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Helping Manage The Cost of Asthma And COPD Inhalers

(NewsUSA) - With the intense summer heat and horrible air quality, some people across the California Central Valley and other areas of the country are finding it difficult to breathe. When this happens, they quickly turn to their asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) inhalers. Greater use of these devices means more refills are needed.

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Wednesday 09/11/2019
Turning The Page On Summer With Four Gripping Reads
Updated: September 14, 2019 - 2:41 am

“I Know Everything” by Matthew Farrell (Thomas & Mercer)

Make Your Child’s Vision Health a Priority this School Year
Updated: September 13, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Children's vision is paramount to their performance in school and life.

4 Facts Parents Should Know About Antibiotic Resistance
Updated: September 13, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) When administered properly, antibiotics can provide essential, even lifesaving, relief to a sick child. However, antibiotics are not without risks.

6 Keys to the Best Possible Stroke Recovery
Updated: September 13, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) Strokes change more than 795,000 lives in the United States each year.

3 Ways Pet Adoption Can Be a Win for All
Posted: September 11, 2019

(Family Features) Pet adoption improves – and sometimes saves – the lives of millions of furry friends each year. However, the benefits of adoption are not a one-way street. Research continues to emerge supporting the positive impact pets add to owners’ lives, as well as the benefits pet adoption has on communities as a whole.

How to Make the Most Out of Family Time
Updated: September 13, 2019 - 2:39 am

(Family Features) With a little imagination, you can dream up all kinds of creative, engaging and interactive activities the entire family can enjoy no matter the season.

Steps to Better Sleep for Peak Sports Performance
Posted: September 11, 2019

(Family Features) For fans and athletes alike, fall means gearing up for a new season of sports activities. While plenty of attention goes into developing skills and talent, other important components that affect an athlete’s performance can be overlooked. Especially considering the demands of an athlete’s training and game schedule, getting adequate sleep is often an afterthought.

5 Ways Technology is Transforming Hearing Aids
Posted: September 11, 2019

(Family Features) Around 37.5 million adults in the United States report some trouble hearing, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). However, it is an undertreated condition with the NIH also estimating 28.8 million adults with mild to severe hearing loss could benefit from hearing aids. Thanks to ever-evolving technology, devices that improve hearing loss are more user-friendly than ever.

Make Sense of Doggy Dental Care
Updated: September 16, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Dental care for dogs is important, but it’s an aspect of care that is frequently overlooked by dog owners. One of the few outward signs of dental problems lurking just below the surface is bad breath. 

Top Tips to Transition Back to Work After Baby
Updated: September 16, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Many new parents spend hours preparing for the arrival of a new baby – reading books, seeking professional advice and consulting friends and family. However, in focusing on birth, they may not get to prepare for other big milestones, like the transition back to work.

5 Common Questions for Memorializing a Loved One
Updated: September 16, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) One of the most difficult conversations in a person’s life typically takes place near the end of that life. Planning for a funeral can put an emotional strain on family members and friends, but some of the stress can be relieved when the most common questions have answers.

Find Some Time for Yourself
Updated: September 16, 2019 - 2:30 am

5 self-care tips to improve your well-being

Be a Hero this Halloween
Updated: September 16, 2019 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Being a hero goes beyond dressing up in a costume this Halloween season. Children, families and schools across the country can channel their own superpowers to help deliver lifesaving supplies to children in need this October.

Tuesday 09/10/2019
Tips to Make the Most of Playtime
Posted: September 10, 2019

(StatePoint) With the right games, toys and activities on-hand, playtime can pull double duty, being an opportunity both to have fun and help kids reach important milestones.

Monday 09/09/2019
Eco-Smart Company Keeps Landfills Free of Old Textile Fibers
Posted: September 09, 2019

(NewsUSA) - You probably don't think much about the fate of old, worn-out uniforms from restaurants, stores, healthcare facilities, sports teams, and other industries. But the fact is that many end up in landfills. However, one company is doing its part to lessen this carbon footprint by repurposing these old uniforms into new.

Friday 09/06/2019
5 ways to help your child be a confident learner this school year
Updated: September 16, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - You packed the backpack. The school bus is waiting outside. Don’t forget the one thing your child needs in the classroom this year: confidence.

