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Making spring cleaning easy with one tool [Infographic]
(BPT) - Every spring 72 percent of Americans freshen up their homes by deep cleaning. This spring Tide is making it easier with new Tide Oxi Multi-Purpose Stain Remover, a product designed to tackle stains inside the laundry room and around the home. With more than 225 uses, it's a true multi-purpose cleaner that can be ...
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What would Harvey Cushing say about Cushing's disease today?
(BPT) - More than 80 years ago renowned neurosurgeon, Dr. Harvey Cushing, discovered a tumor on the pituitary gland as the cause of a serious, hormone disorder that leads to dramatic physical changes in the body in addition to life-threatening health concerns. The discovery was so profound it came to be known as Cushing's disease. While much has been learned about Cushing's disease since the 1930s, awareness of this rare pituitary condition is still low and people often struggle for years bef...
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Baby boomers: Three crucial times to review your Medicare options for retirement
(BPT) - Baby boomers facing the big decision of when to take Social Security retirement shouldn't overlook the importance of signing up for Medicare at age 65. Although Social Security offers an age range, generally 62 to 70, for starting retirement benefits - you don't have this type of flexibility with Medicare health ...
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Get decked out with color
(BPT) - Wondering what one of the biggest trends 'on deck' is this year? Hint, it is a colorful answer. That's because more and more people are choosing to add color with a waterproofing deck stain. 'There are practical reasons for the trend,' says HGTV/DIY Network star Jeff Wilson. 'First, most decks are made of pressur...
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Hearing loss affects all generations [Infographic]
(BPT) - Hearing loss affects more than one of every six Americans. Although some are born with hearing issues, many risk factors are treatable and help minimize the effects of hearing loss. Hearing loss may lead to both health and employment issues, while diabetes, dementia, cardiovascular disease and lower pay are assoc...
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Facing brain surgery? Know all your options
(BPT) - Fear is a normal reaction when you've just been told your headaches and blurry vision are symptoms of a brain tumor which is serious enough that you will need treatment. Whether you're facing the prospect of brain cancer or another neurological problem, it's important to face your concern by becoming informed abo...
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Get spring off to a fresh start with these easy cleaning tips
(BPT) - Spring is finally here. It's time to throw open the windows and get the kids ready for fun times outdoors. It's also time to start those spring cleaning projects. In fact, 72 percent of Americans make spring cleaning an annual task. Spring cleaning projects usually require many different products, but this spring...
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Clean up the way you clean this spring - 7 tips to keep your home asthma-friendly this season
Spring cleaning is a task that many people take on this time of year, but for asthma patients and caregivers it's especially important for asthma management. Outdoor seasonal triggers like pollen from weeds and flowers can find their way into your home and add to the already dangerous triggers like dust and pet dander. Fortunately, there are simple steps for spring cleaning you can follow to help limit asthma triggers in the home with products that won't worsen your symptoms. 1. Dust frequent...
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Taking a graceful approach to aging in place [Infographic]
Elder care is rapidly evolving, both in assisted living communities and for people choosing to age in place. This infographic looks at the cost and behavioral factors of living at home as well as new technology that is making it easier to age in place with grace.
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Taking care of your dog's teeth: One more way to show you love him
(BPT) - Most pet parents enjoy hugs and kisses from their canines. But while your best friend is showering you with love, have you wondered if his teeth are clean? Or about how his dental health affects his overall well-being? Good oral care is as essential for dogs as it is for humans. By the time they're 3 years old, 8...
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Easy do-it-yourself Easter: Fun Easter projects for the whole family
(BPT) - The Easter bunny is right around the corner, which means chocolate eggs, chick marshmallows and stuffed bunnies will soon be popping up around the home. Celebrate with a build-your-own Easter basket with the kids for some quality time for the entire family. DIY doesn't mean it needs to be complicated or difficult...
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Kitchen makeover: 3 tips for beauty on a budget
If you're tired of looking at your outdated kitchen, but feel replacement would be impractical, you're not alone. In 2014, consumers will be trying to find solutions they can afford to do themselves. Check out these three DIY remodeling trends for simple and unique ways to refresh the most used rooms in the home. 1. Mini...
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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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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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