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  1. Magic Mushroom Drug Has an 'Anti-Aging Effect' on Personality

    Sept. 29, 2011 -- Psilocybin, the drug in “magic mushrooms,” helps many people become more open, creative, and curious after they take a single high dose, a new study shows. Ordinarily, researchers say, after age 30 personality is a pretty fixed part of who we are. When people do change their stripe

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  2. Twitter Tracks Mood Swings

    Sept. 29, 2011 -- Twitter may tell us a whole lot more than whether or not actors Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are really on the rocks or what reality TV star Kim Kardashian had over for lunch. All of this tweeting may actually give researchers a glimpse into moods and mood patterns across the glob

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  3. Optimism May Be Partly in Your Genes

    Sept. 16, 2011 -- Ever wonder why some people immediately see the bright side of just about any situation and seem to make friends wherever they go? Turns out, it may be in their genes. The findings appear online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers have zeroed in on a

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  4. Resisting Temptation May Not Get Easier With Age

    Sept. 2, 2011 -- Children who have a hard time passing up one cookie now with the promise of more later will probably have just as hard a time resisting temptation as adults, according to a new study. Researchers found children who had difficulty delaying gratification as preschoolers were more like

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  5. Anger, Stress May Provoke Heart Attacks

    Aug. 31, 2011 (Paris) -- Heart attack survivors who anger easily or who are often stressed out may be setting themselves up for another, potentially fatal heart attack, a new study suggests. Over a 10-year period, more than half of heart attack survivors who had high scores on psychological tests de

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  6. Men vs. Women: Personality Traits Similar, but Job Success Differs

    Aug. 9, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) -- When it comes to job success, men still have the edge over women. Researchers surveyed 106 men and women who made at least $100,000 a year, about half of whom were millionaires or multimillionaires. They found the two sexes are remarkably similar in terms of person

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  7. 'Cyberstalking': Worse Than in-Person Harassment?

    Aug. 8, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) -- Due in large part to its 24/7, global presence, "cyberstalking" appears to cause its victims more stress and trauma than in-person stalking, according to a leading psychologist's observations. "If you're harassed in school or at work, you can come home to a safe en

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  8. Colon Cleansing May Be Risky, Study Finds

    Aug. 1, 2011 -- Colon cleansing, promoted as a natural way to boost well-being, has no proven benefits and may be risky, according to a new report. Ranit Mishori, MD, a family medicine doctor at Georgetown University School of Medicine, looked at studies that evaluated colon hydrotherapy or irrigati

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  9. Americans Are Flocking to Alternative Therapies

    July 22, 2011 -- Most Americans believe that prescription medications are the most effective treatments for many common illnesses, but a Consumer Reports survey of more than 45,000 people finds that three-fourths of us are turning to alternative therapies like yoga and acupuncture. The new report sa

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  10. How Common Is 'Broken Heart Syndrome'?

    July 19, 2011 -- Stress can stun heart muscle, causing symptoms that mimic a heart attack. This disorder, which is called "stress cardiomyopathy" or "broken heart syndrome," is most common in older women, typically striking after a major physical strain like surgery or mental hardship like the death

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