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Chronic Illness Depression Mental Health Research Psychology Research Stress
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Stress influences brain and psyche via immune system      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Chronic stress affects the immune system and the brain. Researchers now show that a particular enzyme found in cells of the immune system enters the brain under stress. In mice, it causes them to withdraw and avoid social contact. This newly discovered connection between body and mind in stress-related mental illnesses could lead to new treatments for depression.

Alternative Medicine
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Active components of ginkgo biloba may improve early cognitive recovery after stroke      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Adults treated with 14 days of intravenous injections of ginkgo diterpene lactone meglumine (GDLM) -- a combination of biologically active components of ginkgo biloba -- after an ischemic (clot-caused) stroke had better cognitive recovery at 14 days and 90 days.

Depression Stress
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When a stressful situation is perceived as a threat, health and wellbeing suffer      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

People experience more health and wellbeing issues when they feel overwhelmed by stressful situations rather than seeing them as a challenge, a new study finds.

Stress
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Researchers discover a new role for a protein that helps form memories      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers discovered a new function for a common protein in the brain -- a development that sheds new light on the mysteries of the mind and holds promising implications for the treatment of memory loss and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Child Development Children's Health Chronic Illness Depression Mental Health Research Parenting Psychology Research Stress
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Relationships with caring adults provide a buffer against depression, anxiety, regardless of adverse childhood experiences      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new study sought to identify factors that would bolster resilience for marginalized and minoritized youth, using data from the Boricua Youth Study, a longitudinal study following three generations of families over 20 years in both Puerto Rico and the South Bronx, New York.

Children's Health Chronic Illness Mental Health Research Psychology Research Stress
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Psychotherapy effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder following multiple traumatic events, meta-study finds      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Psychotherapy is an effective treatment for adults with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following exposure to multiple traumatic events. This is shown by a meta-study by an international research team.

Chronic Illness Healthy Aging Mental Health Research Psychology Research Stress
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Stress, via inflammation, is linked to metabolic syndrome      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new study has found that stress, through its propensity to drive up inflammation in the body, is linked to metabolic syndrome -- leading researchers to suggest that cheap and relatively easy stress-management techniques may be one way to help improve biological health outcomes.

Alternative Medicine Cosmetic Surgery Cosmetics Skin Care
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A more eco-friendly facial sheet mask that moisturizes, even though it's packaged dry      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Starting a new year, many people pledge to enact self-care routines that improve their appearance. And facial sheet masks soaked in skin care ingredients provide an easy way to do this. However, these wet masks and their waterproof packaging often contain plastics and preservatives. Now, a study reports a dry-packaged hydrating facial mask that is made of biobased and sustainable materials.

Alternative Medicine Child Development
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Yoga nidra might be a path to better sleep and improved memory      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Practicing yoga nidra -- a kind of mindfulness training -- might improve sleep, cognition, learning, and memory, even in novices, according to a pilot study. After a two-week intervention with a cohort of novice practitioners, the researchers found that the percentage of delta-waves in deep sleep increased and that all tested cognitive abilities improved.

Child Development Children's Health Chronic Illness Depression Infant and Preschool Learning Infant's Health Mental Health Research Parenting Pregnancy and Childbirth Psychology Research Stress
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Discrimination during pregnancy may alter circuits in infants' brains      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Racial discrimination and bias are painful realities and increasingly recognized as detrimental to the health of adults and children. These stressful experiences also appear to be transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy, altering the strength of infants' brain circuits, according to a new study.

Psychology Research Stress
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Distinct brain activity triggered by memories of trauma      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

It is well known that people who have lived through traumatic events like sexual assault, domestic abuse, or violent combat can experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including terrifying flashbacks, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the incident. But what exactly happens in the brains of PTSD patients as they recall these traumatic events? Are they remembered the same way as, say, the loss of a beloved pet -- or, for that matter, a relaxing walk on the beach?

Mental Health Research Psychology Research Stress Today's Healthcare
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Mindfulness-based intervention shows promise for PTSD in cardiac arrest survivors      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A novel pilot study incorporating mindfulness into exposure therapy shows promise for reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress in cardiac arrest survivors. One in three survivors of cardiac arrest survivors develop PTSD,  increasing their risk of mortality, yet no specific treatment has been developed for this population.  

Child Development Children's Health Depression Infant's Health Mental Health Research Pregnancy and Childbirth Psychology Research Stress
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Discrimination during pregnancy can affect infant's brain circuitry      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Experiences of discrimination and acculturation are known to have a detrimental effect on a person's health. For pregnant women, these painful experiences can also affect the brain circuitry of their children, a new study finds. These effects, the researchers say, are separate from those caused by general stress and depression. The study was published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.

Alternative Medicine Chronic Illness Today's Healthcare
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Cheap medicines prevented migraine as well as expensive ones      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A new study sheds light on what works best to prevent migraine attacks, and surprisingly, cheaper medicines worked as well as the expensive ones.

Birth Defects Child Development Children's Health Chronic Illness Depression Mental Health Research Parenting Pregnancy and Childbirth Psychology Research Stress
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High levels of maternal stress during pregnancy linked to children's behavior problems      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Children whose mothers are highly stressed, anxious or depressed during pregnancy may be at higher risk for mental health and behavior issues during their childhood and teen years, according to new research.

Child Development Chronic Illness Mental Health Research Psychology Research Stress
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Early-life stress changes more genes in brain than a head injury      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A surprising thing happened when researchers began exploring whether early-life stress compounds the effects of a childhood head injury on health and behavior later in life: In an animal study, stress changed the activation level of many more genes in the brain than were changed by a bump to the head.

Alternative Medicine
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For epilepsy, yoga may be good for your mind      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

For people with epilepsy, doing yoga may help reduce feelings of stigma about the disease along with reducing seizure frequency and anxiety, according to new research.

Psychology Research Stress
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Why we don't all develop posttraumatic stress disorder after trauma      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers show why only a subset of individuals exposed to trauma develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The research, centered on the body's stress hormone response, could pave the way for more targeted treatments for PTSD.

Chronic Illness Depression Mental Health Research Psychology Research Stress
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New clues to the mechanism behind treatment-resistant depression      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a widespread mental health condition that for many is disabling. It has long been appreciated that MDD has genetic as well as environmental influences. In a new study researchers identify a gene that interacted with stress to mediate aspects of treatment-resistant MDD in an animal model.

Alternative Medicine Depression Mental Health Research
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Heated yoga may reduce depression symptoms, according to recent clinical trial      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

In a randomized controlled clinical trial of adults with moderate-to-severe depression, those who participated in heated yoga sessions experienced significantly greater reductions in depressive symptoms compared with a control group.