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Verb: Wangle  (WANG-gul) Definition: 1. To resort to trickery or devious methods. 2. To adjust or manipulate for personal or fraudulent ends. 3. To make or get by fraudulent means: finagle. Sample sentence: Somehow Irene managed to wangle front row seats and back-stage passes for the concert.

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Here’s more evidence that taking good care of your teeth and gums benefits your heart. Investigators from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found that improving gum health can actually help slow the development of atherosclerosis – the build-up of cholesterol rich plaque along artery walls that can lead to heart attacks and stroke. […]

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Noun: Belfry  (BEL-free) Definition: 1. A bell tower, especially one surmounting or attached to another structure. 2. A room or framework for enclosing a bell. 3. Head. Sample sentence: Our Aunt Sadie was a little bit ditsy and we always said she had bats in her belfry.

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The flu and the common cold have similar symptoms. It can be difficult to tell the difference between them. Your health care provider can give you a test within the first few days of your illness to determine whether or not you have the flu. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold. […]

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Adjective: Nonchalant  (Nahn-shuh-LHNT) Definition: Having an air of easy unconcern or indifference. Sample sentence: The most experienced public speakers are able to address the audiences with a nonchalant ease.

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Here are some great reasons to enjoy yogurt. It’s creamy smooth, packed with flavor — and just may be the wonder food you’ve been craving. Research suggests that that humble carton of yogurt may help prevent osteoporosis, reduce your risk of high blood pressure, and aid gastrointestinal conditions like inflammatory bowel disease and constipation. Ready […]

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Noun: Plastron  (PLASS-trun) Definition: 1. A metal breast plate formerly worn under the hauberk. 2. A quilted pad worn in fencing practice to protect the chest, waist and side on which the weapon is held. 3. The ventral part of the shell of a tortoise or turtle. 4. A trimming like a bib for a […]

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What does protect women against age-related disability? The answer is healthy habits – including not smoking and getting regular exercise, according to British researchers. Those two factors, plus not drinking too much alcohol could help eliminate up to 17 percent of the heart disease, arthritis and walking problems seen in women in their 60s and […]

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  Adjective: Fraught  (FRAWT) Definition: 1. Full of or accompanied by something specified – with the word “with” 2. Causing or characterized by emotional distress or tension : uneasy Sample sentence: The new treatment is regarded as promising but fraught with potential side effects.

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Half of older adults have symptoms of insomnia which may put them at added risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have found that amyloid plaques in the brain, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s, are associated with the number of hours an older adult sleeps and the quality of […]

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