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If you're feeling stressed and anxious, research says: feed the birds

(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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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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Tuesday 04/23/2019
Five Ways To Help Prevent Veteran Suicide
Posted: April 23, 2019

(NAPSI)—It’s a tragedy: Every day, 22 U.S. veterans take their own lives—a needless loss of 8,000 service members a year.

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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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5 reasons why egg freezing is right for you
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Do you want to have kids? For many, this question isn’t the easiest to answer. Whether you and your partner aren’t ready, if you haven’t found the “one,” or you wish to focus on your career for a bit before calling the stork, the idea of having a baby isn’t always black and white. No matter where you are in life, it’s important to understand your reproductive health and explore your options — because there are options! Egg freezing is one option that many women are seeking, and although it may seem scary to some, the technology offers women and families more flexibility in their pursuit of pregnancy.

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How Pulmonary Rehabilitation Helps COPD Patients Breathe Better
Posted: April 22, 2019

(StatePoint) If you’ve been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) you know that it can impact many different areas of your life. What you may not know is that early and consistent management of the disease can greatly improve outcomes and overall quality of life.

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Thursday 04/18/2019
Tips to Manage Asthma and Avoid Your Triggers
Posted: April 18, 2019

(StatePoint) More than 26 million Americans are living with asthma, including 6.2 million children. While there is no cure, asthma can be managed and treated so that those with the condition can live normal, healthy lives -- indoors as well as outdoors.

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4 Ways Pets Make Humans Better
Updated: April 23, 2019 - 2:31 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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Making an Environmental Impact
Updated: April 23, 2019 - 2:30 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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Improving Your Children’s Health
Updated: April 23, 2019 - 2:30 am

3 ways to take a proactive approach

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Give Mom the World this Mother’s Day
Updated: April 23, 2019 - 2:30 am

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Plan a Stress-Free Group Getaway
Updated: April 23, 2019 - 2:30 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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Add Joy to Spring Cleaning
Updated: April 23, 2019 - 2:30 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: April 23, 2019 - 2:30 am

5 tips to avoid pet obesity

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5 Tips for New Pet Parents
Updated: April 23, 2019 - 2:30 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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Resources for Addressing Mental Health Challenges at Work
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:32 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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Pushing for a Strong Start for Babies
Posted: April 18, 2019

(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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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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Tuesday 04/16/2019
COPD: Do You Have This Disease?
Posted: April 16, 2019

(StatePoint) Chances are high that you know someone with COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It’s the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., and more than 16 million Americans have been diagnosed with it. But according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), millions more people have COPD and don’t realize it. Could you or someone you know be among them?

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Friday 04/12/2019
Immunotherapy helps man battle advanced skin cancer when surgery was no longer an option
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Often it’s impossible to know the cause of a cancer. That wasn’t the case for Dale Biggs. When he thinks back to the origins of his cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (CSCC), Biggs knows his battle with one of the most common types of skin cancer was a direct product of the years he spent working outdoors. According to the American Cancer Society, CSCC typically appears on areas of the body exposed to the sun such as the face, neck and backs of the hands, and is more commonly diagnosed than melanoma.

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Thursday 04/11/2019
IBD and family planning: Answers to 6 common questions
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Having a baby is a wonderful experience, but for many women, health issues can cause them to second-guess their ability to become a mom. Women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may feel as though pregnancy is out of the question. This isn't necessarily true.

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Wednesday 04/10/2019
4 tips to help achieve a healthy pregnancy
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Oftentimes the joy and excitement of pregnancy is matched with feelings of uncertainty and doubt, especially when it comes to managing health issues during pregnancy. Between their own mothers, their friends and, at times, obtrusive strangers, women are frequently bombarded with conflicting advice, prompting soon-to-be moms to question what is accurate, relevant and safe for their own pregnancy. According to a recent Monistat survey, 84 percent of women who have been or are currently pregnant admit to experiencing doubts regarding the health choices they made during pregnancy.

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Head Off A Head Lice Infestation Before It Happens
Updated: April 12, 2019 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—Head lice love every season and anyone with a head of hair. They’re not going anywhere. If you find lice, treat with a product that kills both lice and eggs to avoid needing to retreat seven days later for hatching eggs that combing may have missed. Fortunately, if you want to reduce your head lice infestation odds, you can be proactive when it comes to preventing head lice.

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5 Great Ways to Relieve Stress
Posted: April 10, 2019

(StatePoint) Stress is a daily part of life but, left unchecked, can be bad for the body, mind and soul. Here are five great ways to reduce tension, relieve stress and feel better.

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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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Tuesday 04/09/2019
Breast Cancer Screening: New Doctor Recommendations to Know About
Posted: April 09, 2019

(StatePoint) Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. Annual mammograms have been widely promoted for women by many health advocates; however, experts say that for women with an average risk for breast cancer who don’t have symptoms, diagnostic exams should be administered strategically, as screening too frequently can do more harm than good.

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Monday 04/08/2019
Floods Can Affect Your Well Water's Well-Being
Updated: April 10, 2019 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—For over a million families, farmers and business owners, seeing floodwaters receding may just be the beginning of their troubles—but it doesn’t have to be.

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Friday 04/05/2019
Benefits Of CBD Products
Updated: April 09, 2019 - 2:41 am

(NAPSI)—One of the best and most effective ways to benefit from nonpsychoactive, THC-free CBD is to use it on the largest organ of your body: your skin. CBD oil is the nonpsychotropic component of marijuana and hemp, well-known for relieving aches and pains when applied topically. Now, it’s found in skin care products such as the luxury line from Mermaid Wizdom—and with good reasons.

