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The more you eat daily once you reach the age of 70, the higher your risk for memory problems, and possibly Alzheimer’s disease. Investigators at the Mayo Clinic came to this conclusion after analyzing data on more than 1,200 seniors in Olmstead County, Minnesota. They found double the risk of memory impairment among the participants […]

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Two separate studies have identified additional risks for Alzheimer’s disease. Preliminary results from an investigation performed at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., suggest that disrupted sleep may be linked to Alzheimer’s. After monitoring the sleep patterns of 100 men and women between the ages of 45 and 80, half of whom […]

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Verb: Obliterate (uh-BLIT-uh-rayt) Definition: 1. To remove from recognition or memory 2. To remove from existence 3. To make undecipherable by wiping out or covering over. Sample sentence: The student was so nervous before the test that he was afraid his stress would obliterate all the pertinent subject matter in his head.

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Adjective: Abstruse (ub-STROOSS) Definition: Difficult to comprehend. Sample sentence: The author’s new book is not as abstruse as his previous works and is likely to attract a much larger readership.

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Lead levels in lipsticks aren’t typically very high, but they have edged up since the FDA began tracking them in 2007. A new report issued by the agency in December 2011 after testing 400 lipsticks, found amounts of lead ranging from 0.026 parts per million (ppm) to 7.19 ppm. The highest level in 2007 was […]

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Noun: Spiel (SPEEL) Definition: A voluble line of often extravagant talk: a speech delivered especially to sell or promote something. Sample sentence: Jonathan called the wireless company with a question about his bill; he was not expecting a spiel from a representative trying to sell him on a more expensive data plan.

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Eating oranges and grapefruit daily seem to help lower the risk of stroke among women, thanks to compounds called flavones they contain. This news comes from reviewing 14 years of follow-up data gathered from 70,000 women participating in the U.S. Nurses’ Health Study, a landmark trial that has been on-going since 1976 and is still […]

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Noun: Patagium (puh-TAY-jee-um) Definition: 1. The fold of skin connecting the forelimbs and hind limbs of some tetrapods (as flying squirrels). 2. The fold of skin in front of the main segments of a bird’s wing. Sample sentence: The parrot plucked his feathers so badly that he exposed the patagium on his right wing.

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We know that artificial light at night appears to affect breast cancer risk: studies have shown that the incidence of the disease is higher among women who are working night shifts. This may be because the body’s reaction to light suppresses the normal nighttime production of melatonin, which has the effect of boosting estrogen levels […]

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Adjective: Unabashed (un-uh-BASHT) Definition: Not disconcerted, undistinguished, unapologetic. Sample sentence: I will admit that I am an unabashed fan of the Singing Bee.

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