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Adjective: Picayune  (pik-ee-YOON) Definition: Of little value: paltry. Also petty or small-minded. Sample sentence: Jeanne only had picayune criticisms of the new ad campaign, but that didn’t stop her from voicing them at the meeting.

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Here’s a potential solution for patients who are always nervous and anxious in a dentist’s chair: researchers in Italy found that acupuncture reduced the likelihood of gagging among patients having impressions taken of their upper and lower teeth. In this small study – only 20 dental patients with a history of gag reflex took part […]

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The heavier women are, the higher their risk of hearing loss compared to women of normal weight. This surprising finding stems from the long-running Nurses’ Health Study II that, along with other health parameters, tracked physical activity, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference and hearing loss among 68,000 women from 1989 to 2009. On the […]

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Noun: Solatium  (soh-LAY-shee-um) Definition: A compensation (as money) given as solace for suffering, loss, or injured feelings. Sample sentence: The judge ordered the company to pay a solatium to each of the unjustly fired workers.

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Verb: Sashay  (sa-SHAY) Definition: 1.  Walk, glide, go 2. To strut about in a conspicuous or ostentatious manner 3. To proceed or move in a diagonal or sideways manner 4. To make a gliding dance step Sample sentence: The lithe model waited poised at the edge of the curtain for her turn to sashay down […]

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Keeping regular sleeping hours might be the easiest way for women to stay slim. A study from Brigham Young University found that young women who went to bed and woke up at the same time every day had lower body fat than women in the study who maintained irregular sleeping patterns. Sleeping between eight and […]

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Noun: Probity  (PROH-buh-tee) Definition: Adherence to the highest principles and ideals: uprightness. Sample sentence: The tale of George Washington refusing to tell a lie after cutting down his father’s cherry tree was told to us when we were in grade school to illustrate his probity.

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The evidence is undeniable that sugar-sweetened drinks raise the risk of type 2 diabetes and have a big impact on obesity. Now a new study shows that these beverages also seem to raise the risk of endometrial cancer. An investigation from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that women who drank the […]

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Adjective: Redoubtable  (rih-DOUT-uh-bul) Definition: 1. Causing fear or alarm: formidable. 2. Illustrious, eminent, worthy of respect. Sample sentence: The theater has hired a redoubtable director to direct its upcoming spring production.

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If you snack regularly on nuts, you may be prolonging your life. The latest study on this healthy snack found that individuals who ate a one-ounce serving of nuts daily (that amounts to 16-24 almonds, 16 to 18 cashews) reduced their risk of dying from any cause over three decades compared to people who didn’t […]

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