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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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Here’s a study that developed as a result of staffer observations at the University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center: they noticed that sleep apnea patients coming in for their check-ups looked better than they did before treatment with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices to help them breathe better during sleep. Sleep apnea causes multiple […]

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Adjective: Pococurante  (POH-koh-kyoo-RAN-tee) Definition: Indifferent, nonchalant. Sample sentence: Even the most pococurante museum-goers are bound to be moved by the photos in the new exhibit.

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The latest news on nuts comes from a Purdue University study showing that snacking on 1.5 ounces of almonds daily reduced hunger and didn’t lead to weight gain, even though participants continued eating their customary daily diets. The investigators also reported that by eating almonds the study participants boosted their vitamin E  levels as well […]

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  Adjective: Saponaceous  (sap-uh-NAY-shus) Definition: Resembling or having the qualities of soap. Sample sentence: When boiled or bruised in water, the leaves turn saponaceous and the resulting lather cuts through grease. When boiled or bruised in water, the leaves turn saponaceous, and the resulting lather cuts through grease. Read more at http://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day/#TtI5xCpFGfeRjQfQ.99 resembling or having […]

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The age-old superstitious practice of invoking the help of friendly spirits by knocking on wood may not bring good luck, but according to psychologists who actually tested methods of knocking on wood in a scientific study, it does have positive effects. It turns out that you feel better about a negative ordeal or event you’re […]

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Verb: Exhilarate  (ig-ZIL-uh-rayt) Definition: 1. To make cheerful and excited: enliven, elate. 2. Refresh, stimulate. Sample sentence: There is nothing like a swim in a cold lake to exhilarate the body.

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