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    1. How Common Is 'Broken Heart Syndrome'?

      July 19, 2011 -- Stress can stun heart muscle, causing symptoms that mimic a heart attack. This disorder, which is called "stress cardiomyopathy" or "broken heart syndrome," is most common in older women, typically striking after a major physical strain like surgery or mental hardship like the death

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    2. City Life Affects Brain's Response to Stress

      June 23, 2011 -- The brains of people who live in cities react more strongly to stress than those who live in small towns and rural areas, a new study shows. The study is published in the journal Nature. It may help explain why mood disorders like depression and mental illnesses like schizophrenia a

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    3. How Making Music Reduces Stress

      When she needs relief from the grind of delivering major proposals, Dana Marlowe, 33, of Washington, D.C., makes some noise. "I cruise right into my toddler’s playroom, and I just jam out with his toys -- the xylophone, the baby piano. I almost have 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star' down," says Marlow

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    4. Walnuts Reduce Stress

      Oct. 6, 2010 -- Regularly eating a handful of walnuts can affect the blood pressure response to stress, according to a new study. “People who show an exaggerated biological response to stress are at higher risk of heart disease,” study author Sheila G. West, PhD, of Pennsylvania State University, sa

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    5. Rejection Affects Health

      Aug. 2, 2010 -- Rejection triggers responses in the body that can increase a person’s risk for maladies such as asthma, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and depression, a new study says. Scientists at UCLA recruited 124 healthy young adults to participate in a lab-based test aimed at determining w

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    6. Mom's Voice Soothes Stress, Even by Phone

      May 13, 2010 -- A kind word from mom by phone may be as good as a hug in calming the frayed nerves of frazzled daughters, a new study indicates. In the study, which involved 61 girls aged 7 to 12, researchers say a mere phone call from their moms helped reduce the stress levels of the youngsters. Le

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    7. Dark Chocolate Takes Bite Out of Stress

      Nov. 13, 2009 -- Those stress-induced chocolate cravings may be justified after all. A new study shows that eating dark chocolate may lower levels of stress hormones in people feeling stressed out. Researchers found that eating the equivalent of one average-sized dark chocolate candy bar (1.4 ounces

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    8. Road Rage: Where Your City Ranks

      June 17, 2009 -- Christopher Barry hates driving in Atlanta, the fourth worst city in the nation in terms of road rage, so guess what he’s doing about it? Moving to New York, that’s what. The freelance journalist says he’s “had it with the hassle” and is selling his car, which he figures he won’t ne

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    9. Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress

      Denise McVey knows holiday stress all too well. To be sure, she loves the holidays: going caroling, shopping, buying cards, enjoying the first snow, and, most of all, loving the look of delight on her toddler’s face on Christmas morning. But as the days until the holidays dwindle and the lines at th

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    10. As Economy Worsens, so Does Stress

      Oct. 8, 2008 -- As the economy worsens, Americans' stress level is on the rise. Eighty percent of Americans said in a September survey that the economy is a significant source of stress, up from 66% in April. The top stressors for Americans: money (81%), the economy (80%), work (67%), and health pro

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