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5 Tips for Balancing Family, Work and Education
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(StatePoint) It’s an age-old conundrum. To advance professionally, often one must go back to school. However, earning a degree might seem like an insurmountable challenge because of the demands of a current job.

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New Ways to Save and Enjoy Your Photos
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(StatePoint) People are taking more photos than ever before, of friends, family, vacations and their food. And while they don’t always like to admit it, they are also taking selfies.

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Is Your Child’s School Prepared for the Next Academic Year?
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(StatePoint) Unfortunately, classroom needs cannot always be matched by school budgets. If you are a concerned parent, consider getting involved in the PTA. It’s one of the best ways help ensure your school is equipped with the academic tools that teachers need most.

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Get Tire Savvy to Help Your Family Stay Safe on the Road
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(StatePoint) Today’s cars come with some impressive features. But no matter what up-to-date tech your car boasts, it’s your tires that connect it to the road, playing a crucial role in safety and performance.

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Lamb Chops and Red Wine: A Delicious Pairing
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(StatePoint) At your next dinner party, enjoy a glass of rich red wine and a tempting yet easy-to-prepare meal to match.

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More Grandparents are Raising Grandkids: 3 Things They Need to Know
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(StatePoint) From single parents to traditional and multigenerational households, modern families come in all shapes and sizes. But did you know there’s an uptick in the number of grandparents raising grandkids? According to data from The Pew Charitable Trusts, 2.9 million grandparents were raising their grandchildren in 2015 compared with 2.5 million in 2005.

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How to Best Cope with Summer Heat: Be Weather Ready
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(StatePoint) Summer can be hot, sticky and downright uncomfortable. It can also be dangerous if you are not prepared.

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5 Essential Travel Hacks for On-the-Go Parents
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(StatePoint) Getting from point A to point B with young kids is an adventure within itself. Whether by plane, train or automobile, parents are on the search for ways to make family travel a little less stressful.

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How to Manage the Symptoms of Menopause
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(StatePoint) Menopause is often associated with troublesome symptoms like hot flashes and mood swings, yet even more serious health issues may be part of this life stage, such as heart disease.

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4 New Technologies to Help You Protect and Appreciate Nature
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(StatePoint) The possibilities of new technology to improve the world are seemingly boundless. And these days, the state-of-the-art can help you protect and appreciate nature in your daily life.

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Study Tips for Busy College Students
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(StatePoint) With seemingly endless reading, lengthy term papers and make-or-break exams, the academic life of a college student can be nothing short of demanding. What’s more, many students hold down part-time jobs and participate in extracurriculars during the semester.

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Doctor’s Orders: How to Protect Your Skin this Summer
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(StatePoint) The summer can really take a toll on skin, when more of it is exposed to sun, bugs and poisonous plants.

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Tips to Avoid ‘Summer Brain Drain’
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(StatePoint) It’s only natural that kids get excited for summer vacation. However, parents may be concerned about “summer brain drain,” which occurs when students lose the knowledge they gained during the school year.

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Aging Eyes: 3 Ways Seniors Can Protect Their Vision
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(StatePoint) While you may take healthy eyes for granted, it’s important to know that as you age, you become more susceptible to conditions that can impair your vision. The effects of vision loss can be devastating, harming one’s quality of life and independence.

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What to Know if You Are Trying to Get Pregnant
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(StatePoint) The journey to parenthood is not always easy. For some, it is definitely a harder process. But there are many natural steps you can take to boost your fertility, say experts.

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Tips to Incorporate Music into Your Family's Daily Routine
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(StatePoint) The benefits of music education are endless. Studies have associated music education with higher test scores, improved concentration and more. But if you are a parent, you probably know how it goes: many children will begin a music program with enthusiasm, only to complain about practicing a short time later, sometimes even asking to quit.

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6 Tips for Throwing a Great Outdoor Party
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(StatePoint) Throwing the perfect party outdoors requires a bit of precision. Here are six great ways to keep guests happy, comfortable and entertained.

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Tips for Protecting Your Family Against Bug Bites
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(StatePoint) From hikes to picnics to relaxing in the hammock, nothing ruins summer fun quite as fast as bug bites. Unfortunately, bug bites are more than just a nuisance. They can trigger allergic reactions in some people, and may transmit diseases like Zika Virus, Dengue Fever, West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease.

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New Tips to Ease Recovery from Addiction
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(StatePoint) Those recovering from an addiction know what a major challenge the process can be on the body and mind, as well as on the wellness of friends and family supporting your endeavor.

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Moms: Common Reasons You May be Packing on Pounds
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(StatePoint) A pizza crust here, a chicken nugget there. Can eating leftovers off your child’s plate really add up? The answer is yes. Eighty-one percent of moms with kids under 18 admit to eating off their kids’ plates before, during or after a meal. What’s more, one in three say they eat less healthfully now than they did before they became a parent, according to a new survey conducted on behalf of Nutrisystem by Harris Poll.

