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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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Verb: Foment (FOH-ment) Definition: To promote the growth or development of, also to rouse or incite. Sample sentence: He has been accused of attempting to foment violence, but he denies the claim and insists that he and his followers will only engage in peaceful means of protest.

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Pistachios in the shell may not be as popular as traditional choices like carrots for a healthy (practically no-cal) snack, but as one of the lowest calorie nuts, they have another advantage: shelling them slows down snacking – and a growing pile of shells shows may remind you of how much you’ve eaten. A study […]

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Adjective: Taciturn (TASS-uh-tern) Definition: Temperamentally disinclined to talk. Sample sentence: The waiter, previously friendly and good-humored, suddenly became solemn and taciturn.

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If you suffer from chronic sinus problems, nasal congestion or postnasal drip, you may want to consider using a Neti pot. Originally from the Ayurvedic tradition, a Neti pot resembles a genie’s lamp and uses a saltwater solution to irrigate nasal passages and sinuses, making nasal mucus thinner and flushing out irritants. It’s fairly easy […]

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Noun: Keister (KEE-stir) Definition: 1. A person’s buttocks. 2. A small suitcase or satchel. Sample sentence: He fell right on his keister in front of the whole crowd.

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If you want the health benefits of broccoli, you’ll have to eat it – forget supplements – and you’ll have to cook it right, as well. New research from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University has shown that supplements that purport to give you the nutritional equivalent of the actual vegetable fall short […]

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Noun: Swivet (SWIV-ut) Definition: A state of extreme agitation. Sample sentence: She was in a swivet for days before the meeting, but when the actual day arrived she found she was surprisingly calm.

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Researchers from the University of Michigan Medical School have reported that supplements of ginger root extract reduced markers of colon inflammation that might lead to cancer. The investigators recruited 30 patients at normal risk for colon cancer for their study and randomly assigned them to receive either two grams of ginger root supplements or a […]

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