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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.

  • Family Living

    Take Charge of Your Child’s Vision Health

    (Family Features) Although many children receive a vision screening at school or by their pediatricians, those evaluations aren’t enough to identify vision issues and manage overall vision health. Parents who take a proactive role in their child’s vision health can help identify and correct problems before they impact everyday life.

Top Story

Common cold or pulmonary fibrosis? Know the symptoms

(BPT) - Persistent dry cough. Fatigue. Shortness of breath. These symptoms are sometimes associated with a passing virus, especially during the peak of cold and flu season. Coughs can last an average of 18 days; however, if your dry cough is still lingering after two months, another condition, such as pulmonary fibrosis, might be the cause.

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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Wednesday 01/16/2019
Catch home buyers' attention with a bathroom in an 'impossible' space
Posted: January 16, 2019

(BPT) - When it comes to real estate, you've probably heard kitchens and bathrooms typically sell houses. While you may not have enough money for a kitchen remodel, adding a bathroom can be a more affordable way to enhance your property and catch buyers' attention.

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Tuesday 01/15/2019
The real science behind your pet's food
Updated: January 17, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Pet owners will do just about anything they can to keep their furry friends happy and healthy, which is why the vast majority of pet owners say they’re concerned about the ingredients in their pet’s food. Based on a quality and safety Purina survey conducted in 2017, 84 percent of pet owners are concerned about the ingredients in their pet’s food, and more than four out of five pet owners are likely to read the list of ingredients in pet food before buying it. Yet many dog and cat owners are often confused about what constitutes safe and healthy food, have misperceptions about ingredients, and aren’t clear about what types of nutrients their pets need. A lot of thought has been put into the ingredients in the pet food you see on shelves and online, including many backed by full teams of scientists who work every day to create nutritional breakthroughs that will help pets of all ages live their best life.

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50 or over? Why you may want to consider new shingles vaccine
Updated: January 17, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - When it comes to vaccines this time of year, influenza is often top-of-mind — and it should be, with as many as 35 million cases expected this flu season. But as you age, don’t neglect the shingles vaccine.

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Hearty And Healthy California Sweet Potato Chili
Posted: January 15, 2019

(NAPSI)—Here’s a new take on an old favorite. Loaded with fiber, vitamins and minerals, it’s easy to make. Serve with an array of garnishes, allowing diners to customize their bowls.

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New Brain Health Initiative Could Unlock Mysteries Of Alzheimer’s, Dementia
Posted: January 15, 2019

(NAPSI)—Scientists are contemplating important questions about health, mind and age: Could your blood hold the molecular secrets to a fountain of youth, preventing age-related brain disorders? Are brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease caused by a failure of interconnected systems, triggering a dominolike cascade of disease? Can targeting the red blood cells and blood vessels jointly keep your brain healthy and prevent dementia?

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Monday 01/14/2019
5 tips to prevent the spread of an infectious superbug
Updated: January 17, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - In the winter, 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.

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5 fitness trends on the rise in 2019
Updated: January 17, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - When looking ahead to the rest of the year, so many get excited about the latest trends, gadgets or gizmos getting the most attention as they look for what they might be interested in for themselves or their family. The world of health and fitness is an area that is always evolving to the point there’s continuously something new to try, and sometimes it can even reach the point of feeling overwhelming.

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Retirement planning: How ‘life’ gets in the way and how to overcome the obstacles
Updated: January 17, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - If you’re like many Americans, retirement planning may not be high on your ”to-do” list. When life is busy and you’re shouldering the burden of looking out for yourself and your family, setting up a retirement plan can slide down the priority list — especially if you’re hoping it will somehow be easier in a year, two or more.

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How ancient ingredients can give your winter health a boost today
Updated: January 17, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Whether it's a hot drink of honey, lemon and brandy, or a steaming bowl of chicken soup, many families have age-old home remedies, passed down through the generations, that they still use today when winter kicks into high gear. Grandma knew a thing or two about soothing a sore throat, quieting a cough or settling a rumbling stomach without a trip to the pharmacy.

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How to Approach the Treatment Conversation About Metastatic Breast Cancer
Updated: January 17, 2019 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - This promotional content is brought to you by Eisai Inc. Dr. Kaklamani has been compensated for her time developing this article with Eisai.

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The top 5 supplements everyone should be taking in the new year
Updated: January 17, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Are supplements part of your daily routine? If they are, you're not alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than half of all Americans take one or more supplements in their quest for better health. That's because even if you have an ultra-healthy diet (and many people don't), it's difficult to get all the vitamins and nutrients your body needs for optimal health from food alone. So supplementing your diet is a good idea.

