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Talking to Yourself Can Actually Be a Good Thing

When done in your head, in the third person

(Newser) - Talking to yourself doesn't mean you're crazy. In fact, the habit might be downright smart. That's the takeaway from a new study in Scientific Reports , which involved two separate experiments. In the first, researchers at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan monitored the brain activity... More »

Researchers Sound Alarm on Dropping Male Sperm Counts

There's been a 52% drop in sperm counts over the last 40 years

(Newser) - The Western man's sperm count just isn't what it used to be. In what the Washington Post calls the largest and most comprehensive look into the matter, an international team of researchers reports in the journal Human Reproductive Update that after analyzing 185 previous studies involving 42,000... More »

This Is the Most Stressed US City

Take a deep breath, Newark

(Newser) - Looking for a business opportunity? Consider opening a massage parlor in Newark, NJ, where residents appear to be the most stressed in the country. WalletHub looked at 30 stress indicators as they relate to work, money, family, and health to come up with the most and least stressed cities in... More »

5 States That Need to Take a Chill Pill

WalletHub looks at the most stressed, least stressed states

(Newser) - Depending on where you live, you could be living a constant rat race or existing in a Daily Show-like moment of zen. WalletHub took a look at nearly three dozen stress indicators across a range of categories in all 50 states and DC, including anxiety related to work, family, money,... More »

Japan Asks Worn-Out Workers to Take Afternoon to Chill

'Premium Friday' begins in February

(Newser) - Workers in Japan put in notoriously long hours, and the country appears to be paying a price: stressed out workers and resulting health problems, including suicide. As the Japan Times notes, there's even a word for it: " karoshi ," or "death by overwork." Now Japan is... More »

These Are the Year's 5 Most Stressful Jobs

Don't want to be stressed? Don't enlist in the military

(Newser) - Looking for a low-stress job? We don't recommend any of the 10 careers ranked by CareerCast.com as the most stressful of the year. The website looks at factors including work environment, travel required, physical demands, risk, and even how often a person must be in the public eye... More »

How Stress Turns Into a Physical Heart Attack

It involves a signal from your brain to your bone marrow

(Newser) - Scientists have long cautioned that stress is bad for the heart, and a new study provides insight into precisely why. In the Lancet , researchers lay out a chain of events: When people feel stress, the amygdala area of the brain—it processes emotions such as fear and danger—fires up... More »

Kanye West Hospitalized After Call to LAPD

Sources say he's being treated for exhaustion

(Newser) - Kanye West was hospitalized for his own safety Monday after days of stranger-than-usual behavior and a call to the LAPD. Sources tell NBC Los Angeles that the rapper—who abruptly canceled his national tour —was taken to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after police responded to a medical... More »

How Tough Childhoods May Lead to Premature Aging

Kids may appear to bounce back from life stressors, but their bodies tell a different story

(Newser) - Children appear to be highly susceptible to the stress of trauma on a biological level, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences . US and Canadian researchers led by Eli Puterman of the University of British Columbia have been studying the length of telomeres,... More »

Want a Baby? Take a Chill Pill

Scientists say women with more stress may find it harder to conceive

(Newser) - Women trying to start a family who find themselves constantly reaching for a stress ball, take heed: All that extra anxiety may be keeping you from conceiving, AFP reports. A study carried out by researchers from the University of Louisville and published in the Annals of Epidemiology journal says that... More »

Suicides in Swiss Business World Rock Nation's Rep

'I am tired' is common refrain of financial sector execs

(Newser) - Envision moving to Switzerland, and pleasant images of a moneyed high life may arise. But reality in the Swiss business world may not be in keeping with what Reuters calls the country's "picture postcard image," especially after a recent string of suicides among top executives there. Martin... More »

Stressed Kids Have Higher Heart Attack Risk as Adults

A Finnish study spots a connection

(Newser) - If your kids are happy and you know it clap your hands—because their level of stress in childhood may have an effect on their heart attack risk later in life. So report Finnish researchers in a longitudinal study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics after 311 children were followed... More »

Helping Others Could Be Good for Your Mental Health

Study shows small acts of kindness help us cope with stress

(Newser) - It turns out getting in the holiday spirit can be good for your mental health. A study published last week in Clinical Psychological Science found performing small acts of kindness for others can give us an improved outlook on things and help us to better deal with stress. "Stressful... More »

'Stressed Out' Juror Sends 'Highly Unusual' Note to Judge

In New York corruption trial, she asked to be sent home after 2 hours

(Newser) - In a move the New York Times calls "highly unusual," a "stressed out" juror sent a note to the judge asking if she could go home after less than two hours of deliberations. "I don’t feel like I can be myself right now!" the... More »

Mom's Stress While Pregnant May Explain Why You're a Klutz

New research links maternal stress to later childhood coordination

(Newser) - Are you a klutz? A new study out of Australia suggests an unexpected reason why. It found that stressful events in the latter stage of a woman's pregnancy may increase the risk of movement and coordination deficits later in the child's life. Reporting this week in the journal... More »

Work Stress as Bad as Secondhand Smoke

Study finds it can be just as dangerous to health

(Newser) - Stressed at work? You may as well be breathing in secondhand cigarette smoke, a new study suggests. Researchers from Harvard and Stanford did a meta-analysis of 228 studies on workplace stress, UPI reports; they found that "the effect of workplace stress is about as large as that of secondhand... More »

Holocaust Survivors' Trauma Lives On in Kids' Genes

Study may explain why offspring are more at risk for stress disorders

(Newser) - Holocaust survivors pass on trauma through their genes, making their children and possibly even grandchildren more susceptible to PTSD and other stress disorders, according to new research . The Guardian reports researchers looked at 32 Jewish men and women who survived traumatic experiences at the hands of Nazis during World War... More »

Hugs Can Help Fend Off Colds

Study finds link between more hugs, reduced risk of infection

(Newser) - Want to fend off illness? Try hugging more often. It may sound too warm and fuzzy to be true, but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that more frequent hugs can help protect people from getting sick. Being stressed can cause greater vulnerability to infections, but hugs can apparently act... More »

How Whale-Watching Might Be Harming Whales

Researchers say the animals get stressed, see boats as predators

(Newser) - Gazing at whales from a boat may seem like an animal-friendly pursuit, but new research is questioning that idea. Why? It's not just about the odd collision; whale-watching seems to stress out the whales, Nature reports following a symposium in Scotland. When they spot a boat—whose operators know... More »

Watching TV After Work Makes You Feel Like a Loser

Winding down in front of the boob tube can cause high levels of guilt, scientists say

(Newser) - It seems natural to reach for the remote to take a breather after a taxing day of conference calls and TPS reports , but a new study warns that especially work-weary folks who flick on the TV or play video games may feel incredibly guilty and like failures afterward, reports the... More »

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