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Wednesday 03/08/2017
The top 2017 spring wedding ideas
Updated: March 10, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Wednesday 02/22/2017
Newlyweds: Money-saving tips for your first move together
Updated: February 23, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - With the average wedding costing upwards of $30,000, starting your new life together takes a lot of careful budgeting. After you’ve finished paying for the flowers, reception hall, caterer, photographer and everything else related to your big day, you may not have much money left over when it comes time to move into a new home together. However, managing your move can be your first big DIY home project together, and it’s one that’s very doable on a budget.

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Borrow these wedding planner tricks for a polished event on a budget
Updated: February 23, 2017 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Planning your wedding is one of the most important management jobs you’ll ever take on. A professional wedding planner could help make the day go smoothly, but you can also achieve the same effect yourself for less money.

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Monday 11/07/2016
5 Tips for Perfect Wedding Photos
Updated: November 08, 2016 - 3:32 pm

(NewsUSA) - Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion -- something to be celebrated and cherished. Planning it, on the other hand, can feel as if you're preparing for war -- between ensuring that Uncle Sal isn't sitting next to his brother, who owes him money, to budgeting for everything you want and need. The one thing you don't want to skimp on is the memories.

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Tuesday 10/25/2016
The Good, Bad and Ugliest Wedding Gifts Ever
Updated: October 25, 2016 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) For many couples, there’s nothing more exciting than creating wedding wish lists. Almost half (45 percent) of U.S. adults who are or ever have been married or engaged have had a bridal registry, according to a recent Moen survey conducted online by Harris Poll.

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Tuesday 09/06/2016
Tips for Planning Your Wedding and Beyond
Updated: September 06, 2016 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) While making the wedding day spectacular may seem like the main goal for engaged couples, savvy twosomes are also considering how they will build their home and life together after the honeymoon.

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Monday 06/13/2016
Wedding Season Tips to Select Champagne
Updated: June 13, 2016 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) Fizzing, bubbling, exciting and inspiring. Champagne is the quintessential complement to any memorable occasion, but perhaps is most inextricably linked to setting the mood for romance.

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Monday 04/17/2017
Sunshine State Shining New Light on the Banking Industry
Updated: April 17, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Florida is becoming the modern-day Wall Street for many international and U.S. banking companies. Today there are 141 commercial banks in Florida with more than $140 billion in assets, and 18 international banking conglomerates who have their U.S. headquarters in the state.

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Tuesday 04/11/2017
Volunteer Opportunity For Veterans
Updated: April 12, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—The nation’s nearly 22 million veterans may not be aware of a volunteer opportunity that continues on the tradition of purpose, camaraderie and service to the country and community: becoming a volunteer firefighter.

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Monday 04/10/2017
Early Childhood Education is Crucial: How You Can Help
Updated: April 10, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) New research shows that many pre-K classrooms could benefit from more resources, especially for the most vulnerable children. Ninety-four percent of Head Start teachers report needing more resources to enrich their classrooms, and 84 percent say they are unable to fund experiences they want to provide, in a recent study by the National Head Start Association.

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Wednesday 03/29/2017
Millennials Find Surprising Way To Help Others
Updated: March 30, 2017 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Every 24 seconds, a fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the nation.

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Friday 03/17/2017
Seniors Find That Doing Good Is Good For You
Updated: March 17, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - There are two things that older adults have in spades these days: time and knowledge. And both make them the perfect match for volunteering.

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Thursday 03/09/2017
Recognizing The Best In Education
Updated: March 10, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to educating children and giving parents a choice in the process, some states have been found better than others. Here’s a look at the ones the experts on school choice at EdChoice voted to win last year’s educational choice yearbook superlatives.

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Wednesday 03/08/2017
Libraries Are Not Just About Books Anymore
Updated: March 08, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Parenting is one of the most important jobs a person can undertake.

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Wednesday 02/15/2017
Companies Are Discovering That Pittsburgh Is Good for Business
Updated: February 15, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Many companies have recognized the road to their success runs through Pittsburgh. Popular brands like American Eagle Outfitters and Dick's Sporting Goods are headquartered in the city, and powerhouse companies like Amazon, Google, Uber, Shell, Facebook, and Apple have made recent investments or are expanding operations in the region.

