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Some herbal supplements – from the popular St John’s Wort and ginkgo biloba to garlic, ginger, ginseng and feverfew – can cause increased bleeding during surgery, warn surgeons. It may be wise to stop taking all medication, including herbal supplements, at least two weeks before surgery, and inform your surgeon about your herbal use.

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Verb: Sleuth (SLOOTH) Definition: 1. To act as a detective: search for information. 2. To search for and discover. Sample sentence: After I hung up the phone, I felt the need to sleuth to see if the caller’s story had any credibility.

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Noun: Coffle (KAW-ful) Definition: A line of slaves or animals fastened together. The dog walker had her hands full with the coffle of pedigree pooches pulling in many directions as she navigated through the park.

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Tomato is a superstar in the fruit and veggie pantheon. Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful cancer fighter. They’re also rich in vitamin C. The good news is that cooked tomatoes are also nutritious, so use them in pasta, soups and casseroles, as well as in salads. The British Thoracic Society says that tomatoes and apples […]

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Noun: Lucubration (loo-kyuh-BRAY-shun) Definition: Laborious or intensive study; also, the product of such study, usually used in plural. Sample sentence: The historical archives include handwritten lucubrations from Benjamin Franklin himself.

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Hot, spicy foods containing chillies or cayenne pepper trigger endorphins, the feel-good hormones. Endorphins have a powerful, almost narcotic, effect and make you feel good after exercising. But go easy on the lamb, pork and mutton and the high-fat, creamy dishes served in many Indian restaurants.

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Adverb or Preposition: Betwixt (bih-TWIKST) Definition: Between Sample sentence: To quote an old nursery rhyme, “Jack Sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean; and so betwixt the two of them, they licked the platter clean.”

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Blueberries, strawberries and raspberries contain plant nutrients known as anthocyanidins, which are powerful antioxidants. Blueberries rival grapes in concentrations of resveratrol – the antioxidant compound found in red wine that has assumed near mythological proportions. Resveratrol is believed to help protect against heart disease and cancer.

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Verb: Incarcerate (in-KAHR-suh-rayt) Definition: 1. To put in prison. 2. To subject to confinement. Sample sentence: Because the accused man presented a serious threat to society, the judge ruled it best to refuse bond and incarerate him while he awaited trial.

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Get your daily calcium by popping a tab, chugging milk or eating yoghurt. It’ll keep your bones strong. Remember that your bone density declines after the age of 30. You need at least 200 milligrams daily, which you should combine with magnesium, or it simply won’t be absorbed.

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