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Why Your New Year's Resolution Should Be to Eat More Fiber
Posted: January 14, 2019

(NewsUSA) - The start of a new year is a great time to check in with yourself and think about how you want to improve for the year ahead. But unfortunately, many New Year's resolutions aren't realistic and wind up lasting just two to three weeks. Here's a resolution that's easy to stick to and can also make a big difference in your overall health and wellness: eat more fiber.

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How cash-out refinancing can turn into a costly mistake
Updated: January 17, 2019 - 2:37 am

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Is business school really worth it? Important factors to consider
Updated: January 17, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - If you’ve ever considered getting your MBA, you’ve probably asked yourself: Is it worth it? It’s a fair question, particularly as going back to school as an adult often requires shuffling your priorities so you can make time for class and assignments.

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School Choice: A Lightbulb Moment
Posted: January 14, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Most teachers will tell you that there is nothing more exciting than seeing the "lightbulb moment," when, suddenly, everything clicks and a student understands a new concept.

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Millennials Seek Mindfulness as a Fix for Their High Stress Levels
Posted: January 14, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Call them "Generation Stressed." 

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Is Becoming a Financial Planner the Right Career Move for You?
Posted: January 14, 2019

(StatePoint) Job growth potential, work-life balance and the satisfaction of helping others; these are not only top priorities for job seekers, they are some of the most commonly cited rewards associated with careers in the financial planning profession.

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New Technology is Transforming the Classroom: What to Know
Posted: January 14, 2019

(StatePoint) As a parent, you may be wondering how technology in the classroom is being used to provide a constructive learning environment for your child.

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5 Tips for Staying on Track in the New Year
Updated: January 17, 2019 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) While many people often wish maintaining good health was as easy as following an equation, health doesn’t have a start or end date. Once the allure of the new year wears off, it can be easy to let those resolutions go by the wayside.

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Find a Hotel to Fit Your Travel Needs
Updated: January 16, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) When most people plan a trip, the focus is on the purpose of the journey, whether it’s a work-related jaunt or a vacation with loved ones. Researching and organizing travel for an upcoming trip is important, but so is finding the perfect place to make your journey easier, more productive and successful.

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Help Pets Ward Off Winter Risks
Updated: January 16, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) When temperatures drop, humans know to bundle up and avoid excess time outdoors. The same approach should be taken when it comes to pets. They may be covered by cozy fur coats, but not all of those coats are created equally.

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Make a Difference in Education
Updated: January 16, 2019 - 2:30 am

6 ways to contribute to schools in your community

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Better Yourself in the New Year
Updated: January 16, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) A new year is the perfect opportunity to take a fresh look at your life and re-evaluate what you’d like to accomplish – both physically and mentally – during the coming year.

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Hug More, Stress Less
Updated: January 16, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Whether circumstances are good or bad, exciting or stressful, there are several simple ways to improve emotional and mental fitness.

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Overcoming Barriers to Disease Treatment
Updated: January 16, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) A diagnosis of a chronic condition such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, cancer, or diabetes can bring a swirl of thoughts and emotions. There may be relief at finding an explanation for bothersome symptoms, but that relief is often quickly overshadowed by insurance issues, financial concerns, and worry about the future.

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What to Consider When Planning a Cruise
Updated: January 16, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Everyone loves going on vacation, but planning your getaway is another story with questions like where and when to go, how to get there and how much it will cost.

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Friday 01/11/2019
Big game tailgating tips for mobile viewers
Updated: January 17, 2019 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - Tailgating warriors range from the most serious of fans to the folks that don’t quite manage to get in the gates for that championship game. These fans can now watch the big game from that very tailgate.

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New year, new smart home innovations for your interconnected life
Updated: January 17, 2019 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - Smart home products made major strides in 2018. More people than ever now use connected devices in their homes, and smart home hubs are constantly adding new integrations and capabilities. Research from Statista predicts that by the end of 2018, more than 45 million smart home devices will be installed in U.S. homes, fueling an exciting new phase for the smart home industry, offering consumers new and improved smart technologies and giving rise to a totally interconnected, easy-to-control environment termed the “smart home.”

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Cold, Painful Fingers Can Mean A Serious Disease
Updated: January 16, 2019 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)-“Zombie Hands.” That’s what can happen to an estimated 5 to 10 percent of the population when temperatures start to fall.

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Combatting Cold and Flu Season
Updated: January 14, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) When temperatures drop, the risk for illness, such as colds and the flu, rises. Each year, millions of Americans suffer from symptoms ranging from coughing, sneezing and congestion to aches, fevers and vomiting that can leave them feeling less than 100 percent.

