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Noun: Pugilism  (PYOO-juh-liz-um) Definition: Boxing Sample sentence: Long fascinated by the art and science of pugilism, Shane has collected biographies of noted boxers such as Muhammad Ali, Jack Dempsey, and Sonny Liston.

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Because water displaces body weight, exercising in swimming pools may not seem as worthwhile as putting in the same effort on land, where gravity can exert its full force. However, a new study from Canada disputes that reasoning, and found that water workouts can be as good, if not better than land-based exercise. The study, […]

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Verb: Recuse  (rih-KYOOZ) Definition: To disqualify oneself as a judge in a particular case: more broadly, to remove oneself from participation to avoid a conflict of interest. Sample sentence: The judge had to recuse herself because she was the sister-in-law of the defendant.

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How quickly and easily you can sit down on the floor and then get up may give you a hint about how long you’ll live. A study from Brazil looked at how adept some 2,002 men and women ages 51 to 80 were at performing these moves. We know that aerobic fitness correlates with a […]

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Simply getting an extra hour or so of shuteye might help lower your blood pressure. A study published online on November 22, 2012 by the Journal of Sleep Research suggested that individuals with high blood pressure or prehypertension could bring their pressure down if they got an extra hour of sleep per night. The study […]

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Adjective: Roseate  (ROH-zee-ut) Definition: 1. Resembling a rose especially in having a pink color 2. Overly optimistic: viewed favorably Sample sentence: Her memories of her childhood are pleasant, bordering on roseate; some of her siblings recall things a bit differently.

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Adjective: Idiopathic  (id-ee-uh-PATH-ik) Definition: 1. Arising spontaneously or from an obscure or unknown cause 2. Peculiar to the individual Sample sentence: Some dogs have idiopathic epilepsy, which means there’s no real explanation for their seizures, though even a reasonably mild stressor may increase the odds of a seizure.

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We know that sugary soft drinks can promote weight gain, but they also can worsen arthritis of the knee, particularly in men. This association was revealed in an analysis of data from more than 2,100 men and women participating in a large osteoarthritis study who had provided information on their eating habits, including their soft […]

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The cause of the upswing in food allergies between 1997 and 2007 may be related to increasing levels of dichlorophenols, chemicals found in pesticides and used to chlorinate water. A study published in the December 2012 issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology found a connection between levels of dichlorophenols found in the […]

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Adjective: Intemperate  (in-TEM-puh-rut) Definition: 1. Not moderate or mild: severe 2. Lacking or showing lack of restraint 3. Given to excessive use of alcoholic beverages Sample sentence: The journalist eventually apologized for her intemperate rant against the governor.

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