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November 23, 2014

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  • Family Living

    Encourage Children to Learn More about Science and Nature at Playtime

    (StatePoint) Have any budding scientists in your family? If your children are fascinated by nature, dinosaurs and other cool science subjects, you can help foster their interests by turbo charging their playtime to fit their favorite topics.

  • Family Living

    Gifts to Spread the Holiday Cheer

    (Family Features) When it comes to holiday gift giving, you can't go wrong with clever gifts that promote unwinding with friends and family. The following gift ideas are perfect for entertainers, tailgaters, wine enthusiasts, craft beer fanatics and more. So go ahead, spread some holiday cheer with one of these hot, new gift ideas - all affordably priced under $50 each. Give your family and friends unique, affordable gifts that help them celebrate not just the holiday season, but all year long.

  • Family Living

    Prep Your Devices for Travel

    (Family Features) The busiest travel weekend of the year is just around the corner and a smart traveler knows that before you hit the road here in the U.S. or head overseas, you do some planning and prep. Wardrobe, medications, itinerary – but what about your phone? Have you made sure you’re maximizing your phone’s usefulness and minimizing your costs? These travel prep tips will help you get the most out of your phone and help you save money.

Wednesday 07/23/2014
Turn your fantasy fairytale wedding into reality
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 3:42 am

(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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Inject fun personality into a wedding ceremony and reception
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:53 am

(BPT) - When planning a wedding, you’ll receive plenty of advice via to-do lists in bridal magazines, from friends and coworkers who’ve already been through the wedding process and even from professionals in the industry who have helped many couples achieve their “I dos.”

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Thursday 02/13/2014
Tips to Build the Perfect Wedding Registry
Updated: February 13, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) A great registry is the first step to planning your happily ever after. As you make your way to the “I Do’s,” it’s also a time to plan for your new lives together. From hosting your first holiday dinner to lazy Sundays on the couch, making your house a home starts with building a great registry.

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Thursday 11/13/2014
Lifestyle Apparel Brand Recognizes The Contributions Of Everyday Heroes
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—A company that manufactures outerwear has created a campaign to honor everyday heroes.

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Don't Misplace Your Trust—Or Your Money
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Do you research a charity before you donate? Chances are you don’t, and you’re not alone. According to Hope Consulting, 65 percent of Americans fail to research before donating their time and money—but they’re donating a lot. In 2013, Americans gave a staggering $335 billion to charities, notes Giving USA Foundation.

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Kids Can Learn Life Skills
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—There could be good news for parents who want their children to grow up to be independent, fiscally responsible adults. A digital curriculum that offers students a chance to explore personal finance topics through interactive learning has been updated and improved.

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Tuesday 11/11/2014
Modern Landfills: Safe, Smart and Green
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 3:35 am

(NewsUSA) - The average American generates a lot of trash and recyclables -- about four pounds per day. That adds up to more than 250 million tons of trash every year, and more than a third of it gets recycled and repurposed into new products. Many Americans are working to expand recycling. Some communities are also beginning to divert food and yard waste out of their waste stream, and that could expand the amount of waste that is repurposed.

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Tuesday 10/28/2014
Finding Answers to Growing Concerns About Water Fluoridation
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Up until the mid-1940s, tooth decay plagued the nation. Case in point: in 1942, almost 10 percent of the 2 million men examined by the Army were rejected for service because they didn't have 12 solid teeth out of 32.

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Wednesday 10/22/2014
Many Parents Are Unhappy With Standardized Tests
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Many parents of school-age children are unhappy with the amount of time spent on standardized tests and have strong opinions on other controversial education policies, including Common Core and school vouchers.

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Thursday 10/16/2014
First Above-The-Elbow Amputee To Return To Active Duty Swims, Cycles To Medals
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Sergeant First Class Michael D. Smith’s severe injuries sustained in a 2011 hit-and-run accident ultimately led to the loss of his right arm, but his optimism never wavered. Recovering at the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Smith worked toward one goal: remain in the Army for 20 years. Three years later, Smith became the first above-the-elbow amputee to return to active duty.

