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New Alternative To Veneers Has Many Smiling

New Alternative To Veneers Has Many Smiling

In an age when television shows like “The Swan” are all the rage and folks seem to be doing just about anything to enhance their appearance, cosmetic procedures are becoming more advanced and, in the case of dentistry, less painful. If you dream of having the perfect smile but the thought of having veneers applied […] Read More

Tips to Keep Your Car In Shape for Road Trips

Tips to Keep Your Car In Shape for Road Trips

With gas prices on the rise, there is no better time than now to think about vehicle maintenance. “Proper car care is critical during the travel season,” said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. “With gas prices exceeding an average $2 per gallon for the first time in history, performing a few […] Read More

Web Sites Teach Public About Bugs, Germs, DEET

What are the 10 most dangerous pests? What are antimicrobials and how do they protect us? What do the most effective insect repellents contain? Find answers to these questions and more on the Consumer Specialty Products Association’s public information Web sites, DeetOnline.org, AboutBugs.com and AboutGerms.com. The sites provide in-depth information on disinfectants, pest repellents and […] Read More

America’s ‘Mane’ Attraction: The Golden Age of Horses

America’s ‘Mane’ Attraction: The Golden Age of Horses

More Americans are learning why riding off into the sunset equals living “happily ever after.” With recent movies such as “Seabiscuit” and “Hidalgo” topping the charts, it seems horses are more popular than ever – but it’s not just Hollywood. The trend is sweeping the nation as more people discover the wonderful world of horses. […] Read More

Tips for Keeping Kids Occupied on Road Trips

Tips for Keeping Kids Occupied on Road Trips

On the road, drivers must deal with constant traffic concerns, including glaring sunlight, blinding rain, traffic jams, street signs and other drivers. But one distraction you might not have thought about is your kids. According to AAA, more than 1.5 million crashes have involved some kind of driver distraction, and 24 percent of crashes occur […] Read More

Learn the Correct Way To Control Carb Intake

For Americans who want to control their carbs, learning how to consume “good” carbohydrates in balance with a variety of proteins and “good” fats can be confusing. To help people understand the science underlying this nutritional approach, “Atkins for Life,” the book that set the gold standard for controlled-carbohydrate lifestyles, provides clear and complete explanations […] Read More

Will a Return to Traditional Values Save Our Economy?

The American economy is deeply mired in a financial dilemma, and the waters have begun to smell a little stagnant. Despite statements issued by White House budget director Jack Lew that progress is being made, citizens haven’t been given much reason to have faith in their government. Americans don’t know where to look for solutions […] Read More

Chaos in the Kitchen? Tips For Getting Your Kids to Eat

Chaos in the Kitchen? Tips For Getting Your Kids to Eat

If picky eating were an Olympic sport, would your child be the gold medal winner? If so, you’re not alone. Many parents find that their children consistently place first in the “you can’t make me eat that” category and excel at pushing food around their plate. How can you turn mealtime into a family-friendly hour […] Read More

New Technology Brings Improved Diagnosis of Heart Disease

New Technology Brings Improved Diagnosis of Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading killer of Americans. According to the American Heart Association, more than 13 million Americans are affected and, when diagnosing heart disease, using the best medical imaging technology available is crucial. Until recently, diagnosing heart disease was difficult without a costly and invasive surgical procedure, especially for patients with little or […] Read More

Tips for Shipping Bulky Items With Ease

Tips for Shipping Bulky Items With Ease

If you’re planning a move, packing is probably the one thing you’re not looking forward to. So, you rent a truck or call a moving company and the problem is solved. However, if what you really want to do is ship an overstuffed sofa to your son at college or a priceless oil painting to […] Read More

Covert Cams Bring Peace of Mind at Home

Covert Cams Bring Peace of Mind at Home

According to the Vanished Children’s Alliance, a child is missing or abducted every 40 seconds. A car is stolen every 24 seconds in the United States, according to the Insurance Information Institute. What can you do to prevent these crimes from happening to you and your family? Video surveillance is one option you may not […] Read More

Pampering Products That Feel Like Paradise

Pampering Products That Feel Like Paradise

Whether you’re climbing your way up the corporate ladder or overwhelmed with the organizational tasks of home and kids, a luxurious vacation to an exotic paradise may seem like an impossible dream. You can only fantasize about an outdoor massage among fragrant island flowers or a nap after enjoying a brunch ripe with fruits fresh […] Read More

