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While we know how diet affects the heart, here’s some good news for women: a study of the eating habits of more than 20,000 residents of the city of Malmo, in Sweden, found that women whose diets were high in fiber had almost 25 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease than women whose diets were […]

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Noun: Verjuice (ver-JOOSS) Definition: The sour juice of crab apples or of unripe fruit; also, an acid liquor made from verjuice. Sample sentence: Winter oregano makes a superb salad green, used lavishly with black olives, thinly sliced red onions, soaked in ice water for an hour if you want to remove some pungency, and dressed […]

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The health benefits of cruciferous vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, green cabbage, kale and collard greens – are well known: these foods are rich in phytonutrients, which help protect against both cancer and heart disease. Population studies have shown that people who eat a lot of broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables tend to have lower rates […]

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Noun: Penchant (PEN-chuhnt) Definition: A liking or strong inclination for something. Sample sentence: My dog has a penchant for chasing cats.

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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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