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DIY decorating that lasts all season long
(BPT) - As the holidays roll around, it's natural to want to spread good tidings and cheer with festive decorations like wreaths, candy canes and Santa Claus figurines. But this year, instead of digging out the same old holiday decorations, why not create some new looks that will last the entire winter season, even after...
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Civilian life can be costly: Money tips for those leaving the military
(BPT) - No right-thinking person would ever claim that the financial side of military life is the land of milk and honey. Even so, military life provides some perks that don't exist in the civilian world. If you're active-duty military and thinking about getting out soon, it pays to understand how your personal financial landscape will change when Uncle Sam is no longer issuing your paychecks. First, don't overlook the not-so-small matter of finding a suitable place to begin your post-militar...
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Advice for parents and caregivers: Managing transition of care for children with severe epilepsy
(BPT) - Epilepsy is the nation's fourth most common neurological disorder, yet public understanding of it is limited - so much so that federal agencies and nonprofit organizations recently asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to study and report on the public health needs of people living with epilepsy. The recommendations the IOM put forth in the report, Epilepsy Across the Spectrum: Promoting Health and Understanding, include a call for expanding educational opportunities and resources. Le...
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Finding strength along the caregiving journey
(BPT) - Caring for a loved one with an ongoing health condition can be a time-intensive and emotional journey. And while small successes and tiny triumphs can be treasured moments, daily tasks can take time away from sources of support, such as interactions with colleagues, spouses, children, friends and groups or clubs,...
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Deck the halls with tissues and allergy meds
(BPT) - Whether you live near or far, returning home for the holidays can be a nostalgic time. But for those with allergies and asthma , celebrating the season with family and friends can be anything but enjoyable. 'Stress from the holidays, traveling and briefly staying in a new environment can weaken your immune system...
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Choose quality over quantity to create the bathroom of your dreams
(BPT) - While your dream bath may be a sprawling space, the reality is that the typical bathroom is 100 square feet or less. According to recent home builder statistics, the average home size has seen a 6 percent decline in recent years. That doesn't mean you need to give up on your dream bath. A large bathroom footprint...
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For patients with rare diseases, awareness can be life-changing
(BPT) - Facing a rare disease diagnosis wasn't easy for Mary Ann Farley of Hoboken, N.J. Family and friends had never heard of the disease, her doctor had never treated a patient with it, and with little information and resources available, Mary Ann felt alone. 'With a rare blood cancer like essential thrombocythemia, information and resources can be hard to find. So there was no easy way for me to learn more, or to connect with others who were going through a similar experience,' she says. I...
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Is the protein in your pet's food causing a deadly disease?
(BPT) - You've seen the commercials and print ads: It seems like every pet food maker is touting meat as a top ingredient. Some even go so far as to eliminate grain completely, advertising super-high levels of protein for dogs or cats. But when it comes to pet food and protein, can there be too much of a good thing? Acco...
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Seven simple steps to a sensational and safe shower
(BPT) - You do it every day ... and sometimes more than once a day ... but, how often do you actually think about your shower routine? And, is it living up to its potential? Follow these seven simple steps and soon your daily shower escape can become sensational and safe - all with only a minimal investment. Step 1: Undr...
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Garage space isn't just for cars anymore
(BPT) - The word garage, when looked up in the dictionary, has a simple meaning: a building or indoor area for parking or storing motor vehicles. By and large, this definition sums up exactly what comes to mind for most folks when they hear the word. But for some folks, garages are so much more than a space to park the f...
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Five ways to find better Black Friday savings online
Black Friday shopping can seem overwhelming, especially shopping online where you must navigate a sea of advertisements, emails, dozens of specialized Black Friday discount websites and a massive selection of sale-priced items. It can be difficult to know you're getting the best savings possible. Here are five things you...
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Serious sinus sufferers open up [Infographic]
As any serious sinus sufferer can tell you, sinus pain and pressure often leaves them feeling squeezed, congested, beat down and crushed - desperately seeking relief from their sinus symptoms. Sinus sufferers are willing to go to great lengths to Open Up(TM). According to a survey commissioned by the makers of Sudafed(R), sinus pain and pressure is impacting Americans in their personal, work and love lives.
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South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The South Korean passenger ship carrying more than 470 people, including many high school students, is sinking off the country's southern coast Wednesday after sending a distress call, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTAt least two people are confirmed dead after a ferry carrying 459 sank.


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A member of the bomb squad inspects an object after a controlled detonation at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon's finish line on Tuesday. They say they've taken a man into custody in connection with them. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) — A man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line late Tuesday, the anniversary of the deadly pressure cooker bombings, had a rice cooker in his backpack and was being charged with possession of a hoax device, police said.


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Operators aboard ADF Ocean Shield move Bluefin-21 into position for deployment in the search for MH370 on April 14, 2014Perth (Australia) (AFP) - The hunt for a missing Malaysian plane suffered another setback Wednesday when a second seabed search by a mini-submarine was cut short due to "technical" troubles after the first also aborted in very deep water. Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) issued a brief statement which spoke of an unspecified "technical issue" with the unmanned Bluefin-21 sonar device. The first mission which began Monday night aborted automatically after breaching the machine's maximum operating depth of 4,500 metres (15,000 feet). "The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21, was forced to resurface this morning to rectify a technical issue," JACC said.


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