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    How to Make Household Shopping a Breeze

    (StatePoint) One of the most important parts of any household or personal care routine is shopping for all the items you need. With new products introduced to store shelves all the time, sorting the best from the rest can be a time consuming process.

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    Sustainable Home Upgrades for Better Health

    (Family Features) When you’re on a quest to create a home environment that promotes wellness, it can be difficult to know where to begin. One easy solution is to look for small changes that improve your personal well-being while also promoting a better environment overall.

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Singles Guide to Dating Smarter, Not Harder

(BPT) - The odds are if you didn’t meet your partner in high school or college, you’ll likely meet them online. In fact, nearly 40% of American couples first meet online. Despite its convenience, it’s not easy to keep up with the ever-changing rules of digital dating. With endless options at your fingertips, how do you make the best of it?

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Friday 02/21/2020
Obtenga Asistencia Dental Para Los Niños
Updated: February 23, 2020 - 2:53 am

(NAPSM)—Muchos padres se sorprenderán al enterarse que en EE. UU. la caries dental es la enfermedad crónica más prevenible entre los niños.

How to control your pH level – and your feminine health
Updated: February 23, 2020 - 2:59 am

(BPT) - The vagina is a delicate ecosystem that must be maintained at a normal pH of 3.8-4.5. Everyday events like your period, sex, soaps, certain medications and the water in a douche can all change the vagina’s natural balance because those elements have a pH of 7.5 or 8. When vaginal pH is disrupted, you might experience burning, itching or an unpleasant odor.

Understanding Parkinson’s Disease
Updated: February 23, 2020 - 2:53 am

(NAPS)—60,000 people are newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) each year. Nearly fifty percent of those newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s and their care partners leave the doctor’s office following a diagnosis without educational resources or information on what the future holds.

The Parkinson’s Foundation aims to connect with those newly diagnosed with PD earlier and more frequently to provide ongoing support throughout their entire journey with the disease. Newly Diagnosed: Building a Better Life with Parkinson’s Disease, is a new program designed to arm people who are newly diagnosed with the knowledge, tools and resources they need to navigate life with the disease.

The Parkinson’s Foundation also offers educational programs that focus on care and research; digital resources; topical podcasts; and an online community to connect with others living with the disease and care partners and be part of a network of support.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you are not alone. Call the toll-free Parkinson’s Foundation Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636) or email Order your free Newly Diagnosed kit today at ­

Limpieza de primavera para alergias primaverales: 6 recomendaciones de expertos
Posted: February 21, 2020

(BPT) - Cuando los días se hacen más largos y brotan nuevas flores, quiere decir que ha llegado la primavera, y con ella la tarea de una limpieza primaveral. Para los alérgicos, este tipo de limpieza significa mucho más que arreglar una casa. Si se hace correctamente, elimina el polvo, moho, caspa animal y otros desencadenantes de alergias para que usted pueda sentirse mucho mejor.

What’s next in outdoor living? Top trends for 2020
Updated: February 23, 2020 - 2:57 am

(BPT) - The appeal of all things al fresco has never been higher with homeowners across the country investing more time and money than ever before into their outdoor spaces. Based on insights from decking contractors, retailers and home design experts, industry leader Trex Company has compiled its annual outdoor living forecast, predicting the top design trends for 2020 and beyond.

Start meal planning with simple tips from the pros
Updated: February 23, 2020 - 2:55 am

(BPT) - Have you heard about meal planning and thought it sounded like a great idea, but think it's just too complicated for you to tackle? The truth is it's easier than you think if you know a few tips and tricks from the experts.

Tips to Help Family Caregivers Avoid Burnout
Posted: February 21, 2020

(StatePoint) Family caregivers lead busy and at times, stressful lives, often balancing work, their own kids and spouses, hobbies and more, all while ensuring their loved ones are happy and healthy.

Thursday 02/20/2020
Spring cleaning for spring allergies: 6 steps from the experts
Updated: February 23, 2020 - 2:55 am

(BPT) - As days grow longer and new blooms appear, it can only mean one thing: Spring is here and with it comes the task of spring cleaning. For people with allergies, spring cleaning does more than spruce up a home. When done correctly, it removes dust, mold, dander and other allergy triggers so you can feel your best.

