Ease Gift-Giving Anxiety with This Simple Tip: Ask a Bookseller

(NewsUSA) – Between the planning, gift-buying and parties, the holidays can be a stressful time.In fact, holiday stress is so pervasive that the American Psychological Association has a full resource center dedicated to the topic. In a section called Dealing with the pressure of gift-giving, the Association gives recommendations ranging from taking care of yourself with rest and relaxation to keeping a holiday to-do list.And even though many people do keep a list of those they need to get gifts for, there’s still anxiety that goes along with that, for good reason.According to a survey by Barnes & Noble of nearly 1,000 of its booksellers, customers in their stores have the hardest time shopping for people they don’t know well, like co-workers, distant relatives, and friends’ children.As hard as it may be to shop for others, there is an often-overlooked resource: the store associates you see every time you go shopping.This survey found that it usually takes less than 10 minutes for a Barnes & Noble bookseller to match a shopper with the perfect book.Case in point – we asked four Barnes & Noble booksellers to make a gift recommendation based on just a little bit of information about the recipient.* For the thrill-seeker: Buying for someone who is always looking for the next good page-turner? Barnes & Noble bookseller Bill Gibson recommends James Patterson’s latest, Target: Alex Cross."This thriller keeps you moving, and as always with any James Patterson book, there’s a twist that boggles your mind," Gibson says.* For the lit-lover: Barnes & Noble bookseller Jennifer Welsh knows a thing or two about books, being an avid reader of fiction. What is her recommendation for a great, but thought-provoking read this holiday season?"Fans of Barbara Kingsolver have been waiting years for her next work of fiction, and newly released Unsheltered is everything they’ve been waiting for – a smart read that combines history, science, and politics with family dysfunction," Welsh says. "Barnes & Noble is offering an exclusive version of Unsheltered, where Kingsolver shares her historical research and inspirations for this novel, as well as a provocative essay on the challenges we all face in the future."* For the Harry Potter fans: Have a niece or nephew who loves all things Harry Potter? Bookseller Renata Borka can point you to the latest Harry Potter books and accessories."We have an amazing assortment of everything Harry Potter – books, wands, LEGO products," Borka says. "For your Harry Potter fan, we are the place to shop."* For the political junkie: For people who love politics, bookseller Carlos Morales points to a new book by acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Leadership: In Turbulent Times.According to Morales, "this is the perfect gift for the history buff. For someone who is a fan of Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals or Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, this is a great follow-up."In the end, the holidays may always be a little stressful. Asking for help can go a long way in easing the burden. 

The Gift That Tops Parents’ Holiday Wish Lists May Surprise You

(NewsUSA) – The one gift that may secretly top most parents’ holiday wish lists? Help with paying college costs for their kids. A whopping 84 percent of parents surveyed said they’d "welcome" contributions to their 529 college savings accounts in lieu of other traditional presents, according to new data from Fidelity Investments. However, only 29 percent had actually asked for such assistance. What’s holding parents back? Well, maybe they still believe in Santa – good luck with that – or maybe they haven’t heard about programs like the free online one at Fidelity that lets friends and family easily chip in to lessen the burden. And quite a burden it is, given that the College Board’s Trends in College Pricing 2017 listed the average total annual charges (tuition, fees, room and board) of a private four-year college at $50,900, an in-state public four-year college at $25,290, and an out-of-state public four-year college at $40,940. See full-sized image here

