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Conventional medical wisdom holds that hormones, not diet, are the main causes for the development of acne, particularly during the teenage years. However, some interesting evidence now suggests a possible link between acne and obesity driven by eating a high-glycemic load diet. A recent review published in August in the dermatology journal Cutis indicates that […]

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Verb: Overwhelm (oh-ver-WELM) Definition: 1. Upset, overthrow. 2. a: To cover over completely or submerge. b: To overcome by superior force or numbers. c. To overpower in thought or feeling. Sample sentence: The flurry of term papers and exams during the final weeks of the semester can overwhelm some students.

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Researchers in Australia are reporting that different foods affect the risks of cancer in different parts of the colon. The investigators found that consumption of broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and turnips) seems to reduce the risk of cancer in the upper colon. Total fruit and vegetable consumption was associated […]

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Noun: Archipelago (ahr-kuh-PEL-uh-goh) Definition: 1. An expanse of water with many scattered islands. 2. A group of islands. 3. Something resembling an archipelago; especially, a group or scattering of similar things. Sample sentence: The only hint of the storm the night before was an archipelago of puddles and ponds sparkling in the bright morning sunlight.

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Probiotics, including foods or supplements containing “friendly” bacteria that normally inhabit the digestive tract (usually Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium), may help prevent colds, a recent study suggests. A review of 10 studies involving data on more than 3,400 participants ranging in age from infants to adults in their 40s showed that taking probiotics for more than […]

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Verb: Discriminate (diss-KRIM-uh-nayt) Definition: 1 a. To see the special features of. b. To perceive a difference in: differentiate. 2. To distinguish by discerning or exposing differences; especially to distinguish from another like object. 3. To make a difference in treatment or favor on a basis other than individual merit. Sample sentence: One of the […]

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Using canola oil for cooking might help protect against colon cancer, according to a new study. Researchers from South Dakota State University have reported that canola oil apparently reduced the incidence of cancer in lab rats to by almost two thirds. The study showed that a diet containing canola oil inhibited both the size and […]

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If you have itchy, red eyes that seem worse than is typically experienced with seasonal allergies, you may have pink eye. Also known as infectious conjunctivitis, pink eye is an inflammation of the membrane (called the conjunctiva) that lines the eyelid and eyeball. Pink eye can be due to an allergic reaction to pollen, dust […]

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Noun: Patina (puh-TEE-nuh) Definition: 1 a. A usually green film formed on copper and bronze by exposure to moist air and often valued aesthetically for its color. b. A surface appearance of something grown beautiful especially with age or use. 2. An appearance or aura that is derived from association, habit, or established character. 3. […]

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Noun: Onomatopoeia (ah-nuh-mah-tuh-PEE-uh) 1. The naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it (buzz, hiss) 2. The use of words whose sound suggests the same. Sample sentence: Bam, pow, crash and other words created by onomatopoeia flashed on the screen throughout the show’s fight scenes.

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