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Do you buckle up your kids? New research shows one in four parents don't
(BPT) - Most parents know that kids are safest in a car when buckled up. But there are situations when families decide to take a risk by not buckling up their children on every ride. A new survey reveals one in four parents admits to not buckling up their child in the car. The 'Buckle Up: Every Ride, Every Time' study re...
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How to use the holiday spirit to talk to loved ones about hearing loss
(BPT) - Every family, it seems, has at least one goofy relative who adds some excitement to holiday gatherings. And for many, getting older means getting goofier - whether it's Aunt Edna who insists on bringing the same casserole that no one wants to eat year after year, or cousin Joe and his conspiracy theories involvin...
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Hot cooking trends for cool weather foods
(BPT) - With the return of cool autumn weather, our thoughts turn to warm, comforting foods. But cold-weather cooking needn't be dull. This year, take your menu cues from restaurant and cooking trends to create fun fall foods your entire family will enjoy. Here are some popular restaurant ingredients and cooking methods ...
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Simple ways baby boomers can boost heart health
(BPT) - It's rare to find a person who hasn't been affected by heart disease in some way. As the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease - and how to avoid it - should be top of mind, especially for baby boomers. Beyond...
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All about mushrooms [Infographic]
Often overlooked, mighty mushrooms are available year-round and pack a nutritious-punch. Discover why no other food compares to mushrooms in terms of flavor, nutrient profile and their ability to be easily incorporated into virtually any meal - including those you're already eating.
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To reduce Lyme disease risks, keep tick-carrying deer out of your yard
(BPT) - Colder weather's arrival means homeowners across the country brace themselves for the battle against bold, foraging deer. But with recent reports that Lyme disease - transmitted by ticks that live on deer - is even more prevalent than health officials once thought, keeping deer away from your backyard is not just...
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Dispelling 5 common myths about depression
(BPT) - There are more than 19 million adults in the United States living with depression and many more people could be suffering but are unaware that what they are feeling is depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. This common and treatable illness affects people from all walks of life and can ...
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The psychology of seasons: Caring for your mental health
(BPT) - When seasons change, moods can change with them. The long, dark and cold months can give people a serious case of cabin fever. Some people may even suffer from seasonal depression. Those who face this type of depression, known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), feel a physiological response by the body to decr...
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Part-time jobs may be the new normal in the U.S. job market
(BPT) - The unemployment rate has edged lower as the nation slowly recovers from the economic crash of 2009 but unemployment is still a concern for many Americans. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent in August 2013, a small change over the past few months. That means there are stil...
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Career opportunities booming for financial professionals
(BPT) - At a time when unemployment still remains relatively high and competition for jobs is stiff, the career as a personal financial professional holds much promise for graduating college students and career-changers. While the national unemployment rate hovers at 7.3 percent, as of September 2013, jobs as personal fi...
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A can-do attitude in kids makes a world of difference
Raising children can be a daunting task. As parents, one of our many jobs is to equip our offspring with knowledge and abilities that can help them enjoy learning about the world around them, and ultimately, become successful in life. One important tool we can help instill in kids is a can-do attitude. 'A can-do attitude...
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The new generation of guided tours: it's time to think outside the bus
Many people hear the words 'escorted travel' and immediately think 'tour bus' or 'motorcoach.' While there's nothing wrong with either form of travel, they're certainly not the only options available when you take an escorted or guided tour. A host of other options deliver all the benefits of escorted travel without rely...
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Lee Joon-seok, third from left, the captain of the ferry Sewol that sank off South Korea, and two crew members prepare to leave a court which issued their arrest warrant in Mokpo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 19, 2014. The captain of the sunken ferry, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTHe was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need.


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FILE - In this April 19, 2013 file photo, the streets and sidewalks around Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston are almost deserted at dinnertime as a call for "shelter-in-place" for Boston and some area communities remains in force. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says the decision to lock down much of greater Boston during the search for the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was a “tough call” but one he’s glad that was made. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)BOSTON (AP) — Several days after the Boston Marathon bombing, Gov. Deval Patrick received a call in the pre-dawn hours from a top aide telling him that police officers outside the city had just engaged in a ferocious gun battle with the two men suspected of setting the bombs and that one was dead and the other had fled.


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This Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006 photo shows unsold 2006 Ion coupes outside a Saturn dealership in the south Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch, Colo. According to government documents released Saturday, April 19, 2014, General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 small cars for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government’s auto safety watchdog, didn’t seek a recall of the Saturn Ion compact car from the 2004 through 2007 model years even though it opened an investigation more than two years ago, and even though it found 12 crashes and two injuries caused by the problem. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DETROIT (AP) — General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday.


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