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Monitoring blood pressure at home can help keep it from rising and may help reduce the need for medication. A recently published analysis of 37 international clinical trials, compiling data on more than 9,400 men and women with high blood pressure, showed that patients asked by their physicians to track their blood pressure with home […]

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Noun: Comix (KAH-miks) Definition: Comic books or comic strips. Sample sentence: My favorite comix are Blondie and For Better or Worse.

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While it’s true that most Americans don’t get enough fresh produce in their diets, a recent, large study from Europe found that adults who ate the most fruits and vegetables still managed to gain weight as they got older. Nearly 374,000 individuals in 10 countries participated in the study and over the five-year span gained […]

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Noun: Rabble (RAB-ul) Definition: 1. A disorganized or confused collection of things. 2. A disorganized or disorderly crowd of people: mob 3. The lowest class of people. Sample sentence: One of these days, I will sort out the rabble in my hall closet.

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It’s natural to have emotional ups and downs. What’s not natural – yet all too common in the modern world – is to feel persistently sad or anxious for no obvious reason. Here are a few tips to help you find and sustain the emotional balance that’s needed to navigate and enjoy life in this […]

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Verb: Abnegate (AB-nih-gayt) Definition: 1. Deny or renounce 2. Surrender or relinquish Sample sentence: The mayor ordered the city’s finance control board to abnegate its powers.

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New research suggests that many weight problems are all in the head, but not in the way you might suppose. Two studies published in the December 27, 2011 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation indicate that the poor dietary choices that have led to much of the obesity in the U.S. might damage brain […]

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Noun: Aubade (oh-BAHD) Definition: 1. A song or poem greeting the dawn. 2. A morning love song, or a song or poem about lovers parting at dawn. 3. Morning music. Sample sentence: The play opens with the heroine’s lover awakening her with a sweet aubade.

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After reviewing data gathered during a four-year study involving nearly 12,600 participants, researchers have reported a clear link between low levels of vitamin D and depression. A team from UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Cooper Institute found that higher levels of vitamin D were associated with a significantly decreased risk of depression, particularly among […]

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Noun: Mutt (MUT) Definition: 1. A stupid or insignificant person: fool. 2. A mongrel dog. Sample sentence: The best dog I ever had was no purebred, but a beautiful mutt.

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