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It seems most people need a jolt from java in the morning (and maybe a few more boosts later in the day), but for some, that regular hankering can actually be Caffeine Use Disorder (CUD). The World Health Organization recognizes CUD, as they do other drug dependencies—not that you’ve necessarily heard of CUD before. So […]

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Adverb: Passim  (PASS-im) Definition: Here and there Sample sentence: Readers will have no trouble determining the editor’s opinions about the text, as her strongly worded foot notes appear passim.

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Eating well in your 50s and 60s can set the stage for healthy aging. Researchers from France, the Harvard School of Public Health and Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital looked at health and diet data from more than 10,000 mid-life women participating in the long-running Nurses’ Health Study, none of whom had any major chronic […]

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Adjective: Logy  (LOH-ghee) Definition: Marked by sluggishness and lack of vitality: groggy Sample sentence: I was feeling logy after such a big meal, so I decided to take a nap.

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The more “acidic” foods you consume – particularly animal protein – the more you may increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to results of a new study from France. For 14 years, researchers in Paris followed more than 66,000 women who were participating in a long-running study of cancer and nutrition, and […]

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Adjective: Rutilant  (ROO-tuh-lunt) Definition:  Having a reddish glow Sample sentence: We all sat quietly around the campfire, each person’s rutilant face mesmerized by the crackling flame.

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A study from Japan suggests another reason to avoid sweetened sodas: an increased risk of kidney disease. More than 12,000 employees at a Japanese university had their urine tested for the presence of protein as part of their annual check-ups. Protein in the urine can be an early – but reversible – indication of kidney […]

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Verb: Conflate  (kun-FLAYT) Definition: 1. To bring together: fuse 2. Confuse 3. To combine (as a reading of a text) into a composite whole Sample sentence: The professor warned us to be careful not to conflate the two similar theories.

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Symptoms of frostnip: white patches of skin that are numb. Symptoms of frostbite: skin that is white or grayish-yellow and feels hard, waxy, or numb, or is blistering or becoming darkened or black. Other symptoms include swelling, itching, burning, and deep pain during the rewarming/healing process. Frostbite requires emergency medical care. If you think you […]

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Adjective: Acephalous  (ay-SEF-uh-lus) Definition: 1. Lacking a head or having the head reduced. 2. Lacking a governing head or chief. Sample sentence: Having no head, the larvae is acephalous.

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