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2011-02-14 17:10:00

PURCHASE, N.Y., Feb. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A recently published study in Nutrition Research and Practice (Nutr Res Pract 2010;4(3):203-207) has verified the anti-inflammatory effects in humans of Oligonol® lychee fruit polyphenol. The study examined Oligonol intake on cortisol and related cytokines in healthy young men. Both cortisol and cytokine concentrations are inflammatory markers known to increase when stress such as exercise is caused on the body. This study...

2011-02-09 14:39:34

Concordia study finds intervention needed as soon as behavioral problems appear Cortisol, the so-called stress hormone, seems to behave in contradictory ways in children. Some youngsters with behavioral problems have abnormally high levels of cortisol, while others with identical problems have abnormally low levels. What's going on? Researchers at Concordia University and the Centre for Research in Human Development may have resolved the cortisol paradox. In a groundbreaking study published...

2011-02-04 00:43:39

Douglas Institute research and initiatives highlight the importance of affection on mental health The Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, stated that love not only attacks the heart, but also the head. New research findings from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute support this ancient claim, by demonstrating how a mother's love positively affects her offspring's developing brain. The two recently published studies highlight how maternal care makes the baby's brain less vulnerable to...

2011-02-02 18:39:59

Concordia study finds link between self acceptance, stress hormones and bullying Young adults who are lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) are at far higher risk for severe mental health problems than their heterosexual peers. New research from Concordia University suggests that the stress of being rejected or victimized because of sexual orientation may disrupt hormonal responses in lesbians, gays and bisexuals. Recently published as a doctoral thesis in clinical psychology, this investigation...

2010-12-14 08:22:36

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ The cocktail of hormones running through a depressed mother's body may play a major role in the development of their baby's brain, according to this University of Michigan led study. A higher level of depression in mothers during pregnancy was associated with higher levels of stress hormones in their children at birth, along with other neurological and behavioral differences. "The two possibilities are that they are either more sensitive to stress and respond more...

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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...


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Adrenal Gland
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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cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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