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  1. Laughter May Work Like Meditation in the Brain

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter SUNDAY, April 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Laughter triggers brain waves similar to those associated with meditation, according to a small new study. It also found that other forms of stimulation produce different types of brain waves. The study included 31 people

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  2. Legal Medical Marijuana May Not Raise Teen Pot Use

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- American teens' use of marijuana doesn't increase when states approve the drug for medical use, a new study finds. "Any time a state considers legalizing medical marijuana, there are concerns from the public about an incr

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  3. How to Stop a Binge Before It Happens

    For someone with binge-eating disorder, the urge to overeat can be overwhelming. And while the first few bites can sometimes feel good, shame, guilt, and regret can quickly follow. But it’s possible to stop a binge before it starts, or even once it’s begun. Follow a regular meal plan. “The most impo

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  4. Mental Illness Not a Driving Force Behind Crime?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Less than 10 percent of crimes committed by mentally ill people are directly linked to the symptoms of their disorders, a new study shows. "When we hear about crimes committed by people with mental illness, they tend to

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  5. What to Do After a Binge

    If you have binge-eating disorder, you know you can't really take back an over-indulgence. But there are ways to react to a binge that can actually help you prevent the next one, experts say. Learn from your binge, says Doug Bunnell, PhD, former president of the National Eating Disorders Association

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  6. How to Clean Up Your Clutter Act for Good

    Take a look around your house. Do you see papers piled on counters? Clothing stuffed into drawers? Linen closets that look like war zones? You may have a clutter problem, and it could be affecting you more than you know. A cluttered environment can limit your ability to focus and process information

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  7. Casual Marijuana Use Linked to Changes in Brain

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young people who occasionally smoke marijuana may be rewiring their brains, with their pot use causing structural changes to brain regions related to motivation, emotion and reward, a small study says. Recreational pot

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  8. Facebook Making Women Feel Bad About Their Bodies?

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Too much time on Facebook may take a toll on a young woman's sense of self-esteem, particularly how she feels about her body, a new study suggests. The study surveyed 881 female college students. They were asked questi

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  9. Men With Eating Disorders Often Ignore Symptoms

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The widely held belief that only women experience eating disorders delays men with these conditions from getting treatment, a new British study says. "Men with eating disorders are underdiagnosed, undertreated and under-r

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  10. Depression May Be Linked to Heart Failure

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Depression may increase the risk of heart failure, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at nearly 63,000 people in Norway who underwent physical and mental health assessments. Over 11 years, close to 1,500 of the parti

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