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  • Researchers find how stress and the circadian clock affect sleep November 30, 2020
    Researchers have found a new neural pathway that links the circadian clock, stress, and wakefulness in mammals. They identified a neuron that becomes excessively active when the mammal is under stress, which could trigger insomnia and other sleep disorders.
  • Virtual reality helps measure vulnerability to stress November 19, 2020
    Behavioral scientists have developed a virtual reality test that assesses a person's vulnerability to stress while exploring immersive environments. The resulting model offers the field of stress research one of the first such tools that does not rely on subjective evaluations.
  • Mediterranean diet helps reduce effects of stress in animal model November 16, 2020
    Even before the pandemic and the presidential election, Americans reported some of the highest perceived levels of stress in the world, according to the American Psychological Association. Not only does stress have negative effects on work and personal relationships, it also increases the risk of many chronic conditions, such as heart disease and Alzheimer's disease, […]
  • Be mindful: Study shows mindfulness might not work as you expect November 13, 2020
    If dispositional mindfulness can teach us anything about how we react to stress, it might be an unexpected lesson on its ineffectiveness at managing stress as it's happening, according to new research. When the goal is 'not to sweat the small stuff,' mindfulness appears to offer little toward achieving that end.
  • Compounds block stress-enhanced nicotine intake in rats November 11, 2020
    Researchers have discovered that compounds that activate GABA receptors in the brain can keep rats from self-administering increased levels of nicotine during stressful conditions in an animal model for relapse.
  • Burnout can exacerbate work stress, further promoting a vicious circle November 10, 2020
    Work stress and burnout are mutually reinforcing; surprisingly, the effect of work stress on burnout is much smaller than the effect of burnout on work stress.
  • Study finds PTSD interacts with klotho gene, may cause premature aging in the brain October 26, 2020
    Genetics and the environment (including psychiatric stress) may contribute to the pace of cellular aging, causing some individuals to have a biological age that exceeds their chronological age.
  • COVID-19 anxiety linked to body image issues October 23, 2020
    A new study has found that anxiety and stress directly linked to COVID-19 could be causing a number of body image issues. The research, which involved 506 UK adults, found that worries linked to COVID-19 were associated with body dissatisfaction and a desire for thinness in women, and associated with body fat dissatisfaction and a […]
  • Alcohol use changed right after COVID-19 lockdown October 13, 2020
    One in four adults reported a change in alcohol use almost immediately after stay-at-home orders were issued: 14 percent reported drinking more alcohol and reported higher levels of stress and anxiety than those who did not drink and those whose use stayed the same. The 11 percent who decreased their drinking also had higher levels […]
  • Pandemic-related stress leads to less employee engagement October 12, 2020
    As COVID-19 cases surged this spring, the pandemic led some people more than others to ponder their own mortality. A new study in China and the United States suggests that these people were the ones who showed the highest levels of stress and the least engagement at work. But the research also uncovered a bright […]