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  • Real Estate

    How to create the perfect, four-season outdoor living space

    (BPT) - Creating an outdoor living space will give you an extra "room" to enjoy in all types of weather, even as the temperatures drop. You can start small with an inexpensive patio set and charcoal grill on a new deck, go all out with a fully installed kitchen, fireplace and living room, or something in between. It depends on your budget and how you plan to use the space.

  • Pets

    Top 9 reasons to adopt a dog

    (BPT) - If you're thinking of adding a four-legged friend to your family, adopting is a great way to go. Whether you find a purebreed or a mutt, an older dog or a puppy, you will be saving a life while adding immeasurably to your own.

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Optimism Dips for Small and Mid-Size Business Owners

(StatePoint) As the backbone of the U.S. economy, the success of small and mid-size businesses is an important economic indicator.

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Pet Central

pets

Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

Fitness

Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

Crosswords

Crosswords

Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

Sudoku

Sudoku

Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




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Friday 10/19/2018
Parents: Store Medicine Properly to Avoid Halloween ‘Candy Confusion’
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:09 am

(StatePoint) This Halloween, families are projected to spend $2.6 billion on candy this year, according to the National Retail Federation. Unfortunately, Halloween can quickly go from spooky to scary with precautions that start right in your own home when it comes to medicine safety.

What to Know Now About COPD
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:11 am

(StatePoint) It claims a life every three to four minutes, making it one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

Thursday 10/18/2018
5 tips to keep your tires ready for holiday driving
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:19 am

(BPT) - Holiday season is upon us again, meaning an extra-large helping of food, family, friends and fun are in store. Unfortunately, so is the seasonal nasty weather. Be prepared for chilling temps, rain and snow that could easily put a damper on driving to holiday celebrations and shopping sprees.

3 things small businesses can do to compete in the talent war
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:14 am

(BPT) - Life at a small company, 50 employees or less, has its upsides. But an employee departure is not one of them. When someone from the team moves on to new opportunities, everyone feels it, whether that means shuffling workloads or working extra shifts.

Navigate4Me: Offering a Trusted Guide Along Your Health Journey
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:11 am

(BPT) - How would your life be different if you had one person to guide and support you when you’re at your most vulnerable?

Spinal Muscular Atrophy is the Number One Genetic Cause of Infant Mortality - Have You Heard of It?
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:11 am

(BPT) - 1 in 10,000 babies worldwide are affected by spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a devastating disease that can cause extreme muscle weakness and paralysis1,2,3

New Study Uses Smartphone Technology to Connect the Dots for People with MS, Doctors and Researchers
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:11 am

(BPT) - Can you remember the last time you had a headache? How about the last time you ate something that bothered your stomach? Chances are these events are hard to recall, because our brains aren’t wired to retain small, subtle details over time.

Are Americans saving enough for retirement?
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:16 am

(BPT) - The answer you get to this question will depend on who you ask. The amount households have accumulated for retirement is not hotly debated, but the amount needed in retirement is. The Investment Company Institute (ICI) is working to make sure that everyone has the facts through its new website — FactsOnRetirement.org. Much of the academic research and the ICI’s analysis of the retirement data indicate that most Americans are properly preparing for retirement, and with some very small changes, the retirement system can be even stronger.

Considering a composite deck? Here are expert answers to homeowners' most common questions
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:16 am

(BPT) - When planning a deck project, choosing the right material is key to the enjoyment and value you’ll get from your outdoor living space. Today, there are more choices in decking materials than ever before, including high-performance composites, which are increasingly replacing wood in backyards across the country — and for good reason.

Long-term HIV survivors reassure others: 'You are never alone'
Posted: October 18, 2018

(BPT) - In 1990, after Michelle Lopez left a domestic violence situation, she and her infant daughter were homeless and were both diagnosed with HIV. “If I had not found community, I truly believe I would have been dead,” remarks Michelle. Today, Michelle, a 51-year-old mother and grandmother, reminds people that “You’re not alone, you’re never going to be alone.”

Supporting Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:16 am

(BPT) - Within the sea of pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there is a wealth of information about early diagnosis, the newest treatments, and how to find support for a loved one who might be affected by the disease. While this information is critical, it is equally important that we recognize the 155,000 people living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC), the most advanced form of the disease. MBC is when the cancer has spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other parts of the body such as the brain or the bones. It is important that MBC patients receive information relevant to them and that they are empowered to take an active role in their treatment in order to receive the best possible care.

