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Wednesday 06/13/2018
Coupling Finances: What All Newlyweds Should Know
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:56 am

(NewsUSA) - Coupling finances.

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Friday 04/20/2018
Shopping for a Wedding Gift? What to Know Now
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:56 am

(StatePoint) If your fridge is filled with save-the-dates and wedding invitations, you’re inevitably facing the daunting question: what to give?

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Tuesday 04/10/2018
Popping the Question? How to Select an Engagement Ring
Updated: April 10, 2018 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) “Will you marry me?” Be sure to pair these four little words with the perfect engagement ring. While there’s a bit of a learning curve when it comes to selecting the right diamond, the most important thing you can do is find a piece both you and your significant other will love.

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Friday 03/30/2018
Millennials Want to Say ‘I Do’ to High-Tech Wedding Registries
Updated: March 30, 2018 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) Once upon a time, wedding registries were created so newlyweds would have all the basic essentials to establish their first home. But as technology has evolved, so too has the registry. Gone are the days where registries only include dishware and candlesticks. Couples can now incorporate modern must-haves, like connected lightbulbs, voice assistants and smart showers.

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Thursday 03/22/2018
Life's Biggest Moments Take Center Stage in New UP TV Series
Updated: March 22, 2018 - 3:31 pm

(NewsUSA) - As warm weather approaches, so does wedding season, and family-focused entertainment network UP TV heads down the aisle with a pair of new, unscripted series set to debut this summer.

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Tuesday 09/19/2017
How to Pick the Perfect Engagement Ring
Updated: September 19, 2017 - 3:44 am

(StatePoint) An engagement ring is at once a symbol of love and commitment and also a reflection of a woman’s personal style. For the engaged-to-be who hasn’t quite determined the perfect sparkler for herself, articulating an engagement ring style can seem challenging.

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Wednesday 08/08/2018
Is Your Child’s School Promoting Healthy Habits or Junk Food?
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:56 am

(StatePoint) Fast food coupons used as prizes, candy sale fundraisers, vending machine exteriors -- these are just a few examples of the kinds of junk food marketing that regularly takes place in U.S. schools, and such advertising is taking a toll on children’s health, say experts.

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Tuesday 08/07/2018
Safety App Empowers Students, Offers Peace of Mind for Parents
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:56 am

(NewsUSA) - Sending the kids to college means letting go, but it doesn't mean disconnecting, especially when it comes to safety.

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Friday 08/03/2018
Summer Break Means 25 Percent Break for Educators, Administrators
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:56 am

(NewsUSA) - Teachers deserve every break they can get. Reports show that wages for educators have been declining, and some work two jobs to make ends meet. Meanwhile, many teachers pay out of their own pockets for books and supplies. As the new school year approaches, Barnes & Noble wants to make it a bit easier for these dedicated educators and administrators.

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Thursday 07/26/2018
Aim for Compliance by Design, Not by Accident
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:56 am

(NewsUSA) - While a global economy is an advantage for many companies that operate internationally, compliance with the multitude of complex and ever-changing laws and regulations can be a burden to doing business, and the penalties of non-compliance can be severe. This is particularly true when it comes to environmental, health and safety (EHS) laws that can impact everything from public opinion and stock prices to your employees' well-being and safety. As multinational companies are faced with heavy scrutiny by many different governments cracking down on importing and exporting violations, increased regulations and heftier fines, it is clear that businesses need to consider compliance as a key tool for surviving in a global economy.

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How to Create and Spread Hope in Your Daily Life
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:56 am

(StatePoint) With seemingly constant negative news reports telling of school shootings, suicides and more, you may feel like there is little to feel hopeful about these days, but experts say that having hope can be a powerful tool in good times and bad.

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Monday 07/16/2018
Teen Driver Contest Highlights Tire Safety
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:56 am

(NewsUSA) - Teaching teens to drive can be a hair-raising experience for any parent. And while driver's education classes can help focus kids' attention on the rules of the road and basic etiquette while behind the wheel, they need to put their education into action on the road.

