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Beyond sound: Hearing loss linked to other health issues
(BPT) - Did you know recognizing and treating hearing loss may help more than just hearing? Because hearing loss can be connected to a variety of health issues, including depression, dementia and cardiovascular disease, it's an important aspect of overall health and wellness. Take a free online hearing check at www.BetterHearing.org .
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'Run for the roses' tour taps the excitement of the Kentucky Derby
(BPT) - Nowhere else in the sporting world do natural beauty, heart-racing excitement and gentility meet so perfectly as in horse racing, the 'sport of kings.' And no horse race has garnered more fame and prestige than the Kentucky Derby, which, at 140 years running, is the oldest continuously held sporting event in the ...
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5 surprising facts about baby boomers - including one that could save your life
(BPT) - Were you born from 1945 through 1965? If so, you're part of the unique generation known as the baby boomers. Here are interesting facts about baby boomers in America. One of them could save your life. 1. Baby boomers are one of the largest generations in U.S. history. The baby boomer generation, made up of a stag...
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Tips for organizing your closet [Infographic]
(BPT) - Organizing your closet may help you feel less overwhelmed as you get dressed. Organizing your clothes may help you put together the look you want even on the busiest of mornings. It all starts with determining what you own, what you want to keep, and what you need to donate or toss out. For more tips and tools to help you with organization, visit www.OrganizeYourStuffContest.com and enter the Organize Your Stuff contest for your chance to win a free space makeover.
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Turn your 'victory garden' into a 'vitamin garden' with no-fail, high-nutrition veggies and herbs
By Evelyn Pimplaskar (BPT) - It's a well-known fact that few Americans actually get the recommended daily dose of vitamins. Many turn to over-the-counter supplements to fill in nutritional gaps. But wouldn't it be better - not to mention tastier - to get needed nutrients from what you eat? This season, why not turn your ...
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10 tips to help your kid speed to good dental health with NASCAR's Greg Biffle
(BPT) - Getting children to brush their teeth can be challenging. No parent wants to struggle with their child every morning and night to ensure they develop good dental habits and a healthy smile. That's why NASCAR star Greg Biffle and his wife Nicole, parents of a two-year old daughter, have joined forces with the Amer...
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Designer tips to create inspired dream spaces with color
(BPT) - Ready to transform your home this year? The key to creating your dream interior space could be as simple as updating with color. Seven-in-10 homeowners plan a house-related project in the next six months, according to the Sherwin-Williams National Home Design and Color Survey. Of those homeowners planning house p...
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Create a splash of color in your home - indoors and out [Infographic]
(BPT) - Seven-in-10 homeowners plan a house-related project in the next six months, according to the Sherwin-Williams National Home Design and Color Survey. Learn more about these projects and National Painting Week in the infographic below.
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Smart shopping tips for budget-savvy baby boomers
(BPT) - While the economy is moving again, many Americans - baby boomers included - continue to realize the importance of good money management skills. Boomers are focused on making the most of their money by boosting earnings, investing more and shopping smarter. 'Smart shopping isn't about spending less on something, b...
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Fun in the sun. Warm weather destinations are tops with movers [Infographic]
(BPT) - If you've ever shoveled your driveway or had your car die in the cold, you've probably dreamed of living somewhere warm. You're not alone and each year more and more Americans are making that dream a reality, moving away from the Midwest and Northeast and to warm weather climates. Atlanta, Ga. leads the list of popular moving destinations for the fourth consecutive year, according to Penske Truck Rental. Read on to learn more about this amazing city and what other warm locations are h...
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Stepping out for spring? People with diabetes should check their feet first
(BPT) - Spring is finally here and it's an ideal time to get outside and be more physically active. For those with diabetes, regular exercise helps increase circulation and is a critical part of staying healthy. But, before lacing up your sneakers, remember these important steps to ensure your feet are in shape: * Get th...
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Cook up some space in the kitchen: Simple solutions to add storage and style to your home
(BPT) - The kitchen - it's the central hub of the home where we do homework, pay bills, charge electronics, surf the Web and cook up a meal or two. We spend hours in this core of the house, so it's not surprising that a recent survey from the Research Institute for Cooking and Kitchen Intelligence (RICKI) found that four...
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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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A flu vaccine rests on a table with a bandage during the Flu + You clinic sponsored by the National Council on Aging and Sanofi Pasteur on Friday, September, 6, 2013 at the Williams YMCA in Jacksonville, Fl. The goal of the Flu + You program is to educate older adults about influenza and prevention as well as provide vaccines. (Rick Wilson/AP Images for Flu + You)By monitoring the number of times people look for flu information on Wikipedia, researchers may be better able to estimate the severity of a flu season, according to a new study. Researchers created a new data-analysis system that looks at visits to Wikipedia articles, and found the system was able to estimate flu levels in the United States up to two weeks sooner than the flu data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were released. The new system examined visits to Wikipedia articles that included terms related to flulike illnesses, whereas Google Flu Trends looks at searches typed into Google. The research team wanted to use a database that is accessible to everyone and create a system that could be more accurate than Google Flu Trends, which has flaws.


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Plaintiffs challenging Oklahoma's gay marriage ban arrive in court following a hearing at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 17, 2014. They are, left to right, Dr. Gay Phillips, her partner Sue Barton, Sharon Baldwin and her partner Mary Bishop. The court is to decide whether to overturn a federal judge's decision to strike down. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.


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