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February 2007
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The Power of Love

The Power of Love
Hugs and Cuddles Have Long-Term Effects
How often do you hug? Do you like to sit close and hold each other's hands? Recent research shows it's good for your health. Between loving partners, between parents and children, or even between close friends, physical affection can help the brain, the heart and other body systems you might never have imagined.

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A Pain in the Gut
Recognize and Prevent Food Poisoning
A sick feeling washes over you: nausea, stomach cramps, headache and fever. Vomiting and diarrhea may soon follow. The symptoms are familiar to anyone who's had the flu, but there may be another culprit-food that's gone bad. Food-borne illness, or "food poisoning," usually comes from eating food tainted with bacteria or their toxins.

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