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Word of the Day – Dec. 19 – Quadrate

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Adjective: Quadrate  (KWAH-drayt) Definition: Being square or approximately square. Sample sentence: The linoleum featured a colorful pattern of large quadrate shapes.

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Word of the Day – Dec. 18 – Hagiography

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Noun: Hagiaography  (hag-ee-AH-gruh-fee) Definition: 1. Biography of saints or venerated persons. 2. Idealizing or idolizing biography. Sample sentence: The book effectively portrays the leader’s strengths without resorting to hagiography.

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Health Tip – Dec. 18 – Selenium for Healthy Aging

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According to Bruce Ames, Ph.D., of the University of California, Berkeley, when certain vital micronutrients are in short supply, the body undergoes slow, insidious changes that undermine health and increase the risk of chronic disease. One such crucial micronutrient is selenium. Dr. Ames and his fellow researchers recently analyzed 25 studies to judge the activity […]

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Health Tip – Dec. 17 – Produce Each Day Keeps Blues Away

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A novel study of the eating habits of 80,000 people in the U.K. by Dartmouth College and Britain’s University of Warwick has found that happiness and mental health are correlated with consuming seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day. The researchers looked at the number of fruits and vegetables the study subjects typically ate […]

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Word of the Day – Dec. 17 – Commensal

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Adjective: Commensal  (kuh-MEN-sul) Definition: 1. Of or relating to those who habitually eat together. 2. Of, relating to, or living in a relationship in which one organism obtains food or other benefits from another without damaging or benefiting it. Sample sentence: Many people still valued their families and insisted on eating together every day, even […]

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Word of the Day – Dec. 14 – Schmooze

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Verb: Schmooze  (SHMOOZ) Definition: To converse informally:  chat. Also,  to chat in a friendly and persuasive manner especially so as to gain favor, business, or connections. Sample sentence: Conference attendees will have plenty of chances to schmooze with the industry’s power players.

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Health Tip – Dec. 14 – Simple Breathing Exercises – It’s Good For You!

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Take 100 deep breaths each day. Incorporate deep breathing into your life while driving, working, eating, reading, watching TV, brushing your teeth, listening to people, and before going to bed. Place one hand on your upper chest and one hand on your abdomen. Inhale deeply through the nose while pushing outward with the stomach so […]

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Word of the Day – Dec. 13 – Parietal

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Adjective: Parietal  (puh-RYE-uh-tul) Definition: 1.  Of or relating to the walls of a part or cavity. Also, of, relating to, or forming the upper posterior wall of the head 2. Attached to the main wall rather than the axis or a cross wall of a plant ovary — used of an ovule or a placenta. […]

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Health Tip – Dec. 13 – Avoid This Common Bread Ingredient

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Bromated flour contains potassium bromate, an oxidizing agent widely used in commercial baking to strengthen dough and promote rising. Some brands of flour sold in supermarkets for home use contain potassium bromate. Studies dating back to 1982 found that the chemical causes several types of cancer in lab rats. For that reason, potassium bromate is […]

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Word of the Day – Dec. 12 – Tutelary

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Adjective: Tutelary  (TOO-tuh-lair-ee) Definition: 1. Having the guardianship of a person or a thing. 2. Of or relating to a guardian. Sample sentence: The ancient Romans revered certain gods and goddesses as tutelary deities.

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