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Health News Archive - July 29, 2012

Alcohol Can Intensify Drug Effects

Alcohol combined with certain medications not only opens up the risks of liver damage, stomach bleeding and other side effects, it also makes those drugs "three times more available to the body, effectively tripling the original dose."

Gun Safes Not So Safe After All

A team of security experts has demonstrated that certain gun safes can be cracked open by a preschooler, and that the locks on some of these products can be bypassed using common household items such as a paper clip or an ordinary drinking straw.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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