category: health study

The Impact of Maternal Stress on Infants

Family Stress

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have recently given us even more reason to take the effects of stress seriously. According to the newest results of a longitudinal population study, girls who are born into families with high levels of stress are more likely to suffer from anxiety and disruptions in brain function as teenagers. The study, published in the…

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The Comfort Food Booby Trap


(Courtesy of Ebruli via Flickr) In a recent study in Spain, researchers found that increased trans-fat intake significantly increases your chances of developing depression.  They tracked 12,000 adults over 6 years. While none of the subjects had depression at the start of the study, over 650 did by the end. The participants who got 0.6% of their total calories from…

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Holistic Practices for Holiday Stress Relief December 2011

Dear Fellow Nurse, I recently saw some interesting findings about the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among nurses. A study published in the online version of Health Services Research in August found that 83 percent of nurses useCAM, compared to just 63 percent of the general population. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that so many of us…

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Eating for Better Health August 2011


Dear Fellow Nurse, I grew up in a household where my mother’s answer to the question, “What’s for dinner?” was most likely “steak,” “chicken” or “pork chops.” Most of our meals focused around meat with white rice or potatoes – french fries were our favorite – and one serving of vegetables. I am very grateful to have grown up in…

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We’ve Come a Long Way October 2010

Dear Fellow Nurse, If you are a younger nurse, this may be surprising, but in 1982 when I first started working as a nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, some nurses actually smoked during report. That’s right. It’s hard to image that people were allowed to smoke in hospitals, let alone nurses! Thankfully, we’ve come a long way…

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