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A study from Japan suggests another reason to avoid sweetened sodas: an increased risk of kidney disease. More than 12,000 employees at a Japanese university had their urine tested for the presence of protein as part of their annual check-ups. Protein in the urine can be an early – but reversible – indication of kidney […]

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Verb: Conflate  (kun-FLAYT) Definition: 1. To bring together: fuse 2. Confuse 3. To combine (as a reading of a text) into a composite whole Sample sentence: The professor warned us to be careful not to conflate the two similar theories.

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Symptoms of frostnip: white patches of skin that are numb. Symptoms of frostbite: skin that is white or grayish-yellow and feels hard, waxy, or numb, or is blistering or becoming darkened or black. Other symptoms include swelling, itching, burning, and deep pain during the rewarming/healing process. Frostbite requires emergency medical care. If you think you […]

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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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