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(Family Features) Man’s best friend can be counted on for many things – from greeting you after a long day at work to being a loyal walking buddy. But to reap all the benefits of dog ownership, it’s important to lay the foundation of training and obedience.

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Monday 12/22/2014
Pop the Cork at Home This New Year's Eve
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

According to a recent survey commissioned by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, this year, 61 percent of Americans who plan on celebrating New Year's Eve plan on celebrating at home. To help make your night the most memorable celebration ever, here are some great ways to ring in 2015 from the comfort of your own home.

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Chase Chills Away with Cozy Crafts
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Let the blustery winds blow while you stay warm inside and while away the wintry hours with cozy crafts that keep you warm.

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Time-Saving Holiday Entertaining Tips
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) When entertaining guests this holiday season, the last thing you want to do is run around last-minute, prepping your table and cleaning. This year, try some simple tips so you can spend more time enjoying the season with friends and family. 

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Stay Healthily Hydrated This Winter
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) When the mercury drops, it’s more important than ever to stay properly hydrated. During the winter, people may not seem to sweat as much as in the summer, but that doesn’t lessen one’s risk of dehydration.

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7 Signs Your Brakes Should Be Inspected
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Preserve the life of your vehicle and enhance overall safety with routine brake inspections on your vehicle.

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Resolve to Get Healthier
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Diets don’t work.

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Hot Gifts to Rev-Up Your Cool Factor
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Gift giving should fuel your holiday spirit, not drain it. Shopping for unique, stylish gifts that capture the fun-loving spirit of everyone on your list is easier than most think.

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Tips for a Pet-Friendly Holiday
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) ‘Tis the season for holiday parties, and many pet lovers jump at the opportunity to include their four-legged friends in the festivities. Pet holiday parties may range from the simply elegant to the simply silly, but they all have one thing in common – a doggone good time.

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Low-Price Gifts for High-Tech Lovers
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) If you’re overwhelmed by shopping for technology items for the gadget lovers on your holiday list, rest assured that you can still find fun, unique high-tech gifts that won't break the bank.

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This Holiday, Be Festive and Fashion Forward
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) The holidays are here, but before you leave the house for work or play, make sure you’re looking your best. The good news – almost everything you need to make your holiday season festive, fresh and fashion forward is already in your closet.

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Celebrations Big or Small
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Life is full of celebrations, especially during the festive holiday season. From small gatherings with co-workers to large family parties, having the right wine to give or to serve is the best way to make every occasion merry.

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Sunday 12/21/2014
Why you should consider the Mediterranean diet
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - A healthy diet can be the foundation of a healthy life. While there are many food choices and diet options, one diet consistently grabs the attention of researchers.

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5 health improvements you can make today that will pay off for a lifetime
Updated: December 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Improving your health and wellness can seem like a daunting task, especially if you know you have some bad health habits to break. But, several improvements you can make today can result in tremendous health benefits.

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Saturday 12/20/2014
How to Take Control of Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) If you have diabetes, it is important to take care of your feet. Did you know that diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), open sores or wounds that form on the bottom of the foot, may be a costly problem for people who have diabetes?

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Friday 12/19/2014
New Hope For Those Battling A Genetic Disease
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—There’s hopeful news for those who are at risk for a rare disease that causes a range of symptoms including lack of sweat glands, poor temperature control, respiratory problems, and hair and tooth malformations.

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Tips To Manage Stress This Holiday Season
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—The holidays are often a joyous time to celebrate with family and friends, but for individuals who struggle with mental health issues, this time of year often brings unwelcome stress, anxiety and depression. In fact, a recent mental health survey by the College of Social Sciences at the University of Phoenix® reported that 97 percent of Americans believe mental health issues to be a serious problem in the United States.

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Finding Support and Information for Rare Neuroendocrine Cancers
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - When Maryann Wahmann began experiencing severe abdominal pain and skin flushing, it didn’t feel like the standard gastrointestinal “bug.” She tried over-the-counter remedies and changed her diet, but after several weeks without relief, she still had bouts of diarrhea and began to lose weight so she finally went to see her doctor. But instead of finding out the cause, Maryann began a seven-year struggle to find a diagnosis.

