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Noun: Troubadour (TROO-buh-dor) Definition: 1. A lyric poet or musician who performed chiefly in southern France and northern Italy in the 11th through 13th centuries. 2. A singer, especially of folk songs. Sample sentence: My favorite singer, Gordon Lightfoot, is a modern-day troubadour.

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If you are recommended to have a colonoscopy, don’t worry: it is a 30 to 60 minute, low-risk, common procedure. Here is what to expect: 1. A day or two before the procedure, patients are usually required to clean out their colon via a liquid diet and taking laxatives. 2. The day of the colonoscopy, […]

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Noun: Damask (Dam-usk) Definition: 1. A firm lustrous fabric (as of linen, cotton, silk, or rayon) made with flat patterns in a satin weave on a plain-woven ground on jacquard looms. 2. Hard elastic steel ornamented with wavy patterns and used especially for sword blades; also, the characteristic markings of this steel 3. A grayish […]

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Despite being one of the most preventable and curable cancers, over 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed and over 50,000 people die from this disease each year. One in 19 men and one in 20 women will develop it over their lifetime. The American Cancer Society recommends a colonoscopy for everyone over age […]

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Noun: Menagerie (muh-NAJ-uh-ree) Definition: 1. A place where animals are kept and trained especially for exhibition or a collection of wild or foreign animals kept especially for exhibition. 2. A varied mixture. Sample sentence: The Alpine-themed restaurant had a curious menagerie of cuckoo clocks on the wall of its dining room.

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Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a culinary spice, a major ingredient in Indian curries, and the source of American mustard’s bright yellow color. Used as both medicine and food for centuries, accumulating evidence suggests that this relative of ginger is a promising preventive agent for a wide range of diseases, probably due largely to its anti-inflammatory […]

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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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