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Mindfulness yoga – a combination of meditation and traditional physical poses – may help relieve symptoms of major depression that affects one in five pregnant women. A pilot feasibility study from the University of Michigan found that 10 weeks of mindfulness yoga classes resulted in significant reductions in depression symptoms among the psychiatrically high-risk, expectant […]

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Eating eggs regularly could be almost as bad for your heart as smoking, according to newly published data from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Researchers there surveyed more than 1,200 men and women (mean age 61.5) who were attending heart disease prevention clinics. The investigators used ultrasound to measure the total area of […]

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Adjective: Illustrious (ih-LUSS-tree-us) Definition: notably or brilliantly outstanding because of dignity or achievements or actions: eminent. Sample sentence: During the ceremony, the illustrious  star of stage and screen was presented with a lifetime achievement award.

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Noun: Devoir  (duh-VWAHR) Definition: 1. Duty, responsibility 2. A usually formal act of civility or respect Sample sentence: I have a lot of chores in my house, but taking out the garbage is not my devoir.

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The Empire State Building “run up” happens each winter. Hundreds of competitors race up the 1,576 stairs to the 86th floor; the winner typically finishes in under 11 minutes. You have to be in extraordinary shape to compete in one of these events. To win, you have to take the stairs two at a time, […]

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Adjective: Seriocomic  (seer-ee-oh-KAH-mik) Definition: Having a mixture of the serious and the comic. Sample sentence: The intergenerational meal was a seriocomic affair, with the younger generation refereeing the jabs their elders hurled at one another while trying to keep the youngest generation from getting a true sense of just what was going on.

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Sleep apnea, also called obstructive sleep apnea, is a disorder that causes interruptions of normal breathing during sleep. Symptoms include: 1. Heavy snoring 2. Periods of not breathing 3. Waking frequently during the night or experiencing fitful sleep 4. Feeling sleepy or not well-rested during the day Depending on how often and for how long […]

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Verb: Placate  (PLAY-kayt) Definition:  To soothe or mollify especially by concession : to calm the anger or bitterness of. Sample sentence: In an effort to placate the angry customer, the store manager replaced the defective product with a more expensive model at no extra charge.

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If you’re overweight, losing 10 percent of your weight (20 pounds if you weigh in at 200) may cut your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, even if you regain the pounds you shed within a decade. This finding comes from a national study that included 3,000 overweight people with impaired glucose tolerance, a metabolic […]

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Verb: Excoriate  (ek-SKOR-ee-ayt) Definition: 1. To wear off the skin of : abrade 2. To censure scathingly Sample sentence:  My new shoes started to excoriate my heels, so I had to resort to wearing mole skin patches to prevent blisters.

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