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If you get frequent headaches, including migraines, air pollution may to be blame, at least for some of them. Researchers in Chile recently reported on the results of a study in Santiago Province, an area surrounded by the Coastal and Andes mountains and therefore topographically susceptible to pollution. The investigators found that hospital admissions for […]

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Adjective: Intrepid (in-TREP-id) Definition: Characterized by resolute fearlessness, fortitude, and endurance. Sample sentence: She was an intrepid child, always coming home with scrapes and bruises, but also with great stories of “adventures.”

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Exercise can bring on severe headaches in some individuals who suffer from migraines, but a new study from Sweden suggests that for many, exercise may work as well as prescription drugs to prevent the painful headaches. For their study, the researchers, from the University of Gothenberg in Sweden recruited 91 migraine patients and divided them […]

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Noun: Perquisite (PER-kwuh-zut) Definition: 1. A privilege or profit made in addition to regular pay 2. A gratuity or tip 3. Something held or claimed as an exclusive right or possession. Sample sentence: One perquisite of the job is use of a company car.

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If you often feel dizzy or faint after standing up, consider having your blood pressure checked. Low blood pressure (hypotension) is often due to dehydration, but can also be the result of sodium loss, abnormal heart rhythms, neurological disorders or overly aggressive drug treatment for high blood pressure. Low blood pressure can result in dizziness, […]

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Noun: Raillery (RAIL-uh-ree) Definition: 1. Good-natured ridicule: banter 2. Jest Sample sentence: New workers at the plant can expect to endure some raillery and joshing from the old-timers.

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If attending religious services is part of your regular routine, you may be getting more out of your ritual than you think. A new study from Yeshiva University in New York has found that women who attend religious services – regardless of ethnicity, affiliation of faith, and financial means – are less depressed and have […]

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Verb: Wreak (REEK) Definition: 1. To cause the infliction of (vengeance or punishment) 2. To give free play or course to (malevolent feeling) 3. Bring about, cause Sample sentence: The visiting team’s skilled receivers attempted to wreak havoc on our defense all night long.

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Stress can negatively impact your physical health, mood and social interactions. One way to help address the symptoms of stress is with passion flower (Passiflora incarnata). The dried above-ground parts of the plant can be found in tincture and extract form – look for standardized whole-plant extracts or capsules containing no less than 0.8 percent […]

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Noun: Subterfuge (SUB-ter-fyooj) Definition: 1. Deception by artifice or stratagem in order to conceal, escape, or evade. 2. A deceptive device or stratagem. Sample sentence: They obtained the documents through subterfuge.

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