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Noun: Plastron  (PLASS-trun) Definition: 1. A metal breast plate formerly worn under the hauberk. 2. A quilted pad worn in fencing practice to protect the chest, waist and side on which the weapon is held. 3. The ventral part of the shell of a tortoise or turtle. 4. A trimming like a bib for a […]

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What does protect women against age-related disability? The answer is healthy habits – including not smoking and getting regular exercise, according to British researchers. Those two factors, plus not drinking too much alcohol could help eliminate up to 17 percent of the heart disease, arthritis and walking problems seen in women in their 60s and […]

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  Adjective: Fraught  (FRAWT) Definition: 1. Full of or accompanied by something specified – with the word “with” 2. Causing or characterized by emotional distress or tension : uneasy Sample sentence: The new treatment is regarded as promising but fraught with potential side effects. Like and Share with your friends

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Half of older adults have symptoms of insomnia which may put them at added risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have found that amyloid plaques in the brain, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s, are associated with the number of hours an older adult sleeps and the quality of […]

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Do you know your risk of developing low back pain? Researchers at Stanford University analyzed data on 6,796 people and found that among those of normal weight the risk is very low, only 2.9 percent. In the overweight, the risk was 5.2 percent, in the obese, 7.7 percent, and in the morbidly obese, 11.6 percent. […]

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Adjective: Imbricate  (IM-brih-kut) Definition: Lying lapped over each other in regular order. Sample sentence:  During the tour of the mansion, Glenda noticed the pattern of imbricate slate tiles on the roofs of the gables, a feature common to the houses of the period. Like and Share with your friends

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Noun: Behest  (bih-HEST) Definition: 1. An authoritative order: command. 2. An urgent prompting. Sample sentence: At the manager’s behest, several of us stayed to work late so that we could finish the project ahead of the deadline.   Like and Share with your friends

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For hypothermia signs and symptoms include uncontrollable shivering, feelings of numbness, drowsiness, exhaustion, confusion, memory lapses, slow or slurred speech, slow breathing and pulse rates, failing eyesight, poor coordination and possible unconsciousness. Signs and symptoms of frostbite include the loss of feeling and color in parts of the body. If you are experiencing these symptoms, […]

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Adjective: Abecedarian  (ay-bee-see-DAIR-een-un) Definition: 1. Of or relating to the alphabet. 2. Alphabetically arranged. 3. Rudimentary Sample sentence: The children recited an abecedarian chant, beginning with “A is for apple” and ending with “Z is for zebra.” Like and Share with your friends

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Snacking between meals can pile on calories and, eventually, pounds, and Americans have been doing more and more of it, so much so that the rise in snacking has paralleled the increase in obesity. Researchers at the University of Missouri have come up with a strategy to quell afternoon hunger pangs that doesn’t lead to […]

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