Oncology & Cancer

Is cancer just a question of 'bad luck'?

"Doctor, what caused my cancer?" For doctors, this question is often perplexing. Some of the population risk factors are known, but when it comes to specific cases, only assumptions can be made. However, scientists have a ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Bad luck? Knocking on wood can undo jinx: study

Knocking on wood is the most common superstition in Western culture used to reverse bad fortune or undo a "jinx." Other cultures maintain similar practices, like spitting or throwing salt, after someone has tempted fate. ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

No bad luck this friday unless you think it will happen

(Medical Xpress) -- Have you watched the movie Friday the 13th? Scary, isn’t it? Well, perhaps not quite as scary as the infamous Rebecca Black song, “Friday” – but close enough. If you are one of those ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

You can wash away your troubles, with soap

"Wash away my troubles, wash away my pain," goes the song. Is there such a thing as soap and water for the psyche? Yes: Metaphor is that powerful, say Spike W.S. Lee and Norbert Schwarz of the University of Michigan in a ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Washing away good and bad luck

Research by marketing professor shows risk taking depends on whether participants recalled past episode of good or bad luck and whether they washed their hands.

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