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  1. 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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  2. Teen Stress at Home Lingers in School

    May 15, 2008 -- A stressful situation at home can affect teenagers' performance at school for days, according to a new study. Researchers found the negative effects of stress at home linger and affect teenagers' academic performance at school for up to two days. Meanwhile, stress over grades and oth

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  3. High Self-Esteem Isn't Always Healthy

    April 28, 2008 -- A new study suggests that high self-esteem isn't necessarily healthy self-esteem because there are different types of high self-esteem. "There are many kinds of high self-esteem, and in this study we found that for those in which it is fragile and shallow it's no better than having

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  4. Get Perspective to Win Negotiations

    April 24, 2008 -- Taking on your opponent's perspective may give your negotiation skills a boost. But beware of taking it too far. Empathizing with your opponent may have the opposite effect. A new study suggests that perspective-taking, such as understanding and anticipating an opponent's interests

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  5. The Older You Are, the Happier You Get

    April 22, 2008 -- So much for the stereotype of the older adult as an isolated, sad hermit. Age and happiness may increase together, according to new research that suggests many older adults are very happy as well as socially active. The effects of older age on happiness are strong. Over a person's

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  6. Treated Unfairly? Here's Why You're Sore

    April 18, 2008 -- There's no escaping the fact that life isn't always fair, but that usually doesn't make unfair treatment any easier to accept. Now new brain imaging studies may help explain why. The research shows that being on the receiving end of fair treatment is rewarding, activating the same

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  7. Cut Stress by Anticipating Laughter?

    April 7, 2008 -- OK, take a deep breath. Now put your hand on your belly. Imagine your stomach jiggling, as if you are starting to laugh. You may have just taken a step toward reducing stress hormone levels. Researchers say merely anticipating a laugh can jump-start healthy changes in the body. The

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  8. Brain Can Learn Compassion via Meditation

    March 26, 2008 -- Practice may make perfect when it comes to kindness and compassion. A new study shows practicing kindness and compassion through regular meditation actually activates the brain and makes people more empathetic to others. It's the first study to use functional magnetic resonance ima

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  9. Stress May Hurt the Tender Heart

    March 24, 2008 -- Psychological stress may be bad for the heart, but stress management helps. So says psychiatry professor Joel Dimsdale, MD, of the University of California at San Diego. Writing in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology's April 1 edition, Dimsdale reviews 30 years of res

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  10. Unselfish Spending Boosts Happiness

    March 20, 2008 -- Want to feel happier? Spending money on other people or charities may make you feel better than splurging on something for yourself. Researchers report that news in tomorrow's edition of Science. First, they asked 632 Americans to rate their general happiness and report their incom

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