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1:41pm

Mon April 1, 2013
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Mining Books To Map Emotions Through A Century

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 8:18 am

When anthropologists tallied the use of emotional words through a century of literature, they included many books without clear emotional content β€” technical manuals, for example, and automotive repair guides.
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Were people happier in the 1950s than they are today? Or were they more frustrated, repressed and sad?

To find out, you'd have to compare the emotions of one generation to another. British anthropologists think they may have found the answer β€” embedded in literature.

Several years ago, more or less on a lark, a group of researchers from England used a computer program to analyze the emotional content of books from every year of the 20th century β€” close to a billion words in millions of books.

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11:44am

Mon April 1, 2013
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What's In A Name? More Drugs For Babies If It's GERD

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 10:00 am

Frequent spitting up affects about half of babies under six months, but it's usually not gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD.
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Say your one-month-old baby is spitting up and crying a lot. Your usual bag of infant-soothing tricks hasn't worked, and you're worried that there's something wrong with her.

So you head to the pediatrician, who tells you that your otherwise healthy child has gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Would receiving this medical diagnosis make you more interested in giving her drugs than if you never heard the word "disease"?

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7:05am

Mon April 1, 2013
Health

Universal Health Care For Colorado? New Plan May Put It To A Vote

. Irene Aguilar has introduced a bill that would ask Colorado voters to create a universal healthcare system for the state
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1:21am

Mon April 1, 2013
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As Stroke Risk Rises Among Younger Adults, So Does Early Death

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 6:50 am

When Melissa McCann (left) suffered a stroke in 2007, her twin sister, Terry Blanchard, helped her make a full recovery. McCann is now back to work as a flight nurse with Life Flight at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
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Most people (including a lot of doctors) think of a stroke as something that happens to old people. But the rate is increasing among those in their 50s, 40s and even younger.

In one recent 10-year period, the rate of strokes in Americans younger than 55 went up 84 percent among whites and 54 percent among blacks. One in 5 strokes now occurs in adults 20 to 55 years old β€” up from 1 in 8 in the mid-1990s.

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1:20am

Mon April 1, 2013
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Study Hints Vitamin D Might Help Curb High Blood Pressure

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 6:50 am

Reducing dietary salt and alcohol, exercising, not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight are other lifestyle tweaks known to help prevent or reduce high blood pressure, doctors say.
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We've heard many claims in the past decade β€” and much debate β€” about the role of vitamin D in the prevention and treatment of conditions as varied as brittle bones, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and dementia.

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