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River cruising: An easy way to explore and experience Europe
(BPT) - Europe is a popular destination for international travelers looking to visit the world’s great capitals such as Paris, Amsterdam and Prague; to experience European culture; and to explore charming small towns. But planning a European trip can be daunting because it involves a lot of research to decide where to go...
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After-school smarts: Go healthy when kids go home
(BPT) - The hours between the end of the school day and bedtime are a golden opportunity for parents to help children build healthy and safe habits that will last a lifetime. Here are some simple and free ways to incorporate messages about eating well, staying safe and avoiding injuries while kids complete homework, part...
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Breakfast is more than the first meal of the day for kids
(BPT) - Most kids don’t want us to remind them that breakfast is the most important meal of the day as they’re running out the door to get to school on time. But they might be interested in hearing that eating a balanced breakfast will make them feel better, inside and out, contributing to better grades, better performan...
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Stay safe while traveling [Infographic]
Identity thieves rarely take a vacation. In fact, they use your vacation as an opportunity to get their hands on your personal information. Follow these tips to ensure your pursuit of a little rest and relaxation stays trouble-free.    
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Can your child's after-school program lead to a STEM career?
(BPT) - Learning doesn’t only happen in a classroom. Each year, millions of American children participate in after-school and summer camp programs that mix education with a healthy dose of fun. And while there’s always room for more programs that help kids love learning, the plethora of what’s already available can be ov...
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Keep money in your pocket when it comes to college textbooks
College is an expensive endeavor, and after tuition, costs can add up quickly for room and board, textbooks and supplies, and other living expenses. Of course, there are ways to reduce costs for many of these items, and college students are adept at applying for scholarships and grants, working multiple jobs and reducing...
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New technology provides discreet hearing aid options
(BPT) - If you suffer from hearing loss, you’re not alone. Nearly 20 percent of American adults suffer from hearing loss. And as you age, the possibility of hearing loss increases. Thirty percent of Americans older than 65 suffer from hearing loss and that number reaches 50 percent for people older than 75. Despite the f...
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Why air conditioning costs are heating up
(BPT) - You might wish that summer could go on and on – until it comes time to recharge your air conditioning system. The cost of the common refrigerant R-22 (also known as Freon), widely used in residential air conditioning systems, has already increased by more than 400 percent in the past 18 months and is expected to ...
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From the grove to the jug [Infographic]
Did you know that without a resin product your morning glass of orange juice would taste bitter? That’s because when oranges are squeezed for their juice by large production machines, some of the bitter molecules from the orange rind are pushed into the juice as well. These bitter molecules need to be removed using a specialty resin from Dow. Take a closer look at what an orange goes through to get from fruit on a tree to the sweet, refreshing juice you drink each morning. For more informatio...
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It's up to everyone to take action to help protect the nation's waterways
(BPT) - Did you know that the average American uses 2,000 gallons of water a day – twice the global average? Water is hidden in diets, in the energy used and the products purchased. Every pair of jeans worn or hamburger consumed is created using water in some capacity. That’s why water conservation, no matter where you l...
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The truth about menopause: Debunking the myths for a happier, healthier, more satisfying life
(BPT) - Even in today’s information age, myths about menopause and women’s changing bodies abound and can take a huge toll on women. Half of women say their anxiety around menopause is caused by not knowing enough about this life stage and nearly half of menopausal women feel less confident once they start experiencing m...
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Easy season: Fall gardening spells success
(BPT) - Scrumptious, healthy veggies, hefty harvests and a break on your grocery bill – many appealing advantages draw people to growing their own vegetables. If you’ve never gardened before or you’re a green thumbed, garden-guru, you’ll soon figure out that fall’s a great time to get growing your own produce. Cooler tem...
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