Tech trends transforming education today
Updated: February 23, 2020 - 2:53 am

(BPT) - Teachers know that when technology is used well, it saves time by organizing material and automating routine tasks. Technology can also engage students actively, create a more equitable classroom and personalize learning.

Evaluating Your Debt
Posted: February 20, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored Content -Debt is a burden that the majority of adult Americans carry. Per CNBC, the average American carried $38,000 in debt in 2018, not including mortgages.

2020 Is A Year for Savings - 8 in 10 People Plan to Save More
Posted: February 20, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Most Americans don't have $400 saved to cover for an unexpected emergency, but a recent poll from Chase found that consumers may be ready to change that this year. 80 percent plan to save more and 51 percent say emergency savings is their goal.

4 Questions and Answers to Help You Manage Severe Asthma
Posted: February 20, 2020

(StatePoint) The majority of the more than 25 million Americans living with asthma enjoy active, healthy lives. But for others, despite using high dose asthma medicines and avoiding triggers, severe symptoms are a part of daily life.

What to Know About Financial Advising Career Paths
Posted: February 20, 2020

(StatePoint) If you’ve decided to pursue a career in financial advising, there are a few things you should know about the many opportunities within this fast-growing field.

Wednesday 02/19/2020
Unexpected duos: From food to fashion, the crazy pairings America loves
Posted: February 19, 2020

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What Parents Need to Know About Kids and E-Cigarettes
Posted: February 19, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Did you know that 1 in 4 high school students uses e-cigarettes?

Historic Grant Creates Recreational Hot Spot in the Arkansas Delta
Posted: February 19, 2020

(BPT) - Arkansas has become an increasingly popular destination for families, couples and even solo travelers looking for opportunities to embrace outdoor adventure and experience the state’s rich history. The state prides itself on its continuous efforts to provide exceptional recreational and educational attractions no matter what region you visit.

Hot trends in kitchen remodeling
Updated: February 23, 2020 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - Year after year, the most popular home improvement project for American families remains the same: remodeling the kitchen. Today, kitchen makeovers are more ambitious than ever, with homeowners willing to spend larger budgets to upgrade both the aesthetics and the functionality of what is, after all, the most used room in the house.

Addressing racial and economic inequity: A personal connection to a powerful film
Updated: February 23, 2020 - 2:58 am

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Health insights: What is GVHD and why is innovation so critical?
Updated: February 23, 2020 - 2:55 am

So, what’s the deal with beef and heart health?
Updated: February 23, 2020 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - As Americans think about eating for a healthy heart, many feel they’re forced to choose between a healthy diet and their love of beef. But, contrary to some misinformation on this topic, you can have both. The Mediterranean diet was just ranked the #1 Overall Diet in 2020 and the #2 Best Diet for Heart Health by U.S. News & World Report. And according to a report from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, many Mediterranean countries eat as much, or more, red meat than the U.S.

Sustainable Home Upgrades for Better Health
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) When you’re on a quest to create a home environment that promotes wellness, it can be difficult to know where to begin. One easy solution is to look for small changes that improve your personal well-being while also promoting a better environment overall.

Managing the Cost of IBD
Updated: February 23, 2020 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) A diagnosis like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) means lifestyle changes throughout every aspect of life, including financially. IBD has many direct costs of care, like clinic visits, radiology studies, procedures and costly medications. There are also indirect costs such as missed work or school.

How to Reduce Your Risk for Another Heart Attack
Updated: February 23, 2020 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) After a heart attack, as many as 1 in 4 survivors will have another one. Lifestyle changes and working closely with your doctor to manage your health can help minimize the risk of a repeat event.

4 Home Improvement Ideas
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Whether you’re thinking about a bathroom update, kitchen overhaul or any other type of home improvement project, these tips from the experts at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and can help you get started.

Small-Scale Home Upgrades with a Big Impact
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) When it comes to remodeling, there are dozens of ways to improve your home’s overall value and appeal without breaking the bank. Opt for projects that are manageable in scale, affordable and deliver benefits in multiple ways, such as aesthetics and energy efficiency.

Energy-Efficient Ideas to Upgrade Your Home
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Energy bills are likely among the largest expenses for homeowners, but you can take action to lower those costs. During a remodel, a certified contractor can help you make smart decisions when it comes to selecting appliances, windows and insulation for your projects.

