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Perk up your home with pattern
(BPT) - Give your home an energy shot this spring with bright colors and bold patterns. 'Patterns are hot, hot, hot,' says Cathie Pliess , program coordinator of design for The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and a certified interior designer. 'Look for oversized patterns in bold colors on a white background.' Spring de...
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Adults need vaccines too [Infographic]
Vaccine-preventable diseases can cause long term illness, hospitalization and death. In fact, nearly 50,000 adults die from vaccine-preventable diseases each year in the U.S. and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates the health care burden of adult vaccine-preventable diseases around $10 billion annually. The CDC recommends that adults be vaccinated against several diseases, including pneumococcal disease, influenza, shingles, hepatitis B, tetanus, diphtheria and pert...
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Through the art of makeup, people with rare pituitary disorders now have unique resources to help address common physical and emotional changes
(BPT) - Did you know that applying contour powder on certain areas of your face, like the outer rim of the jaw, along the hairline or along the hollows of the cheek, can help make enlarged features less noticeable? Seems like a basic makeup tip, right? Well, to a person with a pituitary disorder that dramatically changes...
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Save green indoors and out with energy-efficient home upgrades
(BPT) - Spring is the perfect time to think green. For some it's spurred by the coming of Earth Day, others the renewed greening of our lawns. And many are motivated by the desire to save a little green in their wallets with a fresh new season of home repairs. If you're one of these people, you can help save some green f...
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Big family, big love: Easy entertaining tips for large groups
(BPT) - The sun is shining, leaves are green and balmy temperatures have arrived - spring and summer months are the ideal time to entertain at home. Between holidays, graduation parties and warm weather festivities, there's always a reason to gather for a great meal and some fun. With a few organization tricks and cookin...
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Psoriatic arthritis: a distinct complex disease [Infographic]
Psoriatic arthritis is a painful, chronic inflammatory disease characterized by pain, stiffness, swelling and tenderness of the joints, inflammation of specific ligaments and tendons, and decrease in physical functioning. It is estimated that nearly 38 million people worldwide have psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis can impact day-to-day activities and has been reported to increase work disability. Common signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include pain, stiffness, and swelling in...
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The best home improvement for less than $5,000
(BPT) - Curious which home improvement costs less than $5,000, delivers the highest return on investment and has the maximum impact on curb appeal? According to the latest studies, the answer is a new garage door. A garage door replacement is one of the best value-returning home improvement investments, according to Remo...
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Walking: the old way to get fit is new again
(BPT) - With so many fitness trends, you might not think of walking as good exercise. If you're not thrusting a kettlebell over your head, pushing a tractor trailer tire or shaking your hips to a Top 40 dance beat in a scheduled group class, you're not cutting it, right? Well, not so fast. Walking is actually a great way...
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Driving America: Midwest's best roadways
The best way of seeing America's Heartland is truly by car. How else can you drive past fields of sunflowers, stop at a local hole-in-the-wall diner or experience the humbling beauty of America's Great Lakes? No matter where you begin, DreamPlanGo suggests you see the best of the Midwest with these countryside drives: 1. The North Shore Scenic Drive, Minnesota Drive along the world's largest freshwater lake (from Canal Park all the way up north to Grand Portage) on Minnesota's beloved North S...
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Is bracket-busting technology the key to victory?
(BPT) - Each year technology has a greater impact on our lives and that may be most visible in the world of sports. Long-time sports fans have witnessed the advent of new protective equipment, slow motion playbacks and officials using instant replay to determine the correct call in major sporting events all across the country. On the basketball court, new technology is being used to collect data from each game that helps improve both player performance and the fan experience. For example, the...
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Prepping your meals for more nutrients
Want to obtain the most nutrition out of your meals? Incorporate fresh ingredients and pay attention to how they are prepped. A variety of cooking techniques can make certain foods are more flavorful while maintaining high nutritional levels. 'To boost the flavor and nutritional value in our meals, we are constantly on t...
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Sodium truths: Americans are eating the right amount of salt
(BPT) - Contrary to popular belief, the average American eats just the right amount of salt. In fact every single population throughout the world, regardless of location, state of development, culture and cuisine, all ingest a similar amount of salt when compared to the U.S. average. It doesn't matter if people get their...
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FILE - This Dec. 19, 2013, file photo shows a view of the Supreme Court from near the top of the Capitol Dome on Capitol Hill, in Washington. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case that asks whether a victim of child pornography can seek millions of dollars from a defendant who had just two images of her on his computer. The woman known only as Amy is trying to persuade the justices in arguments on Jan. 22, 2014, that people convicted of possessing child pornography should be held liable for the entire cost of the harm their victims suffer, including in psychiatric care, lost income and legal fees. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)Supreme Court says man found with pictures not responsible for entirety of woman's losses.


2014-04-23 12:57:25 -0600

houbara bustardPakistan has long enjoyed close ties to Gulf Arab sheiks, but a prince's recent shooting spree that culled more than 2,000 rare birds from the country's preserves have stirred outrage in the country, following a $1.5 billion Saudi "gift" to the country's ailing economy.


2014-04-23 10:23:24 -0600

In this photo taken on Sunday, April 13, 2014, a reporter Simon Ostrovsky, right, stands next to a Pro-Russian gunman at a seized police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk. Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine say they are holding an American journalist captive. Ostrovsky, a journalist for Vice News, has not been seen since early Tuesday. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday confirmed they are detaining a U.S. journalist working with Vice News. The self-declared separatist mayor of Slaviansk told reporters the journalist, Simon Ostrovsky, had been detained for reporting what he said was false information that was "destabilizing for us" but that he was being treated well. Mayor Vyacheslav Ponomaryov attempted to joke about the situation. Vice News has said on its website that it is in contact with the U.S. State Department and other government authorities to work toward securing the safety of its journalist.


2014-04-23 13:21:04 -0600