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    (BPT) - According to a recent YouGov survey, commissioned by VELUX, 63% of people spend less than 7 hours a week in nature. Nature helps to soothe and calm us, so weave it into the decor throughout your home. Natural light brightens this bathroom, highlighting the clean, modern lines.

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    Tips for Creating the Perfect Home Office

    (StatePoint) With more people nationwide opting to create their own businesses or work for their employer remotely, the home office has become one of the most used spaces of the house, with many people spending more than eight hours a day in this room. If you’re one of these people, the kitchen table just won’t cut it if you’re looking to get serious and organized.

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Understand data usage to get the best deal

(BPT) - When it comes to how we use our cellphones, it's especially important to understand data usage. Knowing what consumes your data, and how you use it, will help you recognize whether you’re getting the best deal on your wireless plan.

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Saturday 10/12/2019
Are Millennials Paying Enough Attention to Their Credit Scores?
Posted: October 12, 2019

(StatePoint) Millennials are no strangers to watching numbers. Lives today are affected by a vast number of online and social media statistics -- likes, followers, scores and ratings. However, a new survey suggests that despite the time and attention this generation devotes to social media, they are more focused on the importance of a very different number: their credit scores.

Friday 10/11/2019
UL Presents: Smoke Alarm Friendship Stories [Video]
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:56 am

Winter is coming: Be prepared for costly, damaging storms
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 3:02 am

(BPT) - Winter weather is difficult to predict. Use these tips to help protect your home from the costly damage winter storms can bring.

Knowing If It's Alzheimer's Or Just Typical Age-Related Changes
Posted: October 11, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Maybe your mom forgot where she parked her car. Or maybe you had to resort to describing "the thing that gets the creases out of clothes" to a salesperson because you couldn't remember the word "iron."

Investing tips for smart and steady growth
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 3:01 am

(BPT) - From mobile deposits to apps that transfer money in the blink of an eye, financial technology (or fintech) is disrupting the financial marketplace in new ways. The latest example is an innovation in the annuity marketplace that expands online access to a conventional retirement product, offering a smart tool for savers, even those years out from retirement.

Falling Leaves, Football, Halloween, And A New Kitchen
Posted: October 11, 2019

(NewsUSA) - Many people believe spring or summer is the best time of year to get your dream kitchen.

How to Choose Smart Video Games for Your Kids This Holiday Season
Posted: October 11, 2019

(StatePoint) When it comes to putting a smile on kids’ faces during the holiday season, video games are a pretty safe bet.

Thursday 10/10/2019
5 tips to keep your packages safe this holiday season
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - According to the National Retail Federation, 41.4 million people shopped exclusively online from Thanksgiving Day to Cyber Monday in 2018. As the holidays approach, online shopping will continue to grow in popularity, helping families spend more time celebrating the season and less time struggling through long disorganized lines, fighting massive crowds of frantic shoppers, and worrying about whether that must-have gift will still be on shelves at the mall.

How one man survived sudden cardiac arrest
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:58 am

(BPT) - Within eight days, Michael Adams, a 59-year-old husband and father of two from Moore, Oklahoma, suffered a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) — and survived them both. While many think a heart attack and SCA are the same, they are not. Recent heart attack victims have a higher risk of SCA, but there are life-saving treatment options available.

Beauty and Style Finds for All [Video]
Posted: October 10, 2019

No deje que las alergias ocultas de temporada festiva arruinen su alegría y diversión
Posted: October 10, 2019

(BPT) - La temporada de fin de año es ocasión de reunirse para disfrutar de buena comida, amigos y festividades. Pero si bien todo pudiera parecernos alegre y brillante, si usted padece de asma o de alergias, debe ser precavido. A menudo, una temporada plena de tradición y alegría puede venir acompañada de desencadenantes de alergias ocultas, si no está atento y preparado.

Take it from the pros and close before you doze [Video]
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:56 am

As business payment fraud skyrockets, are you protected?
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 3:01 am

(BPT) - Whether your business is small, medium or large, as an owner you're probably all too familiar with the threats of payment fraud. A proactive approach can make a big difference in reducing your chances of experiencing this common type of fraud, saving you significant time, money and stress.

