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Researchers in Australia are reporting that different foods affect the risks of cancer in different parts of the colon. The investigators found that consumption of broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and turnips) seems to reduce the risk of cancer in the upper colon. Total fruit and vegetable consumption was associated […]

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Noun: Archipelago (ahr-kuh-PEL-uh-goh) Definition: 1. An expanse of water with many scattered islands. 2. A group of islands. 3. Something resembling an archipelago; especially, a group or scattering of similar things. Sample sentence: The only hint of the storm the night before was an archipelago of puddles and ponds sparkling in the bright morning sunlight.

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Probiotics, including foods or supplements containing “friendly” bacteria that normally inhabit the digestive tract (usually Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium), may help prevent colds, a recent study suggests. A review of 10 studies involving data on more than 3,400 participants ranging in age from infants to adults in their 40s showed that taking probiotics for more than […]

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There are some things that pet owners should resist at Halloween. Sorry, Chance…not my idea. Love, Mark

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Verb: Discriminate (diss-KRIM-uh-nayt) Definition: 1 a. To see the special features of. b. To perceive a difference in: differentiate. 2. To distinguish by discerning or exposing differences; especially to distinguish from another like object. 3. To make a difference in treatment or favor on a basis other than individual merit. Sample sentence: One of the […]

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Using canola oil for cooking might help protect against colon cancer, according to a new study. Researchers from South Dakota State University have reported that canola oil apparently reduced the incidence of cancer in lab rats to by almost two thirds. The study showed that a diet containing canola oil inhibited both the size and […]

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Founded last year, website Mostly Midwest has been finding, discovering, reviewing and posting under-appreciated music from the Midwest. Much of the music is more folk orientated, but has been straying out into punk, rock and hip-hop that the members like as well. I’m glad to see people get into action to promote music from Michigan […]

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If you have itchy, red eyes that seem worse than is typically experienced with seasonal allergies, you may have pink eye. Also known as infectious conjunctivitis, pink eye is an inflammation of the membrane (called the conjunctiva) that lines the eyelid and eyeball. Pink eye can be due to an allergic reaction to pollen, dust […]

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Noun: Patina (puh-TEE-nuh) Definition: 1 a. A usually green film formed on copper and bronze by exposure to moist air and often valued aesthetically for its color. b. A surface appearance of something grown beautiful especially with age or use. 2. An appearance or aura that is derived from association, habit, or established character. 3. […]

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“I HAVE A ROSE GARDEN” WINNNER: MIKE Andrew Shepherd is approaching the end of his first term as President of the United States. He’s a widower with a young daughter and has proved to be popular with the public. His election seems assured. That is until he meets Sydney Ellen Wade, a paid political activist […]

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