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    Parents as Guilty as Kids When it Comes to Too Much Screen Time

    (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.

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    How Kids Can Make a Difference by Including Others

    (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.

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    5 Questions to Ask When Planning for Long-Term Care

    (Family Features) You may not want to consider a time when you might not be able to fully take care of yourself, but the reality is there is almost a 70% chance someone turning 65 today will need some type of long-term care service and support in his or her lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Thursday 10/17/2019
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.

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Wednesday 10/16/2019
Schools Can Play an Instrumental Role in Empowering Young Leaders
Posted: October 16, 2019

(StatePoint) From encouraging dialogue on mental health to initiating grassroots fundraising efforts for pediatric cancer, students across the country are choosing issues they’re passionate about and generating real change. Parents, educators and community members may ask a pertinent question: how can we develop this initiative in every child?

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Wednesday 09/18/2019
Virologist's Book Warns of Coming Lethal Flu Pandemic
Posted: September 18, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Scientists have long held that it will not be weapons of mass destruction that kills the human race, but rather a biological one.

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Thursday 09/12/2019
Helping Manage The Cost of Asthma And COPD Inhalers
Posted: September 12, 2019

(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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Tuesday 08/27/2019
Tackling the Housing Affordability Crisis
Posted: August 27, 2019

(StatePoint) As housing prices soar nationwide, a growing number of Americans are unable to find affordable housing. Experts say that the problem has reached a crisis point, and is harming the welfare not only of individuals and families, but of communities and the economy at-large.  

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Wednesday 08/21/2019
A Moment That Matters: Take Time for Tire Safety
Updated: September 26, 2019 - 2:40 am

(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.

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Monday 08/19/2019
The Pet Boost: Furry Friends Help Seniors Feel Less Lonely
Updated: September 21, 2019 - 2:56 am

(NewsUSA) - Many older adults experience feelings of loneliness and isolation as they age, but pets can provide the companionship and love seniors desire. A new survey conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care Network, found regular interaction with animals can help to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness in older adults.

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Friday 08/09/2019
Sharing is Caring: 5 Simple Ways to Help Area Seniors
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 2:46 am

(NewsUSA) - The number of older adults in our society is growing rapidly. Today, for the first time in history, there are more people over age 60 than under age five.

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Sharing is Caring: 5 Simple Ways to Help Area Seniors
Updated: September 19, 2019 - 3:20 am

(NewsUSA) - The number of older adults in our society is growing rapidly. Today, for the first time in history, there are more people over age 60 than under age five.

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Monday 07/01/2019
Need for Donor Registry Prompts Nobel Nomination
Updated: August 23, 2019 - 2:46 am

(NewsUSA) - When Dr. Bart Fisher's son, Ivan, was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder in 1983 at eight-years-old, the only cure was a bone marrow transplant. However, at that time, there was only a small bone marrow registry in England, with 50,000 names and, in the U.S., no registry at all to find a match.

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Tuesday 10/22/2019
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.

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Thursday 10/17/2019
5 Questions to Ask When Planning for Long-Term Care
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:50 am

(Family Features) You may not want to consider a time when you might not be able to fully take care of yourself, but the reality is there is almost a 70% chance someone turning 65 today will need some type of long-term care service and support in his or her lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Halloween Spooky Cans
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:50 am

(eLivingtoday.com) Get the kids involved with Halloween decorations this year with these easy-to-make “spooky cans” resembling a bat, Frankenstein and a mummy.

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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.

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4 Ways Pets Improve Overall Well-Being
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:50 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.

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Spooky Yet Safe
Posted: October 17, 2019

5 tips to help ensure a happy Halloween

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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.

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It Pays to Compare Using Medicare's New Plan Finder
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:50 am

Explore your options before the end of Open Enrollment

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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.

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Holiday Entertaining with 5 Sommelier-Approved Wine Pairings
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:50 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.

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Monday 10/21/2019
Ways to celebrate and support women small-business owners
Posted: October 21, 2019

(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.

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Friday 10/18/2019
Open enrollment: 4 steps to getting the right life insurance benefits at work
Updated: October 22, 2019 - 2:33 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.

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Thursday 10/17/2019
Protect Your Family from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning [Video]
Updated: October 22, 2019 - 2:34 am

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Kick Off Winter Energy Savings and a Better Environment this ENERGY STAR Day
Updated: October 22, 2019 - 2:32 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.

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Wednesday 10/16/2019
Not all women with early-stage breast cancer benefit from chemo
Updated: October 22, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - As a commercial airline pilot with nearly 30 years of experience, Diane Sandoval, 50, is no stranger to making difficult decisions. However, she faced one of her toughest challenges not in the skies, but when she discovered a small lump in her left breast during a self-examination. Her worst fear was confirmed after a visit to her doctor when she was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer.

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Four ways to boost your vitamin D intake
Updated: October 22, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - As the days shorten and the weather turns chillier, absorbing vitamin D from the sun becomes more challenging. Why does that matter? Less vitamin D can lead to a weakened immune system, fatigue, joint pain and even impaired wound healing. Essentially, vitamin D helps your whole system run better, from your digestive system to your nervous and circulatory systems. Vitamin D can help your body ward off diseases, while also boosting your mood and helping to fight depression. It also enhances the body’s absorption of calcium, which helps form and maintain strong bones, and aids in maintaining muscle strength, healthy body fat levels and body tissue health.

