Yearly Archives: 2021

Age 65 or older? You’re at higher risk for pneumococcal pneumonia

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(BPT) – Adults aged 65 years and older are now getting back to doing the things they love, whether that includes spending time with family, traveling or enjoying new hobbies. However, as we emerge from the pandemic, serious respiratory diseases like pneumococcal pneumonia can sideline these plans. That’s why it’s more important than ever to…

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Protect Your Hearing When Life Gets Loud

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(BPT) – Sound surrounds you every day. Traffic, TV, sporting events, and music are just a few of the sounds you know so well. Entertaining sounds bring pleasure, and warning sounds (like a car horn) can help you stay safe. But some sounds can damage your hearing—sometimes instantly, and often permanently. Results from hearing tests…

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Understanding the Complexity of Diagnosing and Living with Schizophrenia

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(BPT) – More than 20 million people worldwide are living with schizophrenia — a chronic, serious and often severely disabling brain disorder.[1],[2] Schizophrenia ranks as one of the top 15 leading causes of disability globally.[3] However, it can be difficult for people to receive an accurate schizophrenia diagnosis, as the condition is frequently stigmatized or…

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Kids and the COVID vaccine: What should a parent know?

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(BPT) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted an Emergency Use Authorization allowing adolescents ages 12-15 to get the COVID vaccine — another giant leap forward in the fight against this coronavirus. Your 12-year-old is eligible for the COVID vaccine! Here’s what a pediatric epidemiologist wants you to know. “We’re elated to be…

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