Stress Can Shrink and Age Your Brain

New research is providing insight into how stress can shrink your brain cells and prematurely age your immune system. Essentially, the researchers say, stress can addle your mind and make you older. But there’s good news too: Exercise can make a huge difference. And,...

Anger Speeds Up Deterioration of the Lungs

Lung capacity normally declines as a person ages but being angry can speed up the process according to new research. In a study of 670 men ranging in age from 45 to 86, they found that males who had higher levels of long-standing anger at the start of the eight-year...

Poor Sleep causes Health Problems

“There is increasing evidence that there is a very strong relationship between sleep quality and physical and mental health,” said Dr. Phyllis C. Zee, a professor of neurology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “If you have poor sleep, there is...

Sugar Linked with Mental Problems in Norway Study

Oslo teens who drink the most sugary soft drinks also have more mental health problems such as hyperactivity and distress, according to Norwegian researchers. Their study of more than 5,000 Norwegian 15- and 16-year-olds showed a clear and direct association between...

Obesity Linked to Too Little Sleep

The amount of time people spend sleeping may affect their weight, study results suggest. The study looked at people living in rural areas. Previous studies conducted in urban and suburban areas have had similar results, which suggests that sleep loss may play a role...

How to Relieve Stress

Everyone experiences stress and many people are stressed every day. But, stress isn’t always obvious. In fact, some people don’t even realize how much stress they’re under until they suffer serious physical consequences of that stress. According to the American...

Positive Emotions Can Lower Blood Pressure

Having a positive outlook makes life more enjoyable, and it may also lower blood pressure. Among more than 2,500 people, the higher a person scored on a questionnaire measuring positive emotions, the lower was his or her blood pressure. “Our thoughts and emotions do...

Good Early Family Life May Counter Depression Gene

A loving, supportive family can be enough to override a genetic vulnerability to depression, new research suggests. Studies have found that people who carry a “short” version of the serotonin transporter gene — known as 5-HTTLPR — tend to be more susceptible to...