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New data from Canada suggests that smokers’ risk having strokes or mini-strokes nearly a decade earlier than non-smokers. After they reviewed the records and clinical courses of patients referred to a stroke clinic because they were at high risk after suffering either a stroke or a mini-stroke (called transient ischemic attack or TIA), investigators found […]

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Noun: Strudel (STROO-dul) Definition: A pastry made from a thin sheet of dough rolled up with filling and baked. Sample sentence: One of my favorite holiday treats is apple strudel.

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New research from England suggests that fish oil may help slow the progression of osteoarthritis – the “wear and tear” version of arthritis that often is an unwelcome feature of getting older. In fact, based on their study in guinea pigs, the investigators from Britain’s University of Bristol say that fish oil may help to […]

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MOVIE: Shrek ANSWER: ” You Know, Not Everybody Like Onions” WINNER:CHRIS When a green ogre called Shrek discovers his swamp has been ‘swamped’ with all sorts of fairytale creatures by the scheming Lord Farquaad, Shrek sets out, with a very loud donkey by his side, to ‘persuade’ Farquaad to give his swamp back. Instead, a […]

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Verb: Vulcanize (VUL-kuh-nyze) Definition: To subject to or to undergo the process of treating crude or synthetic rubber or similar plastic material chemically to give it useful properties (as elasticity, strength, and stability). Sample sentence: Manufacturers not only vulcanize tires, but also a wide range of articles, from hoses and hockey pucks to rubber bands […]

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Australian kids seem to stay slim and active if they go to bed early and get up early. Late risers, on the other hand, were 1.5 times more likely to become obese, almost twice as likely to be physically inactive, and 2.9 times more likely to sit in front of a screen – computer or […]

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MOVIE: The Marx Brothers Horse Feathers ANSWER: “Gee I Forgot It, I Better Come Outside With You” WINNER:GLORIA Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff is the new president of Huxley College. His cavalier attitude toward education is not reserved for his son Frank, who is seeing the college widow, Connie Bailey. Frank influences Wagstaff to recruit two […]

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Noun: Haberdasher (HAB-er-dash-er) Definition: 1. A dealer in notions. 2. A dealer in men’s clothing and accessories. Sample sentence: Mr. Watson planned to visit the haberdasher during the week to find some new shirts for his wardrobe.

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We’ve long known that high blood pressure is a primary risk factor for stroke, but new research suggests that blood pressure on the high end of normal can be a threat, too. This condition, called pre-hypertension, is diagnosed when the top blood pressure number (systolic) is between 120 and 139 mmHg and the low number […]

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Noun: Mountebank (MOUN-tih-bank) Definition: 1. A person who sells quack medicines from a platform. 2. A boastful unscrupulous pretender: a charlatan. Sample sentence: In his newspaper column, Gavin criticized the talk-radio host as “a mountebank whose ‘expert’ opinions and advice are complete hooey.”

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