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A nutrient-dense diet may help tamp down stress. And these foods may help boost our moods: (Clockwise from left) pumpkin seeds, anchovies, eggs, salmon, flax seeds, Swiss chard and dark chocolate.

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Food-Mood Connection: How You Eat Can Amp Up Or Tamp Down Stress

We tend to soothe ourselves with sugar-laden foods when we're feeling strained. But they may make us feel even worse. Protein and omega-3s, on the other hand, can help reduce stress, researchers say.

The saskatoon looks like blueberry. But the shrub is more closely related to an apple tree.

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Saskawhat? A Novel Berry From Canada Takes Root On Michigan Farms

Some rookie farmers in northern Michigan are growing saskatoon, an imported shrub from Canada that looks like blueberry. They're also experimenting with it in the kitchen — in jams and pies.

Sherman Justice says he had to struggle when he got out of prison after serving time for robbery and drug trafficking.


How Banning One Question Could Help Ex-Offenders Land A Job

Some say the box on job applications that asks, "Have you ever been convicted of a crime?" prevents ex-offenders from getting a fair shot. New laws prohibit firms from asking about a criminal record.

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