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3 Common Anxiety Traps and How to Avoid Them

If you’re an anxious person, you’ve probably been told your whole life not to worry so much—to “stop overthinking things” and “just relax.” By now, you’ve perhaps given up on trying to feel better and resigned yourself to the idea that there’s just something wrong with you. But that’s not …

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What You Should Know About Medical Marijuana for Pets

Now that 23 states have given medical marijuana the green light (with even recreational use now allowed in another four states and Washington D.C.), growing weed has become a growing business. The newest frontier: getting Fido and Fluffy on board with the cannabis revolution. Relax. We’re not talking about rolling doobies with your dog, …

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Wait, Congress Has a Meditation Guru?

Think you’re crazy-busy? Meet Tim Ryan, the U.S. representative from the 13th district in Ohio serving his seventh term. Amid the dual demands of lawmaking and diaper-changing (he has a 10-month-old baby with his wife, plus two older stepchildren), he still finds time to meditate 30 minutes each day, a …

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5 Time

For many people, the work-family-personal time balance feels like a constant juggling act where one or more components constantly ends up out of sync. Meanwhile, you can’t help but envy that one friend, coworker, neighbor who seems to make time for everything, all while rocking a smile and a skip …

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How I Finally Broke Free From a 2

This essay is excerpted from Jen Hatmaker’s new book, Of Mess and Moxie:Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Gorgeous Life ($23, amazon.com). Conversation with my husband, Brandon: ME: Blah. B: What’s wrong? ME: Nothing. Just everything. Everything is bad B: Specifically? ME: Just that our kids are probably all going to …

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Fighting in Iraq and Fighting Cancer Have Something in Common

THURSDAY, Sept. 4 (Health.com) — The special terrors of the Iraq war have shone new light on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as it is suffered by U.S. soldiers. But medical patients undergoing arduous procedures and treatments can experience PTSD symptoms too, according to a California pain expert. At the PainWeek …

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Violent Video Games Linked to Aggression in Children, Teens

Getty Images By Anne HardingMONDAY, Nov. 3 (Health.com) — About 90% of Americans ages 8–16 play video games, and they spend about 13 hours a week doing so—even more if they’re boys. Now a new study suggests that virtual violence may make kids more aggressive in real life. According to …

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Will Smoking Pot Raise Your Risk of Testicular Cancer?

 Istockphoto By Kate StinchfieldMONDAY, Feb. 9, 2009 (Health.com) — Do men who frequently smoke pot have a higher risk of testicular cancer than those who do not? It’s possible, according to a new study. However, the researchers say the link is currently a “hypothesis” that needs further testing. Testicular cancer …

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The Secret to Staying Slim? Just Relax

By Shaun ChavisComfort food is on the “hot list” for 2009. You don’t have to guess why—it’s not just a winter-induced urge to snuggle around a bowl of something warm. Comfort food not only makes us feel better, but in many cases it’s also cheaper to make or buy—a nice …

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Brain Scans Might Help Spot PTSD

FRIDAY, April 3 (HealthDay News) — Someday, doctors might use brain scans to diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to researchers who conducted tests on 42 American soldiers who’d recently served in Iraq or Afghanistan. The male and female soldiers had comparable levels of combat exposure. They were divided into …

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