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Wednesday 06/18/2014
More Americans Dumping the Pump for Public Transportation
Updated: June 18, 2014 - 3:42 am

(StatePoint)  On June 19, public transportation systems across the U.S. are marking the ninth annual national Dump the Pump Day. Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), this day encourages people to ride public transportation and save money, instead of driving a car. 

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Monday 06/02/2014
Laboring under misconceptions: Epidural myths may keep women from reliable pain management
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 3:34 am

(BPT) - It’s one of the most effective, safest and widely used forms of pain management for women in labor, yet there are misconceptions about epidurals, a recent study shows. From fears of permanent back pain to allegations of potential harm to the baby, many women still harbor mistaken beliefs about epidurals.

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Reignite those romantic urges
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - With the hectic schedules that many women adhere to, it’s not surprising that many feel stressed out or overwhelmed. The responsibilities of juggling a career, a family and obligations as a wife and mother can be nerve-wracking, and for many women sex is not on their mind. While this lack of desire may be the result of the day’s stresses, in a number of cases it may be the symptom of a bigger issue.

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Thursday 05/29/2014
New discoveries decode the symbols and mysteries of the Mona Lisa
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:31 pm

(BPT) - Almost 500 years after the death of artist Leonardo da Vinci, the world-famous Mona Lisa painting continues to fascinate people of all ages. An estimated 6 million people view the painting each year at the Louvre in France, and many more read and study about its history and the theories surrounding the legendary work of art.

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Tuesday 05/20/2014
Try these ideas for light and simple cookout fare
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:31 pm

(BPT) - Whether enjoying a summer holiday, celebrating a recent graduation or simply relaxing with friends and family on a lazy Saturday afternoon, this is the perfect time of year to enjoy nutritious eating wherever you are. If you’re planning a backyard barbecue, fresh produce makes delicious and healthy choices a breeze no matter if you’re the host or a guest.

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Thursday 05/15/2014
June is Great Outdoors Month: Three Tips to Get Going
Updated: May 15, 2014 - 3:41 am

(StatePoint) Summer is here, and though cooler weather activities can be a blast, many experienced outdoor adventurers and weekend warriors alike look forward to warm weather to truly rev up their engines.

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Did you know salt reduces stress?
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Stress can kill you and the longer you experience stress the worse your health can become. In fact, exposure to long term stress causes the body to produce several hormones that can lead to anxiety, depression, digestive problems, heart disease, trouble sleeping, obesity, and memory loss, according to the Mayo Clinic. Both men and women suffer from stress but women are more susceptible to stress-related conditions, which can also include infertility.

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Monday 05/12/2014
Tips for Weathering Power Outages this Storm Season
Updated: May 12, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) Power outages can be inconvenient, costly and even dangerous. Being prepared is especially important when wicked seasonal weather -- such as hurricanes, thunderstorms, tornadoes and heat waves -- are more likely to take a toll.

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Friday 05/02/2014
5 gifts for the modern mom
Updated: June 25, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - If you think your mom wants another messy breakfast in bed that ends with her scrubbing pancake batter off the counter, think again. Moms today are looking for modern gifts that speak to their personality and create an experience for them and their family. Here are some options that go beyond the boring gifts and offer a fresh take on the perfect Mother’s Day gift for your modern mom.

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Monday 04/28/2014
See a unique view of the next generation's family farm
Updated: June 10, 2014 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - Most Americans have never stepped foot on a farm or ranch, or even talked to the people who grow and raise the food they eat. Many people have mixed perceptions about what it means to be a farmer and rancher today. They might not even stop to think about the process of how their prepared meal has traveled from the farm to their table.

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Tuesday 04/22/2014
Public awareness needed to prevent bed bugs
Updated: August 15, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - One of the most feared household pests of the past decade has been the bed bug. What may be the most unnerving part about these tiny pests is how they hide in mattresses, couches and even dressers waiting for their next blood meal.

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Thursday 04/17/2014
Beat the heat and save some green with these warm weather energy saving ideas
Updated: July 16, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - There are plenty of reasons to be excited that summer is finally here. Among them: the distant memory of those expensive heating bills you paid in the winter. But just because warmer weather is here doesn’t mean your bills are gone. In fact, if your home isn’t as energy efficient as it could be, your summer cooling bills could be just as costly.

