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  1. Facebook Boosts Self-esteem

    March 4, 2011 -- If you’re feeling a little blue, don’t look into a mirror. Take a gander instead at your Facebook page, which may boost your self-esteem. That’s the conclusion of a new study by Cornell University researchers involving the wildly popular online social networking site. The reasons fo

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  2. Are Doctors Showing Enough Empathy?

    Jan. 24, 2011 -- Even some of the most highly trained doctors routinely fail to provide a critical component of care to their patients -- empathy, a new analysis shows. Research suggests that when doctors respond empathetically at appropriate times their patients tend to be happier and more motivate

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  3. Acupuncture Goes Mainstream

    Tara McElroy, MD, is sticking more needles in her patients than ever before. Three years ago, the Cleveland Clinic OB/GYN completed a physician's course in acupuncture. With it, she says, she has had increased success in treating problems that often resist Western medicine, such as female sexual dys

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  4. Why Loneliness Matters

    Loneliness can hit at almost any time. When Amity Brown separated from her husband of 11 years, for instance, she felt -- understandably --  isolated and sad. "The hardest thing is not having someone with that deep emotional knowledge of me to catch me when I fall," says the 41-year-old photographer

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  5. A Good Mood May Be Secret to Creativity

    Dec. 17, 2010 -- It may be a good idea to get into a good mood before tackling a tricky task. A good mood may help boost your problem-solving skills and let you think more creatively, a new study suggests. And putting yourself into a good mood may be as easy as watching a funny video or listening to

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  6. 10 Ways to Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick

    By Sarah Mahoney   There's an inevitable rhythm to January 1 at my house. I take down the tree, vacuum up pine needles, and start making my New Year's resolutions. The list usually looks like this: Lose weight. Swear off TV and saturated fat. Eat salads. Call Dad more. Write that novel. Floss. By mi

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  7. Meet the Most Organized (and Happiest) Woman We Know

     By Jenny Allen Some women find happiness by taking off for exotic, far-flung places — think of Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love, circling the globe. Gretchen Rubin, on the other hand, found it right at home. Rubin, a New York City lawyer turned writer, didn't want to roam; she had a

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  8. Are You Too Sensitive?

    By Helen Kirwan-Taylor   Many years ago I had a falling-out with a girlfriend   that proved so painful, I can hardly talk about it today. My friend (let's call her Mary) was a colorful television personality and had the world at her feet. She was engaged to a handsome European, and her face was plas

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  9. Larry King Hosts 25 Years of Health News

    Back in 1985, when Larry King first began hosting his long-running live interview show on CNN, he opened the show while smoking a cigarette on camera. Over the 25-year course of King’s show, our perceptions about everything from smoking to mental illness to cancer have changed radically -- and King

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  10. Wandering Mind May Lead to Unhappiness

    Nov. 11, 2010 -- People are happiest when having sex, exercising, or talking to others -- in large part because such activities require enough concentration to keep their minds from wandering, new research indicates. In general, people spend almost half their waking hours thinking about something ot

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