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Women who follow a low-fat diet may not be getting as many essential nutrients as they should, according to the findings of a 27,000-person U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study. More than half the women who reduced their fat intake to less than 30 percent of total calories were short-changing themselves on vitamins A and […]

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Verb:  Extenuate  (ik-STEN-yuh-wayt) Definition: 1.  To lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of by making partial excuses 2.  To lessen the strength or effect of Sample sentence:  Don’t even try to extenuate their vandalism of the cemetery with the old refrain of “Boys will be boys.”

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If a round of golf leaves you grimacing and gripping your back muscles, your stance is probably to blame. A report presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons indicates that more than half of golfers experience low-back pain when they make contact with the ball or in their follow-through. That […]

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What may seem like a harmless way to store potatoes may actually be a breeding ground for deadly bacteria. Researchers investigating an outbreak of botulism in the United States in 1994 traced the source to a bacteria-produced toxin that formed when baked potatoes were stored in aluminum foil at room temperature. Botulism can cause severe […]

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Adjective:  Catawampus  (kat-uh-WOM-puhs) Definition: 1.  Off-center, askew, awry 2.  Positioned diagonally, cater-cornered Sample sentence:  Jill walked outside into the wind, which promptly knocked her hat catawampus.

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Noun:  Amanuensis  (uh-man-yuh-WEN-sis) Definition:  One employed to write from dictation or to copy manuscript. Sample sentence:  Mark worked as an amanuensis for a judge who needed to compose his opinions orally while recovering from cataract surgery.

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A new study suggests that apples and tomatoes may help prevent respiratory disease. Researchers at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom studied 2,633 adults and found a link between the intake of apples and tomatoes and the subjects’ respiratory health. Those who ate five apples or three tomatoes per week scored highest on […]

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Adjective:  Hyperborean  (hye-per-BOR-ee-un) Definition: 1. Of or relating to an extreme northern region: frozen 2. Of or relating to any of the arctic peoples Sample sentence:  Yoopers possess an impressive tolerance of cold winters, most likely due to their hyperborean ancestors from Canada and the Scandinavian countries.

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Individuals with exercise-induced asthma may be less likely to experience an attack in the morning than in the evening, according to the results of a new study. Researchers conducted exercise tests with 22 people with asthma and 12 healthy patients at 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. and measured the resulting lung spasms. For individuals with […]

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Verb:  Vituperate  (vye-TOO-puh-rayt) Definition: 1. To abuse or censure severely or abusively 2. To use harsh condemnatory language Sample sentence: During the team’s recent seven game losing streak, the sportswriters never missed a chance to vituperate the coach.

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