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Noun: Perquisite (PER-kwuh-zut) Definition: 1. A privilege or profit made in addition to regular pay 2. A gratuity or tip 3. Something held or claimed as an exclusive right or possession. Sample sentence: One perquisite of the job is use of a company car.

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If you often feel dizzy or faint after standing up, consider having your blood pressure checked. Low blood pressure (hypotension) is often due to dehydration, but can also be the result of sodium loss, abnormal heart rhythms, neurological disorders or overly aggressive drug treatment for high blood pressure. Low blood pressure can result in dizziness, […]

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Noun: Raillery (RAIL-uh-ree) Definition: 1. Good-natured ridicule: banter 2. Jest Sample sentence: New workers at the plant can expect to endure some raillery and joshing from the old-timers.

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If attending religious services is part of your regular routine, you may be getting more out of your ritual than you think. A new study from Yeshiva University in New York has found that women who attend religious services – regardless of ethnicity, affiliation of faith, and financial means – are less depressed and have […]

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Verb: Wreak (REEK) Definition: 1. To cause the infliction of (vengeance or punishment) 2. To give free play or course to (malevolent feeling) 3. Bring about, cause Sample sentence: The visiting team’s skilled receivers attempted to wreak havoc on our defense all night long.

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Stress can negatively impact your physical health, mood and social interactions. One way to help address the symptoms of stress is with passion flower (Passiflora incarnata). The dried above-ground parts of the plant can be found in tincture and extract form – look for standardized whole-plant extracts or capsules containing no less than 0.8 percent […]

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Noun: Subterfuge (SUB-ter-fyooj) Definition: 1. Deception by artifice or stratagem in order to conceal, escape, or evade. 2. A deceptive device or stratagem. Sample sentence: They obtained the documents through subterfuge.

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Giving up sweetened sodas might be a simple and inexpensive way to lower women’s risk of heart disease. Results of a study presented at the annual scientific meeting of the American Heart Association (AHA) showed that midlife women who consumed two or more sweet drinks per day were nearly four times as likely to have […]

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Adjective: Ethereal (ih-THEER-ee-ul) Definition: 1. Of or relating to the heavens: heavenly. 2. Being light and airy: delicate Sample sentence: I had expected the spa to be one of those places where they burn aromatherapy candles and play ethereal music, but it wasn’t like that at all.

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Too much TV and not enough exercise appear to add up to depression for older women. A new investigation from the Harvard School of Public Health that included data on nearly 50,000 women who participated in the long-running Nurses’ Health Study, found that the women who reported exercising most (90 minutes or more daily) were […]

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