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Tuesday 04/15/2014
Have a delicious baking recipe? Share it with the world
Updated: June 10, 2014 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - Think your family’s favorite breakfast recipe is a winner? Enter it now in the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off(R) Contest for the chance to win $1 million and other prizes.

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Tuesday 04/08/2014
What's the top learning style in America? Hands-on wins hands down, survey says
Updated: July 23, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Children learn by doing, and every child has a unique learning style all his or her own, child development experts tell us. The same can be said of adults if a recent survey is any indication. A majority of Americans say hands-on training is the hands-down winner when they want to learn something new in an educational environment, according a Harris Interactive poll conducted on behalf of Everest College.

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Thursday 04/03/2014
Health care industry experiencing new demands for nurses
Updated: June 25, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Nursing continues to be one of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation, as nurses make up the majority of the health care industry workforce. In fact, recent projections from a January 2014 report published in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook estimate the job growth to be 19 percent faster than the average occupation through 2022.

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Tuesday 04/01/2014
Baby boomers: Three crucial times to review your Medicare options for retirement
Updated: June 19, 2014 - 3:39 am

(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.

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Friday 03/28/2014
Car lovers: Take care of your four-wheeled family member
Updated: June 25, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Do you view your car or truck as a member of your family? Have you named your vehicle? If so, then consider how caring for your car is similar to caring for your kin. For the most part, caring for your family is pretty straightforward. Watch their diets, keep them clean, fix their bumps and bruises and they are likely to lead a healthy, happy life. So how do you raise and rear your sedan, SUV, light truck or mini-van? Use your parental prowess and follow some basic guidelines.

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Thursday 03/06/2014
Millions of Americans Observing Lent This Season
Updated: March 07, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Approximately 250 million Christians in America will be observing Lent this spring, according to the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). Lent, which runs from March through much of April, takes place during the 40 days before Easter.

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Wednesday 03/05/2014
Mentors wanted: How to guide more young women to success in STEM
Updated: June 25, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are growing and quickly. By 2023, STEM will generate a projected 2.6 million new jobs, creating a high demand for qualified employees with STEM backgrounds in the coming years, according to Georgetown Public Policy Institute’s Center on Education and the Workforce.

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Monday 02/24/2014
Insulation: The key to ending drafts and cutting utility bills
Updated: June 19, 2014 - 3:39 am

(BPT) - Whether it’s the chill of winter or the heat of summer, our natural instincts are to adjust the indoor temperature so it is comfortable through every season. But if your home has any drafts or air leaks, expect indoor temperatures to fluctuate dramatically.

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Tuesday 01/28/2014
Protect your eyes year-round from UV exposure
Updated: June 17, 2014 - 3:38 am

(BPT) - Eye protection may not be a top priority for people when they are going about their daily lives, but it should be. Protecting your sense of sight is extremely important and often overlooked. All individuals should protect their eyes so they can stay sharp whether they’re at a sunny park, watching a football game, or simply driving to work.

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Wednesday 12/04/2013
The Top 100 Baby Names of the Year Announced
Updated: December 04, 2013 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) What’s in a name? Apparently a lot, as popular baby names from year-to-year can reveal broader cultural trends.

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Tuesday 11/26/2013
Local Communities Hurting From Funding Cuts to Parks
Updated: November 26, 2013 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) Local communities nationwide are feeling a negative impact from funding cuts to national parks, which are hurting local businesses.

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Wednesday 09/12/2012
Taking time for fitness this fall
Posted: September 12, 2012

(ARA) - With the lazy days of summer behind us, many people look to the fall season as the perfect time to get in shape and back into the right wellness regime.

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Tuesday 09/11/2012
If the plays aren't working, re-adjust the game plan
Posted: September 11, 2012

(ARA) - Just over a decade ago, a diagnosis of the blood cancer chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), a disease in which the body produces cancerous white blood cells, was considered a death sentence with only a few years of expected survival. But today, an estimated 28,000 Americans are currently living with this disease – a direct result of major advances in treatment options for the disease.

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Friday 09/07/2012
Recognizing the stories of remarkable women pioneers, known and untold
Posted: September 07, 2012

(ARA) – America has seen women emerge as inspiring national figures including female Supreme Court justices, speakers of the house, CEOs, trailblazing athletes, activists, entertainers and leaders of their communities, over the past 50 years. Women have sparked change through their vision, determination, courage and ingenuity, and their contributions have had a profound influence on the world.

