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    5 important facts to teach kids about pet ownership

    (BPT) - Kids instinctively love animals. Children begin learning about animal species, their habitats and behavior during elementary school, and this is when children also become more interested and involved in caring for family pets. They may even become pet owners for the first time at this age. Learning about animal care is fun for kids, while also teaching them life lessons about empathy, compassion and responsibility.

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Three Ways to Understand and Help Manage Rare Blood Cancers

(BPT) - Most people have a personal connection to cancer. In fact, an estimated 1.7 million people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer this year. But there are several lesser-known types of cancer that many people do not know about which can make diagnosis and treatment decisions more challenging. One example is a closely related group of rare blood cancers known as myeloproliferative neoplasms, or MPNs. 

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Friday 12/14/2018
5 ways to prevent the spread of MRSA at home and on-the-go
Posted: December 14, 2018

(BPT) - As we head into the winter months, we tend to be in closer quarters indoors and constantly around friends and family. It is important to be conscious of infectious diseases, such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which are spreading rapidly among public places like gyms and schools. MRSA prevention should continue at home, especially for groups at higher risk, like student athletes.

5 effortless, no-bake holiday desserts
Posted: December 14, 2018

(BPT) - It’s your fifth holiday party this season and, yet again, you were asked to make a dessert. This time of year, your calendar fills up quickly and it seems like you need to bring a treat every time you leave your house. But that doesn’t mean you need to turn on your oven.

Consumers go phygital this holiday season
Posted: December 14, 2018

(BPT) - For those who can’t go home for the holidays, sending loved ones a text or social media shout out may be a sufficient alternative to celebrating in-person. 

Tips to help keep out pests this holiday season
Posted: December 14, 2018

(BPT) - It’s easy for things like pest prevention to get overlooked during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Homeowners have a lot on their minds, from the relatives coming to town to the presents they have yet to purchase. But pests don’t necessarily rest during the cold winter months; in fact, many are active year-round and may seek shelter in your warm house as the weather worsens. With some tips from the experts at Terminix, you can learn about the kinds of pests that can find their way indoors and how best to keep them out.

Decorating A Photo-Worthy Home for the Holidays
Updated: December 15, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Seasons change, and so do rental contracts and housing arrangements. If you’re leasing, you can still make your rental feel like home for the holidays with seasonal decor.

Practical Tips to Prep for Holiday Travel
Updated: December 15, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Planning travel around the holidays is rarely simple. Coordinating flights or ground transportation is often just the beginning, and safely arriving at your destination may feel like a gift in its own right.  

Bring a Pet Home for the Holidays
Updated: December 15, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) The holiday season – and the lead-up to it – is a popular time to bring home a new puppy or kitten.

Home for the Holidays
Updated: December 15, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) As another busy travel season approaches, road-weary parents and families can hold on to holiday cheer a little longer by counting on tech as their preferred travel companion.

Holiday Entertainment with Friends and Family of All Ages
Updated: December 15, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Holiday entertaining is no small chore. From feeding the masses to keeping everyone happy and engaged, it can be a big job playing host during the holidays.

A Fresh Approach to the Winter Freeze
Updated: December 15, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Winter means snowfall, cold days and time spent near a fireplace seeking warmth and comfort.

6 Steps to Safer Winter Driving
Updated: December 15, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) The winter season is typically one of the busiest times of the year for travelers. While millions prepare to hit the road to visit family and see sights they may never have seen before, there’s one essential travel tip that cannot be overlooked: the proper tires.

5 Tips for Coping with Chronic Pain
Updated: December 15, 2018 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Pain can impact nearly every aspect of your daily life from cleaning the house to going to work or playing with your kids. In fact, according to the Institute of Medicine, 100 million Americans, or more than 30 percent of the population of the United States, suffer from chronic pain, which is pain lasting 3-6 months or longer.

Thursday 12/13/2018
5 surprising things you'll find on your Midwest vacation
Updated: December 15, 2018 - 2:36 am

A winter escape to Wisconsin offers some surprisingly luxurious amenities. Visiting cooler temperatures gives you the chance to focus on the beautiful scenery as well as an opportunity to destress, at a location that offers equal parts wellness and indulgence. Read on for five things you'll find on your relaxing Midwest vacation:

How a healthy lifestyle and open communication may help with psoriatic arthritis
Updated: December 15, 2018 - 2:34 am

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El nuevo centro de ayuda de insulina ofrece opciones para reducir los costos para los pacientes
Posted: December 13, 2018

(BPT) - Algunas personas con diabetes en los EE. UU. enfrentan costos de bolsillo cada vez más altos para la insulina, un medicamento que regula el nivel de azúcar en la sangre y permite que las células utilicen y almacenen el azúcar para obtener energía. Algunas personas se enfrentan a decisiones financieras difíciles y consecuencias del cuidado de la salud que pueden resultar serias. Incluso, algunos racionan su insulina para reducir los costos, lo que puede resultar peligroso.

