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Parents' Cancer Can Have 'Devastating Effects' on Children

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 23 April 2022
Parents' Cancer Can Have 'Devastating Effects' on Children
When a parent develops cancer, children and adolescents are more likely to miss school, visit emergency departments, and experience negative mental health consequences, a new study shows. "Everyone who has ever been touched by cancer knows the havoc it can wreak on individuals and families," lead author Zhiyuan Zheng, PhD, senior principal scientist and health economist at the American Cancer Society (ACS), said in a news release. "Our study clearly shows the devastating effec...
Posted in:NewsResourcesEvidence Based ResearchCancerStressCarers and families  

Just Breathe

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 20 April 2022
Just Breathe
If you're managing higher levels of stress these days, there's a tool we all have immediate access to: breathing.  It might sound simple, but when done properly, breathing can make the difference between panic and resilience. Research shows that different emotions are associated with different forms of breathing.  For example, when you feel anxious or angry, your breathing becomes irregular, short, and fast. When you feel joy or relaxation, your breathing will be regular, ...
Posted in:NewsPrevention & RecoveryEvidence Based ResearchCancerStress  

The Connection of Collagen and Cortisol

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 24 March 2022
The Connection of Collagen and Cortisol
Cortisol is a glucocorticoid hormone synthesised from cholesterol in the cortex of the adrenal gland. Cortisol has a variety of functions but is primarily known for its role in the body’s stress response.  Cortisol also participates in the inflammatory response and regulation of metabolism. Glucocorticoids, such as cortisol, bind to both glucocorticoid receptors (GRs) and mineralocorticoid receptors (MRs). GRs exist in almost all tissues in the human body. MRs have a more restrict...
Posted in:NewsCancerStressJoint HealthSkin  

The Meaning of Low Secretory IgA levels

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 16 February 2022
The Meaning of Low Secretory IgA levels
Secretory IgA (sIgA) is a biomarker that may reflect the impact of stress on the immune system as well as the resilience of the immune response. Secretory IgA is synthesized by activated B cells along mucosal membranes in the oral cavity, nasal passages, ocular surfaces, gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, and the genitourinary tract. Since these mucosal surfaces are exposed to the outside world, sIgA is considered to be an important part of the first line of immune defence against th...
Posted in:NewsResourcesCancerStressFunctional MedicineImmune system  

Vitamin B6 Regulates a Healthy Stress Response

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 25 January 2022
Vitamin B6 Regulates a Healthy Stress Response
Vitamin B6, or pyridoxine, is a water-soluble molecule that metabolises into cofactors for more than 100 enzymes in the human body. Vitamin B6 transforms in the body into an active coenzyme pyridoxal 5-phosphate, known commonly as either PLP or P5P.            PLP is involved in gluconeogenesis, glycogenolysis, lipid metabolism, and the synthesis of amino acids, carbohydrates, proteins, and neurotransmitters. Deficiencies in vitamin B6 have been shown to present ...
Posted in:NewsNutritional SupplementsEvidence Based ResearchCancerStress  
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