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Word of the Day – Feb. 27 – Zeitgerber

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Noun: Zeitgerber  (TSTYE-gay-ber) Definition: An environmental agent or event that provides the stimulus setting or resetting a biological clock of an organism. Sample sentence: For humans, a societally imposed cycle, such as the schedule of work, can become a zeitgerber.

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Health Tip – Feb. 27 – Chew Slower, Eat Less

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Would you eat less if you chewed each bite of food more thoroughly? To find out, researchers at Iowa State University recruited 47 people: 16 of normal weight, 16 overweight, and 15 obese. At a preliminary session to establish baseline eating habits, prospective participants were asked to eat five portions of pizza rolls and count […]

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Word of the Day – Feb. 26 – Picayune

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Adjective: Picayune  (pik-ee-YOON) Definition: Of little value: paltry. Also petty or small-minded. Sample sentence: Jeanne only had picayune criticisms of the new ad campaign, but that didn’t stop her from voicing them at the meeting.

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Health Tip – Feb. 26 – Acupuncture to Ease Dental Woes

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Here’s a potential solution for patients who are always nervous and anxious in a dentist’s chair: researchers in Italy found that acupuncture reduced the likelihood of gagging among patients having impressions taken of their upper and lower teeth. In this small study – only 20 dental patients with a history of gag reflex took part […]

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Health Tip – Feb. 25 – Exercise Plus Weight Loss Could Save Your Hearing

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The heavier women are, the higher their risk of hearing loss compared to women of normal weight. This surprising finding stems from the long-running Nurses’ Health Study II that, along with other health parameters, tracked physical activity, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference and hearing loss among 68,000 women from 1989 to 2009. On the […]

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Word of the Day – Feb. 25 – Solatium

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Noun: Solatium  (soh-LAY-shee-um) Definition: A compensation (as money) given as solace for suffering, loss, or injured feelings. Sample sentence: The judge ordered the company to pay a solatium to each of the unjustly fired workers.

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Word of the Day – Feb. 24 – Sashay

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Verb: Sashay  (sa-SHAY) Definition: 1.  Walk, glide, go 2. To strut about in a conspicuous or ostentatious manner 3. To proceed or move in a diagonal or sideways manner 4. To make a gliding dance step Sample sentence: The lithe model waited poised at the edge of the curtain for her turn to sashay down […]

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Health Tip – Feb. 24 – Sleep Your Way Slim

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Keeping regular sleeping hours might be the easiest way for women to stay slim. A study from Brigham Young University found that young women who went to bed and woke up at the same time every day had lower body fat than women in the study who maintained irregular sleeping patterns. Sleeping between eight and […]

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Word of the Day – Feb. 21 – Probity

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Noun: Probity  (PROH-buh-tee) Definition: Adherence to the highest principles and ideals: uprightness. Sample sentence: The tale of George Washington refusing to tell a lie after cutting down his father’s cherry tree was told to us when we were in grade school to illustrate his probity.

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Health Tip – Feb. 21 – Sugary Drinks Strike Again

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The evidence is undeniable that sugar-sweetened drinks raise the risk of type 2 diabetes and have a big impact on obesity. Now a new study shows that these beverages also seem to raise the risk of endometrial cancer. An investigation from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that women who drank the […]

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