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Noun: Kith  (KITH) Definition: Familiar friends, neighbors or relatives. Sample sentence: Alan looked forward to the annual block party as a way to stay connected with his kith.

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Heart diseases and stroke are the No. 1 causes of death and disability among people with type 2 diabetes. In fact, at least 65 percent of people with diabetes die from some from of heart disease or stroke. Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke […]

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Noun: Narwhal  (NAHR-wahl) Definition: An arctic cetacean about 20 feet long with the male having a long twisted ivory tusk. Sample sentence: In medieval times, the tusk of the narwhal was sometimes passed off and sold as the horn of the fabled unicorn.

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Here’s another potential reason to watch your cholesterol levels. New research from the University of California, Davis, suggests that the cholesterol levels often associated with cardiovascular disease may play a role in Alzheimer’s disease as well. For the study, investigators measured the blood lipid levels of 74 seniors with normal to mildly impaired cognitive function. […]

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Verb: Cadge  (KAJ) Definition: Beg, sponge. Sample sentence: Mike tried to cadge a stick of gum from Paula, but she told him the get his own pack.

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The more antioxidants in women’s diets, the lower the risk of developing cataracts as they age. This news comes from a Swedish study that looked at the diets of more than 30,000 middle aged and older women, and found those with the highest total intake of antioxidant nutrients were 13 percent less likely to develop […]

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Verb: Reverberate  (rih-VER-buh-rayt) Definition: 1. To reflect or become reflected. 2. To continue in or as if in a series of echoes: resound. Sample sentence: I love to hear the bass notes of the massive pipe organ reverberate through the cathedral.

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Can you really cut daily calories by eating your meals more slowly? Researchers from Texas Christian University tackled this question by recruiting 70 men and women – half of them were of normal weight, and half were overweight or obese. In a research kitchen, the study participants were asked to eat an unlimited lunch slowly, […]

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Noun:  Hospitalist  (HAH-spih-tuh-list) Definition: A physician who specializes in treating hospitalized patients of other physicians. Sample sentence:  George has been practicing medicine in the St. Louis area since 1998, including ten years of experience as a hospitalist.

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Gluten gives fresh bread its pull and chew. A complex protein, it is to baked goods as tannin is to wine, more a feel than a flavor, but a key part of the sensory magic. It makes cereals satisfying, pasta al dente and crackers crisp. Bagels bounce on springs of gluten. But gluten has lately […]

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