Center Offers Hope and Help for Binge Eating Disorder

(NewsUSA) – Many individuals who struggle with food and weight may be undiagnosed with the mental health illness of binge eating disorder (BED), according to a leading health pscychologist."The good news is that BED is highly treatable," says health psychologist Dr. Julie Friedman of Eating Recovery Center."The bad news is that most people have never heard of BED and have no idea how to get treatment," she adds.BED is a disorder, not simply a lack of will power or inability to follow a diet, Dr. Friedman says."Unaware that they have a mental health disorder, binge eaters typically blame themselves, and the anxiety and stress associated with these negative thoughts can be considerable," she emphasizes.According to Dr. Friedman, as many as 12 million individuals suffer from BED,"Binge eating changes your brain in a way that makes your cravings for food and your urge to binge worse," says Dr. Friedman."Your dopamine receptors start to drop out because your body is overwhelmed by the amount of rewards you’re getting in one sitting."As you lose more and more of these receptors, your body stops producing the dopamine hormone, so you’re constantly looking for the next fix, which can only be satisfied by more bingeing," she explains."People think they can stop binge eating on their own, but unless the brain chemistry is addressed it’s not really possible," she says.Dr. Friedman identifies several signs that indicate that a binge eater needs professional medical treatment, including feeling out of control around food or "addicted" to food, binge eating at least once a week, eating large amounts before bed or during the night, and feeling guilty and depressed after binge eating.To this end, traditional eating disorder treatment focuses more on restrictive patterns of eating, such as anorexia, while the Eating Recovery Center’s Binge Eating Treatment and Recovery Program (BETR) focuses on restricting and binging."We have treatment centers across the country: the treatment program is tailored to treat BED patients," Friedman says."Our centers are all designed to be comfortable and accessible for patients of all weights, shapes and sizes with specialty furniture, medical equipment, and space planning designed to make any patient of any size feel at home.""A team of physicians, therapists and dieticians not only treat the eating behaviors but also the underlying issues such as depression, anxiety, traumatic stress, and addictions such as compulsive shopping, gambling, or gaming,"?she adds.BETR is covered by most major commercial insurance plans."BETR is a one-stop shop. We treat it all under one roof," she says.Friedman adds that the outcome of treament gives patients new life and points to the following statistics:* 83 percent report that they have fewer binge eating episodes per week;* 88 percent report their lives are better;* 91 percent say they manage stress better;* 80 percent say they enjoy more satisfying relationships;* 75 percent say they feel less anxious or depressed.Visit BETRWorks.com for more information.

What You Need to Know This Medicare Enrollment Season

(NewsUSA) – It’s that time of year when people with Medicare review their health insurance choices and enroll in a Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug plan for the coming year.People typically have a lot of questions as they research their Medicare options, which primarily include Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans, before finding the plan that best fits their needs.Here are some of the most commonly asked questions that licensed Humana health insurance agents get from consumers during the Medicare Annual Election Period:* When is the annual enrollment period to choose a Medicare plan for 2019? The Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan Annual Election Period takes place from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, 2018, for coverage that takes effect Jan. 1, 2019.* How do I find out if my doctors, hospitals and specialists are in my Medicare Advantage provider network? Most Medicare Advantage plans offer easy-to-use online tools to help you find doctors and hospitals that are in the plan’s network. A licensed agent can also help you look up hospitals and doctors to see if they’re accepting a plan and taking new patients.* If I select a Medicare plan for the coming year, and then find that I don’t like it, can I drop it and choose another plan? The plan you select by Dec. 7 will be your Medicare plan for all of 2019, with few exceptions, so it’s wise to research your options carefully. If you sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan for 2019, and then find that it’s not the right fit, between Jan. 1 and March 31, there will be an Open Enrollment Period during which you can switch from a Medicare Advantage or a Medicare Advantage-Prescription Drug Plan to another Medicare Advantage plan with or without prescription drug coverage. Or you can choose Original Medicare with or without a stand-alone Prescription Drug Plan.Full information on 2019 Medicare health and prescription drug plans is available on www.medicare.gov.For Humana plans, visit www.humana.com/Medicare.You can also call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) (or TTY: 1-877-486-2048) 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or call Humana at 1-877-877-0714 (TTY use 711) 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time, seven days a week. Humana is a Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO, and PFFS organization, and stand-alone prescription drug plan, with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in any Humana plan depends on plan renewal. Y0040_GHHKB9HEN_C  

Key to Better Sleep: Cherry Juice

(NewsUSA) – Many busy adults in the United States ignore or downplay sleep problems because they underestimate the importance of quality sleep for overall health.Travel with time changes can be especially disruptive to sleep, as can daylight savings time, according to Randy Bird, a nutritionist at the University of Virginia.One tasty and effective way to improve sleep quality: tart cherries.Cherries contain melatonin, the hormone that regulates the sleep cycle. Consuming cherries or tart cherry juice can contribute to healthy sleep quality that includes adequate sleep duration and minimal disturbances, Bird says. In a study conducted by Louisiana State University, participants who consumed 4 ounces of tart cherry juice one hour prior to bedtime increased nightly sleep by an average of 84 minutes.Cheribundi tart cherry juices feature a blend of Montmorency and Morello (tart) cherries. The juices are created by a process designed to retain a high level of antioxidants, so the products not only improve sleep, but also help reduce muscle soreness and boost immunity.Visit Cheribundi.com for more information about how tart cherries can improve sleep and health.

