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Ten Delicious Holiday Foods

One thing I love about the holiday season is all of the wonderful flavors and spices that come out this time of year. Ginger, peppermint, pumpkin and apples and cinnamon are some of my favorites. Tomorrow is December, so now is the time to enjoy all of these delicious treats, but the folks at one website are giving us reasons why we shouldn't indulge.

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joi, Flickr
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Morning Person or Lazy? There’s a Gene for That

If you’ve ever wondered why some can get by on just a few hours of sleep while others need much more, scientists may have found an answer.

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Category: Health, Medical, Work
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Should We Be Concerned About Obesity in Kindergarteners?

We never used to think of chubby kids as being anything other than adorable, but researchers are now more concerned about children’s eating habits now that more Americans are being considered obese.

According to a new study, 40 percent of American children enter kindergarten with a body mass index (BMI) greater than the 75 percentile. Anything over the 85th percentile is considered “overweight,” and over the 95th percentile is “obese.”

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Category: Health, Medical
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Holiday Stress? It May be Your Decorations

With Thanksgiving 2011 in the history books, a lot of people are going to be breaking out the Christmas decorations. Be careful, though. Apparently you can ruin your holiday with poor decoration placement.

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Singing Helps Heal Depression, Improve Parkinson’s Conditions

Parkinson’s Disease is a frustrating and frightening medical condition, and treatment options are few. However, a group in Canterbury, England may have made a surprising discovery that could benefit not only them, but everyone else in the world – singing seems to make them feel better.

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Category: Health, Medical
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Hey Ladies, Fight Cancer by Drinking Coffee

If you’re one of those women people tease because you’re never seen without a Starbucks cup in your hand, you may actually be bettering your health. All that coffee might be warding off cancer.

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Category: Health, Medical
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Smarter Kids May Be Experimenting More with Drugs

A new study of 8,000 kids published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health finds those who had high IQs were more likely to use certain illicit drugs as they aged. Smarter girls in particular may tend to experiment with marijuana, cocaine, and other illicit drugs later on.

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Category: Health, Kids
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Women Who Exercise More and Watch Less TV Tend to Be Happier

A study of almost 50,000 women over a 14-year period found older women who exercised more and spent less time watching television were the least likely to be diagnosed with depression.

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Can Experimental Drug That Helped Monkeys Lose Weight Work on Humans? — Health Check

Researchers have used an experimental drug to help obese monkeys lose weight — and it could work for humans too.

The medication, Adipotide, works by finding and sticking to proteins on the surface of blood vessels that feed white fat cells, and then releasing a synthetic molecule that kills those cells.

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Will Smiling Make You Look Younger?

We’ve always been told to watch out for those laugh lines, but apparently a smile can make you look younger right now, if not in the future. A new study shows that people are more likely to underestimate the age of a person with a happy expression.

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Study Finds Autistic Kids Have Too Many Brain Cells — Health Check

New research finds autistic children’s brains have far more neurons in the prefrontal cortex than those of kids who don’t have the disease.

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Category: Health, Kids, Medical
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Depressed Fathers Can Cause Behavioral Issues in Kids

A study of 20,000 US families found kids with fathers suffering from depression are more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems than other children.

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