Prepare your car for winter with these simple tips
Getting ready for winter is no small feat. It takes time and planning to make sure your family and your home are ready to brave the elements. But is your car as ready as you are? If you haven't thought about preparations for your vehicle, these simple tips will help you prepare for the colder months ahead.
Figuring out the best ways to save a few extra dollars can be difficult. But, a few simple strategies can go a long way in helping you and your family pay down debt and be better prepared for financial emergencies, college expenses and retirement. Some take a few minutes, others may require discipline - but all are easy moves to stretch your dollars and improve your financial situation.
In the U.S., nearly half of all women older than 50 will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture. And while osteoporosis may seem like a disease that only affects people later in life, early prevention is key to better bone health. In fact, bone mass attained early in life may be the most important determinant to bone health when you get older.
Americans will spend more than $6 billion this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation. How much of that will be overspending or outright wasted money? It's possible to control holiday spending and make smart money decisions this holiday season, if you keep in mind the "three P's": plan, purchase and protect.
Is the protein in your pet's food causing a deadly disease?
You've seen the commercials and print ads: It seems like every pet food maker is touting meat as a top ingredient. Some even go so far as to eliminate grain completely, advertising super-high levels of protein for dogs or cats. But when it comes to pet food and protein, can there be too much of a good thing? According to the experts: yes.
Avoiding footwear fumbles when exercising or playing sports
No one disputes that exercise provides a host of health benefits, from helping control weight to improving cardiovascular functions. But exercising in the wrong footwear can cause more harm than good, especially since foot health is integral to overall well-being.
See your diabetes in a new light this tailgating season
Tailgates are often synonymous with calorie-packed, high-fat foods that can make it challenging for people with type 2 diabetes to stay on-track with managing their condition. But, even if you have type 2 diabetes, there's no reason to sit on the tailgating sidelines this season.
With the return of cool autumn weather, our thoughts turn to warm, comforting foods. But cold-weather cooking needn't be dull. This year, take your menu cues from restaurant and cooking trends to create fun fall foods your entire family will enjoy.
Learn how you can support a friend who is being abused
When someone you love is being emotionally or physically abused by her partner, it can be difficult to know the best way to show support without appearing judgmental or invasive. But statistics show that violence typically continues and escalates if no one takes action to stop it. Here are some simple tips and resources to help you start a conversation that could lead to positive changes.
Going gluten free may not be enough to manage celiac disease
If you suffer from abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloating, joint pain, skin rash, mouth sores or tingling in the legs and feet, you may be one of the approximately 1 percent of Americans who are diagnosed with celiac disease. For those who are diagnosed with celiac disease, following a strict gluten-free diet is currently the only option available when seeking symptomatic relief. While the growing availability of gluten-free products available in stores may make it easier to manage these symptoms, is a gluten-free diet enough to make symptoms go away?
The days are getting cooler, the leaves are starting to change colors and team banners are starting to appear on front porches everywhere. It can only mean one thing - football season is back. With it comes more than 32 million fantasy football players and a whole lot of weekend game-watching festivities.
Upgrade your home's exterior and achieve the look you've always wanted
If you enjoy spending the cold winter months planning your next spring home improvement project, your creative juices are already flowing. But instead of focusing on the same small home improvement projects again this year, have you considered something bigger? Have you considered a project that redefines your home and showcases your individuality? The one that will make your home stand out in your neighborhood?
Fatigue. Dizziness. Irritability. Millions in the United States are experiencing these symptoms, but few know they may be the signs of a condition called iron deficiency anemia (IDA). IDA is most common among women of childbearing age and in those with special conditions, such as chronic kidney disease or gastrointestinal disorders that can cause bleeding.
Romance is in the air: the best holiday gifts for couples
For the love of your life, channeling all of your romantic feelings into a perfect present is a challenge. This year, a surefire way to that person's heart is a gift that celebrates health and wellness and brings the two of you closer.
Helpful or hurtful: Should you keep taking fish oil supplements?
Thousands of studies show numerous positives of omega-3s, including benefits to the health of the heart, joints, brain, eyes, prostate and women's reproductive systems. But a recent report is raising concerns for some people about possible negative consequences of fish oil. Here's what you should know.
