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GOING THE DISTANCE It's enough to make a skeptic squirm. After analyzing the results of two dozen trials, researchers say there may be some merit in the alternative art of "distance healing," which includes praying for someone's well-being and "therapeutic touch," in which healers move their hands over (but not on) a patient's body. In 57% of the studies, these practices appeared to accelerate recovery or reduce pain. As for how distance healing may work, that's for a higher authority to say.

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