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We’ve known for some time that eating tart cherries can help reduce the severity and duration of a gout attack – they have anti-inflammatory effects that seem to do the trick. Now a study from Boston University reveals that patients diagnosed with the disease who regularly consumed a half cup of cherries over a two […]

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Adjective: Nobby  (NAH-bee) Definition: cleverly stylish: chic, smart. Sample sentence: Sarah appeared at the party,  stunningly arrayed in a dark-blue dress, with a nobby hat to match.

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Here’s a behavioral strategy that may help you control your weight: make a habit of reading food labels. A new study authored by an international team of researchers showed that women who read food labels routinely weighed almost nine pounds less than women who didn’t. The researchers analyzed data from the U.S. National Health Interview […]

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Verb: Connive  (kuh-NYVE) Definition: 1. To pretend ignorance of or fail to take action against something one ought to oppose. 2. To be indulgent or in secret sympathy: to cooperate secretly or have a secret understanding. 3. To engage in secret scheming: conspire. Sample sentence: Co-workers will connive against each other if they think it […]

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Verb: Scumble   (SKUM-bul) Definition: 1. To make (as color or a painting) less brilliant by covering with a thin coat of opaque or semiopaque color applied with a nearly dry brush. 2. To soften the lines or colors of (a drawing) by rubbing lightly Sample sentence: The artist is known for his ability to scumble […]

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The FDA has approved a new one-minute ultrasound scan for use in conjunction with screening mammograms in healthy women with dense breasts. Mammograms can yield inconsistent results regarding signs of cancer in dense breasts since both the tumors and the dense tissue show up as white areas on the film. According to data submitted to […]

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Here’s some news women can cheer: a large study performed in Sweden found that women who ate the most fruits and vegetables – nearly seven servings a day – had a risk of heart attack that was 20 percent lower than that of other women in the study. The researchers credited the antioxidants in the […]

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Verb: Hotdog  (HAHT-dawg) Definition: To perform in a conspicuous or often ostentatious manner; especially to perform fancy stunts and maneuvers. Sample sentence: The wide receiver would often hotdog in the end zone after catching a touchdown pass.  

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Blood sugar in the “high normal” range – short of levels associated with diabetes or even pre-diabetes – can lead to brain shrinkage, according to results of a new study from Australia. Using multiple brain scans, researchers at the Australian National University in Canberra found evidence of the shrinkage in seniors between the ages of […]

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Noun: Cathexis  (kuh-THEK-sis) Definition: Investment of mental or emotional energy in a person, object, or idea. Sample sentence: Martha’s cathexis in her science project earned her the highest award at the science fair.

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