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First of all, exercise – even a daily 45 minute walk four days a week – can cut your risks of catching colds. This advice from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is based on findings that people who do that amount of exercise take 25 to 50 percent less time off from work […]

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Noun: Duckboard (DUK-bord) Definition: A boardwalk or slatted flooring laid on a wet, muddy, or cold surface; usually used in plural. Sample sentence: Someone had laid duckboards across the marshy area of the path so that it was passable.

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Cutting down on salt may help your bones. That’s the word from Australian researchers who found that middle-aged women following a low-salt diet to control high blood pressure excreted less calcium than women on a high carbohydrate, low-fat diet. The investigators suggested that the change in urinary excretion of calcium could benefit bones in the […]

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Adjective: Flagrant (FLAY-grunt) Definition: Conspicuously offensive; especially so obviously inconsistent with what is right or proper as to appear to be a flouting of law or morality Sample sentence: The United Nations is investigating what seem to be flagrant violations of human rights by the junta.

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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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