Still Paying Bills By Mail? Five Reasons to Go Online

Still Paying Bills By Mail? Five Reasons to Go Online

The tedious tasks of writing out checks for bills and making constant trips to the post office to mail them could soon be a thing of the past, experts say. More and more Americans – about 30 million households, according to recent findings – are discovering the advantages of paying bills online, where stacks of […] Read More

Award Honors Success in Fight Against Diabetes

Ice cream or yogurt? Regular or diet soda? These may not be critical decisions at your dinner table – unless you’re one of nearly 18 million Americans living with diabetes today. People with diabetes face daily challenges. To remain healthy, they must monitor their blood sugar levels, eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. Some […] Read More

Changing Children’s Lives: A Woman’s Mission

Life changed for Dorothy Samson in an Indian orphanage. Seeing the incredible needs of the children there, the Colorado resident knew she could make a difference. So started a journey that led her to Compassion International and its unique child sponsorship program. Now, after just five years working with the ministry, 25 children count on […] Read More

Finding the Best Medicare Advantage Plan

Did you know Medicare has a rating system that evaluates health plans based on dozens of quality measures and patient experiences? Very few plans receive the top Medicare rating. Out of 563 Medicare Advantage plans for 2013, only 11 plans with prescription drug benefits earned the top five-star rating. Six of those 11 were Kaiser […] Read More

Aflac Donates $1 Million to African-American Museum

Aflac Donates $1 Million to African-American Museum

In Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian Institution will soon welcome an addition to its family of museums that house priceless works of art and other relics. To celebrate the legacy and contributions of black people in the U.S., the Smithsonian is developing the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. The museum will be the only […] Read More

Women Fear They’ll Have Little Gold in Their Golden Years

Women Fear They’ll Have Little Gold in Their Golden Years

Nearly 40 percent of women aged 30 to 55 are worried about spending their retirement years at or near the poverty level because they cannot adequately save for retirement, according to a recent survey. The National Women’s 2005 Retirement Survey found that women of color are most concerned about their ability to save for retirement. […] Read More

“Staycations” Help Beat Economic Doldrums

“Staycations” Help Beat Economic Doldrums

The down economy has forced many Americans to forgo vacations, but working without breaks can create undue stress and related heath issues. If you want to save some money, there are plenty of ways to get creative and have a fun, affordable “staycation” without leaving your hometown. – Get crafty. There are many Web sites […] Read More

Home Projects Becoming Real Entertainment

Home Projects Becoming Real Entertainment

As the recession tightens pocketbooks, Americans will begin to look for inexpensive entertainment at home. Movie ticket sales are down, DVD rentals and TV viewership are up. Libraries are enjoying increased popularity, and many people are now viewing home improvement as a form of entertainment. Many homeowners are being drawn to landscaping, not only to […] Read More

Private Mint Strikes History In $100 Coin

Private Mint Strikes History In $100 Coin

Going through the Smithsonian’s artifacts can sometimes yield big surprises. For instance, the recent discovery of a design for a $100 gold coin. Jeff Garrett, a numismatist, or coin expert, was examining the Smithsonian’s National Numismatic Collection when he discovered an original sketch by George T. Morgan, an artist often considered America’s greatest coin designer. […] Read More

Are We Tending to Our Children’s Garden of Hope?

Are We Tending to Our Children’s Garden of Hope?

Spring is in the air. During these months of renewal and growth, ask yourself whether you are doing all you can to help a child in need. Are you helping to plant the seeds of success in children less fortunate; those who perhaps are lingering in foster care because they were abused or neglected? The […] Read More

Screening is Key to Preventing Colorectal Cancer

Screening is Key to Preventing Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the number-two cancer killer in the U.S. Unfortunately, few people realize that there are a number of simple screening tests that can make colorectal cancer one of the most preventable cancers. Most colon cancers begin as polyps which, if not removed, can become cancerous. The development of more than 75-90 percent of […] Read More

Talking Through Teens’ Growing Pains

Talking Through Teens’ Growing Pains

Pop culture tells us that teenagers inevitably transform into hungry, rebellious, secretive monsters. But while it is true that teenagers seek autonomy, it’s not impossible for parents to keep the lines of communication open. It might seem that you and your teenager have nothing in common — you cringe at their music and wince at […] Read More

