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When researchers at Kent State University compared the health of students with smartphones to others without these gadgets, they found measurable, negative effects. The study shows that access to a smartphone destroys physical fitness. The researchers found that despite the mobility of smartphones, high use contributes to less physical activity, more sitting around, weight gain […]

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Noun: Booboisie (boob-wah-ZEE) Definition: The general public regarded as consisting of boobs or those who care too much about things and too little about ideas and art. Sample sentence: When it came to planning for the new fine arts center, the committee found that there’s no dumbing down for the booboisie.

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Drug dealers who give harmful substances to kids have nothing on food companies. Research shows that food manufacturers marketing fatty junk food to children have learned how to elicit brain responses that may hook kids for life on low-nutrition foods that ruin their health. The rate of childhood obesity has tripled during the past three […]

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Adjective: Nary (NAIR-ee) Definition: Not any, not one. Sample sentence: I must have my book back after you read it as I have nary other copy.

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Combat a yen for sugar by following a Chinese medicine approach: Eat foods such as endive, radicchio, cooked greens, and olives.

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Noun: Esplanade (ESS-pluh-nahd) Definition: A level open stretch of paved or grassy ground; especially, one designed for walking or driving along a shore. Sample sentence: The whole length of the esplanade was full of people who had secured prime viewing spots for the Pioneer Days fireworks show.

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According to some research, catching a whiff of this aromatic herb may increase alertness and improve memory. To stay sharp, try smelling fresh rosemary or inhaling the scent of rosemary essential oil before a test or meeting.

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Noun: Phalanx (FAY-lanks) Definition: 1. A body of heavily armed infantry in ancient Greece formed in close deep ranks and files; broadly : a body of troops in close array. 2. One of the digital bones of the hand or foot of a vertebrate. 3. A massed arrangement or organization of persons, animals, or things. […]

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The volatile oils in ginger have long made it a useful herbal remedy for nasal and chest congestion. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over a 1-inch piece of peeled, grated ginger; steep for 10 minutes; and strain. Add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper to the water and drink as needed.

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Verb: Vouchsafe (vowch-SAYF) Definition: 1. To grant or furnish often in a gracious or condescending manner. 2. To give by way of reply. 3. To grant as a privilege or special favor. Sample sentence: View my commercial, you faithful television watchers, and vouchsafe my product earns me much wealth.

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