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Noun: Froufrou  (FROO-froo) Definition: 1. A rustling especially of a woman’s skirt. 2. Showy or frilly ornamentation. Sample sentence: Styled in the manner of a Victorian mansion, the bed-and-breakfast featured so much froufrou that guests were afraid to touch anything.

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Expressing a positive attitude toward aging may make the difference in whether you can bounce back from disability. A study from the Yale School of Public Health found that seniors who accentuate the positive stereotypes of age and aging are more likely to recover from a health setback than those who view aging negatively. Over […]

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Would you exercise longer and more effectively if competition were part of the experience? A study from Michigan State suggests that the best approach to developing a longer, better workout may be exercising with a partner who is stronger than you. Researcher Brandon Irwin, assistant professor of kinesiology at Kansas State University, noted that most […]

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Adjective: Companionable  (kum-PAN-yuh-nuh-bul) Definition: Marked by conducive to, or suggestive of companionship: sociable. Sample sentence: I have come to enjoy sharing an office with Mike; he’s a companionable associate and we get along well together.

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Noun: Aegis  (EE-jus) Definition: 1. A shield or breastplate 2. Protection 3. Controlling or conditioning influence 4. Control or guidance, especially by an individual, group or system Sample sentence: The studies were conducted under the aegis of the National Institutes of Health.

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We know that kids need vitamin D to help them grow strong bones, but the question of whether “D” is also important for healthy teeth has never been settled. However, a new review of studies going back to the 1920s suggests that getting adequate “D” may help reduce the incidence of tooth decay by as […]

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Working memory – for example, the ability to recall street addresses or phone numbers – is in top form when we’re in our teens and early twenties, and then gradually declines. The good news? A recent study suggests that increasing omega-3 intake can improve on even the high level of working memory typical of young […]

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Verb: Satiate  (SAY-shee-ayt) Definition: To satisfy fully or to excess. Sample sentence: In order to satiate his sweet tooth, James ate three pieces of pie and a piece of cake at the church potluck.

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Noun: Shrapnel  (SHRAP-nel) Definition: Fragments of an exploded bomb, shell, mine, etc. Sample sentence: The shrapnel fell out of the sky  after the bomb exploded, pelting the battalion and causing several injuries.

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If you’ve skipped a meal, you’re probably hurting right about now. Here’s why: If you haven’t eaten since breakfast, chances are, you’re pretty cranky right now—even if you did scarf down a bag of chips at noon. And here’s some bad news for you, crankypants: Not only are you likely hungry, but you may also […]

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