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  • This might be how stress and heart attacks are linked

    01/12/2017 8:56:10 AM PST · by LucyT · 14 replies
    CNN Health ^ | January 11, 2017 | Jacqueline Howard
    Scientists have long known that stress can influence your heart health, but exactly how this relationship takes place has been something of a mystery -- until now. Activity in the amygdala, a region of the brain associated with fear and stress, can predict your risk for heart disease and stroke, according to a study published in the journal The Lancet on Wednesday.
  • This up and down election stuff is stressing me out! What are our chances?

    10/14/2016 9:49:32 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 84 replies
    The ups and downs of this election are stressing me out! Our side (Civilization) and their side (Chaos) Our two sides are so diametrically opposed it literally will mean a completely different way of life if Hillary were to win. I feel like I can't trust ANY media to tell me what's really going on If we lose . . The stakes are HIGH.
  • Students Flood College Mental-Health Centers

    10/10/2016 11:40:51 AM PDT · by tekrat · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/10/2016 | ANDREA PETERSEN
    Ohio State has seen a 43% jump in the past five years in the number of students being treated at the university’s counseling center. At the University of Central Florida in Orlando, the increase has been about 12% each year over the past decade. At the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, demand for counseling-center services has increased by 36% in the last seven years. ... It is unclear why the rates of mental-health problems seem to be increasing among college students. Therapists point to everything from the economy and rising cost of tuition to the impact of social media...
  • Stressed out by U.S. election? Tune out and assume downward-facing dog pose

    10/03/2016 5:50:38 AM PDT · by detective · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 2, 2016 | Alana Wise
    Stop reading the news and take up yoga. That's what some therapists in the United States are telling patients stressed out by a nasty presidential campaign in which two unpopular candidates are in a tight race for the most powerful office in the world. While some patients are unhappy with the idea of a Hillary Clinton presidency, most are worried about Donald Trump, a blunt-spoken, insult-spewing New York businessman who has never held public office, according to interviews with seven therapists across six states and the District of Columbia. The therapists said their patients have complained of difficulty sleeping, irritability...
  • 7 reasons Hillary vs. Trump is not a fair fight (and down goes da Beast)

    09/21/2016 4:17:56 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 52 replies
    WND ^ | Kent G. Bailey
    Let me offer a few paleopsychological observations at this juncture: First, it is a medical and scientific fact that stress is powerfully correlated with the causes of a wide range of physical and psychological pathologies, and it can also aggravate just about any pre-existing condition. Moreover, chronic and prolonged stress of the kind plaguing Hillary is especially problematic, and it is reaching a fever pitch as her polls sink and the debates are days away. I am amazed that she has not completely fallen apart already. Second, traumatic and unexpected events contribute to stress, and Hillary never expected to meet...
  • America Fatter, More Stressed Out Since Obama Took Office

    09/08/2016 8:56:47 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | September 8, 2016 | Caroline May
    First lady Michelle Obama has been encouraging healthy eating and exercise for years, but her efforts have failed to make a dent in the national obesity rate, which has increased since President Barack Obama took office. According to the results of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, released Wednesday, the obesity rate in the U.S. increased 2.5 percentage points from 25.5 percent in 2008 to 28.0 percent in 2015. While the national obesity rate is on the rise, millennials (those born between 1980 and 1996) are the one generation that has seen its obesity rate decline. Since 2008, the obesity rate among...
  • UConn again bringing in therapy dogs for finals week

    05/01/2016 11:01:35 AM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 74 replies
    The New Haven Register ^ | May 1, 2016 | unattributed, AP
    STORRS >> The University of Connecticut is providing its students with therapy dogs to help relieve the stress of final exams. The dogs will be available for petting at the school’s Homer Babbidge Library from Monday afternoon through Friday afternoon. ... The school says it is keeping the dogs in a space that won’t impact students with allergies who may also need to use the library.
  • I go to a competitive high school in surburbia. The stress is killing me.