'Tis the Season for Mental Health Wellness [Infographic]
Updated: December 15, 2018 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Although the holiday season is known to be “the most wonderful time of year,” for many, this time of year can also come with stress. 

New insulin help center offers options to reduce patient costs
Updated: December 15, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - Some people with diabetes in the U.S. face increasingly high out-of-pocket costs for insulin, a medicine that regulates the level of sugar in the blood and allows cells to use and store sugar for energy. Some people are confronted with difficult financial choices and healthcare consequences that can prove dire. Some even ration their insulin to offset costs, which can be dangerous.

How to Keep Your Health in Check This Holiday Season
Posted: December 13, 2018

(NewsUSA) - The holidays are known for taking a toll on our bodies . Between the chilly temperatures, onset of flu season and the overabundance of sweet treats at every turn, it's easy for physical health to fall to the wayside.

Patient thanks her caregiver after successful transplant
Updated: December 15, 2018 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - The holiday season presents the opportunity to pause and express gratitude to those that have touched our lives. For former dialysis patient and recent kidney transplant recipient Ingrid Codrington, her biggest “thank you” is to a woman who changed her life when she needed it the most.

Ease Gift-Giving Anxiety with This Simple Tip: Ask a Bookseller
Posted: December 13, 2018

(NewsUSA) - Between the planning, gift-buying and parties, the holidays can be a stressful time.

3 steps for your end-of-year financial checkup
Updated: December 15, 2018 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Amidst a frenzy of holiday parties and family gatherings, it can be easy to lose sight of your financial goals. But the end of the year is an ideal time to reflect on your financial plan and review your savings and investing approach. Before you say goodbye to 2018, take these steps to maximize your savings and help position your portfolio favorably for the coming year:

Protein-Packed Breakfast Foods to Energize Your Busy Family During the Holiday Season
Updated: December 15, 2018 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Families trying to navigate through a busy holiday season — whether it’s running to planned activities or hosting out-of-town guests — often engage in unhealthy breakfast habits or skip breakfast altogether. Studies show on-the-go families that eat a healthy, protein-packed breakfast can enjoy improved energy levels and stay full longer.

5 health evaluations you shouldn't put off
Updated: December 15, 2018 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - In the new year, lots of people will make resolutions to get healthier. When it comes down to it, no one is in charge of your health but you. Sure, you can use technology to track some health issues, but that will only get you so far. At the end of the day, it’s up to you to ensure you get the checkups that are key to your health care. Here are the top five health evaluations you shouldn’t put off.

Cold brew coffee: How to enjoy this top 2019 food trend at home
Updated: December 15, 2018 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Cold brew coffee is popping up everywhere, poised to be a top food trend in the new year. You may have seen it on the menu of your favorite coffeehouse or in the refrigerated section of your local grocery store, but what exactly is cold brew coffee, and why are people raving about it?

No Arms, No Legs, No Worries
Posted: December 13, 2018

(NewsUSA) - One might not think that someone with no arms and no legs could swim, much less scuba dive, but with the help of one non-profit organization based in the Chicagoland area, children, veterans and people of all abilities around the world can benefit from zero gravity and scuba therapy.

Snow Thrower Usage: Questions To Help You Keep Safety In Mind
Posted: December 13, 2018

(NAPSI)—Clearing driveways, sidewalks and parking lots of snow is no small job but home and business owners can keep safety in mind.

Forget The Halls...Deck The Driveway
Posted: December 13, 2018

(NAPSI)—The sales associate at Park Place Lexus in Plano, Tex., remembers clearly the look on the woman’s face when she opened the front door. The associate—holding a beautifully wrapped gift box containing a set of keys—visited the woman’s house to deliver a shiny, new Lexus.

Reuniendo familias alrededor del mundo
Posted: December 13, 2018

(NAPSM)—Considerando todas las tristes noticias sobre conflictos y desesperación por todo el mundo, es alentador escuchar sobre seres queridos que se han reunido.

Bolsas de aire peligrosas afectan a millones de conductores
Posted: December 13, 2018

(NAPSM)—Aproximadamente 37 millones de vehículos, de todas las marcas y modelos, tienen bolsas de aire peligrosas, ya fueron retiradas del mercado y se deben reemplazar inmediatamente; es más, las nuevas bolsas son GRATUITAS.

Fuss-Free Holiday Recipe Inspiration
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:42 am

(Family Features) Hosting holiday dinners can be stressful, even for the most seasoned home cooks. Between gift giving, cookie baking, home decorating and more, there’s often little time left to think through a festive feast for a hungry crowd of family and friends.

Fight the Cold with Better-for-You Comfort Foods
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:42 am

(Family Features) Few things go together quite like cold weather and comfort foods. However, those hearty dishes that are typically craved on blustery days are usually not classified as “healthy.”

A Fitting Snack for Holiday Festivities
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:42 am

(Family Features) The to-do list for holiday hosts seems to be a never-ending one, starting with planning, guest lists and preparation then ending with goodbyes and cleanup. The hours of work that go into a festive get-together are almost always worth it in the end, and family members surely appreciate the hospitality – especially when it comes to food.

