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4 back-to-school essentials to help keep kids healthy

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5 budget-friendly projects that boost your home

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An aging family member is struggling with their chronic condition - what can you do?

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Managing back-to-school anxiety: Top advice for parents

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(BPT) – Going back to school after enjoying the long, sunny days of summer is a source of angst for many children, especially those who already struggle with anxiety.

Protecting you from credit and debit card fraud with artificial intelligence

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(BPT) – Imagine a thief gets your credit or debit card and decides to go on a shopping spree. The thief tries to buy a flat-screen TV, a new computer and a diamond ring. You have no idea this is happening, until you get a phone call from your bank or an alert from your mobile banking app. Ho…

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Lack of pet-friendly domestic violence shelters critical barrier for victims with pets

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(BPT) – An estimated 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience some form of domestic abuse in their lifetime. Escaping abusive situations and starting over in a new and safe environment is an overwhelming experience for victims, especially when pets are involved. An added challenge is that…

5 tips to make the most out of your workout routine

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(BPT) – Whether you’re hitting the gym to get healthy, tone up or improve your overall well-being, there’s no denying that seeing results can be one of the most satisfying feelings. Noticing even the smallest change in the way you feel or look is reason enough to lace up your sneakers for an…

WASHLET: The History Behind the World’s Most Luxurious and Innovative Bathroom Technology

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(BPT) – When it comes to bodily hygiene, what was once considered a luxury — cleansing with water — is now deemed a necessity. Before 1920, daily bathing was a luxury; bathing once a week was the norm. In the 1920s and 1930s, however, industrial automation introduced new standards of hygiene…

Think outside: 5 ways to disconnect and enjoy the outdoors

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(BPT) – Life is hectic, full of demands at work and home. Add digital distractions like computers, cell phones, tablets and more, and it’s no wonder many people are experiencing record-high levels of stress.

The ultimate guide to buying a cordless vacuum

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(BPT) – Whether you live in a house or an apartment, you may have found that old-fashioned vacuum cleaners with long cords are inconvenient to use, and a hassle to carry around your home for everyday cleaning. Today’s lightweight, cordless vacuums offer more convenience and are much easier to use.

Are you getting enough protein in your diet?

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(BPT) – You may have noticed protein bars and shakes popping up at grocery stores or gyms. Coverage of the benefits of protein is all the rage. So it might be surprising to learn that almost half of older adults are not consuming enough protein, thus negatively impacting their health, accord…

5 ways parents can help kids be themselves

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(BPT) – As a parent, it’s so exciting to see your children grow and develop their own unique personalities and interests. While children are young and exploring the world around them, parents are always looking for ways to encourage their children’s growth, and to support them in finding act…

6 unexpected food pairings that really work

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(BPT) – When it comes to food pairings, do you tend to stick with what you know? While the classics are certainly deserving of regular rotation in your meals, if you never think outside of what you know, you’re depriving yourself of some tasty twists that could become new favorites.

Pimento cheese is finally spreading across America? Well, it’s about time.

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(BPT) – One of the South’s best-kept secrets for years, pimento cheese is finally catching on with the rest of the country. While pimento cheese and things made with it are still only on 4% of U.S. restaurant menus, according to www.datassential.com, that’s an increase of 65% in the last fou…

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Record low unemployment creates opportunities for Americans with disabilities

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(BPT) – With unemployment rates at a nearly 50-year low, many businesses are struggling to find workers. This tight job market is opening doors for people with disabilities, as many companies are turning their attention to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

From toaster pastries to dog food: Top 10 items people buy to prep for a hurricane

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(BPT) – Hurricane season is underway, and the first named storm of season, Tropical Storm Barry, already hit Louisiana. For many people located near the coasts, that means stocking up on all the things their families might need before a storm may strike.

