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    5 Questions to Ask When Planning for Long-Term Care

    (Family Features) You may not want to consider a time when you might not be able to fully take care of yourself, but the reality is there is almost a 70% chance someone turning 65 today will need some type of long-term care service and support in his or her lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Family Living

    Holiday Entertaining with 5 Sommelier-Approved Wine Pairings

    (Family Features) The holiday season is all about entertaining. This year, take your holiday soiree to the next level with a palate-pleasing wine pairing experience. Invite friends and family to the kitchen for easily pairable tastes of these three favorites: wine, cheese and chocolate.

  • Family Living

    Halloween Spooky Cans

    (eLivingtoday.com) Get the kids involved with Halloween decorations this year with these easy-to-make “spooky cans” resembling a bat, Frankenstein and a mummy.

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Wednesday 09/18/2019
Virologist's Book Warns of Coming Lethal Flu Pandemic
Posted: September 18, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Scientists have long held that it will not be weapons of mass destruction that kills the human race, but rather a biological one.

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Thursday 09/12/2019
Helping Manage The Cost of Asthma And COPD Inhalers
Posted: September 12, 2019

(NewsUSA) - With the intense summer heat and horrible air quality, some people across the California Central Valley and other areas of the country are finding it difficult to breathe. When this happens, they quickly turn to their asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) inhalers. Greater use of these devices means more refills are needed.

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Tuesday 08/27/2019
Tackling the Housing Affordability Crisis
Posted: August 27, 2019

(StatePoint) As housing prices soar nationwide, a growing number of Americans are unable to find affordable housing. Experts say that the problem has reached a crisis point, and is harming the welfare not only of individuals and families, but of communities and the economy at-large.  

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Wednesday 08/21/2019
A Moment That Matters: Take Time for Tire Safety
Updated: September 26, 2019 - 2:43 am

(NewsUSA) - Working batteries in smoke alarms? Check. Fresh oil in your car? Check. New water filter for your fridge? Check. But how many people think about regularly checking their tires? As fall travel and winter weather loom on the horizon, taking a moment to check your car tires can make a difference in keeping you safe on the road.

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Monday 08/19/2019
The Pet Boost: Furry Friends Help Seniors Feel Less Lonely
Updated: September 21, 2019 - 2:41 am

(NewsUSA) - Many older adults experience feelings of loneliness and isolation as they age, but pets can provide the companionship and love seniors desire. A new survey conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care Network, found regular interaction with animals can help to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness in older adults.

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Friday 08/09/2019
Sharing is Caring: 5 Simple Ways to Help Area Seniors
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 2:44 am

(NewsUSA) - The number of older adults in our society is growing rapidly. Today, for the first time in history, there are more people over age 60 than under age five.

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Sharing is Caring: 5 Simple Ways to Help Area Seniors
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - The number of older adults in our society is growing rapidly. Today, for the first time in history, there are more people over age 60 than under age five.

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Monday 07/01/2019
Need for Donor Registry Prompts Nobel Nomination
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 2:44 am

(NewsUSA) - When Dr. Bart Fisher's son, Ivan, was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder in 1983 at eight-years-old, the only cure was a bone marrow transplant. However, at that time, there was only a small bone marrow registry in England, with 50,000 names and, in the U.S., no registry at all to find a match.

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Need for Donor Registry Prompts Nobel Nomination
Updated: August 29, 2019 - 3:23 am

(NewsUSA) - When Dr. Bart Fisher's son, Ivan, was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder in 1983 at eight-years-old, the only cure was a bone marrow transplant. However, at that time, there was only a small bone marrow registry in England, with 50,000 names and, in the U.S., no registry at all to find a match.

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Celebrity Chef Mentors 4 Youth
Updated: July 04, 2019 - 2:55 am

(NAPSI)—Noted Chef Tom Douglas cooked up a way for four youth who have experienced foster care to explore culinary careers.

