Melanoma facts [Infographic]
Melanoma is the most serious and deadly form of skin cancer, and metastatic melanoma is when the disease has spread to other parts of the body. The National Cancer Institute estimates that in 2013, there will be more than 76,000 new cases of melanoma and close to 9,500 deaths in the United States from the disease. Approximately half of all people with metastatic melanoma have a BRAF mutation, which is an abnormal change in a gene that can enable some melanoma tumors to grow and spread. Melan...
Summer sandals: Pairing what we want with what we need
(BPT) - While stylish for men and women, you may be surprised to learn wearing most flip-flops can hurt or even injure your feet. The flip-flop, an icon of summer, has for decades been the easy choice for warm weather and weekends on the go; however, it isn’t always the most supportive or healthy choice. Though we’ve c...
Four simple, smart ways to save toward summer travel
(BPT) - Americans may still be cutting back in other areas, but when it comes to summer travel they’re willing to start spending again. Economic uncertainty aside, 78 percent of Americans plan to take a vacation this summer, and one in four of them plan to spend more this year on summer travel, according to a recent su...
After the rubber hits the road: What becomes of expired truck tires?
(BPT) - If current oil prices, motorist demand and refinery production trends continue, gas prices should drop to between $3.20 and $3.40 per gallon by mid-summer, according to AAA. This is good news for everyone, as the height of travel season quickly approaches. With the majority of travel being done using cars, there...
Tips to protect your pet - and your home - from fleas and ticks
(BPT) - Fleas and ticks are on every pet owner’s radar when warm weather flourishes. This is the season when both pets and people are itching to get outside, but without proper protection, four-legged friends can end up itching even more. However, if fleas and ticks take hold, and an infestation starts, this seasonal co...
Massage tips to help ease your over-active muscles
(BPT) - Now that summer has arrived, you are beginning to engage in more outdoor activities, including running, hiking, biking and recreational sports. After being less active during the winter and spring, however, you may experience aches and pain in muscles, and massage therapy can help to alleviate discomfort natural...
Tips for the perfect summer evening in
(BPT) - For many, Memorial Day is the official start to summer - and its flurry of travel and outdoor activity. Sometimes, after a long week at work or a vacation road trip, all you want to do is unwind in the comfort of your own home. What’s better than dressing down in those yoga pants, kicking back and reveling in ...
Get ready to enjoy your home's exterior beauty
(BPT) - It’s time to make your home’s exterior shine with some added summer curb appeal. You can quickly do the easy stuff – wash your windows, plant annuals, install pathway lights – to spruce things up. But you should also consider those projects you’ve been avoiding. * Is your wood deck cracked, gray and seen better...
Five steps to create a customized outdoor living space with railing
(BPT) - Railing can upgrade any deck from drab to fab – adding style, as well as safety and support. In fact, it’s often the one element that truly sets your outdoor living space apart from others in the neighborhood. Here are five steps to create the perfect perimeter for your deck. 1. Find ideas at your fingertips – ...