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Health Tip – Dec. 10 – Can An Apple A Day Keep Dementia Away?

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It’s not necessarily the daily apple that staves off mental decline – it’s the ability to bite into one and chew it up, according to new research from Sweden. Investigators found that tooth loss that compromises the ability to chew is associated with loss of cognitive function and a higher than normal risk of dementia. […]

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Word of the Day – Dec. 7 – Tamale

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Noun: Tamale   (tuh-MAH-lee) Definition: Cornmeal dough rolled with ground meat or beans seasoned usually with chili, wrapped usually in corn husks, and steamed. Sample sentence: My favorite Mexican combination plate includes a moist tamale, a chicken enchilada and rice.

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Health Tip – Dec. 7 – Exercise, Melatonin Against Alzheimer’s

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A combination of regular physical exercise plus daily doses of melatonin could slow, and perhaps halt, the development of Alzheimier’s. So far, this combo has been tested only in mice, but with promising results. Researchers at the Barcelona Medical Research Institute in Spain reported that when their study began, the mice, which were bred to […]

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Health Tip – Dec. 6 – Cherries to Fend Off Gout Attacks

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We’ve known for some time that eating tart cherries can help reduce the severity and duration of a gout attack – they have anti-inflammatory effects that seem to do the trick. Now a study from Boston University reveals that patients diagnosed with the disease who regularly consumed a half cup of cherries over a two […]

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Word of the Day – Dec. 6 – Nobby

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Adjective: Nobby  (NAH-bee) Definition: cleverly stylish: chic, smart. Sample sentence: Sarah appeared at the party,  stunningly arrayed in a dark-blue dress, with a nobby hat to match.

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Health Tip – Dec. 5 – Reading Food Labels and Your Weight

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Here’s a behavioral strategy that may help you control your weight: make a habit of reading food labels. A new study authored by an international team of researchers showed that women who read food labels routinely weighed almost nine pounds less than women who didn’t. The researchers analyzed data from the U.S. National Health Interview […]

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Word of the Day – Dec. 5 – Connive

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Verb: Connive  (kuh-NYVE) Definition: 1. To pretend ignorance of or fail to take action against something one ought to oppose. 2. To be indulgent or in secret sympathy: to cooperate secretly or have a secret understanding. 3. To engage in secret scheming: conspire. Sample sentence: Co-workers will connive against each other if they think it […]

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Word of the Day – Dec. 4 – Scumble

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Verb: Scumble   (SKUM-bul) Definition: 1. To make (as color or a painting) less brilliant by covering with a thin coat of opaque or semiopaque color applied with a nearly dry brush. 2. To soften the lines or colors of (a drawing) by rubbing lightly Sample sentence: The artist is known for his ability to scumble […]

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Health Tip – Dec. 4 – New Way to Find Cancer in Dense Breasts

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The FDA has approved a new one-minute ultrasound scan for use in conjunction with screening mammograms in healthy women with dense breasts. Mammograms can yield inconsistent results regarding signs of cancer in dense breasts since both the tumors and the dense tissue show up as white areas on the film. According to data submitted to […]

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Health Tip – Dec. 3 – Why Fruits and Vegetables are Especially Good For Women

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Here’s some news women can cheer: a large study performed in Sweden found that women who ate the most fruits and vegetables – nearly seven servings a day – had a risk of heart attack that was 20 percent lower than that of other women in the study. The researchers credited the antioxidants in the […]

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