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Thursday 10/18/2018
3 things small businesses can do to compete in the talent war
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:24 am

(BPT) - Life at a small company, 50 employees or less, has its upsides. But an employee departure is not one of them. When someone from the team moves on to new opportunities, everyone feels it, whether that means shuffling workloads or working extra shifts.

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Are Americans saving enough for retirement?
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:28 am

(BPT) - The answer you get to this question will depend on who you ask. The amount households have accumulated for retirement is not hotly debated, but the amount needed in retirement is. The Investment Company Institute (ICI) is working to make sure that everyone has the facts through its new website — FactsOnRetirement.org. Much of the academic research and the ICI’s analysis of the retirement data indicate that most Americans are properly preparing for retirement, and with some very small changes, the retirement system can be even stronger.

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Considering a composite deck? Here are expert answers to homeowners' most common questions
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:28 am

(BPT) - When planning a deck project, choosing the right material is key to the enjoyment and value you’ll get from your outdoor living space. Today, there are more choices in decking materials than ever before, including high-performance composites, which are increasingly replacing wood in backyards across the country — and for good reason.

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Supporting Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:28 am

(BPT) - Within the sea of pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there is a wealth of information about early diagnosis, the newest treatments, and how to find support for a loved one who might be affected by the disease. While this information is critical, it is equally important that we recognize the 155,000 people living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC), the most advanced form of the disease. MBC is when the cancer has spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other parts of the body such as the brain or the bones. It is important that MBC patients receive information relevant to them and that they are empowered to take an active role in their treatment in order to receive the best possible care.

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Long-term HIV survivors reassure others: 'You are never alone'
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:23 am

(BPT) - In 1990, after Michelle Lopez left a domestic violence situation, she and her infant daughter were homeless and were both diagnosed with HIV. “If I had not found community, I truly believe I would have been dead,” remarks Michelle. Today, Michelle, a 51-year-old mother and grandmother, reminds people that “You’re not alone, you’re never going to be alone.”

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4 things you should do to boost your fat IQ
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:29 am

(BPT) - If you've struggled with your weight, you know that fat can be a bad three-letter word. You've warded against it, tried to reduce it and agonized over what fat can do to your self-esteem and your waist line. But how much do you really know about fat? And how much could you improve your life if you knew just a little bit more?

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Wednesday 10/17/2018
Meaningful ways to connect different generations during the holidays
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:27 am

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Pickled onions add healthy kick to any dish
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:26 am

(BPT) - You may have noticed more appetizers and entrees draped with pickled onions in the last couple of years. You may even have been adventurous enough to try them, learning how their tartness and onion flavor kick every dish up a notch.

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Tips from an executive pastry chef for simple holiday entertaining
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:27 am

(BPT) - Whether you’re hosting a small holiday gathering with friends or a formal dinner party with family, entertaining can be stressful. But with a few simple food-focused tips, you’ll be on your way to throwing the perfect holiday get-together — headache-free.

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Respite care: What it is and how it can change your life
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:27 am

(BPT) - Caring for an aging loved one, especially a parent, can take more commitment than any full-time job. Being on call 24 hours a day is physically and emotionally draining. In many cases, caregivers soldier on without complaint while their stress grows, their relationships weaken and their own health often suffers. If you are your parent’s primary caregiver, you likely already know how hard it is to find time to look after yourself and other family members, run errands or simply rest. Chances are, you just need a break.

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Tuesday 10/16/2018
Oh deer! How to keep hungry herbivores out of your yard all year-round
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:24 am

(BPT) - Few sights make homeowners more furious than an attractive landscape destroyed virtually overnight by hungry deer. Rose bushes and ornamentals? Nipped off every bud. Expensive shrubs? Browsed within an inch of their lives. Trees? Damaged, disfigured and sometimes dead.

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Monday 10/15/2018
Forget 'wine rules': 4 unconventional wine pairings for guys
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:28 am

(BPT) - Have you ever looked at a wine list and wished it actually told you what the wine tastes like? Have you ever wanted wine connoisseurs to stop swirling and sniffing, and just take a big sip? Well, you’re not alone. And American craft wine, The Federalist, and Dan Dunn want to do something about it.

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LASIK: Why it's important to talk with your eye doctor
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:26 am

(BPT) - If you’re thinking about LASIK, or any other vision correction procedure, you’ve probably come across this advice: “Talk to your doctor.”

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What You Need to Know This Medicare Enrollment Season
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:12 am

(NewsUSA) - It's that time of year when people with Medicare review their health insurance choices and enroll in a Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug plan for the coming year.

