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    1. 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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    2. '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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. City Life Affects Brain's Response to Stress

      June 23, 2011 -- The brains of people who live in cities react more strongly to stress than those who live in small towns and rural areas, a new study shows. The study is published in the journal Nature. It may help explain why mood disorders like depression and mental illnesses like schizophrenia a

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    7. Magic Mushrooms Drug Shows Promise as Therapeutic Tool

      June 16, 2011 -- Psilocybin, a powerful psychoactive substance derived from magic mushrooms, can safely be used in a controlled setting to help people have positive and often life-altering experiences, a new study shows. The study is part of a renaissance of research into the benefits of hallucinoge

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    8. Energy Boost From the Color Red?

      June 10, 2011 -- Seeing the color red makes muscles move faster and with more force, a new study suggests. The finding could have important implications in sports and other activities where a quick burst of energy is needed. “Red enhances our physical reactions because it is seen as a danger cue,” r

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    9. Fire Walking Ritual Gives Clues to How People Bond

      May 2, 2011 -- The hearts of people who perform the daring feat of fire walking beat in sync with loved ones watching them complete the ceremony. A new study shows the heart rates of fire walkers were synchronized with friends and family watching a fire walking ceremony in a way different from other

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    10. Meditation May Reduce Pain

      April 6, 2011 -- Even very brief instruction in meditation appears to help people cope with pain, and a newly published brain imaging study may explain why. After just four, 20-minute instructional sessions in mindfulness meditation, most participants in the small study experienced big reductions in

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