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Some chemicals may pose a diabetes risk. The chemicals in question are phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates), and they’re everywhere – in plastic toys, detergents, food packaging, nail polish, perfumes, shampoos, hairspray and hundreds of other products. New research from Sweden suggests that routine, household exposure to these chemicals may double the risk of type 2 diabetes […]

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Noun: Cognoscente (kahn-yuh-SHEN-tee) Definition: A person who has expert knowledge in a subject: connoisseur Sample sentence: Derrick was a cognoscente of fine art and knew that most of the works being auctioned off on the cruise ship were second-rate.

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Adjective: Halcyon (HAL-see-un) Definition: 1. Calm, peaceful 2. Happy, golden 3. Prosperous, affluent Sample sentence: Although Grandma spoke longingly of the halcyon days of her childhood, Jamie suspected all had not been as perfect as she recalled.

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Can eating grapes mitigate the negative effects of a diet high in salt on blood pressure and, by extension, heart disease? Researchers at Michigan State report that grapes could lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation in the body and reduce signs of heart muscle damage, and suggest these effects are due in part to the naturally […]

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Adjective: Tempestuous (tem-PESS-chuh-wus) Definition: Of, relating to, or resembling a tempest: turbulent, stormy Sample sentence: Because the player’s relationship with his manager had grown more tempestuous over the course of the season, the decision to trade him benefited everyone.

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Snacking on raisins a few times a day may help lower your blood pressure if you have pre-hypertension, a condition affecting one of every three Americans. Prehypertension is defined as having systolic pressure (the top number) from 120 to 139 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or a diastolic (lower number) pressure from 80 to 89 […]

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Noun: Recidivism (rih-SID-uh-viz-um) Definition: A tendency to relapse into a previous condition or mode of behavior; especially a relapse into criminal behavior. Sample sentence: The judge took the rate of recidivism into account when assigning penalties for various criminal offenses.

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Sipping a daily dose of a vitamin D fortified Persian yogurt drink called doogh seems to dial down inflammation in people with type 2 diabetes. Inflammation, which is now being recognized as a root cause of many chronic diseases, can lead to heart disease and stroke and other complications of type 2 diabetes. Researchers in […]

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Noun: Lookism (LOOK-iz-um) Definition: Prejudice or discrimination based on physical appearance and especially physical appearance believed to fall short of societal notions of beauty. Sample sentence: As a teacher, Kim’s response to recent studies showing that attractive students receive better grades was to try to be vigilant against her own possible lookism.

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New evidence suggests that eating as little as two servings of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or apples per month can lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease by 25 percent compared with eating these fruits less than once a month. The recent report also found that men whose diets were rich in flavonoids, the protective compounds found […]

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