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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. Happy People Live Longer?

      Oct. 31, 2011 -- Could happiness be the key to a long, or at least longer, life? Maybe, researchers say. In a study from the UK, older people who said they were happy, even for a little while, were less likely to die over a five-year period. And the happier they were, the longer they lived. Overall,

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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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