Stress hormones can prevent disorders after a traumatic event

Stress hormones can prevent disorders after a traumatic event

In a recent study, a group of researchers have found that the Ppm1f (Protein phosphatase 1f) gene is altered when exposed to traumatic stress and is associated with posttraumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. People who have suffered from traffic accidents, war combat, terrorist attacks and exposure to other traumatic events have an increased likelihood of developing diseases. These diseases can be psychological and physical, such as heart problems and cancer. The current preventive treatments based on psychological support and drugs are effective in some cases. Unfortunately, these treatments do…

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Feeling hassled and unable to cope? Here are 5 apps that will relieve stress

Feeling hassled and unable to cope? Here are 5 apps that will relieve stress

There has been a lot written about the ill effects of stress. It is inescapable and it can damage your body. Over a period of time, it can increase risk of cardiovascular disease, can lead to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in your child, and can even be infectious. ) Just Rain: As anyone who has slept soundly to the sound of rainfall will tell you, it is one of the most soothing experiences. But since it can’t rain through the year, the app Just Rain allows you to simulate its noise and visuals….

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Smoking may increase sensitivity to social stress: Study

Smoking may increase sensitivity to social stress: Study

Lighting a cigarette may not be a good way to relax and it may increase sensitivity to social stress, according to a new study by the French National Centre for Scientific Research published on Tuesday. Researchers found that exposure to nicotine, rather than withdrawal from it, which is commonly seen as anxiety-inducing in smokers, produced a stressing effect on lab mice, reports Efe news. “(The experiments) suggest that nicotine could enhance the effects of stress,” said Philippe Faure, the centre’s head of research, during the study’s presentation in Paris. Scientists from…

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Kids, are you overworked at school? Here’s how you can cope with the stress

Kids, are you overworked at school? Here’s how you can cope with the stress

Between homework, schoolwork, exams and test anxiety, post-school activities and bullying, kids can be super stressed out, but now, a team of researchers has outlined which coping strategies work best. The study’s lead author Bruce Compas said that learning effective ways to manage stress is especially important for children. “Chronic stress is bad for adults, but it is particularly troublesome for children, because among many other effects, it can cause long-term problems with complex thinking and memory skills, attention, learning and behaviour,” Compas said. For the purposes of the study,…

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Parents’ Divorce and Family Stress Can Affect Children’s Health: Study

Parents’ Divorce and Family Stress Can Affect Children’s Health: Study

Excessive stress can be bad for you and your family, especially your little one. If you are going through a stressful event in your life, chances are it might trickle down to your child. Constantly fighting with your spouse or getting into repeated arguments may have a negative impact on your child’s brain. According to experts, even prenatal stress can have an effect on the mental health of your baby. Stress during pregnancy puts the fetus under lot of pressure. It may lead to complications in delivery and development issues…

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Prebiotics May Help You Beat Stress and Get Good Sleep

Prebiotics May Help You Beat Stress and Get Good Sleep

What are prebiotic really? Are they a food fad? While people were just about warming up to the concept of probiotics, there suddenly came in prebiotics claiming to be better than the other. Gut bacteria or probiotics need to feed on certain fibers in order to perform better and help improve your gut environment so as various metabolic processes can be carried out efficiently by the body. But the acidic content of our stomach most often hampers the growth of these microorganisms, along with our habits such as drinking hot…

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Walk can ease your stress. Here’s how

Walk can ease your stress. Here’s how

Imagine a scenario – You have to submit that critical report one week early. Your pulse races and blood pressure increases. What are you going to do? Before you face a sudden breakdown due to anger, try going out for a stress busting walk. One of the best ways to relieve the stress is to simply walk them away. Yes, walkinghas multiple benefits including reducing stress and anxiety. It’s now well medically and practically proven that a walk is the best stress buster we always had and it costs us…

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Daily Stress May Put You at Heart Disease, Stroke Risk

Daily Stress May Put You at Heart Disease, Stroke Risk

Sounding an alarm bell for those who take unnecessary stress at workplace or at home, researchers have now linked chronic psychosocial stress with an heightened risk of developing heart disease and stroke. According to the team from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, heightened activity in the amygdala — a region of the brain involved in stress — can lead to cardiovascular disease in humans apart from established causes like smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes. Previous research has also shown that the amygdala is more active in people…

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Foods to combat holiday stress

Foods to combat holiday stress

From travel plans to last-minute shopping, the end of year brings a busy calendar that can lead to stress in the kitchen and beyond. If you’re trying to eat a balanced diet, extra activities coupled with an abundance of holiday sweets can make it seem impossible to keep up with your healthful habits. While there is definitely room to enjoy your holiday favorites in moderation, be sure to stock your kitchen with these time-saving foods for some seasonal stress relief. Citrus Fruits: It might seem like the only trees of…

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The Stress of the Holidays – and 2016 – May Make This the Perfect Time to Try Meditation

The Stress of the Holidays – and 2016 – May Make This the Perfect Time to Try Meditation

If we can agree on one thing, it’s that this holiday season is especially stressful. This year it’s not just about the crush of shopping, decorating, cooking and traveling, but the whirl of emotions about getting together with friends and family, some of whom may disagree with you on matters more weighty than whose holiday sweater is ugliest. It may be the year to spike the eggnog. Better yet, it may be the year to try meditation. We spoke to Tara Brach, a psychologist, teacher and founder of the Insight…

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