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  • Female rats, like women, need each other to relieve stress

    05/30/2009 1:43:56 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 35 replies · 1,334+ views
    NRC Handelsblad (Netherlands) ^ | May 29, 2009 | Nienke Beintema
    The female brain reacts differently to stressful situations, distress and depression than the male brain. Research in psycho-pharmacology - the study of drug-induced changes in mood and behaviour - however, is primarily done with male lab animals and therefore provides a distorted picture, Dutch researchers say. Gert ter Horst, a professor of neurobiology at the University Medical Centre in Groningen , and his colleagues have examined the way male and female rats deal with stress. They published their findings in the scientific magazine Physiology & Behavior. "Gender differences have become a booming field of research only recently," they write. "We...
  • AP poll: Most students stressed, some depressed

    05/22/2009 11:55:54 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 54 replies · 1,044+ views
    WASHINGTON – Stress over grades. Financial worries. Trouble sleeping. Feeling hopeless. So much for those carefree college days. The vast majority of college students are feeling stressed these days, and significant numbers are at risk of depression, according to an Associated Press-mtvU poll Eighty-five percent of the students reported feeling stress in their daily lives in recent months, with worries about grades, school work, money and relationships the big culprits. At the same time, 42 percent said they had felt down, depressed or hopeless several days during the past two weeks, and 13 percent showed signs of being at risk...
  • AMATO: Shameful story of ingratitude. Shortchanging those who incurred disabilities in service.

    05/20/2009 4:12:25 AM PDT · by Scanian · 37 replies · 1,690+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 20, 2009 | Rick Amato
    A tremendously important story has gone virtually untold by the media, ignored by our political leaders and unknown to the American public. Despite the extraordinarily high price they have paid, America's severely wounded veterans are enduring humiliating financial hardships of epic proportions. Home evictions, utility shutoffs, car repossessions and foreclosures are commonplace. Spouses have to give up their jobs to become caregivers, cutting family incomes by up to 50 percent or more. Most disabled vets receive much less in compensation and benefits than they did while on active duty, reducing incomes even further. Many are too dysfunctional to hold a...
  • Killings spur Army review of mental care

    05/13/2009 3:15:49 AM PDT · by Doctor13 · 14 replies · 794+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 13 May 2009 | Richard Tomkins
    BAQOUBA, Iraq | The U.S. commander of the Multi-National Force -- Iraq on Tuesday ordered a top-to-bottom review of mental health services for U.S. troops in the country after the worst act of U.S. soldier-on-soldier violence in the Iraq war. Army Lt. Col. Brian Tribus, media relations chief for Multi-National Force - Iraq, told The Washington Times that Lt. Gen. Charles Jacoby ordered procedures "to look into [mental health] services available and delivery of those services." Gen. Jacoby also requested that the Army inspector general review all mental health services available to troops in Iraq, Col. Tribus said. Five U.S....
  • "Organized Crime" is Alive & Well (The Real Goodfellas)

    05/07/2009 6:58:58 PM PDT · by publius321 · 8 replies · 1,094+ views
    May 8, 2009 "Organized Crime" is Alive & Well (The Real Goodfellas) WHY does the "the Administration" so badly want to convert to common stock? With government becoming an "insider" by virtue of owning so many voting shares, the banks will become social engineering tools for the administration. This will allow them to bypass spending approval by Congress. The irony is that..."
  • Army, Marine Corps Juggle High Demands for Ground Forces

    04/23/2009 4:46:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 266+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, April 23, 2009 – With U.S. military members serving in more than 120 countries throughout the world as well as meeting requirements for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, ground forces are stretched thin, senior military officials told Congress here yesterday. The Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli told the Senate Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on readiness and management that unless “tough decisions” are made, the Army cannot continue to meet current demands for deployed forces while maintaining the amount of time troops need to re-train and rest at their home station. “What has to change for...
  • Bank Bailout Plan's 'Stress Tests' Already Causing Stress

