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  1. 6 Top Concentration Killers

    Unanswered emails are clogging your inbox, you’re wondering when you’ll find time to pick up the dry cleaning, and your brain is foggy from too little sleep. It’s not surprising you have such a hard time tackling the projects at work and at home that demand your full attention.    To help you concen

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  2. Men vs. Women: Personality Traits Similar, but Job Success Differs

    Aug. 9, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) -- When it comes to job success, men still have the edge over women. Researchers surveyed 106 men and women who made at least $100,000 a year, about half of whom were millionaires or multimillionaires. They found the two sexes are remarkably similar in terms of person

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  3. 'Cyberstalking': Worse Than in-Person Harassment?

    Aug. 8, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) -- Due in large part to its 24/7, global presence, "cyberstalking" appears to cause its victims more stress and trauma than in-person stalking, according to a leading psychologist's observations. "If you're harassed in school or at work, you can come home to a safe en

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  4. Dieters Tend to Overeat When Stressed

    Aug. 8, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) -- If you diet a lot, you may be more likely to overeat in times of stress, a new survey suggests. Also, people tend to gorge on high-calorie, high-fat junk foods when eating under stress, says study leader Kayla Ten Eycke, MSc, of the department of psychology at the

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  5. Colon Cleansing May Be Risky, Study Finds

    Aug. 1, 2011 -- Colon cleansing, promoted as a natural way to boost well-being, has no proven benefits and may be risky, according to a new report. Ranit Mishori, MD, a family medicine doctor at Georgetown University School of Medicine, looked at studies that evaluated colon hydrotherapy or irrigati

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  6. Americans Are Flocking to Alternative Therapies

    July 22, 2011 -- Most Americans believe that prescription medications are the most effective treatments for many common illnesses, but a Consumer Reports survey of more than 45,000 people finds that three-fourths of us are turning to alternative therapies like yoga and acupuncture. The new report sa

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  7. How Common Is 'Broken Heart Syndrome'?

    July 19, 2011 -- Stress can stun heart muscle, causing symptoms that mimic a heart attack. This disorder, which is called "stress cardiomyopathy" or "broken heart syndrome," is most common in older women, typically striking after a major physical strain like surgery or mental hardship like the death

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  8. City Life Affects Brain's Response to Stress

    June 23, 2011 -- The brains of people who live in cities react more strongly to stress than those who live in small towns and rural areas, a new study shows. The study is published in the journal Nature. It may help explain why mood disorders like depression and mental illnesses like schizophrenia a

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  9. My WebMD: A Young Mother Lets Go of Her Painful Past

    Until I was 9, it was just my mom and me. We were really poor and lived in a million different places, but I was happy. When my mother started dating, I didn't mind. I wanted a father figure. Everything seemed mostly fine until after the wedding. Overnight, it seemed, my stepfather became physically

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  10. Magic Mushrooms Drug Shows Promise as Therapeutic Tool

    June 16, 2011 -- Psilocybin, a powerful psychoactive substance derived from magic mushrooms, can safely be used in a controlled setting to help people have positive and often life-altering experiences, a new study shows. The study is part of a renaissance of research into the benefits of hallucinoge

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