    03/29/2016 6:35:00 AM PDT · by detective · 80 replies
    MSN News ^ | MARCH 29, 2016 | Ethan Brown
    We just want you to have a good senior year!" I hardly heard the words leave my guidance counselor's mouth as I stumbled out of her office. I could barely walk back to my classroom without collapsing. I tried to process what just happened and to make sense of the fear inside me. No such luck. I was a mess of emotions, held together haphazardly by black coffee and teenage angst.
  • Manhunt for suspected Paris killer underway as his brother talks

    11/16/2015 11:29:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Fox ^ | November 16, 2015
    DEVELOPING -- As the manhunt unfolded for a suspect in the Paris massacre Monday, his surviving brother said he had no idea where the fugitive was hiding. Police were seeking the suspected attacker Salah Abdeslam, 26, and any possible associates. Officers set off explosions in Molenbeek, a suburb of Brussels, Belgium, but they say they failed to make any arrests Monday. "My parents are in shock and don't realize what happened," Abdeslam's brother, Mohamed, told reporters. He added, "We don't know, because of the current tensions, if he will dare to turn himself in." Mohamed Abdeslam was detained over the...
  • Mother of Paris suicide bomber says her son did not mean to kill anyone...

    11/16/2015 8:33:26 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 52 replies
    Full title: Mother of Paris suicide bomber says her son did not mean to kill anyone... and claims he may have blown himself up because of STRESS The mother of a Paris suicide bomber says her son 'did not mean to kill anyone' - and claims he may have blown himself up because of stress. Ibrahim Abdeslam, 31, launched a solo attack outside the cafe Comptoir Voltaire, close to the scene of the Bataclan concert hall massacre on Friday night. His brother Mohamed Abdeslam, a former council worker, was arrested in Molenbeek in western Brussels, a day after the attacks...
  • American Teens Are Stressed and Bored. It’s Time To Talk About Feelings.

    04/10/2015 2:21:47 PM PDT · by BJ1 · 56 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 04/10/2015 | Diana Divecha and Robin Stern
    A growing body of research highlights the importance of how kids feel and how they manage those feelings, or not. Emotions drive attention, learning, memory, and decision-making. They affect relationships and psychological well-being. Learning to handle emotions well is especially important in adolescence, a time when neural networks are being sculpted that will influence behavior patterns for life.
  • Cockatoo reenacts previous owners' arguments

    02/10/2015 12:11:45 PM PST · by Brother Cracker · 33 replies
    Odd_News ^ | Feb. 10, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    RALEIGH, N.C.- A North Carolina woman who bought a cockatoo from a divorcing couple said the bird keeps reenacting its former owners' arguments. Elaine Sigmon said she and her husband, Don, recently obtained Peaches the Moluccan cockatoo from a couple who separated and the former owners apparently weren't shy about having arguments in front of the bird. Sigmon said Peaches reenacts her former owners' squabbles "once or twice a day."
  • Pentagon’s War on Tobacco Fails

    01/07/2015 12:12:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 6, 2015 | Bill McMorris
    George S. Patton once came upon a dying man at the 15th Evacuation Hospital at Sant’ Agata during the Sicilian invasion. He sparked a cigarette and placed it in the young soldier’s mouth. He smacked a shell-shocked trooper for cowardice moments later.The slap surely would have ended Patton’s career were he serving in today’s Army. The act of comfort to the dying man probably would as well.The Department of Defense is trying to extinguish the cigarettes of our nation’s servicemen. The War on Terror reversed some of the gains in the fight against tobacco as smoking rates jumped 13 percent...
  • Kitten Therapy: The Prescription for Stress

    11/13/2014 8:02:01 AM PST · by nuconvert · 22 replies
    The secret to stress relief? Kitties! These stressed people are invited to step inside a big glass “therapy” office and are surprised with some kitten playtime. ( 3 min video at link )
  • At-risk Democrats stress over Obama and immigration (Husseincare and Pelosi linger...)

    08/06/2014 8:29:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/30/14 | CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN, SEUNG MIN KIM
    The Senate’s most vulnerable Democratic incumbents, caught in the crosscurrents of immigration reform, are urging President Barack Obama to show restraint in using his executive powers to slow deportations. Obama is locked between a progressive base demanding aggressive action and voters in conservative states that will decide the fate of the Senate and hold outsized importance in shaping the final two years of his presidency. The White House is weighing how far it can go, legally and politically, in delaying deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants. His decision will be announced just weeks before Election Day, and the timing is...
  • Blood test predicts suicide risk, study suggests

