Knowledge is power: Why genetic testing is essential for patients with acute myeloid leukemia

Roughly 1.8 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States in 2020, according to the National Cancer Institute.[1] Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)—the most common type of acute leukemia—is an aggressive blood cancer characterized by the rapid growth of cells that accumulate in the bone marrow.[2],[3],[4] AML can occur at any age but is more common among older patients.[5] Some patients may experience a relapse during their journey or their disease may not improve after previous treatment, which is known as refractory disease.[6] Genetic testing can inform treatment…

DIY projects to upgrade outdoor living spaces

The ever-growing popularity of outdoor living combined with more time spent at home is causing many of us to tackle exterior home improvement projects. If you don’t mind getting your hands a bit dirty, here are some DIY ideas for all skill levels to help inspire home spruce-ups that will enhance the beauty and enjoyment of your outdoor spaces. For more outdoor DIY inspiration, visit https://www.trex.com/deck-ideas. Customize Comfort Keep your outdoor furniture on-trend by reupholstering cushions and pillows with weatherproof fabrics. Changing up the material is an easy way to…

Ready for adventure? Expand your horizons from home

Spending more time at home can be a great opportunity to find new avenues for expanding your horizons and learning more about the world — and beyond. Fortunately, there are plenty of enjoyable ways that you can explore different regions, cultures and even time periods from the comfort and safety of your own home. Here are just a few ideas for fun and entertaining exploration: Virtual travel If you’ve been suffering from wanderlust over the past several months, it’s now possible to armchair travel to almost any location in the…

Premixed chemotherapy mitigates risks of drug exposure for healthcare workers

Medication is essential for cancer patients in treating their disease. However, there are inherent risks associated with compounding and administering chemotherapies for intravenous infusion. Risk mitigation is important for the well-being of healthcare workers who may be exposed to hazardous materials. “Cancer patients receive a treatment plan that typically includes multiple medications, often with chemotherapy as the foundation,” says Jeffrey Lombardo, PharmD BCOP. “Taking proper precautions with compounding is essential to protect the pharmacists, nurses and other healthcare workers who handle these materials, as well as the patient. It’s very…

How to prioritize breast health in the era of COVID-19

With Breast Cancer Awareness Month approaching in October, breast health may be top of mind among many women this time of year. But as COVID-19 continues to spread in some areas of the country, some women may feel hesitant to get a mammogram or cancer treatment this fall. With one in eight women at risk of developing breast cancer, it is still important to prioritize your breast health. The latest advances in breast cancer detection and treatment can help you get the care you need and minimize your risk of…

5 common home pests and how to eliminate them

Who’s enjoying your home the most, you or your household pests? Consider this: If you’ve seen just one pest, there could be hundreds that have been living in or around your home for at least a year. With more time spent at home and the summer heat often sending pests on a quest for cooler environments, now is the best time for pest control before these invaders make your house a home for the winter. Use this guide from the experts at Aptive Environmental to identify and eliminate the five…

Unlock nostalgia on your favorite music and podcast streaming app

There’s something about songs and stories that have the power to stick with us through the years. There are certain tracks that make us feel good no matter how many times we listen, and certain conversations that we can’t seem to get out of our heads. Lady Gaga might remind you of that summer getaway to the beach, The Beatles might transport you to your mom’s station wagon on the way to school, or The Black Eyed Peas might bring you back to the dance floor on your wedding day.…

Once a crisis moment, now a manageable situation: First autoinjector to treat severe hypoglycemia

As the country continues to navigate uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, it seems like there are new questions and decisions that pop up each day. What does heading back to school or work look like? How should my family commute in the safest way? How can I continue to minimize the risk of exposure when I’m surrounded by more people during the day? For someone with an underlying medical condition like diabetes, the risk of serious complications is greater if an individual does get sick with COVID.1 That means it is even…

The benefits of biking for kids

For kids, biking is one of the gateways to growing up. Popular films and TV hits such as “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and “Stranger Things” highlight the joy a bike can bring as a fun way to explore or spend time kicking around the neighborhood. Yet, according to a study from the Outdoor Industry Association, bike riding among kids declined 19% between 2007 and 2019. There are plenty of good reasons for anyone to get outside and ride a bike. Especially during this time of social distancing, bike riding offers the…

Top tips for weathering storm season

September is the most common month for hurricanes to make U.S. landfall, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, and with severe storms and tornadoes appearing around the country, it is more important than ever to take steps and be prepared before, during and after a storm. One of the biggest threats during any storm is tree damage. A tree might seem like it would be able to sustain the forces of a large storm, but whether it is unseen internal damage, wet, unstable ground, or proximity to power…