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Sleep may reinforce the negative emotions aroused by witnessing something scary or traumatic. As a result of “sleeping it off,” you may be just as upset reviewing images of the event as you were in the first place. You can even have vivid flashbacks. But by staying awake after seeing, for instance, an accident or […]

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Adjective: Empirical (im-PEER-uh-kul) Definition: 1. Originating in or based on observation or experience. 2. Relying on observation or experience alone, often without due regard for system and theory. 3. Capable of being verified or disproved by observation or experiment. Sample sentence: The students have collected plenty of empirical data from their experiences.

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The more we learn about edible plants – a category that includes nuts and cocoa as well as fruits and vegetables – the healthier they look for us. Results from a large, new study shows that flavonoids, the natural, heart-protective substances found in plants, were associated with a lower risk of heart attack and stroke […]

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Take a close look at your fingernails. Are they strong and healthy looking? Or do you see ridges, dents, or areas of unusual color or shape? Many less than desirable nail conditions can be avoided through proper fingernail care. Do: 1. Keep your fingernails dry and clean. This prevents bacteria, fungi and other organisms from […]

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Adjective: Extemporaneous (ek-stem-puh-RAY-nee-us) Definition: 1. Composed, performed, or uttered on the spur of the moment: impromptu 2. Provided, made, or put to use as an expedient: makeshift Sample sentence: A group of revelers at the pub broke into an extempraneous rendition of “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.”

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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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