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Break away from bad online gaming habits
The holiday season is always an exciting time for gamers. This year is particularly interesting with the launch of two new gaming systems - Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One, as well as a long list of titles gamers everywhere are feverishly waiting to play, including 'Watch Dogs,' 'Assassin's Creed IV' and 'B...
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Winning ideas for beating winter blues
(BPT) - Nearly 150 days separate the last day of the winter holidays from the first unofficial day of summer - Memorial Day. After holiday decorations get packed away, and winter sets in, it's not uncommon to experience a touch - or more - of winter boredom. Some people may find themselves in a rut during those long 150 ...
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Cinnamon roll or coffee cake? Butter or gravy? Learn the smart swaps for your holiday indulgences
The holiday season just wouldn't be the same without the decadent treats and extravagant meals that mark the season. While these treats are tempting, they can wreak havoc on your health in the long term. But swearing off some of the season's best assets will only turn you into a Grinch. While a pound or two may not seem ...
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'Tis the season for holiday pressure [Infographic]
From battling long lines while shopping and hosting in-laws to airport congestion and sinus congestion, pressures abound during the holiday season. According to a recent survey from the makers of Sudafed, 79 percent of people have pressure-inducing experiences during the holidays. And they're not just talking about sinus pressure...
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For gardeners and lovers of flowers, London in May is the place to be
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said 'the Earth laughs in flowers,' and there's a good chance this thought came to him while he was touring England, a country filled with spectacular gardens. London itself has many beautiful gardens, from royal parks surrounding the palaces to small green spaces maintained by volunteer groups. ...
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Improving health care in Africa [Infographic]
Africa faces immense challenges when it comes to providing adequate health care to its people. Non-communicable disease rates are alarmingly high, and many others suffer from preventable and treatable diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. In addition, low levels of awareness, declining infrastructure and poor distribution channels provide large scale barriers. Novartis, a company that provides innovative health care solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and soc...
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Who needs a 1099 or a W-2?
(BPT) - As the year winds down, it is time to start thinking about recent tax changes and how they affect you, especially if you run a small business. But keeping tax details straight is tough - even for those who live and breathe the industry. One of the most common questions during this time of year is 'who needs a 109...
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Upgrade your home's exterior and achieve the look you've always wanted
(BPT) - If you enjoy spending the cold winter months planning your next spring home improvement project, your creative juices are already flowing. But instead of focusing on the same small home improvement projects again this year, have you considered something bigger? Have you considered a project that redefines your ho...
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Home improvement: Faux wood tile leads hot new trends in tile
(BPT) - Fake and faux are far apart. Fake is meant to deceive, but faux is intended as a tribute or a toast to something great or beautiful. Faux wood tile is one of the hottest trends in home remodeling and home decorating. Paying tribute to beautiful hardwood flooring, faux wood tile is a ceramic tile that combines the...
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Living with breast cancer when there's no cure
(BPT) - When Ginny Knackmuhs beat early-stage breast cancer and had routine checkups during the years that followed, she thought the disease was behind her. But in 2009, she was shocked to receive another diagnosis of breast cancer. This time it was metastatic, the most advanced kind. 'I went through a lot of the normal ...
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Eight efficient organization tips for your busy life
(BPT) - If you run a small business or you manage your family's household, you know that time is a precious commodity, one that you never seem to have enough of. And despite your best efforts, you can't create time. So how do you save it and make yourself more efficient? Organization is the key. To help people achieve th...
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Great technology holiday gift ideas for friends and family
One of the biggest gift trends is technology. Ranging from the fun and toy category to gifts that are more practical, technology gifts can help you cross off everyone on your list. According to a recent national Staples survey, 40 percent of gift givers will buy tech or tech accessories this gift giving season. "If there's someone who doesn't want tech for the holidays this year, I can't find them!" says tech expert Carley Knobloch. "For work or play, whatever their age, there's a range of te...
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