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Adjective: Addlepated (AD-ul-pay-tud) Definition: 1. Being mixed up: confused. 2. Eccentric. Sample sentence: The patient was blabbering like an addlepated fool.

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To ease stress and prepare for bed, soak in a hot bath spiked with a few drops of lavender essential oil. Play soothing music while you bathe to unwind further.

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People whose diets are rich in potassium may be less prone to high blood pressure. Besides reducing sodium and taking other heart-healthy steps, eat potassium-packed picks such as bananas, cantaloupe, and oranges.

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Noun: Umbrage (UM-brij) Definition: 1. Shade, shadow. 2. Vague suggestion or hint. 3. A reason for doubt. 4. A feeling of resentment at some often fancied slight or insult. Sample sentence: I take umbrage at her suggestion that I just couldn’t be bothered to call.

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Studies are mixed, but some have found that bilberry, a relative of the blueberry, may improve night vision. During World War II, fighter pilots reported better night vision after eating bilberry jam. Take 25 to 50 milligrams of bilberry extract; expect best results within the first few hours.

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Noun: Hawkshaw (HAWK-shaw) Definition: Detective Sample sentence: Sherlock Holmes is Doyle’s gleeful hawkshaw who dazzles with deductions.

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If you suffer from dry eyes, up your seafood intake. Salmon, sardines, and mackerel contain omega-3 fatty acids, which the body uses to produce tears, among other things. Research suggests that people who consume higher amounts of these fats are less likely to have dry eyes.

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Adjective: Irascible (ir-RASS-uh-bul) Definition: Marked by hot temper and easily provoked anger. Sample sentence: That tidy little house belongs to an irascible old crank who never has a kind word for any of his neighbors.

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To keep yeast infections at bay, head for the vitamin aisle. Supplementing with “good” bacteria (for example, Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium) may help restore the balance the of bacteria living in the female genital tract and inhibit the growth of yeast in women with recurrent infections. Foods such as naturally fermented sauerkraut, kimchi, and kefir, as […]

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Noun: Chicanery (shih-KAY-nuh-ree) Definition: 1. Deception by artful subterfuge or sophistry: trickery 2. A piece of sharp practice, as at law: trick Sample sentence: The mayor’s spokeswoman quickly denied the charges of nepotism, financial indiscretions, and political chicanery.

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