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New itineraries, ships and offerings draw more cruise travelers to European rivers
(BPT) - Europe continues to attract the attention of American travelers, and travel on river cruises is one of the best ways to see many of the continent’s sights and explore much of its history. In response to strong demand, cruise lines are offering many new and expanded services to accommodate this growing travel inte...
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Does your back-to-school to-do list include vaccination?
(BPT) - Back-to-school time for parents of preteens and teens often involves purchasing school supplies, coordinating extracurricular activities, and organizing fall schedules. However, this time is also a good opportunity to talk with your health care professional about vaccines that may be recommended for your preteen ...
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How to find support for an advanced breast cancer diagnoses
More than half of American women living with advanced breast cancer feel support from friends and family is not as strong now as when they were first diagnosed, according to the global Count Us, Know Us, Join Us survey. American women with stage IV metastatic breast cancer and stage III locally advanced breast cancer – c...
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Stepping out to stop diabetes
(BPT) - This year, co-workers, families and friends across the country are making every step count in the fight against diabetes. Your steps can count too. Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes(R), the American Diabetes Association’s signature fundraising walk, has been taking place for more than 20 years. Participants walk as...
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Four reasons to dehumidify your home [Infographic]
From improved health to savings on energy bills, there are many benefits to controlling the humidity levels in your home. Aprilaire reveals the top four reasons to dehumidify your home.  
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National Health Center Week: Recognizing community health centers that help millions of Americans every year
(BPT) - It’s National Health Center Week - a time to reflect on the commitment of health centers across the country to provide access to affordable, high quality, cost-effective services, including those that help prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. The services they offer are critically important for more than half of all Americans who suffer from one or more chronic diseases. Every year chronic diseases continue to be the leading causes of death and di...
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Simple steps to packing a better school lunch
(BPT) - As kids get ready to head back to school, it’s time for parents to break out the lunch boxes and start planning for school lunches. The good news is that packing a healthy, nutritious school lunch - that’s also kid-approved - may be easier than most parents think. “Packing the perfect school lunch is about ensuri...
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What Gen Z knows - and should learn - about saving for college
(BPT) - Is it ever too early to start saving for college? Is it ever too late? Finance experts say the answer to both questions is a resounding “no,” and an annual Gen Z & Money survey released by TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation (NYSE: AMTD) indicates that members of Generation Z are hearing the message loud and clear....
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Competing against the odds: Special Olympics athlete with rare disorder succeeds on and off the track
(BPT) - At a recent Special Olympics Summer Games, one athlete took center stage to receive a gold medal – something that symbolized much more than winning a sporting event. For Ryan Groves, a 26-year-old from Michigan, the award meant he was confronting a lifelong challenge that started when he was diagnosed with a rare disorder called tuberous sclerosis complex, or TSC, right before his first birthday. Tuberous sclerosis complex is a genetic disorder that can affect many areas of the body, ...
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Last minute tips to find those back-to-school deals
The school bell will be ringing soon but summer activities have kept your family far too busy to find time to shop for school supplies. Don’t panic if you notice the store shelves looking a little bare: There are still some really great deals to find and you can easily get all of your back-to-school needs filled. If you have a list of all the school supplies your children need, you can get started immediately with your shopping. But if you haven’t thought about creating a list, take the time ...
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Parents urged to get kids vaccinated against meningococcal disease for new school year
(BPT) - Moms do all they can to prepare their kids for a healthy transition from summer vacation to the new school year, which brings new teachers, homework and demanding sports practices. But, when gearing up for the transition, there is one thing moms might be forgetting to protect their children against: potentially f...
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Family in the kitchen [Infographic]
You eat dinner as a family, so why not make preparing that meal a family affair as well? Even the youngest children can have some role in the upcoming feast. Learn more about the tasks children in other families handle at meal time and see if they’re right for your aspiring chef.  
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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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