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Youth Learn the Dollars and Cents of Agriculture this Fair Season
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:56 am

(NewsUSA) - For students around the country, summer vacation may be in full swing, but for many, that hasn't kept them from learning - especially those interested in a career in agriculture.

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Monday 07/09/2018
Making Reading Social for Your Kids at New Book Hangouts
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:56 am

(NewsUSA) - With so many TV shows, videos, and games vying for a child's attention, it can be hard to keep him or her inspired to read. It can be even harder to do so in "real life" settings, but interacting with other kids and sharing excitement for a series or character is often more powerful than swiping a screen.

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Saturday 06/30/2018
Giving Back on Your Summer Vacation
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:56 am

(StatePoint) Hitting the road this summer and want to do something good for the world along the way? Consider using your summer road trip as an opportunity to give back to the communities you visit. For some inspiration, check out these great ways Americans are rethinking vacations to include a touch of philanthropy.

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How to Help Military, Overseas Citizens Vote in Midterm Elections
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:56 am

(StatePoint) For Service members and their families stationed away and U.S. citizens living abroad, family and friends are vital connections to life back home. During the 2018 midterm elections, you can be an important source of voting information, especially for 18-24-year-olds voting absentee for the first time.

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Monday 08/13/2018
More Than Half of Those Approaching Retirement Believe They Will 'Unretire'
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:56 am

(NewsUSA) - Reflecting a changing post-retirement landscape, a new survey by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, reveals that 53 percent of workers approaching retirement in the next five years believe they will likely "unretire," or return to work.

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6 smart tips for back-to-school success
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - The forecast for this year’s back-to-school season is looking good! Taking a little bit of time to prepare now will help to set the kids up for success all year long, and ease everyone’s nerves. Here are six tips for parents to help ensure a smooth transition back to school and a new year full of unforgettable memories.

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Tips for Creating a Successful Back-to-School Carpool
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:57 am

(StatePoint) It’s time to get back into the school mindset, which for parents means school supplies, packing lunches and carpools.

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Friday 08/10/2018
New Solution Helps Parents Manage Kids' Device Use at Home
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:56 am

(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Nearly three quarters of parents wish they had a way to turn off their children's Wi-Fi access, according to results of a recent survey conducted by Wakefield Research for Comcast.

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Thursday 08/09/2018
The ABCs of Finance Apps
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:56 am

(NewsUSA) - As back-to-school time sets in, personal finance becomes more complicated for many families. Some have students away from home for the first time, others have expenses for tuition, and of course the many purchases associated with the start of school: backpacks, lunch bags, clothes, books, dorm room furnishings, not to mention the tech gear - phones, tablets, laptops, and don't forget extra chargers.

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5 Tips for a Smooth Back-to-School Transition
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:59 am

(Family Features) Just when it seems like you have gotten into your summer groove, it’s time to get back into your school routine, which can be cause both relief and stress at the same time for parents and students alike. Even if your kids are fairly adaptable, big changes like heading back to school after a summer of limited scheduling can be stressful.

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Set for Success
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:59 am

Back-to-school shopping essentials

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5 Ways to Squash Back-to-School Stress
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:59 am

(Family Features) Heading back to school is exciting for both kids and parents, but with all the thrill and anticipation, there can be quite a bit of stress, too. As a parent, you can approach the impending school year with a positive attitude and these tricks can help minimize stress and give your kids extra confidence when heading into the classroom.

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5 Tips to Aid Performance in the Classroom
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:57 am

(Family Features) With all the stress of a new school year, it can be difficult for students to readjust to a healthy routine, but many experts agree that sleep is among the most important parts of that routine. Numerous studies demonstrate that children who sleep better learn better.

