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Health News Archive - April 14, 2005

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A rewarding spiritual life may help slow the devastation of Alzheimer's disease.

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America's estimated 7 million problem gamblers may have more in common with alcoholics or drug addicts than they think. A new study of Argentine gamblers finds that functional changes in their brains' inhibitory and decision-making centers resemble those seen in hard-core substance abusers.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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