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Stress Affects Women, Men With Heart Disease Differently, Study Shows

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 – Stress triggers different physical and mental reactions in women and men with heart disease, new research indicates. The study involved 254 men and 56 women with stable heart disease who did three mentally stressful tasks: an math test, a mirror tracing test and an anger recall test. Stress had a greater impact on blood pressure and heart rate in men, while women were more likely to experience decreased blood flow to the heart and increased clumping of blood cells associated with clot formation. Women also had a greater increase in negative emotions and a larger decline in positive emotions while doing the stressful tasks, according to the study published Oct. 13 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. "The relationship between mental stress and cardiovascular disease is well known," study author Dr. Zainab Samad, an assistant professor of medicine ... Read more

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Genes May Make Some More Prone to Heart Disease When Under Stress

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 – Genes may interact with stress to trigger heart disease in some people, a new study suggests. The genetic risk occurs in about 13 percent of people, but only in those who are white. The finding could help these people reduce their heart disease risk through simple measures such as exercise, a healthy diet and stress management, the Duke University researchers said. The study authors analyzed genetic data from nearly 6,000 people and found a strong link between variations in the EBF1 gene and higher levels of central obesity, as measured by hip circumference. In people with these gene variations, their hips grew wider as their stress levels increased. Further investigation revealed a "significant pathway" to high blood sugar levels, diabetes and heart disease, most notably a narrowing of the arteries. "These findings suggest that a stress reduction ... Read more

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Stress Might Be Even More Unhealthy for the Obese

Posted 29 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 26, 2014 – Recurring emotional stress may trigger a stronger biochemical response in overweight people, possibly increasing their risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Researchers found that overweight people repeatedly placed in a stressful situation exhibited increasing amounts of interleukin-6, a protein that promotes inflammation in the body, in their saliva. Normal weight people did not exhibit this escalation in interleukin-6 levels when exposed to repeated stress. The inflammation caused by interleukin-6 has been associated with a number of conditions for which obesity itself creates an increased risk, including hardening of the arteries, type 2 diabetes, cancer and fatty liver disease, the researchers said. "You already are at risk for these diseases by being obese, and then you have these magnified responses ... Read more

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Stress Might Be Even More Unhealthy for the Obese

Posted 29 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 26, 2014 – Recurring emotional stress may trigger a stronger biochemical response in overweight people, possibly increasing their risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Researchers found that overweight people repeatedly placed in a stressful situation exhibited increasing amounts of interleukin-6, a protein that promotes inflammation in the body, in their saliva. Normal weight people did not exhibit this escalation in interleukin-6 levels when exposed to repeated stress. The inflammation caused by interleukin-6 has been associated with a number of conditions for which obesity itself creates an increased risk, including hardening of the arteries, type 2 diabetes, cancer and fatty liver disease, the researchers said. "You already are at risk for these diseases by being obese, and then you have these magnified responses ... Read more

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Health Tip: Ward Off Stress

Posted 25 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

-- No one's life is stress-free, so it's important to deal with stress and prevent undue anxiety when possible. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests these healthy ways to manage stress: Don't spend time worrying about things that are out of your control, such as the weather. Instead, focus on solving small problems that you can influence. If you're worried about an event, such as a job interview, prepare as much as possible. Instead of seeing change as threatening, interpret it as a positive challenge. Ask friends and family to talk you through bothersome events or conflicts. Don't over-schedule yourself. Make sure your goals are realistic. Get plenty of regular exercise, eat a healthy diet and get plenty of sleep. Pursue hobbies that you enjoy. Read more

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Family Squabbles Can Derail Recovery From Cancer Surgery

Posted 18 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 – Cancer patients burdened by stress and family conflicts before surgery may face a higher risk for complications following their operation, a new study suggests. Investigators found that patients with a so-called quality-of-life "deficit" appeared to have a nearly three times greater risk for complications compared to those with a normal or good quality of life. "We've long known that patient quality of life is a complex and important construction," said study lead author Dr. Juliane Bingener, a professor of surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "It involves spiritual health, mental health, social support and family support. And we know that for cancers such as colon, pancreatic and lung cancer, it can predict overall survival. But what we didn't know is if it also correlates with complication risk following surgery." What the researchers found, ... Read more

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Family Squabbles Can Derail Recovery From Cancer Surgery

Posted 18 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 – Cancer patients burdened by stress and family conflicts before surgery may face a higher risk for complications following their operation, a new study suggests. Investigators found that patients with a so-called quality-of-life "deficit" appeared to have a nearly three times greater risk for complications compared to those with a normal or good quality of life. "We've long known that patient quality of life is a complex and important construction," said study lead author Dr. Juliane Bingener, a professor of surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "It involves spiritual health, mental health, social support and family support. And we know that for cancers such as colon, pancreatic and lung cancer, it can predict overall survival. But what we didn't know is if it also correlates with complication risk following surgery." What the researchers found, ... Read more

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Anxiety Medications May Be Tied to Alzheimer's Risk

