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The game could be as dangerous as the cigarettes. The game could be as dangerous as the cigarettes. Alvert Barnes

How the stress of playing chess can be fatal

The death of a chess player in the middle of a match at the world’s most prestigious competition may have shocked those who view the game as a relaxing pastime. Kurt Meier, 67, collapsed during his final…
Bruises fade, but stress stays on. Bruises fade, but stress stays on. Teenager bullying image via Helder Almeida/Shutterstock

The health impact of childhood bullying can last a lifetime

It is still not clear how the experience of being bullied in childhood translates into long-lasting health problems. A new US study has found that victims of bullying have high levels of a protein in their…
Honey, this stress hurts me more than you. Honey, this stress hurts me more than you. lightwavemedia

Good relationships keep you healthier for longer

Arguments with the people we are close to can have a serious impact on our health and mortality rate, a new study has confirmed. The link between having supportive friends and family and serious health…
Fight or flight? Bankers likely to opt for the second. Fight or flight? Bankers likely to opt for the second. BK and EP

Fear of risk linked to high stress hormone in bankers

In times of financial uncertainty and crisis, high stress reactions lead to traders becoming more risk averse, which drives pessimism and further falls in finance, according to a new study. This is because…
A different type of Grand Slam: Carlos Moya of Spain loses his cool at the Australian Open in 2005. A different type of Grand Slam: Carlos Moya of Spain loses his cool at the Australian Open in 2005. AAP/Joe Castro

Why some players can’t keep their cool when the tennis heats up

Over the next two weeks, Melbourne Park will host the world’s best tennis players for the Australian Open. We expect the best to perform under the watchful gaze of millions of fans around the world, so…
Psychological detachment can help you recover from work related stress. Psychological detachment can help you recover from work related stress. Flickr/Stuart Pilbrow

Overworked? Good habits, not holidays, are the answer

Australians work very long hours compared to workers in other developed countries. But evidence shows that employees who work more than 48 hours per week, or are overcommitted or over-invested in their…
Taking extra care and consideration for those with dementia can make Christmas a much more enjoyable experience for all. Taking extra care and consideration for those with dementia can make Christmas a much more enjoyable experience for all. brutusfly/flickr

How best to celebrate Christmas with a person with dementia

Christmas can be a stressful time for hosts and guests alike, and it’s more so for carers of people living with dementia. It’s difficult to give general advice about how to get through the holiday season…
Working hard at keeping healthy. Working hard at keeping healthy. Katie Collins/PA

Stress-busting effect of green spaces stronger on women

A new study sheds light on why natural spaces in cities can help keep us healthy. Researchers found that people living in neighbourhoods with a large amount of green space, such as parks or playing fields…
Time for another holiday. Time for another holiday. Compscigrad

Explainer: how do you die from overwork?

The end of the summer holidays mean office workers will be firmly back to the daily grind of attending meetings, sending emails, organising diaries and paperwork, and overtime. But after a number of cases…
Time to clock off but will you still be at work? Time to clock off but will you still be at work? Johninnit

Culture of overwork overshadows better, more balanced lives

We often talk about work-life balance but for most of us it might be more appropriately called work-life imbalance. The recent sad death of a Merrill Lynch intern sparked the company to review working…
Since 1999, around 45,000 Australians have served on overseas operations with the Australian Defence Force. Since 1999, around 45,000 Australians have served on overseas operations with the Australian Defence Force. Department of Defence

Tidal wave or trickle: treating returning veterans trauma

While many people are relieved Australia is concluding its operations in Afghanistan, the effects of our involvement have, in many ways, only just begun. Retired Major General John Cantwell, the author…
Stressful times for mum increase the risk of later problems for her baby. Stressful times for mum increase the risk of later problems for her baby. Flickr/Roberto Carlos Pecino

Effects of prenatal stress can affect children into adulthood

If we want to understand child development, we need to start before birth. We have known for decades that health depends on an interaction between our genes and our environment. But we’ve also come to…
Emergency services workers face high levels of stress in their jobs. Emergency services workers face high levels of stress in their jobs. AAP

Workplace stress is manageable, if we understand it properly

The holiday period can be a stressful time for many of us, even when we do have time off work. Many people will work over the holidays, and be called into difficult or tragic situations, particularly our…
Tearing your hair out? You might be suffering from cognitive overload. Tearing your hair out? You might be suffering from cognitive overload. BrittneyBush

I um therefore I ah: workplace stress and how to manage it

Workers in high-pressure, safety-critical jobs – such as air traffic controllers or traffic incident operators – need high levels of concentration and focus to do their jobs effectively. When concentration…

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Chronic stress damages your DNA

For the first time, researchers have identified the mechanism by which chronic stress can damage DNA. By infusing mice with…