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  1. Body Language in the Vice Presidential Debate

    Oct. 3, 2008 -- When nominees Sarah Palin and Joe Biden faced off in the only vice presidential debate, voters had a crucial question on their minds: Can I picture this person "a heartbeat away?" The answer may depend as much on body language and speech patterns as on what the candidates said. WebMD

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  2. Smells During Sleep May Shape Dreams

    Sept. 22, 2008 -- A bedroom that smells good may make for sweet dreams, while a stinky sleep setting may lead to bad dreams. That news comes from a German study in which a positive smell (roses), a negative smell (rotten eggs), or a neutral smell wafted through a sleep lab while 15 healthy young wom

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  3. Feeling Cold? Maybe You're Lonely

    Sept. 16, 2008 -- Feeling cold? Maybe you're lonely. Social isolation makes people feel physically cold, find University of Toronto psychologists Chen-Bo Zhong, PhD, and Geoffrey J. Leonardelli, PhD. Moreover, they find that making people feel left out makes them more likely to choose hot soup or co

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  4. Happiness, Satisfaction Boost Health

    Aug. 28, 2008 -- If you're happy and you know it -- you are likely to be healthier over time. A new study of 9,981 Australians found that people who report high happiness and life satisfaction are more likely a few years later to report good health. The study, published in The American Journal of He

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  5. Online Ayurvedic Medicine May Be Unsafe

    Aug. 26, 2008 -- Ordering traditional Ayurvedic medicines on the Internet may be unsafe. Approximately one-fifth of Ayurvedic medicines sold online to Americans contain metals, including lead, according to a new study by Boston University researchers. Ayurveda is a traditional medical system used in

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  6. Are You Suffering From Olympic Exhaustion?

    Aug. 15, 2008 -- U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps may have no problem breaking two world records within an hour. But the rest of us watching him are exhausted. There's no shortage of live drama at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and it's keeping record numbers of us up until the wee hours of

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  7. Which Shoppers Are Happiest?

    Aug. 14, 2008 -- Your shopping style may be a window on your happiness -- and what you spend on may matter more than how much you shell out. It turns out that the happiest shoppers aren't those who bag the biggest bargains, or those who spend whatever it takes to get the best items out there, or peo

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  8. Money-Minded Workers Slack on Interaction

    July 10, 2008 -- Money may make the world go round, as the song goes, by encouraging the type of hard work and resourcefulness that leads to economic success. But money might also put a strain on personal relationships, a new study shows. Most everyone agrees that having money is a good thing. What

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  9. Social Ties May Help Cut Dementia Risk

    June 20, 2008 -- Elderly women who maintain close friendships and strong family ties are less likely to develop dementia than women who are less sociable, according to new research funded by the National Institute on Aging. The latest findings, published in this week's American Journal of Public Hea

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  10. Stigma of Obesity Not Easy to Shed

    June 19, 2008 -- Obese people often feel discriminated against and misunderstood by both the public and their physicians, according to a new study from Australia. "Being overweight has consequences," says Paul Komesaroff, MD, PhD, a professor of medicine at Monash University in Melbourne. Komesaroff

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