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Adjective: Torrid (TOR-id) Definition: 1. Parched with heat especially of the sun: hot: giving off intense heat: scorching 2. Ardent, passionate Sample sentence: As she cleaned out the attic, Monica was shocked to find a box filled with torrid love letters that her grandfather had written to her grandmother.

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If you’ve been looking for solid evidence that chocolate offers health benefits, try this: an analysis of 42 small clinical trials suggest that a daily dose of chocolate can help lower blood pressure, improve the functioning of blood vessels and even lower levels of insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar. There have been previous […]

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Noun: Satiety (suh-TYE-uh-tee) Definition: 1. The quality or state of being fed or gratified to or beyond capacity: fullness. 2. The revulsion or disgust caused by overindulgence or excess. Sample sentence: Enjoying his satiety after a hearty meal of roast beef, mashed potatoes, carrots, and gravy, Bill sat down in his recliner for a brief […]

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Here’s more food for thought: eating meals rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, sardines and other oily fish, slows changes in the brain that could lead to dementia. Researchers at UCLA measured levels of fatty acids in the red blood cells of 1,575 seniors (average age 67) who showed no signs of dementia. […]

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Noun; Bon vivant (bahn-vee-VAHNT) Definition: A person having cultivated, refined, and sociable tastes especially in respect to food and drink. Sample sentence: Mr. Murray is a congenial bon vivant who seems to relish the fine art of conversation almost as much as he does the fine art of French cooking.

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If you’re over 50 – and lonely – you may need to watch your blood pressure. New research from the University of Chicago shows that, over time, a sense of loneliness can raise blood pressure, regardless of other risk factors including body mass index (BMI), smoking, alcohol use, race and income level. The researchers also […]

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Noun: Lunette (loo-NET) Definition: Something that has the shape of a crescent or half-moon. Sample sentence: The door was topped with a lunette of small, colored panes of glass.

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The more you eat daily once you reach the age of 70, the higher your risk for memory problems, and possibly Alzheimer’s disease. Investigators at the Mayo Clinic came to this conclusion after analyzing data on more than 1,200 seniors in Olmstead County, Minnesota. They found double the risk of memory impairment among the participants […]

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Two separate studies have identified additional risks for Alzheimer’s disease. Preliminary results from an investigation performed at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., suggest that disrupted sleep may be linked to Alzheimer’s. After monitoring the sleep patterns of 100 men and women between the ages of 45 and 80, half of whom […]

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Verb: Obliterate (uh-BLIT-uh-rayt) Definition: 1. To remove from recognition or memory 2. To remove from existence 3. To make undecipherable by wiping out or covering over. Sample sentence: The student was so nervous before the test that he was afraid his stress would obliterate all the pertinent subject matter in his head.

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