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Health

Spot-less!
It's red, smelly, grows in the sea -- and it could spell the end of hours of angst in front of the mirror for teenagers stricken by pimples or dandruff. (seaweed, synonyms, dictation.)
Intermediate
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A Global Issue
"Landmines take or wreck three lives an hour, every hour, every day of every year. We have to come together now to try to stop that," Sir Paul McCartney said on launching Adopt-A-Minefield UK, a new charity raising funds for mine clearance and landmine survivors. (Landmine clearance, global problems, vegetarians, the passive.)
Intermediate
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Powerful Choices
Wind power, an abundant, clean and affordable alternative to coal, could become a leading source of U.S. electricity with the right political support and investment, researchers said. (Sources of power, electricity, the environment, summarizing, countable and uncountable nouns.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Transgenic Mosquitoes
European scientists have created the world's first genetically modified malaria mosquito that could one day help to rid the world of the disease that kills an estimated 2.7 million people each year. (Genetic engineering, health, malaria, prefixes)
Upper-Intermediate
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The Itch
Researchers in Arizona have identified nerve cells believed to be responsible for itchy sensations. The discovery may lead the way to better treatments for itching. (Science, the brain, new cures)
Upper-Intermediate
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T V Dinners
Children who eat lunch when they are watching TV take in more calories and children in families who usually watch television during meals eat less fruit and fewer vegetables. They also eat more pizza, snack food and caffeine-laced drinks. (TV watching, food, diet, children, family, health.)
Elementary
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Smokers Denied Transplants
Surgeons at the Alfred Hospital in Australia are demanding that smokers stop the habit before undergoing major heart and lung surgery. The reported ban has raised a storm of controversy in Australia.  (Health, ethics, smoking, responsibility, 'verb+that+clause sentences')
Upper-Intermediate
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Say Cheese
Americans love cheese, but their hearts don't love them for it. (Diet, health, the USA, gerunds)
Intermediate
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Playground Safety
When it comes to safety, sand appears to be a better playground surface than grass--even though you may be left cleaning it out of every crack and crevice of your youngster for days after a trip to the playground. (safety, children, swings, injuries, 'during' or 'while')
Intermediate
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Monkey Business
Scientists have genetically engineered a monkey, the closest relative yet to a human to be genetically altered. What's next? (Genetic engineering, science, health, punctuation)
Advanced
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Mixed Messages from Role Models.
Famous athletes are among the most important role models in the lives of American children, but the youngsters themselves recognize that their heroes' behavior is not always good.(Famous sports stars, teenagers, the USA, Synonyms, verbs to give instructions)
Upper-Intermediate
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Lunch Hour Chewed Up
Increasing work pressures have eaten into Britain's traditional lunch hour, reducing it to a 36-minute break. (Work pressure, lunch hours, health, changes in workplace, Britain, word order)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Keeping a City Clean
This is about, well, animal droppings. Did you know dog poop, when scooped, costs 10 francs a kilo in Paris? If that is your cup of tea, then do this lesson!(Cities, pets, Paris, to + infinitive, purpose)
Intermediate
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Hospital Or Home
A lot of assumptions have been made about what older people's preferences are for health care, and according to this lesson, these may be wrong(Old age, health care, death, illness, 'prefer', 'would prefer' and 'preference')
Upper-Intermediate
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Heart Disease Factor
Interrupting others in the middle of a sentence and being interrupted, not only are they irritating but they may also be dangerous. (Health, irritable people, heart disease, word order, prepositions)
Upper-Intermediate
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Something to whine about
DNA coding technology is being used by Australian wine producers to fight the growing theft and forgery of expensive premium wine brands. (Wine collecting, law, the second conditional, homophones.)
