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Bromated flour contains potassium bromate, an oxidizing agent widely used in commercial baking to strengthen dough and promote rising. Some brands of flour sold in supermarkets for home use contain potassium bromate. Studies dating back to 1982 found that the chemical causes several types of cancer in lab rats. For that reason, potassium bromate is […]

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Adjective: Tutelary  (TOO-tuh-lair-ee) Definition: 1. Having the guardianship of a person or a thing. 2. Of or relating to a guardian. Sample sentence: The ancient Romans revered certain gods and goddesses as tutelary deities.

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Every year, some 600,000 women in the United States have hysterectomies (removal of the uterus), usually for benign conditions such as uterine fibroids. Often, the ovaries as well as the uterus are removed during the surgery as a means of preventing ovarian cancer. A study of post-operative patients has found that women who have their […]

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New research suggests that we have an increased need for zinc to help protect against DNA damage and inflammation as we get older. The animal studies performed at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University and the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences showed that age-related zinc deficiencies can lead to immune […]

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Verb: Disport  (dih-SPORT) Definition: 1. Divert,  amuse 2. Frolic 3. Display Sample sentence: Dracula builds a five-stake resort for his monster friends to disport themselves unbothered on vacation, but his daughter falls in love with a somewhat dopey human.

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Noun: Pomander  (POH-man-der) Definition: 1. A mixture of aromatic substances enclosed in a perforated bag or box and used to scent clothes and linens or formerly carried as a guard against infection;  also a clove-studded orange or apple used for the same purposes. 2. A box or hollow fruit-shaped ball for holding pomander. Sample sentence: […]

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It’s not necessarily the daily apple that staves off mental decline – it’s the ability to bite into one and chew it up, according to new research from Sweden. Investigators found that tooth loss that compromises the ability to chew is associated with loss of cognitive function and a higher than normal risk of dementia. […]

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Noun: Tamale   (tuh-MAH-lee) Definition: Cornmeal dough rolled with ground meat or beans seasoned usually with chili, wrapped usually in corn husks, and steamed. Sample sentence: My favorite Mexican combination plate includes a moist tamale, a chicken enchilada and rice.

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A combination of regular physical exercise plus daily doses of melatonin could slow, and perhaps halt, the development of Alzheimier’s. So far, this combo has been tested only in mice, but with promising results. Researchers at the Barcelona Medical Research Institute in Spain reported that when their study began, the mice, which were bred to […]

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We’ve known for some time that eating tart cherries can help reduce the severity and duration of a gout attack – they have anti-inflammatory effects that seem to do the trick. Now a study from Boston University reveals that patients diagnosed with the disease who regularly consumed a half cup of cherries over a two […]

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