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Noun: Crucible (KROO-suh-bul) Definition: 1. A vessel in which metals or other substances are heated to a very high temperature or melted. 2. A severe test. 3. A place or situation in which concentrated forces interact to cause or influence change or development. Sample sentence: Living in Paris in the late 60’s was like living […]

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Cardiovascular disease isn’t generally much of a worry for young women, but the amount of fish they eat growing up appears to have a powerful role in keeping their hearts healthy. A new study from Denmark shows that women of childbearing age (between 15-49) who rarely or never ate fish had 50 percent more cardiovascular […]

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Pistachios, like most nuts, are a healthy snack when eaten in moderation, and their fat content can help stave off hunger pangs. If you need more reasons to pick up a bag of pistachios, consider that pistachios can help reduce the risk of heart disease. They are rich in the amino acid arginine, phytosterols and […]

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Noun: Xylograpy (zye-LAU-gruh-fee) Definition: The art of making engravings on wood especially for printing. Sample sentence: Francine uses a rubber-stamping technique in her art that is reminiscent of Chinese xylography.

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Vibration machines are heavily promoted as a way to strengthen bones, but they didn’t provide this benefit for a group of postmenopausal women who signed on for a yearlong study of the machines’ effectiveness. Researchers at Toronto General Hospital recruited 202 women whose bone mass was low but not bad enough to require treatment with […]

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Noun: Junket (JUNK-ut) Definition: 1. A dessert of sweetened flavored milk with rennet. 2. a: A trip, journey: as a trip made by an official at public expense. b: A promotional trip made at another’s expense. Sample sentence: The senator was criticized for making a junket to a posh resort in Panama, claiming it to […]

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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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