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Do you know the GI malignancy that's second only to colon cancer? [Infographic]
Posted: December 19, 2014

(BPT) - Public awareness of common cancers is better than ever, yet you may have never even heard of the second-most-common type of gastrointestinal malignancy. Gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, or GEP-NETs, are now second only to colon cancer. They can be undiagnosed for years. Here’s what you should know.

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An Important Appointment to Make (and Keep!) This Holiday Season
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The pressure to prepare for the holidays can be intense – decorating your home, wrapping gifts, preparing family meals…

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Thursday 12/18/2014
"Doc" Thornbury: A Health Care Pioneer
Posted: December 18, 2014

(NAPSI)—As more physician practices refuse traditional health insurance and fewer medical students pursue primary care medicine, accessing and communicating with your doctor becomes more difficult—but there could soon be change for the better.

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Facing Cancer & Chemotherapy: An Interview with Pop-Culture Icon and Survivor, Adamari López
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Adamari López is an internationally acclaimed actress and an Emmy®-award winning television personality. In 2005, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy as part of her treatment plan. She has been in remission since 2006.

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
Training Young People To Save Lives
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—A middle-school student who has been trained can save a life when someone needs CPR.

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Winning the fight against dry eye [Infographic]
Posted: December 17, 2014

(BPT) - Do your eyes often feel dry, irritated and red? Just like 38 percent of recently surveyed adults, you may be experiencing a common condition called dry eye. Here’s what you need to know about the problem and how best to alleviate symptoms.

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Tuesday 12/16/2014
New Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis Medication Allows For Every Two Weeks Dosing
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - People living with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (RMS) now have an effective new treatment option with an every two weeks dosing schedule. PLEGRIDY™ (peginterferon beta-1a), which was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, significantly decreases the number of relapses and brain lesions on MRI, and slows disability progression.

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Monday 12/15/2014
Helping Golfers Stay in the Swing With Chiropractic Care
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - It takes years of practice to become a great golfer and to hone your swing. But to reach that level, your body has to be up to the task. Well, it turns out chiropractic care can help golfers treat injuries and restore balance. For more information, visit www.F4CP.org/findadoctor.

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Baby MythConceptions
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) As a new parent, it’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed by conflicting information about the safest ways to care for the little one who completely relies on you. This is especially true when it comes to baby care products.

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5 Smartphone Tips for Car Buying
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Securing a good price on a new car purchase can be a long and confusing experience. Fortunately, the prevalence of smartphones has enabled car buyers to quickly arm themselves with the information they need to get a great deal without wasting a lot of time.

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Tips to Save Money at the Pump
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) As gas prices continue to drop, motorists should take advantage of their savings at the pump and invest it back into their vehicles. By spending a little now to increase fuel efficiency, drivers can multiply fuel savings and save more money at the pump, according to the Car Care Council.

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Young at Heart
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) For seniors, keeping in touch with friends, family and caregivers is important to maintain an active social life and remain independent. The number of seniors — and the need to find creative ways to be mindful of their care — is on the rise. With nearly seven million Americans providing support as long-distance caregivers, according to the National Institute on Aging, staying in touch is especially important.

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Winter Eye Care Tips
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) When the cold of winter settles in, it can bring a wide range of problems – especially for individuals who wear glasses.

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Choosing a Kid-Friendly Cell Phone
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) From connecting with friends to playing interactive games, a mobile device presents endless entertainment to kids of every age. With children getting their first cell phone at a younger age than ever before, it’s important to make sure they stay safe by investing in a kid-friendly phone and keeping tabs on their activity. From ensuring there is fun content to using new applications which limit their exposure to undesirable content, there are many considerations to take into account when purchasing a phone for your child.

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Sparkling DIY Fashion for the Holidays
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) If you're looking for a fashion-forward way to get festive this holiday season, look no further than your own closet, where you can find outdated pieces to transform and add sparkle to your holiday wardrobe.

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Wrap Up Your Holiday Gift Giving
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Feature) Stock up on pretty paper, ribbons, boxes and bows — the holiday season is here. This gift guide offers an assortment of unique ideas to help you mark those recipients off your list. Use it, and you’ll have your seasonal shopping duties all wrapped up in no time.

