Using new habits against compulsive behaviors

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Noelle Fogg has struggled to overcome her Body-Focused Repetitive Behavior, a disorder that causes people to damage their own body tissues.

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Wearables take fitness to new level

These devices provide real-time feedback to help you maximize your workout and avoid injury.

A study suggests that e-cigarettes actually make it harder for smokers to quit.

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E-cigarettes could make it harder to quit smoking

There’s hot debate about whether e-cigarettes are a good thing or a bad thing.

Need to relax a little? Try getting a pet

Pets can help reduce stress.

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Snapchat may fan the flames of jealousy

Author Sonja Utz, of the Knowledge Media Research Center in Tuebingen, Germany

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Dangers of loneliness

Research suggests that beyond the emotional pain there may actually be health risks.

My Workout: Donald Chiofaro

Chiofaro, 69, developer, talks about his exercise routine and how he finds time for it.

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A good reason not to cheat on your diet

Even a brief switch to a high-fat diet may alter how our bodies process food, according to a preliminary study published in the journal Obesity.

How creativity can help reduce stress

To boost your creativity, try limiting your stress, and one good way to help cut back on stress is to spend more time on creative pursuits.

Gearing Up

These apps can help keep you in the running

Ride the wave of excitement over this year’s Boston Marathon and start new running challenges.

Deep Breath

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As anyone in a relationship knows, a spouse’s stress can be contagious. A new study finds that it even has health consequences.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/18/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/painting150-3890.jpg Could a new hobby help stave off dementia?

Research suggests midlife artistic and social activities can protect your brain from memory and thinking problems.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/16/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/18face.jpg Study finds Facebook can make you feel depressed

A new paper examined how negative reactions caused by Facebook feeds can be linked to depressive symptoms in frequent users.

Deep Breath

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/09/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/11stress.jpg Going outside appears to offer plenty of upside

Research into the antistress benefits of the outdoors is still early, but studies suggest there may be something to it.

Test drive

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For years, unfortunate folks had few options. Hidden keys under doormats or fake rocks. Now there’s another place to stash a spare: the cloud.

Health

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/08/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/11skin.jpg What your skin may reveal about you

New research suggests that your skin may be able to reveal much about your diet and personal habits.

Medical research

Special section: Mass. health care law

Massachusetts health care law

Here you will find coverage of the law’s provisions, the debate that led to its enactment, Romney’s role in its passage, and what’s happened in Massachusetts since the law passed.

Nutrition and fitness

Gearing up

Warming up for the slow-pitch softball season

With the spring slow-pitch softball season in the offing, squads of both sexes and all ability levels are getting themselves and their equipment ready.