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Narrow: Instead of eating disorders, use anorexia nervosa or bulimia.

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· AND  (memory AND cognition: only articles with both words)

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Wild Cards: Use ? in the middle of a word . The computer will search for all possible replacement letters. For example, wom?n will search woman and women.

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