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August 29, 2014

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  • Real Estate

    Singles finding their way to homeownership without making lifestyle compromises [Infographic]

    (BPT) - With the average American getting married later than they have in a century, according to the National Center for Family and Marriage Research, more and more singles aren't waiting for wedding bells before they take the plunge into homeownership. A new CENTURY 21 Real Estate survey shows that while singles are less willing to make lifestyle sacrifices in order to purchase a home, they still value homeownership. Find out how these determined buyers pull it off with the help of agents who understand their unique needs.

  • Pets

    The right flea and tick treatment can protect your pet from little bugs ... and big problems

    (BPT) - If you’re a pet owner, you know parasites - particularly fleas and ticks - can be a frustrating problem. That’s why you keep your pet out of tall grass and brush, and do routine flea and tick checks inside. You’re probably also using a flea and tick product to ensure your pet and family are safe from the parasite-borne diseases these pests can carry into your home.

  • Home Improvement

    Every Room Tells a Story if You Set the Stage

    (NewsUSA) - Remember the last time you walked into a professionally designed home and marveled at its beauty? Chances are, the designer carefully planned the interior finishings -- like crown mouldings and interior doors. While trim and doors have a major impact on interior décor, few homeowners select them with the same care as their furnishings or paint.

  • Turn your fantasy fairytale wedding into reality

    (BPT) - Every girl dreams of her fantasy wedding. It usually includes a Prince Charming standing next to her at the altar, saying “I do,” while surrounding by friends and family in a fairytale atmosphere.

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Fun twists for festive fall recipes

(BPT) - When fall arrives and the temperature cools, it’s a great time for families to get together and spend more time enjoying delicious home-cooked foods. This season, look for fun ways to put a twist on your favorite recipes, or try new recipes to bring some seasonal flavors into your home.

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Friday 08/29/2014
Give your home a colorful makeover in just a weekend
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - Are you limited on time but want to upgrade your home? Some easy home improvements can be achieved in a weekend. Painting is one of the most popular ways to transform the look of your home.

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Thursday 08/28/2014
Family-Friendly Programming Storms The Weather Channel
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 3:38 am

(NewsUSA) - If you are a parent, you are probably well aware of how difficult it is to find quality family-friendly programming on TV. You know, shows that don't force you to keep your finger hovering over the remote "just in case."

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Raise Kids’ Grades with Study Tips for the Digital Age
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) It happened again this year: The kids are back in the classroom before you’ve had the chance to blink. Thankfully, new developments in education are making it easier than ever for students to hit the ground running.

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Today’s Homemade Cooking Reflects Cultural Shift
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:36 am

Today’s families are more diverse than ever -- and so is what they’re eating together. While the flavors and dishes are evolving, one thing hasn’t changed -- families are still sitting down together for a home-cooked meal most days of the week.

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Do you have your shift together? [Infographic]
Posted: August 28, 2014

(BPT) - About 15 million Americans work outside a traditional 9-to-5 schedule, putting them at risk for several health issues, including shift work disorder (SWD). This group includes more occupations than you might think. SWD is a medical condition where your work schedule is out of sync with your sleep-wake clock and can cause excessive sleepiness (ES) during a shift and insomnia during sleeping hours. Learn more at www.GetYourShiftTogetherNow.com

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US Government Closes Investigation Into Landmark PLATO Study
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca announced that the United States Department of Justice is closing its investigation into PLATO, a clinical trial with BRILINTA® (ticagrelor) tablets and is not planning any further action.

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Tips to get the recommended amount of fruit in your daily diet
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - No one questions that fruit is an essential part of the diet. But did you know that more than 70 percent of Americans do not eat the recommended amount of fruit? One hundred percent juice is a convenient way to help you get the important fruit nutrients you need.

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The growing burden of diabetes
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - Next time you're looking around in a crowd, there is something you won't see that will be there - Type 2 diabetes. Most Americans have heard of the condition, but very few understand just how prevalent it has become across the nation. In fact, Type 2 diabetes affects at least one in every 10 Americans. That’s about 9.3 percent of the population or 29.1 million people and a dramatic increase from 2010 when 25.8 million people, or 8.3 percent, were living with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If this growing health problem isn’t addressed, the CDC estimates it will affect one in every three Americans by 2050.