Young women learn government fundamentals in nationwide leadership program

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(BPT) – This July, two teenage girls from every state in the country met in Washington, D.C., for the 73rd annual American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation. This one-week government-in-action leadership development program is designed to educate future leaders on U.S. government fundamentals an…

Signs Your Aging Parents May Need More Help at Home

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(StatePoint) Every day, roughly 10,000 baby boomers nationwide turn 65, according to the Pew Research Center, which means that a growing number of Americans are dealing with the many challenges associated with aging parents or relatives. Among them is determining when parents may need assist…

Embarrassing questions you’re too afraid to ask your gynecologist

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(BPT) – It’s that time again. The dreaded gynecologist appointment. There’s nothing to be afraid of because nothing shocks the gyno. However, many women are reluctant to ask the questions they want — and need — answered.

Managing change is crucial for success

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(BPT) – Whether you’re a small-business owner, a manager at a mid-sized company or CEO of a large corporation, you’ve had to cope with constant change over the course of your career, and you’ve learned at least one thing: More change is inevitable.

How you sleep affects your health – and could give you wrinkles

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(BPT) – As you drift off to sleep, how does your nightly position affect your health?

Handy hacks and simple tricks for DIY projects

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(BPT) – Have you ever left a reminder on a small scrap of paper because that is all you could find? Or ran out of room when writing an important message? No matter your profession — from construction and manufacturing, to culinary and education, to even around the house — there’s always a me…

5 easy ways to be a more active dad

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(BPT) – For children, having an engaged dad makes a huge difference — fathers play a critical role, and research tells us just how important that role is. In fact, studies show that children who feel close to their fathers are two times more likely to go to college or find a job after high school.

5 things to know about securing a business loan

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(BPT) – If you’re dreaming about starting a business, or if you’re already a business owner looking to grow your business, chances are that you’ll need a loan at some point to help your vision become reality. And if you’re a veteran or active-duty servicemember, you already possess the skill…

True confessions: Which skin sins have you committed?

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(BPT) – From catching your favorite team at a ballgame to swimming in a pool, summertime brings no shortage of outdoor activities. All this time outside, though, can wreak havoc on your skin if you don’t follow a proper routine to rid your skin of the dirt, oil and residue it encounters thro…

6 back-to-school tips every parent of kids with allergies should know

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(BPT) – For kids who live with allergies and asthma, back-to-school can spell trouble with symptoms.

Are you a Maverick? A Dreamer? Find your financial personality

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(BPT) – When it comes to managing your finances, are you more likely to be spontaneous and optimistic or stick to a formal plan? Understanding your financial personality can be important on the journey to reaching your financial goals, whether it’s something short-term like buying a home or …

Patient registry breathes new life into pulmonary fibrosis research

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(BPT) – Over 200,000 people in the United States are living with pulmonary fibrosis (PF), a progressive, debilitating lung disease. More than 50,000 new cases of PF are diagnosed each year — with many more that are likely misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. Most cases are idiopathic pulmonary fibro…

Maternal morbidity and mortality: Your guide to healthy pregnancy

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(BPT) – Every year in the United States, approximately 700 women die as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications, and more than 50,000 experience unexpected health problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some pregnancy complications (for example, m…

5 latest trends in bathroom design

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(BPT) – Today’s homeowners are increasingly expecting their bathrooms to mirror some of the spa-like features that were previously seen only in hotels, resorts and luxury vacation rentals.

Internship tips from an intern who became an owner and CEO

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(BPT) – Internships can be a valuable opportunity to start your full-time working career, and change your life.

When eating a balanced diet, beef remains a high-protein option

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(BPT) – Imagine you are preparing for a trip to the grocery store. To meal prep for the upcoming week, you develop a balanced grocery list with various items spanning the five food groups: fruits, vegetables, dairy, grains and protein. You know protein is essential to a balanced diet and mai…

How one idea - big or small - can help change cancer care

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(BPT) – Anyone who has confronted cancer or helped a friend or family member battle the disease knows that the challenges go far beyond diagnosis and treatment. Managing the cancer journey and life after treatment calls on support from family and the surrounding community. It is this communi…

Time-saving tips for creating simple morning routines

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(BPT) – Mornings can be a bit chaotic as you fight the clock to get out the door on time. This is especially true if you have a big family. Wouldn’t it be nice if rather than feeling like a stressful race, your morning routine was something you actually looked forward to?

