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Smartphone apps make it easier to manage type 2 diabetes
(BPT) - The amount of effort it takes for people with diabetes to pick the right foods and track everything they eat is a common source of frustration. Many people simply give up on actively making food choices or logging their meals despite the potential health risks. In the past two years, a growing number of people ha...
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Take your photos from good to great
(BPT) - Whether you’ve been taking pictures for years or just bought your first camera, photography is an art enjoyed by people around the globe. And while people have captured the beauty around them for generations, today it’s easier than ever to share those photos with friends and family, or even strangers, anywhere in the world. These days, there are even opportunities to see the photos you take on a worldwide stage. For example, photographers who want some extra exposure can use the new B...
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Top 5 super foods with a powerful health impact
(BPT) - The term appears on headlines and is splashed on food labels everywhere –“super foods” get people talking. But what really is a super food, and how do you cut through confusion to find the foods that truly have a powerful impact on your health and wellness? “What are super foods? They are foods that have a very h...
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Tips on making smart tire choices
(BPT) - Choices are good, but sometimes they can be annoying. Case in point is the daily onslaught of trivial-like questions, such as: tall or grande, paper or plastic, regular or unleaded, credit or debit? The questions may seem never-ending, but being able to pick and choose is a good thing and really important in gett...
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Empowering patients to become self-health advocates through use of technology
(BPT) - Advances in technology have shaped the way we communicate and have enabled the modern-day patient to easily connect with medical experts, patient advocates and others living with their disease. Through computers, handheld devices like tablets and smart phones, and social media, patients are also able to instantly access credible information – something that could not have been imagined until recently. Digital tools and online resources have become especially beneficial for people livi...
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Do-it-yourself weekend warrior survival guide
(BPT) - It’s the do-it-yourself dream: deciding on the perfect DIY project just as the weekend finally arrives. All the supplies have been purchased and you’re ready to dive right in. However, the enthusiastic start of the project doesn’t always end in completion. “Knocking out a big home improvement or do-it-yourself pr...
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Connect to color through your passions
(BPT) - Whether you love to sit on the beach or collect antiques, drawing from your personal passions can help you find the perfect colors to enhance your space.    “If a hobby or activity lifts your mood, surround yourself with things that remind you of it,” says David Bromstad, HGTV star and celebrity designer. “I alwa...
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You've invested your money, but do you own it?
(BPT) - Many people don’t take enough ownership over what they pay when it comes to investing. A recent study by Charles Schwab in May 2013 of investors who are highly engaged in their everyday lives shows that most Americans do research before making a major purchase. Yet just 51 percent say they know how much they pay ...
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Fresh makeup looks for busy back-to-school routines
(BPT) - The back-to-school season will hasten the pace of morning routines for everyone, from busy moms to college students. Fitting your makeup regimen into a hectic schedule can make it challenging to achieve just the right look. Moms need a quick, easy look that holds up to daily demands with little maintenance. Colle...
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Surprising, practical budgeting tools for college kids
As millions of young people start the long, expensive process to embark on, or continue, their college journey, many parents are shaking their head about their child’s personal finance skills, or lack thereof. If your child has issues managing their (or your) personal finances, now is the time to start considering your options. The average college grad is $35,200 in debt, with $3,000 of that coming from credit cards, according to a 2013 Fidelity survey of college graduates. In that same surve...
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Workers and their 401(k)s [Infographic]
The majority of American workers in a new survey accept responsibility for financing their own retirement and are relying primarily on their 401(k) to get them there, but many lack the confidence to effectively manage their retirement savings. The nationwide survey of more than 1,000 401(k) plan participants, commissioned by Schwab Retirement Plan Services, shows a high level of self-reliance among respondents. Roughly nine in 10 (89 percent) say they are counting on themselves for the money ...
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Sunday fun-day: How to throw the ultimate football party this season
(BPT) - Football season is here and whether you’re a diehard fan or just a fan of all the Sunday parties, chances are you’re going to attend or host a get together centered around the country’s favorite sport sometime soon. Lifestyle expert Kris Schoels of Young Married Chic has some simple suggestions for making the mos...
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A rescued passenger from a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, is carried by police and rescue teams on his arrival at Jindo port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Dozens of rescue boats and helicopters are scrambling to save more than 470 people, including many high school students, caught on a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. (AP Photo/Park Chul-heung, Yonhap) KOREA OUTMessages to parents offer glimpse into desperate situation aboard sinking S. Korean ferry.


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Robert Rizzo, left, leaves court after being sentenced, Wednesday April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles. Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million in a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small, blue-collar city. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison — less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in debt he left behind.


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FILE - In this undated file photo, Amelia Earhart stands next to a Lockheed Electra 10E, before her last flight in 1937 from Oakland, Calif., bound for Honolulu on the first leg of her record-setting attempt to circumnavigate the world westward along the Equator. American aviator Earhart’s disappearance in 1937 is among aviation’s most enduring mysteries. Earhart, the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean, vanished over the Pacific with Fred Noonan during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Seven decades later, people are still transfixed with the mystery. Theories range from her simply running out of fuel and crashing to her staging her own disappearance and secretly returning to the U.S. to live under another identity. (AP Photo/File)CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific yields no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.


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