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  1. Dark Chocolate Takes Bite Out of Stress

    Nov. 13, 2009 -- Those stress-induced chocolate cravings may be justified after all. A new study shows that eating dark chocolate may lower levels of stress hormones in people feeling stressed out. Researchers found that eating the equivalent of one average-sized dark chocolate candy bar (1.4 ounces

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  2. Diet Moodiness: Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb

    Nov. 9, 2009 -- If you're looking to lose extra pounds and weighing the options of a low-fat diet vs. a low-carbohydrate diet, you might want to consider the moody findings of a new diet study. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, shows a short-term improvement in the moods of

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  3. First Impressions Surprisingly Accurate

    Nov. 6, 2009 -- How many times did your mother tell you: Don’t judge a book by its cover? All our lives, we’ve been admonished not to jump to conclusions when we meet people. However, a new study shows that those early conclusions are surprisingly accurate. More than 100 undergraduate students at th

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  4. Why We Cry: The Truth About Tearing Up

    It starts with a quivering lip. Or maybe blinking faster and faster to keep the wetness from escaping. Before you know it, you're getting teary -- again.  You may be one of those people who cry at the drop of a hat -- not to mention weddings, birthday parties, your kids' school plays, and the humane

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  5. Believe It or Not -- Computer Games Can Be Healthy

    Cynthia Whitehead is a word person. A lawyer who drafts environmental and development legislation, the 60-year-old from Oakland, Calif. regularly taxes her left hemisphere -- the side of the brain responsible in most people for language and analysis. So when her stress level goes up, she turns to Be

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  6. Won't Take That Lying Down? Here's Why

    Aug. 26, 2009 -- A person's body position may affect how the brain responds to insults, a study shows. Texas A&M University researchers studied the brain activity of 23 male and 23 female university students. They wired them with a stretch cap full of electronic sensors and then subjected them to cr

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  7. Cloris Leachman's Latest Chapter

    The winner of nine Emmy Awards and one Academy Award, actress and comedienne Cloris Leachman has charmed American audiences for more than 60 years. This past year, she pushed her creative powers even further when she both competed as the oldest contestant on Dancing with the Stars and published her

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  8. Good Jokes Cure Bad Moods

    Aug. 20, 2009 -- After a rough day at the office or a nasty interchange with a rude store clerk, a great joke can often quickly lift us out of a bad mood. Now, Dutch researchers think they've verified why this is so and how a joke helps us -- most of the time - laugh it off and turn our negative moo

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  9. 4 Healthy Habits That Cut Disease Risk

    Aug. 10, 2009 -- Don't smoke. Get off the sofa and take a walk. Stay away from the junk food. Watch your waistline. You may have heard the advice before. But did you know that if you follow all four of these healthy habits together, you could decrease your chances of developing some of the most comm

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  10. Why Willpower Often Fails

    Aug. 7, 2009 -- People who rely on sheer willpower to help them lose weight, stop smoking, or beat other addictions more often than not end up giving in to temptation, and now new research may help explain why. The study found that people tend to overestimate their ability to resist strong urges, an

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