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Addictions, Bad Habits Can 'Highjack' Brain (nicely done, wide ranging article)

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Addictions, Bad Habits Can 'Highjack' Brain

Clinically Obese, Cocaine Addicts, Have Similar Brain Scans

By KRISTINA FIORE
Jan. 31, 2010—

By the end of January, many New Year's resolutions have been tossed out with leftover holiday cookies and unwanted gifts. It's been nearly impossible to deny that slice of cake after dinner, or to hit the treadmill instead of surfing the Internet.
Change, especially changing bad habits, is hard -- and rightly so, as any neuroscientist will tell you.

Why resolutions may end in failure (article and NPR segment on willpower)

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HERE'S A SEVEN MINUTE NPR SEGMENT RELATED TO THE ARTICLE - "Listen to Cake Topple Your Brain"
http://www.npr.org/templates/player/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist...

HERE'S THE ARTICLE:
Blame It on the Brain
The latest neuroscience research suggests spreading resolutions out over time is the best approach

By JONAH LEHRER
Willpower, like a bicep, can only exert itself so long before it gives out; it's an extremely limited mental resource.

Podcast: Use Your “Porn Cycle Timing” to Get the Help You Need

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Another really good Candeo podcast. It discusess phases of porn addiction, and the trap of perfectionism in attempt control ones adduction. Focuses on what he calls - Control and release phases.

http://candeocan.com/candeo-podcast-episode-28-use-your-porn-cycle-timin...

Experiment/Article: Mind chemical (dopamine) controls choice

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Mind chemical controls choice

“Dopamine, a chemical with a key role in setting people's moods, could have a much wider-ranging impact on their everyday lives, research suggests.

Experiments show that altering levels of the chemical in the brain influences the decisions people make.

One expert said the results showed the relative importance of "gut feeling" over analytical decision making.

The Current Biology study could help understand how expectation of pleasure can go awry, for example in addiction.

Dopamine and Infomercials

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Consumer Reports' Tests of 15 Popular Infomercial Products Reveal Many Are not Worth Buying
Snuggie, Slap Chop, and ShamWow among them

YONKERS, N.Y., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Products sold on late-night television promise to solve problems like scrubbing baked-on crud from cookware, mopping up gallons of spilled milk, and falling off ladders when cleaning gutters. But Consumer Reports' tests of 15 products sold through infomercials reveal that many of them are not worth buying.

Viral cause for prostate cancer?

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(below is the article)

Prostate cancer is increasingly looking like an infectious disease, a new study shows, and may be sexually transmitted.

Mounting evidence suggests that prostate cancer is an infectious disease caused by a recently identified virus. The latest report, published today (September 7) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found the virus was associated especially with aggressive prostate cancers and noted that "all individuals may be at risk" for infection.

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