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Even if you avoid the brightly colored boxes of sugarcoated kids’ cereals, you may not be picking the healthiest breakfast options. Sugars, calories and fats can be hidden in many cereals – including those that are marketed as “healthy.” Consider the following when choosing cereals: Sugars: Choose varieties with eight grams of sugar or less […]

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Noun: Fustian (FUSS-chun) Definition: 1. A strong cotton and linen fabric. 2. High-flown or affected writing or speech. Sample sentence: Readers with a low tolerance for fustian may be put off by the writer’s style, but there is no denying that his arguments have merit.

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Noun: Tome (TOHM) Definition: 1. A volume forming part of a larger work. 2. A book, especially a large, scholarly book. Sample sentence: It took me more than a month to finish reading that 800-page tome on European history.

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If you live near a noisy highway or anywhere close to traffic sounds, you may be at increased risk of high blood pressure. That’s the conclusion of a new study from Sweden, which found that adults who live near the noisiest roads were much more likely to report high blood pressure than individuals who live […]

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Verb: Defer (dih-FER) Definition: 1. Put off or delay. 2. To postpone induction of a person into military service. Sample sentence: The minister advised the young couple that it would be wise to defer getting married until they had finished school.

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Even if you’re carrying a few extra pounds, if you get in shape and stay in shape – and you’re male – your risk of death from cardiovascular disease or other causes will be lower. Researchers from the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health followed more than 14,000 white, financially secure middle-aged […]

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Noun: Spendthrift ( SPEND-thrift) Definition: A person who spends wastefully. Sample sentence: David complained that his eldest son was quite the spendthrift, and was always writing home from college requesting more money.

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You may be able to get your chocolate habit under control if you take a 15- minute walk during the day. That’s the word from Britain’s University of Exeter after researchers looked at consumption in 78 “regular chocolate-eaters.” They divided their study participants into four groups, all of which abstained from chocolate for two days […]

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Noun: Calaboose (KAL-uh-booss) Definition: Jail: especially a local jail. Sample sentence: The chief entertainment at our family gatherings is always the stories my uncles tell of their wild youthful antics, some of which landed them in the calaboose for a night.

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A weekly fish dish could improve your brain health and reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. To get the brain boost, the fish has to be baked or broiled, not fried, according to researchers from the University of Pittsburgh who found that consuming a serving of fish at least once a week seems to help […]

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