Researchers use hair cortisol test to detect the impact of COVID-19 on stress levels in families

Researchers at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), in collaboration with Global TIES for Children and researchers at University of California Davis (Paul Hastings and Lindsey Partington) as well as Hashemite University in Jordan (Rana Dajani), have used a hair cortisol test to detect the impact of COVID-19 on stress levels in families. Titled Adrenocortical and psychosocial responses of families in Jordan […]

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Exploring links between stress, choline deficiency, preterm births, and developmental predisposition to mental illness

In two recent articles published in Schizophrenia Bulletin, Sharon Hunter, PhD, an associate professor in the University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, and M. Camille Hoffman, MD, MSc, an associate professor in the University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, along with their research group, have uncovered a potential link between choline deficiency […]

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Psychological stress can cause hair to turn gray

Legend has it that Marie Antoinette's hair turned gray overnight just before her beheading in 1791. Though the legend is inaccurate–hair that has already grown out of the follicle does not change color–a new study from researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons is the first to offer quantitative evidence linking psychological stress to graying hair in […]

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Drinking flavanol-rich cocoa could protect from mental stress-induced cardiovascular events

Increased consumption of flavanols – a group of molecules occurring naturally in fruit and vegetables – could protect people from mental stress-induced cardiovascular events such as stroke, heart disease and thrombosis, according to new research. Researchers have discovered that blood vessels were able to function better during mental stress when people were given a cocoa drink containing high levels of […]

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This Simple Breathing Exercise Might Alleviate Your Pandemic-Related Stress

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected us all in ways we may never fully realize until, well, it’s fully over. For this week’s Friday Sessions, we spoke with Dr. James Gordon, M.D., the founder and executive director of the Center for Mind Body Medicine, about the trauma we’re all experiencing as a result of the pandemic—and how simple breathing techniques might […]

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Believing in one’s own capabilities boosts personal resilience, shows study

The unpredictable nature of life during the coronavirus pandemic is particularly challenging for many people. Not everyone can cope equally well with the uncertainty and loss of control. Research has shown that while a large segment of the population turns out to be resilient in times of stress and potentially traumatic events, others are less robust and develop stress-related illnesses. […]

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Intermittent Explosive Disorder Symptoms

Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is a condition in which an individual displays repetitive and unpredictable outbursts of impulsive and aggressive behavior. This can be either physical or verbal, with the anger prominent and the aggression out of proportion to the cause, even if one is present. Credit: Hayk_Shalunts/ Shutterstock.com The results of IED may be breakdown of relationships, failure at […]

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