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  1. A Doc's Life: Long Hours, Little Sleep

    March 4, 2008 -- Doctors may not be much better than their patients at getting enough sleep, a new poll shows. The poll comes from the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). The ACCP includes all chest medicine disciplines, including pulmonology, cardiology, and, yes, sleep medicine. Some 5,00

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  2. Americans Working Late, Sleeping Less

    March 3, 2008 -- U.S. workers are logging long hours and taking their work home with them, and they often wind up weary for their efforts. That news comes from the National Sleep Foundation's 2008 Sleep in America Poll. The poll, conducted by telephone last fall, included a random sample of 1,000 U.

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  3. Robotic Dog a Hit With Lonely Seniors

    Feb. 27, 2008 -- A robotic dog named Aibo may be as good as a real dog at easing loneliness in nursing home residents. So say researchers at St. Louis University School of Medicine who studied 38 lonely residents at three St. Louis nursing homes. Some of the residents got one-on-one visits with Aibo

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  4. Mother Nature's for the Birds?

    Feb. 4, 2008 -- Americans may be giving Mother Nature the cold shoulder in favor of their TVs and computers, new research shows. Experts report that the typical American spends up to 25% less time in nature than in 1987, and time spent in nature dropped by about 1% annually since then. The researche

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  5. Middle Age a Global Bummer

    Jan. 29, 2008 -- If life is a journey, happiness hits a speed bump in middle age for people worldwide, a new study shows. But on the bright side, emotional well-being perks up again with age, according to the report. Those findings come from more than 204,000 people in 72 countries. They rated their

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  6. Enjoying Movies Is Contagious

    Dec. 7, 2007 -- Seeing a movie this weekend? The person sitting next to you may affect how much you like the movie, even if they're a complete stranger. People give movies higher ratings if they're in sync with the people they sit with, a new study shows. The study comes from the University of Chica

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  7. Your Name May Tweak Your Destiny

    Nov. 15, 2007 -- Your name may help put you at the head of the class or leave you in the strikeout column, a new study shows. The researchers report that MBA students whose first or last names start with the letters A or B tend to make better grades than those whose names start with C or D. What's m

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  8. Secret Found in the Resilient Mind

    Oct. 18, 2007 -- Scientists have a new clue about why some people are resilient while others fold in the face of stress. New research links resilience to a brain chemical called BDNF -- at least, in mice. If that proves true in people, it might be possible to create drugs that lower BDNF and boost r

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  9. Most U.S. Adults Are 'Morning People'

    Oct. 16, 2007 -- Are you at your best in the morning? Then you've got lots of company from other "morning people," according to a new Gallup poll. In the poll, some 1,000 U.S. adults were asked when they're at their best on a typical day. Their answers: Morning (5 a.m. to 11:59 a.m.): 55% Afternoon

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  10. Meditation Swiftly Cuts Stress

    Oct. 8, 2007 -- Five days from now, you could be cooler under pressure if you learn to meditate, new research shows. Chinese scientists today reported that after five days of training in meditation, students had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their saliva after a stress test, compare

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