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December 21, 2014

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  • Real Estate

    Get the Low Down on Low Down Payments

    (StatePoint) You may have heard the rule of thumb that you shouldn't buy a home unless you can put down 20 percent of the purchase price. However, today’s home buyers have many choices when it comes to the size of the down payment.

  • Pets

    German shepherds to gerbils: How to choose the best pet for your family

    (BPT) - Whether a loyal pal like Lassie is what you’re looking for, or a Garfield–like couch potato is more your speed, a pet can make a wonderful addition to your family. But there is more to choosing a new pet than simply falling in love with a cute face. Making an informed and well-researched decision can lead to a happy home life for both you and your pet.

  • Kitchen Bed Bath

    Bathroom luxuries: 6 delights to take your bath from lax to luxe

    (BPT) - The bathroom doesn’t have to be basic. Thanks to a wide array of new products on the market – and plenty of ways to customize – even the most outdated bathrooms can become an oasis of tranquility and a lavish retreat away from the stresses of everyday life. Here are six ideas for transforming your bathroom into a luxurious spa-like space.

  • Home Improvement

    Enjoy The Sun—Inside

    (NAPSI)—Sunlight streaming through the window and onto your skin may feel fine when the weather’s cold but it can damage your skin—unless you take certain steps.

  • Bridal

    Wedding trend alert: More couples choose enchanting winter themes

    (BPT) - The glittering icicles, crisp white snow and a simple unspoken elegance – the wonder of winter has suited weddings well for many years. Today, Disney’s Frozen has renewed interest in winter weddings, with more couples choosing a sophisticated theme that is inspired by the style and storyline of the popular film.

Top Story

Why you should consider the Mediterranean diet

(BPT) - A healthy diet can be the foundation of a healthy life. While there are many food choices and diet options, one diet consistently grabs the attention of researchers.

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Sunday 12/21/2014
5 health improvements you can make today that will pay off for a lifetime
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Improving your health and wellness can seem like a daunting task, especially if you know you have some bad health habits to break. But, several improvements you can make today can result in tremendous health benefits.

Saturday 12/20/2014
Job Seekers: Resolve to Make a Better Impression in 2015
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) First impressions matter, particularly when you’re in the market for a new job. While a top notch resume and cover letter can help get your foot in the door, only you can seal the deal.

Cómo controlar de las úlceras de pie diabético
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Si tiene diabetes, es importante cuidar sus pies. ¿Sabía que las úlceras de pie diabético, llagas o heridas que se forman en la parte inferior del pie, pueden ser un problema costoso para las personas que tienen diabetes?

How to Take Control of Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) If you have diabetes, it is important to take care of your feet. Did you know that diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), open sores or wounds that form on the bottom of the foot, may be a costly problem for people who have diabetes?

5 financial fitness habits to begin in the new year
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - While many people focus on personal health goals in the new year, the beginning of the year is also a great time to check your financial fitness. So how can you whip your finances into shape?

Friday 12/19/2014
New Hope For Those Battling A Genetic Disease
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—There’s hopeful news for those who are at risk for a rare disease that causes a range of symptoms including lack of sweat glands, poor temperature control, respiratory problems, and hair and tooth malformations.

Tips To Manage Stress This Holiday Season
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—The holidays are often a joyous time to celebrate with family and friends, but for individuals who struggle with mental health issues, this time of year often brings unwelcome stress, anxiety and depression. In fact, a recent mental health survey by the College of Social Sciences at the University of Phoenix® reported that 97 percent of Americans believe mental health issues to be a serious problem in the United States.

Tips On Keeping Funerals Affordable
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Despite the trend of rising costs, experts say it is still possible to keep funeral expenses in check.

Finding Support and Information for Rare Neuroendocrine Cancers
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - When Maryann Wahmann began experiencing severe abdominal pain and skin flushing, it didn’t feel like the standard gastrointestinal “bug.” She tried over-the-counter remedies and changed her diet, but after several weeks without relief, she still had bouts of diarrhea and began to lose weight so she finally went to see her doctor. But instead of finding out the cause, Maryann began a seven-year struggle to find a diagnosis.

