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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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Research from China suggests that drinking green tea may provide benefits beyond protecting us against cardiovascular diseases, esophageal cancer, high blood pressure and the development of Alzheimer’s Disease. In studies with mice, the investigators found that epigallocatechin-3 galate (EGCG), an antioxidant found in green tea, boosts production of neural progenitor cells. These progenitor cells can […]

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Noun: Numen  (NOO-mun) Definition: A spiritual force or influence often identified with a natural object, phenomenon, or place. Sample sentence: For the technology man, the internet is the glue that holds our globalized world together and the divine numen that fills it with meaning.

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If you’re over 30, chances are you’ve got gum disease. A new study published in the August 30, 2012 issue of the Journal of Dental Research apparently confirms the gloomy news: based on data from a nationally representative sample, 47 percent of the U.S. population has gum disease.The investigation reported that about 9 percent of […]

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Adjective: Hortative  (HOR-tuh-tiv) Definition: Giving exhortation: serving to advise or warn. Sample sentence: The candidate’s hortative style of speaking appealed to some voters but led others to dismiss him as a blowhard.

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