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Verb: Cumulate (KYOO-myuh-layt) Definition: 1. To gather or pile or become gathered or piled in a heap. 2. a: To combine into one. b: To increase gradually in quantity or number. 3. To build up by addition of new material. Sample sentence: I am not sure how it happens, but shoes seem to cumulate in […]

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A large study involving nearly 51,000 women found that drinking four or more cups of coffee a day appears to lower the long-term risk of depression. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health followed participants in the long-running Nurses’ Health Study to see what effect coffee would have on the risk of depression. At […]

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Noun: Ziggurat (ZIG-uh-rat) Definition: An ancient Mesopotamian temple tower consisting of a lofty pyramidal structure built in successive stages with outside staircases and a shrine at the top; also, a structure or object of similar form. Sample sentence: The history class assignment was to construct a model ziggurat out of common items, so Susan made […]

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As we get older, our bodies don’t absorb vitamin B12 as readily as they did during our younger years (B12 is found in animal foods – meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products). And this decreasing absorption may help explain why brain size shrinks with age and seniors develop problems with thinking. Researchers in Chicago […]

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Adjective: Fey (FAY) Definition: 1. Marked by a foreboding of death or calamity. 2. a: Marked by an otherworldly air or attitude. b: Crazy. 3. a: Excessively refined; precious. b: Quaintly unconventional; campy. Sample sentence: Grandfather always said grandmother was fey and he often joked that he believed she was raised by woodland fairies.

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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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