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Winning the lottery: Does it guarantee happiness?

It’s fun to think about what you would do if you played lottery numbers that brought in millions of dollars. But, disillusioning as it may seem, big winnings can come with big costs, especially because of the greed of others, experts say.

Source: Winning the lottery: Does it guarantee happiness? – CNN.com

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Can stress make you lose your teeth?

It wasn’t a fight or a fall that made Demi Moore lose her two front teeth. Rather, the actress told Jimmy Fallon on Monday’s The Tonight Show, that stress was to blame.

Source: Can stress make you lose your teeth?

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‘Mind-body’ healing: Success of placebo trials challenges medical thinking

It was widely thought that, for a placebo to work, doctors had to deceive patients that they were getting the real deal, and that’s problematic for a profession keen to promote informed consent.But a new study casts doubt on whether deceit is necessary at all and, along with a swag of research showing some remarkable placebo effects, raises big questions about whether placebos should now enter the mainstream as a legitimate item for doctors to prescribe.

Source: ‘Mind-body’ healing: Success of placebo trials challenges medical thinking

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Even moderate drinking linked to a decline in brain health, finds study

Alcohol consumption, even at moderate levels, is associated with increased risk of adverse brain outcomes and steeper decline in cognitive (mental) skills

Source: Even moderate drinking linked to a decline in brain health, finds study

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A 12-hour biological clock coordinates essential bodily functions

Some bodily activities, sleeping, for instance, mostly occur once every 24 hours; they follow a circadian rhythm. Other bodily functions, such as body temperature, cognitive performance and blood pressure, present an additional 12-hour cycle, but little is known about the biological basis of their rhythm. A team of scientists from various institutions, including Baylor College of Medicine, has revealed that, in addition to 24-hour clocks, mammals and other organisms have 12-hour clocks that are autonomous,

Source: A 12-hour biological clock coordinates essential bodily functions

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“I’ll Do It Later” – Brain Connectivity Predicts Procrastination

So why do we procrastinate, even though we know it is bad for us? There is a common perception that procrastination is associated with laziness or lack of motivation, but a recent fMRI study suggests something else.

Source: “I’ll Do It Later” – Brain Connectivity Predicts Procrastination | Brain Blogger

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4 ways dogs might be able to sniff out disease

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? With 40 times as many receptors in their noses as humans have, dogs are being trained to detect a myriad of diseases. We’re not anywhere close to drafting canines as medical assistants, but they are showing promise in some arenas. Here are some examples.

Source: 4 ways dogs might be able to sniff out disease

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‘Giving up drinking saved me $4000 a year’

I knew I would save calories when I stopped drinking, but I had not really thought about saving money. I regularly read (and ignore) advice to give up my $3.50 coffee, but cutting back on alcoholic beverages? Surely that’s just un-Australian?

Source: ‘Giving up drinking saved me $4000 a year’

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The mental health crisis could be tackled by reintroducing spirituality instead of focusing on material gain

Unless politicians can admit to the self-destruction perpetuated by this spiritual neglect and culture of one-upmanship, the government’s decision to increase the budget for child and adolescent mental health services will be addressing the symptoms but not the cause.

Source: The mental health crisis could be tackled by reintroducing spirituality instead of focusing on material gain | The Independent

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You don’t have to be a communist to admit capitalism is in crisis

The selfish impulse at the heart of capitalism may still be the most powerful motivator to action, to progress and to innovation, known to human kind. But it is also proving a baser instinct, in need of greater external restraints.

Source: You don’t have to be a communist to admit capitalism is in crisis

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