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Friday 10/12/2018
How to keep pests out of your chimney
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:26 am

(BPT) - As temperatures drop, many people will start spending more time in the warmth of their homes. Animals don’t have the luxury of extra heating and take whatever refuge they can find, making chimneys a convenient place for pests to seek shelter. The team at Terminix has some helpful information to share so that homeowners can be better prepared to address critters that find their way into chimneys.

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3 Steps to Help Manage Depression
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:24 am

(BPT) - Sadness and grief are normal human emotions. These feelings can often last for a short period of time. However, when these emotions last for many days or weeks, depression becomes a concern.

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Thursday 10/11/2018
The best way to buy beauty products without stepping in a store
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:29 am

(BPT) - Mobile, social and e-commerce platforms as well as augmented reality have infinitely changed the way consumers research and shop for the things they need. Even with all of that information, buying beauty products online can be tricky.

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Busted: 5 of the biggest holiday myths
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:26 am

(BPT) - Holiday fantasies are not just for children. It turns out grownups actually celebrate the holidays living by their own set of myths, and they probably don’t even know it.

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Wednesday 10/10/2018
5 things to know to help your pet live a healthier life
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:28 am

(BPT) - Pets are part of the family, so it’s important to practice preventative care to support their well-being and help them live long, healthy lives. Just like people, pets can be affected by chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and allergies. That's why it’s always good to stay informed and be proactive to help avoid or at least delay the onset of chronic conditions in pets. Here’s 5 things to know about caring for your pet:

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Simple health tips for busy moms
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:26 am

(BPT) - Mothers are the CEO of the home. Organizing schedules, paying the bills, doing food shopping, managing pick-ups and drop-offs, and making sure everyone is healthy is just part of the job. Unfortunately, because they are so busy taking care of others, many moms often put off taking care of themselves or scheduling their own health appointments.

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Tuesday 10/09/2018
Prepare your backyard now and create a safe haven for birds in bad weather
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:25 am

(BPT) - Ready or not, bad weather is on its way. Before the snow starts falling, take some time to transform your backyard into a safe refuge for winter-weary birds before unpredictable, harsh weather begins. The experts at Cole’s Wild Bird Products suggest timely tips to encourage birds to seek sustenance and shelter in your backyard this winter.

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Chew on this: New eye vitamin tablets may help those with difficulty swallowing pills
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:24 am

(BPT) - If you’re like most Americans, there are probably a few things you find difficult to swallow. Like the fact that it’s been more than 30 years since they stopped making cassette tapes or that smartphones are basically entire computers that fit in the palm of your hand.

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Monday 10/08/2018
Prevent these 4 winter home problems now
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:28 am

(BPT) - When you start feeling those first hints of winter, the instinct to get ready kicks in. You may dig out your car’s snow brush, blanket, shovel and winter survival kit and place them in the trunk of your car. The winter coats and boots come out of storage, and you may pick up some extra mittens.

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Tips to give your pet a happy, healthy fall
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:23 am

(BPT) - The dog days of summer are over and your furry family member is up and ready to play! It’s the time of year when even pets can get excited about the season and all the autumn outdoor activities families may enjoy. It’s also a time of year that can come with some hazards and vulnerabilities for our four-legged friends. Here are a few reminders to keep your pet happy and healthy, as the crisp apple-spiced air makes its fall appearance.

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Friday 10/05/2018
Do you really need less salt?
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:28 am

(BPT) - More research seems to contradict the oft-stated notion that we eat too much salt. The latest such study appeared in The Lancet medical journal. The study found that for the majority of people there is no health benefit from a low-salt diet and no harm from the average salt consumption of most people.

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5 Real-life Examples of Ordinary People Who Made an Extraordinary Difference
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:24 am

(BPT) - The idea of making a difference in our communities may sound impossible to many of us. With busy schedules, family demands and homes to care for, it can be hard to find the time and energy.

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Thursday 10/04/2018
Why leftover opioids are dangerous and what you can do
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:28 am

(BPT) - Want to help protect your family and community from the opioid crisis? Get rid of any unused prescription opioids that may be in cabinets, drawers or anywhere else you store medicine.

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Fall-ify your routine: Transitional skincare tips and tricks
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:24 am

(BPT) - With fall in full swing, it’s time to reconsider your skincare regimen. Autumn's cooler temperatures and lower level of humidity can lead to an uptick in dry skin and overall skin health changes. Researchers found that climate factors have the potential to influence skin health, especially skin’s moisture levels and textures, and that consumers should alter their skincare from season to season.

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Generic prescriptions save lives ... and money, too
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:26 am

(BPT) - In 2014, Ariel Leaty received a frightening diagnosis — acute lymphocytic leukemia. “I went through three years of chemotherapy,” Leaty, 29, of Bloomfield New Jersey, recalls, “followed by outpatient maintenance.”

