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In the cold winter months it’s tempting to pull out the heating pads and electric blankets to help keep warm and alleviate minor discomforts. But are they safe? Heating pads, used correctly to create moist heat, can provide temporary relief from mild aches and pains such as pulled muscles, menstrual cramps, and stiff joints. However […]

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Adjective: Rutilant (ROO-tih-lunt) Definition: Glowing or glittering with ruddy or golden light. Sample sentence: As the sun set, the river appeared rutilant as if thousands of gems had been sent adrift in its currents.

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Garlic is a culinary mainstay that provides a host of health benefits. It can help improve overall cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and decreases clot formation, thus reducing the risk of stroke and heart attack. It also has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, making it especially helpful in combating respiratory infections. A simple way to […]

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Adverb or adjective: Catercorner (KAT-ee-kor-ner) Definition: In a diagonal or oblique position: kitty-corner. Sample sentence: The cafe was catercorner to the salon, so after I got my hair cut I walked across the intersection to get some lunch.

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Postnasal drip occurs when the thin mucus secreted into the throat by the nose and sinuses decreases and thickens, causing irritation. Often triggered by respiratory ailments such as colds, allergies, and/or sinusitis, postnasal drip can be particularly uncomfortable when you are lying down or asleep. If you experience postnasal drip, try the following: 1. Eliminate […]

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Adjective: Nugatory (NOO-guh-tor-ee) Definition: 1. Of little or no consequence: trifling, inconsequential. 2. Having no force: inoperative. Sample sentence: The decision to remove such a minor character from the show should have a nugatory impact on its success.

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Researchers have demonstrated a correlation between exposure to air pollution and the risk of developing certain respiratory disorders, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. The exact mechanisms remain unknown, but scientists believe there is a strong link between environmental exposures and the production of free radicals. These highly reactive compounds can cause […]

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Hang out with happy people and you’re likely to be happy, too. In fact, findings from a new study suggest that being around happy people boosts your spirits even more than a financial windfall. For the study, investigators from Harvard and the University of California, San Diego, tracked more than 4,700 people who participated in […]

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Noun: Quietus (kwye-EE-tus) Definition: 1. Final settlement (as of a debt) 2. Removal from activity: especially as in death. 3. Something that quiets or represses. Sample sentence: The town council voted against granting a permit to stage a concert in the park, thus putting the quietus on any repeat of last year’s unruly crowd.

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Dermatologists are warning that the henna tattoos, sold everywhere from beachside stands to carnivals to cruise ships, may contain a harmful chemical known as para-phenylenediamine, or PPD. Used to make the temporary tattoos last longer, PPD has been associated with major skin problems including rashes, blistering and even permanent scarring. Henna used for temporary tattoos […]

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