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Four numbers you need to know for good health
(BPT) - When it comes to health by the numbers, you probably already know to keep an eye on your cholesterol level, body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure. But are you aware of another medical marker that directly impacts these others? Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs) are markers for the aging of our internal org...
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How to boost energy efficiency in your home and live green
(BPT) - It's now easier than ever for homeowners to transform their homes into models of green living thanks to the growing availability of affordable, energy-smart building products and materials. From replacing incandescent light bulbs to reviewing the energy rating on new appliances, more homeowners are making informe...
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U.S. failing to meet minimal dental access standards for older adults
(BPT) - When it comes to caring for those who are aging, older Americans are not receiving the recommended standards of oral health care. This is a cause for concern, as maintaining a healthy mouth is essential for overall health and well-being at every age. The oral health of older Americans is in a state of decay, acco...
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How to plan a memorable multigenerational vacation
(BPT) - Whether over the river or through the woods, families across the U.S. are planning to travel during the holidays. In a world of well-traveled toddlers, worldly teens and active seniors, multigenerational travel is growing and for good reason: everyone enjoys a vacation together while creating unforgettable memori...
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State of decay [Infographic]
By 2030, there will be more than 72 million older adults in the United States, but most of them won't have access to proper dental care. Because oral health can affect overall health, this is a critical issue that all seniors and caregivers must understand. Learn more at toothwisdom.org .
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Firearm safety: Tips that can prevent injury and save lives
(BPT) - With hunting season gearing up in many parts of the country, a few important tips can help prevent injury and save lives. Good habits to safely handle and store firearms are easy to incorporate into your routine. Even the most proficient sportsmen and hunting enthusiasts may need a refresher course on how to safe...
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Buying technology for seniors this holiday season
(BPT) - Finding the perfect gift for mom and dad or grandma and grandpa often seems impossible. If they're like a lot of seniors, they're fairly well settled and don't have long wish lists. Plus, it seems that many of the hottest gift ideas are tech devices, certainly not something that would be of interest, right? Think...
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DIY tips to check windows and doors and save on utility costs year-round
(BPT) - With temperatures dropping, now is a good time to improve your home's energy efficiency. Drafty windows and doors can dramatically increase heating and cooling costs. That's why it's important to perform a walk-around now, to verify that your windows are in working order, or if they need replacing. The typical Am...
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Three astoundingly simple solutions for big renovation challenges
(BPT) - Americans are renovating again. In fact, the remodeling market hasn't been this robust since 2004, according to the National Association of Home Builders' Remodeling Market Index . Yet even the most enthusiastic homeowners-turned-renovators may hesitate when faced with certain common challenges - be it adding a b...
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'Come meet your planet' and discover the secrets of the natural world
(BPT) - Have you ever watched an amazing nature documentary and wondered how filmmakers captured such incredible scenes and compelling stories? Have you ever wished you could visit some of those same places yourself, to truly experience the wonders of the natural world with all five senses? If you answered 'yes,' you'll ...
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Homemade alternatives to Halloween candy
(BPT) - Processed, sugar-packed candies are collected door-to-door every year at Halloween. This year, try a different angle with homemade sweet treats that parents can make with their kids for Halloween. Chef Claire Menck from The Art Institute of Wisconsin loves making ghostly 'gorp' wrapped in white parchment paper wi...
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Top trends for a fall wardrobe update
(BPT) - Fall fashion magazines can easily top 500 pages of skirts, tops, pants, coats and accessories; all deemed 'must-haves' for the chilly weather ahead. The choices and trends can be staggering, but just because temperatures are falling doesn't mean you need to drop a small fortune on a new wardrobe. Fashion experts ...
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A weeping relative of a missing passenger aboard the sunken ferry Sewol shouts as she tries to march toward the presidential house to protest the government's rescue operation in Jindo, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers on Sunday finally found a way into the submerged ferry off South Korea's southern shore, discovering more than a dozen bodies inside the ship and pushing the confirmed death toll to over four dozen, officials said. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)The confirmed death toll rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel.


2014-04-19 23:45:31 -0600

A Ukrainian policeman guards a check-point at the entrance of the southeastern Ukrainian city of Berdyansk on April 19, 2014Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - A deadly gunfight in a town in restive east Ukraine on Sunday shattered a fragile Easter truce, with Russia declaring it was "outraged" at the return to violence in the crisis-hit former Soviet republic. Locals, it said, had found the attackers' cars containing weapons, satellite maps and Right Sector business cards.


2014-04-20 05:22:26 -0600

A large crowd is seen in St. Peter's Square from the Bernini colonnade towards Via della Conciliazione avenue, top, during Pope Francis' Easter Mass, at the the Vatican, Sunday, April 20, 2014. Even before Mass began, a crowd of more than 100,000 was overflowing from the cobblestoned square, and many more Romans, tourists and pilgrims were still streaming in for the pontiff's tradition Easter greeting at noon (1000 GMT). At left is the Apostolic Palace. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity's most joyous and hopeful day, Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria that have targeted many Christians.


2014-04-20 05:18:25 -0600