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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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Is the protein in your pet's food causing a deadly disease?
(BPT) - You've seen the commercials and print ads: It seems like every pet food maker is touting meat as a top ingredient. Some even go so far as to eliminate grain completely, advertising super-high levels of protein for dogs or cats. But when it comes to pet food and protein, can there be too much of a good thing? Acco...
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Seven simple steps to a sensational and safe shower
(BPT) - You do it every day ... and sometimes more than once a day ... but, how often do you actually think about your shower routine? And, is it living up to its potential? Follow these seven simple steps and soon your daily shower escape can become sensational and safe - all with only a minimal investment. Step 1: Undr...
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Garage space isn't just for cars anymore
(BPT) - The word garage, when looked up in the dictionary, has a simple meaning: a building or indoor area for parking or storing motor vehicles. By and large, this definition sums up exactly what comes to mind for most folks when they hear the word. But for some folks, garages are so much more than a space to park the f...
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Five ways to find better Black Friday savings online
Black Friday shopping can seem overwhelming, especially shopping online where you must navigate a sea of advertisements, emails, dozens of specialized Black Friday discount websites and a massive selection of sale-priced items. It can be difficult to know you're getting the best savings possible. Here are five things you...
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Serious sinus sufferers open up [Infographic]
As any serious sinus sufferer can tell you, sinus pain and pressure often leaves them feeling squeezed, congested, beat down and crushed - desperately seeking relief from their sinus symptoms. Sinus sufferers are willing to go to great lengths to Open Up(TM). According to a survey commissioned by the makers of Sudafed(R), sinus pain and pressure is impacting Americans in their personal, work and love lives.
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Rare cancer on the rise: Why the first signs are easily misdiagnosed
(BPT) - Intermittent abdominal pain, flushing and diarrhea are commonly associated with a number of medical conditions. Yet for some Americans these symptoms could actually be the sign of a rare form of cancer called neuroendocrine tumors (NET). Given the wide range of symptoms of NET cancers, it is important to raise awareness of this often misdiagnosed disease. To address this need, a global network of patient advocacy groups joined together in 2010 to create Worldwide NET Cancer Awareness ...
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Five tips to avoid holiday weight gain
(BPT) - Who doesn't love the smell of a warm kitchen during the holidays? They're designed around food and bringing family, old friends and new friends together. However, holidays can also be a detriment to your healthy lifestyle and cause you to lose your focus through the end of the year. But they don't have to. 'Think...
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Tips for hosting a holiday party that shines
(BPT) - Entertaining with family and friends is one part of the holiday season that we all look forward to. But holiday hosting can sometimes be harried. To keep you and your guests merry this season, consider hosting a wine party that shines. David Mirassou, wine expert and sixth generation of America's oldest winemakin...
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Experience the robust flavor of Vietnamese cinnamon
(BPT) - Cinnamon may be the world's most popular baking spice, but all cinnamons are not created equal, and in the foodie world, Vietnamese cinnamon has emerged as the most prized of the bunch. The bunch, by the way, includes an array of cinnamons and cassias, all from evergreen trees of the Cinnamomum genus. Some are fr...
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Hook holiday guests with these secrets of serving seafood
(BPT) - When you're brain-storming holiday menus, do lovingly roasted turkeys with all the trimmings and decadent cookies dance alongside the peppermint and sugarplums in your visions? Certain flavors and foods are strongly associated with the holiday season - seafood, however, isn't always among those favored dishes. Bu...
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine as diplomats from the U.S., Ukraine, Russia and the European Union gather for discussions in Geneva Thursday, April 17, 2014. Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbor even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest. (AP Photo)Ukraine, Russia, the U.S. and EU each achieved initial satisfaction on some issues in Geneva talks.


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Security men stand guard in front of a bus conveying All progressives Congress opposition governors after visiting victims of at the Accident and Emergency unit of Asokoro hospital where injured people from Monday's explosion at a bus station are receiving treatment in Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Scores of peopledied in the the blast that destroyed more than 30 vehicles and caused secondary explosions as their fuel tanks exploded and burned. The Monday attack just miles from Nigeria's seat of government increases doubts about the military's ability to contain an Islamic uprising that is dividing the country on religious lines as never before. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Able-bodied men from the Nigerian town of Chibok have taken to the dangerous Sambisa Forest to search for more than 100 abducted girls and young women whom the military claimed to have freed from their Islamic extremist kidnappers, an education official said Thursday.


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A prototype of an electric carriage is displayed at the New York International Auto Show in New York, Thursday, April 17, 2014. A prototype of the old-timey electric cars that Mayor Bill de Blasio would like to take the place of horse-drawn carriages on New York City streets will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)An electric car that proponents hope will replace horse-drawn carriages in New York City was presented Thursday at the New York International Auto Show, as critics expressed their distaste for the idea. ...


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