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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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