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Pressure Ulcers Cost U.S. Healthcare $10.2 Billion and Contribute to Nearly 29,000 Hospital Deaths Each Year
Updated: April 09, 2019 - 2:41 am

But new technology can dramatically curb the pressure ulcer pandemic

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Veteran Raising Awareness about Unexpected Parkinson’s Symptoms
Posted: April 05, 2019

(StatePoint) Dan McFarland’s family was concerned when he started taking pictures of clouds and posting them on social media with urgent messages about how they were symbols about the need to repent and get ready for the end of the world. His frequent bouts of paranoia and experience with surprising visions seemed out of character, especially since McFarland was a successful businessman, running one of the largest retirement communities in Oregon, and a retired U.S. Air Force senior master sergeant.

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Thursday 04/04/2019
Three Things to Know About Endometriosis: One of The Most Common Women’s Health Issues We Should Talk More About
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Painful periods, pelvic pain in between periods and pain with sex — what has typically been dismissed as just part of being a woman could actually be caused by a chronic and painful disease called endometriosis. Endometriosis occurs when tissue that acts like the lining of your uterus starts growing outside of the uterus, where it doesn’t belong. Endometriosis affects an estimated one in 10 women of reproductive age, yet despite being one of the most common gynecologic disorders in America, there is a lack of awareness and prioritization of endometriosis as an important women’s health issue.

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Wednesday 04/03/2019
Ten Easy Ways To Get A Dose Of Vitamin N(ature) In Just Ten Minutes
Updated: April 05, 2019 - 2:38 am

(NAPSI)—A growing body of scientific evidence proves getting outside (i.e., being an “outsider”) is good for our health and well-being. Exploring and appreciating nature—in our own backyards, community parks and school yards—reduces stress, improves memory, boosts heart health, and offers a host of other benefits for our minds and bodies.

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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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5 Tips to Manage Money Smarter
Updated: April 08, 2019 - 2:46 am

(Family Features) There’s more to managing your money than paying your bills and successfully avoiding overdraft charges (although those are definitely steps in the right direction). Effectively managing your money takes time and planning, but the payoff may be a stronger financial future.

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Understanding Pediatric Chronic Illnesses
Updated: April 08, 2019 - 2:46 am

How families can manage inflammatory bowel diseases

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Monday 04/01/2019
Are You a Bathroom Mapper with IBS-D? What to Know
Posted: April 01, 2019

(StatePoint) Abdominal pain? Diarrhea? An estimated 16 million Americans live with a type of irritable bowel syndrome called IBS-D (the D stands for diarrhea), and it affects both men and women almost equally. However, only 30 percent of individuals consult a physician about their symptoms.

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Sunday 03/31/2019
Spring Has Arrived But Sub-Zero Temperature Is Here To Stay When It Comes To Treating Cancer
Posted: March 31, 2019

(BPT) - Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, observed in April, is a time to increase awareness of esophageal cancer (EC) and its risk factors, and encourage advocacy on behalf of those suffering from one of the deadliest, yet least discussed forms of cancer. In fact, 17,650 new cases of EC are estimated to be diagnosed this year, resulting in approximately 16,080 projected deaths.

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Friday 03/29/2019
Malt Makes a Comeback, Packing Powerful Nutritional Benefits
Posted: March 29, 2019

(NewsUSA) - While the origin of malt can be traced back to early Egyptians, the full value of this healthy, "forgotten ingredient" has been overlooked and underappreciated.

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Thursday 03/28/2019
Scared of fasting but want the health benefits? Read these 5 tips to help!
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - What do you know about fasting? Does the thought of fasting frighten you? Too much of a sacrifice? Starvation? What if you learned it is actually a healthy lifestyle choice, one that supports weight management and improved health? What if you discovered it was possible to eat and get the benefits of fasting at the same time? These revelations would no doubt change your perception of fasting, and there is plenty more for you to discover right here.

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Wednesday 03/27/2019
Tech Trends to Watch in 2019
Updated: April 01, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) It wasn’t long ago that the idea of a watch that did anything more than tell time was a figment of futuristic fantasy. Now technologies once deemed high-end luxuries for only the wealthy are completely common. Yet new advances keep spurring even more ideas to improve tech devices themselves and the networks they rely on to deliver unprecedented connectivity in every aspect of life.

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Work Out Your Post-Workout Snack
Updated: April 01, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) You walked or ran your legs off, biked until you dropped, lifted your body weight at the gym and swam the distance of the English Channel. Now it is time to refuel.

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5 Ways to Get Kids Excited About STEM Learning
Updated: April 01, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) Many of the growing problems around the world, from famines and food insecurity to climate change and profound poverty, need the contributions of brilliant scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technologists. Encouraging children to explore skills and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can help build a better future.

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Simple Steps to Wake Up Well
Updated: April 01, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) If you have a hard time falling asleep and waking up and find yourself feeling lethargic during the day, rest assured you’re not alone. Regardless of how hard you may work to try and maintain a healthy lifestyle, you may be in need of a way to reset your body clock for optimal health and to look and feel your best – especially in the morning.

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Entertainment Options for Cord-Cutters
Updated: April 01, 2019 - 2:32 am

(Family Features) With cable and satellite subscription costs continuing to rise, many people are turning to the internet for alternative entertainment options. According to eMarketer, 33 million people have canceled their cable or satellite services – or “cut the cord” – and that number is expected to grow to 55.1 million by 2022.

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Tuesday 03/26/2019
Health Benefits Of Plant-Based Nutrition
Updated: March 28, 2019 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—As people continue to look for ways to live healthier lifestyles, the plant-based diet continues to gain momentum. A plant-based diet describes a way of eating in which there is an emphasis on plant foods in the form of colorful fruits and vegetables, legumes and whole grains.

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