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5 Ways Pets can Improve Mental Health

(Family Features) Pet ownership can have a positive effect on people, including those who may be struggling with mental health. From minimizing loneliness and stress to aiding in social situations, pets can truly go above and beyond for their human companions.

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

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

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Thursday 05/16/2019
How Children Can Receive Free or Low-Cost Preventive Care
Updated: May 18, 2019 - 2:30 am

Medicaid and CHIP benefits include vaccines, regular checkups, dental visits

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Sudden Rapid Heartbeat
Updated: May 18, 2019 - 2:30 am

Revealing a lesser-known heart disorder and what to do about it

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How the Internet Can Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
Updated: May 18, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Over the past 10 years, researchers have learned Alzheimer’s disease starts much earlier than the onset of symptoms – 10-20 years before an individual, family member or friend might notice the signs of the debilitating disease.

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Don't Let Stroke Strike Twice
Updated: May 18, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Not all strokes can be prevented, but making healthy lifestyle choices, like exercising, eating right, maintaining a healthy weight and treating conditions such as high blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure can help reduce your risk of another one.

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4 Ways Kids can Benefit from Growing Up With Pets
Updated: May 18, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Pets can make an impression on every member of the family, but the bond between a child and a pet can become a special one with lifelong effects. From increased physical activity to a positive impact on confidence and social skills, there are many ways younger family members can benefit from growing up alongside a furry friend.

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Knowledge is Power
Updated: May 18, 2019 - 2:30 am

Understanding the rights of nursing home residents

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Understanding Common Myths About Prostate Health
Updated: May 18, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) When it comes to your health, misconceptions about treatment options and their potential side effects can have a negative impact on your overall wellbeing. One common condition that is shrouded by misinformation is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Also known as enlarged prostate, BPH is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate that typically occurs as men age causing bothersome urinary symptoms such as a frequent need to urinate day and night, weak flow, difficulty starting urination, an urgent need to go, and other symptoms. The condition affects more than 40 million men in the United States alone with more than 40 percent of men over 50 and 80 percent of men over 70 suffering from BPH.1,2,3

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Wednesday 05/15/2019
Pushing for a Strong Start for Babies
Updated: May 17, 2019 - 3:02 am

(Family Features) More than 10,000 babies are born each day in the United States. Where they are born and where they live during the first years of their lives can make a difference in their chances for strong starts.

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Planning for the Future
Updated: May 17, 2019 - 3:02 am

Taking inventory of your financial health

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Real Milk’s Role in a Sustainable Farm-to-Table Diet
Updated: May 17, 2019 - 3:02 am

(Family Features) A dairy cow in a pasture can feel like a long way from the milk in refrigerators and at family tables. However, the distance between the farm and your family may be shorter and more sustainable than you think. Dairy farmers are committed to sharing milk’s vital nutrients in more environmentally conscious ways, and they’re making strides today and with each generation.

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Monday 05/13/2019
If You Use Birth Control, Learn Your Risk for Blood Clots
Posted: May 13, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Nearly 60 million women of child bearing age in the U.S. use the birth control pill as their number-one contraceptive of choice.

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Surety Bonds Protect Infrastructure Investment
Posted: May 13, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Almost universal agreement surrounds the need to repair or replace America's aging infrastructure of roads, highways, bridges, dams, drinking and wastewater facilities, ports, airports and other essential facilities that ensure the quality of living that Americans expect.

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Thursday 05/09/2019
Deep Convictions: A Look At Religious Liberty
Updated: May 14, 2019 - 2:36 am

(NAPSI)—What would you do if your most strongly held beliefs were challenged by the government, placing your livelihood, your way of life and even your freedom at risk?

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Spruce Up for Summer
Updated: May 15, 2019 - 2:32 am

Make your backyard the perfect outdoor space

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5 Springtime Adventure Ideas for You and Your Pet
Updated: May 13, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) As temperatures rise and days get longer, pets, just like humans, get excited about spring. It’s time to get into new routines, and warmer weather provides the perfect opportunity to spend more time with your pet, creating memories both indoors and out.

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Take a Holistic Approach to Self-Care
Updated: May 13, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) While you aim to live a full, happy life, achieving it starts with protecting your most valuable asset: your health. Though the pace of life and other external variables can hinder you from putting your health first, self-care should not be ignored. Proactively taking care of your physical and mental health is one of the best ways to ensure a longer, healthier life.