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Friday 10/11/2019
5 Questions to Ask When Planning for Long-Term Care
Posted: October 11, 2019

(Family Features) You may not want to consider a time when you might not be able to fully take care of yourself, but the reality is there is almost a 70% chance someone turning 65 today will need some type of long-term care service and support in his or her lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Holiday Entertaining with 5 Sommelier-Approved Wine Pairings
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The holiday season is all about entertaining. This year, take your holiday soiree to the next level with a palate-pleasing wine pairing experience. Invite friends and family to the kitchen for easily pairable tastes of these three favorites: wine, cheese and chocolate.

more »
Halloween Spooky Cans
Posted: October 11, 2019

(eLivingtoday.com) Get the kids involved with Halloween decorations this year with these easy-to-make “spooky cans” resembling a bat, Frankenstein and a mummy.

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5 Ways to Empower Kids to End Bullying
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) From the classroom to the internet, bullying can lead to children developing a poor self-image or lead to bullying others. In fact, members of Generation Z believe bullying is the biggest issue facing their generation, according to new data.

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Safe and Sound
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:31 am

5 ways to reduce safety risks for young children

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Beware of ‘Free Genetic Testing’ Medicare Scam
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Over the past few years, DNA tests have become more popular across the country. However, unscrupulous people are taking advantage of the buzz around these tests to scam Medicare beneficiaries.

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Be Prepared When Natural Disaster Strikes
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Emergency situations, especially those that pertain to natural disasters, can be difficult to recover from without proper planning, which is why it’s important to take small steps from the start to help protect your family.

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4 Tire Tips to Prepare for Winter
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Among the many daily necessities that tend to take a backseat during the cold days of winter, driving is one of a handful directly affected by the weather. From slick roads caused by ice and snow to cold temperatures that can wreak havoc on certain parts of vehicles, even a simple commute to work or school may become a more treacherous activity.

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An Imaginative, DIY Halloween Costume
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Few traditions are as popular on Halloween as picking out the perfect costume. This haunting season, think outside the box – literally – and use boxes from your recent deliveries to create a unique DIY costume, or “boxtume.”

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Thursday 10/10/2019
Four Women’s Fiction Books Explore Diverse Family Dramas
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 2:53 am

“Wild Boar in the Cane Field” by Anniqua Rana

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Friday 10/11/2019
Investing tips for smart and steady growth
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - From mobile deposits to apps that transfer money in the blink of an eye, financial technology (or fintech) is disrupting the financial marketplace in new ways. The latest example is an innovation in the annuity marketplace that expands online access to a conventional retirement product, offering a smart tool for savers, even those years out from retirement.

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Thursday 10/10/2019
5 tips to keep your packages safe this holiday season
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - According to the National Retail Federation, 41.4 million people shopped exclusively online from Thanksgiving Day to Cyber Monday in 2018. As the holidays approach, online shopping will continue to grow in popularity, helping families spend more time celebrating the season and less time struggling through long disorganized lines, fighting massive crowds of frantic shoppers, and worrying about whether that must-have gift will still be on shelves at the mall.

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How one man survived sudden cardiac arrest
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Within eight days, Michael Adams, a 59-year-old husband and father of two from Moore, Oklahoma, suffered a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) — and survived them both. While many think a heart attack and SCA are the same, they are not. Recent heart attack victims have a higher risk of SCA, but there are life-saving treatment options available.

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Wednesday 10/09/2019
How this metastatic breast cancer patient became her own best advocate for personalized treatment
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - There are few things more frightening than an advanced cancer diagnosis. Karen Peterson knows this better than most. A 54-year-old single mother from Harlem, she is a cancer survivor three times over. But she almost wasn’t.

A childhood cancer survivor, in 2015 Peterson was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, an aggressive and difficult-to-treat cancer with a high likelihood of coming back. To treat it she had chemotherapy and a voluntary double mastectomy (both breasts were removed surgically). In 2017, her cancer came back, and she was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer with tumors in her lungs, pelvis, ribs and spine.

