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Noun; Bon vivant (bahn-vee-VAHNT) Definition: A person having cultivated, refined, and sociable tastes especially in respect to food and drink. Sample sentence: Mr. Murray is a congenial bon vivant who seems to relish the fine art of conversation almost as much as he does the fine art of French cooking.

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If you’re over 50 – and lonely – you may need to watch your blood pressure. New research from the University of Chicago shows that, over time, a sense of loneliness can raise blood pressure, regardless of other risk factors including body mass index (BMI), smoking, alcohol use, race and income level. The researchers also […]

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Noun: Lunette (loo-NET) Definition: Something that has the shape of a crescent or half-moon. Sample sentence: The door was topped with a lunette of small, colored panes of glass.

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The more you eat daily once you reach the age of 70, the higher your risk for memory problems, and possibly Alzheimer’s disease. Investigators at the Mayo Clinic came to this conclusion after analyzing data on more than 1,200 seniors in Olmstead County, Minnesota. They found double the risk of memory impairment among the participants […]

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Two separate studies have identified additional risks for Alzheimer’s disease. Preliminary results from an investigation performed at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., suggest that disrupted sleep may be linked to Alzheimer’s. After monitoring the sleep patterns of 100 men and women between the ages of 45 and 80, half of whom […]

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Verb: Obliterate (uh-BLIT-uh-rayt) Definition: 1. To remove from recognition or memory 2. To remove from existence 3. To make undecipherable by wiping out or covering over. Sample sentence: The student was so nervous before the test that he was afraid his stress would obliterate all the pertinent subject matter in his head.

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Adjective: Abstruse (ub-STROOSS) Definition: Difficult to comprehend. Sample sentence: The author’s new book is not as abstruse as his previous works and is likely to attract a much larger readership.

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Lead levels in lipsticks aren’t typically very high, but they have edged up since the FDA began tracking them in 2007. A new report issued by the agency in December 2011 after testing 400 lipsticks, found amounts of lead ranging from 0.026 parts per million (ppm) to 7.19 ppm. The highest level in 2007 was […]

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Noun: Spiel (SPEEL) Definition: A voluble line of often extravagant talk: a speech delivered especially to sell or promote something. Sample sentence: Jonathan called the wireless company with a question about his bill; he was not expecting a spiel from a representative trying to sell him on a more expensive data plan.

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Eating oranges and grapefruit daily seem to help lower the risk of stroke among women, thanks to compounds called flavones they contain. This news comes from reviewing 14 years of follow-up data gathered from 70,000 women participating in the U.S. Nurses’ Health Study, a landmark trial that has been on-going since 1976 and is still […]

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