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Thursday 01/17/2019
5 ways to get financially fit this new year
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - In 2019, many Americans are planning for a “better me” in the year ahead. Gym memberships and diets are at the top of many lists, but what about financial health? Losing debt can be just as important as losing pounds, and financial fitness just as important as physical fitness.

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Exoskeletons allow stroke and spinal cord injury survivors to take 100 million steps to date
Posted: January 17, 2019

(BPT) - At 32 years of age, Jessica “Jess” McNair experienced what doctors described as “cascades of multiple strokes” resulting from irregularly formed arteries in her neck. With a bleak prognosis, McNair's team of doctors predicted she had a 5 percent chance of living, and that it would be unlikely she would regain the ability to walk, talk or care for herself.

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Championing girls’ confidence through puberty and beyond
Posted: January 17, 2019

(BPT) - Puberty is a transformational time for girls that comes with unique challenges in physical, mental and emotional forms. Between trying to manage increasingly complex emotions, adjusting to their evolving bodies and navigating social changes, it’s no wonder half of girls lose confidence at this moment in life — and many never fully recover. This is why it’s crucial to not only educate girls about the changes they’re experiencing, but to actively support them as they develop their confidence.

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Wednesday 01/16/2019
Common cold or pulmonary fibrosis? Know the symptoms
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Persistent dry cough. Fatigue. Shortness of breath. These symptoms are sometimes associated with a passing virus, especially during the peak of cold and flu season. Coughs can last an average of 18 days; however, if your dry cough is still lingering after two months, another condition, such as pulmonary fibrosis, might be the cause.

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Catch home buyers' attention with a bathroom in an 'impossible' space
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - When it comes to real estate, you've probably heard kitchens and bathrooms typically sell houses. While you may not have enough money for a kitchen remodel, adding a bathroom can be a more affordable way to enhance your property and catch buyers' attention.

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Tuesday 01/15/2019
The real science behind your pet's food
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Pet owners will do just about anything they can to keep their furry friends happy and healthy, which is why the vast majority of pet owners say they’re concerned about the ingredients in their pet’s food. Based on a quality and safety Purina survey conducted in 2017, 84 percent of pet owners are concerned about the ingredients in their pet’s food, and more than four out of five pet owners are likely to read the list of ingredients in pet food before buying it. Yet many dog and cat owners are often confused about what constitutes safe and healthy food, have misperceptions about ingredients, and aren’t clear about what types of nutrients their pets need. A lot of thought has been put into the ingredients in the pet food you see on shelves and online, including many backed by full teams of scientists who work every day to create nutritional breakthroughs that will help pets of all ages live their best life.

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50 or over? Why you may want to consider new shingles vaccine
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - When it comes to vaccines this time of year, influenza is often top-of-mind — and it should be, with as many as 35 million cases expected this flu season. But as you age, don’t neglect the shingles vaccine.

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Monday 01/14/2019
5 tips to prevent the spread of an infectious superbug
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - In the winter, we tend to be in closer quarters indoors and constantly around friends and family. It is important to be conscious of infectious diseases, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which are spreading rapidly among public places like gyms and schools. MRSA prevention should continue at home, especially for groups at higher risk, like student athletes.

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5 fitness trends on the rise in 2019
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - When looking ahead to the rest of the year, so many get excited about the latest trends, gadgets or gizmos getting the most attention as they look for what they might be interested in for themselves or their family. The world of health and fitness is an area that is always evolving to the point there’s continuously something new to try, and sometimes it can even reach the point of feeling overwhelming.

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Retirement planning: How ‘life’ gets in the way and how to overcome the obstacles
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - If you’re like many Americans, retirement planning may not be high on your ”to-do” list. When life is busy and you’re shouldering the burden of looking out for yourself and your family, setting up a retirement plan can slide down the priority list — especially if you’re hoping it will somehow be easier in a year, two or more.

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How ancient ingredients can give your winter health a boost today
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Whether it's a hot drink of honey, lemon and brandy, or a steaming bowl of chicken soup, many families have age-old home remedies, passed down through the generations, that they still use today when winter kicks into high gear. Grandma knew a thing or two about soothing a sore throat, quieting a cough or settling a rumbling stomach without a trip to the pharmacy.