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Dress up your dinner party this season: table makeover tips to entertain in colorful style
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - You know how to pick out the perfect pair of shoes, what dress to wear and how to accessorize. When it comes to hosting a party, you want everything to be stylish, from the table you set to the food you serve. Here are some tips for “dressing up” your table using style and color.

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Top trends in smart home technology for 2015 and beyond
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - Home is where the heart is, and now thanks to home automation, it’s also where technology thrives. More people want smart home features that let them control their spaces while increasing energy efficiency and cutting waste. In fact, the smart home market is forecasted to hit $12.8 billion by 2017 in North America and Europe alone.

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Exciting STEM careers and opportunities aplenty in the Navy
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - There’s a big push for students to excel in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and for good reason. The careers available to students pursuing degrees in these areas present students with plenty of exciting and challenging opportunities. What you might not realize is how many of those opportunities exist in the Navy.

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Fact or fiction? What you need to know about today's TVs
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - By this time every year, TV manufacturers have released their new lineups - complete with the newfangled technologies and new looks. After months of seeing prototypes and concepts, now is the time when TV lovers can get their hands on these models and show them off in their living rooms.

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
Every Room Tells a Story if You Set the Stage
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:36 am

(NewsUSA) - Remember the last time you walked into a professionally designed home and marveled at its beauty? Chances are, the designer carefully planned the interior finishings -- like crown mouldings and interior doors. While trim and doors have a major impact on interior décor, few homeowners select them with the same care as their furnishings or paint.

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Carrageenan: Sustainability From Farm to Table
Posted: August 27, 2014

(NewsUSA) - Over 200,000 tons of dried, farmed, tropical seaweed are produced every year. The majority of the world's red seaweed is farmed by nearly 60,000 family farmers in Africa, the Philippines and Indonesia. These families apply sustainable farming techniques that help to protect and preserve the habitats where they farm.

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Ayude a sus hijos tener éxito académico con meriendas sanas para el regreso a clases
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - La escuela implica grandes adaptaciones y exigencias para toda la familia: compra de artículos escolares, trasladarse de un lado a otro, estudiar– o supervisar los estudios– y proyectos especiales, entre otras cosas. Por tanto, resulta fácil olvidar la nutrición entre tanto ajetreo.

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5 secrets to keeping your sanity this school year
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - The summer months are over and the school year is in full swing. As a parent, this means you’ve traded those lazy summer days for school sports and activities, colder temperatures and the morning rush to the bus stop. If you feel like your home’s organization is hanging on by a thread, take heart; there are some simple things you can do to return order and make the rest of your school year run smoothly. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

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Shopping for a new vehicle? 5 questions to ask yourself before signing on the dotted line
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - It’s that time again - time to buy a new car. Maybe you’re excited because you’ve been dreaming of getting new wheels for a long time now. Or maybe you’re nervous; buying a car is a big financial commitment and you want to make sure you do your homework. If you fall into this second group, don’t worry; these five simple questions can help you find a vehicle that fits your lifestyle.

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Catch a glimpse of fall colors on these awesome off-road trails
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - The fall months are a great time for families to enjoy the great outdoors with the changing of colors and much cooler temperatures. If you don’t already have a fall escape weekend planned, you might want to consider scheduling one soon.

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Tuesday 08/26/2014
Guiding Treatment of Advanced Breast Cancer Using Subtypes
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:40 am

(NewsUSA) - For patients with breast cancer, knowing whether the diagnosis is early stage or advanced is needed to help treat the disease.

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Making Music Part of Daily Life Can Benefit Kids
Updated: August 26, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) While most schools offer a baseline level of music education, many programs are limited and sometimes classroom instruments can be scarce. Exposure to music, however, offers people of all ages a number of benefits - from reduced stress to improved coordination and academic outcomes. There are many things families can do to enrich their musical lives. September is National Piano Month, so here are some fun ways to make more music together.

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Growing up financially smart: prepaid cards provide college students security, convenience
Updated: August 26, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - This fall, college students around the country will take their first steps toward financial independence. For many young adults, the college years are the first time they are responsible for managing and budgeting their money. With a combination of funds from jobs, their families and student loans, students need to find a safe and easy way to spend, budget and save.

