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Top tips to help first-timers navigate the fast-paced housing market

(BPT) - Across the U.S., the housing market is picking up pace moving into the peak of the summer homebuying season.

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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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Friday 06/15/2018
Don't let the summer sun blind you to this lesser-known skin cancer
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - Most of us look forward to the balmy breezes and cheerful sunshine brought about by spring and summer, especially those of us living in climates where winter is long, gloomy and bitterly cold. Yet as we get our shorts, polo shirts and swimsuits out of storage, it’s important to remind ourselves to stay sun smart and vigilant against skin cancer.

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Thursday 06/14/2018
Are you doing enough to stay protected against germs?
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - When it comes to avoiding germs, some people take it to an extreme. They are fastidious about using a paper towel to avoid touching the door in a public bathroom, wipe down every square inch of an airplane seat and can hardly go 15 minutes without re-sanitizing their hands. Some habits, like using your foot to flush the handle on a toilet, or giving a fist-bump instead of a handshake, may make good sense. The fact is there are good reasons to avoid germs and embrace the habits of a germaphobe.

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Wednesday 06/13/2018
Five-minute life hack: Tips to boost your career
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - The rapid pace of change in jobs means the era of one-and-done learning is over. It no longer matters what you learned in the past — to stay relevant you need to upskill. So if you want to improve your marketability and get ahead in your career, it’s time to think about the valuable skills that could open the door to new opportunities. The good news is with tools and online courses on platforms like LinkedIn Learning, you can explore and develop critical skills and interests — right at your fingertips anytime, anywhere.

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3 easy ways to get on deck with the right decking
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - If The Old Farmer’s Almanac prediction holds true, this summer will be a hot one. The weather forecast anticipates temperatures for the season to be “hotter than normal” across most of the U.S. If you’re ready to kick up your feet and soak in these rays, now is the perfect time to get started on that deck you’ve been dreaming about adding. But before you put hammer to nail, you’ll need to decide on which decking material to use.

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Friday 06/08/2018
4 DIY ideas for upcycling common household items
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

(BPT) - Crafting is a wonderful way to relieve stress and express your creative side — and fortunately, you don’t have to be a master craftsman — or spend a fortune on materials — to have fun and enjoy the benefits.

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Maintaining a healthy pH balance 'down there': 3 common triggers for elevated vaginal pH and why it matters
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - Many women do not realize the vagina is an ecosystem that requires a balanced environment to remain healthy; and events like menstruation, sex, and hormonal changes can throw off that balance. The result can be odor and discomfort, according to Lauren Streicher, M.D., Medical Director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause and Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University. Many women never have the benefit of a frank, open discussion about vaginal health and the importance of maintaining a healthy pH balance “down there.” Healthy pH and beneficial lactobacillus are the keys to reducing the risk of vaginal issues. pH refers to the vagina’s acidity level. A vaginal pH of 3.5 - 4.5 indicates that the vagina is populated by good bacteria (lactobacilli) without overgrowth of the bad bacteria that can cause odor and irritation and an elevated pH means that the healthy flora of the vagina may struggle to survive, while harmful bacteria thrive.

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Thursday 06/07/2018
Simple, local nutrition: 5 reasons to feel good about the dairy in your diet
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - When you sip a wholesome smoothie or savor a slice of cheesy pizza, do you ever wonder who’s behind your favorite dairy foods?

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Tuesday 06/05/2018
Products to improve your home in 2 hours or less
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - The words home improvement usually conjure up images of major undertakings like tiling your bathroom or kitchen or tearing down a wall, taking hours and hours to complete the project. The fact is there are some meaningful home improvements you can do that can be accomplished in under two hours.

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How homeowners can prepare for summer storm season
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

(BPT) - It’s that time of year again when unwanted weather patterns like severe thunderstorms, rainstorms and tornadoes can wreak havoc on homes and businesses.

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Tips for keeping heartburn at bay this season
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

(BPT) - While summer is synonymous with beach days, vacations and barbecues, there’s something else bringing the heat this season: heartburn.

