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Meditation can boost emotional intelligence, cut stress at workplace

New York: Finding it hard to cope with work-related stress? Take heart, practicing a silent form of meditation at your workplace can lead to significant improvements in emotional intelligence as well as perceived stress, according to a study. The study found that those who meditated more regularly scored higher on total emotional quotient and had […]

Stress reduces fertility in women, but not in men: Study

New York: Higher levels of stress can lower conception or fertility in women but it does not affect men, finds a study. The researchers, from Boston University in the US, found that the association between higher levels of stress and lower levels of conception could be due to decreased intercourse frequency, increased partner stress discordance […]

What generates pessimistic mood?

New York: Scientists have identified a brain region that could generate pessimistic moods in disorders such as anxiety or depression that leads people to focus more on the possible downside than the potential benefit in a stressful situation. In a study tested on animals, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have found that […]

Eat fibre-rich food to cut stress and anxiety

London: If you want to reduce your stress then you should eat more pulses, wholegrain cereals, oats and vegetables as consumption of high-fibre foods may help reduce the effect of stress, says a study. The authors explained that stress can cause major changes in the gut and also in our brain which in turn affects […]

Childhood stress makes your brain mature faster: Study

London: Stress in early childhood due to negative experiences — such as illness or divorce of parents — may lead to faster maturation of certain brain regions,during adolescence, a new study suggests. The study found that these experiences cause faster maturation of the prefrontal cortex and amygdala — that also play a role in the […]

Move closer to God for better sleep quality

New York: Finding it hard to get a proper night sleep? A higher religious involvement can reduce stress levels and lead to healthier sleep outcomes, say researchers. The findings showed that persons with a greater sense of assurance of spiritual salvation tend to enjoy better sleep quality and tend to have fewer negative sleep consequences […]

Coming soon, a probiotic-based injection for stress

New York: Finding it hard to cope with stress? Take heart, a novel probiotic-based shot that could protect against post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression — that are known to impact as many as one in four people in their lifetime — could soon be on the anvil, say researchers. Various studies have suggested […]

Cut stress, boost memory by eating dark chocolate!

  New York: Consuming dark chocolate can reduce stress and inflammation, as well as improve memory, immunity and mood, results from experimental trials have shown. This is due to the high concentration of cacao — a major source of flavonoids. The flavonoids found in cacao are extremely potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, with known mechanisms beneficial […]

Father's stress linked to kids' brain development

New York: Fathers, take note! Taking too much stress may affect the brain development of your kids, a new study has claimed. According to the researchers, the stress changes the father’s sperm which can then alter the brain development of the child. This new research provides a much better understanding of the key role that […]

Reduce stress, anxiety by cycling regularly

New Delhi: Cycling can be one of the easiest ways to stay fit. Besides controlling your weight, it can reduce depression, stress and anxiety, say experts. R.M. Anjana, Managing Director at Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre and Deepali Badoni, Physiotherapist at AktivHealth Clinic, talk about the benefits of cycling: * Cycling is an aerobic exercise […]

Over 50% teenagers believe smoking cigarettes cuts stress

Delhi: Around 50 per cent of teenagers in India smoke cigarettes as they believe it helps reduce stress, and because smoking makes them appear “cool”, finds a survey. The survey showed that over 52 per cent teenagers believed that smoking helps increase concentration levels. While nearly 90 per cent of teenagers said they would continue […]

Know how stress affects decision-making capability!

New York: No one is immune to stress. If you are going through stressful circumstances, it is advisable that you reconsider your decisions once again as it affects one’s decision-making capabilities. People usually tend to make risky and abnormal decisions under chronic stress, a new study has found. Making decisions in this type of situation, […]

Blue lighting may help you reduce stress: Study

London: Tension and stress can be reduced by trying the blue light therapy as blue lightings accelerates the relaxation process after acute psychosocial stress in comparison with the conventional white lighting, new study says. Psychosocial stress or the ‘said stress’ is a kind of short-term stress (acute stress) that occurs during social or interpersonal relationships, […]

Stress just as unhealthy as junk food

New York: If you are reeling under work pressure, find ways to relax. Researchers have found that stress may be just as harmful to your body as a really bad diet. “We sometimes think of stress as a purely psychological phenomenon, but it causes distinct physical changes,” said Laura Bridgewater, Professor at Brigham Young University […]

Stress may diminish our ability to sense new dangers

New York: Contrary to the conventional view that stress enhances our ability to detect sources of threat, a team of researchers have found that it diminishes the ability to predict new dangers. The research indicated that stress reduces physiological response to the new threat cue. The researchers applied a computational learning model to further understand […]

Expressive writing may keep stress at bay

New York: Do you get worried, stressed and anxious when your boss entrusts a task to you? There is, however, a way to handle the task efficiently without placing yourself under undue stress. Expressing your feelings on a sheet of paper can cool your brain and help you perform the stress-inducing task more efficiently, finds […]

Financial stress may up migraine risk

London: Stress caused by financial hardship can increase the risk of developing migraine in people with a particular gene variant, a study has showed. Migraine is a serious and debilitating neurological disease affecting one billion people worldwide. The findings showed that the genetics of circadian rhythms has an effect on migraine and that people with […]

Just like humans, dogs do well under stress reveals study

London: It’s not just humans who perform better in tests or athletic events when slightly nervous but dogs too perform equally well under stress, says a new study. A little extra stress makes hyper dogs crack under pressure but gives mellow dogs an edge. A little stress can be a good thing, but only up […]

Childhood stress may make women gain weight

New York: Childhood stress may have a bigger influence on weight gain by women than stress during adulthood, says a study. Interestingly, the study that appeared online in the journal Social Science & Medicine found that neither childhood nor adult stress was associated with weight gain for men. “These findings add to our understanding of […]

Stress hormone enhances memory retrieval

London: The stress hormone cortisol strengthens memories of scary experiences in life, researchers report. If a person remembering a terrifying event has a high stress hormone level, the memory of that specific event will be strongly reconsolidated after each retrieval. “The results may explain why certain undesirable memories don’t fade, for example in anxiety and […]

Stress ups risk of death from liver disease

London: In a first, researchers have linked high levels of anxiety or depression with an increased risk of death from liver disease. The study from University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences provides further evidence for the important links between mind and body. “Psychological stress can have a damaging effect on physical wellbeing. While […]

Life satisfaction affects bone health

Elderly women who are satisfied with their lives have a higher bone density and suffer from osteoporosis less frequently than their unsatisfied peers, according to a new study

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Chronic stress predisposes brain to mental disorders

Chronic stress causes long-term changes in the brain that can make people prone to mental problems such as anxiety and mood disorders later in life, scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have found