    08/02/2014 9:43:39 PM PDT · by Innovative · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 31, 2014 | Rachael Rettner
    A new gene linked to suicide risk has been discovered, and researchers say the finding could lead to a blood test that predicts a person's risk of attempting suicide. The model correctly identified 80 percent to 96 percent of people who experienced suicidal thoughts or attempted suicide. It was more accurate among people at severe risk for suicide. If the findings are confirmed and lead to a blood test for suicide risk, such a test might be used to screen people in psychiatric emergency rooms or to determine how closely a person needs to be monitored for suicide risk, the...
  • Loose Bull Elk 'Stressed' by Attempted Selfies Caught in Garden City

    07/26/2014 11:16:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    KTVB ^ | July 25, 2014
    A bull elk is back in the wild after a wild night in Garden City. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says someone called police to report seeing an elk in a vacant lot at 42nd and Adams Street. The responding officer called Fish and Game. A conservation officer found the elk, which appeared to be stressed. Fish and Game says people were getting too close and trying to take "selfies" with the animal. Because of the stress, the elk ran off through the neighborhood including Veteran's Parkway. "When people get this close to a wild animal, the stress...
  • Major submarine accidents remain isolated but costly

    03/31/2014 3:40:25 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 32 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | March 30, 2014 | Jennifer McDermott
    When the periscope of the USS Montpelier rose from the water during training off the coast of Florida on Oct. 13, 2012, the submarine crew saw a Navy cruiser approaching a mere 100 to 200 yards away. The cruiser USS San Jacinto tried to reverse, but it was too late. The Montpelier-San Jacinto collision was one of 906 submarine accidents from late 2004 through 2013, according to data obtained from the Naval Safety Center by The Day through a Freedom of Information Act request. The submarine's commanding officer was relieved of duty, and the costly mistake also led to changes...
  • Obama to stress climate change in Fresno

    02/14/2014 9:41:08 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies ^ | 2/14/13 | Carolyn Lochhead
    White House science adviser John Holdren, a Stanford-trained physicist who taught at UC Berkeley and has studied the effects of environmental change for much of his career, says President Obama will address climate change in his visit to Fresno on Friday. “You can certainly expect that the president will talk about the connection between the increasing frequency and intensity of droughts and climate change,” Holdren said Thursday in a conference call with reporters. Although droughts are common in the West, California’s current episode is among the strongest of the past 500 years, according to paleo-climate records, and the worst since...
  • US teens more stressed than adults

    02/11/2014 4:11:25 PM PST · by workerbee · 38 replies
    Fox ^ | 2/11/14
    **SNIP** Many of the teenagers surveyed said they were suffering from irritability or angriness (40 percent), nervousness or anxiety (36 percent) or depression and sadness (33 percent) because of their stress. Sturgill told USA Today she sometimes skips meals because of high levels of stress. “Our study this year gives us a window in looking at how early these patterns might begin," clinical psychologist Norman Anderson, the APA’s CEO told USA Today. "The patterns of stress we see in adults seem to be occurring as early as the adolescent years — stress-related behaviors such as lack of sleep, lack of...
  • The 14 Most Stressful Jobs In America

    11/15/2013 8:44:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/14/2013 | Vivian Giang
    We all think our jobs are stressful, but having a job on the extreme end of the spectrum can mean strict deadlines, brutal criticism, and even regularly having other people's lives in your hands. To find out what the most stressful jobs in America are, we reached out to career information expert Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., who compared the stress levels of the 747 occupations identified by the U.S. Department of Labor. This list is ranked by the stress tolerance for each job, which measures how often employees face high-stress situations. It also includes the consequences of employee errors, which measures...
  • Documentary: Fear and stress define life under drones (est. 900 killed, 600 injured since 2004)

    10/28/2013 6:34:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/28/13 | Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News
    Last week, Amnesty International released a report on U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, concluding that as many as 900 civilians might have been killed and 600 seriously injured in the attacks since 2004, when the controversial program began. The United States launched between 330 to 374 drone strikes in Pakistan between 2004 and September 2013, according to the report. And those strikes have created a culture of fear on the ground. "I wasn't scared of drones before," Nabeela, an 8-year-old whose grandmother, Mamana Bibi, was killed by a 2012 drone strike, says in the report. "But now when they fly...
  • Kimberly Chartier sues New England Patriots, NFL, in wake of husband's fatal heart attack

