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Thea Singer

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Can A Blood Test Really Tell How Long You'll Live?

(2) Comments | Posted May 26, 2011 | 8:36 AM

You've likely seen the screaming headlines suggesting that a soon-to-be available blood test will be able to tell us how long we'll live -- and whether we can ward off the irksome outward signs of aging.

Ignore them. They distort the truth, reducing...

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Understanding Oprah's Mac-and-Cheese Binge From an Evolutionary Perspective

(10) Comments | Posted January 20, 2011 | 3:11 PM

On Monday, Oprah Winfrey told Piers Morgan on his new show that following the box-office bust of her 1998 film "Beloved," she sank into a "massive, depressive macaroni-and-cheese eating tailspin" and downed some "30 pounds' worth" of the salty, fatty, carb-loaded stuff.

Excessive? Yes. But logical, even -- in...

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This Holiday Season, Boost Your Brain by Giving of Yourself

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2010 | 9:15 AM

When Emily Lewis moved her mother, who'd been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, to a nursing facility, her own physical symptoms began.

At night she'd wake with a start, terrified: Her mother's care cost some $6,000 a month, and the trust her father had left them was dwindling. "I can bluff...

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Recovery Month: Stress and Addiction

(16) Comments | Posted September 17, 2010 | 7:00 AM

On my daughter's fourth birthday, a swim party in 2002, my youngest sister showed up late in an outfit befitting a weekend rager: ratty black jeans, a threadbare camisole and a long-sleeved voile blouse in dingy white.

"It's the closest thing I had to a bathing suit," she told...

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Stress Relief and More Brain Cells? The Secret Could Be in the Bedroom

(16) Comments | Posted August 18, 2010 | 7:00 AM

Sex as stress? It sounds like an oxymoron. But then, many of us have been misdefining the word stress all along.

All stress is not equal. Indeed, as Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D., director of the neurendocrinology lab at Rockefeller University, puts it, if we got rid of stress, "we'd be...

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