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Word of the Day – Feb. 13 – Mutt

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Noun: Mutt (MUT) Definition: 1. A stupid or insignificant person: fool. 2. A mongrel dog. Sample sentence: The best dog I ever had was no purebred, but a beautiful mutt.

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Health Tip – Feb. 13 – Change Heart Disease Risk with Fruits, Vegetables

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Even if you have a strong family history of heart disease, you may be able to change your personal risk with diet, a recent study suggests. An international team of researchers led by scientists at Canada’s McMaster and McGill universities have found that the expression of the gene that is the strongest marker for heart […]

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Word of the Day – Feb. 10 – Ludic

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Adjective: Ludic (LOO-dik) Definition: Of, relating to, or characterized by play: playful. Sample sentence: The members of the acting troupe had become well-known for their ludic behavior, evidenced by the practical jokes they played on each other off-stage.

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Health Tip – Feb. 10 – Stress, Sleep and Your Weight

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Attempting to lose weight may be more complex than eating less and exercising more. A new study from Oregon found that some participants who had the most trouble dropping 10 pounds on a weight loss program were so stressed or depressed that they slept less than six hours or more than eight hours a night. […]

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Word of the Day – Feb. 9 – Adulation

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Noun: Adulation (aj-uh-LAY-shun) Definition: Excessive or slavish admiration or flattery. Sample sentence: The star was somewhat embarrassed by the adulation of his teenage fans.

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Health Tip – Feb. 9 – Age No Barrier to Muscle Building

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Here’s the bad news: a couch potato lifestyle can mean losing up to 0.4 pounds of muscle per year once you reach age 50 (this loss can begin even earlier if you’re sedentary as a younger adult). However, even if you’re well over 50, you can increase your strength by 25 to 30 percent and […]

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Word of the Day – Feb. 8 – Prescind

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Verb: Prescind (prih-SIND) Definition: To withdraw one’s attention. Sample sentence: If we prescind from the main issue for a moment, there is much to be gained by studying some corollary questions.

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Health Tip – Feb. 8 – Dogs: Live-In Personal Trainers

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A study from Michigan State University showed that most pet owners who take their companion animals for regular walks meet federal criteria for moderate to vigorous exercise. No pet at home? Only 30 percent of you are likely to get that much regular exercise. The investigators looked at the exercise habits of 5,900 people, including […]

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Word of the Day – Feb. 7 – Cacography

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Noun: Cacography (ka-KAH-gruh-fee) Definition: 1. Bad spelling 2. Bad handwriting Sample sentence: The letter was marred by cacography and poor punctuation, among other flaws.

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Health Tip – Feb. 7 – Running Over 60: Big Plus, Few Minuses

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If you’re a runner pushing 60, there’s mostly good news from a new study comparing 51 strong runners ranging in age from 18 to 60 plus. The up side is that the body continues to use oxygen as efficiently as it did decades earlier. The bad news is that you’re probably running slower than you […]

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