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Interested in taking a DNA test? Your questions answered

(BPT) - April marks an important anniversary for genome-related discoveries; in April 1953, DNA’s double helix was discovered by Watson, Crick, Wilkins and Franklin and fifty years later in April 2003, the Human Genome Project — an international research project that determined the sequence of the human genome and identified the genes that it contains — was completed.

Pet Central

pets

Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

Fitness

Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

Crosswords

Crosswords

Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

Sudoku

Sudoku

Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




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Tuesday 04/23/2019
5 simple breakfast hacks
Posted: April 23, 2019

(BPT) - Weekday mornings can be rough, trying to get yourself and your family up and dressed, fed, then out the door in time for school and work. It’s tough to make sure everyone gets something healthy to eat before dashing out to start the day. What if there were a few simple things you could do to make your morning routine run more smoothly, all while making delicious breakfast choices?

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3 weekend projects to cut your energy bills
Posted: April 23, 2019

(BPT) - Seasons come and go, but one thing remains the same — energy bills. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the average annual energy cost for a single-family American home is more than $2,000. While some of this cost is due to the rise in electronic usage in homes, there is a much bigger problem driving up energy bills in American homes — poor insulation.

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6 reasons your bathroom needs a high-tech boost
Posted: April 23, 2019

(BPT) - From smart thermostats that help you save energy and keep your home comfortable, to high-fidelity speaker systems that allow you to enjoy your favorite music and movies, there’s no shortage of electronics to upgrade your home. And as technology becomes more integrated into your everyday life, you’ll find you need to add it to every room in your house — even the bathroom.

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Upgrade your space without breaking the bank
Posted: April 23, 2019

(BPT) - Whether you rent or own, a happy home means finding distinctive ways to continuously improve your space. A full renovation or re-design can be pricey, but making your home feel fresh and current doesn’t have to be. We’ve thought through cost-effective solutions to make your home a place you love.

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Your natural teeth are worth saving
Posted: April 23, 2019

(BPT) - The human body is something to marvel at, but sometimes we take it for granted. Some things, like your natural teeth, are truly worth the effort to take care of and preserve. And most Americans agree.

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How to make employee engagement a daily habit
Posted: April 23, 2019

(BPT) - One of the latest business buzzwords this year is EX, or the employee experience. Organizations are beginning to realize that they need to create a positive employee experience in the same way they have focused on the customer experience. In this ever-tightening job market, it's mission critical to keep employees happy, fulfilled and challenged. Only then can they keep their customers happy. Focusing on EX means evaluating an employee's entire life cycle with the company, from before they even apply for a job to beyond their last day. It's so critical that Forbes even dubbed 2018 the Year of the Employee Experience.

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Monday 04/22/2019
Home and office furniture: What you don't know could be toxic
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Awareness of health risks from potentially harmful chemicals has grown exponentially in recent years, leading to a consumer demand for transparency regarding what’s in the food, personal care products and household items we use every day.

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Get ahead of the storm: Check your coverage before hurricane season
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Hurricanes provide little advance notice of their arrival, and as landfall approaches, insurance companies may temporarily suspend new coverage and coverage changes.

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Finding new ways to address hepatitis C
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, viral hepatitis is a silent epidemic that affects more than 5 million people in the United States. Additionally, more than half of those living with hepatitis do not know they have the virus, putting them at risk for life-threatening liver disease and cancer and, potentially and unknowingly, transmitting the virus to others.

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8 important questions to ask your doctor about surgical pain management
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - If you or a loved one has an upcoming surgery, pain management is probably a top concern. Depending on the type of surgery, doctors will recommend different methods to manage your pain so you can heal properly. It's important to understand what to expect, your options for controlling pain as well as any risks associated with them, particularly when it comes to opioids.

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Friday 04/19/2019
Half of Americans are ‘C’ students at best when it comes to understanding finances
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - When it comes to education, we instinctively understand the link between performance and opportunity — a college graduate is likely to have more job opportunities than someone who didn't finish high school. Similarly, the high school valedictorian may be courted by more colleges and universities than a poorly performing student. In fact, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that higher levels of literacy and more advanced education tend to correlate to positive outcomes in wage growth and job opportunities. Because we know the importance of education, we push ourselves and our children to learn and grow, in the hopes of better opportunities in the future.

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Thursday 04/18/2019
5 ways you and your pet can help the planet
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Chances are, you consider your animal companion part of the family. You care about what your pet eats, and you want what’s healthiest for everyone, including your pet. You also may care about promoting a healthy environment and using products that are eco-friendly and good for all of you.

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6 reasons to add hydrotherapy to your self-care routine
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Unwind, relax and rejuvenate — these are the words associated with enjoying a warm bath. Bathing is an indulgence that has remained popular for centuries and is especially important today as you work to find balance in a fast-paced lifestyle.