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Make the Most of Outdoor Concerts
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:57 am

(Family Features) For many music lovers, there are few things better than an evening spent at a concert, sprawled out on the lawn with friends. Concerts and interesting venues can also be reasons for traveling and excuses to explore a new city or revisit a favorite location.

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Tuesday 08/14/2018
Historic Women's Baseball World Cup unfolds Aug. 22-31 on Florida's Space Coast
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 3:01 am

(BPT) - For the first time in the history of either the men’s or the women’s competition, a Baseball World Cup is coming to America. Later this month, the Women’s Baseball World Cup will be drawing attention from far and wide to the baseball diamonds at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida.

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Monday 08/13/2018
More Than Half of Those Approaching Retirement Believe They Will 'Unretire'
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:56 am

(NewsUSA) - Reflecting a changing post-retirement landscape, a new survey by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, reveals that 53 percent of workers approaching retirement in the next five years believe they will likely "unretire," or return to work.

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Cancer care costs on the rise: How to get help
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 3:01 am

(BPT) - Cancer patients face skyrocketing costs for their treatment, which adds to the stress of a cancer diagnosis and living with a disease. As an unapologetically patients-first organization, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is finding ways to lessen the burden. “When cancer patients are fighting for their life, the last thing they need is financial distress,” says Gwen Nichols, M.D., LLS chief medical officer. “The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society puts patients at the forefront, advocating for financial relief and offering solutions.”

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Laugh, learn and lunch: Tips for bonding with kids over cooking
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 3:01 am

(BPT) - Cooking with your kids is just plain fun. Everyone likes good food, and being in the kitchen offers an excellent opportunity to work together toward one common (and hopefully delicious) goal. And the added benefit, of course, is that your kids can learn to follow directions, are exposed to healthier food choices, brush up on their math skills, find creativity and gain a solid sense of accomplishment.

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4 ways to use technology to simplify your home buying process
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 3:01 am

(BPT) - While spring is typically the busiest period in real estate, particularly for families looking to get in to a new home before the school year starts, the fall months have become increasingly active for those who have more flexibility or are looking for a good deal.

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Switching gears and succeeding: Inspiration to find your next career
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 3:00 am

(BPT) - It's never too late to feed your passion and discover a new career. Take, for example, Julia Child, who left OSS, the forerunner of the CIA, to become a chef; Sara Blakely, a door-to-door sales woman who went on to create Spanx; and Andrea Bocelli, a former attorney who left the courtroom for the stage to become a world-renowned singer.

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Sunday 08/12/2018
4 natural ways to support your child this school year
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 3:01 am

(BPT) - Busy school nights can make your house feel like a zoo. Between commutes, sports practices and dinner plans, it feels like everyone is always either on the go or hustling to get there.

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Friday 08/10/2018
4 habits for fit finances
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 3:02 am

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Will my deck have room for a hot tub? And other questions answered
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 3:00 am

(BPT) - As the major outdoor living trend sweeps the nation, decks are getting bigger. But with television shows featuring 3,000-square-foot monster decks, the average homeowner is left to wonder, “Just how big of a deck do I need?”

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5 reasons to snack on strawberries
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 3:01 am

(BPT) - The perfect snack needs to check off three boxes: It should be filling enough to get you to your next meal, provide nutrition that fits into your balanced diet, and satisfy cravings, whether sweet or savory. Not an easy task, but juicy California strawberries are up for the challenge.

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Tuesday 08/14/2018
What days are best to conceive?
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - When a couple is planning to have a baby, understanding the 28-day cycle can mean the difference between success and disappointment, says Dr. Gloria Richard-Davis, Ob/Gyn, fertility specialist and author of Planning Parenthood.

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Struggling to find an epinephrine auto-injector before school starts?
Posted: August 14, 2018

(BPT) - AUVI-Q® (epinephrine injection, USP) is still available by prescription for children with life-threatening allergies.

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2014-2016 Data Shows Risk of Meningitis Higher Among College Students
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - Nicolis “Nico” Williams was a junior at Texas A&M University when one day in February 2011, he had a bad headache after a night out with friends.

