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Noun: Fantod  (FAN-tahd) Definition: 1. A state of irritability and tension. 2. Fidgets. 3. An emotional outburst or fit. Sample sentence: My children were known to have an occasional fantod when I would limit their television time.

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We have known for some time that adequate folate  (vitamin B9) in women’s diets can protect against miscarriage and birth defects in their babies, but a new animal study suggests that a father’s folate levels may be just as important. The research from Canada’s McGill University concluded that men eating high-fat, fast food diets or […]

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Adjective: Artless  (AHRT-lus) Definition: 1. Lacking art, knowledge or skill: uncultured. 2. Made without skill: crude. 3. Free from artificiality: natural 4. Free from guile or craft:  sincerely simple. Sample sentence: The senator’s folksy demeanor and seemingly artless candor, belie the man’s crude and calculating political sensibilities.

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Population researchers have come up with a new way of looking at age, and it doesn’t have much to do with the year you were born. Instead, a study from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis  is aimed at refocusing the way demographers view, and report on, the world’s aging population. Instead of relying […]

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Noun: Jingoism  (JING-goh-iz-im) Definition: Extreme chauvinism or nationalism marked especially by a belligerent foreign policy. Sample sentence: When the war began, many people were caught up in a wave of jingoism.

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A new device marketed for relieving migraine headaches and approved by the FDA could eliminate headache pain within two hours for some patients, but others may have to wait as long as an excruciating 24 hours, and many may not be helped at all. Unfortunately, the treatment doesn’t address the debilitating symptoms that often go […]

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Adjective: Gritty  (GRIT-ee) 1. Containing or resembling grit. 2. Courageously persistent: plucky. 3. Having strong qualities of tough, uncompromising realism. Sample sentence: I admire Nicole’s gritty determination to succeed.

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Did you know there is workout equipment you can use while you work?  The more we work, the more we sit. The more we sit, the more health risks we encounter. A person who sits at his or her desk all day, only to sit in his or her car and drive home, where he […]

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Adjective: Froward  (FROH-erd) Definition: Habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition. Sample sentence: The nanny informed the parents that she would seek employment elsewhere if the froward child could not be compelled to be more obedient. The nanny informed the parents that she would seek employment elsewhere if the froward child could not be compelled to […]

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Whether it’s migraines, back pain, joint pain or arthritis, 35 percent of American adults (that’s 105 million people) suffer from chronic pain, according to the American Chronic Pain Association. Furthermore, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey showed that 26 percent of Americans age 20 years and older (an […]

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