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Like the flu shot, message inoculation won't last forever

Just as influenza vaccines employ a weakened virus to stimulate the immune system and produce antibodies against the real thing during flu season, message inoculation – with a weakened form of the other side's argument ...

Oct 10, 2014
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Gist, not rational analysis, cuts risky behavior

Teaching adolescents to think more simply and categorically about risks helps them make healthier choices, finds a recently published, randomized experiment by Cornell psychologist Valerie Reyna. Her research shows that adolescents ...

Oct 10, 2014
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Cohabiting couples differ on contraceptive use by class

Most cohabiting couples intend to delay childbirth until they're married, steadily employed and financially stable. Despite these preferences, surprise pregnancies are common, particularly among working-class men and women ...

Sep 30, 2014
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Gene linked to development of skin cancer in mice

(Medical Xpress)—New research on an enzyme linked to cancer development shows that 37 percent of mice that produce excessive quantities of the enzyme developed skin tumors within four to 12 months of birth, ...

Sep 23, 2014
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Pica in pregnant teens linked to low iron

In a study of 158 pregnant teenagers in Rochester, NY, nearly half engaged in pica – the craving and intentional consumption of ice, cornstarch, vacuum dust, baby powder and soap, and other nonfood items, reports a new ...

Aug 20, 2014
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Slim people asked to share tips in registry

While many struggle with their weight and count calories, everyone has slim friends who never seem to gain weight. What kind of simple rules of thumb, principles or benchmarks do they use that lead them to take less, order ...

Aug 14, 2014
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