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Anxiety Matters

 By Zara Maqbool   In the last few months, I have come across many people who complain of suffering from anxiety. A few of my clients have a similar issue complaining about anxiety that ranges from general anxiety without any distinct manifestation, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorders, phobias, social anxiety or any that comes post a…

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A bad work environment can be bad for your health

NEWS DESK: Don’t hit the snooze button on this one. Some dread going to work, and some look forward to it, but how important is it to actually enjoy and feel satisfied with your job? Nearly two-thirds of US workers experience some degree of mismatch between their desired and actual working conditions, according to a…

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Playing video games at work reduces stress: study

NEWS DESK: Among the many aspects of life that cause stress, jobs are the most common. A new study found that relief could come from an unexpected source: playing video games at work, reported Newsdesk. More than half of Americans regularly experience cognitive fatigue related to stress, frustration and anxiety while at work, according to…

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Teen depression — a reality of society

By Maha Shakil In the present world, depression in under-age people in our society has become a reality and this is one of the most alarming facts, which is getting common among youngsters. It’s not unusual for young people to experience the blues or feel down in the dumps occasionally; adolescence is always an unsettling…

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Study shows the way stress may harm your heart

PARIS: Scientists said Thursday they may have uncovered a biological explanation for the long suspected link between stress and heart disease. People with a highly active amygdala — a region of the brain involved in stress processing — also have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, the researchers revealed. A hard-working amygdala was…

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Will it hurt? Uncertainty is worst of all, says study

PARIS: Not knowing if a decision will provoke pain is more stressful than correctly anticipating the outcome, even when that outcome hurts like hell, according to a study released Tuesday. Moreover, experiments with volunteers receiving electric shocks showed, the greater the stress the better subjects were at reading available clues to figure out the right…

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Khan lays stress on provincial autonomy

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Monday stressed upon a need to make the provinces antonymous for the betterment of the public. “There is a need to do justice with all the provinces in the country,” Khan said while addressing the sit-in participants from atop his luxurious container. The PTI chief said that the…

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'Interreality' may enhance stress therapies

NEW YORK: Using virtual reality to add “real world” challenges to psychotherapy sessions may enhance the treatment’s effect for people learning to cope with workplace stress, according to a small study from Italy. Researchers say the hybrid therapy known as “interreality” was more effective than traditional cognitive behavioral therapy, which is currently considered the gold…

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Smartphones allow do-it-yourself stress hormone tests

NEW YORK: The next addition to the collection of health apps coming online for smartphones may be a stress test, researchers said at a recent conference. With a simple tube, some software and a saliva sample, people and their doctors can measure levels of the stress hormone cortisol, according to new research presented last week…

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Stress in pregnancy linked to child asthma

NEW YORK: Stress during pregnancy brought on by events like divorce, job loss or death of a loved one appears to be linked to an increased risk of asthma and eczema among children. These findings, Dr. Petra Arck told Reuters Health in an email, could “allow clinicians to evaluate future asthma risk in unborn children…

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Trott leaves Ashes tour with stress illness

SYDNEY: England batsman Jonathan Trott has left the team's Ashes tour of Australia with a stress-related illness, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Monday.”Trott will take a break from cricket for the foreseeable future and will take no further part in the tour,” the ECB said in a statement.England's number three batsman…

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All but one major US bank pass Fed's stress test

WASHINGTON: US banks have enough capital to withstand a severe economic downturn, the Federal Reserve said on Thursday, with all but one major bank passing the annual health check of the financial sector.A stronger economy and banks' efforts to boost their capital since the 2007-2009 US financial crisis helped all 18 participating lenders except Ally…

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Kerry to stress need for Egypt to reach IMF deal -U.S. official

CAIRO: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will stress the importance of Egypt reaching an agreement with the IMF supported across the country's political spectrum when he visits Cairo, a senior U.S. official said on Saturday. The official said if Cairo could agree on a $4.8 billion loan from the IMF, this would bring in…

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Single moms should play with kids to cut stress

NEW YORK; Single mothers eager to lower their stress levels should spend more time reading and playing games with their children, according to a study released on Wednesday.Researchers at Kansas State University found that although interacting more is seen to have a positive impact on the child, there is also a long-term benefit for the…

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Japan nuclear plants to undergo 'stress tests'

TOKYO: Japan said Wednesday it will conduct “stress tests” on all the country's nuclear plants to ease heightened concerns about disaster preparedness after this year's tsunami sparked the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. The March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan knocked out power at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, sending it toward meltdown in…

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Killers of Sarfraz stress to transfer case to session court

Staff Report KARACHI: Suspects involved in Sarfraz Shah killing case stress to transfer the case from Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) to the session court, SAMAA reported Friday. The suspects’ lawyer requested the court to transfer the case to the session court. He told the court that the footage clearly shows that the rangers’ officials did…

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Mental stress

Masooma Qurban sheds light on the growing mental stress among the people of Quetta.

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Taliban: Afghan stress weakened Holbrooke

KABUL: The Afghan Taliban said on Tuesday U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke was a “giant of American politics and diplomacy” but had been weakened by the challenge of trying to end a war that has dragged on for nearly a decade. Taliban Spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said the Soviet Union's occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s…

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PM, Shahbaz stress implementation of CoD

Staff Report LAHORE: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, president of the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), met today in Lahore, reaching an agreement over the need to take steps to revoke the 17th amendment and implement the Charter of Democracy. According to sources, the leaders discussed issues including…

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Speakers stress for reformation of LG system

PESHAWAR: Speakers at workshop Tuesday underscored the need for reformation of local government system with an objective to bring substantial improvement in the services delivery to address people's problems at their doorsteps. The speakers expressed these views during a workshop organised by Districts That Work (DTW), a project of USAID/Pakistan in collaboration with Nielsen Pakistan…

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