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Word of the Day – Jan. 18 – Buttonhole

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Verb: Buttonhole  (BUT-un-hohl) Definition: To detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of. Sample sentence: I’m sorry I’m late, but a coworker managed to buttonhole me just as I was leaving my office.

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Health Tip – Jan. 17 – The Benefits of Laughter

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Laughter may very well be the best medicine; it increases oxygen to the brain, stimulates organ systems, decreases muscle tension, cools down your body’s natural stress response and may help prevent illness in the long run. Cut out a few comics or funny pictures that make you laugh. Put them up at your desk for […]

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Word of the Day – Jan. 17 – Imperturbable

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Adjective: Imperturbable  (im-per-TER-buh-bul) Definition: Marked by extreme calm, impassivity, and steadiness: serene. Sample sentence: The imperturbable pilot did not panic when her plane flew into an electrical storm.

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Word of the Day – Jan. 16 – Taradiddle

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Noun: Taradiddle  (tair-uh-DID-ul) Definition: 1. A trivial or childish lie: fib 2. Pretentious nonsense. Sample sentence: Even parents with the very best of intentions find themselves telling an occasional taradidddle to their offspring.

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Health Tip – Jan. 16 – Hypnosis For Hot Flashes

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Here’s an interesting option for women suffering from hot flashes: hypnosis may reduce the frequency of uncomfortable waves of heat by as much as 74 percent, according to a new study from the Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory at Baylor University in Texas. Researchers recruited 187 postmenopausal women who reported having at least seven hot flashes […]

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Health Tip – Jan. 15 – Junk Food and Your Heart

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It has been suggested that a single junk food meal can negatively affect arteries, specifically the vascular endothelium, the inner lining of blood vessels. This is important to investigate because endothelial functioning can predict the long-term risk of coronary artery disease. A small Canadian study recently examined the acute effects of different styles of eating, […]

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Word of the Day – Jan. 15 – Kanban

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Noun: Kanban  (KAHN-bahn) Definition: A manufacturing strategy wherein parts are produced or delivered only as needed. Sample sentence: In order to stay competitive, the company needs to reduce its manufacturing costs by switching to a kanban system.

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Word of the Day – Jan. 14 – Abhor

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Verb: Abhor  (ub-HOR) Definition: To regard with extreme repugnance: loathe. Sample sentence: She is a strict vegetarian who has come to abhor the thought of the consumption of meat.

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Health Tip – Jan. 14 – Dental Health and Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis, which most commonly affects men and women over age 45, is characterized by a loss of bone density. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, patients with osteoporosis may experience broken teeth and gum disease. This is because teeth, like bones, begin to deteriorate, and may lose their ability to stay strong despite regular […]

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Health Tip – Jan. 11 – Not All Lip Balms Are Created Equal

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With the low temperatures, you’ll probably be turning to lip balm to protect your lips. Before you apply any of it, check the ingredient list. If your lip balm has phenols, don’t use it. These compounds will actually strip off the top layer of your lips. Instead, opt for a moisturizing lip balm instead. It […]

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