    08/22/2013 6:36:07 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 30 replies
    Springfield (MA) Republican ^ | August 20, 2013 | Buffy Spencer
    SPRINGFIELD - Kimberly Chartier - whose husband died of cardiac arrest in the stands of a New England Patriots game in 2010 - has filed a civil suit in Hampden Superior Court against the team and the National Football League. Chartier, of Chicopee - who is suing on behalf of her son Tedy - is seeking at least $10 million alleging the Patriots, the National Football League, and three other parties are responsible for the wrongful death of her husband Jeffrey A. Chartier.
  • The Upside of Trauma

    07/04/2013 8:25:35 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 2 replies
    Pacific Standard ^ | June 27, 2013 | Mark Obbie
    Worries about post-traumatic stress have become a stock part of the media narrative surrounding tragedies like Boston and Newtown. And resilience is supposedly the best we can hope for in the face of adversity. But what if there’s a third option? The story of one mass shooting, and the surprising tug of post-traumatic growth.
  • Hawaii Remains State With the Least Stress (Also the State with the most level of enjoyment)

    04/24/2013 7:20:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Gallup ^ | 04/24/2013 | Lindsey Sharpe
    Hawaii residents remained the least likely in the U.S. to say they felt stressed on any given day in 2012, at 32.1%. West Virginia residents, on average, were the most likely to report feeling stress, at 47.1%. These state-level data are based on daily surveys conducted from January through December 2012 and encompass more than 350,000 interviews as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Nationwide, 40.6% of Americans reported feeling stressed "yesterday" in 2012, similar to past years. Gallup has measured daily stress in its tracking survey since 2008. Hawaii has ranked as the state with the lowest percentage of...
  • Americans 'Snapping' by the Millions

    04/22/2013 4:16:08 PM PDT · by anymouse · 50 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 4/21/13 | David Kupelian
    Terrorism. Chaos. Fear of the future. In the age of Obama, America is undergoing a “fundamental transformation” – that much everyone knows. But what few seem to realize about this transformation is that the sheer stress of living in today’s America is driving tens of millions to the point of illness, depression and self-destruction. Consider the following trends: (snip) Commenting on Obama’s sudden obsession with employing every means possible to deny law-abiding Americans their constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms, Limbaugh exclaimed: “All of this is so in our face. Everything that people hold dear is under assault....
  • Americans 'snapping' by the millions ( record fear, stress, suicide)

    04/21/2013 2:04:54 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 102 replies
    WND ^ | Arpil 21, 2013 | David Kupelian
    Terrorism. Chaos. Fear of the future. In the age of Obama, America is undergoing a “fundamental transformation” – that much everyone knows. But what few seem to realize about this transformation is that the sheer stress of living in today’s America is driving tens of millions to the point of illness, depression and self-destruction. Consider the following trends: Suicide has surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of injury death for Americans. Even more disturbing, in the world’s greatest military, more U.S. soldiers died last year by suicide than in combat; Fully one-third of the nation’s employees suffer chronic debilitating...
  • Sharks in the Water and Out - On the abuses of “work-related stress”

    04/04/2013 3:55:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    City Journal ^ | 26 March 2013 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Earlier this month, British newspapers reported the story of Paul Marshallsea, a Welshman who, while on a two-month Australian holiday with his wife, wrestled a six-foot shark to prevent it from attacking children in the water. Marshallsea happened to be filmed while doing so, and the pictures went around the world. He was proclaimed a hero. Unfortunately for him, the pictures also reached Wales. He and his wife were supposed to be on sick leave at the time with “work-related stress,” and his heroics didn’t impress his employers: they sacked him, on the not-unreasonable grounds that if he could travel...
  • Stress: The roots of resilience

    10/11/2012 12:44:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    NATURE NEWS ^ | 10 October 2012 | Virginia Hughes
    On a chilly, January night in 1986, Elizabeth Ebaugh carried a bag of groceries across the quiet car park of a shopping plaza in the suburbs of Washington DC. She got into her car and tossed the bag onto the empty passenger seat. But as she tried to close the door, she found it blocked... --snip-- The most talked-about biological marker of resilience is neuropeptide Y (NPY), a hormone released in the brain during stress. Unlike the stress hormones that put the body on high alert in response to trauma, NPY acts at receptors in several parts of the brain...
  • The man that is helping to produce strong conservatives. On radio for 52 years!

