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A weekly fish dish could improve your brain health and reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. To get the brain boost, the fish has to be baked or broiled, not fried, according to researchers from the University of Pittsburgh who found that consuming a serving of fish at least once a week seems to help […]

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Noun: Epithet (EP-uh-thet) Definition: 1. A characterizing word or phrase accompanying or occurring in place of the name of a person or thing. 2. A disparaging or abusive word or phrase. 3. The part of a taxonomic name identifying a subordinate unit within a genus. Sample sentence: The online message board’s terms of service prohibits […]

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Taking supplements to overcome a vitamin D deficiency may cut the risk of dying by more than half compared to people who remain deficient. This finding comes from a University of Kansas analysis of data on more than 10,000 patients. The researchers first found that 70 percent of patients in the population they studied were […]

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Adverb: Headlong (HED-LAWNG) Definition: 1. With the head foremost. 2. Without deliberation: recklessly. 3. Without pause or delay. Sample sentence: Sue’s impulsive when it comes to romance and often rushes headlong into relationships, with little thought given to their long-term viability.

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Even those products labeled “green” emit hazardous compounds not listed on the labels, report researchers from the University of Washington. They detected 133 chemicals in 25 popular products they analyzed, including laundry detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, soaps, hand sanitizers, lotions, deodorants, shampoos and air fresheners. More than half the products studied were the top […]

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Adjective: Parochial (puh-ROH-kee-ul) Definition: 1. Of or relating to a church parish. 2. Limited in range or scope (as to a narrow area or region): provincial, narrow. Sample sentence: The book is marred by the parochial viewpoint of its author, who fails to take into account the interplay between local and global economies.

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You’re more likely to get a good night’s sleep if you perform moderate exercise for at least 150 minutes a week – that’s only 30 minutes a day for five days. This finding from Oregon State University comes after reviewing data on more than 3,000 adults between ages 18 and 85 who participated in the […]

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Adverb or adjective: Incommunicado (in-kuh-myoo-nuh-KAH-doh) Definition: Without means of communication: in a situation or state not allowing communication. Sample sentence: Human rights groups continue to petition the government to allow them access to prisoners who are being held incommunicado.

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The most popular spice in the world, black, green and white peppercorns all come from the black pepper plant (Piper nigrum), native to Asia. Black pepper is the whole, partially ripened fruit; green is the unripe fruit; and white is the peeled seed. Black pepper is a proven antibacterial agent, and compounds in this spice […]

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Adjective: Maladroit (mal-uh-DROYT) Definition: Lacking skill, cleverness, or resourcefulness in handling situations: inept. Sample sentence: Jim’s maladroit management of the construction project caused it to take months longer than expected to be completed.

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