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Half of older adults have symptoms of insomnia which may put them at added risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have found that amyloid plaques in the brain, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s, are associated with the number of hours an older adult sleeps and the quality of […]

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Do you know your risk of developing low back pain? Researchers at Stanford University analyzed data on 6,796 people and found that among those of normal weight the risk is very low, only 2.9 percent. In the overweight, the risk was 5.2 percent, in the obese, 7.7 percent, and in the morbidly obese, 11.6 percent. […]

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Adjective: Imbricate  (IM-brih-kut) Definition: Lying lapped over each other in regular order. Sample sentence:  During the tour of the mansion, Glenda noticed the pattern of imbricate slate tiles on the roofs of the gables, a feature common to the houses of the period.

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Noun: Behest  (bih-HEST) Definition: 1. An authoritative order: command. 2. An urgent prompting. Sample sentence: At the manager’s behest, several of us stayed to work late so that we could finish the project ahead of the deadline.  

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For hypothermia signs and symptoms include uncontrollable shivering, feelings of numbness, drowsiness, exhaustion, confusion, memory lapses, slow or slurred speech, slow breathing and pulse rates, failing eyesight, poor coordination and possible unconsciousness. Signs and symptoms of frostbite include the loss of feeling and color in parts of the body. If you are experiencing these symptoms, […]

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Adjective: Abecedarian  (ay-bee-see-DAIR-een-un) Definition: 1. Of or relating to the alphabet. 2. Alphabetically arranged. 3. Rudimentary Sample sentence: The children recited an abecedarian chant, beginning with “A is for apple” and ending with “Z is for zebra.”

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Snacking between meals can pile on calories and, eventually, pounds, and Americans have been doing more and more of it, so much so that the rise in snacking has paralleled the increase in obesity. Researchers at the University of Missouri have come up with a strategy to quell afternoon hunger pangs that doesn’t lead to […]

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Adjective: Endemic  (en-DEM-ik) Definition: 1. Characteristic of or prevalent in a particular field, area, or environment. 2. Restricted or peculiar to a locality or region. Sample sentence: A recent report identifies the country as a “failed state,” citing endemic corruption at all levels of government.

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High density lipoprotein or HDL is commonly known as “good” cholesterol because it carries cholesterol away from blood vessels so it can’t contribute to the formation of blockages leading to heart attack. HDL also acts as an  antioxidant and reduces inflammation, but just having high blood levels of HDL may not be enough. Researchers at […]

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Adjective: Debonair  (deb-uh-NAIR) Definition: 1. Dressing and acting in an appealing and sophisticated way: fashionable, attractive,  confident, suave. 2. Lighthearted or nonchalant. Sample sentence: David, a handsome and debonair bachelor, was among the first guests to arrive at last night’s New Year’s Eve party.

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