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One of the reasons overweight people aren’t so crazy about exercising is that their added padding helps raise body temperature making them hot, sweaty and tired. A new report suggests that holding something cool – even a cold water bottle will do – can help keep internal temperature from rising, allowing for a longer, more […]

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Noun: Minim (MIN-im) Definition: 1. A musical half note 2. Something very minute 3. A unit of liquid capacity equal to 1/60 fluid dram Sample sentence: The nurse had to be very careful to measure out only one mimim of the powerful medicine.

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Actress Katherine Hepburn credited her famously slim build to “a lifetime of chocolate,” and now a new investigation from California suggests that eating chocolate is “calorie neutral” and doesn’t cause weight gain. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego set out to test the hypothesis that eating small amounts of chocolate on a regular […]

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Patient care is not an easy job. For many of the caregivers for the 5.4 million Alzheimer’s patients in the U.S., it leads to loneliness, exhaustion, fear, stress and depression. Researchers at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior looked at the benefits of meditation for a group of caregivers whose ages ranged from […]

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Adjective: Insipid (in-SIH-ped) Definition: 1. Lacking in taste or savor: tasteless. 2. Lacking in qualities that interest, stimulate or challenge. Sample sentence: The soup was insipid, even though it had an appealing appearance.

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Noun: Troubadour (TROO-buh-dor) Definition: 1. A lyric poet or musician who performed chiefly in southern France and northern Italy in the 11th through 13th centuries. 2. A singer, especially of folk songs. Sample sentence: My favorite singer, Gordon Lightfoot, is a modern-day troubadour.

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If you are recommended to have a colonoscopy, don’t worry: it is a 30 to 60 minute, low-risk, common procedure. Here is what to expect: 1. A day or two before the procedure, patients are usually required to clean out their colon via a liquid diet and taking laxatives. 2. The day of the colonoscopy, […]

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Noun: Damask (Dam-usk) Definition: 1. A firm lustrous fabric (as of linen, cotton, silk, or rayon) made with flat patterns in a satin weave on a plain-woven ground on jacquard looms. 2. Hard elastic steel ornamented with wavy patterns and used especially for sword blades; also, the characteristic markings of this steel 3. A grayish […]

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Despite being one of the most preventable and curable cancers, over 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed and over 50,000 people die from this disease each year. One in 19 men and one in 20 women will develop it over their lifetime. The American Cancer Society recommends a colonoscopy for everyone over age […]

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Noun: Menagerie (muh-NAJ-uh-ree) Definition: 1. A place where animals are kept and trained especially for exhibition or a collection of wild or foreign animals kept especially for exhibition. 2. A varied mixture. Sample sentence: The Alpine-themed restaurant had a curious menagerie of cuckoo clocks on the wall of its dining room.

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