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Navigating the home refinancing process

With interest rates near historic lows, now is a good time to consider refinancing your home. Refinancing a mortgage can potentially save you money over the life of a loan.

Take steps to protect your home and family during severe summer weather

The warm summer brings about plenty of fun in the sun with picnics, camping and backyard parties. However, these months can produce severe weather, from tornadoes to hurricanes. In addition to planning fun outdoor activities to enjoy in the summer heat, Americans should also prepare their homes for the worst that Mother Nature can bring.

Protect your eyes from sunburn: How to pick shades

The need for sunglasses is universal, but tastes and lifestyle needs vary. But whether your tastes run to aviators or wayfarers, mirrored or tinted, the sunglasses you choose affect far more than your style; they can directly impact your eye health, too. Fortunately, it’s possible to find sunglasses that protect your eyes and celebrate your sense of style.

Four ways men can slash high blood pressure

What you don’t know can’t hurt you, right? Not necessarily, especially when it comes to high blood pressure (hypertension). High blood pressure is one of the most serious risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Medication is an option for those with high blood pressure, but it’s not the only solution. Healthy lifestyle changes can help, too. Men can slash one of the most serious risk factors for heart disease and stroke – high blood pressure – by taking into account these four easy tips.

Celebrity chef Seamus Mullen encourages rheumatoid arthritis sufferers to rethink their approach to managing the disease

In 2007, Seamus Mullen, cookbook author and owner of Tertulia restaurant in New York City, woke up with debilitating pain and couldn’t move. He tried to stand and collapsed. Unable to reach his phone, he stayed on the floor for hours until a neighbor heard him call for help. After several days in the hospital, doctors determined that Mullen had rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease that causes chronic pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of physical function. He had become one of the 1.6 million Americans living with RA.

Are your food and cooking choices accelerating the aging process?

When it comes to health, many people are aware of the major do’s and don’ts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet. However, people often focus on their cholesterol, blood pressure, and body mass index (BMI), and overlook another key medical marker: Advanced Glycation Endproducts (AGEs).

How to find free money for college: The scholarship hunt

While college can be one of the best experiences of your life, it can also be one of the most expensive. The average cost per year for a four-year degree at a state-sponsored school currently runs $22,261 for in-state students and $35,321 for out-of-state students, according to a 2012 College Board report. With a few tips and strategies, you can ease your financial burden by applying for scholarships.