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How quickly and easily you can sit down on the floor and then get up may give you a hint about how long you’ll live. A study from Brazil looked at how adept some 2,002 men and women ages 51 to 80 were at performing these moves. We know that aerobic fitness correlates with a […]

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Simply getting an extra hour or so of shuteye might help lower your blood pressure. A study published online on November 22, 2012 by the Journal of Sleep Research suggested that individuals with high blood pressure or prehypertension could bring their pressure down if they got an extra hour of sleep per night. The study […]

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Adjective: Roseate  (ROH-zee-ut) Definition: 1. Resembling a rose especially in having a pink color 2. Overly optimistic: viewed favorably Sample sentence: Her memories of her childhood are pleasant, bordering on roseate; some of her siblings recall things a bit differently.

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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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