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Seriously, a new study from marketing professors at Utah’s Brigham Young University found that when shopping for such pricey items as a new television, you’re more likely to spend sensibly if you’re wearing high heels. They theorized that anything that forces your mind to focus on keeping your body in equilibrium affects your shopping choices […]

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Verb: Quibble  (KWIB-ul) Definition: 1. To evade the point of an argument by caviling about words. 2. Cavil, carp or bicker. 3. To subject to minor objections or criticisms. Sample sentence: There always seems to be one person at the meeting who wants to quibble rather than focus on the larger plan.

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Noun: Hibernaculum  (hye-ber-NAK-yuh-lum) Definition: A shelter occupied during the winter by a dormant animal, such as an insect or reptile. Sample sentence: If you are afraid of snakes or bats, you probably won’t enjoy thinking about a hibernaculum, where hundreds, even thousands of these creatures might be passing the wintry months.

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Used regularly, ginseng increases energy, vitality,  improves skin and muscle tone, and helps build resistance to stress. And now, results of a small, new study from Korea suggest that it can also improve sleep quality. Researchers at Kwandong University recruited 15 healthy males, ages 15-37, and instructed them to take 1,500 mg of red ginseng […]

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Former smokers may have no more reason to fear heart attacks than people who have never smoked, but the habit is likely to have a lasting effect on heart health. That surprising conclusion comes from a study that used medical imaging to evaluate the coronary arteries of smokers and former smokers. The researchers, from New […]

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Noun: Trumpery  (TRUMP-uh-ree) Definition: 1. Worthless nonsense. 2. Trivial or useless articles: junk. Sample sentence: Moving into a new house has given me an excuse to get rid of years of accumulated knicknacks and trumpery.

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If you followed medical news over the past year you’ve likely heard that sitting too much can lead to heart disease and diabetes. The latest study on the perils of sitting suggests that it can lead to depression in mid-life women. In 2001, a research team in Australia surveyed nearly 9,000 women age 50-55 about […]

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Noun: Cubit  (KYOO-bit) Definition: Any of various ancient units of length based on the length of the forearm from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger and usually equal to about 18 inches. Sample sentence: The teacher explained that the ancient Egyptians did not measure in feet and yards as we do, but […]

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Simply maintaining a positive attitude seemed to help prevent death from any cause over five years among heart disease patients, and also made it more likely that they would exercise, a new European study concludes. What’s more, the heart patients who did exercise were 50 percent less likely to die during the five-year study than […]

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Noun: Clochard  (kloh-SHAHR) Definition: Vagrant, tramp. Sample sentence: Sitting down at a table at the soup kitchen was a new clochard among the 100 regular diners.

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