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Word of the Day – Nov. 7 – Comestible

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Adjective: Comestible  (kuh-MESS-tuh-bul) Definition: Edible Sample sentence: The November issue of the magazine was filled with recipes for an old-fashioned Thanksgiving feast, including candied yams, homemade cranberry sauce, mincemeat pie, and other comestible delights.

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Health Tip – Nov. 7 – Shaky Hands?

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Essential tremor is a common condition, affecting millions of people worldwide. Characterized by the involuntary shaking of the hands, head or neck, the symptoms and severity can vary from day to day, even hour to hour. Some people experience tremors when in certain positions, or when writing or eating. Unfortunately, no one knows the exact […]

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Word of the Day – Nov. 6 – Bugbear

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Noun: Bugbear  (BUG-bair) Definition: 1. An imaginary goblin or specter used to excite fear. 2. An object or source of dread: also, a continuing source of irritation. Sample sentence: The biggest bugbear of the skiing business is a winter with no snow.

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Health Tip – Nov. 6 – Health Benefits of Magnets?

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Magnets have long been promoted as treatment for a wide variety of disorders. Proponents claim magnets can minimize pain and anxiety, and treat cancer, heart disease, snoring, incontinence and just about everything else. While most of these claims are unproven, and most magnets on the market are unlikely to do any good at all, several […]

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Word of the Day – Nov. 5 – Gorgonize

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Verb: Gorgonize  (GOR-guh-nyze) Definition: To have a paralyzing or mesmerizing effect on: stupefy, petrify Sample sentence: Dave joked that his boss’s angry glare could gorgonize an employee in mid-complaint.  

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Health Tip – Nov. 5 – Does This “Fat-burning” Extract Work?

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Green coffee bean extract is the latest natural substance said to speed up weight loss. In a small study, eight men and eight women between the ages of 22 and 46 received a dose of 1,050 mg of green coffee bean extract for six weeks, then a lower dosage of 700 mg for another six […]

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Word of the Day – Nov. 2 – Sequacious

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Adjective: Sequacious  (sih-KWAY-shus) Definition: Intellectually servile. Sample sentence: Eager to prove that he was not merely a sequacious follower,  Martin wrote a critical review of his former mentor’s book.

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Health Tip – Nov. 2 – Wine and Grapes May Protect Skin

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No joke: researchers in Spain have suggested that drinking red wine or eating grapes may help defend your skin against the damaging effects of sunburn. The investigators report that antioxidant compounds found in grapes can protect skin by undermining formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). If left unchecked, these byproducts of normal metabolism set off […]

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Word of the Day – Nov. 1 – Agon

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Noun: Agon  (AH-gahn) Definition: Conflict. Sample sentence: As the U.S. presidential elections approach, anyone with an interest in politics is focused on the agon  about to reach its  climax.  

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Health Tip – Nov. 1 – Losing Weight After Menopause

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For many women, gaining weight after menopause seems inevitable, and losing it nearly impossible. However, a new study from the University of Pittsburgh suggests that a few simple changes can make a big difference. Researchers followed 465 overweight and obese postmenopausal women for four years to evaluate weight-loss strategies that worked best. The women were […]

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