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Magnets have long been promoted as treatment for a wide variety of disorders. Proponents claim magnets can minimize pain and anxiety, and treat cancer, heart disease, snoring, incontinence and just about everything else. While most of these claims are unproven, and most magnets on the market are unlikely to do any good at all, several […]

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Verb: Gorgonize  (GOR-guh-nyze) Definition: To have a paralyzing or mesmerizing effect on: stupefy, petrify Sample sentence: Dave joked that his boss’s angry glare could gorgonize an employee in mid-complaint.  

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Green coffee bean extract is the latest natural substance said to speed up weight loss. In a small study, eight men and eight women between the ages of 22 and 46 received a dose of 1,050 mg of green coffee bean extract for six weeks, then a lower dosage of 700 mg for another six […]

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Adjective: Sequacious  (sih-KWAY-shus) Definition: Intellectually servile. Sample sentence: Eager to prove that he was not merely a sequacious follower,  Martin wrote a critical review of his former mentor’s book.

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No joke: researchers in Spain have suggested that drinking red wine or eating grapes may help defend your skin against the damaging effects of sunburn. The investigators report that antioxidant compounds found in grapes can protect skin by undermining formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). If left unchecked, these byproducts of normal metabolism set off […]

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Noun: Agon  (AH-gahn) Definition: Conflict. Sample sentence: As the U.S. presidential elections approach, anyone with an interest in politics is focused on the agon  about to reach its  climax.  

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For many women, gaining weight after menopause seems inevitable, and losing it nearly impossible. However, a new study from the University of Pittsburgh suggests that a few simple changes can make a big difference. Researchers followed 465 overweight and obese postmenopausal women for four years to evaluate weight-loss strategies that worked best. The women were […]

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Noun: Phantasm  (FAN-taz-um) Definition: 1. A product of fantasy. 2. A delusive appearance or  illusion. 3. A ghost or specter. 4. A figment of the imagination. 5. A mental representation of a real object. Sample sentence: The old mansion, which according to local legend is inhabited by the phantasm of an 18th-century resident, is the […]

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It is possible for everyone to enjoy a healthy and safe Halloween. Here are a few tips to help: 1. A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats. 2. Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and […]

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Verb: Dissociate  (dih-SOH-shee-ayt) Definition: Disconnect, disunite Sample sentence: Although both politicians are members of the same party, the Senator is trying to dissociate herself from the unpopular governor.

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