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Adjective: Gormless (GORM-lus) Definition: Lacking intelligence: stupid. Sample sentence: Her new assistant quickly proved himself to be completely gormless, forgetting to do half of the tasks she assigned to him and making a mess of the others.

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Moderate drinking – two drinks or less daily for men and one or less for women – appears to help protect against coronary artery disease and heart attack, and now a study in the Netherlands has suggested that two drinks a day may reduce an older person’s risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. The latest […]

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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.

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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.

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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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