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Wednesday 10/16/2019
4 Ways to Treat and Trick Your Pet this Fall
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) The autumn season offers plenty of reasons to celebrate: nostalgic flavors, pretty leaves and a seasonal wardrobe change. Fall also typically features event calendars full of festivals, trips to pumpkin patches and hikes to take in the crisp air.

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5 Time-Saving Laundry Tips
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) Between sorting, washing, pouring, transferring, drying and folding, laundry can often feel like a daunting chore.

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How Streaming Can Make Watching Favorite Shows Easier
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 2:44 am

(Family Features) At home, you have ultimate control over your entertainment environment. Now, with today’s technology, you can create the same viewing experience wherever you are, even if that means you are miles away from your favorite spot on the couch.

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5 Questions to Ask When Planning for Long-Term Care
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 2:42 am

(Family Features) You may not want to consider a time when you might not be able to fully take care of yourself, but the reality is there is almost a 70% chance someone turning 65 today will need some type of long-term care service and support in his or her lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Halloween Spooky Cans
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 2:42 am

(eLivingtoday.com) Get the kids involved with Halloween decorations this year with these easy-to-make “spooky cans” resembling a bat, Frankenstein and a mummy.

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Safe and Sound
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 2:42 am

5 ways to reduce safety risks for young children

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Beware of ‘Free Genetic Testing’ Medicare Scam
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 2:42 am

(Family Features) Over the past few years, DNA tests have become more popular across the country. However, unscrupulous people are taking advantage of the buzz around these tests to scam Medicare beneficiaries.

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Be Prepared When Natural Disaster Strikes
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 2:42 am

(Family Features) Emergency situations, especially those that pertain to natural disasters, can be difficult to recover from without proper planning, which is why it’s important to take small steps from the start to help protect your family.

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4 Tire Tips to Prepare for Winter
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 2:42 am

(Family Features) Among the many daily necessities that tend to take a backseat during the cold days of winter, driving is one of a handful directly affected by the weather. From slick roads caused by ice and snow to cold temperatures that can wreak havoc on certain parts of vehicles, even a simple commute to work or school may become a more treacherous activity.

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Holiday Entertaining with 5 Sommelier-Approved Wine Pairings
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) The holiday season is all about entertaining. This year, take your holiday soiree to the next level with a palate-pleasing wine pairing experience. Invite friends and family to the kitchen for easily pairable tastes of these three favorites: wine, cheese and chocolate.

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5 Ways to Empower Kids to End Bullying
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 2:50 am

(Family Features) From the classroom to the internet, bullying can lead to children developing a poor self-image or lead to bullying others. In fact, members of Generation Z believe bullying is the biggest issue facing their generation, according to new data.

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4 Ways Pets Improve Overall Well-Being
Posted: October 16, 2019

(Family Features) Self-care is an important piece of maintaining a happy and healthy life, and adopting a pet can be a beneficial way to improve overall well-being in a number of ways.

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It Pays to Compare Using Medicare's New Plan Finder
Posted: October 16, 2019

Explore your options before the end of Open Enrollment

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An Imaginative, DIY Halloween Costume
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 2:50 am

(Family Features) Few traditions are as popular on Halloween as picking out the perfect costume. This haunting season, think outside the box – literally – and use boxes from your recent deliveries to create a unique DIY costume, or “boxtume.”

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Thursday 10/10/2019
Four Women’s Fiction Books Explore Diverse Family Dramas
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 3:12 am

“Wild Boar in the Cane Field” by Anniqua Rana

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Wednesday 10/09/2019
Wearable Fall Trends
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) The fall season is all about remixing modern classics, which means some fall trends may already be hanging in your closet. However, if you decide to upgrade a few basics, you can find plenty of worthy investment pieces this season that you can wear again and again for years to come.

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Help Safeguard Your Family’s Finances
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Every year, millions of American workers enroll in employee benefits through their workplaces during a period known as annual enrollment. It's usually a short window of time, but employees make crucial financial decisions for their families for the coming year.

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The Benefits of Service Dogs
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:32 am

Supporting veterans when they return home

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Tuesday 10/08/2019
Fun Ways to Celebrate Fall
Posted: October 08, 2019

(StatePoint) It’s time to celebrate colorful falling leaves and cooling weather with fun seasonal activities. The good news? You don’t have to travel far from home to get your fall fix.

