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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. Energy Boost From the Color Red?

      June 10, 2011 -- Seeing the color red makes muscles move faster and with more force, a new study suggests. The finding could have important implications in sports and other activities where a quick burst of energy is needed. “Red enhances our physical reactions because it is seen as a danger cue,” r

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    6. Fire Walking Ritual Gives Clues to How People Bond

      May 2, 2011 -- The hearts of people who perform the daring feat of fire walking beat in sync with loved ones watching them complete the ceremony. A new study shows the heart rates of fire walkers were synchronized with friends and family watching a fire walking ceremony in a way different from other

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    7. Meditation May Reduce Pain

      April 6, 2011 -- Even very brief instruction in meditation appears to help people cope with pain, and a newly published brain imaging study may explain why. After just four, 20-minute instructional sessions in mindfulness meditation, most participants in the small study experienced big reductions in

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    8. Women Feel Guiltier About Today’s ‘24/7’ Jobs

      March 9, 2011 -- In today’s 24/7 global economy, a nine-to-five job is not standard anymore. From emails and texts to faxes and phone calls, it can be hard -- if not impossible -- to leave the office behind. And women tend to feel a lot guiltier about receiving such work-related communications at ho

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    9. 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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    10. 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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