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    1. Secret Santa or Grinch? Brain Scans May Tell

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Whether you spend the Christmas season decking the halls and whistling Christmas tunes, or grumbling "bah humbug" at holiday-spirited passers-by may depend largely on a particular network of nerves in your brain, a sm

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    2. Unhappiness Won't Kill You

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Here's some good news for the grim and the grumpy: A new study claims that unhappiness itself has no direct effect on whether people will die before their time. Women in poor health are more likely to be unhappy, but t

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    3. Cohabitation, Marriage Boost Women's Mental Health

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Living together or getting married provides young adults -- especially women -- with a boost to emotional health, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from 8,700 Americans who were born between 1980 and 1984, and in

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    4. Too Much TV When Young May Hamper Middle-Age Brain

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults who watch tons of TV, and spend more time on the couch than at the gym, may end up paying for it with diminished mental performance in middle-age, new research suggests. "We found that low physical activity and

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    5. Many Americans 30 and Older Find Happiness Elusive

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Americans 30 and older are less happy than generations past, while teens and 20-somethings seem more satisfied with their lives than ever, a new study finds. Researchers said the pattern marks a striking reversal of what stu

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    6. Cortisol Controls Stress, but What Else?

      Nov. 9, 2015 -- Although cortisol is known as the “stress hormone,” researchers suspect it plays a much larger role in our health. A recent study, for example, linked cortisol to memory in older adults. People with unusually high nighttime cortisol levels had reduced brain size and did more poorly o

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    7. The New Way to Combat Stress at School and Work

      Sept. 24, 2015 -- In the cavernous gymnasium at Robert W. Coleman Elementary School in Baltimore, dozens of third, fourth, and fifth-graders sit on yoga mats -- legs crossed, eyes closed, palms loosely open and facing upward on their knees. At the front of the room, a young man guides them through a

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    8. Could All Work and No Play Hurt Your Health?

      Sept. 1, 2015 -- Type A. Workaholic. Burning the candle at both ends. Married to the job. If any of those describe your approach to your career, and you’re letting those vacation days pile up, you may be setting yourself up for some serious health problems. A recent study from University College in

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    9. Do People Transmit Happiness by Smell?

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As emotions go, happiness usually hides in plain sight: seen in a broad smile, heard in a raucous laugh, felt in a big hug. But new research suggests there may be a less obvious way to pick up on another person's positive vib

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    10. Acupuncture Less Effective for Skeptics

      Feb. 17, 2015 -- People with back pain who think it's unlikely that acupuncture will help them get less benefit from it than those who believe it will work, according to new research. Researchers from University of Southampton in the U.K. recruited 485 people who were planning to have acupuncture. T

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