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    Top 5 smart decisions to make when remodeling your home

    (BPT) - Whether renovating a new home or remodeling your longtime family dwelling, there is no shortage of options when it comes to design that will make a lasting impact. If you’re wondering where to splurge and what you should hold back on — look no further. From Wi-Fi-enabled appliances, to elevated entertaining areas, here are five smart design decisions to make in your home that will stand the test of time.

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    Home Fire Risks Increase As Weather Cools

    (NAPSI)—The fall and winter seasons bring cooler temperatures, holidays, and images of cozy nights by the fireplace. Yet the change in seasons also comes with the chance of severe weather and an increase in fire risks. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more home fires occur in winter than in any other season.

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A new clinical study for people with Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA) [Video]

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Friday 10/18/2019
The evolution of an American icon through the decades
Posted: October 18, 2019

(BPT) - The Zippo Windproof Lighter is a true icon of American design — a product that provides utility and function, as well as an expression of identity. While the Zippo lighter itself has remained largely unchanged over the last eight decades, the sheer number of designs that adorn it number more than 300,000 since the brand’s inception in 1932.

Open enrollment: 4 steps to getting the right life insurance benefits at work
Posted: October 18, 2019

(BPT) - Is it open enrollment time for your employee benefits? Most companies begin offering the opportunity to update or add new benefits for the next year in the last quarter of the year. Take advantage of this time to align your life with your benefits, because when life changes, insurance needs to shift with those changes.

Home Fire Risks Increase As Weather Cools
Posted: October 18, 2019

(NAPSI)—The fall and winter seasons bring cooler temperatures, holidays, and images of cozy nights by the fireplace. Yet the change in seasons also comes with the chance of severe weather and an increase in fire risks. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more home fires occur in winter than in any other season.

What Veterans Should Know About Caregiver Jobs
Posted: October 18, 2019

(StatePoint) Today, there are over 18 million U.S. veterans, many of whom are seeking civilian jobs. Experts say that the caregiving industry -- which is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years due to an aging population -- is particularly well-suited to the skills and experience of those who’ve served their country.

Thursday 10/17/2019
Protect Your Family from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning [Video]
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 2:51 am

Kick Off Winter Energy Savings and a Better Environment this ENERGY STAR Day
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 2:50 am

(BPT) - Everyone has heard of Earth Day, an annual event celebrated around the world every April 22 to support and focus on environmental protection. But have you heard of ENERGY STAR Day? It's a nationwide celebration, held on Oct. 22, 2019, honoring the collective efforts of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its partners, as well as people across the country.

5 reasons to encourage your child to eat school lunch
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 2:48 am

(BPT) - For millions of Americans, particularly those in lower income communities, access to healthy foods remains a challenge. However, when it comes to building healthy, happy kids, proper nutrition is essential to helping them succeed later on in life. School lunch is important for student health and well-being because it ensures students have the nutrition they need throughout the day to learn. Kids’ minds and bodies are also constantly developing, so healthy habits developed in the school cafeteria directly impact future decisions.

Celebrating 50 years of influential projects
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 2:53 am

(BPT) - What were the greatest projects from the last 50 years? The World Wide Web? The moon landing? As 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Project Management Institute, PMI is celebrating by showcasing the 50 most influential projects of the past 50 years in science, technology, social, cultural movements and more.

Top 5 smart decisions to make when remodeling your home
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 2:49 am

(BPT) - Whether renovating a new home or remodeling your longtime family dwelling, there is no shortage of options when it comes to design that will make a lasting impact. If you’re wondering where to splurge and what you should hold back on — look no further. From Wi-Fi-enabled appliances, to elevated entertaining areas, here are five smart design decisions to make in your home that will stand the test of time.

How Kids Can Make a Difference by Including Others
Posted: October 17, 2019

(StatePoint) Bullying among kids continues to be the number one social issue facing this demographic, according to YouthBeat research. This is why Cartoon Network, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and 826 National are taking action to promote inclusion, acceptance and kindness to unite communities and help keep kids safe.

6 Chef-Approved Suggestions for a Merry Holiday Season
Posted: October 17, 2019

(StatePoint) Heading into the holidays can be both exciting and terrifying. Part of the stress factor comes from food and drink -- specifically, what to serve guests, bring to parties and how to stay healthy and centered through the thick of it.

Unique Holiday Gift Ideas for the Sports Fans in Your Life
Posted: October 17, 2019

(StatePoint) Holiday shopping for a sports enthusiast or two? If you’ve gifted some of the standard items in the past -- t-shirts, jerseys, hoodies -- you may be looking for some clever new ways to show your love.

6 Tips to Celebrate Within Your Means This Holiday Season
Posted: October 17, 2019

(StatePoint) For many families, the holiday season is the most expensive time of year. Americans spent over $707 billion dollars during the 2018 holidays, according to the National Retail Federation, and it would be no surprise for spending to increase in 2019.

