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Gifts to decor: 'Hot' chocolate ideas for the holidays
(BPT) - Peppermint may grab the glamour as a flavor of choice during the holiday seasons, but when it comes to sheer staying power in the hearts of the American public, it's hard to beat chocolate. While many of us consider chocolate welcome and appropriate at any time of year, this most delightful sweet can take center ...
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How to have a high-tech holiday without the high price
(BPT) - Have a holly, jolly, high-tech holiday - and in case you didn't hear - it doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. Some of the season's hottest tech gifts are more affordable than ever this year. Spending on consumer electronics this holiday season is expected to grow 2.6 percent, according to the Consumer Elec...
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Understanding Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
COPD is the third leading cause of death and impacts 12 million people in the U.S., with an additional 12 million who may remain undiagnosed. It's a serious, chronic lung disease that includes bronchitis and emphysema. Talk to your doctor to learn more about treatment options.
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Simple steps to improve your backyard safety all year
(BPT) - Your backyard is a space where you enjoy quality time with your family - from running around with your kids in the fall leaves to playing catch with your furry friend in the snow. It's a place to escape, but remember accidents can happen anywhere at any time, and just like you childproof your house, you need to e...
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Quick, simple holiday entertaining tricks
(BPT) - The holidays are that special time of year when we open our homes and welcome guests from far and wide. It is a chance for us to connect with old friends and family we may not have seen since the previous holiday season. If you'll be hosting holiday guests this year, you know there are plenty of preparations to b...
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Dish up the love this holiday season with time-honored recipes
(BPT) - The heart of the holiday season centers around the bonds created during celebrations and traditions - Thanksgiving dinner, cookie exchanges, Christmas and Hanukkah parties and more. These special moments are often created in and around the kitchen. Whether it's an afternoon spent making holiday cookies or sitting...
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Taking control of your cancer journey
(BPT) - Each year, an estimated 650,000 people in the United States undergo chemotherapy in their battle against cancer. This experience can be a lonely and isolating time for patients and their caregivers, and despite all the educational resources available today, many people continue to feel overwhelmed and uninformed....
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Protecting concrete surfaces from inclement weather
The arrival of fall and winter weather is a signal to homeowners that unprotected driveways, patios, sidewalks, pool decks, paths and other exterior concrete surfaces around the house are in danger of flaking, spalling, staining or cracking. Concrete is like a rigid sponge that can become saturated from rain and melted s...
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Smart 'green' options that help homeowners save green
(BPT) - With the average American household spending more than $1,000 on heating and cooling expenses each year, more homeowners are seeking smarter, green options to reduce the strain on their wallets. Incentives through the U.S. government's Energy Star program and other state and federal programs have made it easier f...
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Chronic pain: A daily, hidden reality for many
(BPT) - Mariann Farrell was a busy, young mom in Pittsburgh whose life revolved around her family and her career as a music teacher - until the day of her car crash. It has been 30 years since the accident that left her with such debilitating chronic pain that she was forced to give up her job. Mariann, now 66, has had t...
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Celebrity chef Art Smith 'cooks up' a recipe for type 2 diabetes management
(BPT) - Did you know that celebrity chef Art Smith is one of the nearly 26 million Americans in the United States living with diabetes? When Smith was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2008, he took the news as a wake-up call. Soon after, he began working with his doctor to develop a treatment plan that was right for him...
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Simple ways to save that really add up
Figuring out the best ways to save a few extra dollars can be difficult. But, a few simple strategies can go a long way in helping you and your family pay down debt and be better prepared for financial emergencies, college expenses and retirement. Some take a few minutes, others may require discipline - but all are easy ...
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