Intermediate
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Winning Justice
This lesson is a follow-on from our previous lesson "Under Attack" and looks at how a Swedish court set a precedent on Friday by awarding damages to a student who was mercilessly bullied for being an "outsider". (Bullying, schools, court case, Sweden, parallelism or ellipsis.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Travel Sickness Cure
If you get travel sickness, don't worry. Help is at hand. Ginger is effective in reducing nausea due to motion sickness. (ginger, new cures, herbs, Chinese remedy, prepositions + -ing, gerunds)
Pre-Intermediate
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Old Advice
Natural, simple foods, lots of greens, fish fresh from the sea and lots of plain water are the secrets to living a long life according to the two people in this lesson. A woman in Ireland who is 105 years old, and the oldest person (107) ever sworn in as a U.S. citizen. (health, old age, 'future perfect', 'after + ing')
Pre-Intermediate
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Downsized
Downsizing may be just the thing to boost company profits but the streamlining exercise makes employees sick. (Business, downsizing, employee health problems, the verb 'to be', present tense)
Intermediate
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Fast Food
France's agriculture minister said on Friday he was battling to stop fast food from spreading all over the world. (Fast food, cultural imperialism, adjectives.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Snoring
It has caused sleepless nights, daytime drowsiness and even ruined relationships but thankfully there is help for snorers. (Snoring, sleep, health, conjunctions 'and' & 'but')
Pre-Intermediate
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Graveyard Shift
Italian researchers have found that shift work may not only make people grumpy, but it could also put them at a higher risk of heart disease. (Shift work, health, jobs, business, verb agreements, irregular verbs, simple past)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Giving Up
A man who camped alone in the Australian outback for six months after driving off in a fire truck said on Friday he hadn't been looking for enlightenment but was simply trying to give up smoking. Well if it works ..... (smoking, addiction, the Australian desert, linking words)
Pre-Intermediate
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For Better or Worse?
A study in California has shown that recently divorced and widowed men eat fewer vegetables, drink more alcohol, and are less likely to quit smoking than their married counterparts. (Health, lifestyle, marriage, conjunctions, word forms.)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Dangerous Activities
It may look pretty, but ballet is more like a contact sport when it comes to injury. (Risk, Sport, ballet, injury, relative clauses)
Intermediate
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Antibacterial?
"Right now, the antibacterial obsession of the public is providing us with products that kill off beneficial microorganisms - but leave some deadly bacteria in their wake." (Health, business, allergies, the passive.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Dashboard Diners
Cellphones only cause a small percentage of motor accidents... food and drink cause more than ten times as many accidents! (Driving safety, cars, cellphones, mobile phones, accidents, passive sentences using 'by'.)
Intermediate
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Another Risk
Blood transfusions may be able to spread BSE (Mad Cow Disease). The research uses sheep, so may not apply to humans, but it's a scary thought. (BSE, Mad Cow Disease, scientific research, health, word order)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Air in the air
With cigarette smoking outlawed on all U.S. airline flights, complaints in recent years have shifted to other onboard air quality issues like low humidity, stuffiness and the potential for viruses to be transmitted through recirculated air. Will airlines do anything about it? (planes, health, travel)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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Deadly Blood Clots
Doctors from Australia and New Zealand have dismissed the concept of "economy class syndrome", but called for a major study to determine whether there is any link between air travel and blood clots.(Health, air travel, medical research, 'verb + that')
Upper-Intermediate
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A New Fish
Environmentalists are worried about "Frankenstein Foods" or genetically modified food which could upset the delicate balance of nature. Find out about a fish which can grow 10 times faster than normal. (GM foods, fast-growing fish, consumer issues, ensure vs assure or insure.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Reading is Good for You
If you want to eat less fat, then read the labels on food packages. (Surveys, consumer habits, food labels, health, diet)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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What did you say?
Young people who suffered from frequent ear infections as children may risk hearing loss if they use personal stereo headphones. (Health, hearing loss, loud music, headphones)
Upper-Intermediate
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Viruses - An Old Enemy
Physicians may someday recruit an old enemy -- viruses -- to fight human cancers. (disease, mice, cancer)
Advanced
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Sick Days
A new study shows that calling in sick for work has more to do with being well than with being sick. (work, health)
Elementary
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Noisy Eating
Forget the stereotype of the snooty, unresponsive waiter. According to a new study, staff in popular restaurants may be going deaf because of the noise levels. Need a part-time job? (Deafness, work, restaurants, noise, San Francisco)
Intermediate
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Eating Out: GM Foods
Top British chefs will protest in "Chefs against GM Foods" campaign which is also backed by the Greenpeace environmental group. (Genetically Modified Food, health, technology)
Upper-Intermediate
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Possible Bioweapon
This lesson is about Australian scientists who inadvertently created a killer mouse virus, and the problems of trying to control the spread of biological weapons. (Virus, scientific mistakes, bioweapons)
Advanced
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GM Food - Needed
An official from Nigeria says that African nations need access to genetically modified crops to boost food production, not lectures from "misguided" groups in more developed countries about the possible perils of the new generation of seeds: "To deny desperate, hungry people the means to control their futures by presuming to know what is best for them is not only paternalistic, but morally wrong." (Food shortages, Africa)
Intermediate to Upper-Intermediate
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Tongue Piercing
Tongue piercing increases your chances of chipping a tooth, and could lead to nasty -- even life-threatening -- infections. (Health, fashion, piercing)
Upper-Intermediate
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