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Holy basil or tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) is a sacred plant in India. It is a relative of our culinary basil but has a stronger, clove-like aroma and taste. Indians do not use it in cooking but do use it as medicine, mostly in the form of tea. Research in both animals and humans demonstrates lack […]

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Noun: Wetware (WET-wair) Definition: The human brain or a human being considered especially with respect to human logical and computational capabilities. Sample sentence: With the right wetware at the helm, the company should be able to turn a sizeable profit.

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Many people have long been concerned about the proliferation of antibacterial chemicals in our hand-soaps and household cleaning products – these accumulate in the environment and give rise to ever more virulent “superbugs.” So you may be pleased to learn of a trial that indicates that making door handles, sink fixtures and light switches from […]

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Adjective: Amative (AM-uh-tiv) Definition: 1. Strongly moved by love. 2. Indicative of love or relating to love. Sample sentence: As she looked at her husband, Amy’s eyes were defintely amative.

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Eating blueberries and strawberries regularly seems to help protect the brain from the effects of aging. This latest good news about the health benefits of berries comes from researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Investigators gathered information on food consumption among participants in the long-running U.S. Nurses’ Health Study […]

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Verb: Facilitate (uh-SIL-uh-tayt) Definition: To make easier: help bring about. Sample sentence: The entrance to Tanya’s apartment building comes with a ramp and an automatic door to facilitate getting her wheelchair in and out.

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We know that pistachios contain heart-healthy fat, and overall, have a very good nutritional profile – one ounce (about 47 nuts) provides more fiber than a half cup of spinach. They’re also good sources of vitamin B-6, thiamin, copper, phosphorus, and magnesium. Now, new findings suggest that pistachios have prebiotic characteristics as well, and can […]

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Noun: Abbozzo (ah-BOH-zoh) Definition: A rough, preliminary sketch. Sample sentence: It is difficult to imagine how the beautiful sculpture was once only an abbozzo on a small cocktail napkin.

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Fatty liver disease, the detrimental build-up of fat in liver cells, affects almost one third of Americans, and is often linked with obesity and high triglycerides. While it may not cause symptoms, fatty liver can contribute to liver damage. The only reliable way to address it is to lose weight and lower your triglycerides, if […]

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Noun: Divertissement (dih-VER-tiss-munt) Definition: 1. A dance sequence or short ballet usually used as an interlude. 2. An instrumental chamber work in several movements usually light in character. 3. Diversion, entertainment. Sample sentence: For visitors seeking more cerebral divertissement, the city boasts a fine performing arts center.

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