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Monday 02/06/2017
Local Community Newspapers Go Digital
Updated: February 06, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Small, local newspapers have been valued community resources across the United States for approximately 200 years, but many have faced challenges from increasing costs and difficulty keeping up with the latest technology. However, one form of new technology can help these papers survive. A specifically designed platform can help small community papers contribute to their survival by capitalizing on mobile revenue options.

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Friday 02/03/2017
Water Treatment System Maintenance for the Well Owner
Updated: February 03, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - Water treatment can help household well owners address health risks and undesirable taste, odor, and smells -- but treatment systems work only if properly maintained, says the National Ground Water Association (NGWA), which operates the website, WellOwner.org.

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Tuesday 04/25/2017
Streaming Content Box Cuts Your Cable and Costs
Posted: April 25, 2017

(NewsUSA) - Cable TV? That was so three years ago.

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Friday 04/21/2017
Non-Profit Venture Fund Seeks to Support The American Dream
Updated: April 21, 2017 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - An innovative venture fund is creating opportunities to support the American Dream by providing capital and resources to small businesses. ProgressWorks is a non-profit 501(c)(3) U.S. job-creation venture fund with a mission to facilitate job creation and retention in the United States. Its vision is to impact the growth of employment through targeted investment, strategic partnering, and resources that reduce the challenges small businesses face when seeking capital.

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Fight Hunger One Meal at a Time
Updated: April 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Prepare Your Pet for Summer
Updated: April 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Cultivating Connections
Updated: April 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

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How Your Pet May Improve Your Health
Updated: April 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Solving Pets’ Oral Health Needs
Updated: April 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Tackle Spring Cleaning Room-by-Room Like a Pro
Updated: April 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Spice Up Spring Cleaning
Updated: April 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Protect Your Pets from Summer Pests
Updated: April 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Tuesday 04/25/2017
Too many with epilepsy are unaware of this uncommon but fatal threat
Updated: April 26, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - For people with epilepsy—and for those who care for them—the side effects of the condition are well known. They know all about the seizures and they also know how best to care for themselves or their loved ones should a seizure occur. While the persistent possibility of a seizure is well known, many people living with epilepsy are unaware of another threat that, while uncommon, is fatal.

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Monday 04/24/2017
Here's how to tap into your home's not-so-hidden potential
Updated: April 26, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Your most valuable asset is around you all the time. It’s above you, it’s below you and in many cases you don’t realize how much it can do for you.

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Monday 04/17/2017
Proper nutrition is key to senior health
Updated: April 25, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Americans are now living longer than ever before. In fact, one of the fastest growing segments is people over the age of 85 who will represent 20 percent of the population by the year 2040. Because we are living longer, certain conditions specific to seniors are also on a steady rise. Dehydration, falls, fractures, cognition loss and attention deficits are now becoming more commonplace.

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Thursday 04/13/2017
Fresh ways to enjoy pizza night and make a balanced meal
Updated: April 21, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - You know a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables is best for your health, but achieving that can be a challenge given everything you have to accomplish in a day. Daily meal planning doesn’t have to be such a chore if you turn to your freezer for a little help. In fact, starting with frozen prepared foods as the foundation of your dinner plate and adding side dishes with fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains and/or low-fat dairy can make it possible to serve a balanced meal that is quick and tasty. And that works for pizza night, too!

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Tuesday 04/11/2017
Tips to reduce your health care expenses
Updated: April 19, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Health care costs are in the news all the time. You hear about them at work and when you’re with friends and family. The comments are always the same. Health care is getting more and more expensive and it seems to be outpacing the money you make.

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Monday 04/10/2017
5 simple steps to be your best at any age
Updated: April 18, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - They say you’re only as young as you feel, and if you're an older American, the ability to feel young a little while longer is always appealing. Having a youthful state of mind goes a long way toward accomplishing this goal, but you can’t ignore the importance of solid physical health.

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Saturday 04/08/2017
The rising burden of Alzheimer's disease on health costs, caregiver health and 65+ population
Updated: April 16, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Kristen Beatty’s 78-year-old father, Ray, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s about 10 years ago. Since then, he has developed a sense of paranoia, insomnia and the delusion that people are stealing from him. Though Beatty and her brother constantly reassure their father to allay his fears, the daily struggle can take its toll. Beatty’s mother, Sue, had previously cared for Ray for about five years. In 2012, Sue died unexpectedly of a heart attack, or as Beatty puts it, she died of a broken heart.

