A confident look starts with your smile

(ARA) – Whether it’s hitting the gym or heading to the salon, many people are looking for ways to get the right look as the warmer and more active months approach. But looking good is more about confidence than anything else. The way you feel about yourself influences the impression you make on others.

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Small-business success secrets

From shoe repair shop to florist, and from online marketing agency to web-based import company, all American small businesses have a few things in common. They all started with an idea, and an act that was equal parts faith and courage.

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Some women of reproductive age lack knowledge about the benefits of folate

(ARA) – According to a recent omnibus survey of 643 women ages 18 to 45, nearly half of women (43 percent) are unaware of the health benefits of taking folate or folic acid daily. Further, 67 percent report they do not take a supplement containing folate or folic acid daily, with more than half (52 percent) saying they don’t take a supplement containing folic acid at all.

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The wedding of your dreams, on a budget

(ARA) – You’ve dreamed about your wedding day since you were old enough to hold a white pillowcase on your head. However, you’re currently experiencing extreme sticker shock after having seen the cost of all of the individual items you want to make your wedding distinct and beautiful.

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Congenital diaphragmatic hernia: One of the most common birth defects you’ve never heard of

Jenni Pappas stared at the perinatologist, a specialist in maternal-fetal health, anxiously watching him perform her ultrasound. She was 22 weeks pregnant, and the mass on her baby’s chest was so large, it had pushed the heart out of place. When doctors explained what it was, Pappas was too stunned to speak. It was the baby’s liver. At the time, all she could manage to ask was, “is my baby not going to make it?”

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Six steps to a healthier and more livable lifestyle

(ARA) – Often, the thought of getting healthy conjures up images of restrictive diets, counting calories and hours at the gym. However, deprivation diets and strict workout regimens tend to be short-term fixes that never meet your long-term goals. Luckily, there are simple and realistic ways for you to feel great, boost your energy and increase your overall health – and the effects can last a lifetime.

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