    04/19/2009 6:45:30 PM PDT · by Son House · 1 replies · 299+ views ^ | April 19, 2009 | Jim Puzzanghera and E. Scott Reckard
    The so-called stress tests will determine whether the banks need more government bailout money and the $700-billion rescue fund needs to be replenished. Releasing too much information could undermine the banks' health -- the very thing that the administration is trying to avoid, experts said. Revealing too little after weeks of buildup would cast doubt on the process and create a vacuum in which investors and depositors would make their own assumptions, possibly leading to runs on the weakest banks. ...Bert Ely, an independent banking analyst. "It's clear they didn't think through how this was going to play out." The...
  • Soldiers Stay Active, Use Army Programs to Fight Stress

    03/03/2009 5:42:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 260+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Kevin Holden, USA
    BAGHDAD, March 3, 2009 – Deployment is never easy, especially a 15-month deployment in which soldiers face the possibility of missing the same holiday twice away from their loved ones. Army Spc. James Ott conducts personal combat checks on his M-240B machine gun from the turret of his mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle before leaving on a combat patrol mission, Feb. 24, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kevin Holden  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. This has been the reality for soldiers from the 1st Armored Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, who have served in Multinational Division Baghdad since April...
  • Women Who Stress & How to Stop the Madness!

    02/20/2009 7:16:28 AM PST · by armstrong46 · 261+ views
    Fresh from reworking the domestic economic order via the "stimulus" bill in favor of vastly expanded U.S. government influence and power, President Barack Obama proposes a set of changes with respect to American security policies and programs that will have the opposite effect. If equally successful, he stands to transform the "world's only superpower" into a nuclear impotent, with possibly catastrophic consequences. Such a transformation would be the more extraordinary for it coming against the backdrop of others' buildups of their nuclear arsenals. Every other declared nuclear weapon state is modernizing its stockpile and the most dangerous wannabees - North...

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  • Stress takes toll on Obama, develops chronic facial tic

    11/30/2008 2:16:51 PM PST · by SkyDancer · 302 replies · 8,722+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | November 29, 2008 | © 2008 WorldNetDaily
    The strain of the long campaign and a frenetic transition period is beginning to wear on the face of President-elect Barack Obama, who has developed a facial tic under his right eye. The tic on the lower part of his right orbital bone is clearly visible in his recent interview with ABC's Barbara Walters. Campaign insiders say it first emerged during the primary season and has now become chronic.
  • The Price of Words Unspoken

    10/08/2008 8:33:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 344+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 7 October 2008 | Rachel Zelkowitz
    Enlarge ImageColorblind? Researchers found white subjects shrink from using relevant racial descriptors when looking at cards like these.Credit: After Barack Obama's landmark speech on race on 18 March, it was hard to tell what got more media attention: What the Democratic presidential candidate said or that he had said it at all. Regardless, many pundits agreed that as an African-American, Obama could discuss race in ways few white people would dare. That's because most white Americans today have learned not to talk about race for fear of seeming racist, says Samuel Sommers, a social psychologist at Tufts University...
  • America's Most Stressful Cities

    09/24/2008 1:02:22 PM PDT · by GauchoUSA · 32 replies · 1,132+ views ^ | Maurna Desmond
    The crisis on Wall Street has New Yorkers alarmed. But it's nothing compared to the levels of anxiety those living in the Windy City feel each day. Chicago's rising unemployment rate, expensive gas, high population density and relatively poor air quality create a perfect storm of stress, according to measures we used to calculate the country's anxiety hot spots.
  • Heavily Deployed Brigade’s Leaders Reflect on Most Recent Tour

    04/28/2008 4:20:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 134+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Ben Hutto, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq, April 28, 2008 – After months of intensive training at Fort Benning, Ga., and a rotation to the National Training Center, in Fort Irwin, Calif., the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team deployed here in March 2007, prepared to accomplish their mission. Army Capt. Josh Beard, from Opelika, Ala., the civil-military operations officer for 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery, greets a worker who helped set up a well and filtration system at a girls school in Narhwan, Iraq. The 3rd Infantry Division’s 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team established relationships with citizens through community projects and...
  • Stress rankings for 50 U.S. metros (Detroit wins again)