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Thursday 10/09/2014
Value of Education Brings Success Among Unique Student Population
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Impeccably green mountains overlook a picturesque New England landscape as families gaze upon capped and gowned graduates sitting along mahogany benches. One cannot help but think of this scene as suited only for institutions of the academic elite.

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Supporting The Army
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Whether you’re a soldier, Army veteran or proud Army supporter, you can now be part of the future home to Army history. You can inscribe a personal message on a brick that will be permanently laid in the outdoor pathways and plazas of the future National Museum of the United States Army.

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Friday 10/03/2014
Smoke Alarms Save Lives -- Make Sure Yours Are Working
Updated: October 04, 2014 - 3:39 am

(NewsUSA) - Smoke alarms save lives. Yet, every day in homes across the U.S., fire deaths still occur. By ensuring that you have working smoke alarms, you can cut your risk of perishing in a home fire by half, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

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Monday 11/17/2014
Encourage Children to Learn More about Science and Nature at Playtime
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(StatePoint) Have any budding scientists in your family? If your children are fascinated by nature, dinosaurs and other cool science subjects, you can help foster their interests by turbo charging their playtime to fit their favorite topics.

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Gifts to Spread the Holiday Cheer
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) When it comes to holiday gift giving, you can't go wrong with clever gifts that promote unwinding with friends and family. The following gift ideas are perfect for entertainers, tailgaters, wine enthusiasts, craft beer fanatics and more. So go ahead, spread some holiday cheer with one of these hot, new gift ideas - all affordably priced under $50 each. Give your family and friends unique, affordable gifts that help them celebrate not just the holiday season, but all year long.

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Prep Your Devices for Travel
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) The busiest travel weekend of the year is just around the corner and a smart traveler knows that before you hit the road here in the U.S. or head overseas, you do some planning and prep. Wardrobe, medications, itinerary – but what about your phone? Have you made sure you’re maximizing your phone’s usefulness and minimizing your costs? These travel prep tips will help you get the most out of your phone and help you save money.

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Holiday Shipping 101
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) If one of your holiday tasks is shipping gifts to family and friends across the nation, knowing a few tips and tricks will ensure your packages get to them in time for the festivities.

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Health Essentials for a Happy Pet
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) With wagging tails and bright eyes, pets offer up a wealth of benefits to their owners. Keeping your four-legged friends active, energetic and at their best begins with providing essential nutrients, which can quickly result in changes you can see.

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Tips for Hassle-Free Holiday Shopping
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

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Celebrate Special Moments on a Cruise
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) Princess Cruises, one of the most famous names in sea-going vacations, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. To commemorate this important milestone, the company is honoring the iconic TV show, “The Love Boat,” which first introduced viewers to Princess Cruises and the art of cruising.

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Back to Basics: Gifts That Inspire the Imagination
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) Though it may seem that all of the high-demand gift items this season require batteries and a level of tech savvy only the younger generation can boast, there are actually many great options that let you encourage the kids on your list to get back to basics and get unplugged.

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Santa's List Revealed
Updated: November 18, 2014 - 3:35 am

(Family Features) This holiday, take some tips from the big man with the jolly red hat. Whether shopping for family and friends young or old, you're sure to find something for everyone on your list with these gifts, specially selected from Santa himself.

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Celebrate and Create
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) This season, let your creative side shine with thoughtful gifts that are fun to create and add cheer to the lives of those you love.

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Tuesday 11/18/2014
3 easy style tips that instantly glam up your holiday look
Updated: November 23, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - As a renowned fashion stylist, Micaela Erlanger of New York, NY makes her clients look, and perhaps even more importantly, feel their best for all of life’s special occasions. Now just in time for the holidays, Erlanger is sharing her insider style and beauty tips so you can shine this season.

