Thanks in part to restaurant and bar bans, taxes on cigarettes, and better public health programs, smoking has decreased in the developing world. By 1997, Americans were smoking at half the rate that they were in the mid-1960s. But for those who relish the social rituals of smoking and the temporary rush of that nicotine high, disincentives to smoking may not convince them to kick the habit.

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By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on February 28, 2015 in Science of Choice
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Stop Hating Yourself Once and For All

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on February 25, 2015 in Compassion Matters
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By Anne K Fishel Ph.D. on February 20, 2015 in The Digital Family
Science says Michelle Obama is right about the importance of family dinners. Potus, Flotus, and the First Girls take full advantage. Does your family?

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By Sylvia R Karasu M.D. on February 20, 2015 in The Gravity of Weight
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Your Health Care, America's Health Care, Today and Tomorrow

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 20, 2015 in How To Do Life
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The Teenage Brain on Drugs

By Richard Taite on February 19, 2015 in Ending Addiction for Good
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By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 19, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advertising’s new efforts to manipulate us require us to be savvier.

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By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 18, 2015 in How To Do Life
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Desire Management

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The price of poor desire management can be enormous.

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By Mark Borigini M.D. on February 05, 2015 in Overcoming Pain
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By Christopher Bergland on January 30, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
A Cornell University study released yesterday offers new insights that can help you create a personalized inner-dialogue and messaging strategy that will motivate you to make healthier lifestyle choices every day.

The Mysterious Demise of Mr. Mojo Risin'

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on January 30, 2015 in Evil Deeds
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