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Tai  chi,  a traditional Chinese martial art, may do more than keep seniors strong, flexible and mobile. A new study from China found that practicing tai chi three times a week can increase brain volume and improve both memory and cognitive function. Researchers at Shanghai’s Fudan University and a team from the University of South […]

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Adjective: Jocose  (joh-KOHSS) Definition: 1. Given to joking: merry 2. Characterized by joking: humorous Sample sentence: Rachel has the kind of jocose personality that can liven up even the dullest of parties.

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Verb: Juxtapose  (JUCKS-tah-pohs) Definition: To place side by side, especially for comparison or contrast. Sample sentence: The exhibition was a chance to juxtapose Picasso’s early drawings with some of his later works.

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Researchers in Germany have coined the term “social jet lag” to describe the discrepancy between our biological clocks and the modern demands on our time. Keeping pace in society sometimes requires working indoors before dawn and late at night – practices that evolution does not equip us for. Not only does this discrepancy cost us […]

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Adjective: Ecstatic  (ek-STAT-ik) Definition: Of, relating to, or marked by rapturous delight. Sample sentence: Naomi’s face was ecstatic as she accepted first prize in the essay contest.

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Two dietary supplements may be helpful in addressing age-related damage to the neck and spinal cord. Researchers at UCLA have shown that two natural compounds - curcumin in the Indian curry spice turmeric and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil – appeared to offset the effects of a spinal injury in […]

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Noun plural: Dundrearies  (dun-DREER-eez) Definition: Long, flowing sideburns. Sample sentence: Many of the Civil War reenactors were sporting dundrearies to give their costumes a look of authenticity.

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A new report from Tufts University suggests that higher daily doses of vitamin D – between 800 and 2000 IUs – can significantly lower the risk of fractures for both men and women age 65 and older. The research team analyzed 11 separate clinical trials that studied the effect of vitamin D supplementation in more […]

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Losing out on sleep may increase the risk of having a stroke. This news comes from a study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Medicine where researchers found a fourfold risk of stroke among normal-weight people who sleep fewer than 6 hours a night. None of the study participants suffered from sleep […]

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Adjective: Ramose  (RAY-mohss) Definition: Consisting of or having branches. Sample sentence: On a coral reef, when ramose corals grow upward, they create a structure resistant to waves and current.

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