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Baby boomers: Three crucial times to review your Medicare options for retirement
(BPT) - Baby boomers facing the big decision of when to take Social Security retirement shouldn't overlook the importance of signing up for Medicare at age 65. Although Social Security offers an age range, generally 62 to 70, for starting retirement benefits - you don't have this type of flexibility with Medicare health ...
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Get decked out with color
(BPT) - Wondering what one of the biggest trends 'on deck' is this year? Hint, it is a colorful answer. That's because more and more people are choosing to add color with a waterproofing deck stain. 'There are practical reasons for the trend,' says HGTV/DIY Network star Jeff Wilson. 'First, most decks are made of pressur...
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Hearing loss affects all generations [Infographic]
(BPT) - Hearing loss affects more than one of every six Americans. Although some are born with hearing issues, many risk factors are treatable and help minimize the effects of hearing loss. Hearing loss may lead to both health and employment issues, while diabetes, dementia, cardiovascular disease and lower pay are assoc...
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Facing brain surgery? Know all your options
(BPT) - Fear is a normal reaction when you've just been told your headaches and blurry vision are symptoms of a brain tumor which is serious enough that you will need treatment. Whether you're facing the prospect of brain cancer or another neurological problem, it's important to face your concern by becoming informed abo...
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Get spring off to a fresh start with these easy cleaning tips
(BPT) - Spring is finally here. It's time to throw open the windows and get the kids ready for fun times outdoors. It's also time to start those spring cleaning projects. In fact, 72 percent of Americans make spring cleaning an annual task. Spring cleaning projects usually require many different products, but this spring...
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Clean up the way you clean this spring - 7 tips to keep your home asthma-friendly this season
Spring cleaning is a task that many people take on this time of year, but for asthma patients and caregivers it's especially important for asthma management. Outdoor seasonal triggers like pollen from weeds and flowers can find their way into your home and add to the already dangerous triggers like dust and pet dander. Fortunately, there are simple steps for spring cleaning you can follow to help limit asthma triggers in the home with products that won't worsen your symptoms. 1. Dust frequent...
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Taking a graceful approach to aging in place [Infographic]
Elder care is rapidly evolving, both in assisted living communities and for people choosing to age in place. This infographic looks at the cost and behavioral factors of living at home as well as new technology that is making it easier to age in place with grace.
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Taking care of your dog's teeth: One more way to show you love him
(BPT) - Most pet parents enjoy hugs and kisses from their canines. But while your best friend is showering you with love, have you wondered if his teeth are clean? Or about how his dental health affects his overall well-being? Good oral care is as essential for dogs as it is for humans. By the time they're 3 years old, 8...
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Easy do-it-yourself Easter: Fun Easter projects for the whole family
(BPT) - The Easter bunny is right around the corner, which means chocolate eggs, chick marshmallows and stuffed bunnies will soon be popping up around the home. Celebrate with a build-your-own Easter basket with the kids for some quality time for the entire family. DIY doesn't mean it needs to be complicated or difficult...
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Kitchen makeover: 3 tips for beauty on a budget
If you're tired of looking at your outdated kitchen, but feel replacement would be impractical, you're not alone. In 2014, consumers will be trying to find solutions they can afford to do themselves. Check out these three DIY remodeling trends for simple and unique ways to refresh the most used rooms in the home. 1. Mini...
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Eight car safety features that could save your life
(BPT) - It's a scary thought. You glance down to grab your travel mug or change the radio station just as the van traveling in front of you slams on the brakes. Now it's up to you to respond. But what if your car could brake automatically to help avoid the crash? Fortunately, this technology, along with others that could also keep you safer, already exists. 'Advanced crash-avoidance features are becoming more common - almost expected,' says USAA's Joel Camarano, assistant vice president of pr...
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Ice is nice: 5 simple steps to maintain your commercial ice machine
It's easy for restaurants and other food service businesses to forget about one of the hardest working pieces of equipment in their kitchens: the commercial ice machine . But ice is critical to the storage, preparation and distribution of items on your menu, and must be treated like food when it comes to safety and sanitation. Just like any other type of restaurant equipment, ice machines require proper maintenance. With the right ongoing care, an ice machine will serve your business well for...
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Lee Joon-seok, third from left, the captain of the ferry Sewol that sank off South Korea, and two crew members prepare to leave a court which issued their arrest warrant in Mokpo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 19, 2014. The captain of the sunken ferry, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTHe was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need.


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FILE - In this April 19, 2013 file photo, the streets and sidewalks around Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston are almost deserted at dinnertime as a call for "shelter-in-place" for Boston and some area communities remains in force. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says the decision to lock down much of greater Boston during the search for the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was a “tough call” but one he’s glad that was made. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)BOSTON (AP) — Several days after the Boston Marathon bombing, Gov. Deval Patrick received a call in the pre-dawn hours from a top aide telling him that police officers outside the city had just engaged in a ferocious gun battle with the two men suspected of setting the bombs and that one was dead and the other had fled.


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This Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006 photo shows unsold 2006 Ion coupes outside a Saturn dealership in the south Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch, Colo. According to government documents released Saturday, April 19, 2014, General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 small cars for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government’s auto safety watchdog, didn’t seek a recall of the Saturn Ion compact car from the 2004 through 2007 model years even though it opened an investigation more than two years ago, and even though it found 12 crashes and two injuries caused by the problem. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DETROIT (AP) — General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday.


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