More options than ever for families needing elder care
Many families wrestle with decisions for how to take care of aging parents, grandparents and other loved ones. Just 20 years ago, families might have had to choose between putting a parent in a nursing home or having one younger family member quit a job to stay home and care for the parent. Today, options abound and it's important to know what's available before making such an important decision.
Fall back in love with your wardrobe this holiday season
Not only is the holiday season time for presenting loved ones with carefully hand-picked gifts, it's also the season for dressing up and sharing good cheer at office parties, family events and cocktail gatherings.
As the housing market bounces back in many parts of the country, you may be wondering: What's my home worth now? There's actually more than one answer. Your home has three potentially very different price tags based on its market value, replacement value and tax value.
America's restaurant and foodservice industry provides jobs and careers for 13 million people - 10 percent of our nation's workforce. While restaurants serve as a stepping stone for many - one in three Americans got their first job experience in a restaurant - it's also an industry of tremendous opportunity, where individuals of all backgrounds are given the opportunity to move up the ladder and succeed. In fact, 80 percent of restaurant owners began their careers as hourly workers in the industry.
Rate of pregnancy and childbirth complications on the rise in the United States: How we can reverse this trend
Pregnancy and childbirth should be a time of joy. But, today alone, 800 women around the world will die from complications experienced during pregnancy and childbirth, according to a WHO report. It is shocking to learn that most of these deaths are preventable.
River cruising: An easy way to explore and experience Europe
Europe is a popular destination for international travelers looking to visit the world's great capitals such as Paris, Amsterdam and Prague; to experience European culture; and to explore charming small towns. But planning a European trip can be daunting because it involves a lot of research to decide where to go, how to get there, and what to see. River cruising offers an excellent solution to this travel challenge.
Don't give up on skin during the colder months ahead
During the fall, when temperatures drop, skincare steps that were crucial during the hot summer months can often be overlooked because skin isn't as exposed. Instead of waiting until skin is uncomfortably dry and itchy, make sure you're moisturizing every day so skin stays soft, smooth and supple. And with all of the gatherings and parties that happen through fall and winter, you want to feel feel comfortable and confident in whatever you wear - whether it's a short cocktail dress or a sleeveless top.
Living with diabetes and maintaining healthy vision
Diabetes is now the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 20-74 years, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Maintaining healthy blood vessels is essential for preserving healthy vision, especially those located in the retina in the back of the eye that are particularly susceptible to damage. The need to preserve blood vessel health is supported by the projected rise of diabetes in the U.S. population.
Every fall, many people review their employer health care options during "open enrollment." As you start to focus on your health care decisions, you may also want to consider the safety of information you routinely provide, such as your address, Social Security number and insurance provider. With new private and public health insurance exchanges becoming available, you may face a greater risk for medical identity theft.
Check your tax forms for errors and avoid fines for 2013
Tax season will be here before you know it and businesses everywhere want to handle their reporting quickly, efficiently and on time in order to avoid the penalties and fines associated with missed deadlines. In recent years, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has increased its penalties for misfiled or late tax forms. As a result, it's more important than ever for leaders of small- to mid-sized businesses to stay on top of changes and be doubly vigilant in assembling and reviewing their reporting documents.
More than one-third of adults in the U.S. have high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Yet many of those treated for these conditions don't realize they are putting themselves at risk by not understanding the basics about their medications.
How to mentally prepare for a crisis in the workplace
Recent events in the news have reminded us that unexpected, dangerous and stressful situations can happen anywhere: on the street corner, at the grocery store, and in the workplace. While these situations are often chaotic, there are steps you can take to mentally prepare yourself to handle them better, whether you are an employee, a business owner or manager, or a bystander.
Impact of the Affordable Care Act on your income taxes
The most significant implications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, also known as "Obamacare," are just around the corner. In addition to having wide-ranging effects on health insurance in 2014 and 2015, the legislation also impacts income taxes.
Survey: Teens not as cyber savvy as parents might think
While some parents may not know a gigabyte from Google, they still need to help their kids stay safe and protect personal information online. A new survey finds that some of today's young people don't understand the dangers of their tech-heavy lifestyles.
Smartphone apps make it easier to manage type 2 diabetes
The amount of effort it takes for people with diabetes to pick the right foods and track everything they eat is a common source of frustration. Many people simply give up on actively making food choices or logging their meals despite the potential health risks. In the past two years, a growing number of people have been turning to smartphone apps to help simplify the process.
