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Each choice we make causes a ripple effect in our lives. When things happen to us, it is the reaction we choose that can create the difference between the sorrow of our past and the joy in our future

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Adjective: Fissiparous  (fih-SIP-uh-rus) Definition: 1. Tending to break up into parts. 2. Creating disunity or dissention: divisive. Sample sentence: The election for class president had a fissiparous effect on the school as students took sides for their favorite candidate.  

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Noun: Scherzo  (Skert-soh) Definition: In music, a movement or passage of light or playful character, especially as the second or third movement of a sonata or a symphony. Sample sentence: When you play that Chopin scherzo at the end of the recital, you are going to bring down the house.

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New research demonstrates that lightning might be a possible trigger for migraines and severe headaches. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati found a 31 percent increased risk of headache and a 28 percent increased risk of migraine among individuals who suffer from chronic headaches on days lighting struck within 25 miles of their homes. This […]

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Carbohydrates are an essential part of a balanced, healthful diet. Instead of simply shunning carbs in your efforts to maintain a healthy weight, learn to make the right choices. Start by avoiding the more-refined carbohydrates, which rapidly convert into blood sugar, causing corresponding rises and falls in insulin levels, which can lead to overeating, weight […]

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Noun: Spandex  (SPAN-deks) Definition: Any of various elastic textile fibers made of chiefly polyurethane; also clothing made of this material. Sample sentence: While spandex is appropriate for running races and perhaps errands, few of us can get away with wearing it in the workplace.

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Noun:  Bas-relief  (bah-rih-LEEF) Definition: Sculptural relief in which the projection from the surrounding surface is slight and no part of the modeled form is undercut. Sample sentence: Janel admired the bas-relief carved into the wall of the ancient palace.

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Vitamin D deficiency is common in the developed world, and according to at least one study, people with very pale skin are most likely to be seriously deficient. Researchers at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom took the vitamin D levels of about 1,200 people. They found that 730 had lower than optimal […]

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Adjective: Cock-a-hoop  (kah-kuh-HOOP) Definition: 1. Triumphantly boastful: exulting. 2. Awry. Sample sentence: The driver’s pit crew was cock-a-hoop as they watched her cross the finish line to victory lane.

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That surprising notion – from the statement of a British health expert – was the lead story splashed across the front page of the British tabloid the Daily Mail, on January 8. The eye-catching headline heralded a new global campaign to stem the epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes. The strategy begins by heightening […]

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