    09/16/2012 11:52:44 AM PDT · by fabian · 674 replies
    fhu ^ | 09/16/12 | fabian
    Now celebrating 52 years of helping people on the radio! For over half a century Roy Masters has been helping people overcome their most difficult problems. As the nation’s first and longest running radio counselor, Roy Masters has advised callers with a unique ability to hear inner problems, heal fears and sexual stresses, and help people take charge of their own lives. Great show and exactly what the world needs! Here is a radio show stations page...
  • Stress signal causes abnormal implantation location and pregnancy loss

    08/21/2012 11:10:29 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 62 replies
    Journal of Biological Chemistry ^ | 2011-2-25 | Journal of Biological Chemistry
    Pregnancy loss is a common and painful condition for gestational women, accounting for 25-40% of total pregnancy, having become a serious social-medical issue worldwide. Animal studies and clinical investigations have indicated that the cause of many mid-term miscarriage/abnormal pregnancy has been seeded very early during the onset of embryo implantation. Epidemiological study also showed that maternal stress at early pregnancy is strongly associated with various complications during ongoing gestation. However, whether and how the process of embryo implantation is affected by environmental factors such as stress induced sympathetic activation remained elusive. Considering the mammalian uterus is an organ with extensive...
  • Stressed? Are You Disabled?

    08/19/2012 10:37:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | August 20, 2012 | Katie Kieffer
    Government worker: “Do you have a disability?” Man: “No.” Man’s wife: “What does he get if he’s disabled?” Government worker: “His monthly payments will [double].” Man’s wife: “Well, then he’s disabled.” Government worker (to man): “What’s your disability?” Man: “I’m stressed.” An attorney friend of mine recently overheard the above conversation in a Florida government building. The man, who had just turned 65, was signing up for retirement benefits while his wife stood over his shoulder. I relay the story to illustrate how our government is expanding the definition of the term “disability.” Howard Rich explains in his recent Wall...
  • The real reason behind the left's takeover of much of America!

    08/17/2012 1:44:44 PM PDT · by fabian · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | 08/17/12 | fabian
    Listen and learn this very simple and higly effective technique to be able to fight and win without guilt! The church has lost it's way, but you can find it easily.
  • Stressed Men Prefer Heavier Women: Study

    08/09/2012 12:49:42 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 74 replies
    ABCNews ^ | 08/09/2012 | DR. TIFFANY CHAO, ABC News Medical Unit
    Gentlemen may prefer blondes, but stressed men prefer heavier women -- at least according to a new study. In this study, published Wednesday in the journal PLoS ONE, researchers at the University of Westminster in London subjected 41 men to a stress-inducing task. After this task, the researchers asked the men to rate the attractiveness of female bodies ranging from emaciated to obese. Compared to a control group of 40 men who did not undergo the stress task, the stressed men rated a significantly heavier female body size as the most attractive, and they rated heavier female bodies as more...
  • Number of George Washigton Bridge suicides on the rise, two attempts were stopped Thursday

    06/17/2012 9:38:23 PM PDT · by oldernittany · 37 replies
    Newark Star Ledger ^ | 6-15-2012 | Richard Khavkine
    So far this year, nine people have jumped to their deaths from the 212-foot high span into the Hudson River, nearly twice as many as the five people who killed themselves last year.....’s difficult to assign a blanket cause to apparent suicide clusters such as this one, people who jump off towering structures tend to be more psychiatrically disturbed and more intent on killing themselves.
  • The real cause of disease and all suffering...and why cancer cures are spiritual in nature.

    05/30/2012 9:59:55 AM PDT · by fabian · 141 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5/30/12 | fabian
    This posting is under news because this is news for so many people! And life saving news at that. If you do not wish to watch the short video, let me tell you that those teeny tiny irritations that fuel most of our lives, are the actual source of food for a darkness that creates disease, suffering, and misery. Please, listen to the Be Still exercise that is being used widely now in our military at for the simple and highly effective answer!
  • Childhood Stress Leaves Genetic Scars

    04/28/2012 3:52:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 24 April 2012 | Katherine Rowland
    Enlarge Image Early damage. Telomeres (red) are shorter in children who have been abused. Credit: Pasleka/Photo Researchers Inc. Traumatic experiences in early life can leave emotional scars. But a new study suggests that violence in childhood may leave a genetic mark as well. Researchers have found that children who are physically abused and bullied tend to have shorter telomeres—structures at the tips of chromosomes whose shrinkage has been linked to aging and disease. Telomeres prevent DNA strands from unravelling, much like the plastic aglets on a shoelace. When cells divide, these structures grow shorter, limiting the number of times...
  • The Repo man: get yourself back from the body snatchers!