A fighting chance

“I remember it like yesterday. My oncologist couldn’t look at me. I knew what she was going to tell me. My cancer had spread. But I wasn’t giving up. I wanted a plan,” explained Peterson.

Her oncologist recommended that she start a traditional treatment approach, but she wanted something more personalized. Peterson had read about different types of cancer treatments, including targeted therapies, which target specific mutations in the cancer’s DNA, and immunotherapies, which use a person’s own immune cells to fight their cancer. She wanted to learn more about her disease to help find out if one of these therapy options, also called precision medicines, might focus on the DNA mutations in her own cancer.

“I really researched my disease,” said Peterson. “And I wanted something more thoughtful than the traditional treatment plan. I wanted a plan based on science and facts specific to my cancer.”

Genomic testing

Peterson learned that genomic testing, a type of biomarker testing, identifies DNA changes within the tumor and uses that information to help match patients to potential options for targeted therapies, immunotherapies or clinical trials. This can be a tool for unlocking a more personalized treatment approach that might work better for a person’s particular cancer.

Peterson requested a genomic test, but her doctor thought it wasn’t yet necessary. “My doctor said we should try traditional therapies first, but without a genomic test, how could we know if these therapies would work? And then we’d be wasting time. That’s when I knew I needed a second opinion. I found a new oncologist who agreed I should have genomic testing done. There were no FDA-approved treatments for me based on my biomarkers, but the results of my test helped me get into a clinical trial.”

Peterson’s response was remarkable. After eight weeks in a clinical trial with two immunotherapy drugs, more than 70 percent of her tumors had shrunk. Now two years later, she has completed the clinical trial and no longer has tumors in her lungs, ribs and spine.

“According to my oncologist, something very special had happened. I’m beyond grateful for the test that helped me get to the right treatment,” explained Peterson.

Karen’s advice for advanced cancer patients

Now that Peterson can focus on a future, she wants to help others facing a similar diagnosis. “Those with advanced cancer often ask me for advice, and these are the tips I share:

1: Get informed. Learning more about your type of cancer, getting informed and working with your doctor to develop a care plan will empower you. Don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion.

2: Seek support. At times it may feel like it, but you’re not alone. There are so many resources out there. It’s OK to ask for help and trust me when I say that support is essential.

3: Ask your doctor if a comprehensive genomic test could help inform your treatment plan. Without a genomic test, it may be more difficult — if not, in some cases, impossible — to know which of the new advances in cancer medicine may be right for you. Ask your doctor if a comprehensive genomic test could better inform your treatment plan.”

As part of her mission to help others, Peterson has worked with leading advocacy organizations, including the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance (MBCA), which recently launched a new resource.

“The organizational and individual members of the MBCA are collectively working to transform and improve the lives of those with metastatic breast cancer,” said Shirley Mertz, Chair, MBCA. “With that in mind, we released MBC Connect, a mobile-friendly, patient experience app designed to advance metastatic breast cancer research which will soon link patients in the U.S. with potential clinical trials, allowing them to explore future treatment options.”

Dr. Neil M. Iyengar, a medical oncologist and clinical-translational researcher, helped to develop MBC Connect. “There are an estimated 155,000 men and women living with metastatic breast cancer in the United States,” Iyengar shared. “They are a strong community with a desire to educate themselves and others about what causes unique cancers to grow, and how genomic information can be used in treatment plans to impact their disease. Not only does genomic testing offer patients and their doctors information to guide treatment plans, it also provides insights that help drive research and therapy advancements for future patients.”

To learn more about Peterson’s story and comprehensive genomic testing, visit TestingMyCancer.com.

Editor's note: Consult with your doctor for more information about genomic testing. Peterson’s experience with genomic testing is unique to her. Many advanced cancer patients who receive genomic testing may not be matched to a therapy or clinical trial option based on their genomic profile, and treatment outcomes will vary based on cancer type and unique genomic profile. However, getting a comprehensive genomic test may help your doctor make an informed treatment decision.