4 things you should do to boost your fat IQ
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:16 am

(BPT) - If you've struggled with your weight, you know that fat can be a bad three-letter word. You've warded against it, tried to reduce it and agonized over what fat can do to your self-esteem and your waist line. But how much do you really know about fat? And how much could you improve your life if you knew just a little bit more?

Generic Prescriptions Save Lives ... and Money, Too [Video]
Posted: October 18, 2018

Wednesday 10/17/2018
Meaningful ways to connect different generations during the holidays
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:15 am

Stylish Carrying Case Corrals Handbag Essentials in Style
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:09 am

(NewsUSA) - Despite their best efforts, most women have had the experience of frantically digging into the bottom of a large purse or handbag for an essential item such as eyeglasses, cellphone, keys, or passport. A separate case to corral these important possessions makes sense, especially if it combines fashion with function.

Finding a Zebra in a Crowd of Horses
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:12 am

(BPT) - In medical training, doctors often hear the old adage, “When you hear hoof beats, think horses not zebras!” This concept applies when evaluating and diagnosing patients with what are considered common conditions.

Pickled onions add healthy kick to any dish
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:15 am

(BPT) - You may have noticed more appetizers and entrees draped with pickled onions in the last couple of years. You may even have been adventurous enough to try them, learning how their tartness and onion flavor kick every dish up a notch.

Tips from an executive pastry chef for simple holiday entertaining
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:16 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re hosting a small holiday gathering with friends or a formal dinner party with family, entertaining can be stressful. But with a few simple food-focused tips, you’ll be on your way to throwing the perfect holiday get-together — headache-free.

Respite care: What it is and how it can change your life
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:15 am

(BPT) - Caring for an aging loved one, especially a parent, can take more commitment than any full-time job. Being on call 24 hours a day is physically and emotionally draining. In many cases, caregivers soldier on without complaint while their stress grows, their relationships weaken and their own health often suffers. If you are your parent’s primary caregiver, you likely already know how hard it is to find time to look after yourself and other family members, run errands or simply rest. Chances are, you just need a break.

3D printing is reimagining the way we live today
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:16 am

(BPT) - When additive manufacturing technology — better known as 3D printing — was first invented more than 30 years ago it was intended to make the product design and manufacturing process more efficient. At that time, 3D printing was used primarily as a way to create prototypes to validate and perfect product design, but the inventor, Chuck Hull, had no idea how it would change the way we live.

Try This Clever Twist On Classic Tailgate Food
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:10 am

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Medi-Cal Coverage To Smile About
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:12 am

(NAPSI)—More than a third of Californians receive health care through Medi-Cal, and while most members know that dental coverage is included, many do not use the benefit.

Your Medicare Open Enrollment To-Do List
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:11 am

(NAPSI)—Medicare’s annual enrollment period is now underway, and runs from October 15 to December 7, 2018. You may be happy with your current Medicare coverage, but it pays to shop around. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Holiday Entertaining Advice From A Celebrity Chef
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:11 am

(NAPSI)—Celebrity chef and restaurateur Fabio Viviani loves to entertain friends and family during the holidays and he has some tips to consider before planning your next gathering.

More Matters: Millennials Leading The Way To Increased Vegetable Consumption
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:10 am

(NAPSI)—Much has been written about millennials and their impact on society. It appears their influence extends to diet and nutrition—and may help make fruits and vegetables more accessible and convenient for everyone.

5 Ways to Show Your Cats You Love Them
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:09 am

(Family Features) Cats take on so many different roles within their owners’ lives and families, such as cuddle buddies, emotional support animals, quiet companions and purring playmates. Each furry feline deserves the best, so as a cat owner, it’s important to shower your pet with love and make him feel special all year round.

Expand Your Kitchen
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:13 am

How space-saving sliding door hardware can help

Bringing Baby Home
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:13 am

5 tips to prepare for a newborn’s arrival

Simple Yet Stunning
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:10 am

Set the menu for easy entertaining

6 Meals to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:10 am

Try these authentic and traditional recipes to celebrate Hispanic heritage with flavor

Creative Seafood Solutions
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:10 am

(Family Features) When it comes to cooking up creative meals for the family, finding inspiration for new flavors while maintaining nutrition is typically a primary goal.

