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What may seem like a harmless way to store potatoes may actually be a breeding ground for deadly bacteria. Researchers investigating an outbreak of botulism in the United States in 1994 traced the source to a bacteria-produced toxin that formed when baked potatoes were stored in aluminum foil at room temperature. Botulism can cause severe […]

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Adjective:  Catawampus  (kat-uh-WOM-puhs) Definition: 1.  Off-center, askew, awry 2.  Positioned diagonally, cater-cornered Sample sentence:  Jill walked outside into the wind, which promptly knocked her hat catawampus.

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Noun:  Amanuensis  (uh-man-yuh-WEN-sis) Definition:  One employed to write from dictation or to copy manuscript. Sample sentence:  Mark worked as an amanuensis for a judge who needed to compose his opinions orally while recovering from cataract surgery.

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A new study suggests that apples and tomatoes may help prevent respiratory disease. Researchers at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom studied 2,633 adults and found a link between the intake of apples and tomatoes and the subjects’ respiratory health. Those who ate five apples or three tomatoes per week scored highest on […]

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Adjective:  Hyperborean  (hye-per-BOR-ee-un) Definition: 1. Of or relating to an extreme northern region: frozen 2. Of or relating to any of the arctic peoples Sample sentence:  Yoopers possess an impressive tolerance of cold winters, most likely due to their hyperborean ancestors from Canada and the Scandinavian countries.

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Individuals with exercise-induced asthma may be less likely to experience an attack in the morning than in the evening, according to the results of a new study. Researchers conducted exercise tests with 22 people with asthma and 12 healthy patients at 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. and measured the resulting lung spasms. For individuals with […]

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Verb:  Vituperate  (vye-TOO-puh-rayt) Definition: 1. To abuse or censure severely or abusively 2. To use harsh condemnatory language Sample sentence: During the team’s recent seven game losing streak, the sportswriters never missed a chance to vituperate the coach.

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There may be nothing worse than being in the middle of a hot run or ride and you take a drink from your bottle and…ptooey!! It got moldy because it has a small opening or it’s a weird shape which keeps it from drying completely after you washed it. Well there’s a very easy way […]

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Noun:  Absinthe  (AB-sinth) Definition:  A green liqueur which is flavored with wormwood, anise and other aromatic herbs and commercial production of which is banned in many countries for health concerns. Sample sentence:  It is rumored that you can have crazy fits after drinking absinthe.  

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Children don’t usually outgrow their baby fat — and a new report warns that it’s time for steps to help prevent babies, toddlers and preschoolers from getting too pudgy too soon. Among the recommendations are for better guidelines on what and how much toddlers should eat, sort of a food pyramid for the under-2 set […]

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