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Verb: Pacify (PASS-uh-fye) Definition: 1. To allay the anger or agitation of: soothe 2. To restore to a tranquil state; settle. Also, to reduce to a submissive state: subdue. Sample sentence: Aunt Mabel claimed she had the magic touch to pacify a cranky baby, and indeed, as soon as she picked up her infant nephew […]

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Can imbibing too many carbonated drinks make you fat? The answer to this persistent rumor isn’t as simple as yes or no. While the fizziness of carbonated drinks is not a direct contributor to weight gain, once you factor in the unhealthy amounts of sugar, artificial sweeteners and caffeine that carbonated sodas contain, adding unwanted […]

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Noun: Tranche (TRAHNSH) Definition: A division or portion of a pool or whole Sample sentence: The money from the lottery will be doled out to the winner a tranch at a time over a five year span.

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If you live in California, chances are you sleep better than the folks in the deep south, the U.S. region where residents report the most sleep disturbances and daytime fatigue according to a recent investigation. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed data collected nationally by the U.S. Centers […]

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Adjective: Agog (uh-GAHG) Definition: Full of intense interest or excitement: eager Sample sentence: Everyone was agog over the rumor that a famous actress would be coming to town to shoot her next movie.

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Hypnosis can work for kids’ irritable bowel syndromw. This news comes from the Netherlands where researchers found that more than two-thirds of a group of kids who had six sessions of hypnosis and performed self-hypnosis at home were free or mostly free of stomach pain five years later. These results were much better than those […]

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Adjective: Torrid (TOR-id) Definition: 1. Parched with heat especially of the sun: hot: giving off intense heat: scorching 2. Ardent, passionate Sample sentence: As she cleaned out the attic, Monica was shocked to find a box filled with torrid love letters that her grandfather had written to her grandmother.

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If you’ve been looking for solid evidence that chocolate offers health benefits, try this: an analysis of 42 small clinical trials suggest that a daily dose of chocolate can help lower blood pressure, improve the functioning of blood vessels and even lower levels of insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar. There have been previous […]

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Noun: Satiety (suh-TYE-uh-tee) Definition: 1. The quality or state of being fed or gratified to or beyond capacity: fullness. 2. The revulsion or disgust caused by overindulgence or excess. Sample sentence: Enjoying his satiety after a hearty meal of roast beef, mashed potatoes, carrots, and gravy, Bill sat down in his recliner for a brief […]

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Here’s more food for thought: eating meals rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, sardines and other oily fish, slows changes in the brain that could lead to dementia. Researchers at UCLA measured levels of fatty acids in the red blood cells of 1,575 seniors (average age 67) who showed no signs of dementia. […]

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