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The top 5 supplements everyone should be taking in the new year
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Are supplements part of your daily routine? If they are, you're not alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than half of all Americans take one or more supplements in their quest for better health. That's because even if you have an ultra-healthy diet (and many people don't), it's difficult to get all the vitamins and nutrients your body needs for optimal health from food alone. So supplementing your diet is a good idea.

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How cash-out refinancing can turn into a costly mistake
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:41 am

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Is business school really worth it? Important factors to consider
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - If you’ve ever considered getting your MBA, you’ve probably asked yourself: Is it worth it? It’s a fair question, particularly as going back to school as an adult often requires shuffling your priorities so you can make time for class and assignments.

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Thursday 01/10/2019
5 ideas for savvy party planning made easy
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - There are those who meticulously decorate dozens of petit fours for a dinner party, set up a photo station and even offer a gift bag. And there are those who may want to do all of that, but don't have the time or the creative flair. But that doesn’t mean their party can’t have that “homemade” charm. All it takes is a little help and savvy know-how, and your celebrations can have the same love and care as if you DIYed them.

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Make your retirement savings goal a reality this year [Infographic]
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Nearly 1 in 3 people approaching retirement age (28 percent) think they’re more likely to learn Bigfoot is real than to save enough to retire comfortably, according to a recent survey from AARP and the Ad Council. This year, make your retirement savings goal a reality! Visit AceYourRetirement.org today for a personalized action plan that can help you get your retirement savings on track.

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Tuesday 01/08/2019
Infant health insight: 4 formula-feeding mistakes and misconceptions
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Whether you're expecting your first child or you've been around the baby block a few times before, there are always a lot of questions when preparing for parenthood. Feeding often tops the list, leaving moms puzzled at which are the best ways to nourish their little ones.

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Monday 01/07/2019
How the rise of FemTech can help prevent cervical cancer and transform women's health
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Women represent as much as $20 trillion globally in annual consumer spending, yet many of their health needs remain unaddressed by the healthcare market. One large need that has been almost entirely ignored is feminine digital health. To date, women’s health accounts for just 4 percent of the R&D funding for healthcare products and services.

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How a teen got her wish to display her paintings in LA
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - When Jaylah Martinez has a paintbrush in hand, it’s like a conduit between the emotions inside Jaylah and the canvas. Like many teens, the budding artist has voiced big dreams for her paintings and art. In Jaylah’s case, she envisions them displayed in a modern art gallery in Los Angeles.

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American workers seek learning and development programs to close skills gap
Posted: January 07, 2019

(BPT) - Unemployment is at its lowest point since 1969 and job openings are at a 17-year high, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With a tightened labor market the competition for candidates with the right skill set is soaring. Yet, many workers lack the skills necessary to pursue new opportunities, suggests a new survey from Prudential Financial, Inc.

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Friday 01/04/2019
6 little-known facts about the history of jigsaw puzzles
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Just try to walk by an unfinished jigsaw puzzle without stopping. It’s almost impossible and in fact, nearly half of all Americans puzzle for fun, to relax or to relieve stress. Families puzzle together as a winter tradition. Millennials puzzle to connect with each other and disconnect from a hyper-digital lifestyle while seniors puzzle for a brain boost. It may feel like puzzling is one of the many retro activities made vogue again, but it has always been in fashion.

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Thursday 01/03/2019
5 dermatologist tips for winter skincare
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - The chill, the dryness, the itch: As temperatures drop, winter can wreak havoc on your skin. Fortunately, you can fight winter's wrath by taking a few smart, proactive steps.

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Friday 12/28/2018
5 things parents should know before choosing a summer camp
Updated: January 02, 2019 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - Looking for a cure for the winter blues? Start making plans for the summer. Having something fun to look forward to — such as days off and family trips — can make those dreary days more bearable. One thing you’ll want to add to your summer planning list is finding a great summer camp or two for your kids.

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4 things you might not know about prescription drug costs
Updated: January 02, 2019 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - The high cost of prescription medications is an ongoing health crisis for millions of Americans who are desperate for relief.

