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Gossip is good for you! That’s the word from a study at the University of California, Berkeley, which found that some forms of gossip can actually be therapeutic. Here’s the deal: as part of their investigation, researchers studied the behavior of volunteers who were allowed to witness someone cheating at a game. When they saw […]

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Drinking diet sodas daily is associated with an increased chance of suffering a heart attack, stroke, or of dying due to conditions that affect the circulatory system. This news follows an analysis of data gathered from more than 2,500 participants in New York City that looked at the relationship between drinking sodas (diet or regular) […]

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Adjective: Loquacious (loh-KWAY-shus) Definition: 1. Full of excessive talk: wordy 2. Given to fluent or excessive talk: garrulous Sample sentence: The children were loquacious on the car ride back from the zoo, chattering endlessly about all the animals they saw.

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Verb: Carp (KAHRP) Definition: To find fault or complain querulously. Sample sentence: Kate protested that her boss seemed to do nothing but carp and interfere, never praising or encouraging her.

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A diet enriched with grapes seems to have a dramatic effect on eyesight – at least in a special breed of mice prone to develop retinal damage when they get older. These findings spurred suggestions that grapes might also help protect humans against age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in the elderly. […]

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Verb: Alleviate (uh-LEE-vee-ayt) Definition: 1. Relieve, lessen 2. To make more bearable 3. To partially remove or correct Sample sentence: Mom suggested using ibuprofen and tea to help alleviate some of the misery of my cold.

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It’s about that time when people give their homes a spring cleaning. It is a good idea to keep a clean, uncluttered home: it can promote productivity and organization, instill a sense of calm and order, and help manage and prevent unhealthy bacteria. This year, why not add environmentally friendly cleaning products to your routine? […]

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Noun: Cockalorum (kah-kuh-LOR-um) Definition: 1. A boastful and self-important person. 2. Boastful talk. Sample sentence: No one believed Marty’s cockalorum about being an expert pool player, and as it turned out, he was indeed just as bad as the rest of us.

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How often do you read the newspaper? Write an email or a letter? What about reading books or playing games that take some brainpower? A new study suggests that the more you enjoyed doing all of those things from about age six to age 40, the lower your chances of forming the beta-amyloid plaques believed […]

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If you suspect that an overweight physician is less likely to advise overweight patients to shape up, you’re right. A new study from Johns Hopkins found that physicians with a normal body mass index (BMI) are much more likely to discuss weight loss with patients who need to drop excess pounds than are doctors who […]

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