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Safe Summer Driving Tips for Teens and Young Adults
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(StatePoint) Warm weather means more young drivers on the road as they head to summer jobs, parties and embark on road trips. Often, young drivers feel invincible, but they shouldn’t take their safety for granted.

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6 Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease That May Surprise You
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(StatePoint) Those familiar with Parkinson’s disease (PD) are likely aware of the disorder’s most visible symptoms, including slower movements, impaired balance, rigidity/stiffness and involuntary shaking. However, Parkinson’s, which is a neurodegenerative brain disorder, can cause a range of non-motor symptoms, which can bring about a new set of challenges for people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers.

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Tips to Step Up Your Patio Experience this Season
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(StatePoint) Ready to step up your outdoor living experience this season? You’re not alone. Nearly 70 percent of design and build firms report an increased demand for outdoor living space, according to the American Institute of Architects.

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DIY Projects to Improve Your Outdoor Living Space
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(StatePoint) Are you taking advantage of your yard and maximizing its potential as a living space? All you need is a bit of time and energy to transform your yard into the perfect place to spend time with family and friends.

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Natural Ways to Support Infant Health During Pregnancy
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(StatePoint) In the last 10 years, scientists have learned that having enough beneficial gut bacteria is a critical component of overall health. Now, research shows that ensuring newborns have sufficient exposure to probiotic bacteria during infancy and early childhood can give them a head start on lifelong wellness.

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Keep Your Cool This Summer with These Organization Tips
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(StatePoint) Summer is often associated with lazy days spent picnicking and swimming, but most of us know that these months are often the most action-packed, making organization as important as ever.

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What to Know about Your Tuna Sandwich
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(StatePoint) Americans love their tuna. Indeed, the U.S. is the largest market for canned tuna in the world. But according to experts, much of the nation’s canned tuna is not produced sustainably or ethically.

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Before Buying a Home, Learn the Lingo!
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(StatePoint) Buying a home for the first time? You may discover that one of the biggest obstacles is learning the lingo. Homebuying can be overwhelming and perhaps a bit intimidating if you aren’t familiar with the terminology.

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Make Your Summer Barbeques Sizzle
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(StatePoint) With family and friends gathering to celebrate all summer long, try a new and healthy twist on some backyard barbeque essentials.

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Make Your Home Safer in Wicked Weather
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(StatePoint) Wicked weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Being prepared will offer you, your family and your home greater protection. Here is what to know.

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3 Financial Must-Do’s for College-Bound High School Families
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(StatePoint) One challenge looms large for many American families as students approach high school graduation: how to pay for college.

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Early Childhood Education is Crucial: How You Can Help
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(StatePoint) New research shows that many pre-K classrooms could benefit from more resources, especially for the most vulnerable children. Ninety-four percent of Head Start teachers report needing more resources to enrich their classrooms, and 84 percent say they are unable to fund experiences they want to provide, in a recent study by the National Head Start Association.

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5 Great Ways to Reduce Stress
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(StatePoint) The constant juggle of work, family and other responsibilities can cause anybody to feel stressed. And stress is not only unpleasant, it can have negative ramifications on your health, including stomach upset, fatigue, headache and even depression and drug abuse, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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Checklist: 5 Camping Essentials for a Safe and Enjoyable Adventure
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(StatePoint) More than 30 million Americans camp in tents yearly, according to the Outdoor Foundation. As with any outdoor adventure, having the necessary equipment is crucial.

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Don’t Let Your Wireless Bill Ruin Your Big Trip
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(StatePoint) Travel can be rife with inconvenience, from delayed flights to lost luggage and more. And the high cost of staying connected via mobile devices is an additional headache for a growing number of travelers, especially those with international adventures ahead.

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Do You Practice Safe Sun Habits?
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(StatePoint) Summertime is all about trips to the pool, beach and park. And it also means time spent in the sun.

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Tips to Make Math Your Child’s Favorite Subject
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(StatePoint) For many students, math can seem like a chore. Not only are the concepts sometimes tough at first, but teachers are required to keep their lessons moving at a particular pace, making it easy for any student to get lost in the classroom shuffle.

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Cut Costs and 'Make' it a Prom to Remember
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(StatePoint) The countdown to prom is on and there’s a lot to do. From finding the perfect date, locating the right ride, getting the dream dress or tux, and coordinating hair, makeup and accessories...it can be a little overwhelming...and pricey.

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5 Helpful Hints for a Clean and Clutter-Free Home
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(StatePoint) Papers piling up? Toys taking over?  If your home is more cluttered than clean, you’re not alone -- 85 percent of homeowners say that organization and storage is the most desired feature in a home, according to OrganizedLiving.com.

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3 Ways Seniors Can Get More from their Smartphones
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(StatePoint) With the rapid pace of new developments in smartphone technology, it can be hard to keep up with all the changes, especially if you grew up in an era when phones were attached to a cord.

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4 Ways to Help Raise Kids' Grades
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(StatePoint) School can be tough, but parents can help by making sure students have all the tools and study habits they need to succeed. Here are four ways to help raise children’s grades.