Cómo enfrentar la recurrencia del cáncer en la sangre
Posted: October 10, 2019

(BPT) - Muchas de las personas que integran la cifra creciente de sobrevivientes de cáncer en los Estados Unidos comparten esta pregunta: “¿Tendrá recurrencia mi cáncer?” De hecho, el miedo a la recurrencia del cáncer es una de las principales preocupaciones en las personas con cáncer y sus seres queridos.1

Four Women’s Fiction Books Explore Diverse Family Dramas
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 2:33 am

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3 ways supplemental insurance helps those facing breast cancer
Posted: October 10, 2019

(BPT) - As we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women should take some time to make sure they are taking the proper precautions to help protect themselves physically and financially against the disease. According to the American Cancer Society, women still have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer at some time in their life.1

Safe and Sound
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 2:33 am

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Beware of ‘Free Genetic Testing’ Medicare Scam
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Over the past few years, DNA tests have become more popular across the country. However, unscrupulous people are taking advantage of the buzz around these tests to scam Medicare beneficiaries.

Be Prepared When Natural Disaster Strikes
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Emergency situations, especially those that pertain to natural disasters, can be difficult to recover from without proper planning, which is why it’s important to take small steps from the start to help protect your family.

4 Tire Tips to Prepare for Winter
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Among the many daily necessities that tend to take a backseat during the cold days of winter, driving is one of a handful directly affected by the weather. From slick roads caused by ice and snow to cold temperatures that can wreak havoc on certain parts of vehicles, even a simple commute to work or school may become a more treacherous activity.

Homemade Halloween Treats
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Culinary.net) Halloween calls for candies and treats of all kinds as trick-or-treaters roam neighborhoods, but don’t forget to stock your own snack supply with homemade goodies.

How to Bring a Restaurant Favorite Home
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) Ever wonder about the secret to making your favorite restaurant’s ranch dressing? Look no further – the secret could be Hidden Valley® Ranch Seasoning Mix. In fact, more than half of all restaurants that use a ranch seasoning mix use Hidden Valley Ranch signature buttermilk seasoning mix to provide a distinctive house-made taste. Those who enjoy freshly made ranch at their favorite eateries can recreate this great flavor in the comfort of their homes.

A Creative Twist on Halloween Carvings
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) When it comes to Halloween, carving the same pumpkin designs each year can become routine. This year, save a pumpkin and carve your spooky masterpiece into a watermelon instead.

A Flavorful Fall Meal for the Entire Family
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 2:33 am

(Family Features) When fall comes around, it brings many iconic flavors, festive traditions and family meals, along with cravings for warm, hearty dishes. For your next gathering of loved ones, whether it’s a special occasion, sporting event or simply spending quality time together, serve a classic comfort food perfect for a small crowd.

A DIY Halloween Creation
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 2:33 am

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5 Questions to Ask When Planning for Long-Term Care
Posted: October 10, 2019

(Family Features) You may not want to consider a time when you might not be able to fully take care of yourself, but the reality is there is almost a 70% chance someone turning 65 today will need some type of long-term care service and support in his or her lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Holiday Entertaining with 5 Sommelier-Approved Wine Pairings
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) The holiday season is all about entertaining. This year, take your holiday soiree to the next level with a palate-pleasing wine pairing experience. Invite friends and family to the kitchen for easily pairable tastes of these three favorites: wine, cheese and chocolate.

Halloween Spooky Cans
Posted: October 10, 2019

(eLivingtoday.com) Get the kids involved with Halloween decorations this year with these easy-to-make “spooky cans” resembling a bat, Frankenstein and a mummy.

5 Ways to Empower Kids to End Bullying
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) From the classroom to the internet, bullying can lead to children developing a poor self-image or lead to bullying others. In fact, members of Generation Z believe bullying is the biggest issue facing their generation, according to new data.

An Imaginative, DIY Halloween Costume
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) Few traditions are as popular on Halloween as picking out the perfect costume. This haunting season, think outside the box – literally – and use boxes from your recent deliveries to create a unique DIY costume, or “boxtume.”

A Spooktacular Seasonal Treat
Posted: October 10, 2019

(Family Features) Hay rides and pumpkin carving aren’t the only time-honored traditions of fall. This time of year also brings the opportunity to enjoy spooktacular and hair-raising seasonal treats.

A Stuffed Tomato Snack
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Culinary.net) Whether you need a quick appetizer or something to snack on, these Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes make for an appealing bite.

5 Tips to Save at the Grocery Store
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Culinary.net) Among the many monthly expenses that are simply unavoidable, buying groceries is one of the few that's squarely in your own control. While it's a necessity you can't eliminate from your budget completely, there are some simple ways to save a few bucks during future grocery runs.

Family Favorites with a Blended Twist
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) If you are raising picky eaters, there's a cooking technique that makes some of kids' favorite foods - like burgers and nachos - more nutritious while still tasting delicious.