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.
Straight talk: Some lenders lead marketplace in simplified customer agreements
If one universal lesson emerged from the economic meltdown of the Great Recession, it's that ignorance is not bliss when it comes to financial matters. Before the recession, many Americans made financial decisions without fully understanding the impact of their choices - despite detailed financial disclosure statements intended to educate consumers on just what they were agreeing to when entering a credit contract with lenders.
Being a proactive patient goes a long way in the fight against breast cancer
The grim reality is that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. But women don't need to sit back and wait for breast cancer to happen. Women can also be proactive by taking steps to help prevent adverse events in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
What do most people want for the holidays? Technology and home entertainment gifts are highly sought after, meaning gift-givers have plenty of opportunities to get an impressive present. If you think you need to spend a lot to get a great gift, think again. There are many great options for less than $100.
Behind in saving for retirement? Approaches to catching up
Does the pace of your busy personal and professional life leave you feeling like you're always playing catch up? If you were among the millions whose retirement savings and investments suffered during the recession, there's good news: you can start to catch up with a few simple steps.
New offerings in home and on-the-go entertainment: how to 'decode' the many options
With all of the advancements in home entertainment technology, there are now more options than ever to watch movies at home or on the go that fit your budget and lifestyle. When planning a family movie night, road trip or just a cozy night in, here are terms that will help explain some of today's most popular movie-watching options:
Use your rewards credit card wisely over the holidays to get the most out of your spending
Festive decorations, twinkling lights, seasonal foods and the company of loved ones - everyone has that special something they enjoy most about the holiday season. Avoiding sticker shock when you see your January credit card bill might be one of them. It can be a challenge to keep costs down, however, when you have a lengthy gift list to get through. One easy option you may not have thought of is probably already waiting in your wallet - if you use a credit card that offers a rewards program.
Three exterior home improvements can add to your home
While homeowners generally spend more time entertaining guests indoors, the exterior of your home makes the first impression. When it is time for home improvements, the exterior of the home may be forgotten or ignored. Painting, updating furniture and replacing flooring inside are all important, but the exterior of your house deserves some tender love and care as well.
In extreme sports competitions such as the X Games, some of the world's gutsiest (some may say craziest) athletes push themselves - and their equipment - to the limit. To help these athletes prevent injuries and perform their best, competitors in sports such as motocross, rallycross, skateboarding, BMX biking and mountain biking depend on the ever-evolving safety gear made possible by a broad mix of tough, cushioning and high-performance plastics.
A family feast for the record books, too much tailgating, a stressful day at the office, an allergic flare-up or just a change in your routine - no matter the cause, you've likely had to cope with digestive health issues at some point. For some, they're an occasional occurrence. For many, they're a regular or even daily disruption that can be uncomfortable, bothersome and embarrassing.
HARP changes put refinancing in reach of more homeowners
When the federal Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) launched in 2009, millions took advantage, but many other homeowners found they couldn't qualify to refinance their underwater mortgages. Today, significant enhancements have made the program more accessible for homeowners and a great opportunity to lower payments or build equity faster.
Trend in nostalgic nosh brings new flavor to fine dining
Seasoned tots with your filet mignon? Fries with parmesan cheese and truffle oil? But of course. Comfort foods with sophisticated flair are plated in abundance at the finest restaurants around the country, as chefs reinvent potato sides like fries and tots with new dips, toppings and custom spice blends. Excitement continues to build as these nostalgic dishes from the kiddie table can now be found making their way to grown-ups' plates.
Whether you live near or far, returning home for the holidays can be a nostalgic time. But for those with allergies and asthma, celebrating the season with family and friends can be anything but enjoyable.
The school year is in full swing, and shopping for pens, pencils and notebooks is already a memory. In addition to these traditional supplies, many of today's students have another tool - often underutilized - to help them succeed the in classroom: their smartphones and tablets.
Rare cancer on the rise: Why the first signs are easily misdiagnosed
Intermittent abdominal pain, flushing and diarrhea are commonly associated with a number of medical conditions. Yet for some Americans these symptoms could actually be the sign of a rare form of cancer called neuroendocrine tumors (NET). Given the wide range of symptoms of NET cancers, it is important to raise awareness of this often misdiagnosed disease.
