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If you love to garden but hate seasonal allergies, there are some simple steps you can take: 1. Garden later in the day. Pollen is released in the early morning hours, and by early evening, pollen is less likely to be near the ground. 2. Garden in the rain. On wet and humid days, pollen […]

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Noun: Tragus (TRAY-gus) Definition: The prominence in front of the external opening of the outer ear. Sample sentence: The tragus would not be a good choice for ear piercing because it is made of thick cartilage.

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Gossip is good for you! That’s the word from a study at the University of California, Berkeley, which found that some forms of gossip can actually be therapeutic. Here’s the deal: as part of their investigation, researchers studied the behavior of volunteers who were allowed to witness someone cheating at a game. When they saw […]

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Drinking diet sodas daily is associated with an increased chance of suffering a heart attack, stroke, or of dying due to conditions that affect the circulatory system. This news follows an analysis of data gathered from more than 2,500 participants in New York City that looked at the relationship between drinking sodas (diet or regular) […]

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Adjective: Loquacious (loh-KWAY-shus) Definition: 1. Full of excessive talk: wordy 2. Given to fluent or excessive talk: garrulous Sample sentence: The children were loquacious on the car ride back from the zoo, chattering endlessly about all the animals they saw.

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Verb: Carp (KAHRP) Definition: To find fault or complain querulously. Sample sentence: Kate protested that her boss seemed to do nothing but carp and interfere, never praising or encouraging her.

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A diet enriched with grapes seems to have a dramatic effect on eyesight – at least in a special breed of mice prone to develop retinal damage when they get older. These findings spurred suggestions that grapes might also help protect humans against age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in the elderly. […]

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Verb: Alleviate (uh-LEE-vee-ayt) Definition: 1. Relieve, lessen 2. To make more bearable 3. To partially remove or correct Sample sentence: Mom suggested using ibuprofen and tea to help alleviate some of the misery of my cold.

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It’s about that time when people give their homes a spring cleaning. It is a good idea to keep a clean, uncluttered home: it can promote productivity and organization, instill a sense of calm and order, and help manage and prevent unhealthy bacteria. This year, why not add environmentally friendly cleaning products to your routine? […]

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Noun: Cockalorum (kah-kuh-LOR-um) Definition: 1. A boastful and self-important person. 2. Boastful talk. Sample sentence: No one believed Marty’s cockalorum about being an expert pool player, and as it turned out, he was indeed just as bad as the rest of us.

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