Jan
16
2009
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What is my Body Mass Index (BMI)?

BMIBody Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated using a person’s height and weight and is an easy, inexpensive way to determine body fatness.  Used in conjunction with other assessments, such as skinfold thickness measurements, physical activity, family history and diet evaluations, it can be a reliable tool to determining health risks. Classification        BMI          [more...]

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Jan
14
2009
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What is the difference between an ISBN, EAN, and UPC?

ISBN (photo by BillPe - CC-BY)The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique 10-digit number used to identify books and other products, such as calendars and greeting cards. It does not include a bar code, it is just a number. The EAN, or Bookland symbol, is 3-digits + the ISBN, making a 13-digit number and includes a bar code [more...]

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Jan
12
2009
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What are eye floaters?

Eye (photo by R'eyes - CC-BY)Eye floaters are small specks or strings that drift around in the line of vision as your eyes move. Mostly they go unnoticed unless you are facing a bright light, such as a white screen on your computer monitor or a bright blue sky, when you may notice small shadows floating around. When you try [more...]

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Jan
08
2009
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What is Weight Watchers’ Simply Filling (formerly CORE) Technique?

Oatmeal (photo by iateapie - CC-BY)Briefly, eating to satisfaction healthy and filling foods. Weight Watchers has evolved over the years and to those of you who remember the good ‘ole days of measuring and weighing, I have good news. The Simply Filling option (a technique within the new Momemtum Plan which may be used as a stand-alone plan for those [more...]

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Jan
07
2009
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What is the sweetener, Stevia?

Stevia Garden (photo by J Wynia - CC-BY)Stevia, the “sugar herb”, “sweet leaf” or “candyleaf”, is a non-caloric natural sweetener derived from the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana shrub, a perennial plant native to Paraguay. Paraguayans have used Stevia for centuries to sweeten herbal teas. Stevia has been used for years as a sweetener in South America, Asia, and some European countries [more...]

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Jan
05
2009
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Where are the 2010 Olympic And Paralympic Winter Games going to be held?

Whistler, BC : Vancouver Olympic Symbol (photo by jeffwilcox - CC-BY)The 2010 Winter Olympic Games will be hosted by the City of Vancouver and the Resort Municipality of Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, from February 12-28 and March 12-2. Half of the tickets are priced at $100 or less. Vancouver, with its spectacular natural beauty, is located in the southwest corner of Canada, bordered to the [more...]

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Jan
04
2009
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Do Hummingbirds ever stop flying?

Hummingbirds (photo by teddy llovet - CC-BY) Yes, although it is a popular myth that they never land and spend their entire lives in flight (one that I believed while growing up). Hummingbirds perch on small branches, wires, and clotheslines, preening like other birds and will perch while drinking from a feeder (as in the photo). When you think about it, it’s [more...]

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Jan
03
2009
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Will my cataract surgery be painful?

Bronze Head of Augustus from Sudan (photo by Joe Geranio - CC-BY)Cataract surgery is not normally painful. You may, however, experience some discomfort (pressure or pulling sensations) but for people in good health, there are few risks. The lens of the eye is normally transparent, producing nice clear and bright images. When cataracts form, the lens becomes cloudy causing a gradual loss of vision. At first [more...]

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