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Learning to meditate might help ease feelings of loneliness among seniors, and the practice may also reduce inflammation in the body and thus decrease risk of serious diseases. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh recruited 40 adults – most of them women – between the ages of […]

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An extraordinary collection of statistics assembled from many studies suggests just how dysfunctional Americans’ relationship with sugar has become. Incredibly,  Americans consume 130 pounds of sugar annually. Adults consume about 22 teaspoons daily; children roughly 32 teaspoons (that’s just shy of 3/4 cup). The single food category most responsible for upping the average added-sugar intake: […]

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Verb: Extemporize  (ik-STEMP-puh-ryz) Definition: 1. Improvise 2. To get along in a makeshift manner Sample sentence: Although she was caught off-guard by the award, Sue managed to extemporize a speech thanking her entire team for their hard work.

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Verb: Hew  (HYOO) Definition: 1. To cut or fell with blows (as of an ax) 2. To give shape to with or as if with an ax 3. To conform or to adhere Sample sentence: Josh was never one to hew to policies with which he disagreed.

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Tame tension headaches by rubbing peppermint oil, Tiger Balm, or white flower oil into your temples. All three remedies contain menthol, which has analgesic properties. The volatile oils in ginger have long made it a useful herbal remedy for nasal and chest congestion. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over a 1-inch piece of peeled, […]

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Adjective: Worldly-wise  (WERLD-lee-wyze) Definition: Possessing a practical and often shrewd understanding of human affairs. Sample sentence: The best candidate for judge should be worldly-wise, yet compassionate and hard-working to meet the demanding needs of the job.

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In the minds of many people, lard is the most unhealthy food imaginable. The conventional wisdom of the last 40 years has been that saturated fats in our diets – that is, fats such as lard that are solid at room temperature – are a principal cause of high cholesterol and rising rates of heart […]

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Noun: Furlong  (FER-lawng) Definition: A unit of distance equal to 220 yards (about 201 meters) Sample sentence: The hikers had not gone more than a furlong when a storm descended on them with great fury.

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Following the tenets of the Mediterranean diet, especially regular consumption of olive oil, may help increase concentrations of a bone protective protein known as osteocalcin. This style of eating may provide other substances associated with healthy bone formation as well. Europeans who live in the lower Mediterranean basin have lower rates of osteoporosis than those […]

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Noun: Surfeit  (SER-fut) Definition: 1. An overabundant supply: surplus 2. An intemperate or immoderate indulgence in something (as food or drink) 3. Disgust caused by excess Sample sentence: Every day, we’re bombarded by options and the surfeit of decisions we don’t really need to make can be overwhelming.

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