The fast-paced world we live in is a perfect driver of stress. The racing heart, knots in the stomach and vague sense of agitation are an unavoidable part of the human condition. But chronic stress can, over time, harm the body, causing everything from inflammation to cardiometabolic disease. In some cases, stress may play a role in cancer. But just how tightly are these two conditions linked? Studies suggest several ways that stress may influence cancer development, said Shelley Tworoger, an associate professor of population science at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. Tworoger spoke about these links during a talk earlier this month at the annual American Association for Cancer Research meeting in Atlanta. [7 Cancers You Can Ward Off With Exercise] In those who already have certain types of cancer, stress can accelerate progression and worsen outcomes, increasing evidence suggests. But "there's more question" about whether or not chronic stress can cause cancer in the … [Read more...] about Can Chronic Stress Cause or Worsen Cancer? Here’s What the Evidence Shows.
What is acute and chronic inflammation
Doing a little systematically is vastly better than doing nothing chronically. John Boitnott Published 4:30 am PST, Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Photo: Westend61 | Getty Images Photo: Westend61 | Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Westend61 | Getty Images How to Fit Self-Care Into Your Crazy Busy Entrepreneurial Days 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Caring for the body and mind are essential to business success as well as personal fulfillment. While wholesale lifestyle changes are one way to accomplish that goal, you can also substitute smaller changes and still see impressive benefits. Practicing the self-care habit helps you avoid health issues that keep you from … [Read more...] about How to Fit Self-Care Into Your Crazy Busy Entrepreneurial Days
Lauran Neergaard, Ap Medical Writer Updated 10:17 pm PST, Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Clinical Research Assistant Kevin Jackson uses AlgometRx Platform Technology on Sarah Taylor's eyes to measure her degree of pain at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. Children's National Medical Center is testing an experimental device that aims to measure pain according to how pupils react to certain stimuli. less Clinical Research Assistant Kevin Jackson uses AlgometRx Platform Technology on Sarah Taylor's eyes to measure her degree of pain at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. ... more Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Image 1 of 5 Clinical Research … [Read more...] about Scientists seek ways to finally take a real measure of pain
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jonathan Saltzman Globe Staff November 23, 2018 William Korinek loves professional football and, as a native Minnesotan who moved to New England in 1995, he roots for both the Patriots and the Vikings. But he won’t let his 11-year-old son, Jonah, play tackle football.“It’s too risky,” said the 45-year-old molecular biologist. Korinek is cofounder and chief executive of Astrocyte Pharmaceuticals, a Cambridge startup trying to develop a drug to treat concussions. He knows about the long-lasting damage that repeated blows to the head can cause, and believes the game is especially dangerous to children under age 14 because their brains are still developing and necks are weaker than an adult’s. Advertisement Despite growing public awareness of the dangers of repeated head impacts — including a strong correlation to the … [Read more...] about The search for a pill that treats concussions
Inflammation is a vital part of the immune system's response to injury and infection. It is the body's way of signaling the immune system to heal and repair damaged tissue, as well as defend itself against foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria. Without inflammation as a physiological response, wounds would fester, and infections could become deadly. However, if the inflammatory process goes on for too long or if the inflammatory response occurs in places where it is not needed, it can become problematic. Chronic inflammation has been linked to certain diseases such as heart disease or stroke, and may also lead to autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. But a healthy diet and lifestyle can help keep inflammation under control. Acute inflammation Acute inflammation occurs after a cut on the knee, a sprained ankle or a sore throat. It's a short-term response with localized effects, meaning it works at the precise place where a … [Read more...] about What Is Inflammation?