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Monday 06/02/2014
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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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 04/08/2014
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 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 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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Tuesday 06/12/2012
New research shows health benefits of salt
Posted: June 12, 2012

(ARA) - In a recent New York Times article, award winning science journalist Gary Taubes describes the considerable efforts and expenditures made by government public health agencies to support and promote salt restriction, despite clinical evidence which does not support population-wide salt reduction strategies.

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Umbilical cord stem cells provide life-saving treatment for children
Posted: June 12, 2012

(ARA) - When expectant parents imagine their children's future, chances are that a rare genetic disorder is not part of that picture. But that was the reality for Andres and Paulina Trevino of Boston. At 2 years old, their son, Andy, was diagnosed with a life-threatening immune disorder. By the age of 5, Andy had been in the hospital for 1,000 days and saw more than 300 doctors to help treat his disease. However, thanks to a treatment Andy received from his sister Sofia's umbilical cord blood stem cells, he is now thriving and healthier than ever. Inspired by his own son's medical journey, Andres penned a book entitled, "Andy & Sofia," documenting his family's personal story with this live-saving treatment.

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Monday 06/11/2012
What is distance learning?
Posted: June 11, 2012

Are you someone who likes to continually learn new things for professional and personal growth? If you answered "yes," then you are likely a lifelong learner. Fitting this positive attribute into today's busy lifestyles can be challenging. Distance learning provides a flexible, affordable and economical way to achieve your educational goals.

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Sunday 06/10/2012
Simple tips to stay safe from the sun while outdoors
Posted: June 10, 2012

(ARA) - Warm weather means more time spent enjoying the outdoors: picnics, bike rides, hikes and sporting events. While the summer months should be enjoyed to the fullest, outdoor enthusiasts must remember that the sun, with all of the benefits it brings, also has many dangerous effects.

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Sunday 06/03/2012
How to choose a winning football helmet
Posted: June 03, 2012

(ARA) - In the game of football, athlete protection should remain top-of-mind among parents, coaches and the public, making a player's helmet selection a crucial step prior to the upcoming season.

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Monday 05/28/2012
Easy ways to support veterans at home
Posted: May 28, 2012

(ARA) - Do you carry a deep appreciation for soldiers of past and present wars, but aren't quite sure how to show it? There are a number of ways, big and small, to express your support that can directly affect the life of a veteran in a positive way.

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Wednesday 05/23/2012
America's history etched in hardwood
Posted: May 23, 2012

(ARA) - Wood is one of the oldest building materials we know, and one of the most beloved. It's a love affair that has lasted - like hardwood itself - through the centuries, from the log cabins of earliest America into the early 21st century.

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Tuesday 05/22/2012
Art competition helps cancer patients tell their stories
Posted: May 22, 2012

(ARA) - The American Cancer Society reports that there are nearly 12 million cancer survivors alive today in the U.S. alone. In addition, there are millions more who love and care for them.

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Sunday 05/20/2012
Pre-employment tests: What every job seeker should know
Posted: May 20, 2012

(ARA) - With the economy strengthening, today's job seekers have more of an opportunity to find a job than in years past. However, that hardly means that companies are taking the decision to hire lightly. With still unprecedented numbers of applicants vying for each open position, companies are putting a greater emphasis on choosing the best of the group, and they are armed with more weapons than ever to do just that.

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Thursday 05/17/2012
Bone health critical issue for men with prostate cancer
Posted: May 17, 2012

(ARA) - Prostate cancer is a serious issue for men, with one in six diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime. However, it is especially important for African-American men, who have a one in five chance of being diagnosed, which is the highest incident rate than any other group in the U.S. A recent survey of 90 men showed that men with prostate cancer aren't thinking about a potentially serious health concern that nearly all patients with advanced disease will experience - bone problems.

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Thursday 05/10/2012
Five things you should know about hepatitis C
Posted: May 10, 2012

(ARA) - Hepatitis C is a silent epidemic in America. Millions of Americans have chronic hepatitis C, which is caused through infection with the hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis C is a leading cause of liver cancer. As many as 75 percent of people who are living with hepatitis C don't know they are infected.

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