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Eye-opening facts about aging eyes and vision problems
(BPT) - Most Americans know that vision problems begin to increase as they age. What they may not realize is that reduced vision is also linked to a higher frequency of falls, injuries and depression. Eye disorders such as cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration can rob seniors of their independence. Her...
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Health care industry experiencing new demands for nurses
(BPT) - Nursing continues to be one of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation, as nurses make up the majority of the health care industry workforce. In fact, recent projections from a January 2014 report published in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook estimate the job growth to be 1...
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National Infant Immunization Week 2014
(BPT) - Immunizations are considered to be one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Over time, successful vaccination campaigns have contributed to the elimination or near-elimination of some diseases in the United States, li...
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Tossing and turning at night? Stop counting sheep and start collecting zzz's
(BPT) - Although many people workout, eat the right foods and are very concerned about their overall health, one important factor is often overlooked: sleep. In today's 24/7 world, people are often going right up until they have to go to bed - leaving them unable to turn off their minds. In fact, according to the Nationa...
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Easy ways to create a home sweet vacation rental home
(BPT) - After a bitter winter, summer is finally within sight and many Americans are getting into full vacation planning mode. If you're planning a family getaway or a trip with a large group of friends, it's a great opportunity to explore staying at a vacation rental. These are often an affordable alternative to booking...
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Major depressive disorder: A common and complex disorder with a constellation of symptoms
(BPT) - Major depressive disorder: A common and complex disorder with a constellation of symptoms.
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Take the 'what' out of conversations with hearing loss present [Infographic]
(BPT) - Hearing loss becomes more common with age; almost half (47 percent) of people over 75 have hearing loss. For people who have severe to profound deafness, cochlear implants are an increasingly common option. Those who have lost their hearing completely in their 60s and 70s do not want to live the rest of their lif...
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Why a wood deck is one of the best investments a homeowner can make
By Laura Malm (BPT) - As the seasons turn, more homeowners are looking for projects that not only make their homes more livable, but also offer great return on investment. With demand high across the country for outdoor spaces that bring the comforts of the indoors outside, there's no surprise that decks are one of the t...
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Fascinating facts about everyone's favorite sweet treat: Caramel
(BPT) - There are many confections available to satisfy a sweet tooth, but one that melts the hearts of many is rich, creamy caramel. Both young and old adore this treat that can be enjoyed on its own or paired with other ingredients to create an extra-delicious delight. Caramel is a candy staple in the United States and...
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Deer dangers you don't know - and what to do about them
(BPT) - It's hard to live in suburbia these days and be unaware of the difficulties deer can cause homeowners. They lunch on your landscape and brazenly cross busy roads at the worst possible times. But did you know that deer can carry parasites that transmit debilitating diseases to people? Or that nationally, deer vers...
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Moving on? Tips to help get your home ready to sell
(BPT) - Listing your home for sale? Or want to? First impressions can make the difference in attracting prospective buyers. Many buyers make decisions based on emotion. To appeal to emotions, and make a positive first impression with prospective buyers, present your home at its best. Get out the toolbox: identify and mak...
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How to get your car to go that extra mile - or 100,000
(BPT) - Today's car owners are keeping their vehicles on the road longer, and it's not uncommon to find autos with odometer readings of 200,000, 300,000 or more. While increasingly common, that kind of longevity still merits bragging rights. So how can you reach the six-figure mile-mark? The answer is as simple as listen...
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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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