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New data from Canada suggests that smokers’ risk having strokes or mini-strokes nearly a decade earlier than non-smokers. After they reviewed the records and clinical courses of patients referred to a stroke clinic because they were at high risk after suffering either a stroke or a mini-stroke (called transient ischemic attack or TIA), investigators found […]

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Noun: Strudel (STROO-dul) Definition: A pastry made from a thin sheet of dough rolled up with filling and baked. Sample sentence: One of my favorite holiday treats is apple strudel.

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New research from England suggests that fish oil may help slow the progression of osteoarthritis – the “wear and tear” version of arthritis that often is an unwelcome feature of getting older. In fact, based on their study in guinea pigs, the investigators from Britain’s University of Bristol say that fish oil may help to […]

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Verb: Vulcanize (VUL-kuh-nyze) Definition: To subject to or to undergo the process of treating crude or synthetic rubber or similar plastic material chemically to give it useful properties (as elasticity, strength, and stability). Sample sentence: Manufacturers not only vulcanize tires, but also a wide range of articles, from hoses and hockey pucks to rubber bands […]

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Australian kids seem to stay slim and active if they go to bed early and get up early. Late risers, on the other hand, were 1.5 times more likely to become obese, almost twice as likely to be physically inactive, and 2.9 times more likely to sit in front of a screen – computer or […]

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Noun: Haberdasher (HAB-er-dash-er) Definition: 1. A dealer in notions. 2. A dealer in men’s clothing and accessories. Sample sentence: Mr. Watson planned to visit the haberdasher during the week to find some new shirts for his wardrobe.

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We’ve long known that high blood pressure is a primary risk factor for stroke, but new research suggests that blood pressure on the high end of normal can be a threat, too. This condition, called pre-hypertension, is diagnosed when the top blood pressure number (systolic) is between 120 and 139 mmHg and the low number […]

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Noun: Mountebank (MOUN-tih-bank) Definition: 1. A person who sells quack medicines from a platform. 2. A boastful unscrupulous pretender: a charlatan. Sample sentence: In his newspaper column, Gavin criticized the talk-radio host as “a mountebank whose ‘expert’ opinions and advice are complete hooey.”

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Getting enough sleep might help lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The link to sleep hasn’t been entirely proved yet, but a new study suggests that amyloid beta, a marker for Alzheimer’s disease measured in spinal fluid, rises and falls with the sleep cycle. Researchers at Washington University’s Sleep Medicine Center found that in healthy […]

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Adjective: Tramontane (truh-MAHN-tayn) Definition: 1. Situated on the north side of the Alps. 2. Lying on or coming from the other side of a mountain range. Sample sentence: Tom kept a journal on his journey to the tramontane region of the country.

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