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Protecting your home against winter's 'silent killer'
Posted: September 07, 2012

(ARA) - It’s colorless, odorless and the No. 1 cause of accidental poisoning in the United States. And, it worsens in the winter.

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Thursday 09/06/2012
Tips for adjusting to busy family schedules
Posted: September 06, 2012

(ARA) - The kids are back in school, fall activities are starting up again and the house is empty at different times of the day, making it difficult to keep up with hectic schedules – including yours. Yet there are easy things you can to do adjust to changing family routines, while ensuring your home remains comfortable and safe, no matter what time the kids come and go.

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Online service delivers your A-through-F letter grade to any member of Congress
Posted: September 06, 2012

(ARA) - With public opinion surveys showing the popularity of Congress at or near all-time lows, a free online service is empowering thousands of citizens to send an easy-to-understand letter grade to any member of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives.

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Tuesday 09/04/2012
Curious about the Mediterranean diet? How to make it work for you
Posted: September 04, 2012

(ARA) - They never counted calories, but they ate flavorful, satisfying food and drank wine with lunches and dinners. The people in countries bordering the Mediterranean have historically been known as some of the healthiest, fittest people in the world. Their diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, wholesome whole grains, and fish and lean meats has long been hailed by nutritionists and health experts as a reliable recipe for weight control and better health.

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Monday 08/27/2012
The modern beauty's guide to revealing her best self
Posted: August 27, 2012

(ARA) – Today’s woman knows the importance of putting her best face forward, from what she says to what she wears to how she takes on the day. Acting like a modern beauty is important to representing herself in the best light.

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Friday 08/24/2012
Keeping your kids safe at school
Posted: August 24, 2012

(ARA) - The start of the school year is a time of great anticipation for parents and kids alike. New teachers. New classes. New and old friends. It’s a time for fun and learning.

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Thursday 08/23/2012
High school students take nursing careers for a test drive
Posted: August 23, 2012

(ARA) - Rachel Trevino always aspired to become a nurse. As a senior at a Chicago high school, she enrolled in the Navigate to Nursing (N2N) scholarship program, a dual enrollment program offered through Chamberlain College of Nursing. The program allowed Trevino to better understand the demands of college courses while contemplating her own future career. The hands-on experience helped her develop key skills she may need if she pursued a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, such as the ability to complete assignments in a timely and organized way and a comfort level interacting with faculty and students in online discussion boards.

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Scalp smarts: The five haircare secrets every man should know
Posted: August 23, 2012

(ARA) - While many men are concerned with the appearance of their hair, scalp health is often overlooked. Most guys do not realize that a great head of hair begins with a well-nourished scalp. Feeding the scalp provides the right foundation for great hair, and when the scalp is not properly cared for, it can impact how hair looks.

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Wednesday 08/22/2012
Four questions students should answer before picking a college
Posted: August 22, 2012

(ARA) – Choosing a college is no easy task. Considering it’s a decision that will lay the groundwork for your career and that college is one of the biggest financial investments you’ll ever make, most students and parents too are aware that it’s not a decision to be taken lightly.

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Wacky tributes to America's favorite cultural icons
Posted: August 22, 2012

(ARA) - Americans love to pay tribute to the famous, sometimes in wild and wacky ways. Whether they are collecting mementos of their favorite celebrities, creating off-the-wall portraits of political figures, or mingling with life-sized reproductions of movie stars and superheroes, these forms of affection have risen to an art form in today’s celebrity-obsessed times.

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Sunday 08/05/2012
Social media is changing the way women use online health information
Posted: August 05, 2012

(ARA) - Social media continues to shape our everyday lives, so it's no surprise that the rise of social media is also transforming how we use the Internet to enhance our health. For example, 61 percent of Americans go online for health information, according to the Pew Research Center. Of that percentage, women in particular, find health information gained through online resources like social media to be especially useful.

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Thursday 08/02/2012
Age matters: vitamins for every life stage
Posted: August 02, 2012

(ARA) - It was 100 years ago, in 1912, when Polish-American scientist Casimir Funk identified the first vitamin. Now, on the 100th anniversary of the discovery of vitamins, men and women still do not get recommended daily intake levels of vitamins. According to a paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, only 1 percent of the population meets minimum standards of a balanced diet.

