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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 10 Health Problems Related to Stress That You Can Fix

      Need another thing to get stressed out about? Your stress itself could be making you sick. "Stress doesn't only make us feel awful emotionally," says Jay Winner, MD, author of Take the Stress Out of Your Life and director of the Stress Management Program for Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara, Calif. "I

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    8. 9 Ways to Get Your Energy Back

      You’re only as old as you feel, the saying goes. But what if you feel old, tired, and rundown? Fatigue is a common complaint, especially after people hit middle age. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple ways to boost energy. Some even slow the aging process. Here’s how to refill your tank when yo

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    9. Labyrinths: Ancient Aid for Modern Stresses

      A labyrinth is a pattern of pathways that weave in a circle around a central point. You walk through the pathways to get to the center. Labyrinths are about the journey, at least as much as the destination. They can be calming, as they slow you down while you wind your way through the path. A labyri

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    10. Clutter vs. Hoarding: What's the Difference?

      When is a mess more than just a mess? You may worry that your paper-piled desk or clothes-strewn rooms mean you're a hoarder bound for a TV reality show. But most people, even sloppy ones, fall somewhere closer to normal on the clutter scale. Someone who hoards collects huge amounts of things, often

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