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What to know before filing your income taxes

Before you can file your 2012 income taxes, you usually have to gather important documents, review relevant tax rules, and make a few decisions.

The process is complicated, but the tips below can help make it easier, not to mention save you time and money.

Deductions that...

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Your best plan to fight high blood pressure: DASH diet

High blood pressure is perhaps the biggest factor for heart disease in the United States, affecting nearly 1 in 3 adults. But it's also a condition you can control with specific diet and lifestyle changes.

Who is at risk

Do you know your blood pressure numbers? A...

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7 common symptoms of a heart attack

Being able to identify a possible heart attack in yourself or others can help save lives.

Here is a list of common heart-attack symptoms that can manifest in both men and women, as provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

* Unusually heavy pressure on...

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A fun goal worth pursuing. (Photo: Flickr/lululemon athletica)

How to stay on track for losing weight this year

This article is part of JustAnswer's "Resolution Rescue" series to boost success with common New Year resolutions. Previous: "4 strategies to improve your finances in 2013."

Losing weight is consistently the...

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4 strategies to improve your finances in 2013

This article is part of JustAnswer's "Resolution Rescue" series to boost success with common New Year resolutions. Previous: "What you must do to reach your goal to quit smoking."

Whether you have a...

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So many tablets to choose from.

Gadgets as gifts: 7 things to know before buying

By Tom Musbach on December 06, 2012

If you have an iPad, videogame console, Kindle, or smartphone on your holiday shopping list, you may find yourself with more questions than answers about making the right purchase.

To help with the many details that go into these buying decisions, Michael Hannigan, a consumer electronics...

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Toyota Prius V hybrid (Photo: Flickr/Robert Scoble)

Toyota and GM to recall cars over safety flaws

By Tom Musbach on November 14, 2012

Automakers Toyota and General Motors have announced recalls of several car models, according to news reports on Wednesday.

Toyota recall includes Prius

Toyota Motor Corp. said it will recall nearly 2.8 million cars worldwide, including some of the popular Prius...

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Ready to ride out the storm. (Photo: Flickr/Jodie Wilson)

4 stress relievers to curb your dog's fear of storms

By Tom Musbach on October 30, 2012

Large storms like Hurricane Sandy can stress out dogs, adding even more anxiety for your household.

But you can calm your dog through a few low-dose sedatives and other products, as two veterinarians on JustAnswer recommend below.

Valium. "Valium is a very good...

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Impressive pumpkin art can still cause nightmares. (Photo: Flickr/John Sagredo)

How to help a child with recurring nightmares

Ghosts, ghouls, and goblins are hallmarks of Halloween, but they can stir up nightmares and other anxieties for kids that last longer than the holiday.

Below is a related question on how to help a child with recurring nightmares, followed by useful tips from Dr. Jody Navitsky, a...

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How to get kids to eat less Halloween candy

By Tom Musbach on October 02, 2012

For most children, collecting candy by the bagful is one of the biggest treats about Halloween. For parents, the biggest trick is getting kids to eat as little of that candy as possible.

“Candy has never been good for kids," said Dr. Jody Navitsky, a physician on JustAnswer. "But now in...