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  1. Americans Spend $34 Billion on Alternative Medicine

    July 30, 2009 -- Americans spend almost a third as much money out-of pocket on herbal supplements and other alternative medicines as they do on prescription drugs, a new government report shows. Out-of-pocket spending on herbal supplements, chiropractic visits, meditation, and other forms of complem

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  2. Divorce Has Lasting Toll on Health

    July 28, 2009 -- Divorce and the death of a spouse frequently have long-term negative consequences for health, even in people who remarry, new research shows. It is clear that a recent divorce or widowhood is associated with an increase in poor health and depression in the near term, but the new stu

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  3. Are You Secretly in a Rut

    Ever feel like you're so focused on taking care of everyone that you don't know who's running the show anymore? Well, then, no matter how smoothly things are going, you could be in a rut.

  4. Floral Scent Soothes Stress

    July 24, 2009 -- Sniffing your way around the local farmer’s market may offer some of nature’s best aromatherapy to reduce stress. A new study shows that linalool, a floral scented compound found in many foods and flowers such as oranges, grapes, mangos, lemons, basil, and lavender, may suppress str

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  5. Rev Up Your Energy

    Imagine your body as a sleek sports car. If you put premium gasoline in the tank, you would expect it to drive beautifully. Yet what would happen if you left the headlights on all night? Never let the engine run more than once a month or two? Didn't change your oil? Surely, the four-wheeled machine

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  6. Kristen Bell Talks About Acting, Health Advice, and the Children of Uganda

    Actress Kristen Bell, best known for her role in Veronica Mars from 2004 to 2007, as well as the title role in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the narrator of Gossip Girl, also has a passion: helping the children of Northern Uganda. She talked to WebMD the Magazine recently about her acting, her advoc

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  7. Jimmy Fallon Has a New Show and a New Health Regimen

    Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live alum and newly minted Late Night sensation, was once famed for something other than funny one-liners -- at least among a group of New York City firefighters. "I was hungover every Sunday," Fallon recently admitted, the inevitable result of post-taping SNL parties th

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  8. Road Rage: Where Your City Ranks

    June 17, 2009 -- Christopher Barry hates driving in Atlanta, the fourth worst city in the nation in terms of road rage, so guess what he’s doing about it? Moving to New York, that’s what. The freelance journalist says he’s “had it with the hassle” and is selling his car, which he figures he won’t ne

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  9. Stealth Health: Get Healthy Without Really Trying

    How much do you know about what makes up a healthy lifestyle? Here's a pop quiz. 1. How do you define working out? a. Going to the gym. b. Turning the jump-rope for the neighbor's kid. c. Playing Frisbee with your dog. 2. How do you define good nutrition? a. Eating a vegetable at every meal. b. Eati

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  10. Job Loss? Watch Your Health

    May 8, 2009 -- Health can take a turn for the worse after job loss, a new report shows. The report comes from Kate Strully, PhD, of the sociology department at New York's University of Albany. While doing research at the Harvard School of Public Health as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation scholar, St

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