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Noun: Shard (SHAHRD) Definition: 1. A piece or fragment of a brittle substance; broadly, a small piece or part. 2. A shell or scale. 3. Fragments of pottery vessels found on sites and in refuse deposits where pottery-making peoples have lived. 4. Highly angular curved glass fragments of tuffaceous sediment. Sample sentence: Julie dropped a […]

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Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables including cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, turnip greens and kale are rich in antioxidants, which help lower the risks of both cancer and heart disease. Population studies have shown that people who eat broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables regularly have lower rates of cancer than those who don’t. And now a […]

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Adjective: Nocuous (NAH-kyuh-wus) Definition: Harmful. Sample sentence: Nocuous levels of toxic gases were detected in the coal mine. Like and Share with your friends

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Does salt affect your blood pressure? A small study from Brazil found that people with high blood pressure prefer more salt in their food than do individuals whose blood pressure is normal. On the plus side, a 24-week study from the University of Pennsylvania found that blood pressure dropped by an average of three points […]

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Noun: Nidus (NYE-dus) Definition: 1. A nest or breeding place; especially, a place or substance in an animal or plant where bacteria or other organisms lodge and multiply. 2. A place where something originates, develops, or is located. Sample sentence: The neighborhood had long been a nidus of crime and vice, but community policing and […]

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If your energy begins to flag late in the afternoon, the problem may be what you’ve eaten earlier in the day. A new study from Penn State’s College of Medicine showed that you can avoid daytime sleepiness if you skip fats at breakfast and lunch and opt for carbohydrates instead (protein consumption didn’t seem to […]

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Noun: Pastiche (pass-TEESH) Definition: 1. A musical, literary, or artistic work that imitates the style of previous work or is made up of selections from different works. 2. Hodgepodge. Sample sentence: The director’s new murder mystery is a clever pastiche of the 1950’s films he watched as a boy. Like and Share with your friends

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Getting vaccinated against pneumonia is a good idea for seniors 65 and older, but a new study shows that when little kids are immunized, most of us profit regardless of age. A new nationwide analysis shows that routinely vaccinating children cut hospitalizations for pneumonia in nearly all age groups, particularly youngsters and seniors. Over the […]

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Noun: Corrigendum (kor-uh-JEN-dum) Definition: An error in a printed work discovered after printing and shown with its correction on a separate sheet. Sample sentence: The day after running the article, the newspaper printed a corrigendum stating that the actress had been born in 1971, not 1871 as indicated. Like and Share with your friends

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The longer you postpone retirement, the lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia may be. This finding comes from a French study of more than 400,000 retirees. For each additional year of work, the risk of dementia dropped by 3.2 percent. The French investigators reviewed records on retirees, most of whom […]

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