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An herbal remedy commonly used for depression, St. John’s Wort can make some drugs, including birth control pills, less effective. St. John’s Wort speeds up the breakdown of many drugs, lowering their levels in the bloodstream. Drugs besides birth control pills include blood thinners and anti-anxiety pills. Go to Health.com/st-johns-wort for a full list of […]

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Adjective: Pediculous (pih-DIK-yuh-lus) Definition: Infected with lice Sample sentence: Several third-graders had to be treated for lice after being exposed to a pediculous classmate.

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Skip grapefruit and its juice if you’re taking an antihistamine for a cold or allergies. A compound in grapefruit alters an enzyme that helps break down certain drugs in your body. That can lead to too much of the medicine being absorbed, potentially boosting side effects like drowsiness. Check Health.com/grapefruit-meds for a complete list of […]

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A recent study discovered that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – which include aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen – can reduce the effectiveness of the commonly used class of antidepressant called selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft and Celexa. Fifteen percent fewer subjects responded to SSRIs when taking NSAIDs compared to those not on […]

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Noun: layman (LAY-mun) Definition: 1. A person who is not a member of the clergy 2. A person who does not belong to a particular profession or who is not expert in some field Sample sentence: The Nobel laureate’s book is an introduction to physics that, despite its depth and detail, remains quite accessible to […]

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This Sunday evening there’s a show that’s all ages at The Upfront & Company that I’m pretty excited about.  It features The Redettes, who are from right here in Marquette along with Maximum P&U.  Also playing are Wett Nurse (local reverb coated loud garage rock with a keyboard, a must see!) and duo Team Awesome. […]

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Adjective: Tawdry (TAW-dree) Definition: 1. Gaudy, showy and cheap 2. Low or mean Sample sentence: The mother refused to let her daughter wear the tawdry jewelry and sloppy clothes to school, even though she was informed it was the latest style.

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Researchers at Britain’s Roehampton University questioned 1,068 men and women about their eating and sleeping habits as well as how they rated their levels of happiness, anxiety and their physical health and weight. The results suggest that early birds are slimmer, healthier and happier than people who stay up later and get up later. Other […]

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Noun: Exodus (EK-suh-dus) Definition: 1. The mainly narrative second book of canonical Jewish and Christian Scripture 2. A mass departure: emigration Sample sentence: When the concert ended, the exodus of attendees clogged up traffic for miles.

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Yoga is no substitute for the more vigorous exercise which many people with diabetes need in order to lose weight, but a new study suggests that it may offer some of its own benefits. The findings showed that yoga classes (when added to standard diabetes care) helped study participants pare a few pounds and also […]

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