Do you know the GI malignancy that's second only to colon cancer? [Infographic]
Posted: December 19, 2014

(BPT) - Public awareness of common cancers is better than ever, yet you may have never even heard of the second-most-common type of gastrointestinal malignancy. Gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, or GEP-NETs, are now second only to colon cancer. They can be undiagnosed for years. Here’s what you should know.

New Technology Improving Outcomes for Heart Failure Patients
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Heart failure is costing Americans a fortune. The estimated cost of the disease in the U.S. was $31 billion in 2012. That number is estimated to swell to $70 billion by 2030, according to the American Heart Association -- which means that by 2020, every U.S. taxpayer could pay $244 each year for heart failure expenses.

Bon appetit: The top 10 restaurant trends for 2015
Posted: December 19, 2014

(BPT) - Each year the restaurant industry is full of vibrant change. To better understand what is trending on restaurant menus in 2015, the National Restaurant Association surveyed professional chefs of the American Culinary Federation to get their insight into what food, cuisines, beverages and culinary themes will be hot in 2015.

What does your snacking say about you? [Infographic]
Posted: December 19, 2014

(BPT) - Everybody has their own “go to” meals and cuisine preferences, but one thing is certain. Americans love to snack. No matter your gender, favorite food or meal frequency, there’s a snack for everybody. Follow this infographic from Minute Rice to learn all about the snacking habits of people across the country, discover how your own snacking habits compare, and enjoy some new snack ideas.

An Important Appointment to Make (and Keep!) This Holiday Season
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The pressure to prepare for the holidays can be intense – decorating your home, wrapping gifts, preparing family meals…

Uncorking the Top Wine Trends of 2014 [Infographic]
Posted: December 19, 2014

(BPT) - Will you be serving wine at your holiday gatherings this year? E. & J. Gallo Winery, the world’s largest family-owned winery, recently commissioned its inaugural Gallo Consumer Wine Trends Survey to identify the top trends of 2014. The survey explored everything from serving styles to wine on social media, food pairings and beyond. To see where you stack up among other American wine drinkers, visit www.GalloWineTrends.com for additional survey findings.

The easiest thing you can do for your health and looks: drink more water
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - You probably already know that exercising and eating right are key ways to improve your health. But, you may be overlooking one major health necessity that is as close as your kitchen faucet – water. It’s vital all year long, even during winter months when you might think hydration is less important.

Can't keep a resolution? Outside support can help
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Holiday celebrations are a traditional way to cap off the year, but once the ball drops it’s time to usher in a new beginning with New Year’s resolutions.

Thursday 12/18/2014
Family Fun: Indoor Trampoline Parks Grow by Leaps and Bounds
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - In case you haven't noticed, the indoor trampoline industry is booming with new arenas opening throughout the U.S. Not just because they're loads of fun (of course they are), but because it's something families can do together, while enjoying activities like dodge ball, basketball or even exercise classes.

"Doc" Thornbury: A Health Care Pioneer
Posted: December 18, 2014

(NAPSI)—As more physician practices refuse traditional health insurance and fewer medical students pursue primary care medicine, accessing and communicating with your doctor becomes more difficult—but there could soon be change for the better.

Helping Hispanic Students Prepare For College
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—There is good news for Hispanic parents whose children are approaching college age. A new PSA campaign provides parents with access to the resources they need to help their children prepare, plan, and pay for college.

Research Shows Web-Based Tutoring Means Better Math Scores
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Ideally, all students would have access to one-on-one tutoring when they need it. In most cases, this ideal is neither feasible nor affordable, but advanced technology can give students a one-on-one experience through software- and Web-based learning tools.

