Developing a plan to ensure the safest pregnancy, childbirth and recovery

pregnant woman and doctor

(BPT) – Many people would be surprised to learn that among developed countries, the United States not only has the highest rate of maternal mortality (death during pregnancy or within one year of birth), but that it increased 56% between 1990 and 2015. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) says expectant mothers should talk with their obstetrician…

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Ask the expert: Oral health as you age

dentist and patient

(BPT) – We all know brushing our teeth twice a day is crucial to keeping our smile bright, but most of us probably don’t understand how dental hygiene can impact our overall health, especially as we age. Going to the dentist is one of the most important things we can do for our health. Each…

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How one mother took control of her asthma – recognize the signs

woman at computer

(BPT) – Donna Matlach struggled with asthma for years, but it wasn’t until she noticed how much it was interfering with simple, everyday tasks that she realized she needed to do something about it. That’s why the mother of four became a patient advocate for people with severe asthma. “I noticed that I started getting…

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Your natural teeth are worth saving

dentist showing x-ray

(BPT) – The human body is something to marvel at, but sometimes we take it for granted. Some things, like your natural teeth, are truly worth the effort to take care of and preserve. And most Americans agree. A recent survey conducted by the American Association of Endodontists revealed that over 95% of Americans believe it’s important to save…

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There’s no such thing as too much information before surgery

doctor patient

(BPT) – There is no such thing as TMI (too much information) when it comes to communicating facts about your health with your physician anesthesiologist before surgery or a medical procedure. You might not think taking ginkgo biloba for memory, using medical marijuana for pain, smoking or snoring are relevant, but these supplements, drugs and…

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