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February 14, 2016

During Great Recession, Employees Drank Less on the Job, but More Afterwards

Jan. 5, 2016 — Periods of economic uncertainty tend to influence drinking problems among people who lose their jobs, as some turn to alcohol due to stress or because they have more free time and fewer ... read more

Dec. 23, 2015 — Even under repeated stress, the brain maintains the potential to adapt and recover. Researchers have shown how changes in gene expression cause these transitory opportunities to open up. Their ... read more

Long-Term Effectiveness of Family-Level Intervention for U.S.military Children, Families Affected by Wartime Deployments

Dec. 21, 2015 — Family-level preventive intervention can lead to improved behavioral health outcomes for military families affected by wartime deployment, a new study reports. Results highlight significant ... read more

Overeating and Depressed? There's a Connection, and Maybe a Solution

Dec. 21, 2015 — Chronic overeating and stress are tied to an increased risk of depression and anxiety, and in a new study, researchers explain why that happens and suggest a possible solution. The researchers report ... read more

Inflammation Can Fan the Flames of Depression

Dec. 18, 2015 — Chronic inflammation in the bloodstream can 'fan the flames' of depression, much like throwing gasoline on a fire, according to a new ... read more

Dec. 18, 2015 — Some people react more calmly in stressful situations than others. Certain genes, such as the so-called COMT gene, are thought to play a role in determining our stress response. Researchers have now ... read more

Sadness-Induced Inflammation in the Body Linked to Comorbid Diseases

Dec. 16, 2015 — Feeling sad can alter levels of stress-related opioids in the brain and increase levels of inflammatory proteins in the blood that are linked to increased risk of comorbid diseases including heart ... read more

Brain Regions of PTSD Patients Show Differences During Fear Responses

Dec. 15, 2015 — Regions of the brain function differently among people with post-traumatic stress disorder, causing them to generalize non-threatening events as if they were the original trauma, according to new ... read more

Researchers Investigate Mental Health of Teens After Dad Leaves

Dec. 15, 2015 — Family breakdown and the insecure financial situation that may result is more likely to cause worry, anxiety and depressive symptoms in adolescents who are separated from their father, reports a new ... read more

Helping Others Dampens Effects of Everyday Stress

Dec. 14, 2015 — Providing help to friends, acquaintances, and even strangers can mitigate the impact of daily stressors on our emotions and our mental health, according to new ... read more

Oxytocin Has Different Effects on Stress in Male and Female Mice

Dec. 2, 2015 — Clinical trials are testing whether oxytocin, sometimes called the 'love hormone' for its role in intimacy and social bonding, has potential as a treatment for anxiety, depression and ... read more

Mitochondria Affect Stress Responses

Dec. 2, 2015 — Mitochondria, the tiny structures inside our cells that generate energy, may also play a previously unrecognized role in mind-body interactions. Based on new studies of stress responses in animals, ... read more

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Reveals an Imbalance Between Signalling Systems in the Brain

Dec. 1, 2015 — Experiencing a traumatic event can cause life-long anxiety problems, called posttraumatic stress disorder. Researchers now show that people with posttraumatic stress disorder have an imbalance ... read more

Different Kind of Anesthesia a Possible Treatment for Stress Induced Cardiomyopathy

Nov. 25, 2015 — Stress induced cardiomyopathy after cerebral hemorrhage has been shown to increase the risk of further brain damage. These patients can now be identified by a simple blood test, and a possible ... read more

Gene Variants Involved in Stress Responses Affect 'Post-Concussive' Symptoms

Nov. 24, 2015 — Variations in a gene that affect the body's responses to stress influence the risk of developing so-called post-concussive symptoms after car crashes, reports a ... read more

Association Between Stress Levels, Skin Problems in College Students

Nov. 23, 2015 — College is a stressful time in the lives of students, and a new study has found that heightened levels of psychological stress are associated with skin complaints.The study aimed to assess the ... read more

How Exercise May Energize Brain Cell Function: Animal Study

Nov. 19, 2015 — As we age or develop neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, our brain cells may not produce sufficient energy to remain fully functional. Researchers have discovered that an enzyme ... read more

Male Hormone Testosterone Cause of Sex Differences in Parkinson's Disease Risk, Study Suggests

Nov. 18, 2015 — Men are twice as likely as women to develop Parkinson’s disease. New research suggests that testosterone enhances the susceptibility of brain cells that control movement to damage from chemical ... read more

Liking on Facebook Good for Teens' Stress, but Being Liked...not So Much

Nov. 18, 2015 — Facebook can have positive and negative effects on teens levels of a stress hormone, say researchers. The study is one of the first in the emerging field of cyberpsychology to focus on the effects of ... read more

Mother's Age at Birth May Influence Symptoms of Depression in Daughters

Nov. 17, 2015 — The daughters, but not the sons, of women who give birth at age 30 or older are more likely to experience symptoms of depression as young adults, according to new ... read more

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