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Thursday 12/27/2018
A new year, a new you
Updated: January 02, 2019 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - Jan. 1 marks the official start of the new year and is our annual reminder to set resolutions, such as eating healthier, practicing mindfulness, getting organized or finally joining a gym. It’s the perfect excuse to hit the reset button to lead a healthier lifestyle.

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New year, healthy you: 4 steps for a healthier you
Updated: January 02, 2019 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - The new year is often a time filled with self-reflection and thoughts of personal transformation, prompting individuals to start hitting the gym, eating right and reconnecting with old friends. However, New Year’s resolutions can often be short-lived, frequently not even lasting through February.

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Wednesday 12/26/2018
How disability benefits can help support you in a crisis
Updated: January 02, 2019 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - More than 155 million U.S. workers are insured for a disability through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. They receive this insurance coverage through their payroll taxes, or FICA taxes, as a part of the Social Security program.

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3 smart shopping hacks for the savvy shopper
Updated: January 02, 2019 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - From the seasoned fashionista to the last-minute birthday gifter, we all have reasons to go shopping. Sometimes finding the perfect birthday or anniversary gift for a special loved one can feel overwhelming with so many choices out there. Here are few tips that can help save time, money and make shopping stress-free.

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5 simple tips for the best batch of cookies
Updated: January 02, 2019 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - Sharing a fresh batch of cookies with family and friends is the perfect way to warm up a wintry day. Some bakers dare to experiment with new recipes, while others stick with old favorites. Yet, even the tried-and-true recipes don’t always turn out right.

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5 New Year’s resolutions to help prevent pests
Updated: January 02, 2019 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - From healthy lifestyle changes to productive habits, there are plenty of New Year’s resolutions that can start your 2019 off on the right foot. Homeowners can extend those resolutions to include keeping the house in tiptop shape — and keeping out unwanted visitors. The pest management experts at Terminix have a few New Year’s resolution recommendations that can help make your 2019 pest-free.

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Chrono-nutrition: The best time of day to take your vitamins
Updated: January 02, 2019 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - In the world of healthy eating, chrono-nutrition has a long-standing history, and shines a spotlight on the time of day you eat being just as important as what you eat. The new year provides the opportunity to reflect on nutrition goals and to determine how to better optimize health for a “new year, new you.” In 2019, chrono-nutrition for vitamin use will take nutrition to the next level.

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Tuesday 12/25/2018
A great gut in the new year: 5 tips for getting prebiotics into your diet
Updated: January 02, 2019 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - As health-conscious people worldwide are understanding more about how their digestive processes make them feel, they’re turning to prebiotic foods to improve their well-being.

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Friday 12/21/2018
Caring for A Long-Distance Senior Loved One
Posted: December 21, 2018

(NewsUSA) - Long-distance caregiving for a parent or senior loved one is a difficult reality for many adults.

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Depression and how to manage it
Updated: January 02, 2019 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - Sadness and grief are normal human emotions. These feelings can often last for a short period of time. However, when these emotions last for many days or weeks, depression becomes a concern.

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Indoor survival guide for guys
Updated: January 02, 2019 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - The winter months are known as a leading cause of indoor stir-craziness. Colder temperatures, rain, sleet, snow and shortened daylight hours all mean we spend more time inside than we would like.

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6 best foods to donate to food banks
Updated: January 02, 2019 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - Donating to local food banks is one way to ensure that everyone in your community feels the warmth this winter. With this mission in mind, Dole Packaged Foods launched its “Let Sunshine In, Drive Hunger Out” hunger relief campaign, in partnership with Kroger and American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. You can participate by adding a few much-needed supplies to your shopping cart and contributing to your local food bank.

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Revolutionary technology is coming to a laboratory near you
Updated: January 02, 2019 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - Lab tests play a significant role in detecting, diagnosing and monitoring diseases. Clinical decisions are often guided by test results — results such as those that indicate whether a patient is having a heart attack or needs a medication adjustment, whether a patient is a candidate for surgery or chemotherapy, or results that determine whether a patient is healthy enough to return home from a hospital stay. Awaiting answers can scare and stress patients.

