Mon July 7, 2014
Shots - Health News

The Secret History Behind The Science Of Stress

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 1:47 pm

Camel marketed smoke breaks at work as time spent relaxing instead of stressing. Camel, 1964.
Stanford University

The modern idea of stress began on a rooftop in Canada, with a handful of rats freezing in the winter wind.

This was 1936 and by that point the owner of the rats, an endocrinologist named Hans Selye, had become expert at making rats suffer for science.

"He would subject them to extreme temperatures, make them go hungry for long periods, or make them exercise a lot," the medical historian Mark Jackson says. "Then what he would do is kill the rats and look at their organs."

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Mon July 7, 2014
Shots - Health News

With Gene Disorders, The Mother's Age Matters, Not The Egg's

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 1:47 pm

All of the eggs that a woman carries are produced while she's still in her mother's womb.
Pascal Goetgheluck Science Source

We women are all too aware that as we get older the risk of having a baby with genetic disorders goes up. All of a woman's eggs are primed up and ready to go before we are born. But the ones we ovulate later are more prone to genetic errors than the earlier ones.

As a friend of mine surmised, "We age, so you kind of think our eggs would, too."

For a long time, doctors have thought that was because the eggs formed earlier are better than those formed later. They call it the "production-line hypothesis."

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Mon July 7, 2014
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Stressed Out: Americans Tell Us About Stress In Their Lives

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 5:57 am

Aly Hurt/NPR

Everyone seems to talk about feeling stressed out. But what's the reality of stress in America these days?

NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a nationwide poll in March and early April to find out.

Our questions zeroed in on the effect of stress in Americans' lives. We asked about people's personal experiences with stress in the preceding month and year. We also asked about how they perceived the effects of stress, how they cope with stress and their attitudes about it.

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Mon July 7, 2014
Shots - Health News

For Many Americans, Stress Takes A Toll On Health And Family

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:14 am

Leif Parsons for NPR

Stress is part of the human condition, unavoidable and even necessary to a degree. But too much stress can be toxic — even disabling.

And there's a lot of toxic stress out there.

A national poll done by NPR with our partners at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health finds that more than 1 in every 4 Americans say they had a great deal of stress in the previous month.

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Sat July 5, 2014
Shots - Health News

Faith Strengthens Aging Parents As They Care For Their Son

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 12:37 pm

James Lee carries his son, Justin, to the shower. Justin's parents have a lift to help move him around the house, but their nearly 100-pound son, who has cerebral palsy, often needs to be picked up.
Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio

A good night's sleep is rare for Judy and James Lee. They are on parenting duty 24/7 for their son, Justin.

Justin, who has cerebral palsy and was born missing parts of his brain, also has a seizure disorder, which has gotten worse lately. He's often silent during his seizures, which means he has to sleep with his parents so they can tell when he needs help. Judy says caring for Justin is a lot like taking care of a newborn.

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