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  1. Loneliness May Affect Genes

    Sept. 13, 2007 -- Scientists say they've found a genetic "fingerprint" of loneliness that may partly explain why persistent loneliness is unhealthy. Don’t take the findings the wrong way. The researchers aren't saying that genes doom some people to loneliness and destin others for rich relationships

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  2. Most People Happy at Work

    Aug. 30, 2007 - Although most people are looking forward to a long weekend away from work this time of year, a new survey shows the vast majority of adults are actually happy with their jobs. Since 1972, an average of about 86% of Americans say they’re satisfied with the work they do and nearly half

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  3. Coping With Stress Helps Cholesterol

    Aug. 20, 2007 -- The better you cope with stress, the better your "good" cholesterol level is likely to be, according to a new study. "We know that stress and hostility affect cholesterol," says researcher Carolyn M. Aldwin, PhD, professor and chairwoman of the department of human development and fa

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  4. Genes May Influence Friendships

    Aug. 7, 2007 -- Your choice of friends may stem, in part, from your genes, a new study suggests. The study, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, doesn't mean that you're fated to be friends with some people and destined to dismiss others. But the findings do suggest that as kids mature i

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  5. Value of Meditation for Health Unproven

    July 9, 2007 -- Meditation is increasingly popular as a complementary treatment for high blood pressure, heart disease, and other health conditions, but its therapeutic value remains unproven, researchers say. That is the finding from one of the largest and most comprehensive reviews of the research

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  6. Putting Feelings Into Words Eases Pain

    June 26, 2007 -- Putting your feelings into words by talking with a therapist or writing in a journal may actually help you feel better. Not in a touchy-feely kind of way, but more like in a mind-numbing sort of way, according to a new study. Researchers found that when people see pictures of an ang

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  7. Patients School Doctors in Manners

    June 12, 2007 -- When it comes to the doctor-patient relationship, patients have some pretty specific ideas about how they want their doctors to greet them when they first meet. A new study shows that most patients want their doctors to shake their hands, greet them by name, and introduce themselves

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  8. Miami Tops Rude Driving List

    May 15, 2007 -- Out of 25 major U.S. cities, Miami has the rudest drivers and Portland, Ore., has the most courteous drivers, a new poll shows. It's Miami's second year in a row in the top spot, according to the telephone poll of 2,521 adults, including at least 100 people from each of the 25 cities

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  9. Why Perfectionism Isn't Perfect

    May 4, 2007 -- Perfectionism may be an exhausting pressure-cooker, a new study shows. The study demonstrates that in trying situations, perfectionists tend to get more stressed than people with more attainable standards. The study comes from Swiss and German researchers including Petra Wirtz, PhD, o

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  10. Losing Money May Actually Be Painful

    May 2, 2007 -- Losing money may be painful for both your wallet and your brain. A new study shows losing money triggers activity in the brain in areas commonly associated with pain and fear. Although previous studies on gambling have shown that reward centers in the brain are activated in response t

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