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Saturday 09/25/2021
Taking the mystery out of cholesterol
Posted: September 25, 2021

(BPT) - Research indicates that nearly 38% of US adults aged 20 years or older have high cholesterol, which puts them at a higher risk for heart attack and stroke. But high cholesterol can be “silent.” “If you have high cholesterol, you’d never know it, because it causes no symptoms,” Janet S. Wright, MD, FACC, director of CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention said. “That’s why it’s so important to get your cholesterol levels checked regularly.”

3 Fun, Fashionable Trends for Fall
Posted: September 25, 2021

(StatePoint) While comfort reigns supreme in fashion and accessories, the transition to the cooler months offers opportunities for fun, statement-making outfits for the new season. The good news is that there’s no need to overhaul an entire closet. Instead, there are plenty of on-trend colors, styles and patterns that can be incorporated into an existing wardrobe for a comfortable and casual look.

Simplify Your Dental Shopping Experience
Posted: September 25, 2021

(StatePoint) Whether you’re shopping in the dental aisle or scrolling online, it may be surprising to see just how many products there are to choose from. However, dentists have a simple tip to pick the right ones for you and your family – check for the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance.

Friday 09/24/2021
Your electric vehicle charging questions, answered
Updated: September 26, 2021 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Have you been wondering if an electric vehicle is right for you, especially as more models are rolling out from automakers? Living the electric vehicle lifestyle is fun and exciting, good for the environment, and even your wallet — but there are some key things to know, like understanding how and where to charge. While charging at home is always an option, the prevalence of electric vehicle charging options is widespread and growing, so there are a few things to know about maximizing an electric car’s battery power when charging while out and about.

How to find natural prostate remedies with saw palmetto
Updated: September 26, 2021 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Over half of all men over age 50 will experience frequent urination, according to the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. While this condition may be an entirely normal part of aging, it can leave many feeling frustrated.

Many men talk about having to wake up multiple times per night to use the bathroom, leading to sleepless nights.

This can come in addition to other uncomfortable issues. Urologist Dr. Daniel Brison explains, “Common concerns include having less control over when you can go, constant or sudden urges to urinate, and a weak, lagging urinary stream.”

To find support for their urinary and prostate health, many men turn to naturally derived supplements. These formulas include big promises of improving prostate health. But do they work?

The answer turns out to be more complicated than a simple yes or no. That’s because the most popular ingredient used to back up these claims is a relatively unknown cousin of the palm tree named saw palmetto.

A berry plant native to Florida, saw palmetto has been used for generations by local Native American peoples to aid in urinary health. But it wasn’t until 40 years ago that Western scientists began conducting clinical studies on this mysterious plant.

The saw palmetto berry contains specific nutrients — a “lipid profile” — that can provide the body with effective urinary support. In recent years, this research has gone global. Currently, the largest market for saw palmetto is in Europe, according to a market report. This is because the European Union’s foremost medical agency, the Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products, has recognized saw palmetto for its effectiveness in treating the most common form of enlarged prostates, Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH).

In the United States, this situation is much different. Saw palmetto is not held to the same standard as prescription medications, and so consumers are often left with no way of knowing whether a prostate supplement actually contains this ingredient.

In fact, an investigation by the New York Attorney General’s Office even found that up to 79% of all supplements (including saw palmetto) could be adulterated — or completely fake, according to a new release from the Attorney General.

Margaret H. Dohnalek, Ph.D. and chief scientific officer at Valensa International, has seen the problem of adulterated saw palmetto in her industry firsthand. “The danger of using a generic saw palmetto is you have no idea what you're getting,” Dohnalek says. “Products are labeled as saw palmetto that are really nothing but fillers, maybe largely only vegetable oils.”

Saw palmetto is also a particularly delicate berry. If it’s not harvested at its peak ripeness, it won’t contain the right nutrients needed to see real results. Because of its short growing season, much saw palmetto is harvested before given the chance to ripen.

The U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure that consumers receive the supplement ingredients they purchase, developed a new method to analyze the purity of saw palmetto. Through a rigorous process, they are now able to identify pure, ripe saw palmetto by testing the exact lipid profile in each supplement.

The USP-verified saw palmetto extract USPlus is being used by a handful of supplement brands.

Brison, board-certified urologist and former head of surgery at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles, designed 1MD’s men’s health supplement, ProstateMD, with USPlus saw palmetto in mind.

“With USPlus, we’ve been able to help thousands of men support their prostate health with the same amount of effective care that’s provided in Europe,” Brison explains.

American consumers can look for the USPlus label to support their urinary and prostate health.

Documentary spotlights iconic football play-by-play voices [Video]
Updated: September 26, 2021 - 2:30 am

3 weekend DIY project ideas to breathe new life into your home
Updated: September 26, 2021 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Virtual birthday parties. Online family game nights. Digital dinners with friends. You've done your part to stay connected yet socially distanced, however, as fall arrives, you're preparing to host friends and family in your home again.

4 Latino entrepreneurs share tips for success inspired by unique cultural experiences
Updated: September 26, 2021 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Passion and drive are key to starting any new business. However, personal experiences often provide foundational elements that ultimately support success. This is notable for four Latino entrepreneurs — Cecilia Panichelli and Federico Carrillo, Mike Alfaro and Julissa Prado — who say their culture is a key part of who they are and why their businesses have thrived.

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