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Adjective: Sallow  (SAL-oh) Definition:  Of a grayish, greenish, yellow color suggesting sickliness. Sample sentence: Sue decided  not to buy the beige blouse because it made her skin look too washed out and sallow.  

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The older you are, the better the chance that you’re running low on vitamin D. We’ve long known that “D” is essential for strong bones, and recent studies have linked low levels to Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure, psoriasis, several autoimmune diseases (including multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis), and as many as 18 different cancers. […]

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Noun: Opusculum  (oh-PUSK-yuh-lum) Definition: A minor work (as in literature) Sample sentence:  The popular author had three major novels, but one opusculum to her credit that was highly praised by her peers.

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For most of us, the answer to that question is “probably” even though the popular perception is that healthy eating is much more expensive than the cost of typical, and often unhealthy diets. A new report from the Harvard School of Public Health found that the additional cost to assure prudent nutrition is surprisingly low. […]

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Verb: Smite  (SMYTE) Definition: 1. To strike sharply or heavily. 2. To kill or severely injure by striking. 3. To attack or afflict suddenly and injuriously. 4. To affect as if by striking. Sample sentence: Susan jokingly said that  her mother would smite her if she ever went out in the winter with wet hair.

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In the last 10 years, more and more people have developed serious infections that are resistant to antibiotic drugs. These steps may help prevent infection and keep things from getting worse. 1. Keep vaccinations up to date. It’s especially important that kids get the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine against pneumonia. When they’re protected, it’s less likely […]

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Adverb: Perforce  (per-FORSS) Definition: By force of circumstance. Sample sentence: The author of the history was a court historian and his account is perforce biased in favor of the aristocracy.

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We know that over time chronic, imperceptible, low-level inflammation can contribute to serious, age-related diseases including heart disease, cancer and neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. A new study from the University of Wisconsin shows that meditation can actually affect the genes that cause inflammation. Researchers measured the effects of a day of […]

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Adjective: Rearguard  (REER-gahrd) Definition: Of or relating to resistance, especially to sweeping social forces. Sample sentence: Democracy seems no better suited than dictatorships when it comes to saving rainforests because money talks in both, and from generation to generation, rearguard battles against  the devastation have been handed off.

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Here’s another good reason to continue exercising as you get older: it helps keep muscles strong and protects against sarcopenia, an age-related disease resulting in the loss of skeletal muscle mass and muscle strength or function that can lead to disability, poor quality of life and premature death. Researchers at Tokyo University assessed the prevalence […]

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