    02/14/2008 6:54:07 PM PST · by cowtowney · 29 replies · 130+ views
    Bizjournals ^ | 2/11/2008 | G. Scott Thomas
    Nowhere is the situation worse than in Detroit, which ranks as the most stressful metropolitan area in America, according to a new Bizjournals study. Detroit is saddled with the highest unemployment rate, 7.2 percent, in any of the nation's 50 largest markets. It also has the group's worst murder rate. And it's among the 10 places with the most robberies, the slowest rates of income growth, the most heart attacks and the fewest sunny days.
  • No Homework Rules

    01/31/2008 9:17:14 AM PST · by bs9021 · 43 replies · 168+ views
    Campus Report ^ | January 31, 2008 | Deborah Lambert
    No Homework Rules by: Deborah Lambert, January 31, 2008 Remember the brouhaha that erupted over “high stakes” testing in education a few years ago? According to author/radio host Charles Sykes, that was nothing compared to the current outrage being expressed over what is being called “excessive” children’s homework. What’s really amazing, says Sykes, is that the most vocal protesters in this war on homework aren’t some pointy headed “educrats,” but the parents. Columnists like Wall Street Journal columnist Jeff Opdyke who tackle this subject can expect a blizzard of emails from parents who blame an overdose of homework for an...
  • Study ties soldiers' maladies to stress

    01/30/2008 10:16:32 AM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 98+ views
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | Jan. 30, 2008 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE
    AP Medical Writer Traumatic brain injury, described as the signature wound of the Iraq war, may be less to blame for soldiers' symptoms than doctors once thought, contends a provocative military study that suggests post-traumatic stress and depression often play a role. That would be good news because there are successful treatments for those conditions, said several nonmilitary doctors who praised the research. Thousands of soldiers returning from Iraq have struggled with memory loss, irritability, trouble sleeping and other problems. Many have suffered mild blast-related concussions, but there is no easy way to separate which symptoms are due to physical...
  • Team Helps Troops in Afghanistan Fight Stress

    12/31/2007 4:38:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 66+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 2nd Lt. Monika Comeaux, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE FENTY, Afghanistan, Dec. 31, 2007 – Mechanics repair vehicles, small-arms repairmen fix weapons, and dentists fix teeth. Members of the Combat Stress Control Detachment working with Company C, 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, here help set troops’ minds straight. A weathered sign indicates members of the Combat Stress Control Detachment at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, are assisting someone in need of their expertise. Photo by 2nd Lt. Monika Comeaux, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. A small team of airmen and soldiers work hand in hand to help deployed servicemembers battle stress here and at...
  • Army Leaders Push to Shorten Iraq Tours

    12/10/2007 7:15:09 AM PST · by xzins · 27 replies · 91+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 9 Dec 07 | Robert Burns
    As security improves in Iraq, pressure is building to reverse one of the most onerous decisions Defense Secretary Robert Gates made to enable President Bush's troop buildup to go forward this year: extending the tours of active-duty soldiers from 12 months to 15 months. The extra three months is a weighty burden, both physically and psychologically, for soldiers already stressed by multiple tours, and on families coping with strains that have mounted since the war began in 2003. "We can't sustain that," Gen. George Casey, who was the top U.S. commander in Iraq before becoming the Army chief of staff...

