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Adjective: Acephalous  (ay-SEF-uh-lus) Definition: 1. Lacking a head or having the head reduced. 2. Lacking a governing head or chief. Sample sentence: Having no head, the larvae is acephalous.

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Swimming is the most asthma-friendly sport of all, but cycling, canoeing, fishing, sailing and walking are also good, according to the experts. Asthma need not hinder peak performance in sport. 11 percent of the US Olympic team were asthmatics – and between them they won 41 medals.

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Noun: Pratfall  (PRAT-fawl) Definition: 1. A fall on the buttocks. 2. A humiliating mishap or blunder. Sample sentence: Use extreme caution when you walk across the parking lot to avoid a pratfall.

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Rev up your metabolism by alternating your speed and intensity during aerobic workouts. Not only should you alternate your routine to prevent burnout or boredom, but to give your body a jolt. If you normally walk at 6.5km/h on the treadmill or take 15 minutes to walk a km, up the pace by going at […]

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Adjective: Jaunty  (JAWN-tee) Definition: Sprightly in manner or appearance: lively. Sample sentence: The bubbly actress sashayed down the red carpet, wearing a jaunty little headpiece that complimented her designer gown.

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We know that flavonols – the antioxidants  in chocolate – have anti-inflammatory effects that can help prevent heart disease. Now Spanish researchers have discovered that eating a moderate amount of chocolate is associated with lower body fat and less abdominal fat, no matter how much (or little) you exercise and regardless of the rest of […]

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Noun: Melancholia  (mel-un-KOH-lee-uh) Definition: A mental condition and especially a manic-depressive condition characterized by extreme depression, bodily complaints, and often hallucinations and delusions. Broadly: a feeling of sadness and depression. Sample sentence: While some lyrics in Brian Wilson’s handwriting are drenched in melancholia, most convey the band’s signature, sunny optimism.  

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Did you take music lessons in your youth? Can you speak a second language? New research suggests that being bilingual can stave off dementia for more than four years, and that childhood music lessons pay off much later in life by speeding brain responses to speech sounds. Scottish and Indian researchers reviewed the case histories […]

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Adjective: Ubiquitous  (yoo-BIK-wuh-tus) Definition: Existing or being everywhere at the same time: constantly encountered: widespread. Sample sentence: The band’s catchy new song is ubitquitous – I seem to hear it everywhere I go.

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If you’ve been burning the midnight oil at work, you might want to forward this blog to your boss. New and emerging research found that British civil service employees who worked 11 to 12 hours per day had a significantly higher risk of heart attack, angina or coronary death than those who clocked a normal […]

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