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Simply maintaining a positive attitude seemed to help prevent death from any cause over five years among heart disease patients, and also made it more likely that they would exercise, a new European study concludes. What’s more, the heart patients who did exercise were 50 percent less likely to die during the five-year study than […]

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Noun: Clochard  (kloh-SHAHR) Definition: Vagrant, tramp. Sample sentence: Sitting down at a table at the soup kitchen was a new clochard among the 100 regular diners.

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A healthy diet (that includes a daily cup of coffee), keeping weight down and regular exercise can protect women from endometrial cancer, the most common malignancy affecting the female reproductive organs (the endometrium is the lining of the uterus). A new study from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and World Cancer Research Fund […]

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Noun: Lacuna  (luh-KOO-nuh) Definition: 1.  A blank space or  a missing part: a gap or deficiency or inadequacy. 2.  A small cavity, pit, or discontinuity in an anatomical structure. Sample sentence: The newly discovered Civil War document will fill a lacuna in the museum’s display. a small cavity, pit, or discontinuity in an anatomical structure […]

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Drinking alcohol on a regular basis before a first pregnancy can set the stage for breast cancer later in life. A study found an 11 percent increased risk of breast cancer among women who drank 10 grams (about one-third of an ounce) of alcohol six times a week compared to women who didn’t drink any […]

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Verb: Inveigh  (in-VAY) Definition: To protest or complain bitterly or vehemently: rail. Sample sentence:  Several property owners  plan to write letters to the paper to inveigh against the high property taxes they are required to pay. Several property owners wrote letters to the paper inveighing against the high property taxes that they are required to […]

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Noun: Demogorgon  (Dee-muh-GOR-gun) Definition: A mysterious spirit or deity often explained as a primeval creator god who antedates the gods of Greek mythology. Sample sentence: Whenever the demogorgon Taylor Swift songs take my radio hostage, I scream out “Stop! My eardrums are bleeding!” mysterious spirit or deity often explained as a primeval creator god who […]

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The less you sleep, the more likely you are to gain weight, and a new study suggests why: late night nibbling translates into too many excess calories. The study, from the University of Pennsylvania, showed that participants in a laboratory sleep study whose shut-eye was limited to four hours per night for five nights, bumped […]

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It happens to the best of us: Thanksgiving rolls around and we enjoy the holiday dinner a little too much. A binge that includes buttery potatoes, greasy gravy, rich casseroles, and—of course—lots of turkey (not to mention pumpkin pie!) can leave you feeling bloated, uncomfortable, and irritable. If you find yourself in this situation this […]

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Adjective: Rectitudinous  (rek-tuh-TOO-duh-nus) Definition: 1. Characterized by the quality of being honest and morally correct. 2. Piously self-righteous. Sample sentence: The senatorial candidate’s supporters insist that he is possessed of a rectitudinous character and a spotless record.

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