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Adverb: Piggyback  (PIG-ee-bak) Definition: 1. Up on the back and shoulders. 2. On or as if on the back of another; especially: on a railroad flatcar. Sample sentence: The youngest of the hikers had the advantage of riding piggyback through the muddy fields.

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Verb: Cajole  (kuh-JOHL) Definition: 1 a.  To persuade with flattery or gentle urging: coax. b.  To obtain from someone by gentle persuasion. 2. To deceive with soothing words or false promises. Sample sentence: Brianna was able to cajole some money from her father before leaving for the movies.  

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The secret may be serving fruits and vegetables at dinner and actually sitting down for a family meal. A new study from England’s University of Leeds found that youngsters who eat with their parents take in 1.6 more servings of fruits and vegetables than kids from families that don’t dine together. Another helpful strategy: cutting […]

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Verb: Indoctrinate (in-DAHK-truh-nayt) Definition: 1. To instruct especially in fundamentals or rudiments: teach 2. To imbue with a usually partisan or sectarian opinion, point of view, or principle. Sample sentence: Management needs to indoctrinate new hires with the company’s philosophy during a two-day orientation.

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Men’s big pot bellies are a known risk factor for heart disease, but a new study suggests that this extra tissue is also bad for bones. The belly fat at issue is the “visceral” fat found deep in the abdomen and considered particularly dangerous for heart health Investigators at Harvard Medical School evaluated 35 obese […]

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Noun: Allusion  (uh-LOO-zhun) Definition: 1. An implied or indirect reference especially in literature; also the use of such references. 2. The act of making an indirect reference to something. Sample sentence:  Speaking with characteristic bluntness after his promotion was announced, Sgt. Zimmer said he wanted to be the chief of police, but not of the Godfather […]

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If you are really motivated to lose weight through exercise, aerobic training  is likely your best bet. Researchers at Duke University looked at whether supervised aerobic exercise, resistance (strength training with weights), or a daily routine incorporating both would lead to the most weight loss. They divided a group of 234 overweight or obese adults […]

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Noun: Tchotchke  ( CHACH-kuh) Definition: Knicknack or trinket Sample sentence: Every time I return from a trip, I bring my mother-in-law some little tchotcke to add to the rest of her collection of dust-collectors.

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Many women may be receiving medically unjustified pelvic exams, according to a new investigation from the University of California, San Francisco. The study found that many of the 521 gynecologists and obstetricians surveyed mistakenly believe that pelvic exams are important in screening for ovarian cancer. The research team noted that under current preventive care guidelines […]

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How do you rate your stress level? Your answer to that question may tell you something about your risk of coronary heart disease. Researchers at Columbia University Medical Centers analyzed six studies involving data on almost 120,000 participants to find out how perceived stress ranks as a predictor of heart disease. Depending on the participants’ […]

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