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A small Canadian study found that practicing yoga twice weekly for eight weeks reduced the symptoms of chronic pain and mental stress in women with fibromyalgia. The study is the first to look at the effects of yoga on levels of the hormone cortisol in women suffering with fibromyalgia. The condition, which predominantly affects women, […]

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Adjective: Slaphappy (SLAP-hap-ee) Definition: 1. Dazed and confused: punch-drunk 2. Buoyantly or recklessly carefree or foolish: happy-go-lucky Sample sentence: The students were all a little slaphappy after pulling an all-nighter to finish their group project by morning.

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Johnson and Johnson has reduced the maximum daily dose of its Extra Strength Tylenol pain reliever to lower risk of accidental overdose from acetaminophen, its active ingredient and the top cause of liver failure. Starting sometime this fall, labels on Extra Strength Tylenol packages will now list the maximum daily dose as six pills, or […]

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Verb: Gallivant (GAL-uh-vant) Definition: 1. To go about usually ostentatiously or indiscreetly with members of the opposite sex 2. To travel, roam, or move about for pleasure Sample sentence: After graduating from college, Maureen decided to take time to gallivant all over Europe before heading back home to find a job.

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Although once considered just a nuisance, insect bites can lead to serious medical problems. Not only can certain insects spread diseases like West Nile Virus, the bites themselves can become infected with bacteria, like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Since bites are itchy, even without any worries about health problems, it is a good idea to […]

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Noun: Volition (voh-LISH-un) Definition: 1. An act of making a choice or decision; also, a choice or decision made 2. The power of choosing or determining; will Sample sentence: The employee left the company of his own volition.

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As temperatures rise, your body works overtime to stay cool. Any outdoor activity in high heat is physically stressful and can lead to heat exhaustion or even heat stroke. Wear light, loose fitting clothing and don’t overdo it. One fact of heat is sweat. Even walking to your car in extreme heat can cause those […]

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Verb: Exterminate (ik-STER-muh-nayt) Definition: To get rid of completely usually by killing off Sample sentence: We finally had to call a professional to exterminate the cockroaches in our apartment.

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Whether preparing food in your kitchen for the backyard grill or putting it all together at the campground, be sure to keep food surfaces clean. And with so many “cooks in the kitchen”, or at the grill, make sure to have plenty of clean utensils and platters on hand. To prevent foodborne illness, don’t use […]

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Adjective: Grotesque (groh-TESK) Definition: 1. Fanciful, bizarre 2. Absurdly incongruous 3. Departing markedly from the natural, the expected, or the typical Sample sentence: Gargoyles with twisted faces and grotesque features leered down from the medieval cathedral.

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