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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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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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