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  1. When Your Memory Plays Tricks on You

    March 15, 2001 -- Ever wonder why Dustin Hoffman's autistic character in Rain Man could memorize every name and number in the phone book, but thought that a candy bar and a car each cost 50 cents? "Autistic individuals don't use context to enhance their memory and learning the way most people do," D

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  2. Get Your Health Numbers in Check

    Our lives are made up of important numbers. Phone numbers. Social Security numbers. Bank account numbers. Well, here are a few more -- your blood pressure and your cholesterol. Knowing these numbers can mean the difference between living a healthy life or facing serious illness, or even death. "You

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  3. Leading the 'Metrospiritual' Life

    Are you a Whole Foods groupie? A Jamba Juice junkie? Are you hooked on Starbucks' chai tea or the green tea frappachino? Is your next vacation to the tony Ashram in the Santa Monica Mountains? Does your dog practice doga (a.k.a. dog yoga)? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may be

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. WebMD Checkup

    Tell us about your new book, Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption. Ralph Waldo Emerson said that all of us have one great book in us-Symptoms of Withdrawal is mine. It's a series of the snapshots of my life and explores themes of family, addiction, fatherhood, success, and ma

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