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Adjectve: Agonistic (ag-uh-NISS-tik) Definition: 1. Argumentative. 2. Striving for effect: strained. 3. Of, relating to, or being aggressive or defensive social interaction (as fighting, fleeing, or submitting) between individuals usually of the same species. Sample sentence: No matter how much we try to get along, there is always an agonistic moment between my sister and […]

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Work schedules and family life can make old — and often unhealthy — habits particularly easy to fall back into. And unhealthy habits damage more than your waistline, they can be dangerous to your heart as well. The American Heart Association reports that unhealthy behaviors can slow the process in reducing heart disease and stroke […]

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People call wrinkles at the corners of the eyes “crow’s feet.” If you have wrinkles between your eyebrows, those are called “frown lines.” Small muscle movements could cause wrinkles. Over your lifetime, frowning, smiling, or squinting can cause wrinkles. You can take steps to reduce the wrinkles. For example, wear sunglasses to avoid squinting in […]

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Adjective: Incipient (in-SIP-ee-unt) Definition: Beginning to come into being or to become apparent. Sample sentence: The project is still in its incipient stages, and the company has yet to reveal many details to the general public.

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Adjective: Proximate (PRAHK-shu-mut) Definition: 1. Immediately preceding or following: as in a chain of events, causes or effects. 2. Very near: close 3. Soon forthcoming: imminent. Sample sentence: The proximate cause of the disaster appeared to be human error, but the ultimate fault lay with the company’s lax safety policies.

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This fact about high blood pressure, or hypertension, may surprise you. According to the American Heart Association, about one in three American adults has it. That amounts to 75 million of us. Untreated, high blood pressure greatly raises the risk for heart disease and other serious conditions. Yet many of us tend to ignore it, […]

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Chocolate lovers, rejoice! Here’s yet another excuse to eat the beloved treat on a regular basis (as if you even needed a reason). A recent study found that eating just 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate can lower the stress hormones cortisol and catecholamines in the body, which helps reduce anxiety. Plus, the pure joy of […]

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Adjective: Miscible (MISS-uh-bul) Definition: Capable of being mixed: specifically, capable of mixing in any ratio without separation of two phases. Sample sentence: Mr. Remington’s class demonstration showed that, to paraphrase an old saying, oil and water are indeed not miscible.

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Feeling irritable or unfocused from lack of sleep? Both are signs your body needs fuel, and eating peanut butter might help. Peanuts are high in vitamin B6, which helps regulate blood sugar and stabilize mood. Choose natural peanut butter to avoid excess sugar, which could negate the positive effects of the B6, and spread it […]

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Noun: Wowser (WOW-zer) Definition: An obtrusively puritanical person. Sample sentence: I’m no wowser, but I draw the line at abusive, foul-mouthed drunks.

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