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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Negativity May Change Your Mind

    Oct. 5, 2007 -- Negativity may be catching among consumers, especially among those with a personal connection, a new study shows. The researchers, who work at Indiana University, make three main points in their paper: People tend to abandon their positive views of a new product when they find out th

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  4. Fragrant Fix Soothes Work Stress

    Sept. 20, 2007 -- Stressed at work? Aromatherapy massage, accompanied by soothing music, may help. New research from Australia shows that emergency room nurses -- who certainly have a high-stress job -- calmed down when they got brief aromatherapy massage sessions at work. The nurses were in their l

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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