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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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    Caregivers, Take Care: How To Keep Your Caregiving Duties From Overwhelming You

    (NAPSI)—Caregiving for a loved one can be a fulfilling, yet overwhelming experience. Forty million Americans provide care for their aging loved one each year, and spend an average of 24.4 hours per week doing so. Try as one may to create a balanced lifestyle, it’s a role that easily crowds out other important areas of life, including personal and professional relationships, and generates high levels of stress that could lead to serious health problems long-term if not managed.

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Veterans: Show Potential Employers You Are a Team Player

(StatePoint) If you’re a veteran, you have proven you can work on teams and, in many cases, lead them. Yet corporate recruiting experts say it’s crucial to properly frame your experience to maximize your chances of getting hired.

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Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

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Wednesday 10/23/2019
3 Ways to Treat Yourself This Holiday Season
Posted: October 23, 2019

(StatePoint) When it comes to holiday giving, don’t be shy about indulging in a little self-care. With these ideas, you can show yourself some love, while looking elegant, relaxed and stylish at all the season’s events.

Tuesday 10/22/2019
New to Medicare? 4 Plans You Need to Know
Posted: October 22, 2019

(BPT) - Is this the first year you are eligible for Medicare? If so, you have probably found yourself bombarded with mailers attempting to explain what health insurance, prescription plan and supplement plan you need. With all the parts and Medicare plans, sifting through the information can be complicated.

Survey: Common infection leads to emotional trauma
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - A new national survey reveals that women are desperate for solutions to their frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs), and they’re equally tired of the stigma that comes with them.

4 DIY-friendly projects to get your house ready for winter
Posted: October 22, 2019

(BPT) - The leaves have changed, temperatures are dropping and pumpkin spice treats abound, which means winter is coming. Now is the time to winterize your home, which can mean up to a 10% savings on your energy bills, according to Energy Star.

Soluciones culinarias para un otoño exquisito
Posted: October 22, 2019

(BPT) - El otoño marca el inicio de volver a una vida agitada: regreso a la escuela y la oficina, al deporte y otras actividades, así como a una temporada de reuniones sociales con familiares y amigos. Por tanto, las meriendas sanas y fáciles de llevar consigo como las uvas frescas de California, desempeñan un papel importante en el suministro de energía e hidratación, para darle potencia a las actividades de cada día.

Hispanic favorites that stain your teeth
Posted: October 22, 2019

How you can help get your kids excited about STEAM
Posted: October 22, 2019

(BPT) - Most children entering kindergarten will do jobs that don’t currently exist, and studies also show that most of these jobs will require STEAM skills. This evolving landscape means that STEAM learning is important and plays a critical role in preparing children with the 21st century skills they need for the future workforce.

5 tips for keeping your dog more active
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Face it, getting enough exercise is tough for everyone, and it's certainly true when it comes to our pets. The amount of exercise your dog may need varies, depending on the age, size and breed, but most dogs need more exercise than they're getting, especially during the colder months when we all prefer to stay indoors. Consult your veterinarian for guidelines about how much exercise your dog should be getting to stay in top condition, then make a plan to add more pep to your dog's step.

Small businesses need to adapt to overcome cash flow problems
Posted: October 22, 2019

(BPT) - If there’s one thing that keeps small business owners up at night, it’s cash flow problems. Without solid cash flow, businesses can lose employees and suppliers, and watch as their normal business operations fall apart. When small businesses run into these issues, they often struggle to find a way out, making cash flow problems feel like quicksand. Thankfully, it is possible to pull yourself to safety. Here are just some of the ways small business owners can adapt their business practices and overcome the nightmare of poor cash flow.