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Wednesday 11/12/2014
Managing the holidays with a loved one who suffers memory loss
Updated: November 19, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy when families and friends gather to share each other’s company, revisit fond stories of holidays past and make new memories to last a lifetime. But what if a loved one is no longer able to remember the holidays or the family and friends he has spent them with? What if dementia or Alzheimer’s has robbed a parent or grandparent of the ability to make and cherish new memories?

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Don't surrender to your dry eye; how proper nutrition can help
Updated: November 19, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - If your eyes feel as dry as the desert or you experience a stinging sensation that makes you feel like you’ve spent the last eight hours lost in a sandstorm, you might have a condition called dry eye. About 40-million Americans are affected by dry eye and ocular surface diseases, according to the Schepens Eye Research Institute, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Many suffer from the symptoms without even realizing there’s treatment.

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Monday 11/10/2014
Simple steps that help people with diabetes keep their feet healthy
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - A diabetes diagnosis can be daunting, but a simple attitude adjustment can make a world of difference in how well you fare while living with the disease. By proactively taking steps to monitor key health indicators, experts agree that it’s possible to prevent some of the most severe risks of diabetes, including lower limb amputation.

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Thursday 11/06/2014
A higher standard: understanding the types of financial advisors and under what rules they operate
Updated: November 13, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - What’s in a name? When choosing a brand of paper towels or laundry detergent, one name may be as good as another. When it comes to selecting a financial advisor, however, consumers should know there are different types of advisors who are held to significantly different professional standards.

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Monday 11/03/2014
Better late than never for retirement planning
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - If you’re within 10 years of retirement and haven’t done any appreciable planning, you’re not alone.

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Wednesday 10/29/2014
Achieving blood sugar control is important for people with type 2 diabetes
Updated: November 05, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - Do you know how to control your blood sugar? If you are one of the 29 million Americans living with diabetes, learning the basics is a great first step to help you manage your condition.

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Monday 10/27/2014
Personalizing your Medicare options: What's right for you?
Updated: November 03, 2014 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Finding the right Medicare plan can be a little confusing – there are so many plans and coverage options to choose from.

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Thursday 10/23/2014
Why the cheapest 'retirement investment' is also critical to your health
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - You maxed out your 401(k) every year you worked, invested wisely and planned carefully in preparation for retirement. Perhaps you even researched your Medicare options and you know exactly what health and drug plans you’ll choose. But if you’re like the majority of other Americans approaching – or in – retirement, you’ve likely overlooked a critical aspect of retirement planning and investment: dental insurance.

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Tuesday 10/21/2014
A New Prescription for Finding the Right Doctor
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Finding the right doctor can mean living a healthier life, or it can be the difference between life and death.

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Thursday 11/20/2014
A New Test Aids In The Battle Against Prostate Cancer
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—A new type of test for prostate cancer is designed to improve on existing methods, and that’s good news for men about to undergo testing—and those who love them.

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Protect Yourself From Falls
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Every day, more than 150 Americans are injured after falling from heights. Here’s how you can avoid becoming part of this painful statistic.

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Faster At The Pharmacy
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—There are five steps you can take to get in and out of the pharmacy faster:

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Prepare For Long-Term Care
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—As Americans live longer, the prospect of becoming a caregiver or needing one is an undeniable reality. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 70 percent of adults 65 or older will require some form of long-term care (“LTC”). Despite the clear need, the majority of Americans have not taken proactive steps to address care for themselves or their loved ones—but you don’t have to be among them.

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Be Smart About Your Heart: Talk To Your Doctor About Heart Block
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Taking care of your heart is an important part of living a healthy life, especially when you consider that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 600,000 people die of heart disease each year—that’s one in every four deaths.

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Fear The Flu, Not Ebola
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—According to a poll conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, 40 percent of Americans feel that they or their immediate family is at risk of getting Ebola. Yet with only a few confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States, the actual risk of contracting the disease is extremely low. In fact, other infections that don’t hit the same emotional hot buttons as Ebola—such as MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection, and even the common flu—pose much more of a risk than Ebola to the average American. So what is a rational response to the Ebola virus?

