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As we get older, our bodies don’t absorb vitamin B12 as readily as they did during our younger years (B12 is found in animal foods – meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products). And this decreasing absorption may help explain why brain size shrinks with age and seniors develop problems with thinking. Researchers in Chicago […]

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TODAY’S ANSWER: LIKE QUICKSAND TODAY’S WINNER: LISA

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Adjective: Fey (FAY) Definition: 1. Marked by a foreboding of death or calamity. 2. a: Marked by an otherworldly air or attitude. b: Crazy. 3. a: Excessively refined; precious. b: Quaintly unconventional; campy. Sample sentence: Grandfather always said grandmother was fey and he often joked that he believed she was raised by woodland fairies.

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Conventional medical wisdom holds that hormones, not diet, are the main causes for the development of acne, particularly during the teenage years. However, some interesting evidence now suggests a possible link between acne and obesity driven by eating a high-glycemic load diet. A recent review published in August in the dermatology journal Cutis indicates that […]

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Verb: Overwhelm (oh-ver-WELM) Definition: 1. Upset, overthrow. 2. a: To cover over completely or submerge. b: To overcome by superior force or numbers. c. To overpower in thought or feeling. Sample sentence: The flurry of term papers and exams during the final weeks of the semester can overwhelm some students.

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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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