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If you don’t go overboard, munching on nuts daily can help lower your risks of developing metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The latest on the health benefits of eating these traditional snack foods comes from a comparison of people who ate nuts versus those who didn’t. Researchers from the Louisiana State University […]

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Word of the Day – June 13 – Benevolent

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Adjective: Benevolent (buh-NEV-uh-lunt) Definition: 1. Marked by or disposed to doing good; also, organized for the purpose of doing good. 2. Marked by or suggestive of goodwill. Sample sentence: Jody’s grandmother was a benevolent lady who enjoyed performing random acts of kindness for both her family and strangers.

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Health Tip – June 13 – Can Thyme Tame Acne?

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New research suggests that a tincture made of thyme can outperform prescription creams at treating acne. Results presented at the Society for General Microbiology’s Spring Conference in Dublin in March 2012 show that the thyme preparation is highly effective and fast-acting in killing the bacteria that cause acne. Researchers from Leeds Metropolitan University in the […]

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Health Tip – June 12 – Fiber, Women and Cardiovascular Disease

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While we know how diet affects the heart, here’s some good news for women: a study of the eating habits of more than 20,000 residents of the city of Malmo, in Sweden, found that women whose diets were high in fiber had almost 25 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease than women whose diets were […]

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Word of the Day – June 12 – Verjuice

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Noun: Verjuice (ver-JOOSS) Definition: The sour juice of crab apples or of unripe fruit; also, an acid liquor made from verjuice. Sample sentence: Winter oregano makes a superb salad green, used lavishly with black olives, thinly sliced red onions, soaked in ice water for an hour if you want to remove some pungency, and dressed […]

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Health Tip – June 11 – Broccoli and Bok Choy May Help Protect Against Breast Cancer

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The health benefits of cruciferous vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, green cabbage, kale and collard greens – are well known: these foods are rich in phytonutrients, which help protect against both cancer and heart disease. Population studies have shown that people who eat a lot of broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables tend to have lower rates […]

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Word of the Day – June 11 – Penchant

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Noun: Penchant (PEN-chuhnt) Definition: A liking or strong inclination for something. Sample sentence: My dog has a penchant for chasing cats.

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Health Tip – June 8 – Chemicals May Pose Diabetes Risk

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Some chemicals may pose a diabetes risk. The chemicals in question are phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates), and they’re everywhere – in plastic toys, detergents, food packaging, nail polish, perfumes, shampoos, hairspray and hundreds of other products. New research from Sweden suggests that routine, household exposure to these chemicals may double the risk of type 2 diabetes […]

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Word of the Day – June 8 – Cognoscente

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Noun: Cognoscente (kahn-yuh-SHEN-tee) Definition: A person who has expert knowledge in a subject: connoisseur Sample sentence: Derrick was a cognoscente of fine art and knew that most of the works being auctioned off on the cruise ship were second-rate.

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Word of the Day – June 7 – Halcyon

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Adjective: Halcyon (HAL-see-un) Definition: 1. Calm, peaceful 2. Happy, golden 3. Prosperous, affluent Sample sentence: Although Grandma spoke longingly of the halcyon days of her childhood, Jamie suspected all had not been as perfect as she recalled.

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