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Tips to Teach Your Children about Money
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(StatePoint) It’s never too early to think about the lessons your children are learning about money. Setting a good financial example is just the start. Parents should also actively engage children on the topic. These lessons can help put kids and teens on the right path towards a financially responsible adulthood.

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Simple Ways to Incorporate Exercise into Your Daily Life
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(StatePoint) When constantly struggling to juggle the unending daily responsibilities of both work and family life, trying to squeeze in time to exercise can be a daunting task.

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Books for Kids to Enjoy this Summer
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(StatePoint) Whether you are heading out of town on vacation or sticking around the neighborhood pool, kids need diversions in summer. Take some time to restock kids’ bookshelves with great reads.

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How Digital Technologies Can Help Students Learn
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(StatePoint) Did you know that advanced digital technologies can help grade school and high school students become better prepared for college and careers?

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Tips to Make Lasting Healthful Changes to Your Eating Habits
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(StatePoint) Do you find it difficult to maintain healthy eating habits? Remember that small changes, made over time, can add up.

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Dental Health is Important for Children's 'Baby Teeth'
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(StatePoint) Parents and caregivers may be underestimating the importance of dental care for children’s “baby teeth.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 63 percent of children ages two to four see the dentist at least annually.

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A Simple Home Cleaning Checklist
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(StatePoint) When it’s time to roll up your sleeves and do some home cleaning, experts point out that it’s helpful to streamline the tools you use to do the job and the tasks you seek to accomplish.

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Buying or Refinancing Your Home? Tips for Success
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(StatePoint) Whether you are purchasing a new home or refinancing an existing one, making smart financing decisions is important.

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Tips to Look Your Best When Dressing Casually
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(StatePoint) From fitness conscious consumers to busy moms who are always on the go, casual athletic attire is becoming a socially acceptable and on-trend style. In fact, it’s so popular, it carries its own name: “athleisure.”

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Natural Tips to Beat Seasonal Respiratory Health Challenges
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(StatePoint) Spring and summer can be particularly difficult times of year for those with respiratory health challenges, when simple activities like gardening, walking the dog and reading a book on the patio can cause itching, wheezing, sneezing and trouble breathing.

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Durable Décor Upgrades that Add Comfort and Style to Your Home
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(StatePoint) Interior upgrades should make a big impact -- adding style and comfort to your home. They should also last a long time, even if you have a busy household, with lots of foot traffic.

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From Clogs to Backups: 3 Simple DIY Plumbing Fixes
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(StatePoint) If the idea of doing-it-yourself where plumbing is concerned sounds intimidating, fear not. There are many simple fixes to common plumbing problems that just about anyone can take care of without professional assistance. More importantly, performing these simple maintenance tasks as they are needed can prevent larger problems from occurring.

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Garden-to-Table Tips for Growing and Cooking Your Own Produce
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(StatePoint) Nearly 50 percent of fresh fruits and 20 percent of fresh vegetables in the US are imported, according to FoodSafety.gov. This means that your food traveled long distances to get to your plate. To better enjoy fruits and vegetables, many families are now growing their own at home.

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Shopping Smarter to Help Your Household Routine
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(StatePoint) If you follow awards shows to learn about the best movies and music, why not do the same to learn about the household products your family uses on a daily basis?

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3 Ways Seniors Can Save on Prescriptions This Year
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(StatePoint) If you signed up for a new Medicare plan during Open Enrollment, it’s important to understand how your prescription drug costs may be affected. Even if you did nothing to alter your coverage, some features of your plan may have changed for 2017. 

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What to Know about Eye Health
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(StatePoint) Did you know that doctors now recommend that children as young as six months old should have their first comprehensive eye exam? And not only is correcting vision problems crucial for happiness and success, but an eye exam can detect such health problems as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

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Surprising Factors Impacting Car Buyers' Decisions
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(StatePoint) While make and model are still dominant factors on car lots, today’s consumers have a new set of priorities, thanks to increasingly sophisticated in-vehicle technologies being offered in new cars.

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5 Things to Know if Someone You Love is Addicted to Painkillers
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(StatePoint) Fifty-two people die every day from opioid overdoses nationwide, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 12 million U.S. residents used prescription painkillers non-medically in the past year.

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Tech Goals to Save Money and Make Life Easier
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(StatePoint) These days, the average consumer needs to budget for a variety of tech-related expenses -- from data plans to cable bills. These monthly expenses quickly add up.

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Tips to Get Organized, Set Priorities and Be More Efficient
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(StatePoint) No matter what your work or family circumstances are, your days are likely a juggling act.

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Realistic Tips for Busy Moms
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(StatePoint) Time is perhaps the most coveted thing moms have and it's crucial to manage it effectively for you and your family.

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What to Know About Treating Common Illnesses
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(StatePoint) For short-term conditions that come on quickly like the common cold, to chronic conditions such as arthritis or allergies, homeopathic medicines are among the safest types of drugs, say experts.

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