Are you an anxious person? Your spleens are to be blamed

With its many blood vessels, it filters blood and controls both red blood cell levels and the body’s blood reserves, and it creates white blood cells when it detects an invader

Are you an anxious person? Your spleens are to be blamedResearchers from The Ohio State University have suggested that the organ holds large quantities of white blood cells long after psychological stress has ended; contributing to behavioural changes associated with mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The university said in a statement that their study uncovers clues about the relationship between the brain […]

Financial stress can have a major impact our heart, reveals new study

People who reported significant financial stress were 13 times more likely to have a heart attack than those who had minimal or no stress. The researchers studied over 106 patients suffering from acute myocardial infarction but without any symptoms of cardiac diseases

Financial stress can have a major impact our heart, reveals new studyPeople worry about money — a lot. According to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association (APA), 72 per cent of those in the United States felt the weight of financial stress at least once in the past month. Another sizeable 22 per cent said that they experienced extreme financial stress in the past […]

Your relationship with money is an important one, here’s how to deal with it

Money doesn’t have to control you. You can control how it affects your life and your health on a day-to-day basis. From professional help to everyday tasks you can do yourself, there are many resources available to help you get your finances, and how you think about them, on track

Your relationship with money is an important one, here’s how to deal with itChances are stress and anxiety about money are a part of your daily life. From rent and mortgage payments to health expenses and childcare costs, the list is endless. You’re definitely not alone in this plight. We all have some kind of stress or anxiety related to money. That’s despite the fact that, above a […]

Caring for a sick pet can mentally drain you, says study

In the study, a series of surveys and mental health tests were administered to assess each owner's overall state of mind. In the end, the team determined that symptoms of depression, anxiety and/or stress were notably higher among those caring for sick or dying pets

Caring for a sick pet can mentally drain you, says studyAs much joy as a pet can bring to the life of its human, when a beloved dog or cat falls ill, the emotional toll can be high. In fact, caring for an ailing animal often ends up placing a significant ‘caregiver burden’ on its owner, new research finds. “Think of the phrase, ‘Giving until […]

PCOS can affect mental health in women, cautions study

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are more likely to be diagnosed with mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, than women without polycystic ovary syndrome, according to study presented at the Society for Endocrinology BES annual conference

PCOS can affect mental health in women, cautions studyWomen with PCOS are more likely to suffer from mental health disorders and should be routinely screened for these during medical assessments, according to a study presented at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference in Harrogate. These findings support previous work showing that the condition may negatively affect mental health and highlight the importance of […]

Rare: Treatment saves hypochondriasis patient’s marriage

With age, one of the most undeniable complications that come to the forefront is that of illness. Like in the popular film ‘Piku’, hypochondriasis is a real problem and can, in every sense, be quiet frustrating for the one who deals with the person. A Mumbai couple almost got divorced because of the same

Rare: Treatment saves hypochondriasis patient’s marriage  Divakar Kapoor (name changed), a 50-year-old senior banker, walked into a city clinic with his wife, almost on the verge of divorce. As he sat across the table to talk about himself, he started explaining about excruciating pain in his left eye. “The way Kapoor was talking, it was way too disturbing. In great […]

8 tips for conquering fear of flying

Air travel has increased in recent years in both frequency and overall safety. The 2016 accident rate of 2.8 accidents per million departures is the lowest airline accident rate in recent history, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

8 tips for conquering fear of flyingAs humans, our relationship to flight has changed dramatically in the last century. Air travel has developed from a fantasy into a common and widely used mode of transportation. There are about 100,000 flights in the world every day, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). It estimates that 3.7 billion passengers worldwide will fly during 2017. In […]

The truth behind childhood trauma and how it affects the brain

Previous research has pointed out those individuals who experienced neglect and abuse as children have decreased volumes of white matter in various areas of the brain. The volume and structure of white matter correlate with an individual's capacity for learning, and this component of the brain keeps on developing throughout early adulthood - unlike grey matter

The truth behind childhood trauma and how it affects the brainIt is not news that people abused as children are more exposed to clinical depression, anxiety, and a higher risk of death from suicide. But now, researchers have begun to reveal what happens in the brain following this kind of trauma. According to data provided by the Children’s Bureau of the United States Department of […]

Overestimating levels of pain post-surgery can make patients more anxious

The study noted that the patients' average expected pain rating immediately following surgery was 4.66, compared to an actual pain rating of 2.56.  Researchers believe the study results will improve the way in which medical providers explain the surgical procedure so as to alleviate unfounded anxiety

Overestimating levels of pain post-surgery can make patients more anxiousPeople experience unnecessary anxiety when thinking about post-operative pain  A recent study presented during the annual conference of the American Society of Anaesthesiologists revealed people were more afraid of surgery and pain than we would expect. Patients usually overestimate the amount of post-operative they would experience, which leads to a significant increase in their anxiety […]

Stress and depression commonly seen in patients on organ wait list, say experts

Stress, anxiety and depression are common prolonged factors seen in such cases. Reasons behind stress may include fear of dying, financial insecurity, worrying about family members, undergoing constant hospitalisation, prolonged medication etc

Stress and depression commonly seen in patients on organ wait list, say expertsOrgan transplant is often the last resort for those at the last stage of organ disease. Be it the heart, lungs, kidneys or the liver; an organ recipient on the wait list, and his family, wait with bated breath until the telephone rings informing them that a perfect match donor has been identified. The long […]
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