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Word of the Day – Aug. 16 – Gargantuan

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Adjective: Gargantuan  (gar-GAN-choo-un) Definition: Tremendous in size, volume, or degree Sample sentence: People are always amazed at the gargantuan amount of water that goes over Niagra Falls every hour.  

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Turmeric, the yellow spice that colors curry and American mustard, is a potent natural anti-inflammatory agent. Both in the diet and in supplement form, it has shown promise in the treatment of arthritis, tendonitis and autoimmune disorders. The latest word on turmeric’s health benefits comes from Thailand. Researchers there found that adding a turmeric extract […]

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Word of the Day – Aug. 15 – Buffoon

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Noun: Buffoon   (ba-FOON) Definition: 1. A ludicrous figure: clown 2. A gross and usually ill-educated or stupid person Sample sentence: Joe was really out of place at the fancy restaurant, looking like a buffoon in his blue jeans and ratty flannel shirt.

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Health Tip – Aug. 14 – More Chocolate, Fewer Heart Attacks

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If more people at high risk for cardiac disease ate dark chocolate daily, there might be fewer heart attacks and strokes. That conclusion comes from a team of Australian researchers who explored the long-term benefits of chocolate – already known to be heart protective – via a mathematical model. They based the model on more […]

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Word of the Day – Aug. 14 – Scaramouch

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Noun: Scaramouch  (SKAIR-uh-moosh) Definition: 1. A cowardly buffoon 2. A rascal or scamp Sample sentence: Dorothy was wary about lending money to her uncle, a  scaramouch who never took responsibility for his actions.

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Health Tip – Aug. 13 – Is Your Blood Pressure Reading Correct?

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It’s quite common for blood pressure to vary from one arm to another. Typically, the pressure is a little higher in the dominant arm; for example, right-handed people will have higher readings in their right arms. According to the American Heart Association, if the difference between your two arms is 10 millimeters of mercury or […]

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Word of the Day – Aug. 13 – Weald

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Noun: Weald  (WEELD) Definition: 1. Heavily wooded area: forest 2. A wild or uncultivated usually upland region Sample sentence: The artist had a perfect view from his cabin window of a lush weald, providing him with  great inspiration for his latest painting.

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Health Tip – Aug. 10 – Your Waist Size and Your Health

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The body mass index (BMI) is the ratio of your weight in kilos to the square of your height in meters and can be used to determine if you’re at a healthy weight, overweight or obese. But two new studies from England suggest that doctors should set aside BMI and focus on their patients’ waist […]

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Word of the Day – Aug. 10 – Aught

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Noun: Aught  (AWT) Definition: 1. All, everything 2. Anything Sample sentence: He dropped, dead, into the shallow water, but I was too late for aught but sadness.

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Health Tip – Aug. 9 – Airplane Headaches

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The hassle of air travel these days is bad enough, but that stress is independent of what appears to be a newly recognized type of headache – a severe one that comes on when the plane is landing. Airplane headaches were first reported in medical literature in 2004 and more cases have been noted since […]

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