5 easy projects to get the whole family outside

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(BPT) – Want to get the kids away from screens and outside for some fresh air? Many outdoor projects will not only lure your whole family outdoors once the jobs are completed, but the family may actually want to help you.

Avoiding the summer slide: How teens can learn new skills during summer break

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(BPT) – Summer vacation is all about freedom and flexibility for most teens, and sometimes all they want to do is kick back and relax. While a break from structured school days and homework can be refreshing, too many weeks without flexing mental muscles can mean losing knowledge teens gaine…

Breast cancer survivor puts chemo to the test

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(BPT) – As a commercial airline pilot with nearly 30 years of experience, Diane Sandoval, age 50, is no stranger to making difficult decisions. However, she faced one of her toughest challenges not in the skies, but when she discovered a small lump in her left breast during a self-examinatio…

Smoking basics for mastering the art of delectable beef

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(BPT) – Summer weekends are all about the barbecue. Grilling has become an American staple, and many home grill masters yearn to take it to the next level, impressing their friends and families with tasty, mouthwatering smoked beef. Smoking is a timeless technique that elevates the beef peop…

Heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest are different, but often related

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(BPT) – Within just eight days, Michael Adams, a 59-year-old husband and father of two from Moore, OK, suffered a heart attack and a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) — he survived them both. Many think a heart attack and SCA are the same, but they are very different. Recent heart attack victims h…

Why ethics is good for business

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(BPT) – The last thing any company wants is a misstep that hurts the trust it has built with customers. This is especially true for smaller businesses, which may not have the resources to recover from a reputational setback. To prevent mistakes, bad decisions and wrongdoing, smaller business…

Buy a home without breaking the bank

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(BPT) – Buying a home is one of life’s biggest financial milestones, but people often think it’s out of reach because of the costs involved, including the myth that you have to put 20% down. The fact is, you don’t necessarily need to deplete all of your savings to qualify for a mortgage and …

4 steps to keep your home safe from fires

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(BPT) – According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms — often due to missing alarm batteries or expired alarms.

How detailed planning can help you make every minute count

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(BPT) – To say ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia keeps busy is an understatement. The fitness platform she founded operates at 15,000 partner sites across 80 cities worldwide and is continuing to expand. Kadakia also founded Sa Dance Company, a bicoastal Indian dance troupe that performs at ma…

5 ways to prepare for Public Safety Power Shutoffs this summer

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(BPT) – During extreme weather conditions and when threat of danger from wildfires is imminent, California utility companies make a determination whether to temporarily shut off power in specific areas to protect public safety and prevent an increase in dangerous conditions. Southern Califor…

5 tips for stress-free outdoor entertaining

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(BPT) – Good food, great company and the beauty of the outdoors: Dining al fresco with family or friends is the perfect way to enjoy beautiful weather. For many people, though, the job of outdoor entertaining can feel somewhat intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. With these simple tips, …

5 smart home upgrades that will pay off later

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(BPT) – Whether you want to make the most of your home now, or you’re thinking of selling soon, smart upgrades can boost your enjoyment of your home and increase its resale value. Some upgrades improve the aesthetics of your house, while others help save on energy costs or improve the functi…

5 staples for the ideal DIY workspace

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(BPT) – From ambitious millennials to enthusiastic boomers, do it yourself — DIY — is trending among people of all ages. No matter the hobby or home improvement project, creating a well-equipped workspace is just as important as having the right tools for the job. Whether your workspace is i…

6 questions to ask your healthcare provider about out-of-pocket medication costs

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(BPT) – Even in the privacy of a doctor’s office, many patients hesitate to discuss one subject — money.

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