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Health Tip – June 21 – Berries For the Brain

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Eating blueberries and strawberries regularly seems to help protect the brain from the effects of aging. This latest good news about the health benefits of berries comes from researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Investigators gathered information on food consumption among participants in the long-running U.S. Nurses’ Health Study […]

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Word of the Day – June 20 – Facilitate

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Verb: Facilitate (uh-SIL-uh-tayt) Definition: To make easier: help bring about. Sample sentence: The entrance to Tanya’s apartment building comes with a ramp and an automatic door to facilitate getting her wheelchair in and out.

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Health Tip – June 20 – Pistachios for the Gut?

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We know that pistachios contain heart-healthy fat, and overall, have a very good nutritional profile – one ounce (about 47 nuts) provides more fiber than a half cup of spinach. They’re also good sources of vitamin B-6, thiamin, copper, phosphorus, and magnesium. Now, new findings suggest that pistachios have prebiotic characteristics as well, and can […]

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Word of the Day – June 19 – Abbozzo

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Noun: Abbozzo (ah-BOH-zoh) Definition: A rough, preliminary sketch. Sample sentence: It is difficult to imagine how the beautiful sculpture was once only an abbozzo on a small cocktail napkin.

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Health Tip – June 19 – Soy Protein for Fatty Liver

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Fatty liver disease, the detrimental build-up of fat in liver cells, affects almost one third of Americans, and is often linked with obesity and high triglycerides. While it may not cause symptoms, fatty liver can contribute to liver damage. The only reliable way to address it is to lose weight and lower your triglycerides, if […]

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Word of the Day – June 18 – Divertissement

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Noun: Divertissement (dih-VER-tiss-munt) Definition: 1. A dance sequence or short ballet usually used as an interlude. 2. An instrumental chamber work in several movements usually light in character. 3. Diversion, entertainment. Sample sentence: For visitors seeking more cerebral divertissement, the city boasts a fine performing arts center.

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Health Tip – June 18 – Computer Plus Exercise Equals Less Memory Loss

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The latest word on protecting against memory loss as you get older comes from a Mayo Clinic study that identifies computer use plus moderate physical exercise as a winning combination. Researchers assembled a group of 926 seniors ages 70 to 93 and asked them to complete questionnaires about their exercise habits. Activities identified included brisk […]

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Word of the Day – June 15 – Exigent

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Adjective:   Exigent    (EK-suh-junt) Definition: 1. Requiring immediate aid or action. 2. Requiring or calling for much: demanding. Sample sentence: The computer technician complained that customers’ requests were becoming increasingly exigent, bordering on unreasonable.

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Health Tip – June 15 – Heading Off Hot Flashes

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Two new studies have zeroed in on lifestyle strategies for dealing with hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. The first, from Finland, found that women who exercised regularly complained less about their symptoms than a comparable group of women who didn’t exercise. The researchers randomly assigned 74 women aged 45 to 63 who were experiencing […]

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Word of the Day – June 14 – Sequestration

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Noun: Sequestration  (see-kwah-STRAY-shun) Definition: 1. The act of sequestering, as with a jury. 2. A legal writ authorizing a sheriff or commissioner to take into custody the property of a defendant who is in contempt until the orders of a court are complied with. 3. A deposit whereby a neutral depositary agrees to hold property […]

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