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Water and oil do mix [Infographic]
Posted: August 26, 2014

(BPT) - Did you know it takes between 10 and 60 gallons of water to make one barrel of oil? And that the oil, petrochemicals and other materials in a barrel can produce a cornucopia of products ranging from gasoline to motor oil to polyester shirts? Water isn’t just what you drink when you’re thirsty, it’s used to produce the energy and oil we use to produce goods.

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Tres mejoras del hogar que le ahorrarán dinero
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - Si ha sentido calor durante el verano y ha notado que la cuenta del aire acondicionado aumenta cada mes, este podría ser el momento oportuno para considerar algunas mejoras en su hogar que le permitirán controlar mejor su equipo de acondicionamiento de aire, ventilación y calefacción, además de disminuir los gastos mensuales.

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Tips for Hosting End-of-Summer Barbeques
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:40 am

(StatePoint) There’s something great about inviting company over, firing up the grill, sitting back and eating a juicy burger. Celebrity chef Michael Symon from the Food Network and ABC’s “The Chew, is partnering with Bank of America to share tips for stress-free barbequing.

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Help the environment this school year
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - Thanks to the increase in plastics recycling, more and more everyday products such as school supplies are being made with recycled plastics. So it’s now easier than ever to find the things kids need to succeed at school while also helping the environment. Here are some examples:

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Keep your family safe from this silent killer [Infographic]
Posted: August 26, 2014

(BPT) - Think tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes are dangerous? More people die from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning each year than any of these disasters. Find out how to keep your family safe from CO poisoning.

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3 home improvement upgrades that will save you money
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:40 am

(BPT) - If you’ve sweltered throughout summer and have noticed your cooling bills increase every month, now may be the opportune time to consider some home improvement upgrades that will let you better manage your HVAC equipment while lowering your monthly expenses.

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Stop loan scammers and bogus bill collectors with these tips
Updated: August 27, 2014 - 3:41 am

(BPT) - In the United States, federal and state consumer collection laws forbid debt collectors from using unfair, deceptive, and abusive means to collect debt. Unfortunately, that fact doesn’t stop scammers from using threats of arrest and jail time to coerce victims into paying bogus bills they don’t owe.

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Career colleges play key role in demand for skilled workers
Updated: August 29, 2014 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - Education is not a one-size-fits-all system. Much like each public university has its own unique culture, so does each type of higher education institution. In addition, the goals of each student are not the same. Some students are fresh out of high school and looking forward to the social opportunities that a public university will give them, and they are not in a hurry to get their degree. Some are single parents, already working full-time jobs, who just want to go back to school and quickly get a degree and get a better job. For these latter students, a four-year university may not be the right fit for their needs. Instead, career colleges really can be the way to go.

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Monday 08/25/2014
Taking the High Road to Scotland
Updated: August 26, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NewsUSA) - "Braveheart" or "Brigadoon"?

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Create a Winning Fantasy Football League
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) If the idea of spending Sunday afternoon on the couch has you excited for the upcoming fantasy football season — you’re not alone. In fact, the Fantasy Sports Trade Association reports that in America and Canada, more than 41 million people participated in some form of fantasy sports in 2014.

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Patient Safeguards Needed for Biosimilar Development
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Thanks to a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, efforts are underway to streamline licensing for medications known as "biosimilars," which are similar - but not identical - to cutting-edge biologic medicines. However, the development has some concerned about patient safety, especially among older Americans who tend to suffer from more chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

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Top of the Class
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) For many parents, the back to school season means running from store to store in search of everything the kids need for a successful academic year. Use this special guide, which includes everything from on-trend footwear to portable chargers that power devices, to outfit your star pupils in style.

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Tips for a Great School Day
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) There are various habits that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. But one healthy habit in particular, the routine of having a nutritious breakfast every morning, is one that can positively impact your family. 

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Specialty Pets Inspire Kids to Learn
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) All pets bring us closer to the natural world, but specialty pets, such as fish, small pets and reptiles, provide a unique way to inspire kids to learn about the world around them. As teachers and families gear up for the start of a new school year, pets can help teach kids responsibility and how to keep a routine. They can sharpen kids' math and science skills through activities such as measuring food and water, keeping track of days of the week on a calendar and studying information about their care needs.

