Shop 'Til Your Blues Drop

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_28e7c300b4.jpgLuminaStock/Thinkstock (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- In what likely flies in the face of previous studies, it seems that University of Michigan researchers have determined that shopping is good for one’s soul. Or at least, what is termed as “retail therapy” can help some people get over the blues by helping them think they’re more in control of their environment. By conducting a series of experiments, UM researchers say that actually making a purchase is 40 times more effective at reducing melancholy than not shopping at all.

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Teen’s Parachute Fails to Open on First Skydive

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_82cc804a5a.jpgStocktrek Images/Thinkstock (DALLAS) -- A Texas teenager’s skydiving trip to celebrate her 16th birthday turned nearly fatal when her parachute failed to open and she spun 3,500 feet to the ground. Mackenzie Wethington, 16, traveled from her home in Joshua, Texas, to Chickasha, Okla., with her father, Joe Wethington, to skydive at Pegasus Air Sport on Jan. 25.  In Oklahoma, 16-year-olds are allowed to skydive with parental consent.

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How to Ask Other Parents If They Keep Guns in the House

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_73460da2e6.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Parents will often do whatever it takes to keep their children safe in their own homes. But what about the dangers that exist outside of their homes? Parents who own guns and keep them in their home may take every measure to lock them up or teach children about gun safety. Whether or not parents keep guns at home, their children may encounter guns elsewhere, where parents might not be able to ensure their safety.

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Seattle Seahawks Will Have 'Ohm' Team Advantage

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_8a90390b9a.jpgdeeepblue/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- This year's Super Bowl will be played in New Jersey, but it looks as if the Seattle Seahawks will have the "ohm" team advantage, as head coach Pete Carol encourages all his players to meditate daily. "Coach Carol combines old-school values with a real appreciation for the science of psychology," said Michael Gervais, a high-performance sports psychologist who has been the team's consultant since 2012.

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New Techniques Could Reduce College Drinking

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_326421a366.jpgPurestock/Thinkstock (PROVIDENCE, R.I.) -- Colleges that want to minimize alcohol use on campus would do well to screen incoming freshman and offer interventions to those particularly at risk of binge drinking. A team led by Brown University assistant professor Lori Scott-Sheldon discovered common drinking patterns in a series of controlled clinical trials that examined the effectiveness of interventions.

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