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  1. Mental Stress May Hurt the Heart

    March 7, 2006 - Mental stress has long been suspected of playing an important role in heart disease, and now new research suggests that this might be true for some patients more than others. Researchers from the University of Florida found that about a third of the patients with known coronary arter

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  2. What Makes Wives Happy?

    March 1, 2006 -- What do wives really want? A new study shows that for the typical American woman a happy marriage combines both modern and traditional ideas of partnership. In a survey of 5,000 married women, wives who felt that their husbands were emotionally engaged were the happiest in their mar

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  3. Optimism May Curb Heart Deaths

    Feb. 27, 2006 -- Optimism might help avoid fatal heart problems, new research shows. Researchers in the Netherlands followed 545 men age 64-84 for 15 years. None had a known history of heart problems when the study started. The men took optimism quizzes at the study's start and several other times o

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  4. The Best Way to Make a Tough Decision

    Feb. 16, 2006 -- The next time you're making a tough decision, your best bet might be to do your research and then take a break before choosing. So says a study published in Science. The researchers studied complex decisions, such as picking a new car, and easy choices, such as buying new oven mitts

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  5. Risk Takers Have Less Parkinson's

    Feb. 15, 2006 -- Risk takers may be less likely to develop Parkinson's disease, according to a new study. The report, published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, doesn't encourage anyone to get reckless to prevent the brain disease. It also doesn't blame play-it-safe persona

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  6. Surprising Spin on Women's Self-Esteem

    Feb. 15, 2006 -- Models, long blamed for making women feel badly about their own bodies, might actually improve women's self-esteem about their looks. At least, that might be true of moderately thin models, according to a draft of a study scheduled for publication in the Journal of Consumer Research

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  7. Spouse's Illness Can Be Deadly to You

    Feb. 15, 2006 -- Seniors who care for their seriously ill spouses may pay the ultimate price. A groundbreaking new study shows that caring for a sick spouse can raise the caretaker's risk of death. For some particularly disabling illnesses -- dementia, in particular -- the toll on the caretaker is w

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  8. Popularity Boosts Pop Songs' Appeal

    Feb. 9, 2006 -- What makes some songs hits, while other tunes fall flat? Buzz about those songs can be a big reason, a new study shows. The study appears in Science, a journal not known for dabbling in the music scene. The researchers aren't giving Grammy voters a run for their money, but they may h

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  9. Lying Makes the Brain Work More

    Feb. 2, 2006 -- When people are lying, their brains work harder than people who tell the truth. Lying leaves telltale traces on brain scans, report Feroze Mohamed, PhD, and colleagues in Radiology. So can brain scans pick liars out of a lineup? Not yet. "Being a scientist, I am cautiously optimistic

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  10. High IQ Score May Mean Better Health

    Feb. 1, 2006 -- Better health and wealth often go hand in hand, and IQ scores may partly explain the pattern, a new study shows. IQ scores partly explain health gaps between richer and poorer people, write Scottish researchers in BMJ Online First. Participants were 1,300 people in western Scotland.

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