“It was bad enough for him to want to go to a clinic. They treated him for flu-like symptoms, and he went home to rest,” remembers Nico’s older sister Tiffany. “Later, his roommates found him disoriented and rushed him to the hospital.”

That was when Nico was diagnosed with meningitis B — costing him his life at only 20 years old.

Meningococcal meningitis, often referred to as meningitis or bacterial meningitis, is an inflammation of the protective membranes, or meninges, covering the brain and spinal cord. It is an uncommon but serious disease that can be deadly.[1]

Serogroups A, C, W, Y and B historically account for most of the meningitis cases in the United States.[2]

Although meningitis B is uncommon, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) surveillance data from 2014-16 showed the risk of contracting meningitis B was approximately 3.5 times higher in college students compared with persons not attending college of the same age.[3]

Nico had not received the vaccine that helps protect against meningitis A, C, W or Y, and meningitis B vaccines were not available in 2011. In 2014, new vaccines were approved to help prevent meningitis B. Now there are two different types of vaccines and both are needed to help protect against all of the five vaccine-preventable groups of meningitis.[4]

Shortly after Nico passed away, Tiffany’s family began working with the J.A.M.I.E. (Joint Advocacy of Meningococcal Information & Education) Group, founded by meningitis survivor Jamie Schanbaum and her family, to change meningitis vaccination law in the state of Texas. In May 2011, the Jamie Schanbaum and Nicolis Williams Act was passed, making Texas the first state in the US to require all first-time college students to be vaccinated against meningitis A, C, W and Y.[*]

In 2012, Tiffany and her family founded The NICO Williams Foundation (Neglecting Immunizations Compromising Opportunity), a nonprofit which works to educate about meningococcal disease and its vaccinations, with a current focus on meningitis B.

Today, Tiffany works as a spokesperson for GSK, sharing her brother’s story to educate parents and young adults about the dangers of meningitis and the types of vaccines available to help prevent it.

“By the time my brother made it to the hospital, it was too late,” Tiffany says. “So now I do this — I advocate and I educate. I don’t want anyone else to lose a sibling, I don’t want parents to lose a child, and I don’t want friends to lose friends.”

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Choosing The Right Caregiver For Your Parents
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:58 am

(NAPSI)—According to Pew Research, every day, 10,000 Americans turn 65 years old. And that will continue for the next 12 years, reaching 18 percent of the population by 2030. Americans 85 and older will triple in population by 2050.

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Prediabetes and High Blood Pressure Can be Managed: What to Know
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:58 am

(StatePoint) Even as chronic diseases like prediabetes and high blood pressure touch more and more Americans, physicians are urging patients to keep in mind that early detection is key, and that chronic disease can often be managed with lifestyle changes.

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Monday 08/13/2018
Summer Survival Guide: Venomous Snakebite Edition
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - Summer welcomes a return to favorite outdoor activities. Yet, along with fun in the sun comes some not-so-friendly creatures to be mindful of, namely venomous snakes. Just like us, snakes become more active when the temperatures rise, and with most snakebites taking place during the summer months,[i] it is especially important to know how to avoid and treat a snakebite before heading outdoors.

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TV Host, Reality Star, but First a Mom: Sharon Osbourne's Emotional Caregiver Journey
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - “I’m living proof that you can become an expert on something you never even wanted to learn about – and it can be devastating,” explains Sharon Osbourne.

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What's worse than a migraine? 5 things to know about cluster headache
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - Cluster headache (CH) is an extremely painful primary headache disorder, which affects one to two people in every 1,000.[1] CH is known as being one of the worst pains known to man and is even more debilitating than migraine. Listed below are five important things to know about this condition.

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4 Surprising Insights Into Life With Parkinson’s Disease
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:58 am

(StatePoint) Over 1 million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease (PD), and while some symptoms are easier to see, such as tremors, stiffness and slowness of movement, there are a range of harder-to-detect non-movement symptoms that can have an impact on daily life.

