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Word of the Day – Jan. 22 – Jaunty

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Adjective: Jaunty  (JAWN-tee) Definition: Sprightly in manner or appearance: lively. Sample sentence: The bubbly actress sashayed down the red carpet, wearing a jaunty little headpiece that complimented her designer gown.

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Health Tip – Jan. 22 – Eating Chocolate May Keep You Slim and Sharpen Your Mind

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We know that flavonols – the antioxidants  in chocolate – have anti-inflammatory effects that can help prevent heart disease. Now Spanish researchers have discovered that eating a moderate amount of chocolate is associated with lower body fat and less abdominal fat, no matter how much (or little) you exercise and regardless of the rest of […]

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Word of the Day – Jan. 21 – Melancholia

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Noun: Melancholia  (mel-un-KOH-lee-uh) Definition: A mental condition and especially a manic-depressive condition characterized by extreme depression, bodily complaints, and often hallucinations and delusions. Broadly: a feeling of sadness and depression. Sample sentence: While some lyrics in Brian Wilson’s handwriting are drenched in melancholia, most convey the band’s signature, sunny optimism.  

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Health Tip – Jan. 21 – Early Learning Boosts Brain Resilience

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Did you take music lessons in your youth? Can you speak a second language? New research suggests that being bilingual can stave off dementia for more than four years, and that childhood music lessons pay off much later in life by speeding brain responses to speech sounds. Scottish and Indian researchers reviewed the case histories […]

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Word of the Day – Jan. 20 – Ubiquitous

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Adjective: Ubiquitous  (yoo-BIK-wuh-tus) Definition: Existing or being everywhere at the same time: constantly encountered: widespread. Sample sentence: The band’s catchy new song is ubitquitous – I seem to hear it everywhere I go.

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Health Tip – Jan. 20 – Why Working Too Much Really is Bad For Your Heart

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If you’ve been burning the midnight oil at work, you might want to forward this blog to your boss. New and emerging research found that British civil service employees who worked 11 to 12 hours per day had a significantly higher risk of heart attack, angina or coronary death than those who clocked a normal […]

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Word of the Day – Jan. 17 – Ostentatious

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Adjective: Ostentatious  (ah-stun-TAY-shus) Definition: Marked by or  fond of conspicuous or vainglorious and sometimes pretentious display. Sample sentence: Now that Edwin has money, he wears expensive  designer clothes, drives an ostentatious car, and frequents the trendiest upscale nightclubs. marked by or fond of conspicuous or vainglorious and sometimes pretentious display Read more at http://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day/#oJ8FTCh0ffBuosAl.99

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Health Tip – Jan. 17 – Mindfulness to Head Off High Blood Pressure

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About 30 percent of Americans have pre-hypertension – their blood pressure is higher than normal, but not high enough to require drug treatment. This condition can progress to high blood pressure, but new research now suggests that mindfulness-based stress reduction can help lower pre-hypertensive blood pressure levels, and prevent or delay the need for drugs. […]

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Word of the Day – Jan. 16 – Gaffer

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Noun: Gaffer  (GAF-er) Definition: 1. Old man. 2. Foreman or overseer. 3. Employer. 4. A head glassblower. 5. A lighting electrician on a motion-picture or television set. Sample sentence: Before the first day of shooting, the gaffer spent several days setting up all the lights.

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Health Tip – Jan. 16 – The Sneaky Signs of Heart Attack

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You may have read the health alert about the sneaky heart attack signs all women should be aware of. Didn’t catch it? Here’s the rundown: A recent study found that one in five women under age 55 doesn’t experience chest pain when she’s having a heart attack, so it’s important to know the less obvious […]

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