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Just because you’ve passed a standard vision test doesn’t mean you can see well enough to drive safely at night. New research from Australia suggests that blurred vision and  cataracts can dangerously reduce drivers’ ability to recognize pedestrians on the side of the road. The investigators recruited 28 young adult licensed drivers who had passed […]

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Piperine, an alkaloid responsible for black pepper’s pungent taste, appears to be responsible for its reputed health benefits, including weight loss. New research from Korea suggests that piperine interferes with the activity of genes that control and promote formation of new fat cells. As a result, the investigators said that piperine may also set off […]

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Noun: Scupper  (SKUP-er) Definition: The drain opening in the side of a ship. Sample sentence:  All the water used to wash the deck was pushed toward the scupper.

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Adjective: Sciential  (sye-EN-shul) Definition: 1. Relating to or producing knowledge or science 2. Having efficient knowledge:  capable Sample sentence: There is no way of arriving at any sciential end but by finding it at every step.

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“Vitamins Don’t Work” articles seem to reappear in national news outlets every couple of years or so. These stories usually follow the same format, stating that although more than half of Americans take supplements, there is little or no evidence that they actually improve health or help to lower the risk of chronic disease. But […]

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Noun: Hydromancy  (HYE-druh-man-see) Definition: Divination by the appearance or motion of liquids (as water) Sample sentence: Madame Forthwith practices hydromancy, using a bowl of clear water to predict the future rather than the traditional crystal ball.

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Here’s some good news for coffee lovers – drinking java regularly might lower the risk of death. Results from a recent study indicate that seniors who reported drinking a few cups of coffee daily were less likely to die from heart disease, stroke, infections, injuries and accidents than those who didn’t drink coffee at all […]

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Noun: Goober  (GOO-ber) Definition:  A peanut It may be small, but the goober packs a large amount of healthy nutrients.

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Feeling anxious is stressful for our bodies and minds. Instead of taking a pharmaceutical to help quell anxiety, consider kava. From a tropical plant (Piper methysticum), kava is related to black pepper and native to islands of the South Pacific, where it has a long history of use. Kava is an excellent anti-anxiety remedy – […]

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Adjective: Solsitial (sahl-STISH-ul) Definition: 1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a solstice and especially the summer solstice. 2. Happening or appearing at or associated with a solstice. Sample sentence: Hundreds of people gathered recently for the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, an annual solsitial celebration.

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