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Verb: Bedizen (bih-DYE-zun) Definition: To dress or adorn gaudily. Sample sentence: The children had a lot of fun digging in the old trunk and having the chance to bedizen themselves with the fancy dresses, jewelry and scarves.

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Rest is as important as physical activity for general health. Identify periods during the day when you can be passive, without stimulation, doing nothing, and make time for them. Consider the following when planning rest into your schedule: 1. Try to get into the habit of napping: ten to twenty minutes in the afternoon, preferably […]

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Part of the cruciferous vegetable group, cauliflower is a refrigerator must-have. It is rich in antioxidants, notably indole-3-carbinol (I-3-C), which research indicates may help protect against cancers and heart disease. It’s also inexpensive; a good source of vitamins C and K, fiber and folic acid; low in calories and versatile. Eat it raw, steamed, baked, […]

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Noun: Nebbish (NEB-ish) Definition: A timid, meek or ineffectual person. Sample sentence: As a teenager, Lyle was a nebbish who could never stand up to the bullies who gave him such a hard time.

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Verb: Four-flush (FOR-FLUSH) Definition: To bluff or to make a false claim. Sample sentence: We are always hearing the Presidential hopefuls promising they will never four-flush or mislead voters.

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If you have a bright red or dark patch on the whites of your eyes, you may have a burst blood vessel. Known as subconjuctival hemorrhage, this can happen for many reasons – sneezing, coughing, crying, vomiting, rubbing your eyes, or the cause may be impossible to identify. Blood thinning medications such as warfarin (Coumadin), […]

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Adjective: Piquant (PEE-kunt) Definition: 1. Agreeably stimulating to the palate, especially spicy 2. Engagingly provacative; also having a lively arch charm Sample sentence: The green salad was bright and crisp, with a suitably piquant balsamic vinegar dressing.

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Eating fresh produce is the best way to obtain the nutrients that support optimum health, but the pesticides used on many crops remain a major health concern. Pesticides present real health risks, particularly to children and those with health concerns. The toxicity most commonly associated with pesticides in animal studies include disruptions in the normal […]

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Adjective: Querulous (KWAIR-yuh-lus) Definition: 1. Habitually complaining 2. Fretful, whining Sample sentence: How many times have you been on a trip with your kids and you hear a querulous voice from the back seat ask “Are we there yet?”

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If you love to garden but hate seasonal allergies, there are some simple steps you can take: 1. Garden later in the day. Pollen is released in the early morning hours, and by early evening, pollen is less likely to be near the ground. 2. Garden in the rain. On wet and humid days, pollen […]

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