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Adjective: Fugacious (fyoo-GAY-shus) Definition: Lasting a short time: evanescent Sample sentence: The rock band’s rise in popularity turned out to be fugacious, and within two years its members had moved on to other careers.

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Complementing standard medical care for chronic sinusitis with acupuncture, acupressure and dietary changes seemed to help a small group of patients who weren’t improving with the treatment they had been getting, according to researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles. Only 11 patients took part in the study. While they continued with their […]

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Noun: Accoutrement (uh-KOO-ter-munt) Definition: 1. Equipment, trappings; specifically, a soldier’s outfit usually not including clothes and weapons — usually used in plural 2. An accessory item of clothing or equipment — usually used in plural 3. An identifying and often superficial characteristic or device — usually used in plural Sample sentence: She was decked out […]

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One of the reasons overweight people aren’t so crazy about exercising is that their added padding helps raise body temperature making them hot, sweaty and tired. A new report suggests that holding something cool – even a cold water bottle will do – can help keep internal temperature from rising, allowing for a longer, more […]

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Noun: Minim (MIN-im) Definition: 1. A musical half note 2. Something very minute 3. A unit of liquid capacity equal to 1/60 fluid dram Sample sentence: The nurse had to be very careful to measure out only one mimim of the powerful medicine.

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Actress Katherine Hepburn credited her famously slim build to “a lifetime of chocolate,” and now a new investigation from California suggests that eating chocolate is “calorie neutral” and doesn’t cause weight gain. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego set out to test the hypothesis that eating small amounts of chocolate on a regular […]

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Patient care is not an easy job. For many of the caregivers for the 5.4 million Alzheimer’s patients in the U.S., it leads to loneliness, exhaustion, fear, stress and depression. Researchers at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior looked at the benefits of meditation for a group of caregivers whose ages ranged from […]

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Adjective: Insipid (in-SIH-ped) Definition: 1. Lacking in taste or savor: tasteless. 2. Lacking in qualities that interest, stimulate or challenge. Sample sentence: The soup was insipid, even though it had an appealing appearance.

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Noun: Troubadour (TROO-buh-dor) Definition: 1. A lyric poet or musician who performed chiefly in southern France and northern Italy in the 11th through 13th centuries. 2. A singer, especially of folk songs. Sample sentence: My favorite singer, Gordon Lightfoot, is a modern-day troubadour.

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If you are recommended to have a colonoscopy, don’t worry: it is a 30 to 60 minute, low-risk, common procedure. Here is what to expect: 1. A day or two before the procedure, patients are usually required to clean out their colon via a liquid diet and taking laxatives. 2. The day of the colonoscopy, […]

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