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Health story of the year: salt is vindicated
(BPT) - An ever increasing body of academic research is showing that the current level of salt Americans consume is not only perfectly healthy but that adopting low-salt recommendations will actually harm people. The most recent example of this is a review of all available research on salt and health by the Institute for...
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Indulge in skin-loving winter foods for a healthy self - inside and out
(BPT) - Have you effectively 'winterized' your home for the season? Plunging temperatures call for more than just cozy sweaters, boots and coats - they can also challenge daily eating and wellness routines, which can negatively impact skin. A personal regimen that effectively combines diet (chock-full of fresh, in-season...
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Three weekend-friendly DIY bathroom upgrades
(BPT) - How much time do you spend in the bathroom each day? Whether it's where you prep the kids for bed or step away for some alone time, the bathroom is one of the most frequently used rooms in the home. It's also one of the best areas in which to invest; renovating or simply updating this space can lead to a 62 perce...
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The 'preventive medicine' to help protect financial health when you're seriously injured, ill or unable to work
(BPT) - If injury or illness left you unable to work - even for a short time - would your financial health be at risk? Fifty-nine percent of U.S. workers said their financial resources would last 12 weeks or less without a paycheck, and nearly a third (29 percent) would burn through their resources in a month or less if ...
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Eye diseases may go unnoticed in individuals with diabetes
(BPT) - With more than 8 percent of the American population having been diagnosed with diabetes, regular dilated eye exams are critical to prevent vision loss. Diabetes is a disease that interferes with the body's ability to use and store sugar, which can cause many health problems. Too much sugar in the blood can cause ...
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The black box that could save your life
(BPT) - Black boxes in airplanes or trains hold critical information relevant to a disaster. However, there is another type of black box that can help stop a medication-related catastrophe before it happens: a black box warning. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that some medications carry a black box warni...
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A dozen holiday fails and fixes
Kitchens are the heart of the holidays, where magical activities take place like baking cookies or dishing up a hearty meal. But mistakes in the kitchen happen too and it can be stressful! The holiday's ultimate helper - eggs - is here with a dozen of the most common holiday 'fails' and suggestions for easy 'fixes.' 1. Fail: You're spending too much time in the kitchen and not enough time at the party. Fix: Plan a menu with a make-ahead dish as the main attraction, like Ham, Asparagus & Tomat...
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The best-kept secret for your home's exterior
(BPT) - Unique versatility, unrivaled durability, breathtaking beauty - all are qualities that have made cypress a longtime favorite building material in the coastal regions of the South. But the secret about cypress is out, and homeowners across the country are acknowledging its virtues for upgrading their homes' curb a...
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Five simple ways to make at-home hosting easy and fun
(BPT) - Hosting a party, dinner or event in your home can be a lot of work, no matter how much you enjoy celebrating with loved ones and friends. You deserve to enjoy yourself at your own party and some creative shortcuts can help you do just that. 'The thought of hosting often stresses people out, but having a party doe...
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Plowing 101: Tips for removing snow quickly and efficiently
(BPT) - If you live in America's snowbelt, you know how back-breaking clearing all that white stuff can be. Using a shovel or snow blower can be time-consuming and strenuous, prompting many people to acquire a snowplow to keep driveways and other areas safe. If you're a newbie to plowing, the experts at Agri-Cover urge y...
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Tips for managing your year-end taxes
(BPT) - The close of every year seems to bring its own uncertainty from a tax-planning perspective. Last year featured the expiration of certain temporary tax provisions and the commencement of automatic federal government spending cuts. In October the President and Congress temporarily agreed on funding the government and increasing the national debt limit. But these issues may reappear in 2014 and could result in tax law changes that affect income-tax and financial planning. For now, the be...
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Charitable gift ideas for the holidays and beyond
Giving back and helping others is what truly brings meaning to the holiday season, and for any gifting occasion throughout the year. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, that sentiment can be easily forgotten. However, there are simple things you can do that will make a meaningful impact and create enduring memor...
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