5 Ways to Add Luxury to Your Laundry Room
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Updating your laundry room with a distinctive design and increased functionality can be one of the most exciting ways to refresh your home. Chic decor and elements of personal style can transform a dull, tired space into a luxurious retreat you may find yourself sneaking off to. Use these five tips to breathe new life into a room that is often forgotten.

Home Upgrades that Really Work
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

Ideas and inspiration to create more functional spaces

Save Time with Easy Meal Hacks
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) If it feels as though your life is too busy, you're not alone. Many families experience the feeling of constant busyness, but there are ways to save time around the house and lift some of those burdens.

Smart Saving Strategies
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Money management and building long-term financial health is a careful balancing act between long- and short-term financial needs, and now is a perfect opportunity to re-examine your goals. People sometimes focus on short-term needs, making sure they can cover routine bills and living essentials. However, many Americans do not have the resources to cover an unexpected expense, much less save for the future.

The Cost of Living with IBD
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) A diagnosis like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) means lifestyle changes throughout every aspect of life, including financially. IBD has many direct costs of care, like clinic visits, radiology studies, procedures and medications. There are also indirect costs such as missed work or school. 

Thriving with a Brain Tumor
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) A brain tumor can result in a wide range of physical and emotional changes, but proactively managing your coping strategy can have a significant impact on your treatment program and quality of life.

Some Over-the-Air TV Frequencies are Changing
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) If you rely on a rooftop or indoor antenna for your TV viewing, changes that may affect your local channels are happening.

4 Hospice Care Facts to Know
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) As families prepare for the future and consider hospice care for loved ones, it’s important to know and understand what hospice care is and how it can help both patients and their caregivers.

Fuel Up for a Busy Day
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) While some may say being busy is good, it’s not always good for a healthy lifestyle. With less time to prep, the thought of planning nutritious meals and snacks may feel overwhelming, but with simple changes, you can power through your hectic schedule.

Sweet, Luscious Snacks for Loved Ones
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

Valentine’s Day eats and treats

A Savory, Crowd-Pleasing Breakfast
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

( When you need a breakfast to feed a large group, this Biscuit-Sausage Mushroom Casserole is a perfect option. The savory aromas of sausage and bacon are almost sure to have your guests standing in line with a plate and fork in hand.

All-Day Nutrition
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

Dairy-inspired, plant-based dishes to serve from morning to night

Add Beef for a Trendy Twist on Sushi
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Tantalizing taste buds with the latest in trendy foods can be a fun way to bring the whole family to the table for meals together. Combining familiar flavors with a new preparation method, for example, is one way to add flair to dinners at home.

A Classic, Slow-Cooked Meal
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

( Whether you’re looking for a family meal or a dish to feed a different type of crowd, taking advantage of kitchen tools like your slow cooker can help take the effort out of preparation. Flavored using cranberries and oranges, this Cranberry-Orange Pork Loin is a classic dish that’s perfect for entertaining any type of group.

Wholesome Recipes with Big Flavor
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) Maintaining a healthy lifestyle includes a variety of commitments, from exercising to eating right. However, serving up healthy meals doesn’t have to be boring.

A Plant-Based, Dairy-Inspired Dish
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) With the rise in popularity of plant-based diets and dishes, combining them with dairy products can create a superfood power couple. For example, the cheddar cheese found in these Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers helps optimize nutrient absorption from the rice, black beans, corn and tomatoes to create a nutritious and delicious appetizer or meal.

Tuesday 02/18/2020
With 90 painted chairs, Pittsburghers celebrate the arts while welcoming visitors
Updated: February 23, 2020 - 3:00 am

(BPT) - In spring 2019, VisitPITTSBURGH launched a new national marketing campaign — Pull Up a Chair. You are Welcomed Here. The now award-winning campaign is built on a welcoming Pittsburgh message and the act of offering someone a chair — a universal sign of hospitality and respect. The campaign is raising awareness of Pittsburgh as a major travel destination, as well as driving hotel room nights. Now VisitPITTSBURGH, along with the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC), is taking the Pull Up a Chair campaign to an all new level by using an offshoot of the campaign — the 90 Painted Chairs Program — to drive awareness of the city’s thriving arts and culture community while also benefiting a local arts-related charity.