Five tips to help chart a path toward financial success
A strong credit profile can help you qualify for credit at the lowest rates possible. Yet, consumers often wait until they need credit to think about their credit situation. In fact, 62 percent of people have not reviewed their report in the past year, according to a recent National Foundation for Credit Counseling survey.
Woman with rare disease overcomes adversity one mountain at a time
For most of her life, 44-year-old Tanya Howell was considered unreliable. She missed many days of work, even lost jobs and would frequently cancel on her friends and family at the last minute. She was particularly devastated when she needed to cancel on group outings, because she loves exploring and conquering the outdoors. The reason for her "flakiness," a term many of Tanya's friends used to describe her, was because she was suffering from unexplained, debilitating swelling attacks that would come on quickly and cause swelling in different parts of her body at any given time.
Lighten the load: Open up valuable free time by organizing the laundry room
Laundry is always on the to-do list, and in busy households across the country, it seems that the hamper is always full. Running a household doesn't have to be a chore, especially when it comes to laundry.
Surgery insight: What happens while you're under anesthesia?
Preparing for surgery can create anxiety for some patients. It is not uncommon for patients to be particularly nervous about undergoing anesthesia. Have you ever wondered what happens during surgery and anesthesia? You're not alone. Knowing you will receive the highest quality and safest medical care throughout your surgery can help ease any worries or concerns.
Many people don't take enough ownership over what they pay when it comes to investing. Only 51 percent of investors say they know how much they pay for their investments, and only 16 percent who work with an investment professional have asked how fees and commissions impact their portfolio's returns.
Colorblind care: improving health literacy among minority populations
Achieving consistent quality of care regardless of a person's race or ethnicity remains a critical goal for anyone with a stake in America's health care system for improving health literacy - the ability to use and understand health information.
The majority of this year's key tax law changes were the result of two acts - the Affordable Care Act of 2010, also known as Obamacare, and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The easiest way to navigate all the tax law changes and determine if you qualify for hundreds of tax benefits, is to use an online or mobile tax preparation solution.
Mariann Farrell was a busy, young mom in Pittsburgh whose life revolved around her family and her career as a music teacher - until the day of her car crash. It has been 30 years since the accident that left her with such debilitating chronic pain that she was forced to give up her job. Mariann, now 66, has had to rely on her family for daily support.
They say the eyes are the window to the soul, but did you know eyes also say a lot about your health? A number of eye ailments are limited to the eye, but often they can be an indicator of a systemic problem. Dry eye - a common condition in which the tear ducts make insufficient tears for lubricating and nourishing the eye - can be either.
Shake up snack time with a pop of flavor inspiration
Today, Americans eat around 16 billion quarts of popcorn every year making it the nation's favorite snack food by volume. Naturally rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, low calorie air-popped popcorn has more iron than eggs and more fiber than traditional salty snacks. In addition to being healthy, it's wallet-friendly. For about 25 cents, you can pop enough kernels to satisfy a family of four. If that's not enough to whet your appetite, what makes popcorn the greatest snack is its ability to adapt to consumers' ever-changing palettes.
What to do if your child is accused of being a bully
It's a phone call that most parents can't imagine receiving. Your school's principal has requested a meeting because your child is being suspended or expelled ... for bullying. While some parents might look at bullying as a part of growing up, in fact it actually has reached epidemic proportions across the country. More than 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year, according to DoSomething.org, a social issues advocacy group. Every day, nearly 160,000 children miss school because they are scared of being bullied, notes the National Education Association. What's more, many incidents of bullying go unreported because kids are afraid to report them.
There are more than 19 million adults in the United States living with depression and many more people could be suffering but are unaware that what they are feeling is depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. This common and treatable illness affects people from all walks of life and can significantly interfere with a person's behavior, physical health and interaction with others. The more you know about depression, the more likely you are to be able to help yourself or help others.
Scouting out the best Black Friday and holiday shopping deals?
You know the holidays have officially begun when the tinsel and colored lights go up in stores, streets and homes. Thanksgiving Day is now Black Thursday, when consumers - still hungry and primed for the best possible holiday deals - fight the famous tryptophan sluggishness and rush off to the mall not long after the turkey is carved and gobbled.
