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Noun: Watershed  (WAW-ter-shed) Definition: 1. A dividing ridge between drainage areas or a region or area bounded peripherally by a divide and draining ultimately to a particular watercourse or body of water. 2. A crucial dividing point, line, or factor: turning point. Sample sentence:  Historians generally agree that the battle was a watershed in the […]

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Pimples aren’t just a teenage problem. They can affect us throughout adulthood, no matter our age, gender or skin type. The next time you have a breakout don’t reach for the tube of white cream you picked up at the store. You can create your own pimple remedy at home, with just a few ingredients […]

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Adjective: Maieutic  (may-YOO-tik) Definition: Relating to or resembling the Socratic method of eliciting new ideas from another. Sample sentence: I am grateful to him for his maieutic inquiry about my own views, which had not crystallized.  

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Gout is a painful arthritic condition of the joints marked by elevated blood levels of uric acid. Historically considered a disease of excess, gout is associated with the consumption of protein-rich foods, certain prescription drugs, frequent alcohol consumption, and being overweight. If you have been diagnosed with gout or have a strong family history of […]

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Aging gracefully is a healthy goal for everyone: accepting and embracing what time and experience brings us, while actively working to prevent and minimize the health concerns that naturally come with aging. In addition to regular low-impact exercise and proper supplementation, your diet is a good place to start your graceful aging endeavors. Add these […]

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Noun: Flotsam  (FLAHT-sum) Definition: 1. Floating wreckage of a ship or its cargo: floating debris. 2. Miscellaneous or unimportant material:  debris, remains Sample sentence:  The young couple’s apartment was adorned with the flotsam  of thrift stores and yard sales.

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Noun: Eructation  (ih-ruk-TAY-shun) Definition: An act or instance of belching. Sample sentence: Excessive eructation is a common side-effect of some medications.

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Carrageenan is extracted from Irish moss, a red-hued seaweed. It is used to thicken ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, soymilk and other foods. Joanne K. Tobacman, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, has conducted studies linking undegraded carrageenan – the type that is widely used in foods […]

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Adjective: Biddable  (BID-uh-bul) Definition: 1. Easily led, taught, or controlled: docile. 2. Capable of being bid. Sample sentence: The twins are well-behaved children;  biddable,  meek, neat about their clothes, and always mindful of their manners.

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I am a great fan of wild blueberries, and I was pleased to see the results from the 15th Annual Wild Blueberry Health Summit in Bar Harbor, Maine. Uniting some 20 researchers from North America and Europe, the conference examined the role of wild blueberries in diabetes prevention, cardiovascular health, brain health and other potential […]

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