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Worrying too much

Panicking about getting sick can make you just that—sick. It's easy to get carried away, however, and it's important to look at things in perspective. Overall, H1N1 has not proven to be any more of a threat than the regular seasonal flu, and most people who do catch the virus fully recover.

Research does show, however, that anxiety can manifest itself in a wide variety of ailments—including acid reflux, insomnia, skin rashes, and depression—so it shouldn't be surprising that the added stress of worrying about coming down with something can also weaken your immune system and leave you more vulnerable to catching a bug.

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