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    1. The Psychology of Political Ads

      Oct. 22, 2008 -- What do political campaigns and M&M's have in common? Quite a bit, when it comes to advertising. The first televised presidential ads were run by Dwight Eisenhower in 1952. The ads were created by Rosser Reeves, the same adman who touted candy-coated chocolates that "melt in your mo

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    2. Music Can Boost Your Mood

      Oct. 17, 2008 -- Whether we are listening to classical music in the car, country on the computer, or pop piped into the grocery store, music is prevalent in our lives -- and that music seems to correlate with mostly positive emotions. In a new study, 32 college students (aged 20 to 31) in Sweden tra

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    3. How the Weather Affects Our Moods

      Oct. 16, 2008 -- Rainy days always get you down? Researchers in Germany sought to find out whether day-to-day weather affects people's moods. Researchers branched out beyond just sunny and cloudy and looked at temperature, wind, sunlight, rain and snow, air pressure, and how long the days were. The

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    4. Your 9-Point Health Bailout Package

      Oct. 9, 2008 -- Plunging markets. Shaky mortgages. Pricey bailouts. The financial crisis is taking a toll on your wallet, but your health could also be on the line. Chronic stress can take a toll on your body; it's linked to everything from depression to heart disease. And the global economic tailsp

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    5. As Economy Worsens, so Does Stress

      Oct. 8, 2008 -- As the economy worsens, Americans' stress level is on the rise. Eighty percent of Americans said in a September survey that the economy is a significant source of stress, up from 66% in April. The top stressors for Americans: money (81%), the economy (80%), work (67%), and health pro

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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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