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December 21, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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The Link Between Stress Hormones And Heart Disease

December 21, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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New research presented at the 59th Annual European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology Meeting looked at the link between an increased risk of heart disease and stress hormone sensitivity. The study has been published in the Journal of Hormone Research in Paediatrics. “In clinical practice, healthy subjects are characterized by differences in glucocorticoid sensitivity that may influence the therapeutic outcome and any adverse effects of synthetic glucocorticoids,” study author Nicolas C. Nicolaides told us. “Thus, it would be very helpful for clinicians to have a fast and accurate methodology that would enable the classification of individuals based on their tissue sensitivity to glucocorticoids." [More]

October 26, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Study Uses The Hippocampus Of A Mouse To Help Explain Stress In Humans

October 26, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Behavioural Brain Research looked at how chronic vicarious social defeat stress (cVSDS) attenuates newborn neuronal cell survival in a mouse hippocampus. “In the current research, we examined influences of psychological stress on the adult hippocampal neurogenesis, which is assumed to be inseparably connected to the depressive states,” study author Akiyoshi Saitoh told us. [More]

September 30, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Here's Why Stress May Actually Be A Useful Tool Rather Than An Obstacle

September 30, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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You feel it ahead of a big exam. Your stomach churns before a job interview. Your heart races before you board a plane. Stress is something everyone is likely to experience at some point. But stress doesn’t have to be an obstacle. In fact, it can be a useful tool. A recent study from the University of Rochester found that re-evaluating perceptions of stress can improve mental health, wellbeing and ultimately, success. [More]

September 14, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Are Students' Emotions Tied To Their Achievements?

September 14, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology looked at whether emotional diversity is associated with better student engagement and achievement. “Our study explored whether students who have varied emotional experiences would also be more engaged and achieve better in school,” study author Cherry Frondozo told us. “We adapted a measure of diversity from ecology to examine the link between the diversity of emotional experiences and achievement.” [More]

August 31, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At The Connection Between Brain Lesions And Psychiatric Disorders

August 31, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Nature Human Behaviour looked at how brain stimulation and brain lesions converge on common causal circuits in neuropsychiatric disease. “The study is about brain circuitry in depression,” study author, Dr. Shan H. Siddiqi told us. “We were hoping to find if modulating specific brain circuits (with brain damage or brain stimulation) can causally modify depression severity.” [More]

August 17, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Why Are Women More Anxious Than Men?

August 17, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology looked at sex differences in specific aspects of two animal tests of anxiety-like behavior. “We studied male and female rodent models to better understand sex differences in biological responses related to anxiety,” study author Thatiane De Oliveira Sergio told us. “We used procedures that let us measure a lot of different aspects of the anxiety behavior.” [More]

August 3, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Methods Of Relaxation To Reduce Stress For Healthcare Workers

August 3, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Occupational Health looked at physical relaxation for occupational stress in healthcare workers in a systematic review and network meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. "Our study evaluates various physical methods of relaxation (yoga, massage therapy, progressive muscle relaxation, and stretching exercises) on their effectiveness in reducing work-related stress in healthcare workers,” study author Michael Zhang told us. [More]

May 31, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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COVID-19 Negatively Impacts Mental Health Of Residents And Staff Of Nursing Homes

May 31, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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COVID-19 has had a significant mental health impact on both residents and staff members in aged care facilities. Research published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry found those working or residing in aged care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic are experiencing high levels of stress and negative mental health impacts. [More]

May 14, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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Avoiding All Stress Isn’t a Good Idea

May 14, 2021 08:07 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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A recent article on APA PsycNet examined how we regulate stress responses. The authors found that “ altering second-level valuation systems—shifting the valuation of stress from “is bad for me” to “can be good for me”—fundamentally changes the overarching goal of stress regulation from reducing stress to optimizing stress responses to achieve valued goals.” However, we live in a culture that tends to view all stress as negative. Can we change the narrative about stress? [More]