    October 25, 2007 -- We're stressed out, we can't sleep, we're drinking too much - and it's getting worse. Forty-eight percent of Americans say they're more stressed now than they were five years ago, and the same percent report regularly lying awake at night because of stress, according to a new study by the American Psychological Association. "Stress continues to escalate, and it's affecting every area of people's lives," said Russ Newman, a psychologist and executive director of the APA. So what is it we're worrying about while we stare at the ceiling all night? Primarily two things: money and...
  • Bad Marriage May Literally Hurt Heart

    10/08/2007 1:42:57 PM PDT · by yorkie · 42 replies · 1,114+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 8, 2007 | Lindsey Tanner
    A lousy marriage might literally make you sick. Marital strife and other bad personal relationships can raise your risk for heart disease, researchers reported Monday. What it likely boils down to is stress — a well-known contributor to health problems, as well as a potential byproduct of troubled relationships, the scientists said. In a study of 9,011 British civil servants, most of them married, those with the worst close relationships were 34 percent more likely to have heart attacks or other heart trouble during 12 years of follow-up than those with good relationships. That included partners, close relatives and friends....
  • Obesity Tied to Chronic Stress (Chronically Stressed Mice)

    07/02/2007 5:37:15 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 2 replies · 319+ views
    JSOnline ^ | July 1, 2007 | Rob Stein
    (Study on neurochemicals suggests ways to shrink fat, or grow it) Washington - Scientists reported Sunday that they have uncovered a biological switch by which stress can promote obesity, a discovery that could help explain the world's growing weight problem and lead to new ways to melt flab and manipulate fat for cosmetic purposes. In a series of experiments on mice, researchers showed that the neurochemical pathway they identified promotes fat growth in chronically stressed animals that eat the equivalent of a junk-food diet. The international team also showed that blocking those signals can prevent fat accumulation and shrink fat...
  • 'Stress Threatens Epidemic Of Heart Disease'

    04/19/2007 6:22:24 PM PDT · by blam · 21 replies · 606+ views
    'Stress threatens epidemic of heart disease' Last Updated: 1:36am BST 20/04/2007 The stress of everyday life is threatening a global epidemic of cardiovascular disease, a report by international health experts has warned. High blood pressure is a "silent condition" which is "grossly underestimated" by patients, their families, medics and politicians, according to the study unveiled at the European Parliament in Brussels. The move towards "Westernised" lifestyles - associated with high-fat diets, long working hours and lack of exercise - is partly to blame. But by 2025 almost two thirds of the world's adults could have high blood pressure. The report,...
  • Deployment Stress on Guard, Reserve Has Lessened, Hall Says

    04/12/2007 5:36:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 343+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 12, 2007 – The stress of repeated overseas deployments for National Guard and Reserve members has lessened in recent years, the Defense Department’s reserve-component chief told a special commission today at a Capitol Hill hearing. “We have relieved the stress on the (Guard and Reserve) force in the past couple of years,” Thomas F. Hall, assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs, told members of the Commission on the National Guard and Reserves. Established in 2005, Congress charged the commission to recommend any needed changes in law and policy to ensure the Guard and Reserves are organized,...
  • Why Do Humans And Primates Get More Stress-Related Diseases Than Other Animals?

    02/25/2007 11:00:34 AM PST · by blam · 16 replies · 539+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-25-2007 | Stanford University
    Stanford University Date: February 25, 2007 Why Do Humans And Primates Get More Stress-related Diseases Than Other Animals? Science Daily — Why do humans and their primate cousins get more stress-related diseases than any other member of the animal kingdom? The answer, says Stanford University neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky, is that people, apes and monkeys are highly intelligent, social creatures with far too much spare time on their hands. "Primates are super smart and organized just enough to devote their free time to being miserable to each other and stressing each other out," he said. "But if you get chronically, psychosocially...
  • Sniff an armpit or stroke a cat to cure stress at work

    02/09/2007 1:05:00 PM PST · by EveningStar · 33 replies · 653+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | February 8, 2006 | Ian Sample
    Sniffing a colleague's armpit, booking nap time in a "sleep pod" and sneaking out to rub a cat's tummy at lunchtime have emerged as the latest stress-busters for workaholics...
  • More Marines Will Mean Less Stress, Increased Readiness

