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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. Hint of Big Payoff Spurs Harder Work

      April 13, 2007 -- People tend to work harder for bigger payoffs, even when those payoffs are only faintly implied, a new study shows. The study puts a new spin on the "show me the money" motivation theory. The researchers included Mathias Pessiglione of the Institute of Neurology at University Colle

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    10. Doc’s Spiritual Belief May Affect Care

      April 9, 2007 -- Most U.S. doctors agree that religion and spirituality have a significant effect on a person’s health, according to a new survey on doctor’s spiritual beliefs. But doctors who themselves are religious or spiritual are more likely to see the impact of religion or spirituality on pers

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