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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Simmer Down Anger to Avoid Injury

    Jan. 31, 2006 -- When anger bubbles up, cooling it back down could help you stay safe. Injuries often follow anger, researchers report in the Annals of Family Medicine. They found that people tended to report feeling particularly angry right before getting injured. The study included more than 2,400

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  7. True Tickle Takes Another's Touch

    Jan. 20, 2006 -- Ever tried to tickle yourself? It doesn't work, and now scientists know why. The short answer: You know what you're up to, and the body adjusts ever so slightly to prepare. Anticipating your own touch wrecks the do-it-yourself tickle effect. "It's well known that you can't tickle yo

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  8. Bringing Home Illness From Overseas

    Jan. 11, 2006 -- International travel can be enriching, but a souvenir you don't want is an illness picked up overseas. A team of doctors in Nepal, Germany, and the U.S. recently tracked diseases brought home by travelers who had visited developing countries. The travelers' most common diseases were

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  9. Memory Is Mental Time Travel

    Dec. 21, 2005 -- When we try to remember something, we do mental time travel. New studies show that as we try to recall something, our brain works to match the brain state we had during the event we are remembering. When our reassembled brain state is a close enough match to the old one, voila! We r

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  10. Happiness Comes First, Success Follows

    Dec. 19, 2005 -- Happiness may breed success rather than the other way around, according to a new study. Researchers found happy people are generally successful in relationships, work, and health; this success is more often than not a result of their positive emotions rather than vice versa. In a re

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