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We’ve long known that high blood pressure is a primary risk factor for stroke, but new research suggests that blood pressure on the high end of normal can be a threat, too. This condition, called pre-hypertension, is diagnosed when the top blood pressure number (systolic) is between 120 and 139 mmHg and the low number […]

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Noun: Mountebank (MOUN-tih-bank) Definition: 1. A person who sells quack medicines from a platform. 2. A boastful unscrupulous pretender: a charlatan. Sample sentence: In his newspaper column, Gavin criticized the talk-radio host as “a mountebank whose ‘expert’ opinions and advice are complete hooey.”

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Getting enough sleep might help lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The link to sleep hasn’t been entirely proved yet, but a new study suggests that amyloid beta, a marker for Alzheimer’s disease measured in spinal fluid, rises and falls with the sleep cycle. Researchers at Washington University’s Sleep Medicine Center found that in healthy […]

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Adjective: Tramontane (truh-MAHN-tayn) Definition: 1. Situated on the north side of the Alps. 2. Lying on or coming from the other side of a mountain range. Sample sentence: Tom kept a journal on his journey to the tramontane region of the country.

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An intriguing study in mice suggests that the aches and pains of arthritis might ease with exercise despite excess weight. It has long been believed that being overweight puts a strain on joints leading to the pain of osteoarthritis. A new study from Duke University Medical Center suggests that may not be the whole story. […]

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Verb: Cumulate (KYOO-myuh-layt) Definition: 1. To gather or pile or become gathered or piled in a heap. 2. a: To combine into one. b: To increase gradually in quantity or number. 3. To build up by addition of new material. Sample sentence: I am not sure how it happens, but shoes seem to cumulate in […]

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A large study involving nearly 51,000 women found that drinking four or more cups of coffee a day appears to lower the long-term risk of depression. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health followed participants in the long-running Nurses’ Health Study to see what effect coffee would have on the risk of depression. At […]

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Noun: Ziggurat (ZIG-uh-rat) Definition: An ancient Mesopotamian temple tower consisting of a lofty pyramidal structure built in successive stages with outside staircases and a shrine at the top; also, a structure or object of similar form. Sample sentence: The history class assignment was to construct a model ziggurat out of common items, so Susan made […]

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As we get older, our bodies don’t absorb vitamin B12 as readily as they did during our younger years (B12 is found in animal foods – meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products). And this decreasing absorption may help explain why brain size shrinks with age and seniors develop problems with thinking. Researchers in Chicago […]

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Adjective: Fey (FAY) Definition: 1. Marked by a foreboding of death or calamity. 2. a: Marked by an otherworldly air or attitude. b: Crazy. 3. a: Excessively refined; precious. b: Quaintly unconventional; campy. Sample sentence: Grandfather always said grandmother was fey and he often joked that he believed she was raised by woodland fairies.

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