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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. How to Hold Your Liquor

      Even if you hung up your toga years ago, you can still feel like you woke up at Animal House after a night of drinking. "Alcohol impairs judgment -- add a crowd of friends who are also impaired, and your drinking behavior can be fueled by those around you," says John Brick, PhD, executive director o

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    8. Choosing To Be Happy

      A popular greeting card attributes this quote to Henry David Thoreau: "Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder." With all due respect to the author of Walden, that j

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    9. Darkness Spurs Dishonesty

      Feb. 19, 2010 -- Dim lighting encourages dishonest and unethical behavior, a new study finds. In three different experiments, researchers found that people behaved more selfishly and dishonestly when working in a dimly lit room or when wearing sunglasses. "Our results suggest that darkness, even exp

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    10. Facebook Reflects the Real You

      Feb. 18, 2010 -- The image you present to the world on Facebook is likely to reflect the real you. This finding is from a study by psychologists who sought to learn whether people fake it on Facebook and similar social networks, leaving “friends” with misleading impressions. It turns out that people

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