    04/10/2012 7:22:12 AM PDT · by fabian · 68 replies
    the ^ | 4/09/12 | fabian
    He is the man who began self help talk radio over 50 years ago and is still on all over the nation trying to wake Americans out of their hypntotic states. I call him the repo man because he has the roadmap to reposessing our own bodies and minds, as our only problems in life and in our nation are that we have all become possessed by entities very similar to the ones in the movie " Invasion of the Body Snatchers". However, these creatures are very crafty and hate goodness, indeed they are the mischievious flipside of our good...
  • Citibank, 3 others fail Fed stress test; 15 pass (GMAC/ALLY Failed, Too)

    03/13/2012 1:43:26 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    AP ^ | 3-13-12 | MARTIN CRUTSINGER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says four major banks failed to show they have enough capital to survive another serious downturn. The list includes Citigroup, the nation's third-largest bank. The Fed says 15 of 19 major banks passed the stress test. The Fed noted that all of the banks have built up their capital reserves since the 2008 financial crisis. SunTrust and Ally Financial also failed the test.
  • Managing the Stress of Big Family Events

    03/04/2012 2:22:00 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 10 replies
    Special Guests ^ | 3-4-12 | SpecialGuests
    As winter gives way to spring, a number of holiday and other family events—be it Passover, graduation, first communion, you name it—stand before us. And, with them, comes a certain degree of anxiety for most of us, knowing that it means spending some “quality time” with our extended family. No matter how much we may love them, bringing all those personalities together is an inevitable recipe for tension. That’s why we can all use a coach like etiquette expert, Marie Dubuque—an unparalleled guru in interpersonal relationships and a wellspring of common-sensibility advice for all of us humans who can’t help...
  • Michele Bachmann Reportedly Suffers From Stress-Induced "Episodes"

    07/19/2011 7:39:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/19/2011 | Zeke Miller
    Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) suffers from incapacitating, stressed-induced migraines, The Daily Caller reports, questioning her fitness to be President. The report cites multiple sources close to the GOP presidential candidate confirming the condition, and lists multiple hospital stays and trips to urgent care centers for treatment. "She has terrible migraine headaches. And they put her out of commission for a day or more at a time. They come out of nowhere, and they’re unpredictable,” a Bachmann adviser involved in her 2010 congressional campaign told The Daily Caller. A spokeswoman for Bachmann, Alice Stewart, confirmed ”she suffers from migraines and they’re...
  • City living marks the brain - Neuroscientists study social risk factor for mental illness.

    06/22/2011 5:37:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies
    Nature News ^ | 22 June 2011 | Alison Abbott
    Epidemiologists showed decades ago that people raised in cities are more prone to mental disorders than those raised in the countryside. But neuroscientists have avoided studying the connection, preferring to leave the disorderly realm of the social environment to social scientists. A paper in this issue of Nature represents a pioneering foray across that divide. Using functional brain imaging, a group led by Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg of the University of Heidelberg's Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, Germany, showed that specific brain structures in people from the city and the countryside respond differently to social stress (see pages 452 and...
  • Stress may increase risk for Alzheimer's disease

    05/26/2011 9:15:32 AM PDT · by decimon · 13 replies
    Max-Planck-Gesellschaft ^ | May 26, 2011 | Unknown
    Stress hormones lead to Alzheimer-like protein modificationsProtein deposits in nerve cells are a typical feature of Alzheimer's disease: the excessive alteration of the tau protein through the addition of phosphate groups – a process known as hyperphosphorylation – causes the protein in the cells to aggregate into clumps. As a result, nerve cells die, particularly in the hippocampus, a part of the brain that plays an important role in learning and memory, as well as in the prefrontal cortex which regulates higher cognitive functions. Fewer than ten percent of Alzheimer cases have a genetic basis. The factors that contribute to...
  • [Japan]Nuke workers at risk of overwork death(Fukushima Karoshi?)

