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The most effective therapies for relieving the pain of arthritis in the knee are aerobic exercise, swimming and strength training. A newly published review of 193 studies carried out between 1970 and 2012 found that exercise outperformed other nondrug treatments, including electrical stimulation and physical therapy, for long-term pain relief and improved functioning. The reviewers […]

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Noun: Vernissage  (vair-nih-SAHZH) Definition: A private showing or preview of an art exhibition. Sample sentence: Before the art auction, there will be a vernissage during which people can mingle with the artists and preview their work.

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It’s 2 p.m. and you’re hungry, again. Skip the vending machine and reach for a tasty, nutritious snack that won’t sabotage your stay-slim plans. Try Greek yogurt with some blueberries or sliced strawberries. Dried cranberries and almonds are another healthy, tasty treat. Four to five slices of thinly sliced cheese and whole grain crackers, such […]

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Verb: Buttonhole  (BUT-un-hohl) Definition: To detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of. Sample sentence: I’m sorry I’m late, but a coworker managed to buttonhole me just as I was leaving my office.

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Laughter may very well be the best medicine; it increases oxygen to the brain, stimulates organ systems, decreases muscle tension, cools down your body’s natural stress response and may help prevent illness in the long run. Cut out a few comics or funny pictures that make you laugh. Put them up at your desk for […]

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Adjective: Imperturbable  (im-per-TER-buh-bul) Definition: Marked by extreme calm, impassivity, and steadiness: serene. Sample sentence: The imperturbable pilot did not panic when her plane flew into an electrical storm.

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Noun: Taradiddle  (tair-uh-DID-ul) Definition: 1. A trivial or childish lie: fib 2. Pretentious nonsense. Sample sentence: Even parents with the very best of intentions find themselves telling an occasional taradidddle to their offspring.

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Here’s an interesting option for women suffering from hot flashes: hypnosis may reduce the frequency of uncomfortable waves of heat by as much as 74 percent, according to a new study from the Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory at Baylor University in Texas. Researchers recruited 187 postmenopausal women who reported having at least seven hot flashes […]

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It has been suggested that a single junk food meal can negatively affect arteries, specifically the vascular endothelium, the inner lining of blood vessels. This is important to investigate because endothelial functioning can predict the long-term risk of coronary artery disease. A small Canadian study recently examined the acute effects of different styles of eating, […]

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Noun: Kanban  (KAHN-bahn) Definition: A manufacturing strategy wherein parts are produced or delivered only as needed. Sample sentence: In order to stay competitive, the company needs to reduce its manufacturing costs by switching to a kanban system.

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