Middle age may be much more stressful now than in the 1990s

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Even before the novel coronavirus started sweeping the globe, a new study found that life may be more stressful now than it was in the 1990s – especially to those in their midlife years. If life feels more stressful now than it did a few decades ago, you’re not alone. A team of researchers led … Read more

Stress linked to memory decline in middle-aged women – but not men

Stressful life experiences among middle-aged women — but not men — are linked to greater memory decline in later life, an analysis by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers reveals. The researchers say their findings add to evidence that stress hormones play an uneven gender role in brain health, and align with well-documented higher rates of Alzheimer’s … Read more

Solving a biological puzzle: How stress turns your hair grey

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For a long time, anecdotes have connected stressful experiences with the phenomenon of hair greying. Now, for the first time, scientists have discovered exactly how the process plays out. Stress activates nerves that are part of the fight-or-flight response, which in turn cause permanent damage to pigment-regenerating stem cells in hair follicles. The study, published … Read more