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  1. Is Tax Day Dangerous for Drivers?

    April 10, 2012 -- Death and taxes may be more closely related than you think. A new study links the income tax deadline day to a rise in fatal motor vehicle crashes. So on tax day -- this year, April 17 -- make sure you buckle up, don't speed, and don't drive if you're tired, distracted, or have bee

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  2. Which Doctors Are Happiest? Healthiest?

    March 22, 2012 -- Which doctors are happiest? Which are healthiest? How many doctors are churchgoers? How many doctors are overweight? And where do they go on vacation? Welcome to Medscape/WebMD's 2012 Physician Lifestyle Report. It's a peek at what doctors do when the white coats come off. More tha

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  3. High Social Status Linked to Bad Behavior

    Feb. 27, 2012 -- People who consider themselves upper class may not always act all that classy, according to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In seven different experiments, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Toronto demons

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  4. Grief May Boost Heart Attack Risk

    Jan. 9, 2012 -- Losing a loved one may break your heart in more ways than one. A person who is mourning the death of someone close is at greater risk of suffering a heart attack in the days immediately following the loss and for up to a month afterward, a new study shows. The researchers say it's th

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  5. Happiness Declining Among Twitter Users

    Dec. 22, 2011 -- Twitter users may be less happy than they used to be, say University of Vermont scientists. They analyzed billions of tweets over nearly three years and found that happiness is on a downward slide. It's unusual for researchers to use Twitter to sense people's moods, though another r

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  6. Contagious Yawns May Show Social Bonds

    Dec. 8, 2011 -- Yawns may be contagious for good reason. A new study suggests that yawning after someone else yawns may be a sign of social empathy and emotional bonds between family and friends. Researchers found that people are more likely to respond to a yawn with another yawn if the other person

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  7. Weight Gain, Need to Be Nice Are Holiday Season Gripes

    Dec. 2, 2011 -- Many Americans have a grinch-like attitude toward being nice around the holidays, finds a new survey by Consumer Reports. In the poll, "having to be nice" ranked among the top 10 things people dread this time of year. Worries about weight gain also ranked in the top 10. The seasonal

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  8. Meditation May Help Brain Tune Out Distractions

    Nov. 21, 2011 -- People who meditate may be able to use their brain in ways others can't to tune out distractions and focus on the task at hand. A new study shows that experienced meditators may have less activity in parts of the brain associated with daydreaming and distraction while meditating and

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  9. Body Language Reveals ‘Empathy Gene’

    Nov. 14, 2011 -- An empathetic nod or smile may say something about your genes as well as your heart. A new study suggests empathetic body language and behavior are linked to a genetic variation associated with sociability. People with the “prosocial” gene displayed more caring and trusting nonverba

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  10. Why the Sound of Fingernails on a Chalkboard Irks You

    Nov. 4, 2011 -- The mere thought of fingernails scratching a chalkboard can be enough to set some people on edge. Now, a new study may help explain why. Researchers say the shape of the human ear may amplify certain aspects of the sound of fingernails or chalk scraping on a chalkboard to make it eve

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