Posted 9 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 – Older adults who habitually use sedatives for anxiety or insomnia may have a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. The drugs in question are benzodiazepines, a widely prescribed group of sedatives that include lorazepam (Ativan), diazepam (Valium) and alprazolam (Xanax). Older adults commonly take the drugs for anxiety or insomnia, often long-term, according to background information in the study. That's despite the fact that guidelines call for only short-term use of the drugs, at most. In 2012, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) put benzodiazepines on its list of drugs considered "potentially inappropriate" for seniors, because of risks like confusion, dizziness and falls. The current study isn't the first to link benzodiazepines to Alzheimer's risk, but it adds to evidence that longer-term use of the drugs – beyond ... Read more

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Health Tip: Manage Stress to Keep Diabetes in Check

Posted 25 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

-- Physical and emotional stress can be problematic for diabetics, as it tends to cause blood sugar to rise. The American Diabetes Association suggests how to keep stress under control: Find ways to reduce stress, such as by taking an alternate route to avoid traffic, mending problems with a friend or changing to a less stressful job. Engage in regular physical activity. Do something fun, such as taking dance lessons, picking up a new hobby or practicing a craft. Volunteer in your community. Practice relaxation exercises. Read more

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Health Tip: Avoiding Parental Burnout

Posted 5 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

-- Between work and family responsibilities, parents may feel burned out, stressed and overwhelmed. These feelings may then spill into activities with the children. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to deal with parental burnout: Take a few relaxation breaks during the day to rest your eyes, breathe deeply and relieve stress. Find ways to improve your mindset and energy as you head home from work. Find small ways to make things easier, such as by getting takeout for dinner a few nights a week. Have the family pitch in with household chores. Don't assume too many responsibilities during the week. Let some things go until the weekend. Make time on the weekends for yourself, whether it's for a quiet walk, reading a book or a stint at the gym. Read more

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Some Jobs Harder on the Heart Than Others, Report Finds

Posted 1 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 – Stress at work may raise your risk of heart attack and stroke, particularly if you work in the service industry or have a blue-collar job, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. But being unemployed might be just as unhealthy, they added. "Workplace factors that increase risk include job stress, exposure to air pollution – like dust and secondhand smoke – and noise," explained lead researcher Dr. Sara Luckhaupt, from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "These workers would benefit from health programs that combine reducing occupational risk factors like job stress with health promotion activities like smoking cessation," she said. Some workers may already have other risk factors for stroke and heart attack, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, which can be made ... Read more

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Parent's Death May Raise Risk of Early Death for Grown Children, Study Suggests

Posted 23 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 – Children and teens who lose a parent might face an increased risk of an early death in adulthood, a new study suggests. People who were children or teens when a parent died had a 50 percent greater risk of death during the study period than those who had not experienced the death of a parent, according to the report. Although the study found an association between a parent's death and a child's later risk of premature death, it wasn't designed to prove cause-and-effect. Also, the increased risk of premature death among these people may be due to both genetic factors and the long-term effects of a parent's death on the health and social well-being of a child, researcher Jiong Li and colleagues at Aarhus University in Denmark theorized. The study findings were published in the July 22 issue of the journal PLoS Medicine. The team analyzed data on children born ... Read more

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Stress May Leave You Heading to the Cookie Jar

Posted 14 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 14, 2014 – Stress can slow a woman's metabolism and lead to weight gain, new research suggests. The study included 58 women, average age 53, who were asked about their stress levels the previous day and then given a meal than included 930 calories and 60 grams of fat. The Ohio State University researchers measured how long it took the women to burn off those calories and fat. On average, women who had one or more stressful events during the previous 24 hours burned 104 fewer calories in the seven hours after eating the meal than those who were stress-free. On a daily basis, that difference could add up to a weight gain of nearly 11 pounds a year, the researchers said. The stressed women also had higher levels of the hormone insulin, which contributes to the storage of fat, according to the study, published in the latest issue of the journal Biological Psychiatry. The ... Read more

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Stress, Depression May Boost Stroke Risk, Study Finds

Posted 10 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 – Stress, hostility and depression may increase the risk for stroke, a new study suggests. The study found that depression seemed to raise the risk of a stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA) by 86 percent. It also found that stress apparently raised stroke or TIA risk by 59 percent. And hostility doubled the risk, the researchers said. A TIA is a mini-stroke caused by a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain. However, it's important to note that the study only found an association between the risk of stroke and negative emotions. It wasn't designed to prove that negative emotions can cause strokes. Still, "chronic stress and negative emotions are important psychological factors that affect one's health, and findings from this study link these factors to brain health in particular," said the study's lead author, Susan Everson-Rose, an associate ... Read more

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Grief in Pregnancy May Trigger Obesity in Adulthood

Posted 29 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 27, 2014 – Unborn children of mothers exposed to severe stress are more likely than others to grow up overweight or obese, even if that stress occurred months before pregnancy, a new Danish study has found. Children whose biological fathers died while they were in the womb were twice as likely to become obese as adults, because of the stress of bereavement on their mother, the study authors said. But children also had an increased risk of adult overweight or obesity if their mothers experienced the death of a close relative up to six months prior to their conception. A mother's response to stress apparently has long-term effects on the child she carries, said study senior author Carsten Obel, an associate professor of public health at Aarhus University in Aarhus, Denmark. "That maternal stress can influence the development of the fetal stress system seems quite plausible," ... Read more

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