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Shopping for a better night's sleep
(BPT) - Mattress shopping isn't a matter to take lying down. The average American spends three full years sleeping on each mattress they buy. A mattress is the single most important factor in achieving the quality sleep that is crucial to a high quality of life. There are a number of steps anyone can take before and duri...
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A day in the life of an insulin-using patient [Infographic]
In honor of World Diabetes Day, Abbott has created an interactive infographic to help raise awareness about what life can be like for an insulin-using patient who has diabetes. Approximately 26 percent of the 18.8 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes follow an insulin regimen recommended by their healthcare provider in order to manage their condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Health Interview Survey . Many people with diabetes are prescribed in...
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Adding traditional twists to the Thanksgiving meal [Infographic]
A new survey released by Pillsbury reveals how food trends are shaping today's Thanksgiving table and how more than half of Americans would embrace adding new foods or new preparations to their meal this year. While some are starting to offer alternatives to turkey, more are incorporating vegetables into the Thanksgiving table. For dessert? Pie is a tradition and many families will end their meal with the pumpkin variety, the top Thanksgiving dessert served across America. And with the desire...
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The holiday season made easy
(BPT) - 'Tis the season of wonderful company and delicious food! It's also that time of year to bring friends and family together, but preparing for holiday gatherings along with the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping can often be stressful and time consuming. In fact, Thanksgiving is the most stressful holiday for ho...
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Learn more about lupus and the search for answers
(BPT) - For those who are living with lupus, daily activities can be a struggle and life can become inconsistent. While many people are experiencing debilitating symptoms, from the outside, many of those with lupus don't 'look sick.' Lupus, 'the great imitator' as it is often called, disguises itself to look like other c...
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Five savings resolutions for the new year
(BPT) - Is saving on your New Year's resolution list this year? The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Ready.Save.Grow. campaign offers five saving strategies that will have you moving toward your long-term savings goals and toasting along the way. 'A new calendar year invigorates people to start with a clean slate, so it...
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Fall back in love with your wardrobe this holiday season
(BPT) - Not only is the holiday season time for presenting loved ones with carefully hand-picked gifts, it's also the season for dressing up and sharing good cheer at office parties, family events and cocktail gatherings. With all the holiday events beginning to fill up social calendars, women nationwide begin to have th...
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Five key deadlines to help small businesses avoid IRS headaches
(BPT) - The adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure still rings true - especially for businesses preparing for tax season. If you oversee your company's filing requirements, knowing what is due and when can save you and your employee's penalties, time and stress. Every year, January's arrival means two...
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Patients with chronic illness share their animated, inspiring stories
(BPT) - When faced with struggles, people often turn to others for support, comfort and guidance. There is great value in knowing you're not alone especially for patients with chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is a chronic, inflammatory form of arthritis in which the immune system attacks the body's ...
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Overactive bladder [Infographic]
There are more than 46 million adults over the age of 40 in the United States experiencing symptoms of overactive bladder at least sometimes, yet as few as one in five men and one in eight women with symptoms of OAB seek treatment. Learn more about overactive bladder in the infographic below.
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7 Fairytale Alpine Towns that You have to See to Believe
If there is one specific feature that can make or break a vacation destination, it's the weather. While it's typically rare for a town to look just as beautiful under a thick layer of snow as it does during warmer months, there are a few places on the map that can make any season look magical. Take a look below and you'll see that come snow or sunshine, these alpine towns will make you feel as though you are peeking into a storybook. Grindelwald, Switzerland | Peacefully set in Switzerland's ...
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Three exterior home improvements can add to your home
(BPT) - While homeowners generally spend more time entertaining guests indoors, the exterior of your home makes the first impression. When it is time for home improvements, the exterior of the home may be forgotten or ignored. Painting, updating furniture and replacing flooring inside are all important, but the exterior ...
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In this photo taken Saturday, May 19, 2012, Pavel Durov, founder of Russia's leading social network site VKontakte, or "in contact", stands in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Creator of Russia's leading social network Durov left his post as CEO on Tuesday April 22, 2014, and is understood to have left Russia, one week after he posted online what he said were documents from the security services demanding personal details from 39 Ukraine-linked groups on VKontakte. (AP Photo/Roman Kulik)Social media wunderkind quits post after Putin cronies stage ownership takeover.


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FILE - In this undated file photo provided by Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, Kelvin Melton is shown. A North Carolina prosecutor was the intended target of an elaborate kidnapping plot, but the kidnappers looked up the wrong address on the Internet and abducted the prosecutor's father instead, according to an indictment released Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Authorities have said the kidnapping was retaliation for Colleen Janssen's prosecution of Melton for his involvement in a 2011 shooting. Melton, a high-ranking member of the Bloods gang, orchestrated the abduction from behind bars using a cellphone, the indictment said. (AP Photo/Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, File)Part bumbling, part dead serious, the sprawling jailhouse plot to kidnap a North Carolina prosecutor who put a seasoned gang member in prison for life has shaken a US justice system already enduring a slew of deadly attacks. A federal indictment released Tuesday details a complex plot said to be orchestrated by Kelvin “Dizzy” Melton, a North Carolina prison inmate and alleged higher-up in the Bloods street gang, to pay $10,000 to a group of henchmen on the outside to kidnap and kill his defense attorney and the prosecutor who put him in prison for a 2011 murder.  The plot led the group of nine accomplices first on a goose chase in March from Atlanta to New Orleans, and then to the small town of Wake Forest, N.C., where the group on April 5 grabbed Frank Janssen, the father of Wake County prosecutor Colleen Janssen, after stun-gunning him on the threshold of his home. Ms. Janssen, the actual target, was part of the team that put Mr. Melton away last year.


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This 2013 image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows a multi-beam sonar profile view of the shipwreck of the iron and wood steamship City of Chester. In 1888 on a trip from the San Francisco bay to Eureka, the Chester was split in two by a ship more than twice its size, killing 16 people and becoming the bay's second-worst maritime disaster. Now, more than a century later, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration team has found the shipwreck. The team came upon the wreckage in 217 feet of water just inside the Golden Gate while it was charting shipping channels. (AP Photo/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists.


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