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Friday 08/10/2018
Nothing to Hide: Overcoming Plaque Psoriasis
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - Like many psoriasis patients, Kim Knight has tried numerous treatment options over the years to help reduce the red, flaky patches covering the skin on her elbows, hands, knees and scalp. Unlike many people with psoriasis, however, she is lucky enough to work in a dermatology office as a Superficial Radiation Technology Specialist, where she is able to receive the direct advice and support of her office’s healthcare providers.

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Thursday 08/09/2018
Hemp Has Significant Health Benefits For Pets
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 3:00 am

(NAPSI)—NaturVet’s veterinarian-formulated pet supplements have progressed over the last 25 years to keep up with the ever-changing needs of pet parents. NaturVet’s newest Hemp for Health product line includes four top products—Allergy, Calming, Immune and Joint—that are now available enhanced with Hemp Seed Oil and Hemp Seed Powder, sharing the same great original base formulas that pet parents have relied on for years.

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Monday 07/30/2018
Being Proactive Can Help Your Pet Live Longer
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 3:00 am

(BPT) - Your pets are an integral part of the family, so it’s important to practice preventative care to support their well-being and help them live long, healthy lives. But just like people, pets can be affected by chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and allergies. That's why, as a pet parent, staying informed and being proactive can help to avoid or at least prolong the onset of chronic conditions.

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Thursday 07/19/2018
Traveling With Pets? What to Know
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 3:00 am

(StatePoint) Do your upcoming travel plans include pets? Whether you’re flying to an exciting destination or hitting the road, these suggestions can make the journey easier for animals and humans alike.

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Tuesday 07/10/2018
Six Tips To Keep Pets Safe During Storm Season
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 3:00 am

(NAPSI)—While no one is immune from the devastation of a natural disaster, preparing before a storm hits is key to keeping everyone in your family—including your pets—safe.

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Tuesday 03/20/2018
How To House-train Your Dog
Updated: March 21, 2018 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—If you're a pet parent to any of the country's estimated 78 million dogs, here's how to make house-training easier for both you and your pet.

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Thursday 03/15/2018
Protecting your pets from pests
Updated: August 15, 2018 - 3:00 am

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Monday 03/12/2018
The best nutrition for your backyard chickens
Updated: March 20, 2018 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - Raising backyard chickens has been a growing trend in the United States over the past several years. Consumers crave choice in their family’s diet, which often includes food they have grown or raised themselves. Raising a backyard flock helps consumers have more control over the eggs their family eats, but bringing home chicks for a backyard flock is just the beginning.

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Thursday 03/08/2018
Help Detector Dogs: Don't Pack A Pest
Updated: March 09, 2018 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—If you've returned to the U.S. from an international trip, you've no doubt seen beagles with blue jackets sniffing luggage in the baggage claim area. Visitors to Hawaii and Puerto Rico may also see these four-legged officers in green jackets helping to find prohibited fruits and vegetables hidden in luggage. As cute as they are, these detector dogs, who work alongside U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials and USDA, are performing an important job. They are helping to keep harmful invasive pests out of our country, including 19 called Hungry Pests, which can severely damage our crops, trees and landscapes.

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Thursday 01/18/2018
Bad Breath in Pets Could Be a Sign of Poor Health
Updated: January 18, 2018 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) If you’ve ever experienced dry mouth, you know how uncomfortable it can be. Unfortunately, your pet can get dry mouth too, and it can lead to more serious issues down the line and can also be a sign of more serious current health issues.

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Thursday 12/07/2017
5 tips to get in front of the pet hair in your home
Updated: March 17, 2018 - 3:37 am

(BPT) - From their loyal ways to their silly antics, pets bring so much joy to homes. While you wouldn’t trade any of the cuddles and welcome-home slobbers, one thing most pet owners don’t find quite as lovable is all the pet hair!

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