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Obesity is considered a risk factor for asthma, but a new study suggests that wheezing and shortness of breath may be nothing more than signs of weight-stressed lungs. Researchers at the University of Ottawa put 50 obese women (average weight: 250 pounds) on a 6-month diet; the women lost, on average, 44 pounds. For every […]

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Noun: Mentor  (MEN-tor) Definition: 1. A trusted counselor or guide. 2. A coach or tutor. Sample sentence:  The young man regarded the professor not only as a mentor, but as a good friend as well.

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Noun: Fanfaronade  (fan-fair-uh-NAYD) Definition: Empty boasting: bluster. Sample sentence: Having grown weary of the former governor’s fanfaronade and lack of concrete action, voters sent a clear message at the polls and elected his opponent by a landslide.

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Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is now the second leading cause of cancer deaths among American adults. When treated at an early stage, the five-year survival rate is 90 percent. But for those cases in which the cancer has spread, the survival rate drops significantly, so knowing the signs and being proactive in […]

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As little as 30 minutes of exercise three times a week may cut the risk of dementia in seniors by 40 percent. This physical activity can also help ward off the age-related decline in thinking skills by 60 percent, according to a new study published online by the journal Stroke. European researchers followed 639 seniors […]

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Verb: Preen  (PREEN) Definition: 1. To groom with the bill. 2. To dress or smooth up: primp 3. To pride or congratulate oneself  on an achievement: to behave or speak with obvious pride or self-satisfaction Sample sentence: Even though he was particularly thrilled about the promotion, Jeff tried hard not to preen in front of […]

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Verb: Euchre  (YOO-ker) Definition: 1. To prevent from winning three tricks in the card game euchre. 2. To cheat or trick. Sample sentence: The car salesman had a reputation of trying to euchre anyone who was sucker enough to do business with him.

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Thanks to the iron and protein from the beef, lycopene from the tomato sauce and energy-producing carbs from the pasta, spaghetti and meatballs can be a healthy trifecta. If you stick to modest portions and lean beef, you can enjoy its benefits without overdoing it. Limit yourself to three ounces of meat and a cup […]

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You won’t believe this is low calorie once you have tasted the strawberry banana recipe for a refreshing day. Sometimes simple smoothies are the best smoothies and this is a very simple 2-fruit smoothie with yogurt for protein. 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries 1 banana 1 cup non-fat yogurt 1 packet Equal or other […]

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Adverb: Inchmeal  (INCH-meel) Definition: Little-by-little, gradually Sample sentence: The fog that had been concentrated over the valley dissipated inchmeal, revealing a quiet busyness in the small village below.

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