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May 05, 2011


1. Why Your Embarrassment Causes Me So Much Pain
Ever find yourself physically cringing as you watch those hopeful contestants on American Idol who have no clue that they can't sing? If so, you're probably a highly empathetic person, according to new study published in the journal PloS One. [...]

2. True or False? 20 Common Myths About Pregnancy
Forming a new human being is the most complicated thing a person can do without really having to think about it. But that doesn't mean women don't fret over it. So three Californian OB/GYNs â€" tired of getting called at [...]

3. Bin Laden's Young Daughter Watched Him Die. Does She Share His Beliefs?
It's a definite downside of being America's most-wanted terrorist: your days are numbered. Yet if Osama bin Laden could have chosen who would witness his death, one would figure his 12-year-old daughter would almost certainly not have made the list. [...]

4. Abbottabad, a Hotspot for Medical Care
The scenic valley town of Abbottabad will forever be tied inexorably to Osama bin Laden, at least in Westerners' minds. But the ordinarily calm, quiet town has long had another claim to fame: it is a major center of medical [...]

5. Low-Salt Diets Reduce Heart Disease Risk, Right? A Study Disagrees
The government's recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans had some familiar recommendations for health: eat more fruits and vegetables, exercise more and lower the amount of salt you eat. Now a new study from Europe challenges that last piece of advice [...]

6. Environmental Toxins Cost Billions in Childhood Disease
Back in 2002, Philip Landrigan and a team of other researchers at Mount Sinai Medical School estimated the annual cost of four childhood conditions â€" lead poisoning, cancer, developmental disabilities and asthma â€" that could be connected to environmental factors. [...]

7. Big and Tall Men Are More Likely to Suffer Blood Clots
By almost any measure, tall men are winners of the genetic jackpot. They're perceived as more desirable by potential partners and earn more money than their shorter peers. But height is no advantage when it comes to the risk of [...]

8. Why Happiness Isn't Always Good: Asians vs. Americans
Among journalists â€" and less so among psychologists â€" the subset of mental-health research called “positive psychology” has become powerfully influential. Positive psychology, which was more or less founded by a University of Pennsylvania professor named Martin Seligman, focuses not [...]

9. A Celebration of Death: Parents Parse the bin Laden Fall-Out
A complex mix of revenge and satisfaction at vanquishing evil has combined to make this country a very happy place this week. Generally, it's bad form to gloat over another's misfortune, but parents are relearning social conventions in the days [...]

10. Mind Reading: How to Use Quirks of the Mind to Change Behavior


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