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Choose physical therapy for safe pain management
Updated: October 22, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Movement is crucial to a person’s health, quality of life and independence. For some people, pain makes movement a challenge. Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek health care. A physical therapist (PT) can help people move better and safely and manage their pain.

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Living life to the fullest – without knee pain
Updated: October 22, 2019 - 2:34 am

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How to throw a fun themed holiday party
Updated: October 22, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - This year, why not choose a fun theme for your holiday party? You can create a great atmosphere while providing entertainment for all ages with a little creativity — and local resources.

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Tuesday 10/15/2019
How to be ready for a home fire: Plan and practice
Updated: October 22, 2019 - 2:34 am

(BPT) - Did you know that today’s homes burn faster than ever? Newer homes tend to be built with unprotected, lightweight wood construction and are frequently designed with lots of open spaces and high ceilings — ideal conditions for fire to grow and spread quickly. Also, modern home furnishings are often made with synthetic fibers that generate toxic smoke and gases when they burn, making it hard to see and breathe within moments.

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Monday 10/21/2019
4 tips for helping your teen manage their moderate-­to­-severe eczema
Posted: October 21, 2019

(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.

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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.

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New Treatment for Painful Leg Veins Helps Patients Get Back on Their Feet
Posted: October 21, 2019

(BPT) - Bonnie Christensen loves horses.

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

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Thursday 10/17/2019
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.

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5 Questions to Ask When Planning for Long-Term Care
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:50 am

(Family Features) You may not want to consider a time when you might not be able to fully take care of yourself, but the reality is there is almost a 70% chance someone turning 65 today will need some type of long-term care service and support in his or her lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Halloween Spooky Cans
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:50 am

(eLivingtoday.com) Get the kids involved with Halloween decorations this year with these easy-to-make “spooky cans” resembling a bat, Frankenstein and a mummy.

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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.

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4 Ways Pets Improve Overall Well-Being
Updated: October 21, 2019 - 2:50 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.

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Spooky Yet Safe
Posted: October 17, 2019

5 tips to help ensure a happy Halloween

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Monday 10/07/2019
Canine Osteoarthritis - What Every Pet Owner Should Know
Posted: October 07, 2019

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Tuesday 10/01/2019
Purina Offers Hope and Resources to Victims of Domestic Violence and Their Pets through Purple Leash Project
Posted: October 01, 2019

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Sunday 09/29/2019
9 common misconceptions about fleas, ticks and your pets
Posted: September 29, 2019

(BPT) - What you don't know about fleas, ticks and your pet might surprise you. A study by the Harris Poll on behalf of Merck Animal Health found U.S. pet owners hold some common misconceptions when it comes to keeping these pests away from their pets.

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Monday 09/16/2019
Lucky’s Legacy: 5 Important Lessons TurfMutt Taught Us
Updated: September 18, 2019 - 3:25 am

(NAPSI)—Lucky the TurfMutt is a real-life rescue dog who “pawed it forward” by spending a decade educating children and families about living landscapes—why they are important to people and the planet, how to take care of them, and encouraging everyone to get out and enjoy the nature around them. Lucky inspired people to look at their living landscapes through a dog’s eyes. After all, no one loves a yard like the family dog.

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Monday 08/26/2019
3 Tips for Finding a Lost Dog
Posted: August 26, 2019

(StatePoint) Dogs are important and adored members of their families, however, millions go missing every year. The reasons are varied and probably not all that surprising. A curious dog might jump over a fence or dig a hole under one. A pup might sneak out a door or gate inadvertently left open. Worn or broken leashes or collars could also allow a dog to escape your control.

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Thursday 08/22/2019
How (and why) to pick a pet food that's backed by science
Updated: October 22, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - There’s no doubt that pet owners want the best for their furry friends, including the best pet food to help them grow and fuel a long, healthy life together. But with increased confusion about what’s good, bad and just a fad, it’s no wonder many pet owners may not feel completely confident that the food they are feeding is healthy and safe.

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Wednesday 08/21/2019
Presenting: America's top 10 shelter dog makeovers
Updated: October 22, 2019 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Millions of dogs enter shelters each year. Most are dirty and matted, and less than half get the grooming they so desperately need. Sadly, these deserving animals are being perceived as ‘damaged goods’ just because of their appearance. To better their chances at finding a fur-ever family, pet industry leaders Wahl and GreaterGood.org have teamed up to donate funds and grooming supplies to shelters nationwide. The goal this year: transform more than 20,000 dogs so their lovable, adoptable personalities can shine through. Hundreds of these amazing makeovers can be seen in the Dirty Dogs Before & After Photo Gallery — including the following Top 10 Shelter Dog Makeovers of 2019.

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Monday 08/19/2019
The Pet Boost: Furry Friends Help Seniors Feel Less Lonely
Updated: September 21, 2019 - 2:56 am

(NewsUSA) - Many older adults experience feelings of loneliness and isolation as they age, but pets can provide the companionship and love seniors desire. A new survey conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care Network, found regular interaction with animals can help to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness in older adults.

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Monday 08/05/2019
‘Fur-get’ About Stress When Moving With Pets
Updated: August 07, 2019 - 2:40 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re a pet parent, you’re far from alone. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, nearly six in 10 American households have at least one pet.

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Tips to Take Great Pet Pics
Posted: August 05, 2019

(StatePoint) Whether you’re hoping to make your dog an Instagram sensation or you just want a nice portrait for the mantle, you’ve likely discovered pets, in general, can be elusive around cameras.

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