Thursday 09/05/2019
Get Away Without Going Away
Updated: September 13, 2019 - 2:39 am

5 family staycation ideas that won’t break your budget

Wednesday 09/04/2019
Three Tips For Making the Most of Back-to-School Snack Packing Routines
Updated: September 16, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Back-to-school means back to the daily routine of after-school activities and snacks. To help usher in the season, Lance® Sandwich Crackers, the maker of Lance® Minis, is unveiling hacks for making the most of a convenient after-school snack routine – from prepping, to snacking, to munching on-the-go.

Back To School: Books Parents Should Grab To Help Make Learning More Fun And Effective For Kids
Updated: September 07, 2019 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—It’s a special time each fall as kids head back to their classrooms, reunite with friends and tackle new lessons. This week’s BookBites from BookTrib.com spotlights three books to help parents help their children make learning more fun and exciting.

5 Tips to Beat the Heat
Updated: September 09, 2019 - 2:48 am

(eLivingtoday.com) Keeping cool when temperatures soar can be about more than just comfort – although that’s an important consideration, too. Too much exposure can lead to heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and staying cool is particularly important for those more vulnerable to heat, such as children, the elderly and those with health problems.

Boat Safe
Updated: September 09, 2019 - 2:48 am

Ensure your boat is ready for the water with this checklist

5 Ways to Keep Your Cat Happy and Healthy
Updated: September 09, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) While cats can be quite independent animals, they still rely on their pet parents to maintain their well-being. It’s up to pet owners to provide the adequate care, nutrition and home environment to ensure their furry friends live long and healthy lives.

Making the Back-to-School Transition Easy
Updated: September 09, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) It’s time to get your household organized for another school year and all that comes with it.

Get the Most Out of Your Benefits Enrollment
Updated: September 09, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) A lackadaisical approach to benefits enrollment could leave you short on coverage or end up costing you more than it should. Gathering information and making time to thoroughly consider your options and needs can help ensure you’re getting the best value from your employer’s benefits package.

Emergency Preparedness Tips to Help Ensure Pet Safety
Updated: September 09, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) Preparing for an emergency can be a challenge. It oftentimes is hard to foresee when disaster will strike and how to properly prepare before it occurs.

4 Tips to Keep Pets Out of Trouble During Back-to-School Season
Updated: September 09, 2019 - 2:48 am

(Family Features) When structured school days and hours away from home return to the schedule, all members of the household feel the shift, even pets. Pets go from long days with the family in the yard to less time and activities with their favorite people. 

Tuesday 09/03/2019
Don't Miss These Signs of School Bullying
Posted: September 03, 2019

(NewsUSA) - The start of the new school year should be a positive and exciting time for children, but for many it also means a return to being bullied, and the physical and mental health consequences that accompany it.

A New Way to Benefit From the Competition For Your Money
Posted: September 03, 2019

(NewsUSA) - You win.

Wednesday 08/28/2019
Fall in love with cool-weather gardening for a healthy, hefty homegrown harvest
Posted: August 28, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Shorter days and cooler temperatures mean gardeners everywhere can flex their green thumb that much longer to squeeze every last moment out of the growing season.

Cruel Deceptions, Kingdoms In Peril, A Man And His Music: Great Reading
Updated: August 31, 2019 - 2:30 am

“I Love You Like That” by Heather Cumiskey (She Writes Press)

What Parents Need to Know About Their Baby’s Skin Health
Posted: August 28, 2019

(StatePoint) A baby’s skin is extra sensitive, and if you’re like many parents, you may be looking for ways to reduce your child’s exposure to potential irritants while maximizing skin health. This can be particularly difficult when the products you see on store shelves contain the very ingredients you prefer to avoid: namely, petroleum, brighteners, artificial fragrances, fillers and synthetics.

A Romantic Rendezvous
Updated: September 02, 2019 - 2:53 am

Celebrate love with a Caribbean cruise

Teachers’ Top Needs for 2019
Updated: September 02, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) Great classrooms don’t happen by accident. Teachers across the country work hard to build vibrant, energizing learning environments for their students, which often means everything from microscopes to pipe cleaners, graphic novels to oboes, class pets to field trips and much more. As a result, teachers spend more than $1 billion from their own pockets each year on supplies.