Historical Fiction, Spiritual Guidance From Two Journeys, And A Thriller
Updated: February 20, 2020 - 2:36 am

“Her Quiet Revolution” by Marianne Monson

(NAPS)—A historically rich novel that brings to life the fascinating story of America’s first female state senator, Martha Hughes Cannon, who was also a doctor, suffragist and champion of public health in the frontier territory of Utah in the late 19th century.

This is the first historical fiction novel based on a woman whose extraordinary life as a pioneer paralleled that of the nation, struggling to grow and expand westward, wrestling with the rights and freedoms guaranteed to all citizens, including women, and overcoming tremendous odds and roadblocks by forging the American spirit of the West.

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“Dream Like Jesus” by Rebekah Simon-Peter

Rebekah Simon-Peter explores her own spiritual journey and helps leaders learn to get past the “standard” Christianity and learn to dream like Jesus, thus inspiring individuals and congregations to set and achieve goals previously thought impossible.

Drawing on her family roots of both Jewish and Christian faith, she challenges the Church to dream again, to recapture the vision of making the Kingdom of God a reality.

From Market Square Publishing, purchase at

“The 3rd Power” by Scott W. Ventrella

With all the bad news swirling around, it’s easy to get dragged down. In this ever-changing world—at a time where it can seem people need God and guidance the most—many have abandoned their faith and institutional religion.

Christian leadership coach Scott Ventrella’s latest book provides a simple yet powerful framework to lead you through these tough times, using faith to connect with the divine. Filled with anecdotes as well as practical tools for reconnecting to yourself, your community and God, the book lets readers explore a deeper relationship with the divine.

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“The Heartless” by David Putnam

Former L.A. County Deputy Bruno Johnson is now a bailiff in the courts, having stepped down from his role on the Violent Crimes Team to spend more time with his daughter, Olivia. Bruno fears his job decision may have come too late when he gets a frantic call to extricate Olivia from a gunpoint situation in an L.A. gang-infested neighborhood.

His desperation escalates when he realizes Louis Barkow, a stone-cold killer awaiting trial, had orchestrated that deadly tableau. When Barkow and three other criminals break out of jail and hit the streets, Bruno is plunged back into violent crime mode—with the walls caving in.

From Oceanview Publishing, purchase at

Domestic Thriller "Behind Every Lie"

If you can’t remember it, how do you prove you didn’t do it? In Christina McDonald’s latest, Eva wakes in the hospital after being found unconscious, and discovers her mother Kat has been murdered. She can’t remember what happened, but the police are suspicious. From Eva’s search for answers to Kat’s mysterious past, this is a “complex, emotionally intense” thriller.
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Simple steps to help students explore trade careers
Updated: February 23, 2020 - 2:55 am

(BPT) - With nationwide student loan debt over $1 trillion and many college graduates with four-year degrees struggling to find employment to make ends meet, younger generations are starting to consider the benefits of a career in the trades.

Three questions every senior with diabetes should ask
Updated: February 23, 2020 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - If you're a senior with diabetes, you're not alone. The statistics are eye opening — more than 25% of Americans age 65 and older have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. What's more, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports diabetes as the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

The Panama Canal Celebrates 20 Years
Posted: February 18, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Canal cruises are increasing in popularity as a unique, close-up, and relaxing way to experience local culture. Panama Canal cruises offer a chance to see one of the world's most well-known canals, and this year is especially historic, with the 20th anniversary of the United States' transference of the canal to Panamanian ownership on December 31, 1999.

Monday 02/17/2020
Bob Evans Farms sponsors veteran entrepreneurs grant
Updated: February 23, 2020 - 2:55 am

(BPT) - What skills do veterans bring with them from their military service? Leadership, planning and problem-solving are just a few of the important abilities that military experience provides — and those skills are vital for successful entrepreneurship. That means many veterans are drawn to start and run their own businesses. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there’s one veteran-owned company for every 10 veterans, and current veteran-owned firms employ around 5.8 million people in the U.S.

Preserving analog photos is easier than ever
Updated: February 23, 2020 - 3:00 am

(BPT) - When it comes to passing down family memories, there’s nothing like the visual impact of a photograph.

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