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Noun: Parol (PAIR-ul) Definition: Word of mouth: oral communication. Sample sentence: Mrs. Bridesworth had an agreement by parol with her tenant for the monthly rent, but no written lease.

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It may sound far-fetched, but Swiss researchers have published a study demonstrating that the quality of sleep can change with lunar cycles. Investigators at the University of Basel analyzed the sleep of more than 30 volunteers in two age groups in the sleep lab. While study participants were asleep, the research team monitored brain patterns, […]

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Eating about an ounce of nuts – particularly walnuts – at least three times a week may lower your risk of dying from cancer or heart disease compared with people who don’t eat nuts. The latest study comes from Spain, where researchers looked at the effects of eating Mediterranean diets plus either olive oil or […]

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Noun: Doozy (DOO-zee) Definition: An extraordinary one of its kind. Sample sentence: My cat is a doozy, acting more like a dog than a cat.

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Adjective: Pecuniary (pih-KYOO-nee-air-ee) Definition: 1. Consisting of or measured in money. 2. Or or relating to money. Sample sentence: Marcus was more than happy to water Rachel’s plants while she was away and refused any pecuniary compensation for the job.

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New evidence suggests that acupuncture may help relieve lymphedema of the arm, an accumulation of fluid that can occur after lymph nodes are removed during surgery, and a condition that frequently follows a radical mastectomy for breast cancer. A study at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City showed that acupuncture for lymphedema is […]

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Noun: Couloir (kool-WAHR) Definition: A steep mountainside gorge. Sample sentence: During our helicopter tour of the mountain range, we saw several snowboarders taking on the steep terrain of the couloir.

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Eating breakfast may help protect you from heart disease…and late night snacking could do you in. These findings come from a 16-year study which examined the lifestyles of 26,902 male health professionals, and illustrate the power eating habits can have over our health. It showed that participants who skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher […]

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Adjective: Polyglot (PAH-lee-glaht) Definition: 1. Speaking or writing several languages. 2. Composed of numerous linguistic groups. 3. Containing matter in several languages. 4. Composed of elements from different languages. 5. Widely diverse, as in ethnic or cultural origins. Sample sentence: Merchants in the resort city are adept at serving a polyglot clientele, and most of […]

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Eating walnuts daily appears to protect against prostate cancer, at least in mice. A new study from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio showed that after researchers injected the animals with human prostate cancer cells, tumors started to grow. But of the 19 mice that received a walnut-enriched diet, only three developed […]

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