MLK’s ‘Dream’ to Shine in Four-Acre Memorial

MLK’s ‘Dream’ to Shine in Four-Acre Memorial

During the 1963 March on Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered what would become his most famous public words. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech left an indelible imprint on hundreds of thousands of civil rights demonstrators that day and would continue to do so for […] Read More

Toys of the World Celebrate Power of Play

Toys of the World Celebrate Power of Play

For most children in the United States, finding a toy with which to play is hardly a hardship. A trip to the toy store with some allowance money, or a holiday or birthday, provides plenty of action figures, model cars, dolls, talking robots and video games. But many children in developing countries around the world […] Read More

Walking the Walk for AIDS

Walking the Walk for AIDS

UNAIDS estimates that more than 37 million adults and 2 million children are infected with HIV worldwide. The AIDS epidemic has hit the hardest in sub-Saharan Africa, where 75 percent of the women ages 15 to 24 are infected. Closer to home, 40,000 people per year in the U.S. are infected, more than half of […] Read More

Children Create Posters for Peace

Children Create Posters for Peace

When Yennie Shyu, a 12-year-old from San Jose, Calif., tried to visualize peace, she immediately thought of e-mail. “In this age, technology and computers are very popular, so I thought about combining technology and e-mail with spreading the message of peace and love,” said Shyu, whose poster, which depicts little girls e-mailing olive branch-carrying doves, […] Read More

Earn Federal Tax Credits for Insulated Window Treatments

Earn Federal Tax Credits for Insulated Window Treatments

In a struggling economy, Americans are taking a closer look at their heating and cooling bills. Keeping a home at a comfortable temperature can use considerable energy — especially if hot and cold air fly out the window. Windows can be a major area of heat transfer. During winter, cold air comes in through the […] Read More

South Beach: A Tropical Location Close to Home

South Beach: A Tropical Location Close to Home

Americans who want to plan a tropical beach vacation without traveling beyond the continental U.S. should set their sights on Miami. The city’s multi-cultural flair, superb beaches and lively nightspots satisfy everyone from art buffs to water sports enthusiasts to partiers. Miami’s South Beach provides the best mix of beach, culture and entertainment. Historic Art […] Read More

Miami Turns Up the Heat for a Celebrity-Style Vacation Destination

Miami Turns Up the Heat for a Celebrity-Style Vacation Destination

Travelers looking for luxe, hip beach destinations have to look no further than Miami’s South Beach, where top celebrities, models and fashion photographers unwind after the sun goes down. South Beach is famous for its superb beaches, mouth-watering cuisine and infinite celebrity hot spots. One such hot spot is the Maison d’Azur Restaurant at Hotel […] Read More

Check the Tread Before Dashing Through the Snow

Check the Tread Before Dashing Through the Snow

Winter weather means hot cocoa and snow angels for some and slippery, dangerous commutes for many. Owning tires with enough tread is paramount to better traction on winter roads. Drivers should check their tires now, before bad weather hits. If they feel some level of decreased performance, or their tires have 4/32 of an inch […] Read More

The Dream Vacation Tour for Beatlemaniacs

The Dream Vacation Tour for Beatlemaniacs

If you were one of the 73 million Americans who tuned in to “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964 as the Beatles irrevocably changed rock ’n’ roll, prepare yourself for perhaps the perfect vacation idea. Did you embrace Beatlemania and never look back? If the answer is an enthusiastic “Yes,” the CIE Tours’ “Icons of Britain” may […] Read More

Explore Personal Style With Home Decorating Tips From an Artist

Explore Personal Style With Home Decorating Tips From an Artist

Decorating can be one of the most exciting times during your experience as a homeowner. Not only are you creating the essence of your home, you are also adding your very own personal touch and style. One of the easiest ways to add unique spice to an ordinarily drab room—incorporate exceptional artwork . “Many of my clients […] Read More

“Mickey Mouse of Japan” Goes Stateside

“Mickey Mouse of Japan” Goes Stateside

Japanese imports like Pokémon and DragonballZ have been entertaining American children for over a decade, but Japan’s most iconic manga character — a child robot known as Astro Boy — has only recently been rediscovered by American audiences. Often called “The Mickey Mouse of Japan,” Astro Boy was created in 1952 by Tezuka Osamu, Japan’s […] Read More

Safer Driving in a Winter Wonderland

Safer Driving in a Winter Wonderland

When the weather outside is frightful, it’s important that drivers make sure their vehicles are prepared for wintery weather conditions. Snow and ice can turn a normally safe road into a slippery hazard. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, 70 percent of the fatalities related to ice and snow occur in automobiles. Firestone Complete […] Read More

