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Practitioners of yoga say it's good for the mind, spirit and, research agrees, body. Studies show the practice helps stretch and strengthen muscles and lessen afflictions, such as chronic back pain. Also, yoga can promote relaxation and reduce stress; improve balance, posture and coordination; and reduce weight, blood pressure, glucose levels and cholesterol.



Banish Trigger Foods

Can't munch just one potato chip or chocolate chip cookie? It's by design. In his book "The End of Overeating," former Food and Drug Commissioner David Kessler, M.D., says the snack industry works hard to create high-calorie grub with the most addictive possible combination of intense flavor and what's known as "mouthfeel." How to cope? You can't avoid encountering these foods and eating them on occasion, Kessler concedes, but you can take steps to keep them out of your home and office.






Adults Take Girls' Pain Less Seriously

Gender stereotypes (females are emotional, males are stoic) may bias adults' assessment of children's pain, a Yale study finds. When asked to evaluate how much pain a youngster is experiencing based on watching a video of a tyke receiving a finger-stick, adults who know the kid as "Samuel" say he's in more pain than those who know the kid as "Samantha."