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How to maximize the flavor and nutrition of snack mixes
(BPT) - Everyone wants to enjoy foods they can feel good about eating, and snacks are no different. While carrot sticks and crackers with cheese are great go-to options, it’s important to mix things up. Snacking should be tasty and combine an interesting medley of flavors, as well as include whole grains and vitamin-rich...
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Hepatitis C: Facing a threat to baby boomer health head-on
(BPT) - Up to 5 million Americans suffer from an often symptomless – but potentially serious – liver infection called hepatitis C. Many are surprised to learn it affects four times as many people as the number of people with HIV. Three out of four people infected with hepatitis C in the United States are baby boomers – t...
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Taking a look at key food issues
(BPT) - Kids around the country are heading for school. For parents, now is the time to think about providing nutritious meals in  kids’ lunch boxes and on the kitchen table – keeping them energized and focused throughout the day, and above all else, healthy. This fall, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance wants to help fami...
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A homeowner's guide to a year-round deck
(BPT) - During the warm summer months, having an outdoor deck for barbecues and gatherings with family and friends is a great addition to any backyard. The approach of cool weather may signal the end of barbecue season, but homeowners can still use their deck after the warm temperatures have passed. “Although decks are g...
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Growth of K-12 online education [Infographic]
What was once reserved for higher education is now a growing trend among K-12 students nationwide - online learning. More than 275,000 students in grades K-12 in the U.S. are getting a high-quality education - often through a full-time online public school - without boarding a bus, entering a physical classroom, or even leaving their homes. What types of students are going to public school online and why? Learn more about the students and families who are choosing this non- traditional, rapid...
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Money-saving tips to help you stock up this season
(BPT) - As summer winds down, many are heading into a busy buying season with Labor Day soirees and preparing for back-to-school. With the average family expected to spend an average of $634.78 on back-to-school shopping this year, according to the National Retail Federation , consumers are seeking cost saving strategies...
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Vaccination recommendations for adults [Infographic]
Vaccination doesn't stop at childhood. It’s important for adults to be vaccinated too. Use this as a guide to find out which vaccines are recommended for adults by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and why. By vaccinating yourself against preventable diseases, you are less likely to contract serious illnesses and pass them on to your family. Visit Vaccines.com/WordofMom or speak with your health care professional to learn how you can help protect yourself and your fami...
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Entertaining ideas for going Greek (yogurt)
(BPT) - Twice the protein, half the carbs, 20 percent of your daily calcium requirement and probiotic cultures that help keep digestive tracts happy – what’s not to love about Greek yogurt? For some who resist making the switch from regular to Greek yogurt, it boils down to taste. Some people find the strong flavor of th...
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Entertain like a modern gent [Infographic]
When it comes to entertaining with style, today’s modern gentleman has a lot to consider. From what to wear to who to invite, today’s fine-tuned fête should be at once classic, modern and altogether memorable. To help with the planning, four experts were recruited by Don Miguel Gascón wine to offer their inside tips on throwing an elevated affair that everyone will be buzzing about. After all, as the first winery in Argentina to bottle a 100 percent Malbec wine, Gascón knows a thing or two ab...
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Checking for bed bugs: A new back-to-school routine?
(BPT) - As parents and students prepare to begin another school year, one back-to-school routine they may have to add to their duties is checking backpacks, school items and clothing for bed bugs. Communities across the country have seen an increased number of bed bug infestations in recent years. As these pests infiltra...
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Low-risk lung cancer screening saves lives
Although lung cancer kills more people than breast, colon, pancreatic and prostate cancers combined, the most effective early detection method for lung cancer has not been recognized by the government - until now. Heading into August, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued its long awaited draft recommendation that people considered at high risk for lung cancer get screened for the disease using a low dose CT scan. "This is the most significant advancement in fighting lung ca...
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Easing stress during the busy back-to-school season
(BPT) - The easy breezy days of summer are coming to a close, and families everywhere are preparing to go back to school. For parents, this is a particularly challenging time of year. To help simplify and make this time more enjoyable, “The Lifestyle Mom” Dana Hilmer has a few tips for busy parents: 1. The temptation to ...
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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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