    04/20/2011 7:09:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 04/20/11
    Depression, stress, poor sanitation, diet: doctor Nuke workers at risk of overwork death Kyodo Tokyo Electric Power Co. workers engaged in efforts to stabilize the crisis-hit Fukushima No.1 nuclear plant are at risk of depression or death from overwork, a doctor who recently examined them said Wednesday. The workers are not only undertaking dangerous work in severe conditions but also feel a sense of moral responsibility as employees of the operator of the crippled plant, Takeshi Tanigawa said in an interview. Many of the workers have been exposed to multiple stresses, he said, as some of them barely survived the...
  • Elevated levels of sodium blunt response to stress, study shows (autism?)

    04/05/2011 4:10:55 PM PDT · by decimon · 3 replies
    CINCINNATI—All those salty snacks available at the local tavern might be doing more than increasing your thirst: They could also play a role in suppressing social anxiety. New research from the University of Cincinnati (UC) shows that elevated levels of sodium blunt the body's natural responses to stress by inhibiting stress hormones that would otherwise be activated in stressful situations. These hormones are located along the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which controls reactions to stress. The research is reported in the April 6, 2011, issue of The Journal of Neuroscience, the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience. "We're calling this...
  • Stress affects the balance of bacteria in the gut and immune response

    03/21/2011 10:00:27 AM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies
    Elsevier ^ | March 21, 2011 | Unknown
    New York, 21 March 2011 – Stress can change the balance of bacteria that naturally live in the gut, according to research published this month in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. "These bacteria affect immune function, and may help explain why stress dysregulates the immune response," said lead researcher Michael Bailey. Exposure to stress led to changes in composition, diversity and number of gut microorganisms, according to scientists from The Ohio State University. The bacterial communities in the intestine became less diverse, and had greater numbers of potentially harmful bacteria, such as Clostridium. "These changes can have profound implications...
  • Stressed? Punch a Panda!

    12/14/2010 2:53:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Uptowner ^ | Dec 14th, 2010 | Ksenia Galouchko
    Greeting people outside the public assistance office on W. 125th Street, a man dressed in panda outfit and boxing gloves invites passerby to punch him. Nate Hill calls his artistic experiment “community service and social outreach” meant to give people an outlet for their frustrations. Hill, who lives in East Harlem, started his “Punch Me Panda” experiment about a month ago and has so far taken punches in Harlem, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Park Slope, Williamsburg and Bushwick. Hill announces his weekly trips on Twitter, where he also invites people to request house calls. “When I came to the off-track betting location, all...
  • Social stress leads to atherosclerosis

    12/06/2010 11:00:10 AM PST · by decimon · 8 replies
    University of Gothenburg ^ | December 6, 2010 | Unknown
    Studies on genetically engineered mice show that social stress activates the immune system and accelerates the development of atherosclerosis. Commonly used drugs to reduce blood pressure, however, may stop this process. This is the conclusion of a thesis presented at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Several large studies have clearly shown that there is a correlation between psychosocial stress and the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. However, little is known about why this is the case. "The aim of my thesis was to study the underlying mechanisms by which stress leads to atherosclerosis and subsequent cardiovascular disease", explains Evelina Bernberg,...
  • Stress--Dealing With From a Christian Perspective

    11/19/2010 12:47:44 PM PST · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 4 replies
    MSMB ^ | November 19, 2010 | Rob W. Case
    Today, I want to discuss stress. We live in a time and age where stress is common, rampant, and so intense that it has become a tremendous challenge sometimes to simply maintain composure. Stress is a draining mechanism that can easily take our focus off of the Lord and dwell on our own troubles. Now, to us Christians, there are three major types of stress we should examine....... Work-Related Stress: Back in June, a friend of mine and I went to a restaurant we both like. When the waitress came to our table, she had a “brain freeze” for a...
  • For the losing side: How to handle the post-election hangover (PEST: Post Election Stress Trauma)

    11/05/2010 10:16:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/03/10 | Stephanie Chen
    For the losing side: How to handle the post-election hangoverBy Stephanie Chen, CNN November 3, 2010 4:57 p.m. EDT (CNN) -- For weeks -- even months -- you may have been caught up in the election frenzy. You've been jazzed about a candidate or a cause. Perhaps you've volunteered for a campaign or proudly planted a sign in your yard. The results are announced and the winners start celebrating their campaign victory, but for the losers, an election loss can easily turn personal. CNN spoke to Dr. Ivan Walks, a public health physician and psychiatrist who has studied stress for...