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  1. Toxic Friends: Less Friend, More Foe

    Elizabeth Roberts had a friend she'd known for 23 years. Roberts had grown up with this friend in a small town in Maine, and while longevity in a relationship often speaks to its strength, in her case, it was quite the opposite -- the older they got, the more the relationship turned toxic. "She was

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  2. Is Modesty Dead?

    Webster's dictionary defines immodesty as offending against sexual mores in conduct or appearance; indecent; boastful, and arrogant. Think Donald Trump, or former Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens doing a dance after he makes a touchdown. By contrast, the dictionary defines modesty as the lack of p

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  3. Why Contestants Go on American Idol

    Your knees are shaking, you’re trying to decide whether Paula Abdul is flirting or smirking, when you meet Simon Cowell’s steely gaze. Uh-oh, maybe this wasn't such a good idea. Not everyone has the talent of a Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry, or Carrie Underwood. So why do people go on American Ido

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  4. The Science of Good Deeds

    It's a classic tale, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge -- the epitome of selfishness, the quintessential mean-spirited, miserly, narcissistic old man. Yet as Scrooge discovers the joy of good deeds, he blooms with the "helper's high" - and his spirit is reborn. And a merrier man had never been seen, as

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  5. Chronic Illness and the Holidays

    Rosalind Joffe, MEd, once hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for 22 people at her house. She planned it months in advance. She hired someone to clean. She created a menu and delegated various dishes to guests. A friend came over the day before the holiday to set the table. Relatives were assigned jobs to

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  6. How to Shake 'Holiday Gift' Anxiety

    When Dec. 1 strikes and the holidays loom, the list of gifts you need to buy grows. And so does your anxiety. Will my sister-in-law really like a hot pink scarf? Will the DVD I bought my father measure up to the gift my brother gave him? And how in the name of all that is wrapped in a big red bow ca

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  7. Mind Matters: Unhappy Holidays?

    Your holiday fantasy: You settle into a comfy chair with your feet up, a cup of eggnog in hand, firelight warming the room. Scents of rare and wonderful foods drift through your perfectly decorated house. You are comforted by thoughts of peace on earth, goodwill toward all, family harmony, and merry

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  8. Healthy Holiday Eating

    By Amanda Gavlik Just because you're on vacation doesn't mean your healthy eating habits have to do the same. The season for savory dishes has arrived, but maintaining nutritious eating habits shouldn’t be daunting. Take these ideas from Elisabetta Politi, R.D., nutrition manager at Duke University

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  9. Navigating Life's Potholes

    On the big road of life, there isn't any bigger pothole than worrying about the little things. You get so little from it. I was reminded of this recently when I noticed a little bump on my face. That was followed by a mole on my neck that just didn't look right to my mom. So off to the skin doctor I

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  10. Patient Matters: Family Exam

    Home for the holidays? Celebrating the season with your family is an ideal time to check on the health and well-being of your parents and other elderly relatives, especially if you live far away. What should you look for? Look at the layout and features of your parent's home. Are stairs becoming a p

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