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Noun: Phantasm  (FAN-taz-um) Definition: 1. A product of fantasy. 2. A delusive appearance or  illusion. 3. A ghost or specter. 4. A figment of the imagination. 5. A mental representation of a real object. Sample sentence: The old mansion, which according to local legend is inhabited by the phantasm of an 18th-century resident, is the […]

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It is possible for everyone to enjoy a healthy and safe Halloween. Here are a few tips to help: 1. A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats. 2. Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and […]

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Verb: Dissociate  (dih-SOH-shee-ayt) Definition: Disconnect, disunite Sample sentence: Although both politicians are members of the same party, the Senator is trying to dissociate herself from the unpopular governor.

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There is a potential new role for vitamin B3 or niacin: high doses can help boost the power of immune cells to kill antibiotic resistant bacteria by a factor of 1,000. Recent studies at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, UCLA and other institutions reported that megadoses of B3 can […]

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Noun: Malison  (MAL-uh-sun) Definition: Curse, malediction Sample sentence: When I see him again he shall have the rough side of my tongue and my malison besides.

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Adjective: Smashmouth  (SMASH-mouth) Definition: Characterized by brute force without finesse Sample sentence: Monday night’s game, between two teams known for their hard-hitting, aggressive styles, promises to be entertaining if you like smashmouth football.

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Olives are among the oldest cultivated foods known – they were planted and harvested in Crete some seven thousand years ago. While olives have a high fat content, almost three-fourths of their fat is the healthy monounsaturated type, which can help to improve cholesterol ratios. Olives are also a good source of vitamin  E (which […]

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A new study from Denmark suggests that running, biking or rowing for 30 minutes daily when you’re trying to lose weight helps pare off pounds better than an hour-long workout. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen concluded that “less exercise is better” after following 60 healthy but overweight men for 13 weeks. Half of the […]

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Noun: Garniture  (GAHR-nih-cher) Definition: 1. Embellishment, trimming 2. A set of decorative objects (as vases, urns, or clocks) Sample sentence: The master bedroom in the old manor was authentically furnished right down to the 16th-century garniture decorating the mantel and the wardrobe.

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When you feel a cold coming on, reach for echinacea (Echinacea purpurea or Echinacea augustofolia). Its antibiotic and antiviral properties make this native American plant an ideal first-line treatment for colds and flu, sore throat, and other simple infections. It can also help you through times of low resistance by enhancing the immune system. Available […]

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