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Monday 06/04/2018
5 home-buying tips for first-timers and old-timers
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - Whether you are buying a home for the first time or you are just looking for an upgrade, it is never a bad idea to arm yourself with tips that can make your search go from overwhelming to enjoyable. Rather than learning the hard way about hidden expenses and difficult neighbors, there are things you can do to feel more confident as you begin your search.

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Friday 06/01/2018
4 simple tips for hosting a memorable summer party
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

(BPT) - From outdoor cookouts to dinner parties on the patio, summer is the ideal season for entertaining guests. According to a recent survey commissioned by Delta Faucet, an overwhelming majority of homeowners (89 percent) plan to host at least one summer gathering this season. To ensure hosts are well prepared, below are tips on how to throw a simple summer soirée.

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Tips for talking about Alzheimer's with a family member
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - It’s a conversation no family wants to have, but one that can be vitally important — talking to a loved one about memory loss or cognitive decline.

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Take these 4 steps to clean up your financial house
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

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Thursday 05/31/2018
Caring for caregivers: Resources for navigating an important job
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - When David Bowen’s father fell taking out the trash in 2016, it set in motion a series of health challenges the family is still battling together. Bowen, 62, hired a part-time professional caregiver to assist his father along with his mother, who was battling Alzheimer’s, but he found himself serving as a caregiver much of the time, too.

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5 sunny beauty trends for this summer
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - Summer is here, which means it’s finally time to part ways with your knit scarves and cute wool jackets — at least for the next few months. It’s the season to bathe in the sun and enjoy the warm weather.

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Chocolate pairings: Innovative entertaining with a sweet twist
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - Whether a fancy five-course social event, a laid-back barbecue or a progressive dinner party, what separates average from impressive entertaining is innovative and original ideas. One way to surely catch the attention of your guests while tempting their taste buds is to feature chocolate pairings in your entertaining itinerary.

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Wednesday 05/30/2018
A healthier, happier summer starts with these tips
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - In the cold of winter, at the start of the year, people all across the country resolve to live a healthier lifestyle — yet summer is actually the perfect time to start your resolution. Think about it: the weather is beautiful, the kids are out of school and fresh produce is abundant.

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5 ways to up your summer get-together game
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - Neighborhood cookouts are quintessentially summer, and totally fun. Because of that, it’s no surprise that you may want to host them as often as possible, even every weekend if you could. But that introduces a new challenge — how do you keep your events fresh and interesting for your guests?

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Businesses brace for a summer with record low unemployment
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

(BPT) - School closing for the summer may mark lazy days for kids, but local businesses are bracing for peak season. With unemployment at a 17-year low, and a record 6.6 million job openings reported at the end of March, it’ll be tougher than usual to serve the seasonal boom of customers as the weather warms up. Traditionally, many hourly positions were filled by teens on summer vacation who didn’t have another way to make some spare cash. This source of trusty summer hires is down from 60 to 30 percent, which — coupled with a teeny 3.9 percent unemployment rate — means businesses that rely on heavy summer hiring should expect a smaller-than-usual batch of job seekers.

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4 Tips to Pull Together a Garden-to-Table Meal This Summer
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - The summer season is the best time for enjoying the garden you’ve worked so hard on throughout the spring months. As the flowers bloom, the herbs mature, and the vegetables ripen, it’s time to celebrate all your hard work with a garden-to-table meal.

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Menopause and painful sex: What you need to know
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - This year, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Senior Health & Fitness Day. The common goal for this observance is simple: to help keep Americans healthy and fit at any age. This national awareness day is the perfect opportunity for individuals to make or renew resolutions around aging and health and to revitalize their commitment to lead healthier lives — including their sex lives.

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Take the sting out of summer with these pest prevention tips
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - If you’re like many people, the warm months of summer are when you are most active outdoors. You’re not alone. The same is also true for fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. New findings show these pests are more than just an annoyance, they can pose a health risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, illnesses caused by these pests are on the rise, and in recent years, nine new germs spread by ticks and mosquitoes have been identified or introduced into the U.S.