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Stream Your Favorite Seasons of a Historic Show
Updated: May 13, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Entertainment seekers hooked on stories of love and romance can indulge in finding some of the early episodes of one of the most popular reality dating shows of all-time for free.

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Take Music and Podcasts Everywhere You Go
Updated: May 13, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Music is everywhere, and today’s tech-enabled world makes it easy to enjoy the sounds of your favorite artists and storytellers no matter where you go.

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Wednesday 05/08/2019
Tech Tools That Can Help Your Small Business Grow
Posted: May 08, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Since 1963, the president has proclaimed one week out of the year as National Small Business Week, recognizing the contributions of small U.S. businesses to our national economy. This year, the week of May 5 through May 11 will recognize entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Making an Environmental Impact
Updated: May 13, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features)As part of an effort to positively impact environmental change, many consumers care about the effect their shopping decisions may have on the world around them. As a way to aid in that mission, ALDI, which has never offered single-use plastic shopping bags, is aiming to make 100 percent of its private-label product packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. Find more information at ALDI.us.

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Give Mom the World this Mother’s Day
Updated: May 13, 2019 - 2:31 am

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5 Tips for New Pet Parents
Updated: May 13, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Introducing a new dog to the family can bring plenty of excitement, sweet snuggles and puppy kisses. However, there are also plenty of practical steps to consider to successfully transition a pup into its new environment.

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Thursday 05/02/2019
Women Prioritize Family Needs Over Their Own Financial Security
Posted: May 02, 2019

(NewsUSA) - What's holding women back from doing even better financially than they are?

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Tips to Take Better Care of Your Clothes this Season
Posted: May 02, 2019

(StatePoint) From dripping popsicles to grassy soccer fields, your clothes will become susceptible to a wide array of stains and odors over the coming months.

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Add Joy to Spring Cleaning
Updated: May 06, 2019 - 2:36 am

(Family Features) While spring cleaning can be crucial in keeping your home in tip-top shape, especially for DIYers who find inspiration in the bright season for new home decor projects, the annual ritual can also feel overwhelming.

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Pet Nutrition 101
Updated: May 06, 2019 - 2:36 am

5 tips to avoid pet obesity

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Wednesday 05/01/2019
Doctors’ Orders: Kids Need a Dose of Daily Playtime
Posted: May 01, 2019

(StatePoint) At your child’s next check-up, don’t be surprised if your pediatrician recommends a healthy dose of play. Beyond the typical preventive care strategies for healthy child development, more pediatricians are recognizing play’s multifaceted benefits.

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Improving Your Children’s Health
Updated: May 06, 2019 - 2:37 am

3 ways to take a proactive approach

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Plan a Stress-Free Group Getaway
Updated: May 06, 2019 - 2:37 am

(Family Features) The arrival of vacation season means it's time to stop daydreaming about that getaway and start making some travel plans.

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Monday 04/29/2019
If You Take Birth Control, Know Your Risk for Blood Clots
Updated: May 01, 2019 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - The birth control pill is the number-one contraceptive choice among the nearly 60 million women of child bearing age in the U.S.

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Forget That Facelift - "Wrap" Your Face into Shape
Posted: April 29, 2019

A non-surgical technique for lifting double chins, reducing puffiness around the eyes, and improving the appearance of wrinkles is now available in the form of an easy-to-use home kit called The Face Wrap. (www.facewrap.com).

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10 Tips for Teaching Your Children About Saving
Posted: April 29, 2019

(StatePoint) Kids often view money as having one function only: to buy stuff, right now. Give a young child $5 and he’ll likely spend it all, often looking for things that cost $5.  

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Friday 04/26/2019
Digital Frame Brings Families Together
Posted: April 26, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Today's social media platforms allow most people to stay constantly connected to family and friends, but the elderly, military, or loved ones in other time zones may not have the access or ability to use social media.

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4 ways school science projects teach life skills
Updated: May 19, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - What do school science projects and learning to navigate real life challenges have in common? Everything. The process of learning how to create an effective science project taps into everyday skills students need, including critical thinking and communication.

