psychological stress

Coping with Stress and Subtypes of Burnout Linked To Specific Detrimental Coping Strategies

Coping with Stress and Subtypes of Burnout Linked To Specific Detrimental Coping Strategies

A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE by Jesus Montero-Marin and colleagues from the University of Zaragoza, Spain, suggests that different subtypes of burnout are each related to specific detrimental coping strategies. The “burnout syndrome” includes the dimensions of exhaustion, cynicism and professional inefficacy that come with work-related stress. The interactions between burnout […]

In France After-Hours Work Emails or Calls Now Restricted In Some Companies

In France After-Hours Work Emails or Calls Now Restricted In Some Companies

According to a recent ShortCutsBlog from The Guardian, in France, there is a new, legally binding labor agreement that will require employers to make sure staff “disconnect” outside of working hours. Thus, the ability of French “bosses to invade their employees’ home lives via smartphone at any heure of the day or night” is now […]

New Survey: Over One Third of US Employees Change Jobs Because of Stress

New Survey: Over One Third of US Employees Change Jobs Because of Stress

Forbes magazine reports the results from two recent surveys related to job stress by the employment search site, Monster.com which show: – 42% of employees have purposely changed jobs due to stress – An employee’s relationship with their boss is the most common cause of workplace stress, followed closely by workload – 61% think that workplace […]

Stress and Worrying Affect Short-Term Fluctuations in Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Stress and Worrying Affect Short-Term Fluctuations in Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

In the July 2013 issue of Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, Evers et al. report that stress and worrying predict indicators of rheumatoid arthritis disease activity such as fatigue and pain. Psychological stress has been linked to the onset and course of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). While for the juvenile chronic arthritis (JCA), chronic stress appear to […]

‘Toxic’ News Overload versus Creativity and Deep Thinking

‘Toxic’ News Overload versus Creativity and Deep Thinking

Information overload is not a newly discovered phenomenon, but recently Rolf Dobelli provided some interesting thoughts and discussions about the detrimental influence on individuals and societies by the “toxic form of knowledge” called “news.” Moreover, in an essay entitled: “Avoid News: Towards a Healthy News Diet” he offers some ideas “how to get out of […]

Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone’s Inhibition of NLRP6 Inflammasome May Trigger Stress-Induced Enteritis in Mice

Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone’s Inhibition of NLRP6 Inflammasome May Trigger Stress-Induced Enteritis in Mice

In the June 2013 issue of Gastroenterology, Sun et al. demonstrate that in mice stress is able to inhibit NLRP6, through a corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH)-dependent mechanism and to modify the composition of the gut microbiota, leading to intestinal inflammation. It is well known that psychological stress exacerbates the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Also, […]

Beta Adrenoreceptor – Src Kinase Signaling As a Trigger for Cancer Metastasis

Beta Adrenoreceptor – Src Kinase Signaling As a Trigger for Cancer Metastasis

In the July 2013 issue of Nature Communications, Armaiz-Pena et al. demonstrate that stress is able through activation of beta-adrenergic signaling in tumor cells to trigger a critical phosphorylation event, resulting in Src kinase activation, which in turn, can affect tumor growth and metastasis. Building on previous work showing that sympathetic nervous system activity can […]

Chronic Variable Stress May Promote Autoimmunity through Induction of Glucocorticoid Resistance

Chronic Variable Stress May Promote Autoimmunity through Induction of Glucocorticoid Resistance

A new European Journal of Immunology study links chronic stress and autoimmunity through a mechanism referred to as glucocorticoid resistance. The effect of psychological stress on autoimmunity is extremely complex, at multiple levels, and can be in either direction. Often, stress is related to both induction/exacerbation and amelioration of disease activity. Stress hormones selectively suppress […]

How to Keep Your Brain Innovative

How to Keep Your Brain Innovative

In a recent article at Inc.com Geil Browning, PhD, Founder and CEO, Emergenetics International, outlines some key principles to keep your brain innovative. The problem with being “crazy busy” is that it does not allow freewheeling thought. Tim Kreider wrote recently in The New York Times that there is a default response when you ask […]

Breast cancer survivors consider stress as major factor for their disease

Breast cancer survivors consider stress as major factor for their disease

According to a report and survey published in Psychooncology a substantial part of women who had survived breast cancer believe that there is a link between breast cancer and psychological stress. In this report, Stewart DE et al., from the University Health Network Women’s Health Program, University of Toronto, Canada surveyed 378 women breast cancer […]