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Have you met your doctor’s dog? An increasing number of physicians are taking their pooches to work on a daily basis, a trend that seems to be finding favor with many patients. As a breed akin to dedicated “therapy dogs,” that visit hospitals and nursing homes to calm and cheer up patients, a family companion […]

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Noun: Exegesis (ek-suh-JEE-sis) Definition: Exposition, explanation, especially an explanation or critical interpretation of a text. Sample sentence: For his senior thesis, John wrote an exegesis on the novels of D.H. Lawrence.

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Rosacea – a chronic and persistent condition in which a person’s cheeks, nose, chin, eyelids or forehead become inflamed and red – tends to be more common in women, people between the ages of 30 and 50 and those with fair skin who blush easily. While there is no cure, rosacea can be controlled by […]

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Verb: Abjure (ab-JOOR) Definition: 1. a: To renounce upon oath b: To reject solemnly 2. To abstain from: avoid. Sample sentence: I do everything to abjure allegiance to any political party, regardless of pressure from others to join their ranks.

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Any kind of physical activity seems to boost kids’ school performance, according to a recently published international analysis. Researchers reviewed 14 studies that compared kids’ physical activity with their grades or test scores. Ten of the studies included in the analysis were “observational” – researchers asked parents, teachers and the kids themselves how active they […]

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Adjective: Copious (KOH-pee-us) Definition: 1. a: Yielding something abundantly. b: Plentiful in number. 2. Full of thought, information or matter. 3. Lavish, abundant. Sample sentence: After a copious harvest, the farmers in the small town hold a lavish feast accompanied by dancing to celebrate their good growing season.

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Research from England suggests that the safest route to a golden glow is eating lots of fruits and vegetables. What’s more, the tan you get from healthy eating looks better than the one you could get from baking on a beach. That’s the word from the Perception Lab at the University of Nottingham. The investigators […]

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Noun: Duende (doo-En-day) Definition: The power to attract through personal magnetism and charm. Sample sentence: The magician was not only a talented illusionist, he also had the duende that kept the audience rapt for the entire show.

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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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