Change Your Calendar, Change Your Oil

Change Your Calendar, Change Your Oil

Each year, many Americans spend the holiday season contemplating their New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s self improvement, quitting a bad habit or losing weight, a resolution can have a big impact on the year ahead. However, many people overlook vehicle maintenance, which helps protect their families, the environment and one of their biggest investments -; […] Read More

Avoid Breakdowns During Holiday Travel

Avoid Breakdowns During Holiday Travel

Winter driving creates special challenges, which can only be amplified by the long trips many Americans will take over the holidays. To avoid unexpected problems, Mom and Dad should take their vehicle to a shop before they herd the kids into the car and head off to grandma’s. The professionals at the nonprofit National Institute […] Read More

Vehicle Maintenance Now Means Big Savings Later

Vehicle Maintenance Now Means Big Savings Later

Our parents used to tell us the same thing – “Take care of your toys, and they’ll last longer.” Well, our parents were right, not just about bicycles and video games, but also about grown-up “toys” like Toyotas, Hondas and Fords. In today’s tough economy, consumers might try to save money by putting off routine […] Read More

New VehSmart Helps Teens and Parents Drive Better, Safer

New VehSmart Helps Teens and Parents Drive Better, Safer

When teenagers buckle up behind the wheel of a car, parents start to worry. But a new product called VehSmart is going a long way toward providing parents with some peace of mind. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, teenage drivers account for just 10 percent of the U.S. population, yet were involved in […] Read More

Keep Your Loved Ones Safe Behind the Wheel

Keep Your Loved Ones Safe Behind the Wheel

Be Mine. Kiss Me. I’m Yours. Sometimes short and sweet is the best way to send a message to your loved ones. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Firestone Complete Auto Care suggests sharing the following messages with friends and family: – Be Proactive. It is important to be proactive when it comes to […] Read More

Get a Better Deal: Sell Your Car Yourself

Get a Better Deal: Sell Your Car Yourself

With the economy weighing heavy on the minds of consumers, one way that auto shoppers can save money is by selling their car themselves. While trading in a car is an easy option, consumers will typically get more money on their trade-in by selling their car on their own. And while the process takes some […] Read More

Device for Lung Patients Changes Lanes to Save Fuel

Device for Lung Patients Changes Lanes to Save Fuel

Technologies developed for certain functions have often proved useful in other applications. For instance, a top-secret material developed for the military now makes lighter fly fishing rods, and super glue was the by-product of a man trying to develop clear plastic for gunsights. Now, a device developed to help lung patients might enter automobile engines. […] Read More

Monster Jam Drawing the Crowds

Monster Jam Drawing the Crowds

Some people might not consider sports entertainment or theatrical competitive events as real sports, but a growing number of Americans, over 5 million to be precise, are attending Monster Jam events, Supercross races, Arenacross races, Freestyle Motocross events and IHRA Nitro Jam drag racing events -; while looking for some good old-fashioned fun and competition. […] Read More

Credit Crunch, Economic Crisis Affecting Auto Leasing

Credit Crunch, Economic Crisis Affecting Auto Leasing

In light of the recent economic downturn, many auto manufacturers are putting the brakes on car-leasing. This, along with the credit crunch, has left consumers unsure of how they will finance their next car. Instead of asking the question “Should I lease my next car?” many consumers are asking, “Can I lease my next car?” […] Read More

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Car

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Car

New Year’s resolutions can be about more than shedding a few pounds and exercising more. Simply changing a few habits can help your vehicle last longer, command a higher resale price, pollute less and burn less gasoline. Here’s helpful advice from the experts at the non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) -; the […] Read More

Neglected Car Service Costing Motorists

Neglected Car Service Costing Motorists

In difficult economic times, it’s natural to cut back on spending, but the experts at the nonprofit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) advise that putting off automotive maintenance and service can cost you more in the long run, with small problems growing into more expensive repairs. For example, failure to replace worn brake […] Read More

Time to Review Your Auto Insurance Policy

Time to Review Your Auto Insurance Policy

As you work your way through tax season, it might also be a good idea to re-evaluate your auto insurance policy. “The beginning of the year is a great time to get your financial house in order,” says Wade Bontrager, vice president of Marketing for GMAC Insurance. “While you’re already looking at your finances, it’s […] Read More

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