aid in digestion and hormones, such as insulin, to regulate the body's blood sugar levels. Pancreatic cancer is usually not diagnosed until it is already at an advanced stage. For people with pancreatic cancer that has spread, survival rates are very low.
The psychology of seasons: Caring for your mental health
(BPT) - When seasons change, moods can change with them. The long, dark and cold months can give people a serious case of cabin fever. Some people may even suffer from seasonal depression. Those who face this type of depression, known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), feel a physiological response by the body to decr...
A can-do attitude in kids makes a world of difference
Raising children can be a daunting task. As parents, one of our many jobs is to equip our offspring with knowledge and abilities that can help them enjoy learning about the world around them, and ultimately, become successful in life. One important tool we can help instill in kids is a can-do attitude. 'A can-do attitude...
Career opportunities booming for financial professionals
(BPT) - At a time when unemployment still remains relatively high and competition for jobs is stiff, the career as a personal financial professional holds much promise for graduating college students and career-changers. While the national unemployment rate hovers at 7.3 percent, as of September 2013, jobs as personal fi...
No tricks here: Treat guests to a hair-raising Halloween experience
(BPT) - Whether prepping for trick-or-treaters or hosting a party fit for Frankenstein, turning your home into a haunted house can be fun and easy. With these tips, before you know it, your home will be transformed into the spookiest house on the block. * Create terrifying tombstones. Set the stage before trick-or-treate...
How to mentally prepare for a crisis in the workplace
(BPT) - Recent events in the news have reminded us that unexpected, dangerous and stressful situations can happen anywhere: on the street corner, at the grocery store, and in the workplace. While these situations are often chaotic, there are steps you can take to mentally prepare yourself to handle them better, whether y...
Job searching skills to help boost confidence
(BPT) - Finding employment can be a full-time job these days, and while there is good news that the jobless rate has dropped 8 percent in the last year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , the unemployment rate in August stayed relatively flat. This can make it a challenge for those looking for long-term jobs an...
Behind in saving for retirement? Approaches to catching up
(BPT) - Does the pace of your busy personal and professional life leave you feeling like you're always playing catch up? From finally reading that best-seller that's been sitting on your book shelf for a year to getting a solid eight hours of sleep to making sure you have enough money set aside for the future, it can be ...