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Meeting buyer demands in a seller's market: Top trends for 2014
(BPT) - With many real estate industry watchers predicting 2014 will be a seller's market, you may think you won't need to do much to sell your home this spring. Not so fast - while more buyers are likely to be competing for homes, that doesn't mean they're willing to settle for less than perfect. In fact, coming out of ...
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Small tumor, major consequences: an acromegaly patient's journey
(BPT) - Paula Van Nostrand, a fit, health-conscious 34-year-old woman was training for her first triathlon when her life was placed on a trajectory no one saw coming. She began experiencing unexplainable symptoms but ultimately attributed them to her training. It started with exhaustion and grew to include acne, joint pa...
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12 facts you didn't know about earning a business degree [Infographic]
The job market is as competitive as ever, but the business world is filled with opportunities. Specialized fields are growing fast, salaries are on the rise, and a business degree may be the key to unlocking your success and taking the next step in your career and your life. Take a look at the infographic below to find out why.
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The eyes have it - set your sights on healthy vision this year [Infographic]
Vision plays an important role in daily life - every waking minute, the eyes are working hard to see the world around us. In fact, many Americans worry more about losing their eyesight over their ability to walk or hear. Fortunately, it's easy to incorporate steps into your daily routine to ensure healthy eyes and vision for a lifetime. Eating right, protecting against UV rays and visiting your local eye doctor on a yearly basis are just a few things that can help keep your eyes and vision st...
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Five sure-fire steps for planning the most memorable family vacation of your life
(BPT) - It's no secret that families are busy these days. Between mom and dad's careers, the kids' school demands and extra-curricular activities, quality time together as a family is hard to come by. This busy lifestyle is inspiring a new travel movement, and 2014 is positioned for the grand rebirth of the family vacati...
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Ask the Pharmacist: Should women worry about osteoporosis?
(BPT) - The 'silent thief,' more commonly known as osteoporosis, impacts 10 million Americans, with millions more suffering from low bone density. Osteoporosis is a progressive, degenerative disease that occurs when bone loss outpaces the growth of new bone, weakening the bone and increasing the risk of sudden and unexpe...
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Traveling? Check out these tips on how to stay healthy
(BPT) - As vital as vacations are for our mental well-being, many of us find ourselves compromising on nutrition when we travel. Being away from our routines - and our own kitchens - can throw our weight loss efforts for a loop. Eating while traveling with limited time and restaurant choices is often the hardest part of keeping up with a healthy diet. Not to mention the challenges of finding time and a place to exercise. All that said, you don't have to lose your healthy habits at the next ex...
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Seasons change, so do asthma triggers
(BPT) - Across the country, 25 million Americans are living with asthma. As the winter months come to an end and the spring makes its arrival, the change in seasons can be problematic for adults and children with asthma. It's important for asthma patients to understand the triggers of each season to prepare for symptoms ...
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Cool season skin care: Leading dermatologist shares easy-to-implement skin care tips rooted in moisturization
(BPT) - Women across the country, whether based in the snow belt or Sunshine State, notice and feel the effects of cold weather and climate shifts on skin. Plus, 2014 is turning out to be one of the harshest winters to date thanks to the Polar Vortex - a combination of record-setting snowfall and plunging temperatures. H...
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Wine and food: Making a perfect match
(BPT) - If you've ever stood before an aisle of wine completely baffled by what to serve at your next dinner party, you aren't alone. Whether red or white, dry or sweet, the options can be overwhelming. Two wine experts from The Art Institutes system of schools have teamed up to help you navigate the wine aisle like a pr...
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Four quick color tips to awaken your home in 2014
(BPT) - While many resolutions are based on eating healthier and exercising more, homes rarely receive the same promise of improvement. This year, resolve to give your home some attention by committing to a new coat of paint. Painting can be a quick and cost-effective way to refresh your home, so consider updating severa...
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Four tips for achieving a healthy lawn on a budget
(BPT) - As spring rolls around, it's time to start thinking about yard maintenance . If your budget is tight, you might be tempted to let the lawn care slide, but maintaining a great lawn doesn't need to be expensive - and the reward for just a small investment is a beautiful, environmentally friendly setting for outdoor...
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national news

A weeping relative of a missing passenger aboard the sunken ferry Sewol struggles with a policeman as he tries to march toward the presidential house to protest the government's rescue operation at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. Divers recovered more bodies from inside the ferry that sank off South Korea, pushing the confirmed death toll to over three dozen. The discovery came after rescuers finally gained access to the inside of the ship following three days of failure and frustration caused by strong currents and bad visibility due to inclement weather. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)More than 250 people, most of them high school students on a holiday trip, remain missing.


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Johnny Di Francesco's award-winning margherita pizza (ABC News)If you want to try the world's best margherita pizza, you'll have to head down under.


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An American flag flutters in the wind next to signage for a U.S. Social Security Administration office in BurbankBy Mark Miller CHICAGO (Reuters) - Paper Social Security benefits statements, which used to be mailed out every year and then fell victim to budget cuts, are going to make a partial comeback. Starting this September, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will resume mailings at five-year intervals to workers who have not signed up to view their statements online, an agency spokesman told Reuters. The statements will be sent to workers at ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60, he said, adding the agency would continue to promote use of the online statements. The SSA stopped mailing most paper statements in 2011 in response to budget pressures, and saved the SSA $70 million annually - about 50 cents per mailed statement.


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