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Noun: Midriff  (MID-riff) Definition: 1.  A body portion of muscle and connective tissue; specifically, the partition separating the chest and the abdominal cavities in mammals: diaphragm. 2. The mid-section of the human torso. 3.  A section of a woman’s garment that covers or exposes the midriff. Sample sentence: Even the store’s winter line of clothing […]

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While adolescents are fast asleep, their brains are busy maturing, making key connections (synapses), a process that continues until adulthood. But the amount of caffeine kids consume may be disrupting that process, warn a group of Swiss researchers who investigated how caffeine acts on the brains of rats. A study from the team at the […]

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Adjective: Agrarian  (uh-GRAIR-ee-un) Definition: 1. Of or relating to fields or lands or their tenure. 2. Of, relating to, or characteristic of farmers or their way of life. 3. Organized or designed to promote agricultural interests. Sample sentence: Since buying their organic farm, Ken and Sheila have been gradually adjusting to an agrarian lifestyle.

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Eating more vegetables – and fruit – can literally lengthen your life, according to an ongoing study from Europe. Researchers from 10 countries have been following more than 450,000 people for over 13 years, during which time about 26,000 of the study participants have died. An analysis of the data shows that eating about 2.4 […]

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Verb: Glom  (GLAHM) Definition: 1. Take, steal. 2. Seize, catch. Sample sentence: I can hardly wait to glom onto my stocking on Christmas morning.

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Adjective: Unbeknownst  (un-bih-NOHNST) Definition: Happening or existing without the knowledge of someone specified. Sample sentence: Unbeknownst to Caroline, we all chipped in to have a large bouquet of flowers delivered to her office on her birthday.

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Antidepressants used in conjunction with acupuncture worked better than medication alone in a newly published study from the U.K.’s University of York. Investigators there also tested counseling combined with antidepressants, which they found worked as well as accupuncture and drugs. The researchers randomized a group of 755 men and women being treated with antidepressants for […]

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Noun: Glade  (GLAYD) Definition: An open space surrounded by woods. Sample sentence: The moonlight shone on the couple as they embraced in the little glade, their secret trysting place.

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Don’t let the neatniks get you down if your desk is less than pristine. A new study from the University of Minnesota suggests that while there are practical benefits to keeping a neat desk, a messy one may bolster creative thinking. Researchers asked a group of college-age students to fill out some questionnaires in a […]

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Whatever your view of your breast cancer risk, it’s probably incorrect. A recent survey of nearly 10,000 women revealed that fewer than one in 10 accurately estimated their lifetime risk of breast cancer.  About 45 percent of the women participating underestimated their risk, while 46 percent over-estimated it. In general, the survey showed that minority […]

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