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Making Music Part of Daily Life Can Benefit Kids

(StatePoint) While most schools offer a baseline level of music education, many programs are limited and sometimes classroom instruments can be scarce. Exposure to music, however, offers people of all ages a number of benefits - from reduced stress to improved coordination and academic outcomes. There are many things families can do to enrich their musical lives. September is National Piano Month, so here are some fun ways to make more music together.

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Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:31 am

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Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Thanks to a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, efforts are underway to streamline licensing for medications known as "biosimilars," which are similar - but not identical - to cutting-edge biologic medicines. However, the development has some concerned about patient safety, especially among older Americans who tend to suffer from more chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

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Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) For many parents, the back to school season means running from store to store in search of everything the kids need for a successful academic year. Use this special guide, which includes everything from on-trend footwear to portable chargers that power devices, to outfit your star pupils in style.

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Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:31 am

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Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) All pets bring us closer to the natural world, but specialty pets, such as fish, small pets and reptiles, provide a unique way to inspire kids to learn about the world around them. As teachers and families gear up for the start of a new school year, pets can help teach kids responsibility and how to keep a routine. They can sharpen kids' math and science skills through activities such as measuring food and water, keeping track of days of the week on a calendar and studying information about their care needs.

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Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) Playtime should be fun, but who says it can’t also be beneficial to kids? From imaginative play that expands creativity to toys that develop crucial motor skills, kids’ play can be a time when learning and fun go hand in hand.

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Updated: August 28, 2014 - 3:31 am

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Thursday 08/21/2014
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Updated: August 22, 2014 - 3:31 am

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Monday 08/18/2014
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Updated: August 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) A woman's face and hands can be tell-tale signs of years creeping by, but there is another area of the body that is often overlooked and can be one of the best indicators of a woman's true age - her décolletage.

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Updated: August 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

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Thursday 08/14/2014
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Posted: August 14, 2014

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Wednesday 08/13/2014
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Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:32 am

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Monday 08/11/2014
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Updated: August 13, 2014 - 3:33 am

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Updated: August 13, 2014 - 3:33 am

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Updated: August 14, 2014 - 3:32 am

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Monday 08/04/2014
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Updated: August 04, 2014 - 3:32 am

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Back to School Bites
Updated: August 04, 2014 - 3:32 am

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Updated: August 04, 2014 - 3:32 am

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Wednesday 07/30/2014
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Updated: August 06, 2014 - 3:32 am

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Tuesday 07/29/2014
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(NewsUSA) - "To shave strokes from your golf game, the only equipment you need is a good eraser."

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Updated: July 29, 2014 - 3:33 am

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Monday 07/28/2014
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Updated: July 28, 2014 - 3:33 am

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Updated: July 28, 2014 - 3:33 am

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Updated: July 28, 2014 - 3:33 am

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Updated: July 28, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) For everything from paying for lunch to paying the water bill, a checking account is the primary tool many Americans use to make day-to-day financial transactions. But for many consumers free checking is becoming a thing of the past as banks notify their customers that “free” accounts are being discontinued. 

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Back-to-school shopping a great time to bond with teens [Infographic]
Posted: July 28, 2014

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Updated: August 04, 2014 - 3:32 am

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Updated: August 04, 2014 - 3:32 am

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Friday 07/25/2014
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Wednesday 07/23/2014
Shave Strokes off Your Golf Game -- Without the Eraser
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(NewsUSA) - "To shave strokes from your golf game, the only equipment you need is a good eraser."

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Monday 07/21/2014
Focus on the Journey, Not the Destination
Posted: July 21, 2014

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Nearly every parent has probably heard a child recite the famous four words of a family vacation – “Are we there yet?”

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Updated: July 21, 2014 - 3:33 am

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Monday 07/14/2014
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Updated: July 14, 2014 - 3:32 am

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Updated: July 14, 2014 - 3:32 am

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Updated: July 14, 2014 - 3:32 am

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Updated: July 14, 2014 - 3:32 am

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Monday 07/07/2014
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Updated: July 07, 2014 - 3:32 am

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Monday 06/30/2014
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Updated: June 30, 2014 - 3:32 am

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Updated: June 30, 2014 - 3:32 am

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