Italian-Inspired Dishes
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:10 am

Delightful dining that honors heritage

A Healthy Way to Work
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:09 am

Improve health and performance at the office

Keep Pets Safe this Halloween
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:09 am

(Family Features) Halloween isn’t just for humans; four-legged friends have plenty of opportunity to get in on the fun, too. However, it’s important to take some pet precautions that allow the whole family to enjoy the holiday safely, as the costumes and excitement can be overwhelming and some of the candy is even dangerous.

3 Tips for a Healthy Baby
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:09 am

(Family Features) When you’re a new parent, once you’ve successfully navigated the first car ride home from the hospital and the euphoria of this new little life begins to fade, you’re left with one resounding question: now what?

Eyeing Better Vision
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:09 am

9 tips to maintain eye health

DIY Halloween Box Costume for All Ages
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:09 am

(Family Features) Candy, pumpkins and costumes are some of the most popular traditions of the Halloween season. This year, rather than searching store aisles for the perfect getup, consider using boxes from your latest deliveries and other items you have on-hand to create a one-of-a-kind DIY costume, or “boxtume.”

5 Hacks for Holiday Hosting
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:09 am

(Family Features) It may feel impossible to fit even more into already jam-packed days, but when the holidays roll around, entertaining and celebrating always find a way. Fortunately, you can find some shortcuts when hosting that offer plenty of festive style while also helping you avoid stressing over every detail.

Now is the Time to Address Your Hearing Health
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:12 am

(Family Features) If you find yourself constantly turning up the volume on the TV or asking people to repeat themselves, you’re not alone. In fact, 1 in 5 Americans – nearly 50 million people – ages 12 and older have hearing loss, according to the Hearing Health Foundation.

4 Tips for Traveling with Your Furry Friend
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:12 am

(Family Features) It comes as no surprise that the “workaholic” mindset of many Americans can affect people’s willingness to take vacation days for traveling. However, work isn’t the only culprit hindering American’s travel. A study by Project: Time Off found the three top reasons why people don’t use their vacation days to travel are cost, children and pets.

Tips for Turning History into Your Story
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:13 am

(Family Features) If you have ever thought about exploring your family history, now can be the perfect time as October is National Family History Month. To get started, these four simple tips can help you unlock new understanding and make meaningful connections. You can also consider sharing these tips with loved ones so they can join in on the fun, too.

There is No One-Size-Fits-All Breast Cancer
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:13 am

(Family Features) Breast cancer. It is a simple phrase representing a complex journey thousands of women travel each year. Even during October, when Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings attention to the disease, many people don’t realize breast cancer is not just one disease; it’s extremely complex and classified into different types. Understanding the many types of breast cancer is important – not just for the 1-in-8 women who will be diagnosed in their lifetime, – but for those who love them, too.¹

5 Easy Ways to Add Colorful Curb Appeal
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:13 am

(Family Features) Before the dull and dreary days of winter set in, you still have plenty of time to update your home’s curb appeal with pops of color that add a cheerful touch to offset the oncoming gray weather.

5 Steps to Incorporate Universal Design
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:13 am

(Family Features) As more homeowners opt to remodel their current homes for accessibility and safety, those concerns are taken into consideration especially for kitchens or bathrooms.

Trick-or-Treat for a Cause
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:13 am

(Family Features) Orange pumpkins on doorsteps and orange candy corn in buckets are iconic staples of Halloween, but the season can be about more than fun and treats.

Eat Healthy with Seafood
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:10 am

(Family Features) Eating healthy isn’t always easy, and when your family is rushing around in the evenings it can seem like a daunting task to put a well-balanced, nutritious meal on the table.

Fall for a Flavorful Cheese Board
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:10 am

(Family Features) Some of the most beloved flavors are inspired during the fall, and there are few better ways to enjoy the season’s best than with a group of friends and family. Get ready to wow guests with seasonal treats that invite everyone to indulge in fall flavors.

Family Favorites from Tree to Table
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:10 am

(Family Features) Getting the whole family around the dinner table every evening can be hard. Feeding your family meals that incorporate high-quality ingredients and are also delicious can be even harder. Sometimes, though, that special ingredient you’re looking for can already be in your pantry.

Switch Up Your Game Day Menu
Updated: October 19, 2018 - 3:10 am

(Family Features) Burgers and dogs may be typical game day grub, but a lineup that never changes can get tiresome a few weeks into the season. Infuse new energy and homemade favorites into your game day menu so you can enjoy great games and good eats for a winning combination.

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