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Monday 04/03/2017
New rotator cuff procedure helps tendons heal
Updated: April 11, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Wednesday 03/29/2017
3 Ways Seniors Can Get More from their Smartphones
Updated: March 29, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) With the rapid pace of new developments in smartphone technology, it can be hard to keep up with all the changes, especially if you grew up in an era when phones were attached to a cord.

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Tuesday 03/28/2017
Natural ways to keep roses radiant this season
Updated: April 05, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Warm weather welcomes flowerbeds, gardens burst with color and fragrance, and in many yards, roses are the stars of the show. They’re the most popular and prized flower in American gardens, one of the most-beloved flowers for weddings, and staples of Valentine’s and Mother’s Day bouquets. Americans love their roses — and so do a host of harmful pests, including Japanese beetles, aphids, mites among other insects, and let’s not forget about deer.

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Tuesday 04/25/2017
Thinking about a career in health care? Consider this
Updated: April 26, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Medical professionals are in greater demand than ever before, and that’s not likely to change anytime soon. According to the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), by the year 2025, the United States could need as many as 90,000 more physicians than it actually has, and the demand for nurses and other health professionals could be even higher.

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5 mom-tested tricks for coping with colds
Posted: April 25, 2017

(BPT) - Every mother knows colds can make life miserable for everyone in the house. When a coughing child can’t sleep, parents don’t either. Lack of sleep makes it harder to fight the cold, and leaves Mom and Dad more likely to get sick too. The risks don’t stop with warm weather either; few things are as unhappy as a kid (or parent) with a cold in the spring time!

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Take the next step: Tips to help you reach your diabetes management goals
Posted: April 25, 2017

(BPT) - Nearly 30 million people in the United States are living with diabetes, and 90-95 percent have type 2 diabetes. America’s Diabetes Challenge, a program from Merck and the American Diabetes Association, urges those with type 2 diabetes to work with their doctor to set and reach their A1C goal (average blood glucose over the past 2-3 months). The program also encourages people to learn if they’re at risk of low blood glucose (hypoglycemia) and how to help reduce that risk.

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Facing the myths about osteoporosis: Anita's journey
Posted: April 25, 2017

(BPT) - At the age of 53, Anita Greenstein took a bone density test at the recommendation of her friend who was a radiologist and was shocked to learn she had postmenopausal osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones over time making them thinner, more brittle and more likely to break or fracture.1 Over the course of having this chronic condition for the past 17 years, Anita realized that the realities of living with osteoporosis are much different than her preconceived notions before her diagnosis.

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Women: The Key to Urinary Health Starts with the Gut
Updated: April 25, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) As most women who have suffered urinary health issues know, such conditions can be irritating and uncomfortable. Luckily, there are practical steps you can take to naturally support your urinary tract.

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Natural Ways to Support Infant Health During Pregnancy
Updated: April 25, 2017 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) In the last 10 years, scientists have learned that having enough beneficial gut bacteria is a critical component of overall health. Now, research shows that ensuring newborns have sufficient exposure to probiotic bacteria during infancy and early childhood can give them a head start on lifelong wellness.

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Monday 04/24/2017
Think you're eating well? Misconceptions lead to nutrient deficiencies for many
Updated: April 26, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - The good news? Americans think they are eating well; in fact, 60 percent say they eat a very healthy diet. The not-so-good news? Perception and reality may not be aligned.

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Friday 04/21/2017
The important role vaccines may play in helping keep children and adults healthy
Updated: April 26, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Every one of the nearly 12,000 babies born in the United States each day may be susceptible to infectious diseases. The good news is that vaccines can help protect children from some of these diseases.

