Evidence that Love Does Conquer Fear

Everyone faces stressful times, but new research shows one way to mentally fortify yourself beforehand. Researchers found that if subjects are shown brief images of people receiving love and support just prior to seeing threatening images, the brain`s threat monitor (the amygdala) doesn`t fire. The love reminder helps shield and restore nerves during stress, particularly…

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A Surprising Reason for Migraine Strikes

Researchers may know why migraines sometimes strike the weekend after a stressful week. The debilitating pain of a migraine headache is five times more likely to strike in the first six hours after a reduction in heightened stress. Evidence suggests that the stress-hormone cortisol, which spikes during heightened stress, may trigger a migraine as its…

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Preserving the Candle

A brave assertion: “By burning the candle at both ends, I can make twice as much light.”The thoughtful rejoinder: “True, but for only half the time.” Sound familiar?Who are these foolish people who are busy doing everything and are constantly tired? Probably us. Since 1985 we Americans have consistently spent more time at work, and…

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