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Month: June 2014

Stress and Heart Attack link explained

Stress and Heart Attack link explained

Scientists┬ásaid Sunday they may have unravelled how chronic stress leads to heart attack and stroke: triggering overproduction of disease-fighting white blood cells which can be harmful in excess. Surplus cells clump together on the inner walls of arteries, restricting blood flow and encouraging the formation of clots that block circulation or break off and travel to another part of the body. White blood cells “are important to fight infection and healing, but if you have too many of them, or…

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‘Bonding hormone’ oxytocin has anti-aging qualities

‘Bonding hormone’ oxytocin has anti-aging qualities

The hormone known for creating soothing sensations during pleasant social and physical interactions might one day be used to maintain and repair aging muscles, according to a study conducted at the University of California at Berkeley. Researchers say oxytocin, which is released during breastfeeding, sex, and even a warm hug, could become a viable treatment for age-related muscle wasting or sarcopenia. Associated with social and romantic attachements, oxytocin increases libido and is thought to create social, familial and romantic bonds….

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