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We know that the risk of developing hypertension increases when one of your parents is affected with the disease. Even if your father or mother had high blood pressure your own risk may be dramatically lower if you’re in good shape. A study published online May 14, 2012 in Hypertension found that exercise can trump […]

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Got asthma? Your pillow, a haven for dust mites, could be making matters worse. Wash your pillows regularly and replace them annually. No matter how picky we are about our bunkmates, there will always be unwelcome visitors. Namely, dust mites. They love a warm environment like your bed just as much as you do. And […]

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Verb: Kedge  (KEJ) Definition:  To move a ship by means of a line attached to a small anchor dropped at the distance and in the direction desired. Sample sentence:  To get closer to shore, the sailors needed to kedge the ship.  

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Women: if you’re overweight or obese, shedding just 10 percent of your weight might reduce your overall cancer risk. The goal is to lower levels of inflammation in the body, and for some women losing even five percent might do the trick. Inflammation has been linked to heart disease, cancer and other chronic diseases, and […]

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Adjective: Wifty  (WIF-tee) Definition: Eccentrically silly, giddy, or inane: ditzy Sample sentence:  The American Idol judges only have to lounge around, and make some  wifty comment about the performance.

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Noun: Tetralogy  (teh-TRAH-luh-jee) Definition: A series of four connected literary, artistic, or musical works. Sample sentence: An example of an original tetralogy would be three tragedies and a comedy performed serially on the Athenian stages of ancient Greece.

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The more omega-3 fatty acids in the diet, the lower the blood levels of a protein related to Alzheimer’s disease.  A study from Columbia University Medical Center in New York looked at blood levels of 10 nutrients in more than 1,200 seniors over the age of 65, none of whom had dementia. Just over a […]

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Verb: Skirl  (SKERL) Definition:  To emit the high shrill tone of the chanter;  also to give forth music or play on the bagpipe. Sample sentence: Wearing traditional tartans, the band paraded down the street and thrilled the crowd with the skirl of their bagpipes.

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Do you dread getting a shot? If so, here’s a study that may help ease the pain of your next injection. Researchers in Germany looked at the ways a group of volunteers responded to painful and non-painful sensations. The participants were asked to watch video clips of a hand being pricked by a needle, touched […]

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Adjective: Nebulous  (NEB-yuh-luhs) Definition: Unclear, hazy, vague, ambiguous. Sample sentence: His answer to the question was nebulous, and it was obvious he didn’t want to answer it directly.

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