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Picking the right camp for your kids
(BPT) - As the classic Gershwin song lyrics go, 'summertime and the livin' is easy' isn't always the case if you're a parent trying to determine what to do with your kids when the final school bell rings. More than 10 million kids from coast to coast attend some type of summer camp intended to occupy their days and provi...
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Throw your retirement accounts into the spring cleaning to-do pile
(BPT) - Spring cleaning season is here. For most, the garage, basement and wardrobe immediately come to mind as needing an annual review, but what about reviewing that pile of retirement account statements that have accumulated throughout the year? Often when people switch jobs, open separate retirement accounts or have ...
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Knowledge is power: How the right reporting agency can help you
(BPT) - With the aftershocks of the massive Target data breach still being felt, consumers are now more vigilant than ever when it comes to perusing their card and bank statements on the watch for suspicious activity. But consumers don't want to go it alone; a recent Infosys study found 82 percent of consumers want, and ...
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Former all-star short stop and professional baseball coach Larry Bowa discusses his painful case of shingles
(BPT) - Larry Bowa may be known for his baseball prowess and fiery personality, but in June 2013, the two-time Golden Glove-winner was stopped in his tracks by a case of shingles, which he says caused him some of the worst pain of his life. Bowa said the pain he felt was so intense he could barely walk, originally leadin...
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Baby boomers: Three crucial times to review your Medicare options for retirement
(BPT) - Baby boomers facing the big decision of when to take Social Security retirement shouldn't overlook the importance of signing up for Medicare at age 65. Although Social Security offers an age range, generally 62 to 70, for starting retirement benefits - you don't have this type of flexibility with Medicare health ...
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Eight car safety features that could save your life
(BPT) - It's a scary thought. You glance down to grab your travel mug or change the radio station just as the van traveling in front of you slams on the brakes. Now it's up to you to respond. But what if your car could brake automatically to help avoid the crash? Fortunately, this technology, along with others that could also keep you safer, already exists. 'Advanced crash-avoidance features are becoming more common - almost expected,' says USAA's Joel Camarano, assistant vice president of pr...
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Tax filing and planning tips for small business owners
(BPT) - With an April 15 tax deadline looming, businesses across the country are preparing to file their 2013 taxes. Tax season can be both an administrative and financial burden. New data reports that only 41 percent of small business owners feel very confident they are maximizing their tax benefits for the 2013 year, according to a recent Spark Business OmniPulse Survey conducted by Research Now. In fact, 22 percent of business owners plan to file for an extension this year. The survey also...
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Money talk: Educating the next generation
(BPT) - At a certain age, kids stop listening to their parents on all topics except for one. Money. Yet recent research conducted by Bank of America found that although this is the one area where teens and tweens actually seek advice from their parents, it's one many adults avoid due to their own lack of confidence in ma...
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Mentors wanted: How to guide more young women to success in STEM
(BPT) - Careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are growing and quickly. By 2023, STEM will generate a projected 2.6 million new jobs, creating a high demand for qualified employees with STEM backgrounds in the coming years, according to Georgetown Public Policy Institute's Center on Education and the...
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High fashion shines a spotlight on colon cancer
(BPT) - Blue is the new black. It is also the national color for colorectal cancer education. Who better to talk about the cancer than Carmen Marc Valvo. He is one of the nation's top designers. And he also has had the disease. 'I was lucky because I caught my disease early before it had a chance to get worse,' says Carm...
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Small tumor, major consequences: an acromegaly patient's journey
(BPT) - Paula Van Nostrand, a fit, health-conscious 34-year-old woman was training for her first triathlon when her life was placed on a trajectory no one saw coming. She began experiencing unexplainable symptoms but ultimately attributed them to her training. It started with exhaustion and grew to include acne, joint pa...
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Seasons change, so do asthma triggers
(BPT) - Across the country, 25 million Americans are living with asthma. As the winter months come to an end and the spring makes its arrival, the change in seasons can be problematic for adults and children with asthma. It's important for asthma patients to understand the triggers of each season to prepare for symptoms ...
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