    02/02/2007 4:47:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 208+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2007 – More Marines in the ranks will mean a less stressed Corps, which translates to a higher state of readiness, officials said today at the Pentagon. The president’s budget proposal that includes a 27,000-Marine increase is expected to be released Feb. 5. The Corps hopes to add the Marines incrementally beginning this fiscal year and continuing through fiscal 2011. A Marine official speaking on background was quick to add that the increase is not related to the president’s proposed surge of troops in Iraq. The prolonged war has caused a strain on the Corps’ members...
  • Aging Vets Take Stress Disorder To Heart

    01/26/2007 3:53:02 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 407+ views
    Science News ^ | 1-27-2007 | Bruce Bower
    Aging vets take stress disorder to heart Bruce Bower Veterans grappling for decades with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have a greater risk of developing and dying from heart disease than do their peers who don't suffer from the stress ailment, according to a long-term study. Male military veterans who approach their senior years with pronounced PTSD symptoms experience a particularly large number of nonfatal heart attacks and fatal heart conditions, say psychologist Laura D. Kubzansky of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and her colleagues. Kubzansky's team analyzed data from 1,002 veterans who completed a PTSD survey in...
  • Stressed out? You are not Alone

    12/20/2006 8:06:23 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 28 replies · 754+ views
    AP ^ | December 20, 2006 | Associated Press
    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: December 20, 2006 WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stress -- that tense feeling often connected to having too much to do, too many bills to pay and not enough time or money -- is a common emotion that knows few borders. About three-fourths of people in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, South Korea and the United Kingdom say they experience stress on a daily basis, according to AP-Ipsos polling. Those anxious feelings are even more intense during the holidays. Spaniards, 61 percent, were not as wound up as those in most other countries polled....
  • Holding Hands May Reduce Stress

    12/20/2006 12:37:43 PM PST · by Kimmers · 16 replies · 361+ views
    WebMD ^ | 12/20/06 | Miranda Hitti
    Dec. 20, 2006 -- In a happy marriage? Holding hands with your spouse may help you reduce stressstress. That's what psychology experts from the University of Virginia found when they studied happily married couples. James Coan, PhD, and colleagues conducted the study, which included 16 happily married couples who were in their early 30s, on average. First, the husbands and wives rated the quality of their marriages on a scale of 0 to 151. Scores lower than 100 were considered to be distressed marriages. To participate in the study, both husbands and wives had to have high scores. Among couples...
  • Citing Stress, School Stops Publishing Honor Roll

    12/12/2006 10:35:33 AM PST · by Abathar · 138 replies · 2,668+ views
    The Indy Channel ^ | December 12, 2006 | AP
    NEEDHAM, Mass. -- A Massachusetts school's decision has brought about mixed feelings from the community. Needham High School has abandoned its long-standing practice of publishing the names of students who make the honor roll in the local newspaper. Principal Paul Richards said a key reason for stopping the practice is its contribution to students' stress level in "this high-expectations-high-achievement culture." The proposal to stop publishing the honor roll came from a parent. Richards took the issue before the school council, which approved it. Parents were notified of the decision last month. Richards said he received about 60 responses from both...
  • Devaluing the Race Card

    09/01/2006 10:12:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 519+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 31 August 2006 | Yudhijit Bhattacharjee
    The life of African-American middle-school students can be pretty stressful. From the moment they step into the classroom, some must contend with not only coursework but also the anxiety that performing badly might confirm negative stereotypes. That fear can itself lead to poor performance, researchers have known for a while; now they've come up with a simple antidote: getting students to reflect on their sense of self-worth by writing a personal essay about what they value. Geoffrey Cohen, a psychologist at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his colleagues tested the strategy among 243 seventh graders at a northeastern U.S....
  • Western values 'are causing mental illness'

    08/10/2006 6:58:34 AM PDT · by null and void · 20 replies · 719+ views
    The Times ^ | 8/10/06 | Leo Lewis
    THE rapid spread of Western business practices in Japan has caused widespread mental illness and is responsible for a deepening demographic crisis, government officials say. Statistics indicate that 60 per cent of workers suffer from “high anxiety” and that 65 per cent of companies report soaring levels of mental illness. Meanwhile, the size of the Japanese population is shrinking, and for the first time the Government has acknowledged that the falling birth rate is linked to job-related factors. Directors of the Japanese Mental Health Institute blame the same factors for rising levels of depression among workers and the country’s suicide...
  • “A Brain Gone Wrong” How the Brain/Body Reacts to Anxiety and Stress

