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Want to help reduce your odds of having a stroke? Besides minimizing common risk factors such as smoking and unhealthy stress, consider adding magnesium-rich foods to your grocery cart. Researchers at the Swedish Karolinska Institute found that the risk for ischemic stroke – the most common type of stroke in older people, which is when […]

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Verb: Convoke   (kun-VOHK) Definition: To call together to a meeting Sample sentence: In 1907, Theodore Roosevelt saw a need to convoke a conference at The Hague to discuss arms limitations.

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Being obese doesn’t automatically mean you’re destined for cardiovascular disease – although it certainly increases the odds. New research from the UK shows that the risk of developing heart problems depends on metabolic health, and not body size.Metabolic health means having normal levels of blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and C-reactive protein, a marker for […]

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Adjective: Gargantuan  (gar-GAN-choo-un) Definition: Tremendous in size, volume, or degree Sample sentence: People are always amazed at the gargantuan amount of water that goes over Niagra Falls every hour.  

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Turmeric, the yellow spice that colors curry and American mustard, is a potent natural anti-inflammatory agent. Both in the diet and in supplement form, it has shown promise in the treatment of arthritis, tendonitis and autoimmune disorders. The latest word on turmeric’s health benefits comes from Thailand. Researchers there found that adding a turmeric extract […]

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Noun: Buffoon   (ba-FOON) Definition: 1. A ludicrous figure: clown 2. A gross and usually ill-educated or stupid person Sample sentence: Joe was really out of place at the fancy restaurant, looking like a buffoon in his blue jeans and ratty flannel shirt.

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If more people at high risk for cardiac disease ate dark chocolate daily, there might be fewer heart attacks and strokes. That conclusion comes from a team of Australian researchers who explored the long-term benefits of chocolate – already known to be heart protective – via a mathematical model. They based the model on more […]

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Noun: Scaramouch  (SKAIR-uh-moosh) Definition: 1. A cowardly buffoon 2. A rascal or scamp Sample sentence: Dorothy was wary about lending money to her uncle, a  scaramouch who never took responsibility for his actions.

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It’s quite common for blood pressure to vary from one arm to another. Typically, the pressure is a little higher in the dominant arm; for example, right-handed people will have higher readings in their right arms. According to the American Heart Association, if the difference between your two arms is 10 millimeters of mercury or […]

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Noun: Weald  (WEELD) Definition: 1. Heavily wooded area: forest 2. A wild or uncultivated usually upland region Sample sentence: The artist had a perfect view from his cabin window of a lush weald, providing him with  great inspiration for his latest painting.

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