Tag: fight or flight response

No Joke: Humor Boosts Memory

Memory loss is no laughing matter, but a new study shows that when it comes to improving short- and long-term memory, humor indeed may be the best medicine.

The connection between laughter and memory is the stress hormone cortisol. Levels spike during periods of stress and tension as part of our

Causes of Depression: 7 Major Factors

Causes of Depression: 7 Major Factors

If you become ill, usually you can pinpoint a reason. A stiff, swollen joint, for example, might be due to injury or to a chronic disease like arthritis, while an upset stomach might be due to food poisoning. The causes of depression are harder to pin down. And unfortunately, they

6. Other Sleep Stealers

Plenty of other factors can disrupt sleep. Traveling across time zones, environmental factors, chronic pain, the effects of illnesses and the medications used to treat them, and even taking it easy in your retirement are some of them. In many cases, simple steps can help restore restful sleep.
Sleep Phase Problems
When

1. Causes of Depression

It is becoming increasingly obvious that there is no simple answer to the question, what causes depression? Is it your brain? Your genes? Your thought patterns? Your life experiences? Likely, it’s all of the above and more.
How the Brain Works
To better understand what causes depression, it helps to have a

4 Ways to Boost Your Energy

Are the demands of everyday activities draining you of your get-up-and-go? Take heart—a number of recent studies point the way to simple measures that can help counter a lack of energy and eliminate many of its underlying causes.

“Don’t assume that your loss of vigor is an unavoidable aspect of growing

Editor’s Letter: Understanding and Combatting Stress

By Orli R. Etingin, MD, Editor-in-Chief

Every woman has experienced stress at some point in her life. Regardless of whether stress is caused by work, family matters, or illness, the symptoms tend to be similar. Some people experience chest tightness, abdominal pain or cramps, or headaches or back pain. Others have

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