Wedding trend alert: More couples choose enchanting winter themes
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The glittering icicles, crisp white snow and a simple unspoken elegance – the wonder of winter has suited weddings well for many years. Today, Disney’s Frozen has renewed interest in winter weddings, with more couples choosing a sophisticated theme that is inspired by the style and storyline of the popular film.

Want to celebrate your marriage? Hold a vow renewal ceremony
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Your wedding might have been 50 years ago, 20 years ago, or even just last year. Each year on your anniversary, you and your spouse might give each other cards and a special gift. But this year, why not consider renewing your vows?

Pint-sized wedding guests: Yay or nay?
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - It’s one of the most debated aspects of any wedding: Should children be invited? Some argue children add to the magic of the event while others prefer to keep the potential tantrums far from their big day. Ultimately it’s up to the couple to decide what is right for them, and with the proper etiquette, it’s simple to communicate to guests exactly what they want without offending anyone.

Invitations are the best way to set the style and tone for your wedding
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - You might be a fairytale-style bride or a more professional bride who doesn’t tolerate frilly. You might even be the girl next door with a laid-back attitude. Whatever your personal style, your tastes will set the look and feel of the wedding you’re planning.

Enfrentando el cáncer y la quimioterapia: una entrevista con Adamari López, icono de la cultura popular y sobreviviente
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Adamari López es una actriz de fama mundial, y ganadora del premio Emmy® como personalidad de televisión. En el 2005 se le diagnosticó cáncer de seno, y fue sometida a quimioterapia como parte de su tratamiento. Su enfermedad ha estado en remisión desde el 2006.

Facing Cancer & Chemotherapy: An Interview with Pop-Culture Icon and Survivor, Adamari López
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Adamari López is an internationally acclaimed actress and an Emmy®-award winning television personality. In 2005, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy as part of her treatment plan. She has been in remission since 2006.

Simple tips for stylish holiday hosting
Posted: December 18, 2014

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Level up! Selecting the best video games for your children
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Kids love video games - they're exciting, fun and engrossing. While games can promote learning and growth, too much video gaming - or playing inappropriate games - can lead to negative consequences. What should parents know to make good game choices for their children?

Don't play cat-and-mouse with rodents: Tips to keep your home pest-free
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Though catching mice has been a popular theme in games and cartoons for decades, preventing rodent invasions is not child’s play. Even the most fastidious homeowners can fall victim to a pest invader at some point.

Fantastic fashion ideas for him and her this season
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Whether you are shopping for yourself, updating a loved one’s look, or wondering what to wear to a holiday party in chilly temperatures, there are key items to look for when shopping this season that are sure to have you fashionably warm.

German shepherds to gerbils: How to choose the best pet for your family
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Whether a loyal pal like Lassie is what you’re looking for, or a Garfield–like couch potato is more your speed, a pet can make a wonderful addition to your family. But there is more to choosing a new pet than simply falling in love with a cute face. Making an informed and well-researched decision can lead to a happy home life for both you and your pet.

The real reason we entertain
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The holidays are here and parties are in full swing. At this time of year, there can be a lot of pressure to throw memorable parties that will keep people talking into the new year. Many people forget that the real cheer in holiday entertaining is spending time with family and friends.

Research study uncovers small business predictions for 2015
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Small business owners can easily get caught up in the December rush. But once the holiday sparkle fades, business owners and entrepreneurs will need to refocus and make decisions likely to impact their business in 2015.

6 things you can do to be more productive this year
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Time. You never seem to have enough of it. Whether it’s work, family commitments, your kids or your spouse, there’s always someone or something that needs your time. And imagine the chaos if you were to actually want a little time for yourself as well.

Ask the Pharmacist: Don't let a bleeding disorder wreck your travel plans
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - If you or someone in your family, has a bleeding disorder, you know that even the simplest accident can be a cause for major concern. Major developments in care and treatment have significantly improved quality of life. Most patients can now self-administer intravenous clotting factor with education and direction from a trained clinician – like Accredo bleeding disorder nurses – rather than going to a treatment center for each infusion.

