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2008-09-17 15:00:00

By JOHN FAUBER Adults with higher levels of the common chemical bisphenol A in their urine had significantly increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and liver abnormalities, according to the first large study of human exposure to the substance. The finding, to be published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, involved urine samples taken from 1,455 U.S. men and women. It came as a surprise because earlier research suggested that the main concern was with developing...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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