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Thursday 12/20/2018
5 simple ways to bring more color to your home
Updated: January 02, 2019 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - When you look at your home's interiors, do you find yourself craving a refresh? If so, there's no better time than the New Year to update your home with thoughtful design touches that embrace the power of color.

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4 ways to reduce your stress
Updated: January 02, 2019 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - Stress. No one wants it but we all experience it from time to time. Higher levels of stress can cause problems at work and at home. But stress is not just hard on your mental well-being, it is hard on your body and can lead to many negative health outcomes.

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The unhappy holidays: How to support the veterans in your life suffering from PTSD
Updated: January 02, 2019 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - Gatherings with loved ones, the smell of fresh pine, crackling sounds from the fireplace and glowing lights wrapped around the tree — the holiday season is supposed to be the happiest time of the year. And yet for many veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress (PTS), traumatic brain injury and other disabilities, the holidays can be a living nightmare. Feelings of sadness, depression, anxiety, guilt and loneliness might take the place of the merriment they used to feel this time of year. They may struggle to find something to be cheerful for.

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5 resolutions to make with your dog in the new year
Updated: January 02, 2019 - 2:47 am

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How will trended credit data help my credit scores?
Updated: January 02, 2019 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - Ever since the dawn of credit reporting, the information has looked relatively the same. Your lenders reported information to one, two or all three of the national credit reporting companies (CRCs) based on your most recent loan payment activities and balances.

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Wednesday 12/19/2018
Bringing joy to pediatric patients can start with a dog
Posted: December 19, 2018

(BPT) - For pediatric patients, being in the hospital can be a frightening, vulnerable and lonely experience, especially for those undergoing serious medical treatments. Struggling with illness can rob kids of the simple joys of childhood. However, research has shown that dogs, with their playful, comforting and loving nature, can have beneficial, long-lasting effects on pediatric patients. According to Purdue University, interacting with animals in different environments, including hospitals, could improve our physical and mental health, as well as enhance different aspects of our daily lives.

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The top 4 pest trends of 2018
Posted: December 19, 2018

(BPT) - As the calendar flips to December each year, the country reflects on the trends and moments that defined the last 12 months. From viral moments to unwanted home visitors, the experts at Terminix break down four statistics that defined the year for pests.

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Looking for your perfect pooch? Check out these all-American dog breeds
Posted: December 19, 2018

(BPT) - If you're thinking of adding a four-legged member to your family, you'll be rewarded with the special kind of loyalty and unconditional love only dogs can bring. But not every dog is the ideal match for every family. It's important to choose a new best friend that fits with your lifestyle. A high-energy dog in a home with people who have sedentary lifestyles is likely to become bored and get into mischief. A more laid-back dog isn't going to make a good hunting partner or running buddy.

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Omega-3s: Do you really know what they are, and if you are getting enough?
Posted: December 19, 2018

(BPT) - Each day we are bombarded with heaping helpings of health headlines — the latest, must-know, must-do health advice. Sometimes the tips seem obvious; but often, it’s quite difficult to understand what will produce health benefits — especially when headlines and social media can make legitimate advice seem irrelevant in a moment.

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Friday 12/14/2018
Three Ways to Understand and Help Manage Rare Blood Cancers
Updated: December 18, 2018 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - Most people have a personal connection to cancer. In fact, an estimated 1.7 million people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer this year. But there are several lesser-known types of cancer that many people do not know about which can make diagnosis and treatment decisions more challenging. One example is a closely related group of rare blood cancers known as myeloproliferative neoplasms, or MPNs. 

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Thursday 12/13/2018
Patient thanks her caregiver after successful transplant
Updated: December 18, 2018 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - The holiday season presents the opportunity to pause and express gratitude to those that have touched our lives. For former dialysis patient and recent kidney transplant recipient Ingrid Codrington, her biggest “thank you” is to a woman who changed her life when she needed it the most.

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3 steps for your end-of-year financial checkup
Updated: December 18, 2018 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - Amidst a frenzy of holiday parties and family gatherings, it can be easy to lose sight of your financial goals. But the end of the year is an ideal time to reflect on your financial plan and review your savings and investing approach. Before you say goodbye to 2018, take these steps to maximize your savings and help position your portfolio favorably for the coming year:

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