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Taking Out Student Loans? How to Borrow Strategically
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(StatePoint) It's never too early to start working with a financial advisor. There are many stages in your life when you could benefit from the advice of a financial professional, including when you are young and taking out student loans, or in the process of paying them off.

Leaving Town? Here’s How to Prep Your Home
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(StatePoint) If you’re planning to travel this summer, you’re in good company. Eighty-two percent of adults in the United States – that’s more than 212 million people – are planning on doing the same, according to The Vacationer’s summer travel and trends survey. As you pack your bags, it’s also important to prepare your home for your absence. While catching some summer sun, you can help protect your home and possessions using these tools and strategies:

From Packing to Unpacking: A Guide to Key Moving Products
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(StatePoint) Whether you’re relocating across the street or across the country, packing can be an overwhelming task. However, with the right supplies, the process can be structured and smooth. This guide provides tips for getting organized and protecting your personal property from damage so that you can enjoy the excitement of settling into a new space.

5 DIY Painter’s Tape Hacks to Elevate Backyard Spaces
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(StatePoint) Looking to beautify your backyard? Read on for five fresh ways to update your outdoor space with just a roll of painter’s tape, a can of paint and a little creativity – and uncover some innovative painter’s tape tricks to make these DIYs super simple.  

Survey Finds Renters Turn to DIY Décor to Give Their Spaces Style
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(StatePoint) While it’s normal to feel nervous about moving into your first apartment, it’s also an exciting time to create your own personal haven. Most rentals have lease limitations on what tenants can and can’t do when it comes to painting and decorating, but there are still ways to infuse your own unique aesthetic into a space.

Road Tripping This Summer? Keep These Tips in Mind
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(StatePoint) Whether you’re day tripping with family, taking a week-long vacation with pals, or doing a cross-country solo drive, summer road trips of all kinds can be long and exhausting. The good news? There are plenty of ways to improve the experience.

Get the Best Hair of Your Life This Summer
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(StatePoint) Want beautiful, healthy tresses this summer? It’s important to understand how seasonal factors like sun and humidity can impact your hair, and to learn what you can do about it. Check out these three tips to enhance your routine, and get the best hair of your life this summer:

How Compounding Pharmacies Can Help Patients Get Needed Care
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(StatePoint) Most consumers know how a traditional pharmacy works. Far fewer are aware of an alternative option: a compounding pharmacy. Here’s everything you need to know about these specialized healthcare facilities, and how they have the potential to improve your wellness.

Why You Should Avoid DIY Dental Trends
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(StatePoint) DIY activities, like swapping a lighting fixture or painting your living room, are popular ways to accomplish your to-do list. But as anyone who has tackled too big of a project knows, some jobs are best left to the professionals. That includes your dental health.

Boost Military Morale With a T-Shirt This Summer
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(StatePoint) Often separated from loved ones while training or deployed to remote locations around the world, from South Korea to Germany to bases across the United States, service members and their families make sacrifices every day.

Firearm Safety Begins at Home
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(StatePoint) Firearm violence has become the leading killer of children and young adults under 24, surpassing deaths from vehicle collisions since 2017. And while daily headlines emphasize news of mass shootings, most firearms-related deaths and injuries are preventable and occur in a familiar place -- at home.

High School Graduation Gift Ideas by Intended Major
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(StatePoint) It’s graduation season, and if you have a college-bound student in your life, you’re probably looking for great ways to honor all their achievements of the past four years while helping prepare them for future successes.

Know Your Risk for Blood Clots Before Taking Birth Control
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(StatePoint) In today’s evolving reproductive health landscape, informed decision making about contraception is crucial, particularly for women affected by inherited blood clotting conditions or thrombophilia. Selecting the right birth control method is pivotal, say experts, who point to research that shows the risk for potentially life-threatening blood clots is 35 times greater among women with genetic clotting disorders who use estrogen-based contraceptives.

