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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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Noun: Senescence  (sih-NESS-unss) Definition: 1. The state of being old: the process of becoming old. 2. The growth phase in a plant or plant part, from full maturity to death. Sample sentence: Sarah avoids the pitfalls of senescence by exercising daily and being active in her community.

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Milk has been getting a bad rap the past few years, especially milk of the whole variety. The prevailing assumption is that full-fat dairy will lead to a full-fat waistline and an increased risk of heart disease. Not necessarily true, two new research studies found. In one study, middle-aged men who ate full-fat milk, butter, and […]

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Noun: Cheesparing  (CHEEZ-pair-ing) Definition: 1. Something worthless or insignificant. 2. Miserly economizing. Sample sentence: While many charities have undergone painful downsizing, they fear their operations won’t survive the relentless cheeseparing the government is indulging in.

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  A cucumber is a vegetable that is not only healthy, but very tasty too! There are many people who use this vegetable in their salads in order to enjoy a fantastic meal. It has Vitamins B1, B3, B2, B6, B5, and not to forget Vitamin C. It is high in Zinc, Iron, Potassium, Folic […]

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Noun: Zeitgerber  (TSTYE-gay-ber) Definition: An environmental agent or event that provides the stimulus setting or resetting a biological clock of an organism. Sample sentence: For humans, a societally imposed cycle, such as the schedule of work, can become a zeitgerber.

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Would you eat less if you chewed each bite of food more thoroughly? To find out, researchers at Iowa State University recruited 47 people: 16 of normal weight, 16 overweight, and 15 obese. At a preliminary session to establish baseline eating habits, prospective participants were asked to eat five portions of pizza rolls and count […]

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Adjective: Picayune  (pik-ee-YOON) Definition: Of little value: paltry. Also petty or small-minded. Sample sentence: Jeanne only had picayune criticisms of the new ad campaign, but that didn’t stop her from voicing them at the meeting.

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Here’s a potential solution for patients who are always nervous and anxious in a dentist’s chair: researchers in Italy found that acupuncture reduced the likelihood of gagging among patients having impressions taken of their upper and lower teeth. In this small study – only 20 dental patients with a history of gag reflex took part […]

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