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You know you need to, now it’s time to start: floss every single day. Do it at the beach (in a secluded spot), while reading on your patio, or when watching TV — and the task will breeze by. Flossing reduces oral bacteria, which improves overall body health, and if oral bacteria is low, your […]

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Adjective: Rarefied  (RAIR-uh-fyde) Definition: 1. Being less dense 2. Of, relating to, or interesting to a select group 3. Very high Sample sentence: Cartography is one of those rarefied fields at which only a select few can actually earn a living.

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To protect your vision at work and at play, wear protective eyewear. When outdoors, wear sunglasses that block at least 99% of ultraviolet A and B rays. Sunglasses can help prevent cataracts, as well as wrinkles around the eyes. And when playing sports or doing tasks such as mowing the lawn, wear protective eyewear. Ask […]

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Verb:  Enervate  (EN-er-vayt) Definition: 1. To reduce the mental or moral vigor of 2. To lessen the vitality or strength of Sample sentence:  Dehydration and prolonged exposure to the sun can enervate you enough to stop your summer fun, so drink lots of water and rest in the shade.

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It’s that time of the year where we are out enjoying the great outdoors, and the great outdoors is enjoying us!  Mosquitoes love to take a bite and leave behind an itchy reminder.  Itch relief is as close as your kitchen or bathroom! Salt seems to be the quickest remedy. Simply moisten the bite area […]

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If you’re suffering from having WAY too much fun – at the beach or out in the great outdoors – take heart with these quick recipes (many with ingredients that are as close as your kitchen or bathroom cabinet) for easing the pain of sunburn or windburn: 1. Apply undiluted apple cider vinegar to sunburn. […]

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Noun: Cobalt  (KOH-bawlt) Definition: 1. A tough lustrous silver-white magnetic metallic element that is related to and occurs with iron and nickel and is used especially in alloys 2. Strong greenish-blue Sample sentence:  Cobalt was used for centuries to impart a blue color to glazes and ceramics before it was isolated by Swedish chemist Georg […]

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The body cools itself most efficiently by sweating and then the sweat evaporating. Should sweating be unable to meet the cooling demands of the body, heat-related illness can occur. This is a spectrum of conditions with minor symptoms such as prickly heat or heat rash, progressing to heat cramps, then heat exhaustion, and finally to heat […]

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Adjective:  Supposititious  (suh-pah-suh-TISH-us) Definition:  Imaginary, hypothetical Sample sentence:  I like to talk to my supposititious friend because he agrees with all I have to say.

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Women who follow a low-fat diet may not be getting as many essential nutrients as they should, according to the findings of a 27,000-person U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study. More than half the women who reduced their fat intake to less than 30 percent of total calories were short-changing themselves on vitamins A and […]

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