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A study from Michigan State University showed that most pet owners who take their companion animals for regular walks meet federal criteria for moderate to vigorous exercise. No pet at home? Only 30 percent of you are likely to get that much regular exercise. The investigators looked at the exercise habits of 5,900 people, including […]

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Noun: Cacography (ka-KAH-gruh-fee) Definition: 1. Bad spelling 2. Bad handwriting Sample sentence: The letter was marred by cacography and poor punctuation, among other flaws.

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If you’re a runner pushing 60, there’s mostly good news from a new study comparing 51 strong runners ranging in age from 18 to 60 plus. The up side is that the body continues to use oxygen as efficiently as it did decades earlier. The bad news is that you’re probably running slower than you […]

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Too many starchy carbs seem to be associated with breast cancer recurrence. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego divided 2,651 breast cancer survivors into four groups based on their daily carbohydrate intake. Over the course of a year, the study revealed an average daily increase of 2.3 grams of carbohydrates among the women […]

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Noun: Propinquity (pruh-PING-kwuh-tee) Definition: 1. Nearness of blood: kinship 2. Nearness in place or time: proximity Sample sentence: Many of the retirement community’s residents cite the propinquity of the area’s various cultural offerings as a significant reason for their choice of the facility.

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Verb: Gam (GAM) Definition: 1. To have a visit or a friendly conversation with. 2. To spend or pass (as time) talking. Sample sentence: The long train ride allowed for the two strangers to gam the hours away and discover how much they had in common.

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Laryngitis is inflammation of the larynx – your “voice box.” If you have laryngitis, you have lost your voice. It can result from a viral or a bacterial infection. Laryngitis may also occur during bronchitis, influenza, measles, pneumonia, and whooping cough, or because of overuse of the voice or exposure to allergies. The infection or […]

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Noun: Stiction (STIK-shun) Definition: The force required to cause one body in contact with another to begin to move. Sample sentence: Tire quality can affect stiction at the start of an auto race.

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A new study from the University of California, San Francisco, suggests that mindful eating plus stress reduction can prevent weight gain. In fact, the combination may even result in loss of dangerous fat you can’t see – deep abdominal fat linked to the risk of diabetes and heart disease. The research team divided 47 chronically […]

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If you’re a culture vulture – if you paint, dance, play the guitar (or another musical instrument) and appreciate the arts – a Norwegian study suggests that you’re better off physically and psychologically. Cultured citizens there are healthier and less inclined to be depressed than those who don’t dab paint on canvas, dance, or make […]

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