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Noun: Scaramouch  (SKAIR-uh-moosh) Definition: 1. A cowardly buffoon 2. A rascal or scamp Sample sentence: Dorothy was wary about lending money to her uncle, a  scaramouch who never took responsibility for his actions.

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It’s quite common for blood pressure to vary from one arm to another. Typically, the pressure is a little higher in the dominant arm; for example, right-handed people will have higher readings in their right arms. According to the American Heart Association, if the difference between your two arms is 10 millimeters of mercury or […]

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Noun: Weald  (WEELD) Definition: 1. Heavily wooded area: forest 2. A wild or uncultivated usually upland region Sample sentence: The artist had a perfect view from his cabin window of a lush weald, providing him with  great inspiration for his latest painting.

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The body mass index (BMI) is the ratio of your weight in kilos to the square of your height in meters and can be used to determine if you’re at a healthy weight, overweight or obese. But two new studies from England suggest that doctors should set aside BMI and focus on their patients’ waist […]

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Noun: Aught  (AWT) Definition: 1. All, everything 2. Anything Sample sentence: He dropped, dead, into the shallow water, but I was too late for aught but sadness.

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The hassle of air travel these days is bad enough, but that stress is independent of what appears to be a newly recognized type of headache – a severe one that comes on when the plane is landing. Airplane headaches were first reported in medical literature in 2004 and more cases have been noted since […]

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Adjective: Tonsorial  ( tahn-SOR-ee-ul) Definition:  Of or relating to a barber or the work of a barber. Sample sentence: When Tom returned to work after the weekend, it was obvious he had experienced a tonsorial encounter because we could actually see his ears for the first time.

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Noun: Oriflamme  (OR-uh-flam) Definition: A banner, symbol, or ideal inspiring devotion or courage. Sample sentence: For many Americans, the photograph of the Iwo Jima flag raising served as an oriflamme and a reminder of the sacrifices and courage of the American servicemen.

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Wondering which supplements to take? The fact is, there is no one right solution. A core regimen consisting of a daily multivitamin, a high quality fish oil supplement and a total of 2,000 IU of vitamin D makes sense for nearly everyone. But beyond that, there are few hard-and-fast rules. As long as you stick […]

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Sweating is a necessary part of how the body works: it is a normal reaction to your body needing to cool down after it works hard. However, excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, in the underarms, groin, head, face, hands or feet is not normal. While it is harmless, it can be disruptive to daily life. (A […]

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