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The first is lack of sleep. You’ve got parties to go to, family to visit, you’re not sleeping in your own bed — it wears you down. Avoid sleeping aids if you can, so instead try an old trick: naps. Even 20 minutes in the afternoon can make a huge difference in your energy level. […]

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Adjective: Quadrate  (KWAH-drayt) Definition: Being square or approximately square. Sample sentence: The linoleum featured a colorful pattern of large quadrate shapes.

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Noun: Hagiaography  (hag-ee-AH-gruh-fee) Definition: 1. Biography of saints or venerated persons. 2. Idealizing or idolizing biography. Sample sentence: The book effectively portrays the leader’s strengths without resorting to hagiography.

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According to Bruce Ames, Ph.D., of the University of California, Berkeley, when certain vital micronutrients are in short supply, the body undergoes slow, insidious changes that undermine health and increase the risk of chronic disease. One such crucial micronutrient is selenium. Dr. Ames and his fellow researchers recently analyzed 25 studies to judge the activity […]

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A novel study of the eating habits of 80,000 people in the U.K. by Dartmouth College and Britain’s University of Warwick has found that happiness and mental health are correlated with consuming seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day. The researchers looked at the number of fruits and vegetables the study subjects typically ate […]

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Adjective: Commensal  (kuh-MEN-sul) Definition: 1. Of or relating to those who habitually eat together. 2. Of, relating to, or living in a relationship in which one organism obtains food or other benefits from another without damaging or benefiting it. Sample sentence: Many people still valued their families and insisted on eating together every day, even […]

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Verb: Schmooze  (SHMOOZ) Definition: To converse informally:  chat. Also,  to chat in a friendly and persuasive manner especially so as to gain favor, business, or connections. Sample sentence: Conference attendees will have plenty of chances to schmooze with the industry’s power players.

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Take 100 deep breaths each day. Incorporate deep breathing into your life while driving, working, eating, reading, watching TV, brushing your teeth, listening to people, and before going to bed. Place one hand on your upper chest and one hand on your abdomen. Inhale deeply through the nose while pushing outward with the stomach so […]

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Adjective: Parietal  (puh-RYE-uh-tul) Definition: 1.  Of or relating to the walls of a part or cavity. Also, of, relating to, or forming the upper posterior wall of the head 2. Attached to the main wall rather than the axis or a cross wall of a plant ovary — used of an ovule or a placenta. […]

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Bromated flour contains potassium bromate, an oxidizing agent widely used in commercial baking to strengthen dough and promote rising. Some brands of flour sold in supermarkets for home use contain potassium bromate. Studies dating back to 1982 found that the chemical causes several types of cancer in lab rats. For that reason, potassium bromate is […]

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