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Tuesday 05/29/2018
Easy and breezy: 6 tips for controlling summer cooling costs
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - As Americans gear up for sun, surf, barbecues and all the other fun activities that represent summer, they’re also concerned with how to keep themselves and their homes comfortably cool this season.

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Friday 05/25/2018
Reclaiming the rooftop: Tips for decks with a view
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - Once reserved for the urban elite, rooftop decks are popping up all over the country as an attractive option that offers a mixture of space savings and an unrivaled view. Rooftop decks take what was formerly unused space — the top of a building or the flat roof over part of a home — and reclaim it for a unique entertaining area or family gathering spot.

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Think you're too old to quit smoking? Think again
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

(BPT) - It’s no secret that tobacco smoke can be deadly. It is strongly linked to everything from cancer and stroke to pulmonary issues and heart disease.

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5 tips for selecting the right railing for your deck
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - As one of the most visible elements of a deck, the railing serves an important aesthetic and structural role — adding support, safety and style. Here are five expert tips for creating the perfect perimeter for your outdoor space.

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Top 4 factors that affect the cost of a new roof
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - No one wants to pay more for something than they have to, especially when it comes to a large home improvement purchase. So, why can there be thousands of dollars difference between contractor bids for neighboring homes? And how can homeowners get an idea of what a new roof will cost?

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Great grilling tips and tricks of the pros
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - Across the country as weather heats up, so do the grills. You don't need to be a pitmaster to enjoy the fresh flavors that only come from grilling. A few simple tips and creative tricks will help you perfectly grill foods so juicy and delicious, you'll impress even the pickiest of palates.

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Thursday 05/24/2018
Eating right and staying healthy in retirement
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 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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Wednesday 05/23/2018
An easy start to better eating: Healthy surfaces and simple ingredients
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - When you become a parent, your child’s health and well-being takes top priority. This is why when it comes to getting dinner on the table, parents these days are less likely to reach for that box of mac and cheese and other heavily processed foods. Instead, parents tend to gravitate to dishes, sides and snacks featuring real ingredients that even a small child can name.

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Tuesday 05/22/2018
Have allergies and headed to college? Here's what you need to know
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

(BPT) - For millions of high school seniors, the summer after graduation is a full one. There is no shortage of parties, summer cookouts or afternoons spent by the pool. There’s a lot to look forward to — and a lot to prepare for.

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Stay agile: 5 tips for easier aging in place
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - While many of us may dream of retiring and moving away to a beach-side resort or cabin by the lake, the reality is that most Americans look forward to remaining in their own homes so they can continue to enjoy familiar comforts, activities and loved ones. In fact, an AARP survey recently found that 87 percent of U.S. adults 65 and older and 71 percent of those 50 to 64 wish to stay in their current houses as they get older.

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Home improvement: One repair at a time
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - Tis the season … for home improvement. Longer days, warmer weather and more flexible schedules (hello, summer break!) have a way of inspiring home improvement projects. It’s as if appliances in and around the house emerge from the shadows of winter, calling out for attention. Suddenly, the dishwasher rack has rusted, the washing machine agitator has ceased to work, the A/C unit is making a strange clicking noise and the lawnmower blade is broken. Now is the perfect time to repair these assets around the home, and doing it yourself has never been easier or more affordable.

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Monday 05/21/2018
For People with Diabetes: Get Active this Spring, but Check Your Feet First
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

(BPT) - Spring is finally here, and it’s an ideal time to get outside and be more physically active. For those with diabetes, regular exercise helps increase circulation and is a critical part of staying healthy. But, before lacing up your sneakers, here are some important steps to ensure your feet are in shape:

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Don't Be Sidelined by an Injury - New Treatment Could Help You Get Back to Go
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

(BPT) - Weekend warriors are enjoying golf, tennis and jogging in record numbers. While many will continue to enjoy these leisure activities pain-free well into their senior years, increasing numbers face the prospect of surgery for bone, joint and muscle injuries. In fact, more than 50 million adults over 18 have doctor-diagnosed arthritis, and one in two adults are affected by conditions and injuries affecting bones, joint and muscles.

