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Word of the Day – Feb. 1 – Shrapnel

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Noun: Shrapnel  (SHRAP-nel) Definition: Fragments of an exploded bomb, shell, mine, etc. Sample sentence: The shrapnel fell out of the sky  after the bomb exploded, pelting the battalion and causing several injuries.

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Health Tip – Feb. 1 – The New Hunger-Pain Connection

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If you’ve skipped a meal, you’re probably hurting right about now. Here’s why: If you haven’t eaten since breakfast, chances are, you’re pretty cranky right now—even if you did scarf down a bag of chips at noon. And here’s some bad news for you, crankypants: Not only are you likely hungry, but you may also […]

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Word of the Day – Jan. 31 – Remuneration

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Noun: Remuneration  (rih-myoo-nuh-RAY-shun) Definition: Compensation, payment. Sample sentence: She was hired on several occasions as a consultant and each time was given a generous remuneration for her services.

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Health Tip – Jan. 31 – 10 Things to Have in Your Car in the Winter

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Winter is tough on vehicles and travel. Snow, cold temperatures, ice, slush and salt play havoc on a vehicle and our driving. The odds of us having a driving emergency is much greater in winter than in the other three seasons. So, it pays to keep a kit in your trunk with all the things […]

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Health Tip – Jan. 30 – Is It Asthma? Or Are You Too Heavy?

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Obesity is considered a risk factor for asthma, but a new study suggests that wheezing and shortness of breath may be nothing more than signs of weight-stressed lungs. Researchers at the University of Ottawa put 50 obese women (average weight: 250 pounds) on a 6-month diet; the women lost, on average, 44 pounds. For every […]

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Word of the Day – Jan. 30 – Mentor

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Noun: Mentor  (MEN-tor) Definition: 1. A trusted counselor or guide. 2. A coach or tutor. Sample sentence:  The young man regarded the professor not only as a mentor, but as a good friend as well.

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Word of the Day – Jan. 29 – Fanfaronade

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Noun: Fanfaronade  (fan-fair-uh-NAYD) Definition: Empty boasting: bluster. Sample sentence: Having grown weary of the former governor’s fanfaronade and lack of concrete action, voters sent a clear message at the polls and elected his opponent by a landslide.

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Health Tip – Jan. 29 – Five Signs of Colon Cancer

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Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is now the second leading cause of cancer deaths among American adults. When treated at an early stage, the five-year survival rate is 90 percent. But for those cases in which the cancer has spread, the survival rate drops significantly, so knowing the signs and being proactive in […]

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Health Tip – Jan. 28 – Exercise to Ward Off Dementia

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As little as 30 minutes of exercise three times a week may cut the risk of dementia in seniors by 40 percent. This physical activity can also help ward off the age-related decline in thinking skills by 60 percent, according to a new study published online by the journal Stroke. European researchers followed 639 seniors […]

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Word of the Day – Jan. 28 – Preen

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Verb: Preen  (PREEN) Definition: 1. To groom with the bill. 2. To dress or smooth up: primp 3. To pride or congratulate oneself  on an achievement: to behave or speak with obvious pride or self-satisfaction Sample sentence: Even though he was particularly thrilled about the promotion, Jeff tried hard not to preen in front of […]

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