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Beat the heat and save some green with these warm weather energy saving ideas
Learn how you can save money and energy this season with a few home improvements.
 
Education insight: 5 tips for conquering college later in life
Older students are no longer intimidated to conquer college later in life. If it's been a long time since you've been in a classroom, it's important to understand how modern educational changes are making getting a degree easier than ever before.
 
New tech devices make the perfect gift for your grad
Learn more about how the latest technology can make a perfect gift for the grad in your life. You'll find out which options are available and the benefits of each technology choice that grads are sure to enjoy.
 
Picking the right camp for your kids
More than 10 million kids attend some type of summer camp. Here are some tips to ensure a positive summer for everyone as you look at camps.
 
Have a delicious baking recipe? Share it with the world
Learn how your favorite breakfast recipe could win you amazing prices in Pillsbury's Bake-Off Contest.
 
Umbrella insurance: Are you adequately covered?
Insurance protects you and your loved ones should an accident occur but what happens if you get sued? Learn about how an umbrella policy can protect the most important things in your life.
 
Four out of 10 drivers don't know this dashboard warning could save their lives
Knowing the importance of correct tire pressure could help save your life.
 
Knowledge is power: How the right reporting agency can help you
Learn how the right consumer reporting agency can help you detect irregularities in your accounts and prevent you from being a victim of fraud.
 
Throw your retirement accounts into the spring cleaning to-do pile
Spring cleaning is about more than just your garage, basement or wardrobe. It's also about cleaning the clutter from your retirement accounts.
 
Former all-star short stop and professional baseball coach Larry Bowa discusses his painful case of shingles
What disease is so intense it can cause a former professional athlete to experience the worst pain he has ever felt? Learn more about the shingles and who's at risk.
 
Worried about data breach risks? What you can do to help protect yourself
While you can't prevent a breach from occurring, you can still do a number of things to help better protect yourself from one of the most serious potential consequences of a breach - identity theft.
 
What's the top learning style in America? Hands-on wins hands down, survey says
A majority of Americans say hands-on training is the hands-down winner when they want to learn something new in an educational environment.
 
Health care industry experiencing new demands for nurses
Nursing careers are going to continue experiencing high growth through 2022. Many careers are very patient involved, but other nursing careers may be managerial instead.
 
National Infant Immunization Week 2014
Immunizations are considered to be one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Over time, successful vaccination campaigns have contributed to the elimination or near-elimination of some diseases in the United States, like polio. But today, rates of some diseases are increasing and could continue to do so if vaccination rates decrease.
 
Tossing and turning at night? Stop counting sheep and start collecting zzz's
Too many distractions are keeping American's awake way later into the night. These tips help a person to relax in time for a good night of slumber.
 
Planning the perfect Easter egg hunt
If you don't have an Easter egg hunt to attend in your community, consider planning your own and inviting all the neighbors to participate. Here are some tips for planning the perfect Easter egg hunt:
 
Check the big move off the moving to-do list with ease
When you're planning the big move, you've probably created a lengthy to-do list of everything that needs to be packed, planned and previewed. While you're likely excited about your move, stress can create a bit of an emotional upheaval as well.
 
Pump it up: Ways to grow the personal trainer profession
Americans are using personal trainers in a proactive approach to their personal health and well-being. There are opportunities in the fitness industry to ensure personal trainers concentrate on health and well-being for their clients.
 
What would Harvey Cushing say about Cushing's disease today?
Cushing's disease has made significant progress since the 1930s, however, there is still much that needs to be done regarding diagnosis.
 
Baby boomers: Three crucial times to review your Medicare options for retirement
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. Find out the three crucial times for baby boomers to review their Medicare options and why it's a great idea to do so.
 
Facing brain surgery? Know all your options
Fear is a normal reaction when you've just been told your headaches and blurry vision are symptoms of a brain tumor which is serious enough that you will need treatment. Whether you're facing the prospect of brain cancer or another neurological problem, it's important to face your concern by becoming informed about your condition and all treatment options.
 
Taking care of your dog's teeth: One more way to show you love him
Most pet parents enjoy hugs and kisses from their canines. But while your best friend is showering you with love, have you wondered if his teeth are clean? Or about how his dental health affects his overall well-being? Good oral care is as essential for dogs as it is for humans.
 
Get decked out with color
Wondering what one of the biggest trends "on deck" is this year? Hint, it is a colorful answer. That's because more and more people are choosing to add color with a waterproofing deck stain.
 
Car lovers: Take care of your four-wheeled family member
Your car is part of the family. Learn some tips to take care of this vital family member and keep it running as long as possible.
 
