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A recent study discovered that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – which include aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen – can reduce the effectiveness of the commonly used class of antidepressant called selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft and Celexa. Fifteen percent fewer subjects responded to SSRIs when taking NSAIDs compared to those not on […]

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Noun: layman (LAY-mun) Definition: 1. A person who is not a member of the clergy 2. A person who does not belong to a particular profession or who is not expert in some field Sample sentence: The Nobel laureate’s book is an introduction to physics that, despite its depth and detail, remains quite accessible to […]

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Adjective: Tawdry (TAW-dree) Definition: 1. Gaudy, showy and cheap 2. Low or mean Sample sentence: The mother refused to let her daughter wear the tawdry jewelry and sloppy clothes to school, even though she was informed it was the latest style.

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Researchers at Britain’s Roehampton University questioned 1,068 men and women about their eating and sleeping habits as well as how they rated their levels of happiness, anxiety and their physical health and weight. The results suggest that early birds are slimmer, healthier and happier than people who stay up later and get up later. Other […]

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Noun: Exodus (EK-suh-dus) Definition: 1. The mainly narrative second book of canonical Jewish and Christian Scripture 2. A mass departure: emigration Sample sentence: When the concert ended, the exodus of attendees clogged up traffic for miles.

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Yoga is no substitute for the more vigorous exercise which many people with diabetes need in order to lose weight, but a new study suggests that it may offer some of its own benefits. The findings showed that yoga classes (when added to standard diabetes care) helped study participants pare a few pounds and also […]

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Adjective: Conversant (kun-VER-sunt) Definition: Having knowledge or experience. Sample sentence: The software firm advertised for programmers who are conversant with the latest technologies and languages and who have at least 3 years of job-related experience.

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Pop quiz: What do apples, pears, cucumbers and cauliflower have in common? Answer: The edible parts of all of them are white. And these fruits and vegetables have now been identified as foods that may dramatically lower the risk of stroke. This news comes from a decade long Dutch study that involved more than 20,000 […]

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Noun: Broadside (BRAWD-syde) Definition: 1. A sheet of paper printed usually on one side (as an advertisement) 2. All the guns on one side of a ship; also, their simultaneous discharge 3. A volley of abuse or denunciation : a strongly worded attack Sample sentence: The intern was surprised when her supervisor answered her simple […]

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We all know that laughing makes us feel good, but research has never shown exactly how this happens or how laughter fights pain, which it definitely can. An interesting investigation from England has demonstrated that the physical act of laughing – the actual muscle contractions involved – lead to the release of “feel good” endorphins, […]

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