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5 ways to win the fight against hunger cravings
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - It’s a sadly familiar situation: You ate a nutritious breakfast, packed a salad and ate a healthy lunch. You’re eating better, cutting out the junk and everything is going well ... until late in the afternoon.

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Thursday 05/17/2018
Osteoporosis FAQs: Am I at risk?
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - As people age, they become more likely to develop osteoporosis, a disease that occurs when bones lose density and mass, which can cause bones to be brittle, weak and easily broken. At-risk Americans can take positive actions to monitor their bone health.

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5 reasons to use a financial professional
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

(BPT) - True or false: You need to be wealthy to use a financial professional. It's a common misconception, but in fact there are financial professionals that can help at various stages in life, whether you’re just starting out or nearing retirement. It can be a huge benefit to sit down with one to discuss options, investments, savings and retirement.

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Family doctors remind people that #MentalHealthMatters
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - Mental health and emotional wellness affect every aspect of a person’s life, from work to family to leisure. One in five adults lives with mental illness, which can range from mild to severe. Many times, before mental illness is diagnosed, it can trigger physical symptoms.

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Wednesday 05/16/2018
Get stroke smart: You could save a life - and it could be your own
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has some type of stroke. Even though stroke is a leading cause of disability in America, it is largely preventable and treatable. As May is American Stroke Month, it’s the perfect time to brush up on the facts to stay as healthy as possible.

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Important brain-building nutrients for babies found in eggs
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

Nutrition is always an important consideration for women, but there's no time more critical to consider what you eat than when you are pregnant. You want to support your changing body and satisfy your cravings, but you also want to eat to help your growing baby thrive.

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5 tips when buying a car for a teen
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

(BPT) - With graduation season and summer break upon us, many parents may be on the hunt for a new car for their graduate. Memorial Day deals offer some of the best incentives of the year, so it's crucial to know how to navigate what can be an overwhelming and exhausting process.

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Tuesday 05/15/2018
5 ways shilajit helps you power through your workout
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - If you’re looking to increase your energy, stamina and endurance to kick your workouts up to the next level, bypass the energy drinks and caffeine and turn to ancient Ayurvedic tradition instead. You read that right. The secret to boosting your performance isn’t well known in the Western World, but it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for millennia.

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Alternative financing options work for growing small businesses
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:55 am

(BPT) - How businesses access working capital has shifted, as traditional methods haven’t kept pace with the speed of business.

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5 ways to get your kids involved at mealtime
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - When kids are exposed to delicious meals prepared with fresh ingredients, they are more likely to make healthier choices away from home.

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Monday 05/14/2018
Unlocking amino acid potential and building lean muscle
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - While the global protein category is nearing $6 billion annually, there are many conflicting theories and reports about the best combination of ingredients for success as it relates to building muscle. In addition, many consumers are easily confused by the wide variety of products available to them at any given time.

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The importance of NTM lung disease education: A teacher's journey to diagnosis
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - Donna was an active school teacher who loved tennis and bike riding, until one day, she coughed up a small amount of blood. Her coughing, coupled with constantly feeling out of breath, put Donna on a journey of misdiagnosis, hospitalizations and fear.

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Friday 05/11/2018
Probiotics for a healthy life
Updated: June 18, 2018 - 3:56 am

(BPT) - According to super bug warrior and probiotic guru Heather Holmes, the human body naturally contains trillions of both good and bad bacteria that must stay in balance for optimal health; but this balance is fragile and often disrupted by changes in environment and/or routine, diet, oral antibiotics, a woman’s period or sex. Good probiotic bacteria, however, introduced through foods, supplements and environmental cleaning products, can keep your digestive tract and everything around you truly clean, healthy and safe. In other words, probiotics are beneficial both inside the body (internal) and outside the body (external).

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