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Wednesday 10/03/2018
Opioids: How physician anesthesiologists are treating pain responsibly
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:24 am

(BPT) - The opioid crisis has made physicians increasingly wary about prescribing the potentially addictive drugs to their patients in pain. Experts in pain medicine, such as physician anesthesiologists, are creating individualized pain management plans that include alternatives to opioids that are not only safer, but often work better.

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Life-saving dialysis at 19 leads to career in nursing
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:27 am

(BPT) - When Fallon Bell was 19, she was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, the same disease that her mother and aunt lived with. Chronic kidney disease, or CKD, is when a person’s kidneys no longer provide the function of filtering toxins from the blood. Shortly after her diagnosis, Bell began dialysis, which performed the function of her kidneys. Dialysis is a necessary, life-saving treatment when the kidneys are no longer able to function, but can be demanding because patients usually require treatment three times a week, four hours at a time.

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5 steps to building and designing a sustainable, energy-efficient home
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:28 am

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A guide to getting your home and yard winter-ready
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:27 am

(BPT) - As the winter months approach, there’s much to anticipate: hot drinks, football games and getting cozy on those long, chilly nights. While homeowners can enjoy the comfort of the indoors, it’s still important to ensure their property is well prepared — inside and out — for chillier temperatures, ice or snow during the fall and winter seasons.

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Financial Planning Month: 5 things you can do to take the fear out of your finances
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:26 am

(BPT) - October is Financial Planning Month, so there is no better time to face your financial fears and make actionable changes to get yourself on track when it comes to managing your money. While nearly half of Americans (47 percent) find the prospect of financial planning scary, it doesn’t have to be.

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Go pro: 5 times to seek professional financial advice
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:25 am

(BPT) - While many believe only the wealthy need financial professionals, the truth is that hiring such key advisors may help pay for itself financially and bring you peace of mind — regardless of your economic status.

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Tuesday 10/02/2018
Know Thrombosis: Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Dangerous Blood Clots
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:27 am

(BPT) - You might be shocked to learn that one of the leading causes of preventable death is something many people have never heard of — and often don’t know they have. One in four people worldwide are dying from conditions caused by thrombosis, making it a leading global cause of death and disability. When a blood clot forms in an artery or vein, it can lead to heart attack, stroke, or a life-threatening clot in the lungs or leg, causing venous thromboembolism (VTE).

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Dual Special Needs Plans help people enrolled in Medicare get additional benefits
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:27 am

(BPT) - The fall season brings cooler temperatures, colorful foliage and Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period. Held each year from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, this is the ideal time to explore health care plans so you can choose the right one to help you maintain your benefits for better health all year long.

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Why fall is one of the best seasons to build a deck
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:24 am

(BPT) - As the weather starts to shift and the crisp air settles in, your first inclination might be to head indoors, cozy up with a blanket and save that deck project you’ve been researching for next year. Not so fast. While home improvement stores sell spring and summer as the seasons for all things outdoor home improvement, fall is actually one of the best times to build a deck. Here are five reasons you should take advantage of the transitional months and make your deck dreams a reality.

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Monday 10/01/2018
How women business owners cracked the glass ceiling
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:26 am

(BPT) - Today there are nearly 12 million women-owned small businesses in the United States that generate almost $1.7 trillion in revenues. But 30 years ago, it wasn’t the same story — these business owners’ financial futures could have been out of their hands due to sexist lending practices, incomplete government data and limited advocacy on their behalf.

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What parents need to know about bullying
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:25 am

(BPT) - Unfortunately, bullying in schools is all too common. According to StopBullying.gov, between 1 in 4 and 1 in 3 U.S. students say they have been bullied at school. While the term “bullying” has certainly become a buzz word, it’s also important to understand what it means. The Centers for Disease Control and Department of Education define it as a pattern of unwanted aggressive behavior that causes physical or psychological harm.

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5 reasons a legal plan is a voluntary benefit you need
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:28 am

(BPT) - We all know about health and dental insurance, but did you know there is a workplace benefit for everyday legal matters that occur throughout life? Choosing to see an attorney when you buy a home and need someone to represent you at the closing or when you need to handle an issue with a landlord can be a costly endeavor. Rather than trying to wade through complicated legalese on your own, or paying thousands of dollars in attorney fees, you may have access to a benefit at work that allows you to see attorneys for common legal issues.

