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Stress and Anxiety

A good partner relationship as a buffer against stress - EurekAlert (article link)

- About 900 persons took part in her survey, the relationship reduces the negative effects of this kind of stress on our health.
- A positive approach and successful stress-management techniques also help to reduce the negative effects of work-related stress
- But when there are stressful experiences both at work and in the relationship, the risk of burn-out and poor health increases dramatically
- If there is no opportunity to recover the body's reserves are emptied, and poor health ensues.

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Stress puts double whammy on reproductive system, fertility - EurekAlert (article link)

- Stress hormones not only lower GnRH, but boost a recently identified suppressor of GnRH
- The common thread appears to be the glucocorticoid stress hormones, which not only suppress GnRH but boost the suppressor GnIH - a double whammy for the reproductive system.

The new research shows that stress also increases brain levels of a reproductive hormone named gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone, or GnIH, discovered nine years ago in birds and known to be present in humans and other mammals. This small protein hormone, a so-called RFamide-related peptide (RFRP), puts the brakes on reproduction by directly inhibiting GnRH.

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New evidence that dark chocolate helps ease emotional stress - EurekAlert (article link)

- It found that eating about an ounce and a half of dark chocolate a day for two weeks reduced levels of stress hormones in the bodies of people feeling highly stressed. Everyone's favorite treat also partially corrected other stress-related biochemical imbalances.
- In the study, scientists identified reductions in stress hormones and other stress-related biochemical changes in volunteers who rated themselves as highly stressed and ate dark chocolate for two weeks. "The study provides strong evidence that a daily consumption of 40 grams [1.4 ounces] during a period of 2 weeks is sufficient to modify the metabolism of healthy human volunteers," the scientists say.

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Relieving stress at work - MSNBC (video)

A recent study from the American Psychological Association found that stress at work contributes not only to a loss of productivity, but to health problems and poor relationships as well.

 - tips on relieving stress -

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Japan laughs away stress - MSNBC (video)

Dozens of people gather in Tokyo to laugh away their woes.

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Tai Chi may be key to stress-free exercise - MSNBC (video)

It may be a centuries-old practice, but it's finding modern-day devotees who swear the practice increases bolld flow, promotes relaxation and helps to alleviate pain. NBC's Robert Bazell reports in Part Three of the 'Mind-Body Connection' series.

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Debt stress dangerous to health - MSNBC (video)

Stress from deepening debt is becoming a major pain in the neck -- and the back and the head and the stomach -- for millions of Americans.

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'Solution' combats toxic stress - MSNBC (video)

Dr. Roberta Lee, author of "The Superstress Soluction, worked with two women on tackling their stress. They join TODAY's Natalie Morales to discuss teh results of their year-long regimen.

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Economic stress could lead to mental breakdowns - MSNBC (video)

Economic strains could increase the risk of mental breakdowns. - tips on preventing depression -

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Cortisol can inhibit brain cells - MSNBC (article link)

Researchers speculate that their more resilient brains may be due to lower levels of cortisol — studies show that oversecretion of this "stress hormone" can inhibit brain cells' communication. Science-backed ways to cut cortisol levels: Meditate, sip black tea, or take a nap.

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ABC Stress Video 10092008

Dr. Holly Atkinson has tips for preventing stress from affecting your health. 10/09/2008

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Stifle Stress, Sleep Soundly (10 ways)

10 ways to control your stress and get a better night’s sleep

Don't drink caffeinated beverages after noon. Caffeine can stay in your system as long as nine hours after you consume it.
Give the adrenaline a place to go. A little exercise will release beta-endorphins into your bloodstream, which will counteract the stress hormones.

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Mind Your Body: A Higher Road to Relaxation

Cool your exercise jets—the body's best cure for stress may be a little face time.

The most efficient stress-reducer might just be a smile. Engaging socially with others triggers neural circuits that calm the heart, relax the gut, and switch off fear, Porges says.

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A 13-hour Flight and Panic-free

A 13-hour Flight and Panic-free
How to get to Hong Kong without anxiety setting in.

Not only do you need to know that most outcomes you fear will never come to pass, but that you can eliminate the enormous amount of time you dwell on these things.

There are many approaches to anxiety and panic attacks, but by far the best record of success is achieved with a combination of cognitive and behavioral therapy (CBT).

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Secret Shame

Do you fear what others think of you? How shame can hurt your health.

Mounting evidence demonstrates that this kind of mental stress can physically exacerbate cardiac problems and depress the immune system, suggesting that we should monitor our personal insecurities as we would salt intake and cigarette smoking. For the sake of your heart and body, treat your self-image gently.

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The High Price of a Broken Heart

The High Price of a Broken Heart

The heart is the honorary seat of emotion—and no wonder. Experience, mood, temperament, and thought style can profoundly alter the ticker. Dispatches from the hidden superhighway between heart and mind.

“We've long connected depression and anger with heart ailments, but new findings suggest that even mild forms of these states can place us at risk.”

“we've learned it's not just extreme stress or fear, but also work-related repetition and boredom—often referred to as burnout—that puts us at risk.”

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The Brain and Long-Lasting Stress - (news flash)

When stress is long-lasting, the engine of inflammation can run without end. Over the long term, inflammatory molecules can "spill into the brain, where they may cause apathy, social withdrawal, fatigue, and changes in eating habits.

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