Eight car safety features that could save your life
Car crashes claim loved ones every year. Learn how the latest safety features are keeping driver's safe to enjoy the road ahead.
 
Tax filing and planning tips for small business owners
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 that 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. Statistics suggest that small business owners are faced with a lack of resources and tools when it comes to filing their taxes.
 
Learning on the go: How digital learning can help you understand any topic instantly
One of the most active groups of digital learners is adults - a movement that is being driven by the desire for self-improvement and to gain knowledge about a variety of topics of personal interest. Here's what you need to know about this fascinating evolution.
 
Avoid tax identity theft and keep your information safer this tax day
For a growing number of Americans, the tax nightmare is just beginning. These people will not receive a refund or pay for taxes due, because in the eyes of the IRS, they've already filed a return. Except, they haven't - an identity thief has.
 
Through the art of makeup, people with rare pituitary disorders now have unique resources to help address common physical and emotional changes
Makeup tips can help people with Cushing's disease and Acromegaly address facial feature challenges caused by these pituitary disorders.
 
Is bracket-busting technology the key to victory?
Each year technology has a greater impact on our lives and that may be most visible in the world of sports. Long-time sports fans have witnessed the advent of new protective equipment, slow motion playbacks and officials using instant replay to determine the correct call in major sporting events all across the country.
 
Sodium truths: Americans are eating the right amount of salt
Contrary to popular belief, the average American eats just the right amount of salt. In fact every single population throughout the world, regardless of location, state of development, culture and cuisine, all ingest a similar amount of salt when compared to the U.S. average. It doesn't matter if people get their salt from packaged or restaurants foods or add it in themselves, the amount stays fairly constant.
 
Walking: the old way to get fit is new again
With so many fitness trends, you might not think of walking as good exercise. If you're not thrusting a kettlebell over your head, pushing a tractor trailer tire or shaking your hips to a Top 40 dance beat in a scheduled group class, you're not cutting it, right? Well, not so fast. Walking is actually a great way to get in shape. In fact, if you walk often enough and fast enough, the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other can satisfy your body's daily requirement for aerobic activity.
 
Gluten free 101: What you need to know
You've probably been hearing a lot about gluten. Maybe a friend has gone gluten-free or a family member has been diagnosed with celiac disease or been advised to avoid gluten. So, what exactly is gluten? Is it something you should give up too?
 
Bridal registry trends inspire new dinnerware traditions
What are the hot trends of the season in bridal registry? For many bridal couples it is mixing something old with something new to create updated dinnerware designs. The table looks refreshed and renewed while allowing couples to enjoy treasured family heirlooms.
 
Couples: Live happily ever after with tips on moving into your first home together
Moving into your first home as a couple is a fun experience. But you will also face challenges like combining your household belongings and determining where you want everything placed. Handling these negotiations well can start your life together on the right foot.
 
Expert tips for navigating tax-season changes
With the deadline for filing taxes fast approaching and many changes that occurred thanks to legislative and legal decisions, tax filers will want to keep these caveats in mind.
 
Ask the Pharmacist: Expert advice for managing ADHD medications
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is no longer just a condition impacting school-aged boys. In fact, ADHD diagnosis rates are exploding among the adult population - climbing 53 percent overall and an alarming 84 percent for those ages 26-34. Here's what you need to know about this startling statistic and growing condition.
 
Still need to file your taxes? Tips for faster, easier filing
Spring can inspire a renewed sense of confidence and optimism in do-it-yourself activities. For nearly 40 percent of Americans, this includes preparing and e-filing their own income tax return. Like most things DIY, following a few simple strategies can save you valuable time and money at tax time.
 
From farm to suburb, chicken coops are at the heart of the self-reliance movement
Americans across the country are taking strides to be more self reliant, including growing food, composting and raising animals. While these types of activities are most often associated with people who live in the country, residents in unexpected settings are embracing aspects of this lifestyle at increasingly fast rates.
 
The new world of business computers
Choice is great, right? It sure is, except when the options leave your head spinning. Businesses have a lot to consider when purchasing computers these days with touch screen laptops, Chromebooks, Windows 8 vs. Windows 7, and choosing between desktop computers, laptops and even tablets.
 
IRS audits: 8 triggers to avoid and tips to help you survive
Ever wonder how the Internal Revenue Service selects which taxpayers to audit? Well, it isn't always a matter of chance. There are certain factors that can make your tax return stand out from the rest.
 
Mentors wanted: How to guide more young women to success in STEM
Careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are growing and quickly. Despite attractive career opportunities for the next generation of STEM workers, the industry continues to be predominantly male. Women make up only 24 percent of the STEM workforce, the U.S. Department of Commerce reports. Programs nationwide are working to close the gender gap.
 
