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  1. Religious Belief May Affect Well-Being

    Aug. 10, 2006 -- When people go through a stressful medical event, their religious beliefs may help or hinder them psychologically, a new study shows. The study shows less distress after heart surgery in people who lean on faith for comfort and support than those who feel spiritually angry or doubtf

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  2. Hospitals Add Alternative Medicine

    July 20, 2006 -- More than one in four U.S. hospitals now offer alternative and complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, and massage therapy. A new survey of nearly 1,400 U.S. hospitals shows more mainstream medical institutions are providing complementary and alternative therapies

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  3. Study: Money Won't Make You Happy

    June 30, 2006 -- Money won't buy happiness, says a group of distinguished economists and psychologists. "Would you be happier if you were richer?" ask Princeton researcher Daniel Kahneman, PhD, and colleagues. Kahneman shared the 2002 Nobel Prize for applying the principles of psychology to economic

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  4. Driving + Cell Phones = Big Road Risk

    June 29, 2006 -- Driving under the influence of a cell phone may be a major road hazard, according to a University of Utah study. "The impairments associated with using a cell phone while driving can be as profound as those associated with driving while drunk," write psychology professor David Stray

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  5. Is Your Circle of Friends Shrinking

    June 23, 2006 -- How many people are you really close to? Chances are, not as many as you might have been 20 years ago. A new survey shows that most people's circle of confidants is on average about one person smaller now. And the percentage of people who say they have no one to confide in has now r

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  6. A Good Side of Gossip?

    May 19, 2006 -- Gossip is getting a juicy new buzz in an unlikely source: an academic journal. Forget the tabloids. Enquiring minds will find the latest scoop on gossip in the journal Personal Relationships . The journal’s June edition includes a study on gossip and friendship. The main finding: Mil

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  7. Remember the Best, Downplay the Rest

    May 18, 2006 -- People may put a positive spin on their memories as time goes by, a new study shows. The study, published in the June edition of the Journal of Personality, focuses on people’s personal memories of events that meant a lot to them, such as falling in love, grieving a death, or reachin

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  8. Mental Stress for Hurricane Survivors

    May 12, 2006 -- With the Atlantic hurricane season starting in less than two weeks, a new report shows that hurricanes can cast a long shadow on survivors' mental health mental health. The report comes from sociology graduate student David Russell and colleagues at Florida State University. Russell'

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  9. Talking Religion With Your Doctor

    May 1, 2006 -- Most doctors think it is appropriate for them to discuss religious or spiritual issues with patients who start those conversations, a new study shows. The majority of doctors don't bring those topics up with their patients, but those with strong religious or spiritual beliefs are more

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  10. Problem Solving: Teamwork May Be Best

    April 25, 2006 -- Got a thorny problem? You might want to call in your problem-solving squad. A new study shows that complex problems are best solved by teams of three, four, or five people, compared to people who tackle the same problems by themselves or with one other person. Just ask Patrick Laug

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