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Scientists warn of COVID ‘friend-shield effect’: ‘Irrational to believe’ loved ones protecting you from virus

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Apr 07, 2022 … WASHINGTON — Are your friends and family shielding you from seeing the dangers of COVID-19? A new study finds that people take fewer safety precautions when they’re with close friends and loved ones than they do around acquaintances and strangers. Scientists in Spain suggest that this is a result of people feeling less vulnerable to…

Outgoing people have a harder time coping with retirement, study says

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Mar 31, 2022 … BANGKOK, Thailand — Extroverts may be the social butterflies of their workplace, but a new study finds these employees may actually have a harder time dealing with retirement than others. Researchers say outgoing individuals miss the friendships formed with colleagues, putting their well-being at risk during their twilight years. On the other hand, conscientious types…

Staying hydrated cuts risk of heart problems: Here’s how much water you should drink daily

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Mar 30, 2022 … BETHESDA, Md. — It’s no secret that drinking lots of water and staying hydrated is essential for robust, strong health in general. Now, researchers from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute reports consistently staying well-hydrated may also lower your risk for heart failure. We’re not just talking about a single day or week of…

Eating seafood immoral? Octopuses, squid, crabs have emotions and feel pain, study says

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Mar 25, 2022 … TORONTO — Prepare to feel especially guilty the next time you order seafood. Researchers from York University argue that octopuses, crabs, lobsters, crayfish, and other invertebrates are indeed sentient and can feel pain, anger, fear, and happiness. The vast majority of countries do not recognize invertebrates as sentient, but the United Kingdom is already mulling…

Culinary therapy: Feeling confident about your cooking actually boosts mental health

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Mar 22, 2022 … JOONDALUP, Australia — Perhaps happiness is just a cutting board and stove away. Researchers from Edith Cowan University have found that greater confidence in the kitchen — along with better eating habits and decisions — is good for mental health. These findings come from ECU’s partnership with The Good Foundation and Jamie’s Ministry of Food…

Have a short fuse? Survey reveals top signs you’re in dire need of a vacation

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Mar 05, 2022 … NEW YORK — Are you already in vacation mode on the last workday before you’re off to paradise? In a poll of 2,000 adults, 29 percent say they feel “vacationitis” in the days leading up to travel, and agree that final workday is the official start of a vacation.  But that’s not to say people are…

Survey: 55% of high schoolers don’t think college is needed for successful career

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Feb 06, 2022 … NEW YORK — Teens today only want one thing: to forge their own success and happiness in their future careers. A recent survey of 2,000 American high school students found that although a third of respondents have no post-graduation plans, 82 percent agree the most important thing to them is to do something they’re passionate about,…

Not just old folks: Sudden heart problems can kill younger adults making love, too

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Jan 26, 2022 … LONDON — Dying while making love is something most people probably assume only happens to older adults. However, a new study reveals that sudden heart problems can even strike down younger adults while they’re having sex. A team from St. George’s, University of London says, while death during a bedroom romp is rare, middle-aged men are…

Quitters! 2 in 3 people have NEVER completed a New Year’s resolution

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Jan 17, 2022 … NEW YORK — It turns out many people are all too familiar with the expression “wait till next year.” Two-thirds of Americans have never successfully completed a New Year’s resolution. A survey of 2,000 adults reveals that of those who’ve previously set resolutions, 68 percent have never fully achieved one. However, respondents are feeling more optimistic…