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Disaster relief improves with collaboration among communities, charities and companies
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - When disasters strike — whether hurricanes and tornadoes or floods and earthquakes — communities and organizations rally to help, using their unique strengths to boost support. While every attempt to support affected families and neighborhoods is appreciated, aid is most effective when it's coordinated.

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Frequently asked questions about metastatic breast cancer
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Imagine sitting in a stadium cheering on your favorite team with over 42,000 other fans — then, in the blink of an eye, the entire stadium is empty.

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Tuesday 10/08/2019
Tips to ensure your retirement savings last for your entire life
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Regardless of age, most individuals share a common financial goal: to retire with the confidence that they have enough money to last a lifetime. With some smart planning, simple steps and useful tools this goal can be achieved.

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Monday 10/07/2019
Why you should shop for health insurance
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - When it comes to health care and dental plans, your options can feel overwhelming. There can be dozens of plans and many variables that go into your decision, which is why it’s worth your time to find the option that best fits your individual or family needs. “We will devote hours of painstaking research to other choices that impact our quality of life, like buying a car, home or even a TV, but we might enroll in the same health plan year after year without shopping at all,” said John C. Patrick, national vice president of sales for GEHA (Government Employees Health Association). Not all plans are the same, and you and your family’s needs may change year to year. The open enrollment period to choose a new medical or dental plan is coming soon, why not take time to shop?

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The surprising evolution of plant-based margarine
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - What does Napoleon III have to do with the development of margarine? Quite a lot, as it turns out. The origins and evolution of plant-based margarines involve a lot more history — and dramatic changes in how people eat — than you might expect.

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Five fall fix-ups for your outdoor space
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - After a long summer relaxing on your deck or patio, autumn is a great time to renovate your outdoor space — or build one from scratch. Home improvement expert Alison Victoria, host of HGTV’s “Windy City Rehab,” offers five tips for fabulous fall fix-ups.

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Friday 10/11/2019
Knowing If It's Alzheimer's Or Just Typical Age-Related Changes
Posted: October 11, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Maybe your mom forgot where she parked her car. Or maybe you had to resort to describing "the thing that gets the creases out of clothes" to a salesperson because you couldn't remember the word "iron."

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5 Questions to Ask When Planning for Long-Term Care
Posted: October 11, 2019

(Family Features) You may not want to consider a time when you might not be able to fully take care of yourself, but the reality is there is almost a 70% chance someone turning 65 today will need some type of long-term care service and support in his or her lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

more »
Holiday Entertaining with 5 Sommelier-Approved Wine Pairings
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) The holiday season is all about entertaining. This year, take your holiday soiree to the next level with a palate-pleasing wine pairing experience. Invite friends and family to the kitchen for easily pairable tastes of these three favorites: wine, cheese and chocolate.

more »
Halloween Spooky Cans
Posted: October 11, 2019

(eLivingtoday.com) Get the kids involved with Halloween decorations this year with these easy-to-make “spooky cans” resembling a bat, Frankenstein and a mummy.

more »
5 Ways to Empower Kids to End Bullying
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) From the classroom to the internet, bullying can lead to children developing a poor self-image or lead to bullying others. In fact, members of Generation Z believe bullying is the biggest issue facing their generation, according to new data.

more »
Safe and Sound
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:31 am

5 ways to reduce safety risks for young children

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Beware of ‘Free Genetic Testing’ Medicare Scam
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Over the past few years, DNA tests have become more popular across the country. However, unscrupulous people are taking advantage of the buzz around these tests to scam Medicare beneficiaries.

more »
Be Prepared When Natural Disaster Strikes
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Emergency situations, especially those that pertain to natural disasters, can be difficult to recover from without proper planning, which is why it’s important to take small steps from the start to help protect your family.