    08/09/2006 11:52:50 AM PDT · by restornu · 3 replies · 2,046+ views
    Maridian Magazine ^ | 2006 | By Dr. W. Dean Belnap
    "A Brain Gone Wrong”How the Brain/Body Reacts to Anxiety and StressBy Dr. W. Dean BelnapPart Seven of a Ten-Part SeriesI recently chuckled over a newspaper cartoon. A zebra, looking back on himself as his stripes fell to the ground, quipped, “I think I’m having stress!” Humorous, but all too poignantly true. All around us we hear people talk of being “stressed out.” Busyness has become the order of the day in this ever-changing, fast paced world as 24/7 news programs flash images on the screen at a flick of the remote— images projected by a media that thrive and survive...
  • Breastfed Babies May Be Less Stressed Children

    08/03/2006 2:04:01 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 21 replies · 747+ views
    Fox News ^ | August 3, 2006 | Miranda Hitti
    Breastfed babies appear to handle stress better a decade later than their bottle-fed peers. The researchers who report that finding in the Archives of Disease in Childhood’s Aug. 3 advance online edition aren’t ready to give breastfeeding sole credit. It’s possible breastfed babies have other advantages that help them cope with stress, note Scott Montgomery, BSc, PhD, and colleagues in the journal. Montgomery’s team studied more than 8,900 children born in the U.K. in 1970. The children’s moms were interviewed soon after giving birth, and again when the kids were 5 and 10 years old. When the kids were 5,...
  • Trauma may make the brain grow old; Stress seems to trigger memory problems later in life

    07/25/2006 5:19:19 PM PDT · by annie laurie · 5 replies · 323+ views ^ | 24 July 2006 | Jennifer Wild
    A bout of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may do damage to the brain that kick-starts memory problems, scientists have discovered. Even patients who had recovered from a period of stress started to get age-related memory difficulties about a decade earlier than non-traumatized people, they report. Post-traumatic stress, a condition that can cause patients to feel physical pain on remembering a traumatic event, is known to have a number of effects on the mind and body. One of the side effects is that patients tend to be forgetful, unable to remember a story or a list of words after they've heard...
  • Post-War Stress Too Much For Marlboro Man's Marriage

    06/27/2006 6:13:03 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies · 1,746+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-28-2006 | Catherine Elsworth
    Post-war stress too much for Marlboro Man's marriage By Catherine Elsworth in Los Angeles (Filed: 28/06/2006) A US marine whose photograph touched the hearts of countless Americans has filed for divorce just weeks after his lavish wedding was funded by donations from the public. An iconic picture of James Blake Miller, 21, was taken in 2004 during a break from combat in Fallujah and was published in hundreds of newspapers. Showing him grubby-faced and exhausted with a cigarette dangling from his lips, it earned him the nickname Marlboro Man. After his return to the United States, the lance corporal revealed...
  • When they're out to get you, keep cool (Dave Barry) (LOL)

    06/25/2006 8:20:34 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 18 replies · 929+ views
    Maimi Herald ^ | Dave Barry
    When they're out to get you, keep cool BY DAVE BARRY (This classic Dave Barry column was originally published on July 16, 1995.) Recently, I was in my office, with a lot to do, including write a column, when I got a phone call informing me that the electric company had cut off my power. Years ago, I would have responded to this petty annoyance with a pointless, immature outburst of anger. But since then I have learned that stress management is vital to health. So I hung up the phone, took a deep breath, exhaled slowly, then punched my...
  • New DVD tackles teen deployment stress

