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Doing your own taxes? Here's what you need to know
(BPT) - More than 43.6 million Americans prepared and e-filed their own income tax returns in 2013, up 4 percent from the year before, according to the IRS. In addition to being more affordable than a storefront or accountant, online and mobile solutions have made doing your own taxes exceptionally easy and fast. 'Consum...
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Guide to new 4-strain flu vaccines [Infographic]
For more than 30 years, scientists have been making trivalent (3-strain) flu vaccines to protect against the three strains of flu expected to circulate during a given flu season. Four strains of the flu virus are currently circulating, and in six of the last 11 flu seasons the three strains in the vaccine did not include one of the more commonly circulating strains. To counter this trend, scientists have developed broader protection with quadrivalent (4-strain) flu vaccines, which are availab...
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Practical strategies to help you stay on budget this holiday season
(BPT) - Whether you're hosting guests, traveling to family or simply purchasing gifts, the holidays can put household finances to the test. This year, Americans aren't letting short-term stresses like the holidays affect their long-term financial aspirations. According to the latest Merrill Edge Report , many Americans n...
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Tips to keep feet happy this holiday season
(BPT) - Holiday shopping, decorating, parties and traveling are all part of our holiday revelries. But while you're making all that merriment, how happy are your feet? You may be doing a lot of walking, dancing, standing and sitting in one position throughout the holiday season. Half of all Americans report experiencing ...
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The 15 most shockingly beautiful places in America you'd be crazy to ignore
Technicolor springs, 300-foot-tall trees, hikeable lava fields - these are only a few of the awe-inspiring natural wonders you'll find across America. From the icy terrain of Alaska to the moss-covered Floridian everglades, which ones have you seen? 1. Garden of the Gods Park, Colorado Springs, Colorado Towering red rock formations create a visually curious landscape at this public Colorado park. The spires were created along a natural fault line, and were originally called Red Rock Corral. 2...
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How to turn seasonal work into a permanent job
Seasonal jobs come in many shapes and sizes. The unemployment rate hovered at a near constant of 7.3 percent in October 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Many of those who are unemployed are seeking temporary holiday work. Large retailers comprise the bulk of the swelled workforce; however, retai...
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Information about two common, but often overlooked disorders [Infographic]
Chronic digestive disorders are more common than you think. Two often overlooked conditions in the United States are irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C), which affects up to 13 million adults and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC), which affects up to 35 million adults. Recurring abdominal pain and constipation, including hard stools, and infrequent and incomplete bowel movements, may indicate a chronic GI condition, such as IBS-C or, if you have these symptoms with little o...
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Flu myths vs. flu facts [Infographic]
There are a number of misconceptions about seasonal flu and flu vaccines, but vaccination against the flu is considered one of the most effective ways of preventing mortality, complications and hospitalizations.
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Carbon fiber likely to be used in your next car
Carbon fiber has received quite a bit of attention lately, primarily due to its extensive use in Boeing's high-tech, lighter weight 787 Dreamliner airplanes. But most Americans likely will experience this modern material in a more down-to-earth vehicle, now that automakers increasingly are turning to carbon fiber when pl...
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Dress to thrill for holidays and beyond
Family gatherings, office parties, New Year's Eve bashes - the holiday social whirl is the most obvious reason for a shopping expedition to bag that special outfit. But special occasions don't end on January first. Here are a few events that may inspire a new look and a few tips to find just the right style for each. 'Th...
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Interior decorating tips for the holiday season: repurposed, sustainable and sparkly
(BPT) - This year's holiday season is taking on a decidedly modern twist, with an emphasis on recycling and repurposing old decorations, utilizing sustainable decor, and adding sparkle to complete the look. Shari Canepa, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), member, LEED Green Associate, and a member of the inte...
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Healthy holiday choices to avoid weight gain
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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