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Easy ways to improve your pet's quality of life
(BPT) - Pet ownership is more than just a privilege - it is a responsibility. While pet owners spend ample time and money purchasing elaborate outfits, accessories and toys for their pets, what truly matters is when owners take the initiative to install healthy habits and routines that enhance their pets' lives. Across A...
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Unique and nutty twists on traditional holiday recipes
(BPT) - With the holidays fast approaching it's time to enjoy some of the season's tastiest foods. Small twists can turn a traditional dish into a holiday classic. The good news is it's simple to add a fresh twist to holiday favorites with easy additions like Fisher Nuts . Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, an Iron Chef and expert...
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Prepare your car for winter with these simple tips
(BPT) - Getting ready for winter is no small feat. It takes time and planning to make sure your family and your home are ready to brave the elements. But is your car as ready as you are? If you haven't thought about preparations for your vehicle, these simple tips will help you prepare for the colder months ahead. * Chec...
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Restaurants offer careers outside the norm
(BPT) - America's restaurant and foodservice industry provides jobs and careers for 13 million people - 10 percent of our nation's workforce. While restaurants serve as a stepping stone for many - one in three Americans got their first job experience in a restaurant - it's also an industry of tremendous opportunity, wher...
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Living with diabetes? Watch your mouth [Infographic]
If you live with diabetes, you probably watch what you eat and drink, but do you consider other things that affect your mouth like your toothpaste? In light of American Diabetes Month in November, Colgate Total is collaborating with the American Diabetes Association to launch a new campaign to help raise awareness surrounding the often over-looked link between oral health and diabetes .
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DIY decorating that lasts all season long
(BPT) - As the holidays roll around, it's natural to want to spread good tidings and cheer with festive decorations like wreaths, candy canes and Santa Claus figurines. But this year, instead of digging out the same old holiday decorations, why not create some new looks that will last the entire winter season, even after...
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Civilian life can be costly: Money tips for those leaving the military
(BPT) - No right-thinking person would ever claim that the financial side of military life is the land of milk and honey. Even so, military life provides some perks that don't exist in the civilian world. If you're active-duty military and thinking about getting out soon, it pays to understand how your personal financial landscape will change when Uncle Sam is no longer issuing your paychecks. First, don't overlook the not-so-small matter of finding a suitable place to begin your post-militar...
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Advice for parents and caregivers: Managing transition of care for children with severe epilepsy
(BPT) - Epilepsy is the nation's fourth most common neurological disorder, yet public understanding of it is limited - so much so that federal agencies and nonprofit organizations recently asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to study and report on the public health needs of people living with epilepsy. The recommendations the IOM put forth in the report, Epilepsy Across the Spectrum: Promoting Health and Understanding, include a call for expanding educational opportunities and resources. Le...
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Finding strength along the caregiving journey
(BPT) - Caring for a loved one with an ongoing health condition can be a time-intensive and emotional journey. And while small successes and tiny triumphs can be treasured moments, daily tasks can take time away from sources of support, such as interactions with colleagues, spouses, children, friends and groups or clubs,...
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Deck the halls with tissues and allergy meds
(BPT) - Whether you live near or far, returning home for the holidays can be a nostalgic time. But for those with allergies and asthma , celebrating the season with family and friends can be anything but enjoyable. 'Stress from the holidays, traveling and briefly staying in a new environment can weaken your immune system...
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Choose quality over quantity to create the bathroom of your dreams
(BPT) - While your dream bath may be a sprawling space, the reality is that the typical bathroom is 100 square feet or less. According to recent home builder statistics, the average home size has seen a 6 percent decline in recent years. That doesn't mean you need to give up on your dream bath. A large bathroom footprint...
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For patients with rare diseases, awareness can be life-changing
(BPT) - Facing a rare disease diagnosis wasn't easy for Mary Ann Farley of Hoboken, N.J. Family and friends had never heard of the disease, her doctor had never treated a patient with it, and with little information and resources available, Mary Ann felt alone. 'With a rare blood cancer like essential thrombocythemia, information and resources can be hard to find. So there was no easy way for me to learn more, or to connect with others who were going through a similar experience,' she says. I...
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A weeping relative of a missing passenger aboard the sunken ferry Sewol struggles with a policeman as he tries to march toward the presidential house to protest the government's rescue operation at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. Divers recovered more bodies from inside the ferry that sank off South Korea, pushing the confirmed death toll to over three dozen. The discovery came after rescuers finally gained access to the inside of the ship following three days of failure and frustration caused by strong currents and bad visibility due to inclement weather. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)More than 250 people, most of them high school students on a holiday trip, remain missing.


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Johnny Di Francesco's award-winning margherita pizza (ABC News)If you want to try the world's best margherita pizza, you'll have to head down under.


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An American flag flutters in the wind next to signage for a U.S. Social Security Administration office in BurbankBy Mark Miller CHICAGO (Reuters) - Paper Social Security benefits statements, which used to be mailed out every year and then fell victim to budget cuts, are going to make a partial comeback. Starting this September, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will resume mailings at five-year intervals to workers who have not signed up to view their statements online, an agency spokesman told Reuters. The statements will be sent to workers at ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60, he said, adding the agency would continue to promote use of the online statements. The SSA stopped mailing most paper statements in 2011 in response to budget pressures, and saved the SSA $70 million annually - about 50 cents per mailed statement.


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