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Monday 07/30/2012
Labeling medications as 'gluten-free' helps those with celiac disease
Posted: July 30, 2012

(ARA) - Going gluten-free has become an emerging nutritional topic and trend in the world of dieting and weight loss. Some celebrities even tout the gluten-free lifestyle as a way to shed pounds. But according to the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, the gluten-free diet isn't a choice for at least 3 million Americans - it's a necessary way of life.

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Thursday 07/19/2012
CC Sabathia pitches in to help bring fast relief to Americans in need by raising donations for the American Red Cross
Posted: July 19, 2012

(ARA) - When a community faces a disaster, it's important to have an all-star team onsite to help provide fast relief. Much like with disaster relief efforts, speed is essential in baseball and pain relief.

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Wednesday 07/11/2012
How the newspaper has adapted to the digital world
Posted: July 11, 2012

Recently the Newspaper Association of America (NAA) released a study exploring how people consume local news. It looked at the patterns and motivation of the typical consumer's usage of different media platforms to access their local newspapers during one week.

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Tuesday 07/10/2012
Food labels 101: Do you really know what you're eating? Certified organic and natural - what's the difference?
Posted: July 10, 2012

(ARA) - With so many people trying to improve their eating habits, the good news is that there are a lot more healthy options on store shelves than ever before. But the dizzying array of products makes it hard to know what the best choices truly are. Have you ever stared at the products on a store shelf and wondered what all the labels meant? How do you know which ones you should feed your family?

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Monday 07/09/2012
Stay healthy with the right amount of salt
Posted: July 09, 2012

(ARA) - Many Americans are becoming increasing frustrated with medical reports that advise avoiding certain foods like fats, coffee, alcohol and then later say that these things are actually good. When it comes to the question of how much salt to consume, however, the situation becomes much different since the human body needs salt to function properly.

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Sunday 07/08/2012
Top 10 tips for personal and property safety on campus
Posted: July 08, 2012

(ARA) - It's time to start back-to-college planning, buying school supplies and preparing for move-in day at campuses around the country. Students will be living independently, meeting new friends and enjoying all that the college experience has to offer. However, young adults on their own - many for the first time - can be unfamiliar with personal safety risks, often sharing too much information and exposing themselves to a variety of security threats, including theft.

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Election 2012: Understanding your voting rights
Posted: July 08, 2012

(ARA) - Federal, state and local elections in 2012 are shaping up to make this one of the most anticipated election seasons in U.S. history. In addition to voting for the president of the United States, 33 of 100 U.S. senate seats will be up for election, as well as 435 U.S. Congressional seats and the governorships for 13 states and territories.

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Thursday 07/05/2012
The growth of the e-cig industry
Posted: July 05, 2012

The electronic cigarette industry is growing. According to a recent survey conducted by the Wells Fargo Securities Tobacco Talk, the electronic cigarette industry which was once viewed as a passing fad, has grown to around $300 million in revenue at retail. While electronic cigarette companies are still waiting for regulation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), some industry experts project that this figure could grow to more than $1 billion over the next few years.

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Wednesday 07/04/2012
The hottest restaurant trends and how they get their sizzle
Posted: July 04, 2012

(ARA) -You don't have to be a "foodie" to be aware of restaurant trends. When a particular ingredient or style of preparation is "hot," it will show up on the menus of everything from chain restaurants to fine-dining establishments. So what's hot right now in restaurant trends? And how do those trends evolve?

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Wednesday 06/27/2012
Do you hear what I hear?
Posted: June 27, 2012

(ARA) - Due to the increased use of earbuds, adolescent hearing loss is up 5 percent over the last decade, which now affects 20 percent of U.S. adolescents ages 12 to 19, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. It's no surprise the increase in popular portable digital media player ownership from 18 percent to 76 percent over the past five years, along with frequent use at loud volumes, has contributed to young people losing their hearing.

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Wednesday 06/20/2012
What it takes to be a private investigator
Posted: June 20, 2012

(ARA) - TV and movie portrayals of real professions tend to be less than realistic, and the job of private investigator is no exception. But just because you won't solve every case between 9 and 10 p.m. on Tuesdays doesn't mean that becoming a private investigator isn't for you.

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