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Seeing Sickness Can Trigger Your Immune System — Dave’s Diary

The with cold and flu season coming on, it’s time to tip our cap to the bodies top germ fighter. The immune system is an amazing thing.  It’s the first line of defense against illness and infection. Now new research shows just how much of a “high Alert” system we have!

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Here’s Looking At You–And Me! What Studies Show –Dave’s Diary

If you follow our posts here you know we love to report the results of various studies on human behavior..  Fortunately university and human behavior experts produce an average of 33,000 studies about activities ranging from romance to crime to the way people salt food.

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Category: Human Interest, Study
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Can You Afford to Have Friends? — Dave’s Diary

I have a friend…we’ll call him “Wally” who is consistently short on cash.  I’ve loaned him a modest amount over the years and I guess I don’t expect to get paid back.  If I had a number of friends like that I might have to ask the question -- Can afford to have friends? 

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What Your Choice of Animal Says About You — Dave’s Diary

Cosmopolitan magazine is the latest source for one of those “what your choice of “fill in the blank” says about you. This time around the author of  "The Secret Psychology Of  How We Fall In Love” says your animal of choice reveals your desires!

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New Research: Fight It Out vs Forgive & Forget — Dave’s Diary

Do you bark or wag?  Better to bark according to the experts.  If you want to have a long and happy marriage, let the fur fly.  Recent research reveals there is a greater benefit in the long term in having angry but honest conversations about problems in a relationship than there is in sticking to the old adage "forgive and forget."

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Category: Families, Lifestyle, Study
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Popeye Backed by Science–Spinach is Strong Medicine

It’s October and you would think that means it’s National Pumpkin Pie Month and maybe it is—my research is not complete--but it definitely is National Spinach Month.

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The Nose Knows–Or Does it? — Dave’s Diary

Ever hear the expression “don’t get your nose out of joint”? It means don’t be too easily offended.  It’s interesting to think that a bad mood caused by a “sense” of insult could affect your ability to actually use your nose!  Whew!  Allow me to explain.

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He-What are you Laughing at? She-Not the same thing! — Dave’s Diary

Wanna know something funny? If you thought --what's funny is funny-- you thought wrong. There are many ways that men and women differ –some of them fabulous, some not so much—but now we can add to the list the way we approach humor.

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Category: Human Interest, Study
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Put a Ring on it — Fourth Finger Foretells Handsomeness — Dave’s Diary

High Five! Now look at your hand.  We’ve talked about the predictive possibilities of the male ring finger in the past—higher income, better health etc.  Now a new study out of Switzerland indicates that men whose ring finger (or fourth finger) is longer than his index finger are seen as “more handsome” in the eyes of women.

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Category: Human Interest, Study
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Fight Office Stress With Fitness — Dave’s Diary

Workplace stress can be a killer! But you can fight back by being fit.  A new Swedish study reveals a modest level of fitness may help you avoid workplace burnout.  The study showed men who did better on a cycling fitness test were less likely to report feeling fried on the job than those with lower fitness scores.

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