Demystifying The Mammogram Discussion

(NewsUSA) – Women have been told to get a mammogram every year starting at age 40. Why? What are the downsides to getting checked – or not – each year for breast cancer?The American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Breast Imaging recommend that women get a mammogram each year starting at 40. This will save the most lives. The ACR says women should have a risk assessment by age 30 to see if screening earlier than age 40 is needed.According to National Cancer Institute records, since mammography became widespread in the 1980s, breast cancer deaths in women are down more than 40 percent. Some say that’s due to improved treatment. Yet the breast cancer death rate in men – who are not screened but receive the same treatments as women – has not improved. So better treatment alone is not enough.Some organizations say to wait until age 45 or 50 to start mammograms and then do them every other year.One reason given is "false positives."When doctors see something on a mammogram that doesn’t look right, they ask the woman to have another mammogram or ultrasound exam to take a closer look. If that test finds nothing wrong, some call the result of the first test a "false positive."This happens in about 10 percent of women who get a mammogram.For about two percent of women tested, the second scan can’t rule out a problem, and they may get a needle biopsy. Less than half of the women who get a biopsy will have cancer (see graphic).Others say that mammograms find cancers that won’t ultimately kill you. They call this "overdiagnosis."Studies based on actual women who get tested show that this is rare – perhaps a tiny percentage of cancer are found. Doctors can’t tell which cancers will quickly kill and which won’t. The only way to know is to not treat your cancer and see what happens – a serious risk. Starting mammograms later, or doing them less often, won’t reduce "overdiagnosis."A truly overdiagnosed cancer would just be found on the next test. Doctors and women would still have to decide how to treat it. And because nearly all cancers can kill, a delay will give invasive cancer time to get worse.Most experts agree that more women would die from breast cancer by moving away from routine annual screening starting at age 40.One published study says that that number could be as high as 13,000 more breast cancer deaths each year.Ultimately, women 40 and older should discuss with their doctors the benefits and risks of getting – and not getting – a yearly mammogram.The websites below can help: MammographySavesLives.org and RadiologyInfo.org

Menopausal Women Find Help for Painful Intercourse

(NewsUSA) – September marks the start of a new season and it’s important for another reason: Menopause Awareness Month. When women enter menopause, they experience many physical changes – some like hot flashes and night sweats are widely known and are easier to discuss. Yet, other changes are harder to talk about.Linda Williams 71, experienced painful sex due to menopause. Yet she was unaware that her experience was actually a medical condition called vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA). After menopause, hormonal changes can lead to physical changes to the vagina, including loss of vaginal tissue, loss of lubrication and loss of flexibility. About 50 percent of postmenopausal women suffer from VVA, which can lead to symptoms like dryness, irritation, painful urination, and painful sex. While lubricants temporarily relieve pain with sex, they don’t treat the underlying cause.Painful sex due to menopause can be a difficult and awkward topic to discuss with partners, friends or healthcare providers. "I don’t think women are comfortable talking about their symptoms which is unfortunate because painful sex due to menopause isn’t an inevitable part of aging," said Linda.Linda’s nurse practitioner prescribed INTRAROSA® (prasterone), vaginal inserts for moderate to severe painful sex due to menopause. Prescription treatments such as INTRAROSA help treat the underlying cause of painful sex after menopause and help relieve pain when taken as directed."Painful sex due to menopause is common and treatable," said Linda’s nurse practitioner, Dr. Lisa Chism DNP, APRN, NCMP, FAANP, Clinical Director, Women’s Wellness Clinic of Karmanos Cancer Institute, and a consultant of AMAG Pharmaceuticals. "I urge women to talk to their healthcare provider about their symptoms and find a treatment option that is right for them, just like Linda did." Indication INTRAROSA vaginal inserts are a prescription medicine used in women after menopause to treat moderate to severe pain during sexual intercourse caused by changes in and around the vagina that happen with menopause. Important Safety Information INTRAROSA is contraindicated in women with undiagnosed abnormal genital bleeding.Estrogen is a metabolite of prasterone. Use of exogenous estrogen is contraindicated in women with a known or suspected history of breast cancer. INTRAROSA has not been studied in women with a history of breast cancer.In four 12-week randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials, the most common adverse reaction with an incidence ?2 percent was vaginal discharge. In one 52-week open-label clinical trial, the most common adverse reactions with an incidence ?2 percent were vaginal discharge and abnormal Pap smear.You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.Please see full Prescribing Information.Visit https://us.intrarosa.com for more information about managing VVA. 