    06/08/2006 5:31:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 240+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Elaine Wilson
    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas (Army News Service, June 8, 2006) – A new DVD aimed at reducing deployment stress for military teenagers is scheduled to be released worldwide this month. The 30-minute DVD, called “Teens Coping With Military Deployment – How’s Your Family Doing?,” addresses a variety of teen deployment-related concerns, including fear of injury or death, anxiety brought about by changes in the home and coping mechanisms for dealing with the absence of a parent. A mix of personal life experience and concern for fellow Soldiers and their families inspired Maj. Keith Lemmon to create the DVD. “I deployed...
  • Fantastic Voyage : Live Long Enough to Live Forever

    05/25/2006 2:20:45 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 19 replies · 1,043+ views ^ | September 27, 2005 | Ray Kurzweil & Terry Grossman, M.D.
    Immortality is within our grasp . . . In Fantastic Voyage, high-tech visionary Ray Kurzweil teams up with life-extension expert Terry Grossman, M.D., to consider the awesome benefits to human health and longevity promised by the leading edge of medical science--and what you can do today to take full advantage of these startling advances. Citing extensive research findings that sound as radical as the most speculative science fiction, Kurzweil and Grossman offer a program designed to slow aging and disease processes to such a degree that you should be in good health and good spirits when the more extreme...
  • Americans far sicker than English

    05/04/2006 6:54:32 AM PDT · by S0122017 · 45 replies · 769+ views
    newscientist ^ | 2 May 2006 | Helen Pearson
    Americans far sicker than English Researchers struggle to explain trans-Atlantic divide in health. Helen Pearson Do years of American pie leave US citizens less healthy than Europeans? © Getty Middle-aged Americans are in much worse health than their English counterparts, suggests a trans-Atlantic comparison, and scientists are at a loss to explain why. The new study, which compared the health of white, 55 to 64-year-olds in the two countries, found that diabetes is twice as common in the United States compared with England, cancer 70% more prevalent and heart disease more than 50% more widespread. People in the healthiest, high-income...
  • Abortion increases stress: study

    01/02/2006 2:41:10 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 36 replies · 661+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 3 January 2006
    HAVING an abortion as a young woman raises the risk of developing mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, a new study shows. The findings come from the Christchurch Health and Development Study of 1265 children tracked since birth in the 1970s in New Zealand. Researchers found 41 per cent of the more than 500 women in the study had become pregnant by age 25 with 90 pregnancies terminated. At age 25, 42 per cent of those who had an abortion had experienced major depression at some stage during the previous four years - nearly double the rate of...
  • Men catching up to women in life expectancy: study

    12/20/2005 4:37:32 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 4 replies · 478+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 12-20-05 | Ed Leefeldt
    As the first of the 75 million baby boomers touch 60 in January, there's good news for the men: They are catching up to women in life expectancy. A new "Longevity Index" by Credit Suisse First Boston shows that while women still live four years longer on average, men are gaining twice as fast in the age race. Medical experts say women are working harder, smoking more and undergoing more stress, which leads to the No. 1 killer -- heart disease. "We are getting equality in ways we may not want," said Dr. Sharon Brangman, a board member of the...
  • Why do so many drugs work on this tryptophan pathway? I need some comments/ideas.

    12/11/2005 2:40:15 PM PST · by oxcart · 21 replies · 1,028+ views
    by Self | 12/11/2005 | Tom (aka oxcart)
    In the 60's to 1989 research into tryptophan grew rapidly, millions used it for depression. In 1989, a contaminated batch forced the FDA to pull tryptophan off the US market, never to return. This destroyed all research into this critical amino acid and cleared the way for pharmaceutical drugs and billions of profits for them. I am asking the question, why do so many drugs work on the tryptophan oxygenase (pyrrolase) pathway? We have antidepressants (all classes). Related articles; And here; Then we have alcohol; Then we have asprin; Nicotine, morphine, phenobarbitone then we have...
  • Unhappy Marriage Is Bad for Your Health

    12/07/2005 12:08:23 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 14 replies · 614+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Dec. 6, 2005 | Jennifer Warner
    Being in an unhappy marriage may be hard on the body as well as the heart. A new study shows couples that often argue may take longer to heal from simple wounds than those in less hostile relationships. In addition to allowing old physical and mental wounds to fester, researchers say unhappy marriages may also trigger other unhealthy changes that could have a lasting effect on a person’s health. For example, the results suggest that the delay in wound healing was caused by a decrease in the release of pro-inflammatory proteins at the wound site needed for proper healing. Prolonged...
  • Is There a Link Between Stress and Cancer?

