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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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Noun: Epithet (EP-uh-thet) Definition: 1. A characterizing word or phrase accompanying or occurring in place of the name of a person or thing. 2. A disparaging or abusive word or phrase. 3. The part of a taxonomic name identifying a subordinate unit within a genus. Sample sentence: The online message board’s terms of service prohibits […]

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Taking supplements to overcome a vitamin D deficiency may cut the risk of dying by more than half compared to people who remain deficient. This finding comes from a University of Kansas analysis of data on more than 10,000 patients. The researchers first found that 70 percent of patients in the population they studied were […]

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Adverb: Headlong (HED-LAWNG) Definition: 1. With the head foremost. 2. Without deliberation: recklessly. 3. Without pause or delay. Sample sentence: Sue’s impulsive when it comes to romance and often rushes headlong into relationships, with little thought given to their long-term viability.

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Even those products labeled “green” emit hazardous compounds not listed on the labels, report researchers from the University of Washington. They detected 133 chemicals in 25 popular products they analyzed, including laundry detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, soaps, hand sanitizers, lotions, deodorants, shampoos and air fresheners. More than half the products studied were the top […]

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Adjective: Parochial (puh-ROH-kee-ul) Definition: 1. Of or relating to a church parish. 2. Limited in range or scope (as to a narrow area or region): provincial, narrow. Sample sentence: The book is marred by the parochial viewpoint of its author, who fails to take into account the interplay between local and global economies.

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