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Flu by numbers [Infographic]
This year’s flu season had the earliest start in 10 years. The flu typically affects five to 20 percent of the U.S. population each year. On average, the flu is associated with more than 200,000 hospitalizations due to flu-related complications. The flu is different from a cold. Both a cold and the flu are respiratory illnesses, yet they are caused by different types of viruses with different symptoms. The flu usually comes on suddenly. To recognize flu symptoms, remember Flu F.A.C.T.S. (Feve...
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How to do your federal taxes for free
Going to college; getting your first job; moving into your own place. To these rites of passage, add one more: doing your own taxes. And, it doesn’t have to be scary. There is actually a simple way to do your taxes that can help save you time and money. Free File — available at IRS.gov — lets you choose brand-name tax software that does the hard work for you, all for free. The IRS has a partnership with the Free File Alliance, a coalition of leading tax software companies. About 3 million peo...
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The top 5 experiences you can't miss on a London tour
If watching all the London-centered festivities of 2012, from the Queen’s Jubilee to the opening ceremonies, whetted your appetite for a trip to England’s capital, rest assured that there’s never been a better time to embark on a London tour . London is a city for the ages, and you’ll find layer upon layer of fascinating...
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Boomers and beyond: A 5-step action plan for keeping your heart healthy
(BPT) - More baby boomers and older adults are taking a proactive approach to heart health. Living a heart-healthy lifestyle in your golden years and dealing with any type of diagnosis head-on is the smart way to keep your heart pumping strong for many years to come. Following these five easy steps can help you take cont...
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Decluttering advice for those drowning in digital chaos
(BPT) - Smartphones, tablets, desktops, laptops, e-readers and music players – most of us have more than one digital device in our lives. Juggling so many devices and trying to sync data among them can leave you feeling like you’re drowning in digital chaos. If you’re looking to declutter your digital life, getting a han...
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Well-built decks marry personality and functionality
(BPT) - As temperatures increase, your thoughts may wander to spending time outside sharing conversation, drinks and meals with friends and family. For many homeowners, that can mean renovating an existing gathering spot or replacing it with a new deck. A well-planned deck can increase a home’s value and usable space. “W...
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TV tip-overs a hazard for young children
(BPT) - Many homes have new TVs decorating the living room, bedroom, den and even the kitchen. These TVs often feature the latest wide, flat screens, which give viewers great definition and clarity. But while they provide a beautiful viewing experience, flat screen TVs are top-heavy on a narrow base, and they can easily ...
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Green home improvements that can make a real difference in home value
(BPT) - What your home is worth to you is one thing; what it’s worth to someone else may be totally different. If you want to boost the value of your home for yourself and in the eyes of others, one of the best ways to do that in today’s real estate market is to make green home improvements. Going green can mean a lot of...
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Active resolutions: How to go from sore to more
Every year, about two-thirds of Americans resolve to get fit or lose weight. Unfortunately, 73 percent give up within six weeks, according to a survey by Harris Interactive. While time and commitment are often to blame, many fitness experts suggest sore and fatigued muscles have a lot to do with why we lose steam in a ne...
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Be a real life hero: Taking on the most impossible missions and doing whatever it takes to keep America safe
(BPT) - When the Navy needs to complete seemingly impossible missions or track elusive targets, the job is often assigned to Naval Special Warfare (NSW) or Naval Special Operations (NSO) teams. These elite men and women work with dedication and intense courage in locations all over the world, and in every possible climat...
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Getting happy in 2013 [Infographic]
Americans are optimistic about keeping their 2013 New Year’s resolutions, with 76 percent of respondents noting their dedication will lend them a more positive outlook for the entire year, according to a recent national survey released by Hampton Hotels. To help make their goals a reality beyond January, Hampton partnered with Dr. Christine Carter, sociologist and happiness expert at the University of California, Berkeley, to provide five tips for a happier, healthier 2013: 1. Pick a resoluti...
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You are unique - your nutrition should be too
(BPT) - Remember when you were a child and the world was big – full of adventure and possibility? You ate your favorite cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner and at the end of every day, your mom would make you take those little multi-flavored vitamins usually shaped like a popular cartoon character. You didn’t necessar...
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