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Presence of Hog Farms in Neighborhoods Raises Blood Pressure of People

November 12, 2012

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Hog farms might be nauseating, but a new study indicates that a hog farm emissions, which include dust, irritants, allergens, hydrogen sulfides, ammonia, and other volatile compounds, could have an impact on the health of the people living nearby. Neighbors of such farms experience a rise in blood pressure when the odor of the farm […]

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GATA1 Plays a Role in the Loss of Connections between Neurons and in Symptoms of Depression

August 13, 2012

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Expression of a single gene dramatically decreases synaptic connections between brain cells

A new study by Yale University scientists found that GATA1 represses the expression of several genes that are necessary for the formation of synaptic connections between brain cells and that GATA1 may play a role in symptoms of depression. Major depression or chronic stress can cause the loss of brain volume, a condition that contributes […]

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Researcher Examines PTSD Rates Among Israeli Firefighters

February 24, 2012

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researcher examines traumatization among Israeli firefighters

A new study from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev examined the prevalence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among Israeli firefighters. The research shows that 67% of the operational firefighters in Israel showed partial PTSD, 24% suffer from full PTSD, and only 9% showed no signs of PTSD or partial PTSD. ​Professional firefighters are frequently […]

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Researchers Find that Popdc Proteins Help the Heart Adapt to Stress

February 24, 2012

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A new study by scientists at Imperial College London, the University of Birmingham, and the University of Würzburg in Germany examined Popeye domain containing proteins and their role in stress response. While studying mice, the researchers found Popdc proteins have an important function in regulating the heart’s rhythm by increasing its rhythm in times of […]

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Mother’s Nurturing Results in Larger Hippocampus in Children

January 31, 2012

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hippocampus is a key brain structure important to learning

New research by neuroscientists and child psychiatrists show that children whose mothers nurtured them early in life have brains with a larger hippocampus. This is the first research of its kind to show the link between a mother’s nurturing and changes in the hippocampus, which is a key brain structure important to learning, memory and […]

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