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Drink (Water) To Your Health
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s health news you should find easy to swallow: Whether you’re working, traveling, playing sports or just relaxing, it’s important to stay hydrated regardless of the season.

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Mejorando la calidad del agua de la llave
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSM)—Mientras que los expertos en salud y bienestar instan a los consumidores a tomar más agua, el hacerlo de manera sana no es tan simple como parece: el agua de la llave puede estar más contaminada de lo que usted cree. Podría contener contaminantes potencialmente perjudiciales para su salud, como residuos químicos, metales pesados y quistes microbianos. De hecho, varios estudios respaldados por la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de los Estados Unidos y los Centros Para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades calculan que todos los años se producen alrededor de 16 millones de enfermedades transmitidas por el agua potable en los Estados Unidos.

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Tuesday 11/18/2014
Reverse the onset of diabetes with simple lifestyle changes and healthy living programs
Updated: November 19, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - When Monique Wright-Williams lost her mother to diabetes-related complications, she became determined not to follow the same path.

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Monday 11/17/2014
Gifts to Spread the Holiday Cheer
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) When it comes to holiday gift giving, you can't go wrong with clever gifts that promote unwinding with friends and family. The following gift ideas are perfect for entertainers, tailgaters, wine enthusiasts, craft beer fanatics and more. So go ahead, spread some holiday cheer with one of these hot, new gift ideas - all affordably priced under $50 each. Give your family and friends unique, affordable gifts that help them celebrate not just the holiday season, but all year long.

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More Health And Wellness
Thursday 11/06/2014
A New Kind Of Love Story
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Your adopted pet could be named in an upcoming novel, thanks to a unique contest.

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Thursday 10/30/2014
Keep Pets Happy and Healthy this Holiday Season
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) The holiday season can mean new routines, new décor and new foods in your home. While these temporary changes can be exciting for people, they can be hazardous to pets.

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Tuesday 10/28/2014
Prepping for cold weather? Don't forget your pet
Updated: November 04, 2014 - 3:35 am

(BPT) - Fall weather affects pets just like their people. While you are taking precautions to protect yourself from cooler temperatures and environmental changes, you need to safeguard your dogs and cats, too. 

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Thursday 10/16/2014
More Action Needed To End Pet Homelessness
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—There appears to be a significant difference between what many people offer as their opinion about pet homelessness and what, if anything, they do about the problem.

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Tuesday 10/14/2014
How to protect your pet from the obesity epidemic
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than one-third, or 78.6 million, of U.S. adults are obese. While the issue is well-recognized among the public, many don’t realize there is a second obesity epidemic occurring simultaneously - a pet obesity epidemic, which is even more severe.

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Monday 10/06/2014
How to stop pet stains from straining your family events
Updated: October 13, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - While there is no doubt that pet owners love their furry friends, it’s fair to say that dogs and cats can easily take over the home. Whether you’re dealing with a sick cat or attempting puppy potty training, you can quickly find yourself in a bacteria breeding ground.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
Pet-proofing your home in preparation for adopting a shelter animal
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:34 pm

(BPT) - The addition of a new pet to the family is always a cause for celebration. Stress can occur, too, no matter how welcome the new addition. When you’re thinking about adopting a pet from an animal shelter, some preparation can help ensure he or she is as safe and happy as possible.

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Friday 08/22/2014
The right flea and tick treatment can protect your pet from little bugs ... and big problems
Posted: August 22, 2014

(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.

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Thursday 08/21/2014
Boost your pet's health with these preventive measures
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Taking active, preventive measures to support your health is one of the most important things you can do to ward off serious illness. You eat right, exercise, brush your teeth and make sure to get plenty of sleep, all to keep your body running at its very best.

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Monday 08/18/2014
Passion pays off: No-kill movement saves millions of animals per year
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:36 am

(BPT) - Americans like to think of themselves as a pet-loving society; today, nearly 70 million dogs and 74 million cats live in U.S. households, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Yet as recently as 30 years ago, animal shelters across the country routinely killed an estimated 17 million companion animals a year as a means of population control.

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