Go Beyond Pecan Pie this Holiday Season
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:42 am

(Family Features) When deciding which dishes to serve this year at holiday gatherings, consider going beyond traditional recipes and use beloved seasonal ingredients in new ways.

Holiday Foods with Heightened Flavor
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:42 am

(Family Features) Holiday hosting is all about providing guests a cozy atmosphere, good company and, quite often most importantly, food that tastes as good as it looks. While mixing and matching quality ingredients for dishes that appeal to the crowd is key to achieving successful seasonal flavors, you can take it a step further with the kitchen equipment used to craft those crave-worthy meals.

Twice-As-Nice Holiday Treats
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:42 am

(Family Features) With 334 days leading up to December, make the most of the season by enjoying the holiday’s quintessential flavors like gingerbread, peppermint and cinnamon – with double the festive treats to please every taste.

A Holiday Gathering Guide for Hosts
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:42 am

(Family Features) Gearing up for a big crowd at your holiday festivities can provide moments of excitement, stress, fun and plenty of other emotions as the big dinner draws near. This year, avoid any nagging feelings of doubt with this step-by-step guide to prepare for large gatherings.

Holiday Pairing Perfection
Updated: December 14, 2018 - 2:42 am

Festive flavors and seasonal sips

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas
Posted: December 13, 2018

(StatePoint) We’ve all been there before. Procrastinated or overscheduled our holiday season to the point where we leave ourselves little to no time to shop for loved ones. But great gifts don’t necessarily need to be planned months in advance.

Wednesday 12/12/2018
5 ways to refresh your winter style
Updated: December 15, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - With cold weather already here, the winter season has officially started early for most Americans. As the weeks drag on, you’re bound to get sick of bundling up in your sweaters and puffy coats. It’s the perfect time to refresh your style.

6 maneras de ahorrar en Amazon esta temporada festiva (¡y en el 2019!)
Posted: December 12, 2018

(BPT) - En esta época del año, familiares y amigos se reúnen para celebrar la temporada festiva. Son días llenos de alegría, pero pueden resultar estresantes, especialmente si no se dispone de mucho dinero. Eva Macías, experta financiera y escritora, especializada en ayudar que familias puedan nivelar sus finanzas, independientemente de sus ingresos. Ella afirma que es posible liberarse del estrés y disfrutar las fiestas aunque sus presupuestos no sean abundantes. Todo lo que se necesita es buscar ofertas y tener una estrategia.

Security experts explain how to stay safe shopping online
Updated: December 15, 2018 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - More people are doing their holiday shopping online than ever before. Last year consumers spent $453.46 billion on the web for retail purchases, which was a 16 percent increase over 2016. Unfortunately, when it comes to online shopping, people are more concerned about finding the lowest price than potentially jeopardizing their personal cybersecurity in the process.

Inspired gifts for a magical holiday (shhh, you can find them all online!)
Updated: December 15, 2018 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - The holidays are sneaking up on us and, for many people with hectic lives, there are school programs and work holiday parties to attend, trees to decorate, cookies to bake and halls to deck. It seems like there aren't enough hours in the day to do all of that and shop for the perfect gift for everyone on your list, even if you could manage to snag a parking spot at the mall.

Going Back To School On Your Company’s Dime
Posted: December 12, 2018

Corporate Tuition Assistance Programs Are Growing In Popularity.

Seis cosas para chequear en su carro: Un regalo que sigue dando
Posted: December 12, 2018

(NAPSM)—Como dice el Concilio de carros o Car Care Council, chequear seis cosas clave en su vehículo es como recibir un regalo que sigue dado, tanto en el mejor rendimiento del carro y menos gastos en reparaciones inesperadas.

The Ins and Outs of Birth Control
Updated: December 13, 2018 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) When looking at options for pregnancy prevention, your healthcare provider will likely share details about several options, along with information about which options might be appropriate for you. More likely than not, oral contraceptives –  a birth control method that has been available since the early 1960s – will be discussed.

Clever Kitchen Upgrades
Updated: December 13, 2018 - 2:32 am

Fresh colors and textures for a functional kitchen style

Winter Weather Emergency Preparedness
Updated: December 13, 2018 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) As temperatures drop, the risk of severe winter weather conditions and sudden power outages rise. Preparing your family ahead of time can help minimize the impact of a power loss.

5 Ways to Rev Up for a Travel Adventure
Updated: December 13, 2018 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Hitting the open road continues to be an increasingly popular vacation option for families. As spring approaches, the idea of exploring the country in full bloom encourages many families to begin planning an RV travel adventure.

The Art of the Perfect Gift
Updated: December 13, 2018 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Even in a world where just about anything is a few clicks away, finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can still be a difficult task. One trick to winning the holidays is bringing back the basics by choosing presents you know your loved ones need and can actually use.

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