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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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

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