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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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Noun: Soothsayer  (SOOTH-say-er) Definition: A person who predicts the future by magical, intuitive, or more rational means: prognosticator. Sample sentence: The soothsayer at the carnival is usually one of the most popular attractions.

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Researchers at Oregon State University are looking into the cancer protective effects of a flavonoid found in hops, the plants that give beer its bitter flavor. The flavonoid, xanthohumol, can help protect against cancer, at least in cell culture. Investigators at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State have found xanthohumol to be active against […]

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Noun: Malversation  (mal-ver-SAY-shun) Definition: 1. Misbehavior and especially corruption in an office, trust or commission. 2. Corrupt administration. Sample sentence: The city council impeached the mayor for administrative misconduct and malversation, charging that he has used his office primarily for personal gain. : misbehavior and especially corruption in an office, trust, or commission Read more […]

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Singing in the shower may perk you up for the day, but if you really want to be happy, consider joining a choir. British researchers examined how singing affects our feelings of well-being by reviewing data gathered from an on-line survey of 375 people who sang in choirs, sang solo or belonged to a sports […]

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Adjective: Pusillanimous  (pyoo-suh-LAN-uh-mus) Definition: lacking courage and resolution: marked by contemptible timidity. Sample sentence: The senator resorted to mudslinging, calling his opponent a pusillanimous pawn of special interest groups.

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A new study from Great Britain suggests that you might be able to splurge on food without endangering your health. The secret, of course, is daily exercise. Researchers from the University of Bath recruited 26 young men who exercised regularly. None was obese, and none had any health problems that could contribute to diabetes. Half […]

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