Naval Aviation an exciting opportunity to keep America secure via air and sea
Protecting the security of the United States from both air and sea is what the exclusive, world-class group of Navy Pilots and Naval Flight Officers do on a regular basis. They have access to the world's most sophisticated aircraft and helicopters, and play a crucial role to the Navy's mission.
Miley Cyrus, notorious trials and Obamacare top online searches for 2013
While election politicking dominated the top 10 searches of 2012, this year people were a little starry-eyed when it comes to online searching. Miley Cyrus (No. 1) came into our lives like a wrecking ball and dethroned Kim Kardashian (No. 2) to become Yahoo's most searched person in 2013.
Moms champion traditional toys even in a digital age
As smartphones and tablets are more frequently finding their way into kids' hands, many parents may wonder about the implications of increased screen time, and question what role traditional toys should play in their children's lives.
As farmers begin harvest and approach the end of 2013 production, many are assessing the year and looking forward to 2014. For row-crop farmers, the 2013 harvest is expected to be a good one. However, prices are lower than last year, and some are delaying their decision to go to market in hopes that the price will improve early next year. Low commodity prices may also persuade farmers to consider prepaying for at least some of next season's inputs before the end of the year. Here's what you need to know for now and the future.
Part-time jobs may be the new normal in the U.S. job market
The unemployment rate has edged lower as the nation slowly recovers from the economic crash of 2009 but unemployment is still a concern for many Americans. Millions of people have filled part-time positions, to make ends meet. Many people are signing up to work several part-time jobs in lieu of a full-time position. It seems as though part-time jobs have become the new normal for U.S. workers.
Howie Mandel wants you to know the facts about AFib-related stroke
When celebrity game show host Howie Mandel was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib) not caused by a heart valve problem, he didn't know that he was one of approximately 5.8 million people living in the U.S. with the condition or that it put him at a five times greater risk of stroke.
Almost every day there is something in the news about a computer hacker obtaining sensitive corporate information. Whether these cyber-attacks are the work of lone individuals or sophisticated organizations, the end result can be devastating. In fact, it has been estimated that such intrusions cost the nation's businesses more than $114 billion every year.
The grilled cheese: A new spin on an American classic
Still think a grilled cheese sandwich is processed cheese between two slices of white bread? It's time to find out what you've been missing. Mouth-watering bacon, savory onions, sweet fruits, artisan bread all deliciously layered with flavored Cheddars and Monterey Jacks; these are today's grilled cheese sandwiches. If that gets your stomach grumbling, try out these delicious recipes and see if they don't inspire your creativity to create a unique grilled cheese of your own.
Community impact: Resetting the perceptions of public housing
Food, water, shelter - all basic human needs. But for millions of Americans, having a secure place to call home is financially out of reach, even if they work full-time. From veteran to teacher to single mom, public housing helps 2.2 million people throughout the country, with half a million more on waiting lists. Despite providing a critical resource to communities, there's still a negative stigma associated with public housing. Here's what you need to know.
Men's health program pushes the envelope to save young men's lives
Testicular Cancer is the most common form of cancer in young men ages 15 to 35 - men who are in the prime years of their lives. However, any man, regardless of age or race, can develop the disease. All too often, men don't even realize they may be at risk because they are unaware of the facts. How do you get young men talking about their health and potential risk for male-centric cancers?
Whether you're acquiring a new puppy or kitten for your household or adopting an adult pet from a shelter or rescue organization, the following tips will help you get off on the right foot with your newest family member.
Risk of concussion increases with school sports and activities
During the school year, more students ride bikes and participate in sports such as football, hockey and soccer. Events such as a bike accident, quick fall or collision with another student during athletic practice resulting in a concussion could cause serious consequences both during the school year and later on in life.
Looking back on 2013, billions of Internet searches from around the world reveal it was a year of American songs, superhero movies, social media love, high-end designer brands, controversial sports stars, European getaways and fierce women.
Finding employment can be a full-time job these days. High numbers of job seekers can make it a challenge for those looking for long-term jobs and careers. Before your confidence begins to wane, it can help to remember that the skills applied to a search for employment can strengthen performance on the job.
Rising emergency department visits driving demand for nurses
Recent catastrophes like the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 in San Francisco and the Boston Marathon bombings have highlighted the extraordinary work of emergency departments and their indispensable role in health care.