A Festive Fall Treat
Posted: October 10, 2019

(Culinary.net) This ultimate fall dessert is filled with caramel sauce, topped with a fluffy cream cheese frosting and drizzled with even more caramel sauce. Family and friends can enjoy every morsel of this moist, autumn-themed cake.

Sweet Shortcuts
Posted: October 10, 2019

(Family Features) No matter the season or the reason, no party is complete without dessert. The trick to making the most out of your celebrations is finding ways to trim your kitchen time so you can enjoy the festivities, without sacrificing quality or flavor in your favorite sweet treats.

Protein-Packed Peanut Butter Breakfast
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:55 am

(Family Features) Recipes that are both nutritious and flavorful can help bring your loved ones together at the family table. Power up your family meals with protein-packed dishes like Peanut Butter Breakfast Bread Pudding with Maple Peanut Sauce.

Wednesday 10/09/2019
How this metastatic breast cancer patient became her own best advocate for personalized treatment
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:59 am

(BPT) - There are few things more frightening than an advanced cancer diagnosis. Karen Peterson knows this better than most. A 54-year-old single mother from Harlem, she is a cancer survivor three times over. But she almost wasn’t.

A childhood cancer survivor, in 2015 Peterson was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, an aggressive and difficult-to-treat cancer with a high likelihood of coming back. To treat it she had chemotherapy and a voluntary double mastectomy (both breasts were removed surgically). In 2017, her cancer came back, and she was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer with tumors in her lungs, pelvis, ribs and spine.

A fighting chance

“I remember it like yesterday. My oncologist couldn’t look at me. I knew what she was going to tell me. My cancer had spread. But I wasn’t giving up. I wanted a plan,” explained Peterson.

Her oncologist recommended that she start a traditional treatment approach, but she wanted something more personalized. Peterson had read about different types of cancer treatments, including targeted therapies, which target specific mutations in the cancer’s DNA, and immunotherapies, which use a person’s own immune cells to fight their cancer. She wanted to learn more about her disease to help find out if one of these therapy options, also called precision medicines, might focus on the DNA mutations in her own cancer.

“I really researched my disease,” said Peterson. “And I wanted something more thoughtful than the traditional treatment plan. I wanted a plan based on science and facts specific to my cancer.”

Genomic testing

Peterson learned that genomic testing, a type of biomarker testing, identifies DNA changes within the tumor and uses that information to help match patients to potential options for targeted therapies, immunotherapies or clinical trials. This can be a tool for unlocking a more personalized treatment approach that might work better for a person’s particular cancer.

Peterson requested a genomic test, but her doctor thought it wasn’t yet necessary. “My doctor said we should try traditional therapies first, but without a genomic test, how could we know if these therapies would work? And then we’d be wasting time. That’s when I knew I needed a second opinion. I found a new oncologist who agreed I should have genomic testing done. There were no FDA-approved treatments for me based on my biomarkers, but the results of my test helped me get into a clinical trial.”

Peterson’s response was remarkable. After eight weeks in a clinical trial with two immunotherapy drugs, more than 70 percent of her tumors had shrunk. Now two years later, she has completed the clinical trial and no longer has tumors in her lungs, ribs and spine.

“According to my oncologist, something very special had happened. I’m beyond grateful for the test that helped me get to the right treatment,” explained Peterson.

Karen’s advice for advanced cancer patients

Now that Peterson can focus on a future, she wants to help others facing a similar diagnosis. “Those with advanced cancer often ask me for advice, and these are the tips I share:

1: Get informed. Learning more about your type of cancer, getting informed and working with your doctor to develop a care plan will empower you. Don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion.

2: Seek support. At times it may feel like it, but you’re not alone. There are so many resources out there. It’s OK to ask for help and trust me when I say that support is essential.

3: Ask your doctor if a comprehensive genomic test could help inform your treatment plan. Without a genomic test, it may be more difficult — if not, in some cases, impossible — to know which of the new advances in cancer medicine may be right for you. Ask your doctor if a comprehensive genomic test could better inform your treatment plan.”

As part of her mission to help others, Peterson has worked with leading advocacy organizations, including the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance (MBCA), which recently launched a new resource.

“The organizational and individual members of the MBCA are collectively working to transform and improve the lives of those with metastatic breast cancer,” said Shirley Mertz, Chair, MBCA. “With that in mind, we released MBC Connect, a mobile-friendly, patient experience app designed to advance metastatic breast cancer research which will soon link patients in the U.S. with potential clinical trials, allowing them to explore future treatment options.”

