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    1. How to Reach Your Goals

      Have you ever found yourself nodding when your doctor says you should lose weight, quit smoking, or exercise more? And while you have every intention of trying, that’s not enough to make healthy habits happen. You need a plan for putting your ambitions into action. Smart goal-setting and the right m

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    2. Some People Are Born Java Junkies, Study Suggests

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Folks who chug lots of coffee may have their genetics to thank for their java cravings, a new study says. Researchers have linked six genes to a person's coffee consumption. All of the genes are related to the body's res

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    3. Good Neighbors Are Good for Your Heart, Study Says

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Having good neighbors may reduce your heart attack risk, new research suggests. The study included more than 5,000 U.S. adults, average age 70, who were followed for four years. Sixty-two percent were married, and nearly t

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    4. Does Meditation Help You Lose Weight?

      Your efforts around exercising and eating well are helping your blood pressure and your weight. Something else might also help: meditation. Meditation -- the practice of focusing your attention in order to find calm and clarity -- can lower high blood pressure. It can also help you manage stress, wh

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    5. Stress May Leave You Heading to the Cookie Jar

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Stress can slow a woman's metabolism and lead to weight gain, new research suggests. The study included 58 women, average age 53, who were asked about their stress levels the previous day and then given a meal than include

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    6. Your Genes May Help Pick Your Friends

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A person's DNA may play a big role in who they decide to hang with, a new study suggests. "Looking across the whole genome, we find that, on average, we are genetically similar to our friends," study co-author James Fowler

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    7. Genes May Be Key to Great Musicians

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Chopin, Vivaldi and Bach may have had natural musical talent, and then some. A new study suggests accomplished musicians are genetically programmed to commit to the long hours of practice needed to become skilled musicians.

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    8. Standing During Meetings Gets Creativity Flowing?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, June 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Need to get more out of routine office meetings? Getting colleagues to stand up during those gatherings might help, new research suggests. The new study included teams who were given 30 minutes to develop and record a univ

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    9. Scents May Sway Your Sense of Beauty

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women may be seen as more attractive if they use scented products or perfumes, a small new study suggests. "Odor pleasantness and facial attractiveness integrate into one joint emotional evaluation," study author J

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    10. Does Sugar Make Your Heart Sweeter?

      April 14, 2014 -- Celebrity Snickers pitchmen Joe Pesci and Don Rickles show that “You’re not you when you’re hungry.” In a Snickers commercial, Pesci and Rickles make rude comments to strangers they meet at a party. Now a new study suggests that the commercial might have a hint of truth: Hunger rea

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