Don’t Let a Blood Clot Spoil the Joy of Pregnancy or Childbirth

(NewsUSA) – One health issue pregnant women should think about is the risk for a dangerous blood clot. Blood clots occur usually in the legs, arms, or lungs. Women are especially at risk for a blood clot during pregnancy, childbirth, and the 3-month period after delivery.During pregnancy, a woman’s blood naturally clots more easily to help her body deal with blood loss during childbirth. A pregnant woman also may be at even higher risk for a blood clot if she:* has a family or personal history of blood clots or a blood clotting disorder,* has a C-section, or* is immobile for long periods of time due to decreased activity, such as being on bed rest. Signs and Symptoms of a Blood Clot It’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of a blood clot. The signs and symptoms of a blood clot in the legs or arms include* Swelling* Pain or tenderness not caused by injury* Skin that is warm to the touch, red, or discolored.If you have these signs or symptoms, alert your doctor as soon as possible.A blood clot in your legs or arms can travel to your lungs, which can be life threatening. Signs and symptoms of a blood clot in your lungs include* Difficulty breathing* Chest pain that worsens with a deep breath or cough* Coughing up blood* Faster than normal or irregular heartbeat.Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of these signs or symptoms. Prevention of a Blood Clot The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Blood Clot Alliance share these safe and effective ways to prevent a blood clot:* Tell your doctor if you or a family member has had a blood clot and discuss all your possible risks.* Work with your doctor to reduce your risk for a blood clot.* Exercise as much as your doctor recommends, move around frequently if you sit for long periods of time, and drink plenty of liquids.* Follow your doctor’s instructions for prevention of a blood clot. Take medicine as prescribed, and use any compression devices your doctor prescribes to help improve blood flow.If you are expecting a baby or recently gave birth, there are many exciting things to do – from doctor’s visits, catching the first glimpse of your developing baby during an ultrasound, to picking out baby clothes. The list can seem never-ending. Make sure you are able to enjoy all these special moments and plans by making your health a top priority.For more information, visit www.stoptheclot.org/spreadtheword

Thought You Knew Canned Fish? You Don’t Know Mackerel

(NewsUSA) – Packed in a can like … mackerel? While tuna and salmon reign as the USA’s favorite canned seafoods and sardines have long been known to be convenient and the best health choice, a new fish has been swimming upstream and making a name for itself among seafood lovers.King Oscar, the leading seafood brand known for its premium canned sardines, has seen an explosion in demand for its premium canned mackerel fillets. Thanks to superior North Atlantic mackerel fished in King Oscar’s traditional fisheries between Norway and the Faroe Islands, King Oscar is bringing a whole new experience to the canned seafood aisle of your local grocer.Mackerel offers the same firm texture of tuna, with a mild taste and a powerful punch of nutrition.King Oscar now features a full lineup of four different mackerel fillet recipes, including skinless and boneless fillets in olive oil, Mediterranean-style fillets with jalapeno peppers, and even mackerel with olive oil and lemon.The fillets are hand-packed and offer a wonderfully mild alternative to canned tuna. Whether they’re added to a salad, a favorite pasta, or even spread on a simple bruschetta, these are a versatile addition to any meal.For seafood lovers who are environmentally-conscious, the new King Oscar line-up is a welcome departure from other seafood sources that are not as environmentally-friendly. Underscoring this idea is a survey that notes seventy-nine percent of consumers who eat seafood say that sustainable sourcing is an important motivator when making decisions at the checkout line.King Oscar was recently awarded Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody certification for its use of sustainable seafood that is traceable to the source. MSC is one of the most scientifically respected and consumer-recognized fishery and supply chain certification programs in the world. Thanks to its ecologically sound practices from fisheries to canneries, all King Oscar Mackerel Fillet products now carry the MSC blue fish label and are also kosher certified, non-GMO, gluten free and packed in recyclable, BPA-NI aluminum cans."I know consumers are going to love our mackerel," says John Engle, president of King Oscar USA. "It is a fresh new take on convenient, sustainable and tasty protein. We work especially hard to ensure that our legacy is one of respect and care for the world’s oceans, while bringing new innovations to the American diet."King Oscar’s new mackerel lineup is available in stores and online. Look for the KING OSCAR logo with the blue MSC icon so you know you’re buying the best. 

What’s Your Immune System Status?

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – From erratic sleep schedules to not soaping up properly, modern living is rife with ways to compromise a healthy immune system. See where your routine might be leading your immune health off course, plus easy ways to get it back on track. See full-sized image here