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How to Encourage Your Child’s Imagination and Self-Expression
Posted: October 08, 2019

(StatePoint) Childhood is a time for imaginations to run wild. But when children’s schedules are filled to the brim with too many structured classes and extra-curricular activities, it can limit self-expression.

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Monday 10/07/2019
Special Children’s Books Edition: Heartwarming, Entertaining And Educational
Updated: October 10, 2019 - 3:13 am

“The Nocturnals: The Kooky Kinkajou” by Tracey Hecht

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Thursday 10/03/2019
Protect Your Health During Cancer Treatment
Posted: October 03, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Cancer can be a difficult and overwhelming diagnosis, and if you have cancer or are undergoing cancer treatment, your top priority is to get healthy. After your cancer diagnosis, there are many new things you might need to learn and manage. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Blood Clot Alliance want you to protect your health by understanding your risk for dangerous blood clots, because cancer and some cancer treatments can increase your risk for blood clots. About 900,000 people each year are affected by blood clots, and about one in five of these blood clots are associated with cancer.

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Why the ‘Real Feel’ Really Matters When It Comes to Weather
Posted: October 03, 2019

(StatePoint) Picture this: you’re getting ready for the day and check your phone to see what the weather will be like. Your weather app shows 58 degrees, so you throw on a light jacket and head out the door. By the time you reach the end of the block you’re hit in the face with a blast of wind and cold air. It feels more like 35 degrees.

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Wednesday 10/02/2019
Key Questions to Help You Choose a Medicare Plan
Posted: October 02, 2019

(NewsUSA) - If you're one of 56 million Americans eligible for Medicare, it's important to understand coverage options when selecting your health plan for 2020.

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Four Compelling Reads: Thriller, Poignant Memoir, Dark Winter Tales, And How To Succeed In Business
Updated: October 05, 2019 - 3:06 am

“Speak No Evil” by Liana Gardner (Vesuvian Books)

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5 Tips to Ace College Entry Exams
Updated: October 07, 2019 - 2:40 am

(eLivingtoday.com) Because most colleges and universities require applicants to submit ACT or SAT results as part of admissions consideration, prepping for the test itself can be a critical component of that process.

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How to Re-Watch Hollywood History
Updated: October 07, 2019 - 2:42 am

(Family Features) Streaming media is transforming TV and movie watching, but the convenience and ability to binge watch favorite shows aren’t the only benefits. Super-fans of a specific actor or genre can geek out like never before thanks to unprecedented access to libraries filled with beloved stars and film categories.

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Steps to Better Sleep for Peak Sports Performance
Updated: October 07, 2019 - 2:42 am

(Family Features) For fans and athletes alike, fall means gearing up for a new season of sports activities. While plenty of attention goes into developing skills and talent, other important components that affect an athlete’s performance can be overlooked. Especially considering the demands of an athlete’s training and game schedule, getting adequate sleep is often an afterthought.

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Pet Health Tips for an On-the-Go Lifestyle
Updated: October 07, 2019 - 2:42 am

(Family Features) People who lead busy lives often seek convenient and healthy choices when it comes to taking care of their own well-being. For pet parents, a little creativity can make it easy to deliver the same level of care for their beloved pets, even when the pace of life accelerates.

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5 Ways Technology is Transforming Hearing Aids
Updated: October 07, 2019 - 2:42 am

(Family Features) Around 37.5 million adults in the United States report some trouble hearing, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). However, it is an undertreated condition with the NIH also estimating 28.8 million adults with mild to severe hearing loss could benefit from hearing aids. Thanks to ever-evolving technology, devices that improve hearing loss are more user-friendly than ever.

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Friday 09/27/2019
3 Ways Boomers Should Upgrade Their Tech Now
Posted: September 27, 2019

(StatePoint) For the roughly 90 million people over age 55 in the U.S., making timely upgrades to their tech is one of the easiest ways to stay vital, active and connected.

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Thursday 09/26/2019
Co-op Yacht Ownership Offers Hassle-Free Fun
Posted: September 26, 2019

(NewsUSA) - It seems as if there's co-ops for just about everything these days - condos, farms, horses, and now yachts.