more »
4 Tire Tips to Prepare for Winter
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Among the many daily necessities that tend to take a backseat during the cold days of winter, driving is one of a handful directly affected by the weather. From slick roads caused by ice and snow to cold temperatures that can wreak havoc on certain parts of vehicles, even a simple commute to work or school may become a more treacherous activity.

more »
An Imaginative, DIY Halloween Costume
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Few traditions are as popular on Halloween as picking out the perfect costume. This haunting season, think outside the box – literally – and use boxes from your recent deliveries to create a unique DIY costume, or “boxtume.”

more »
More Health And Wellness
Monday 10/07/2019
Canine Osteoarthritis - What Every Pet Owner Should Know
Posted: October 07, 2019

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Tuesday 10/01/2019
Purina Offers Hope and Resources to Victims of Domestic Violence and Their Pets through Purple Leash Project
Posted: October 01, 2019

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Sunday 09/29/2019
9 common misconceptions about fleas, ticks and your pets
Posted: September 29, 2019

(BPT) - What you don't know about fleas, ticks and your pet might surprise you. A study by the Harris Poll on behalf of Merck Animal Health found U.S. pet owners hold some common misconceptions when it comes to keeping these pests away from their pets.

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Monday 09/16/2019
Lucky’s Legacy: 5 Important Lessons TurfMutt Taught Us
Updated: September 18, 2019 - 2:38 am

(NAPSI)—Lucky the TurfMutt is a real-life rescue dog who “pawed it forward” by spending a decade educating children and families about living landscapes—why they are important to people and the planet, how to take care of them, and encouraging everyone to get out and enjoy the nature around them. Lucky inspired people to look at their living landscapes through a dog’s eyes. After all, no one loves a yard like the family dog.

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Monday 08/26/2019
3 Tips for Finding a Lost Dog
Posted: August 26, 2019

(StatePoint) Dogs are important and adored members of their families, however, millions go missing every year. The reasons are varied and probably not all that surprising. A curious dog might jump over a fence or dig a hole under one. A pup might sneak out a door or gate inadvertently left open. Worn or broken leashes or collars could also allow a dog to escape your control.

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Thursday 08/22/2019
How (and why) to pick a pet food that's backed by science
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - There’s no doubt that pet owners want the best for their furry friends, including the best pet food to help them grow and fuel a long, healthy life together. But with increased confusion about what’s good, bad and just a fad, it’s no wonder many pet owners may not feel completely confident that the food they are feeding is healthy and safe.

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Wednesday 08/21/2019
Presenting: America's top 10 shelter dog makeovers
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Millions of dogs enter shelters each year. Most are dirty and matted, and less than half get the grooming they so desperately need. Sadly, these deserving animals are being perceived as ‘damaged goods’ just because of their appearance. To better their chances at finding a fur-ever family, pet industry leaders Wahl and GreaterGood.org have teamed up to donate funds and grooming supplies to shelters nationwide. The goal this year: transform more than 20,000 dogs so their lovable, adoptable personalities can shine through. Hundreds of these amazing makeovers can be seen in the Dirty Dogs Before & After Photo Gallery — including the following Top 10 Shelter Dog Makeovers of 2019.

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Monday 08/19/2019
The Pet Boost: Furry Friends Help Seniors Feel Less Lonely
Updated: September 21, 2019 - 2:41 am

(NewsUSA) - Many older adults experience feelings of loneliness and isolation as they age, but pets can provide the companionship and love seniors desire. A new survey conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care Network, found regular interaction with animals can help to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness in older adults.

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Monday 08/05/2019
‘Fur-get’ About Stress When Moving With Pets
Updated: August 07, 2019 - 2:58 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re a pet parent, you’re far from alone. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, nearly six in 10 American households have at least one pet.

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Tips to Take Great Pet Pics
Posted: August 05, 2019

(StatePoint) Whether you’re hoping to make your dog an Instagram sensation or you just want a nice portrait for the mantle, you’ve likely discovered pets, in general, can be elusive around cameras.

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