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Stress Management

Managing the effects of the fight-or-flight stress response

Extreme Biology

Sorry, Housework's Not Making You Thinner

10 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Forty-three percent of UK residents who took the University of Ulster's Sport NI Sport & Physical Activity Survey (SAPAS) reported that they performed the minimum weekly amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity -- 150 minutes -- as recommended by the ...

Extreme Biology

These Are Your Body's Molecules On Jet Lag

12 months ago

What's the Latest Development? According to researchers at Oxford University, the reason why some of us take so long to recover from the effects of jet lag is based in our very molecules. In studies done on mice, the team discovered that while a large number of genes were activated in response ...

Extreme Biology

Trouble Sleeping? Go Camping For A Few Days

about 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? University of Colorado-Boulder's Kenneth Wright and colleagues studied eight subjects as they spent a week living their lives under normal -- that is to say, largely artificial -- lighting conditions. They then sent the subjects out camping in the Rocky Mountains ...

Extreme Biology

A New Lunch Option: Hitting The Dance Floor

over 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? Workers looking for a change of pace at lunchtime might want to take advantage of several new  midday dance parties popping up at different places around New York and other major cities. Food takes a distant back seat to music at Lunch Break, a free event sponsored ...