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Want to feed your cat human food? Understanding your pet’s nutritional needs is the first step. Cats are classified as obligate carnivores, meaning they need meat to survive and thrive. If you want to cook for a cat,  talk to your vet or consult with a veterinary nutritionist about the individual needs of your feline […]

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Adjective: De minimus   (dee-MIN-uh-mus) Definition: Lacking significance or importance: so minor as to merit disregard. Sample sentence: Critics complain that the new policy merely introduces de minimis modifications and does nothing to amend the real faults in the system.

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Intermittent fasting, or IF, refers to repeatedly going without solid food for longer periods than is typical on a daily breakfast-lunch-dinner schedule. Variations are endless. Some proponents skip breakfast; others dinner. Others fast all day every other day, every third day, once per week, or once per month. Fasting periods accelerate the clearing out of […]

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Noun:  Benison  (BEN-uh-sun) Definition: A blessing or benediction. Sample sentence: The candidate sought the benison of the popular pastor in the hope of gaining both spiritual and political support.

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Poor dental hygiene may lead to cancer and early death. A Swedish study initiated back in 1985 included 1,390 randomly selected adults ages 30 to 40 who had no signs of gum disease when they enrolled. The participants were followed by periodic checks of their oral health and smoking habits until 2009. Over the 24 […]

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Adjective: Georgic  (JOR-jik) Definition:  Of or relating to agriculture. Sample sentence:  City slicker Brian was still getting used to the georgic lifestyle, particularly getting up at 4:30 each morning to milk the cows.

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If you want to get the biggest nutritional bang from your salad greens, be sure your dressing is made with a monounsaturated fat such as olive oil or canola oil. A new study from Purdue University found that salad dressings made with monounsaturated fat – canola oil was the one used in the study – […]

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Noun: Aliment  ( AL-uh-munt) Definition: Food, nutriment, or sustenance. Sample sentence: When choosing your daily aliment, be sure to include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

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If you are visiting the ocean you could have a run-in with a jellyfish. The stings from these weird-looking creatures can ruin your day unless you know how deal with them. In spite of what you may have heard, having someone urinate on them is not the best treatment; neither is meat tenderizer. Studies have […]

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Kids these days spend much too much time in front of screens – computers, video games, television, whatever. A new study from Oregon State University found that parents, and not the presence of electronic devices, are key to whether or not kids become sedentary. The researchers compared four parenting styles, authoritative (high warmth and control), […]

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