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Verb: Indoctrinate (in-DAHK-truh-nayt) Definition: 1. To instruct especially in fundamentals or rudiments: teach 2. To imbue with a usually partisan or sectarian opinion, point of view, or principle. Sample sentence: Management needs to indoctrinate new hires with the company’s philosophy during a two-day orientation.

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Men’s big pot bellies are a known risk factor for heart disease, but a new study suggests that this extra tissue is also bad for bones. The belly fat at issue is the “visceral” fat found deep in the abdomen and considered particularly dangerous for heart health Investigators at Harvard Medical School evaluated 35 obese […]

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Noun: Allusion  (uh-LOO-zhun) Definition: 1. An implied or indirect reference especially in literature; also the use of such references. 2. The act of making an indirect reference to something. Sample sentence:  Speaking with characteristic bluntness after his promotion was announced, Sgt. Zimmer said he wanted to be the chief of police, but not of the Godfather […]

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If you are really motivated to lose weight through exercise, aerobic training  is likely your best bet. Researchers at Duke University looked at whether supervised aerobic exercise, resistance (strength training with weights), or a daily routine incorporating both would lead to the most weight loss. They divided a group of 234 overweight or obese adults […]

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Noun: Tchotchke  ( CHACH-kuh) Definition: Knicknack or trinket Sample sentence: Every time I return from a trip, I bring my mother-in-law some little tchotcke to add to the rest of her collection of dust-collectors.

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Many women may be receiving medically unjustified pelvic exams, according to a new investigation from the University of California, San Francisco. The study found that many of the 521 gynecologists and obstetricians surveyed mistakenly believe that pelvic exams are important in screening for ovarian cancer. The research team noted that under current preventive care guidelines […]

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How do you rate your stress level? Your answer to that question may tell you something about your risk of coronary heart disease. Researchers at Columbia University Medical Centers analyzed six studies involving data on almost 120,000 participants to find out how perceived stress ranks as a predictor of heart disease. Depending on the participants’ […]

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Verb: Thimblerig  (THIM-bul-rig) Definition: 1. To cheat by trickery 2. To swindle by a trick in which a small ball or pea is quickly shifted from under one to another of three small cups to fool the spectator guessing its location. Sample sentence: The appraiser looked closely at the painting to make sure the seller […]

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Adjective: Paltry  (PAWL-tree) Definition: 1. Trashy, inferior 2. Mean, despicable 3. Trivial 4. Meager, measly Sample sentence: Anna told us she was tired of engaging in paltry work and longed to do something meaningful with her life.

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If a raw food diet appeals to you, think twice. New research from Brazil suggests that the capacities of human brains evolved far beyond those of gorillas and chimps because our early ancestors learned to cook food. Investigators at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro determined that human brains have an average of 86 […]

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