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Vitamin D + Exercise = Fewer Falls. That’s the conclusion from a review of 54 studies that included data from more than 26,000 seniors. Investigators from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force analyzed the studies in an effort to determine the best recommendations primary care physicians could make to patients age 65 and older in […]

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Adjective: Livelong (LIV-lawng) Definition: Whole: Entire Sample Sentence: They worked hard all the livelong day and finally fell into their beds, exhausted and well past sundown.

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Slowly digested, high-fiber carbohydrate foods such as whole grains, lentils, pinto beans, and kidney beans, can help reduce levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker for the inflammation associated with heart disease and other chronic illnesses, by about 22 percent in overweight or obese adults. This finding comes from a study at the Fred Hutchinson […]

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Adverb: Viva Voce (vye-vuh-VOH-see) Definition: By word of mouth: orally. Sample sentence: According to the town’s bylaws, members of the town council must vote viva voce or by a show of hands.

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Night eating syndrome (NES) is a combination diagnosis of a sleeping disorder and an eating disorder. It is characterized by eating a variety of things – from the usual pantry items to less people-friendly fare such as cat food and cigarettes – while asleep, often with no recollection of these nocturnal binges. While most reported […]

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Noun: Henchman (HENCH-mun) Definition: 1. A trusted follower: a right-hand man. 2. A political follower whose support is chiefly for personal advantage. 3. A member of a gang. Sample sentence: The play opens with the main character and his top henchman in a smoky barroom scene.

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Have you met your doctor’s dog? An increasing number of physicians are taking their pooches to work on a daily basis, a trend that seems to be finding favor with many patients. As a breed akin to dedicated “therapy dogs,” that visit hospitals and nursing homes to calm and cheer up patients, a family companion […]

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Noun: Exegesis (ek-suh-JEE-sis) Definition: Exposition, explanation, especially an explanation or critical interpretation of a text. Sample sentence: For his senior thesis, John wrote an exegesis on the novels of D.H. Lawrence.

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Rosacea – a chronic and persistent condition in which a person’s cheeks, nose, chin, eyelids or forehead become inflamed and red – tends to be more common in women, people between the ages of 30 and 50 and those with fair skin who blush easily. While there is no cure, rosacea can be controlled by […]

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Verb: Abjure (ab-JOOR) Definition: 1. a: To renounce upon oath b: To reject solemnly 2. To abstain from: avoid. Sample sentence: I do everything to abjure allegiance to any political party, regardless of pressure from others to join their ranks.

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