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Adjective: Intemperate  (in-TEM-puh-rut) Definition: 1. Not moderate or mild: severe 2. Lacking or showing lack of restraint 3. Given to excessive use of alcoholic beverages Sample sentence: The journalist eventually apologized for her intemperate rant against the governor.

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Could you be addicted to your cell phone? A team of addiction researchers thinks so. The investigators linked the near constant use of cell phones and instant messaging (particularly among college students) to well known “consumption pathologies” such as compulsive buying and credit card misuse. The investigators trace cell phone “addiction” to materialism and impulsiveness […]

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Noun: Trousseau  (TROO-soh) Definition: The personal possessions of a bride usually including clothes, accessories, and household linens and wares. Sample sentence: I am fortunate to be in possession of various family heirlooms, including several items from my great-grandmother’s trousseau.

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Do you know how many steps you take each day? A typical adult female takes about 5,117, which is just about a two to two and a half mile walk, and adding 1000 more steps may be enough to lower the risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome. A study from Brazil came to this conclusion […]

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Verb: Espouse  (ih-SPOWZ) Definition: 1. Marry 2. To take up and support as a cause: become attached to Sample sentence: John made the decision to espouse Loretta, despite the protests of his bachelor friends.

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Menopausal woman may be able to cut their hot flashes in half simply by learning to relax. A Swedish study reported the effects of relaxation techniques learned in group therapy. The study team focused on 60 healthy women who had been seeing their doctors for hot flashes that occurred at least 50 times a week. […]

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Adjective: Clamant  (KLAY-munt) Definition: 1. Clamorous, blatant 2. Demanding attention: urgent Sample sentence: Clamant students gathered outside the college president’s office, protesting the denial of tenure for a popular professor.

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Iyengar yoga has been proven to help ease back pain, and researchers in Germany and Austria recently investigated whether it could also help patients with neck pain. A study team at Berlin’s Charité-University Medical Center, as well as study centers elsewhere in Germany and Austria, assigned 38 neck pain patients to learn yoga, and 39 […]

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Verb: Portend  (por-TEND) Definition: 1. To give an omen or anticipatory sign of 2. Indicate, signify Sample sentence:  Some people believe a black cat can portend impending danger.

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Noun: Froufrou  (FROO-froo) Definition: 1. A rustling especially of a woman’s skirt. 2. Showy or frilly ornamentation. Sample sentence: Styled in the manner of a Victorian mansion, the bed-and-breakfast featured so much froufrou that guests were afraid to touch anything.

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