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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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Noun: Tragus (TRAY-gus) Definition: The prominence in front of the external opening of the outer ear. Sample sentence: The tragus would not be a good choice for ear piercing because it is made of thick cartilage.

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Gossip is good for you! That’s the word from a study at the University of California, Berkeley, which found that some forms of gossip can actually be therapeutic. Here’s the deal: as part of their investigation, researchers studied the behavior of volunteers who were allowed to witness someone cheating at a game. When they saw […]

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