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Turmeric, the yellow spice that colors curry and American mustard, is a potent natural anti-inflammatory agent. Both in the diet and in supplement form, it has shown promise in the treatment of arthritis, tendonitis and autoimmune disorders. The latest word on turmeric’s health benefits comes from Thailand. Researchers there found that adding a turmeric extract […]

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Noun: Buffoon   (ba-FOON) Definition: 1. A ludicrous figure: clown 2. A gross and usually ill-educated or stupid person Sample sentence: Joe was really out of place at the fancy restaurant, looking like a buffoon in his blue jeans and ratty flannel shirt.

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If more people at high risk for cardiac disease ate dark chocolate daily, there might be fewer heart attacks and strokes. That conclusion comes from a team of Australian researchers who explored the long-term benefits of chocolate – already known to be heart protective – via a mathematical model. They based the model on more […]

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Noun: Scaramouch  (SKAIR-uh-moosh) Definition: 1. A cowardly buffoon 2. A rascal or scamp Sample sentence: Dorothy was wary about lending money to her uncle, a  scaramouch who never took responsibility for his actions.

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It’s quite common for blood pressure to vary from one arm to another. Typically, the pressure is a little higher in the dominant arm; for example, right-handed people will have higher readings in their right arms. According to the American Heart Association, if the difference between your two arms is 10 millimeters of mercury or […]

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Noun: Weald  (WEELD) Definition: 1. Heavily wooded area: forest 2. A wild or uncultivated usually upland region Sample sentence: The artist had a perfect view from his cabin window of a lush weald, providing him with  great inspiration for his latest painting.

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The body mass index (BMI) is the ratio of your weight in kilos to the square of your height in meters and can be used to determine if you’re at a healthy weight, overweight or obese. But two new studies from England suggest that doctors should set aside BMI and focus on their patients’ waist […]

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Noun: Aught  (AWT) Definition: 1. All, everything 2. Anything Sample sentence: He dropped, dead, into the shallow water, but I was too late for aught but sadness.

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The hassle of air travel these days is bad enough, but that stress is independent of what appears to be a newly recognized type of headache – a severe one that comes on when the plane is landing. Airplane headaches were first reported in medical literature in 2004 and more cases have been noted since […]

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Adjective: Tonsorial  ( tahn-SOR-ee-ul) Definition:  Of or relating to a barber or the work of a barber. Sample sentence: When Tom returned to work after the weekend, it was obvious he had experienced a tonsorial encounter because we could actually see his ears for the first time.

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