10 steps to a DIY financial plan
Posted: October 22, 2019

(BPT) - By Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz

Caregivers, Take Care: How To Keep Your Caregiving Duties From Overwhelming You
Posted: October 22, 2019

(NAPSI)—Caregiving for a loved one can be a fulfilling, yet overwhelming experience. Forty million Americans provide care for their aging loved one each year, and spend an average of 24.4 hours per week doing so. Try as one may to create a balanced lifestyle, it’s a role that easily crowds out other important areas of life, including personal and professional relationships, and generates high levels of stress that could lead to serious health problems long-term if not managed.

Volunteers Needed To Answer The Call
Posted: October 22, 2019

(NAPSM)—When an emergency strikes, firefighters are there to answer the call. What people may not realize is that the majority of these firefighters are volunteers, donating their time and energy to be there for those in need.

Great Ways to Make Education More Affordable
Posted: October 22, 2019

(StatePoint) As most parents know, even a free public school education comes with certain expenses that over the course of a school year can really add up. While many of these expenditures feel unavoidable, there are certain ways that families can save money on the hidden costs of schooling.

Parents as Guilty as Kids When it Comes to Too Much Screen Time
Posted: October 22, 2019

(StatePoint) Parents spend nearly the same amount of time with devices as they do with their kids, according to new research from The Genius of Play, a nonprofit initiative dedicated to raising awareness of play’s vital role in child development.

Monday 10/21/2019
3 ways to prepare children for jobs of the future
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Today's technology evolves so rapidly, it's impossible to predict what new inventions are coming. How can parents and educators today prepare children for technology and jobs that may not even exist yet? A recent education study by Harris Poll reveals that hands-on, collaborative learning experiences increase children’s confidence and ability to learn new things. The study showed that children worldwide who are confident learning STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) feel more confident about their ability to learn overall. And that confidence translates into a willingness to try new things — an essential trait in education and business, where changes occur at a rapid pace.

4 tips for helping your teen manage their moderate-­to­-severe eczema
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - In many ways, Isaiah Dixon is your typical 17­-year-­old. He loves to play the drums, hang out with friends and is preparing for more independence as he looks forward to heading to college.

But, living with severe atopic dermatitis (AD), a chronic form of eczema, makes this transition more challenging for Isaiah, as he will be tasked with taking on a greater role in the day­-to-­day management of his disease, on top of navigating the transition to adulthood.

Since Isaiah was diagnosed at age 2, his parents, Lori and Reggie, have helped him manage his severe AD. They’ve been there at every step, providing daily reminders and caring for him through every debilitating flare­-up and hospitalization. Now, as Isaiah is getting older, his parents know they have to take a step back and let him learn to manage his disease more independently.

To help with the transition, a group of experts called the Understand AD Squad comprising a dermatologist, psychotherapist and peer who also has AD — visited Isaiah and his family and shared helpful perspectives.

“I'm still Isaiah’s mother so I will always have a level of concern for him,” Lori said. “Helping him prepare to manage his disease more independently now helps to put my mind at ease.”

Understand AD Squad dermatologist, Dr. Mercedes E. Gonzalez, said it’s important for teens to start taking on more responsibilities while living at home, and has some tips to share with caregivers:

1. Find an eczema specialist

A dermatologist focused on treating moderate-­to-­severe AD is an integral part of your teen’s care. If your teen is going away to college, decide together if they should keep their dermatologist near home or find a different one near school.

Work with your teen to identify the right doctor for them. If someone isn’t the right fit, that’s OK. “Don't be afraid to change the game plan at any point,” Gonzalez said. “And always have your next dermatologist appointment scheduled.”

2. Coach them through doctor’s appointments

As the caregiver, you’ve been advocating for your child at every doctor’s appointment, likely for most of their life. But as they transition to adulthood, you may not always be in the exam room. One of the most important things to teach your teen about dermatologist appointments is to be open and ask questions.

“I always tell my patients to keep track of things that are bothering them or things that aren't working for them, so that when it comes time for our next appointment, they are ready to talk,” Gonzalez said.

You can download helpful resources, including a doctor discussion guide, to prepare for your next visit.

