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Word of the Day – Oct. 23 – In Silico

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Adverb or adjective: In Silico (in-SIL-ih-koh) Definition: In or on a computer: done or produced by using computer software or simulation. Sample sentence: Researchers claim they are creating life forms on computers, in silico creatures as truly alive as the bacteria studied in vitro.

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Word of the Day – Oct. 22 – Antic

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Adjective: Antic (AN-tik) Definition: 1. Characterized by clownish extravagance or absurdity. 2. Frolicsome. Sample sentence: As the movie progresses the characters become involved in a series of antic misadventures, each one funnier and more absurd than the last.

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Health Tip – Oct. 22 – Women and Heart Disease: A Shocking Update

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A newly published review reveals that even though more women die of heart disease than men, not enough women understand and appreciate their risks. The analysis also confirms that doctors still aren’t treating women with known heart problems as aggressively as they do men. The reviewers, from Ohio State University, note that coronary artery disease […]

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Word of the Day – Oct. 21 – Parol

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Noun: Parol (PAIR-ul) Definition: Word of mouth: oral communication. Sample sentence: Mrs. Bridesworth had an agreement by parol with her tenant for the monthly rent, but no written lease.

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Health Tip – Oct. 21 – Can’t Sleep? Blame the Moon

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It may sound far-fetched, but Swiss researchers have published a study demonstrating that the quality of sleep can change with lunar cycles. Investigators at the University of Basel analyzed the sleep of more than 30 volunteers in two age groups in the sleep lab. While study participants were asleep, the research team monitored brain patterns, […]

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Health Tip – Oct. 18 – More Good News About Nuts

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Eating about an ounce of nuts – particularly walnuts – at least three times a week may lower your risk of dying from cancer or heart disease compared with people who don’t eat nuts. The latest study comes from Spain, where researchers looked at the effects of eating Mediterranean diets plus either olive oil or […]

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Word of the Day – Oct. 18 – Doozy

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Noun: Doozy (DOO-zee) Definition: An extraordinary one of its kind. Sample sentence: My cat is a doozy, acting more like a dog than a cat.

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Word of the Day – Oct. 17 – Pecuniary

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Adjective: Pecuniary (pih-KYOO-nee-air-ee) Definition: 1. Consisting of or measured in money. 2. Or or relating to money. Sample sentence: Marcus was more than happy to water Rachel’s plants while she was away and refused any pecuniary compensation for the job.

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Health Tip – Oct. 17 – Accupuncture for Lymphedema

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New evidence suggests that acupuncture may help relieve lymphedema of the arm, an accumulation of fluid that can occur after lymph nodes are removed during surgery, and a condition that frequently follows a radical mastectomy for breast cancer. A study at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City showed that acupuncture for lymphedema is […]

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Word of the Day – Oct. 16 – Couloir

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Noun: Couloir (kool-WAHR) Definition: A steep mountainside gorge. Sample sentence: During our helicopter tour of the mountain range, we saw several snowboarders taking on the steep terrain of the couloir.

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