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Shape up for surgery: Tips to improve your health, safety and outcome
(BPT) - More than 50 million surgeries occur every year and patient safety is always the top priority for surgeons or physician anesthesiologists involved in medical care. If you're scheduled for surgery and have weeks or even months to prepare, important actions to improve your health, such as exercising and eating righ...
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Five insider tips to save money when buying a car
(BPT) - As the weather warms, car buying season gets into full swing. Even though interest rates are still at or near record lows, there are additional ways smart buyers are saving even more cash on their next vehicle and staying within their budgets. 'Purchasing power is crucial when it comes to buying a vehicle and it'...
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High fashion shines a spotlight on colon cancer
(BPT) - Blue is the new black. It is also the national color for colorectal cancer education. Who better to talk about the cancer than Carmen Marc Valvo. He is one of the nation's top designers. And he also has had the disease. 'I was lucky because I caught my disease early before it had a chance to get worse,' says Carm...
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Cold and flu season news: Avoid sickness by using a four-step process to eliminate germs
(BPT) - All across the country this winter Americans have braced themselves for one polar vortex after another and many regions are experiencing their coldest temperatures in more than 20 years. This undesirable weather is driving adults and children alike indoors, where viruses and germs are spreading like wildfire. Acc...
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7 easy tips to help you get on deck with the right composite decking
Interest in alternative decking materials has skyrocketed in recent years, with composite decking becoming one of the fastest growing segments in the decking market. For homeowners looking to outfit their deck with the durable, long-lasting material, this means dozens of products to choose from. Today's choices range from progressive composite deck boards that encapsulate wood fibers in plastic throughout the board, to boards with wood-plastic cores wrapped in a plastic shell (capped composit...
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Rare Disease Day 2014: Recognizing rare diseases and empowering patients to become self-advocates
(BPT) - For the past six years, international Rare Disease Day has served as a day on which hundreds of patient advocacy organizations, patients and their loved ones across the globe join together to highlight the importance of continued focus and research on uncommon and serious illnesses. This year, international Rare Disease Day will be held on Feb. 28. Rare diseases, including some cancers, are commonly misdiagnosed and undertreated. It often takes years for physicians and patients to rea...
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Trim adds decorative new dimensions throughout home interiors
(BPT) - When people think of home trim, they often picture the beauty it brings to exteriors - but the right trim products can add arrestingly elegant and bold decorative elements throughout home interiors, too. High-quality cellular PVC trim from Kleer Lumber, a division of The Tapco Group, is an innovative, versatile s...
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Five surprisingly simple ways to turn your current deck into a dream outdoor oasis
(BPT) - It's easy to dream of perfectly pristine outdoor spaces when looking at the decks in magazines and online, but too often what we want and what we have don't align. If your deck suffers from weathered wood, loose railings or dated balusters, you're not alone. The good news is there are surprisingly simple ways to ...
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From carnival to Corcovado, check out Rio's must-see sights
Few cities in South America possess the exotic cache of Rio de Janeiro. And whether you go to savor the excitement of a carnival event or to bask in the solemnity of the towering Christ the Redeemer statue that towers over Brazil's largest city, a visit to Rio is sure to be one you'll never forget. There's so much to see...
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Best actor predictions? Start with a smooth-shave [Infographic]
During awards season, the national spotlight is fixated on Hollywood to see the latest trends in fashion and grooming. But while the actors have changed and the scripts have varied, there has been one common piece of hardware that all leading men have handled just before accepting the best actor and best supporting actor awards - a razor . In fact, 18 of the last 20 best actor winners were all clean-shaven the night they received their award on stage, while the other two wore neatly styled fa...
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Five tips to make the benefits of working from home work for you
If you've ever gotten up in the morning and dreaded the idea of going out in the cold or sitting in rush hour traffic, you've probably dreamed of working from home. And years ago, that was all it was, a dream. Times have changed, and for many workers, the dream of working from home is increasingly becoming a reality. Mod...
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School lunches are gold mines for recycling, reusing and replenishing
(BPT) - From an early age, children can roll up their sleeves and get involved in helping reduce the amount of trash they produce by participating in recycling programs. Across the country, children will celebrate Earth Day April 22 with science fairs and environmental educational seminars about the importance of recycli...
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South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The South Korean passenger ship carrying more than 470 people, including many high school students, is sinking off the country's southern coast Wednesday after sending a distress call, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTAt least two people are confirmed dead after a ferry carrying 459 sank.


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A member of the bomb squad inspects an object after a controlled detonation at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon's finish line on Tuesday. They say they've taken a man into custody in connection with them. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) — A man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line late Tuesday, the anniversary of the deadly pressure cooker bombings, had a rice cooker in his backpack and was being charged with possession of a hoax device, police said.


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Operators aboard ADF Ocean Shield move Bluefin-21 into position for deployment in the search for MH370 on April 14, 2014Perth (Australia) (AFP) - The hunt for a missing Malaysian plane suffered another setback Wednesday when a second seabed search by a mini-submarine was cut short due to "technical" troubles after the first also aborted in very deep water. Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) issued a brief statement which spoke of an unspecified "technical issue" with the unmanned Bluefin-21 sonar device. The first mission which began Monday night aborted automatically after breaching the machine's maximum operating depth of 4,500 metres (15,000 feet). "The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21, was forced to resurface this morning to rectify a technical issue," JACC said.


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