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U.S. Teen Is First Pediatric Patient In The World To Use Breakthrough Smart Insulin Pump That Personalizes Treatment For Type 1 Diabetes
Posted: April 21, 2017

New MiniMed 670G Insulin Pump System Can Automatically Monitor And Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels So People Can Spend Less Time Managing Their Diabetes

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Fight Hunger One Meal at a Time
Updated: April 24, 2017 - 3:31 am

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Monday 04/24/2017
Shelter volunteers play critical role in animal welfare efforts
Updated: April 25, 2017 - 3:31 am

(BPT) - Approximately 6.5 million cats and dogs enter animal shelters each year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). This massive number underscores the need for volunteers to provide the necessary care to ensure as many pets as possible can be placed in permanent, loving homes. In fact, most shelters would not be able to stay open without the generosity of volunteers.

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Monday 02/13/2017
Sound Or Lame: It's Often Found In The Health Of The Sole
Updated: February 14, 2017 - 3:31 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to keeping your horse healthy, hoof care is often the critical element that allows you to enjoy normal activities with your horse, such as riding. Both shod and unshod, otherwise known as shoed or barefoot, philosophies offer benefits, but also come with limitations, which directly affect the health of the soles. While shoeing is necessary for many horses, a shod foot does not absorb shock as efficiently, mostly because shoeing raises the sole and frog off the ground, and constrains the normal flex of the foot. A lack of sufficient ground contact and stimulation limits circulation, which causes soles to shrink, which can lead to numerous problems. By contrast, an unshod foot uses the hoof wall, internal hoof cavity and sole to absorb and dissipate shock. However, adding the weight of the horse and a rider can sometimes wear the hoof down faster than it grows. In these cases, shoes or boots can be a good short-term alternative, as well as polyurethane pour-in pad materials to help limit sole wear and provide the necessary support.

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Wednesday 01/11/2017
Bred for purpose: History behind the show dog, and what makes your breed unique today
Updated: January 12, 2017 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - It’s easy enough for any dog lover to fall for the silky coat of the Golden Retriever, a Siberian Husky’s striking blue eyes or a Dalmatian’s spots. In fact, most dog owners say it was the look of a breed that drew them to bring home that puppy in the first place.

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Tuesday 12/20/2016
Survey Unmasks the Peculiar Behaviors of Pet Owners
Updated: December 20, 2016 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Do you share a playlist with your poodle? Take a bath with your turtle? It might seem far-fetched, but since many people treat pets like family, they often let them do surprising things.

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Thursday 12/15/2016
5 tricks to keep your pup active, healthy and happy all winter long
Updated: December 16, 2016 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - No matter how hearty and fun-loving your dog is, as a pet parent you know there will come a time when it’s just too cold, snowy, icy, wet or windy for your pup to comfortably exercise outdoors. When the weather outside is frightful and the fire inside delightful, it’s important to find ways to help your dog stay active indoors where it’s safe and warm.

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Holiday Safety Suggestions For Pet Parents
Updated: December 16, 2016 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—According to legend, at midnight on Christmas Eve, all animals are able to talk. If you want your pets to say nice things about you, heed five hints on how to keep them healthy and happy throughout the holiday season:

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Saturday 11/19/2016
Make the Holidays Furry and Bright: Tips for Holiday Travel with Pets
Updated: November 19, 2016 - 3:31 am

(StatePoint) For many pet owners, canine companions and feline friends are considered members of the family. If pets are joining out of town holiday festivities, it’s important to remember that traveling with pets requires a few extra considerations.

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Tuesday 11/08/2016
5 ways dogs are more than furry friends
Updated: November 11, 2016 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Did you know that approximately 37 to 47 percent of households in the United States have a dog? Chances are you have a pet dog living in your household, or you know someone who is a pet owner. Unconditional love is one of the many benefits of man’s best friend; however, dogs can also play an important role in the lives of those coping with an illness or a health condition. Learn these five key facts you may not know about dogs.

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Tuesday 11/01/2016
Plastic prosthesis helps one dog live a better life [Video]
Updated: November 02, 2016 - 3:32 am

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Wednesday 10/26/2016
Get adventurous with these 5 fun family activities
Updated: October 27, 2016 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Before this year ends, take advantage of the free time you have to partake in fun activities with those you love the most: your family. It's tempting to stick to the same routine of going to the local playground, taking in a movie or playing in the backyard. Why not try some new experiences this year and go on a family adventure? These five activities are fun for the whole family and will help create lasting memories together. Incorporate a couple (or all five!) ideas into your schedule to begin fall on a fun note. 

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