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Word of the Day – Mar. 3 – Senescence

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Noun: Senescence  (sih-NESS-unss) Definition: 1. The state of being old: the process of becoming old. 2. The growth phase in a plant or plant part, from full maturity to death. Sample sentence: Sarah avoids the pitfalls of senescence by exercising daily and being active in her community.

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Health Tip – Mar. 3 – Full Fat Milk Might Actually Lead to Leaner Bodies

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Milk has been getting a bad rap the past few years, especially milk of the whole variety. The prevailing assumption is that full-fat dairy will lead to a full-fat waistline and an increased risk of heart disease. Not necessarily true, two new research studies found. In one study, middle-aged men who ate full-fat milk, butter, and […]

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Word of the Day – Feb. 28 – Cheeseparing

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Noun: Cheesparing  (CHEEZ-pair-ing) Definition: 1. Something worthless or insignificant. 2. Miserly economizing. Sample sentence: While many charities have undergone painful downsizing, they fear their operations won’t survive the relentless cheeseparing the government is indulging in.

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Health Tip – Feb. 28 – How Healthy Cucumbers Really Are

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  A cucumber is a vegetable that is not only healthy, but very tasty too! There are many people who use this vegetable in their salads in order to enjoy a fantastic meal. It has Vitamins B1, B3, B2, B6, B5, and not to forget Vitamin C. It is high in Zinc, Iron, Potassium, Folic […]

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Word of the Day – Feb. 27 – Zeitgerber

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Noun: Zeitgerber  (TSTYE-gay-ber) Definition: An environmental agent or event that provides the stimulus setting or resetting a biological clock of an organism. Sample sentence: For humans, a societally imposed cycle, such as the schedule of work, can become a zeitgerber.

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Health Tip – Feb. 27 – Chew Slower, Eat Less

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Would you eat less if you chewed each bite of food more thoroughly? To find out, researchers at Iowa State University recruited 47 people: 16 of normal weight, 16 overweight, and 15 obese. At a preliminary session to establish baseline eating habits, prospective participants were asked to eat five portions of pizza rolls and count […]

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Word of the Day – Feb. 26 – Picayune

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Adjective: Picayune  (pik-ee-YOON) Definition: Of little value: paltry. Also petty or small-minded. Sample sentence: Jeanne only had picayune criticisms of the new ad campaign, but that didn’t stop her from voicing them at the meeting.

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Health Tip – Feb. 26 – Acupuncture to Ease Dental Woes

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Here’s a potential solution for patients who are always nervous and anxious in a dentist’s chair: researchers in Italy found that acupuncture reduced the likelihood of gagging among patients having impressions taken of their upper and lower teeth. In this small study – only 20 dental patients with a history of gag reflex took part […]

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Health Tip – Feb. 25 – Exercise Plus Weight Loss Could Save Your Hearing

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The heavier women are, the higher their risk of hearing loss compared to women of normal weight. This surprising finding stems from the long-running Nurses’ Health Study II that, along with other health parameters, tracked physical activity, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference and hearing loss among 68,000 women from 1989 to 2009. On the […]

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Word of the Day – Feb. 25 – Solatium

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Noun: Solatium  (soh-LAY-shee-um) Definition: A compensation (as money) given as solace for suffering, loss, or injured feelings. Sample sentence: The judge ordered the company to pay a solatium to each of the unjustly fired workers.

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