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Tips to Make Playtime Educational and Fun
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) Playtime should be fun, but who says it can’t also be beneficial to kids? From imaginative play that expands creativity to toys that develop crucial motor skills, kids’ play can be a time when learning and fun go hand in hand.

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Hydrate Your Way to More Energy
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Americans thirsting for more energy can refresh their hydration habits by thinking outside the water glass. Some foods - including flavorful, water-rich produce like watermelon - can help hydrate the body as well.

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Tackle a Winning Taste with Korean Pork Skewers
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) It's not just a Spanish, tapas-style thing anymore. At all different types of bars and restaurants across the United States, you'll find menus that continue to explore ways to feature favorite foods - like pork - in more bite-sized, snack-able ways. Beyond the walls of those eateries, street vendors, food booths and food trucks also are featuring portable, easy-to-eat dishes like kabobs and sliders.

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Milk Your Buck for All It's Worth
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Eating well doesn't have to mean spending a lot. In fact, there are many ways to eat the foods that make you look and feel your best without hurting your pocketbook. For example, penny for penny, ounce for ounce, milk packs more nutritional value than just about any other beverage you can buy. Here are more reasons why milk is a great option for shoppers looking to squeeze the nutrition out of their food budgets: 

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Discover a New Twist on Classic Campfire S'mores
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Roasting marshmallows around the campfire with friends and family is a popular pastime. Luckily, the classic combination of chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker can be enjoyed in so many ways - whether you're fireside or stuck inside! 

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Grill Lean for Great Taste
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Take advantage of the longer, warmer days before winter arrives by whipping up tasty grilled meals that are delicious and healthy for the whole family. Using lean cuts of beef is a great way to cut down calories and fat, but it doesn't have to reduce the grilled flavors you love.

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Tips to Keep Your Family Safe
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Portable generators are useful when temporary or remote electric power is needed, but if used incorrectly, they can cause harm to you and your family.

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Give Your Kitchen a Facelift
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Ever hear the saying “Kitchens sell a home?” Well it’s true; the kitchen is the most important room in the home. Whether you’re considering putting your house on the market or investing in your home for personal long-term enjoyment, an upgraded and attractive kitchen can make your home irresistible. 

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Make Your Home Smarter
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) With apps that offer comfort, convenience and security, homeowners are getting more out of their smartphones to make their homes better, smarter places to live. Smart home apps such as those from Nest are expected to link various home devices together to bring peace of mind, control and even energy savings to our lives.

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Outdoor Stain Busters
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Engaging in outdoor activities are a great way for families to stay active and spend quality time together, but between tree-climbing, nature hikes, and backyard barbecues, outdoor adventures can lead to piles of dirty, dingy and stained clothing.

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Tips for a Clean, Guest-Ready Home
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Now is the season for enjoying backyard BBQs and poolside parties with friends and family - not being trapped in the house for pre- and post-party cleaning. With a little planning, you can minimize time spent on daily chores and maximize time spent soaking up the sun and creating memories with guests.

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Bring Gluten-Free Brookies to Back-to-School Events
Updated: August 26, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) The end of summer marks the beginning of the busy back-to-school season. From PTA meetings and fundraisers to team parties, there are lots of gatherings that require delicious baked goods. To make sure everyone who attends can enjoy the treats, try the gluten-free Brookie. It’s a creative combination of two favorites: half chocolate chip cookie, half brownie, perfect for all tastes and dietary preferences. 

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Feeling the cold at home and in your wallet? [Infographic]
Posted: August 25, 2014

(BPT) - If your home is allowing warm air to escape this winter, you’ll probably notice – both in temperature and in your wallet. This is because air escaping from your home wastes both money and energy – up to 40 percent energy for many homes. Learn more about how spray foam insulation can keep you warmer and reduce your energy bills. 

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The Art of Barbequing
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Americans love barbequing. There's something great about inviting friends and family over, firing up the grill, sitting back and eating a juicy burger with veggies in the backyard.

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