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How Your Home Changes When You Telework

With winter on its way in, taking advantage of your company’s telework opportunity might sound appealing – but snow days aren’t the only thing keeping people at home during the workweek. Telecommuting opportunities are available at increasing rates to employees in the U.S., and they’re taking advantage of the option …

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7 Things to Do Before Buying a Flipped House

House flipping has gained notoriety from TV shows like HGTV’s “Flip or Flop” and A&E;’s “Flipping Vegas,” but chances are the person who flips your potential future home won’t have a TV crew documenting the work. Horror stories abound of house flips that hid major problems, only to be revealed …

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How to Find a Reliable Helping Hand for Home Improvement Tasks

Like many homeowners, one of your New Year’s resolutions may be to do some home improvements. Unless you’re handy, you’re likely to be in the market for a handyman (or handywoman) who can do in minutes the tasks that take you hours. “A lot of consumers can quickly get in …

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Fan of Home Renovation Shows? The Fantasy vs. Reality

We’ve all seen the home renovation shows where the nice young couple buys a decrepit home with a kitchen so ugly even 1960 wouldn’t take it back. In 30 or 60 minutes, that ugly house becomes a veritable dream home, with every detail perfect, down to the color-coordinated stand mixer …

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Want to Spend Your Senior Years at Home? Here’s How to Do It

For 30 years, Pat Weis has called the Bay Indies community in Venice, Florida, home. It’s where she lived with her husband until his death three years ago and where she currently resides with a friend. Now 80, Weis has no plans to leave her house anytime soon. “I’ve been …

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How to Make Hiring a Home Contractor Less Like Gambling

Hiring a contractor to do a major home renovation is difficult for most of us. We’re risking a lot of money, so it’s important to avoid costly mistakes. Since it’s not something we do often, we have few opportunities to practice and improve our skills. Even for experienced home renovators, …

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Health

Rapid early weight gain tied to higher childhood blood pressure

Infants and preschoolers who gain weight rapidly may have higher-than-average high blood pressure later in childhood, a U.S. study suggests. The relatively small differences in blood pressure linked to rapid weight gain for youngsters in the study may be tied to an increased risk of other health problems in young …

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Researchers puzzled over why more babies being born with organs outside the body

Anna, Avery, Genevieve, Ian: Those are a handful of the names of American children with gastroschisis— whereby the intestines are born outside of the body, protruding from a hole beside the belly button— and who are featured in a newstory series published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

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12-year-old Washington girl dies from flu

The family of a 12-year-old girl who died after contracting the flu said her illness progressed like “a freight train.” Peggy Lowery, of Kitsap County, Washington, described her daughter Piper as a usually very healthy child, according to Fox 8. On Tuesday, Jan. 12, Piper presented a high fever, and …

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Formerly conjoined twin heads home year after birth, brother still recovering

One of the formerly conjoined twin boys born in Jacksonville in December 2014 is now at home. The Florida Times-Union reports Conner Mirabal was released from Wolfson Children’s Hospital on Wednesday. His brother, Carter Mirabal, has had a slower recovery and remains hospitalized. Their mother, Michelle Brantley, says both boys …

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