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2010-09-28 20:09:23

In contrast, stressed women show increased brain coordination when looking at angry faces A new study by USC researchers reveals that stressed men looking at angry faces had diminished activity in the brain regions responsible for understanding others' feelings. Turns out the silent and stoic response to stress might be a guy thing after all. "These are the first findings to indicate that sex differences in the effects of stress on social behavior extend to one of the most basic social...

2010-09-23 12:42:00

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that high levels of a stress hormone in recovering alcoholics could increase the risk of relapse. The study showed that cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal gland in response to stress, is found in high levels in chronic alcoholics, as well as those recovering from the condition. Researchers found that this could result in impaired memory, attention and decision-making functions, which could decrease the patient's ability to engage...

2010-09-22 00:27:00

EAST HANOVER, N.J., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation ("Novartis") (NYSE: NVS) announced today that the results of a Phase III study of SOM230 (pasireotide) showed a reduction in cortisol levels in patients with Cushing's disease, a condition in which a benign (non-cancerous) pituitary tumor causes the adrenal glands to produce excess cortisol and can be fatal(1). Results will be presented at the 14th Congress of the European Neuroendocrine...

2010-09-10 13:23:31

Study suggests high cortisol levels may be harmful to cardiovascular system High levels of the stress hormone cortisol strongly predict cardiovascular death among both persons with and without pre-existing cardiovascular disease according to a new study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). In stressful situations, the body responds by producing the hormone cortisol. The effects of cortisol are intended to help the body...

2010-09-08 14:00:28

    * Alcohol consumption, withdrawal, and abstinence can all raise stress hormones in humans and animals.    * A review has described how stress hormones called glucocorticoids are associated with neurotoxicity during abstinence after withdrawal from alcohol dependence.    * Glucocorticoid receptor antagonism may therefore represent a pharmacological option for recovery. Both drinking and withdrawal from chronic drinking can raise circulating...

2010-09-03 11:30:18

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ It's been common knowledge that everyday stress causes and increased chance of heart attack.  However, before now there hasn't been any biological proof of this hypothesis. Researchers at the University of Western Ontario have discovered the first evidence using a biological marker to link stress and heart attacks. Dr. Gideon Koren and Dr. Stan Vam Uum developed a method to measure cortisol levels in hair, which provided an accurate measure of stress leading...

2010-07-20 12:25:00

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif., July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- CortiSlim International, LLC, a leading nutritional supplement company, and Aeron LifeCycles Clinical Laboratory have jointly co-sponsored The Cortisol Connection, a new resource website (www.Cortisol.com) designed to educate individuals about the connection between cortisol, stress and weight gain. The new website also provides people with a way to have their own cortisol level tested. Currently more than one in four Americans is...

2010-07-02 19:52:11

Study finds hippocampus is affected by imbalance in neuroendocrine system Adding to all that ails people managing their multiple sclerosis is depression "• for which MS sufferers have a lifetime risk as high as 50 percent. Yet despite its prevalence, the cause of this depression is not understood. It's not related to how severe one's MS is, and it can occur at any stage of the disease. That suggests it is not simply a psychological reaction that comes from dealing with the burden of a...

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2010-06-27 13:20:32

Journeys across several time zones make our internal body clocks go haywire. We feel exhausted and tense, and our sleep pattern is out of synch. As scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry have now succeeded in demonstrating for mice, the clocks associated with individual organs in the body adapt to the new time at different speeds. As a result, the body's physiological processes are no longer coordinated. The adrenal gland plays a key role in this process. When the...

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2010-05-27 09:26:32

Findings indicate how wildlife responds to environmental and ecological disasters For marine iguanas living in the Galapagos Islands, an El Niño can be deadly. Some die from starvation while others survive. Scientists have long believed that the difference between life and death for the iguana depended on the animals' ability to secrete the stress hormone corticosterone. Under stressful conditions, corticosterone functions like a spigot by controlling how the body expends...


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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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