    11/29/2005 12:55:33 AM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 501+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 29, 2005 | Gina Kolata
    <p>Christina Koenig found out she had breast cancer on a Friday afternoon. She was just 39 years old.</p> <p>On Monday, she thought she knew why the cancer had struck.</p> <p>"I went in and talked to a team of medical professionals who ultimately performed a lumpectomy, and I said, 'How long has this been there?' They said, 'Five to ten years.' And immediately, my mind jumped to: 'Well, I did go through a divorce. I did have stress.' "</p>
  • Kids say they're stressed out, and parents aren't helping

    11/24/2005 10:18:44 PM PST · by Coleus · 17 replies · 775+ views
    North Jersey Newspapers ^ | 10.27.05 | MAKEBA SCOTT HUNTER
    Kids say they're stressed out, and parents aren't helping To view the KidsPoll, visit If you remember childhood as a time of careless, carefree fun, a recent study indicates that either the times have changed or memory is selective.Asked about their feelings on stress, 875 U.S. children between the ages of 9 and 13 revealed that being a kid, at times, is stressful., a leading pediatric health and wellness Web site, conducted the KidsPoll and released the findings Oct. 12."We live in a pretty fast-paced, high achievement-oriented culture, so kids and adults are over-scheduled, over-committed and overly booked,...
  • Beware of Scientists Bearing Statistics

    11/14/2005 4:02:09 PM PST · by Daralundy · 3 replies · 295+ views
    ShrinkWrapped ^ | November 14, 2005
    The statistics in question occur in an article in the December issue of Scientific American (not yet available online), which arrived in my mail box this weekend. Among some fascinating articles on a new approach to modeling the event horizon of a black hole, and a seemingly revolutionary approach to reducing nuclear waste (by extracting the residual energy from nuclear fuel the problem of what to do with the waste practically solves itself) is an article by Robert Sapolsky, Sick of Poverty, which asserts that "new studies suggest that the stress of being poor has a staggeringly harmful influence on...
  • City to Offer Free Trips to Las Vegas for Officers

    09/05/2005 4:11:29 PM PDT · by blogblogginaway · 87 replies · 2,049+ views
    New York Times vis Drudge ^ | Sept. 5, 2005 | JOSEPH B. TREASTER and CHRISTOPHER DREW
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 4 - A day after two police suicides and the abrupt resignations or desertions of up to 200 police officers, defiant city officials on Sunday began offering five-day vacations - and even trips to Las Vegas - to the police, firefighters and city emergency workers and their families. The idea of paid vacations was raised by both Mayor C. Ray Nagin and senior police officials who said that their forces were exhausted and traumatized and that the arrival of the National Guard had made way for the officers to be relieved. "I'm very concerned about individuals who...
  • Muslims suffer double stress rates from London bombings

    08/27/2005 1:31:51 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 47 replies · 1,326+ views
    Islamic Republic News Agency ^ | Friday August 26, 2005
    The stress caused by the 7/7 bombings in London was far more keenly felt by Muslim residents compared with other inhabitants of the capital, according to a psychological study published in the online version of the British Medical Journal. Sixty-one per cent of Muslim commuters surveyed suffered substantial stress in the days following the first terrorist attacks on the city's transport system - almost double the proportion felt by other Londoners. "One can speculate it could be fear of reprisals and being upset about the misusing of their religion [to justify] terrorism," said one of the researchers, Neil Greenberg, from...