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2010-12-09 10:10:41

Babies born to depressed moms have higher levels of stress hormones, decreased muscle tone, U-M study finds The cocktail of hormones cascading through depressed mothers' bodies may play an important role in the development of their unborn children's brains. A higher level of depression in mothers during pregnancy was associated with higher levels of stress hormones in their children at birth, as well as with other neurological and behavioral differences, a University of Michigan-led study...

2010-11-29 16:10:54

Doctor Daniel Lindqvist from the Psychoimmunology Unit at Lund University is presenting these results in his PhD thesis. He is part of a research group led by Dr Lena Brundin, which sees inflammation in the brain as a strong contributory factor to depression. This is a new theory that challenges the prevalent view that depression is only due to a lack of the substances serotonin and noradrenaline. "However, current serotonin-based medication cures far from all of the patients treated. We...

2010-11-25 21:59:20

Memory, learning problems persist long after periods of jet lag Chronic jet lag alters the brain in ways that cause memory and learning problems long after one's return to a regular 24-hour schedule, according to research by University of California, Berkeley, psychologists. Twice a week for four weeks, the researchers subjected female Syrian hamsters to six-hour time shifts "“ the equivalent of a New York-to-Paris airplane flight. During the last two weeks of jet lag and a month after...

2010-11-18 14:18:57

Exhaustion syndrome, also called burnout and exhaustion depression, leaves objectively measurable changes in the brain "“ including reduced activity in the frontal lobes and altered regulation of the stress hormone cortisol. This is shown in a new dissertation from UmeÃ¥ University in Sweden. Certain personality traits heighten susceptibility to psychiatric disorders. Therefore a research team at UmeÃ¥ University wanted to study whether this patient...

2010-11-18 12:38:27

Exposure to even dim light at night is enough to cause physical changes in the brains of hamsters that may be associated with depression, a new study shows. Researchers found that female Siberian hamsters exposed to dim light every night for eight weeks showed significant changes in a part of the brain called the hippocampus. This is the first time researchers have found that light at night, by itself, may be linked to changes in the hippocampus. These alterations may be a key reason why the...

2010-11-15 20:47:42

Binge-drinking teenagers may be putting themselves at higher risk in adulthood for mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, Loyola University Health System researchers report. A new Loyola study has found that exposing adolescent rats to binge amounts of alcohol permanently altered the system that produces hormones in response to stress. This disruption in stress hormones "might lead to behavioral and/or mood disorders in adulthood," researchers reported. Senior author Toni Pak, PhD,...

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2010-11-03 14:51:49

Concordia researcher investigates the link between an early stressful environment, hormones and mental disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder Stress may be more hazardous to our mental health than previously believed, according to new research from Concordia University. A series of studies from the institution have found there may be a link between the recent rise in depression rates and the increase of daily stress. "Major depression has become one of the most pressing health...

2010-10-19 16:54:38

New Universite de Montreal study shows that dogs help autistic children adapt Dogs may not only be man's best friend, they may also have a special role in the lives of children with special needs. According to a new Universit© de Montreal study, specifically trained service dogs can help reduce the anxiety and enhance the socialization skills of children with Autism Syndrome Disorders (ASDs). The findings published this year in Psychoneuroendocrinology may be a relatively simple solution...

2010-10-06 10:20:00

SEATTLE, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- For students and faculty at Cortiva Institute - Seattle School of Massage Therapy, Wellness Week is an opportunity to educate the community about the benefits of massage therapy and to celebrate why they are so passionate about what they do. Wellness Day at Cortiva Institute - Seattle School of Massage Therapy will be held on Friday, October 29 from 2 PM to 7 PM. The campus is located at 425 Pontius Ave N, Suite 100 in Seattle. Wellness Day is being held...

2010-10-06 08:40:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the November issue of Woman's Day (on newsstands October 12), the magazine offers a comprehensive report on the rise of midlife depression in women. Doctors say that recent evidence suggests that the odds of being diagnosed with depression peaks at 44 with 15% of women between 45 and 64 experiencing frequent depression. According to Katherine Muller, PsyD and Director of Psychological Training at Montefiore Medical Center, "When you're...


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2013-03-04 12:51:56

The adrenal glands are endocrine glands located directly on top of the kidneys. Their main function is to secrete vital hormones and steroids during times of stress, as well as govern many different bodily functions. The hormones that the adrenal glands secrete are primarily derived from amino acids or lipids. The right adrenal gland is pyramid-shaped, while the left adrenal gland is shaped like a crescent moon. They have an irregular surface configuration, are enclosed in a capsule made of...

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  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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