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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Nurtured Kids are More Resilient

Studies in animal models have strongly suggested that maternal nurturing of offspring is a powerful influence in developing the parts of the brain responsible for regulating memory, stress, and emotions. In a prospective study of pre-school children, Washington University researchers have reported similar findings based on the size of the hippocampus. Maternal nurturing and support…

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Complex or “Simple” Weight Loss Programs

The enormous cost of obesity complications along with the challenges of helping people lose weight might suggest the need for intense and complex solutions. However, a fascinating new study from New Zealand suggests a simple program of weigh-ins and supportive phone calls was as effective as more elaborate approaches to keep the pounds off.Starting with…

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