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If chapped lips or dry skin are a problem, find natural relief with calendula. This herbal remedy is made from the petals of the ornamental “pot marigold” flower, and is available in tinctures, oil, lotions and creams – look for products with at least 10-percent extract of Calendula officinalis. A gentle, effective remedy for dry […]

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Noun: Wallaroo (wah-luh-ROO) Definition: 1. A large reddish-gray kangaroo (Macropus robustus) — called also euro. 2. Either of two kangaroos (Macropus antelopinus and M. bernardus) related to the wallaroo. Sample sentence: Wallaroos are among the approximately 200 species of marsupials found in Australia, New Guinea, and neighboring islands.

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If you have ever had the good fortune to drink freshly squeezed orange or grapefruit juice, you undoubtedly have been amazed at how much better it tasted than the concentrated or bottled varieties. The reason is that fresh juice, unlike commercial juice products, has not been heat treated, a process commonly used to kill pathogens […]

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Adjecctive: Diligent (DIL-uh-junt) Definition: Characterized by steady, earnest, and energetic effort: painstaking. Sample sentence: After many hours of diligent research, the students were finally ready to compile their results.

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Following previous research suggesting that green tea affects metabolism, researchers at Penn State fed obese mice epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a compound found in most green tea, and also put them on a high fat diet. Another group of mice, serving as controls, were fed the same high fat diet but no EGCG. The investigators found that […]

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Noun: Crux (KRUKS) Definition: 1. A puzzling or difficult problem. 2. An essential point requiring resolution or resolving an outcome. 3. A main or central feature (as of an argument). Sample sentence: The crux of the city’s problem with traffic congestion is that many people find the buses to be unpredictable and don’t trust them […]

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Although holiday decorations can be beautiful they can also present health and safety hazards. Angel hair is finely spun glass, which can be irritating to the skin, eyes, and the throat if swallowed. Wear gloves to avoid eye and skin irritation while decorating. Bubble lights contain a small amount of methylene chloride, which is also […]

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Adjective: Salient (SAIL-yunt) Definition: 1. Jutting forward beyond a line. 2. Standing out conspicuously: prominent; especially of notable significance. Sample sentence: The speech was filled with so much twisted rhetoric that it was hard to identify any salient points.

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Some of the common holiday plants, such as the poinsettia and mistletoe have often been considered very poisonous, even life-threatening. Although caution should be exercised, ingestion of these plants is not fatal. The Amaryllis, an exotic plant from tropical America and Africa has brilliant-colored flowers and green strap-shaped leaves. A stomach-ache can occur if the […]

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Macular degeneration is a debilitating eye disorder generally considered to be irreversible, and it remains the leading cause of blindness in individuals over the age of 55. Risks for the disorder commonly run in families, but a new study suggests that the risk can be reduced by not smoking and by a diet high in […]

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