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Adjective: Lenitive (LEN-uh-tiv) Definition: Alleviating pain or harshness: soothing. Sample sentence: Peppermint, chamomile, and ginger are all reputed to have a lenitive effect on the digestive system.

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Walking is a very healthy form of exercise requiring little equipment other than good shoes. Do be aware, however, that some surfaces are better for walking than others on your musculoskeletal system. Walking on a cushioned or rubberized track is ideal, because the cushioning of this type of track absorbs most of the impact of […]

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Adjective: Aghast (uh-GAST) Definition: Struck with terror, amazement, or horror: Shocked. Sample sentence: Critics were aghast at how awful the play was.

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Heatstroke is a very serious, life-threatening condition. It happens when the body becomes unable to control its temperature. During heatstroke, the body’s temperature rises fast. Sweating stops and the body is unable to cool down. Body temperature may rise to 106 degrees or higher within 10 minutes. Heatstroke can cause death or permanent injury if […]

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Heat exhaustion may come on suddenly, or develop after a few days of being in the heat. It is a serious condition. These are the signs the staff of the Mayo Clinic wants you to watch for: 1. Cool, moist skin with goose bumps when in the heat. 2. Heavy sweating. 3. Feeling faint or […]

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Noun: Risorgimento (ree-zor-jih-MEN-toh) Definition: 1. The 19th century movement for Italian political unity. 2. A time of renewal or renaissance: revival. Sample sentence: The musician’s heirs hope the new biography and CD box set will spark a risorgimento of interest in the long-forgotten songwriter.

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Noun: Decoupage (day-koo-PAHZH) Definition: 1. The art of decorating surfaces by applying cutouts (as of paper) and then coating with usually several layers of finish, as lacquer or varnish. 2. Work produced by decoupage. Sample sentence: Her eye was drawn to a small table that had been decorated with decoupage.

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The hottest days of summer are here. Very high temperatures can put a great deal of stress on your body. High humidity or physical activity can make the effects of the heat even more dangerous. Summer weather can bring on a number of heat-related health problems that can lead to heatstroke, which can be deadly. […]

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As you head out this summer, make sure you give your eyes the TLC they need this time of year. 1. Choose sunglasses that block 100 percent of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. And make sure your little ones have the same protection. 2. If you’re going to spend much time outdoors, wear a […]

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Adjective: Perfervid (per-FER-vid) Definition: Marked by overwrought or exaggerated emotion: excessively fervent. Sample sentence: The group’s leaders have done little to distance themselves from the actions of their angrier and more perfervid followers.

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