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If you have had your teeth whitened by bleaching – either by your dentist or with home teeth-whitening kits – you may be able to keep them that way by eating certain foods. Dentists at Wake Forest Baptist Health say that apples, green beans, cauliflower, carrots, celery and other firm fruits and vegetables can help […]

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Noun: Graupel (GROU-pul) Definition: Granular snow. Sample sentence: As we sat inside enjoying the cozy warmth of the fire, the storm deposited an inch of graupel on the deck.

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Your memory might be sharper if your diet contains lots of choline – a micronutrient found in some fatty foods, including egg yolks. A new study from Boston University School of Medicine suggests that adults whose choline intake was highest did better on memory tests than those whose intake was lowest; they were also less […]

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Adjective: Ostensible (ah-STEN-suh-bul) Definition: 1. Intended for display: open to view. 2. Being such in appearance: plausible rather than demonstrably true or real. Sample sentence: The ostensible reason for the meeting was to review the budget, but the whole thing was really just a ruse to get him to the surprise party.

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Tart cherries may help relieve muscle pain, arthritis pain and the pain of gout better than anti-inflammatory drugs, but here’s a potential new use that might be worthwhile if you need help sleeping. Researchers at Britain’s Northumbria University found that adults who drank two daily glasses of tart cherry juice slept up to six percent […]

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Verb: Thole (THOHL) Definition: Endure Sample sentence: In the winter months, we must thole the cold and snow.

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The more antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables in your diet, the greater your chances of keeping your wits about you as you get older. German researchers in collaboration with investigators at Temple University in Philadelphia and Italy’s Perugia University looked at the relationship between fruit and vegetable intake, antioxidant status and cognitive performance in 193 healthy […]

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Adjective: Valorous (VAL-uh-russ) Definition: 1. Possessing or acting with bravery or boldness: courageous. 2. Marked by, exhibiting, or carried out with courage or determination: heroic. Sample sentence: Audie Murphy was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1945 for valorous acts that helped to save his company in the face of a fierce German assault.

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Even if you avoid the brightly colored boxes of sugarcoated kids’ cereals, you may not be picking the healthiest breakfast options. Sugars, calories and fats can be hidden in many cereals – including those that are marketed as “healthy.” Consider the following when choosing cereals: Sugars: Choose varieties with eight grams of sugar or less […]

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Noun: Fustian (FUSS-chun) Definition: 1. A strong cotton and linen fabric. 2. High-flown or affected writing or speech. Sample sentence: Readers with a low tolerance for fustian may be put off by the writer’s style, but there is no denying that his arguments have merit.

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