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Noun: Lookism (LOOK-iz-um) Definition: Prejudice or discrimination based on physical appearance and especially physical appearance believed to fall short of societal notions of beauty. Sample sentence: As a teacher, Kim’s response to recent studies showing that attractive students receive better grades was to try to be vigilant against her own possible lookism.

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New evidence suggests that eating as little as two servings of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or apples per month can lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease by 25 percent compared with eating these fruits less than once a month. The recent report also found that men whose diets were rich in flavonoids, the protective compounds found […]

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Noun: Space Cadet (SPAYSS-kuh-DET) Definition: A flaky, lightheaded, or forgetful person. Sample sentence: A well-worded e-mail that recaps your main points can remind your colleagues that, however much you flubbed your presentation in the meeting, you’re not really such a space cadet.

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Here’s another good reason to eat plenty of fresh fruit. A new investigation from the Harvard School of Public Health shows that eating lots of blueberries and apples appears to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. Researchers examined the diets of some 200,000 men and women who were enrolled in three ongoing studies of […]

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Adjective: Fugacious (fyoo-GAY-shus) Definition: Lasting a short time: evanescent Sample sentence: The rock band’s rise in popularity turned out to be fugacious, and within two years its members had moved on to other careers.

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Complementing standard medical care for chronic sinusitis with acupuncture, acupressure and dietary changes seemed to help a small group of patients who weren’t improving with the treatment they had been getting, according to researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles. Only 11 patients took part in the study. While they continued with their […]

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Noun: Accoutrement (uh-KOO-ter-munt) Definition: 1. Equipment, trappings; specifically, a soldier’s outfit usually not including clothes and weapons — usually used in plural 2. An accessory item of clothing or equipment — usually used in plural 3. An identifying and often superficial characteristic or device — usually used in plural Sample sentence: She was decked out […]

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One of the reasons overweight people aren’t so crazy about exercising is that their added padding helps raise body temperature making them hot, sweaty and tired. A new report suggests that holding something cool – even a cold water bottle will do – can help keep internal temperature from rising, allowing for a longer, more […]

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Noun: Minim (MIN-im) Definition: 1. A musical half note 2. Something very minute 3. A unit of liquid capacity equal to 1/60 fluid dram Sample sentence: The nurse had to be very careful to measure out only one mimim of the powerful medicine.

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Actress Katherine Hepburn credited her famously slim build to “a lifetime of chocolate,” and now a new investigation from California suggests that eating chocolate is “calorie neutral” and doesn’t cause weight gain. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego set out to test the hypothesis that eating small amounts of chocolate on a regular […]

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