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Wednesday 04/17/2019
Can you eat your way to thicker, fuller hair?
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Did you know that what you eat affects your hair? That's news to most people, especially those who are dealing with hair loss. While there are many possible causes for hair loss — stress, the environment, health problems — achieving thick, full and healthy hair ultimately starts with your diet. That’s because the nutrients you get from food and supplements provide the building blocks for your hair growth.

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New to credit cards or repairing your credit? Here’s how a secured card can help
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Building strong credit is arguably one of the most important things you can do for yourself. It can affect everything from getting a loan, to renting an apartment, to even getting your very own cell phone plan. But building or repairing your credit doesn’t happen overnight, it’s something that takes time. If you’re committed to improving your financial wellness, it could be time to consider a secured credit card.

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There’s no such thing as too much information before surgery
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - There is no such thing as TMI (too much information) when it comes to communicating facts about your health with your physician anesthesiologist before surgery or a medical procedure. You might not think taking ginkgo biloba for memory, using medical marijuana for pain, smoking or snoring are relevant, but these supplements, drugs and conditions are among the eight things you should disclose for your own safety.

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Addressing the needs of caregivers helping our military, veteran heroes
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - “You’re sitting at home one night and get a phone call that your husband is being medevaced and he’s coming home. They said it was for spinal injuries,” recalled Mandy Spooneybarger, 36, caregiver to her husband, Charles, an Army veteran. “You have to live in your new normal. It’s stressful. It’s isolating. You have to let go of what you had. That is the hardest part. Sometimes it takes years. You can find strength from the person you are caring for. If you can, find other support.”

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Smart ways to help students gain confidence in learning
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Building the confidence to try, experiment and keep going even when things get hard is a critical part of the educational process. Confidence comes more naturally to some students than others, yet new research shows that confidence levels today impact learning outcomes for students.

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Tips for building an emergency savings fund
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

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Top 5 financial tips for women
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Do women worry more about saving for retirement? There are many reasons women may be concerned about saving enough — they have a longer life expectancy, they often earn less than their male counterparts and they may have fewer full-time working years due to time spent caring for children or aging parents. This results in lost wages as well as fewer Social Security benefits and retirement plan savings.

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Will your family have to guess your health care wishes?
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Imagine you are in an accident or a sudden illness leaves you unable to speak for yourself. Your loved one or caregiver may be faced with a difficult decision about whether to continue life-saving measures. How does that person know what to do?

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Tuesday 04/16/2019
Clearing the air: 5 facts to know when choosing new roofing
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - When choosing products and materials for a new roof, many homeowners focus mainly on color and what their shingles will look like next to their existing siding or brick.

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True story: The importance of hard hats in saving lives
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Every day, thousands of workers across the country put on a hard hat as part of their work attire. And, while it may not be their favorite thing to wear, it's an important piece of safety equipment that helps protect from head injuries and even save lives.

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How to Pinpoint a Rare Disease That Can Often be Misdiagnosed for up to 15 Years
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

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Top tips for hosting a standout brunch
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Any special occasion — whether it’s Mother's Day, a birthday, a wedding shower or a baby shower — presents a great excuse to host a delicious, memorable brunch for family or friends. You can create not just a delicious meal accompanied by tasty drinks, but a special event that your guests will be talking about long after it's over.

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Ready, set, mow: An easy 10-minute lawn mower tuneup
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - The incredible look of lush, green grass. The feel of soft lawn beneath your toes. The smell of the freshly cut yard on a warm sunny day. A healthy lawn starts with good maintenance and the most important step is mowing. Is your lawn mower ready to go?

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Monday 04/15/2019
6 ways to stay safe around the water this summer
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Summer is fast approaching, which means that more children will be in and around water areas such as pools, lakes and oceans. Like many parents, you worry about your children’s safety around water, no matter how old they are.

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Thrill of the grill
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Americans have a long-standing love affair with grilling. This relationship started many years ago. Our ancestors first learned to cook over an open flame, and today grilling has become a year-round lifestyle choice with many preferring to cook outdoors on the grill.

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Take control with a financial reality check
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Trying to make ends meet, dealing with credit card and student loan debt and paying unexpected bills while saving for retirement can be challenging regardless of where you are in life. It’s not surprising that personal finances are employees’ number one source of stress, according to MetLife’s 17th Annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study (EBTS). Luckily, there are a few basic steps you can take to ease your anxiety and improve your financial future.

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Managing post-surgical pain without opioids
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - As the opioid epidemic raged on in 2018, dialogues swirled around who to blame for the crisis and how to cut opioids from the treatment narrative. While opioids have long been considered a standard in preoperative and postoperative pain management, many patients are beginning to wonder how the reduction in opioid prescribing may impact their pain management needs during and after acute surgical procedures down the road. In an effort to address the patient concerns, many physicians are exploring more and more alternatives to traditional opioid pain management for their patients.

