Expectant parents have different stress reactions to relationship conflict

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Expectant parents have different stress reactions to relationship conflict
A new study on the physiological effects of stress has found that expectant parents respond differently to arguments depending on the presence of ongoing individual or relationship difficulties such as anxiety or chronic relationship conflict.

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Chronic stress during pregnancy prevents brain benefits of motherhood

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Chronic stress during pregnancy prevents brain benefits of motherhood
A new study in animals shows that chronic stress during pregnancy prevents brain benefits of motherhood, a finding that researchers suggest could increase understanding of postpartum depression.

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Scientists reveal brain circuitry involved in post-traumatic stress and related disorders

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Scientists reveal brain circuitry involved in post-traumatic stress and related disorders
Researchers report new insights into how the brain responds to extreme stress, whether from combat, natural disasters, or repeated violent competition. The insights offer hope for detecting and treating several widespread and debilitating neuropsychiatric disorders.

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Missing link between mental health disorders and chronic diseases in Iraq war refugees

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Missing link between mental health disorders and chronic diseases in Iraq war refugees
Researchers may have discovered why people exposed to war are at increased risk to develop chronic problems like heart disease years later. And the culprit that links the two is surprising.

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Compounds that could thwart post-traumatic stress disorder identified

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Compounds that could thwart post-traumatic stress disorder identified
A brain pathway that is stimulated by traumatic or fearful experiences can be disrupted by two compounds that show promise for preventing post-traumatic stress disorder, researchers have reported.

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Men, women have different stress reactions to relationship conflict

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Men, women have different stress reactions to relationship conflict
Men and women who are expectant parents have different stress reactions to relationship conflict, according to researchers, who studied couples expecting their first child. In addition, recovery from the initial reaction to conflict also can be different for men and women, depending on individual difficulties, such as anxiety, or relationship difficulties, such as chronic relationship conflict.

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Vets’ PTSD affects mental and physical health of partners

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Vets’ PTSD affects mental and physical health of partners
A new study of veterans with PTSD and their partners looks at intimate relationship conflict and finds greater physiological and anger responses for the male veterans as well as their female partners. Researchers conclude that the findings may have important implications for treatment and services for returning veterans and their families.

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Marital conflict causes stress in children, may affect cognitive development

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Marital conflict causes stress in children, may affect cognitive development
Marital conflict is a significant source of environmental stress for children. Witnessing such conflict may harm their stress response systems, affecting their mental and intellectual development. Research findings suggest that stress from marital conflict can hinder children’s development of cognitive ability.

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Marital conflict causes stress in children, may affect cognitive development

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Marital conflict causes stress in children, may affect cognitive development
Marital conflict is a significant source of environmental stress for children. Witnessing such conflict may harm their stress response systems, affecting their mental and intellectual development. Research findings suggest that stress from marital conflict can hinder children’s development of cognitive ability.

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Series of studies first to examine acupuncture’s mechanisms of action

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Series of studies first to examine acupuncture’s mechanisms of action
While acupuncture is used widely to treat chronic stress, the mechanism of action leading to reported health benefits are not understood. In a series of studies, researchers are demonstrating how acupuncture can significantly reduce the stress hormone response in an animal model of chronic stress.

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Greater parental stress linked to children’s obesity, fast food use, reduced activity

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Greater parental stress linked to children’s obesity, fast food use, reduced activity
Parents with a higher number of stressors in their lives are more likely to have obese children, according to a new study. Children also ate fast food more often if their parents perceived themselves as stressed.

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Arguments in the home linked with babies’ brain functioning

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Arguments in the home linked with babies’ brain functioning
Being exposed to arguments between parents is associated with the way babies’ brains process emotional tone of voice, according to a new study. Infants were found to respond to an angry tone of voice, even when they’re asleep.

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Arguments in the home linked with babies’ brain functioning

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Arguments in the home linked with babies’ brain functioning
Being exposed to arguments between parents is associated with the way babies’ brains process emotional tone of voice, according to a new study. Infants were found to respond to an angry tone of voice, even when they’re asleep.

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Traumatic consequences long after fall of the Berlin Wall

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Traumatic consequences long after fall of the Berlin Wall
One in three former political prisoners of the German Democratic Republic still suffers from sleeping disorders, nightmares and irrational fear. Researchers reveal these post-traumatic stress disorders in a study — the first to examine the post-traumatic consequences in former political prisoners over a period of 15 years.

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PTSD linked to smaller brain area regulating fear response

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PTSD linked to smaller brain area regulating fear response
Recent combat veterans who are diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder have significantly smaller volume in an area of the brain critical for regulating fear and anxiety responses, according to new research.

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Children’s preexisting symptoms influence their reactions to disaster coverage on TV

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Children’s preexisting symptoms influence their reactions to disaster coverage on TV
After a natural disaster occurs, we often find ourselves glued to the TV, seeking out details about the extent of the damage and efforts at recovery. While research has shown that exposure to this kind of coverage is associated with symptoms of traumatic stress in youths, new research suggests that the relationship isn’t so simple: the amount of exposure to disaster coverage matters but children’s preexisting symptoms also play an important role.

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Almost one in five young children with cancer suffers from a trauma disorder

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Almost one in five young children with cancer suffers from a trauma disorder
The diagnosis and treatment of cancer does not only trigger posttraumatic stress disorder in adults and older children; infants and toddlers with cancer also suffer from trauma disorders, as researchers show in a new study. This discovery should be taken into account while treating children to prevent them from developing long-term psychological disorders.

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Children, teens at risk for lasting emotional impact from Hurricane Sandy

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Children, teens at risk for lasting emotional impact from Hurricane Sandy
The unseen emotional aftershocks of Hurricane Sandy may linger for children who were in the storm’s path. A psychologist discusses why children may experience PTSD and how parents and caregivers can help.

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Prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease increases maternal stress, depression, and anxiety

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Prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease increases maternal stress, depression, and anxiety
Infants who were prenatally diagnosed with congenital heart disease (CHD) are more stable and have better outcomes than infants who were diagnosed after birth. Diagnosing CHD in a fetus also allows mothers to educate themselves on heart malformations, consider their options, and potentially plan for intervention or surgery after birth. However, a new study finds that, along with these benefits, maternal post-traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety are common after prenatal diagnosis of CHD.

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