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Adjective: Proficient (pruh-FISH-unt) Definition: Well advanced in an art, occupation, or branch of knowledge. Sample sentence: When he attended an outdoor adventure camp, Mark became proficient at identifying animal tracks.

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The benefits of regular meditation are well known – the relaxation response it engenders can result in lower blood pressure, decreased heart and respiratory rates and can even level out mood swings. New research from UCLA suggests that the long-term practice of meditation leads to beneficial brain changes called gyrification, a “folding” of the cerebral […]

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Noun: Boniface (BAH-nuh-fuss) Definition: The proprietor of a hotel, nightclub, or restaurant. Sample sentence: Jon’s retirement will be celebrated, but it also means that for the first time in 45 years, the city’s oldest hotel is in need of a new boniface.

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Half the nation’s overweight teens have unhealthy blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar levels that put them at risk for future heart attacks and other cardiac problems, new federal research says. And an even larger proportion of obese adolescents have such a risk, according to the alarming new numbers. People can keep their risk of […]

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Noun: Gazette (guh-ZET) Definition: 1. A newspaper 2. An official journal 3. An announcement in an official gazette Sample sentence: I asked my brother to pick up the monthly car-buyer’s gazette when he went into town.

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The higher your blood levels of folic acid, the less chance you may have of developing allergies or asthma. While that conclusion needs to be confirmed by further studies, researchers from Johns Hopkins have reported that folic acid may help regulate immune system responses to allergens (ragweed pollen, dust and other substances that set off […]

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Verb: Maffick (MAF-ik) Definition: To celebrate with boisterous rejoicing and hilarious behavior. Sample sentence: It is not unusual for fans to maffick for hours outside a stadium, celebrating their team’s dramatic victory in a division championship.

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The chemical BPA (bisphenol A) is in plastic food storage containers, the liners of metal food cans, water bottles and toys. Exposure has been linked to breast and prostate cancer, infertility, early puberty in girls, obesity and more. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 93 percent of all Americans have […]

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If you’re overweight and spend your day at a desk job, you’re at increased risk for diabetes – but you may be able to reverse that trend and help control blood sugar simply by taking “activity breaks.” New research from Australia found that regular, short breaks – as little as two minutes, three times an […]

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Noun: Hiatus (hye-AY-tus) Definition: 1. A break in or gap in a material object. 2. An interruption in time or continuity. 3. The occurrence of two vowel sounds without pause or intervening consonantal sound. Sample sentence: The band had several hits in the 80’s and then went on hiatus.

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