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Two dietary supplements may be helpful in addressing age-related damage to the neck and spinal cord. Researchers at UCLA have shown that two natural compounds - curcumin in the Indian curry spice turmeric and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil – appeared to offset the effects of a spinal injury in […]

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Noun plural: Dundrearies  (dun-DREER-eez) Definition: Long, flowing sideburns. Sample sentence: Many of the Civil War reenactors were sporting dundrearies to give their costumes a look of authenticity.

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A new report from Tufts University suggests that higher daily doses of vitamin D – between 800 and 2000 IUs – can significantly lower the risk of fractures for both men and women age 65 and older. The research team analyzed 11 separate clinical trials that studied the effect of vitamin D supplementation in more […]

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Losing out on sleep may increase the risk of having a stroke. This news comes from a study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Medicine where researchers found a fourfold risk of stroke among normal-weight people who sleep fewer than 6 hours a night. None of the study participants suffered from sleep […]

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Adjective: Ramose  (RAY-mohss) Definition: Consisting of or having branches. Sample sentence: On a coral reef, when ramose corals grow upward, they create a structure resistant to waves and current.

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Yerba mate (also known simply as mate) is a tea made from the dried leaves of Ilex paraguariensis, an evergreen shrub in the holly family that grows in Central and South America. It has a long history as both a beverage and as a treatment for ailments such as fatigue, appetite control and a weakened […]

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Adjective: Dyslogistic  (diss-luh-JISS-tik) Definition: Uncomplimentary. Sample sentence: The blogger used many dyslogistic adjectives to express his dissatisfaction with the mayor.

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Yesterday’s Haily Tip covered five foods safe to feed your cat; today we discuss foods that you shouldn’t feed your feline companion animal. 1. Alcohol: Even a small amount can do damage to a cat’s liver and brain, and may even lead to coma and death. Don’t give your cat beer, liquor, wine, or foods […]

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Noun: Marplot  (MAHR-plaht) Definition: One who frustrates or ruins a plan or undertaking by meddling. Sample sentence: The plan to surprise Brenda with a party for her birthday might have gone off without a hitch if her sister hadn’t been such a nosy marplot.

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Verb: Peruse  (puh-ROOZ) Definition: 1.  To examine or study attentively and in detail. 2. To look over or through in a casual or hasty manner. 3. Read. Sample sentence: We had plenty of time to peruse the menu at the new restaurant as our dinner partners were late in arriving.

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