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Columbia University researchers have come up with a strategy that could help you increase the amount of exercise you perform. It’s called “self-regulation” and according to the researchers, the women who tried it boosted their weekly activity by about an hour and kept it up for 16 weeks. You begin by do something called “mental […]

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If a food is likely to lead to obesity, researchers term it “obesogenic.” So here’s an important question – is high fructose corn syrup more obesogenic than cane sugar? A parallel between the dramatic increase in HFCS consumption and obesity since 1980 makes it look as if the chemically synthesized corn-based sweetener really is a […]

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Adjective: Unwieldy  (un-WEEL-dee) Definition: Not easily managed, handled, or used (as because of bulk, weight, complexity, or awkwardness): cumbersome Sample sentence: The futon mattress was heavy and unwieldy, and the only effective way to move it was to slide it across the floor.

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Noun: Watershed  (WAW-ter-shed) Definition: 1. A dividing ridge between drainage areas or a region or area bounded peripherally by a divide and draining ultimately to a particular watercourse or body of water. 2. A crucial dividing point, line, or factor: turning point. Sample sentence:  Historians generally agree that the battle was a watershed in the […]

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Pimples aren’t just a teenage problem. They can affect us throughout adulthood, no matter our age, gender or skin type. The next time you have a breakout don’t reach for the tube of white cream you picked up at the store. You can create your own pimple remedy at home, with just a few ingredients […]

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Adjective: Maieutic  (may-YOO-tik) Definition: Relating to or resembling the Socratic method of eliciting new ideas from another. Sample sentence: I am grateful to him for his maieutic inquiry about my own views, which had not crystallized.  

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Gout is a painful arthritic condition of the joints marked by elevated blood levels of uric acid. Historically considered a disease of excess, gout is associated with the consumption of protein-rich foods, certain prescription drugs, frequent alcohol consumption, and being overweight. If you have been diagnosed with gout or have a strong family history of […]

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Aging gracefully is a healthy goal for everyone: accepting and embracing what time and experience brings us, while actively working to prevent and minimize the health concerns that naturally come with aging. In addition to regular low-impact exercise and proper supplementation, your diet is a good place to start your graceful aging endeavors. Add these […]

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Noun: Flotsam  (FLAHT-sum) Definition: 1. Floating wreckage of a ship or its cargo: floating debris. 2. Miscellaneous or unimportant material:  debris, remains Sample sentence:  The young couple’s apartment was adorned with the flotsam  of thrift stores and yard sales.

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Noun: Eructation  (ih-ruk-TAY-shun) Definition: An act or instance of belching. Sample sentence: Excessive eructation is a common side-effect of some medications.

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