How Workplaces Can Contribute to COPD Risk
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(StatePoint) Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is a long-term lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. Impacting 11.7 million people in the United States, many people think of it only as a disease that impacts people who smoke and use tobacco products, but long-term exposure to dust, chemicals, fumes and vapors from the workplace are also risk factors.

Build Your Own Window Feeder for Summer Bird Watching
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(StatePoint) There are very few things more relaxing than the amazing sight and sound of birds. A 2022 study even uncovered profound mental health benefits to birdwatching, including stress relief. But how do you go about bringing some of this outdoor zen to your kitchen or living room? The answer is simple: a DIY window bird feeder.

Helping You Get The Most out of Your Prescription Drug Benefits
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(StatePoint) The health care system can feel uncoordinated and costly. One in 10 U.S. adults ration medication because they can’t afford their prescriptions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, the more a patient must pay at the counter, the more likely they are to abandon their treatment. Other Americans simply lack convenient access to primary care providers and pharmacies, and go undertreated as a result.

Finding Human Connection in Support of U.S. Service Members
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(StatePoint) In order to honor the sacrifices and contributions of the people who serve in the U.S. military, it’s important to recognize the human aspect of military service, and that includes acknowledging the importance of the support networks and camaraderie that boost morale throughout their journey.

5 Financial Tips for New College Graduates
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(StatePoint) Graduating college? If you’re like many young adults, this is the first time you’ll be managing your finances independently. There’s more to it than ensuring you have enough money in the bank to pay for your next bill.

Pneumococcal Pneumonia Vaccination Can Save Your Life
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(StatePoint) Pneumococcal pneumonia is a potentially serious bacterial lung disease that can disrupt a person’s life for weeks. When severe, it can result in hospitalization and even be life threatening. Each year, pneumococcal pneumonia results in an estimated 150,000 hospitalizations in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Confused by Nutrition Labels? You’re Not Alone
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(StatePoint) Shopping for groceries can be like navigating a maze: so many choices in every aisle, food packages covered in marketing claims and little direction on what is truly healthy and what isn’t. People want to make healthy choices for themselves and their families, but how can they when the information available to them can be so overwhelming?

Bringing Luxury Outdoors: Tips for a High-End Resort Feel at Home
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(StatePoint) Elevating your outdoor space into a luxurious retreat that rivals a high-end resort is a dream that many homeowners share. Whether you're renovating your current property, planning a complete transformation, or starting fresh with a custom build, use these tips and design elements to get started.

5 Essential Facts Families Should Know About Lung Cancer Staging
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(StatePoint) Close to 238,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year. That’s about one person every two and a half minutes. Fortunately, more Americans are surviving lung cancer thanks in part to early detection, groundbreaking research and new treatments. However, the path from diagnosis to treatment can be confusing. Advocates say that understanding lung cancer staging is essential to empowering patients and their families.

How to Give Back to the Military Community
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(StatePoint) When it comes to a vast operation like the USO, which has more than 250 locations around the globe that serve hundreds of thousands of U.S. service members and their families, volunteers are at the heart of the organization’s mission.

How to Create Flyers, Invitations, Videos and More with Generative AI
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(StatePoint) Whether it’s designing an e-invitation for a baby shower, trimming down your marketing video, or creating a social media post to share with friends and followers, you’re likely creating content for work and personal reasons on a regular basis. Now, thanks to an emerging technology called generative AI (or GenAI), — a type of artificial intelligence that can perform all kinds of jobs from simple text prompts — it’s easy for anyone to create professional-looking content.

Step Into Spring: Find the Perfect Shoe to Elevate Your Style
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(StatePoint) Spring is here (finally!), and it’s time to ditch those winter boots for something a little lighter on your feet. From sweat sessions to evenings on the town, here’s how to refresh your closet and get on top of this spring’s shoe trends to meet your style and functional needs.

Connecting Military and Family During and After Long Deployments
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(StatePoint) It was a long-awaited homecoming for the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), which returned to Naval Station Norfolk on January 17. The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier operated for an additional 76 days in the Mediterranean Sea due to the Israel-Hamas conflict, for a total of 8 months deployment.

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