What Every Family Needs to Know About Parkinson's Disease
Posted: October 17, 2019

(StatePoint) Debbie, 63, and Doug Chambers, 72, had always been a social couple, enjoying travel, dinners with friends and going to the movies. But their active lifestyle began to change in 2016 when Doug’s gait became slower and he had difficulty concentrating. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease soon thereafter.

Wednesday 10/16/2019
Not all women with early-stage breast cancer benefit from chemo
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 2:50 am

(BPT) - As a commercial airline pilot with nearly 30 years of experience, Diane Sandoval, 50, is no stranger to making difficult decisions. However, she faced one of her toughest challenges not in the skies, but when she discovered a small lump in her left breast during a self-examination. Her worst fear was confirmed after a visit to her doctor when she was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer.

Four ways to boost your vitamin D intake
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 2:51 am

(BPT) - As the days shorten and the weather turns chillier, absorbing vitamin D from the sun becomes more challenging. Why does that matter? Less vitamin D can lead to a weakened immune system, fatigue, joint pain and even impaired wound healing. Essentially, vitamin D helps your whole system run better, from your digestive system to your nervous and circulatory systems. Vitamin D can help your body ward off diseases, while also boosting your mood and helping to fight depression. It also enhances the body’s absorption of calcium, which helps form and maintain strong bones, and aids in maintaining muscle strength, healthy body fat levels and body tissue health.

Choose physical therapy for safe pain management
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 2:52 am

(BPT) - Movement is crucial to a person’s health, quality of life and independence. For some people, pain makes movement a challenge. Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek health care. A physical therapist (PT) can help people move better and safely and manage their pain.

Living life to the fullest – without knee pain
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 2:52 am

Smart ideas to green your lifestyle
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 2:49 am

(BPT) - The green movement continues to thrive with people finding new and inventive ways to incorporate environmentally conscious elements throughout their daily lives. Now more than ever, sustainable choices are important to how we live today and for generations to come. From fashionable choices cleverly crafted from recycled materials and ecologically thoughtful designs for the home to the car you select and the vacation you choose, there are many creative options to green your lifestyle.

Explore Work With Confidence
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 2:49 am

(NAPSI)—With unemployment at a 50-year low, companies are eager to draw talent from a diverse pool of job seekers, and organizations have recognized the inherent value in a diverse workforce that includes qualified employees with disabilities.

For Thriller Fans, A Modern Day Indiana Jones Is Back And Better Than Ever
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 2:48 am

“The Spanish Papers” by Kevin Tumlinson

Psoriasis: The importance of connection
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 2:49 am

(BPT) - At first glance, psoriasis may appear to be only a surface-level condition that affects one’s skin and outward appearance. What many people do not realize is this common, chronic inflammatory disease may lead to the development of psoriatic arthritis in a third of patients. Psoriasis sufferers also may experience an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease or depression.1,2 While there have been many advances in the treatment of psoriasis in the past decade, it is important to call attention to the significant unmet needs of the 125 million people worldwide living with psoriasis.2

5 Questions to Ask When Planning for Long-Term Care
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) You may not want to consider a time when you might not be able to fully take care of yourself, but the reality is there is almost a 70% chance someone turning 65 today will need some type of long-term care service and support in his or her lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Halloween Spooky Cans
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 2:48 am

(eLivingtoday.com) Get the kids involved with Halloween decorations this year with these easy-to-make “spooky cans” resembling a bat, Frankenstein and a mummy.

Safe and Sound
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 2:48 am

5 ways to reduce safety risks for young children

4 Ways Pets Improve Overall Well-Being
Posted: October 16, 2019

(Family Features) Self-care is an important piece of maintaining a happy and healthy life, and adopting a pet can be a beneficial way to improve overall well-being in a number of ways.

Beware of ‘Free Genetic Testing’ Medicare Scam
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) Over the past few years, DNA tests have become more popular across the country. However, unscrupulous people are taking advantage of the buzz around these tests to scam Medicare beneficiaries.

Be Prepared When Natural Disaster Strikes
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) Emergency situations, especially those that pertain to natural disasters, can be difficult to recover from without proper planning, which is why it’s important to take small steps from the start to help protect your family.

It Pays to Compare Using Medicare's New Plan Finder
Posted: October 16, 2019

Explore your options before the end of Open Enrollment

4 Tire Tips to Prepare for Winter
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) Among the many daily necessities that tend to take a backseat during the cold days of winter, driving is one of a handful directly affected by the weather. From slick roads caused by ice and snow to cold temperatures that can wreak havoc on certain parts of vehicles, even a simple commute to work or school may become a more treacherous activity.

