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Noun:  Benison  (BEN-uh-sun) Definition: A blessing or benediction. Sample sentence: The candidate sought the benison of the popular pastor in the hope of gaining both spiritual and political support.

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Poor dental hygiene may lead to cancer and early death. A Swedish study initiated back in 1985 included 1,390 randomly selected adults ages 30 to 40 who had no signs of gum disease when they enrolled. The participants were followed by periodic checks of their oral health and smoking habits until 2009. Over the 24 […]

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Adjective: Georgic  (JOR-jik) Definition:  Of or relating to agriculture. Sample sentence:  City slicker Brian was still getting used to the georgic lifestyle, particularly getting up at 4:30 each morning to milk the cows.

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If you want to get the biggest nutritional bang from your salad greens, be sure your dressing is made with a monounsaturated fat such as olive oil or canola oil. A new study from Purdue University found that salad dressings made with monounsaturated fat – canola oil was the one used in the study – […]

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Noun: Aliment  ( AL-uh-munt) Definition: Food, nutriment, or sustenance. Sample sentence: When choosing your daily aliment, be sure to include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

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If you are visiting the ocean you could have a run-in with a jellyfish. The stings from these weird-looking creatures can ruin your day unless you know how deal with them. In spite of what you may have heard, having someone urinate on them is not the best treatment; neither is meat tenderizer. Studies have […]

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Kids these days spend much too much time in front of screens – computers, video games, television, whatever. A new study from Oregon State University found that parents, and not the presence of electronic devices, are key to whether or not kids become sedentary. The researchers compared four parenting styles, authoritative (high warmth and control), […]

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Noun: Maquette  (ma-KET) Definition:  A usually small preliminary model (as of a sculpture or a building) Sample sentence: At the town meeting the architect presented a maquette of the proposed new school, which will include a state-of-the-art gymnasium and media center.

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Noun:Palisade (pal-uh-SAYD) Definition: 1. A fence of stakes especially for defense, or a long strong stake pointed at the top and set close with others as a defense. 2. A line of bold cliffs. Sample sentence: The biggest structure on the lot was a palisade made from wood harvested on the property, making the entrance […]

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A search for the term “fat-free” in the grocery section on Amazon.com brings up 3,386 products; “low-fat” yields 3,597. That’s a vast array of food products in which no- or low-fat content is touted as a virtue. Many of them compensate for the fat’s absence with extra sugar, corn syrup or other added sweeteners. But […]

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