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Lack of focus can make you unhappy
November 11th, 2010
05:20 PM ET

Lack of focus can make you unhappy

In a typical day your mind is probably all over the place, worrying about your next appointment or what's for dinner. That's making you unhappy, according to a new study.

Harvard University researchers Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel Gilbert found that about 47 percent of people's waking hours are spent doing anything except being in the moment and focusing on the current activity.

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Head blows and crime, and other brain news
November 11th, 2010
03:54 PM ET

Head blows and crime, and other brain news

How your brain does all the things it does is still mysterious, and scientists are learning more all the time about everything from crime to memory to language. Here's what's new this week:

Brain injury 'more likely' in young offenders
Childhood wounds may have worse effects than you think. British researchers find that traumatic brain injury in children could play a role in subsequent crime, especially in people already susceptible to crime. A study found that this could raise the likelihood that they will repeat offenses. This may be because injury to the brain can result in behavior, memory, and attention problems. The BBC reports on this study in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.

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November 11th, 2010
12:31 PM ET

The new sex issue and why more men are faking it

When it comes to men and their members, we all know that what goes up must, eventually, come down. But what about when a guy’s erection goes up and stays up? At first blush, it sounds like bedroom benefit. But delayed ejaculation (DE) is a real problem. This umbrella term describes:

  • taking longer than usual to reach orgasm
  • only being able to get there via masturbation
  • not being able to peak at all

And it’s an issue that I'm seeing increasingly.

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November 11th, 2010
12:06 PM ET

What do we need to know about Medicare open enrollment?

As a feature of CNNhealth.com, our team of expert doctors will answer readers' questions. Here's a question for Dr. Gupta.

From Mary, Walnut Creek, California

"What should my husband and I know about open enrollment for Medicare?"

Answer:

Mary, thank you for your question. As you know, open enrollment begins November 15 for Medicare, the government program that currently provides health insurance to more than 38 million Americans, mainly adults ages 65 and older.  With the passing of the health care reform legislation, Medicare officials say there are more benefits and protections available to current and new enrollees.  Here are the top six highlights.

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