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Is unlimited data really the best deal for you?
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - How much data do you really need on your monthly cellular plan?

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Friday 04/12/2019
Personal finance: How credit and debit cards flag fraud before it happens
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Imagine a thief gets your credit or debit card and decides to go on a shopping spree. The thief tries to buy a flat-screen TV, a new computer and a diamond ring. You have no idea this is happening, until you get a phone call from your bank or an alert from your mobile banking app. How did they know to flag these specific transactions as fraud instead of other things you have purchased?

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Seasonal allergies: 8 tips that offer relief
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Spring. The time of year when, as poet Alfred Lord Tennyson famously said, a young man’s (and woman’s) fancy "lightly turns to thoughts of love." That is, of course, if you're not sneezing, coughing or dealing with itchy eyes. Spring allergies seem to get worse every year. Is there anything you can do to avoid them?

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

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

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Wednesday 04/10/2019
Downsizing as you age: 8 smart organization tips and tricks
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - It's easy to accumulate a lot of things throughout your life. From clothes and household goods to antiques and treasured keepsakes, decades of living often means decades of stuff. When you get to a certain age, it can be smart to start downsizing your belongings.

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A powerful, personal look at the impact of multiple sclerosis
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - “MS is on My Mind when I need to miss my husband’s 50th high school reunion.” … “MS is on My Mind when my brain checks out at 2:30 in the afternoon and all I can do is stare out the window.” … “MS is on My Mind during the few moments I am free from my wheelchair skiing in Colorado.”

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7 ways to be proactive about your health and health care costs
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - These days, health care can seem more complicated than ever. With rising premiums and different levels of coverage, it can be confusing to know what you can afford when it comes to wellness visits, urgent care and prescriptions.

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How one mother took control of her asthma - recognize the signs
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

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Tuesday 04/09/2019
Money-saving roofing secrets every homeowner should know
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Replacing an aging or damaged roof is an important step in providing crucial protection from the damage the elements can dish out — from heat, wind and rain, to snow, sleet and hail. But homeowners may not realize that the type of roof shingle they choose can make a big difference, not only in the protection it offers to the home, but also in the cost of their homeowners’ insurance.

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Monday 04/08/2019
Transform your weedy lawn from awful to awesome
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:33 am

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How to choose the right video games for a confident teen girl
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Parents of middle school girls have long worried about the influences in their daughter's lives, from the games she plays, the music she buys and the shows she watches to the friends she makes. The closer she inches to becoming a teenager, all of those influences can either work to improve or diminish her confidence level.

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Test your knowledge about generic prescriptions
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - For the past quarter-century, Jonnie, 57, has kept a booth at the Antique Depot in Skiatook, Oklahoma. The job allows her a flexible enough schedule to take care of her elderly mother, who lives next door.

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Saturday 04/06/2019
3 tips to refresh your home and your spirit this spring
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Every spring, the changing season brings a desire for renewal. It’s a time of growth, transition and revitalization. The latest trend in home cleaning popularized by Marie Kondo reveals what many of us yearn for — not just decluttering, but a fresh start, a clean slate. We dream of an open, airy, bright home where everyone can thrive and be their best selves. But how do we get there, when our houses are filled with stuff — not to mention the accumulated dust and stale air of winter?

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Friday 04/05/2019
Why sitting is not the new smoking
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

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Easy DIY projects to enhance your yard and garden
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Itching for summer to arrive, when you can get out and enjoy your yard? Why not plan a DIY project to improve your outdoor space, while encouraging everyone in the family to get outside and have fun together?

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Wednesday 04/03/2019
Getting kids thinking about life after graduation
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Experiences and learning outside of the classroom can really shape a child’s perspective, particularly when it comes to making decisions about what sort of work they might want to pursue. As important as formal education is, kids also learn from the school of life.

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Tuesday 04/02/2019
5 top supplements to add to your diet
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Are supplements part of your daily routine? If they are, you're not alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than half of all Americans take one or more supplements in their quest for better health. That's because even if you have an ultra-healthy diet (and many people don't), it's difficult to get all the vitamins and nutrients your body needs for optimal health from food alone.

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5 smart ideas to refresh your deck
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - As seasons turn, your focus begins to shift to the outdoors. Your deck or patio becomes your new living room — an ideal setting for memorable moments with friends and family. If you look at these spaces and long for a refresh, the time to start planning is now. You have options, and many you can do yourself with minimal effort.

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5 smart money tips that take a matter of minutes
Updated: April 24, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - According to a recent survey from Marcus by Goldman Sachs(R)[1], more than half of Americans (51 percent) would rather wash dishes than deal with their finances and 33 percent would rather change a diaper than deal with their finances.

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