Ways to celebrate and support women small-business owners
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Chances are good that you know at least one woman who runs a small business. She might run a retail shop, own a restaurant or be in charge of a thriving small company — or she may be a one-woman operation providing goods or services via her online or home-based business. Globally, women comprise about one-third of all entrepreneurs, and that number is growing. It is estimated that 1 billion women will enter the economy as employers, employees, entrepreneurs and producers by 2022 yet only 5% of new articles that discuss the economy have women as a central focus.

7 flu shot myths debunked
Posted: October 21, 2019

(BPT) - Flu season is here and experts agree that getting an annual vaccination is one of the most effective things you can do to prevent the flu. However, many myths exist about the flu shot that are broadly believed, causing people to skip this important immunization.

New Treatment for Painful Leg Veins Helps Patients Get Back on Their Feet
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Bonnie Christensen loves horses.

Friday 10/18/2019
A new clinical study for people with Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA) [Video]
Posted: October 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
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:32 am

(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
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:31 am

(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 23, 2019 - 2:32 am

Kick Off Winter Energy Savings and a Better Environment this ENERGY STAR Day
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:31 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.

Friendsgiving: A New Holiday Tradition of Friendship, Fun and Food [Infographic]
Posted: October 17, 2019

(BPT) - Friendsgiving is a fun and casual event, celebrating both friendship and Thanksgiving-themed food and activities. This holiday has quickly grown in awareness and participation, especially among young adults. Friendsgiving menus are closely aligned with traditional Thanksgiving fare — often featuring a multi-dish meal that includes turkey.

5 reasons to encourage your child to eat school lunch
Updated: October 23, 2019 - 2:30 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 23, 2019 - 2:34 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 23, 2019 - 2:31 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.

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.

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.

Fall in Love with Outdoor Décor
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:47 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 Tire Tips to Prepare for Winter
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:47 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.

5 Tips to Get Your Home Winter-Ready
Posted: October 17, 2019

(Family Features) As the days get shorter and the weather turns chilly, it's time to prepare your home for the winter months ahead. Because your home will likely require extra maintenance to keep it in shape throughout the winter, beginning preparations early can help lower energy bills, increase the efficiency and lifespan of your home's components and make your property safer overall.

Tips to Improve Wellness and Prevent Stroke
Posted: October 17, 2019

(Family Features) Stroke is often thought of as something that happens to older people, but more people under 50 are having strokes due to increased risky behaviors, such as smoking and untreated high blood pressure.

4 Ways Pets Improve Overall Well-Being
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:46 am

(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.

Spooky Yet Safe
Posted: October 17, 2019

5 tips to help ensure a happy Halloween

6 Keys to Success in Business and Life
Posted: October 17, 2019

(Family Features) It's not always easy staying organized. Life is busy, chaotic and fast-moving. Although it can be easy to get discouraged at times, there are ways to enhance organization and attitude through the peaks and pits life throws at you.

It Pays to Compare Using Medicare's New Plan Finder
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:46 am

Explore your options before the end of Open Enrollment

Encouraging Youth Sports and Their Benefits
Posted: October 17, 2019

(Family Features) Sports help shape kids’ lives, but due to funding shortages, some school sports programs are at risk.

Perfectly Pumpkin
Posted: October 17, 2019

(Culinary.net) Fill your house with the aroma of fall with warm slices of this Pumpkin Loaf dolloped with butter.

Holiday Entertaining with 5 Sommelier-Approved Wine Pairings
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:46 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.

A Spooktacular Seasonal Treat
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:46 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.

Entertaining with Ease
Posted: October 17, 2019

(Family Features) Hosting a crowd can be exciting and rewarding, but it can also come with plenty of challenges. One of the simplest ways to make mealtime stress-free when entertaining is to focus on ingredients that can be incorporated into a variety of different dishes.

A Creative Twist on Halloween Carvings
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:46 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.

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