Stressing Off Route

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Stress got you going in circles…literally? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Left is right – right is wrong – right??!! Aaargh! Could it be stress that’s jamming up your brain’s navigation system? Thackery Brown from Georgia Tech and the team at Stanford memory lab

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Afternoon Guru

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Twenty minutes to Nirvana! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… Namaste! Mindfulness meditation is about training your mind to accept your feelings without judging or changing them. And like good gym habits, the perks of meditation grow with time. So, do only superstar monks benefit from

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Stressed Out

Stressed out over grey hair?! Join the club! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Blonde, brunette, redhead — where do all those shades come from? As our hair grows, pigment-producing stem cells slowly turn into colored cells. BUT over time, we start to see some

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Mind-Body Balance

Ommmmm….can mindfulness help us live longer? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Yoga, meditation and Tai-Chi are proven ways to relieve anxiety and stress. But could these activities also help prevent disease? Ivana Buric at Coventry University studied how our bodies react to mindfulness practices.

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Nature Nurtures

Take a chill pill… from Mother Nature? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Being outdoors in nature is known to reduce stress and anxiety. For those living and working in cities, a stroll in the park can improve their well-being. But how much fresh air

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More Fat, Less Stress

Euh! A lock of grey hair! I blame my teenagers. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Worse than going grey, stress-induced inflammation can cause problems like allergies or depression. But there’s hope in the strangest form! Mycobacterium vaccae, a species of bacteria found in soil,

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Stress Test

Hate Mondays? You and me both! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying, there’s a little Garfield in all of us! Everyone feels tired and overwhelmed sometimes! But for those with chronic fatigue syndrome, every day is Monday! Up to two million Americans suffer from

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Chummy Chimps

Stressed out? SERENITY NOW! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Social interactions help keep our stress response well-balanced. But are all social encounters created equal? Enter researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Germany. To understand how friendship impacts stress levels, they monitored wild chimpanzees

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Stressed-Out Chicks

Are the most popular kids also the most stressed out? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: You’d be surprised what the little birds tell us! At Oxford and Saint Andrews universities, researchers investigated what factors make youngsters more social adults. The researchers turned to

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Going Gray

ANOTHER gray hair? Oh no! Break out the Lady Grecian Formula! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, on going gray! Oh, those silvery locks, at too young an age – is stress to blame? Melissa Harris from the University of Alabama, Birmingham studied how stress

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