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Adjective: Idiopathic  (id-ee-uh-PATH-ik) Definition: 1. Arising spontaneously or from an obscure or unknown cause 2. Peculiar to the individual Sample sentence: Some dogs have idiopathic epilepsy, which means there’s no real explanation for their seizures, though even a reasonably mild stressor may increase the odds of a seizure.

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We know that sugary soft drinks can promote weight gain, but they also can worsen arthritis of the knee, particularly in men. This association was revealed in an analysis of data from more than 2,100 men and women participating in a large osteoarthritis study who had provided information on their eating habits, including their soft […]

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The cause of the upswing in food allergies between 1997 and 2007 may be related to increasing levels of dichlorophenols, chemicals found in pesticides and used to chlorinate water. A study published in the December 2012 issue of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology found a connection between levels of dichlorophenols found in the […]

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Adjective: Intemperate  (in-TEM-puh-rut) Definition: 1. Not moderate or mild: severe 2. Lacking or showing lack of restraint 3. Given to excessive use of alcoholic beverages Sample sentence: The journalist eventually apologized for her intemperate rant against the governor.

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Could you be addicted to your cell phone? A team of addiction researchers thinks so. The investigators linked the near constant use of cell phones and instant messaging (particularly among college students) to well known “consumption pathologies” such as compulsive buying and credit card misuse. The investigators trace cell phone “addiction” to materialism and impulsiveness […]

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Noun: Trousseau  (TROO-soh) Definition: The personal possessions of a bride usually including clothes, accessories, and household linens and wares. Sample sentence: I am fortunate to be in possession of various family heirlooms, including several items from my great-grandmother’s trousseau.

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Do you know how many steps you take each day? A typical adult female takes about 5,117, which is just about a two to two and a half mile walk, and adding 1000 more steps may be enough to lower the risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome. A study from Brazil came to this conclusion […]

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Verb: Espouse  (ih-SPOWZ) Definition: 1. Marry 2. To take up and support as a cause: become attached to Sample sentence: John made the decision to espouse Loretta, despite the protests of his bachelor friends.

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Menopausal woman may be able to cut their hot flashes in half simply by learning to relax. A Swedish study reported the effects of relaxation techniques learned in group therapy. The study team focused on 60 healthy women who had been seeing their doctors for hot flashes that occurred at least 50 times a week. […]

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Adjective: Clamant  (KLAY-munt) Definition: 1. Clamorous, blatant 2. Demanding attention: urgent Sample sentence: Clamant students gathered outside the college president’s office, protesting the denial of tenure for a popular professor.

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