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Does salt affect your blood pressure? A small study from Brazil found that people with high blood pressure prefer more salt in their food than do individuals whose blood pressure is normal. On the plus side, a 24-week study from the University of Pennsylvania found that blood pressure dropped by an average of three points […]

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Noun: Nidus (NYE-dus) Definition: 1. A nest or breeding place; especially, a place or substance in an animal or plant where bacteria or other organisms lodge and multiply. 2. A place where something originates, develops, or is located. Sample sentence: The neighborhood had long been a nidus of crime and vice, but community policing and […]

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If your energy begins to flag late in the afternoon, the problem may be what you’ve eaten earlier in the day. A new study from Penn State’s College of Medicine showed that you can avoid daytime sleepiness if you skip fats at breakfast and lunch and opt for carbohydrates instead (protein consumption didn’t seem to […]

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Noun: Pastiche (pass-TEESH) Definition: 1. A musical, literary, or artistic work that imitates the style of previous work or is made up of selections from different works. 2. Hodgepodge. Sample sentence: The director’s new murder mystery is a clever pastiche of the 1950’s films he watched as a boy.

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Getting vaccinated against pneumonia is a good idea for seniors 65 and older, but a new study shows that when little kids are immunized, most of us profit regardless of age. A new nationwide analysis shows that routinely vaccinating children cut hospitalizations for pneumonia in nearly all age groups, particularly youngsters and seniors. Over the […]

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Noun: Corrigendum (kor-uh-JEN-dum) Definition: An error in a printed work discovered after printing and shown with its correction on a separate sheet. Sample sentence: The day after running the article, the newspaper printed a corrigendum stating that the actress had been born in 1971, not 1871 as indicated.

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The longer you postpone retirement, the lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia may be. This finding comes from a French study of more than 400,000 retirees. For each additional year of work, the risk of dementia dropped by 3.2 percent. The French investigators reviewed records on retirees, most of whom […]

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Noun: Prestidigitation (press-tuh-dij-uh-TAY-shun) Definition: Sleight of hand. Sample sentence: Her career as a magician began with feats of prestidigitation and illusion performed for her high school’s annual talent shows.

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Strange as it may seem, peppers (and to a lesser degree tomatoes) contain edible nicotine (far less than you would get from a cigarette) that may help protect against Parkinson’s disease. Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle evaluated the diets of 490 Parkinson’s patients and 644 adults who had no neurological disorders. All […]

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Noun: Teetotaler (TEE-TOH-tuh-ler) Definition: One who practices or advocates teetotalism: one who abstains completely from alcoholic drinks. Sample sentence: The couple plans to use sparkling cider, rather than champagne, for the wedding toast because the bride’s mother is a teetotaler.

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