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The five-second rule – that it’s fine to eat what’s been dropped on the floor within five seconds – has been around a long time. It has been studied scientifically, testing different foods dropped on contaminated surfaces and left for five seconds. Surfaces ranged from ceramic tiles to wood floors and nylon carpeting, and foods […]

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Verb: Debilitate  (dih-BIL-uh-tayt) Definition: To impair the strength of. Sample sentence: People need to be aware that the flu can debilitate them enough to leave them bedridden for days.

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Christmas Day has dawned. The family has gathered, there are presents under the tree. The air is filled with the excitement of the children and a sense of relief from the adults. The stress, hustle and bustle are over and now is the day to enjoy the fruits of our labors. It is also a […]

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You can walk for an hour a day, but that won’t necessarily affect your risk of heart disease or stroke. But walking fast or jogging is a different story, according to results of a newly published Danish study. Researchers at Bispebjerg University Hospital, in Copenhagen, followed more than 10,000 Danish adults, between the ages of […]

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Noun: Lagniappe  (LAN-yap) Definition: A small gift given a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase. Broadly: something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure. Sample sentence:  Diners will no doubt be pleasantly surprised that such a fine champagne is served with the special holiday menu’s first course as […]

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Remember that the homes you visit may not be childproofed. Keep an eye out for danger spots like unlocked cabinets, unattended purses, accessible cleaning or laundry products, stairways, or hot radiators. If you have visitors in your home, visiting family members, getting presents, parties, etc., can all increase your child’s stress levels. Trying to stick […]

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New research from New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine has found that high doses of vitamin C can help build bones, preventing osteoporosis, at least in female mice. The investigators compared two groups of mice. One group had their ovaries removed, a procedure that leads to reduced bone density in both humans and mice. […]

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Adjective: Algid  (L-jid) Definition: Cold. Sample sentence: I know it is good to keep my face covered when I go out on winter mornings,  with air so algid it hits like a sledgehammer the moment you step into it.”

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The first is lack of sleep. You’ve got parties to go to, family to visit, you’re not sleeping in your own bed — it wears you down. Avoid sleeping aids if you can, so instead try an old trick: naps. Even 20 minutes in the afternoon can make a huge difference in your energy level. […]

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Adjective: Quadrate  (KWAH-drayt) Definition: Being square or approximately square. Sample sentence: The linoleum featured a colorful pattern of large quadrate shapes.

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