Study reviews COVID-related hospital visitation limits and family stress

Journal Reference: Timothy Amass, Lauren Jodi Van Scoy, May Hua, Melanie Ambler, Priscilla Armstrong, Matthew R. Baldwin, Rachelle Bernacki, Mansoor D. Burhani, Jennifer Chiurco, Zara Cooper, Hope Cruse, Nicholas Csikesz, Ruth A. Engelberg, Laura D. Fonseca, Karin Halvorson, Rachel Hammer, Joanna Heywood, Sarah Hochendoner Duda, Jin Huang, Ying Jin, Laura Johnson, Masami Tabata-Kelly, Emma Kerr, … Read more

Cortisol in shelter dog hair shows signs of stress

Journal Reference: Janneke Elisabeth van der Laan, Claudia Maureen Vinke, Saskia Stefanie Arndt. Evaluation of hair cortisol as an indicator of long-term stress responses in dogs in an animal shelter and after subsequent adoption. Scientific Reports, 2022; 12 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-09140-w There is no difference between the cortisol levels of dogs when they enter the … Read more

Lead as a social determinant of child and adolescent physiological stress and behavior

Journal References: Jianghong Liu, Jill Portnoy, Adrian Raine, Margaret Gladieux, Presley McGarry, Aimin Chen. Blood lead levels mediate the relationship between social adversity and child externalizing behavior. Environmental Research, 2022; 204: 112396 DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2021.112396 Jianghong Liu, Jill Portnoy, Phoebe Um, Naixue Cui, Anna Rudo-Hutt, Chonghai Yan, Adrian Raine, Aimin Chen. Blood lead and mercury levels … Read more

Cell biology: How mitochondria report stress

Journal Reference: Evelyn Fessler, Luisa Krumwiede, Lucas T. Jae. DELE1 tracks perturbed protein import and processing in human mitochondria. Nature Communications, 2022; 13 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-29479-y Researchers have long posited a link between dysfunctions in mitochondria, little organelles in the interior of cells, and the aging process and age-related illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s disease. “Many … Read more

Breakthrough application of moisture-trapping film to reduce heat stress in personal protective suits

Journal Reference: Jiachen Yang, Xueping Zhang, J. Justin Koh, Rensheng Deng, Saravana Kumarasamy, Yuan Xing Xu, Hao Qu, Songlin Zhang, Yaoxin Zhang, Swee Ching Tan. Reversible Hydration Composite Films for Evaporative Perspiration Control and Heat Stress Management. Small, 2022; 2107636 DOI: 10.1002/smll.202107636 The new desiccant film, which is biocompatible and non-toxic, has fast absorption rate, … Read more

‘Switching off’ specific brain cells protects against stress

Journal Reference: Misaki Niu et al. Claustrum mediates bidirectional and reversible control of stress-induced anxiety responses. Science Advances, 2022 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abi6375 In a study published this month in Science Advances, researchers from Osaka University discovered a small group of brain cells in the claustrum of mice that controls stress-induced anxiety behaviors. When these cells were … Read more

Heat stress for cattle may cost billions by century’s finish, study finds

Journal Reference: Philip Thornton, Gerald Nelson, Dianne Mayberry, Mario Herrero. Impacts of heat stress on global cattle production during the 21st century: a modelling study. The Lancet Planetary Health, 2022; 6 (3): e192 DOI: 10.1016/S2542-5196(22)00002-X Farmers in tropical regions — including large parts of South America, Asia and Africa — are likely to suffer significantly, … Read more

Prenatal mindfulness program improves stress response in infants

Journal References: Noroña-Zhou, Amanda N.; Coccia, Michael; Epel, Elissa; Vieten, Cassandra; Adler, Nancy E.; Laraia, Barbara; Jones-Mason, Karen; Alkon, Abbey; Bush, Nicole R. The Effects of a Prenatal Mindfulness Intervention on Infant Autonomic and Behavioral Reactivity and Regulation. Psychosomatic Medicine, Mar. 10, 2022 DOI: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000001066 E. Epel, B. Laraia, K. Coleman-Phox, C. Leung, C. Vieten, … Read more

Stress damages the movement centers in the brain

Journal Reference: Anne-Kathrin Gellner, Aileen Sitter, Michal Rackiewicz, Marc Sylvester, Alexandra Philipsen, Andreas Zimmer, Valentin Stein. Stress vulnerability shapes disruption of motor cortical neuroplasticity. Translational Psychiatry, 2022; 12 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41398-022-01855-8 Chronically stressed people often show abnormalities in their motor skills, such as poorer fine motor control. However, how these symptoms occur has hardly been … Read more

Corals can be ‘educated’ to tolerate heat stress

Journal Reference: Allyson DeMerlis, Amanda Kirkland, Madeline L. Kaufman, Anderson B. Mayfield, Nathan Formel, Graham Kolodziej, Derek P. Manzello, Diego Lirman, Nikki Traylor-Knowles, Ian C. Enochs. Pre-exposure to a variable temperature treatment improves the response of Acropora cervicornis to acute thermal stress. Coral Reefs, 2022; DOI: 10.1007/s00338-022-02232-z These findings offer coral restoration scientists with a … Read more

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