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New AAAAI Guidelines Stress Flexibility in Asthma Therapy

Asthma • • StressOct 27 05

Rather than a rigid treatment regimen determined by an initial assessment of disease severity, asthma therapy should be flexible, responding to changes in symptoms.

So suggest new guidelines from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) that emphasize the dynamic nature of the disease.

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Chronic stress linked to recurrent yeast infection

Infections • • StressOct 27 05

Women who suffer from frequent vaginal yeast infections show biochemical signs of being under chronic stress, a Swedish study has found.

Dr. Sophia M. Ehrstrom, of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, and colleagues, reporting in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, note that the problem of recurrent yeast infections is on the rise.

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Survey reveals how kids cope with stress

StressOct 26 05

Of 875 middle school-age children who were polled recently on how they handle stress, one quarter admitted to having hurt themselves on purpose when stressed or upset. The 9- to 13-year-olds who admitted to having hurt themselves when stressed said things like—“I banged my head against the wall on purpose” or “I pinched myself really really hard.”

“What this means to me,” Dr. D’Arcy Lyness told, “is that emotion can be so strong that it is overwhelming and kids don’t know how to handle it and they sometimes blame themselves. Hurting themselves is a way to take it out on them.”

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Stress Can Help You Live Longer

StressOct 08 05

According to research from the US, stress can be good for you. Bursts of short-term stress, such as the kind you get before an interview, can help you live longer and reduce your chances of developing arthritis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

This type of stress triggers the release of protective proteins in your body that help repair cells, and it also boosts your immune system.

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Vets with traumatic stress can kick smoking habit

StressAug 26 05

Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder have a high rate of smoking and a poor rate of quitting, but new research shows that adding smoking-cessation therapy to their routine mental health care may help.

This “integrated” care, researchers found, was more successful in helping vets kick the smoking habit than the traditional approach of sending them to a specialized smoking-cessation clinic.

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The Obesity Epidemic and Its Effects on Eating Distress

Stress • • Weight LossAug 12 05

What is Eating Distress?
Eating Distress is a condition that effects people of all ages, gender and culture. The sufferer uses food obsession either through thoughts and/or behaviour to self harm which reinforces their negative mindset. Eating Distress is the negativity which fuels Eating Disorders.

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