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Avoid Identity Theft this Holiday
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) With the popularity of online shopping and the willingness to offer personal information in exchange for deep discounts, consumers are particularly vulnerable to fraud during the holiday season.

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The Ultimate Guide to Great Giving
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Feature) Brighten up the holiday of those you love with these thoughtful gift ideas. Now you have everything you need to wrap up the seemingly endless quest for the right holiday gifts. Use this handy guide to select the perfect presents for everyone on your list.

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Why Sleeping Through the Holidays is a Good Thing
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) Battling crowded shopping centers. Purchasing last minute gifts. Party preparations. Travel arrangements. Hosting family. In addition to cheer and excitement, the holidays also seem to bring never-ending “to do” lists that often cause you to sacrifice basic needs in order to check off every task. One of the first things many people give up is a good night’s sleep – not knowing the crucial role that it plays in staying healthy throughout the holiday rush.

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Friday 12/12/2014
Saving Cardiac Arrest Victims
Updated: December 13, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a malfunction of the electrical rhythm of the heart, can strike anyone, at any time—but you can lead the way to save a life.

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A Year Of Living Healthfully
Updated: December 13, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—Every day, you can find intriguing information, useful advice and timely reminders on managing your health from a free planner.

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Clues For Combating The Common Cold
Updated: December 13, 2014 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—If your kids are like most, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts they’ll get three or more colds this year. While there’s still no cure, there are steps that parents can take to ease the symptoms.

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Thursday 12/11/2014
Pilot lands successful Afib treatment to overcome most common heart rhythm condition
Updated: December 12, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - From greeting long-lost family and friends at baggage claim to rushing across the terminal to catch a departing flight, a fast, skipping heartbeat is a common occurrence at airports across the country. But for commercial airline pilot Tim Knutson, 46, his irregular heartbeat indicated far more serious problems.

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For adults, there's more to consider this season than just flu
Updated: December 13, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - With flu season in full swing, many adults are visiting their health care providers to discuss ways to stay healthy. Have you thought about other potentially serious diseases you may be at risk for as an adult?

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Defeat drowsy driving dangers: Tips for staying awake at the wheel
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - One in five fatal accidents in America involves a drowsy driver, according to a recent report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Unfortunately, driving while fatigued is common in today’s business world. Yet the consequences of driving when you’re tired can be tragic.

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Monday 12/08/2014
Caregiver 101: Information You Should Know Before You Hire
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) When looking for the perfect caregiver, many families don't know where to begin. Though the Internet offers a quick solution for finding caregiver information, it can also be a misleading source.

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Handcrafted Holiday Decor
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Handcrafted decor sets a festive tone throughout the house for all your holiday celebrations this season. Deck the halls with these spirited craft ideas from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores that transform your home into a holiday haven with cheerful color across the mantel, personalized gift tags, a whimsical use for ornaments and even a way to include your four-legged friends in the fun.

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That Infamous Check Engine Light
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) It’s a situation that has likely happened to you. You’re driving down the road when out of nowhere the words “check engine” illuminate from the dashboard. While this glowing symbol may cause you to panic, there are a few things you should know about this common issue.

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The Ultimate Guide for the Smart Traveler
Updated: December 08, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) With Americans traveling more than ever today, both domestically and internationally, it’s important to develop smart traveling habits. Whether you are venturing around the world or road-tripping across your home state, traveling smart is a must if you want to get the most out of your vacation without spending more.

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Make Holiday Wishes Come True
Updated: December 13, 2014 - 3:31 am

(Family Features) The holiday season is a magical time and there are some simple ways to share in the season’s spirit of goodwill and generosity.

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Office ergonomics: Is your job literally a pain in the neck?
Updated: December 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Millions of people work in an office environment every day, but that doesn’t mean their fate has to include back aches and joint pain. Correct office ergonomics can help prevent some of the most common issues associated with sedentary jobs, especially for hardworking small-business owners who typically put in many more than 40 hours per week.

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Friday 12/05/2014
Taking Care on and off the Sports Field
Updated: December 06, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - It's one of the unfortunate truths of our obsession with sports: Coaches don't normally get much credit unless they take their teams all the way to a title. And yet, there actually still are some coaches -- let's call them the good guys -- who view at least a part of their jobs as helping to build character in their players while easing the mental and physical irritations that come with competition.

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