Ways to Make the World a Better Place for Seniors
Updated: September 02, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) By 2050, the senior population (adults age 65 and older) will be more than double that of the world’s youngest citizens, and the number of people living beyond age 80 is expected to triple over the next 30 years.

Prepare Your Family for Hurricane Season
Updated: September 02, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) Severe weather events, like hurricanes, are powerful and can come on quickly, often leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. Because power outages are also common with strong storms and natural disasters, preparing your family ahead of time can help ensure safety.

Seek Outdoor Entertainment for Personal Satisfaction
Updated: September 02, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) Making time to enjoy the outdoors is a simple way to boost your physical and mental well-being, no matter your age. Whether you venture out to the porch to watch the sunset or lace up your golf shoes for an afternoon on the course, there are plenty of ways you can take in some fresh air.

Keep Summer Movie Season Going at Home
Updated: September 02, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) The summer movie season may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean you have to limit your enjoyment of films outside the theater.

Improve Academic Outcomes through Access to Health Care Coverage
Updated: September 02, 2019 - 2:53 am

(Family Features) With each school year, parents dust off their annual checklists that help them organize their needs as their kids head back to the classroom. This school season, make sure one priority at the top of your to-do list is ensuring your children have health insurance.

Tuesday 08/27/2019
Barnes & Noble Stores Reach One Millionth Storytime for Kids
Posted: August 27, 2019

(NewsUSA) - The time-honored tradition of read-aloud storytelling to educate, entertain, and engage children is nearing a milestone.

Why Children Should Spend More Time With Their Grandparents
Posted: August 27, 2019

(StatePoint) Play is important for everyone, no matter their age --- and when grandparents, parents and children play together, that’s where the real benefits of unstructured fun are discovered.

Monday 08/26/2019
Technician Education Can Fuel Financial Success
Posted: August 26, 2019

(NewsUSA) - It doesn't take a college degree to understand that a four-year education may not be the end-all and be-all it once was, according to a new survey of U.S. high school students. With rising costs for higher education, and the way it equates to a career, more high school students say costs will be a "deciding factor in which college they attend or whether they end up going at all," according to the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit College Savings Foundation.

Self-Publishing Helps Parents Share New Books with Kids
Posted: August 26, 2019

(NewsUSA) - It's no surprise that parents today seek books that will delight, engage, and educate their children. However, some parents are seeing gaps in the available options of topics they want to share with their children. To combat this, there is a growing trend of parents who have taken matters into their own hands and turned to self-publishing to fill these holes themselves.

Helping Valley People Manage The Cost of Insulin
Posted: August 26, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Middle-class families are being devastated by the staggering cost of life-saving insulin.

Thursday 08/22/2019
Head back to school proud: Top trending products for every student’s supply list
Updated: September 16, 2019 - 2:30 am

Discover Heartwarming Family Drama with Heartland on UPtv
Posted: August 22, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Now more than ever, families appreciate the value of heartwarming television dramas that they can watch, enjoy, and discuss together.

Challenged Friendships, Past Secrets And Lies, Touching Animal Tale, Lakeside Tranquility In Four Great Reads
Updated: August 24, 2019 - 2:43 am

“Without Her” by Rosalind Brackenberry

Wednesday 08/21/2019
Your Bucket List Isn't Complete without These Five Experiences
Posted: August 21, 2019

(NewsUSA) - A vacation shouldn't be about posing for photos in front of monuments.

A Moment That Matters: Take Time for Tire Safety
Posted: August 21, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Working batteries in smoke alarms? Check. Fresh oil in your car? Check. New water filter for your fridge? Check. But how many people think about regularly checking their tires? As fall travel and winter weather loom on the horizon, taking a moment to check your car tires can make a difference in keeping you safe on the road.

Health Care Solutions for Rural Americans
Updated: August 26, 2019 - 2:31 am

(Family Features) Heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke. These top five causes of death in the United States all have a higher incidence of death among rural residents and research points to lack of access to health care as a culprit.