Dr. Neil M. Iyengar, a medical oncologist and clinical-translational researcher, helped to develop MBC Connect. “There are an estimated 155,000 men and women living with metastatic breast cancer in the United States,” Iyengar shared. “They are a strong community with a desire to educate themselves and others about what causes unique cancers to grow, and how genomic information can be used in treatment plans to impact their disease. Not only does genomic testing offer patients and their doctors information to guide treatment plans, it also provides insights that help drive research and therapy advancements for future patients.”

To learn more about Peterson’s story and comprehensive genomic testing, visit TestingMyCancer.com.

Editor's note: Consult with your doctor for more information about genomic testing. Peterson’s experience with genomic testing is unique to her. Many advanced cancer patients who receive genomic testing may not be matched to a therapy or clinical trial option based on their genomic profile, and treatment outcomes will vary based on cancer type and unique genomic profile. However, getting a comprehensive genomic test may help your doctor make an informed treatment decision.

5 Tips to Take Control of Your Pain
Posted: October 09, 2019

(BPT) - If you suffer from chronic pain, you know all too well the effect it can have on almost every aspect of your life. From limiting your daily activities, to straining your closest relationships, pain has a way of taking control. That’s why therapeutic at-home massager manufacturer Wahl interviewed board-certified anesthesiologist and pain specialist Dr. Anita Gupta for tips on how to get the power back.

Disaster relief improves with collaboration among communities, charities and companies
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 3:00 am

(BPT) - When disasters strike — whether hurricanes and tornadoes or floods and earthquakes — communities and organizations rally to help, using their unique strengths to boost support. While every attempt to support affected families and neighborhoods is appreciated, aid is most effective when it's coordinated.

Fuel up for fall: 5 ways to take on the day
Updated: October 14, 2019 - 2:56 am

(BPT) - Back to school and back to the grind! Fall is here and with that comes maxed out schedules and new routines — school, sports practices, work travel, getting ready for the holidays and more. It can be hard to keep up, especially when you sometimes want to just lay down and recharge, but there are some easy ways to keep your energy going during these long weeks. Check out these 5 simple tips for tackling your busiest days — full speed ahead!

New Technology Accesses Small But Mighty Microorganisms
Posted: October 09, 2019

(NewsUSA) - More medicines may be developed faster in the near future, thanks to new technology that harnesses the tiny particles that make drug development possible.

How Americans Get Enough Protein While Eating Less Meat
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 2:37 am

(NAPSI)—If you’re eating meat on a daily basis, it appears you may be in the minority—according to new research. A survey of 2,000 Americans examined respondents’ eating habits and found that less than half (47 percent) said meat is a major part of their diet.

Tips To Go Green, Save Green And Stay Toasty This Winter
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 2:38 am

(NAPSI)—The 2020 Farmers’ Almanac predicts “yet another freezing, frigid, and frosty winter for two-thirds of the country.” The good news is, homeowners don’t have to choose between staying cozy and eco-conscious. Today’s innovations make it easy to enjoy both with “smart” home climate control technologies and advanced heating systems created to achieve maximum energy efficiency and comfort.

Feeling Ready For Work? This Could Be Your Year
Updated: October 11, 2019 - 2:38 am

(NAPSI)—Whether you’re looking for a job for the first time or trying to return to the workforce, you don’t have to do it alone.

As The Cost Of Long-Term Care Increases, It Pays To Know Your Options
Updated: October 12, 2019 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—According to AARP, there are 10,000 people turning 65 every day—a figure that is expected to be consistent until 2030. As these Americans continue to prepare for and enjoy their retirement years, more and more are factoring the cost of aging into their financial plans. For good reason: The Administration for Community Living, a part of the Department of Health and Human Services, estimates about seven in 10 people turning 65 will need some type of long-term care services either at home, in their community, or in a facility.

How to Turn a Simple Shed into a Livable Oasis
Posted: October 09, 2019

(StatePoint) Once the domain of lawnmowers and gardening tools, today’s backyard sheds are being repurposed into unique, functional spaces (think: she-shed, bunkhouse or even a bar pub) complete with plumbing and electricity.

Credit Application Denied? Here’s What to Do Next
Posted: October 09, 2019

(StatePoint) It’s no fun being denied anything, especially credit. Usually when someone is trying to get a line of credit, it’s for a big reason or major life milestone and having a credit application denied can feel like a real setback. But this rejection isn’t something to take personally. It’s more common than people realize and doesn’t spell doom for your financial future. In fact, credit denials can be a good opportunity to take proactive steps to improve your credit health long-term.

Confronting the Opioids Epidemic in Our Communities
Posted: October 09, 2019

(StatePoint) As America’s opioid epidemic continues to impact communities large and small, new trends are raising new challenges for doctors and policymakers.

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