The greater your anxiety level, the higher your risk of having a stroke, according to a new study.  The study is the first in which researchers have linked anxiety and stroke independent of other factors such as depression.  Anxiety disorders are one of the most prevalent mental health problems. Symptoms include feeling unusually worried, stressed, nervous or tense.  Over a 22 year period, …
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Researchers have claimed that caffeine shortens and alcohol lengthens telomeres - the end points of chromosomal DNA, implicated in ageing and cancer. Now Prof. Martin Kupiec said that for the first time they've identified a few environmental factors that alter telomere length, and they've shown how they do it. Telomeres, made of DNA and proteins, mark the ends of the strands of DNA in our …
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It might come as a relief to women as researchers at Microsoft have designed a smart bra that can detect stress. The prototype contains removable sensors that monitor heart and skin activity to provide an indication of mood levels. The aim was to find out if wearable technology could help prevent stress-related over-eating, the BBC reported. Mood data was provided to the wearer via a …
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England batsman Jonathan Trott has pulled out of the Ashes tour citing a ‘long term stress-related illness’ and is taking an indefinite break from cricket to grapple with the issue. ‘I don’t feel it is right that I’m playing knowing that I’m not 100 per cent and I cannot currently operate at the level I have done in the past,’ the 32-year-old said in a statement. ‘My priority now …
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If you are a keen traveller, you are perhaps a step closer to reducing anxiety or stress and improving your social skills as well. There are more benefits of packing your bag and travelling. Huffingtonpost.com lists some of them: - Improves your social skills: Meeting new people is one of the great upsides of travelling. Whether it's chatting up your roommate, making small talk with your …
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Research shows that prolonged stress affects the body's immune system and triggers health problems. Chronic stress influences gene activity in immune cells which are primed to fight an infection or trauma that does not actually exist, leading to an overabundance of the inflammation that is linked to many health problems, reports Science Daily. Repeated stress triggers the sympathetic nervous …
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It’s festival time, and along with the festivities comes stress – the stress of getting your house ready, providing for your family and work is always around to up the stakes. Commonly thought of as an innocuous condition that can be ignored, stress can actually wreak havoc on your body. Apart from releasing harmful free radicals, it also damages the body’s immunity and leaves you tired and …
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Chronic psychological stress is a significant factor in the development of diabetes in Indians, a study has found. The results of the present study indicate that newly-detected diabetics display higher chronic environmental stress levels and poor stress coping capacity that could lead to insulin resistance and glucose intolerance, study author S. V. Madhu of the University College of Medical …
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People belonging to all age groups experience headaches now-a-days and stress mainly contributes to the problem, said neurologists during a national conference on neurology on Sunday. The 21st annual conference of Indian Academy of Neurology concluded with lectures on headache and cognitive neurology.  Explaining about symptoms of thunderclap headache, Dr C E Deopujari of Mumbai said, …
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Body massages are meant to relax one’s body, relieve stress and rejuvenate their system both mentally and physically. A lot has been said about body massages – while its loyalists will swear by its numerous benefits, there are a huge number of people who believe it does no good and is simply a waste of money and time. We speak to celebrity fitness trainer Ramona Braganza who has trained …
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Sleepiness, stress and inflammation within the body, it cannot make up for the lack of sleep in the long run. Sleep deprivation is a ticking time bomb and a harsh reality that working professions have to battle with on a daily basis. Most delude themselves thinking they can make up for it by sleeping for extra time on weekends. However, it's unknown whether this 'recovery' sleep can adequately …
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Barney Stinson, a character in an American sitcom How I Met Your Mother has a famous catchphrase, ‘Whenever I am sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead.’ It seems like Stinson was right because being happy can actually lower your blood pressure!   According to a study led by Professor Martin Fussenger from the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering (D-BSSE) in Basel, being …
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Nail biting, excessive smoking, obesity and overeating are some of the symptoms of stress, which can be overcome with a balanced diet and by drinking enough water in a day. With high pressure schedules and long working hours, stress is becoming inevitable. It is important to beat it the right way. ‘Eat regularly throughout the day in order to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, choose …
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October 2 is Gandhi Jayanti.  The father of our nation, Mohandas Karamchand 'Mahatma' Gandhi is arguably one of India's most revered figures around the world. His teachings of ahimsa and non-violent civil disobedience rings true to this day and has inspired generations across the world, individuals as great as Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela and current White house …
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