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  1. Good-Life Activities for Your Family

    You may have heard it on the news or morning talk shows: Have dinner together as a family often. There’s even a national initiative, Family Day, that reminds parents “what your kids really want at the dinner table is you.” Studies have found that kids who have frequent family dinners are less likely

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  2. Sense of Touch Affects Our World View

    June 24, 2010 -- Our sense of touch profoundly affects how we view the world and other people, influencing thoughts and behavior, new research indicates. Investigators at Yale, Harvard, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology report that textures, shapes, and weights can influence judgments an

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  3. Actor Lou Gossett Takes On Discrimination

    Think of Lou Gossett Jr., and his menacing Marine Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in An Officer and a Gentleman comes immediately to mind. But fearsome as that hit movie's role was, Gossett in real life is anything but. Proof positive is in his new autobiography, An Actor and a Gentleman, out last month

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  4. People Happier, Less Stressed After Middle Age

    May 18, 2010 -- People are happier, less stressed, and feel better about themselves after age 50, new research indicates. The study's findings are based on a 2008 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index telephone survey of more that 340,000 people, and researchers say the results show overall feelings of

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  5. Mom's Voice Soothes Stress, Even by Phone

    May 13, 2010 -- A kind word from mom by phone may be as good as a hug in calming the frayed nerves of frazzled daughters, a new study indicates. In the study, which involved 61 girls aged 7 to 12, researchers say a mere phone call from their moms helped reduce the stress levels of the youngsters. Le

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  6. Laughter Affects Appetite Much Like a Workout Does

    April 27, 2010 (Anaheim, Calif.) -- A hearty laugh and a moderate workout may have more in common than anyone thought. Both affect the appetite hormones in much the same way, says Lee Berk, DrPH, MPH, director of the molecular research laboratory at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif., and a

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  7. The WebMD Healthy You Challenge: Two Mom Makeovers

    Balance. Time. Exercise. We could all use a little more of each. Impossible, right? Not at all. As WebMD's team of experts proves, it can be done. Two busy moms looking for tips about how to eat more healthfully, work fitness into their hectic schedules, and better manage their lives so they have ti

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  8. Carbon Dioxide a Clue in Near-Death Experiences

    April 7, 2010 -- There may be a sound scientific explanation behind the strange near-death experiences reported by many people who go into cardiac arrest. A new study suggests a buildup of carbon dioxide in the blood during cardiac arrest may cause the sensations of life flashing before the eyes, fe

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  9. Parker Posey’s New Role

    "I want to have children so it's kind of a loaded question. I was playing someone who is in denial. She wants to have a baby because that's what "you do," which is something I think a lot of women feel. What mostly this show is about is about sisters and intimacy issues, high-achievers, and parents.

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  10. Accentuating a Positive Attitude

    Danny Worrel paid in advance to have a load of firewood delivered. It was a handshake deal, but as the guy drove off, Worrel, a 57-year-old building engineer in Coupeville, Wash., said, "I just lost $150." He was sure the woodsman would take off with the cash and never deliver. (Of course, the firew

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