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If you feel a cold coming on, consider reaching for the age-old remedy of Echinacea. A 2007 meta-analysis showed that the herb can reduce cold symptoms. Aim for three grams daily in tincture or capsule form, starting at the first sign of symptoms.

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Noun: WYSIWYG (WIZ-ee-wig) Definition: A display generated by word-processing or desktop-publishing software that exactly reflects the document as it would appear in its finished state. Sample sentence: The pamphlets look great and were easy to create; we created them using a simple WYSIWYG editing program.

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For dry skin, incorporate more avocados into your diet. They’re rich in monounsaturated fat and vitamin E, both of which promote healthy skin. Try them on salads and sandwiches, and even in smoothies.

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Adjective: Aseptic (ay-SEP-tik) Definition: 1. Preventing infection. 2. Free from pathogenic microorganisms. 3. Lacking vitality, emotion or warmth. Sample sentence: Patients with compromised immune systems must be treated in aseptic environments.

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Research suggests that the Ayurvedic herb Tulsi, also called holy basil, may help manage levels of the stress hormone cortisol, helping to boost your mood. Look for teas and supplements in health-food stores and follow package directions.

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Noun: Rx (ahr-EKS) Definition: A prescription, such as: 1. A written direction for a therapeutic or corrective agent; specifically: one for the preparation and use of a medicine. 2. Something, such as a recommendation, resembling a doctor’s prescription. Sample sentence: Any exercise that continuously moves major muscle groups, especially the legs, is the right Rx […]

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For athlete’s foot, reach for tea tree oil, an extract of the leaves of an Australian tree. It appears to have antiseptic properties and may work as well as or better than over-the-counter antifungal products. Apply a light coating of the oil to affected areas two to three times a day; continue for a week […]

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Verb: Infantilize (IN-fun-tye-lyze) Definition: 1. To cause to be or remain like an infant or young child. 2. To treat like an infant or young child. Sample sentence: Even though Katie was a teenager, her grandmother still tended to infantilize her, bringing her dolls and other gifts more suitable for younger kids.

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Adding raw or lightly cooked garlic and onions to your meals may help keep you healthy. Both foods appear to possess antiviral and antibacterial properties and are believed to boost immunity.

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Adjective: Utile (YOO-tul) Definition: Useful Sample sentence: Shaker crafts are simple, meticulously constructed, pleasing to the eye, and eminently utile, all at the same time.

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