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Noun: Divertissement (dih-VER-tiss-munt) Definition: 1. A dance sequence or short ballet usually used as an interlude. 2. An instrumental chamber work in several movements usually light in character. 3. Diversion, entertainment. Sample sentence: For visitors seeking more cerebral divertissement, the city boasts a fine performing arts center.

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The latest word on protecting against memory loss as you get older comes from a Mayo Clinic study that identifies computer use plus moderate physical exercise as a winning combination. Researchers assembled a group of 926 seniors ages 70 to 93 and asked them to complete questionnaires about their exercise habits. Activities identified included brisk […]

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Adjective:   Exigent    (EK-suh-junt) Definition: 1. Requiring immediate aid or action. 2. Requiring or calling for much: demanding. Sample sentence: The computer technician complained that customers’ requests were becoming increasingly exigent, bordering on unreasonable.

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Two new studies have zeroed in on lifestyle strategies for dealing with hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. The first, from Finland, found that women who exercised regularly complained less about their symptoms than a comparable group of women who didn’t exercise. The researchers randomly assigned 74 women aged 45 to 63 who were experiencing […]

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Noun: Sequestration  (see-kwah-STRAY-shun) Definition: 1. The act of sequestering, as with a jury. 2. A legal writ authorizing a sheriff or commissioner to take into custody the property of a defendant who is in contempt until the orders of a court are complied with. 3. A deposit whereby a neutral depositary agrees to hold property […]

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If you don’t go overboard, munching on nuts daily can help lower your risks of developing metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The latest on the health benefits of eating these traditional snack foods comes from a comparison of people who ate nuts versus those who didn’t. Researchers from the Louisiana State University […]

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Adjective: Benevolent (buh-NEV-uh-lunt) Definition: 1. Marked by or disposed to doing good; also, organized for the purpose of doing good. 2. Marked by or suggestive of goodwill. Sample sentence: Jody’s grandmother was a benevolent lady who enjoyed performing random acts of kindness for both her family and strangers.

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New research suggests that a tincture made of thyme can outperform prescription creams at treating acne. Results presented at the Society for General Microbiology’s Spring Conference in Dublin in March 2012 show that the thyme preparation is highly effective and fast-acting in killing the bacteria that cause acne. Researchers from Leeds Metropolitan University in the […]

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While we know how diet affects the heart, here’s some good news for women: a study of the eating habits of more than 20,000 residents of the city of Malmo, in Sweden, found that women whose diets were high in fiber had almost 25 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease than women whose diets were […]

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Noun: Verjuice (ver-JOOSS) Definition: The sour juice of crab apples or of unripe fruit; also, an acid liquor made from verjuice. Sample sentence: Winter oregano makes a superb salad green, used lavishly with black olives, thinly sliced red onions, soaked in ice water for an hour if you want to remove some pungency, and dressed […]

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