A Spooktacular Seasonal Treat
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) Hay rides and pumpkin carving aren’t the only time-honored traditions of fall. This time of year also brings the opportunity to enjoy spooktacular and hair-raising seasonal treats.

Homemade Halloween Treats
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Culinary.net) Halloween calls for candies and treats of all kinds as trick-or-treaters roam neighborhoods, but don’t forget to stock your own snack supply with homemade goodies.

How to Bring a Restaurant Favorite Home
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) Ever wonder about the secret to making your favorite restaurant’s ranch dressing? Look no further – the secret could be Hidden Valley® Ranch Seasoning Mix. In fact, more than half of all restaurants that use a ranch seasoning mix use Hidden Valley Ranch signature buttermilk seasoning mix to provide a distinctive house-made taste. Those who enjoy freshly made ranch at their favorite eateries can recreate this great flavor in the comfort of their homes.

A Creative Twist on Halloween Carvings
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) When it comes to Halloween, carving the same pumpkin designs each year can become routine. This year, save a pumpkin and carve your spooky masterpiece into a watermelon instead.

A Festive Fall Treat
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Culinary.net) This ultimate fall dessert is filled with caramel sauce, topped with a fluffy cream cheese frosting and drizzled with even more caramel sauce. Family and friends can enjoy every morsel of this moist, autumn-themed cake.

Sweet Shortcuts
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) No matter the season or the reason, no party is complete without dessert. The trick to making the most out of your celebrations is finding ways to trim your kitchen time so you can enjoy the festivities, without sacrificing quality or flavor in your favorite sweet treats.

A DIY Halloween Creation
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) When it comes to family fun, it’s hard to beat Halloween, and with all the candy flying around, it’s an opportunity to add something nutritiousand delicious to festive celebrations.   

Fall in Love with Outdoor Décor
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 2:49 am

(eLivingtoday.com) Just because the temperatures cool doesn’t mean the amount of time and attention you spend on your outdoor spaces should. Fall is the perfect time to add seasonal touches and decorations to the exterior of your home that not only improve curb appeal, but also amplify your personal style.

4 Ways to Treat and Trick Your Pet this Fall
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) The autumn season offers plenty of reasons to celebrate: nostalgic flavors, pretty leaves and a seasonal wardrobe change. Fall also typically features event calendars full of festivals, trips to pumpkin patches and hikes to take in the crisp air.

5 Time-Saving Laundry Tips
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) Between sorting, washing, pouring, transferring, drying and folding, laundry can often feel like a daunting chore.

5 Tips for Protecting Your Outdoor Space in the Offseason
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) Regardless of the climate you live in, protecting your patio furnishings and accessories during the colder months is crucial to maintaining a beautiful and functional outdoor living space. Protective outdoor covers can help defend against snow, sleet, wind, sun and rain, which can damage your outdoor essentials and cause them to deteriorate over time.

Give Your Home a Modern Makeover
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) Even if your home has seen a generation or two of living, creating a contemporary new look may not require a full-scale renovation. The key to creating a more modern feel is all in the details.

How Streaming Can Make Watching Favorite Shows Easier
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 2:49 am

(Family Features) At home, you have ultimate control over your entertainment environment. Now, with today’s technology, you can create the same viewing experience wherever you are, even if that means you are miles away from your favorite spot on the couch.

Schools Can Play an Instrumental Role in Empowering Young Leaders
Posted: October 16, 2019

(StatePoint) From encouraging dialogue on mental health to initiating grassroots fundraising efforts for pediatric cancer, students across the country are choosing issues they’re passionate about and generating real change. Parents, educators and community members may ask a pertinent question: how can we develop this initiative in every child?

4 Ideas for Becoming a Lifelong Learner
Posted: October 16, 2019

(StatePoint) October is National Learning and Development Month, a time set aside for broadening one’s personal and professional skills. Here are four cool ideas for marking the occasion:

Holiday Entertaining with 5 Sommelier-Approved Wine Pairings
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) The holiday season is all about entertaining. This year, take your holiday soiree to the next level with a palate-pleasing wine pairing experience. Invite friends and family to the kitchen for easily pairable tastes of these three favorites: wine, cheese and chocolate.

5 Ways to Empower Kids to End Bullying
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) From the classroom to the internet, bullying can lead to children developing a poor self-image or lead to bullying others. In fact, members of Generation Z believe bullying is the biggest issue facing their generation, according to new data.

An Imaginative, DIY Halloween Costume
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) Few traditions are as popular on Halloween as picking out the perfect costume. This haunting season, think outside the box – literally – and use boxes from your recent deliveries to create a unique DIY costume, or “boxtume.”

How to throw a fun themed holiday party
Updated: October 19, 2019 - 2:50 am

(BPT) - This year, why not choose a fun theme for your holiday party? You can create a great atmosphere while providing entertainment for all ages with a little creativity — and local resources.