Medical Reserve: Expand your healing heart and your professional potential
For many, medicine isn't just a job, it's a mission. As a health care professional, you know how rewarding caring for others can be. In the world of Navy Health Care, you can continue your everyday practice - even as you move beyond the routine.
 
Learn how speaking to your doctor may have a positive effect on your rheumatoid arthritis
For the 1.3 million people across the United States who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), pain is often a part of life. If you have been diagnosed with RA, there is help out there. Having a conversation with your rheumatologist is a start to getting the care you need.
 
High fashion shines a spotlight on colon cancer
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.
 
Rare Disease Day 2014: Recognizing rare diseases and empowering patients to become self-advocates
For the past six years, international Rare Disease Day has served as a day on which hundreds of patient advocacy organizations, patients and their loved ones across the globe join together to highlight the importance of continued focus and research on uncommon and serious illnesses. This year, international Rare Disease Day will be held Feb. 28.
 
Insulation: The key to ending drafts and cutting utility bills
Whether it's the chill of winter or the heat of summer, our natural instincts are to adjust the indoor temperature so it is comfortable through every season. But if your home has any drafts or air leaks, expect indoor temperatures to fluctuate dramatically.
 
Seasons change, so do asthma triggers
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 as the temperature changes.
 
Cool season skin care: Leading dermatologist shares easy-to-implement skin care tips rooted in moisturization
Women across the country, whether based in the snow belt or Sunshine State, notice and feel the effects of cold weather and climate shifts on skin. Plus, 2014 is turning out to be one of the harshest winters to date thanks to the Polar Vortex - a combination of record-setting snowfall and plunging temperatures. Harsh winds, precipitation, dry heat and temperature fluctuations can wreak havoc on skin, making the cooler months an ideal time to map out a skin care routine that is rooted in moisturization.
 
Wake up to why you might be tired all the time
With busy schedules, it's inevitable to feel sleepy once in a while. But habitually falling asleep during the day while watching TV, reading a book, or in the middle of having a conversation could be a sign of a serious sleep disorder known as narcolepsy.
 
Explosive Ordnance Disposal: The ultimate bomb squad
Diving beneath ships. Parachuting out of aircraft. Clearing Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Navy Explosive Ordnance (EOD) Technicians control weapons and render safe explosives on land, in the water or wherever perceived threats may lurk. Protecting others by handling situations with steady hands and even steadier nerves.
 
Rare moms join together to bring attention to rare diseases
Every parent knows that caring for young children can wear you down to the bone. But imagine what that would be like if your child's life was at risk every waking minute. That's just a normal day for Sarah Yang, whose daughter Madilyn was born prematurely in 2011, with a rare disease called Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS). The disease prevents her from breathing on her own if she falls asleep. Rare Disease Day brings attention to the challenges and difficulties faced by people living with rare diseases and is celebrated every year February 28.
 
Mind Your B.I.S. - Tips to jumpstart your financial well-being
In the next few months, high school seniors across the country will be anxiously checking mailboxes for college acceptance letters. With two-thirds of recent high school grads enrolling in college as of 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is the first step on a journey towards personal and financial independence for many Americans. Whether an incoming freshman, soon to be senior or recent grad, it is never too early to get financially fit. The key to success is to make the process fun and manageable.
 
There are many things we want to pass on to our loved ones, illness is not one of them
You want to pass on family traditions, a grandmother's quilt, or dad's love of books - but no one wants to pass on a serious illness. Take charge of your health and help protect those around you by asking about vaccines at your next doctor's visit.
 
What to consider when upgrading your technology
The holidays are over and if you're left looking at a fruit cake and a room full of white elephant gifts, you're probably thinking it is time to find the perfect present for yourself.
 
Don't let crooks steal your tax refund: Identity theft prevention tips
To itemize or not to itemize, deductions, exemptions, interest income and capital gains - you have a lot to think about when you're doing your taxes. While you're preparing your return, don't overlook a consideration that's every bit as important as whether you owe or are due a refund - tax-related identity theft.
 
Road salt supplies crucial to winter safety
Each winter drivers from Maine to Texas are reminded just how dependent we are on our cars and what happens when snow and ice get in the way. More than 116,000 Americans are injured and over 1,300 are killed on snowy, slushy or icy pavement every winter.
 
What to expect in travel in 2014: Big sporting events drive interest in this year's hottest locations
Where's everybody going? The travel forecast for 2014 points to destinations inspired by a whole lot of sportsmanship and team spirit. Hot spots expected to trend this year include North American ski resorts catering to travelers looking for an Olympic experience closer to home before, during and after the games; and Brazil, inspired by World Cup fever.
 
