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Baby boomers: Three crucial times to review your Medicare options for retirement
(BPT) - Baby boomers facing the big decision of when to take Social Security retirement shouldn't overlook the importance of signing up for Medicare at age 65. Although Social Security offers an age range, generally 62 to 70, for starting retirement benefits - you don't have this type of flexibility with Medicare health ...
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Get decked out with color
(BPT) - Wondering what one of the biggest trends 'on deck' is this year? Hint, it is a colorful answer. That's because more and more people are choosing to add color with a waterproofing deck stain. 'There are practical reasons for the trend,' says HGTV/DIY Network star Jeff Wilson. 'First, most decks are made of pressur...
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Hearing loss affects all generations [Infographic]
(BPT) - Hearing loss affects more than one of every six Americans. Although some are born with hearing issues, many risk factors are treatable and help minimize the effects of hearing loss. Hearing loss may lead to both health and employment issues, while diabetes, dementia, cardiovascular disease and lower pay are assoc...
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Facing brain surgery? Know all your options
(BPT) - Fear is a normal reaction when you've just been told your headaches and blurry vision are symptoms of a brain tumor which is serious enough that you will need treatment. Whether you're facing the prospect of brain cancer or another neurological problem, it's important to face your concern by becoming informed abo...
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Get spring off to a fresh start with these easy cleaning tips
(BPT) - Spring is finally here. It's time to throw open the windows and get the kids ready for fun times outdoors. It's also time to start those spring cleaning projects. In fact, 72 percent of Americans make spring cleaning an annual task. Spring cleaning projects usually require many different products, but this spring...
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Clean up the way you clean this spring - 7 tips to keep your home asthma-friendly this season
Spring cleaning is a task that many people take on this time of year, but for asthma patients and caregivers it's especially important for asthma management. Outdoor seasonal triggers like pollen from weeds and flowers can find their way into your home and add to the already dangerous triggers like dust and pet dander. Fortunately, there are simple steps for spring cleaning you can follow to help limit asthma triggers in the home with products that won't worsen your symptoms. 1. Dust frequent...
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Taking a graceful approach to aging in place [Infographic]
Elder care is rapidly evolving, both in assisted living communities and for people choosing to age in place. This infographic looks at the cost and behavioral factors of living at home as well as new technology that is making it easier to age in place with grace.
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Taking care of your dog's teeth: One more way to show you love him
(BPT) - Most pet parents enjoy hugs and kisses from their canines. But while your best friend is showering you with love, have you wondered if his teeth are clean? Or about how his dental health affects his overall well-being? Good oral care is as essential for dogs as it is for humans. By the time they're 3 years old, 8...
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Easy do-it-yourself Easter: Fun Easter projects for the whole family
(BPT) - The Easter bunny is right around the corner, which means chocolate eggs, chick marshmallows and stuffed bunnies will soon be popping up around the home. Celebrate with a build-your-own Easter basket with the kids for some quality time for the entire family. DIY doesn't mean it needs to be complicated or difficult...
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Kitchen makeover: 3 tips for beauty on a budget
If you're tired of looking at your outdated kitchen, but feel replacement would be impractical, you're not alone. In 2014, consumers will be trying to find solutions they can afford to do themselves. Check out these three DIY remodeling trends for simple and unique ways to refresh the most used rooms in the home. 1. Mini...
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Eight car safety features that could save your life
(BPT) - It's a scary thought. You glance down to grab your travel mug or change the radio station just as the van traveling in front of you slams on the brakes. Now it's up to you to respond. But what if your car could brake automatically to help avoid the crash? Fortunately, this technology, along with others that could also keep you safer, already exists. 'Advanced crash-avoidance features are becoming more common - almost expected,' says USAA's Joel Camarano, assistant vice president of pr...
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Ice is nice: 5 simple steps to maintain your commercial ice machine
It's easy for restaurants and other food service businesses to forget about one of the hardest working pieces of equipment in their kitchens: the commercial ice machine . But ice is critical to the storage, preparation and distribution of items on your menu, and must be treated like food when it comes to safety and sanitation. Just like any other type of restaurant equipment, ice machines require proper maintenance. With the right ongoing care, an ice machine will serve your business well for...
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Pro-Russian protesters stand in front of a barricade outisde the occupied Regional State Administration building in Donetsk on April 20, 2014Vice President Joe Biden will begin a two-day visit amid tension over a shattered Easter truce.


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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C) chats with people during his visit to Ein al-Tinah villageSyria will hold a presidential election on June 3, state media reported on Monday, setting the date for a vote likely to give President Bashar al-Assad a third term.


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Relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol sit near the sea at a port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers on Sunday finally found a way into the submerged ferry off South Korea's southern shore, discovering more than a dozen bodies inside the ship and pushing the confirmed death toll to over four dozens, officials said. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)JINDO, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday that the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry committed "unforgivable, murderous behavior," while criticism of her own government's handling of the disaster grew.


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