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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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Noun: Scintilla (sin-TIL-uh) Definition: A very small amount: spark, trace. Sample sentence: This morning I awoke to a scintilla of snow.

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New research from Italy shows that talking on cell phones can cause a significant rise in blood pressure. A team of Italian researchers has reported that during cell phone calls, blood pressure bumped up from 121/77 to 129/82. However, the research team noted the increase was less drastic among people who took or made 30 […]

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