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Can Sex Make You Smarter?

Having trouble remembering key things due to the stress of the everyday grind? Forget your ginkgo biloba tablets, have some sex instead.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Can Stress Lead to Dementia?

A new study discovered a link between everyday stressors and brain diseases, such as dementia, that manifest themselves in later years. But try not to let that stress you out.

Posted on Oct 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Poverty Damages the Mind

There is a strong connection between scarce resources and cognition: The more a person struggles financially, the less he or she can channel brain processes to completing other tasks. When you can’t make ends meet, the weight of worry occupies a large portion of the mind.

Posted on Aug 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Workplace Stresses Contribute to Heart Disease

Here’s a reminder that working conditions and the demands of managers affect more than productivity: Being stressed on the job was found to be associated with a 25 percent increased risk of coronary heart disease.

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 READ MORE



This Stressful American Life

Living in stressful urban settings affects health negatively; K-Pop floods the Japanese entertainment market; and “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” may have caused the American Civil War. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 18, 2011 READ MORE



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News Flash: Kids Don’t Need Energy Drinks

Energy drinks might have more serious side effects for children and teenagers than just getting them good and hyper, according to a group of doctors who released a cautionary report in the journal Pediatrics, warning that the amped-up beverages might trigger seizures and other highly undesirable reactions in rare cases. As it happens, they should also lay off the Gatorade.

Posted on May 30, 2011 READ MORE



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America’s Freshmen Are Really Stressed Out

Wedged between past years of standardized testing and fixating on applications and a future of paying off hefty loans with no guarantees of employment, first-year college students around the country are registering higher levels of stress and poorer ...

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jorge Saenz

Freedom May Come With Challenges for Chilean Miners

The 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for two months were pulled out of their predicament one by one Wednesday, and hopefully their ordeal is truly over, but Chilean officials are giving them the option of leaning on expert help if adjusting to life above ground proves difficult.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Workaholics Risk Dementia, Study Finds

Those who have lost their jobs can take solace in the fact that although working may put food on the table, it can also break your brain. A study has found that busy bees who labor more than 55 hours a week develop problems with reasoning, memory and vocabulary, and the problems get worse the more they work.

Posted on Feb 25, 2009 READ MORE


stock traders
AP photo / Richard Drew

Study: Testosterone May Impact Stock Market

Here’s a bit of news that’s sure to inspire some uncomfortable jokes on the trading floor: A Cambridge University research team found that stock traders’ performance, and their willingness to take risks, may be partly, well, hormonal.

Posted on Apr 14, 2008 READ MORE


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Stressed Kids Fret About the World

A study of 7-to-11-year-old Brits found that the climate crisis and terrorism have added to the usual pressures of school and friendships to drive kids batty. Luckily, schools that engaged world-weary children with lessons and activities related to global catastrophe managed to alleviate some of the tension.

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE


Men sleeping
From the BBC

Bed Sharing ‘Drains Men’s Brains’

Sleeping in bed with a woman impairs a man’s mental abilities the next day and increases stress hormones, a study has found. This is despite most men reporting a better night’s sleep alongside a woman, and happens regardless of whether the couple has sex. The impairment doesn’t appear to apply to women.

Posted on Jul 24, 2006 READ MORE


Patton's famous slap
From fantasfilm.com

Think Tank’s Claim: Soldiers Faking Post-Battle Stress

The American Enterprise Institute suspects that U.S. soldiers are fabricating instances of post-traumatic stress syndrome. Blogger Respectful of Otters dismantles the claims.
Gen. George Patton famously made the same charge (incident depicted above by George C. Scott) during WWII. He was made to apologize and almost lost his command. Wonder if the AEI will suffer an analogous fate?

Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


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