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Gunnar Peterson Offers Tips to Get Your Hearing in Shape
Posted: September 26, 2019

(NewsUSA) - When it comes to getting your body in top shape, Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes have turned to celebrity fitness trainer Gunnar Peterson for three decades.

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Best Ways for Military Families to Stay Connected
Posted: September 26, 2019

(StatePoint) Military families know just how important it is to keep in touch. Fortunately, with time-tested strategies and new technologies, it’s easy for military members and their loved ones to stay better connected. Here’s how:

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Wednesday 09/25/2019
New Research Shows Big Opportunities for Small Businesses
Posted: September 25, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Today's technology has changed the shopping experience. While many of us still enjoy trying on clothes at our favorite department store, we also relish the ability to buy specific and unique items through an e-commerce app, or research product details via our smartphone.

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World Heart Day Encourages People to Make Healthy Changes
Posted: September 25, 2019

(NewsUSA) - World Heart Day takes place each year on September 29.

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Female And Ambitious: Four Books About Inspiring Women Who Wouldn’t Let The Odds Stand In Their Way
Updated: September 27, 2019 - 3:18 am

“Diamonds and Scoundrels: My Life in the Jewelry Business” by Adrienne Rubin (She Writes Press)

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3 Ways Pet Adoption Can Be a Win for All
Updated: September 30, 2019 - 2:38 am

(Family Features) Pet adoption improves – and sometimes saves – the lives of millions of furry friends each year. However, the benefits of adoption are not a one-way street. Research continues to emerge supporting the positive impact pets add to owners’ lives, as well as the benefits pet adoption has on communities as a whole.

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How to Make the Most Out of Family Time
Updated: September 30, 2019 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) With a little imagination, you can dream up all kinds of creative, engaging and interactive activities the entire family can enjoy no matter the season.

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Make Your Child’s Vision Health a Priority this School Year
Updated: September 30, 2019 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) Children's vision is paramount to their performance in school and life.

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4 Facts Parents Should Know About Antibiotic Resistance
Updated: September 30, 2019 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) When administered properly, antibiotics can provide essential, even lifesaving, relief to a sick child. However, antibiotics are not without risks.

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6 Keys to the Best Possible Stroke Recovery
Updated: September 30, 2019 - 2:41 am

(Family Features) Strokes change more than 795,000 lives in the United States each year.

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Monday 09/23/2019
Keep your kids safe from unsecured furniture and TVs [Video]
Posted: September 23, 2019

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Friday 09/20/2019
Estate Planning: Most People, Alas, Fail to Make Crucial Decisions
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 3:12 am

(NewsUSA) - How best to put this delicately?

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Wednesday 09/18/2019
Escape to the Caribbean for Stress-Free Holidays
Posted: September 18, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Summer vacation season may be over, but it is never too soon to start planning a Christmas- season getaway.

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Virologist's Book Warns of Coming Lethal Flu Pandemic
Posted: September 18, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Scientists have long held that it will not be weapons of mass destruction that kills the human race, but rather a biological one.

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Transforming Your Under-Stair Space
Posted: September 18, 2019

(NewsUSA) - If you live in a multi-story house, chances are you've looked at the no-man's-land under a set of stairs and thought: That space could be made to look and function much better. The classic solution is to fill the unattractive void with a closet, which is a perfectly serviceable idea. But there are other, more imaginative possibilities - home office, mini-library, powder room, wet bar, dog kennel, to name a few - creative hardwood built-ins that can transform those formerly awkward architectural cul-de-sacs into a visually interesting, highly practical, value-adding features in your home.

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A Thrilling Book Trilogy And More—Megalomaniacs Battle Zealots, With America Caught In The Middle
Updated: September 20, 2019 - 3:24 am

(NAPSI)—This issue of BookBites introduces readers to Eric C. Anderson’s New Caliphate trilogy, a saga ripped from today’s headlines that could leave tomorrow’s Europe on the brink of a new Dark Age, as well as a fourth thriller depicting the use of cryptocurrency as a tool for political regime change. Anderson is a former member of the U.S. intelligence community.

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5 Common Questions for Memorializing a Loved One
Updated: September 23, 2019 - 2:47 am

(Family Features) One of the most difficult conversations in a person’s life typically takes place near the end of that life. Planning for a funeral can put an emotional strain on family members and friends, but some of the stress can be relieved when the most common questions have answers.

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