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October 18, 2005

Coping with Retired Husband Syndrome

In Japan, retirement has become a risky business for many wives, who are finding the stress of their husband's presence at home unendurable. Though after-retirement stress is a common problem in most developed countries as husbands and wives try to balance relationships in their twilight years, analysts say Japan has become extraordinary for myriad reasons -- including the fact that one-fifth of Japanese are now over 65, the highest percentage in the world. (Washington Post)

July 31, 2005

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Heart Drugs

Widely used heart medications called beta blockers may take the terror out of disturbing memories in people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), researchers report. In both animal trials and preliminary work with humans, use of the beta blocker propranolol during a PTSD attack appeared to help separate the fear that's characteristic of PTSD from the memory that once triggered it. (HealthDay News)

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December 01, 2004

Stress and Aging

"Researchers compared the white blood cells in women who experienced severe long-term stress from caring for chronically-ill children to those of women who cared for healthy children. They found that the cells of women who reported chronic stress aged 10 years faster than than those of women who were not stressed out."

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