Tips for avoiding costly errors on your tax return
(BPT) - Making mistakes is one of Americans’ biggest fears at tax time. A single error can delay the processing of your return or even cause it to be rejected by the IRS. If that happens and you’re entitled to a refund, get ready to wait. Today’s sophisticated tax preparation products make doing your own taxes perfect th...
Food terms to help navigate the menu and the supermarket
(BPT) - When you’re scanning a restaurant menu or walking the grocery store aisles, do you know what many of the food terms really mean? What designates “local," and what is the difference between organic and non-organic? These terms and others are becoming staples on menus and in stores – and, until now, few have been c...
Tips for a bigger tax refund
(BPT) - If you typically dread income tax time, remember this: Three out of four taxpayers receive a federal refund, and the average direct-deposited refund last year was $2,923. You have almost as many tax savings opportunities as last year, thanks to the fiscal cliff-averting tax changes passed in early January. In add...
Kitchen updates that won't break the bank
(BPT) - Take a look around your home and think about which spaces you use most. If the kitchen made the list, you’re not alone. For most homeowners, the kitchen is the heart of their home, and all the time spent there likely causes a fair amount of wear and tear. If this sounds like your kitchen, it might be time for a r...
Diabetic nerve pain is different than a muscle ache or sprained ankle
(BPT) - The prevalence of diabetes continues to increase significantly, and is expected to affect 53.1 million Americans by 2025, an increase of 64 percent from 2010. One of the most common complications of diabetes is diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN), a form of nerve damage. More than one in five people with diabete...
Don't let these myths rain on your retirement party
(BPT) - Do you dream of the day you can retire, but aren't sure how to get there? You're not alone. Many people find it easier to avoid reality when it comes to planning for retirement. "That can lead to big mistakes in their retirement income planning ," says Zachary Gipson, vice president of retirement and wealth planning at USAA. Here's a look at five common myths that could derail your expectations for income when you retire. Myth 1: You won't be around long enough to go through your mone...
Learn how to be healthy, active and live well with diabetes
(BPT) - Whether you are at risk for, have been recently diagnosed with, or are living with diabetes, it is essential to make sure you have the information necessary to manage your disease. It can also be overwhelming caring for someone with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association strives to make it easier and the org...
Eye-opening facts and myths about eye health [Infographic]
If you live long enough, you will get a cataract. Cataracts can limit the ability to see bright colors, read and, most frighteningly, drive a car – especially at night. Although more than 20 million Americans 40 years and older have a cataract in one or both eyes, there is a surprising lack of knowledge about the condition among U.S. adults. In fact, a recent survey found that 22 percent of Americans did not think that they were at risk for developing cataracts in their lifetime, when in real...
Ever wondered how much data the world uses in one minute? [Infographic]
Every 60 seconds, our networks have to process 240 million emails, 1.3 million videos watched on YouTube and 100,000 people sending a Tweet – and in 2013 these numbers will be even higher. By 2015, the number of network devices is expected to double the world’s population, making our demand for network bandwidth even larger. Companies like Intel are creating solutions for network providers that will boost performance to handle the increasing network traffic.