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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    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. 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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    10. Distressed? Not So Much in Hawaii

      April 14, 2009 -- It's rarer to have string of stressed-out days in Hawaii than in any other state, a new study shows. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, is based on about 2.4 million U.S. adults who participated in CDC surveys from 1993 to 2001 and 2003 to 2006. Pa

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