Wednesday 12/17/2014
When The Check Engine Light Is On, Don't Ignore It
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Don’t take this lightly: One of the most vital signals of an improperly functioning vehicle is the check engine light and, when illuminated, it alerts the driver to a variety of existing potential problems. Nevertheless, vehicle checkups during car care events throughout the country reveal that the check engine light is on in nearly one out of 10 vehicles.

Expert Advice on Enticing Kids to Eat Their Fruits and Vegetables
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—As many parents know, kids can be picky eaters. And according to a recent study, moms are concerned that their kids aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables.

Bring The Ultimate Super Bowl Halftime Show To Your Hometown
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—This holiday season, don’t forget to add your hometown to your gift giving list. Thanks to Pepsi and its “Hyped for Halftime” Super Bowl campaign, you could win a Pepsi Halftime Show for your entire hometown along with scoring tickets to the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show live in Arizona.

Training Young People To Save Lives
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—A middle-school student who has been trained can save a life when someone needs CPR.

Three Things NOT To Do In 2015
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—It is not surprising that most New Year’s resolutions revolve around health and financial matters, two areas that emerged as key priorities for Americans in Northwestern Mutual’s 2014 Planning and Progress Study. The study underscored the need for better decision making, with 60 percent of Americans stating that their financial planning needs improvement and more than half admitting that they do not feel financially secure. Moreover, with longevity and costs increasing at a steady pace, there is also likely heightened pressure to prepare for the future, especially considering that, per Bankrate research, one-third of American workers have no retirement savings whatsoever.

Winning the fight against dry eye [Infographic]
Posted: December 17, 2014

(BPT) - Do your eyes often feel dry, irritated and red? Just like 38 percent of recently surveyed adults, you may be experiencing a common condition called dry eye. Here’s what you need to know about the problem and how best to alleviate symptoms.

5 ways to make any purchase a smart purchase
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - You work hard for your money and the last thing you want to do is waste it by buying the wrong product or investing in something of poor quality. So how do you know which product is the best? There is no definitive answer, of course, and marketing campaigns can be misleading. If you adhere to the steps below, however, you’ll find you’ll be generally happy with your purchases in the long run.

Last-minute fitness gifts can keep giving all year long
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - A good gift keeps on giving long after you’ve recycled the wrapping paper and put away the decorations. A great gift keeps giving in ways that change people’s lives for the better. This holiday season, give the people you love something that will contribute to their lives day after day, month after month. Instead of fruitcake, give the gift of fitness. It lasts even longer, and makes people much happier. Here are three gift ideas that will support health and wellness all year long.

Hearing better thanks to smarter technology
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Technology has made dramatic improvements in the lives of people of all ages, and the improvements made in hearing technology may be some of the most advanced to occur in the last several years.

Tuesday 12/16/2014
Popping the Question Over the Holidays? What Every Guy Should Know
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Congratulations, guys, on being so in love that you can save yourself at least one big headache this holiday season.

Crash Course In Advice
Posted: December 16, 2014

(NAPSI)—If you’re like the average driver, you’ll be involved in an auto accident once every seven to 10 years—and now you can get help dealing with it.

Millones están a riesgo del diabetes 2
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSM)—Entre esta temporada de festividades, cuando anticipamos reunirnos con nuestras familias y amigos alrededor de la mesa del comedor, es el momento preciso para tomar cuenta nuestra salud y como nuestros hábitos alimenticios están afectando, no solo a nuestras cinturas, sino a la tendencia a desarrollar una enfermedad crónica.

'Tis the Season to be Active
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

On the Net:North American Precis Syndicate, Inc.(NAPSI)

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HOT BLAST: Which college football team will be the champ? (Take our reader poll)

The final four teams for the college football playoffs were announced Sunday. Which team do you think will win the title?

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