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Corn on the cob is a traditional summertime treat that can add some positive nutritional value to typically less-than-healthful BBQ fare. Corn has been cultivated for hundreds of years and was (and still is) a staple in many parts of the world. A good source of vitamins B1, B5 and C, corn also provides many […]

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Noun: Caduceus  (kuh-DOO-see-us) Definition: 1. The symbolic staff of a herald; specifically: a representation of a staff with two entwined snakes and two wings at the top. 2. An insignia bearing a caduceus and symbolizing a physician. Sample sentence: The U.S. Army Medical Corps chose the caduceus as its symbol in 1902.

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Reconsider what you throw away: An old bulky computer monitor, dead batteries, unused paint … we have all had something environmentally unfriendly to toss. Unfortunately, landfills aren’t usually equipped to handle this type of toxic trash. Thoughtless dumping can lead to mercury, lead and other substances leaching into the ground – and into groundwater. Next […]

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Tai  chi,  a traditional Chinese martial art, may do more than keep seniors strong, flexible and mobile. A new study from China found that practicing tai chi three times a week can increase brain volume and improve both memory and cognitive function. Researchers at Shanghai’s Fudan University and a team from the University of South […]

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Adjective: Jocose  (joh-KOHSS) Definition: 1. Given to joking: merry 2. Characterized by joking: humorous Sample sentence: Rachel has the kind of jocose personality that can liven up even the dullest of parties.

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Verb: Juxtapose  (JUCKS-tah-pohs) Definition: To place side by side, especially for comparison or contrast. Sample sentence: The exhibition was a chance to juxtapose Picasso’s early drawings with some of his later works.

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Researchers in Germany have coined the term “social jet lag” to describe the discrepancy between our biological clocks and the modern demands on our time. Keeping pace in society sometimes requires working indoors before dawn and late at night – practices that evolution does not equip us for. Not only does this discrepancy cost us […]

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Adjective: Ecstatic  (ek-STAT-ik) Definition: Of, relating to, or marked by rapturous delight. Sample sentence: Naomi’s face was ecstatic as she accepted first prize in the essay contest.

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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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