Save a life: learn the signs, symptoms of lung cancer
A worrisome cough that just won't go away might send you to the doctor, and rightly so. A cough that keeps getting worse could be a sign of lung cancer, or several other serious health issues. But there are other less-obvious signs and symptoms of lung cancer, and paying attention to them could save your life or that of a loved one.
 
Paralympic alpine skier breaks barriers on the slopes
Ralph Green was a well-rounded junior athlete. He excelled as a football quarterback and basketball point guard for his high school in Brooklyn, N.Y. His life dramatically changed at the age of 15 when a gunshot wound in the back resulted in the amputation of his left leg from the hip down. Today, Green, 36, is the first African-American male to make the U.S. Paralympic Alpine Skiing National Team.
 
Three easy DIY tips to maintain your vehicle
When it comes to vehicle maintenance there are two schools of practice: the "do it for me" and the "do it yourself." We all know about the basic maintenance you should be doing like getting your oil changed and checking the belts and hoses for wear. But did you know there are other aspects of your vehicle you can easily maintain and, by doing so, will extend the life of your vehicle?
 
Learn how to achieve your weight loss goals this year
The average American who wants to lose weight will make four attempts this year and only one in six of them will see long-term success. Statistics also show it takes 21 days to create a habit and if the results aren't coming, giving up becomes easy. This year, instead of giving up on your resolution, stay motivated and push through.
 
Steering the course to success
Elana Meyers' dream of winning an Olympic medal began at a young age. Growing up in Georgia, she participated in a myriad of sports to feed her desire for competition, including basketball, competitive dance, soccer, track and softball. Today, the 29-year-old Meyers is ready to lay everything on the line in pursuit of her dream as the pilot of the U.S. women's bobsled team.
 
Protect your eyes year-round from UV exposure
Eye protection may not be a top priority for people when they are going about their daily lives, but it should be. Protecting your sense of sight is extremely important and often overlooked. All individuals should protect their eyes so they can stay sharp whether they're at a sunny park, watching a football game, or simply driving to work.
 
How to keep your kids active during the winter months
As the holidays wind down, so do the temperatures. As a parent, you know your kids can get restless in the winter months while they're cooped up inside. It's tempting to let the tablets and video games provide hours of entertainment, but it's important that kids stay active to keep their minds and bodies healthy. With a little creativity, you can keep your kids moving and prevent the winter blues.
 
Thinking about writing off Social Security? Not so fast
Social Security is a hot topic these days. Unfortunately, many Americans are still in the dark when it comes to planning for Social Security. And that could have significant consequences.
 
Ask the Pharmacist: Understanding the dangers of low blood sugar
The numbers are astounding - nearly 400 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes and many patients may not realize they are at risk for a condition known as hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is characterized as dangerously low blood sugar levels that could cause serious side-effects including hospitalization.
 
Tough times never last, tough people do
Growing up just steps away from the slopes in Park City, Utah, Steven Holcomb's Olympic dreams started early. Today, the 32-year-old Holcomb pilots the four-man bobsled crew nicknamed the "Night Train" and is considered one of the most successful bobsled drivers in U.S. history.
 
Turn your tax refund into savings
Millions of Americans get a refund on their taxes each year. If you are one of them, why not use part of your refund to save for the future with a Series I Savings Bond from the U.S. Department of the Treasury? You can invest as little as $50 in this affordable, safe and convenient savings option, which can help you meet your long-term savings goals and build a brighter future.
 
What you don't know about pain can hurt you
You may not like it, but when you feel pain, your body is trying to tell you something. In most cases, it's to stop what you're doing. ("Ouch, that stove is hot!") That's why some pain is necessary and can prevent us from seriously injuring ourselves. But, at times, pain also can be intolerable, becoming constant and negatively impacting your quality of life. If you or a loved one suffers from chronic pain, it's important to learn the best way to treat it.
 
A reasonable explanation: What 'reason codes' tell you about your credit score
Consumer knowledge about credit scoring remains a challenge. In fact, nearly half of Americans still don't know that mortgage companies use credit scores when making decisions about credit availability and pricing. Even if you do understand the importance of a credit score, you may still wonder why yours isn't higher. That's where "reason codes" come in handy.
 
Get a jumpstart on digital spring cleaning by tackling an overloaded inbox
If you spring clean your home every year, you might want to consider an often forgotten and usually cluttered space - your email.
 
