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Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is now the second leading cause of cancer deaths among American adults. When treated at an early stage, the five-year survival rate is 90 percent. But for those cases in which the cancer has spread, the survival rate drops significantly, so knowing the signs and being proactive in […]

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As little as 30 minutes of exercise three times a week may cut the risk of dementia in seniors by 40 percent. This physical activity can also help ward off the age-related decline in thinking skills by 60 percent, according to a new study published online by the journal Stroke. European researchers followed 639 seniors […]

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Verb: Preen  (PREEN) Definition: 1. To groom with the bill. 2. To dress or smooth up: primp 3. To pride or congratulate oneself  on an achievement: to behave or speak with obvious pride or self-satisfaction Sample sentence: Even though he was particularly thrilled about the promotion, Jeff tried hard not to preen in front of […]

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Verb: Euchre  (YOO-ker) Definition: 1. To prevent from winning three tricks in the card game euchre. 2. To cheat or trick. Sample sentence: The car salesman had a reputation of trying to euchre anyone who was sucker enough to do business with him.

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Thanks to the iron and protein from the beef, lycopene from the tomato sauce and energy-producing carbs from the pasta, spaghetti and meatballs can be a healthy trifecta. If you stick to modest portions and lean beef, you can enjoy its benefits without overdoing it. Limit yourself to three ounces of meat and a cup […]

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You won’t believe this is low calorie once you have tasted the strawberry banana recipe for a refreshing day. Sometimes simple smoothies are the best smoothies and this is a very simple 2-fruit smoothie with yogurt for protein. 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries 1 banana 1 cup non-fat yogurt 1 packet Equal or other […]

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Adverb: Inchmeal  (INCH-meel) Definition: Little-by-little, gradually Sample sentence: The fog that had been concentrated over the valley dissipated inchmeal, revealing a quiet busyness in the small village below.

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If you love pico de gallo, but you need to keep your sodium levels down, don’t fret. Skip the deli where they add too much salt and make your own. Homemade pico de gallo is not only delicious, but easy to make. Here’s my favorite recipe: 3 large tomatoes, seeded and diced 1 medium onion, […]

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Noun: Zarzuela  (zahr-ZWAY-luh) Definition: A usually comic Spanish operetta. Sample sentence: One of the highlights of my trip to Mexico was seeing a zarzuela in a historic theater.

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Many of us love those tortilla chips and salsa for a snack, but not the calories and fat contained mainly in the chips. Here’s a recipe for baked tortilla chips that is easy and fun to make: Baked Tortilla Chips 1 (12 oz.) package corn tortillas or flour tortillas 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 3 tablespoons […]

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