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Word of the Day – Aug. 29 – Aliment

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Noun: Aliment  ( AL-uh-munt) Definition: Food, nutriment, or sustenance. Sample sentence: When choosing your daily aliment, be sure to include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Health Tip – Aug. 29 – Best Way to Treat a Jellyfish Sting

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If you are visiting the ocean you could have a run-in with a jellyfish. The stings from these weird-looking creatures can ruin your day unless you know how deal with them. In spite of what you may have heard, having someone urinate on them is not the best treatment; neither is meat tenderizer. Studies have […]

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Health Tip – Aug. 28 – Sedentary Life Style Starts Young

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Kids these days spend much too much time in front of screens – computers, video games, television, whatever. A new study from Oregon State University found that parents, and not the presence of electronic devices, are key to whether or not kids become sedentary. The researchers compared four parenting styles, authoritative (high warmth and control), […]

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Word of the Day – Aug. 28 – Maquette

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Noun: Maquette  (ma-KET) Definition:  A usually small preliminary model (as of a sculpture or a building) Sample sentence: At the town meeting the architect presented a maquette of the proposed new school, which will include a state-of-the-art gymnasium and media center.

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Word of the Day – Aug. 27 – Palisade

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Noun:Palisade (pal-uh-SAYD) Definition: 1. A fence of stakes especially for defense, or a long strong stake pointed at the top and set close with others as a defense. 2. A line of bold cliffs. Sample sentence: The biggest structure on the lot was a palisade made from wood harvested on the property, making the entrance […]

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Health Tip – Aug. 27 – Low Fat Foods- Are They Better?

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A search for the term “fat-free” in the grocery section on Amazon.com brings up 3,386 products; “low-fat” yields 3,597. That’s a vast array of food products in which no- or low-fat content is touted as a virtue. Many of them compensate for the fat’s absence with extra sugar, corn syrup or other added sweeteners. But […]

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Word of the Day – Aug. 24 – Gibbous

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Adjective: Gibbous ( JIB-us) Definition: 1. Marked by convexity or swelling 2. Having a hump: humpbacked Sample sentence: The gibbous shadows that could be seen on the horizon were those of oxen pulling plows.  

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Health Tip – Aug. 24 – Tight Jean Syndrome

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Wearing tight clothes can compress a sensory nerve called the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve that runs from the abdomen through the thigh. The compression can cause numbness, tingling, and a burning pain in the legs above the knees, a condition called “meralgia paresthetica,” also known as “tingling thigh syndrome” and now sometimes termed “tight jean […]

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Word of the Day – Aug. 23 – Nectar

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Noun: Nectar   (NEK-ter) Definition: 1. The drink of the Greek and Roman gods 2. Something delicious to drink 3. A beverage of fruit juice and pulp 4. A sweet liquid that is secreted by the nectaries of a plant and is the chief raw material of honey Sample sentence: After working for hours in the […]

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Health Tip – Aug. 23 – Are Toxins in Your Chicken?

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Researchers from John’s Hopkins and Arizona State University discovered fluoroquinolones, a class of antibiotics, in samples of feather meal, a product made from chicken feathers that is routinely added to feed for chicken, swine, cattle and fish. The FDA banned use of these antibiotics in poultry production in 2005 principally because they can accelerate the […]

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