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Take Charge of Your Child’s Vision Health
Updated: January 15, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Although many children receive a vision screening at school or by their pediatricians, those evaluations aren’t enough to identify vision issues and manage overall vision health. Parents who take a proactive role in their child’s vision health can help identify and correct problems before they impact everyday life.

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A Handy Guide to Starting a Home Remodel
Updated: January 15, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Apprehension and inexperience keep many homeowners from pursuing renovation projects that would make their homes more functional, enjoyable and comfortable. Getting your hands dirty on the front end – with some planning and preparation – is the best blueprint for a successful home remodeling project.

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How to Become Your Best Self
Updated: January 15, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Ask yourself ... are you truly who you want to be? Is this the life you really want? Are you living each day as your best self? What can you change today?

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3 Popular Eating Plans You’ll See in the New Year
Updated: January 15, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) If you’re thinking about revamping how you eat in the new year, you might want to think twice about the trendy dairy-free plans that crop up on your social media feed – as they could leave you missing out on nutrients you need.

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4 Steps for DIY Paint Project Success
Updated: January 15, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Painting is one of the easiest and most impactful DIY projects for homeowners to quickly update their homes. Whether it’s a new look in a master bathroom, adding a pop of color to the guest room, finishing off a basement remodel or anything in-between, a fresh coat of paint provides a fresh spin that’s all your own.

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Refresh Your Space
Updated: January 15, 2019 - 2:34 am

5 steps to simplify your next paint project

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Bring New Life to Your Kitchen with Color
Updated: January 15, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Just as filling your plate with colorful foods is typically good for your body, filling your kitchen with color can be good for the soul. In fact, color is an important element in interior design not only for its aesthetic value, but also because it can shape perceptions and emotions.

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Thursday 01/10/2019
How to make online learning work for you
Updated: January 17, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Many students juggle work and family, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, which found that 62 percent of students work full- or part-time, and 29 percent have at least one dependent. Today’s college students are just as likely to be moms and dads themselves, full-time and part-time employees or members of the U.S. armed forces. Needing flexibility and variety in course offerings, more students are turning to online learning to design a path that fits their lifestyle.

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5 ideas for savvy party planning made easy
Updated: January 17, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - There are those who meticulously decorate dozens of petit fours for a dinner party, set up a photo station and even offer a gift bag. And there are those who may want to do all of that, but don't have the time or the creative flair. But that doesn’t mean their party can’t have that “homemade” charm. All it takes is a little help and savvy know-how, and your celebrations can have the same love and care as if you DIYed them.

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Eczema Triggers to Avoid in 2019
Updated: January 17, 2019 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - It’s a new year and you know what that means — it’s personal inventory time and a chance to set new goals for yourself.

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Make your retirement savings goal a reality this year [Infographic]
Updated: January 17, 2019 - 2:37 am

(BPT) - Nearly 1 in 3 people approaching retirement age (28 percent) think they’re more likely to learn Bigfoot is real than to save enough to retire comfortably, according to a recent survey from AARP and the Ad Council. This year, make your retirement savings goal a reality! Visit AceYourRetirement.org today for a personalized action plan that can help you get your retirement savings on track.

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How to take action to help your child’s eczema this winter
Updated: January 17, 2019 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - With the winter months comes colder, drier air, which can impact those prone to atopic dermatitis (AD), also known as eczema.1,2 But for the nearly 18 million children and adults in the U.S. living with AD,2 the season’s cold temperatures may make it even more challenging to avoid skin irritation and potential flares.3

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Diagnosed with NASH Cirrhosis: Educating Others on Dangers of Fatty Liver [Video]
Posted: January 10, 2019

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5 Ways to Raise a Confident, Adventurous Child
Updated: January 14, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) From taking steps toward the stairs to learning that bubbles don't taste good, exploration is a part of development for babies and young children. While it's an exciting time, it also can be coupled with anxiety and hesitation as parents find themselves saying "no" or jumping in when baby discovers a new space.

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Celebrate Literacy this Year
Updated: January 14, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Teaching a child to appreciate reading not only promotes academic achievement, but it also it opens opportunities for the imagination to soar and for kids to learn about topics beyond their wildest dreams.

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Renovations for the Ages
Updated: January 14, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Not every renovation project is intended to make the space look shiny and new. A design that celebrates decades (or even centuries) past can carry the same big impact for a dramatically updated look.

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A Financial Planning Tool for Every Stage of Life
Updated: January 14, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) From heading off to college to marrying the love of your life to taking those dream vacations, life’s biggest moments are often tied to being financially responsible.

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Home Safe Home
Updated: January 14, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Some home upgrades are aesthetic, and some are for function. These ideas, all with better home safety in mind, show there’s no reason you can’t have both.

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Fuel Up for a Busy Day
Updated: January 15, 2019 - 2:33 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.

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