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How to make Family Holiday Time Less Stressful

holiday-stressGetting together with extended family during the holidays while enjoying for many can also be very stressful. However, there are ways to make the holidays less stressful Vanderbilt psychiatrist Keith G. Meador, M.D., MPH, professor of Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine and director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society.

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Published in Spiritual/Healing

stress baby girlHigh levels of family stress in infancy for young girls are linked to differences in everyday brain function and anxiety in teenage girls, according to new results of a long-running population study by University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists.

Babies who lived in homes with stressed mothers were more likely to grow into preschoolers with higher levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. In addition, these girls with higher cortisol also showed less communication between brain areas associated with emotion regulation 14 years later. Last, both high cortisol and differences in brain activity predicted higher levels of adolescent anxiety at age 18.

The young men in the study did not show any of these patterns.

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woman pulling her hair outHigh levels of the stress hormone cortisol, a marker for chronic stress, in a person's hair shaft may raises a person's risk for a heart attack according to a new heart disease study recently published in the journal Stress.

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Published in Heart Disease

personality-typesMost characteristics of the "Type A" personality are linked to increased work stress. But according to a study in the January 2010 Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine there is one "Type A" peronality trait that is associated with REDUCED job stress: Leadership. According to the researchers this a finding may be useful in designing stress-reduction programs.

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Published in Spiritual/Healing

Dolphin PoseRegularly practicing yoga may lower a number of compounds in the blood and reduce the level of inflammation that normally rises because of both normal aging and stress, according to new research  in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.

The study, done by Ohio State University researchers and just reported in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, showed that women who routinely practiced yoga had lower amounts of the cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) in their blood. The women also showed smaller increases in cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) after stressful experiences than did women who were the same age and weight but who were not yoga practitioners.

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