The cancer you've never heard of
Facing a diagnosis of thyroid cancer can be terrifying for anyone. And that fear can be compounded when the diagnosis is aMTC - a rare form of advanced thyroid cancer that has spread beyond the thyroid. While there is no cure for aMTC, treatments are available to help patients.
 
Three health issues women shouldn't (and don't have to) put up with
Women often endure health issues in silence, especially if the problem is embarrassing, affects only them and doesn't pose a serious health risk. Yet issues that appear minor and personal can have a major impact on a woman's quality of life - and ultimately on the lives of those around her.
 
Snack like a pro on game day
Ted Harper, the team sports dietitian for the New England Patriots, and Bryan Snyder, the team nutrition manager for the Denver Broncos, may be rivals on the field, but when it comes to nutrition, they agree on one thing: pistachios are an ideal snack, whether you're a professional athlete or an armchair spectator.
 
Small changes can help you live a healthier lifestyle
A new year often brings with it the desire to make improvements in your life, and kick old habits to the curb in the pursuit of healthiness. But for most Americans, resolutions fail within the first few months because goals are too ambitious, intimidating or unrealistic in nature. If you've resolved to be healthier this year, the good news is that successful, positive change - whether it be spending more time with friends and family, being more physically active, or choosing healthier foods - is more achievable than you think. It's important to think positively, stay focused, and take baby steps versus one giant leap towards a lofty goal.
 
New credit score myths and why you shouldn't believe them
Myths and folklore endlessly evolve as cultures change, technologies emerge and societies grow. Some myths - like the one that warns against washing Pop Rocks down with Coke - are chuckle-worthy. Others, such as fallacies about how credit scores work, can be downright detrimental. Here are five new credit scoring myths and the truths that debunk them.
 
How to claim victory as a No. 1 sports party host
When you hear the phrase "'tis the season" you might be thinking holidays. But it's also the season of families and friends gathering together around the big-screen TV to cheer on their favorite college or pro sports teams.
 
Overcoming all odds: Young Special Olympics athlete with rare disease takes home the gold
At this year's Greater Fort Worth Area Special Olympics games in Texas, Steven Striegel overcame all odds when he took home a gold medal in the bowling competition. For the 20-year-old from Little Elm, Texas, the achievement meant so much more than simply hanging another medal on the wall.
 
Time to talk about HPV
Four out of five women are likely to be infected with human papillomavirus, or HPV, at some point in their lives, although most will never know it. Using a condom won't always prevent it. And it's the cause of virtually every case of cervical cancer. Yet a woman who finds out she has an HPV infection is not likely to tell even her closest friends.
 
Chase the mid-winter blues away with wholesome comfort foods
The colder weather of winter has many looking for some comforting wholesome meals to share with friends and family. This winter try delicious recipes that will create tantalizing smells in the home and warm everyone sitting around the table.
 
Accomplish your weight management goals this year
The new year gives everyone the perfect opportunity to start fresh. For some, it may be a time to explore a new hobby or take on a new professional challenge. For others, starting fresh means moving into a new home or a new city. And the new year for many people is a time to begin managing their weight.
 
Top 2014 home improvement trends: smart homes and home automation
From smartphones to smart cars, technology is transforming virtually every aspect of our busy lives. Technologies not only make life easier while on the go, but new options are quickly simplifying life at home as well. Some experts are predicting 2014 will be the year of the smart home. Home automation is a top home improvement trend, making the Jetsons' futuristic lifestyle more realistic than ever before.
 
A resolution you can keep all year: The one-day identity checkup
Exercise. Lose the weight. Answer every incoming email. Those are the hard kinds of New Year's resolutions, because you have to think about them every day for the rest of the year. Many are forgotten long before Valentine's Day.
 
Growing number of parents turn to police to report cyberbullying
As more people become aware of the harmful consequences of cyber bullying, parents are more likely to report cyber bullying incidents directly to their local police than local school officials.
 
Gifts that stick: Tips to giving holiday gifts with staying power
When buying holiday gifts, we seek to find something that our loved ones will not only enjoy, but also keep. Unfortunately, many gifts are headed straight from under the tree back to store shelves. In fact, more than half of holiday shoppers expect to return gifts this holiday season, according to a recent national survey.
 
Easy tips to stick to your healthy living New Year's resolutions
This year, instead of making a promise to lose weight, make small but impactful changes to the way you eat to ensure you reach your resolution goal.
 
Financially fit: five steps to get a handle on your credit
After countless hours spent holiday shopping, you finally finished. Now, you're faced with the credit card payments as you roll into the new year. While it may have been difficult to keep your finances - particularly your credit cards - top of mind amid the dash from store to store, those payments aren't going anywhere.
 
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