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Halloween fun on a budget: Frightfully good times for the whole family

Halloween season is highly anticipated and beloved by Americans of all ages.

Halloween first arrived in the United States during the 1800s as Irish and English immigrants flooded America, and brought the Halloween tradition with them, according to Katla McGlynn in her article, “The History of Halloween, Plus 5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Holiday,” published in HuffPost.

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Captain Richard Phillips: A paragon of mental toughness

Captain Richard Phillips, a former merchant mariner from Vermont, is an undeniable American hero.

Abducted from his Kenya-bound American ship the Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates, Phillips was forced to leave his crew and abandon his ship.

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Flu season is here: Tips for staying healthy throughout the holidays

October is the month traditionally recognized as the start of flu season in the United States.

As the advent of fall brings cooler temperatures, pumpkin patches and leaves turning from green to gold, there is a common concern about how to stay healthy throughout the duration of flu season.

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Honoring women’s health this October: National Breast Cancer Month

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).

ACS estimates approximately 12 percent of women in the United States will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

The effect of breast cancer on members of our society is staggering, and likely no one is exempt from its impact. It crosses all socioeconomic and racial lines, and knows no gender barriers.

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The Michael J. Fox show: Parkinson’s, family, laughter, and courage

Art will imitate the real life of beloved actor and comedian, Michael J. Fox, when his much anticipated one-hour season premiere airs tonight.

Airing at 9/8 central time on NBC, this television special sets the stage for Fox’s upcoming weekly, 30-minute sitcom.

What is unique about The Michael J. Fox Show is also what is extraordinary about the actor himself.

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Happiness: A human issue with global impact

People living in Northern European countries rank the highest in their level of overall happiness, according to research conducted by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

In their World Happiness Report which was presented to the United Nations this year, the following countries ranked the highest in levels of overall happiness:

1. Denmark
2. Norway
3. Switzerland
4. Netherlands
5. Sweden
6. Canada
7. Finland
8. Austria
9. Iceland
10. Australia

The United States ranked 17th, slightly below Mexico.

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Linda Ronstadt’s unsung battle with Parkinson’s provides inspiration

Linda Ronstadt raises awareness about the ravages of Parkinson’s Disease after losing her ability to use her gift of song.

An 11-time Grammy award winner, songstress Linda Ronstadt influenced generations over multiple decades with her striking vocal ability and eclectic musical talents.

Now at age 67, Ronstadt has learned she will never be able to sing again due to Parkinson’s disease.

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Honoring men by celebrating National Prostate Cancer Awareness month

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness month, an ideal time for increasing public awareness about this devastating disease.

Prostate Cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men, primarily affecting men who are over the age of 50.

The American Cancer Society estimated in 2012 that “241,740 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 28,170 men will die from prostate cancer.”

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Planning for Labor Day: History and fun for all ages and abilities

Labor Day is a much anticipated American holiday.

Occurring on the first Monday of every September, this federal holiday was signed into law by President Grover Cleveland in 1894.

The first Labor Day occurred in New York City in 1882. Borne from the strife experienced by the average American worker at that time in history, the final federal enactment of 1894 was signed after major labor strikes, which were caused in part by “the deaths of a number of workers.”

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Passion throughout a lifetime: Sexuality and ageism

The advent of the Silver Tsunami will challenge perceptions about human sexuality and aging in today’s youth oriented society.

10,000 Americans turn 65 each day, resulting in an unprecedented population of older adults in the US.

According to the National Register of Health Service Psychologists, “One out of every six Americans will be over the age of 65 by the year 2020. In the case of older adults and sexuality, older people are stereotyped as being non-sexual beings who should not, cannot, and do not want to have sex.”

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