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Thursday 04/25/2019
Resources for Addressing Mental Health Challenges at Work
Updated: April 29, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Every year, about 1 in 5 adults in the United States experiences a mental illness and 1 in 25 lives with a serious mental illness that substantially interferes with or limits at least one major life activity. Mental illness is a top cause of worker disability in the U.S. and 62 percent of missed work days can be attributed to mental health conditions.

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Wednesday 04/24/2019
4 Ways Pets Make Humans Better
Updated: April 29, 2019 - 2:40 am

(Family Features) While pet owners are responsible for taking care of their four-legged friends, they don’t always stop to think about how their pets take care of them in return. From their unconditional love to their ability to combat loneliness and teach empathy, pets provide physical, mental and emotional benefits that can help their owners be better people.

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Tuesday 04/23/2019
If you're feeling stressed and anxious, research says: feed the birds
Posted: April 23, 2019

(NewsUSA) - In today's constant contact, cell-phone celebrated, digital world, most people can go days or even weeks without spending any time in natural sunlight. Instead, we eat breakfast inside, or on the go, only to race to an office, filled with artificial light and plastic plants, for 8 to 10 hours a day. It's no wonder why Americans' mental health is suffering.

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Monday 04/22/2019
Simple Supplement Promotes Deep Sleep
Posted: April 22, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Many people have trouble falling asleep, and there are many sleep supplement products available to help.

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ALS Must Not Defeat Us: A Message of Hope
Posted: April 22, 2019

(NewsUSA) - In 2001, Alan Alderman was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Many people know ALS as Lou Gehrig's disease, named after the famous baseball player who got the illness.

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Wednesday 04/17/2019
How to Safely Tackle Home Projects
Updated: April 22, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) When contemplating home upgrades or building projects, contractors and DIYers alike focus on factors such as budget, scheduling and materials. Another important consideration before starting work on any project - from renovating a main living area to expanding a bathroom or transforming your outdoor space - is safety.

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Your Broadcast TV Channels May Change Frequencies
Updated: April 22, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) If you rely on an antenna for your TV viewing, changes between now and July 2020 may affect reception of some of your channels.

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5 Blood Clot Risk Factors
Updated: April 22, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Blood clots can affect anyone and may lead to significant health problems, but some people are at higher risk for life-threatening blood clots.

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Wednesday 04/10/2019
A New Way to Watch a Fan Favorite
Updated: April 15, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) If you’re an entertainment seeker looking for a love story, chances are you may be interested in watching (or re-watching) one of the most popular reality dating shows to date.

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How to Reduce Health Risks by Understanding AFib
Updated: April 15, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Oftentimes, seeking to improve your health starts at your core – your heart. One common condition to be aware of is atrial fibrillation (AFib), which is a quivering or irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.

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Bucket List Travel Destinations for 2019
Updated: April 15, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Taking time to go on vacation or to just unplug from everyday life can be beneficial, and there’s certainly no lack of options when it comes to choosing an ideal vacation spot. The options for experiencing an amazing vacation are so plentiful, such as exploring a cruise port, eating and drinking your way around a city or simply visiting a new destination, you may find yourself struggling to narrow down the choices.

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Pro Tips for Living an RV Lifestyle
Updated: April 15, 2019 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Recreation vehicles, or RVs, are increasingly popular. Sleek new models and high-tech innovations are attracting younger and more diverse people to the RV lifestyle.

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Monday 04/08/2019
The Big Appeal of Small City Vacations
Posted: April 08, 2019

(NewsUSA) - If you live or work in a big city, you may be reluctant to travel across the ocean to another bustling metropolis. There's only one Paris but getting from the Louvre to Notre-Dame to the Arc de Triomphe via the Paris Metro doesn't feel a whole lot like a vacation if your typical day includes the New York City subway, for example.

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Friday 04/05/2019
What Does It Take To Be a Shen Yun Dancer
Posted: April 05, 2019

(NewsUSA) - A mind of steel, a body that's pushed to its limits, a heart of humility and much more. 

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Wednesday 04/03/2019
Break Away for a Spring Travel Adventure
Updated: April 08, 2019 - 2:45 am

(Family Features) Spring is the perfect time of year to break away from everyday life for a journey to a new destination. Across the country, the climate tends to be moderate, so you can take in a wide range of activities for a fun-filled getaway.

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