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Safe and effective: Choose physical therapy for your back pain
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:24 am

(BPT) - If you’re living with low back pain (LBP), you’re not alone. The condition is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Studies show 80 percent of American adults will experience LBP at some point in their lives. If LBP turns from short-­term to chronic (lasting three months or longer), it can impact your overall quality of life.

Modern society craves quick-­fix solutions to even complex problems, but this mindset can be particularly counterproductive when it comes to LBP. Studies show that LBP is often overtreated, particularly when it comes to the use of opioids, imaging scans (such as MRIs and X­-rays), and surgery. Guidelines recommend first trying exercise and other conservative approaches instead.

“When it comes to low back pain, the best advice is to move,” said APTA spokesperson Colleen Louw, PT, MEd. “Most low back pain will resolve on its own and responds positively to increased movement and regular exercise.”

As America seeks solutions to its ongoing opioid epidemic, patients and prescribers should be especially cautious about treating LBP with opioids. Opioids come with a list of serious potential side effects, and every day more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for opioid misuse. Meanwhile, long­-term use of opioids might not be particularly helpful for LBP, which is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidelines urging the use of safer alternatives, including physical therapy, for most non-cancer-related chronic pain conditions.

"Given the substantial evidence gaps on opioids, uncertain benefits of long­-term use and potential for serious harm, patient education and discussion before starting opioid therapy are critical so that patient preferences and values can be understood and used to inform clinical decisions," the CDC states.

Physical therapists can play a valuable role in the patient education process, including setting realistic expectations for recovery with or without opioids.

Physical therapists are movement experts who optimize quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care and patient education.

A physical therapist will perform a thorough evaluation that includes:

* A review of your health history.

* Questions about your specific symptoms.

* A thorough examination that includes assessing the quality and quantity of your movements, and any movement behaviors that might put you at risk for delayed recovery.

* Tests to identify signs or symptoms that could indicate a serious health problem, such as broken bones or cancer.

* Assessment of how you use your body at work, home, during sports and at leisure.

An active treatment plan from a physical therapist can help you improve your mobility while managing your pain, whereas opioids only mask the sensation of pain.

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Saturday 09/29/2018
What to Know When Selecting a Medicare Plan
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:26 am

(StatePoint) For the millions of Americans aged 65 and older, Medicare is a critical source of health care. And during the Medicare Annual Election Period between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7, those eligible can select or make changes to their plans for 2019. Experts say that this selection is vitally important and should be done with care.

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Thursday 09/27/2018
5 Tips to Savvy Shopping for Next Year's Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:26 am

(BPT) - It probably feels like it wasn’t long ago that you enrolled in your current Medicare prescription drug plan, also known as a Part D plan. But time flies, and Medicare Open Enrollment is here again (starting on October 15th). Consider these five tips that will help you find the coverage you need and help you save money.

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Crunchy, crispy, juicy: 5 warm comfort foods featuring apples
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:24 am

(BPT) - As the leaves change and the nighttime air takes on a chill, our thoughts naturally turn to warm, delicious foods that offer an element of comfort on a chilly autumn night.

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Low-salt diets may cause serious problems for seniors
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:28 am

(BPT) - Loss of balance, along with dehydration, attention deficits and loss of cognition are symptoms of a condition known as hyponatremia, characterized by low salt levels in the blood. The symptoms can occur even with just slight hyponatremia and can have particularly harmful effects for the elderly as the condition is difficult to diagnose. A study presented at an American Society of Nephrology meeting suggests that low-salt diets may be a contributing factor.

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Beyond Calcium: 5 Proven Supplements for Women over 40
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:25 am

(BPT) - Aging is one of life's inevitabilities. We don't have a choice in the matter; it happens to everyone. But how we age is a choice people make every day. While it's true that there is no fountain of youth, the choices we make in diet, exercise, and lifestyle can and do affect the quality of our health and ultimately, the quality of our lives.

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Wednesday 09/26/2018
Balancing 2 (or more) generations under one roof
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:26 am

(BPT) - If one family trend is an indicator, aging in America is in for a transformation. As people plan their retirement years, more and more are preferring to make the right adjustments at home to age in place, rather than exploring alternatives such as assisted living facilities and nursing homes. For many, that can mean opting to live under the same roof as their grown children and perhaps even their grandchildren.

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Tuesday 09/25/2018
Me, myself and eye: 5 common behaviors that could be hurting your eyes
Updated: October 20, 2018 - 3:26 am

(BPT) - If you’re like many Americans, you’re diligent about maintaining your health by eating right, exercising and regularly seeing your doctor. But even the most health-conscious people are often unaware of daily behaviors in their lives that could be straining or even damaging their eyes. That’s surprising, given that 21 percent of Americans believe severe vision loss would negatively impact the quality of their lives.

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